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Hildegard Festival returns to University, Carnegie
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California State University, Stanislaus is presenting the 3rd Hildegard Festival of Women in the Arts this weekend with a theme focusing on “Storytelling: Narrative Arts in the New Century.” The festival runs through Sunday with a bevy of concerts, scholarly presentations, panel discussions, lecture/recitals, poetry readings, a composition masterclass, a digital gallery exhibit, a music listening room, and a live "paint-out."The Hildegard Festival is sponsored by the College of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. The purpose of the Hildegard Festival is to celebrate the creative work of women in the arts and to provide opportunities for participating artists to engage one another and gain familiarity with one another’s creative work. Today’s scheduled events include a performance at 7:30 p.m. by Beverly Serra-Brooks in "Love and Denial: The Legacy of Clara Schumann." Saturday’s events include a 7:30 p.m. chamber music concert. A series of presentations and discussions also will be held throughout the day on Friday and Saturday. The festival concludes with a no-host departure brunch at Strings Italian Café at 1501 Geer Road in Turlock from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The festival also includes activities at the Carnegie Arts Center. At 2 p.m. Saturday the Carnegie will host a panel discussion, Telling Your Story: How to Market and Promote Your Work, with moderator Jeannie Pool, and panel participants Beverly Simmons, Deon Nielsen Price, Marlene Hajdu. At 3 p.m. a lecture on ceramic artist and sculptor Betty Feves will be presented by her daughter, Julie Feves. Betty’s career as an artist, educator, and community activist for art and music education left an important legacy in her community; she was honored in 2012 with a retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, Oregon. At 4 p.m. there will be a reading of poetry by Maya Angelou performed by members of the Sankofa Theater of Modesto. A reception for all the speakers and performers will follow at 5 p.m. Performances and concerts do require tickets and the festival requires registration. Tickets and registration can be done at the university from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Snider Recital Hall Lobby. A full list of the festival’s events is available online at