Music students perform for lunch concert series

first_imgThe department of music will be putting on a brief concert at 12:10 p.m. Friday, as part of their “Bach’s Lunch” performance series. The performance will be held in the Penote Performers Assembly in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, and is scheduled to run until 1:10 p.m.“Bach’s lunch is a very informal casual concert that is intended to highlight some of the music students so they can get practice performing in front of a live audience. They’re very short — they’re about 50 minutes, and you’re supposed to bring your lunch,” Noelle Elliott, department of music publicity and concert coordinator, said.Elliott said different students perform each time, in groups ranging from two members to eight.“This Friday, four [students will perform] — three vocalists and one on piano,” she said. “It’s all classical. For this Friday, the majority of the lyrics that the students are singing are in German.”Flyers with translations will be distributed to the audience. Elliott said the performance will include works composed by Richard Strauss and Francis Poulenc. Elliot said the department holds “Bach’s Lunch” concerts four to five times a semester and the performances vary widely in audience attendance.“It depends — if students promote themselves, it can be from 50 – 60 people, and sometimes, there are four people,” Elliott said. “But four people are better than no people. That’s really what performance is about — having an audience. Because if there’s no audience there, then you’re just rehearsing. The energy from the audience is so important for the people performing.”She said that for the performers — all of whom are music majors — this performance experience is critical.“They’re going to be performing in front of a large audience eventually,” she said. “You go out and since you don’t have your music, you’re really performing, and the nerves are there, and it’s a way for them to learn to deal with their nerves. “But, also it’s supposed to be polished and performance-ready, just like they would for their senior recital, or if they’re planning on pursuing a career in music, to prepare them to do this as a career.”Elliott said she encourages anyone interested to attend the free but ticketed concert.Tags: Bach’s lunch, Department of Musiclast_img read more

Vermont warns of health insurance scams in wake of health care reform

first_imgMany people do not yet fully understand how the recently approved health insurance reform legislation will affect their health insurance coverage, access to services, or options available to them or their families. This has created an opportunity for scam artists and criminals looking to confuse and defraud the public.Stories of fraudsters going door-to-door to sell phony insurance policies, and accounts of con artists attempting to make dishonest profits by urging consumers to obtain coverage in non-existent “limited enrollment” periods they claim are made possible with this new legislation have already been reported by the media.“Vermonters can sometimes feel like we’re a safe distance from the scams and fraudulent activities we hear about on the national news,” said Paulette Thabault, Vermont’s Commissioner of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration (BISHCA). “Unfortunately, Vermont is not immune from criminals looking to take advantage of individuals, and scams and illegal activities do occur in our state.”Thabault advises Vermonters to beware of health insurance policies that are offered with time-limited and offer-limited benefits, or ones advertised as necessitated by health insurance reform. She also encourages anyone who is unsure that an opportunity is legitimate to check with BISHCA before signing a policy or writing a check for new health insurance coverage.Consumer Services Specialists at BISHCA’s Health Care Administration are available to answer consumer questions about health insurance coverage. They can be reached at 1-800-631-7788 (toll-free in VT) or by e-mail: [email protected](link sends e-mail). Additional information on health insurance options in Vermont can also be found on the BISHCA website (www.bishca.info(link is external)).Source: BISHCA. 4.7.2010# # #last_img read more

Texas county stores bodies in trucks as state sets one-day record for COVID-19 deaths

first_imgTopics : Cortez, a Democrat who serves as the top county official, issued a shelter-in-place order for residents. That mandate put him at odds with Republican Governor Greg Abbott, who maintains that local officials do not have the authority to make residents stay home.Crematoriums in the Hidalgo area have a wait list of two weeks, Cortez said, forcing the county to use five refrigerated trucks that can hold 50 bodies each.Hidalgo’s top medical official, Dr. Ivan Melendez, partly blamed Abbott’s move to override local officials for the spike in coronavirus infections, which he said has jammed the local medical system at every level.”Do I think that a stay-at-home order is medically indicated at this point? Absolutely,” Melendez said. On Tuesday, US deaths from COVID-19 topped 1,000 in a single day for the first time since June 10. More than 142,000 people have died in the country during the past five months and deaths are rising in 23 states, according to the Reuters tally.The country’s three most populous states, Florida, Texas and California, top the list of 44 states where cases are increasing, based on a Reuters analysis.School disputesCalifornia on Wednesday reported more than 12,800 new infections, a one-day record. The state has now eclipsed New York for the highest number of cases overall, although New York has seen far more deaths at 32,000 versus 7,800 in California.The surge has fueled disputes over mandatory mask orders and how best to resume schooling.In Chicago, dozens of teachers staged a socially distant motor protest against Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s plan for Chicago Public Schools to start the academic year with a mix of in-person instruction and remote learning.”If the biggies make the decisions that teachers are going back fully in class, then somebody is going to die. If it isn’t a student, it’ll be a teacher, a teacher’s grandmother or a student’s grandmother,” said retired teacher Jerome Jordan, 78.The protesting teachers said officials have not unveiled a detailed plan to clean schools adequately, provide disinfectant and personal protective equipment and instruct them how to implement social distancing in large groups of children.In Georgia, a third judge has been appointed in the dispute between Republican Governor Brian Kemp and Atlanta’s Keisha Lance Bottoms, a Democrat and mayor of the state’s largest city, over whether people must wear masks.Among the few states seeing a drop in infections was Arizona, another recent hotspot which saw new infections fall 13 percent last week. Hospitalizations in the state have steadily trended downward after peaking on July 13.Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, a Republican, was encouraged by those trends, his office said in a written statement, but cautioned that it was not time for the public to let down its guard.”We need to continue doing the things we know make a difference: wearing a mask, physically distancing and staying home as much as possible,” Ducey’s office said in the statement.center_img Texas on Wednesday set one-day records for increases in COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations in the state, forcing one county to store bodies in refrigerated trucks and prompting a top health official there to call for new stay-at-home orders.Texas, which reported 197 deaths and 10,893 hospitalizations, has been one of the states hardest hit by the resurgent coronavirus. Hidalgo County, at the southern tip of the state on the US border with Mexico, has seen cases rise 60 percent in the last week, according to a Reuters tally, with deaths doubling to more than 360.”We’ve got to lasso this virus, this stallion, bring the numbers back down and get control of this thing,” Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez said. “Because our hospitals – they’re war zones, they are really struggling right now.”last_img read more

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero set for lay-off after hamstring injury

first_img No time scale has been set for the forward’s absence but he could be battling to be fit for the Manchester derby on October 25. Gerardo Martino’s men floundered without Aguero as they slipped to a first defeat on home soil since 2009, with goals from Frickson Erazo and Caicedo in the space of 120 seconds giving Ecuador a famous win. There were further injury concerns for City over midfielder David Silva, who lasted just 10 minutes of Spain’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Luxembourg before hobbling off the pitch. Reports in Spain suggest he has sprained his right ankle, and coach Vicente Del Bosque said: “I don’t know the extent of the injury. Our doctors will inform you when they know something.” Silva’s absence did not prevent Spain wrapping up a 4-0 win which secured their place at the Euro 2016 finals in France. Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is set for a spell on the sidelines after suffering a hamstring injury in Argentina’s 2-0 World Cup qualifying defeat to Ecuador. The 27-year-old, fresh from plundering five goals in City’s 6-1 Barclays Premier League win over Newcastle last Saturday, was carried off on a stretcher after sustaining the problem to his left leg midway through the first half in Buenos Aires. Aguero underwent tests on Friday, with the Argentinian FA announcing he had suffered a “grade two muscle tear to the left hamstring”. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more