Thursday, September 29, 2011
In the week leading up to September 24, Sangamon Auditorium staff had the distinct pleasure of working closely with singing sisters Karin and Kirsten Paludan as we prepared for the first UIS Kitchen Sink Series event, “It’s All Relative.” On Wednesday, September 22, Kirsten and Karin led a discussion/demonstration in a UIS Music course on American Music in which they shared their personal perspective on the ever-evolving shape and influence of music on the American public and on American individuals. On Thursday, September 23, Karin presented a discussion/demonstration about opera with an interested group from the Academy of Lifelong Learning. Accompanied by the talented Pei-I Wang on piano, Karin shared a few opera selections to whet our appetites for future opera events in Springfield. The week culminated with a delightful performance of the main event in the UIS Studio Theatre on Saturday, September 24. Following the performance, the audience was treated to a casual dessert reception hosted by faculty emeritus Cullom Davis while the ladies and their accompanying musicians signed the kitchen sink, an architectural feature that will no doubt evolve as our new series does the same.