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School of the Arts features musical, film, art this season

By ETSU News Bureau
On January 22, 2014

The ETSU School of the Arts will present a winter and spring of music and musical insights of past, present and future, contemporary visual art conversations and films that span the globe and cultures.
Spring 2014's first ticketed event is the Cashore Marionettes, performing Simple Gifts on Feb. 23 at 3 p.m. in ETSU's Martha Street Culp Auditorium. Oil painter and marionette creator Joseph Cashore blends "beautiful craftsmanship and artistry with insight and illusion," said the Atlanta Journal Constitution, in this program, which features a series of touching character portrayals and poignant scenes from everyday life, set to music by composers including Vivaldi, Strauss, Beethoven and Copland.
WindSync, a lively quintet of "revolutionary chamber musicians," will sweep in Tuesday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Culp Auditorium as MBMSOTA's second ticketed event.
Whether it is a West Side Story spoof, the Harry Potter theme, Bernstein and Gershwin or a stately Ravel's Bolero with percussion, the young group stands out ­- and stands up, rather than sitting in chairs as many chamber groups do.
Tuning in to the 19th century, rather than the 21st will be multi-instrumentalist and composer Bobby Horton, who will perform his "Songs and Stories of the Civil War" on Monday and Tuesday, April 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m. each evening, in ETSU's Bud Frank Theatre.
At ETSU, Horton will perform much-loved songs from the North and South in period costume on period instruments.
Tickets for those three events are $15 general admission, $10 for seniors 60 and over and $5 for students with an ID.
Also setting an historical tone is best-selling author Scott Reynolds Nelson, who will present his findings on "The Death of John Henry and the African American Roots of Rock and Roll" on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 6 p.m. in ETSU's Rogers-Stout Hall, Room 102.
Nelson has unearthed connections between the American legend and the birth of the blues and rock music, as well as other historical elements.
The 6 p.m. lecture is co-sponsored by ETSU's Sherrod Library, Center for Appalachian Studies and Services and the School of the Arts.
Also well known for his research on labor and economic trends, Nelson will give a lecture titled "From Mortgage Crisis to Market Meltdown" Thursday morning at 10 at the Millennium Centre.
Because seating is limited, registration is required for the morning talk. To attend, call ETSU College of Business and Technology at (423) 439-5300.
In another lecture collaboration with CASS, ethnomusicologist Jeff Todd Titon will look back and peer forward as he discusses "Thoreau's Sounding Music" Tuesday, March 4, at 7 p.m., in ETSU's Ball Hall Auditorium.
Mary B. Martin School of the Arts also will bring two visual artists to campus to talk with Art and Design students and lecture - Brooklyn-based sculptor and painter Julia Dault and painter Anne Harris, who teaches at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Dault will give her artist talk Monday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m., and Harris her presentation Friday, March 21 at 7 p.m. Both events are in Ball Hall Room 127 and free and open to the public with receptions to follow.
All Mary B. Martin School of the Arts lectures are free and are followed by talkbacks and receptions with the artists.
The School of the Arts' spring season will again feature a trio of films from the South Arts Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers.
The Iran Job will open the season on Monday, Feb. 3; Finding Hillywood is Monday, March 17; and The New Public screens Monday, April 7.
The films are free of charge, at 7 p.m. in Culp Auditorium and include Q&As and receptions with the filmmakers afterward.
"The films we'll screen this spring cover topics we really haven't addressed previously," DeAngelis says. "I really enjoy the films that introduce us to different cultures, especially when we get to see a segment of a culture that we are not expecting or we might assume is very different from our own. Often, we find out that everyday people are pretty much very similar all across the world.
 "We all want about the same things - peace, friendship, joy and a sense of accomplishment in our lives."

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