U.S. Ambassador and Author Jim Pardew
Monday, February 5, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Cooper Alumni Center
"…an engaging account of America’s vital role in the Balkan Wars."”- George C. Herring
James W. Pardew was at the heart of US national policymaking throughout the humanitarian crises in the Balkans, from Richard Holbrooke’s negotiations on Bosnia in 1995 until the independence of Kosovo in 2008. Ambassador Pardew was the primary US negotiator of the Ohrid Agreement in Macedonia. He also led Balkan task forces for the secretaries of defense and state and served as a policy advisor at NATO. He spent twenty-seven years in the US Army as an intelligence officer. His book, Peacemakers, is the first inclusive history of the successful multilateral intervention in the Balkans from 1995 to 2008 by an official directly involved in the diplomatic and military responses to the crises.
Persian Traditional Music Ensemble
Monday, February 26, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Riceland Hall at the Fowler Center
The tools in which the art uses to penetrate the heart are love and honesty. The language of art always finds its way through free of lie, dishonesty or violence. - Samannaz Rohanimanesh
A rare, extraordinary event that may be one of our series’ finest moments! Yes! It will be that good! Several of the world’s finest Persian musicians gather in beautiful Riceland Hall for what will be an unforgettable concert of music. Despite the intrusion of many cultures on Persia, Persian traditional music has largely avoided outside influence for thousands of years. It represents Persia’s history, the compelling expressions of a culture, and the collective resolve of a people to cling to a defining truth. The music relies on improvisation with the use of colorful modes, and over 200 short melodic movements called gusheh. The ensemble consists of Sirvan Manhoubi (oud), Faraz Minoee (santour), Farzin Dehghan (kamanche), Golnaz Khazei (Daf) and Alireza Shahmohammadi (voice). Not to be missed!
With generous funding support from the A-State Diversity Program, the A-State Multicultural Center, the College of Liberal Arts and Communication, the Department of Music, the A-State SCI Chapter, the A-State Music Outreach Program, and KASU.
Jazz Guitarist Barry Green
Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Riceland Hall at the Fowler Center
His improvisations were creative with impeccable technique... - 20th Century Guitar Magazine
Barry Greene began playing guitar in 1971, at the age of ten years old. Strongly influenced by Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, George Benson and Pat Martino, Barry has developed into a world-class guitarist, arranger and composer. He has recorded or performed with such artists as Paul Bollenback, Danny Gottlieb, Gene Bertoncinni, Kenny Drew Jr., Adam Nussbaum, Reuben Rogers, Ron Affif, Mark Ferber, John Davis, Ulysses Owens, Jerome Jennings and Colin Bailey. Barry has published seven CDs as a leader. He joins A-State’s own Dr. Ken Carroll and the A-State Jazz Band for a memorable evening of jazz in beautiful Riceland Hall.
With generous funding support from the College of Liberal Arts and Communication, the Department of Music, the A-State Guitar Guild, and the Delta Jazz Workshop.
The Grammy Award-Winning Parker String Quartet
Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Riceland Hall at the Fowler Center
I was struck by how effectively they are able to develop musical arguments – beautiful phrases are part of developed paragraphs, integrated into an overall vision. To do this requires the virtuosity and insight on display here. – MusicWeb-International.com
Back by popular demand… AGAIN! Inspiring performances, luminous sound, and exceptional musicianship are the hallmarks of the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet. Renowned for its dynamic interpretations and polished, expansive colors, the group has rapidly distinguished itself as one of the preeminent ensembles of its generation. Their recording of Ligeti’s complete works for string quartet won the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance. In 2016 they released a recording of Mendelssohn’s Quartets which took them on a European tour in 2017. Since 2014 they have been artists-in-residence at Harvard University. One of the finest and most exciting string quartets you will hear anywhere.
With generous funding support from the A-State Diversity Program, the College of Liberal Arts and Communication, the Department of Music, the A-State String Society, and the A-State Music Outreach Program.
