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posticon New Music Performers Celebrate Twentieth Anniversary Season

Arts and Entertainment | Friday, September 15, 2017 | By Laurel Gilmer Print
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Founded in 1997 by Steven Stucky and a group of performers from Cornell University and Ithaca College who shared a passionate commitment to new music, Ensemble X celebrates its 20th anniversary season with a quartet of concert performances, the first of which will be Sunday, September 24, at 3:00 PM at Barnes Hall Auditorium.

The ensemble's mission is to perform both very new music of the classical tradition – typically music written within the past twenty years – and established works from earlier in the twentieth century. Under the artistic direction of Xak Bjerken, many of the original members of the ensemble still perform with the group, and now a new generation of performers in Ithaca add to the level of excitement about new music in town.

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posticon Caucasian Chalk Circle at the Schwartz Center

Arts and Entertainment | Friday, September 15, 2017 | By Lindsey White Print
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The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Bertolt Brecht's WWII-era parable about good and evil, has special resonance in today's political climate. Staged for modern audiences with original music, Cornell's Schwartz Center production runs September 21–23.

A political coup kicks off the action of The Caucasian Chalk Circle; Grusha, a maidservant, rescues the abandoned son of the ruling family amid the chaos. After years of evading enemies who wish to do the child harm, Grusha is discovered and thrown into a custody battle with the child's conniving mother. The wily trickster Azdak presides over the trial and must decide who has the rightful claim to the boy: the woman who bore him or the woman who raised him. The play draws from a Chinese drama by Li Qianfu but features a prologue in which members of two Soviet communes argue over land following the Nazis' retreat.

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posticon Connecting With China At The Sciencenter

Arts and Entertainment | Friday, September 15, 2017 | By Amy Gaulke Print
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Opening to the public on Saturday, September 23, Children of Hangzhou: Connecting with China is an exhibition designed to engage children and families in learning about one of the oldest civilizations – and now among the most modern – in the world through some of its young people. Children of Hangzhou: Connecting with China was created by Boston Children's Museum and is part of the Freeman Foundation Asian Culture Exhibit Series, funded by The Freeman Foundation and administered by Association of Children's Museums. The exhibit will be hosted by the Sciencenter through December.

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posticon Philadelphia-Based ArtistVisits Wells College

Arts and Entertainment | Friday, September 15, 2017 | By David Foote Print
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Aurora, NY - The Wells College Book Arts Center and String Room Gallery are pleased to announce a solo exhibition by artist Marianne Dages that culminates her two-week residency on Wells College Campus. The public is invited to join the artist for a public reception to mark the opening of her exhibition from 6 to 8 p.m. on September 14. The exhibition is on view from September 14 to October 20, 2017.

Marianne Dages is a Philadelphia-based artist who works in text, print, and installation. She describes her work as "investigating the crossroads between image, language and thought." Her exhibition at Wells entitled "Objects of Unknown Use" expands ideas found in her recent artist's book of the same name. This book features Dages' post-apocalyptic epic poem created through layered and purposefully mistranslated source texts. Her work frequently revels in the fluidity of language, both as a means of communication and a system of visual form. At times she employs chance-based strategies in her work, highlighting the slippages and generative potential of partially releasing control. Dages's interest in symbols and hieroglyphs informs her highly-nuanced deployment of materials and visual elements. H.R. Buechler, Wells College Victor Hammer Fellow in the Book Arts, summarizes Dages's work as "sophisticated, interdisciplinary and always poetic."

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