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West Lafayette History Open House May 2

WL Hist Spring 2015  Open House

WLPL and Bach Chorale Present:



Wednesday 6 May 2015 at 6:45pm

West Lafayette Public Library

Rated R, 111 minutes

Winner of the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film in 1994, Farinelli dramatizes the life of Carlo Broschi, the most famous castrato singer of the 18th century. Under the stage name Farinelli, Broschi uses his phenomenal voice to promote the music of his brother Riccardo, a mediocre composer. When the singer is given the opportunity to work with the great composer Handel, his brother's jealously and Farinelli's own poorly chosen career alliances stand in his way. To recreate the sound of a castrato voice, the film combines the voices of soprano Ewa Mallas Godlewska and countertenor Derek Lee Regin in a sublime tribute to the art of bel canto singing.


Lincoln's Reconstruction (Public Lecture)

Lincolns Reconstruction Experiments Presentation

WALLA & Friends Present:



Monday, May 11 at 6:45 p.m.

at the West Lafayette Public Library

104 minutes, PG

Belle is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield and his wife, Belle's lineage affords her certain privileges, yet her status prevents her from the traditions of noble social standing. While her cousin Elizabeth chases suitors for marriage, Belle is left on the sidelines wondering if she will ever find love. After meeting an idealistic young vicar's son bent on changing society, he and Belle help shape Lord Mansfield's role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England.