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Lecture - Concert Series Calendar

The 2013-2014 Lecture-Concert Series Schedule

Fall 2013 Events [click on each image for description]

golnaz wenger gray thomson holt goldsmith

 

Spring 2014 Events [click on each image for description]

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At-a-Glance Schedule

(click HERE to download a poster of this year's complete schedule)

FALL SCHEDULE
Event Date Venue and Time info
Classical Persian and Folklore Music  September 17, 2013 Fine Arts Center Recital Hall, 7:30 pm more info
Recital Featuring Janice Wenger at the Fortepiano September 30, 2013 Fine Arts Center Recital Hall, 7:30 pm more info
Bob Dylan & The Poetry of the Blues, An Evening with Writer Michael Gray October 1, 2013 Carl R. Reng Student Union Auditorium, 7:30 pm more info

Greenfield Lecture: Critical Disability Studies with Rosemarie Garland Thomson, Disability Scholar

October 3, 2013 Carl R. Reng Student Union Auditorium, 6:30 pm more info
Finding Your Voice with Charles Holt October 17, 2013 Carl R. Reng Student Union Auditorium, 7:00 pm more info
National Security vs. the People's Right to Know: From the Pentagon Papers to Wikileaks with film director Rick Goldsmith October 24, 2013 Carl R. Reng Student Union Auditorium, 6:30 pm more info
 
SPRING SCHEDULE
The Harlem String Quartet February 3, 2014 Fowler Center Riceland Hall, 7:30 pm more info
The Ed Soph Jazz Trio February 18, 2014 Fowler Center Riceland Hall, 7:30 pm more info
Xavier Diaz-Latorre, Baroque Guitar February 20, 2014
Fine Arts Recital Hall, 7:30 pm
more info
Brother Sun in Concert, Folk Music Group February 25, 2014
Fowler Center Riceland Hall, 7:30 pm
more info
Virtuoso Pianist Thomas Brown March 2, 2014 Fowler Center Riceland Hall, 3:00 pm more info
Visual Artist Heather Deyling March 17, 2014 Fine Arts Center Recital Hall, 7:00 pm more info
Legendary Blues Singer and Guitarist John Hammond April 5, 2014 City, Water, and Light Park, 5:00 pm more info

FALL EVENTS


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Classical Persian and Folklore Music performed by Golnaz Khazei and Bahareh Moghtadaei
September 17, 2013
7:30 pm
Fine Arts Center Recital Hall

With generous funding support from the A-State Diversity Program, the A-State Department of Music, and the College of Fine Arts

Download promotional poster here. LC Contact info here.  Promo images:
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Bahareh Moghtadei  1  2  3
Both 
Biographies here.

Golnaz Khazei and Bahareh Moghtadei, one-third of the popular Iranian Ensemble Rozaneh, will perform classical Persian and Folklore music on authentic Kurdish instruments. The duo will also sing texts from classical poems and prayers used in both the Persian and Kurdish cultures. Included in the concert will be performances on the tar, considered to be the mother of all instruments in Iran, the 72-string santur (think hammered dulcimer), and the daf and tombak percussion instruments. Don't miss this unique opportunity to hear some of the world's most stunningly beautiful music!


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Recital Featuring Janice Wenger at the Fortepiano
September 30, 2013
7:30 pm

Fine Arts Center Recital Hall

With generous funding support from the A-State Department of Music and the College of Fine Arts

Download promotional poster here. LC Contact info here.  Promo image here. Biography here. Program available here.

Professor of Music at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Janice Wenger holds degrees in piano performance from Kansas State University, the Eastman School of Music, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. For her A-State performance, she will perform on a McNulty Fortepiano, an exact reproduction of a fortepiano made by Anton Walter in about 1802.  With a range of 5.5 octaves, the fortepiano is representative of the instruments in Vienna at the peak of composition for Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, and their contemporaries. The program will include performances by A-State faculty members Marika Kyriakos, Robin Dauer, and Guy Harrison performing works by Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, and Scarlatti.


