Works & Process

Works & Process


Range of Artists to Perform, Including Composer Ricky Ian Gordon, Poet Billy Collins, Singer Andrea Marcovicci, and the Batsheva Dance Company

Program Also Features Performances by New York City Opera and American Ballet Theatre

Works & Process at the Guggenheim launches its Spring 2002 series with a diverse array of dance, music, and poetry events. Continuing its tradition of eclectic programs that mingle performance and discussion in an intimate setting, this season's Works & Process features a preview of the Israeli Batsheva Dance Company's Naharin's Virus; new music by composer Ricky Ian Gordon; readings by current United States poet laureate Billy Collins; and a program of chamber and vocal works from the recently established Music Archive of The Estate Project for Artists with AIDS. New works by the New York City Opera and American Ballet Theatre will also be presented in this season's program.

Works & Process at the Guggenheim is produced by Mary Sharp Cronson. Mrs. Cronson founded the series in 1984 to offer audiences behind-the-scenes access to some of the world's most exciting performing artists, choreographers, composers, writers, and directors.

All programs are presented in the Peter B. Lewis Theater of the Sackler Center for Arts Education at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue (at 89th Street). Following each program, audience members are invited to join the performers and panelists for an informal discussion and reception in the museum's rotunda. Unless otherwise noted, tickets are $18 for the general public and $12 for Guggenheim members, students, and senior citizens. Tickets are available one month prior to the event. To order tickets by phone, the public may call the Box Office at 212 423 3587, Monday through Friday, 1-5 pm, or send an e-mail to Tickets are available at the door on a space available basis. For updated information on Works & Process at the Guggenheim, please visit

Following is a schedule of programs for Works & Process Spring 2002:
Sunday and Monday, February 3 and 4, 8:00 pm
American Ballet Theatre—Latin Stars
One of the most diverse and exciting ballet companies in the world, American Ballet Theatre has attracted many renowned international stars. Jose Manuel Carreño of Cuba, Paloma Herrera of Spain and Marcelo Gomes of Brazil perform excerpts and speak about their work with ABT.

Monday and Tuesday, February 11 and 12, 8:00 pm
Batsheva Dance Company
Ohad Naharin, Artistic Director of the Israeli Batsheva Dance Company, accompanied by dancers from the senior and junior companies, presents excerpts of works—including Naharin's Virus—prior to the premiere at BAM.
Presented in collaboration with the JCC Manhattan's Israel Non-Stop
Festival. For festival information visit

Sunday and Monday, February 24 and 25, 8:00 pm
Carolina Ballet
The Carolina Ballet teams up with renowned choreographer Lynne Taylor-Corbett and cabaret singer Andrea Marcovicci to perform excerpts from December Songs (composed by Maury Yeston for the Carnegie Hall Centennial celebration) and Cabaret at Café Marcovicci, set to the music of the 1930s and 40s. Artistic Director Robert Weiss joins the discussion, accompanied by pianist/arranger Glenn Mehrbach.

Sunday and Monday, March 3 and 4, 8:00 pm
Synch or Swim
Choreographers Andrew Asnes formerly of the Paul Taylor Dance Company and John Selya of Twyla Tharp Dance present several new works and examine the collaborative process. The evening concludes with their last collaboration, the comic hit Synch or Swim. See them tap effortlessly in an elegant soft-shoe routine and make astonishing leaps and turns in flippers.

Monday, March 18, 7:30 pm
New York City Opera/Glimmerglass
In this new version of Handel's Agrippina, New York City Opera brings together a powerful cast of singing actors for this classical story of scheming and court intrigue. Agrippina, wife of the Roman Emperor Claudius, schemes to ensure the succession of her son, Nero. Brenda Harris sings the title role with counter-tenor David Walker as Ottone. Written for the Venetian Carnival of 1709, this pivotal work features some of Handel's most stirring and expressive music. The City Opera/Glimmerglass co-production is directed by Lillian Groag, with sets by John Conklin. Cori Ellison, noted opera lecturer, writer, and City Opera dramaturg, moderates the evening.

Monday, April 1, 7:30 pm
The Glass Blowers
Written by the beloved American composer, John Philip Sousa, this operetta was last staged in 1913. The Glass Blowers is set against the backdrop of the Spanish-American War and combines tales of intertwined romances and labor unrest. Staged by provocative opera director Christopher Alden, this rarely performed operetta is conducted by Jonathan Sheffer, artistic director of the EOS Orchestra, and features an engaging young American cast. June LeBell of WQXR moderates the panel discussion.

Monday, April 15, 8:00 pm
Poetry Speaks
Billy Collins, the current United States Poet Laureate, Galway Kinnell, the Pulitzer prize-winning poet, and Sonia Sanchez, the 2001 Frost Medallist read and discuss their favorite works by great American poets. Also, listen to recordings by some of the best-known poems read by authors such as Walt Whitman and Robert Frost. Elise Paschen, co-editor of Poetry Speaks moderates.

Sunday and Monday, April 28 and 29, 8:00 pm
Ricky Ian Gordon
Some of Broadway's most accomplished stars including Audra McDonald, Kristin Chenoweth, Brian D'Arcy James, and Darius deHaas perform selections from Mr. Gordon's new work Bright Eyed Joy. Ted Sperling provides musical direction.

Sunday and Monday, May 19 and 20, 8:00 pm
The Estate Project
The Music Archive of The Estate Project for Artists with AIDS presents the powerful musical voices of artists whose lives were cut short by HIV/AIDS, as well as new works by composers who are living with the disease. Panelists include John Corigliano, Anthony de Mare and Jody Dalton, Director of the Music Archive project. Presented in conjunction with the Alliance for the Arts.

Sunday and Monday, June 2 and 3, 8:00 pm
Celebrating Les Murray!
The acclaimed Australian poet, Les Murray makes a rare U.S. appearance to read and discuss his work. This collaborative program features the world premiere of five new musical settings for Mr. Murray's poems by the Pulitzer Prize-winning composers Wayne Peterson and Charles Wuorinen, as well as Jo Kondo, Ricky Ian Gordon, and Jason Eckert. The Group for Contemporary Music performs.

January 29, 2002

For Press Information:
Manuel Rodríguez, Associate Producer
Works & Process
Telephone: (212) 758-0024

Betsy Ennis/Sasha Nicholas, Public Affairs
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Telephone: (212) 423-3842/3840
Telefax: (212) 423-3787

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