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Music, Dance Workshops Offered


Music, Dance Workshops Offered

UCR’s annual winter Gluck Day of the Arts on Feb. 25 will welcome students from four area elementary schools.

(February 2, 2011)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – An introduction to commedia dell’arte with UCR theater professor Erith Jaffe-Berg and performance of experimental choreography await students from four Riverside County schools on Friday, Feb. 25, at the annual winter Gluck Day of the Arts at the University of California, Riverside.

Students from Camino Real, Jackson, Town Gate and Sunnymeadows elementary schools, will participate in workshops on the UCR campus.

The Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts is the premier arts outreach program at UCR and is funded by the Maxwell H. Gluck Foundation. The Gluck program, directed by UCR dance professor Susan Rose, sends university graduate students, undergraduate students and performing ensembles from the departments of Art, Creative Writing, Dance, History of Art, Music and Theatre into the community to provide free arts-in-education experiences to schools and other community sites.

Representatives of the Maxwell H. Gluck Foundation will be present to observe this year’s program.

Workshops students will attend include:

Dance – Hannah Schwadron, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in critical dance studies, will lead the Gluck Dance Ensemble’s performance of “Lonely Planet,” which envisions a space of mis-sequence where constant interference reconfigures any gesture toward permanence. Creative input and performance by Alfonso Cervera, Jessica Finkelstein, Rachel Holdt, Alex Gabrielli, Christopher Logel, Christian Lorenzo, Jungyoon Park and Renee Rotberg under the choreographic direction of Schwadron and with the musical assistance of David Buhl.

Music – Jason Heath’s workshop “Musical Games and Live Electronics!” will have participants exploring a variety of experimental music technologies including small hand-made speakers, Wii remotes, Wii balance boards and simple sensors, as well as other modified everyday objects. He is working on his Ph.D. in composition.

Theater – Professor Erith Jaffe-Berg will introduce the Italian theater form of commedia dell'arte, which began over 400 years ago and lives on in physical performances, masked work and solo performances around the world. Following a discussion of the character types, movement, language and subjects of the commedia dell'arte, Jaffe-Berg will lead the group in a workshop exploring this energetic and varied art form. Theater major Randy Schnetz will assist her program.

Music – Ruth Charloff, conductor of the UCR Orchestra as well as the UCR Chamber Singers, will lead “Orchestral Expeditions,” a workshop of performance, audience participation and discussion. Gluck Undergraduate Fellows George Yang, Emily Hsu, Shih-Wei Willie Wu and Geovanni Mayoral from the UCR Orchestra will demonstrate their instruments, showing how they sound, how they work, and what they can express. The fellows are players of violin, clarinet, bassoon and trombone. The audience will listen to different musical elements separately and learn how they come together to make a whole musical texture.

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