Two faculty members awarded $138,000 in grants for science research Intriguing science fiction radio dramas to be heard at Quick Center Gallery director to discuss African American art in Walsh Art Gallery Storybook stars Amelia Bedelia, Anansi & more come to life at Quick Center Jazz siren Jane Monheit brings her silken voice to Quick Center Barnes & Noble in Westport to host Fairfield University professor for book reading and presentation of Spanish fairy tales Fairfield University and the Westport Arts Center offer art, politics and legal issues lecture series to examine art world University College presents art history lectures to coincide with major museum exhibitions this year Acclaimed Irish tenor John McDermott to star in benefit concert for Irish Scholarship Fund Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center to perform at Quick Center American artist Benny Andrews to lecture on African-American art and experience at Fairfield University
Two faculty members at Fairfield University were awarded more than $138,000 in federal grants for science research. The United States Department of Interior's Park Service awarded $76,871 to Dr. Randy Chambers, assistant professor of biology, to study how the dying-off of seagrass in Florida Bay near Miami is leading to the growth of dense algae and a catastrophic decline in the quality of the water that historically was exceptional.
The second grant of $62,000 was awarded to Dr. Nancy Haegel, associate professor of physics, by the National Science Foundation for research into the behavior of semiconductors. Fairfield University will provide $12,500 in matching grants to cover the cost of laboratory equipment and housing for two Fairfield students who will assist her during the 18 months of the project and will live on campus next summer. Adding to the prestige of the award, Dr. Haegel becomes one of the first recipients of a grant under the science foundation's new POWRE program - Professional Opportunities for Women in Research and Education.
Dr. Robert Wall, academic vice president, said these awards to Dr. Chambers and Dr. Haegel against rigorous competition demonstrate the quality of the Fairfield University faculty and serve as models for students and other faculty. "They are pushing the cutting edge of knowledge and simultaneously providing their students with the latest information in their field."
Dr. Chambers' research is also supported by Fairfield University's new program which offers pre-tenure faculty the opportunity to conduct research full-time for one semester.
Dr. Chambers' research will begin next spring and will continue for two years. He will be assisted during the next two summers by two Fairfield students whose services are also covered by the grant. Dr. Chambers plans to study how the presence of sulfur, iron and phosphorus in the sediment affect the seagrasses. Working at 15 sites in Florida Bay, he will test whether adding iron oxide to the water can enhance the ecosystem in locations where the seagrass die-off has reduced the quality of the water.
This change threatens the food chain for Florida Bay and may translate into fewer fish and birds and, as a result, fewer tourists.
Although there has been a heavy influx of people into southern Florida with an impact on water quality, Dr. Chambers said there is no current evidence that runoff from the land has contributed substantially to the declining water quality in Florida Bay and he will investigate other possible factors.
He previously received grants from the Connecticut Chapter of the Nature Conservancy and the from the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection to study the ecology of the wetlands of the Lower Housatonic River.
Dr. Chambers came to Fairfield in 1994 from San Francisco State University and has been conducting environmental research in the coastal watershed and wetlands of Long Island Sound.
Through her project, Dr. Haegel will again offer undergraduates the opportunity for research. In the past four years, 12 student have participated in research in the solid state laboratory and six have been authors or co-authors of papers or presentations. Dr. Haegel's previous research funded by the National Science Foundation from 1989-1995 focused on new semiconductor materials and the contacts that must be made to fully utilize these new materials in various applications. She also received a series of grants in 1994 from the Research Corporation based in Tucson, Ariz., the NATO Scientific Exchange Program and the European Space Agency.
Dr. Haegel came to Fairfield University in 1993 from UCLA and has been conducting research on semiconductor materials for use as infrared detectors with emphasis on their behavior at very low temperatures during use for satellite-based astronomy.
The POWRE program, which is funding her latest research, was created in recognition that women are under-represented in the science and engineering workforce. The POWRE program is designed to promote the development of leaders in research and education and women's prominence in science and engineering.
