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Aug. 14, 2003

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    OSWEGO -- African-American dance, eclectic modern jazz, postmodern performance art, Chinese acrobats and cinematic musical theatre are among the attractions slated for the 2003-04 Artswego Performing Arts Series at SUNY Oswego.

    "One of the most important aims of the series is to bring top-quality, highly creative forms of entertainment that our students, as well as members of the Central New York community, would not normally see," said Mary Avrakotos, coordinator of Artswego.

    Philadanco, an African-American dance troupe from Philadelphia, will kick off the season with performances at 8 p.m. Sept. 19 and 20 in Tyler Hall's Waterman Theatre. Known for cutting-edge choreography, flexibility and fluidity, Philadanco presents a diverse selection of original arrangements. "Sheer pleasure in dancing radiates from this modern-dance troupe," according to a New York Times review.

    This project is partially supported by a grant from Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, a program developed by the Vira I. Heinz Endowment; the William Penn Foundation; the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency; the Pew Charitable Trusts; and administered by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.

    On Nov. 8, the Charlie Hunter Trio will headline the college's annual Jazz Guitar Festival. Hunter, who plays the eight-string bass, will lead his combo at 8 p.m. in Waterman Theatre as well as appearing at the daylong festival. Billboard magazine has praised Hunter, who has released nine albums in the last decade, for crafting "some of the most colorful, unorthodox, and rhythmically charged jazz in contemporary music."

    The Jazz Guitar Festival and Charlie Hunter Trio are made possible with public funds provided by the Oswego County Legislature as administered through Arts and Culture for Oswego County. Big Apple Music, D'Addario Guitars and Speedway Press also support the festival, which will offer workshops, master classes and performances.

    A dreamlike production by world-traveling troupe Les Deux Mondes, "Living Memory (Memoire Vive)," will take Waterman Theatre for two showings: one in French at 10:20 a.m. Feb. 6 and one in English at 8 p.m. Feb. 7. The Montreal newspaper Voir described this "visually stunning one-woman show" that explores memory as "one that leaves a vivid impression on the imagination."   

    The New Shanghai Circus will perform at 8 p.m. March 25 in Waterman Theatre. Presenting moves "that reach literally breathtaking heights of skill," according to the New York Times, rigorously trained acrobats, contortionists, bicyclists, magicians and jugglers perform complex feats -- some dating back more than 2,500 years.

    A multimedia performance, "Voices of Light: The Passion of Joan of Arc," featuring the Anonymous 4, will wrap up the season with 8 p.m. shows May 6
and 7 in Waterman Theatre. This musical theatre presentation features Carl Dreyer's classic silent film, "The Passion of Joan of Arc," accompanied by a musical score from composer Richard Einhorn.

    The renowned vocal group Anonymous 4 provides the "voice" of Joan of Arc, joined by the College-Community Orchestra and SUNY Oswego's College Choir, Festival Chorus and Chamber Singers. Entergy Nuclear Northeast provides support for the local appearance of "Voices of Light."

    The sweeping production has been described as "a triumph" (Los Angeles Times), "brilliantly effective" (Washington Post) and "an overwhelming experience" (Chicago Tribune).

    Einhorn and Anonymous 4 also will present an admission-free informance where they will discuss the show, describe working in the field of performing arts, and take audience questions at 3 p.m. May 7 in Room 41 of Tyler Hall.

    Subscribing early can yield "considerable savings," Avrakotos said. "This year, for the first time, you can create your own series and save 10 to 20 percent
on the cost of tickets." This can be done by ordering from a brochure available through the Tyler Hall box office at 312-2141 or at the River's End Bookstore in downtown Oswego. Artswego also makes special family packages available.

    "If you plan to attend programs in the coming year, purchasing tickets early is a good idea," Avrakotos said. "Not only are you assured of securing the best
seats in the house, but frequently shows sell out and you won't miss the opportunity to see these great performances."

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