Thursday, November 14, 2013

A Message from Stephen Pier

Dear Friends of Hartt Dance,

It has been some time since I sent out our last newsletter, “The Hartt Dance Occasional”, and things just keep getting better. We have had an excellent Fall semester so far with a promising freshman class starting to get traction and a beautiful group of seniors preparing to launch their careers.

Our dancers have just finished an extraordinary series of performances in the Roberts Theater presenting the first half of the Senior class in their own group works as well as solos created on them by professional choreographers.  It was very moving to see them perform along side their younger colleagues and appreciate how far they have come as aspiring artists and engaged human beings. Clearly, the work of our brilliant faculty is having a meaningful effect!

We are especially pleased to invite you to our Fall Concert at Lincoln, Nov 22, 23, 24 which features a lot of what I think is so extraordinary about Hartt Dance. This program represents collaboration between 4 areas; Dance, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts. We are delighted to have Maestro Edward Cumming and the Hartt Orchestra on board to present Stravinsky’s “Petrushka”, a new version of this Ballet Russe icon with sets created by Power Boothe of the Hartford Art School and the Theater Division’s Ralph Perkins dancing the role of the Charlatan. Also on our program is a world premiere by Katie Stevinson-Nollet to the music  of guest composer Stephen Montague and Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto #4”, choreographed by Doris Humphrey, all played live by our talented colleagues in Music. You don’t want to miss this!

Let me take this opportunity to thank all of you for supporting the work of our dancers. They are discovering the power and grace of a life in the arts encouraged by the generosity of people like yourselves who know and appreciate the value of art in our society. The resonance of your gifts will grow and multiply as they set forth in the world.

We look forward to seeing you very soon!

Stephen Pier,
Director of Dance, The Hartt School
University of Hartford

For Tickets :
860.768.4228 or 1.800.274.8587

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