Director named for International Studies Junior/Senior Seminar Exhibition opens at Fairfield University's Lukacs Gallery Crisis in the Church Fairfield University commencement AT&T chairman C. Michael Armstrong, interviewer Charlie Rose headline Charles F. Dolan Lecture at Fairfield University April 24, 2002 L.L. Bean CEO with roots in Connecticut to speak at Dolan School of Business A Soldier's Play to be performed at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts Fairfield University Glee Club presents Pops Concert at Quick Center for the Arts Fairfield University's Quick Center for the Arts launches new set of dramas about teen issues Quick Center for the Arts announces its 13th season President Bill Clinton a talk show host? Not surprising says politics professor!
Dr. Katherine Kidd, an adjunct faculty member in politics from 1991 to 1993, will return to Fairfield University as the first full-time director of the International Studies Program as well as an assistant professor. She will be responsible for advising international studies majors about careers, graduate schools and international internship opportunities, obtain grants to develop international programs involving faculty, to bring scholars to Fairfield and will teach in the program.
The position was previously filled by co-directors, Dr. Beverly Kahn, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Dr. Walter Ryba, now acting dean of the School of Business.
International Studies is offered jointly by the College of Arts and Science and by the School of Business with courses devoted to business, economics, world culture, history and politics. Launched just three years ago, International Studies now has 120 majors - ranking 8th among the 29 majors - and 60 minors.
Dr. Kidd, a resident of Fairfield, comes to the University from Sacred Heart University where she was director of global studies and assistant professor of political science since 1992. In that role, she led the planning and implementation of a global studies program and served as academic advisor for the majors. She also developed internships for the students at the United Nations, AmeriCares, Save the Children International; Executive Service Corps and for businesses. She implemented a study abroad program and administered Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence grants for scholars from Luxembourg and El Salvador and administered other programs for faculty exchanges or delegations involving El Salvador, Japan and Hungary.
She has also served as consultant for the International Executive Service Corps based in Stamford, researching feasibility studies involving Latin America and Central Europe; for the Lutheran World Federation based in Geneva, Switzerland, involving the marketing of agricultural products from Tanzania; for the U.S State Department on religious life in the USSR; and for the Lutheran Church in America and Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, particularly on issues involving Lutherans in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union and immigration policy.
She also served at Cedar Crest College Department of Continuing Education as director of support services and an adjunct professor of history.
In 1971, Dr. Kidd earned her bachelor's degree in history and German at Pacific Lutheran University with a junior year at the University of Vienna, followed by a master of arts in Soviet studies from Harvard and a Ph.D. in international relations from he University of Pennsylvania. She has lived in the Netherlands as an American Field Service student, in Argentina for the Lutheran World Federation and was a volunteer for ecumenical programs in the Caribbean and Central America.
Posted on August 1, 1997
"Happy Hour," a collection of art works by upperclassmen in advanced seminar courses, will be on display Tuesday, April 23 through Friday, May 10 in Fairfield University's Lukacs Gallery, Loyola Hall, Room 17. The exhibition opens with a reception at 5:30 p.m.
The Junior/Senior Seminar Exhibition is an annual show that gives students the opportunity to participate in all aspects of exhibition preparation; students brainstorm the title, create an announcement card and coordinate publicity. This year's theme creates a fun, celebratory environment that recognizes the end of the school year and the approach of graduation. The exhibit features works in painting, sculpture, mixed media, photography and printmaking.
The Lukacs Gallery is open weekday afternoons, as well as Monday, Tuesday and Friday evenings. For specific gallery hours or for more information, call (203) 254-4000, ext. 2476.
Posted on April 10, 2002
Vol. 34, No. 200
Media may cover this discussion, which is taking place within the Fairfield University community. Please call 203-254-4190 with questions or if you plan to cover.
A Fairfield University Community Forum
disappointment ~ sexual scandals ~ faith questions
cover-ups ~ fear ~ healing
A time for questions, theories, and a time to speak...
Monday, April 22, 7:00 p.m.
