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FAU Hosts VIP Reception Celebrating Spirit of America Concert
BOCA RATON, FL (July 20, 2007) - Florida Atlantic University Libraries recently hosted a reception following “Spirit of America: The Concert,” which was performed on Sunday, July 1 for an audience of close to 2,000 in the Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium on FAU’s Boca Raton campus. The concert featured the Klezmer Company Orchestra (KCO), the professional ensemble-in-residence at FAU Libraries, conducted by Aaron Kula, with 42 performers and guest vocalist Elena Correia.
Among those at the event were Marvin and Sybil Weiner of Boca Raton, who in 2006 donated to FAU Libraries more than 13,000 printed items concerning the American Revolutionary era and other imprints, mostly American, British and French. The Weiners’ ‘Spirit of America Collection,’ establishes FAU as a major site for the study of colonial America and will be housed in the S.E. Wimberly Library on the Boca Raton campus.
This is the second consecutive year the collection has inspired this musical event. The concert featured the works of composers from 18th century George Handel to 20th century George Gershwin and a who’s who of American composers. The program’s repertoire reflected the diversity of American orchestral music.
Among other notables celebrating “Spirit of America” were Dr. John Pritchett, FAU provost, and his wife Ginger Pritchett; Marlis Hadeed, University Club president, and husband Vic Hadeed; Alene Brewer, University Club past president, and husband Mike Brewer; Arthur Jaffe, founder and curator of the Mata and Arthur Jaffe Center for Book Arts at FAU’s Wimberly Library, and Marianne Haycook; FAU benefactors Alexandra Bracie, Marleen and Harold Forkas, Dr. Howard and Judith Weiner, Sondre and Ned Sukin, Alan and Maxine Bueller, Thelma Gordon, Patty and Stanley Schneider, and Irene and Doug Schustek; Dr. William Miller, director of FAU Libraries; and Dr. Manju Pendakur, incoming dean of the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, and his wife Roja Pendakur.
Kula founded the KCO, now in its 10th season, to perform world music from a wide range of cultures and historical periods, and to promote music from FAU Libraries’ collections. Since its inception, the innovative, critically-acclaimed KCO has performed before sold-out audiences in major concert halls from Palm Beach Gardens to Miami.