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'Superwoman of the 19th Century' feature of Bergren Forum

Alfred University Professor of Voice and Chorus Dr. Luanne Crosby and Technical Specialist and University Carillonneur Lauren Buckwalter will present “Superwoman of the 19th Century — Clara Schumann” on Thursday, March 5, 2009 at the next Bergren Forum, 12:10 p.m., Susan Howell Hall on campus (Note: This is a change from the usual Bergren Forum site). This event is free of charge and open to the public.

Crosby and Buckwalter will present an “informance” — information and a performance of selected works — and will explore the life and works of pianist, composer, mother and wife, Clara Schumann.

Crosby earned a doctor of musical arts degree from The Cleveland (Ohio) Institute of Music/Case Western Reserve University, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees, both in music, from the State University of New York at Fredonia. Crosby helped write the NYS high school general music curriculum and served as a master trainer, teaching other teachers the curriculum. During the summer of 2007, she sang the soprano solos for the oratorio “Elijah,” by Mendelssohn at the International Conducting Workshop in Varna, Bulgaria.

Buckwalter is a member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America. She is Alfred University’s third carillonneur. A graduate of Houghton College with a major in music, Buckwalter earned a master of science degree in education from AU. She often is the piano accompanist for recitalists and choral groups throughout the area.

The Bergren Forum, sponsored by the Alfred University Division of Human Studies, meets Thursdays during each academic semester at the University. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch; coffee and tea will be available.