Paul Simon’s “The Sound of Silence”: A Close Listening

September 17th, 2013 No comments

Don Saliers (William R. Cannon Distinguished Professor of Theology and Worship, Emeritus) talks about “The Sound of Silence” – its historical context in the 1960s, its theological underpinnings, and his personal connection to the song. “Silence can be a refuge,” he says, “and silence can be a phenomenally ambiguous, difficult reality.”

Paul Simon will deliver the 2013 Richard Ellmann Lectures in Modern Literature at Emory University, September 22-24, 2013. The Ellmann Lectures consist of a series of public lectures that are ticketed but free and open to the public (there are no more tickets for these events).

See Emory’s Paul Simon Conversations Playlist

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Seamus Heaney, Great Poet and Friend of Emory, Dies at 74

August 30th, 2013 No comments


Speaking of creativity, in my own case the quicker the better…. Poems that come quickly, I think it’s because they go back to the mythic sense of the poet. It gives you a sense that you are partaking in what is ancient about the art, that the muse is somewhere around, that this was given to you from somewhere. So those poems have a particular trustworthiness for you.
[Seamus Heaney, August 1, 2008]

We join others throughout the world today in mourning the loss of Seamus Heaney, a great poet and friend of Emory University. His connection with Emory goes back to 1981 when he gave his first reading here, then in 1988 he delivered the inaugural Richard Ellmann lecture. In 1995 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature “for works of lyrical beauty and ethical depth, which exalt everyday miracles and the living past”. Emory’s MARBL (Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library) holds many of Heaney’s letters and works.

photo by Emory Photo/Video

Media Resources

Seamus Heaney poetry reading at Emory (March 2, 2013) [Youtube] | See campus coverage

Emory news release (August 30, 2013)

Conversation between Seamus Heaney and Rosemary Magee, 2008 (Emory iTunesU)

Transcript of Creativity Conversation between Seamus Heaney and Rosemary Magee (2008)

New York Times article

BBC News Tributes


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Virtual Rome Debuts at the Carlos Museum

August 21st, 2013 No comments

The celebrated bird’s-eye view map of Giovanni Battista Falda, published in 1676, is transformed into a virtual, walkable, experience of Rome using the gaming platform NVis360, as part of the Michael C. Carlos Museum‘s special exhibition, Antichità, Teatro, Magnificenza: Renaissance and Baroque Images of Rome, on view from August 24 through November 17, 2013.

Virtual Rome was created from the great map (1676) and etchings of Giovanni Battista Falda (1643–1678), the map of Giovanni Battista Nolli (1701–1756), and historical and archival research into the fabric of seventeenth-century Rome. The project was carried out under the design, interpretation, and direction of Sarah McPhee, Winship Distinguished Professor of Art History at Emory University.

“The gaming platform allows us to follow the invitation of Falda’s prints to stroll the city with our eyes: to navigate lost streets and squares, take in vanished prospects, experience seventeenth-century Roman “teatri” in the round,” says Prof. McPhee. “This is the first time a gaming platform has been used at Emory University to recover urban history through an immersive and interactive reconstruction. We look forward to sharing the exciting results.”

See press release

 

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Scenes from a Tibetan Opera

April 7th, 2013 No comments


http://youtu.be/P2apKuxI0RM

See ArtsATL.com review

See links below to full opera on YouTube.

The Tibetan folk opera, “Sukyi Nyima” (“As Radiant As the Sun”) was performed in front of a packed, enthusiastic audience at Cannon Chapel on April 6th. Religious themes and romantic intrigue blended together in a fantastic display of sound — drums and voices — and color from the spectacular costumes and masks.

The opera was directed and choreographed by Tashi D. Sharzur (Techung), who has been an artist affiliate in both Music and Dance Departments at Emory since 2011.

Tibetan author and playwright Jamyang Norbu introduced the performance. Not only did he attend the last folk opera performed in Lhasa, Tibet, before the Dalai Lama — Jamyang was only one year old at the time — but he was director of the Tibetan Institute for Performing Arts when many of the opera’s performers were students.

