The five-theater complex at the University at Albany will once again be filled with music, dance and drama during the 2009-10 academic year.
The College of Arts and Sciences is sponsoring a schedule of performing arts events including four professional touring companies, three productions by the university’s drama department and a special appearance by alumnus Harold Gould for a total of 29 performances. In addition, the university will offer 34 concerts and three music festivals.
The highlight of the year is the visit by four professional touring companies — American Place Theater in two productions, “A Celebration of Rumi,” Gallim Dance and the Pierre Consort.
Oct. 13: American Place Theatre will offer its “Literature to Life” series, which creates professionally staged adaptations of literary works.
In a tribute to the late Frank McCourt, the company will present two performances of “Teacher Man.” Michael McMonagle will star as the Pulitzer Prize winner in a dramatic rendering of the trials and triumphs he faced as a public high school teacher in and around New York City. The public performance will include a morning matinee for high school students.
Oct. 21: “A Celebration of Rumi” is a dramatic presentation with whirling dervishes and Sufi musicians.
Tickets and discount subscriptions are available through the Performing Arts Center at University at Albany, PAC 266, Albany, NY, 12222. A schedule of events is available at 442-3995 or go to www.albany.edu/pac/
Regarded as the quintessential voice of love, compassion and tolerance, Rumi is the 13th century Islamic poet and mystic whose works will be read in Farsi and English. The public performance will include an Oct. 22 show for high school students.
Feb. 24 to 27: Gallim Dance will be in residence, offering performances and master classes.
Selected as one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” for 2009, artistic director/choreographer Andrea Miller creates works that are physical, charmingly awkward and wildly technical.
The residency will include a public performance on Saturday evening and a matinee for high school students on the Friday morning of its evening-length work, “I Can See Myself in Your Pupil,” a suite of dances set to a score by Manu Chau, Pimmon, Trio Medieval, Beirut, Puccini and the Israeli band, Balkan Beat Box.
March 18: American Place Theatre will return with Greg Mortenson’s “Three Cups of Tea,” the story of his failed attempt to climb Pakistan’s K2, the world’s second-highest mountain, and to establish schools in some of the most remote regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The public performance will include a morning matinee for high school students on March 19.
March 31: A collaboration with Russell Sage College in a student production of “Mirror, Mirror.”
Originated and directed by Leigh Strimbeck and produced by David Baecker, this piece examines the media’s portrayal of women. The show will be offered to high school student groups.
April 11: In an exchange program with Long Island University’s CW Post campus, the Pierrot Consort will perform new music and standard repertory.
Flutist Susan Deaver, violinist Dale Stuckenbruck, violist Veronica Salas, cellist Maureen Hynes and pianist Heawon Kim make up the ensemble.
DEPARTMENT OF THEATER
The theater department will offer three productions this year: a program of new plays and video works, a retrospective of scenes from the last 100 years of theatrical productions at the University at Albany, and Arthur Miller’s 1953 Tony Award-winning “The Crucible.”
Oct. 9 to 11: Plays in Process series — A development lab provides student playwrights the chance to develop plays with actors and directors. The program culminates in a staged reading.
Oct. 10: Harold Gould — The 1947 alumnus will share poetry, speeches and short monologues. Gould is known for his television roles in “Rhoda,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “The Golden Girls.” He also appeared in such movies as “The Sting,” “Freaky Friday” and “The Front Page.”
Oct. 31 to Nov. 7: BioTech Performance Festival — New plays and video work explore the world’s ever-evolving technology, the living and the mechanical, the spontaneous and the engineered and the natural and the synthetic.
Feb. 18 to 21: “10 for 2010: Celebrating 100 Years of History” — The production will celebrate the centennial anniversary of theatrical productions at the university. In conjunction with the show, there will be an exhibit highlighting moments from the University’s theatrical history.
March 12 to 14: Plays in Process series — A development lab provides student playwrights the chance to develop plays with actors and directors. The program culminates in a staged reading.
April 16 to May 1: “The Crucible” — Arthur Miller’s 1953 Tony Award winner for Best Play is a drama about the Puritan purge of witchcraft in old Salem. A matinee for high school groups will be provided on the first and last days of the show.
DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC
This year, the music department will offer two music festivals as well as a series of concerts.
Oct. 8: Julie Norman — A native of the Capital Region and a recent graduate of the Eastman School of Music Masters in Voice program, this young soprano performs a variety of works from the song and operatic repertory.
Oct. 9 and March 11: “The Singer’s Life” — In an “Inside the Actors Studio” format, voice coach Frances Wittmann interviews Julie Norman (Oct. 9) and Emalie Savoy (March 11) about the young singers’ lives, achievements and career demands.
Oct. 22 and 23: “Don Giovanni” — Sung in Italian, Capital Opera’s fully staged performance of Mozart’s opera features Ivan Amaro, Rosa Tulyaganova, Richard Mazzaferro, Kara Cornell, Vedrana Kalas and Andy Truex.
Nov. 1 and Jan. 24: Michael Clement Professional Vocal Studio — The young professional singers of accompanist and coach Michael Clement present programs of operatic arias, duets and trios.
Nov. 12-15: The Youth Movements Festival, which premiered last season, returns.
Nov. 12: “Family Trees” — A violin and piano recital by Hilary and Duncan Cumming including the Brahms Sonata in A major, Op. 100; Smetana’s “From My Homeland”; Dvorák’s Sonatina in G major, Op. 100 and the Duo of William Matthews, written as a wedding present for the performers.
Nov. 14: “La Boite á Joujoux” — Pianist Cumming is joined by Jackie Abbott’s School of Creative Arts for a performance of Debussy’s children’s ballet.
Nov. 15: Dvorák’s “Slavonic Dances” — UAlbany students, faculty, staff, alumni, faculty emeritus and community piano teachers with their students perform the complete series.
Jan 28 to 30: The Beethoven Festival — Frank Glazer, in his third residency at the university, will offer a recital, a lecture and a master class.
Feb. 26 and 27: Art Song Festival — The Eastern New York Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing hosts this festival, which champions the study and performance of the art song with particular focus on 20th and 21st century American composers. Registration, rehearsals and coaching will take place on the first date with performances open to the public on the second date.
March 12: Emalie Savoy — This young soprano of the Juilliard School of Music Graduate Voice program performs works from the song and operatic repertory.
Sep. 10 and 12: “33 Variations” — Pianist Findlay Cockrell performs Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations.
Sept. 24: Albagli & Friends — Thematic concert of music features readings, poetry and music for marimba and other percussion.
Oct. 15 and 17: Chopin’s Greatest Hits — Cockrell performs polonaises, mazurkas and ballades.
Oct. 19 and March 8: University Concert Band.
Oct. 25, March 7 and May 2: University Symphony Orchestra.
Nov. 18: Fall Choral Concert — The University Chorale and Chamber Singers present a concert of ancient and modern choral music featuring Eric Whitaker’s “Five Hebrew Love Songs.”
Nov. 19: Bob Gluck-Joe Giardullo Duo — Two virtuoso jazz musicians present a program of duet improvisations.
Nov. 20: “Bach to Broadway” — Cabaret features the classical and not-so-classical side of UAlbany’s voice majors.
Nov. 23 and April 19: University Jazz Ensemble.
Dec. 6: Holiday Concert — The department ensembles include the Chorale, Chamber Singers, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra and student groups, Serendipity, Earth Tones and Angelic Voices of Praise, for a concert celebrating the season.
Dec. 7: “Twenty Drummers Drummin’ ” — University Percussion Ensemble and the Rensselaer Percussion Ensemble.
March 1: Celebrating Chopin’s Bicentennial — The Capital Trio celebrates Chopin’s 200th birthday by performing his early and virtuosic Piano Trio, Op. 8 as well as his last published work, the great Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 65.
March 4: Festival of Contemporary Music — This concert of percussion music emphasizes contemporary and recent works performed by the University Percussion Ensemble and two youth ensembles.
March 24: An Evening of Opera Scenes and Chamber Music.
April 15 and 18: “Two Harpsichords” — William Carragan and Findlay Cockrell perform works by Bach and Handel.
May 3: “The Sound of the Trumpets, The Roll of the Drums” — University’s Concert Band and Percussion Ensemble.
May 4: “The Choral Hour” — Choral concert celebrates the arrival of spring.