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Meira Warshauer releases CD
Meira Warshauer, FY2006 and FY1994 Fellow for Music Composition, has released her latest CD, Living Breathing Earth. The disk features "Symphony No. 1 Living Breathing Earth" and "Tekeeyah (a call)," her concerto for Shofar, Trombone, and Orchestra, recorded by the Moravian Philharmonic for Navona Records. The Jewish Cultural Arts Committee of The Katie and Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center in Columbia celebrated the release May 17, 2011. Warshauer presented live and recorded excerpts of the works, with a shofar demonstration by Jonathan Leader, and a visual arts display created in response to the music by Richland Northeast High School students.
- Warshauer's work was featured June 5, 2011 on the national radio show Living on Earth, produced by Public Radio International.
- A schedule of other launch events is available on the composer's website.
Elizabeth Melton connects the arts to a lost industry
2010 S.C. Arts Commission Visual Arts Fellow Elizabeth Melton created a site-specific installation called “Story Lines” as a part of the 701 Center for Contemporary Arts' inaugural exhibition, Textile Tales.
Using textiles in 3D design: Elizabeth conducted a fabric sculpture lecture and workshop at UNC-Pembroke, focusing primarily on her site-specific installations, integrity of materials, and history of place. Her work was also showcased at UNC-Pembroke's A.D. Gallery.
Forging new skills and the next generation of metalsmiths
John “Ben” Gilliam, a FY2008 S.C. Arts Commission Individual Artist Craft Fellow, shares skills he acquired during a metalsmithing workshop in Ireland with his students at the S.C. Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities.
S.C. Philharmonic debuts work by John Fitz Rogers
S.C. Philharmonic Music Director Morihiko Nakahara and the SCP performed the premiere of the John Fitz Rogers' "Double Concerto" during the SCP's Nov. 13 Masterworks concert. The SCP received a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment of the Arts in Oct. 2009 to commission the work by Fitz Rogers, who was the 2009 S.C. Arts Commission Music Composition Fellow.
Mindy Friddle's second novel wins prize
Mindy's second novel, Secret Keepers, has won the 2009 Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction, which includes an expense paid-trip to New York City in October and a luncheon and reception at the NY Yacht Club. Published by St. Martin's Press, the novel is set in a small Southern town—a land of neglected Confederate monuments, faith-based shopping centers, and overgrown, seedy estates—where a once-grand heirloom garden is covertly rescued, revealing a divided family's secret lives of turmoil and yearning. More information and a schedule of Friddle's book signings are available on her website, where you can also read an excerpt from the novel.
Jill Eathorne Bahr serves on NEA dance panel & launches blog
SCAC Dance Choreography Fellow and Charleston Ballet Theatre's Resident Choreographer Jill Eathorne Bahr was appointed to serve on the dance panel for the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C. Bahr was selected for this position upon recommendation from Doug Sonntag, Staff Head of the Dance Panel for the NEA based on her national reputation as a respected choreographer and dance advocate.
Bahr's blog, Confessions of a Choreographer, dates back to April 2008 with an entry about Andy Worhol, one of the most influential artists of the late 20th century. Bahr says she shares everything from the laughing and giggling of a rehearsal scene to the heart felt adulation dancers feel about their love of dance. She carries her readers into the world of dance at its most raw moments from the beginning through the building blocks of the creative process.
Rogers' Once Removed is Released by Innova Recordings
Once Removed is a collection of chamber music by John Fitz Rogers. Including “Blue River Variations” (2003), “Sonata Lunaris” (2005), "Once Removed" (2003, and "Memoria Domi" (2004), the CD is available directly from Innova or at retailers such as Amazon, or in downloadable format from iTunes, etc. Visit Rogers' website to hear excerpts of his works.