Barone Campus Center Oak Room
Moderator: Fr. Paul Carrier, S.J., Ph.D., University Chaplain
Panel: Ken Cullen, CSW, Treatment provider to clergy
Fr. Tom Regan, S.J., Ph.D., Assoc. Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
Nancy Dallavalle, Ph.D., Religious Studies
Fr. Jim Mayzik, S.J., Director Media Center
A Fairfield University student representative
Optional Prayer Service of Healing will follow in Egan Chapel
Co-sponsored by Campus Ministry & Counseling Services
Posted on April 15, 2002
Fairfield University's commencement will be held on Sunday, May 19, at 10 a.m.
Fairfield will confer honorary doctor of laws degrees on Loretta Brennan Glucksman, chairman of The American Ireland Fund, and the Rev. George W. Bur, S.J., president of the Gesu School in Philadelphia; and an honorary doctor of science degree on John P. Sachs, Ph.D., a former trustee of Fairfield University and former president and CEO of Great Lakes Carbon Corporation.
Loretta Brennan Glucksman, a third-generation Irish-American who grew up in an Irish community in Pennsylvania, has been a leading force in garnering support for the people of Ireland and their culture. As chairman of The American Ireland Fund, she has played a key role in the fund becoming the nation's and the world's largest private organization funding constructive change throughout Ireland, both North and South. Part of an international network, the American Ireland Fund unites some 70 million people in eleven countries on five continents, and has raised over $120 million to support its growing grants program.
Mrs. Glucksman credits her husband, Lew Glucksman, with reuniting her with the homeland of her grandparents. A Hungarian Jew and Wall Street financier, Mr. Glucksman had a passionate interest in Irish literature and as a trustee of New York University, funded a center for Irish Studies at the university. Together they have raised over $75 million for Ireland and have witnessed dramatic economic and social change there.
Earlier in her career, Mrs. Glucksman was a producer for news and public affairs with PBS-TV and served as director of media relations for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. She is a trustee of the Trinity College Foundation and the National Library of Ireland and a member of the New Jersey Board of WNET-Channel 13 and the NYU College of Arts & Sciences.
As pastor of Philadelphia's Church of the Gesu in the 1980s, Rev. George W. Bur, S.J., oversaw the inner-city congregation as well as its elementary school, Gesu School. When the parish was one of three slated for closing in 1993 to consolidate the North Philadelphia area, Father Bur mobilized an impressive array of community leaders to keep the school open. Today, thanks to those efforts, Gesu has attained a national reputation for excellence in inner-city education and the school's future has been assured.
Located in a neighborhood where just 35 percent of students stay on track in school, more than 95 percent of Gesu graduates finish high school on time, and most go on to college. In addition to his responsibilities as president of the school, Father Bur teaches advanced math to 8th graders, tutors graduates and plays a vital role in the school and community.
During the 1970s and early 1980s, Father Bur worked in Baltimore on housing justice issues, including a successful effort to expose and eliminate systematic racism in mortgage lending.
A graduate of Woodstock College with a bachelor's degree and a master's of divinity degree, Fr. Bur earned a master's degree in physics from Catholic University. A member of the Society of Jesus, he was ordained a priest in 1972.
Dr. John P. Sachs of New Canaan, Conn., served on the Fairfield University Board of Trustees from 1980 to 1992. His commitment to Jesuit education around the globe has been enhanced by his son, Rev. J. Randall Sachs, S.J., who taught in the Department of Religious Studies at Fairfield. John Sachs and his wife, Mary, made a major contribution to the University, during its last campaign, to support the construction of the Arrupe Campus Ministry Center, which is part of the Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola.
Dr. Sachs spent most of his career with Great Lakes Carbon Corporation in New York, where he served as president and CEO from 1978 to 1986, and then as vice chairman and CEO. He joined Great Lakes Carbon in 1966 as group vice president. Before that he was an operations manager with the Union Carbide Corporation.
Born in Germany, he earned a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He served in the Army during World War II, before returning to the Illinois Institute where he completed master of science and doctoral degrees in chemical engineering.
Dr. Sachs served as president of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and was chairman of the board of the General Refractories Company and a director of the Chemical Manufacturers Association.
Posted on April 15, 2002
Vol. 34, No. 210
C. Michael Armstrong, chairman and chief executive of AT&T, will headline the second annual Charles F. Dolan Lecture at Fairfield University on April 24. Charlie Rose, Emmy award-winning journalist and interviewer, will join Armstrong for "A Conversation between C. Michael Armstrong and Charlie Rose" at 8 p.m. in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts on the Fairfield University campus.
