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“When they performed the pieces in the camp, that was probably the highlight of the day or the week—(it is) when they were able to escape the reality (of the Holocaust).”—Ulrike Anton, the flautist at the concert.

With 493 signatures, the petition called for a compromise from the U of O to meet the needs of its music students, stating that the two-week building closure was, “an unacceptable amount of time given our near complete reliance on this space for practice studios and access to instruments.

“(‘The Old Maid and the Thief’) is about small town gossip and scandal. It’s quite funny, and the music is very accessible even though it’s contemporary.”—Artistic director of the two operas, Sandra Graham.

“(I) started writing it down, and … started composing. It’s kind of like one thing led to another. With time, I started making a living off of it, and people started commissioning me to write pieces.”

MacDonald mentioned that many of his activities didn’t even seem related to music at the time, from being a 101 Week guide to running his fraternity. But he clarified that the soft skills he learned from his university days are universal and invaluable in any field.

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