Fairfield University sophomore chosen for Goldwater Scholarship Utah artist Dennis Smith donates 9/11 memorial piece to the Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery at Fairfield University United Nations Day tribute at Fairfield University features speaker from UN Secretariat Dazzling Los Angeles Guitar Quartet brings eclectic style to Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts Fairfield University and the Connecticut Press Club present "The Writer & Agent Relationship" Rabbi Professor Jonathan Magonet to present Judaic Studies lecture at Fairfield University Fairfield University screens "Caught in the Crossfire" as part Arab-American Experience series Award-winning journalist and jazz expert Nat Hentoff to speak at Fairfield University Artist/activist Harry Belafonte to deliver the Jacoby-Lunin Humanitarian Lecture at Fairfield University Memorial service and funeral arrangements planned for slain Fairfield University student Mark Fisher Inventive dance troupe Pilobolus to appear at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts
For the second consecutive year, a Fairfield University student has been awarded a $7,500 per year Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for each of the next two years, given for excellence in mathematics, natural sciences or engineering. The Goldwater Foundation, a federally-endowed agency, selected Matthew Day, a sophomore from Hawthorne, N.Y., who plans to pursue a Ph.D. in mathematics in order to conduct research in mathematical economics.
The foundation chose 316 sophomores and juniors from across the country for the honor, the most prestigious award of its type, to encourage them to pursue advanced study.
As a double major in mathematics and economics, Day attained a grade point average of 3.95 out of a possible 4.0. While still a sophomore, he is in the senior level undergraduate honors seminar in the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra and while still a freshman, took a sophomore level class in Discrete Mathematics. Dr. Benjamin Fine, professor of mathematics, his instructor in both classes, ranks him among the top one percent of the students he taught over the past 20 years. Day has been collaborating with Dr. Fine in research that they expect to publish.
In recommending Day for the scholarship, another Mathematics Professor, Dr. Chris Bernhardt, said the University will need to supplement its regular courses with advanced material for Day.
In addition to his academic interests, Day has been active in Sunshine Kids, a program for children who have lost a parent to AIDS; Hunger Cleanup as a board member; the Student Honors Association; as a Eucharistic Minister; and a project leader for L.E.A.D. (Leadership Education And Development).
He came to Fairfield from Regis High School in New York City where he was a member of the track and field and cross-country teams, vice chairman of his class, attended seminars at Goldman Sachs &Company to learn about stocks, bonds and mathematical models, and participated in the Executive Internship Program at the Commodities Exchange in New York.
Fairfield's first Goldwater Scholarship was Jose Simoes who was selected last year and is now a senior.
Members of the Fairfield University Scholarship Committee who reviewed applications were Professors Edmond O'Connell (Chemistry), Randy Chambers (Biology), Ron Salafia (Neuroscience), Peter Spoerri (Mathematics & Computer Science) and Dr. Beverly Kahn, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and committee chair.
Posted on May 1, 1998
Utah artist Dennis Smith will officially donate a 9/11 memorial sculpture to Fairfield University's Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery on Wednesday, Oct. 15, during a 1 p.m. ceremony.
The piece, called "Liberty Rising," is a bronze sculpture just over three feet tall that depicts the figure of Liberty with a torch and two figures, one supported by the other, and both protected by her.
"The promise of America has always rested in the idea of a place of respite, a haven for freedom," said Mr. Smith. "On September 11, 2001 we were brought back to a sense of our true destiny as a nation. Liberty is not freedom from one another, but an obligation to one another. We are only lifted as we lift one another."
Mr. Smith is affiliated with Fairfield's Charter Oak Gallery, which sought to find an appropriate home for the piece. Charter Oak was pleased the piece could located in a University environment.
"We are thankful that the Charter Oak Gallery and the artist selected us to provide a home for this piece, a beautiful and powerful reminder of our responsibility to one another," said Diana Mille, Ph.D., director of the Walsh.
Mr. Smith, who was raised in Alpine, Utah, graduated from Brigham Young University and attended the Royal Academy of Art in Copenhagen. In 1968 he set up a studio in his father's old chicken coop and began to exhibit his sculpture professionally. His works are on permanent public display in 15 states, the Ukraine, and the American embassies in Moscow, London and Prague.