 

photos by Joe Boris and Hal Jacobs


Tibetan folk opera, “Sukyi Nyima” (“As Radiant As the Sun”)

Part 1

Part 2
DIRECTOR
Tashi Sharzur (Techung)
PERFORMERS
Dolma Choden
Tashi Dhargyal
Chemey Y Dhongsar
Tenzin Kalsang
Tenzin Ngawang
Ngodup Paljor
Tsering Wangmo Phuntsok
Sherap Wangmo Sangpo
Migmar Thopten
MUSICIANS & NARRATORS
Drums, Tenzin Nyeden
Cymbals, Younten C Dhongsar & Chemey Y Dhongsar
Tibetan Narrator, Tashi Sharzur (Techung)
English Narrator, Tara N. Doyle
VIDEOGRAPHY
Joe Boris, Boris Photography & Hal Jacobs, Emory College
VIDEO EDITING
Henry Jacobs & Hal Jacobs
SPONSORS
The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation
and
Emory College Center for Creativity and Arts
David Goldwasser Fund
East Asian Studies Program
Department of Religion
Office of Religious Life
Michael C. Carlos Museum
Department of Theater and Dance
Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies
The Halle Institute for Global Learning
Department of Music
Emory-Tibet Partnership

See ArtsATL.com review

See video featuring Techung and Prof. Tara Doyle talking about the Tibetan Opera

See video with Jamyang Norbu talking about producing Tibetan operas in Dharamsala, India

See Emory-Tibet Partnership YouTube Playlist

New Dates for Simon & Ellmann Lectures

April 5th, 2013 No comments

Songwriter Paul Simon will present the 2013 Richard Ellmann Lectures in Modern Literature at Emory University Sept. 22-24, 2013.

The series, “The Insomniac’s Lullaby: Awake and Aware of the Time,” will include two public lectures, a conversation between Simon and former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins, and a music performance.

Schedule of events

Simon will be appearing in four public events at Emory, including:

  • Sunday, Sept. 22, 4:15 p.m.

Lecture: “Sailing on an Endless Sea: My Life as a Songwriter” – Glenn Auditorium, 1652 N. Decatur Rd.

  • Monday, Sept. 23, 3:45 p.m.

Conversation with Paul Simon and Billy Collins – Glenn Auditorium.

  • Monday, Sept. 23, 8:15 p.m.

Lecture: “View from Cloud: The Solitary Artist in a Collaborative Culture” – Glenn Auditorium.

  • Tuesday, Sept. 24, 7 p.m.

Music Performance by Paul Simon with guitarist Mark Stewart – Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, 1700 N. Decatur Rd.

Ticketing information

Tickets are free, but are limited to two (2) tickets per person, per event. Tickets for the previously scheduled events will not be honored for the new dates.

General public complimentary tickets will be available beginning at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in person at the Arts at Emory Box Office in the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts (1700 North Decatur Road, Suite 251, Atlanta, 30322) or by phone at 404-727-5050. Phone orders are subject to a $4.00 convenience fee. Ticket reservations will not be available online for this event.

Tickets ordered by phone will be mailed directly to the ticketholder. All other tickets must be picked up in person at the Arts at Emory Box Office during regular business hours (Monday-Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.). There will be no will call or standby seating for any Ellmann Lectures event.

Emory students, faculty and staff may enter their names in a lottery for complimentary tickets beginning at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 26, 2013 through 11:59 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013.

Ellmann Lectures Homepage

Emory YouTube Playlist: Conversations about Paul Simon at Emory

 

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Tibetan Opera Coming to Emory

March 19th, 2013 No comments

A Tibetan opera, “Sukyi Nyima” meaning “As Radiant As the Sun,” will be performed in conjunction with Tibet Week at Emory (March 25-29, 2013).

Resident artist and Tibetan folksinger Techung will lead a cast of professionals and Emory students in the performance of the opera on Saturday, April 6, at 4 p.m. in Cannon Chapel.

Emory’s performance of Sukyi Nyima is dedicated to Gen Norbu Tsering-la, who passed away on March 14, 2013, in Dharamsala, India.  Gen-la served as the opera master at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA) from the late 60s until he retired in 1996.  He trained hundreds of artists during his tenure at the Institute, including our resident artist, Techung.  He will be lovingly remembered as a pivotal figure in preserving Ache Lhamo (Tibetan opera) for future generations.