Posted on December 1, 1997
Hear what writers of the past envisioned the future would be in "Science Fiction from the Golden Age," a group of radio dramas to be performed Saturday, Feb. 8 at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. The show will be presented at 3 and 8 p.m. in the Wien Experimental Theatre.
Director Daniel Smith of New Haven will lead the cast through three episodes of some of the radio era's most popular and intriguing shows. The cast includes New Haven residents Gary Cavello, John Watson, Rob Rocke and Michael Sayers; Joe Mango of Ansonia; Josiah Rowe of Cheshire; and Dakota Shepard of Brooklyn, N.Y. Ted Powell of Stratford will provide sound effects and play the theramin, a 1920s electronic instrument that emits a creepy, high-pitched wail. Smith will play the organ.
"The Seventh Victim" is an episode from "X-1," a popular radio show that showcased short plays set in the future. The story revolves around a harsh society that sanctions hunting humans to combat overpopulation. "The Seventh Victim" details one man's dilemma when he's order to hunt down and kill a woman.
Groucho Marx and Vincent Price were the stars of the original "The Undecided Molecule," another highlight of the show. Taken from "Columbia Presents Corwin," the unusual tale was written by master storyteller Norman Corwin and is presented in rhyming meter.
"It's about a molecule that decides not to cooperate with the laws of physics and is put on trial for it," Smith said. "It's very clever and funny."
The third installment is about two scientists who unwittingly contact hostile aliens while doing a routine experiment. Taken from the horrow show "Murder at Midnight," the episode is aptly named "Terror Out of Space."
Smith is editing the shows to make room for another treat - "Top Secret D-Ray," an episode from the children's adventure show, "Space Patrol."
The production is the second in a series of three radio dramas at the Quick Center. Tickets are $10. For tickets, call the Quick Center box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. Media inquiries should be made to Dana Ambrosini, Fairfield University's assistant director of media relations, at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2726.
Posted on January 10, 2003
Vol. 35, No. 148
Diana Mille, Ph.D., director of the Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery at Fairfield University, will present "The Black Experience: African-American Art in the Twentieth Century" on Wednesday, Feb. 5 in the gallery located at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. The 12:30 p.m. program is the third of four Director's Choice lectures on selected topics in modern and contemporary art scheduled for the 2002-03 season.
Dr. Mille will feature Romare Bearden, who is recognized as one of the most creative visual artists of the 20th century. When he wasn't earning his New York University degree, playing semi-professional baseball or publishing political cartoons, Bearden was working with the Harlem Artists Guild. A lifelong student of art, he is best known for his collages that bring to life scenes from his past in North Carolina, Harlem and Pittsburgh, as well as a host of literary, musical and historical references. Incorporating influences from Chinese landscape painting to cubism to the Italian Renaissance, his works hang in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and other important national and international galleries.
Those attending Dr. Mille's lecture can also view the gallery's exhibit, "Images from the 1960s - Photographs by James Hinton." The exhibit, which runs from Thursday, Jan. 23 through Sunday, March 23, weaves together the cultural, political and social life of African Americans during this turbulent decade as seen by photographer/filmmaker James Hinton.
Admission to the Director's Choice lecture is $5. Participants are invited to bring a brown bag lunch. For more information, call (203) 254-4000, ext. 2969.
Posted on January 10, 2003
Vol. 35, No. 147
Beloved children's book characters from Anansi the Spider to the fanciful alligators of Maurice Sendak rhymes will delight young audiences in the musical revue "Good Driving, Amelia Bedelia & Other Story Books" at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. Performances are at 1 and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9, and at 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 10. The Monday show is part of the Quick Center's "Artsbound" Schoolday Series.
Suitable for children in grades K through 3, the fast-paced revue begins with all the performers acting as chefs who later become the characters from several different storybooks. It strives to give children a taste for the magic of theater, while reinforcing their love of reading.