The dedication ceremony, which will take place in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, is free and open to the public.
Posted on October 3, 2003
Vol. 36, No. 86
Clergy, community leaders, international students, Fairfield University Pace/Barone scholars, and Fairfield Area Poets and educators will gather at Fairfield University on Friday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. in a UN Day tribute to the United Nations hosted by the Fairfield University Media Center in conjunction with the United Nations Association.
Westport resident Willard Hass, UN Secretariat, Department of Public Information, will deliver the keynote address, which will be an update on the United Nations.
Fr. James Mayzik, S.J., director of the Media Center at Fairfield University, will open the celebration with a moment of silent prayer for peace, with all faiths requested to be present. Veterans, Auxiliary and Scouts will then lead a salute to the flag. First Selectman Kenneth Flatto will read a UN Day Proclamation.
"As UN Day chair for about 50 years, I greatly appreciate the First Selectman of Fairfield and other area town officials issuing a UN Day Proclamation as recommended," said Rose Marie Pace Barone, UN Day chair in Fairfield, local and state President Emeritus United Nations Association and the area UNICEF Center Chair.
The 2003 proclamation reads in part:
"This year, 2003, marks the 58th Anniversary of the United Nations (now 191 nations - Switzerland and Timor are the latest to join); the 57th birthday of UNICEF (the Children's Fund); and the 47th Anniversary of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. The themes are "Clean Water for the World; Women Refugees - A Decade Against Intolerance; and A Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World."
The tribute program will include poetry and songs about peace and a better world. International students will be introduced to the community. The program will close with a song written by Ms. Barone, entitled "Giving," which honors Harry Belafonte, a UNICEF ambassador. A taping of the song was given to UNICEF at its request.
Participants must make reservations by Oct. 18, and can call Ms. Barone mornings, at 259-3850. The Oct. 24 program can be viewed at the Media Center on Sunday, Oct. 26, at 4 p.m. and is open to the general public. No reservations are required. The program can also be viewed on Channel 77, Oct. 27 through Oct. 30, at noon.
Posted on October 3, 2003
Vol. 36, No. 85
The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, one of the world's premier instrumental ensembles, will bring its technical mastery and innovative arrangements to Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts on Friday, Nov. 7, at 8 p.m. The program will include J.S. Bach, Astor Piazzolla, Aaron Copeland and Joquin Rodrigo.
Fresh from major tours of Japan and Europe, the LAGQ includes John Dearman, Scott Tennant, Andrew York and William Kanengiser, all accomplished soloists who bring a depth and conviction to their ensemble work. Formed as a student ensemble at UCLA in 1980, the LAGQ has been winning raves for its live performances and stellar recordings ever since.
"If you haven't heard a classical guitar quartet before, this one won't just show you what you've been missing - they'll blow you away," raved Guitar Player magazine.
The Quartet has played many of the world's great concert halls, including those at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. They've performed with the Boston Pops, the Utah, Austin, Nashville and New Mexico symphonies and the Grammy Award-winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
The group's fondness for everything from classical to bluegrass to Caribbean styles make its live performances refreshingly unpredictable. Called "stylistically omnivorous" by the Los Angeles Times, the guitarists love to experiment with their instruments. Dearman performs on a unique seven-string guitar with extended upper and lower registers and some of the musicians' more unusual compositions require the players to attach staples, aluminum foil and strips of leather to their instruments. One reviewer noted "Gongan," a piece that requires small bits of metal and bells attached to the strings, made the guitarists look like they were playing the inner workings of a clock.
The four guitarists were all drawn to the Southern California music scene in the late 1970s, in large part because renowned guitar master Pepe Ramiero was teaching there. They met in a guitar ensemble class and found their individual gifts and group dynamic opened doors to new creative possibilities.
The LAGQ has nine albums to its credit, including "L.A.G.Q." which spent six months in the top 15 of Billboard's Classical-Crossover chart. Its latest recording, "LAGQ - Latin" features its popular transcription of Bizet's "Carmen," along with works from Chile and Cuba and original compositions by Quartet members.
