Southeast Receives $39,877 from Missouri Arts Council for Arts, Literature Projects


Four Grants Will Underwrite Guest Artists, Symphony Performances, Museum Exhibits, Literary Publications

rivercampusCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 15, 2011 – Southeast Missouri State University has been awarded five grants totaling $39,877 from the Missouri Arts Council (MAC).

The Department of Music was awarded $15,494 to support the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra’s annual concert series presented in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast’s River Campus.

The subscription series, established in 2001, has presented a wide range of programming, including several world and national premieres, and high caliber guest artists. The symphony also conducts significant educational and outreach activities, including free concerts, educational pre-concert talks, competitive events for young musicians and master classes or lecture recitals presented by visiting artists.

Support from the Missouri Arts Council allows the symphony to expand its programming and educational activities and present significant guest artists in the 2011-2012 series.

Guest violinist Mark O’Connor will open the symphony season Oct. 11, with a concert dedicated to his fiddle-playing artistry and music, performing solo and duo concertos (joined by the brilliant young St. Louis cellist, Patrice Jackson), including selections from his “Fiddle Concerto.” Also on the program will be his recent symphonic composition, the “Americana Symphony.”

O’Connor specializes in American bluegrass, jazz, country and classic violin, and is one of the most celebrated and unique voices in American music today.

A multi-Grammy Award winning musician, he has collaborated with such artists as Yo Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Renee Fleming and Wynton Marsalis in many innovative performances and recordings. His iconic “Fiddle Concerto” has received more than 200 performances making it one of the most performed concertos written in the last 40 years.

O’Connor has received such accolades in the press, being described as “one of the most spectacular journeys in recent American music” by The New York Times and “one of the most talented and imaginative artists working in music — any music — today” by The Los Angeles Times.

On March 27, guest trumpet player Allen Vizzutti will perform the lyrical Trumpet Concerto by Haydn as well as the fantastic Carnival of Venice with the Southeast Missouri Symphony. Vizzutti has visited 40 countries and every state in the union to perform with celebrated artists and ensembles including Chick Corea, ‘Doc’ Severinsen, the NBC Tonight Show Band, the Airmen Of Note, Chuck Mangione, Woody Herman, the Budapest Radio Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Leipzig Wind Symphony.

He has performed on national television in Germany, Poland, England, Sweden, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Australia and the United States, and has given solo performances at the Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, Newport Jazz Festival, Banff Center for the Performing Arts, Montreaux Jazz Festival, the Teton, Vail, Aspen and Breckenridge Music Festivals, the Charles Ives Center and Lincoln Center in New York City.

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Meanwhile, the Department of Theatre and Dance was awarded $8,231 to bring in nationally recognized guest artists Bill Black, costume designer, and R. Dean Packard, lighting designer, for Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” being performed in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall Nov. 9-13.

Black has been designing, teaching and directing the production of costumes for the University of Tennessee Department of Theatre and the Clarence Brown Theatre Company (LORT) for more than 30 years and has participated in the production of more than 200 plays, musicals and operas.

An active professional designer, his work has been seen across the country at professional theatres such as Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Denver Center Theatre Company, Madison Repertory Theatre, Pioneer Theatre Company, Playmakers Repertory Company, Roundhouse Theatre, Skylight Opera Theatre, Tennessee Repertory Theatre, Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival, and for nearly 20 seasons at the Tony Award Winning Utah Shakespearean Festival.

His costume design work has been listed among “Pittsburgh’s Best,” “Best of Season” by the Salt Lake Tribune, nominated for the Henry Award by the Colorado Theatre Guild, and he is a two-time winner of the Knoxville Area Theatre Coalition award for best costume design. In 1996 and again in 2004, he was awarded the John F. Kennedy Medallion for outstanding service to the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival.

Packard has been a professional lighting designer for 25 years, designing lighting for musicals, dance, opera and theatrical productions. His designs have received numerous achievement awards including recognition by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, and he has been awarded the Purple Chalk Award for excellence in teaching from MU. He earned a master of fine arts degree in design from the University of Iowa. His lighting design credits include “Sunday In The Park With George,” “Romeo & Juliet,” “Eurydice,” “Arcadia,” and the world premieres of “The Corps of Discovery” and “Holding Up The Sky.”

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The Department of Theatre and Dance was also awarded a $1,910 monthly grant to underwrite the residency of Adam Sage, choreographer and artistic director of the Missouri Ballet Theatre.

Sage will host an open audition for students and community members, and will direct master classes and rehearsals the week of Aug. 27-Sept. 2. Sage’s work of choreography will be performed during Fall for Dance 2011 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall Dec. 1-3, 2011.

The Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum, also located at Southeast’s River Campus, received a $12,242 grant award to underwrite touring and local exhibits at the museum during the 2011-2012 season, including “The Floating World: Ukiyo-e Prints,” which will be on display Aug. 23–Oct. 23.

Ukiyo-e, meaning “images of the floating world,” refers to the theater and entertainment districts in Japanese cities, which arose around the official Shogunate municipality.

The Edo Period, from 1600-1868, saw the strong emergence of publishing houses, hiring artists to depict an idea, craftsmen to create a drawing for each color, woodcarvers to then transfer the drawings to wood panels and finally a printer to create the final product.

Considered to be one of the last major masters of the Ukiyo-e style, Utagawa Hiroshige alone produced more than 8,000 prints and had an immense effect on landscape painting throughout the world.

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Finally, the Southeast Missouri State University Press will use its $2,000 grant award to support the “Big Muddy” literary journal, which contributes to the region’s literary access and education with juried articles and literature from around the world.

The journal highlights works focused on the Mississippi River Valley in its twice annual permanent print format, including works of history, fiction, poetry, photography and creative non-fiction.

The press provides significant experiential learning opportunities for both Southeast undergraduate and graduate students and sponsors a speaker series of guest lectures on the University campus.

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