"Music of Non-Western Cultures," an Southern Oregon University class taught by Pat Daly, will be open to the public on Thursday evening, Nov. 8, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. in the Hannon Library Meese Meeting Room.

The class is taught by former JPR Music Director Pat Daly, and a variety of ethnic instruments from the Schuman Collection will be on display for this special event. Jack Schuman, who donated his extensive collection to SOU, will discuss the global origins of many of the instruments and will perform on hurdy gurdy. Stephen Bacon, conservator of the collection, will discuss and demonstrate the evolution of instrument sounds across cultures.

Kevin Carr, who performs internationally with Wake the Dead, Hillbillies from Mars, and many Qu&

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233;cois and Celtic groups, will play bagpipes from around the world. Louis Leger, longtime music educator in the Ashland public schools, will play Chinese erhu and button accordion from Quebec. Other local musicians include Richard Williams playing oud, saz, and sarod, and Olof Soderback performing on North Indian violin, sarangi, tabla and Swedish hardanger fiddle. Steve Berman will perform on African sanza, South American charango, Macedonian kaval and Balkan gadulka.

This is an opportunity to see selected instruments from the Schuman Collection, donated to the university by Jack and Dorinda Schuman. One of the world's largest private collections, it encompasses rare and historic instruments from European, Islamic, African, Asian and American musical traditions. SOU is raising funds to refurbish a permanent home for the collection on campus.

The public is invited to this free program, co-sponsored by the SOU Music Department and Hannon Library. For information call (541) 552-6823.