Originally from Minneapolis, Dearman is a versatile guitarist whose tastes range from samba to bluegrass and flamenco to classical. A member of the guitar faculties at El Camino College and Pasadena City College, he also performs regularly with mandolin virtuoso Katarina Lichtenberg.
Detroit-born Tennant, who has been performing since the age of 12, won first prize winner in the 1989 Tokyo International Competition. He has recorded as a soloist and is the author of "Pumping Nylon," a popular technical handbook for classical guitarists. He teaches at the University of Southern California.
Known for his groundbreaking compositions, York is featured on Rhino Records' "Legends of Guitar" and "The Windham Hill Guitar Sampler." His solo album, "Denouement," was voted Best Classical Album in a 1994 Guitar Player magazine reader's poll. Guitar luminaries John Williams and Christopher Parkening have recorded his works.
Kanengiser is an acclaimed soloist and faculty member at the University of Southern California. One of the few guitarists to have won the Concert Artists Guild New York Competition, he has earned critical raves for his imaginative arrangements of everything from Old World to Caribbean music. He may be best known to younger audiences for playing the classical guitarist in the Britney Spears film "Crossroads."
Tickets range from $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 October 7, 2003
Vol. 36, No. 87
Fairfield University and the Connecticut Press Club are launching an evening with writers, starting on Oct. 30 with Denise Marcil, president of New York-based Denise Marcil Literary Agency, Inc. and local author Peter Spiegelman. They will discuss the agent-writer relationship and the challenges of getting published.
Marcil represents a wide variety of commercial fiction and non-fiction, from best-selling romances to business books by Diana Henriques, The New York Times' leading business investigative reporter (White Sharks of Wall Street to practical nonfiction by Dr. William Sears and Martha Sears, R.N. (The Baby Book and the Pregnancy Book).
Marcil has been featured in many publications, including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, the New Yorker, Business Week and Working Woman. She was the featured story in a nationally televised PBS program, Working Women.
She has served on the board of directors of ILAA and the AAR, both professional literary agency associations, for the past 17 years.
Marcil resides in Manhattan and Stamford, Conn.
Spiegelman is a veteran of over twenty years in the financial services and software industries, and has worked with leading banks, brokerages and central banks around the world. In the mid-1990s, Spiegelman left his position as a Vice President at a major Wall Street firm to become a partner in a banking software company. The company's product soon became a leader in its marketplace, and in the late-1990s Spiegelman and his partners sold their business to a larger, publicly traded firm. Spiegelman retired from the software industry in 2001, to write.
Spiegelman's first novel, Black Maps, is a literary thriller featuring private investigator John March, on the trail of a serial blackmailer on Wall Street. It was published in August, 2003, by Alfred A. Knopf, and will be published internationally in 2004. Black Maps has been nominated for the Book-of-the-Month Club's Prize for First Fiction.
The Washington Times recently said: "This is a most promising debut and at least one reader is eager to see March again. What a painless way to get a lesson in international finance." And Newsday wrote: "Spiegelman's Black Maps is a stunner wrapped in plain brown paper. This mystery boasts an intelligent plot about white-collar crime on Wall Street".
Spiegelman was born in New York City, and grew up in the New York metropolitan area. He is a graduate of Vassar College, where he majored in English. He lives with his family in Connecticut, where he is currently at work on another John March novel.
The event will be held in the Multimedia Room of the DiMenna-Nyselius Library, starting at 7:30 p.m. Contact Dr. Kim Bridgford, Department of English, Fairfield University, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2795, for further information. For directions to the university click on or visit the following web address. Parking is located in visitors section next to student union.
Posted on October 7, 2003
Vol. 36, No. 89
Rabbi Professor Jonathan Magonet will deliver the free, public lecture "Did They Fall or Were They Pushed? What Happened in the Garden of Eden?" on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Charles F. Dolan School of Business at Fairfield University. Professor Magonet is president of Leo Baeck College - Centre for Jewish Education, London, the leading seminary for training reform, liberal and conservative rabbis in Europe.
Professor Magonet's academic field is the Hebrew Bible, and he has published popular books on Biblical narrative and poetry. He is the co-editor of the liturgies of the Reform Synagogues of Great Britain and a vice-president of the World Union for Progressive Judaism. In addition to co-organizing the annual Jewish-Christian-Muslim Student Conference in Bendorf, Germany, for over thirty years he has organized a Jewish-Christian Bible Week at the same venue. He broadcasts on the BBC World Service and German radio, and has advised on television programs and the film "King David."
