Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait
Friday, September 22, 7:30 p.m.
Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait is a music and film project conceived by the award-winning composer, singer, and violinist Jenny Scheinman. It consists of a live score and sound design with re-edited footage from the films of H. Lee Waters (1902-1997), who documented over 118 towns in the southeast during the latter half of the Great Depression. Scheinman’s musical collaborators are guitarist, banjo player, and NC native Robbie Fulks, and multi-instrumentalist Robbie Gjersoe.
Valley of Tears: Bass Cantatas and Instrumental Sonatas of Johann Rosenmüller
Friday, September 29, 7:30 p.m.
The Baroque string ensemble ACRONYM is dedicated to giving modern premieres of the wild instrumental music of the seventeenth century. This program alternates large ensemble chamber sonatas published in Venice in 1670 with unpublished bass cantatas featuring Jesse Blumberg, baritone, which ACRONYM has transcribed from manuscripts recently rediscovered in Berlin.
Saturday, October 7, 7:30 p.m.
Written and performed by internationally acclaimed solo performer Tim Miller, Rooted is about Central New York’s history, Miller’s family trees that grow there, and what happens when we achieve one kind of social change after long effort only to face huge new challenges in 2017. With stops along the way to a queer history of hurting hearts, the DNA roots that lead him to CNY, and an ’80s power rock epiphany on a NY farm road in Yates County, Rooted is a funny and charged story of the times in which we live.
Saturday, October 28, 7:30 p.m.
“Whether in the air, on their toes, or dashing to the ground, the dancers of Philadelphia- based company BalletX are technically brilliant and shine with vibrant personalities.”
— The Boston Globe
Friday, November 3, 7:30 p.m.
Headed by swinging drummer Sherrie Maricle, DIVA is a 15-member all-female jazz orchestra that exudes the excitement and force found in the tradition of the historic big bands, but with an eye towards today’s progressive sound of originality and verve.
Friday, February 9, 7:30 p.m.
Praised by the New York Times as “a singer with a strong and luscious tone and an amiably regal presence on stage,” Alicia Olatuja has been astounding audiences with her exquisite vocals, artistic versatility, and captivating demeanor. She first came into the national spotlight in 2013, while performing as the featured soloist with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir at President Barack Obama’s second inauguration. Olatuja will sing a mix of jazz and R&B accompanied by her band.
Saturday, February 17, 7:30 p.m.
Manual Cinema uses classic overhead projectors, humans and silhouettes to create a one-of-a-kind theatre experience that feels like being at an animated movie, but you are seeing everything being constructed frame-by-frame. Set in a landscape of the New England gothic, Ada/Ava uses a story of the fantastic and supernatural to explore mourning and melancholy, self and other.
Friday, February 23, 7:30 p.m.
Called the “power couple of chamber music,” by the Wall Street Journal, David Finckel (cello) and Wu Han (piano) rank among the most dynamic of today’s classical artists. They are joined by Emerson String Quartet founder, Philip Setzer (violin), for an extraordinary evening of Beethoven’s Trio in E-flat major, op.97 (“Archduke”), and Schubert’s Trio in E-flat major, op.100.
Tuesday, March 6, 7:30 p.m.
Symphoria returns to Hamilton College with a program that includes Borodin’s In the Steppes of Central Asia, Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, op. 2, with Natasha Paremski, piano, and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.
Saturday, April 21, 7:30 p.m.
Chicago-based Spektral Quartet actively pursues a vivid conversation between exhilarating works of the traditional canon and those written this decade, this year, or this week. The program includes George Lewis’s String Quartet No.1.5, Ruth Crawford Seeger’s String Quartet, and Johannes Brahms’s Quartet No.1 in C minor, op.51.
Performing Arts Events are funded, in part, by the Bristol Endowment, the James T. and Laura C. Rhind Fund, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.