» The Garmany Chamber Music Series at Presidents’ College
—Larry Alan Smith, Host and Moderator
The Hartt School’s nationally acclaimed Richard P. Garmany Chamber Music Series, a four-concert series now in its ninth season, is partnering with the Presidents’ College to offer a two-session course in both the fall and spring semesters. Each session will feature one of the visiting series ensembles in conversation with longtime Hartt faculty member Larry Alan Smith, the series curator..
Both fall sessions take place in Millard Auditorium
HEATH QUARTET-Fri., Oct. 20; 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
One of England’s fastest rising young chamber music ensembles, the Heath Quartet has won a string of awards and recognitions, including a 2013 Gramophone Award for Best Chamber Recording. The group, which recently made its Carnegie Hall debut, is in residence at Middlebury College in Vermont.
The Heath opens the 2017–18 Garmany series with a concert on Oct. 19 in Millard Auditorium.
TRIO LATITUDE 41-Wed., Nov. 15; 3–4:30 p.m.
The exciting young American Trio Latitude 41 has been performing to ecstatic reviews throughout the United States and abroad. The trio plays an astonishing range of repertoire, from established classics to a growing body of music composed expressly for them. Of special interest: the trio’s violinist is Connecticut native Livia Sohn, who performed frequently in this area as a student.
Cost: $40; Fellows: $20
The Art of Teaching Ballet—Stephen Pier
Thurs., Oct. 26; Nov. 2; 1–2:30 p.m.; (3–4:30 p.m.); Nov. 9, 16;
1–2:30 p.m.—Handel Performing Arts Center, Community Room
We have all seen the beauty of the professional dancer on the stage, but how does she/he arrive there? What does it take to “build” a dancer?
Stephen Pier, director of the Dance Division at The Hartt School, using students from his award winning program, discusses and demonstrates the unique challenges and rewards of teaching ballet.
Cost: $80; Fellows, $60
» ILL-Met by Moonlight: Artifice and Enchantment at the Movies
Wed., Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29; 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.—KF Room
Steven Sondheim’s A Little Night Music was inspired by Ingmar Bergman’s Smiles of a Summer Night, which was inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, behind which lurks Ovid’s Metamorphoses.
In this course we will examine these works and others (including Woody Allen’s Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy and Norman Jewison’s Moonstruck) to watch them celebrate the power of imagination.
We will also try to reveal some of their magic tricks and ponder the amatory predicaments they address in common. Why does the course of true love run so rough? Does successful mating require confusion? Or worse, delusion? Do we need to believe that for every Jack there is just one Jill? Should Loretta Castorini snap out of it? Come help answer these important and complicated questions.
Cost: $85; Fellows, $75
» Vilna Lithuania: The Jerusalem of the North—Richard Freund
Wed., Nov. 1, 8, 15; 4–5:30 p.m.—KF Room
From the 14th through the 20th centuries, Jews moved to Lithuania from all around the Mediterranean and Middle East. It was the centerpiece of Eastern European Jewry and Vilnius (“Vilna” in Yiddish) stood as the symbolic embodiment of this culture. Vilna developed a unique cultural and religious identity during this period that ended with the Holocaust, but has been unearthed recently through new discoveries. In this course, we will trace the material and literary traditions using video, PowerPoint, and even a museum exhibition that features our own University of Hartford archaeological excavations in Lithuania.
Cost: $85; Fellows, $75
» From Where I Sit: In Conversation with Elizabeth Horton Sheff—Steve Metcalf, Moderator
Mon., Nov. 20, 27; 1:30–3 p.m.—KF Room
What life experiences compel one to move from thinking about social justice issues to acting upon social justice issues?
In this two-session course Elizabeth Horton Sheff will discuss her life and work, from her early years growing up in public housing through her ongoing involvement as lead plaintiff in the landmark Sheff v. O’Neill desegregation lawsuit, to her current work in the human services field. This interactive conversation seeks to engage participants in a robust discussion of race, education, and economic and social justice in contemporary America.
Cost: $60; Fellows: $50