Professor Magonet's many publications include "Form and Meaning: Studies in Literary Techniques in the Book Jonah," (Frankfurt, 1976); "A Rabbi's Bible," (London, SCM Press, 1991); "Bible Lives," (London, SCM Press, 1992); A Rabbi Reads the Psalms (London, SCM Press, 1994); The Subversive Bible (London, SCM Press, 1997); The Explorer's Guide to Judaism (1998); Abraham-Jesus-Mohammed: Interreligiöser Dialog aus jüdischer Perspektive (1999); and From Autumn to Summer: A Biblical Journey Through the Jewish Year (2000).
Professor Magonet's new book, "Talking to the Other: Jewish Interfaith Dialogue with Christians and Muslims," will be available for sale following the lecture.
"We are thrilled that Professor Jonathan Magonet will be coming to Fairfield University," said Ellen Umansky, Ph.D., Director of the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies at Fairfield University. "He is an internationally renowned biblical scholar and a pioneer in interfaith dialogue. Today, more than ever, it is essential that Jews, Christians, and Muslims understand our religious commonalities and respect our differences."
Professor Magonet's lecture is sponsored by the Bennett Center for Judaic Studies. There is no charge for admission to the public lecture, however space is limited and reservations are requested. For information and reservations, please contact Judaic Studies at Fairfield University at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2066.
Posted on October 9, 2003
Vol. 36, No. 75
Fairfield University will present a screening of "Caught in the Crossfire," a film examining the lives of Arab-Americans after September 11, on Thursday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Oak Room of the Barone Campus Center. The screening is part of "The Arab-American Experience," a series of events sponsored by Fairfield University's Humanities Institute, and the Women's Studies, American Studies, English and History departments.
"Caught in the Crossfire" is a one-hour documentary depicting how life was transformed for three Arab-American following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. It focuses on Raghida Durghem, a high-level correspondent for al-Hayat, the independent international Arabic daily newspaper; Khader el-Yateem, a minister with Salaam Arabic Lutheran Church in Brooklyn; and Ahmed Nasser, a Yemen-born New York City police officer who served at Ground Zero shortly after the attacks.
Brad Liechtenstein, who produced and directed the film with David Van Taylor, will be on hand to discuss his work after the screening. Liechtenstein also directed "Safe," a documentary for The Discovery Channel about a Brooklyn battered women's shelter, and "Andre's Lives," the story of Andre Steiner, the "Jewish Schindler" credited with saving thousands of Slovak Jews from the Holocaust. Since 1972, he has worked on numerous other films, including the PBS film "History of the Blue Mississippi" and a film on Israeli arms dealer Ari Ben-Menashe.
The screening is free and open to the public. For more information, call Ralph Coury, Ph.D., professor of history, at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2110.
Posted on October 10, 2003
Vol. 36, No. 92
Nat Hentoff, a renowned author, journalist and authority on jazz, will speak about the history of jazz and the current music scene on Monday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. at Fairfield University's Wien Experimental Theatre. The Fairfield University music program and the College of Arts and Sciences are sponsoring the event, which is free and open to the public.
In a career that's spanned nearly 50 years, Hentoff has met many jazz icons, from Miles Davis and John Coltrane to Thelonious Monk and Duke Ellington. Brian Torff, director of the Fairfield University music program and a jazz bassist, will join Hentoff as he remembers jazz legends he's known and discusses his views on the future of the genre. Throughout the evening, Torff and pianist Florence Melnotte will play compositions by jazz masters.
"Nat Hentoff is one of the most respected and insightful writers on American jazz and his visit to Fairfield will be an honor for the students and myself as well," Torff said.
Known for his weekly articles in The Village Voice and music columns in The Wall Street Journal, Hentoff is an award-winning writer of several books on jazz, politics and human rights. They include "A Doctor Among Addicts," "The Day They Came to Arrest the Book" and "Listen to the Stories: Nat Hentoff on Jazz and Country Music."