Alexander Technique Author and Teacher Pedro de Alcantara, Residency
March 4-8, 2018
Multiple Times and Venues (see our website and the A-State Digest)
Good health is a creative act. - Pedro de Alcantara
Pedro de Alcantara is widely considered one of the foremost authorities on Alexander Technique. For over three decades he has been a professional teacher, coach, and healer. He was trained as an Alexander teacher in London, with Patrick Macdonald (who himself was trained by Alexander) and Shoshana Kaminitz. His first book, Indirect Procedures (1997) led to engagements to teach all over the world. Since then he has given seminars in presentations throughout the world, in institutions such as the Royal College of Music in London, New York University, and the Conservatoire Populaire de Genève. His residency will include numerous workshops that are geared to support the health of students, faculty, and staff.
With generous funding support from the College of Liberal Arts and Communication, the Department of Theater, and the Department of Music..
Historical Violinist Ariadne Daskalakis
Monday, March 12, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Fine Arts Recital Hall
With this release, Daskalakis propels herself into the front rank of historical violinists. - Benjamin Dunham, Review of Heinrich Biber - The Rosary Sonatas
Historical violinist Ariadne Daskalakis is critically acclaimed for her expressive sound and her stylistic versatility. She has performed in venues the world over including Carnegie Recital Hall, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées Paris, and the Cologne Philharmonic Hall. Ariadne won prizes at the International ARD-Munich Competition, the St. Louis Symphony Strings Competition and from the Mozart Society Dortmund among many others. She performs regularly as recitalist or, on baroque violin, and recently recorded the complete Rosary Sonatas by Biber. She is Professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Cologne and has taught as a guest at the Juilliard School, the Eastman School of Music, and various other international institutions and festivals. She is joined in this concert by harpsichordist Arthur Haas and viola da gambist Martha McGaughey in an intimate setting.
With generous funding support from the College of Liberal Arts and Communication, the Department of Music, the A-State String Society, and the A-State Music Outreach Program.
NASA STEAM initiative with Edwin Faughn
April 17, 2018, 12:00 p.m.
Reng Student Union, Centennial Hall
I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning - Plato
The theme for Create @ State 2018 is focused around the STEAM initiative to highlight integration of STEM with Art + Design. This year’s keynote speaker, A-State graduate Edwin Faughn, has been passionate about astronomy, aviation and art since he was a child. His earliest memories of art were watching his father create drawings of various projects he worked on at home or on his job. Inspired by Carl Sagan’s series Cosmos, he began to focus his interests and artistic abilities on more serious astronomical work. Edwin entered the planetarium field as the Artist-Photographer for the Sharpe Planetarium in Memphis. Over the years he has produced a tremendous amount of original artwork, animation, and computer graphics for space science magazines, planetarium and theatrical productions, exhibitions, newspapers, murals, books, and more recently digital media.
With generous funding support from the Create @ State program and the College of Liberal Arts and Communication.
Extraordinary Flamenco Guitarist Oscar Herrero
Sunday, April 29, 2018, 3:00 p.m.
Fine Arts Recital Hall
Oh, guitar! Heart mortally wounded by five swords. - Federico García Lorca
Characterized by his impeccable technique and immaculate, elegant sound, Oscar Herrero is one of the world’s finest flamenco guitarists. He enjoys the privilege of having been the first flamenco guitarist to teach in such places as Russia and Poland. He has been awarded first prizes at the highest level in the world of flamenco, including the Bordón Minero, the National Flamenco Guitar Prize in Jerez de la Frontera, Cádiz, and the International Cubadisco Prize in Havana. He has performed in the world’s leading concert halls such as the Cairo Opera House, Madrid’s Teatro Real, and the Hermitage Theater in St. Petersburg. Oscar visits us on his first tour of America! ¡Olé!
With generous funding support from the A-State Diversity Program, the College of Liberal Arts and Communication, the A-State Multicultural Center, the Department of Music, the A-State Guitar Guild, and the A-State Music Outreach Program.