Internationally prominent musicians, a special art exhibition and a celebrated architect will come to the Miami University campus this semester in the Presidential Millennium Series for the Arts.
Endorsed by Miami President James C. Garland, the series began in January 2000 and concludes in May, a three-semester forum on the state of the arts at the millennium. The series explores the theme "Memory and Time."
- Performance by the Kronos Quartet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, in Hall Auditorium, part of Miamis Performing Arts Series. Quartet members reinvented the image of a string quartet through innovative performances of diverse music and by commissioning more than 400 works.
- Exhibition, "Marking Time/Making Memory" at the Miami University Art Museum Feb. 13-April 15. Items from different cultures focus on the many ways in which time is measured.
- Performance of "Top Girls" presented by the department of theatre, 8 p.m. Feb. 22, 23, 24 and 28 and March 1-2 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25. Tickets are required.
- Lecture and short concert by Gunther Schuller at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 1, in Hall Auditorium, sponsored by the department of music. Schuller will share thoughts on music at the turn of the century from his perspective as a composer, conductor, author and educator.
- Performance by Itzhak Perlman at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, in Millett Hall, part of the Performing Arts Series. Perlman, one of the premier violinists of his generation, will pay homage to another internationally celebrated violinist, Jascha Heifetz, in the program.
- Lecture by Zaha Hadid, sponsored by the department of architecture and interior design, details to be announced later. The London-based Hadid has worked and taught throughout the world, with recent local attention for her design for the new Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati.
Tickets are required for Performing Arts concerts and department of theatre productions. For ticket information, call the Miami box office at (513) 529-3200.
The Jan. 18 performance by the Kronos Quartet is sponsored by WOXY (97.7) and Pamela Fox, dean of the School of Fine Arts, and Dan Layman, senior associate director of development.