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Sonny Kelly Presents “The Talk”

The Talk is a one-man performance by Sonny Kelly that draws on the voices of ancestors, elders, youths, and intellectuals to engage in the difficult conversations that we must have with our children as we prepare them to survive and thrive in a divided America. This eclectic theatrical experience weaves together storytelling, interactive theater, literature, a dynamic embodied performance, and a multi-media production to engage audiences in critical conversations around reconciliation. Sonny Kelly is a master of storytelling, acting, Shakespeare, theater arts, poetry, spoken word, group facilitation, interpersonal communication, performance studies, training and teaching.  He captures the attention and imaginations of audiences of all ages with the power of words.   With more than 20 years of experience as a professional actor, over a decade of youth work, and a master’s degree in communication studies, Kelly knows the smart way to tap into the minds of students and workers of all ages.  A talk-back session will follow the performance. The event is sponsored by the College of Visual and Performing Arts, the 35th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Planning Committee, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

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Raymond Carver Reading Series: Bruce Smith

Bruce Smith is the author of several books of poems, including  Spill (2018), Devotions (2011), Songs for Two Voices (2005), and The Other Lover (2000), a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. A “Discovery”/The Nation Award winner, Smith has received a Guggenheim Fellowship as well as grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Foundation for the Arts. His work has appeared in Best American Poetry (2003 and 2004) and the 2009 Pushcart Prize anthology. Smith has been a co-editor of the Graham House Review and a contributing editor of Born Magazine. He has taught at the University of Alabama and Syracuse University. The Raymond Carver Reading Series features twelve to fourteen prominent writers yearly as part of a large undergraduate class taught by TAs from the Creative Writing Program. All readings are preceded by a question and answer session that starts at 4:00 p.m. The public is welcome. The readings have been recorded and are in the process of being made available online by Bird Library at SUrface.

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Raymond Carver Reading Series: Chanelle Benz

Chanelle Benz has published work in Guernica, Granta.com, The New York Times, Electric Literature, The American Reader, Fence and others, and is the recipient of an O. Henry Prize. Her story collection The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead was published in 2017 by Ecco/HarperCollins. It was named a Best Book of 2017 by The San Francisco Chronicle and one of Electric Literature’s 15 Best Short Story Collections of 2017. It was also shortlisted for the 2018 Saroyan Prize and longlisted for the 2018 PEN/Robert Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and the 2017 Story Prize. Her novel The Gone Dead was published by Ecco/HarperCollins in June 2019 and was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice and a Tonight Show Summer Reads Finalist. It was named a best new book of the summer by O, The Oprah Magazine, Time, Southern Living, and Nylon. She currently lives in Memphis where she teaches at Rhodes College. The Raymond Carver Reading Series features twelve to fourteen prominent writers yearly as part of a large undergraduate class taught by TAs from the Creative Writing Program. All readings are preceded by a question and answer session starting at 4:00 p.m. The public is welcome. The readings have been recorded and are in the process of being made available online by Bird Library at SUrface. (Photo by Kim Newmoney)

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Romeo and Juliet

A grudge so ancient that its origins are never revealed brings tragedy to two families and untimely death to two young lovers. Four hundred years ago Shakespeare understood how intolerance begets violence and violence victimizes an entire society: See what a scourge is laid upon your hate . . . All are punish’d. He also understood that the deepest human hope lies in the unmatched beauty contained in our capacity to love. Presented by the Department of Drama. By William Shakespeare Directed by Thom Miller Performed in the Archbold Theatre Day-of-show student tickets only $8. Performances February 14, 15, 19, 20, and 21 at 8 p.m. Opening Night February 15 February 16 at 2 p.m. February 22 at 2 and 8 p.m.

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Setnor School of Music Student Recital

Setnor School of Music students perform. Live Streaming This event will be streamed live. Please note that the video player will not become active until immediately prior to the concert’s start time. Watch Live

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Shelley Thorstensen | Visiting Artist Lecture Series

