700 Fairfield University volunteers aid hungry, homeless World famous all-male ballet to perform at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts Yale University Professor to speak on Dante and Islam at the DiMenna-Nyselius Library at Fairfield University The Live Music Project debuts at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts Fairfield University to present "Romantic Interludes" a violin/piano recital at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts Passionate Amadeus Trio to perform at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts Fairfield University's Quick Center screens Academy Award nominated "East-West" Celebrated Salzburg Marionettes to perform Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf" at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts Award-winning Japanese playwright to attend world English language premiere of his play at Fairfield University Fairfield University and the Connecticut Press Club host Behind the Scenes... the making of "Tales from the Boom-Boom Room" Fairfield University kicks off St. Patrick's Day with Ireland's "Tony Kenny's Ireland"
The 1998 Hunger Cleanup, held on April 28, involved the energies of over 700 students, faculty, alumni, and administrators. University volunteers traveled to 44 sites to perform a variety of tasks for agencies and organizations that had requested help. According to this year's co-chairs - seniors Scott Middlemass, Laura Taylor and Kristi Reidway and sophomore Jenn Mazzo - the eager volunteers raised over $6,000 and had a great time doing so.
For Carolyn Rusiackas, the campus minister who has coordinated the award-winning project for the last five years, the day was one of superlatives: "The students were an absolute inspiration in their dedication and their genuine concern for the needy. They were out to make a difference not only through the immediacy of the day's projects, but through the potential for more significant social change. Students look at needs differently once they've experienced a situation involving those in need. It opens their eyes."
The people featured here represented the best of Fairfield and its Jesuit mission during the Hunger Cleanup.
Tackling a different kind of field
Picture a busload of 90 hulking football players unloading themselves at an inner-city park. Now picture them walking around, garbage bags in hand, picking up bottles, tires, discarded fast-food wrappers, and cigarette butts. And picture them, after transforming a Bridgeport park on a warm spring day, going further into the neighboring streets to clean them up too.
"You should have seen the looks on the neighbors' faces," wrote Bob Halsted, president of the Washington Park Association afterwards, "when 90 giant football players got off the bus and out of cars on Saturday. The neighborhood kids were really impressed and came out to help. They formed an attachment right away to the players."
"It was a wonderful thing," says Coach Kevin Kiesel, "to take the whole team on a community service project. These kids are blessed, bright, and able to get an education. It's important to me and to Fairfield that they also remember their fellow human beings. In doing so, they're better able to realize just how fortunate they are."
When Laura Taylor '98 sent out invitations to alumni asking for help on the 1998 Hunger Cleanup, she didn't realize how that the blessing she was trying to give to others would rebound to her as well. And did it ever - in many ways, but one most special: getting to know John Slais, a member of Fairfield's first graduating class in 1951. Slais, a Stratford resident and former principal of Joel Barlow High School in Redding, wanted to participate in the community service project in some way. But bad knees ruled out the physical activity involved in projects such as painting, raking, park cleanup, etc.
"I wanted to do something," says Slais, "without being a fifth wheel. So he offered to host the volunteer sign-up table, where he greeted alumni, faculty, and staff in the morning and later tallied the dollars raised. "He hung out with all of us during the day," says Taylor, "and he was so full of fun. His enthusiasm, knowledge of hunger issues, and commitment to them were a real inspiration."
As for Slais, he was "impressed by the number of students involved - hundreds and hundreds of them - who were out there to do a job, no dilly-dallying, and for a great cause. In my retirement," he continues, "I've had a lot more time to read. The extent of the hunger problem in this country is overwhelming. More than 26 million Americans (over half of whom are white and senior citizens) use food banks every year. We all know what our faith tells us about doing justice. I want to be an activist and stay involved, and this was a great way to do so."
So great that he has already signed up for next year.
In a cream cheese container
Christopher DiMuzio, age 5, had been saving his allowance and "fun money" for eight weeks - in his Stew Leonard's cream cheese container. His earnings, which came primarily from doing "helping jobs" around the house (such as changing the paper rolls each week and helping with recycling), also included whatever lucky pennies and nickels he happened to find on the sidewalk.
