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Visual Artist And Conductor/Composer Collaborate For Arts Project

November 1, 2005 --

WHO:      New York-based visual artist Leslie Dill and composer and conductor Thomas Edward Morgan
WHAT:    “I Heard A Voice” collaborative performance art event
WHEN:     Monday, Nov. 7, 5 p.m.
WHERE:   Wilson Hall, Room 402

Blurring traditional boundaries between the arts and collaboration are at the heart of  “I Heard a Voice,” a performance work byvisual artist Lesley Dill and composer and conductor Thomas Edward Morgan. The two artists will be in residence at the University of Virginia on Monday, Nov. 7 and Tuesday, Nov. 8. “I Heard a Voice” is the title of their two-day visit and a special public event. During their visit the artists will meet with arts classes and departments across Grounds to explore ways to collaborate and pursue interdisciplinary work across traditional arts boundaries.

The public lecture/performance of their “all-arts” residency is on Monday, Nov. 7 at 5 p.m. in Wilson Hall, Room 402.  The event, based on their 2002 collaborative performance work, titled “I Heard a Voice,” will combine images, language and music with audience participation.

“I Heard a Voice” is the title of the major performance work created by Morgan and Dill. The work was the result of a multi-year collaboration between the University of Colorado Art Galleries, Naropa University and the Ars Nova Singers, directed by Morgan. The project involved interviewing more than 1,000 people in the city of Boulder, Colo., about their spiritual lives and contemplative experiences. The responses were assembled into an anthology from which Dill selected a series of texts. These texts were set to music by Morgan and performed and recorded by the Ars Nova Singers.

Dill is a visual artist, who lives and works in Brooklyn, N.Y. Her work includes printmaking, sculpture, drawing, painting, photography, language and performance art and deals with the themes of community, spirituality and the creation of an artistic voice in the early 21st century. As an artist, she has a special interest in language, and has continually drawn inspiration for her own work from the poetry of Emily Dickenson.

Morgan is the artistic director and conductor of the Ars Nova Singers, a nationally acclaimed choral ensemble based in Boulder Colo. Specializing in a cappella music of the Renaissance and the 20th and 21st centuries, the Ars Nova Singers are presenting their 20th concert season in 2005-2006. In its history, the Ars Nova Singers have presented over 250 performances of more than 90 different concert programs.

For more information contact, Bill Bennett at (434) 924-6138 or whb@virginia.edu.

Contact: Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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