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UMKC Conservatory finishes Signature Series

Kansas City, Mo. -- The University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music's Conservatory Orchestra and Chorus, a guest choir from St. Teresa's Academy and soprano soloist Anne De Launay will perform Friday and Saturday in the Signature Series finale.

The program features Bernstein's Symphony No. 3 "Kaddish," Bruch's "Romance, for Viola and Orchestra," Paganini's "Sonata for the Grand Viola" and the U.S. premiere of Zhou Long's "The Future of Fire."

Both performances will be at 7:30 p.m. in White Hall, Center for the Performing Arts, 4949 Cherry Street, with a preconcert at 6:30 p.m. by William Everett.

The program is under the direction of Robert Olson, director of orchestras at the UMKC Conservatory of Music. Long is visiting professor of composition at the Conservatory of Music.

Scott Lee gives his debut Conservatory performance as associate professor of viola on this concert performing the Bruch and Paganini pieces. Soprano soloist for Kaddish, De Launay, joined the conservatory faculty in 1990.

Tickets are $19 for the public, $17 for seniors and $9.50 for students. For more information, call (816) 235-6222.

Poets' antiwar book published by Nation Books

Hollywood -- Poets nationwide are continuing to build on their momentum as a persistent antiwar force with the publication of an anthology this week, "Poets Against the War."

Contributors include some of the country's most respected poets: former U.S. poet laureate Rita Dove, Adrienne Rich and W.S. Merwin. The first printing of 40,000 is huge for a collection of poetry.

Poet Sam Hamill edited the anthology, which includes a selection of more than 13,000 poems that were submitted to the Web site poetsagainstthewar.org.

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