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APSU professor Kristen Sienkiewicz performs on ensemble opera CD release titled “Deux Ex Machina”

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University assistant professor of music, Dr. Kristen Sienkiewicz, is playing an important role in a unique spin on the classical music tradition of opera.

Set for release on October 1st, “Deus Ex Machina,” is a new graphic novel steampunk opera by award-winning composer Robert J. Bradshaw. The electroacoustic work features a diverse collection of vocal talent, including soprano Gillian Hurst, baritone Gary Wood (Salem State University) and tenor Brendan P. Buckley.

APSU assistant professor of music, Dr. Kristen Sienkiewicz.

APSU assistant professor of music, Dr. Kristen Sienkiewicz.

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Austin Peay State University Opera Theatre and Orchestra to present “La Cambiale di Matrimonio” on April 11th-12th

 

The APSU Music DepartmentClarksville, TN – Opening this weekend at Austin Peay State University is the APSU Opera Theatre’s production of Gioachino Rossini’s farce “La Cambiale di Matrimonio,” paired with a prologue entitled “Reflections on Modern Relationships: A Montage of 20th and 21st Century Songs.”

The University’s opera performance is a major event each spring because the concert is a large collaborative effort between different areas within the APSU music department. The cast includes vocal performance majors, while the APSU orchestra performs in the pit under the direction of (APSU professor music and symphony conductor) Dr. Gregory Wolynec.

Gioachino Rossini’s farce "La Cambiale di Matrimonio" at APSU April 11th-12th

Gioachino Rossini’s farce “La Cambiale di Matrimonio” at APSU April 11th-12th

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Clarksville Arts and Heritage invites Organizations to Apply for ABC Grants to Fund Arts Activities

 

Free workshop to be held at Customs House Museum in Clarksville on April 28th

Clarksville Arts and Heritage Development CouncilClarksville, TN – The Clarksville Arts and Heritage Development Council invites organizations seeking funding for artistic and cultural projects that benefit the community to apply for an Arts Build Communities (ABC) grant.

Arts Build Communities (ABC) is a program funded by the Tennessee Arts Commission and administered by the Clarksville Arts and Heritage Development Council (AHDC) in cooperation with the Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC).

ABC grants offer financial support for arts projects in all disciplines such as dance, music, opera/musical theatre, theatre, visual arts, design arts, crafts, photography, media arts, literature, interdisciplinary and folk arts.

Organizations Invited to Apply for ABC Grants to Fund Arts Activities

Organizations Invited to Apply for ABC Grants to Fund Arts Activities

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Listening to music can change your outlook on the world

 
King David with his harp

King David with his harp

Clarksville, TN – Music therapy has been used throughout the ages to help people rise from despair. Greek philosophers used music therapy in ancient times. In Biblical times, King Saul was comforted by David’s playing the harp. Music therapy is taught in universities throughout the world in modern times.

The American Music Therapy Association, Inc. states that music therapy can promote wellness, manage stress, alleviate pain, help express feelings, enhance memory, improve communication, and promote physical rehabilitation.

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APSU Opera to perform Hansel and Gretel April 20th-21st

 

APSU Department of MusicClarksville, TN – In 1980, a young Austin Peay State University music student named Lisa Conklin-Bishop performed the part of Hansel in the University’s staging of German composer Engelbert Humperdinck’s famous opera, “Hansel and Gretel.”

The work, a powerful folk opera with lush orchestration and tuneful melodies, was extremely popular with Clarksville audiences. «Read the rest of this article»

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APSU’s Gateway Chamber Orchestra presents world premiere of famed composers work

 

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Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – In March of 2011, an obituary appeared in the New York Times announcing the death of the great American composer Lee Hoiby at the age of 85.

The article championed his career, mentioning such notable works as his 1964 opera “Natalia Petrovna,” but for those who knew Hoiby, his death left something unfinished – an unperformed flute concerto he wrote 17 years earlier.

APSU's Gateway Chamber Orchestra presents world premiere of famed composers work

APSU's Gateway Chamber Orchestra presents world premiere of famed composers work

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Great Escape Theaters in Clarksville to carry the 2011-2012 season of the The Met: Live in HD

 

The Metropolitan Opera Live in HDClarksville, TNThe Metropolitan Opera‘s Emmy and Peabody award-winning series of live, high-definition performance transmissions returns to Great Escape theaters this fall.

The sixth season of The Met: Live in HD began with Donizetti’s Anna Bolena on Saturday, October 15th, 2011 and will feature eleven live performances that run through May 2012.

All live events take place on Saturdays. Don’t miss the chance to experience the excitement of the Metropolitan Opera, including interviews and behind-the-scenes features exclusive to the Live in HD series, all at your neighborhood movie theater!


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How listening to music can change your outlook on the world

 
King David with his harp

King David with his harp

Music therapy has been used throughout the ages to help people rise from despair. Greek philosophers used music therapy in ancient times. In Biblical times, King Saul was comforted by David’s playing the harp. Music therapy is taught in universities throughout the world in modern times.

The American Music Therapy Association, Inc. states that music therapy can promote wellness, manage stress, alleviate pain, help express feelings, enhance memory, improve communication, and promote physical rehabilitation.

You don’t have to be a certified musical therapist to see the effects of music on other people. Children in a school setting at times become overly excited or have trouble calming down. All I have to do in the classroom is to play Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” and the children settle down immediately. The music puts them into a totally different emotional state. «Read the rest of this article»

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The Met Live in HD continues with Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly”

 
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Patricia Racette as Madame Butterfly. (Photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

The Met Live in HD continues to captivate a worldwide audience, bringing live, high definition productions of the world’s greatest opera to millions of worldwide viewers. The series continues  with Puccini’s hauntingly beautiful love story, Madama Butterfly, which will be screened at several Nashville venues on Saturday, March 7 at 12 noon (CST).

Opry Mills Stadium 20 Plus IMAX, 570 Opry Mills Drive and  Green Hills Stadium 16, 3815 Greenhills Village Drive, both in Nashville, will screen the live broadcast. In addition, for those who will miss the Saturday showing, Green Hills will screen encore showings on March 18 at 7 p.m. and March 18 at 1 p.m. Running time is three hours and 21 minutes, with two intermissions. «Read the rest of this article»

 

The Met: Live in HD premieres “Dr. Atomic” to a global audience

 

The Met Live in HD continues its 11-show 2008-09 season with the Met premiere of John Adams’s contemporary masterpiece, Doctor Atomic, screening November 8 at noon in Nashville theaters.

Baritone Gerald Finley as J. Robert Oppenheimer

Doctor Atomic explores a momentous episode of modern history: the creation of the atomic bomb. «Read the rest of this article»

 



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