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WAUPUN — His message is about understanding the world’s varied cultures through their music.

Jonathan Overby, host of Wisconsin Public Radio’s program “The Road to Higher Ground,” will speak at at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 525 W. Main St., on Oct. 14 at the 9 a.m. worship service.

“It is our honor to have him as our guest, speaking on the topic, ‘The Strange — to Fear or to Love?’ Understanding people through their sacred music, thereby reducing hatred,” said Ann Lemmenes, Overby fan and music director at Immanuel Lutheran Church. “This is a unique opportunity to hear Dr. Overby speak and hopefully grace us in song with his lyrical baritone voice.”

Overby began a new music program for Wisconsin Public Radio, which he continues to produce and host today. This weekly broadcast features world music with African roots and more on 90.3 or 90.7 FM from 7-11 p.m. on Saturdays.

Overby is a Milwaukee native who received his formal musical training in voice at San Francisco State University. He has performed throughout Wisconsin, the U.S. and Europe. From 1984-87, he served as music director for Pres House Campus Ministry on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. During this time, he was also the artist in residence in music at Edgewood College.

Overby has served two terms as vice chair of the Wisconsin Arts Board. He is currently executive producer and director of Wisconsin’s annual “State Tribute and Ceremony,” honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King. He holds several degrees and earned his doctorate in education from Edgewood College in Madison. Edgewood College has granted him a fellowship for field research linked to sacred world music and its potential to create greater understanding of those who are different as a means of reducing hatred. Recently, Overby has traveled to Scotland, Tibet and northern India.

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