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The Lyceum Series starts tonight at ASU

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ALBANY,  GA (WALB) –Albany State University is about to begin their Annual Lyceum Series. The first of the fine arts performances will start tonight at 7:30. Different groups from around the U.S. will participate. 

Their mission is to not only entertain but to educate students and the community. Music has a way of making stress go away.

"It means everything. When I'm tired, I like to play the piano and I become soothed," said ASU Assistant Professor of Piano Dr. Mimi Noda.

Dr. Noda practically grew up playing the piano. "In my house there was always music, singing and piano. So piano playing wasn't unusual," said Dr. Mimi Noda.

Dr. Leroy Bynum, Chair of The Lyceum Series, says each performance has something for everyone. "Well, it's for everybody. Our performances are for student enhancement and the community," he said.

They hope these performances go beyond just the core subjects. "It's not just about reading, writing, and arithmetic, but also teaching culture values," said Dr. Bynum.  

If you add a little inspiration, their job is complete. " Performances educate, and they inspire people to do all kinds of things," said Dr. Bynum.

Although the keys are black and white on the piano, music knows no color. "When I play the piano, I have no nationality, gender or age. It's just music," said Dr. Noda. 

Music brings people together. The Lyceum Series has been around for about 30 years. But in the last 10 years, more art forms have been added like dance, drama and artwork.

For more information on scheduled performers call the ASU Department of Fine Arts at (229) 430-4849.

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