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Bob Dylan & The Poetry of the Blues, An Evening with Writer Michael Gray
October 1, 2013
7:30 pm

Carl R. Reng Student Union Auditorium

With generous funding support from the A-State College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the A-State Department of English and Philosophy, and the A-State Heritage Studies Doctoral Program

Download promotional poster here. LC Contact info here.  Promo image herehere, and here. Biography here.

This is more than a talk. With wit, style, and an English accent, Michael Gray uses great records and rare footage to show how hugely Dylan has been inspired by the blues and how much of its poetry has been smuggled inside his own, highly influential writing. This talk looks at the how the blues was a conduit for bringing the everyday speech of black Americans and the South into the mainstream of the country's culture. Michael Gray’s events are always lively, spontaneous and acute, offering a thoroughly entertaining, fresh account of Dylan’s achievement and a thrilling exposition of blues & its poetry.


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Greenfield Lecture: Critical Disability Studies with Rosemarie Garland Thomson, Disability Scholar
October 3, 2013
6:30 pm
Carl R. Reng Student Union Auditorium

With generous funding support from the A-State College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
This presentation is funded by Drs. Rosalee and Raymond Weiss of Teaneck, New Jersey, in memory of her mother, Corinne Sternheimer Greenfield, through an endowment supporting an annual lecture in the A-State College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Download promotional poster here. LC Contact info here.  Promo image here. Biography here.

Rosemarie Garland Thomson will describe and explore Critical Disability Studies as an interdisciplinary academic field of inquiry in the United States that expands health science perspectives by examining understandings of disability from cultural perspectives such as: civil and human rights, minority identity, diversity, social justice, sociology, historic and community studies, bioethics, and the arts. It seeks to define, defamiliarize, and challenge cultural concepts of the “normal,” “ideal,” “abnormal,” and” grotesque,” among others. Thomson's work within Critical Disability Studies defines disability as bodily variations that are interruptions or departures from a standard script of human form, function, behavior, or perception that in contemporary thought we call normal. Social disadvantages of disability are not caused by a devalued trait itself but rather from disabled people’s interactions with unaccommodating environments.


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Finding Your Voice with Charles Holt
October 17, 2013
7:00 pm

Carl R. Reng Student Union Auditorium

With generous funding support from The Multicultural Center and the A-State Diversity Program

Download promotional poster here. LC Contact info here.  Promo image here. Biography here.

Finding Your Voice uplifts, encourages, and empowers through the understanding and practical use of fundamental principles. By sharing personal stories and encounters, Charles Holt will underline the significance of community, excellence, self-respect, faith, and service and how they continue to create powerful platforms to share his talents, gifts and success with the world. Finding Your Voice gives the participant opportunity to create a space to recognize, cultivate and empower the impulse to excel in and outside of the classroom. The talk is an opportunity for all to participate and to grow closer to understanding what the gift within is and its magnitude in creating a sustainable world community and society.


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National Security vs. the People's Right to Know: From the Pentagon Papers to Wikileaks
With film director Rick Goldsmith

Includes a showing of the Academy Award nominated documentary, The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers (92 min.)
October 24, 2013
6:30 pm

Carl R. Reng Student Union Auditorium

With generous funding support from the College of Media and Communication and the Department of Political Science

Download promotional poster here. LC Contact info here.  Promo image here. Movie poster here. Movie awards list here. Biography here.

Producer/director Rick Goldsmith was twice nominated for Best Documentary Feature Academy Award, most recently for The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers, broadcast in prime-time on PBS; and for Tell the Truth and Run: George Seldes and the American Press (1996), a piercing look at censorship and suppression in America's news media, which became a staple in journalism schools nationwide. The Manning, Snowden and Wikileaks events have sparked debate about access to government records vs. national security. Following a screening of The Most Dangerous Man in America, Goldsmith will speak briefly then open the floor for Q&A.

 

SPRING EVENTS


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The Harlem String Quartet
February 3, 2014
7:30 pm

Fowler Center Riceland Hall

With generous funding support from the A-State Diversity Program, the A-State Department of Music, and the College of Fine Arts

Download promotional poster here. LC Contact info here.  Promo image here. Biography here. Program available here.