The Charles F. Dolan Lecture series, featuring highly accomplished, visionary and internationally recognized business leaders, was inaugurated in 2001 with Jack Welch, then-chairman and chief executive of General Electric. Geoffrey Colvin, editorial director at Fortune magazine, moderated.
The event is sponsored by the Charles F. Dolan School of Business at Fairfield University. A limited number of tickets are available to the general public.
Armstrong heads one of the world's premier voice, video, and data communications companies serving consumers, businesses, and government. He was elected chairman of the board and chief executive of AT&T in 1997 following a six-year tenure as chairman and CEO of Hughes Electronics. Prior to Hughes, Armstrong spent more than three decades with IBM.
A graduate of Miami University in Ohio, he also completed the advanced management curriculum at Dartmouth Institute. He serves on numerous national and international boards, committees, associations and commissions, and is an active supporter of higher education, serving as a trustee of Johns Hopkins University and chairman of the Board of Visitors of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and as a member of the advisory board of the Yale School of Management.
Rose is an acclaimed interviewer and broadcast journalist and has hosted the popular PBS series "Charlie Rose" since 1991, a program Morley Safer of CBS' "60 Minutes" calls "the last refuge of intelligent conversation on television." Rose is a Duke University and Duke University School of Law graduate. He is the recipient of a News and Documentary Emmy Award and a Cable ACE Award, and he was the producer of a Peabody award-winning television program, "A Conversation with Jimmy Carter." Rose also is a correspondent for the CBS news magazine program, "60 Minutes II."
C. Michael Armstrong
C. Michael Armstrong was elected chairman of the board and chief executive officer of AT&T effective November 1, 1997.
At AT&T, he heads on of the world's premier voice, video and data communications companies, serving consumers, businesses and government. AT&T has annual revenues of $55 billion and 125,000 employees.
Armstrong joined AT&T from Hughes Electronics, where he had been chairman and CEO for six years, transforming it from a company focused mainly on defense to a powerful competitor in the commercial electronics, space, and telecommunications industries.
Prior to Hughes, Armstrong spent more than three decades with IBM. Beginning as a systems engineer, he rose through the ranks to become senior vice president and chairman of the board of IBM World Trade Corporation. Earlier, he played major roles in IBM's personal computer and telecommunications businesses.
Born October 18, 1938 in Detroit, Armstrong earned a bachelor of science degree in business and economics from Miami University of Ohio in 1961, and completed the advanced management curriculum at Dartmouth Institute in 1976. He was awarded honorary doctor of laws degrees from Pepperdine University in 1997 and Loyola Marymount University in 1998.
An active supporter of higher education, Armstrong is a trustee of Johns Hopkins University, chairman of the Board of Visitors of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and a member of the advisory board of the Yale School of Management.
Armstrong serves as chairman of the U.S.-Japan Business Council, and the President's Export Council. He is the former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission's Network Reliability and Interoperability Council. He is a member of the Business Council, the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee and the Defense Policy Advisory Committee on Trade. Armstrong also is a member of The Business Roundtable and serves as head of its Security and Economic Recovery Task Force formed in the wake of the September 11 attacks.
Armstrong serves on the board of directors of Citigroup, the board of trustees of Carnegie Hall, the supervisory board of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Group and the National Cable Television Association.
Emmy award-winning journalist Charlie Rose has been praised as "one of America's premier interviewers." He is the host of "Charlie Rose," the nightly PBS program that engages America's best thinkers, writers, politicians, athletes, entertainers, business leaders, scientists and other newsmakers. USA Today calls the program "TV's most addictive talk show." New York Newsday says, "Charlie's show is the place to get engaging, literate conversation·Bluntly, he is the best interviewer around today." Journalist Morley Safer of CBS' "60 Minutes" calls the program "the last refuge of intelligent conversation on television."
Guests on the show include major international political figures and a mixture of renowned personalities from literature, theatre, film, dance, fashion, sports, science, medicine, and business. Guests have ranged from United States Presidents Clinton and Bush to international statesmen Nelson Mandela and Mikhail Gorbachev to Nobel laureates Toni Morrison and Seamus Heaney to leaders in business like Bill Gates and Andy Grove. In the artistic arena, Rose's guests range from actors Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Tom Cruise to musicians Bruce Springsteen, Bono and Yo-Yo Ma. His program serves as a window on cultural areas rarely seen on TV like architecture, painting, photography and classical music.