Shelley Thorstensen was born in Oklahoma, and as a young child of military parents, lived in Austria and Germany, finally settling in New Jersey. She now lives in Oxford, PA and is the Director of Printmakers Open Forum LLC, at 2000 square foot all-inclusive print facility (www.printmakersopenforum.org). She has an undergraduate degree in Experimental Studies from Syracuse University, School of Visual & Performing Arts, Syracuse NY, and a graduate degree in Printmaking from the Tyler School of Art / Temple University in Philadelphia PA. Her work can be seen at Dolan/Maxwell in Philadelphia, PA. (www.dolanmaxwell.com) and at shelleythorstensen.com. She was most recently a NEA Research Artist at Kansas State University in Electrolytic Chemical Etching and a Visiting Artist at Rhode Island College in Rhode Island. She writes about her work: “My work is a result of the confluence of inner and outer stimuli. It’s a result of personal narrative as much as observed affect. It derives as much from experience as it does from answered and unanswered questioning. I think about the connection between the manmade and what we call natural, the extension and overlap of each modality. Sometimes in my work, things are sure footed, sometimes less so. The forms evolve, they turn and I rely on a sense for which I cannot find a proper name to hesitate the turning, to coalesce a given form. Because I work in the medium of the hand pulled print, color and form can be separate investigations into meaning, effect, response. I am very comfortable with that fluid hierarchy: where form and color are unlinked and either can assume a dominant role, which is not determined until I call the print done.”

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Steven Banks & Xak Bjerken | Setnor Guest Artist Series

Guest Artist Steven Banks, with pianist Xak Bjerken perform. Live Streaming This event will be streamed live. Please note that the video player will not become active until immediately prior to the concert’s start time. Watch Live Recognized for his “glowing mahogany tone” (Seen and Heard International) and “breathtaking” (Classical Voice of NC) performances, Steven Banks has establishing himself as an important young artist on the saxophone, which is rarely heard as a solo concert instrument. Steven Banks is the first saxophonist to earn a place on the Young Concert Artists roster in its 59-year history, capturing First Prize at the 2019 Young Concert Artists International Auditions as well as the special Korean Concert Society Prize (for support of his Kennedy Center debut), Buffalo Chamber Music Society Prize, Saint Vincent College Concert Series Prize, Sinfonia Gulf Coast Prize, Tannery Pond Concerts Prize, Usedom Music Festival Prize, and Washington Performing Arts Prize. Mr. Banks has performed as a concerto soloist with the Durham Symphony and North Carolina Symphony. This season, he performs John Mackey’s Concerto for Soprano Saxophone with the Ithaca College Wind Ensemble, and teams up with PRISM Quartet for the world premiere of James Aiken’s Concerto for Saxophone Quartet with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. In addition to solo work, Mr. Banks has an ongoing relationship with The Cleveland Orchestra, appearing with the ensemble under conductors including Franz Welser-Most and Jahja Ling, and travelling to Abu Dhabi this season to perform. He appears on a Naxos recording as baritone saxophonist of the award-winning Kenari Quartet, and as a jazz performer has played alongside musicians affiliated with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Buddy Rich Big Band, and Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Mr. Banks is an advocate for diversity and inclusion in music education, performance, and newly commissioned works in the classical realm. He gave a talk at the TEDxNorthwesternU 2017 conference with ideas about how to create change in institutionalized prejudices against women and people of color, and has written and given guest lectures on the history of black classical composers. As Assistant Professor of Saxophone at Ithaca College, he makes a concerted effort to ensure that all music students feel supported in their everyday studies. Steven Banks has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Saxophone Performance with a minor in Jazz Studies from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and Master of Music degree from the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music. His primary saxophone teachers have been Taimur Sullivan, Otis Murphy, Jr., and Galvin Crisp. Mr. Banks is an endorsing artist for Conn-Selmer instruments, D’Addario Woodwinds, lefreQue Sound Solutions, and Key Leaves. Pianist Xak Bjerken has appeared with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Spoleto Festival Orchestra, Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, the Schoenberg Ensemble, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Disney Hall. He has performed at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Glinka Hall in St Petersburg, the Konzerthaus in Berlin, and for many years performed throughout the US as a member of the Los Angeles Piano Quartet. He has performed with the Cuarteto Casals, the Prazak, New Zealand, and Miami string quartets, and held chamber music residencies at the Tanglewood Music Center, Spoleto Festival and Olympic Music Festival. He is the director of Ensemble X, a new music ensemble, and has served on the faculty of Kneisel Hall, the Eastern Music Festival, and at the Chamber Music Conference at Bennington College. Bjerken has worked closely with composers Győrgy Kurtag, Sofia Gubaidulina, Steven Stucky, and George Benjamin, and over the next two years, will be presenting premieres of piano concertos by Stephen Hartke, Elizabeth Ogonek, and Jesse Jones. He released his first solo recording on CRI in 2001, and has since recorded for Koch International, Chandos, Albany Records, Artona, and is about to release his third recording for Open G Records, presenting solo and chamber works by Steven Stucky. Xak Bjerken is Professor of Music at Cornell University where he co-directs Mayfest, an international chamber music festival with his wife, pianist Miri Yampolsky. Bjerken studied with Aube Tzerko at the University of California at Los Angeles and received his Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the Peabody Conservatory as a student of and teaching assistant to Leon Fleisher. Program Fantasy Pieces, Op. 73, Robert Schumann Tender and with Expression (1810-1856) Lively, light Quick and with Fire Picnic on the Marne, Ned Rorem Driving from Paris (b. 1923) A Bend in the River Bal Musette Vermouth A Tense Discussion Making Up The Ride Back to Town   Flute Partita in A Minor, BWV 1013, J.S. Bach Allemande (1685-1750) Corrente Sarabande Bourree Anglaise   Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano, Op. 19, Paul Creston With Vigor (1906-1985) With Tranquility With Gaiety As I am , Steven Banks (b. 1993)

