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October 28, 2004
CONTACT: Faith Jackson
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December Brings Several Senior Night Out Offerings at Kean University

UNION, N.J. ––Kean University proudly announces the second year of its popular Senior Night Out program. In an initiative led by University President Dawood Farahi, free tickets to several of the stellar performing-arts events held at the University’s theatres are available to seniors through local senior-citizens centers.

“Senior citizens are very important to our communities,” said Farahi. “As a leader in education, it is imperative that Kean University uses its resources to include them in the wonderful cultural offerings on this campus.” He added that, while planning this new program, Kean polled seniors living locally to find out what kinds of outings they would enjoy. The overwhelming response was for performing arts. “We have great programming that we can share with our seniors. I know this plan will be especially beneficial for those living on a fixed income, who might otherwise not be able to see events of this caliber as much as they would like,” said Farahi.

To request Senior Night Out tickets, please contact your local senior-citizens center. For more information, call Marge Devanney of Kean University at (908) 737-6019.

Upcoming Senior Night Out shows include:

Wednesday, December 8, 7:30 p.m.
The Chanukkah Story featuring The Western Wind and narrator Annabelle Gurwitch
Wilkins Theatre

The Western Wind is a vocal sextet that has devoted itself to the special beauty and variety of a cappella music. The company, along with guest narrator Annabelle Gurwitch, noted film and television actress, writer and NPR commentator, and host of TBS's Dinner & a Movie, who explores Chanukkah’s orgins, spiritual significance and the rituals and customs that have evolved to celebrate it. The Chanukkah Story is comprised of 25 songs that weave together ancient Ladino songs of the Spanish Jews, Yiddish melodies of Eastern Europe and modern Israeli and Mexican tunes along with insightful and informed commentary. The piece won The New York Times Critics’ Choice award for favorite holiday recording.

Friday, December 10, 7:30 p.m.
Voice of the Dragon
Wilkins Theatre

Composer Fred Ho’s newest action blockbuster is a groundbreaking multicultural cross-genre performance epic in a never-before-seen explosive fusion of music and theatre with pyrotechnical martial arts, set during the early Ching dynasty in China. The show features a cast of elite champion martial artists and Fred Ho’s Afro Asian Music Ensemble.

Saturday, December 11, 7:30 p.m.
Noche Buena 2004
Wilkins Theatre

Come celebrate La Navidad with a Latin flair. This bilingual annual event is a wonderful holiday program full of the traditional music and dances from throughout Latin America in celebration of the Christmas spirit, offering audience participation and surprises that will make this an evening that is both educational and memorable.

Friday, December 17, 7 p.m.
Babes in Toyland
Wilkins Theatre

This new, updated version of Victor Herbert’s classic holiday-season operetta will delight the whole family as fantasy and reality are interwoven in a land where toys walk, talk and sing.

Saturday, December 18, 7:30 p.m.
Celtic Christmas
Wilkins Theatre

Tomaseen Foley’s A Celtic Christmas features fiery fiddles, uileeann pipes, Celtic guitar and Irish dance in a loving recreation of the joy and innocence of a Christmas night in a rural farmhouse in the west of Ireland.