"Usually," says Jeanne, Christopher's mom and director of student activities, "part of whatever Chris saves goes into his blue book for savings, part goes back to God including the lucky pennies and nickels, and the rest he uses for special outings such as McDonald's or the movies."
When she explained to Chris that the money being raised at the Hunger Cleanup would let other little children have breakfast, he didn't hesitate. He took the lid off the cream cheese container and dumped his treat money on the table - all $21 of it. And then, as the Hunger Cleanup's official "dust pan man," Christopher actively took part in cleaning the Bread and Roses AIDS Hospice in Norwalk.
And a child shall lead us.
Tennis players are accustomed to moving their feet - and quickly. So it should have been no surprise to Scott Middlemass, co-chair of the Hunger Cleanup, when coach Ben Johnson kept calling in all morning. You see, the tennis team was so quick that once they finished at one site, it was on to the next. First, the 10 team members (both men and women) washed windows, picked up parking lot litter, and visited patients at Bread and Roses, an AIDS hospice. They then proceeded to the place where the town of Fairfield trains its fire personnel, and loaded couches and other heavy materials into a dumpster.
According to coach Johnson, it was a great experience. "Although the men and women practice together, helping people in this way helped them come together in a very meaningful way."
Service with a song
The Glee Club put its collective services to work in a variety of ways and at numerous sites. Some, like director Carole Ann Maxwell, spent time cleaning at Fairfield's homeless shelter, Operation Hope. Others, like the dozen who went to the 3030 Park home for the elderly, finished their tasks quickly and spent the rest of the time bringing grateful patients outside for a breath of warm spring air. Still another group provided its service through song.
"At first, I felt a little guilty singing rather than doing hard labor," says senior Mike Batista who, along with 15 other Glee Club members, traveled to New Haven to sing for residents at Clifton House, a home for the disabled. "The range of disabilities was huge," he says, "with people ranging from young to old."
First the chorus performed in a first-floor dining room, singing numbers including the Fairfield alma mater, Broadway songs, and several solos. They then went to the second and third floors, where bedridden patients could hear their music as it drifted in to them from the halls. "This particular group of people would probably not care about having their walls painted or their parking lot cleaned. What they needed was a different kind of service, a different kind of nourishment. It was a different way to serve, and afterwards we were all very glad we did it."
Posted on June 1, 1998
Agile, inventive and always entertaining, the all-male Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo will take the stage at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts on Friday, Feb. 20, at 8 p.m. The performance will include the company's unforgettable take on "Swan Lake," and will be followed by an Art-to-Heart question and answer session.
Founded in 1974 by a group of ballet enthusiasts with a shared sense of humor, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo strives to turn traditional ballet on its head with playful parodies of some of the style's best-loved works, while maintaining a stunning level of technique and form. Dressed in tutus and toe shoes and bearing stage names like Fifi Barkova, Yurika Sakitumi and Jacques d'Aniels, the male dancers hope to enhance, not mock, the spirit of dance as an art form, delighting audiences along the way.
"Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo... remains one of the great comic creations of the American stage," wrote a reviewer for the San Francisco Examiner.
The Trocks, as the company is known to fans, first performed in late-late shows in Off-Off Broadway lofts, but quickly gained attention after critical essays and reviews in The New Yorker, The New York Times and The Village Voice. They were living proof that ballet could be fun and funny - and that men could, indeed, dance en pointe without losing their balance - and their reputation soon outgrew New York City.
During the 1975-76 season, the company made its first extended tours of the United States and Canada, following that over the years with stops in Holland, Madrid, Paris, Turin, and Vienna. The Trocks gained a wider audience through television, appearing in the United States opposite Shirley MacLaine, Dick Cavett and The Muppets, and have been the subject of solo specials in Japan, Great Britain, Germany and France.
The Trocks' many tours have met with popular and critical success. They've appeared in more than 500 cities around the world, including stops in Australia and Asia and forty tours of Europe. They are so popular in Japan, they've returned for nineteen annual summer tours, creating a national phenomenon that's spawned an active fan club.
