Winter 2013 Table of Contents
This February the Donna and Marvin Schwartz Center for Performing Arts celebrated its tenth year as the heart of the arts at Emory University. Watch the anniversary video.
The Schwartz Center opened its doors in February 2003, after a long period of planning and fund-raising efforts. The building houses a dance studio, a black box theater lab, and the centerpiece, Emerson Concert Hall-an 825-seat venue with some of the finest acoustics in the region.
Along with outstanding student ensembles, artists that have graced the concert hall stage include the New York Philharmonic, Esperanza Spalding, and Joshua Bell.
The Atlanta and Emory communities turned out to celebrate a decade of music, theater, and dance with special anniversary events and performances.
Virtuoso pianist Yefim Bronfman performed the Schwartz Center 10th Anniversary concert on February 2. A public champagne reception was held after the concert.
Saxophonist Victor Goines brought his New Orleans style to the Emory Jazz Fest, performing with the Gary Motley Trio, the Emory Big Band, and the Emory University Symphony Orchestra. A new work by Gary Motley was premiered in honor of the Schwartz Center anniversary.
In addition, the Dance Program and Theater Emory sponsored audience talk-backs for performances in February, giving patrons a behind-the-scenes and up-close look at the process of creating new works.
For more information about the Schwartz Center and upcoming upcoming events there, visit arts.emory.edu.
With a growing community of creative Emory alumni around the world, the Emory Alumni Association is launching a new affinity group. "The creativity within Emory's alumni community is inspiring," says Michelle Valigursky, assistant director of marketing communications for the Emory Alumni Association. "The idea behind this new group is to offer these entrepreneurial thinkers a support structure and a springboard for fresh ideas and collaborations. With so much creative energy at work, the group's synergy will be amazing."
Dubbed by members as the Emory Alumni Creative (EAC), the group's steering committee has been named to launch the endeavor. Members are as follows:
- David Darracott 73C-novelist, business communicator, and college English instructor in Atlanta
- Rachel Goldstein 01Ox 03C-art photographer and college photography teacher in North Carolina
- Lynn Goodman Garson 81L-Memoirist and attorney with McKenna, Long & Aldridge in Atlanta
- Katrina Jewett Hammons 98L-public speaker, novelist, and legal consultant in the Southwest
- Hank Kimmel 99L-playwright, founder and CEO of Working Playwrights Studio, and legal mediator in Atlanta
- Yu Kai Lin 01C-classical musician, piano instructor, and owner of Kai Lin Gallery in Buckhead
- Shannan Palma 12PhD-motivational speaker, writer, and program coordinator for the Center for Women at Emory
- Elizabeth Stanton 99C-photojournalist, documentary filmmaker, and founder of Through Her Eyes project in Chicago
- R. Candy Tate 87C-art historian and assistant director of Emory College Center for Creativity & Arts
Student Initiatives such as the Emory Arts Passport Program, providing deeply discounted tickets to arts events on campus for Emory student.
Michelle Valigursky, assistant director of Marketing Communications for Emory Alumni Association, R. Candy Tate, David Darracott, Shannan Palma, Lynn Goodman, and Yu Kai Lin
The EAC will host events, professional development initiatives, creative business workshops, and networking and resource-sharing sessions to foster growth and share news for alumni creative endeavors; the group also will serve as a resource to students, alumni, and other Emory constituents. This group will operate with guidance from the Emory Alumni Association's Alumni Career Services and the Emory College Center for Creativity & Arts.
If you are an Emory alumnus/a who works in a creative field and would like to take part in Emory Alumni Creative, please contact Carolyn Bregman at email@example.com or Michelle Valigursky at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The John H. Gordon Stipe Society was founded to foster creativity and original scholarship among Emory College students. The Stipe Society consists of six outstanding students, one from each Emory arts discipline, chosen by faculty members in their department.
Scholars receive an academic tuition scholarship and are eligible to apply for additional funding to generate and produce original artistic or scholarly works to enhance the arts community at Emory.
