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Alvin Lucier: A Celebration

 

 

Friday, November 4 through Sunday, November 6, 2011
Homecoming/Family Weekend


Presented by the Music Department and the Center for the Arts


This festival, in recognition of Alvin Lucier's 80th birthday, will include an exhibition, symposium, films and a series of four concerts. The symposium will bring together key composers, musicians and writers to discuss Mr. Lucier's work and influence. Panel sessions will focus on his approach to collaborative and intermedia performance, his unique approach to electronic systems, and ways in which that work shapes the instrumental compositions that have been his central focus for the last twenty years. The symposium will conclude with a roundtable discussion and general forum for contributions from friends, colleagues and students. The exhibition, Alvin Lucier (and His Artist Friends), curated by Andrea Miller-Keller, will focus in part on Mr. Lucier's engagement with the work of other composers, visual artists and writers. The opening concert of the series will feature music for solo and duo instrumentalists, largely performed by the originating artists. The second concert will present ensemble pieces performed by the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble, the Collegium Musicum and the University Orchestra. Mr. Lucier's first concert at Wesleyan, in 1968, will be reconstructed in the festival's third concert, performed by Mr. Lucier and the original student performers. The series will conclude with a tribute concert featuring pieces written in Mr. Lucier's honor by colleagues and friends. Alvin Lucier: A Celebration is presented by Wesleyan University's Music Department and the Center for the Arts, and is co-sponsored by the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, the Dean of Arts and Humanities, the Lemberg Fund, the Office of Academic Affairs, University Relations and Wesleyan University Press.


Buy Three, Get One Free!
Call or visit the Wesleyan University Box Office at 860-685-3355 to purchase subscription packages for the Alvin Lucier Celebration, which include all four concerts below: $36 general public; $30 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty & staff, non-Wesleyan students; $18 Wesleyan students.

 

Lucier Celebration Symposium: Notations (WESeminar)

Friday, November 4, 2011 from 12:15pm to 2pm
CFA Hall
FREE!

Panel will include Anthony Burr, Volker Straebel and Daniel Wolf. Moderated by Jane Alden, Associate Professor of Music.

 

Lucier Celebration Symposium: Processes (WESeminar)

Friday, November 4, 2011 from 2:30pm to 4pm
CFA Hall
FREE!

Panel to include Nicolas Collins, Andrew Dewar and Hauke Harder. Moderated by Neely Bruce, Professor of Music.

 

Lucier Celebration Film Screening: No Ideas But In Things (2012)

Friday, November 4, 2011 from 4:30pm to 6pm
CFA Hall
FREE!

The documentary on Alvin Lucier's work and teaching, No Ideas But In Things (2012), will be premiered in Berlin next spring. This special preview screening will be introduced by the filmmakers Viola Ruche and Hauke Harder.

 

Lucier Celebration Concert I: Solos

Friday, November 4, 2011 at 8pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Tickets: $12 A, $10 B, $6 C

Buy tickets online.
Buy Three, Get One Free! Call or visit the Wesleyan University Box Office at 860-685-3355 to purchase subscription packages for the Alvin Lucier Celebration, which include all four concerts: $36 general public; $30 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty & staff, non-Wesleyan students; $18 Wesleyan students.

A concert featuring Alvin Lucier's works for solo performers, including Silver Streetcar for the Orchestra (1988), A Tribute to James Tenney (1986), Still Lives (1995), Charles Curtis (2002), In Memoriam Jon Higgins (1985), and Panorama (1993).

 

Lucier Celebration Symposium: Performance (WESeminar)

Saturday, November 5, 2011, from 10am to 11:30am
CFA Hall
FREE!

Panel to include Charles Curtis, Ronald Kuivila and Richard Lerman. Moderated by Mark Slobin, Professor of Music.

 

Lucier Celebration Film Screening: Tribute to John Cage (1972)

Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 12pm
CFA Hall
FREE!

Alvin Lucier played a central role as a performer/actor in projects of Charlotte Moorman, George Manupelli, and Nam June Paik. Mr. Lucier's extraordinary contribution to Mr. Paik's Tribute to John Cage (1972) captures the wit, verve, and aggression of those performances. This screening will be introduced by John Hanhardt who, as a curator at the Whitney Museum, pioneered the introduction to the museum of sound works, including those of Mr. Lucier. Mr Hanhardt is currently senior curator for Media Arts at the Nam June Paik Media Arts Center of the Smithsonian Museum of American Art.

 

Alvin Lucier (and His Artist Friends)

Andrea Miller-Keller, Guest Curator
Saturday, November 5 through Sunday, December 11, 2011
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 5, 2pm-4pm
Walk-Through at 2pm with Andrea Miller-Keller
Extended hours during Homecoming / Family Weekend:
Saturday, November 5, 2pm-7pm
Sunday, November 6, noon-6pm
Closed Thursday, November 24, 2011
FREE!