Charlie Rose Special Edition presents hour-long profiles on such prominent entertainers as Meryl Streep and Peter O'Toole as well as weeklong specials on the cutting edge of science like the Human Genome Project.
Rose also is a correspondent for "60 Minutes II," the CBS news magazine program.
Rose was born in Henderson, NC, and graduated from Duke University and Duke University School of Law. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has received honorary doctorates of law from C.W. Post College and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. He is the recipient of the George Peabody Broadcasting Award, the Emmy Award and The CableACE Award. In 2000, he accepted the Futrell Award, an award given to Duke University alumni who have demonstrated excellence in communications. The Charlotte World Affairs Council also honored him as the world citizen for the year 2000.
He is a popular speaker on a wide variety of subjects at college campuses around the country and is a frequent moderator of technology conferences in the United States.
The Charles F. Dolan School of Business
Excellence is what the business community demands of its leaders and this is what drives the activities of the Charles F. Dolan School of Business at Fairfield University. The school's high quality was recognized in 1997 when AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business accredited its undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Only 30 percent of all business schools are so accredited.
The Dolan School has achieved this recognition because of its success in educating undergraduate and graduate students to be successful and responsible business leaders dedicated to pursuing excellence. In doing so the school focuses on being a worldwide leader in curriculum innovation. In all of its programs the school focuses on teaching current best practices for solutions to business problems within a rigorous conceptual framework. This approach enables the school to create a seamless learning environment that builds on the faculty's distinction in their respective academic disciplines, and also builds on the business experience each faculty members has in her or his field.
The school's top-notch programs and faculty are appropriately housed in a state-of-the-art building dedicated to teaching, learning, and scholarship in business disciplines.
Charles F. Dolan is the founder and chairman of Cablevision Systems Corporation, one of the nation's leading telecommunications and entertainment companies. The Dolan School of Business was named in 2000 in recognition of Mr. Dolan's service and philanthropic contributions to Fairfield University. The Charles F. Dolan Lecture series, featuring highly accomplished, visionary and internationally recognized business leaders, was established in 2001.
Posted on April 15, 2002
Vol. 34, No. 211
Chris McCormick, named President and CEO of L.L. Bean last May, will be speaking to students in the Charles F. Dolan School of Business at Fairfield University on Monday, April 8 at 2 p.m. Mr. McCormick grew up in Redding, Conn., where he attended Joel Barlow High School before entering Fairfield University. He is a 1978 graduate of Fairfield U.
Mr. McCormick was the marketing manager with Garden Way Inc. when he left to join L.L. Bean in 1983 as assistant advertising manager. He earned a succession of promotions, including to vice president of advertising and direct marketing in 1991 and chief marketing officer in 2000. In succeeding Leon Gorman as President and CEO, he becomes the first non-L.L. Bean family member to run the privately held, family-owned company with annual sales of more than $1 billion.
Soon after taking on the top position, Mr. McCormick said, "I have the easiest and toughest of jobs. I have been given custodianship of one of the world's best brands, in one of the world's best locations, at a highly principled organization. Understanding the value of these assets is easy. In the current economic environment, the hard part will be figuring out how to leverage these values, especially when it comes to attracting and developing new customers to grow the business."
L.L. Bean, which has 4,700 year-round employees and attracts 3 million visitors each year to its Freeport, Maine stores, has branched out from its home base, opening its first international store in Tokyo, Japan in 1992 and adding two other retail stores in McLean, Va., in 2000 and Columbia, Md., just last year. During the peak holiday season the company has had as many as 137,300 calls in one day and shipped 131,000 packages in one day.
The L.L. Bean Flagship Store remains on the site of L.L.'s original store, built circa 1917, and is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day, year-round.
If you are interested in covering this event, please call Nancy Habetz, Director of Media Relations, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2647.
Posted on April 15, 2002
Vol. 34, No. 201
The Center for Multicultural Relations and The Artists Foundation will co-sponsor the Charles Fuller Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "A Soldiers Play," on Thursday, April 18 at 7 p.m., and on Friday, April 19, and Saturday, April 20, at 8 p.m. The performances will be held in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, with a special reception with the actors taking place on Saturday, April 20 at 5 p.m., in the Wien Experimental Theatre.
