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Feb. 22,  2011

Spano Residency Brings Conversations, Collaborations to Emory

News Article ImageRobert Spano

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Music Director Robert Spano returns in March as Emory University's Distinguished Artist in Residence. 

In year two of the three-year residency, the conductor will inspire wide-ranging interdisciplinary dialogues in and out of the classroom. His schedule includes co-teaching the seminar "Music in America: Its Changing Social Landscape" with sociology professor Timothy Dowd and visiting classes as diverse as theater and philosophy. He also will participate in public discussions with Salman Rushdie, Rita Dove, Alvin Singleton and Simone Dinnerstein.

"I'm looking forward to interacting with so many people this year—musicians, dancers, composers, philosophers, chemists, historians and free-thinkers. The possibilities for scholarly exploration are endless," says Spano.

Along with many academic and artistic collaborations, the residency brings with it a series of free events for the Emory and Atlanta communities:

Creativity Conversation with Sir Salman Rushdie and Robert Spano; moderated by Steve Everett, Professor of Composition and Computer Music
A discussion of technological innovations and how they pertain to music and literature. March 14, noon, Cannon Chapel, 515 Kilgo Circle, Atlanta. 

Creativity Conversation with Rita Dove, Alvin Singleton, and Robert Spano; moderated by Lois Reitzes, host of Second Cup Concert on WABE 90.1 
"This is a Story About Music": Rita Dove talks with Spano and Alvin Singleton, the prize-winning composer who has adapted Dove's work to music. March 21, 6 p.m., Oxford Road Building, Presentation Room, 200 Dowman Drive, Atlanta.

Performance of John Cage's "Lecture on Nothing," Robert Spano
Known as one of the most imaginative conductors today, Spano performs John Cage's "Lecture on Nothing." March 25, 8 p.m., Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Emerson Concert Hall, 1700 N. Decatur Rd., Atlanta.

Creativity Conversation with Simone Dinnerstein and Robert Spano; moderated by Will Ransom,Director, Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta and Director, Piano Studies 
Pianist Simone Dinnerstein discusses the life of a full-time performer and the creative process with Spano and Ransom. April 1, noon, Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Tharp Rehearsal Hall, 1700 N. Decatur Rd., Atlanta.

Serafin String Quartet
Hear the Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Higdon's "Sky String Quartet" played by this fine foursome from Delaware. Spano introduces this noontime concert. April 8, noon, Michael C. Carlos Museum Reception Hall, 571 S. Kilgo Circle, Atlanta. 

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Emory University Residencies:In addition to the Spano Residency, Emory has appointed seven other individuals to similar roles in recent years, including His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama who was appointed in 2007 to an indefinite term as Presidential Distinguished Professor; and author Salman Rushdie, Distinguished Writer in Residence. The University-wide residency has the potential to enhance the educational experiences of Emory's 12,500 students from the Emory College of Arts and Sciences and multidisciplinary graduate programs, as well as the greater Atlanta community. 

Emory College Center of Creativity & Arts Mission:The CCA enriches the lives and intellectual work of students, faculty, staff, and the larger Atlanta community, working to shape a creative campus that ignites the imaginative spark within us all.;


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