Emory Report
September 2, 2008
Volume 61, Number 2

Arts tickets on
sale this week

Single tickets to Emory Arts events including the New York Philharmonic and Atlanta Opera’s “Ahknaten” go on sale to all Emory employees, students and arts-related Friends Group members on Wednesday, Sept. 3, and to the public on Friday, Sept. 5, through the Box Office (404-727-5050; walk-up and phone hours Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–
6 p.m.).

Concert highlights
The season begins with free faculty recitals:

• Melissa Plamann, organ: Sept. 7, 4 p.m., Glenn Memorial. Program features Mendelssohn’s “Sonata op. 65, No. 3” and Albright’s “Pneuma.”

• James Zellers, flute,
and Laura Gordy, piano:
Sept. 17, 8 p.m., performing classical and contemporary works by Torke, Bach, Copland, Hue and Schubert.

• Jody Miller, recorder, and guests Jonathan DeLoach
and Claire Rottembourg:
Sept. 21, 4 p.m. The Director of Emory’s Early Music Ensemble and guests perform a program
including Arnold’s “Sonatina for Recorder and Piano” and Poot’s “Sicilienne.”

The Candler Series kicks off with Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Sept. 26, 8 p.m.
(see Web site for pricing), presenting popular standards and contemporary works.

Pianist Jonathan Shames and the Vega Quartet open Emory Chamber Music Society’s season with Brahms’ “Quintet in F Minor” Sept. 26.

For additional events visit www.arts.emory.edu.



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2, 2008
Launch celebrates creative campus


For the first time in Emory’s artistic history, all of the major arts presenters will assemble simultaneously under the roof of the Schwartz Center on Friday, Sept. 5 for the “Creativity & Arts Soiree: Celebrate Emory’s Creative Campus,” the official launch party of the Emory College Center for Creativity & Arts.

Emory employees, members of arts-related Emory Friends groups and Emory’s neighbors are invited to mingle with fellow arts enthusiasts, preview the upcoming arts season and participate in hands-on activities.
Some of the evening’s programs include performances by Emory artist affiliate James Zellers, readings by poet Natasha Trethewey, and the opportunity to view open rehearsals of upcoming dance and theater performances.

Guests can also test their knowledge and artistic ability in the Carlos Museum’s “Tut Trivia” game and mask-painting station while viewing works on display from the Visual Arts Gallery. (Organizers encourage the Emory community to RSVP to 404-712-9214 or creativity@emory.edu by Sept. 2.)

The establishment of the CCA is the newest phase of transformation for the arts at Emory. The CCA’s multifaceted approach to making creativity and arts central to the Emory experience includes awarding grants to Emory employees and students, commissioning, presenting, co-sponsoring and collaborating.

Leslie Taylor, executive director of the CCA, explains that the Center aims to “encourage student involvement with the arts, provide support for faculty and staff creative research projects, advocate for space and facilities on campus that allow for interdisciplinary exploration, engage a lively array of visiting artists, commissioned work and artists-in-residence, and explore the nature of creativity through research, symposia and conversations.”

Since its internal launch in January, the CCA has already instituted several new programs and collaborations, many of which are also supported by the Creativity & Arts Initiative of the University’s Strategic Plan, led by University Vice President and Secretary Rosemary Magee.

“Emory’s commitment to the Center acknowledges the important roles that creativity, imagination and the arts perform in a liberal arts education, and acknowledges artistic work as a vital component of the mission of a research university,” says Taylor.

One of the CCA’s inaugural programs relates to Emory’s “Evolution Revolution” conference this October. Nationally known choreographers, visual artists, playwrights and Emory faculty have been commissioned to attend the conference and then respond with new work that will be presented in February as part of “Emory Evolving Arts: New Works Festival.” In addition to the evolution project grants, the CCA also funds fall, spring and summer projects grants for faculty, students and College staff.

For student groups or faculty interested in taking their students to an off-campus presentation by any metro-Atlanta arts organization, the “Out There Arts” program provides funding for arts field trips.

Other unique programming of the CCA includes “Emory Arts Passport,” a campus arts event coupon and participation incentive booklet; Arts Council of Emory, a forum for any interested Emory staff and faculty; Artist Survival Skills Workshops, career sessions for students; and “Arts & Eats,” student group audience development events. The CCA also co-sponsors “Creativity Conversations” and the “Artists & Critics” lecture series. Details and additional information about all of these programs can be found at the recently unveiled Web site, www.creativity.emory.edu.