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Friday, April 16, 2004

11:00 a.m.

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2:00 p.m.
Outdoors: College Hall to Studley Theatre

Inaugural Ceremony Procession

Join us for the spectacle of robes, hoods, hats and tassels representing the rich diversity of higher education around the world in a sight long remembered. Delegates from Harvard, Princeton, the University of Chicago, among others, will be ordered in accordance with their institutional year of founding.

2:30 p.m.
Studley Theatre
by invitation only

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Installation Ceremony

The installation ceremony is the heart of the inaugural celebration. At this formal event, the new President is invested with the powers of the Presidency by the Chancellor of the State University of New York System. It is also where the new President gives his inaugural address.

If seats become available, you can reserve them online.

4:30 p.m.
Old Main Quad

Inaugural Reception

A reception, outdoor under a tent on the Old Main Quad, will follow the ceremony and will include a receiving line for the President and, live music.

6:30 p.m.
Studley Theatre

MALIcool: Roswell Rudd with Mamadou Diabate

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Studley Theatre is suffused in a rhythmic synthesis of West African music and American blues in a concert that is not to be missed. Legendary trombonist Roswell Rudd and Malian kora musician Mamadou Diabate exquisitely blend West African textures with jazz in this live performance of MALIcool. The kora is a 21-stringed African instrument similar to a lute or guitar. It's sound and intricate playing style is similar to flamenco guitar.

Performing original compositions, traditional Malian folk songs and jazz standards (including a cover of Thelonious Monk's "Jackie-ing"), Rudd and Diabate display their virtuosic abilities in a repertoire of uplifting songs that fuse swinging melodies with playful improvisations colored by African rhythms. Joined by Barry Altschul (drums), Lassana Diabate (balafone), Nora York (vocals), Henry Schroy (bass), Ivan Rubenstein-Gills (guitar) and Fode Bangoura (djembe, percussion). Rudd's dexterous trombone and Diabate's versatile kora are a fresh combination of unusual beauty and poignant tenderness… a real fusion and not just a superficial merger.

The North American premiere of this concert occurred at St. Ann's Warehouse, Brooklyn, in February. The group's recording, "MALIcool" was recorded in Bamako, Mali, in 2001 with both Malian and American musicians. It has received international accolades.

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Trombonist Rudd is proudly a member of the tradition that has given us such jazz trombone greats as Jack Teagarden, Kid Ory, J.J. Johnson, and Joseph Nanton. One of the most imaginative and stimulating players, Rudd is known for his work with groundbreaking groups and musicians like Herbie Nichols, the New York Art Quartet, Cecil Taylor. Archie Shepp, Carla Bley, and Steve Lacy.

His trailblazing on the trombone has influenced an entire generation of trombonists who hear his extroverted "gut bucket" stylings as the modern incarnation of the New Orleans style. He has equally passionate lyricism in the tradition of American folk songs and ballads.

Rudd has not only received international recognition as a performer, but also for his compositions and arrangements ranging from large-scale music dramas to instrumental jazz suites. His jazz operas "Blues for Planet Earth" and "Gold Rush" have achieved cult status from their performances in the 1960s. In 2000, Rudd was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in Composition. In 2003, he was voted "Trombonist of the Year" by the Jazz Journalists Association.

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9-11 p.m.
Elting Gym Pool

Latino Week: Pool Party

DJ, games, inflatables