Harris I Atrium & Harris Conference Center Atrium, Harris Campus
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Tate Hall, Overcash Building
An evening organized by Elizabeth Ross delving into the theme of "The Presence of Absence" with music, dance, video, poetry by professional artists from the area.
Often the most powerful experience in life and art is not due to what’s there, but what’s not there. Think of the silence between notes in music, or a poem’s pauses, or the negative space in visual art. Or think of animals, now gone, which once roamed our countryside. Think of people who are no longer in your life whose presence remains. These ideas and many more are suggested in the theme of “presence of absence.”
Set in Pittsburgh in 1911, this drama by the author of The Piano Lesson and Fences is the story of the denizens of a boardinghouse who each have a different relationship to a past of slavery as well as to the urban present. The boarders include the proprietors, an eccentric clairvoyant with a penchant for old country voodoo, a young homeboy up from the South and a mysterious stranger who is searching for his wife.
Dale F. Halton Theater, Overcash Building
As America well knows, battles between the North and South are not uncommon, and the operatic world has its own North and South conflict. Only this conflict was born North and South of the Swiss Alps. The Italian composer, Giuseppe Verdi and the German composer, Richard Wagner defined the Romantic Period of Opera. They were born in the same year, were both renowned composers during their lifetimes, and are both operatic legends; but that is where the similarities end. Join CPCC Opera Theatre as we battle it out between these two operatic greats!