The start of the fall semester is just around the corner, which also signals the start of a new season in the long-standing tradition of the Secrest Artists Series. This season’s distinguished performers offer perspectives from different eras and take the audience on a tour of several different countries. The adventure begins with a performance reminiscent of the 1959 jazz milestone year in big-city America, but infused with fresh ideas and spirit. Next, we travel back in time 1400 years to hear voices of a medieval society. Then, we stop in Ireland to celebrate Christmas on our way to the labyrinth of canals in Venice Italy during the Baroque era. The season finishes with a trio of classical music, followed by Kupchipudi style dancing from India. Join us for another hallmark year with the Secrest Artists Series.
Jamazon: Wayne Shorter Quartet
Wayne Shorter is a grammy-winning composer and saxophonist and indeed a living legend. His instrumental contributions include the bands of Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock, Maynard Ferguson, Art Blakey, and also his own group, Weather Report. Now years later, Wayne Shorter’s jazz quartet, formed in 2000, provides an irresistible palette of musical complexion. The group takes hold of your mood and pulls you on an improvisational adventure, sometimes revealing a doleful soul and other times showing a raucous spirit. The group’s performance undoubtedly shows technical adeptness and fresh new ideas.
Additionally, this event will be a fundraiser for the Amazon Aid Foundation and Acre+Care in conjunction with the WFU Center for the Environment, Energy, and Sustainability (CREES). Secrest accents will include a lecture by Miles Silman, Director of CREES, screening of the new documentary film “Amazon Gold,” and a jazz workshop with Wayne Shorter and our student jazz musicians. A portion of the ticket price for the public will be a contribution to the AAF.
Love Fail: Anonymous 4 in a new project with David Lang
Danu: A Christmas in Ireland
Let this leading traditional Irish ensemble bring you all of the vivacity of the Emerald Isle. This five member authentic Irish music ensemble features the flute, tin whistle, fiddle, button accordion, and bouzouki, and is highlighted by local Irish Celtic Dancing. Danu’s charming fusion of the classic Irish culture and contemporary influences has thrilled standing room only audiences in Europe, North America, and the Middle East. Danu’s popular recordings are available on the Shanachi label and live performances are often broadcasted on NPR, the CBC, and BBC.
Venice Baroque Orchestra
Strata brings “deft ensemble playing” and a “talent…that’s worth getting worked up about” (The Washington Post) to a repertoire that combines the great trio and duo repertoire of the past with an ever-growing body of new works written especially for them over the twenty years they have been playing together. This performance will premiere a piece by Ken Frazelle, noted composer and faculty member at UNCSA, that they have commissioned for their MetaClassical Music Project, funded by the Rauch Foundation.
“Shavalingappa…is among those rare exponents of global dance forms who, with a fluid arm gesture or a volley of staccato footwork, draw audiences from other cultures into their world. She…embodies stylistic imperatives and glows with universal appeal” (San Francisco Chronicle). Accompanied by five musicians, she will bring us a rare performance of the Kupchipudi style, one that is rhythmic and vibrant and full of intricate footwork and jumps.