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Oct. 9: 'Words & Music: A Solo Performance by Heidi Rose'

Event is at 7 p.m. Monday in Ostrander Auditorium.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 10-5-2017

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Department of Communication Studies will be hosting “Words & Music: A Solo Performance by Heidi Rose” for its 2017-2018 Nadine B. Andreas Lecture on Monday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. in Centennial Student Union’s Ostrander Auditorium.

Rose will perform two selections of her “Words & Music” trilogy, which examines love and loss across generations. Each act runs about 45 minutes.

The performance is free and open to the public. Free parking is located across from the Centennial Student Union in visitor’s pay lot 4.

The acts in the trilogy are “Mirror Image,” “Good Enough” and “Twin.” In “Mirror Image,” two cousins are born five months apart to identical twin mothers. Shaped by their mothers’ careers as 1950s pop singers, these women both complement and contradict one another as their lives unfold. “Mirror Image” reveals a life and relationship that now exist only in dreams, memories…and on stage.

“Good Enough” traces one man’s lifelong quest to realize his potential. The story features personal World War II history, the Curtis Institute of Music, opera in Italy, fathers and daughters, cantorial music and Jewish identity.

In “Twin,” identical twin girls each have a personality that is in some ways too big for their bodies. Too big to control. Too big to contain. They have lived their whole lives off-balance. Would they have been better proportioned had the egg not split?

Rose has performed the trilogy at colleges and universities across the United States.

Rose is a professor and director of graduate studies for Villanova University’s Department of Communications. She holds degrees from Northwestern University, Emerson College and Arizona State University. Rose’s teaching and research concentrate on performance, culture and identity, and her research on Deaf culture and the poetics of American Sign Language has been published in Text and Performance Quarterly; Language in Society; and The Journal of Applied Communication Research.

For more information, contact David Engen, associate professor and chair of the Department of Communication Studies at Minnesota State Mankato, by phone at 507-389-5537 or by email at

The Department of Communication Studies is part of the College of Arts and Humanities at Minnesota State Mankato.

The Nadine B. Andreas Endowment in Arts and Humanities, established in 2007, promotes student and faculty development in the College of Arts and Humanities and brings cultural events that enrich the Mankato community to campus.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,110 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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