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Faculty Jazz Quintet to Perform on Oct. 28

The Department of Music Faculty & Friends Concert Series will present the Faculty Jazz Quintet in a performance of the music of Horace Silver at 7:30 PM, Tuesday, Oct. 28, in the Rowe Recital Hall. Tickets are $9 general admission, $7 seniors and UNC Charlotte faculty and staff and $6 for all students. The Rowe Galleries will be open one hour prior to the concert.

Pianist Horace Silver (1928-2014) began his career with Stan Getz. He then played with luminaries such as Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Charlie Parker and Miles Davis. In the early 1950s, he joined drummer Art Blakey to form the Jazz Messengers and was a key figure in the development of hard bop. Silver formed his own quintet in the late ‘50s and wrote a number of pieces that have become jazz standards. The Oct. 28 program will include "The Jody Grind," "Nica's Dream" and "Summer in Central Park," among others.

The Faculty Jazz Quintet features Will Campbell (saxophone), Michael Hackett (trumpet), Noel Freidline (piano), Ron Brendle (bass) and Rick Dior (percussion).

Commemoration of Berlin Wall's Fall Set for Nov. 9

Mario Röllig spent three months in East Berlin’s Hohenschönhausen Prison in 1987 for trying to flee communist East Germany. He will tell his story at 2:00 PM, Sunday, Nov. 9, at UNC Charlotte Center City, during an afternoon of public activities to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The event, called "The Power of People," is free and open to the public, but registration is requested. The German Language and Culture Foundation is hosting the event in conjunction with the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and the Department of Languages and Culture Studies. Each year, the foundation awards dozens of scholarships to UNC Charlotte students who are majoring in German, and it works with the department to provide hands-on learning opportunities with German companies in Charlotte and abroad.

In addition to Röllig’s talk, there will be simultaneous showings of a documentary and feature film "The Lives of Others," beginning at 3:00 PM; a symbolic tearing down of the "wall" around 5:30 PM; and an exhibit of photography, news articles and student projects that were a collaboration among Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Gaston County Schools and Deutsche Schule Charlotte, the German Language School.