The acclaimed MASS Ensemble will offer performances,
interactive workshops and lessons on art and technology
during a residency through SUNY Oswego's Artswego program.
The MASS (Music Architecture Sonic Sculpture) Ensemble
blends music, technology and visual arts in its groundbreaking
productions. Members also bring expertise in a wide
variety of fields, said Mary Avrakotos, who coordinates
the Artswego Performing Arts Series.
"MASS Ensemble is so innovative and imaginative
that the residency presents a real opportunity for the
public and our students to learn about everything from
the creative process to sound technology," Avrakotos
said. "The troupe's residency is one of the most
ambitious educational outreaches by visiting artists
we've ever had."
MASS Ensemble will provide a series of outdoor concerts
with the Earth Harp, the world's largest instrument.
Shows featuring the instrument with 100-foot strings
attached to a building will take place in the academic
quad outside Lanigan Hall, weather permitting, at 8:30
p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, and 12:30 p.m. Friday, Sept.
"There is only one instrument in the world that
can produce a sound as you reach for the sky . . . MASS
Ensemble's Earth Harp," a CBS News report said,
also praising the harp's "beautiful sounds."
An installation art exhibition, "E=MC2 Closesound:
A Musical Exploration by MASS Ensemble," will allow
visitors to play the musical art in Tyler Art Gallery.
The exhibition runs Sept. 5 to Oct. 9 for general viewing,
and group tours are available by calling the gallery
Bill Close, MASS Ensemble's artistic director, will
give a talk on how the arts have increasingly partnered
with the business world to foster innovation. His open
lecture will take place at 9:10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept.
13, in Room 101 of Lanigan Hall.
Close will also speak on the creative process in art
and science at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, in Tyler Art
Members of MASS Ensemble will lead a yoga and sound
workshop at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, in SUNY Oswego's
academic quad. Those attending are encouraged to bring
a blanket or mat.
All of the above sessions are free and open to the public.
MASS Ensemble will also offer a full-length performance
of its multimedia production "Critical MASS"
at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, in Tyler Hall's Waterman
Theatre. Tickets are required for this show -- at $25,
$20 for seniors and students, $7 for SUNY Oswego students
-- by contacting Tyler box office at 312-2141 or email@example.com.
The residency is supported by the New York State Music
Fund, created when the New York State Attorney General's
Office resolved pay-for-play investigations against
major record companies and administered by Rockefeller
Philanthropy Advisors. Entergy Nuclear Northeast also
supports MASS Ensemble's educational work at SUNY Oswego.
For more information about the appearance of MASS Ensemble
and other 2006-07 Artswego offerings, contact the Artswego
office at 312-4581, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit www.oswego.edu/artscalendar.
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