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MUSICIAN & ACTIVIST PETER YARROW TO LECTURE, PERFORM IN FOUR-DAY RESIDENCY AT WHITTIER
WHITTIER, CA (February 15, 2006)—Member of famed 60s folk group Peter, Paul & Mary, activist and educator Peter Yarrow has been selected as this year’s Feinberg Lecturer at Whittier College. On Wednesday, February 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts, Yarrow will speak on Jewish Culture and Its Relationship to “Operation Respect”—the latter is Yarrow’s nationally implemented-program for character education in K-12 schools. Tickets are $20 general and group discounts are available. Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling the Shannon Center Box Office at 562.907.4203. The Ruth B. Shannon Center is located at 6370 Painter Ave., on the Whittier College campus.
Additionally, on Friday, February 24, at 8:00 p.m. in the Shannon Center, Yarrow will headline a special musical concert, joined onstage by daughter Bethany Yarrow and Rufus Cappadocia, a cello and voice duo who have gained fame in their own right. Tickets are $35 general and may be purchased in advance by calling the Box Office, 562.907.4974.
Both the public lecture and concert are among the activities scheduled during Yarrow’s four-day stint as Whittier College’s guest professional-in-residence.
successful artist and activist, Peter Yarrow's talent is legendary. His gift for
songwriting has produced some of the most moving songs that Peter, Paul & Mary
have recorded, including "Puff, The Magic Dragon," "Day Is Done," and "Light One
Candle." This musical creativity has always gone hand-in-hand with Yarrow's
commitment to social change.
About Bethany & Rufus
The musical blend of vocalist Bethany Yarrow and cellist Rufus Cappadocia slides elegantly between groove, jazz, and psychedelic folk. The duo’s self-titled debut album is praised by reviewers as “simple and beautiful work,” combining Bethany’s electrifying voice—likened by critics to the husky power of Nina Simone or Cassandra Wilson—and the “mind-blowing, genre-bending” cello playing of Rufus Cappadocia. With a deeply soulful sound Bethany and Rufus have transformed timeless songs such as “900 Miles,” “East Virginia,” and “St. James Infirmary,” pushing the boundaries of American folk far into the territory of intense groove and sweet soul.
About the Feinburg Lecture Series
Established by former Whittier College Trustee Sheldon Feinberg and his wife,
Betty, the Feinberg Lecture Series was created to invite major scholars to the
college to discuss the broad historic, religious and political issues
encompassed by Judaism and its role in a changing world.
Founded by Quakers in 1887, Whittier College is an independent, four-year college offering a traditional liberal arts program integrated with both professional and pre-professional courses of study. With an emphasis on diversity, community, and curricular innovation, the College’s primary mission is to endow students with the education, skills, and values appropriate for global leadership and service.
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 Orange County.
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