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IMusic 8 Campus Chatter: A Campus Climate Diversity Project

A two-act musical theatre production about issues of exclusion, isolation, and bullying on college campuses.

Music by Xiang Gao, lyrics by Joyce Hill Stoner, and book by Larry Raiken, this interdisciplinary original musical theatre production brings to life current-day campus adventures and encounters; some are amusing, and some are edgy. Songs and sketches are based on interviews carried out with UD students from various backgrounds (especially racially diverse and international students. For more information, visit the Campus Chatter website at www.campuschattermusical.com

Xiang Gao has been recognized as one of the world's most successful performing artists of his generation from the People's Republic of China. Xiang Gao's musical integrity and virtuoso technique have gained accolades from audiences and reviewers around the world, and he has performed for many world leaders. Most recently, Mr. Gao was a featured soloist performing for the Chinese President Hu JinTao and the visiting King Carlos I of Spain.

As a concert violinist, Xiang Gao has solo performances with more than 100 orchestras worldwide and gives master-classes and recital performances throughout North America, Asia, Europe and South America. As a multifaceted musician and singer songwriter, Mr. Gao composes, arranges and performs in the styles of Jazz, funk, bluegrass, Asian folk, pop and Latin American music. He has performed many live TV concerts for more than one billion TV viewers worldwide. With his strong interest in theater and Asian traditional music, Xiang Gao is also the creator and producer of very creative and engaging "iMusic" productions, which successfully humanizes classical music in multimedia violin concerts that brings the audience of all ages and performers together with delightful artistic elements and special effects.

Mr. Gao lives in Newark, Delaware, where he is the Trustees Distinguished Professor of Music at the University of Delaware. Xiang Gao is the founder and director of three non-profit art organizations: China Music Foundation, "China Virtuosi" ensemble and the University of Delaware's Master Players Concert Series.

Joyce Hill Stoner (Edward F. and Elizabeth Goodman Rosenberg Professor of Material Culture; Director, Preservation Studies Doctoral Program, University of Delaware; Professor and Paintings Conservator, Winterthur/UD Program in Art Conservation) has taught for the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation for 36 years and served as its director for 15 years (1982-1997). She graduated Phi Beta Kappa summa cum laude from the College of William and Mary, received her Master’s degree in Art History at the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University, her diploma in conservation at the NYU Conservation Center, and a Ph.D. in Art History (1995, UD). She has been a Visiting Scholar in at the Metropolitan Museum and at the J. Paul Getty Museum. In 1975, she founded the oral history project for the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation (the project has almost 300 interviews).

Both an art historian and a practicing paintings conservator, Stoner has authored more than 85 book chapters and articles, and has recently been studying the paintings of the Wyeth family. Andrew Wyeth painted her portrait in 1999. She co-edited the multi-author, international, 890-page Butterworth-Routledge book on Conservation of Easel Paintings which was published in November 2012. In 2011 she received both the College Art Association-Heritage Preservation Award for Distinction in Scholarship and Conservation and the American Institute for Conservation paintings specialty group award "for outstanding contributions to the field of paintings conservation."

Stoner has written lyrics and occasionally music for 22 musical theatre productions including I’ll Die if I Can’t Live Fore" by The New York Times and is available through Samuel French.

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