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Drury’s convocation series ends the year with an artist who’s a guitarist

For Immediate Release: April 26

Peter Browning, Ph. D.
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Professor & Chaplain
Philosophy & Religion
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 26, 2010 —Drury art professor, director of the visual communication program and nationally recognized acoustic guitarist Dudley Murphy will present “Gospel Music in the Ozarks” on Thursday, April 29 at 11 a.m. in Clara Thompson Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

This musical celebration of bluegrass spirituals honors the Ozark pioneers who brought fiddles, guitars, harmonicas and banjos to this region in the early 1800s. Their faithful music replenished the spirits of a people struggling to survive and continues to inspire today.

This special concert will offer a joy-filled conclusion to the convocation year. Professor Murphy will be joined by friends-David and Linda Wilson, Deanie Murphy, Professor Tom Parker and Mark Crabtree.

Drury University’s 2009-2010 convocation series Spirituality and Justice honors the connection between spirituality and intellectual pursuit and values interfaith dialogue.


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