Alvin Lucier (and His Artist Friends) is a broad overview of the composer's distinguished career over nearly six decades. This exhibition will explore the nature of Mr. Lucier's engagement with artists such as John Cage, Sol LeWitt, John Ashbery, Italo Calvino and Lee Lozano. Related works by some of these figures will be juxtaposed with the compositions they inspired. The exhibition will also make the first in-depth exploration of the broad influence of Mr. Lucier's work I Am Sitting in a Room (1970). Nearly two dozen audio presentations of his compositions, along with a number of performance videos and an interview with Robert Ashley will be featured. Numerous notated and text-based scores, a select group of artifacts from earlier performances, and an extensive variety of archival memorabilia documenting Mr. Lucier's career to date will be on display. An installation version of Mr. Lucier's Chambers (1968) realized as a tribute by former students and colleagues will complete the exhibition.

 

Lucier Celebration Concert II: Ensembles

Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 7pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Tickets: $12 A, $10 B, $6 C

Buy tickets online.
Buy Three, Get One Free! Call or visit the Wesleyan University Box Office at 860-685-3355 to purchase subscription packages for the Alvin Lucier Celebration, which include all four concerts: $36 general public; $30 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty & staff, non-Wesleyan students; $18 Wesleyan students.

The Wesleyan University Orchestra, Gamelan Ensemble and Collegium Musicum perform Alvin Lucier's ensemble works Music for Gamelan Instruments, Microphones, Amplifiers and Loudspeakers (1994), Six Geometries (1993), Panorama 2 (2011), Exploration of the House (2005), and Shadow Lines (2008).

 

Lucier Celebration Concert III: A Concert of Electronic Theatre Music, May 3, 1968

Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 10pm
Memorial Chapel
Tickets: $12 A, $10 B, $6 C

Buy tickets online.
Buy Three, Get One Free! Call or visit the Wesleyan University Box Office at 860-685-3355 to purchase subscription packages for the Alvin Lucier Celebration, which include all four concerts: $36 general public; $30 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty & staff, non-Wesleyan students; $18 Wesleyan students.

Alvin Lucier's first concert at Wesleyan, "A Concert of Electronic Theatre Music" on Friday, May 3, 1968, will be reconstructed and performed by Mr. Lucier and the original student performers: Carwiddwen (1968) by John Fullemann, John Pemberton, and Douglas Simon; Vespers (1967) by Mr. Lucier; Flying, or Possibly Crawling or Sitting Still (Burdocks) (1971-72) by Christian Wolff; Distance (1961) by Toshi Ichiyanagi; and Rozart Mix (1965) by John Cage.

 

Lucier Celebration Symposium: Composers' Roundtable Discussion (WESeminar)

Sunday, November 6, 2011, from 11am to 12:30pm
CFA Hall
FREE!

Panel to include Robert Ashley, David Behrman, Paula Matthusen, Gordon Mumma, Pauline Oliveros and Christian Wolff. Moderated by Anthony Braxton, Professor of Music.

 

Lucier Celebration Concert IV: Tributes

Sunday, November 6, 2011 at 2pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Tickets: $12 A, $10 B, $6 C

Buy tickets online.
Buy Three, Get One Free! Call or visit the Wesleyan University Box Office at 860-685-3355 to purchase subscription packages for the Alvin Lucier Celebration, which include all four concerts: $36 general public; $30 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty & staff, non-Wesleyan students; $18 Wesleyan students.

A tribute concert by friends and colleagues of Alvin Lucier.

 

Hotel Information

 

Alvin Lucier: A Celebration happens during Wesleyan's Homecoming/Family Weekend. The Weekend's "Planning your visit" web page has information about both places to stay and information about getting around the campus and Middletown.

For additional information about local accomodations, please visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/about/lodging.html

The Hampton Inn Meriden-Wallingford (10 Bee Street, Meriden, CT 06450) is offering a discounted rate for those attending Alvin Lucier: A Celebration events. The discounted rate is available until October 21, 2011. Mention "November Wesleyan Arts Group" when making reservations.

 

Directions, Transportation and Parking

 

Alvin Lucier: A Celebration happens during Wesleyan's Homecoming/Family Weekend. The Weekend's "Planning your visit" web page has information about both places to stay and information about getting around the campus and Middletown.

Directions to the Wesleyan campus
Directions to the Wesleyan's Center for the Arts
Wesleyan University campus map

Campus Parking and Shuttles Information
Parking is available on campus and at the Middlesex Mutual Parking Garage (two blocks from campus at the junction of Court and Main streets), the Vine Street parking lot (adjacent to the tennis courts), and the Freeman Athletic Center parking lots (Cross Street and Pine Street). Student-operated shuttles (mini-vans) will run regularly between these lots and all sites on campus. You can flag down a shuttle anywhere on campus, or call (860) 685-2418 to arrange an on campus ride in advance. Please allow at least one half-hour for all requests during the weekend.

The RIDE, Wesleyan's Campus Shuttle service operates 7 nights a week, 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. Two shuttle vans make stops within 15 minutes of each other minimizing delays. The RIDE is free to all members of the Wesleyan Community. The RIDE Special Services: Persons with disabilities can access special shuttle services during evening hours by calling the driver at (860) 685-3788 between 7 p.m. and 4 a.m. During the daytime, persons with disabilities may receive assistance by calling (860) 685-3823.
Transportation to and from campus is available by contacting local taxi and car services, which offer flat rates for travel to or from Bradley International Airport and New Haven Train Station; fees range from $60 to $65 for a one-way trip. Advanced reservations are strongly encouraged. Contact taxi and car services directly for more information, or to make reservations.

 



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