"A Soldiers Play" blends an Agatha Christie-style murder mystery with an emotional character study and important social message. Some 1.2 million African-Americans served in World War II, but their role was often overlooked or ignored by white Americans and the Armed Forces in general.
The Negro Ensemble Company originally performed the play Off-Broadway in 1981, and in 1984 the story was released as the motion picture "A Soldier's Story," featuring Oscar-award winning actor Denzel Washington. The film was nominated for three academy awards, three Golden Globe awards and won an Edgar Allen Poe Award for playwright Charles Fuller as well as a Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Adolph Caesar (Sergeant Waters).
The acting troupe that comprises The Artists Foundation, Inc., originally performed A Soldier's Play at the Leonhardt Theatre in Stamford, Conn., under the auspices of another theatre company. The cast included some of the finest African American actors in lower Fairfield County and New York, many of them experienced professionals and film actors. The performances were nearly sold out and received several standing ovations.
The Artist's Foundation, Inc., plans to present the play in institutions of higher learning and other venues throughout Connecticut and the surrounding region. This event is open to the public, with Thursday's performance geared toward student groups. Tickets are on sale at the Quick Center box office (203) 254-4010 or 1-877-ARTS-396. Prices are $25 for Adults and $15 for students. For more information please contact The Center for Multicultural Relations at (203) 254-4000 ext. 2909.
Posted on April 15, 2002
Vol. 34, No. 194
Hooray for Hollywood! The Fairfield University Glee Club, under the baton of Carole Ann Maxwell, presents its annual Pops Concert, Tuesday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. Titled "Let's Go to the Movies," the concert is a lively revue of music made popular by the silver screen.
The Fairfield University Glee Club, founded 50 years ago, is the parent organization of the Sine Nomine Singers, Sweet Harmony, the Men's Ensemble and the Chamber Singers. Collectively, these choral ensembles have presented concerts in prestigious venues throughout the United States and Europe, including New York's Carnegie Hall, Washington, D.C.'s National Cathedral and London's Westminster Cathedral.
Maxwell, the director of choral and liturgical music at Fairfield University since 1980, is one of America's preeminent conductors of collegiate, community and professional choral ensembles. She serves as artistic director and conductor of the Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut and is chorus master for Yale Opera, as well as the Connecticut Grand Opera and Orchestra.
Limited seating is available for the concert. Tickets are $6 and $8. For more information, call the box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll-free at 1-877-ARTS-396.
Posted on April 20, 2002
Vol. 34, No. 201
Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts launches a new series of student-acted adolescent dramas with "Out of Control," a realistic look at the pressures, temptations and consequences facing inner-city and suburban teens, Monday, June 3 at 7:30 p.m. The performance will take place in the Quick Center's Wien Experimental Theatre.
"Out of Control" follows seven characters who end up in a drug rehab center, including a high school dropout in search of his next high; a stressed-out honors student caught abusing a prescription drug; and a star lacrosse player whose future is changed by a drunk driving accident. The play is acted by Wilton High School students and written by Fairfield resident Barry Halpin, a director, acting coach and abuse prevention specialist who works with teens throughout Fairfield County.
"Out of Control" represents a new focus on teen issues being introduced as part of the Quick Center's ArtsBound Outreach series for young audiences. It also demonstrates the kind of collaboration the Quick Center hopes to duplicate at two area schools next year: Teens and a theatrical expert working together to produce plays about topics such as HIV/AIDS, teen pregnancy and parent-child communication.
"The program will give teens a forum to talk about issues with their peers," explains Deborah Sommers, the center's director of programming. "It will also encourage them to use their writing and social science skills to put these shows together."
Educators, parents and students are encouraged to view "Out of Control," which debuted before the Wilton community in April. About 20 students are involved as actors, musicians and stage crew. To help the students prepare for their roles, Halpin coordinated a three-hour trip to Liberation House, a Stamford-based drug rehabilitation center.
He compares "Out of Control" to "Rent," the true-to-life Broadway show about the trials and tribulations faced by a group of young people trying to make it in New York City. "We have a rock and roll band on stage," he says, "and the story is really about friendship, decisions and helping other people."
