Syracuse Symposium™ “Networks” continues with “Networked Arts,” an international performance on Nov. 8 linking Syracuse University, Cornell, and Beijing. The program is presented by the Society for New Music, and will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium in Newhouse III.
Music in Syracuse will be accompanied by dance at Cornell, and poetry and Chinese painting in Beijing, while an erhu (Chinese two-stringed fiddle) performance in Beijing will interact with sound-reactive visuals by artist Lorne Covington in Syracuse. Audiences at all three venues will see and hear all performances simultaneously on big screens.
“This is an incredibly complex event, both technically and artistically,” says Neva Pilgrim, director of SNM. “The tech rehearsals with IT people at each site and between sites have been going on since September. It’s bound to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for those attending, whether in Syracuse, at Cornell, or in Beijing.”
Humanities Center Director Vivian May remarks, “We are pleased to support the Society for New Music in this innovative, multi-site arts performance. This event offers a rare opportunity to bridge different genres and audiences in real time, via the layers and interactions offered by combining live performances with a networked environment.
Ithaca composer Kevin Ernste will be at Cornell University’s Lincoln Hall with dancer Alaina Olivieri, who will dance to his 2010 “Long Path,” choreographed by Eran Hanlon and performed by pianist Rob Auler in Syracuse. The Chinese poem that inspired the work will be read in Beijing and coordinated with the music in Syracuse.
Covington’s sound-reactive visuals in Syracuse will respond to an erhu solo by Grammy winner Tan Dun performed in Beijing by Yan Yan.
This is the third concert in SNM's 44th season of concerts in Upstate New York, where it is the only year-round new music group and one of the oldest in the U.S.
The event is free for Syracuse University students and faculty with valid I.D.; $15 for seniors and $12 for students; $30 for a family.
Tickets are available via paypal at societyfornewmusic.org, by calling 315-245-1689, or at the door.
The Syracuse University Humanities Center, founded in 2008, fosters public engagement in the humanities, and is home to the Syracuse Symposium™, the Central New York Humanities Corridor, the Jeanette K. Watson Distinguished Visiting Professorship, the Mellon Visiting Collaborator, the HC Mini-Seminar and Symposium Seminar series, the Perpetual Peace Project, and other annual research initiatives, annual fellowships and public programming.