Martha Redbone Roots Project, Americana Folk & Blues
Wednesday, January 22nd at 8:00 p.m.
Miss Redbone’s music flows equally from her own unique, award-winning blend of Native American elements with funk and her deep roots in Appalachian folk and Piedmont blues. Alongside her career as a recording artist and songwriter Martha Redbone has maintained a steady involvement with causes she believes in utilizing her celebrity in Indian Country for fundraising and leadership. Martha has given talks on subjects ranging from Indigenous rights to the role of arts in politics at many institutions including New York University and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst on Native Identity during the Native Theater Festival at the Public Theater in NYC. Her album Skintalk is part of the permanent collection at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian as an example of contemporary Native American music. Ms. Redbone has also held workshops and given motivational talks with many grade school children throughout her touring on several reservations. Ms. Redbone holds an annual Traditional Music Workshop within the United Houma Nation’s Cultural Enrichment Summer Camp program teaching grade school age children the music from her Choctaw and Cherokee heritage as well as incorporating the tribe’s own Houma-French language.
Having served as an exemplary ambassador to Native and African-American Youth for the National HIV/Aids Partnership, Martha was awarded the Red Ribbon Award for Outstanding Leadership presented on World AIDS Day at the United Nations in 2005. Redbone also performed with Bonnie Raitt and actor Floyd Red Crow Westerman, which helped raise over $130,000 in scholarships for the Clyde Bellecourt Scholarship Fund where 12 outstanding Native American students who have overcome adversity receive full tuition to study in higher education. She is particularly proud of her accomplishment in having the Campaign’s Board of Directors decide to include an Indigenous North American contingent to the roll call of 50 countries taking part in their Youth Leadership Summit held at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Currently Martha is the indigenous affairs consultant and creative advisor to the Man Up Campaign, the new global youth movement to eradicate violence against women and girls.
Kazual, Men’s A Cappella Ensemble, African American Heritage Celebration
Tuesday, January 28th at 8:00 p.m.
Kazual (pronounced ‘casual’) is one of the hottest and freshest A Cappella groups to hit the market! They offer the complete package--they sing, dance, write and produce engaging audiences across the country through touring and their ever-presence on National TV including America’s Got Talent. Kazual blends harmonious styles and eclectic mixes of R & B and Hip-Hop with choreographed dance and dub-step. Opening for Nelly and Beyonce, Kazual’s unique tones remind you of an updated Boyz II Men; this is one group you don’t want to miss!
Ajna Dance Company, Bollywood Indian Dance
Monday, February 3rd at 7:00 p.m.
The Ajna Dance Company was founded by Minila Shah, an accomplished Bharatanatyam dancer and was created to share the practice and rich culture of authentic, Indian dance with a global and diverse audience. Shah was the Artistic Director of Bollywood Grooves Dance Company in London and has trained, taught and performed in Canada, the United Kingdom, India and the US. The company was created to share the practice and rich culture of authentic, Indian dance with a global and diverse audience and to deliver visually stunning, culturally rich performances that engage and inspire. Each of Ajna’s pieces include music that has been carefully curated and paired with Shah’s signature choreography, which blends the traditions of classical Indian and folk dance with Bollywood and other contemporary movement. The company has experience working in television including BBC and Sky One.
House of Waters, World Music Ensemble
Tuesday, February 4th at 8:00 p.m.
Cowles Hall, Peterson Chapel
‘House of Waters’ reflects our times- this innovative three-person ensemble embraces the multi-layered sounds of the world, ignoring limiting definitions and restrictive genres. All virtuosos in their own right, with impressive performance credentials, the ensemble consists of Max ZT (hammered dulcimer), Luke Notary (percussion), and Moto Fukushima (six string electric bass). Their unique style is a product of intense collaboration between expert musicians who take risks, cross boundaries and never cease to amaze. These are shape-shifting artists, whose love of music and its power is infectious. They are taking their instruments to places unimagined, and bringing their audiences along with them.
Phoenix Project Dance Theatre, Contemporary Dance Company
Monday, February 10th at 7:00 p.m.
Phoenix Project Dance was founded in 2004 under the artistic direction of Amber Perkins and is currently in its eighth season. The idea that a bird is reborn from the ashes of its own demise was the inspiration for the Company. The re-invention of one’s self is the driving force behind the Phoenix Project’s artistic vision with which they have achieved great successes in both Europe and America. Phoenix Project Dance was selected to perform at the prestigious award ceremony “The Elan Awards” and most recently, was selected to perform in Manhattan, as part of the ThangDao Contemporary Dance Festival at the Ailey Citi Group Theater.
Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel
Tuesday, February 11th at 7:30 p.m.
The Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel was founded in 1950 and in recent years has become the focal point of musical life in Haifa and the north of Israel. The Orchestra, which is the most significant musical institute in the north of Israel, has recently expanded its activities throughout the country. World Acclaimed Maestro Noam Sheriff, one of Israel's most versatile musicians, is the music director of the Haifa Symphony Orchestra. In Israel, over 5,000 subscribers of all ages attend six subscription programs each season: The Orchestra takes part in the Kadma" & "Israeli Notes programs which educates the young to become the audiences of tomorrow. For many of the 2,500 children, this is their first exposure to classical music. Promotion of Israeli Culture, The Orchestra has a policy of encouraging and promoting original Israeli music and of giving an opportunity for Israeli soloists and conductors to perform. The HSO received the Prime Minister's Award for being the leading performer of original Israeli compositions in Israel.
Orchestra of The Southern Finger Lakes Schumann Festival
Saturday, February 15th at 7:30 p.m.
Cowles Hall, Peterson Chapel
The Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes is one of America's outstanding professional symphony orchestras. Drawing talented musicians from throughout the region to perform five concerts in Elmira and Corning, NY, the Orchestra fills the bill as the premier symphony orchestra in New York's Southern Tier. The Orchestra is the principal ensemble of Corning-Elmira Musical Arts, Inc (CEMA), an organization that comprises more than 150 musicians and music lovers and sustains the region’s only youth ensembles, the Youth Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes and the Junior String Ensemble, as well as an outstanding community chorus, the Chorus of the Southern Finger Lakes.
Les Chaudes Lapins, French Swing (1920-1940)
Wednesday February 26th at 8:00 p.m.
Cowles Hall, Peterson Chapel
Les Chauds Lapins (“the hot rabbits”), led by Kurt Hoffman and Meg Reichardt, specialize in a repertoire of French swing from the 1920s through the 40s. The group has re-arranged long-forgotten French classics, mixing the rootsiness of early American jazz with the lushness of a Bernard Hermann film soundtrack. Like the French models they emulate, Les Chauds Lapins take their music off the grid. Their arrangements contrast scored strings and horns with vintage fretted instruments, most notably banjo ukuleles, a hybrid instrument popular in the 20s and 30s. By mixing the American quirkiness of banjo-ukes with the narrative versatility of a string trio, they remain faithful to the inventive spirit of the original songs and give them a luster that eschews quaintness.
Dervish, Six-piece Irish Ensemble Featuring Cathy Jordan
Tuesday, March 4th at 8:00 p.m.
Cowles Hall, Peterson Chapel
Magical Irish traditional music from Ireland! From the Great Wall of China to packed auditoriums in the Holy Land and more recently being the first Irish band to perform at the greatest music festival in the world, in front of an estimated audience of 240,000 people, Dervish has come a long way in their nearly 25 years of existence.
Accomplishments include Sligo City Council bestowing the Freedom of the Borough of Sligo which was an award for their international artistic achievements and their dedication and promotion of their local heritage; the Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) Mr. Bertie Ahern inviting Dervish to China which resulted in a performance for the Chinese government further confirming the band as a national jewel of Ireland; and accompanying Ireland's president, Mary Mc Aleese, on offical state missions to Latvia and Lithuania, to represent Irish culture to the business delegation assembled. They also found the time to make a series of fourteen, hour- long radio shows for broadcast in conjunction with NPR called ‘Irish Heartbeat with Dervish’. In 2011, Dervish get lost in the beautiful county Leitrim countryside as the band were asked to be the official band in residence for County Leitrim and in 2012 the band was invited to become part of a distinguished project of writers as part of newly developed James Grant/EMI Play music library in London, to write for TV and Film. Dervish concert performances are a myriad of tones and moods ranging from high energy tunes, played with fluidity and intuitiveness, to beautifully measured songs, from charming lyrics of life and love, to inspiring melodies that lift audiences from their seats. All the elements are drawn together by Roscommon born singer Cathy Jordan’s masterful stage-presence. Her stories to the songs and her interaction with the audience draws people into the music in a way very few performers can achieve. Recent credits include signing a publishing deal with the Bucks Music Company in London. Having shared stages with James Brown, Buena Vista Social Club, Oasis, Sting, REM, and Beck, Dervish are sellouts at the biggest halls and folk festivals in Ireland. Yet, they don’t tour too terribly often in North America! This is pure Irish music at its best—not to be missed.
Marion Bethel, Presidential Lecture Series
Thursday, March 6th at 6:00 p.m.