A $5 donation is suggested. For more information, call the Quick Center box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free 1-877-ARTS-396 or visit the website, www.quickcenter.com.
Posted on May 13, 2002
Vol. 34, No. 231
Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts promises a 13th season filled with exciting dance, music, theater and family shows. In addition to returning groups such as the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, the season features popular singer/songwriters Shawn Colvin, Arlo Guthrie and Kathy Mattea, as well as the awe-inspiring Momix, the captivating Tango Buenos Aires and the groundbreaking Urban Bush Women.
Tabla player Sandip Burman opens the season with "East Meets Jazz," a fast-paced, joy-filled performance blending Indian and jazz rhythms. The performance, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., also features guitarist/composer Paul Bollenback and saxophonist Dave Pietro of the Tashiko Akioshi Band. The Indian-born Burman, who began playing the tabla, or North Indian drums, at age 6, is a Quick Center artist-in-residence.
Shanghai Ballet graces the stage Saturday, Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. with a presentation of "Coppelia," the popular three-act ballet about a mesmerizing, life-like doll and a mysterious toymaker. Organized in 1979, the Shanghai Ballet rose to prominence when it staged the 20th-century Chinese ballet, "The White-Haired Girl." HA Muti directs the company through a repertoire of classical and folk ballets.
Shawn Colvin, the celebrated, down-to-earth singer/songwriter who gets to the heart of human emotion and relationships, performs Friday, Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. "Sunny Came Home," Colvin's irresistible tune about a woman's vengeance, won two Grammy Awards in 1997, for record of the year and song of the year. The New York Post has praised the natural simpatico of Colvin's "breathy voice and folk/rock acoustic guitar work," heard on her albums such as "A Few Small Repairs" and "Whole New You."
Classical piano virtuoso Emanuel Ax performs Friday, Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. A modest and unassuming presence when he walks on stage, Ax quickly commands his listeners' attention - and admiration - with playing that is graceful, fluid and poetic. An "Art to Heart" discussion with classical music professor Laura Nash precedes the show from 7 p.m. to 7:40 p.m.
Arlo Guthrie, the folk singer and social activist, takes the stage Saturday, Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. Guthrie's career took off in 1967 when he recorded "Alice's Restaurant," an 18-minute-long anthem for the 1960s counterculture that fostered a new sense of social consciousness and activism. A masterful storyteller known for his great sense of humor, Guthrie plays more than a dozen instruments, including piano, harmonica and guitar.
Singer-songwriter Kathy Mattea, whose music is a signature blend of folk, bluegrass, gospel and Celtic traditions, performs Friday, Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. The West Virginia-born artist got her start at age 19 - as a tour guide at the Country Music Hall of Fame. Since then, Mattea has won two Grammy Awards, recorded 16 Top 10 Singles, including "18 Wheels and a Dozen Roses," and has twice been named the Country Music Association's Top Female Vocalist.
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the nation's premier repertory chamber music ensemble, performs at the Quick Center on three occasions this season under the direction of artistic director David Shifrin. On Saturday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m., violinist Cho-Liang Lin, cellist Gary Hoffman and pianist Andre-Michel Schub will perform the complete piano trios of Johannes Brahms. A pre-concert "Art to Heart" discussion with journalist Robert Sherman will be held from 7 p.m. to 7:40 p.m.
The CMSLC is comprised of 18 artist members who are joined throughout the season by guest artists, a unique structure that enables Shifrin to present concerts of every instrumentation, style and historical period. The ensemble has commissioned 110 new works over the past three decades, and was nominated for a Grammy Award for "The Complete Chamber Works of Claude Debussy" in 2001.
The CMSLC returns Saturday, February 1 at 8 p.m. with "Masterpieces of the Russian Underground: From Shostakovich to Schnittke." The concert will feature Gary Hoffman, cello; David Shifrin, clarinet; Ani Kavafian and Oleh Krysa, violin; and Vladimir Feltsman, piano. A third performance - an "Early Romantic Festival" including works from Chopin, Hummel and Beethoven - will be presented Saturday, March 22 at 8 p.m. Featured artists will include: Ransom Wilson, flute; Stephen Taylor, oboe; Joseph Silverstein, violin/viola; Ronald Thomas, cello; and Lee Luvisi, piano. Both performances will be preceded by an "Art to Heart" discussion with Sherman.
