Works & Process Fall 1999 Season

Works & Process Fall 1999 Season

 

Stage Director Martha Clarke, Tony Award-Winning Composer Jason Robert Brown,
Choreographer Fernando Bujones, Writer Umberto Eco and Actress Maria Tucci
Among the Featured Artists


From Mozart to Broadway Shows, Anton Chekhov to Italo Calvino, Ballet to Martial Arts, Fall Season Presents Eclectic Mix


This fall, Works & Process at the Guggenheim celebrates its 15th year with a full season of dance, theater and music events. Continuing its tradition of eclectic programs that mingle performance and discussion in an intimate setting, this season's Works & Process at the Guggenheim presents new work by stage director Martha Clarke, a preview of the latest works by Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown and internationally-acclaimed dancer and choreographer Fernando Bujones; and a celebration of the writer Italo Calvino.


Works & Process at the Guggenheim is produced by Mary Sharp Cronson. The series was founded by Mrs. Cronson in 1984 to offer audiences behind-the-scenes access to some of the world's most exciting performing artists, choreographers, composers, writers, and directors, and to lend insight into the creative process. Past programs have included previews of major operatic and theater pieces, such as John Adams's Nixon in China and Peter Brook's Mahabharata. In its current season, Works & Process partners with Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Fernando Bujones and the School of American Ballet, the Eos Orchestra, Fred Ho and the Afro-Asian Music Ensemble, and the New York City Opera to present its programs.


Each evening of performance and discussion takes place in the Peter B. Lewis Theater at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue (at 89th Street). Following each evening's program, audience members are invited to join the performers and speakers for discussion and a reception in the museum's Rotunda. Following is a description of programs for Fall 1999:


Sunday, September 12, 1999, 8:00 pm
Vers la flamme/Martha Clarke/Christopher O'Riley/Lincoln Center
Director Martha Clarke brings to life Anton Chekhov's short stories. Pianist Christopher O'Riley provides the modern and transcendent accompaniment using Scriabin's piano music and dancers George de la Pe-a and Paola Styron perform. Harlow Robinson, Professor of Modern Languages at Northeastern University, will moderate. Please join us for excerpts and discussion prior to the premiere at Lincoln Center.


Sunday & Monday, September 26 & 27, 1999, 8:00 pm
An Evening with Jason Robert Brown & Friends Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown returns to the Guggenheim for an evening of music from his shows Songs for a New World and Parade; and for previews of new work. Scheduled to perform are some of Broadway's leading entertainers.


Sunday & Monday, October 3 & 4, 1999, 8:00 pm
Fernando Bujones - In Celebration of an Achievement Fernando Bujones/School of American Ballet This year marks the 25th anniversary since Mr. Bujones became the first American to win the Gold Medal at the International Ballet Competition in Varna (Bulgaria). This world-renowned dancer and choreographer shows excerpts of his recent choreography and discusses his career, his work as director and choreographer, and the creative process behind his most recent works. Students from the School of American Ballet will perform.


Monday, October 11, 1999, 7:30 pm
NYCO New Visions/Falstaff/The Abduction from the Seraglio Works & Process is pleased to continue its successful series New Visions, in which singers perform highlights from New York City Opera's new productions. Musical excerpts and in-depth discussions will be moderated by the respected Metropolitan Opera broadcaster, Bridget Paolucci. For this program, Verdi's music and Shakespeare's comedy provide the fireworks for the comic masterpiece Falstaff, with Mark Delavan in the title role and Amy Burton as Alice Ford. George Manahan conducts; Leon Major directs & John Conklin provide the sets and costumes. Mozart's Abduction... is an inspired musical fable set in a Turkish harem. The cast includes Lisa Saffer as Blondchen and Matthew Polenzani in the role of Belmonte.


Friday & Saturday, October 15 & 16, 1999, 8:00 pm
ABT 60th Anniversary Series Program I
The "Theater" in ABT featuring Billy the Kidd & Fall River Legend Join Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie for the first program in the new series, American Ballet Theater 60th Anniversary, with an evening of performance and discussion highlighting dramatic masterpieces associated with American Ballet Theater. Performances will feature current stars of ABT.


