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California State University, Sacramento

Posted: September 3, 1999

Performance Marks Goethe's 250th Birthday

Music, drama and scholarly talks at California State University, Sacramento will breathe life into the memory of German Renaissance man, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832). The special event will take place 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 14 in the University Union Redwood Room in honor of Goethe's 250th birthday.

Goethe, acclaimed author of the poem Faust, is to the German language what Shakespeare is to English. His vast production of novels, drama, lyric poetry and even scientific writings make him synonymous with German culture, according to Olaf Perfler, celebration coordinator and German professor.

"It should be a quality event to adequately honor a great German and one of the greatest men of letters," Perfler says.

There will be a poetry recitation and reading, monologue presentations and brief dramatic scenes in German and English. Consul Michael Wolff of the the Consulate General in San Francisco, English professor Mark Hennelly, and foreign language professors Robert Tzakiri and Marjorie Gelus will give brief talks on Goethe's influence.

Celebration sponsors are the departments of foreign languages, music and theatre arts. Featured artists include soprano and music professor Claudia Kitka, who will perform works by American composers inspired by Goethe.

Several area high school German language students are expected to take part. So far students from Bella Vista, Christian Brothers, El Camino, Foothill Galt, Lodi and Mira Loma high schools have committed to participate.

For more information call the public affairs office at 278-6156.


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