"High Adventure on the Radio," the first of three radio dramas created by the Quick Center and directed by Daniel Smith, will be presented Saturday, Nov. 23 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the Quick Center's Wien Experimental Theatre, also known as the Black Box Theatre. "High Adventure..." is a collection of classic, edge-of-your-seat radio suspense tales, including one about three men trapped in an isolated lighthouse as thousands of rats try to gnaw their way in! "Science Fiction from the Golden Age," will be presented Saturday, March 8 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and "Classic Crime Fighters" follows Saturday, March 29 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
The "polished," "passionate" and "bold" St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble performs three concerts at the Quick Center. The first is an All-Bach program, Friday, December 13 at 8 p.m.; and the second, a Mendelssohn program for woods and strings, Friday, February 28 at 8 p.m. St. Luke's new principal conductor, pianist Donald Runnicles, performs in "The Trout," a third program featuring works by Haydn and Schubert, Friday, April 11 at 8 p.m. An "Art to Heart" discussion with Howard Kissel, New York Daily News drama critic, takes place before each show from 7 p.m. to 7:40 p.m.
St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, under the direction of Krista Bennion Feeney, is the artistic core of the larger Orchestra of St. Luke's. Comprised of 21 virtuoso artists, the group is acclaimed worldwide for its mastery of a diverse repertoire spanning the Baroque to the contemporary.
The Quick Center will present some fun and inspired readings this season. The first, "Holiday Stories," is presented with guest artists, Saturday, December 14 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. As an additional treat, the Quick Center has commissioned orchestral accompaniment for "Storybook Tales," Sunday, March 30 at 3 p.m. Bring the whole family as guest artists read some of the world's most beloved fairy tales.
Audience members will be whistling "White Christmas" after attending the New Haven Symphony Orchestra's Holiday Pops Concert, scheduled for Friday, December 20 at 7:30 p.m. This festive event, with associate conductor Gerald Steichen, will include traditional carols, as well as ethnic and cultural holiday songs. The evening wraps up with a sing-a-long! The New Haven Symphony Orchestra is the oldest symphony orchestra in the country. It combines the talents of resident players with world-renowned guest soloists and conductors.
The dance-illusionist troupe Momix performs "Opus Cactus," an awe-inspiring program of physical grace and mastery, Friday, Jan. 24 at 8 p.m. The program, inspired by gila monsters, saguaro cacti and other sights and sounds of the Southwest, was created by Momix artistic director Moses Pendleton. When it premiered in February 2001, Newsday wrote, "with its wit, beauty and sheer physical daring, ["Opus Cactus"] typifies Momix at its inspired best." A post-show "Art to Heart" question-and-answer session with the company will follow.
The world's foremost acoustic and jazz guitarists swap musical ideas and share their latest compositions during "International Guitar Night," Saturday, Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. Host Brian Gore, a self-taught acoustic guitar player from the San Francisco Bay area, is joined by the legendary Ralph Towner, who now lives in Italy; Martin Taylor, the brilliant jazz innovator from England; and Marco Pereira, the dynamic Brazilian guitarist.
With her stunning looks and silken voice, 24-year-old Jane Monheit has been called "jazz's next sultry sweety," by People magazine. When Monheit appears at the Quick Center, Saturday, February 15 at 8 p.m., she's likely to wrap her rich, textured voice around selections from her top albums, "Come Dream With Me," and "Never Never Land," and add her own touch to great American songs by Joni Mitchell, Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald and others. Monheit has performed at Carnegie Hall and Boston Symphony Hall, as well as jazz festivals, clubs and theaters around the world.
The stage will be sizzling Saturday, Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. with the boldly suggestive choreography of the Argentinean dance troupe, Tango Buenos Aires. Under the direction of pianist and bandoneon player, Cristian Zarate, Tango Buenos Aires presents the tango as it originated in the slums and bordellos of Buenos Aires. Calling upon the skill, speed and carriage of six dancing couples, "The Golden Age of Tango," will trace the 100-year history of this richly cultural dance form, which has sometimes been called the soul of Argentina.
