Wednesday, November 10, 2010

[HvEXAS] EMPAC | Georg Friedrich Haas: In Vain | Friday 11/12, 8 PM


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Georg Friedrich Haas: In Vain
Argento Chamber Ensemble (Michel Galante, conductor)
Friday, November 12, 2010, 8 PM
Concert Hall

A contrast of light and dark, harmony and dissonance, In Vain startles and captivates the senses. Performed by a 24-member chamber orchestra, much of this intense 75-minute composition takes place in total darkness, and the musicians must perform from memory. The cycles between light and darkness are accompanied by dramatic microtonal deviations in the musical plane, which underscore a desire for perfect harmony, while understanding the futility of achieving a perfect harmonic co-existence, both musically and in the world.

Read more about the piece here (includes a sound sample).

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Uncertain Spectator
November 18, 2010 – January 29, 2011

Free opening reception: Thursday, Nov. 18, 5:30 – 10 PM
5:30 PM: Curator's tour
6 PM: Opening reception with a performance by The Troy Chainsaw Ensemble
7 PM: A screening of Lars Von Trier's Dancer in the Dark (starring Björk) in the Theater

An exhibition confronting anxiety in contemporary art, where individuals are asked to cross a threshold into situations riddled with uncertainty. 

And be sure to check out the Uncertain Spectator(s) blog, a place for invited cultural theorists, philosophers, artists, and curators to reflect on the manifold manifestations of anxiety within contemporary culture.

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Sean Griffin: Cold Spring
Friday + Saturday, December 3 + 4, 2010, 8 PM

A performance of diverted intentions and narrative relocations instrumentalizing levitations, polygraphs, abductions, eugenics, American theater, and cheerleaders through a kaleidoscopic operatic lens.

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Rensselaer Contemporary Music Ensemble
Wed. 11/17, 8 PM
Concert Hall
Presented by the Rensselaer Union Classical Concert Series



EMPAC 2010-2011 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by grants from 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 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust), and the New York State Council for the Arts. Special thanks to the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts for support of artist commissions.

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