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Spring arts, culture preview

Posted: 01/27/2012

A rich mixture of speakers and events will enliven the spring semester, highlighted by an array of special lectures and presentations over the coming weeks. Combined with the College’s schedule of exhibitions at the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, as well as the range of musical offerings at the Arthur Zankel Music Center, the spring semester promises something for everyone.

Mark your calendars for the following, all of which are open to the public:

  • Award-winning author Ha Jin will deliver the Steloff Lecture titled “Personal Story, Historical Event” Thursday, Feb. 9, in Gannett Auditorium, Palamountain Hall.
  • Carnegie Hall Premieres: A Concert by Ensemble ACJW, Friday, Feb. 10, Zankel Music Center.
  • Choreographer and dancer Maureen Fleming will give a lecture and demonstration titled “The Changing Role of Art in Society” Thursday, Feb. 16, in the Dance Theater.
  •  Actors Ellen McLaughlin and Vickie Tanner will present back-to-back solo shows in the Janet Kinghorn Bernhard Theater. McLaughlin’s “Penelope” is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 17, and Tanner’s “Running Into Me” will be staged Saturday, Feb. 18.
  • Perlow artists the Isle of Klezbos will perform Thursday, Feb. 23, in Zankel Music Center.
  • Carr Interdisciplinary lecturer Michael Kaiser, president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, will discuss “Great Art, Well Marketed,” Wednesday, March 28, in Filene Auditorium.
  • English Professor Catherine Golden will deliver the Edwin M. Moseley Faculty Research Lecture titled "Victorian Culture on Display: Decorative Objects in 'the time of chivalry . . . the age of steam' " Thursday, March 29, in Gannett Auditorium.
  • McCormack Visiting Artist-Scholar, soprano Angela Brown, will perform in concert Thursday, April 5, Zankel Music Center.

The following three solo exhibitions open Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Tang:

  • Vibrant abstract paintings and ethereal landscapes are among the works on view in Donald Moffett: The Extravagant Vein, the first comprehensive survey of Moffett’s work, through June 3.
  • Nancy Grossman: Tough Life Diary, through May 20. The exhibition features a range of Grossman’s work, including drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, assemblage, and sculpture.
  • Brooklyn-based sculptor Pam Lins’ love of formal, modernist art combined with her madcap idiosyncratic sensibility is on full view in Opener 23, Pam Lins: Denver Gold, through April 22.

Additional performances scheduled in the Zankel Music Center’s Ladd Concert Hall include the following:

  • Windscape, Filene Concert Series Artists, performing as part of the Skidmore Wind and Brass Festival, Saturday, March 3.
  • Classical guitarist David Russell, a Sterne Virtuoso Artist, Friday, March 30.
  • Time for Three, in concert with the Skidmore Orchestra Tuesday, May 1.

Details on these and other events may be obtained via the Skidmore College e-calendar.


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