As a native of Georgia, I had always hoped to attend Emory. Granted, I thought I would spend my time here as a pre-med student. I quickly realized my passion lay elsewhere. Fortunately for me, Emory has a tremendous film program in addition to the sciences. After trying on many hats in the filmmaking process, I have become most fond of directing and producing.
This year Fauconnet has been working with the Emory College Language Center to continue their video-portrait series, which spotlights language students and professors. In the spring she will take on the role of producer for a short film set amidst the Georgian-Russian conflict, directed by Emory student Nikoloz Kevkhishvili. Academically, Fauconnet looks forward to completing a directed study in animation this spring.
She also will spend her time assisting the Theater Studies Department as it begins to incorporate video productions into its curriculum. As a current lighting technician for Theater Emory, Fauconnet says that she is thrilled to see theater and film come together.
My mother, a nurse practitioner, tells stories of my three-year-old self dancing and singing "Frère Jacques" on waiting-room tables to cheer up gloomy hospital patients. While my methodologies have altered somewhat, that fundamental need to perform and create has stuck with me.
My time with the Theater Studies department and Theater Emory has opened my mind to the breadth and depth of theatrical creation, affording me opportunities to write, direct, devise, design, collaborate, and hone my acting abilities. In spring 2012 I was fortunate enough to spend a semester studying physical theater at the Accademia dell-Arte in Arezzo, Tuscany.
During the fall semester, Krakovsky performed in Theater Emory's Mistero Buffo, or Comic Mysteries, a contemporary, ensemble-based production by Nobel Prize-winning Italian theater-maker Dario Fo. The production, directed by Donald McManus, employed a street-theater style and techniques of clowning and Commedia dell-Arte, while juxtaposing 21st-century pop-culture imagery with that of medieval Europe.
This spring Krakovsky will perform in Theater Emory's staging of The Cherry Orchard, taking on the role of Trofimov-the impassioned, left-wing, itinerant student. He also will further his theater education with courses in playwriting and adaptation for the theater.
Long-term, Krakovsky hopes to continue work with creative partner Seth Langer to produce Waiting for Godot in Atlanta and to move forward with several original works currently in fledgling states.
"Creation is, to me," notes Krakovsky, "the greatest and most defining act of one's humanity-I plan to unearth mine on the stage."
Medina hails from Los Angeles and has been extremely involved in the Emory dance community. He is the leader of TrikaNomeTry (TNT) Dance Crew-an all-male hip-hop group-and vice president of AHANA Dance.
He has performed with Emory Dance Company since his first year and has unified the Emory campus through various flash-mobs, including the first-ever flash-mob at Emory in spring 2011 and the promotional flash-mob for Campus Movie Fest 2012.
Outside Emory, Medina is an assistant teacher at Moving in the Spirit, a nonprofit organization that teaches leadership through dance to inner-city, lower-income youth. He is also a second-year member of Atlanta-based modern dance company Staibdance.
Medina spent his fall semester researching the presence of hip-hop on the concert stage as part of his work with the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship. He explores the authenticity, categorization, and movement appropriation of hip-hop in the contemporary dance arena.
This spring Medina will choreograph a piece for the Emory Dance Company, exploring different hip-hop techniques in fusion with modern dance.
Since 2009 Montgomery has served as the principal trumpet of the Emory Wind Ensemble, the Emory University Symphony Orchestra, the Emory Brass Quintet, and he is a member of the Atlanta Trumpet Ensemble. Prior to his engagements at Emory University, he was also the co-principal trumpet of the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony, the Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra, and he participated regularly in district and all-state bands.
In addition to his performance experience, Montgomery currently serves as a trumpet instructor at Decatur High School, Alan C. Pope High School, and as a substitute teaching artist for the Atlanta Music Project. In demand as a clinician, he has given clinics and workshops at Druid Hills High School, Sprayberry High School, Chamblee High School, Dunwoody High School, North Gwinnett Middle School, McClure Middle School, and Dodgen Middle School.
