The next Zoellner Guest Artist is a welcome respite from the droll winter weather. The American Repertory Ballet Company will present “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” accompanied by the music of Felix Mendelssohn. This is a new production by the New Jersey company this season. Artistic Director Douglas Martin has envisioned the work to focus on the characters; their stories with balance to the attention typically paid to the “dream.”
“The traditional ballet A Midsummer Night’s Dream, most famously, Sir Frederick Ashton’s production, is performed in one act to Mendelssohn’s score “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,'” Martin explains. “My new version of the ballet will be in two acts. Act II is set to Mendelssohn’s score for the ballet, and the Act I is set to music from his First Symphony. I wanted to make a version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream that offered something new, but still choreographed in a very classical ballet vocabulary,” Martin explains. “In the studio, we’ve been working on creating very strong characters – both among the Athenians and the fairies. I love the worlds we have created, and look forward to sharing them with the public.”
Douglas Martin will also present a pre-performance lecture at 6:30pm.
The performance will be this Friday, March 6 at 7:30pm. Tickets are available at this link.
The faculty of the Department of Art, Architecture and Design recently awarded four Horger* Scholarships for outstanding performance in AAD. AAD faculty established the following criteria for the Horger award in Art, Architecture and Design.
- Awarded for dedication and excellence in studio art, architecture, design and art history
- Recipients are faculty-nominated and faculty-awarded
- Overall GPA was taken into consideration but was not a final determining factor
Heartiest Congratulations To:
Jaclyn Sands – Studio Art
Evan Orf – Architecture
Liz Phillips – Design
Lindsay Alexander – Art History
* Theodore U. Horger (known as Ted) was truly a renaissance man. His grounding was in the sciences, having received his Bachelor of Science degree in engineering mechanics from Lehigh in 1961, a Masters in the same major from New York University in 1963, and after working at Bell Labs, the research arm of AT&T, followed by a two year stint in the Peace Corps in Chile, he had a life-long career with AT&T utilizing his engineering education and skills. Notwithstanding his educational and work background in engineering, he was devoted to the arts in all of its forms—music, theatre, dance and visual arts.
Throughout his lifetime, Ted pursued his interests in performing and visual arts endeavors. Despite living in central NJ, Ted traveled regularly & was a “frequent flier” at Zoellner Arts Center since 1997, attending theatre and music productions as well as guest artists events, exhibition openings and gallery lectures. During his retirement, he enrolled in classes at MoMA and NYU, further advancing his knowledge & passion for the arts.
The establishment of two permanent endowment funds from his estate: the Theodore U. Horger ’61 Visual & Performing Arts Scholarship Fund and the Theodore U. Horger ’61 Artist-in-Residence Fund in the Performing & Visual Arts is a most fitting and perpetual memorial of Ted’s love for Lehigh and the visual and performing arts.
Bill Warfield and the International Core-tet
The International Core-tet is a group of jazz artists that have come together to facilitate and explore the bond that exists between musicians from many different countries. The group is made up of trumpeter Bill Warfield and saxophonist Glenn Cashman from the U.S., saxophonist Jens “Chappe” Jensen from Denmark and from the Czech Republic, guitarist Libor Smoldas and keyboardist Jakub Zomer. Bill and Jakub met each other in the summer of 2012, while they were working together in Graz, Austria. An invitation by Jakub led Bill to Prague a few weeks later where he met Libor Smoldas. The three worked together for a week and found a real “magic” in the music they played. Between gigs and sets they discussed the idea of forming a core group to continue the transcendent experience they had that week. They made plans to travel together, bringing their mutual love of the music to other countries, including musicians from wherever they went to complete the group. Bill and Jens “Chappe” Jensen met when international saxophone icon Dave Liebman performed a show in Arhus, Denmark, entitled “Le Jazz Hot”, composed, arranged and conducted by Bill. Chappe had arranged Lieb’s appearance.While rehearsing the Kluver’s Jazz Orchestra of which “Chappe” was a member, Bill and he made plans for Bill’s to return following year to compose and conduct a show specifically written for the Danish group.
That was the beginning of their collaborations.
With the inclusion of Jens, the group now represented three European countries and will be performing as the Coretet in the US in the winter of 2015. Joining them for that tour will be three mainstays of the New York Jazz scene: tenor saxophonist Glenn Cashman, bassist Steve Count and percussionist Scott Neumann. Their first recording will be on the Planet ArtsNetwork at the end of the winter tour. The group will continue touring in Europe in the spring and summer 2015.
The International Core-tet performs compositions born of the genres of funk, contemporary and Latin Jazz while embracing the varied
backgrounds and experiences of its members. Audiences are treated to high-powered contemporary music that communicates, transcends and
inspires. We are excited to be embarking on this journey and hope that you will join us in the coming year and to many unspecified dates in the
Bill Warfield and the International Core-tet will perform at the Zoellner Arts Center this Saturday at 8:00 PM. Click here for tickets.
As part of the Humanities Center “Posthumanities” series, Kalpana Seshadri will present a lecture “What is Post-Human Economics?” on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 4:10pm in the Scheler Humanities Forum, Linderman Library Room 200.
Kalapaa Seshadri is Professor in the Department of English at Boston College. The lecture is free and open to the public.
The Lehigh University Philharmonic Orchestra presents the Annual CONCERTO MARATHON Concerts February 6 & 7
The Lehigh University Philharmonic Orchestra presents a special two-night Concerto Marathon on Friday and Saturday, February 6 and 7 at 8 pm featuring the orchestra accompanying student soloists performing concertos and then a full orchestra performance each night featuring Borodin’s “Polovtsian Dances” from the opera Prince Igor. Tickets are $10; LU Students free with valid ID.
The concerts feature student soloists performing the following selections:
Student Soloists (Friday Only):
* DeVaughn Roberts, trumpet – Variations on Carnival of Venice for Trumpet by Jean-Baptiste Arban
* Daniel Enny, trumpet – Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra by Oskar Boehme
* Geoffrey Andrews, horn – Concerto for Horn No. 4 (Rondo) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
* Matthew Levy, trumpet – Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra by Alexandra Pakhmutova
Student Soloists (Saturday Only):
*Kellen Lowrie, harp – Danses Sacrée et Profane for Harp & Orchestra by Claude Debussy
*Casey Hofstaedter, viola – Romanze for Viola and Orchestra by Max Bruch
*Bolin Chang, piano
Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor original works by student composers Michelle Sanabria, James Copti, and Haley Robinson.
Lehigh University Philharmonic Music Director Eugene Albulescu is an award-winning performer and conductor who has led the Lehigh University Philharmonic for the past five years. Among his conducting accomplishments are a stint as director of the French Chamber Orchestra while on tour during 2008-2010, as well as several performances and recordings with top orchestras including the Romanian National Philharmonic, New York Chamber Orchestra, as well as the New Zealand Symphony, which released his recent recording of Jenny McLeod’s “Rock Concerto” on the Naxos label.
Tickets for the February 6 and 7 performances are $10; LU students free with valid ID. For more information, call 610-758-2787, ext. 0; visit Zoellner Ticket Services, Tuesday 12-6 pm, Wednesday – Friday 12-5 pm, 120 minutes before curtain, or order online at www.zoellnerartscenter.org. Senior, student, group and LVAIC discounts are available.