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April 30, 2019

ARTSUW Roundup: Photographer Abelardo Morell, Guest Pianist Yekwon Sunwoo, and more!

This week in the arts, partake in a West African Dance Masterclass with Live Drumming with Etienne Cakpo, attend a concert with guest pianist Yekwon Sunwoo, see “This Moment”, presented by UW School of Drama’s Musical Theater cohort, and more!

Monsen Photography Lecture: Abelardo Morell

May 3, 6:30 pm | Henry Art Gallery

Abelardo Morell was born in Havana, Cuba in 1948, and immigrated to the United States with his parents in 1962. For over three decades, Morell has explored what is photographic about photography in works that confound and delight. Morell’s work has been collected and shown by museums worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Art Institute of Chicago, and The Victoria & Albert Museum, London. He has published numerous monographs, most recently “Flowers for Lisa” (Abrams, 2018).

This annual lecture brings key makers and thinkers in photographic practice to the Henry. Named after Dr. Elaine Monsen, the series is designed to further knowledge about and appreciation for the art of photography.

Guest Pianist Yekwon Sunwoo

Yekwon Sunwoo burst onto the world stage last year, winning the coveted Gold Medal at the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Not yet 30, the South Korean pianist is lauded as a powerful performer with a comprehensive technical arsenal as he strives to reach for truth and pure beauty in music.

May 3, 7:30 pm: UW Symphony Orchestra with Yekwon Sunwoo, piano | Katharyn Alvord Gerlich Theater | $10 tickets for UW students | More info and tickets

May 4, 7:30 pm: Yekwon Sunwoo | Katharyn Alvord Gerlich Theater | $10 tickets for UW students when you show your Husky ID in advance at the ArtsUW Ticket Office or on the night of the show at the Box Office at Meany Hall. | More info and tickets

Masterclass: West African Dance with Live Drumming with Etienne Cakpo

May 5, 12:00 – 2:00 pm | Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute

In collaboration with LANGSTON, the University of Washington offers the community a workshop in West African dance by 2018-2019 Kawasaki Guest Artist, Etienne Cakpo, made possible by the Glenn Kawasaki Guest Artist Fund. Open to all experience levels ages 13 and up.

Free | More info

This Moment

May 9 to 12 | Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse

UW School of Drama’s Musical Theater cohort presents This Moment, an original devised work. This Moment weaves a story through songs from the contemporary musical theatre songbook. Each piece has been selected by the student creators from work composed since the year 2000. Sitting somewhere between a concert and a traditional musical, This Moment is a celebration of now, and a reflection on the rapid passage of time and the fleeting nature of life. Please join our musical theater students as they capture through song what it means to be right here, right now.

$8 tickets for students | More info and tickets

Zhi Lin Exhibitions

With the 150th anniversary of the golden spike, the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, there are multiple exhibitions in Utah, Nevada, and Washington, featuring Painting + Drawing Professor Zhi Lin’s research on Chinese railroad workers. In the East Asia Library in Gowen Hall, there’s currently an art and book display that recognizes the 12,000 Chinese laborers who played a pivotal role in connecting the Central Pacific and Union Pacific lines, but were largely left out of the the story of the Golden Spike. Read more about Lin’s work and research in NBC News’ article, These artists want to draw the Chinese railroad workers back into history.

Nina Simone: Four Women

April 26 to June 2 | Seattle Rep

UW School of Drama’s Head of Directing & Professor of Acting and Directing Valerie Curtis-Newton is the director of the West Coast premiere of “Nina Simone: Four Women” at the Seattle Rep (read article in The Seattle Times).

When “The High Priestess of Soul” Nina Simone heard about the tragic bombing death of four young girls in an Alabama church in 1963, the songstress turned to her music as a means of expressing the country’s agony. “Four Women” and Simone’s other evocative activist anthems sang a truth that the world needed to hear. And it is a truth that remains sung to this day. Through storytelling, debate, and music, “Nina Simone: Four Women” immerses us in the complex harmony of protest.
$16 tickets for students | More info and tickets