Lectures, Advent concert and stage play performances fill week

First week of December brings local author, Canterbury Brass Ensemble to campus | December 1, 2003

A literary discussion, a collaboration concert at Bellarmine Chapel and the kick-off of the Xavier Players' next production all make for a busy week on the University campus.

Local author Andrea Cheng is leading a discussion of her young adult novel, Marika, Tuesday, Dec. 2, from 4:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m. in the instruction room on the second floor of the McDonald Library. Marika is set in Budapest during World War II and tells the story of an 11-year-old girl whose future is threatened when Hitler invades Hungary and she becomes aware for the first time of her Jewish heritage. Marika is based on the life of the author's mother.

Cheng lives in Cincinnati, where she writes and teaches English as a second language at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. She is the daughter of Hungarian immigrants and grew up among extended family members, most of whom survived the Holocaust. This discussion is hosted in conjunction with the Cincinnati On the Same Page program, a citywide project to build community and inspire discussion on race, tolerance and diversity through reading. For more information, contact Kathy Schuehler at schuehle@xavier.edu or call 513 745-3883.

Wednesday, Dec. 3, the weekly international coffee hour features the theme of France. The gathering is in the Faces of the World Lounge at 3:30 p.m. For more information, e-mail kilgore@xu.edu or call 513 745-2864.

Wednesday evening, the University's music department and campus ministry are joining together to present the second annual "Advent Lessons and Carols" concert at 7:30 p.m. at Bellarmine Chapel. The concert is free and open to the public.

The concert borrows its format from similar lessons and carols performances that have gained popularity in Great Britain and the United States. Advent lessons are being read, and each is being followed by either a short choir anthem or a hymn for all to sing. The evening is featuring performances by the concert choir and vocal chamber ensemble, under the direction of Tom Merrill, assistant professor of music; the 10:00 p.m. Mass choir; and the inaugural choir, under the direction of Scot Buzza, liturgical music coordinator.

In addition to the scripture readings, "Advent Lessons and Carols" is featuring music for brass, music for double chorus, audience hymns and music ranging from the Renaissance to contemporary periods. The Canterbury Brass Ensemble, a professional ensemble under the direction of Dan Grantham, is joining the singers. For more information, contact Tom Merrill at merrillt@xu.edu or 513 745-3135.

Also Wednesday evening, the women's basketball team hosts Middle Tennessee State University at 7:00 p.m. at the Cintas Center.

Thursday, Dec. 4, the Xavier Players student theater group presents the first of a series of performances of Never the Sinner: The Leopold and Loeb Story at 7:30 p.m. in the Gallagher Student Center theater. The play is based on the true story of two young millionaires, Nathan Leopold Jr. and Richard Loeb, who committed the "crime of the century" in 1924 when they abducted and killed 14-year-old Bobby Franks. Playwright John Logan explores in his play what really motivated these intelligent young men to become killers. The play is performed as part of a collaboration with Cincinnati World Cinema in which a series of films and discussions about the Leopold and Loeb story are being presented in conjunction with Never the Sinner. For more information, e-mail neumeyer@xavier.edu or call 513 745-3576.

Also Thursday, the swim team is competing at the University of Akron Zippy Invitational at 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

For more information about any of the above athletic events, call 513 745-3411 or visit the athletics web site.