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The Hermitage Artist Retreat, in partnership with the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and its Art of Our Time programming at the Historic Asolo Theater, announces that two programs are scheduled in January featuring Hermitage Fellows working as composers. These events are part of the community programs requested of artists who are invited to work at the Hermitage in exchange for their residencies. The Hermitage Series at the Historic Asolo Theater is offered free to museum members, students and those purchasing museum admittance on event days. All others pay $5.00.
Programs begin at 7:00 pm. The Historic Asolo Theater is located at 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota.
“We are starting the new year with some terrific programs by our artists,” remarked Bruce E. Rodgers, Hermitage executive director. “These artists work around the world performing their art or having it performed by others. We feel very fortunate to have them accept our invitation to come to Sarasota County to work basically uninterrupted and be inspired by our beachfront surroundings. In exchange they give a hint of their artistry back to us in a program of their choosing. It’s always interesting to hear what they are working on and sometimes even get a sampling of whatever and wherever they are in their process.”
On Thursday, January 10, the program features Composer, Conductor and Chinese Folk Singer Huang Ruo. Huang Ruo will play and sing examples of his music for orchestra, opera, film and multimedia, which he wrote for the Houston Grand Opera, New York City Ballet, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and the great orchestras of New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Hong Kong and others. His music draws inspiration from Chinese Folk, Western avant-garde, rock and jazz. Come and hear why the New York Times rated his music as second in the “Top Ten Classical Moments of the Year.” Huang Ruo has been cited by the New Yorker as “one of the most intriguing of the new crop of Asian-American composers.”
Composer and Pianist Nathan Currier takes the stage on Thursday, January 31st. Currier will share parts of the cello sonata he is writing at the Hermitage. A former teacher at Julliard, as a composer he won the Rome Prize and as a pianist he won the Silver medal in the International Piano Recording Competition, among other honors. In addition, Currier is also a sought-after speaker on climate change and a scholar of Gaia principles of ecology. He will briefly discuss the Gaia theory and play some sections of his oratorio, Gaian Variations.
“Never your everyday programming,” Rodgers continued. “That is what we like most about this series. We can expose our community to what’s next on the artistic horizon. Not even we know what these talented artists are going to reveal. Come be inspired, challenged and entertained. We hope you will join us.”
The Hermitage is a not-for-profit artist retreat located at 6660 Manasota Key Road in Englewood. It brings accomplished painters, sculptors, writers, playwrights, poets, composers and other artists from all over the world for extended stays on its 8.5-acre campus. Each artist is asked to contribute two services to the community during their stay. So far, Hermitage artists have touched over 8,000 Gulf Coast community children and adults with their unique and inspiring programs. In addition, the Hermitage awards and administers the prestigious Greenfield Prize, an annual $30,000 commission for a new work of art, rotated among three disciplines: visual art, music and drama. For more information about the Hermitage Series at the Historic Asolo Theater or The Hermitage Artist Retreat, call 941-475-2098 or visit the website at www.HermitageArtistRetreat.org.