The cornerstone of the show is Herman Parish's "Good Driving, Amelia Bedelia," a charming tale about the hard-working maid who takes directions a tad too literally. For instance, when her boss, the long-suffering Mr. Rogers, tells her to look for a fork in the road on their drive, she responds, "I just can't see it. Maybe there's a spoon instead!"
Anansi the Spider, who spins tales in the African tradition, comes to life in "Anansi and the Talking Melon." In the story, the hungry spider eats so much melon he grows too fat to crawl out of the rind. Ever-mischievous, he convinces an elephant and King Monkey that the melon is talking and he's eventually set free - only to gorge himself on bananas.
In Maurice Sendak's "Alligators All Around" the company is joined by some alligator friends who act out the alphabet to the refrain: "Pick A Letter. Try the Sound. Alligators All Around!" Other stories included are Kevin Henkes' "Jessica," Bernard Weber's "Ira Says Goodbye" and Tomie dePaola's "The Mysterious Giant of Barletta."
Directed by G. Wayne Hoffman, the show was created by Theatreworks/USA's Story Salad Productions.
"Theatreworks/USA is a children's theatre with a difference - and the difference is its quality," New York Post theater reviewer Clive Barnes wrote of the troupe.
Tickets to the Sunday shows are $12 for adults and $10 for children. The Monday performance is part of the Quick Center's "Artsbound" Schoolday Series and tickets are $5. The series is sponsored in part by Regina A. Quick, the Educational Foundation of America, the Kiwanis Club of Fairfield and the Greater Bridgeport Area Foundation. Schools may contact the box office for study guides.
Posted on January 13, 2003
Vol. 35, No. 155
Jane Monheit, who, at just 25, has taken the jazz world by storm, brings her captivating soprano voice to Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 8 p.m.
Often mentioned in the same breath as modern jazz superstar Diane Krall, Monheit is fast gaining a reputation for capturing a song's essence with the sophisticated phrasing of a seasoned veteran. Add to that her lush, textured voice and her flair for the dramatic and Monheit is "a singer to be reckoned with," according to the Washington Post.
Born in 1977, Monheit grew up in Oakdale, N.Y., in a home filled with music. Her aunt and grandmother were both professional singers and her brother played rock guitar. Her mother was involved in musical theater and Dad was known to pick through a few bluegrass tunes on his banjo. Monheit is said to have begun singing standards at the age of two, a fact backed up by a recording of a three-year-old Monheit singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" included on her second album, "Come Dream With Me."
"I started singing as soon as I could talk and basically learned how to do both at once," she said of her early musical leanings. "Performing was also something I always knew I wanted to do."
By the time she was in high school, Monheit was snagging leading roles in school theater performances and singing at clubs on the South Shore of Long Island. Her formal training began at age 17, when she entered New York City's prestigious Manhattan School of Music. There, she studied with Peter Eldridge, a founding member of the vocal group New York Voices.
Monheit got her first big break in 1998, when she was runner-up to the legendary Teri Thorton at the Thelonius Monk Institute Vocal Competition. Thorton was 68; Monheit, just 20. Critics and producers sat up and took notice of the young talent.
Rather than rush into a career, Monheit completed her studies at Manhattan School of Music before recording her debut album, "Never Never Land," and embarking on her first tour. The album, a set of 10 ballads, features jazz notables Kenny Barron, Ron Carter, David "Fathead" Newman and others.
On her second album, "Come Dream With Me," she lends her sultry soprano to a dozen more pieces, mostly standards that she's been singing her whole life. She was especially pleased with her latest version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," a favorite of one of her idols, Ella Fitzgerald.
"That's the first song I ever learned," Monheit said of the timeless tune. "It's incredibly sentimental for me and my family, almost too special to record."
