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2009-2010 White House Events

Sejong Soloists, Spaulding *

This young, conductor-less string ensemble, featuring sterling musicians from eight different countries, wins over listeners worldwide with its "rich vibrancy...clean-edged brightness and coursing freshness" (Gramophone). Joined by "brilliant pianist" (The New York Times) Orli Shaham, the renowned New York-based chamber group performs Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 12 in A Major and celebrates young genius with Mendelssohn's inventive and beloved Octet and 17-year-old Jay Greenberg's haunting and sophisticated Four Scenes.


Zoya is in the U.S. on a speaking tour and will be speaking at Dartmouth Tues., Oct. 13 at 6:30pm in 13 Carpenter on "War and Reconstruction from the Perspective of Afghanistan's Revolutionary Women"

This is the website about her and her tour

Lunch with her on Wed. will be a discussion focusing on RAWA's concerns about the U.S. occupation and growth of fundamentalism in Afghanistan. You are welcome to come to the lunch even if you are unable to attend the talk the night before.


Professor Brison will host a lunch/discussion with Judith Butler next Friday, October 16th at 12:00 p.m. Those attending this lunch will be expected to have read a chapter, "Sovereign Performatives," from Judith Butler's book, Excitable Speech, before the lunch. This chapter is available on-line at Baker Reserve. To access it, please go to the Dartmouth homepage, click "Library," then click "Library Catalog," then, in the Course Reserves box in the right-hand column click either "By Course Name" and enter "PHIL 080" or "By Instructor" and enter "Brison.

In addition, Professor Butler will be giving two lectures on campus next Thursday and Friday:

Two evenings with Judith Butler, Maxine Elliot Professor in the Departments of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley



In support of the Dartmouth Centers Forum theme Conflict & Reconciliation. Free

and open to all.

For more information, contact: Isabel Weatherdon


Sponsored by: The Department of Philosophy's 36th Annual Francis W. Gramlich Memorial Lecture. Free and open to all. Reception to Follow.

For more information, contact: Meredyth Morley

Adventurous poststructuralist philosopher whose powerful voice shapes

contemporary debates about identity, ethics, and politics.

Bio webpage:

6:30: Dinner/ Discussion w/Prof. Fred Haas at 13EW*
8pm: Don Byron New Gospel Quintet, Spaulding *

The ceaselessly inventive instrumentalist and composer Don Byron redefines every genre of music he plays, be it jazz, classical, hip-hop or klezmer. In Byron's latest historical project, his powerhouse ensemble honors gospel pioneer Thomas A. Dorsey, who infused sacred music with the blues. Dorsey classics are mingled with fiery new gospel works by an artist with "a knack for addressing varied genres in both celebratory and extended ways...full of brainy delights"

5:30pm: Dinner/ Discussion w/Prof. Shalini Ayyagari at 13EW*
7:00pm Ravi and Anoushka Shankar Concert, Spaulding *

Legendary sitarist, composer and international collaborator Ravi Shankar continues his unparalleled career as "a phenomenon in the classical music worlds of India and the West" (Chicago Tribune). Since the mid-'60s, his impact has enriched contemporary music from symphony halls to rock arenas. Joining him for this concert, his daughter Anoushka Shankar, a celebrated sitarist in her own right, returns to Hanover after wowing a Hop audience in 2006. Experience two monarchs of the sitar—and the gorgeous complexity of their music—in one spectacular evening.

Dianne Reeves Concert, Spaulding*

The talents that have made four-time Grammy winner Dianne Reeves a jazz star—soaring range, expressive breadth, impeccable phrasing and colorful palette of vocal effects—also make her an achingly convincing interpreter of R&B and pop, as she shows on her latest recording When You Know. Love songs from the CD are the focus of this intimate evening with one of America's premier vocalists.

Dartmouth Gospel Choir, Spaulding *

Hear the glorious, uplifting sound of Dartmouth's Gospel Choir with live band, when it performs a diverse array of traditional and cutting-edge gospel music, including many innovative surprises. Offering a universal message of faith, inspiration and hope, the Choir invites you to experience the power of music and song that are sure to have you swaying, clapping and feeling the love.

Tim Crouch Performance, "England," Hood Museum

British playwright/performer Tim Crouch's award-winning productions break with theatrical convention and pose provocative questions. In England, his newest work and a sensation at international art festivals, the two cast members address an intimate audience in a Hood Museum gallery. As the play increases in intensity, the characters grapple with perception, privilege and price—of art, of love, even of life—revealing an interwoven story about cultural identification, sickness and the search for health at any cost.

Sally Pinkas concert, Spaulding*

Pianist-in-residence Sally Pinkas is joined by mezzo-soprano Erma Gattie Mellinger for a program that includes lieder by Robert Schumann and contemporary American composer Ned Rorem. Pinkas continues to gain global recognition through numerous acclaimed CDs and recitals. Combining her "splendid" (Classical Voice of New England) playing with the vocal prowess of Mellinger, who has sung lead roles with opera companies across America, the concert promises to be one of great expression and beauty.

Dinner at 13EW w/Montgomery Fellow Terry Tempest Williams

Terry Tempest Williams is a writer, naturalist, and environmental activist. She wrote the highly acclaimed book, Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place, in which she chronicled the epic rise of the Great Salt Lake and the flooding of the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, at the time of her mother's struggle with ovarian cancer. The cancer was thought to be the result of nuclear testing the Nevada desert in the l950s.

Montgomery Fellow Lecture: "Writing Our Way Home"

Free and open to the public

Dinner/Discussion with Prof. Fred Haas at 13EW followed @ 7:00 pm—Vanguard Jazz Orchestra concert, Spaulding

New York's Vanguard Jazz Orchestra brandishes the hard-swinging big-band sound of co-founders Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, while refreshing it with contributions from the nation's foremost performers, composers and arrangers. Winner of a 2009 Grammy for Best Large Jazz Ensemble, VJO shows why it's considered "the most influential jazz big band of the contemporary era" (The New York Sun).

House concert/dinner at 13EW w/Sally Pinkas and Evan Hirsch

Pianist-in-residence of the Hopkins Center, Sally teaches Piano and Chamber Music at the Music Department, and is also on the faculty of the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Since her London debut she has concertized widely in the USA, Europe, Africa and her native Israel, both as soloist and as half of the Hirsch-Pinkas Piano Duo (with her husband, Evan Hirsch).

Among her credits are appearances with the Boston Pops, the Aspen Philharmonia and the Jupiter Symphony, and recitals in Rome, Jerusalem, Washington DC and Boston. She has participated in the Marlboro, Tanglewood and Aspen Music Festivals, and has collaborated with Cuarteto Latinoamericano, the Lydian and Leontovich String Quartets, and flutist Fenwick Smith. Her discography includes works by Debussy, Schulhoff and Christian Wolff on the Centaur, Northeastern and Mode labels. Two discs featuring the solo piano works of George Rochberg were released in 2000 on the Gasparo label, and her recording of Fauré's Thirteen Nocturnes was recently released on Musica Omnia.

Dartmouth Idol Finals, Spaulding

Dartmouth student vocal finalists perform with a live band. Vote for your favorite.

Last Updated: 9/20/11