Cowles Hall, Peterson Chapel
Bethel, known for her poetry, her talented ability to write short stories, and her work as an attorney. She graduated from Cambridge University and she has been working as an attorney since 1986, specializing in Women Suffrage in the Bahamas. Bethel’s first volume of poetry, Guanahani, My Love, won the prestigious Casa de las Américas Prize. It was published in a bilingual edition (Spanish/English) in 1995. Guanahani, My Love, was re-published in March 2009 by House of Nehesi Publishers in St. Martin, Wisconsin.
The Last Night of Ballyhoo, EC Theatre
Thursday, March 6th , Friday, March 7th , Saturday, March 8th , at 8:00 p.m. Sunday, March 9th, at 2:00 p.m.
A charming romantic comedy about an Atlanta family during the 1939 holidays. Gone with the Wind premieres, rumors of war abound, but the real concern is who is taking whom to Ballyhoo – the social event of the season!
Yves Dharamraj, Classical Cello
Wednesday, March 12th at 8:00 p.m.
Throughout his career, Yves Dharamraj has developed a reputation as a dynamic cellist who blends an immaculate command of the instrument with deep musical understanding to express his fresh artistic interpretations. Regarded by the Edmonton Sun as “a strikingly mature and gifted musician,” the young Franco-American enjoys a career that takes him to major venues across the country and abroad. At the age of 16, Dharamraj made his professional concerto debut performing Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations with the Florida Orchestra under the baton of Thomas Wilkins. Met with critical acclaim, the cellist has since been recognized as one of the next generation’s leading artists. As part of the Juilliard School’s Centennial Celebration, he was invited to perform William Schuman’s A Song of Orpheus at Avery Fisher Hall with James DePriest and the Juilliard Orchestra. Other appearances with orchestra include performances with the Houston Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, Green Bay Symphony and the Atlantic Classical Orchestra, among others. Festival appearances include La Jolla’s Summerfest, Canada’s National Arts Centre, Steans Institute at Ravinia, Banff Centre for the Arts, Sarasota Music Festival, and the Museum of Modern Art’s Summergarden. He made his radio broadcast solo debut on the Dame Myra Hess Series in Chicago. The cellist was chosen to attend the Perlman Music Program’s inaugural season and recently had the honor of collaborating with the world-renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium. Dharamraj explores the rich chamber music repertoire as a founding member of the Moët Trio and has collaborated with members of the Orion, Cleveland, Guarneri and Tokyo Quartets. He has performed in Jordan Hall, the Kennedy Center, 92nd St Y, and Carnegie’s Weill and Zankel Halls. He performs regularly in France, recently toured Japan, and had the diplomatic honor of performing and teaching in Thailand in celebration of HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana’s seventh cycle birthday. In addition, Dharamraj belongs to Ne(x)tworks, a cutting-edge group of performing composers, and has toured with the Grammy Award-nominated Yale Cellos. Dharamraj has won top prizes in the Ima Hogg, Klein, Juilliard, and Florida Orchestra Competitions. He has presented himself in master class with Yo-Yo Ma, Bernard Greenhouse, William Pleeth, Frans Helmerson, Christoph Eschenbach, Gary Hoffman, Gilbert Kalish, Claude Frank, and Pinchas Zukerman. Dharamraj began his cello studies at age four and performed in public soon afterward. He matriculated at Yale University where he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in History, a Master of Music, and an Artist Diploma under the guidance of the renowned pedagogue Aldo Parisot. He further studied at the Juilliard School as the recipient of the 2004 Victor Herbert Scholarship and the prestigious 2005 C.V. Starr Doctorate of Musical Arts Fellowship. Dharamraj has also worked with Paul Katz at the New England Conservatory as recipient of the Florence Gould Scholarship. He now teaches cello at Juilliard as assistant to Mr. Krosnick. Dharamraj plays an 1842 Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume cello.
Concert Ensemble featuring the Corning Area Community Concert Band with Special Guest Chamber Singer
Thursday, March 13th at 8:00 p.m.
Campus Center, Dining Hall
Elmira College will host the Corning Area Community Concert Band accompanied by the Elmira College Concert Ensemble. The performance will also feature the Elmira College Chamber Singers! Corning Area Community Concert Band is a group of area musicians of all ages, including: students, adults, professionals and amateurs. Formed in 1975 for the USA Bicentennial and conducted by John Stranges, the band plays concerts throughout the community, at festivals, schools, churches, nursing facilities as well as marching in many of the local area parades. Elmira College Concert Ensemble performs at college events and serves as the college wind ensemble with open membership. Elmira College Chamber Singers performs primarily classical music and serve as the campus choral group for men and women and can be taken for course credit.
