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Dine and Discuss Book on Racism

January 16, 2019, Adrian, Michigan – Have dinner and join in a discussion of Patrick Phillips’ enlightening book, Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America during Weber Retreat and Conference Center’s Dine and Discuss from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 13.

In Blood at the Root, Dr. Phillips, a professor at Stanford University, explores the harrowing racial history of Forsyth County, Georgia, where he grew up, and the expulsion of its entire African American population.

Registration is open now so participants can take time reading the book. The cost of the program is $15, which includes both the book and dinner. Books are available at the front desks of Weber Center and the Dominican Life Center, and at the Weber Center Shop. Register online or in person and pick up your book at any of the above locations.

To register, visit www.webercenter.org and click on “programs.” Registrations may also be made by contacting Weber Center at 517-266-4000 or webercenter@adriandominicans.org.

Weber Center is on the campus of the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ Motherhouse, 1257 E. Siena Heights Drive, Adrian. Enter the Eastern-most driveway of the complex and follow the signs to Weber Center. For information, call the Weber Center at 517-266-4000.

First Sunday Music Series Features Music by Bartók

January 15, 2019, Adrian, Michigan – Sister Magdalena Ezoe, OP, Professor of Music Emerita at Siena Heights University, continues her First Sunday Music Series on February 3, 2019, with a number of compositions by Béla Bartók. The concert begins at 1:30 p.m. in St. Catherine Chapel at the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ Motherhouse Campus, 1257 E. Siena Heights Drive, Adrian.

The concert will feature Three Hungarian Folksongs; Evening in the Country; Diary of a Fly; and Dance in Bulgarian Rhythms. Sister Magdalena will also play the CDs of Bartók’s Game of Pairs, from his Concerto for Orchestra, featuring bassoons, oboes, clarinets, flutes, and trumpets in pairs, and his Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, Adagio section, often called Night Music because of its quiet and mysterious quality.  

The free concert, open to the public, will also feature brief presentations by Sister Magdalena on the composer, the compositions, and what to listen for in the music.

Born in Tokyo, Sister Magdalena came to the United States to study at Barry College (now University) in Miami, Florida, where she met and later joined the Adrian Dominican Sisters. Sister Magdalena taught music for Siena Heights for 37 years and has composed parts for the Catholic Mass, hymns, chamber music, and other music for the organ and the piano.



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