Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Kenan Fellow Performances This Weekend!

The time has come once again to view the amazing artistic creations of our Kenan Fellows. The Fellows conceived and submitted detailed proposals for each project and have produced the works themselves. We are thrilled to see the results. Performances are this Friday, February 10th, starting at 7 p.m.; Saturday the 11th, starting at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sunday the 12th, starting at 1 p.m.

There will be an informal conversation with the artists following the performances Friday and Saturday night; light refreshments will be served.

Performances are located at the Clark Studio Theater at Lincoln Center Institute, which is on the 7th Floor of the Rose Building on the Lincoln Center Campus: 165 W. 65th Street, New York, NY.

Below is the lineup for the weekend:

On Friday, February 10 starting at 7 p.m. and Saturday, February 11 starting at 1 p.m.:

¡Viva la Flauta! (music)
Produced by Felipe Tristan
With: Various Accompanists

The flute is at the center of this celebration of diverse musical styles from the Americas. The quintessential instrument of South American folk music, here the flute showcases spirited works in that idiom as well as classical forms. Both as a solo instrument and in combination with the guitar, piano, strings, and a Salsa band, the flute presents its uniquely appealing and ultimately universal language in Felipe Tristan’s joyful and imaginative program. ¡Viva la Flauta!

Followed by:

Guitar Rep (music)
Produced by Ryan Layton
With: Emile Blondel (piano)

Guitar Rep blurs the lines between the traditional guitar repertoire, the rest of the classical music canon, and the popular music in the shaping of which the guitar has played such an important part. This intent is clear in the eclectic choice of composers on the program: Messiaen, Ellington, Lauro, Milan, and Presley. The program features performances on electric and classical guitar, and offers a number of original arrangements and transcriptions to re-imagine works from several time periods and genres, allowing them to exist on the same concert program for the first time.

On Saturday, February 11 starting at 7 p.m. and Sunday, February 12 starting at 1 p.m.:

Introspection (music & dance)
Produced by: Kiah Abendroth
With original music by: Leo Hurley
Choreography by: Nicole Buggé

Introspection, created by trumpet player Kiah Abendroth, takes the audience on an emotional journey of questioning, reflecting, and personal revelation. The program consists of Charles Ives’s The Unanswered Question, and a new, original work entitled Forest of Mirrors. For Kiah, the intensely beautiful and creative Unanswered Question embodies the human search for the meaning of life. Forest of Mirrors was conceptualized by Kiah, who commissioned original music from composer Leo Hurley and choreography from Nicole Buggé. Throughout the course of the work, the stage transforms into a colorful forest, and the audience is quickly sucked into a turbulent and shocking story.

Followed by:

Sound of Sight (music & dance)
Produced by: Hannah Emerson (choreography) and Elizabeth Moore (music)

Sound of Sight explores the relationship between traditional music and dance from the fascinating perspective of sensory perception. Can the visual and auditory stimuli emanating from the musicians and the dancers enable the two art forms to merge? Sound of Sight takes it as a given, and the collaboration between a violist and a choreographer keep the audience’s awareness of the senses alive. The creative process relies on the art of cultures in which the relationship between music and dance is a tradition: arrangements of traditional Celtic music of Ireland and Spain are entwined with dynamic, rhythmically patterned choreography as a new, contemporary work emerges.

Informal conversations with the artists will take place after the evening performances on Friday and Saturday, February 10 and 11, in the Samuels Teaching Studio.

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