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Millennium Series for the Arts

01/04/2000

Miami University’s Presidential Millennium Series for the Arts will offer a three-semester look at the state of the arts as the year 2000 begins, as well as celebrate 100 years of the arts at Miami.

Activities will focus on the theme "Memory and Time."

"This series offers a unique opportunity to reflect on the past, celebrate the present and look to the future of a strong and vital artistic climate at Miami," said President James C. Garland. "I hope that people throughout the area will join me and members of the university community in supporting these events."

Four events are planned for spring 2000:

* Performance of "Soul Deep" by the dance company Urban Bush Women with the David Murray Octet at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, in Millett Hall. Sponsored by Miami’s Performing Arts Series, the performance is part of a premiere world tour of a work that celebrates the richness of African-American creativity.

* Exhibition, "Melvin Edwards: Lynch Fragments and Larger Works," at the art museum Jan. 22-March 12, 2000. The sculptures evoke the memory of slavery and the struggle for freedom through the use of found objects including links, chains, spikes and hammers.

* Performance of "Songs and Lives: The Art of Spiritual Resistance" by the Audubon String Quartet at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, in Hall Auditorium. This Performing Arts Series presentation, in collaboration with the School of Fine Arts and the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, fuses music, art, drama and literature to focus on creative expression from Terezin (Theresienstadt), a concentration camp located near Prague during World War II.

* Discussion by architect Peter Eisenman, "Building Memory: Designing the Berlin Holocaust Memorial," at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 23, location to be announced. Eisenman will speak about the process of designing the memorial and address the question "how do we build memory?"

Events planned in fall 2000 and spring 2001 include the world premiere of a musical work by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Michael Colgrass and a major exhibition at the art museum, "Marking Time/Making Memory/Millennial Madness."

For ticket information for Performing Arts Series events, call the Shriver Center box office at (513) 529-3200.

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