MURRAY, Ky. — Below is information regarding recent news, notes and accomplishments from Murray State University for the week of Nov 4-8.

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The Murray State University Department of Global Languages and Theatre Arts and Department of Music present one of the most-loved musical theatre concoctions of all time, Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance,” in Robert E. Johnson Theatre from Nov. 21-23 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 24 at 2:30 p.m. 

This comedic operetta is a laugh-out-loud tale of a band of soft-tempered pirates that have a certain weakness for orphans. It tells the story of the handsome Frederic, who has been given over to the care of a nursemaid, Ruth, who is slightly hard of hearing and mistakenly apprentices the boy to a band of “pirates” instead of “pilots.” 

The Murray State University Department of Global Languages and Theatre Arts and Department of Music present one of the most-loved musical theatre concoctions of all time, Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance,” in Robert E. Johnson Theatre from Nov. 21-23 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 24 at 2:30 p.m. Pictured are cast members during a recent rehearsal.

Upon leaving his pirate duty, Frederic soon discovers that his birthday occurs on a leap year, and that he is required to continue as a pirate for another 63 years. Complicated by Frederic’s new-found love for the major-general’s beautiful daughter, Mabel, he must decide between love and his sense of duty. Just as Frederic is ready to lead a band of lily-livered policemen to take out the Pirate King and his men, a secret is uncovered that will change his fate forever. 

Well-known songs include “I am the Very Model of a Modern Major General,” “Poor Wandering One” and “With Cat-like Tread.” 

“The musical farce makes a mockery of grand opera conventions and Victorian values,” said director Maribeth Crawford. “It is a ‘paradox’ of musical intelligence coupled with a ridiculous plot. It has been a wonderful experience exposing students to the work of Gilbert and Sullivan. The students are having so much fun and we hope the audience will, too!”

For more information, contact 270-809-4421 or visit murraystatetickets.com.

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Murray State student pianist Alexander Thome of Murray, Kentucky, took home top honors at the Kentucky Music Teachers Association Bluegrass Young Artist Competition, held at Eastern Kentucky University on Oct. 19. Thome was named winner of his division. 

The competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students from universities across the state and was adjudicated by Dr. Brendan Jacklin, pianist and faculty member at Martin Methodist College. Thome, a junior with majors in piano, chemistry and mathematics, is currently a pupil of Murray State’s Dr. Matthew Gianforte and studied with Dr. Meeyoun Park in high school. 

Murray State student pianist Alexander Thome of Murray, Kentucky, took home top honors at the Kentucky Music Teachers Association Bluegrass Young Artist Competition, held at Eastern Kentucky University, on Oct. 19. Thome was named winner of his division. Thome, right, is pictured receiving his award.

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Murray State telecommunications systems management professor Dr. Abdul Yarali will publish a book on 5G cellular connectivity, artificial intelligence (AI) and the internet of things (IoT) through a collaboration with publisher John Wiley & Sons.

Yarali’s book, “Intelligent Connectivity: Fusion of 5G, IoT and AI,” examines the integration of high-speed, low latency 5G cellular networks, cutting-edge AI and the linking of billions of devices through the internet of things.

“When these three revolutionary technologies combine, they will enable transformational new capabilities in transport, entertainment, industry and public services, and much more,” Yarali said. “Although these technologies are superpowers and good on their own, they become even better together. The combination of 5G, AI, and IoT is no longer just a concept.”

Yarali’s book will be published in late 2020.

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Murray State professors Drs. Abdul Yarali and Faris Sahawneh will present their research paper on cybersecurity and deception technologies at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) SmartCloud 2019 conference held in Tokyo, Japan from Dec. 10-12.

The conference celebrates recent academic achievements in novel techniques, developments, empirical studies and new developments in cloud computing. 

Through forums and presentations, scientists, engineers and researchers exchange new ideas and more on all aspects of smart computing and cloud computing.

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