"The overall feel was of understated elegance and the true beauty of the evening, excellent music aside, was that after five minutes of playing the audience had forgotten race and was enthralled by some superb young artists. The performances were as good as you would hear in any hall in America." — Glen Creason, Los Cerritos Community News  

The HARLEM QUARTET, praised for its "panache" by The New York Times, is "bringing a new attitude to classical music, one that is fresh, bracing and intelligent," says the Cincinnati Enquirer. The quartet’s mission is to advance diversity in classical music, engaging young and new audiences through the discovery and presentation of varied repertoire that includes works by minority composers. Since its public debut in 2006 at Carnegie Hall, the New York-based ensemble has performed throughout the U.S. as well as in France, the U.K., Belgium, Panama, Canada, and recently in South Africa. They have collaborated with such distinguished performers as Itzhak Perlman, Carter Brey, Paquito D’Rivera, Misha Dichte, and jazz legends Chick Corea and Gary Burton.




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The Ed Soph Jazz Trio, featuring drummer Ed Soph, pianist Stefan Karlsson, and bassist John Adams.
February 18, 2014
7:30 pm

Fowler Center Riceland Hall

With generous funding support from the A-State Bands, the A-State Department of Music and the College of Fine Arts

Download promotional poster here. LC Contact info here.  Promo image here. Ed Soph photo here (please credit: "Fotos by Folletts"). Stefan Karlsson photo here. John Adams photo here. Biographies here. Program available here.

The Ed Soph Trio will perform time-honored classics of the jazz repertoire as well as original compositions in beautiful Riceland Hall of the Fowler Center. As individuals, these world-class jazz artists from the University of North Texas, the oldest and largest public institution jazz program in the country, have played in jazz big bands and small groups, commercial and Pop recordings, and Broadway shows. In addition to being recognized performing and recording artists, these three musicians are equally creative educators, as at home in the class room as on the stage or in the recording studio. Their wealth of experience informs their teaching, making their presentations musically enjoyable, pertinent, and inspiring.

Ed Soph Trio Itinerary

Monday, February 18

1:30 - 3:00 pm: Master classes 
   Drum Set (Fine Arts Band Room, Mr. Craig Collison host)
   Piano (Fine Arts Recital Hall, Dr. Lauren Clark host) 
   Bass (Percussion Annex, Dr. Guy Harrison host) 

7:30 pm: Conversation with Soph Trio in Band Room/Question and Answer session

Tuesday February 18

10 am - 11:30 pm: Clinic and performance at Annie Camp Junior High with three other schools in attendance (Valley View High School, Nettleton, MacArthur Junior High)


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Xavier Diaz-Latorre, Baroque Guitar

February 20, 2014

7:30 pm

Fine Arts Recital Hall

With generous funding support from the A-State Diversity Program, the A-State Department of Music and the College of Fine Arts

Download promotional poster here. LC Contact info here.  Promo image here. Program available here.

Xavier Díaz-Latorre was born in Barcelona, Spain in 1968. He studied at advanced level in Basle with Oscar Ghiglia at the Musikakademie and Hopkinson Smith at the Schola Cantorum. He has given concerts at major venues around the world, including the Carnegie Hall (New York), Covent Garden (London), the Palau de la Música Catalana (Barcelona), the Teatro Real (Madrid), the Teatro Colón (Buenos Aires), the Wiener Philarmonie (Vienna)  and the Konzerthaus (Berlin). Díaz-Latorre performs regularly with world-renowned ensembles such as Hesperion XXI, La Capella Reial de Catalunya and Le Concert des Nations. He has also performed with Al Ayre Español, the Orquesta Nacional de España, Concerto Vocale, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Concerto Köln and others. Laberintos Ingeniosos is his own vocal-instrumental ensemble, which he has taken to a number of different countries throughout the world. Xavier has made more than 30 recordings for international CD labels. He teaches early plucked instruments, chamber music and bass continuo at the ESMUC (Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya).



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Brother Sun in Concert, Folk Music Group
Veteran touring singer-songwriters Pat Wictor, Joe Jencks, and Greg Greenway, singing in powerful harmony
February 25, 2014
7:30 pm

Fowler Center Riceland Hall

With generous funding support from the A-State Department of Music and College of Fine Arts.

