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1996-97 HAMILTON PERFORMING ARTS SERIES

By staff  |  Contact staff
Posted April 14, 1996
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Garth Fagan Dance will kick off the five-part 1996-97 Hamilton Performing Arts Series with an 8 p.m. concert on Saturday, Sept. 28, in Wellin Hall of the Schambach Center for Performing Arts.

Additional concerts in the series include performances by The Dmitri Pokrovsky Ensemble, Sol y Canto, Huun-Huur-Tu and the National Theatre of the Deaf.

Subscriptions to the five-part series are $40 for the general public and $10 for students. Individual tickets may be purchased for $15, or $5 for students.

Garth Fagan, who formed his own company , Garth Fagan Dance, in 1970, is renowned for his choreography and unique dance language. Drawing upon his love and appreciation for movement in all its forms, he developed his own movement style and technique which has become the rule-breaking signature of his performance and the object of much critical acclaim. The company has performed at festivals throughout the world and has recently been on tour with the Wynton Marsalis Septet. The company will be in residency at Hamilton College from Wednesday, Sept. 24 through Saturday, Sept. 28.

The Dmitri Pokrovsky Ensemble is a group of 10 musicians who sing, dance and perform on various instruments including flutes, shepherd horns, violins and even a sickle. Since 1973, they have been studying, transcribing and performing Russian folk music, some of which is a thousand years old yet still vibrant--despite years of attempted political suppression. The Pokrovsky Ensemble was banned by the Soviet Government in 1980, but a reversal occurred in 1988 when Mikhail Gorbachev honored Pokrovsky with the Government Award, the Soviet Union's highest recognition for artistic excellence. Since that time, the group has enjoyed unprecedented artistic freedom and international success. The ensemble has been featured on the Today show and has performed at both the American and Russian White Houses. Tours have included the U.S., Australia, Finland, Japan, Germany and England. The group will perform at Hamilton on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 8:30 p.m.

The exciting new group Sol y Canto, who The Boston Globe says "is...destined for international renown," will perform at Hamilton on Friday, Feb. 14, at 8 p.m. Led by Rosi and Brian Amador, this group of talented musicians from Panama, Chile, Venezuela and the U.S. perform on a range of instruments including congas, violin, bass and Venezuelan and Puerto Rican stringed instruments. Sol y Canto serves up a delicious and constantly changing musical feast from tender ballads to driving dance tunes. The ensemble is equally skilled at presenting the spicy dance rhythms of the Puerto Rican bomba, the Colombian cumbia, or the haunting folk melodies of the Andes mountains.

The members of Huun-Huur-Tu chose their name to underscore their attachment to their native countryside of Tuva, the region of southern Siberia north and west of Mongolia. Tuvans call their open countryside huun-huur-tu because they are awed by the beauty of its light. The phrase refers to the vertical separation of light rays on the grasslands just after sunrise or before sunset in Tuva. The music for which Tuva is best known is throat singing, or khö ö mei. By precise movements of the lips, tongue, jaw, velum and larynx, singers selectively intensify harmonics naturally present in the voice thus producing two, and occasionally three, distinct notes simultaneously. The result is engaging folk songs accompanied not only by Tuvan stringed instruments, a drum, bells and a rattle, but also other sounds illustrating the stories such as the clip-clop of a horse or the singing of a bird. The ensemble will perform on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 8:30 p.m.

The final performance of the series will be by the National Theatre of the Deaf, who will perform on Sunday, March 9, at 4 p.m. The group has been touring for nearly 30 years. In that time they have performed in all 50 states and have represented the U.S. at theatre festivals throughout the world. They will perform "Curiouser and Curiouser," a bright new look at the works of Lewis Carroll--brimming with the originality and imagination that typifies the National Theatre of the Deaf. Audiences of every age will be captivated by Alice's mad adventures, filled with magic and mystery.

Subscription series and individual ticket order forms may be obtained by calling (315) 859-4269. All concerts will be held in Wellin Hall of the Schambach Center for Music and the Performing Arts.

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