While The Trocks often take on time-honored ballets, the repertoire includes classical and modern works by Merce Cunningham, Bob Fosse, Meg Harper, Agnes de Mille and Gary Pierce. They've distilled "Don Quixote" into one act and wowed audiences with a rousing "Stars & Stripes Forever." The Quick Center program features an excerpt from "La Vivandiere," a love story based in a Hungarian village; the underwater scene from the fairytale-based "The Humpback Horse;" and Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake, Act II."
Trockadero dancers hail from all corners of the globe, from France to Ohio and Idaho to the Philippines. Led by General Director Eugene McDougle and Artistic Director Tory Dobrin, the company includes principals Carlos Garcia, Paul Ghiselin, Fernando Medina Gallego, Manolo Molina, Raffaele Morra and Jai Williams. The company's collective resume features the Dance Theater of Harlem, Joffrey Ensemble Dancers, Ballet Nacional de Colombia, Ballet de L'Opera de Nice, Dallas Ballet and the Merce Cunningham Repertory Group.
The company has a strong commitment to groups that support AIDS research and people living with AIDS. It appears regularly at benefits for several international AIDS organizations, including Dancers Responding to AIDS (DRA). The Quick Center performance will be dedicated to the memory of Trockadero dancers who have died of AIDS and other causes.
Tickets range from $25 to $40. For tickets, call the Quick Center box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. For more information, visit the website, www.quickcenter.com.
Posted on January 28, 2004
Vol. 36, No. 157
Fairfield University will present "A Conversation with María Rosa Menocal on Dante and Islam," on Thursday, Feb. 19, at 4:30 p.m. in the Multimedia Room of the DiMenna-Nyselius Library. Dr. Menocal is the R. Selden Professor of Spanish and Portuguese and Director of the Whitney Humanities Institute at Yale University. Her lecture is free and open to the public.
The author of several critically acclaimed scholarly works, Dr. Menocal's most recent book is "The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain" (Little, Brown & Company, 2002). Among Dr Menocal's other works is "Dante's Cult of Truth: From Borges to Boccaccio" (Duke University Press, 1991). Dr. Menocal received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1979.
Dr. Menocal's discussion on Dante and Islam "will illuminate the Arabic influences on the literature and philosophy of the Middle Ages, a critical, yet often overlooked, aspect of medieval culture," said Mary Ann Carolan, Ph.D., director of the Italian Studies Program at Fairfield University and associate professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. Dr. Menocal's lecture is being held in conjunction with a seminar Dr. Carolan is running this semester on Dante.
The lecture is sponsored by the Humanities Institute of the College of Arts and Sciences at Fairfield University, the Italian Studies Program, and the Ignatian Residential College.
Posted on January 29, 2004
Vol. 36, No. 169
The Live Music Project, a new, conductor-less orchestra based at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, will make its debut Sunday, Feb. 29, at 3 p.m. The 16-member orchestra's performance will include beloved works by Bach and Mozart and the world premiere of two compositions by the Project's Artistic Director Daniel Smith of New Haven.
Conceived by Smith and Musical Director Netta Hadari, a violinist from New Haven, the ensemble features some of the region's top musicians, including several members of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, the oldest orchestra in the United States. The group plans to tackle classical and modern pieces in this and future concerts, encouraging a casual atmosphere and time for discussion of the program and composers with the audience.
"We wanted to do something different, something very alive and friendly to the audience," said Hadari. "There are no tuxedos, no conductor. We want people to enjoy themselves, be moved and come away learning something, too, about classical music."
Some of the musicians appearing in the Feb. 29 concert are coming from as far away as New York, Pittsburgh, Washington and Canada to join the effort. "If it's something that is going to be really musically rewarding, people will come and play," Hadari said.
Smith, who also directs the Quick Center's popular series of live radio dramas wrote "Overture in A Minor," the closing piece in the Feb. 29 concert, to herald the new orchestra. Written in the style of late 18th century European composers such as Mozart and Haydn, the piece features solos for the lead violist, cellist and two violinists.
