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SUBJECT: Memorial University students set to commit random acts of music
DATE: Oct. 14, 2003

Memorial's student musicians will have a unique opportunity to strut their stuff during the two weeks of Celebrate Memorial 2003, which is happening from Oct. 14-25, 2003.

Beginning on Wed. Oct. 15, student music ensembles ranging from Memorial's chamber choir to Conan the Funk Trio will play at various times and locations around the St. John's campus. The series of performances is called Random Acts of Music; gigs will vary in length from 20 to 50 minutes, depending on the venue and personal schedules of the performers.

Professor Paul Bendzsa of Memorial's School of Music, who is helping to coordinate the event, said Random Acts of Music is a way to showcase Memorial's musical academic stream, as well as the great talent on campus. "Plus, we want to spread music around during Celebrate Memorial to help enhance campus life," Prof. Bendzsa said. "People will be pleasantly surprised by the busking, and there won't be a hat out, either!"

Performance venues are being kept secret, although Prof. Bendzsa said the musicians will be in central places away from classroom activity. As well, he said the School of Music is inviting the public to the following open rehearsals for its jazz and concert bands:

Oct. 24 from 4-5:30 p.m.; jazz band open rehearsal at the D.F. Cook Auditorium
Oct. 25 from 5-6:30 p.m.; concert band open rehearsal in Room 1034, School of Music, Music Building

Celebrate Memorial 2003, which runs Oct. 14-25, is an annual festival of events celebrating the university's significant community presence and contribution.

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