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A Quilt of Song: inspired by the AIDS Quilt Songbook

Invitation: Guest soprano Susan Hurley and pianist William Reber perform with UM Music Students in a free recital. Free parking at the Music Bldg.

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Join us Friday, November 15th at 7:30 in Nutt Auditorium for “Quilt of Song,” a recital inspired by the AIDS Quilt Songbook, featuring guest artists soprano Susan Hurley and pianist William Reber, and UM vocal students Paden Bell, Korynn Lacher, and Lawson Marchetti performing with pianist Price Walden. Admission is free, and everyone is welcome. Presented by the Department of Music, Living Music Resource, and the Sarah Isom Center.

The parking lot between the Music Building and Memory House wil be reserved for those attending this event.  Football game restrictions will begin after the performance.

Conceived in 1991 and premiered at Lincoln Center in New York City in 1992, the AIDS Quilt Songbook is an ongoing program, a song cycle composed by dozens of diverse composers and lyricists in response to the Names Project (the AIDS Quilt), panels of which will be displayed at the concert. The songs are all written by and about people living with HIV and reflect the myriad struggles, set-backs, and triumphs of the HIV community over the last thirty-six years. Many songs have been added to the Songbook since its premiere in 1992, reflecting the changes and challenges faced by the community.

Susan Hurley is the founding Artistic Director of Phoenix, Arizona’s annual AIDS Quilt Songbook performance project, now in its sixth year. The concert, performed each year in conjunction with a display of panels from the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, is the launch event for a week of World AIDS Day commemorations. She has commissioned several new solo and chamber compositions for this concert series. Three have been given their World Premiere performances. Susan frequently presents talks and lecture-recitals on the history and song literature of the AIDS Quilt Songbook.

Susan will also be the featured guest on Sunday afternoon’s LMR LIVE, a live-streamed talk show produced by Living Music Resource. Join the live audience at

For assistance related to a disability, contact Lynn A. Wilkins: | 6629152036

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Sponsored by: UM Department of Music