Garth Fagan Dance will kick off thefive-part 1996-97 Hamilton Performing Arts Series with an 8 p.m. concert onSaturday, Sept. 28, in Wellin Hall of the Schambach Center for PerformingArts.

Additional concerts in the series include performances by The DmitriPokrovsky Ensemble, Sol y Canto, Huun-Huur-Tu and the National Theatreof the Deaf.

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

Garth Fagan, who formed his own company , Garth Fagan Dance, in 1970,is renowned for his choreography and unique dance language. Drawing upon hislove and appreciation for movement in all its forms, he developed his ownmovement style and technique which has become the rule-breaking signature ofhis performance and the object of much critical acclaim. The company hasperformed at festivals throughout the world and has recently been on tour withthe Wynton Marsalis Septet. The company will be in residency at HamiltonCollege 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, transcribingand performing Russian folk music, some of which is a thousand years old yetstill vibrant--despite years of attempted political suppression. The PokrovskyEnsemble was banned by the Soviet Government in 1980, but a reversal occurredin 1988 when Mikhail Gorbachev honored Pokrovsky with the Government Award, theSoviet 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 atboth the American and Russian White Houses. Tours have included the U.S.,Australia, Finland, Japan, Germany and England. The group will perform atHamilton 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 talentedmusicians from Panama, Chile, Venezuela and the U.S. perform on a range ofinstruments including congas, violin, bass and Venezuelan and Puerto Ricanstringed instruments. Sol y Canto serves up a delicious and constantlychanging musical feast from tender ballads to driving dance tunes. Theensemble is equally skilled at presenting the spicy dance rhythms of the PuertoRican bomba, the Colombian cumbia, or the haunting folk melodiesof the Andes mountains.

The members of Huun-Huur-Tu chose their name to underscore theirattachment to their native countryside of Tuva, the region of southern Siberianorth and west of Mongolia. Tuvans call their open countryside huun-huur-tubecause they are awed by the beauty of its light. The phrase refers to thevertical separation of light rays on the grasslands just after sunrise orbefore sunset in Tuva. The music for which Tuva is best known is throatsinging, or khö ö mei. By precise movements of the lips,tongue, jaw, velum and larynx, singers selectively intensify harmonicsnaturally present in the voice thus producing two, and occasionally three,distinct notes simultaneously. The result is engaging folk songs accompaniednot only by Tuvan stringed instruments, a drum, bells and a rattle, but alsoother sounds illustrating the stories such as the clip-clop of a horse or thesinging of a bird. The ensemble will perform on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 8:30p.m.

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

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

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