Gear up for the 2012-2013 Season

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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

             Thursday, September 20, 2012

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

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Pure. Alluring. Abstract. These are just a few words to describe Anonymous 4 and David Lang. The Secrest Series is one of the co-commissioners of this intriguing new work which premieres in June at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven, Conn. Pulitzer Prize winning composer David Lang is setting the piece to honor Anonymous 4’s longstanding commitment to medieval music, while creating something freshly contemporary. The simple vocal purity of the women of Anonymous 4 will be enhanced by a range of small instruments: auto-harp, bells, and simple percussion. The project will also include specialized lighting and visuals. Anonymous 4 last appeared on the Secrest Series in April 2000.

Danu: A Christmas in Ireland

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

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

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Founded in 1997 by Baroque scholar and harpsichordist Andrea Marcon, Venice Baroque Orchestra is recognized as one of the premier ensembles devoted to period instrument performance. The orchestra has received wide critical acclaim for its concert and opera performances throughout North America, Europe, South America, and Japan. Highlights of the current season have included a 28-city tour of the United States with violinist Robert McDuffie in premiere performances of Philip Glass’s new violin concerto, The American Four Seasons. VBO has an extensive discography with Sony and Deutsche Grammophon. For its recordings, the orchestra has been honored with the Diaspason D’Or, Choc du Monde de la Musique, Echo Award and the Edison Award. Their concerts have been filmed by the BBC and NHK, and broadcast by RadioFrance, France Musiques, ORF, RaiDue, BBC3, National Public Radio, RadioTre and Arte. The Venice Baroque Orchestra is supported by Fondazione Cassamarca in Treviso.

Strata: Trio

Thursday, March 21, 2013

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.

Shantala Shivalingappa

Friday, April 19, 2013

“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.

We are excited for the season ahead, and hope to see you at the performances!  Look out for upcoming posts with more insight into the performers and the Secrest Series.
                                                                                   Anne Hillgartner
                                                                                                 Secrest Intern, 2012-2013

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