TechnoSonics XIII: Music and Politics Festival
Featuring guest composers Mara Helmuth & Christopher Adler
For this coming year’s festival, there will be two days of TechnoSonics events in the fall of 2012 on the topic of Music and Politics. This topic will have special resonance given the national elections that will take place during the same period. We plan to invite a group of outstanding performers, as well as two composers, one of whom is also one of the performers. We will present two concerts, one in Old Cabell Hall Auditorium and one at OpenGrounds. The concert in Old Cabell will include dis(Sensus) by Matthew Burtner, commissioned by the noted German Ensemble Integrales; Lullabies & Protest Songs, Suite No. 3, focusing on the collaborative nature of the compositional technique of hocketing*, by Ted Coffey; and Respecting the First, a Fromm commission for the Cassatt Quartet by Judith Shatin.
* Hocketing is a compositional technique originating in the Medieval period and still used today, in which two instruments share the notes of the melody by alternating between the one and the other voice.
October 31 – November 3, 2012 | 8pm
November 3–4, 2012 | 2pm
by Marcus Gardley
Tickets available through the U.Va. Arts Box Office
Every Tongue Confess, which is based on real-life incidents - the burning of black churches in the South in the 1990s, premiered at Washington DC's Arena Stage (Jan, 2011) starring Phylicia Rashad and directed by Kenny Leon. It was nominated for the Steinberg New Play Award, the Charles MacArthur Award and was a recipient of the Edgerton Foundation New Play Award.
Mr. Gardley has had six plays produced, including dance of the holy ghost at Yale Repertory Theatre (now under a Broadway option,) (L)imitations of Life, at the Empty Space in Seattle, and like sun fallin’ in the mouth at the National Black Theatre Festival. He is the recipient of a Helen Merrill Award, a Kesselring Honor, the Gerbode Emerging Playwright Award, the National Alliance for Musical Theatre Award, the Eugene O’Neill
Memorial Scholarship, and the ASCAP Cole Porter Award. He holds an MFA in Playwriting from the Yale Drama School and is a member of New Dramatists, The Dramatists Guild, and The Lark Play Development Center. He is a professor of Playwriting at Brown University.
Traces of the Hand: Master Drawings from the Herman Collection
The Fralin Museum of Art
January 18 - May 26, 2013
The exhibition Traces of the Hand, to be staged at the University of Virginia Art Museum from January 18 to May 26, 2013, provides a unique opportunity for Museum visitors and University students to engage with approximately seventy European and American drawings spanning five centuries of artistic activity and representing all major schools. Dr. and Mrs. Frederick and Lucy Herman, collectors whose adamant belief was that drawings "gain by being shared," donated these works in 2006 and 2007. Traces of the Hand marks their first public display since 1994, when a very select number of landscapes were exhibited. This therefore represents a true opportunity to reassess both the breadth and the variety of drawings preserved in this important collection.
With its careful selection of some of the most important works from the Herman Collection, Traces of the Hand will provide students and Museum visitors with an understanding of the myriad ways drawings functioned for their creators and collectors alike. The exhibition will include a number of important preparatory works, including Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones' Portrait of the Countess of Plymouth, which can be related to his 1893 portrait of the same title in the National Museum of Wales. Highly-finished compositions intended for sale are represented by drawings such as Casper Johann Nepomuk Scheuren's watercolor of a Hermit Reading in a Mountain Valley, while copies after other works, perhaps by young artists in a workshop, can be seen by drawings such as an anonymous sheet in pen and ink which reworks the principal figures from Hendrik Goltzius' series of engravings of the Four Disgracers into a single, powerful composition. In addition to the genres of landscape and portraiture, themes of social commentary, social satire, and caricature figure prominently in the exhibition.
The new media program in Studio Art will mount an exhibition entitled Terrestrial Transmissions in Ruffin Gallery for a month that straddles January and February of 2013. Assistant professor Lydia Moyer will curate the exhibition, which will include recent videos by artists who play with the tropes of science fiction in relation to femininity. Artists in the show will include:
Julia Oldham, Brooklyn, NY
Ashley Brett Chipman, New Orleans, LA
Krista Caballero, Los Angeles, CA
Meredith Drum, Brooklyn, NY
Stephanie Hough, Cork City, Ireland
Dither Guitar Quartet Residency
Old Cabell Hall
The Music Department will bring the New York-based Dither Guitar Quartet for a full three-day residency in the late winter/early spring of 2013. The quartet will perform and record music by our graduate student composers; give a masterclass for guitar students; offer a presentation on composing for guitar for undergraduates and other interested parties; and offer a presentation on new music for guitar to the larger U.VA. and Charlottesville communities. This is a more extended residency than we have previously had, and will enable the students to develop closer working relationships with members of the ensemble, as well as provide more opportunities for the group to interact with the community.
A group of extraordinary musicians, the Dither Quartet performs both acoustic and electric guitar, as well as other fretted instruments, including banjo and mandolin. Recent performances were featured at the MATA Festival Interval Series, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Bang on the Can Marathon in New York, as well as a performance at Hong Kong Explodes!