The Feb. 29 concert also features two works by Mozart.
"There's really quite a range in these two pieces," said Smith. "And they're both classic Mozart."
"Adagio and Fugue in C minor" is Mozart at his simplest and most pleasing, while his "Symphony No. 29 in A Major" shows how complex he could become. The latter was originally written for two pianos, but Mozart apparently liked the melody so much he later re-wrote it for both a string quartet and string orchestra. The symphony has become one of his most loved pieces among modern audiences, Smith said.
Bach's "Concerto for Violin and Oboe in D minor" will offer virtuoso solos for Hadari and oboist Amari Barash of Washington. The challenging piece is strongly melodic and a nice complement to the Mozart and Smith works.
In this and future concerts, the Live Music Project can draw from a core of about 30 musicians to ensure the best possible mix for each particular program.
The ensemble will appear at the Quick Center's Wien Experimental Theater on March 21 with a performance that is part of the Quick Center's ongoing Russian Arts and Letters Festival. The program will feature works by Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich and a dramatic reading of selections from Dostoevsky's "Notes from the Underground" with a an original musical accompaniment.
Tickets for the Feb. 29 concert are $15 and $20. For tickets, call the Quick Center box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. For more information, visit the website, www.quickcenter.com.
Posted on January 29, 2004
Vol. 36, No. 170
Pianist Orin Grossman, Fairfield University's academic vice president and a professor of Fine Arts, will take the stage with violinist Janet Packer, chair of the string department at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Mass., on Sunday, Feb. 22, at 3 p.m. The duo will perform a program of "Romantic Interludes," in the Kelley Theatre of the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. The program will feature music by Robert Schumann, Juan Orrego-Salas, Franz Schubert and Amy Beach.
Dr. Grossman began piano and theory instruction at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Mass., at the age of five. After several graduate recitals there he entered Harvard College where he won the coveted Concerto Competition and performed the Beethoven Concerto No. 4 with the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra. He graduated Magna cum Laude in Music from Harvard and went on to earn a Ph.D. in Music from Yale University and won acclaim while touring France with the Yale Orchestra in 1971.
Since his successful New York Carnegie Recital Hall debut, Dr. Grossman has pursued a long-standing interest in jazz and popular music. In recent years, Dr. Grossman has been particularly associated with the music of George Gershwin, performing concerts of his song transcriptions and classical pieces to critical praise around the world, including performances in St. Petersburg, Cairo and New York. Dr. Grossman is also an active chamber music player, and is co-founder and Artistic Director of the Round Hill Chamber Players - a professional repertory company based in Fairfield.
Janet Packer, who has been a member of the violin faculty at Longy School of Music for 26 years, has established a unique career as a concert violinist and a nationally recognized educator.
Packer's performances demonstrate mastery of a wide range of musical styles. As soloist with orchestra, recitalist and recording artist, Packer's musical intelligence and personality have won accolades of audiences and critics and the respect of musical colleagues.
An ardent champion of new music for the violin, Packer is president of Pro Violino Foundation, Inc., whose mission is to support the creation and dissemination of contemporary violin music. In recent years, she has commissioned and premiered works for violin and piano by important contemporary composers and her recordings have garnered national acclaim. Her major orchestral appearances include performances with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, National Symphony of Panama, Rochester Philharmonic and Boston Pops Orchestra. Her 2003-2004 performance schedule takes her to concert halls in eight states, including recitals in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Boston.
The concert features music from the Romantic era of the 19th century, including Robert Schumann's Sonata No. 1, and Franz Schubert's brilliant Rondo, composed just before his untimely death at the age of 31. In addition, Dr Grossman and Ms. Packer will perform an important American Romantic work, the Sonata in A Minor by Amy Beach. Dr. Grossman and Packer will perform Schumann's "Sonata No. 1 in A Minor, Op.105," which was composed in 1851, Schubert's "Rondo in B Minor, D. 895," composed in 1826, and Amy Beach's "Sonata in A Minor, Op. 34," composed in 1896. Amy Beach was a remarkable musician, whose symphony was the first such work written by a woman performed by the Boston Symphony. Her sonata is a stunning example of a powerful talent not sufficiently recognized today.
