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Music Series: The Collective Brass Quintet

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Collective Brass performs "Beautiful, Bright, and Fast," classical music spanning the centuries. With music originally written for brass quintet as well as music composed by Monteverdi, J.S. Bach and Claude Debussy, this features classical favorites, beautiful melodies and breath taking energy.

Founded in 2016, Collective Brass is a chamber group that performs a broad range of exciting and virtuosic music. Members of the quintet have trained at the most prestigious music schools and conservatories in the country and now hold positions in major performing ensembles in New York. In addition to performing traditional and contemporary brass chamber music, Collective Brass creates original arrangements and editions of early music for brass—much of which was recently recorded on the acclaimed album, In Thy Sweet Name. Members are Alaina Alster, trombone, Carl Stanley, trumpet, Keith Kile, tuba, Drew Mangus, french horn, and Bill Owens, trumpet. Links to their music.

The Shack Sackler Foundation is the primary benefactor of this music series.

Partner & location: Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East

Raised in a musical household in California, Carl Stanley's trumpet career has taken him around the globe. After completing his B.A. in music in 2008 from California State University, East Bay, Mr. Stanley won a position with the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band in Hampton, Virginia. In his four years as Trumpet in the Concert Band and a member of the Heritage Brass Quintet, Mr. Stanley toured throughout the United States, performing in concerts, recitals, ceremonies, professional sporting events, competitions, and conventions as an Air Force musician. Deploying to the Middle East, he was also able to perform in an outreach band, which utilized music as a partnership-building tool to better U.S. relations in war-torn regions. Mr. Stanley left the Air Force in 2013 to complete his Master of Music degree at the Yale School of Music. Upon graduating in May of 2015, he transitioned into the U.S. Army as a member of the United States Military Academy Band at West Point.

Bill Owens is currently the associate principal trumpet of the West Point Band. Upon receiving his Bachelor’s degree from the Juilliard School in 2005, Bill moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career as a free-lance chamber and orchestral musician. He quickly established himself by performing with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the San Diego Symphony, the Santa Barbara Symphony as well as numerous other orchestras in Southern California. For six years, Bill was a member of the national touring ensemble, Presidio Brass. While maintaining a busy performing schedule with Presidio, Bill and organist Alison Luedecke performed recitals in venues throughout SoCal. In addition to performing, Bill is the artistic director of the Purchase Symphonic Winds as well as a member of the chamber music faculty at SUNY Purchase. He continues to write, edit and arrange music for his instrument within varying contexts including a recent publication, Basic Training for Trumpet and a series of arrangements for solo trumpet and organ.

Drew Mangus is originally from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He began playing horn in public school there, being taught by his father, a horn player and band director. Following High School, he earned his Bachelor of Music Performance from the University of Oklahoma studying under Eldon Matlick. From there he earned his Master of Music Performance from Southern Methodist University where he studied under Gregory Hustis and Haley Hoops of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Drew joined the West Point Military Academy Band in 2014 and currently resides in the Hudson Valley. Drew has performed with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. He also spent a summer in Breckenridge Colorado performing with the National Repertory Orchestra.

Trombonist Alaina Alster has been a member of the West Point Band since 2013. Prior to joining the West Point Band, Alaina was an active freelance musician in New York City where she enjoyed a career performing a wide range of musical genres. She continues to perform with ensembles outside of West Point, specifically as a member of PitchBlak Brass Band, a ten piece hip-hop brass band based out of Brooklyn, NY. She is also a music educator and has worked as a teaching artist for the Phil Ramone Orchestra for Children, as well as a private music instructor. Originally from Long Island, NY, Alaina began playing the trombone at
the age of nine, but shortly after beginning switched to
Euphonium. When she turned twelve she picked up trombone again and began pursing both instruments. In 2002 she was accepted
to the University of Michigan as a double major in trombone and
euphonium performance where she studied with David Jackson and Fritz
Kaenzig. Alaina received her masters in trombone performance from the 
Manhattan School of Music in 2010 and studiedwith Stephen Norrell.

Keith Kile, originally from Oak Ridge, Tennessee, is the Principal Tubist of The West Point Band at The United States Military Academy. Outside of The West Point Band, Kile is an active free-lancer - performing regularly with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, and Collective Brass Quintet - and is on faculty at The New School's Mannes Prep. Prior to moving to New York, ​Kile performed regularly on both tuba and euphonium and appeared with The Mr. Jack Daniel's Original Silver Cornet Band, the Hal Leonard Studio Ensemble, numerous regional orchestras in the Midwest and Southeast, and served in the 129th Army National Guard Band for eleven years. As a successful soloist, Kile was selected the winner of the prestigious Jacobs School of Music Concerto Competition and is now a regular performer at conferences around the United States. Kile holds a B.S. in Music Education from Tennessee Tech University, and a M.M. and P.D. from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, and is currently pursuing a D.M.A. at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.

