Arts & Culture
“Without the music, I don’t think Commencement would be the same,” said Emily Threinen, associate professor in the Boyer College of Music and Dance, who will conduct the band during Temple University’s main ceremony Thursday, May 16, at 10 a.m. in the Liacouras Center. “There’s something about Commencement that I find to be really beautiful in its tradition.”
May 15, 2013
Tyler School of Art and WRTI were among the 43 winners of the Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia, a three-year arts fundraising challenge from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
May 9, 2013
The Night Owls, Temple's community band founded by Boyer College of Music and Dance faculty member Deborah Sheldon, is filling a void in American music education by bringing together diverse communities of musicians of all ages from throughout the region to make music. Comprising more than 90 members, the group rehearses Monday nights and is now preparing for its upcoming concert on Monday, April 29, in the Temple Performing Arts Center.
April 25, 2013
Tonight at 6 p.m. in Conwell Hall Dance Theater, Boyer College of Music and Dance will present “Between: Dance and L2Ork,” a performance of repertoire by Virginia Tech University's laptop orchestra combined with live dance improvisation. The concert will feature the world premiere of "Between," a new dance solo and orchestral piece.
Temple Theater Professor Lynne Innerst recently collaborated with directors and cast members to craft a new dialect for the play "Under the Whaleback," staged through early April at the Wilma Theater in Center City Philadelphia. Written by British playwright Richard Bean, the play portrays English merchant fisherman, whose lives of isolation created a unique challenge for the dialect coach. "They see the North Sea, the Arctic, more than they see England or their families," said Innerst.
A juried exhibition of art by 38 graduates of Temple's Tyler School of Art from around the nation — the most ambitious exhibit of Tyler alumni art in all media ever assembled — is on display at the Crane Arts Center's Ice Box Project Space in Philadelphia's Northern Liberties neighborhood through April 13. A free, public opening reception for "Victory for Tyler" will take place on Saturday, April 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit benefits student scholarships at Tyler.
“A Fierce Kind of Love,” a play sponsored by Temple’s Institute on Disabilities that portrays the history of the intellectual disabilities movement, will have its first public reading on Monday, March 18, at Christ Church Neighborhood House in Philadelphia. The reading of the work-in-progress will feature five actors, two of whom have intellectual disabilities, and will be followed by a discussion with the cast, director, playwright and audience.
“Chaotic Silence,” an original play performed, directed, produced and created by Center for the Arts students as part of Alpha Psi Omega’s Backstage season, tackles the issue of domestic violence and how abusive behavior can be passed down through generations. The cast includes four dancers, three actors, three singers, a band of five instrumentalists and a dance captain. The show runs Saturday and Sunday in the Tomlinson Theater rehearsal hall, room 102.
In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington, Temple's English Department is hosting a reading by poet, essayist, playwright and novelist Ishmael Reed. Reed is known for representing neglected African and African-American perspectives and highlighting all underrepresented peoples and perspectives in his work.
A 12-year collaboration between Associate Professor of Anthropology Jhala Jayasinhji, Temple anthropology students and private artists has grown into a full-fledged Indian study abroad experience and led to a new type of contemporary painting that marries digital techniques with traditional Indian styles. The results can be seen at the exhibit “Painting Story of the Floating Desert,” on display through April 30 at the Center for the Humanities at Temple.
Due to fears of looting or damage to important artifacts, many archaeologists prefer to conduct their work in secured areas. But Temple doctoral student Deirdre Kelleher's dig at Philadelphia's historic Elfreth's Alley has been undertaken within full view of the public — and with the help of a number of volunteers. Together they've uncovered 19th century artifacts that could help shed light on the early immigrant experience in the city.
Tyler School of Art students swept top honors at 20th Annual Collab Student Design Competition, held in conjunction with the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Their challenge: Either redesign and repackage an existing, iconic game or design a game of their own. The winners earned cash, got to interact with the judges (all industry leaders), met celebrated Tyler Graphic and Interactive Design alumna Paula Scher and got to have their work displayed at the museum's Perelman Building (through April 14, 2013).
Two major pieces of orchestral music performed and recorded by the Temple University Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Professor Luis Biava have been nominated for a 2013 GRAMMY Award. "Music of Ansel Adams: America" and "Overture, Waltz and Rondo," both nominated in the "Best Instrumental Composition" category, were commissioned by Temple's Boyer College of Music and Dance, recorded at the Temple Performing Arts Center and released on Boyer's record label, BCM&D records.