The event is co-sponsored by the Emory-Tibet Partnership, the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, the Department of Religion at Emory, among others.

Related Links

See links to review and clips from the performance

See video with Jamyang Norbu talking about producing Tibetan operas in Dharamsala, India

Video profile of Techung

Techung and Guang Wang on Performing Traditional Tibetan Sacred Music Together

Techung and Guang Wang in Concert

Alum Brendan O’Connell Seeks (and Finds) Inspiration in Walmart

February 14th, 2013 No comments

Read all about Emory alum Brendan O’Connell (philosophy and Spanish literature)– and his Walmart-inspired paintings — in an article by Susan Orlean in the Feb. 11 & 18 New Yorker. From the opening paragraph:

Since 2003, Brendan O’Connell has been inside dozens of Walmarts around the country. It is probably safe to say that he has been in more Walmarts than anyone who doesn’t work for the company. Describes an epiphany O’Connell had at a Winn-Dixie while he was a student at Emory University. When he first began visiting Walmarts, he would cruise the aisles as if he were an ordinary shopper, and, whenever he saw something the filled him with wonder, he would take a photograph. The photographs were studies for paintings. For the past ten years, O’Connell has been painting Walmarts: people shopping and products sitting on the shelves.

See full article

See video (Brendan invites you to upload pictures of your local Walmart/ Sams Club along with your favorite products sold in stores.)

Photo by Essdras M. Suarez/Globe Staff

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Storytelling in “The Boxer”

February 11th, 2013 No comments

The latest video in the “Talking about Paul Simon” series features Emory faculty (including Hank Klibanoff and Gary Hauk) and staff (including Art Linton on guitar and vocals) describing why Paul Simon’s “The Boxer” ranks among their favorite songs (hint… it tells a great story with a poet’s use of language).

The 2013 Richard Ellmann Lectures in Modern Literature at Emory University, originally scheduled for February 10-12, 2013, have been postponed because of illness. The event consist of a series of public lectures that are ticketed but free and open to the public (all tickets have been distributed). Simon’s lectures will concern, in part, an overview of the historical antecedents of the music made between 1966 and 1970.

More videos (sponsored by Creativity: Art and Innovation) featuring faculty, staff and students talking about Simon will be added to the Ellmann Lectures YouTube Playlistand iTunesU.

Latest ticket information: All tickets have been distributed.

Ellmann Lectures website

 

Celebrating Ten Years of the Schwartz Center

February 4th, 2013 No comments

Check out a YouTube video celebrating 10 years of excitement and creativity in the Donna and Marvin Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. On February 1, 2003, the Schwartz Center opened its doors, and since then it has raised the visibility of the arts in the community and continues to spark the imagination and vision of both artists and audiences alike.

http://arts.emory.edu/about/institutions/10th-anniversary.html

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Talking about Paul Simon at Emory

January 19th, 2013 No comments

The latest videos in the “Talking about Paul Simon” series feature faculty and staff (Kristin Wendland, Matthew Bernstein, Tonio Andrade, Anna Leo, Laura Otis, Timothy Dowd, Becky Herring) talking about how Paul Simon’s music and words touched their lives at different times from the 1960s through the 1990s. For Henry Farber and Jacque Aly, it was a high school English teacher who introduced to them the idea that lyrics can be poetry. Matthew Bernstein says this was illustrated well in the 1968 documentary by Frederick Wiseman, “High School,” in which a teacher presents the words and music of Simon’s “The Dangling Conversation.”

Paul Simon will deliver the 2013 Richard Ellmann Lectures in Modern Literature at Emory University, February 10-12, 2013. The Ellmann Lectures consist of a series of public lectures that are ticketed but free and open to the public (all tickets have been distributed). Simon’s lectures will concern, in part, an overview of the historical antecedents of the music made between 1966 and 1970.

More videos (sponsored by Creativity: Art and Innovation) featuring faculty, staff and students talking about Simon will be added to the Ellmann Lectures YouTube Playlist and iTunesU.

Latest ticket information: All tickets have been distributed.

Ellmann Lectures website