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African Drumming and Italian Art

Oct 29, 2014 09:20AM ● By Erica Shames

The Bucknell Institute for Lifelong Learning (BILL) will host two programs in November exploring the role of the master drummer and Italian art.

Phil Haynes, lecturer in music at Bucknell, will present "The Role of the Master Drummer Beyond Africa and Jazz," on Thursday, Nov. 6, at noon at the Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village, located at 6 Tressler Blvd. in Lewisburg.

The program will feature a live concert, discussion and masterclass on how the ancient African talking drum tradition resonates, grows and is once again in high demand by contemporary culture, both inside and outside of music. Haynes will be joined by a collective of Bucknell private improvisation students.

Doors open at 11:30 a.m.; beverages and a light dessert will be provided. Participants may bring their own lunch or purchase a soup-and-sandwich lunch (navy bean soup, chicken salad on a roll and assorted cookies and peanut butter brownies) for $6 by contacting the Bucknell Institute for Lifelong Learning office at 570-522-0105 or up to noon of the day prior to the program; payment can be made at the door.

The Institute will host the special presentation, "Italian art of the 14th to 17th centuries," Sunday, Nov. 16, at 1:30 p.m. in the Samek Gallery. James Turnure, Samuel H. Kress Professor Emeritus and former acting director of the Samek Gallery, will discuss the place of these paintings in history, how they were made, their views on religion, and subtleties the average viewer might miss. The Kress Collection is located in the Samek Gallery on the third floor of the Elaine Langone Center.

The Nov. 16 program is free and open to the public; registration is not required.

The Bucknell Institute for Lifelong Learning has provided adult learners in the Central Susquehanna Valley a broad range of educational and intellectual opportunities since its inauguration during the fall of 2009. The Institute is a self-supporting affiliate of Bucknell University. All of its programs and events are supported by membership and course registration fees and donations from members and friends.

For more information about the Institute's programs, call 570-522-0105 or email

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