The duo will also perform the world premiere of Juan Orrego-Salas' "Turns and Returns, Op. 121," written specifically for Ms. Packer. Orrego-Salas, founding director of both the Departamento de Música (now Instituto de Música) of the Universidad Cat—lica de Santiago and the Latin American Music Center at Indiana University School of Music, has composed numerous works.
Orrego-Salas has received commissions from the Louisville Orchestra, the National Symphony of Washington, D.C., the National Endowment for the Arts, and many universities, chamber ensembles and soloists. The Chilean-born Orrego-Salas received the National Prize for the Arts in Chile in 1992.
"Romantic Interludes," is sponsored by University College and the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Fairfield University. Tickets are $12, $6 for seniors. Full-time faculty members at Fairfield University are entitled to one free ticket and a second at half-price. Tickets are free for students with a valid Fairfield University ID and members of the Institute for Retired Professionals currently enrolled for Spring 2004. For tickets, call the Quick Center box office at (203) 254-4010.
Posted on February 2, 2004
Vol. 36, No. 164
Hailed by critics as passionate, eloquent and soulful, the Amadeus Trio brings a program of Russian composers, including Stravinsky's "A Soldier's Tale," to Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts on Saturday, March 6, at 8 p.m. Laura Nash, Ph.D., director of Fairfield University's Classical Music Department, will lead a pre-concert Art to Heart discussion from 7 to 7:40 p.m.
The Amadeus Trio is celebrating 14 seasons as one of the most dynamic piano trios performing in the world today. Recognized for their virtuosity and brilliant musicianship, the three artists - pianist Marian Hahn, violinist Timothy Baker, and cellist Jeffrey Solow - all enjoy award-winning solo careers in addition to their critically acclaimed collaborations.
The Trio has appeared regularly at major cultural venues in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, San Francisco, St. Louis, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Miami and Salt Lake City. The ensemble is also a frequent guest at summer chamber festivals throughout the United States.
The Trio enjoyed its Lincoln Center debut at Alice Tully Hall in the spring of 1992, a performance that elicited applause and shouts between movements, something rarely heard in a New York debut. As a result of that memorable performance, the Trio was invited to perform at some of the country's leading venues, including San Francisco's Herbst Theatre, Los Angeles' Ambassador Auditorium and New York's Carnegie Hall.
It has been winning raves ever since.
The Toronto Star dubbed them "a powerhouse American chamber group," while The Los Angeles Times proclaimed them "a world class ensemble. Yes, world class."
"The wizardry of the Amadeus members conjured images of darting fireflies and Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream,'" wrote a reviewer for the Sarasota Tribune. "Each Amadeus member is demonstrably of soloist caliber."
The Quick Center performance, part of the ongoing Russian Arts and Letters Festival, will feature Arensky's "Trio in D minor, Op. 32," Tchaikovsky's "Trio in A minor, Op. 50," and Stravinsky's "L'Histoire du Soldat," which the composer penned during World War I in Switzerland. The story is loosely based on Russian folk tales and tells the story of a soldier coming home from war who makes an unfortunate deal with the devil along the way. Actor James Noble will be featured in the performance.
The Arensky work exemplifies the composer's unique blend of the world of his nationalistic Russian teacher, Rimsky-Korsakoff, and the cosmopolitan ideals of his idol, Tchaikovsky. Dedicated to the memory of the great Russian cellist and teacher Karl Davidoff, the Trio is one of his best-known compositions.
The program concludes with the Tchaikovsky trio, a highly personal piece known for its virtuosic piano solos.
The Amadeus Trio has been part of Lincoln Center's Great Performers Series and the Kennedy Center's Kreeger Series, as well as other program series in Vancouver, Cleveland, Birmingham and St. Louis. During the 2003 summer season, the Trio gave the world premiere of a piece written for them in collaboration with Grammy-winning American Indian flute virtuoso R. Carlos Nakai, in celebration of the Sedona Chamber Music Festival's 20th anniversary.
