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Composer Steve Reich and video artist Beryl Korot visit Dartmouth as Montgomery Fellows

Posted 03/24/00

Steve Reich and Beryl Korot

The husband-and-wife artistic team of Steve Reich and Beryl Korot will be in residence at Dartmouth College from March 30 to April 14 as part of the Montgomery Endowment Fellowship program.

While in Hanover, they will host several public events, including an informal video presentation of their three-act, multimedia/audiovisual opera The Cave at 8 p.m. Monday, April 3, in Loew Auditorium. A discussion of The Cave will follow the next evening, also at 8 p.m. in Loew Auditorium. Both events are free and open to the public.

On Thursday, April 13, the couple will present Act I: Hindenburg, the first act of their trilogy Three Tales: A Documentary Video Opera at 8 p.m. in Spaulding Auditorium in the Hopkins Center. Tickets are $22.50.

According to The Guardian of London, Steve Reich is among only "a handful of living composers who can legitimately claim to have altered the direction of musical history." A leading pioneer of minimalism, a musical style of simplified rhythms and patterns, Reich's compositions embrace not only Western classical music, but the structures, harmonies and rhythms of non-Western and vernacular American music, particularly jazz. He received a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Composition for Different Trains in 1990.

Beryl Korot has been a leader in video art for more than 25 years and is known particularly for her multiple channel installations. Her work was included in a month-long video art retrospective at the Whitney Museum in New York City, where she was cited for her "importance in video history . . . formal articulation of multi-monitor image structure and the integration of the video image with other media." Over the years, she has received multiple grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts and the Creative Artists Public Service Fund, as well as support from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation and the Nathan Cummings Foundation.

The Cave is a multimedia audiovisual "opera" exploring the Biblical story of Abraham, Sarah, Hagar, Ishmael and Isaac. It was hailed by Time magazine as a "fascinating glimpse of what opera might be like in the 21st century." Commissioned by seven different theaters and festivals from Europe and the United States, the piece has toured worldwide.

Hindenburg is part one of the three-part documentary video opera Three Tales, which reflects on the growth and implications of technology in the 20th century. Starting with the 1937 Hindenburg zeppelin explosion in Lakehurst, N.J., the segment uses historical footage, photographs and text to explore the role of the Paul Von Hindenburg, for whom the zeppelin was named, in the expansion of technology. Hindenburg was a World War I general who became the last president of the Weimar Republic and made Hitler chancellor in 1933.

As Montgomery Fellows, Reich and Korot will interact with Dartmouth College students, both in the classroom and in informal settings. Their schedule includes participation in music, studio art, history and architecture classes, among others, plus informal dinners with smaller student groups.

The Montgomery Endowment brings to Dartmouth outstanding figures not only from the academic world but from non-academic spheres as well. It was established in 1977 by the late Chicago attorney Kenneth F. Montgomery '25 and his wife, Harle, to "provide for the advancement of the academic realm of the college . . . making possible new dimensions for, as well as extraordinary enrichments to, the educational experience" at Dartmouth.

Note to reporters and editors: A photograph of Reich and Korot is available for digital transmission, as are still photos from their work. The couple is available for interviews on a limited basis during their residency.

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