Cuban Choral Director Shares
Her Passion Alina Orraca, one of Cuba’s most eminent choral conductors and educators, is spending Oct. 10 to 14 in Lethbridge presenting workshops and conducting rehearsals with students from local middle and secondary schools as well as the U of L Singers and Vox Musica. The week culminates with the Cross Cultural Choral Celebration on Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Southminster United Church (1011 4 Ave. S). Tickets are $5 and available at the door. Orraca is the director of the Schola Cantorum Coralina, a mixed chorus consisting of teachers, students and amateur singers in Havana, Cuba, founded in 1993 by Orraca. Coralina has become one of Cuba’s leading choirs and has toured extensively in Latin America and Europe.
Orraca and Coralina have received numerous awards, including the Grand Prix Citta Di Arezzo at the 54 International Choral Competition Guido d´Arezzo in Italy in August.
Orraca’s visit to Lethbridge is part of a new initiative by Canada Cuba Sports and Cultural Festivals, which usually hosts student groups on educational tours to Cuba. This is the first time it has sponsored a visit to Canada by Cuban professionals. In November, Afro-Cuban jazz legend Bobby Carcassés will visit Lethbridge and perform with the U of L Jazz Ensemble.
New Listening Experience in U of L Walkway
Be sure to saunter through the Devonian Walkway (the Level 9 hallway between the Library building and the Centre for the Arts) between Nov. 1 and 3 and experience Inside, a Sonic Art Installation by Dr. Rolf Boon (Music). “The work represents a significant opportunity for audiences to experience electronic music in an extraordinary environment,” says Boon. “One of my purposes is to bring the experience of avant-garde electronic music to the audience rather than expecting them to go to the experience.”
Boon is endeavouring to stimulate and change the perceptions of an audience by providing an engaging acoustic art experience. There will be 18 speakers equally spaced along the 120-metre Devonian corridor. The computer-assisted sonic art composition will emanate
sounds continuously for three days.
Happy 250th Birthday Mozart!
Enjoy some of the world’s finest operatic music from the pen of W.A. Mozart on Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. in the Recital Hall. A talented array of singers from the U of L’s Opera Workshop, under the direction of Blaine Hendsbee (Music), will perform favourites from such well-known operas as The Magic Flute, Don Giovanni and The Marriage of Figaro.
A Sexy Take on the Morality Play
TheatreXtra presents Woman by a Window by award-winning Canadian playwright Marianne Ackerman from Nov. 2 to 4 at 8 p.m. nightly, with a matinee on Sat., Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. The play portrays one woman’s struggle with her desire, her will and her soul as she attempts to renounce a man and food simultaneously. She endeavours to distract herself from her hungers by reading Madame Bovary, with alternately hilarious and sad results.
Les Dawn’s (Art) book National Visions, National Blindness, Canadian Art and Identities in the 1920s is hot off the press. Dr. David Clearwater (New Media) was selected as a jury member to judge the best international documentary category at the 2006 Calgary International Film Festival last month. Don Gill (Art) and Dagmar Dahle (Art) each have an exhibition as well as a collaborative installation at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery until Nov. 12. Gill’s exhibition is entitled D’Arcy Island and Dahle’s exhibition is called Lost. Bird. Collecting, and the collaboration is Theories of Drifting.
Denton Fredrickson (Art) has had a busy spring and summer participating in several group exhibitions and collaborations, including Danger Will Robinson! at Latitude 53 in Edmonton; Canadian Seal Club at the alternative art fair Kunstvlaai 2006 in Amsterdam, Netherlands; The Terrarium Project at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, ON; and Brave New World at Diaspora Vibe Gallery in Miami, FL.
Nicholas Hanson (Theatre and Dramatic Arts) received honourable mention for the Robert G. Lawrence Prize at the 2006 Association for Canadian Theatre Research conference. The prize is awarded each year for an outstanding presentation given by an emerging scholar. Jury comments about Hanson’s presentation Puppet Protest: The Relationship Between Theatre Criticism and Political/Theatrical Events included: “Hanson presented a logical, coherent and clear problem-solving approach to some very contemporary work. The paper asks large questions about the role of criticism in political theatre. This original and interesting presentation was lively and well structured.”
On View is a Great View
On View at the U of L Main Gallery until Nov. 10 features works from the U of L Art Collection that have never been displayed on campus. This eclectic exhibition includes a range of work from a large silkscreen and wood cut print by Italian artist Mimmo Paladino to an unusual interactive sculpture, entitled Chickenfeed, by Mowry Baden.
Many of the works have been in the collection for years, such as Lethbridge artist Billy McCarroll’s pair of Fedora paintings. Acquired in 1993, these large canvases are shaped in the familiar outline of the once popular style of hat. On View also includes two significant recent acquisitions: paintings by Montreal-based Janet Werner and a suite of prints by Jean-Paul Riopelle, one of the leading figures in the development of contemporary art. The acquisition of Werner’s work continues the U of L Art Gallery’s goal of adding work by major women artists to the collection.
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