Download promotional poster here. LC Contact info here.  Promo image here. Biography here.

"What happens when you unite three of the best male singers in the folk realm who already revel in harmony singing? Brother Sun. While numerous delightful female trios harmonize, few men bond that way these days (unlike the days of the folk revival when they were the norm). Added to great voices, energy and sincerity are worthy compositions in three distinct styles that bring to mind a modern day gospel."
 - Rich Warren, WFMT, Midnight Special, Chicago, IL

National touring artists Joe Jencks, Greg Greenway and Pat Wictor have made their mark as veteran touring singer-songwriters. But Brother Sun is no songwriter's round. The trio's harmonies, as much as their lyrics, tell what they are about: warm as a campfire, stirring as a gospel church, rousing as a call to arms. Fusing folk, Americana, blues, pop, jazz, rock, and a cappella singing, Brother Sun is an explosion of musical diversity and harmony, in the finest of male singing traditions. From three major points on the map – Chicago, Boston, and New York - Joe, Greg, and Pat celebrate the amazing power of singing together, their rich voices blending on a well-crafted foundation of guitar, slide guitar, bouzouki and piano.


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Virtuoso Pianist Thomas Brown
March 2, 2014
3:00 pm

Fowler Center Riceland Hall

With generous funding support from the A-State Department of Music, the College of Fine Arts, and the A-State Piano Society

Download promotional poster here. LC Contact info here.  Promo image here. Biography here. Program available here.

Thomas Brown is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and is a recipient of the University's Alumni Achievement Award.  He also holds the Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School in New York City. He is the recipient of a number of musical honors including being named an Outstanding Young Artist of America by the Editors of Musical America magazine. His performances have been heard on NPR and the CBC, and he has recorded for The Repertoire Recording Society, RBW Records, Viennola Gramophone Austria and Raven Recordings. Thomas Brown enjoys an active and varied career as soloist, chamber musician and collaborative artist as both pianist and organist and has performed for audiences in music festivals and chamber music events around the world.


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Observe, Document, Experiment and Make with Visual Artist Heather Deyling
March 17, 2014
7:00 pm
Fine Arts Center Recital Hall

With generous funding support from the A-State Department of Art

Download promotional poster here. LC Contact info here.  Promo image here. Biography here.

In Heather Deyling’s current body of work, colorful organic shapes reference growth in the landscape, particularly plant species that cling to buildings and trees. Initially two-dimensional and focused on painting, her studio practice has expanded to include three-dimensional works and installations in which organic forms spillover into architectural space, creating a tension between the organic and the man-made. The prevalence of unnatural hues invite the viewer to consider whether they originate from man or nature. Deyling will discuss the development of her work and its evolution over the past ten years. This lecture is appropriate for students, faculty and anyone who is interested in contemporary art and the creative process.


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Legendary Blues Singer and Guitarist John Hammond
April 5, 2014
5:00 pm
Delta Symposium’s Roots Music Festival at City, Water, and Light Park,
1123 S. Culberhouse Street, Jonesboro

With generous funding support from the A-State Diversity Program, the A-State Department of Music, the College of Fine Arts, A-State's Department of English and Philosophy, and KASU 91.9 FM

Download promotional poster here. LC Contact info here.  Promo image here. Biography here.

"John Hammond is a master... He is a virtuoso. A Conjurer... A Modernist... John is in a very small circle of men with a guitar and a harmonica... He's sending messages. Storytelling..." - T Bone Burnett

2011 Blues Hall of Fame and 2012 New York Blues Hall Of Fame inductee John Hammond has been honored with a total of eight Blues Music Awards and ten nominations including Blues Music Award Winner for 2003 and 2004. He is the 2011 Blues Music Award winner for Acoustic Artist of the Year, 1985 Grammy winner for his performance on Blues Explosion and a multiple Grammy Nominee. He has performed or recorded with Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Duane Allman, Mike Bloomfield, JJ Cale, Tom Waits, The Band, John Lee Hooker, Dr. John and many more. He remains one of the world's premier acoustic blues artists. A tireless performer, John played his 4000th concert in 2008 and annually continues to tour world-wide.