"Come Dream With Me" also includes revealing interpretations of "Spring Can Hang You Up the Most," "So Many Stars" and "Blame It On My Youth." Produced by Grammy-winning producer Joel Dorn, the album features guest musicians Christian McBride, Michael Brecker and Tom Harrell.
Monheit followed it up last fall with her latest album, "In the Sun," which finds the vocalist mixing '70s rock classic "Love Has No Pride" and works by Brazilian composer Ivan Lins in with the familiar strains of "Cheek to Cheek" and "Tea for Two." Harrell joined her again on this recording, as did jazz heavyweights Kenny Washington, Ron Carter and Joel Frahm.
Reviewers become downright poetic when describing Monheit's work.
She has "a beautiful voice that, if it could assume tangible shape, would resemble a large, uncut diamond," according to Newsday critic Gene Seymour.
"Her voice is a silken, controlled wonder that is both a genetic gift and the product of superb training," wrote Daniel Okrent of Time. "When she wraps it around one of the classic American songs she loves to sing, you know Jane Monheit can't miss. She has, in a word, everything."
As memorable as her albums are, Monheit comes alive on the stage. Her blend of confidence, charisma and sophistication has left some jazz aficionados comparing her to Fitzgerald herself. In the past few years, she's performed at such varied locales as the Oak Room of the storied Algonquin Hotel, Carnegie Hall and the jazz mecca, the Village Vanguard.
She's won high praise in performances at The Verizon Festival in Los Angeles, Chicago's Ravinia Festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival and the Montreal Jazz Festival. While she's worked with major talents and traveled the world, Monheit credited her success to her own brand of musical honesty.
"I'm just singing the most beautiful songs I know in the most sincere way," she said of her work. "I think people are responding to the beauty of the music, and to my attempt to tell the truth."
Tickets are $25 and $30. For tickets, call the Quick Center box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396.
Posted on January 13, 2003
Vol. 35, No. 156
Lovers of fairy tales are invited to join Robert M. Fedorchek, Ph.D., on Sunday, Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. for an afternoon of enchantment at Barnes & Noble in Westport. Dr. Fedorchek, professor of Modern Languages and Literatures at Fairfield University, will present "Stories of Enchantment from Nineteenth-Century Spain," a collection of 17 stories that run the gamut from brothers Grimm-style fairytales to thought-provoking stories of wonder that wouldn't be out of place on "The Twilight Zone."
Translated from Spanish by Dr. Fedorchek, a Fairfield resident, the tales have parallels in the more widely read works of Germany's brothers Grimm and France's Charles Perrault. Included in the collection are works by noted Spanish writers Fernán Caballero, Pedro Antonio de Alarcón, Juan Valera, Benito Pérez Galdós and others.
"We know of Russian literature because Dostoevski and Tolstoy were translated early on. Some of these Spanish writers are not household names, but I'm hoping to change that," Dr. Fedorchek said.
Alan Smith. Ph.D., associate professor of Spanish at Boston University, wrote the introduction for "Stories of Enchantment," Dr. Fedorchek's 10th translated book in 10 years.
Dr. Fedorchek will be available to sign books following the presentation.
For more information about the presentation, please call Dana Ambrosini, Asst. Dir. of Media Relations at Fairfield University, at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2726.
Posted on January 15, 2003
Vol. 35, No. 158
University College at Fairfield University and the Westport Arts Center are presenting an art, politics and legal issues lecture series to examine many of the most interesting and challenging issues confronting today's art world.
The lectures will take place at the Westport Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. The series kicks off with "Legacies and Legalities: The Spoils of War," on Wed., Feb. 5. Lecturer Elisabeth Clark will consider the restitution of displaced art and archives to their rightful owners.
Ms. Clark, the daughter and granddaughter of art dealers, grew up in Paris and New York. She has a Law degree from the University of Paris and a graduate degree from New York University Law School as well as a degree from the School of Political Science in Paris. She is a member of the New York State Bar. She is not currently practicing law but has been involved for several years with the recuperation of works of art and archives stolen during World War II.
