LWC to offer cultural events that celebrate musical and medical pioneers

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By The Staff

Two upcoming events at Lindsey Wilson College will offer area residents an opportunity to enjoy compositions by musical pioneers and then learn about a medical pioneer from Kentucky.

The Green River Trio will perform pieces by Joseph Haydn and Johannes Brahms on Sunday, April 20. Then on Tuesday, April 22, a living history event about medical pioneer Dr. Ephraim McDowell will be performed.

Both events - which are part of the Lindsey Wilson Cultural Affairs Series - are free and open to the public.

The Green River Trio will perform Haydn's "Piano Trio No. 43 in C Major" and Brahms' "Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major, Opus 8." The concert will be at 4 p.m. ET in W.W. Slider Recital Hall.

The Green River Trio includes violinist Heidy Ximenes, cellist Saulo Almeida and pianist Bob Reynolds. Ximenes is a full-time faculty member and Almeida is an adjunct faculty member at Campbellsville University. Reynolds is professor of music at Lindsey Wilson.

On Tuesday, L. Henry Dowell of Nicholasville, will portray "Dr. Ephraim McDowell: Frontier Surgeon." The living history event - which is co-sponsored by the Columbia Women's Club and the Kentucky Humanities Council - will be at 8 p.m. ET in Slider Recital Hall.

McDowell was the medical pioneer who removed a 22-pound ovarian tumor from the abdomen of 46-year-old Jane Todd Crawford of Green County. It was the world's first ovariotomy, and it eventually brought McDowell worldwide acclaim as the "Father of Abdominal Surgery."

Crawford had ridden three days on horseback to reach McDowell's home in Danville, Ky., to have the operation. She came through with flying colors and in less than a month was on the way home. Crawford lived another 32 years after the operation, which saved her life.

For more information about the upcoming cultural events at Lindsey Wilson, contact the college at info@lindsey.edu or (270) 384-8250.