Man of La Mancha, Broadway Series
Tuesday, March 18th and Wednesday, March 19th at 7:30 p.m.
With the original production running six years on Broadway and winning five Tony Awards including Best Musical, Man of La Mancha returns to the stage in an all new production complete with the Tony-Award winning score and the book that has inspired theatergoers since the very first note of The Impossible Dream was heard on opening night. This classic love story tells the dream-weaving tale of Don Quixote on his enduring quest for peace, goodness, beauty and the alluring lady of his dreams, Dulcinea. Against all odds, a man sees good and innocence in a world filled with darkness and despair. This lyrical and amusing adventure is a classic tale of the triumph of man over his own follies.
Chamber Singers, EC Vocal Groups
Tuesday, March 18th at 8:00 p.m.
Elmira College Chamber Singers performs primarily classical music and serve as the campus choral group for men and women and can be taken for course credit. Auditions are required.
The Battlefield Band, Traditional Scottish Folk Music
Thursday, March 20th at 8:00 p.m.
Named after the Glasgow suburb of Battlefield, where the group was formed by four student friends in 1969, they have now been on the world’s roads for over 40 years, distilling their own unique form of the Scottish spirit and bottling it in concert and onto disc. Inspired by their rich heritage of Celtic music and fired by the strength and vibrancy of today’s Scottish cultural scene, which indeed they have done much to create and fuel, they have led and been at the forefront of a great revival in Scottish music. They have mixed the old songs and music with a new self-penned repertoire, all played on ancient and modern instruments - bagpipes, fiddle, synthesiser, guitar, flutes, bodhran and accordion. They’ve performed in Germany, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Holland, Syria, Jordan, India, Sri Lanka, Egypt, U.S.A., Canada, Uzbekistan, China and the U.K; breaking down barriers and pioneering many new directions which others have followed. Angry, joyful, raucous, contemplative, their music is most importantly - accessible to all.
Orchesis, EC Dance Concert
Thursday, March 27th and Friday, March 28th at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 29th at 3:00 p.m.
Elmira College’s dancers perform student and faculty choreographed pieces arranged through a variety of styles including ballet, tap, modern and hip hop.
Carmen Souza, Cape Verdean Jazz
Monday, March 31st at 8:00 p.m.
Lisbon born Carmen Souza aims to create a new sound, in her ancestor’s Creole dialect, mixing traditional African and Cape Verde rhythms like Batuke, Morna, Cola djon, and others, with her jazz contemporary influences. Souza grew up in a mixed language environment of Creole, the Cape Verde dialect her parents spoke at home, and Portuguese, always surrounded by the Cape Verdean way of life. In her teens she sang professionally in a Lusophone Gospel Choir. Being a strongly spiritual person, Souza always saw music as her mission and felt privileged to have the opportunity to express herself through it, working hard every day to deserve that opportunity. Souza has been toured extensively around the world with recent career highlights including playing at the London African Music Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Leverkusener Jazztage Festival, and the Montreal and Monterey Jazz Festivals. Souza released Ess ê jnha Cabo Verde to critical acclaim which led to her international breakthrough performance at the WOMAD at Reading Festival. She then released Protegid (Protected) which blended perfectly with elegance and sophistication the African and Cape Verdean traditional rhythms with Contemporary Jazz and Afro-Latin. World Music Central notes Souza’s album Protegid as : “ a landmark that will prompt you to embrace and at the same time rethink everything you know and love about the sounds of Cape Verde,” with NPR naming it as opening “ a window to another world entirely,” and The Independent declaring “the poetic voice is as original as the musical one.” Her uniqueness has been recognized by Ethnomusicologists Gerhard Kubik and Fernando Arenas with her groundbreaking work published in a new book Beyond Independence: Globalization, Postcolonialism, and the Cultures of Lusophone Africa by Fernando Arenas. Recent accomplishments include a special performance on Italian national television, Concerto Dell Epifania, broadcasted to millions in Italy and across continents. Undoubtedly, a true world music force and one of Europe's most in-demand jazz singers, Souza released a special live duo performance with fellow composer Theo Pas'cal with half of the sales donated to SOS Children Villages in Cape Verde and Unicef Brazil. Souza also won the 2013 title of Best female singer and Best Morna with the album Kachupada at the Cape Verdean ‘Grammys’- Cabo Verde Music Awards.
One Act Plays, EC Theatre
Thursday, April 3rd, Friday, April 4th, Saturday, April 5th, at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 6th, at 2:00 p.m.
Our ever popular series of short plays selected by, prepared by, and featuring our Elmira College students.