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Martin Luther King Day Celebration

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The 12th Annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration features keynote speaker Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, winner of the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction for Stamped from the Beginning, a book about the history of racist ideas in America. Musical performances will be by the Good News Gospel Choir, directed by Chris Coogan; and Weston High School jazz group. Students from the Regional Center for the Arts will present a spoken-word piece.

Note location: Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court

The celebration is co-sponsored by The Westport Library and Westport Country Playhouse in partnership with TEAM Westport and the Westport/Weston Interfaith Council. Seating is unreserved. Complimentary refreshments will be served in the Playhouse lobby after the presentation.

Keynote speaker Dr. Ibram X. Kendi is an assistant professor of African American History, focusing on racist and anti-racist ideas and movements. He is a frequent public speaker about the findings of his New York Times bestseller, Stamped from the Beginning and how they can fit into the national conversation surrounding movements such as #BlackLivesMatter and social justice.

The Westport/Weston Family YMCA will provide childcare and activities in the Lucille Lortel White Barn, Sheffer Studio, adjacent to the theater.
For more information, call the Westport Country Playhouse box office at 203.227.4177, toll-free at 1.888.927.7529. Westport Country Playhouse is located at 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport.
  

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Caribbean Music: Steel Drum Bands

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Enjoy the warm sounds of the Caribbean with two steel drum bands, the Jim Royle Drum Studio A Team and the Silver Steel Band. The lively vibe of Caribbean favorites as well as Soca- and Calypso-styled music from Trinidad and Tobago bring the islands to Westport.

Community partner and venue: Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East

 

The Jim Royle Drum Studio A Team is a collective of teachers, performers and composers. They have performed at both the national and international level, including such venues as The Teatro Sociale di Soresina in Soncino Italy, The Sforzata, Laventille, and Golden Hands pan yards in Trinidad and Tobago, The International School in Beijing and 9 beats music academy in Tianjin China, and the Royal Academy of Music in London England. Our A team is by audition only and is our highest level ensemble at the studio. Although performing steel drums today, they is well versed in all concert percussion where every year our students place in Western Region and All State festivals. Many of the students in this group go onto study percussion in college and work their way to successful careers in music.

The award-winning Silver Steel Band is a Steel Drum Band based in Bridgeport, CT, directed by Jim Royle of Jim Royle Drum Studios. They play many Caribbean favorites, as well as Soca and Calypso-styled music from Trinidad and Tobago. They have performed all over CT including the Oyster Festival, The Newtown Labor Day Parade, where they won the parades highest award! This past April they traveled to Trinidad and performed at the birth place of the steel drum! 
 

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WestportREADS 2018: West Point Glee Club with Music of WWI

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The West Point Glee Club, one of the U.S. Military Academy’s most visible cadet organizations, performs a special concert created for WestportREADS with music and writings from WWI. For over one hundred years, its members have touched audiences around the world with a model depiction of the Corps of Cadets through live performance in the nation’s finest concert halls, national network and feature film appearances, and recordings. The Glee Club enhances life at West Point through its traditional ceremonial duties and represents West Point and the U.S. Army at official events.

Community partner and venue: Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East

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Under the direction of Constance Chase, the Glee Club’s recent seasons included the Kennedy Center special Taking the Stage, aired on ABC, in which they appeared with Tom Hanks, GEN Colin Powell and six living original Tuskegee Airmen, and the Carnegie Hall premiere of Jake Runestad’s Dreams of the Fallen. The Glee Club travels throughout the United States appearing at venues as diverse as Lincoln Center, Tanglewood Music Center, Library of Congress, Kansas City’s Kauffman Center, New York Public Library, Grand Ole Opry, Madison Square Garden and Soldier Field. The Glee Club has performed with such renowned ensembles as the Boston Pops, New York Pops, U.S. Marine Band ”The President’s Own,” and Opera Orchestra of New York. The group has recorded with country artist Trace Adkins, also appearing with him on the CBS ACM Awards national broadcast, with crossover pianist Marina Arsenijivec in a PBS special “Marina at West Point: Unity through Diversity,” and with Tony-award winner Lea Salonga in the DVD “Stand Ye Steady.” 