Track the trends of the art world with Philip Eliasoph, Ph.D. He will present "Scholars, Critics and Collectors," on Wed., Feb. 19.
Dr. Eliasoph is Professor of Art History at Fairfield University where he was founding director of the Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. His doctoral dissertation, "Paul Cadmus: Life and Work" was the basis for a national retrospective tour which contributed to a revival for the classical figurative style of the artist. He has given lectures on the intersection between Italian Renaissance art and theory and the American egg tempera masters at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Yale University Art Gallery, and the New York Academy of Art.
What is cultural property? Alan Neigher will try to answer that question in the third lecture in the series, "Modern Technology vs. Copyright," on Wed., March 5.
Mr. Neigher is a partner in the Westport firm of Byelas & Neigher. He specializes in media, entertainment, first amendment and trade regulation law. Currently, he serves as a Special Master for the Bridgeport seat of the United States District Court.
On Wed., March 19, David Rubinstein, Ph.D., will examine the issue of establishing standards in the art world in "Have You No Decency? Art, Politics, and Censorship."
Dr. Rubinstein holds a Ph.D. in History and Art History from New York University. Until recently he was on the faculty of Adelphi University, College of Arts and Sciences and was the director of Artistic and Cultural Affairs for the university. He currently serves as the Visual Arts Chairman for the Westport Arts Center, the president of the Westport Public Library, and the co-chairman of the Westport Arts Advisory Committee.
The final lecture in the series will take place on Wed., April 2, and will consider art and free expression in an Islamic Society. A title and lecturer are yet to be announced.
Tickets for the series are $150 and are not sold separately for individual lectures. Members of the Westport Arts Center receive a 10 percent discount. For more information and to register, please call University College at Fairfield University at 203-254-4307.
Posted on January 17, 2003
Vol. 35, No. 168
University College at Fairfield University presents an art history lecture series that helps the audience "See the Masters with the Experts."
Fairfield University scholars will offer insights and expertise on the drawings of Leonardo da Vinci, the paintings of Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez and the American watercolors of Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper and Georgia O'Keeffe during exhibitions of those masters at nearby museums.
The three lectures will each take place at 10 a.m. on Fairfield University's campus.
Philip Eliasoph, Ph.D., professor of art history at Fairfield, will deliver the first lecture on Wed., Feb. 5. "The Drawings of Leonardo," will survey the master's drawings assembled for the first time in America. The lecture is designed to accompany "Leonardo da Vinci, Master Draftsman," an exhibition that runs Jan. 22 through March 30 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
On Thursday, March 20, series ticket-holders will hear "The Spanish Baroque and its influence on 19th century French painting." The lecture, by Jesús Escobar, Ph.D., associate professor of art history at Fairfield University, will coincide with "Manet/Velázquez - the French Taste for Spanish Paintings," another exhibit at the Metropolitan, which will run March 4 through June 8.
Diana Mille, Ph.D., director of the Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery at Fairfield, will round out the series on Wed., April 2, with "Homer to Hopper: Masters of American Watercolor." Her lecture will accompany an exhibition of the same name that runs Dec. 3 through June 8 at the Yale University Art Gallery.
Tickets for the series are $139. For more information or to register, please call University College at (203) 254-4307.
Posted on January 17, 2003
Vol. 35, No. 170
Irish tenor John McDermott, whose international singing career began when he belted out "Danny Boy" at a company party, will bring his rich, expressive voice to Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts this Valentine's Day. The concert, which also features the glee club of the Fairfield-based Gaelic-American Club, will begin Friday, Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. McDermott will attend a free post-concert reception.
McDermott's appearance will benefit Fairfield University's Irish Scholarship Fund, which brings Irish students to study at the university. The scholarship honors the memory of Father John Conlisk, a Bridgeport Diocesan priest for 28 years.
