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New Montgomery Fellows announced

New Montgomery Fellows announced Williams, McFerrin and Wasserstein will visit

The Montgomery Endowment will bring pioneering artistic and cultural figures to campus for the winter and spring terms. Playwright Wendy Wasserstein and composer Bobby McFerrin will speak, perform and meet with students and faculty members. Author Terry Tempest Williams' Fellowship, which was scheduled for the winter term has been delayed until next winter.

Bobby McFerrin
Bobby McFerrin
Bobby McFerrin

Musical innovator Bobby McFerrin will be in residence as a Montgomery Fellow in the spring in conjunction with his Hopkins Center performance.

A 10-time Grammy Award winner with a four-octave vocal range, McFerrin is a virtuosic a capella singer, accomplished orchestral conductor and composer. His albums include Don't Worry, Be Happy (1988), Simple Pleasures (1988), Medicine Music (1990), Paper Music (1995) and Beyond Words (2002), among many others.

His parents were opera singers, and his father, Robert McFerrin Sr. became the first black male soloist at the Metropolitan Opera in 1955. McFerrin took up clarinet and piano as a youngster and then singing at age 27. Inspired by jazz pianist Keith Jarrett, his performances feature improvisational vocal work and collaborations. He won his first Grammy Award in 1985 for the song "Another Night in Tunisia" performed with the Manhattan Transfer.

McFerrin made his conducting debut with the San Francisco Symphony on his 40th birthday and has continued to conduct orchestras across the country and around the world. McFerrin will perform at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5, in Spaulding Auditorium as a Hopkins Center visiting artist.

Wendy Wasserstein
Wendy Wasserstein
Wendy Wasserstein

Award-winning playwright, screenwriter and author Wendy Wasserstein will be in residence as a Montgomery Fellow during the spring term. Recipient of the 1989 Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award for her play The Heidi Chronicles, she also won the 1993 Critics Circle Award, a Tony nomination and the William Inge Award for Distinguished Achievement in American Theatre for The Sisters Rosenweig.

Some of her other plays include Old Money, An American Daughter, Uncommon Women and Others and Isn't It Romantic. A celebrated screenwriter, librettist and author, Wasserstein is also the author of The Object of My Affection; Kiss, Kiss, Darling and Drive, She Said.

About her collection of essays, Shiksa Goddess, playwright Terrance McNally writes, "Wendy Wasserstein writes with a heart as big as The Ritz. Her sly humor is based on acute perception, her passion comes from the gut and her intelligence borders on the Talmudic. What binds them all together is a humanity that runs deep. These funny, truly intimate and uncommonly passionate pieces are a model of their kind."

Wasserstein first gained attention for her off-Broadway play Uncommon Women and Others.

The Heidi Chronicles follows Heidi Holland, a well-educated, ambitious baby boomer and emerging feminist, from the 1960s to the 1980s.

Wasserstein lives in New York with her daughter, Lucy Jane. Her public lecture as a Montgomery Fellow will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, in the Moore Theater.

For more information see www.dartmouth.edu/~montfell.

By AMANDA WEATHERMAN

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Last Updated: 12/17/08