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

West Point Glee Club Director Constance Chase has conducted the renowned college choir in the nation’s finest concert halls including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Tanglewood, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She has directed the Glee Club in national concert tours and many recordings, including closing credits for We Were Soldiers (Paramount), Stand Ye Steady (Curtain Call) with Tony Award winner Lea Salonga, Marina at West Point: Unity through Diversity (PBS) with cross-over pianist Marina Arsenijivec, ‘Til the Last Shot’s Fired (Capitol) with country artist Trace Adkins, which they performed live with Mr. Adkins at the 2009 ACM Awards Show, and the CDs “Voice of the Corps” and “Live at Notre Dame.” Under her preparation, the Glee Club garnered  New York Times’ critical praise for its “robust and well-prepared singing” in a 2008 Carnegie Hall performance with Opera Orchestra of New York, Eve Queler, Director, of Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride. Recent guest conductor appearances include Symphony of the Americas and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Artistic Director of Connecticut Chamber Choir since 2008, Ms. Chase conducted CCC’s 2016 U.S. premiere of Donald Fraser’s stunning new arrangement for chamber choir and string orchestra of Elgar’s Sea Pictures, its2011 New York City debut at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, 2015 appearance at the inaugural ChoralfestUSA at Symphony Space, and biannual performances of major works including J.S. Bach Magnificat, Haydn Paukenmesse and Lord Nelson Mass, Fauré and Duruflé Requiems, Bernstein MASS, chamber works spanning the sixteenth to twenty-first centuries, and most recently, Illumination: Early Cantatas of J.S. Bach with the period instrument consort, The Sebastians. Ms. Chase is an adjunct professor in applied voice at Western Connecticut State University’s School of Visual and Performing Arts. A lyric soprano and accomplished soloist in recital and chamber works, Ms. Chase has performed as a choral artist under the batons of Gerard Schwarz, Louis Langree, Nicholas McGegan, and Jane Glover. She presents workshops on the voice regionally and across the country for ACDA and NATS. Ms. Chase earned the B.M., magna cum laude, from University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Zertifikat from Goethe Institut, Schwäbisch Hall, Germany, and M.A. in Voice Performance from Hunter College-City University of New York where she was awarded the Agnes Duffy Prize. She is co-author with the late Shirlee Emmons of Prescriptions for Choral Excellence, Oxford University Press (2006).

Andrea Shaut is a prominent musician in the Hudson Valley music scene. Since graduating with a Music Performance degree from Ithaca College and moving to Kingston NY, she has established a demanding and diverse schedule of musical performances and a private teaching studio with students of all ages/levels.

Andrea has been accompanist for the prestigious West Point Military Academy Glee Club since 2010. With this talented choir, she has had the opportunity to perform across the country at renowned theater venues, hospitals, stadiums, and schools. A few noted performances include Louisiana Governor’s Inauguration, an NFL-sponsored Super Bowl party opening for Blake Shelton & Jon Stewart, performing with Trace Adkins at The Grand Ole Opry, a recording session at the world famous Skywalker Sound in California, and performances at George Washington University, Ellis Island, Tiger Woods Nike Theater in Portland Oregon, and West Point’s own Eisenhower Hall. Other accompanying highlights have been performing Carmina Burana with Ars Choralis at Opus 40, traveling abroad (Hungary, Italy, Austria) with the Hudson Valley Youth Chorale, accompanying musicians at Maverick Concerts in Woodstock, and collaborating with many professional musicians for concert recitals. Andrea also enjoys accompanying and coaching young musicians for competitions and recitals, as well as for local school choirs.
Andrea founded the Hudson Valley Recital Project, a recital series featuring professional and student musicians, with the mission to strengthen community and education through music. Recitals are held every two months and feature Andrea as director and accompanist. Each event is a themed evening with music, dance, art, food, drink. Past events have included Journey Through the Senses, An Italian Dinner Show, and Women in Music.
As a concert pianist, Andrea has performed as soloist with SUNY Ulster Wind Ensemble and regularly performs solo recitals and as a guest artist/speaker. In 2014, she released her debut CD, Simple Beauty, a collection of solo piano music dedicated to the memory of her grandmother. Other regular groups are The Father/Daughter duo, The Shaut Three-O, and new solo projects – Raggedy Andi and Classical TeaTime. Andrea is also on the Adjunct Faculty at SUNY Ulster, where she teaches piano.
 

