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: I you’re not eeling that 12thcentury Chinese poetry class, todayis the last day to drop it. Contact theOce o the Registrar at (785) 864-4423 or more inormation.
: Free Argentine Tango OpenPractice
: Signs o Lie
: 8 to 10 p.m.
: Beginners, experts and every-one else are welcome to join in thisweekly practice. Free o charge, butbring your dancing shoes.
: SUA’s Mardi Gras Open House
: Kansas Union, 4th foor lobby
: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
:Enjoy traditional Cajun oods,make a Mardi Gras mask and read upon this cultural holiday. The event isree, open to the public and alcohol-ree.
: In the Beginning: Three MenWho Made America
: Kansas Union, 4th foor lobby
: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
: Richard Norton Smith, presi-dential historian and director o theDole Institute will discuss our ather John Adams in the second installmento this three-part series. ‘Murica.
: University Career Fair
: Kansas Union, 5th foor
: 2 to 6 p.m.
: Start planning your entranceinto the working world by meetingwith representatives rom vari-ous graduate schools, proessionalschools and employers. Learn aboutinternship, volunteer and job opportu-nities or the summer and beyond.
: Global Pride: LGBT Issues romAround the World
: Sabatini MulticulturalResource Center
: 7 to 9 p.m.
: A panel discussion about les-bian, gay, bisexual and transgenderissues rom across the globe.
: Tea at Three
: Kansas Union, 4th foor lobby
: 3 to 4 p.m.
: Still looking or a Valentine’sDay date? Meet your match over reetea and cookies, compliments o SUA.
: Undergraduate Projects:Black Box
: William Inge Memorial The-atre, Murphy Hall
: 7:30 p.m.
: Emerging student directorsand actors showcase their skills inthis production. Tickets cost $15 orgeneral admission and $10 students.
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A trip to rub elbows with thebiggest names in the music indus-try was not what Shelby Lewis hadexpected when she first pluckedher harp.Lewis, a freshman from KansasCity, Mo. studying music educa-tion, was one of a handful of stu-dent musicians selected to attendthe Grammys on an all-expenses-paid trip this weekend. The floorlevel was reserved for the famousfaces: Taylor Swift, Adele, Beyoncé.Lewis sat directly above them, in asuite box in the middle of the mez-zanine, rubbing elbows with musicproducers and businessmen, at the2013 Grammy Awards last night.“The biggest dream I ever hadin my life is about to come true,”Lewis said a few days before herpre-paid flight to Los Angeles.Out of several hundred appli-cants, Lewis and 24 other stu-dents from the Kansas City metroarea were selected to participatein the Grammy Museum’s MusicRevolution Project last summer, amonth-long pilot program head-ed by Bob Santelli, the executivedirector of the Grammy Museumin LA. At an event publicizingtheir collaborative CD release andthe Grammy Museum Experienceat the Sprint Center, the presidentand CEO of the world’s largestentertainment company asked thestudents if they’d like a trip to LAto watch the Grammy Awards inperson.Lewis heard about the oppor-tunity through a newsletter fromthe Kauffman Center for thePerforming Arts in Kansas City,Mo. She mailed in an auditiontape showcasing her breadth withthe harp: a classical sonata and aninstrumental adaptation of “YourSong” by Elton John.While she normally plays classi-cal harp, Lewis likes to experimentby covering a wide range of artists,from The Beatles to Lady Gaga’s“Telephone.” Recently, she’s takento singing while playing jazz.In high school, Lewis wouldcome home from school to play Grace, her six-foot-tall Venusharp, and pluck comfortably atits 46 strings, keeping differentrhythms with each hand, workingits six peddles with both feet andchatting conversationally with hermother Maria.“It always came very naturally for her,” her mother said.Lewis’s parents had her peggedto become a musician since shewas a baby. When she was threeyears old, her mom took her tosee the Kansas City Ballet’s annualperformance of “The Nutcracker.”To explain where the music camefrom, Maria took Shelby down toinspect the orchestra pit at inter-mission. The harpist found herself confronted by a curious three-year-old loaded with questions aboutthe rare stringed instrument.That curiosity led to a passionfor music. Lewis began private les-sons for the harp at the age of eightand has since taken up the violin,piano and choir.That fluidity was put to good useat the Music Revolution Project.From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every weekday for a month in summer of 2012, Lewis and her peers heard amusic history lecture on a differentgenre of music each week. They learned about how genres evolvedand what events inspired themand helped them to develop. Thestudents would then form smallgroups and composed a song foran artist of each genre.Lewis, a classically trained harp-ist, would be mixed together withmusical theater performers, acountry guitarist, an opera singeror DJs to write songs inspired by hip-hop, blues, jazz and rock.“Figuring out how to mix DJbeats into country was weird —it was hard,” Lewis said. “It wasa very good learning experiencemusically and really stretches yourcreative mind.”At the end of the Project, thegroup selected 11 of its best songsto record, then debuted its work atthe Kauffman Center to an audi-ence of around 250 people.“It was awesome to be grantedthat opportunity to perform whereall of these big names have been,”Lewis said. “For a high schoolerfrom the middle of the Kansas City suburbs to get this opportunity todo this, that was cool. I think wewere all kind of blown away by thiswhole thing.”Lewis sat at her harp and sang vocals to an Amy Winehouse-inspired track on the same stagethat Patti LuPone and ArethaFranklin have performed on with-in the past two years. The debutconcert was a cathartic end to ademanding and rewarding experi-ence. Until October.Lewis and eight other studentswere asked to return to KansasCity to talk to the media andadvertise the Project and the recentopening of the Grammy MuseumExperience at the Sprint Center.Deep in the basement of theSprint Center, Lewis was catch-ing up with her fellow teenagemusicians over a breakfast spreadwhen a posh man in a suit — TimLeiweke, the President and CEOof Anschutz Entertainment Group— walked in, and asked if they hadpreviously been to the Grammy Awards. He offered them an all-expenses-paid trip to the awardsand to visit the Grammy Museumand other attractions, tour LosAngeles and stay in the same hotelas the stars.Lewis couldn’t contain herexcitement.“Who does that?” Lewis asked.“Who says, ‘Yes, you suburbanchildren from the Midwest, cometo California and attend the big-gest night in music?’”
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Shelby Lewis, a reshman rom Kansas City, Mo. poses beore her appearance at the2013 Grammy Awards. Lewis and other Kansas City area students were selected toparticipate in the GRAMMY Museum’s Music Revolution Project last summer.
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