2006.08.22 > For Immediate Release
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ARTSaha! Events Coming to UNO Sept. 6 - 10
Omaha - ARTSaha!, Omaha's only new music festival, returns for a third year. Running from Sept. 6 -10, ARTSaha! 2006 is a presentation of ANALOG arts ensemble, in partnership with the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) and with support from the Nebraska Humanities and Arts Councils. Most festival events will take place on the UNO campus, and all events are free.
The festival kicks off on Wednesday, Sept. 6 with a nine-hour performance of John Cage's organ composition As SLow aS Possible (ASLSP). The following day, ANALOG will present the festival's centerpiece, a chamber reduction of Jean-Philippe Rameau's 1739 opera-ballet The Festivities of Hebe. Veering from baroque to bluegrass and beyond, ANALOG's production, featuring mezzo-soprano Christina Carr delivering all of the roles, will bring one of Rameau's most glittering and richly layered scores to new life.
On the third day of the festival, ANALOG will present a showcase of the short plays of Samuel Beckett, in partnership with the Bluebarn Theatre's Witching Hour. Featuring rarely seen works like "Breath," "Not I" and "Rockaby," the production will highlight the kinship between Beckett and music's avant-garde. The Nobel laureate's estate has granted special permission for staged performances of two television plays, "Quad" and "Nacht und Träume," making this ARTSaha! event one of the most unique in the American celebration of the Beckett centenary.
On Saturday, Sept. 9, the public is invited to participate in the World's First Aeolian Kite-In at Immanuel Field, in front of Immanuel Hospital. A collaboration between ANALOG and Midwest Winds Kitefliers Club, the event will be a chance for attendees to attach a noisemaker to a kite and join in an interactive airborne sound installation.
That evening, the festival adjourns to the newly refurbished Mallory Kountze Planetarium on the UNO campus for a concert of electronic music, an ARTSaha! tradition. Berkeley native Heather Frasch will mount a sound diffusion scheme for a program that features classics of the genre along with world premieres of multimedia works.
The festival concludes with a collaborative performance of Terry Riley's minimalist masterpiece "In C." UNO students will join with ANALOG and local musicians for a free-ranging performance of one of the sacred texts of modern music in the UNO Pep Bowl.
The full schedule with date and times:
· ASLSP (As SLow aS Possible) - A marathon performance of John Cage's organ score at the UNO Strauss Performing Arts Center, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 3 p.m. to Midnight.
· ANALOG Flutes - A recital by Marcia Kämper an Rachel Stornant, featuring the music of George Crumb, Toru Takemitsu and Elliot Carter at the UNO Eppley Administration Building Auditorium, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 7:30 p.m.
· The Festivities of Hebe (or The Lyric Talents) - A chamber reduction of Rameau's complete opera-ballet, UNO Strauss Performing Arts Center Auditorium, Thursday, Sept. 7, 7:30 p.m.
· Acting With a Metronome - A panel discussion of Samuel Beckett's work, featuring performers and scholars from UNO and the United States Naval Academy at the UNO Experimental Black Box Theater in the Weber Fine Arts Building, Friday, Sept. 8, 6 p.m.
· The Short Plays of Samuel Beckett - A centenary celebration of the Nobel laureate at the UNO Experimental Black Box Theater in the Weber Fine Arts Building, Friday, Sept..8, 7:30 p.m.
· The World's First Aeolian Kite-In - An interactive performance piece open to anyone with an airborne noisemaker at Immanuel Field, Immanuel Hospital, N.72nd St. and Sorensen Parkway, Saturday, Sept. 9, Noon.
· ANALOG Projections - An audio-visual extravaganza in the newly refurbished UNO Mallory Kountze Planetarium, Saturday, Sept. 9, 7:30 p.m.
· Back in Lisbon - A solo recital by Rudolf Kämper at First Central United Church of Christ (FCCC), 421 South 36th St., Sunday, Sept. 10, 4 p.m.
· In C - A performance of the minimalist milestone by ANALOG arts ensemble, UNO students and guests at the UNO Pep Bowl, Sunday, Sept. 10, 7:30 p.m.
For artist information, composer biographies, music, and more details about the festival, visit www.artsaha.org. For more information, call (402) 554-3502.
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