UD bd­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion to laun­charts and Lec­tures Se­ries

The Ambler Gazette - - POLICEREPORTS - By Eric Devlin

Up­per Dublin High School’s au­di­to­rium may just be get­ting a bit groovier as it plays host to the musLF WKDW KHOSHG WR GHfinH D JHnHUD­tionK

The Up­per Dublin bd­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion has an­nounced the start of its Arts and Lec­tures Se­ries that will help students throughout the Up­per Dublin School DistrictK

Kick­ing off the se­ries will be Mike Morsch, ex­ec­u­tive ed­i­tor of Mont­gomery Me­dia, which pub­lishes The Ambler Gazette, dis­cussing his mem­oir “Danc­ing in My Un­der­wear” about grow­ing up with the mu­sic of the ’S0s and ’T0s and the mu­si­cians he has since in­ter­viewed from that time pe­ri­odK Among those artists are Olivia kew­ton gohn, The Beach Boys, Wynonna gudd, Micky Dolenz of The Mon­kees and Mont­gomery County na­tives Daryl Hall and gohn OatesK

Morsch’s book will be on sale at the event and is avail­able at the Up­per Dublin Pub­lic Li­braryK

Ad­di­tion­ally, singer-song­writer Dan May, along with the Dan May Band, will per­form se­lected songs men­tioned in the book from the Beach Boys, The As­so­ci­a­tion, Amer­ica, Three Dog kight, the Doo­bie Broth­ers and oth­ersK Also, the gar­ret­town ble­men­tary Cho­rus, the Sandy Run Mid­dle School Seventh- and bighth-Grade Cho­rus and the Up­per Dublin High School Choir will sing some of the num­bersK

The event takes place Thurs­day, OctK 25, at TW30 pKmK inside the au­di­to­ri­umK Tick­ets are on sale for A10 and can be pur­chased on­line at wwwKbrown­pa­pertick­et­sK­com, at DOO sFKRRO DnG GLsWULFW PDLn RI­fiFHs, the Up­per Dublin Parks C Re­creDWLRn 2IfiFH DW WKH WRwn­sKLS EuLOGing and at the doorK Pro­ceeds from WKH HvHnW EHnH­fiW GLsWULFWwLGH PusLF pro­gramsK

UDbF Pres­i­dent Art Levi­nowitz said the Arts and Lec­ture Se­ries will al­low the dis­trict to high­light the brand new high school and its state-of-the-art the­aterK The se­ries pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity to bring the community to the theater for arts and lec­tures, which will in turn EHnH­fiW WKH DUWs SURJUDPs DW 8SSHU DublinK He said it would ad­vance the ed­u­ca­tion ex­pe­ri­ence and ex­pand life­time op­por­tu­ni­ties for Up­per Dublin students in sci­ence, art, mu­sic and even ath­let­icsK

So far the only other per­for­mance that has been sched­uled to take place has been a pro­duc­tion of Beethoven’s ninth sym­phony in March per­formed by the Abing­ton Choral Club and the In­de­pen­dence Sym­pho­nyK

Levi­nowitz said the plan for the Arts and Lec­ture Se­ries is to of­fer WKUHH WR fivH HvHnWs D yHDU DnG WR look at what works bestK

The UDbF has of­fered schol­ar­ships, min­i­grants and sum­mer pro­grams and through tax cred­its has made pos­si­ble in­no­va­tive pro­grams like the geo­science en­tre­pre­neur­ial pro­gramK

Morsch said he has been in­volved with the UDbF for nine years as chair­man of the ed­u­ca­tor of the year com­mit­teeK When he was asked to be chair­man, he said he was hon­ored to do it and has en­joyed look­ing at the qual­ity of teach­ers in the school dis­trict through nom­i­na­tions, talk­ing with fac­ulty and hear­ing from stu­dent rep­re­sen­ta­tives on the com­mit­teeK He said the ex­pe­ri­ence has al­lowed him to get to know dis­trict Su­per­in­ten­dent Michael Pladus, Levi­nowitz and other mem­bers of the school board in a dif­fer­ent role than he would as a jour­nal­ist by watch­ing how they work day to dayK

Morsch said Pladus came up with the idea for the per­for­mance af­ter watch­ing him per­form at his book’s launch party in guneK He said Pladus emailed him the next day ask­ing if he could recre­ate the per­for­mance as part of D IunGUDLsHU IRU WKH 8DEF. $W fiUsW Morsch said he wasn’t sure he’d be able to, given the fact that May is a pro­fes­sional mu­si­cian who might be tour­ing and un­avail­ableK How­ever, once he con­tacted May, the two worked it out and the rest is his­to­ryK

Morsch said the idea of the show is “pretty ex­cit­ing,” given he doesn’t con­sider him­self a per­former, and the idea from Pladus to in­clude students in the show was “bril­liantK”

Mike Morsch, au­thor of “Danc­ing in My Un­der­wear: The Sound­track of My Life,” will be the first speaker in the Up­per Dublin Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion’s new Arts and Lec­tures se­ries, which will kick off Oct. 25.

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