A decade ago singing was just a hobby for McDermott, then a circulation sales representative for The Toronto Sun in Canada. But when he sang his impromptu version of the Irish standard "Danny Boy" at a company party, executives in attendance were so impressed they funded his first album, "Danny Boy." Recorded as a private 50th anniversary tribute to his parents, the album found its way to producers at EMI Music Canada.
EMI released the album to strong sales in the United States and Canada. "Danny Boy" reached the top of the New Zealand album charts and was certified platinum there. With an increasing fan base spurred by his tireless touring schedule, McDermott was invited to sing on the PBS television and recording phenomenon "The Irish Tenors" in 1999 and 2000.
McDermott has recorded nine albums in the last 10 years, including three platinum albums in Canada. He has been nominated for five Juno Awards - the Canadian equivalent of the Grammy - and tours internationally.
The ninth of 12 children from a traditional Irish family in Glasgow, Scotland, McDermott moved to Canada in the 1960s. His musical roots are equal parts Scottish and Irish and his songs showcase an innate understanding of both traditional folk melodies and more contemporary styles. His albums include such chestnuts as "Amazing Grace," "The Rose of Tralee," "The Skye Boat Song" and "Scotland the Brave," all rendered in his strikingly pure voice.
McDermott is also known for his commitment to veterans' causes. He established the Hope McDermott Fund - named for his mother - to offer programs for homeless veterans. The fund supports McDermott House, a transitional housing cooperative for veterans in Washington, D.C. and the Hope McDermott Day Care Program Center in Boston. He has been recognized for his efforts with the Congressional Medal of Honor Society's Bob Hope Award.
"So much of the music I sing really speaks to the veterans' experience and I feel a great deal of respect for the men and women who put their lives on the line for the sake of their country," he said.
Tickets for McDermott's Quick Center appearance are $30. For tickets, call the Quick Center box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396.
Posted on January 17, 2003
Vol. 35, No. 165
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the nation's premier repertory chamber ensemble, will offer a concert of music from the Russian Underground on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 8 p.m. at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.
"Masterpieces of the Russian Underground: From Shostakovich to Schnittke" is the brainchild of guest pianist Vladimir Feltsman. The evening's program will include Dmitri Shostakovich's "Piano Trio No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 67," Galina Ustvolskaya's "Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano," Moisei Weinberg's "Sonata No. 1 for Cello and Piano, Op. 21," and Alfred Schnittke's "Piano Trio."
The intriguing program explores the complicated relationship between art and politics in the former Soviet Union. Ruled by a government that took rigid control of the arts, many composers refused to bow to musical conventions. Some of their truest artistic expressions were "for the drawer" pieces that were rarely, if ever, performed publicly.
Shostakovich is a fitting starting point for the concert, as he influences all of the others. The St. Petersburg-born master is known as the father of Soviet musical rebellion, a complex composer who won government approval with one piece and condemnation from Stalin himself with the next. Written in the waning days of World War II, his "Piano Trio No. 2" is dedicated to the memory of Ivan Sollertinsky, a close friend who was one of Russian's foremost musicologists.
A monumental and tragic composition, the trio blends cello harmonics with the second movement's wild scherzo and a final movement that has the character of a Jewish folk song, a daring addition for one living under Soviet rule.
Until recently, the music of Shostakovich's student and one-time fiancée Galina Ustvolskaya was rarely heard in Russia, let alone the West. Her clarinet trio is considered her best work, offering a prime example of the uncompromising, lashing fury of the woman once dubbed "the lady with the hammer."
At the time of its composition in 1949, the trio was seen as shockingly avant-garde, though today the sound is fresh and unusual. Not easily categorized, the piece is aggressive and expressive and may remind some listeners of Mussorgsky or Hindemith.
A close friend and duet partner of Shostakovich, Moisei Weinberg is another hidden treasure of the Russian Underground. Born in Warsaw, Poland in 1919, he lived in Russia and was a prolific composer, creating everything from 26 symphonies to incidental music for 65 films, plays and other performances. His cello sonata shows a meditative and narrative character, featuring Prokofiev-like clarity and an extensive cadenza for solo cello.
