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September 15, 2010

Meliora Weekend & Eastman Weekend

photos of Sanjay Gupta, students and Brad BerkMeliora Weekend Highlights


Sanjay Gupta, chief medical correspondent for health and medicine at CNN, will examine why certain health-related stories make the headlines during his keynote address. (11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 16) Tickets available for the simulcast; live event is sold out.

Comedian, actor, and writer Jim Gaffigan brings his cleverly quiet style to Meliora Weekend for two performances. Gaffigan, who starred in the TBS hit show My Boys, has appeared regularly on the Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Conan O’Brien.
(7:30 and 10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 16)

Noted panelists will discuss the Future of Health Care at the Presidential Symposium on Great Issues of the 21st Century. Hosted by Hugo Sonnenschein ’61, president emeritus and Adam Smith Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago.
(1:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 16)

Medical Center CEO Bradford Berk and his wife, Mary, will discuss the spinal cord injury he suffered in 2009, his recovery, and how their experiences will shape the future of patient care in Rochester during the Power of Compassionate Care. (3:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 16)

The 2010 Stanton/Anthony Conversations, cosponsored by the Susan B. Anthony Center for Women’s Leadership and the Center for Entrepreneurship, will include discussions about women and power. (Saturday, Oct. 16)

Junot Diaz, a 2008 Pulitzer Prize winner for his book The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, will give a talk Friday evening. Cosponsored by the Office of the President, the Kearns Center, Spanish and Latino Students’ Association, Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, Department of English, the Frederick Douglass Institute, the Friends of the University of Rochester Libraries, and River Campus Libraries. (6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 15)

photo of Ron Carter, students on brass horns and Eastman statue Eastman Weekend Highlights


Students and faculty performers from the Eastman School will present a spectrum of musical styles and genres, at The Gift of Music: The Rhythm of Life. The Wind Ensemble, Chorale, Jazz Ensemble, Opera Theatre, Percussion Ensemble, and the University of Rochester Yellowjackets are the featured performers. (8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 15)

Legendary jazz bassist Ron Carter ’59E will perform with the Ron Carter Quartet, to be followed by a CD sale and signing. Proceeds will benefit the Ron Carter Scholarship at the Eastman School. (2:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 16)

Enjoy a performance by the Eastman Philharmonia and  Symphony Orchestra in the newly renovated Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Neil Varon will direct the orchestras in a program featuring Oleh Krysa, a professor of violin, and RPO violinist Ainur Zabenova (’04E, ’09E) in Alfred Schnittke’s Concerto Grosso and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. (8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16)

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