2014 World Music & Dance Concert
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Concerts, Guest Speakers On Tap For OU World Music And Dance Festival

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This year, Ohio University’s World Music and Dance Festival and Global Excursions Concert is focusing on the theme of “Celebrating Diversity at OU.”

The week of workshops and lectures, which runs through Oct. 10, will culminate in the annual concert on Saturday, Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium.

The Global Excursions Concert provides an opportunity to introduce students, faculty, staff and community to the passion and dynamism of global music and dance forms.

Global Arts, especially music and dance experiences, have become an integral part of university level education. These experiences introduce different ways of conceptualizing the arts and open up new avenues of creativity, expression and aesthetic appreciation for students.

For this fifth festival, co-directors Dr. Paschal Yao Younge, professor of Music, and Dr. Zelma Badu-Younge, associate professor of Dance, will be joined by guest artists Nii-Tete Yartey, artistic director of the National Dance Company of Ghana (Ghana Dance Ensemble); Sashar Zarif, a multi-disciplinary artist based in Toronto, Canada; Mark Stone multi-world percussionist; the Talavya tabla ensemble, ambassadors for Indian percussion; Rushi Vakil, Indian composer, tabla player, keyboardist, and music educator; New Directions, an eclectic group; and the Ohio University World Music and Dance Ensembles.

Other new features of the festival include free evening concerts at Baker Center, lectures, workshops and an international snack/food fair.

Expanding on the theme of Diversity and the Arts, prominent guest scholar/artists will also be visiting selected classes to interact with students. An open forum/discussion will focus on the importance of global arts in education.

The climax of the festival will be the main concert on Oct. 11. The unique nature of this concert is that, apart from the guest artists, students–both majors and non-majors in music, dance, theater and visual arts–who will be involved in the workshops will perform.


Tuesday, Oct. 7

World Dance Workshop Contemporary African Nii-Tete Yartey
4:35–6 p.m.
Dance Division, Putnam Hall

Fathers of the Revolution
8:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Bobcat Student Lounge, Baker University Center Free Evening Concert

Wednesday, Oct. 8

PL (Lecture Demonstration)
Embaire: History and Performance
Mark Stone
12:55–1:55 p.m.
Recital Hall, Glidden Hall, School of Music

Arts in the 21st Century University Education: Global Perspectives 1–4 p.m.
Rotunda, Walter Hall

Revising Tradition: T. Viswanathan and South Indian Classical Music in America; Garrett Field, visiting assistant professor, School of Interdisciplinary Arts, Ohio University

Malaysian Shadow Puppetry: Religion, Gender, and “Race;” William Condee, professor, School of Interdisciplinary Arts, Ohio University

Teaching World Aesthetic Ideas in the Twenty-First Century: Challenges and Prospects; Professor Vladimir L. Marchenkov, School of Interdisciplinary Arts, Ohio University

Pedagogical Efficacies for Global Perspectives in the Arts; Andrea Frohne, associate professor, School of Interdisciplinary Arts, Ohio University.

Black Maybe: Medicine for Melancholy and Quiet Becoming; Michael Gillespie, assistant professor, School of Interdisciplinary Arts, Ohio University

Moderator: Charles Buchanan, professor and director, School of Interdisciplinary Arts, Ohio University

4–5 p.m. Walter Hall Rotunda

Thursday, Oct. 9

World Dance Workshop Azerbaijan and Morocco Sashar Zarif
4:35–6 p.m.
Putnam Hall, Dance Division

Free Evening Concert
Ohio University Student Jazz Combo 8–9:30 p.m.
Front Room, Baker University Center

Friday, Oct. 10

Music of India
Lecture Demonstration Talavya Table Ensemble 9–11 a.m.
Room 101, Glidden Hall, School of Music

Saturday, Oct. 11

Global Excursions Concert
7:30–9 p.m.
Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium, $12 General Admission
Free for all OU Students with valid I.D.
Call 740-593-1780 for tickets