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University Musical Society announces 2006-07 season

Iraqi star Kadim Al Sahir will be among the top performers appearing on campus in 2006-07 in concerts presented by the University Musical Society (UMS).

The season, which includes the earlier announced residency by the Royal Shakespeare Company, features 71 performances of 47 events and a global focus on music and dance from Mexico and the Americas. A jazz series will feature one of the few concert dates scheduled by Alice Coltrane, widow of the great sax man John Coltrane; a performance by 88-year-old jazz pianist Marian McPartland; and Gilberto Gil, who helped form the Tropicalia movement.

UMS will present the remaining three concerts of the Shostakovich Centennial Festival, featuring the Kirov Orchestra of St. Petersburgh and conductor Valery Gergiev, along with a mini-series focused on violinists. Performances also have been scheduled by the Martha Graham Dance Company; the Stephen Petronio Company performing dance to music by Rufus Wainwright; Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra; and David Krakauer’s Klezmer Madness.

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Safe pools event targets water safety for kids

As part of National Safe Kids Week through May 13, Safe Kids Washtenaw County and the American Red Cross will host “Safe Pools for Safe Kids,” an educational event on drowning and entrapment at 10 a.m. May 13 at the Red Cross, 4624 Packard.

This family water safety event will include interactive games, and activities and displays to educate parents, caregivers and children about preventing drowning and entrapment, and drain safety.

Drowning is the second-leading accidental-injury-related killer of children 1-14, and drain entrapment is a particularly horrific way for children to drown. Entrapment occurs when a child’s hair or part of the body becomes attached to an underwater drain in a pool or spa, and the suction makes it impossible to become dislodged. Parents and caregivers need to teach children about drain safety and install layers of protection.

Through public awareness activities like National Safe Kids Week, Safe Kids Washtenaw County—which is led by C.S. Mott Hospital—seeks to educate parents and caregivers about potential risks to children and adults’ role in preventing injuries.

To register, call (734) 971-5300.

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