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Performing arts inspire "Standing Room Only: A Passion for Performance"

National arts figures Ben Cameron, Eugenia Zukerman, Wu Han, and the creative team behind the Tony Award-winning Avenue Q come to Portland in October for the Reed College Women’s Committee Forum 2004

PORTLAND, OR (July 16, 2004) – The performing arts inspire directors, authors, composers, performers, and their audiences, too. This October, the Reed College Women's Committee FORUM 2004 presents "Standing Room Only: A Passion for Performance," bringing nationally renowned artists and advocates who’ll share their passion for live performance.

From October 12 through October 28, featured speakers will include Ben Cameron of the Theatre Communications Group (TCG) in New York; flutist Eugenia Zukerman; pianist Wu Han; and Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, composer and creators of the Tony Award-winning musical Avenue Q.

A series ticket for all four lectures is $40. Individual tickets will be available for $15 at the door. For more information, call 503/777-7787 or visit / .

Noon, Tuesday, October 12

Acclaimed by the Boston Globe as "one of the finest flutists of our time," Eugenia Zukerman is renowned for elegant sound, lyrical phrasing, extraordinary agility, and graceful stage presence. A popular performer for over 25 years, Zukerman appears with orchestras, in solo and duo recitals, and in chamber music ensembles. She is a special correspondent covering the arts for the Emmy-nominated CBS News Sunday Morning, and is also a successful author of screenplays, novels, and her new book "In My Mother's Closet." She also serves as artistic director of the internationally acclaimed Vail Valley Music Festival. Zukerman will reveal from personal experience and through the lives that touch her how thrilling and terrifying live performance can be.

7 p.m., Friday, October 15

Wu Han's popularity with audiences worldwide has made her one of today's most talked-about classical pianists. As orchestral soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician, her impassioned music-making and thrilling style are bringing new life to the concert stage. Wu Han will address her passion for bringing music, musicians, and audiences together for discovery, understanding, and engagement. Han’s blossoming career has already taken her to many of the world’s most prestigious venues: New York’s Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Washington’s Kennedy Center, and in major concert series in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Cleveland. Her international tours include Europe and the Far East, and her regular summer festival appearances include Aspen, Santa Fe, Chamber Music Northwest, and Caramoor. Wu Han is a frequent collaborator with many of today’s finest musicians and ensembles, including the Borromeo, St. Lawrence, and Emerson Quartets.

7 p.m., Thursday, October 21

Chris Coleman, artistic director of Portland Center Stage, will guide a conversation with Avenue Q's Tony award-winning Broadway darlings Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx. Composers and creators of the hit musical, they will discuss the passion behind their project that was years in the making from a television series to Broadway. "To call it a ‘puppet show’ does it a disservice. ‘Sesame Street for grown-ups’ isn't right either. There's no handy way to describe Avenue Q, except as the furriest, and one of the funniest, shows you're likely ever to see," wrote Entertainment Weekly.

7 p.m., Thursday, October 28

"Keep dreaming. Keep hoping. Take action." Ben Cameron's words about advocacy for the performing arts touch and inspire all who hear them. A speaker in great demand, he is passionate about our "opportunity to change the conversation about the arts from frill to necessity...(arts) funding from subsidy to investment, from serving humans to nurturing the humane." Cameron is executive director of Theatre Communications Group (TCG) in New York, the national service organization for the American non-profit professional theater. With more than 430 member theaters and 18,000 individual members, TCG offers an array of services, from publications to advocacy to conferences. Cameron also serves on the boards of Theatre Communications Group, the American Arts Alliance, and the Arts and Business Council.

Reed College Women’s Committee
Proceeds from Forum 2004 support the Reed College Women's Committee (RCWC) Scholarship Fund. The RCWC was founded as an educational and social liaison between the college and the community. The committee’s goals are to enlarge and enhance the reputation of Reed College in the community; to raise funds for additional educational opportunities at Reed College; to provide the public with stimulating and intellectual activities; and to develop a continuing and ever-increasing circle of friends for Reed College.

For further media information or to receive images from Forum 2004, please contact Beth Sorensen, office of communications, at 503/777-7574 or at .

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