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UW Launches Major Summer Arts Festival

The Kronos Quartet, from left, Hank Dutt, Jennifer Culp, David Harrington and John Sherba. Photo © Caroline Greyshock.

A major arts festival featuring theater, dance, film, music and the visual arts based on the theme of "quartets" will be held July 18-22 on the UW campus.

Headlining the UW Summer Arts Festival is a performance by the innovative Kronos Quartet on Saturday, July 22 in Meany Theater. Kronos breaks the stereotype of a string quartet, exploring music from around the world and in rock, blues, jazz and classical genres. Their repertoire ranges from Shostakovish to Bartok to John Cage to Howlin' Wolf.

The previous evening, Friday, July 21, will see another contemporary musical quartet, John Zorn and Masada. Zorn's musical influences include klezmer, movie soundtracks, modern classical and jazz. The foursome features Zorn on saxophone, Greg Coen on bass, Dave Douglas on trumpet and Joey Baron on drums.

"This event is much more than bringing artists to campus," says festival director Hanna Wiley, who heads the UW Division of Dance. Faculty, students and alumni in drama, music, dance and art will present offerings. Faculty from all four arts disciplines are collaborating on several UW courses offered Summer Quarter and there are outreach programs aimed at K-12 teachers and the public.

"Every event will have an educational component," says Wiley. Funding from the UW's Tools for Transformation project and the College of Arts and Sciences are helping to launch what the UW hopes will be an annual festival. The UW Alumni Association will also co-sponsor several events with an alumni focus.

Alumni achievements also will be recognized in the Jacob Lawrence Gallery in the Art Building during the festival. A "quartet" of alumni artists from four decades will include Dale Chihuly, Chuck Close, Glen Rudolph, Claudia Fitch and Margaret Ford.

Alumni from the UW's Professional Actors Training Program will join four UW drama faculty in a reworking of Shakespeare's Hamlet, held throughout the festival in the Hughes Penthouse Theater. This is not your standard Bard—director Susan Finque will used a pared-down script for a physical performance that draws upon dance, performance art and Japanese theater.

For more information on the UW Summer Arts Festival held July 18-22, call the UW Arts Ticket office at (206) 543-4880 or visit the Web site.

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