Chamber quartet Cordis to perform Sept. 26 at Berea College

Although the program includes works by some familiar composers -- Philip Glass and Igor Stravinsky for instance -- this is “not your grandfather’s chamber music,” says Cordis, the contemporary chamber group performing at Berea College’s Gray Auditorium on Sept. 26, beginning at 8 p.m.

For one thing, there’s the unique instrumentation. Although the ensemble is built upon cello, concert cimbalon, piano and percussion, one-of-a-kind creations such as the electric mbira, melodic, and the world’s longest playing cylinder-driven music box also can weave their way into a Cordis performance. The band’s current program “Cinema of Sound” also includes compositions by member Richard Grimes, who plays the electric cimbalom.

Cordis, Latin for “from the heart,” began in New York City’s West village in the spring of 2001. Now based out of Boston, the band released its debut CD, “Here On Out” in 2007.

This special presentation sponsored by the Berea College Music Department is free and open to the public.

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Former ACLU president to present EKU lecture

The next lecture in Eastern Kentucky University’s Chautauqua Lecture Series, “Creative Inquiries,” will feature former ACLU president Nadine Strossen.

Strossen, who helmed the American Civil Liberties Union from 1991 to 2008, will discuss “Current Challenges to Free Speech,” Thursday, Oct. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Clark Room of the Wallace Building.

As president of ACLU, Strossen made more than 200 public presentations each year and appeared on nearly every major U.S. news program. She has received numerous awards and been hailed as one of the most influential business leaders, women or lawyers in such publications as the National Law Journal, Working Woman Magazine and Vanity Fair.

The ACLU consists of two separate non-profit organizations: the ACLU Foundation, an organization which focuses on litigation and communication efforts, and the American Civil Liberties Union, which focuses on legislative lobbying. Strossen was the first woman and the youngest person ever to lead the ACLU.

Born in Jersey City, N.J., she has said that the experiences of her family were her inspiration to pursue a career in civil liberties.

“My father was a holocaust survivor and my mother’s father was a protester during World War I, when he came to this country as an immigrant and he was literally spat upon for not going to fight in the war,” Strossen has said in interviews.

Strossen graduated from Harvard College in 1972 and Harvard Law School in 1975, serving as editor of the Harvard Law Review. She practiced law in Minneapolis and New York City for nine years before becoming a professor of law at New York Law School in 1989.

For more information about the Chautauqua Series, call Bruce MacLaren at 622-1503.

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