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posticon Cornell Music Presents Mythology, Folklore, and Freedom Jazz

Arts and Entertainment | Friday, October 18, 2019 | By Laurel Gilmer Print
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The Cornell Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Paul Merrill, presents "Mythology, Folklore, and Freedom," a concert highlighting train imagery in early blues, folk, jazz, and pop, on Sunday, October 27 at 3:00 pm in Bailey Hall. The program features music from a wide variety of artists, including Lead Belly, Elizabeth Cotton, Henry Thomas, Duke Ellington, Mary Lou Williams, Thelonious Monk, Arlo Guthrie, Johnny Cash, Bob Marley, The O'Jays, and more.

Merrill says the selection of the program theme came from the concept of using technology as a lens for how people view themselves and others. He elaborates that "the invention of the steam engine, for example, transformed who we are as a nation and how we lived together as people. The train certainly revolutionized the way we travel, but at the same time, became a symbol of migration and mobility, a metaphor for freedom, and a locomotive for social change. This concert explores these stories through the poetic and sonic imagery of popular music from the last century, focusing on the stories of African-American musician-composers."

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posticon 'Virtual Landscapes' at the Schwartz

Arts and Entertainment | Friday, October 18, 2019 | By Julian Robison Print
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cornell Virtual Landscapes by Toby Ault
What would the Earth look like if we banded together to counter the destructive forces of climate change? Writers Aoise Stratford and Toby Ault bridge science and art in the multimedia experience "Virtual Landscapes," which offers audiences the opportunity to contribute to the play-in-progress.  Set 100 years from now, the play combines video footage and live actors to peer into a future in which humanity celebrates the efforts of their predecessors to save the planet. Stratford, a playwright and lecturer in the Department of Performing and Media Arts, and Ault, associate professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, collaborated with Atmospheric Sciences graduate students to draw on ongoing climate science research that reveals the severity of our environmental future.

"As a playwright, my job is to ask questions," says Stratford. "That's something theatre has in common with science. There are some hard questions at the heart of this piece: questions about our current environmental, atmospheric, and geological trajectory, what it would look like if we could look back at having slowed climate change, and what it might take to find common ground now."

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