Radio listeners have heard the Amadeus Trio on National Public Radio's Performance Today program and the Trio has appeared live on established classical music stations, including WQXR in New York, WGMS in Washington, D.C. and WGBH in Boston.
The Trio has recorded CDs of Dvorak and Smetana and is working on other recordings.
Tickets are $24 to $30. For tickets, call the Quick Center box office at 203-254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. For more information, visit the website, www.quickcenter.com.
Posted on February 3, 2004
Vol. 36, No. 172
"East-West," a Regis Wargnier film nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 1999 Academy Awards, will be screened Monday, March 8, at 7 p.m. at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. The screening is part of a film series of the Quick Center's ongoing Russian Arts and Letters Festival, which will conclude on Sunday, March 21, with Aleksandr Sokúrov's "The Russian Ark."
Like his 1997 film "The Thief," Wargnier's "East-West" is a turbulent romance set in the post-World War II Soviet Union. The story revolves around Alexei, his wife, Marie, and their son, who travel to Alexei's Russian homeland from France to start a new life after World War II. But things don't work out and they realize they can't leave Russia.
While Alexei tries to make the best of the situation, Marie finds herself drawn to Sacha, a young athlete who also lives in their overcrowded apartment complex and shares her desire to escape. In the end, one of the characters reveals a secret and the romance evolves into a thriller, as it becomes clear any of the main characters could be imprisoned or killed. "East-West" has been called a more intimate version of David Lean's epic "Doctor Zhivago," ending in what some critics see as a superior bittersweet conclusion. The film stars Oleg Menshikov, Sandrine Bonnaire, Sergie Bodrov Jr. and Catherine Deneuve, as a woman who befriends Marie.
Tickets are $7. For tickets, call the Quick Center box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. For more information, visit the website, www.quickcenter.com.
Posted on February 5, 2004
Vol. 36, No. 174
Austria's beloved Salzburg Marionette Theater will perform Sergei Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf" on Sunday, March 7, at 1 and 3 p.m. at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, as part of its first U.S tour in eight years. The tour includes just 10 cities across the country.
Under the direction of Gretl Aicher, granddaughter of founder Anton Aicher, the Salzburg Marionette Theater is known for performing timeless 18th- and 19th-century operas to recordings of some of the world's leading orchestras and singers. Founded in 1913, the company is particularly associated with the works of Salzburg's most celebrated son, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, but is equally at home with other time-honored tales, including Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" and Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf."
The band of 12 skilled puppeteers manipulate elaborately costumed marionettes - each more than two feet tall - in stunning, often hilarious physical feats with an amazingly life-like range of expression. The puppet format is especially suited to "Peter and the Wolf," a symphonic tale, in which each instrument represents a different animal in the story of an adventurous boy hoping to catch a wily wolf.
"Watching the marionettes evoked a complex, dynamic pleasure," wrote Chris Pasles of the Los Angeles Times. "Unhampered by gravity, the marionettes can offer more stage action than human singing actors do, and so enhance the hair-trigger emotions of the characters."
The Salzburg Marionettes were born in 1913, when sculptor Anton Aicher presented them in Mozart's "Bastien and Bastienne," a singspiel, or comic opera with spoken dialogue. In 1926, Aicher gave the Marionettes as a wedding present to his son, Herman, who expanded the Theater's repertoire, bringing it international acclaim in the 1920s and 1930s.
In 1936, guest performances were given in Moscow and Leningrad before audiences numbering 2,500. Of particular interest to Soviet audiences was the marionette based on the legendary ballerina Anna Pavlova.
In 1944, Herman Aicher was called up to the army and the Theater was closed for a time. At the war's end, the following year, the marionettes started performing again, initially for the occupying forces. In 1947, they gave their first performance in German in Paris' renowned Théâtre des Champs Elysees.