Hentoff's passion for music was evident early on in his career. After studying at Northeastern and Harvard universities and completing a Fulbright fellowship at the Sorbonne in Paris, he became associate editor of Down Beat magazine. He was a staff writer for The New Yorker for more than 25 years and his work has appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, Commonweal and The Atlantic Monthly.
Hentoff has won several awards for his work, including the National Press Foundation Award for Distinguished Contributions to Journalism. He is also a recipient of the Thomas Szasz Award for Contributions to the Cause of Civil Liberties, and the 2001 Lifetime Achievement Award for the National Society of Newspaper Columnists.
Reservations are required for the discussion. To reserve a seat, call the Regina A. Quick Center box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396.
Posted on October 10, 2003
Vol. 36, No. 90
Harry Belafonte, who turned a popular recording career into a lifetime of compassion for the world's needy children, will deliver the annual Jacoby-Lunin Humanitarian Lecture on Monday, Nov. 10, at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. The 7:30 p.m. lecture is sponsored by Open VISIONS Forum, an outreach program of University College, and Fairfield University's Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies.
Known for the ever popular "Day-O" and "Matilda," Belafonte burst on the music scene in 1956 with "Calypso," the first-ever million-selling album in history. Over the years he's had success as an actor and producer, but his true passion is focusing global attention on the needs of children as well as civil and human rights issues in Africa and the United States. A Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF since 1987, he is one of only five recipients of the organization's Silver Statuette to commemorate 10 years of service.
"Mr. Belafonte has clearly shown what a well-known and well-respected personality can accomplish for children in need all over the world," UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said in presenting the honor in 1997. "His achievements have been countless. It is now my pleasure to add one more award to that crowded mantle."
Belafonte was born in Harlem, but his mother, a Jamaican immigrant, soon grew worried about her son's safety on the tough city streets. She sent him back to live with family on the island of her birth, where he remained until early adolescence. His mother retrieved her son at the outbreak of World War II, but Belafonte's immersion in the rich island culture clearly had a profound effect on his artistic expression.
His passion for performing arts came into focus when he was given two free tickets to a production of "Home is the Hunter" at the American Negro Theatre (A.N.T.).
"It was like walking into a sanctuary," he said of the event. "It was a deeply moving spiritual experience."
Belafonte decided to become an actor and joined the Dramatic Workshop of the School of Social Research, where he worked with classmates Marlon Brando, Walter Matthau, Bea Arthur and Tony Curtis. After classes, he'd often head to the Royal Roost, where he spent many a night listening to jazz greats Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk and others, who became his friends.
Having heard him sing, the Royal Roost's promoter told Belafonte that, if he learned a few songs, he'd hire him as an intermission singer at the club. During his first appearance, the audience had no idea who Belafonte was, but his back-up band of friends - Miles Davis, Max Roach, Tommy Potter and Charlie Parker - made them sit up and take notice.
Soon he was playing The Village Vanguard, The Blue Angel, The Copacabana and other storied New York clubs and his albums, including "Calypso," "Island in the Sun" and "Banana Boat Song," were huge international hits. His success did not go unnoticed in Hollywood. His star turns in "Bright Road" and "Carmen Jones," both opposite Dorothy Dandridge, placed him alongside his longtime friend, Sidney Poitier, as one of the most sought after African-American actors in film history to that point. He starred in several more films before tackling television with "Tonight with Belafonte," a musical epic that won him an Emmy and lead to a successful career as a producer.
In the 1960s, Belafonte's interest in human rights came to the fore. President John F. Kennedy named him cultural advisor to the Peace Corps, a job that took him to many of the world's developing nations. He developed a strong commitment to the Civil Rights movement in his country and to children's causes worldwide.
As a Goodwill Ambassador, he has traveled to Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Zaire and other struggling countries. Drawing on his musical talent, he's held benefit concerts with world artists, including Miriam Makeba, Youssou N'Dour, Johnny Clegg and Maxi Priest, to highlight the needs of children. In 1985, he was one of the organizers who brought together 45 top artists to raise money for Ethiopian famine victims by recording "We Are the World."
In 1994, the United States recognized his work with one of its highest honors, the National Medal of the Arts. The NAACP, The Urban League, Hadassah International, the American Jewish Congress, the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith, the Boy Scouts of America and the America Civil Liberties Union have all honored his service.
