Timeless Music and Timeless Illness: Classical Composers and Consumption – Isthmus
press release: After two seasons of virtual programming, MonART Festival is back in person, in the open air of the festival, to continue its mission to support, inspire, promote and celebrate women in the arts. the Season 2022 “IDENTITY” hosts eight events at six Madison-area venues, offering accessible, high-quality, and engaging concerts and events with diverse programming from diverse artistic backgrounds. This season, the festival will feature over 50 artists, including many familiar local artists and performers as well as guest artists from across the country and around the world!
the LunART Festival season 2022 will begin with an interdisciplinary conference”Timeless Music and Timeless Disease: Classical Composers and Consumptionwhich will take place on Tuesday, May 31 at 7:30 p.m. at the Arts and Literature Lab (111 S Livingston St, Suite 100). Presented by guest speakers from the University of Nebraska, Dr. Yolande Chan and Dr. Mary Perkinson will explore the cultural connections between music and tuberculosis (TB) while raising awareness of the threat of tuberculosis to global public health .
On Wednesday, June 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Center de musique Hamel (740, av. University), jazz lovers will revel in the sounds of Ellen Rowe, jazz pianist, composer and teacher at the University of Michigan. Described as “the best possible role model for young women trying to break into jazz,” Rowe will be assisted by acoustic bassist Marion Hayden and drummer Eliza Salem. The trio will perform selections from her latest recording, “Momentum—Portraits of Women in Music” (2019), a mainstream jazz album paying homage to the trailblazing women who inspired her, including Michelle Obama, Jane Goodall and Billie Jean King. .
Like every season, LunART will present two gala concert evenings of classical chamber music. “Who am I?“Thursday, June 2 and”Listen to uson Saturday, June 4, both at 7:30 p.m., will take place at the Hamel Music Center and the First Unitarian Society of Madison (900 University Bay Dr.), respectively. True to LunART form, these exciting programs will feature a tapestry of diverse chamber works for winds, strings, piano, voice and percussion, including five world premieres and two US premieres. This year’s award-winning composer-in-residence is Dr. Stacy Garrop, whose music centers on dramatic and lyrical storytelling. Garrop embodies the vision of LunART by challenging norms and being a strong advocate for diversity in the arts. Her music will be featured throughout the festival, alongside the works of other notable women who have shaped the history of music, such as Florence Price and Amy Beach. In addition, the public will hear the works of the winners of our Call for Scores 2020 and 2022 competition: Patricia Lopes (Brazil), Alexis Bacon (United States), Rosita Piritore (Italy), Nicole Murphy (Australia), Ula Goldstein (United States States), Katie Jenkins (Wales) and Yuting Tan (Singapore).
Expanding community relations, LunART will present the world premiere of the theater show “Son,” in partnership with Guest House Theater on Friday, June 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bartell Theater (113 E Mifflin St.). Based on the concept that our identities are grounded in our relationships and connections to others, audiences are faced with this question: “What happens when these identities, or threads, come apart?” Written and produced by Deborah Hearst and Dana Pellebon, this show is an exploration of these disrupted identities and how we can begin to weave a new portrait of ourselves in the wake of so much change.
The last day of the festival will be filled with creative enrichments, starting with a panel discussion, “Identity in and through art», Sunday, June 5 at 10 a.m. at the Arts and Letters Laboratory. This session will explore the ways in which artists express their multifaceted realities through their creative work. Panelists Dr. Stacy Garrop (composer), Angelica Contreras (visual artist), Deborah Hearst (actress and writer) and Peggy Choi (dancer and choreographer) will moderate the discussion, with Sue Goldwoman serving as moderator.
LunART’s Composers Hub educational program returns for a third season, bringing six composers to Madison to work with Garrop. During the festival, she will guide participants in developing practical skills to express their creative ideas, cultivate relationships with performers and master the art of collaboration. The program ends with a free Composers Hub Concert Sunday, June 5 at 2 p.m. at Capitol Lakes Grand Hall (333 W Main St.), featuring original compositions by participating composers.
The festival will close on a humorous note, embodying the theme on another creative platform. Every day in a comedian’s life can be a crisis with their own identity. Join LunART on Sunday, June 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Robinia Courtyard (829 E Washington Ave.) for a comedy show”Identity crisisan evening of breaking down walls and embracing our weird, authentic and sometimes messy selves. While of course laughing at what it’s like to be a human woman in this changing world. This all-female comedy show stars comedians Chastity Washington (headliner), Vanessa Tortolano, Maria Acosta, Rachel Mac and Carly Malison, comedians who lay down a funny trail that will leave you speechless in their wake.
Tickets for the LunART Festival 2022 are now on sale and can be purchased at lunartfestival.org. The LunART festival is supported by Dane Arts, Madison Arts Commission, Wisconsin Arts Board and Orange Tree Imports.