While Shostakovich gave expression to those living under the yoke of totalitarianism, Alfred Shnittke has been called the "man in between." His music blends old and new styles, as well as modern, post-modern, classical and baroque ideas. Composed in 1985, his first piano trio is one of few purely lyrical pieces in his collection. Each of the two movements is elegiac with bursts of fury. In 1992, Schnittke made a new arrangement of the trio, at the request of Ukranian violinist Oleh Krysa, who will be a guest artist for this memorable evening at the Quick Center.
Born in Moscow in 1952, guest pianist Vladimir Feltsman studied at the Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory of Music. In 1971, he won the Grand Prize at the Marguerite Long International Piano Competition in Paris, after which he toured extensively in the Soviet Union, Europe and Japan. In 1979, Feltsman's growing frustration with government control of the arts led him to seek emigration papers from the Soviet Union. Instead of receiving an exit visa, he was banned from performing in public.
After eight years of virtual artistic exile, he was granted permission to leave. In 1987, he made his way to the United States and gave his first North American concert at the White House.
In the last 15 years, Feltsman has been a regular guest soloist with all the leading American orchestras and has played at major music festivals around the world.
"(He is) a pianist of immaculate technique and solid musical instincts," a Washington Post reviewer wrote. "Feltsman is certainly a brilliant, thoughtful, imaginative pianist whose work is well worth attention."
The resident company at Lincoln Center, the Chamber Music Society is devoted to the outstanding performance and creation of chamber music. Its pioneering structure of 18 artist members augmented by invited guests allows Artistic Director David Shifrin to present concerts of every instrumentation, style and historic period. In addition, the Grammy-winning ensemble is committed to new works, having commissioned more than 110 pieces in its 32-year history.
In the Quick Center's performance, Feltsman and Krysa will be joined by: Shifrin, clarinet; and CMS musicians Gary Hoffman, cello; and Ani Kavafian and Paul Neubauer, violin.
Tickets are $30. For tickets, call the Quick Center box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396.
Posted on January 20, 2003
Vol. 35, No. 141
Contemporary American artist Benny Andrews will consider how personal experience shaped the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., informs his own artwork and affects the lives of all individuals at a Tuesday, Feb. 4 lecture at Fairfield University. Andrews' talk, scheduled for 4:30 p.m. in the multimedia room of the DiMenna-Nyselius Library, is part of a semester-long celebration of African-American art.
Andrews is a nationally recognized collage artist, painter, printmaker, sculptor and illustrator whose work is part of the permanent collections of many U.S. museums. He has been the director of the Visual Arts Program at the National Endowment for the Arts and has taught at Queens College in New York. He strongly advocates bringing art to a larger, more diverse public and has been a leader introducing visual arts to prison populations.
Born in 1930 in Plainville, Georgia, Andrews was one of 10 siblings in a family of sharecroppers. As a youngster, he attended school only when he had finished his farm chores or if the fields were too wet to work.
The Andrews home offered a wealth of creative opportunities. Andrews started drawing at the age of three, learning from his father George Andrews, a self-taught artist who based much of his own work on his dreams and visions. Raised in a family of storytellers and readers, Benny Andrews was also encouraged to write stories, many of which he collected in handmade books.
Early on, Andrews realized that the people around him - from family and friends to town leaders and colorful characters - provided endless inspiration for his work, most of which combines oil paint and collage. Even now, his pieces are highly narrative, reflecting the history and culture of the United States as interpreted through his life experiences.
Andrews, who holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from the Chicago Art Institute, has pieces in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, The Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., The Fine Art Museum of the South in Alabama and many other institutions. He will present slides of his work during his Fairfield University lecture.
Andrews' lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call (203) 254-4000, ext. 2969
Posted on January 22, 2003
Vol. 35, No. 169