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Inside Iowa State
August 7, 1998

Performances kick off new school year

by Anne Dolan

The ISU community is invited to several performances that will help kick off the new academic year and a yearlong celebration of alumnus George Washington Carver.

"A Concert on the Green," featuring the Cedar Rapids Symphony directed by Christian Tiemeyer, will begin at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 24, the first day of classes.

The concert will be held on central campus or, in case of inclement weather, at Stephens Auditorium.

Among the selections the orchestra will play are The Star Spangled Banner, themes from the films 2001 Space Odyssey and Titanic, Ride of the Valkyries and The 1812 Overture. The symphony also will perform the Iowa State fight song.

Concert goers are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets and non-alcoholic refreshments. Free samples of Cyclone Tailgate Sundae, a special edition ice cream from Anderson- Erickson, will be served.

The concert will be broadcast live on WOI-FM Radio (90.1) and fed by satellite to public radions stations at the University of Iowa (KSUI-FM) and the University of Northern Iowa (KUNI- FM).

Comedian Bill Cosby opens the George Washington Carver Arts series with two shows on Sunday, Aug. 30. A 6 p.m. show is free and for ISU students only; tickets are being sold at all TicketMaster locations for a 3 p.m. show. Both performances are at Stephens Auditorium.

Free reserved seat tickets to the 6 p.m. performance for ISU students will be available (while they last) from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25, at the Iowa State Center ticket office, Stephens Auditorium. An ISU ID and current registration receipt are required to receive a ticket. Students who want to sit together should pick up tickets together.

The 1998-99 academic year at Iowa State will feature an all- university celebration of Carver, a plant researcher known for finding hundreds of uses for peanuts, sweet potatoes, pecans, cotton and other native plants. In addition to a performing arts series at Stephens, the celebration includes a lecture series, photo exhibit (see accompanying story) and a Carver exhibit that will tour the state.

Carver received bachelor's and master's degrees from Iowa State and joined the faculty for a short time before being hired away to Tuskegee Institute, Alabama. At Tuskegee, he gained fame for his research program.

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