I am the editor-in-chief of Alloy Literary Magazine at Emory, an annual publication of undergraduate student writing, art, and photography. I am also a dancer, choreographer, and member of the executive board of AHANA Dance, which puts on a production of student choreography in various styles every semester. Additionally, I am an honors candidate in the creative writing department. My thesis will be a collection of personal essays about time and memory.
Schlansky was the recipient of the 2012 Aristine-Mann Award in Creative Non-Fiction for Best Non-Fiction Written by an Emory Undergraduate. Her work has appeared in Alloy and Emory Pulse. She also worked with Theater Emory in 2011 as a playwright for the project 6x6, which premiered as part of Theater Emory's 2011-2012 season.
During fall semester, Schlansky has focused on promoting the literary arts on campus. Through Alloy she sponsored "The Alloy Coffeehouse Poetry and Prose Reading," open to anyone on campus. The event featured student readers from across all academic disciplines.
Schlansky has used her position with AHANA Dance to create appeal for dance and performance among a variety of people. She notes, "AHANA is great in that it features all different types of dance. I think making connections with a variety of audiences is a terrific way to promote the arts at Emory."
I have been a dedicated art history and visual arts joint major at Emory since my first year and have enjoyed working in multiple disciplines, including sculpture, painting, and drawing. I am also a philosophy minor and love how much that area has spilled over into other aspects of my education, enriching the experience as a whole. I have been a member of the varsity volleyball team for all four years at Emory.
Trew is currently working on a project that deals with ideas of sexuality, gender, stereotypes, and ideas about the classification of ambiguous terms such as femininity and masculinity.
Says Trew, "Through this process, I want to investigate my feelings on the subject through my own eyes and through the eyes of the public. It is my hope to help redefine specifically sexual stereotypes through a medium other than language, which I believe is no longer an appropriate medium in which to discuss these issues effectively."
Derrick Montegomery and Raymond Mase
My name is Derrick Montgomery 13C. As a student at Emory University College of Arts and Sciences, I am completing a BA in music performance. I began to play trumpet in the fifth grade and am now in my twelfth year on the instrument. Through the years, I have taken part in several youth and honor ensembles, including the Emory Wind Ensemble and the Emory University Symphony Orchestra.
In December 2012 I traveled to New York City to participate in a private trumpet master class with Raymond Mase, professor of trumpet at the Julliard School and the Aspen Music Festival. Mase has performed all over the world, premiered more than 100 new brass works, and serves as principal trumpeter of the New York City Ballet Orchestra. He performs and records with many New York-based ensembles, including the New York Philharmonic.
My masterclass with Mase was designed to prepare for my honors project (which culminates in a recital) as well as for critical future auditions for graduate schools and professional employment. The class gave detailed consideration to musical style, expression, practice techniques, and the audition process. My time with Mase was illuminating not only pedagogically but also from the standpoint of meeting the high artistic standards of one of the world's most accomplished musicians. The wealth of knowledge I received from him was astounding.
During my trip I also had the opportunity to attend a performance of Giuseppe Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera by the Metropolitan Opera. This production was by far the greatest live musical experience I ever have had. The musicians of the orchestra played with impeccable precision, stunning musical brilliance, and careful sensitivity to the singers they accompanied.
My trip was an unforgettable experience. The lessons I learned from Raymond Mase and the Metropolitan Opera already have improved my trumpet playing to a large degree. I would like to express my gratitude to the Center for Creativity & Arts and the Stipe Society for Creative Scholars. Without their support, this trip would not have been possible.
I return to Atlanta more invigorated than ever and with a greatly expanded knowledge of what is required of a professional musician.
Jericho Brown, poet (March 26 | 6:30 p.m.)-New Creative Writing faculty member Jericho Brown gives a free public reading. Brown is the recipient of the 2009 National Book Award for his first collection of poetry, PLEASE. Free-no ticket required.
