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The Coe College Marquis Series has a long tradition of bringing high quality entertainment and outstanding lecturers to the Cedar Rapids community - the kinds of performances that you would typically have to travel to major metropolitan areas to experience and enjoy.

Marquis Series patrons can purchase individual tickets to each event for $15 for the general public, $10 for students (18 and under) and seniors (55 and older). No charge for Coe College students, faculty and staff. For ticket information, call the Coe College Box Office at 319-399-8600, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Friday.

The Marquis Series is funded by a gift from the estate of Sarah Marquis in honor of her father, Dr. John A. Marquis, who was president of Coe College from 1909-1920. The purpose of the series is to bring entertainment and educational presentations to the Coe campus for the benefit of the entire community.

2013-14 Marquis Series

Monday, Sept. 9, 2013
7:30 p.m. Sinclair Auditorium

Peter Godwin is an accomplished author, foreign correspondent, documentary-maker and screenwriter. Born and raised in Africa, Godwin went on to study at Cambridge University and Oxford. He is the author of five non-fiction books, including "When a Crocodile Eats the Sun: A Memoir of Africa." This book received the Borders Original Voices Award and was selected by American Libraries Association as a Notable Book winner in 2008. The memoir recounts the collapse of Godwin's native Zimbabwe over the past decade. Alongside Zimbabwe's war of independence is the story of the decline of his father. This storyline leads to Godwin's central revelation in the book: his father is Jewish and has hidden it from Godwin and his siblings. "When a Crocodile Eats the Sun" is a memorable narrative about the struggle to discover the past while processing the present.

Photo by Abigail Seymour

Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013
7:30 p.m. Dows Theatre

Riley Baugus and Trevor Stuart are two of North Carolina's finest traditional musicians. Baugus is a banjo player and singer who learned from some of the legends of old time music, including National Heritage Award winner Tommy Jarrell. He has also recorded with artists like Alison Krauss, Robert Plant and Willie Nelson. Stuart is known as a virtuoso on the Appalachian fiddle, and has deep musical roots in his family: his great grandfather, Rev. Henry King, was a fiddler, his great uncle, Austin Stamey, was a banjoist and singer, and he currently performs with his brother Travis, a banjo player. Stuart learned his repertoire and fiddle styles from some of the greats in his region of North Carolina. Baugus and Stuart both tour the United States and abroad, teaching and performing at major festivals and music camps.

Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013
2:00 p.m. Sinclair Auditorium

Catherine Klipfel (piano), Stefan Hempel (violin) and Emanuel Wehse (violoncello) united in 2005 at the Folkwang Academy in Essen. It only took two years of collaboration before the group began making its mark, winning several important prizes. In 2009, the Morgenstern Trio won the prestigious Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award. The ensemble was also nominated for the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) "Rising Stars" series. These honors paved the way for the trio to travel to leading concert halls throughout Europe, including appearances in Paris, Vienna, Amsterdam, Cologne, Brussels and Stockholm. The group has particularly made a name for itself in Germany, leaving one reviewer to say the performances are "an impressive testimonial of their instrumental and musical ability."

Photo by Matthew Murphy

Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014
7:30 p.m. Sinclair Auditorium

The Grammy-nominated quintet Imani Winds has established itself as one of the most successful chamber music ensembles in the United States. With the help of two member composers, the quintet is bridging European, American, African and Latin American traditions. Quintet members Valerie Coleman and Jeff Scott regularly create compositions and arrangements in order to expand the group’s repertoire, adding new sounds and textures to its traditional instrumentation. The group's touring schedule has led them across the globe. While traveling across the United States, the Imani Winds has played in the nation's major concert venues, such as Carnegie Hall, and in virtually every major university performing arts series. The concerts have been described by listeners as "intense, dynamic and wildly colorful."

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014
7:30 p.m. Sinclair Auditorium
Co-sponsored by the Coe College Committee on Diversity and Multicultural Fusion

Award-winning journalist Michele Norris has spent two decades working to give insight to American culture. As a correspondent for ABC News from 1993-2002, Norris covered a range of issues, such as education, America's inner cities and poverty. After working with ABC, she took her talents to NPR where she is currently a host and special correspondent. Most recently, Norris spent time on sabbatical traveling the country and developing her two successful initiatives: "The Race Card Project" and NPR's "Backseat Book Club." She has returned from her travels with the opportunity to continue these projects, producing in-depth segments for NPR programs.

Photo by Zane Williams

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
7:30 p.m. Dows Theatre

Accomplished actor, award-winning author and playwright Jim DeVita brings new life to Sir Ian McKellen's play, "Acting Shakespeare." Twenty-three years after seeing Mr. McKellen's play, DeVita was inspired to adapt it for his own performance. It took him two years of research and revisions and 14 drafts to finally complete his rendition. While some of the original writings of McKellen are retained, DeVita's creation emphasizes a more intimate story of one person's journey towards meeting Shakespeare. DeVita has over 25 years of experience in American Theater, and currently writes and adapts plays for children and young adults.