Traveling QU4RTETS program to bring special events to Roanoke

by rcnewsblog on January 16, 2014

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clear1x1Starting this week, renowned artists, musicians and lecturers are set to visit Roanoke College for a special program that is traveling across the country and the globe.

QU4RTETS, a series of music, art and lecture events inspired by T.S. Eliot’s masterwork “Four Quartets,” will appear on Roanoke’s campus starting this Friday and continuing through Feb. 14.

World renowned artists Makoto Fujimura and Bruce Herman will headline a 6:30 p.m. introductory program and art exhibition opening on Jan. 17.

An opening reception for the QU4RTETS  art exhibition will be held from 6-9 p.m. in Olin Gallery. The exhibition will feature pieces by Fujimura, Herman and composer Christopher Theofanidis.

Smoyer Gallery also will host “Mentee,” another art exhibit featuring work by Fujimura (whose daughter attends Roanoke College) and artists who have worked alongside him. Both art exhibitions will remain on display through Feb. 14.

During Friday’s introductory program at Olin Hall, composer Theofanidis will discuss his piece “At the Still Point.” Theofanidis’ works have been performed by the London Symphony, the New York Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

The evening will end with the Kandinsky Trio and guest musicians performing “At the Still Point.”

The next day, on Saturday Jan. 18, the Kandinsky Trio will make another musical appearance, performing “At the Still Point,” at 7:30 p.m. in Olin Theater. They will be joined by guest artists and violinists. Concert tickets are available here or by calling (540) 375-2333.

Other events associated with the QU4RTETS series include a lecture on Tuesday, Jan. 21 by Fujimura, who will discuss his vocation as a Christian artist from 7:30- 8:30 p.m. in the Colket Center Pickle Lounge.

Also, on Wednesday, Jan. 29, current and retired Roanoke College professors Dr. Robert Denham, John P. Fishwick Professor of English, emeritus, and Dr. Marwood Larson-Harris, from the Religion and Philosophy department, will discuss “Four Quartets” as literature and as religious and philosophical thought.

QU4RTETS has appeared at Duke, Yale and Baylor universities and Gordon College. After leaving Roanoke, it will travel to China, Japan and the United Kingdom.

For more information, visit the Fujimura Institute’s website.

-By Allison Shannon ’15

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