Sunday & Monday, October 17 & 18, 8:00 pm
French and American Adaptations: Francis Poulenc & Gertrude Stein The Eos Orchestra/Jonathan Sheffer Tracing the path of text into song, and ultimately theater, the Eos Orchestra and Artistic Director Jonathan Sheffer present a program of music and discussion of transformation. This program of French works from between the wars includes Poulenc's Bluet and his five Cabaret songs set to the poetry of Guillaume Apollinaire performed by soprano Angelina Raux in the premier performance of new orchestrations by Mr. Sheffer. Also featured will be Mr. Sheffer's new operatic adaptation of Gertrude Stein's murder mystery Blood on the Dinning-Room Floor.


Friday, October 22, 1999, 7:30 pm
A Celebration of Italo Calvino/CooperArts In a special collaboration Works & Process joins the Cooper Union for an evening featuring the work of Italo Calvino. Join leading literary figures Umberto Eco, Carlos Fuentes, and special guest Maria Tucci among others, as they pay tribute to this witty and irreverent writer. Please note this performance takes place at The Great Hall at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art located at 7th Street and 3rd Avenue. Tickets are available by phone through Ticket Central 279-4200 from 1:00 - 8:00p.m. or via www.ticketweb.com.


Monday, November 1, 1999, 7:30 pm
New Visions/Central Park Excerpts of one-act operas commissioned by the New York City Opera have provided the chance for three well-known playwrights to become librettists for an evening dedicated to Central Park. Composer Deborah Dratell is paired with Wendy Wasserstein in The Festival of Regrets. Michael Torke & A.R. Gurney collaborate on Strawberry Fields & Robert Beaser and Terrance McNally bring us The Food of Love. Mark Lamos directs and Stewart Robertson conducts the New York premiere. Central Park has been co-commissioned by NYCO, Glimmerglass Opera, and Thirteen/WNET's Great Performances.


Sunday & Martial Arts Ballet Fred Ho/The Afro-Asian Music Ensemble Jazz composer Fred Ho continues his exploration and fusion of Eastern and Western styles with a new work based on martial arts movement. Once Upon a Time is Mr. Ho's latest action-adventure music-theater-ballet epic. Excerpts of this heroic story of betrayal and destruction will be performed, featuring five escaped monks, a hidden marsh fortress and a mighty insurrection with a magnificent climactic battle.


Tickets for each Works & Process at the Guggenheim event are $15 for the general public, and $10 for Guggenheim members and senior citizens. Students can receive free admission by arriving one hour prior to the event to request tickets. Available by advance sale, all other tickets can be purchased during museum hours at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, uptown, and at the Guggenheim Museum SoHo, 575 Broadway (at Prince Street). For further information and to order tickets by phone, the public may call (212) 423-3587, Monday through Friday, from 10 am to 5 pm.


Major funding for Works & Process at the Guggenheim and printing for the series is provided courtesy of Philip Morris Companies Inc. Additional funding is provided by the Christian Human Foundation; The Brown Foundation, Inc.; The Natural Heritage Trust, administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation; The Lila Acheson Wallace Funds in The New York Community Trust; the Florence Gould Foundation; The Dover Funds, Inc.; Norman and Liliane Peck; Jerome L. Greene Foundation; Agnes Gund and Daniel Shapiro; Caroline Sharp and James T. Curtis; The Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation; The Harkness Foundations for Dance; Francena T. Harrison Foundation Trust; Time Warner; Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; The Sharp Foundation; The Evelyn Sharp Foundation; The Fanwood Foundation; The Starr Foundation; The Joseph E. and Norma G. Saul Foundation; Mrs. Eleanor Sheldon; and other donors.


September 7, 1999


FOR PRESS INFORMATION: Betsy Ennis

Senior Publicist

Telephone: (212) 423-3840

Telefax: (212) 423-3787

E-mail: bennis@guggenheim.org




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