He was the first recipient of the Nelson Mandela Courage Award.
Belafonte continues to combine his talents and his passions in concert, film and in television.
"No matter what goes on, there will always be time for another song to be sung somewhere in this precious world," he said of his life's work.
Tickets are $22, $18.50 for senior citizens. 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 October 10, 2003
Vol. 36, No. 91
Funeral arrangements and a memorial service have been planned for Fairfield University student Mark Fisher, who passed away on Sunday, October 12.
The wake will be held on Thursday, October 16, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Goble Funeral Home, 22 Main Street, Sparta, NJ, 07871.
The funeral will be held on Friday, October 17, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of the Lake Church, 294 Sparta Avenue, Sparta, NJ, 07871.
In lieu of flowers, contributions and expressions of condolence may be sent to the Mark S. Fisher Foundation, 102 Lynn Drive, Andover, NJ, 07821.
The Fairfield University community will mourn the loss of Mark Fisher in a Memorial Mass on Tuesday, October 21, 2003, at 6 p.m. in The Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola. Rev. Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J., president of Fairfield University, will preside.
Posted on October 15, 2003
Vol. 36, No. 95
Pilobolus, a dance company that strives to defy convention - and sometimes gravity, will take the stage Friday, Nov. 14, and Saturday, Nov. 15, at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. The Friday program is part of the Quick Center's Russian Arts and Letters Festival and is a joint performance with the acclaimed St. Lawrence String Quartet, which will play the music of Russian master Dmitri Shostakovitch. The Saturday performance is an evening of mixed repertory by the stellar dance company.
Both performances begin at 8 p.m. Each show will be followed by an Art-to-Heart question and answer session with the company.
Since its inception more than 30 years ago, Pilobolus has awed audiences with its unique mix of creativity, strength and humor. The troupe has received several prestigious awards and performed throughout the world, breaking down convention and taking dance to new and unusual heights.
"Pilobolus Dance Theatre most successfully engages its audiences with aha moments and ha-ha moments," wrote reviewer Lisa Traiger of The Washington Post. "Their chiseled bodies can contort and balance, spring and melt, flex and bend with an exquisite ease and sinewy grace inconceivable for the rest of us mere mortals."
Pilobolus formed from a dance class at Dartmouth College in 1971 and remains committed to its original format of four artistic directors and six dancers. Based in Connecticut, the company continues to add to one of the most popular and varied repertoires in the world. Their works also appear in the repertoires of the Joffrey and Arizona ballets, France's Ballet National de Nancy et de Lorraine and the Ballet du Rhin, and the Verona Ballet in Italy.
Among the company's awards are the Berlin Critic's Circle Prize, the Brandeis Award, the New England Theatre Conference Prize, the Scotsman Award for performances at the Edinburgh Festival and a 1997 Emmy Award for outstanding achievement in cultural programming. In 2000, Pilobolus received a Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award for lifetime achievement in choreography.
Founded in Toronto in 1989, the St. Lawrence String Quartet has performed worldwide, winning raves for both its electric technical brilliance and its free-spirited personality. Since winning the Banff International String Quartet Competition and Young Concert Artists Auditions in the 1990s, the Quartet has been a mainstay at some of North American's most esteemed music festivals, including the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Mostly Mozart in New York and the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival.
"Here is a young ensemble that plays with all the energy and fearless adventurousness of youth," wrote a reviewer for the San Francisco Chronicle. "The string tone is deep and urgent, with a gritty edge that doesn't impede an underlying air of elegance."
The Quartet's 1999 recording of Schumann's first and third quartets won Canada's Juno Award for Best Classical Album and the coveted German critics award, the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik. The ensemble has also released recordings of Tchaikovsky and the 2002 CD "Yiddishbbuk," which features the works of Argentinean-American composer Osvaldo Golijov.
The Quartet includes violinists Geoff Nuttall and Barry Shiffman, Lesley Robertson on viola and cellist Christopher Costanza, who joined the group this season. Their collaboration with Pilobolus will include "Sweet Purgatory," a work choreographed to the music of Dmitri Shostakovich, and other selections.
Tickets to either performance 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 October 15, 2003
Vol. 36, No. 96