Urban Bush Women and the National Company of Song and Dance of Mozambique perform "Shadow's Child," Saturday, March 8 at 8 p.m. "Shadow's Child" is a mix of dance, song and storytelling interwoven with the spiritual traditions, culture and history of Africans and African-Americans. UBW's Jawole Willa Jo Zollar will direct this tale of a young girl's journey of self-discovery and identity. A post-show "Art to Heart" question-and-answer session with the company will follow. A special performance for young people will be staged Sunday, March 9 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. as part of the Quick Center's Young Audience series.
Join electrifying Celtic accordionist John Whelan and the fiddle-playing trio, Halali, for a St. Patrick's Day celebration, Saturday, March 15 at 8 p.m. Raised on the fiddle and pipe music of Ireland, Whelan calls Milford, Conn., home. He has recorded more than half-a-dozen albums and, in 1998, was named Traditionalist of the Year by Irish Echo magazine.
Lila Downs, a multilingual vocalist who has created her own unique blend of Mexican folk music and American jazz, performs Friday, March 21 at 8 p.m. A mezzo-soprano with exceptional range, Downs is the daughter of an American biologist and a Miztec Indian, an exotic background she drew upon heavily in her debut album, "Tree of Life."
On Friday, March 28 at 8 p.m., Grammy Award-winning violinist and composer Mark O'Connor pays tribute to Steacute;phane Grappelli, the legendary French jazz violinist who helped influence his crossover from country to classical music. The Mark O'Connor Trio's "Tribute to Steacute;phane Grappelli," will also feature bassist John Burr and guitarist Frank Vignola.
With playing that is intense at one moment and tender at the next, cellist Maya Beiser and pianist Anthony de Mare perform in an evening of sensual, tango-infused music, Saturday, April 5 at 8 p.m. "Oblivion" is an interpretation of the works of Latin composer Astor Piazzolla, father of the modern tango, and Cuban-born composer Joaquin Nin (father of the feminist writer, Anais Nin). An "Art to Heart" discussion will precede the show from 7 p.m. to 7:40 p.m.
Quartetto Gelato, a boisterous Canadian foursome that mixes classical melodies with foot-stomping fun, performs Saturday, May 3 at 8 p.m. The group's repertoire - ranging from operatic arias to gypsy fiddling - goes hand-in-hand with its name, according to The Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.); while quartetto sounds like a serious classical ensemble, gelato means ice cream in Italian! A pre-concert "Art to Heart" discussion with classical music professor Laura Nash will take place from 7 p.m. to 7:40 p.m.
Finally, exhibitions scheduled this season at the Quick Center's Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery are: Sale Sirugo, "From the Intimate to the Infinite," Sept. 19 through Dec. 8; "Images from the 1960s - Photographs by James Hinton," Jan. 23 through March 23; "2003 Studio Art Student Exhibition," April 2 through May 4; and "Crescendo Works by Rosalyn A. Engleman," June 15 through Aug. 10.
The Quick Center for the Arts offers free parking in well-lit lots on a campus patrolled by security guards. Concessions are open one hour prior to each performance, and patrons may await the curtain's opening in the Quick Center's spacious lobby. Audience members are also encouraged to tour exhibits in the Walsh Art Gallery.
Discounts for Quick Center events are available to subscribers and groups. For ticket information or a copy of the Quick Center's 2002-03 calendar of events, call the box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396 or visit the website at www.quickcenter.com. Look for Quick Center tickets online beginning Fall 2002.
Posted on May 13, 2002
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John M. Orman, Ph.D., professor of politics at Fairfield University, says he is not surprised that Bill Clinton is considering hosting a talk show on NBC: "It's the culmination of what has been happening in American Politics."
Dr. Orman and Dr. Darrell West, professor of political science at Brown University, are the co-authors of a book on "Celebrity Politics" due out in August and published by Prentice Hall. The book, Dr. Orman said, "shows how the political system has been taken over by pop culture entertainment values and presents the President as celebrity." An expert on the U.S. Presidency, Dr. Orman says Bill Clinton is the best example of this.
Dr. Orman's other books include:
Comparing Presidential Behavior
Presidential Secrecy and Deception
A graduate of Indiana State University, he holds a master's degree from Ball State University and a Ph.D. from Indiana University.
Dr. Orman has been interviewed extensively by print media, radio and television, including in Canada and the United States.
To arrange an interview, please respond by email or call Nancy Habetz, director of Media Relations, at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2647.
Posted on May 13, 2002
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