UnCommon Lives comes to Rockford College stage

Rockford College presents its 7th Biennial UnCommon Lives celebration March 16-20 honoring the lives of “Extraordinary Women in the Arts.”

Author Ann Patchett, actor Jane Alexander, classical guitarist Sharon Isbin, installation artist and photographer Sandy Skoglund and jazz violinist Regina Carter are all featured guests.

For information on events, contact Rockford College at 226-4100 or visit www.rockford.edu. Events are fully handicapped accessible.

Schedule of events is as follows:

Ann Patchett—Tuesday, March 16

Ann Patchett is a prolific novelist and writer whose works have been recognized by some of the most prestigious judges in literary criticism.

Patchett reads from her work at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 16 in Maddox Theatre, followed by a book signing. Patchett will engage in conversation with readers at the Rockford Public Library Montague Branch at 4 p.m.

Jane Alexander—Wednesday, March 17

Jane Alexander, Tony and Emmy Award winner and four-time Oscar nominee, starred in dozens of movies. In her speech, “Command Performance: The Art of Politics,” Alexander will offer a thoughtful account of her days in Washington, D.C., bringing an outsider’s perspective and an actor’s eye for human detail to the subject of bureaucratic politics.

Alexander will give the luncheon’s keynote address at noon, March 17, and will receive Rockford College’s Jane Addams Medal. Reservations for the luncheon are required. Tickets are $35.

Sharon Isbin—Thursday, March 18

Sharon Isbin, the world’s foremost living classical guitarist, is known for her extraordinary lyricism, technique and versatility. Isbin will perform a recital at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 18, in Maddox Theatre.

Sandy Skoglund—Friday, March 19

Noted installation artist and photographer Sandy Skoglund started working as a conceptual artist in New York in the early 1970s. Skoglund will give a slide lecture on Friday at 6 p.m., prior to the gallery opening of her exhibit at 7 p.m. Her show will include an installation piece she will create on Thursday with area art students and local artists using screws donated by Rockford Products Corporation.

Regina Carter—Saturday, March 20

As a young musician, Regina Carter was hand-picked to join Wynton Marsailis’ Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. She has recorded with vocalist Cassandra Wilson, trombonist Steve Turre, pianists Kenny Barron and Danilo Perez, and guitarist Rodney Jones. Her quintet combines elements of funk, African, Brazilian and soul. Carter’s concert will be at 8 p.m., Saturday in Maddox Theatre. Saturday morning, she conducts a jazz workshop at Rockford College with local string students.

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