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Raymond Carver Reading Series: Bryan Washington

Bryan Washington is the author of Lot (Riverhead) and the forthcoming Memorial (Riverhead). He has written for The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, The New York Times Style Magazine, BuzzFeed, the BBC, Vulture, The Paris Review, Boston Review, Tin House, One Story, Bon Appétit, MUNCHIES, American Short Fiction, GQ, FADER, The Awl, The Believer, Hazlitt, and Catapult. He is a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 recipient, and the winner of the O. Henry Award. The Raymond Carver Reading Series features twelve to fourteen prominent writers yearly as part of a large undergraduate class taught by TAs from the Creative Writing Program. All readings are preceded by a question and answer session starting at 4:00 p.m. The public is welcome. The readings have been recorded and are in the process of being made available online by Bird Library at SUrface.  

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Akropolis Reed Quintet, SU Wind Ensemble, SU Concert Band | Setnor Guest Artist Series

The Akropolis Reed Quintet performs with the SU Wind Ensemble under the Direction of Dr. Bradley P. Ethington and Dr. Timothy Diem, and the SU Concert Band under the Direction of Dr. Timothy Diem While in residence, Akropolis Reed Quintet will participate in Music and Message: Sun Feb 23, Hendricks Chapel, 4 p.m. Reading of Student Composer works Tue Feb 25, 6:30 p.m., Setnor Auditorium Setnor School convocation Thu Feb 27, 12:30 p.m. Setnor Auditorium Now celebrating their 10th anniversary, the Akropolis Reed Quintet was founded in 2009 at the University of Michigan and is the first reed quintet in history to win a Fischoff Gold Medal (2014), Grand Prize at the Plowman and MTNA national competitions, and 6 national chamber music prizes in total. Hailed by Fanfare for its “imagination, infallible musicality, and huge vitality,” Akropolis has performed from Juneau to Abu Dhabi and has won juried showcases at six national conferences. Winner of the 2015 Fischoff Educator Award, Akropolis conducts extensive educational residencies and reached over 10,000 K-12 children in 2018 alone. Winner of a coveted 2018 Chamber Music America Commissioning Grant, Akropolis has premiered more than 50 reed quintet works and recorded three albums, including their 2017 release, The Space Between Us, which the San Francisco Chronicle calls, “pure gold.” Akropolis has collaborated with Shara Nova, David Shifrin, the Dover Quartet, and numerous eminent artists. Akropolis is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and has received consecutive grants from the National Endowment for the Arts for their annual Together We Sound festival in Detroit alongside support from numerous foundations. Live Streaming This event will be streamed live. Please note that the video player will not become active until immediately prior to the concert’s start time. Watch Live

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JCM: The Dai Wan Za Mo Project | Setnor Guest Artist Series

The Dai Wan Za Mo Project, originated from “Taiwanese Ladies” in Taiwanese Hokkien language, is an all-female combo featuring Taiwanese jazz musicians who are active in the US. The primary music style of the group ranges from classical, traditional jazz to fusion. The mission of the group aims at promoting Taiwanese/Chinese music through jazz and encouraging people to share their diverse backgrounds through playing music of their cultures. The members of the group includes Li Liu on vocal, Chien-Chien Lu on vibraphone, Theresa Chen on piano, and Wen-Ting (Nicole) Wu on drumset.

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Anxhela Janaqi, piano | Setnor Student Recital Series

Anxhela Janaqi, a student in the Setnor School of Music, performs. Live Streaming This event will be streamed live. Please note that the video player will not become active until immediately prior to the concert’s start time. Watch Live

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Kyle Jones, trumpet | Setnor Student Recital Series

Kyle Jones, a student in the Setnor School of Music, performs. Live Streaming This event will be streamed live. Please note that the video player will not become active until immediately prior to the concert’s start time. Watch Live

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