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Professor and Musicologist Jack Sullivan on “New Orleans Remix”

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Since the 1990s, New Orleans has been experiencing its greatest musical renaissance since Louis Armstrong. Brass band, funk, hip hop, Mardi Gras Indian, zydeco, and other styles are rocking the city in new neighborhood bars far from the Bourbon Street tourist scene. In New Orleans Remix, Jack Sullivan shines the light on superb artists little known to the general public, and he introduces a surge of female, Asian and other previously marginalized groups that are making the vibe more inclusive than ever.

Dr. Sullivan's specialties include 18th- and 20th-century American literature, music and film. He has published six books and has written for Opera, The New York Times, Washington Post, Newsday and USA Today. He teaches a variety of subjectsat Rider University, including several in the American Studies Program, which he chairs. An advocate of an active Emersonian education, Dr. Sullivan frequently takes students to plays and other cultural events in New York City, where he lives with his wife and two children.
 

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Music: Stolen Gems—Transcriptions for Harp

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Harpist Victoria Drake entertains with arrangements she transcribed for the harp. From a wide range of styles and genres and across several centuries, these highlight the special capacity of the harp. From well-known pieces for the cello and guitar to keyboard works of famous composers, Victoria Drake brings to the harp her own perspective on repertoire written for other instruments. She will also talk about the harp and demonstrate how it works.

Community partner and venue: Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East

Victoria Drake, harpist, is a multi-faceted artist with a career that stretches the boundaries of music for the harp. She performs regularly with the American Symphony Orchestra, New York City Ballet, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Voices of Ascension, and the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra, and has worked with American Ballet Theatre, Musica Sacra, New York City Opera, New York Philharmonic, Oratorio Society of New York, and Orpheus. She has been performing as principal harpist with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in Minnesota since 2008. She has appeared as concerto soloist with several notable orchestras in the New York area. She performs regularly at the Bard Music Festival and has played at the Aspen, Banff, Cabrillo, Cape May, Caramoor, Fontainebleau, and Vermont Mozart Festivals. She has received numerous awards, and achieved finalist status at the 10th International Harp Contest in Israel. As recital soloist and chamber musician, she has appeared across the country, as well as in Israel and France.

She performed some of her recently published transcriptions of the Six Cello Suites of J.S. Bach at the 2012 American Harp Society Conference in New York City, the 2014 World Harp Congress in Sydney, Australia, and recently at the 2017 World Harp Congress in Hong Kong. Tori’s interest in expanding the harp repertoire has led to four solo recordings: Harping on Bach, Scarlatti’s Harp, Spanish Gold and From the Bach Notebook of Harpist Victoria Drake: The complete Cello Suites Transcribed. She has also recorded the Mozart Concerto for Flute and Harp on period instruments with Sandra Miller and the American Classical Orchestra under Thomas Crawford and the Frank Martin Petite symphonie concertante with Philharmonia Virtuosi. She has performed and recorded Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg with Georg Solti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She has also recorded contemporary music for the Arabesque, CRI, Koch and Spectrum labels.

Her Broadway credentials include the Tony-winning Broadway revivals The King and I and 42nd Street, and The Light in the Piazza at Lincoln Center Theater. She can be heard on those original cast albums, as well as many movie soundtracks. She has also performed with many popular artists including Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, Lady Gaga, Audra MacDonald, Barry Manilow, Sting, and Luther Vandross.
 

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The Funky Dawgz Brass Band

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Connecticut’s own Funky Dawgz Brass Band kicks off the Library’s fall music series with their exuberant brand of New Orleans-style brass music.

Note location & community partner: Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East, Westport

The Funky Dawgz Brass Band embodies the spirit and traditions of New Orleans, playing a contagious upbeat mix of traditional New Orleans brass music, R&B, original music, hip hop, funk and today’s top hits with a brass twist. They have toured internationally and have been featured on bills with Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Snarky Puppy, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Rebirth Brass Band. When the band is not playing shows they are giving back to the community. The Funky Dawgz aim to connect, engage, inspire and rejuvenate music education in inner city schools across the country.
 

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Musician and Author John Andrew Fredrick

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Musician, author and artist John Andrew Fredrick, founder of the black watch (which Magnet Magazine called “one of music’s most perfect and unheralded rock outfits”), comes for an evening that offers an intimate glimpse into the life and work of one of indie rock’s most celebrated talents. Fredrick will talk about his life making music, read from recent books (including his political satire Your Caius Aquila and his exploration of the early films of Wes Anderson, F**king Innocent), and perform some of the music that’s cemented his reputation as an indie rock icon.

