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Vol. XI, no. 2

TCU Library Newsletter, Web Edition   

November, 1999
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"Les Musiciens" of Luxembourg Visit TCU
by Sheila Madden

For a number of years Mary Couts Burnett Library has housed one of the largest collections of items on the people, life and culture of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in its Pate-Newcomer Collection. On Tuesday, September 28, 1999 the relationship was further embellished as Friends of the TCU Library and the Texas Christian University School of Music hosted a group touring the U.S. under the patronage of Luxembourg Ministry of Culture.

The Woodwind Quintet "Les Musiciens" is composed of soloists and teachers who also regularly work together in a professional chamber orchestra based in Luxembourg. Opening remarks of welcome from University Librarian, Robert A. Seal, preceded the guest recital. The Quintet's program in Pepsico Hall included Five Characteristic Pieces by Marco Putz of Luxembourg and was enhanced by remarks from the stage. The evening concert climaxed a whirlwind day in Fort Worth which began with an "open rehearsal" in Pepsico Hall attended by TCU music students and progressed through lunch and shopping in the stockyards area. Mrs. Joyce Capper escorted the visitors who also viewed her extensive collection of art work from the Grand Duchy. After the concert audience and musicians were able to visit at a reception hosted by Friends.

"Les Musiciens" left one day later for performances in the Chicago area. It will be a pleasure to welcome this group back to TCU and Cowtown for a longer cultural non-book exchange.

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