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February 10, 2022

ArtSci Roundup: Charles Yu at Benaroya Hall, Faculty Recital: Melia Watras: The almond tree duos, and More

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Charles Yu at Benaroya Hall

February 15, 7:30 PM | Benaroya Hall & Online

Shawn Wong, Professor of English, will moderate the Q&A at the upcoming lecture with celebrated author Charles Yu (HBO’s “Westworld;” “How to Live Safely in a Science Fiction Universe”).  Interior Chinatown is a deeply personal novel about race, pop culture, immigration, assimilation, and escaping the roles we are forced to play. It also happens to be the current UWAA Book Club read!

$5-$100 | Buy tickets & more info

Special event for Huskies!

Join UWAA and American Ethnic Studies Professor Connie So, for a hosted reception before the main event.  This is a great chance to chat with your fellow Huskies about “Interior Chinatown” — and about issues of cultural stereotypes in popular media in general.

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Coming up! Save the date for “Stereotypes in Storytelling,” a free Zoom discussion with three Huskies, on March 3rd at 5:00pm. Learn more, and sign up, here.

Faculty Recital: Melia Watras: The almond tree duos

February 15, 7:30 PM | Meany Hall

Violist/composer Melia Watras, violinists Tekla Cunningham, Rachel Lee Priday and Michael Jinsoo Lim, photographer Michelle Smith-Lewis and narrator Tigran Arakelyan present the world premiere of Watras’s new work, The almond tree duos. The title references the symbol of hope and new beginnings in Oscar Wilde’s The Canterville Ghost. Written largely during the recent quarantine, each of the 18 duos for violin and viola is paired with a photograph by Smith-Lewis and a poem by Lim.
$10-20 | More info

Baroque Ensemble

February 20, 1:30 PM | Brechemin Auditorium

UW Music students coached by Tekla Cunningham perform music from the Baroque era.
Free | More info

George Li

February 18, 7:30 PM | Meany Hall

Praised by The Washington Post for combining “staggering technical prowess, a sense of command and depth of expression,” pianist George Li possesses an effortless grace, brilliant technique and poised authority far beyond his years. A silver medalist at the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition, Li has established a major international reputation with performances on the world’s most prestigious stages. For his Meany debut, Li showcases Qigang Chen’s Peking opera-inspired “Moments,” alongside Schumann’s Op. 17 and 18, and Liszt’s towering pinnacle for the piano, the B-Minor Sonata, dedicated to Schumann.

Brechemin Piano Series

February 17, 7:30 PM | Brechemin Auditorium

Students from the UW piano studios perform works from the piano repertoire.

Free | More info

Wu Han, Philip Setzer & David Finckel

February 16, 7:30 PM | Meany Hall

Violinist Philip Setzer of the Emerson Quartet joins pianist Wu Han and cellist David Finckel for this performance of dynamic trio chamber music. Ranked among the most esteemed and influential classical musicians in the world today, the trio returns to Meany Center with a program that features Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Four African Dances for violin and piano alongside the eerily beautiful strains of Beethoven’s “Ghost” trio and Dvořák’s intense and stormy third piano trio.

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Looking for more?

Check out UWAA’s Stronger Together web page for more digital engagement opportunities.