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Distributed September 11, 1996
Contact: Linda Mahdesian

History goes high-tech

Brown to present outdoor sound and light show extravaganza Oct. 12

Brown will present "Legacy of Generations: A Portrait of Brown University in Sound and Light" at 9 and 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, on the College Green. Free tickets are available as of Monday, Sept. 16. Rain date is Sunday, Oct. 13, at 9 and 11 p.m.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Combining more than 200 years of University and American history with futuristic computer graphics, high-tech projection techniques, original music and laser wizardry, Brown University will present an outdoor sound and light show titled "Legacy of Generations: A Portrait of Brown University in Sound and Light." The show will be presented at 9 and at 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, on the College Green.

Audience members will be seated on a platform to view the show, which will take place all around them, including on the sides of buildings and on two jumbo screens. Seating is limited. Free tickets will be available beginning Monday, Sept. 16, at the Pizzitola Sports Center on Hope Street and at the Brown Student Activities Office, in Faunce House on Waterman Street. For more information, call Special Events at 401/863-2474.

Three years in the making, the program traces the history of Brown set against the history of the United States. "Big Chill" actress JoBeth Williams and Broadway actor James Naughton - both Brown alumni - lent their voice talents to the script, along with three dozen Brown faculty, students, trustees and alumni. Music professor Gerald Shapiro composed original music, performed by the Brown University Orchestra with other student musicians and the Brown University Chorus. The voice parts, music and instruments were recorded last fall and converted to compact disk which will be synchronized with the lasers, computer graphics and other special effects. The show is the brainchild of Artemis Joukowsky, vice chancellor of the University and one of its major supporters, as a way to celebrate the end of Brown's successful fundraising campaign.