In future decades, the company traveled to six continents, making its United States debut in 1952 with sold-out runs of Mozart's "The Magic Flute" in Boston and New York. Since then the Salzburg Marionettes have delighted audiences in such far-flung locales as Canada, Cuba, Italy, Lebanon, Japan and Argentina.
Gretl Aicher took over the Theater after her father died at 75. During her tenure, the company has recorded productions of the five Mozart operas with narration by Sir Peter Ustinov for television and video. In 1998, the company co-produced "Peter and the Wolf" for the Salzburg Easter Festival, the same year it commemorated its 85th birthday with the opening of the museum "World of Marionettes" at Fortress Hohensalzburg.
Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for children. Birthday party packages are not available for this production. For tickets, call the Quick Center box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. For more information, visit the website, www.quickcenter.com.
Posted on February 5, 2004
Vol. 36, No. 173
Theatre Fairfield has already filled the first seat in the audience for its English language world premiere of the award-winning Japanese play "Tokyo Notes." Playwright Hirata Oriza will be on hand to see his play and discuss his work with the cast, students and the public.
Theatre Fairfield, the University's resident student theatre company, will present "Tokyo Notes," which won the 1995 Kishada Kunio Award, Japan's highest honor for new drama, at the Wien Experimental Theater in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. Performances will take place from Wednesday, March 3, through Saturday, March 6, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, March 6, and Sunday, March 7, at 2 p.m.
Hirata will be available to discuss the play with the cast and audience after the 8 p.m. performances on March 5 and 6. In addition, he will participate in a free public lecture on contemporary Japanese theater on March 7 at noon in the multi-media room of Fairfield University's Nyselius-DiMenna Library. Jonah Salz, a professor at Japan's Ryukoku University, will act as a translator for Hirata.
Set in the near future, "Tokyo Notes" takes place in an art gallery hosting an exhibition of Vermeer paintings that had been sent to Japan for safe keeping during a 2004 war in Europe. Touching on world political and social relations, as well as personal relationships, the play examines the difficulties of modern Japanese life, where many find themselves caught between the traditional and the modern.
Since the play's premiere in 1994, there have been 40 major productions, including a well-received French version that toured throughout France. Theatre Fairfield's production features a cast of 20 students, including Tim Eberle of Woodland Hills, Calif.; Jessica Harper of Pflugerville, Tex.; Liz Krane of Stratham, N.H.; Mary Parr of Hendricks, Minn.; and Nicole Smith of Solon, Ohio. The scenic designer is senior Michele Fields of Katonah, N.Y. Hugh Hanson is costume designer and Karl Ruling provided lighting design. Martha Schmoyer LoMonaco, chair, Department of Visual & Performing Arts, is the director.
One of Japan's most intriguing and popular contemporary playwrights, Hirata is a realist, aiming for theater that is a direct portrayal of the world. Actors in his troupe, the Youth Group, reject obvious stage action and vocal techniques, sometimes speaking with their backs to the audience or overlapping conversations around them. The playwright should be right at home at the Wien, a black box theater that is similar in size to his own Komaba Agora Theater in Tokyo.
Tickets are $12 for general admission, $5 for students. Admission to the March 7 lecture is free. For tickets, call the Quick Center box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. For more information, visit the website, www.quickcenter.com.
Posted on February 5, 2004
Vol. 36, No. 177
Susan Antilla, former Bloomberg News and New York Times reporter and columnist, will discuss the making of "Tales from the Boom-Boom Room: Women vs. Wall Street," at Fairfield University on Thursday, March 4, at 7 p.m. in the Multimedia Room of the DiMenna-Nyselius Library.
It took Antilla three years to write "Tales," for several reasons: the level of research entailed; the roadblocks she encountered in reporting on such an explosive topic; and the personal hurdles she had to overcome while simultaneously writing the book.
Antilla, winner of the Press Club's Best "Book of the Year" in 2002, hopes "Tales" will serve as a guide for female college graduates and graduate students who are interested in entering the securities industry, enlightening them to what really goes on in the workplace that may not be taught in the classroom. She also wants it to serve as a resource for women or men who want to take on a powerful employer. "Tales" is essentially a map for how to sue, what to know, what to expect and learning the tricks of the enemy.
