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Classical Notes: March 4, 2008 Archive

St. Cloud State: Certain of the Dawn

Posted at 7:07 AM on March 4, 2008 by John Birge

A delegation of students and faculty from St. Cloud State, St. John's University, and the College of St. Benedict will perform a Holocaust oratorio at a Nazi concentration camp this summer. The trip comes as the campus deals with a series of incidents in which swastikas have appeared at St. Cloud State University. They’ll be performing a new oratorio "To Be Certain of the Dawn" by Stephen Paulus, which was recently performed and recorded by the MNOrch.

Here's a detailed report from the St. Cloud Times.

And here's Karl Gehrke's MPR interview and slideshow about "To Be Certain of the Dawn."

Arts as a Campaign Issue

Posted at 3:32 PM on March 4, 2008 by Gillian Martin

An article in today's Los Angeles Times explains why the arts have become a bigger-than-usual issue in this year's presidential campaigns.

An organization called Americans for the Arts has launched an initiative called ArtVote2008 that puts some pressure on candidates of both parties to talk about funding for the arts. (See their 10-point arts policy brief here.)

With everything else going on in the world, does a candidate's position on the arts affect how you vote?