Music and Spoken Word Blend in Third Annual Language
Spanish ballet folklorico, German hip hop and French pop music share
the stage at the third annual Language Festival at Sonoma State University
from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 6.
Spoken language is a also big part of the day as local high school students
of French, German, and Spanish compete in language contests with the encouragement
of SSU students and faculty.
"The language festival competitions are much like a high school track
meet, except instead of students trying to outrun, out-jump, or out-throw
each other, they are vying to outperform students from other schools in
spoken events in French, German, and Spanish." says Spanish professor
Jeffrey Reeder, one of the organizers of the event.
"As we enter a century of increasing globalization, it is more crucial
than ever that students master world languages and learn to relate to
multiple world cultures," says French professor Suzanne Toczyski. "By
participating in the language festival, students of all levels demonstrate
their commitment to exploring different cultures."
In the morning, the students will compete in poetry, diction, and public
speaking contests in three languages: French, German and Spanish.
After a short brown-bag lunch, SSU students and faculty will join selected
high school groups in a cabaret extravaganza in the Cooperage, including
musical and dramatic performances in French, German and Spanish. In between
the various numbers, the audience will be entertained by jazz musicians
from SSU's music program led by sophomore Noam Lemish.
Participating high schools will include: Petaluma High School, Santa
Rosa High School, Santa Rosa Christian School, Casa Grande High School,
El Molino High School, Elsie Allen High School, Sonoma Valley High School,
Vallejo High School, Montgomery High School, Healdsburg High School and
"The Cabaret is super tight!" says Izaak Eberst, president of Gemütlichkeit,
SSU'’s German Club. Last year, approximately 200 people attended the event
and went home with a wide variety of prizes for their competitive efforts
as well as door prizes for attending the cabaret.
This year's door prizes include French and Indian music CDs, Swiss art
books, a wide variety of computer games and other language-related software,
gift certificates to local restaurants, French comic books, SSU t-shirts
and caps, and even a Swiss Caran d’ache pen.
Admission to the festival is free with the exception of the cabaret, which
is $3 at the door.
For more information, contact Christine Renaudin, Professor of French,
at (707) 664-3159.