Sing Against Hate: a musical call for unity

    November 17, 2010

    Music students and faculty members at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater will gather in song Monday to unite against recent hate crimes on campus.

    The event, “Sing Against Hate,” is scheduled Monday, Nov. 22, at noon in the James R. Connor University Center.

    “This will be an affirmation of UW-Whitewater's core values,” said Christian Ellenwood, professor of clarinet and music theory. “We are committed to developing a sense of community and respecting diversity.”

    Ellenwood, his music department colleagues and students will sing popular songs whose themes center on peace, unity and respect.

    Music and lyric sheets will be distributed so the campus community can participate.

    “We want to unify campus using the universal language of music,” Ellenwood said. “We don’t want the destructive actions of a few to represent the entire university. That's not who we are.”

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