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Fall Arts Preview

Posted: 09/24/2010

Skidmore’s fall 2010 arts schedule is among the richest ever in terms of variety, greatly enhanced by the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, which is observing its 10th anniversary this year; and by the Arthur Zankel Music Center, which will be formally dedicated in mid-October.

Tang exhibitions this fall include Opener 20—Paula Hayes: Understory, which stresses people’s connections to the natural environment, on display through April; Opener 21—Suzanne Bocanegra: I Write the Songs, featuring creative dialogues with a range of collaborators, through January; and The Jewel Thief, an exploration of abstract art, including works by more than 50 contemporary artists, through February. A highlight of the season surely will be “10 Hours of Tang,” scheduled 10/10/10 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The family-friendly program will include music, curators’ tours, a scavenger hunt, films, hands-on art activities, and a panel discussion with artists from The Jewel Thief.

The first, full season of the world-class Zankel Music Center began this month. In partnership with the legendary Caffé Lena Coffeehouse, Zankel presented Ani DiFranco Sept. 26 to a sold-out crowd. Ahead are the Oct. 8 return of Ensemble ACJW in the Carnegie Hall Premiers series and the first-ever performance at Skidmore of the Albany Symphony Orchestra under the direction of David Alan Miller (Oct. 21).  A free concert by the Skidmore College Orchestra under the direction of Anthony Holland and with special guest, pianist Pola Baytelman, will wrap up the College’s Celebration Weekend at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17.

November will include a master class and performance by the jazz trio Bad Plus (Nov. 4) and a residency by Pulitzer Prize-winner composer and flutist Jennifer Higdon. Skidmore’s music faculty will present the world premiere of a new Higdon composition in a Showcase Concert Nov. 13.

Other events include November’s Solomon Residency, titled “Abstract Art and Forms on Display” featuring the return to Skidmore of artist Jessica Stockholder, who is known for her use of brilliant color and creative use of manufactured objects into her installations.

The Schick Art Gallery hosts an exhibition of works by selected art faculty (Oct. 7 to Dec. 5), and performances by student dancers are planned Nov. 13 and Dec. 3-4.

Information on these and other events at Skidmore is available on the College’s Events Calendar.

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