Wednesday, March 03, 2010

[HvEXAS] EMPAC | SOLOS^2: Sopranos + Piano | Friday, March 5, 8 PM


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SOLOS^2: Sopranos + Piano
Friday, March 5, 8 PM
Concert Hall

Listening is an art, and in search of the perfect environment in which to practice it, humans have devoted millions of hours and the heroic efforts of architects, engineers, and craftspeople. EMPAC is a product of that quest. In its SOLOS^2 series, a diverse array of performers will guide listeners through aural space, using strings, brass, percussion, amplification, and voices to fully explore the potentials of timbre and musical directionality.

For the first installment of this series, we'll listen to sounds we know well: two high (soprano to be exact) female voices and piano in various combinations. Joining us will be three members of the New York City and Chicago-based ICE, who you might remember rendered a jaw-dropping version of Kurtag's Grabstein für Stephan as part of the Inaugural Concert. Gaudeamus Prize winning soprano Tony Arnold, soprano Haleh Abghari, and pianist Jacob Greenberg from ICE will perform.

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Chris Salter 

Just Noticeable Difference: Sensory Reduction Environment
Chris Salter, in collaboration with Marije Baalman, Harry Smoak, Vincent de Belleval, Justine Chibuk, Thomas Spier and Brett Bergmann 
Wednesday, March 3 - Saturday, March 6 from noon to 6 PM
Level 2 Lobby
Free + open to the public

In this revelatory installation, Chris Salter explores aesthetic experience at the threshold of sensory perception. Visitors to Just Noticeable Difference enter an environment of almost total darkness and silence. Once inside, however, they find that the chamber emits micro-levels of visual, auditory, and tactile feedback that changes in response to their movements. Noise shifts towards order, sensation becomes sense, and the apparent randomness of threshold sensory impressions gives way to meanings.

Reservations are recommended - call the EMPAC Box Office at 518.276.3921 to reserve your spot today!

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Chris Salter: Panel Discussion
Thursday, March 4, 7 PM
Free + open to the public

Chris Salter and Rensselaer faculty Michael Century, Mark Changizi and Ted Krueger with other experts will all take part in a panel discussion on topics including thresholds of perception, multi-modal perception, and the use of research in art practice.

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Dancing on the Ceiling: Art & Zero Gravity 
Thursday, March 18 – Saturday, April 10, noon to 6 PM
Free + open to the public

A building wide exhibition featuring national and international contemporary artists that explore the condition of weightlessness on earth by deploying techniques such as parabolic flight, rigging, and digital effects. 

Exhibition opening: Thursday, March 18, 6 – 10 PM 
6 PM: Reception with commissioned artists - visitors to the opening reception receive a free exhibition catalog! (while supplies last) 
7 PM: Talk by special effects legend Douglas Trumbull (2001: A Space Odyssey, Close Encounters, Star Trek, Blade Runner), followed by a screening of Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece of science fiction cinema, 2001: A Space Odyssey on EMPAC's massive 56' concert hall screen.

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Frederic Rzewski
Saturday, March 20, 8 PM
Concert Hall

A monumental figure in new music who is both an instrumental virtuoso and a composer of revolutionary ambition in the tradition of Hanns Eisler and Kurt Weill.

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The application guidelines for DANCE MOViES COMMISSION 2010-2011 are now available! The deadline for proposals is April 15th, 2010. For more information, please visit the DANCE MOViES COMMISSION website


EMPAC 2009-2010 presentations, residencies and commissions are supported by grants from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts' Regional Touring Program, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts (with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; additional funding provided by the Ford Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation;) and the New York State Council for the Arts. Special thanks to the The Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts for support for artist commissions.

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