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Jan. 29: Discussion on Role of Music, Theater in Challenging Biases

Event is at Twin Rivers Council for the Arts.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Music News Release, 1-2-2019

MANKATO, Minn. -- Minnesota State University, Mankato's Music Performance Series and the Twin Rivers Council for the Arts will co-host a discussion by Ronnie Malley on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at Twin Rivers Council for the Arts, 523 South Second St., Mankato.

Malley’s topic, "The Role Of Music and Theater to Challenge Biases," will discuss the role music plays in theater and society. Participants will learn how art can help challenge commonly held notions and rhetoric about cultures other than their own, as well as being a way to present misrepresented or omitted histories. The discussion will begin at 7 p.m., with a reception and meet and greet to follow at 8 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Free tickets are available by registering at or by contacting the Twin Rivers Council for the Arts at 507-387-1080.

With a background in global music and performance studies, Malley has collaborated with artists around the world. Malley’s credits include composing and consulting for many cultural music projects in film and theater. His recent credits include author and composer of the original play "Ziryab, The Songbird of Andalusia" (Silk Road Rising World Premiere), musician and consultant on Disney’s "The Jungle Book" (Goodman Theater, Huntington Theater), associate producer, composer, and actor in "The Sultan's Dilemma" (International Voices Project), actor and principal musician in "Arabian Nights" (Lookingglass, Berkeley, Arena Stage Theatre) and film composition for "At the Gate, Modou: The Hang Player, and Jon and Davy."

Malley conducts Arabic language artist residencies for Chicago Public Schools through his company, Intercultural Music Production, Inc. He is a teaching artist for music and theater with the Global Voices Initiative, a faculty member at the Old Town School of Folk Music and Chicago Academy for the Arts, an accomplished artist with Chicago Arts Partnership in Education, and a veteran artist with Chicago Arts Partnership in Education.

This activity is made possible in part by a grant from the Association of Performing Arts Professionals; and Building Bridges: Arts, Culture, and Identify, a component of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

Those interested in more information may call the Performance Series office at (507) 389-5549.

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