Colloquium with Jericho Brown (March 27 | 2 p.m.)-Jericho Brown will discuss and answer questions with students and members of the public. Free-no ticket required.
Awards Night (April 24 | 7:30 p.m.)-Readings by winners of the Creative Writing Program and English Department student writing contests and scholarships. Free-no ticket required.
Emory Dance Company Spring Concert (April 25-27)-The Emory Dance Company performs new works choreographed by Emory students. Tickets on sale.
Universal Pictures: Celebrating 100 Years (Wednesdays at 7:30)- Presented by American Express in association with the UCLA Film and Television Archive. The program represents a range of genres and iconic titles such as Dracula (1931), Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds (1963), and Back to the Future (1985). Free-no ticket required.
Barenaked Voices (April 5 | 7:00 p.m.)-The tenth-annual student a cappella celebration. Tickets $5 at the door.
Brooklyn Rider (April 12 | 8:00 p.m.)-The adventurous, genre-defying string quartet that combines a wildly eclectic repertoire with a gripping performance style that is attracting legions of fans and drawing critical acclaim from classical, world, and rock critics. Candler Concert Series finale! Tickets on sale.
Emory Concert Choir (April 25 | 8:00 p.m.)-Eric Nelson conducts the Emory Concert Choir. Free-no ticket required.
Emory Wind Ensemble (April 27 | 8:00 p.m.)- Scott Stewart conducts the Emory Wind Ensemble. Free-no ticket required.
The Cherry Orchard (April 4-14)-Tim McDonough directs Chekhov's final play, a moving comedy about the necessity of letting go of what we love. Tickets on sale.
Exhibit: NO TRANSLATION REQUIRED / KEINE UBERSETZUNG BENOTIGT: A Visual Collaboration between Liane Birnberg and Katherine Mitchell (February 7-April 6)-Berlin-based artist Liane Birnberg will present new work in visual conversation with her longtime friend, Atlanta-based artist Katherine Mitchell. Free-no ticket required.
Exhibit: New Art of the Americas Gallery-The Carlos announces the reopening of the new Art of the Americas galleries. Spanning 4,000 years, from 2,000 BCE to the 20th century, from the plains of Mexico to the mountains of Peru, more than 436 works of art will offer new interpretations and unique cultural comparisons. The reinstalled galleries will offer the public access to new works of art from Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. Regular Carlos admission rates apply.
Exhibit: And the Struggle Continues: The Southern Christian Leadership Conference's Fight for Social Change-Featuring original material from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference archive kept by the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library at Emory University, this exhibition highlights the tireless efforts of this significant civil rights organization to achieve positive social change in the years after the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Free-no ticket required.
Contributions to the Center for Creativity & Arts help advance the center's mission to shape a creative campus and community, igniting the imaginative spark within us all.
Your donation supports programming such as:
- Project Grants, encouraging creative and original artistic research among students, faculty, and staff
- Creativity Conversations, exploring a range of ideas that contribute to a broader understanding of the arts and sciences
Thank you for your continuing support of creativity at Emory.
Photo Credits: Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, photo by Mark Teague; Emory Alumni Creative, photo by R. Candy Tate; Brittany Fauconnet, photo courtesty of the student; Jake Krakovsky, photo courtesy of the student; Julio Medina, photo courtesy of the student; Derrick Montgomery, photo courtesy of the student; Jamie Schlansky, photo courtesy of the student; Taylor Trew, photo courtesy of the student; Derrick Montgomery and Raymond Mase, photo courtesy of Derrick Montgomery; The Metropolitan Opera, photo by Derrick Montgomery; Jericho Brown, photo courtesy of the artist; Emory Dance Company, photo by Lori Teague; Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds, image courtesy of Universal Pictures; Brooklyn Rider, photo by Sarah Small; The Cherry Orchard, image courtesy of Theater Emory; No Translation Required, image courtesy of the Visual Arts Department.