Furthermore, Antilla wants to make employees throughout the workforce aware that Wall Street's long-standing policy of mandatory arbitration of civil rights disputes, which precludes women from suing their employers for violations of their civil rights, has become common practice among companies in other industries.
Antilla began her career in financial journalism in 1978 at Dun's Business Month magazine and also worked at the New York Times, USA Today an the Baltimore Sun. In 1985 she became a columnist, at which point, she says, "I really began to choose my own stories," which were always investigative in nature.
Antilla covered the financial industry for more than 20 years. She first wrote about the subject of sex discrimination on Wall Street in 1990 after learning that women were disproportionately losing jobs in a round of cutbacks.
Women had only just begun to enter high-wage jobs in the first place and now they were giving back what they'd just gained. Because of her reporting on the subject, years later, in 1996, she was tipped about the impending sexual harassment/gender discrimination suit against Smith Barney.
In the weeks before the Smith Barney suit was filed, Antilla interviewed many of the women who she said had been subjected to unspeakable harassment. According to Antilla, these women were wounded and damaged and all sounded the same when they told their stories of harassment - there was a common fear and desperation in their voices. That's when she decided she had to write a book. In her words, she was "watching history happen" and wanted to document it.
Presently, Antilla is working on a second non-fiction book about women in business. She is both optimistic and pessimistic about the future for women on Wall Street.
Antilla received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Manhattanville College and a Master of Arts in Journalism from New York University. She is an adjunct professor of journalism at New York University's Graduate Journalism School, where she teaches a class called "Specialized Reporting: The Profile."
Antilla plays piano and was a music major before switching to sociology. She is a native of New Rochelle, N.Y., and splits her time between New York City and Rowayton, Conn.
For more information about the lecture, contact Kim Bridgford, Ph.D., at 203-254-4000, ext. 2795. Parking is located in the visitors section next to the student union.
Posted on February 5, 2004
Vol. 36, No. 199
The Father John M. Conlisk Irish Scholarship Program will present the entertainment extravaganza "Tony Kenny's Ireland" on Friday, February 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University.
"Tony Kenny's Ireland" from Jury's Hotel in Dublin, features a talent showcase of singers, dancers and comedians, including duo of laughter and song Mac & O, comedian Al Banim, dancer and choreographer Enda Dunne, the Dublin City Musicians and the award-winning Dublin City Dancers.
Ireland's "Entertainer of the Year" in 1998, Tony Kenny has won critical acclaim for performances on stage and television, and as part of the cast of Dublin's famous Jurys Irish Cabaret. Kenny performed at the White House on St. Patrick's Day in 1995 and was honored in 2001 by Irish President Mary MacAleese. The recipient of the Performing Artists Trust Society Annual Award for lifetime achievement in the performing arts, Kenny has produced 12 recordings. His latest CD is called "Sentimental Irish."
Peggy O'Connor of WVOF-FM Radio's "Irish Melodies" program said the Kenny dancers remind her of the Riverdance show.
Joining Kenny and his crew at the Quick Center will be the 75-member Gaelic American Glee Club of Fairfield, which will provide its unique interpretation of traditional Irish songs.
Proceeds from the concert help support the Fr. John M. Conlisk Scholarship Program at Fairfield University. The scholarship is named for Fr. John M. Conlisk, a 1954 graduate of Fairfield College Preparatory School who served the Diocese of Bridgeport.
The scholarship, which is awarded each year to an MBA or MS in Finance candidate from Ireland, pays full tuition, room and board, as well as medical insurance expenses. The scholarship has provided 12 Irish-born students the opportunity to live and study at Fairfield University. It is dedicated to perpetuating the Irish culture and strengthening educational and cultural relationships. Vincent McCarthy, a graduate of the University of Limerick, is this year's recipient, while Seán Maher won the scholarship last year.
Admission is $25. For tickets, call the Quick Center box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. For more information, visit the website, www.quickcenter.com.
Posted on February 9, 2004
Vol. 36, No. 179