Whittier College News Release

For Immediate Release - October 26, 1999
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The Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts, in coordination with a number of artists included in the 1999-2000 Shannon Center season, welcomes area elementary school children to the center for a variety of multicultural shows. The season-long program will continue on Friday, October 29, at 11 a.m., with Hawaiian recording artist, Moe Keale.

Keale-who will appear in two concerts at the Shannon Center on October 30-has agreed to host the next children's program this semester. This latest program will include over 300 students from Lincoln Elementary School in Whittier, and will feature traditional Hawaiian dance, as well as music and stories by Keale.

Past shows this season featured The Magic Beans, Whittier College's theater group for young audiences, in a production of "The Bremen Town Musicians," and classical guitarist Andrew York, sponsored by Target of Santa Fe Springs. Each show saw over 350 children in attendance.

Further cultural programs for area school children will include the Bridge Ensemble Piano Quartet, Aviram Reichert, acclaimed Israeli pianist, and Paul Galbraith, Brazilian classical guitarist.

"Artists like Moe Keale bring multiculturalism to the Shannon Center," said David Palmer, production coordinator and theatre manager for the Shannon Center. "By including artists from Hawaii, Israel and Brazil, as well as many other countries in our programming, we provide a broad spectrum of world cultures to our local community. This is especially important for our younger audiences."

Located 18 miles east of Los Angeles, Whittier College is an independent, four-year college offering traditional liberal arts majors and strong pre-professional programs taught in the context of the liberal arts. Whittier Law School, which is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools, is located on a separate campus in Costa Mesa.

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