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Misher Festival of Fine Arts 2011

Jazz. Blues. Funk and Folk. What makes music distinctly American music?

The Misher Festival of Fine Arts and Humanities honors the University’s legacy in fine arts and humanities while enlightening audiences with an array of events, speakers, and experiences. This year, we celebrate A Festival of American Music. Be prepared to enjoy a wide range of genres that’ll have you dancing between classes.

2011 Schedule

Monday, March 21

Valley Forge Fife and Drum
11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., USciences Campus
A 30-minute parade performance by Valley Forge Fife and Drum will start in the center of the mall between Griffith and Whitecar Halls before reaching the Quad. In case of rain, the band will play in the McNeil Science and Technology Center atrium.

American Musicals: Faculty Recital
7 p.m., McNeil Science and Technology Center Atrium
Faculty members Andrea Marshall-Money and Kim Robson, and retired faculty members William Reinsmith and Raymond Orzechowski, sing well known and less heard selections from musical theatre and film. A light reception will follow.


Tuesday, March 22

American Chamber Music: Student Recital
12:30 to 1:15 p.m., McNeil Science and Technology Center Atrium
Chamber groups from the Kingsessing Singers and Players present music from the American folk, spiritual, and art music idioms.

Coffeehouse/Open Mic Night at Starbucks
Starbucks (42nd and Woodland Avenues), 7 to 9 p.m.
Students, staff, faculty, and friends are welcome at this open-mic event. Performers are encouraged to bring your favorite American music or your own compositions.


Wednesday, March 23

The Honors Colloquium Presents Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award-Winning Composer George Crumb
Lecture from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and reception from 2:30 to 3:00 p.m.,
McNeil Science and Technology Center Atrium
Joined by pianist Marcantonio Barone, George Crumb talks about his music and a career that has spanned over 65 years. An icon in American art music, Crumb won a 2001 Grammy Award and the 1968 Pulitzer Prize in music. A prolific composer known for employing extended techniques and creating unusual timbres, he continues to compose new scores. Some of his latest work has focused extensively on settings of American folk songs.

American Art Music: Faculty Recital
7 p.m., McNeil Science and Technology Center Atrium
USciences faculty members Grace Earl, guitar; Elizabeth Kaderabek, violin; Kim Robson, flute; Julian Snow, guitar; and Karen Tietze, flute, play some easy and not-so-easy listening American art music from the likes of John Cage and Robert Muczynski. A light reception will follow.


Thursday, March 24

Philadelphia Jug BandPhiladelphia Jug Band
11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., McNeil Science and Technology Center Atrium
What’s a jug band? Imagine a jug player and a mix of traditional and homemade instruments, sometimes ordinary objects modified for making of sound (like the washboard, spoons, or stovepipe and comb and tissue paper kazoo).

Routes to Recovery and Philadelphia
Misher Visiting Professor of Humanities Lecture
5 to 6 p.m., McNeil Science and Technology Center, AstraZeneca Auditorium
Dr. Nick Spitzer will speak about the Routes to Recovery series, Philadelphia music explorations, and the role of representing community-based vernacular music and performance in public media.
The Misher Visiting Professor of the Humanities was established to advance President Emeritus Dr. Allen Misher’s vision of the liberal arts in a professional setting and to enhance opportunities in the arts and the humanities for the entire University community.

Misher Festival Reception
6 to 7 p.m., McNeil STC Atrium
We will celebrate the recipients of the Intellectual Heritage class Writing Awards (presented by Dr. Kevin Murphy, chair, Department of Humanities) and honor Dr. Nick Spitzer, with a reception and musical performance by USciences’ favorite Soul/R&B performers, LeRoy Taylor, Claude Finger, and Sheer Elegance.

Shape-note Singing
7:30 to 9:30 p.m., A-Space Anarchist Community Space,
4722 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia
Head over to the A-Space Anarchist Community Space (215.727.0882) for an invigorating session of shape-note singing. Shape-note singing originated in the American South in the early 19th century and is associated with a distinctive, enthusiastic vocal delivery. The style of singing was meant to teach amateurs how to read music, and each note was given a different shape in order to make it easier to identify the pitches. Open to newcomers and those who wish to experience a unique community singing experience.


Friday, March 25

Native Nations Dance Theater Native Nations Dance Theater
Noon to 1 p.m., McNeil Science and Technology Center Atrium
Native Nations Dance Theater has presented to audiences worldwide; some of their members are featured in the film “Who We Are” at The National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC. Native Nations showcases the joy and presence of Native American artists and culture in our communities.


PhilaFunkAuthorityPhiladelphia Funk Authority 8 to 9:30 p.m., McNeil Science and Technology Center Atrium
Truly delivering what many bands only promise, the Philadelphia Funk Authority prides itself on providing the ultimate party and dance experience, regardless of venue. Free—family and friends are welcome!




Saturday, March 26

Paul Robeson House Tour
2 p.m., 4949 Walnut Street, Philadelphia 19139
Paul Robeson (1898–1976) was an American bass-baritone concert singer, athlete, and actor who later became known for his civil rights and political activism. The first major concert star to popularize the performance of Negro spirituals, he was also the first black actor of the 20th century to portray Shakespeare’s Othello on Broadway. Join us for a private tour of the Paul Robeson House.

Space is limited (25 participants); free with advance reservations. Call 215-596-8895. Participants will meet at Paul Robeson House.


Sunday, March 27

Warmdaddy’s Jazz Brunch ($10 faculty/staff; $5 students)
11 a.m., 1400 Columbus Boulevard at Reed Street, Philadelphia 19147
Warmdaddy’s is Philadelphia’s premier location for Southern rhythm and blues culture, nightlife, music, and food. Their Sunday jazz brunch is just one way to enjoy Southern jazz culture and food.

Space is limited and advance ticket purchase is required. Call 215-596-8895 for more information. Participants will meet at Warmdaddy’s.


Friday, April 29

Kingsessing Singers & Players Spring Concert
7 p.m., McNeil Science and Technology Center Atrium
For the first time in many years, the Kingsessing Players and Singers will present one concert that showcases all of the USciences Music Program performing groups! An evening of American music performed by the String Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Wind Ensembles, the Kingsessing Singers and the Chamber Choir, and the Jazz Ensemble.


Christine Flanagan 


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