This evening offers Westport audiences an unprecedented opportunity to get up close and personal with one of rock music’s irreverent visionaries. Fredrick's solo appearance is the kick-off for the band's 2017 East Coast tour.

John Andrew Fredrick received his Ph.D. in English from The University of California at Santa Barbara, where he formed an indie rock band called the black watch that has released nearly twenty albums, including the band’s latest, “the gospel according to john.” Fredrick is also the author of four books, including The King of Good Intentions, a novel chronicling the early days of an indie band; Your Caius Aquila, a satire of U.S. militarism and imperialism in the guise of a sexy and hilarious Roman Empire-set epistolary novel; and F*** Innocent: The Early Films of Wes Anderson, a critique of the acclaimed filmmaker’s early films. He started painting in 2006, using only materials he could purchase at 99-cent stores, but now he uses acrylic and oil and pre-stretched canvases as well.

John Andrew Fredrick photo credit Steve Keros.
 

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The '60s Music Scene

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With the 50th anniversary of the Doors' concert at Staples HS rapidly approaching, a panel discussion will explore the 1960s music scene both locally and nationally. The panel will feature Staples alumni who have had successful music careers—and got their starts locally—including one musician whose band opened for the Doors at Staples, another musician whose band played on WICC back in the day, and a DJ who started out at WICC and was part of the fabled Good Guys radio staff at WMCA during its 1960s heyday. Moderated by Dan Woog, the panel includes DJ Ed Baer, songwriter Charlie Karp and musician Brian Keane. 

This talk is in conjunction with the Westport Historical Society's Exhibit "The High School That Rocked." The exhibit runs June 16-September 2 and includes a clip from the documentary short from producer Fred Cantor, The High School That Rocked!  #WestportRocksSummerFestival

Dan Woog is a native Westporter. He attended virtually all of the key Staples concerts, starting with the Beau Brummels when he was in 7th grade. When he regained his hearing he graduate from Staples and Brown University. A freelance writer, he has published 17 books; written for publications including the New York Times and Sports Illustrated, and been hired by dozens of corporate clients. His “06880” blog draws current and former Westporters together in an online community. He is also the longtime boys soccer coach at Staples High School, a former Youth National Coach of the Year, and a member of the Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame.

Ed Baer, Staples '54, is a retired popular DJ whose career in the New York metro area spanned close to 60 years. Ed got his start at WICC and was the MC when Connie Francis had her first Top Ten hit and made an appearance at a Staples sock hop in 1958. In 1961, Ed joined the fabled Good Guys team at WMCA in New York City and remained part of that staff during the station's heyday in the sixties. Through his show and related promotional events, Ed interacted with some of the decade's biggest stars. In subsequent years, Ed worked at other prominent radio stations including WHN, WCBS and WHUD, where his well-known shows such as "Ed Baer Affair" and "Pop Rewind" aired.

Charlie Karp, Staples '71, is an award-winning songwriter, singer and guitarist. His professional start began in 1970, when he was chosen to record with Buddy Miles. Charlie recorded four albums, including the renowned "Them Changes" LP, and toured internationally with Miles through 1972, when he formed his own band with David Hull, White Chocolate, and signed with RCA Records. Over the years, Charlie has written songs for and/or recorded with a wide range of prominent artists including Joan Jett, Joe Perry, Arthur Lee, and Danny Kortchmar.

Brian Keane, Staples '71, is an American composer, music producer, musician and guitarist. He has composed the music for hundreds of films and television shows and produced over a hundred record albums and won Grammys, Emmys and Peabodys. Keane is known as one of the most prominent composers of his era in scoring television documentaries and is a leading producer of world music. More...

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The Anne Eyes Science Lecture: Composer & MIT Professor Evan Ziporyn

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The Anne Eyes Science Lecture presents composer and professor Evan Ziporyn who will speak about ethnomusicology and the intersection between science and art. A concert by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Gamelan Galak Tika will be featured followed by a hands-on demonstration of this unique Balinese percussion instrument. Register online as space is limited.

Learn more about Gamelans. Gamelan Galak Tika has been at the forefront of innovative, cross-cultural music for Balinese gamelan since 1993. Led by composer Evan Ziporyn, Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Music at MIT, Galak Tika has performed groundbreaking music at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, BAM, several Bang on a Can Marathons, Southern Exposure, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and colleges throughout the northeast. In 2005 the group toured Bali, performing at the Bali International Arts Festival, Kuta Beach, and numerous villages around the island.

This science lecture is made possible by The Anne Eyes Endowment.

Photo credit: Andy Ryan

 

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