JOSEPH G. ASTMAN CONCERT
The Hevreh Ensemble
Thursday, October 26, 8 p.m.
The Hevreh Ensemble presents original compositions by group member and composer Jeff Adler on dozens of instruments from around the globe as a way to help promote cultural identity, exploration, spirituality, tolerance and world peace. The works include elements from classical, jazz and world music. Since its founding in 2004, Hevreh has toured throughout the United States and Europe, meeting with audience and critical acclaim for its passionate performances and inspiring programming. Recent highlights of the ensemble’s U.S. touring include performances at Hofstra University, Hudson River Museum, Museum of Tolerance New York, Newport Music Festival and Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, while a grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation allowed the group to tour Massachusetts’ Pioneer Valley. Abroad, the ensemble has appeared in Austria (Vienna), the Czech Republic (Prague), Germany (Berlin, Bonn, Hamburg, Munich), the Netherlands (Amsterdam) and Poland (Krakow). For this performance, Hevreh is honored to welcome two distinguished guest artists: George Farmer, double bass, and Yousif Sheronick, percussion.
Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library
Thursday and Friday, October 26 and 27
Conference: Culture and Identity Configurations: Reflections on the 21st Century
For more information, please visit hofstra.edu/identitysym.
MASTER CLASS WORKSHOP
Friday, November 10, 2:55-5 p.m.
Exploring Giuseppe Verdi’s Enduring Legacy: Through Spoken Word, Music and Film Screening: In the Mouth of the Wolf (In Bocca al Lupo) Unseen for over 50 years
August Ventura, author and filmmaker, explores the world of traditional opera in articles and lectures and through the medium of documentary film. An ardent devotee of the life and works of Giuseppe Verdi, he has trained his sights on this “enduring legacy,” which, in the words of Verdi biographer Mary Jane Phillips-Matz, “remains a mighty force for continuing good.” To investigate how the composer’s 27 operas have served as an agent of social and political change, Ventura created an initiative he calls “27” The Verdi Documentary Film Project, with particular emphasis on the community of Parma, Italy – known for its fierce connection to the art form – where Verdi is rightly venerated.
Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center