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April 8, 2003

Internationally Distinguished Violinist to Perform at ULM as Part of the President's Speaker Series

Professor Charles Castleman will hold a Violin Masterclass at the University of Louisiana at Monroe in the Emy-Lou Biedenharn Recital Hall from 10:30 a.m. until noon tomorrow. The class will also feature performances by three ULM students. Professor Charles Castleman is an internationally distinguished violinist and pedagogue on the faculty of the Eastman School of Music. During the class, Castleman will perform on the Stradivarius violin known as "Marquis de Champeaux", dated 1707. Castleman's biography appears in the International Who's Who in Music, published in Cambridge, England.

Dr. Chris Thompson of ULM's School of Visual and Performing Arts said, "At the Castleman Violin Masterclass, the audience will have the rare opportunity to observe the teaching and performance of one of the greatest violinists and pedagogues of our time."

Castleman's appearance is part of The President's Speaker Series. The ULM President's Speaker Series, which began this spring, is sponsored by Citgo. ULM President James Cofer created this outlet to bring distinguished speakers, lecturers, artists, and other talented people to ULM. A University is the perfect setting for accomplished professionals to share stories about their success and their vast knowledge of a particular subject matter. ULM and surrounding communities can look forward to expanded educational opportunities through these free, public talks and performances.

Castleman's appearance is also being made possible through a generous gift from the Office of the President and the Office of the Provost at ULM and from the Louisiana String Teachers Association.

Everyone is invited to attend this free performance, and seating will be by reservation only. Please call Carolyn Bruce at 342-1569 for reservations. Seating is limited.

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