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Anne Wilkes Tucker

2014 Campbell Lecture Series featuring Robert Wilson Watch the webcast here  March 26  March 27  March 28   The 2014 Campbell Lecture Series presents Robert Wilson March 26, 27 & 28 @ 6 PM Rice Media Center Auditorium  A General Reception in the Rice Media Center Gallery will follow the lecture on Wednesday, March 26th Admission: Lectures are free and open to the public. Seating is open and will begin at 5:30pm each evening. Location: The lectures will take place in the Rice Media Center Auditorium (Building 56 on the Campus Map) near Entrance 8 from University Blvd. Please visit www.rice.edu/maps for campus maps and driving directions Parking: Visitors can use West Lot 1. Parking rates and maps can be found at parking.rice.edu Photography: No photos during the lecture, please. The lecture will be videotaped and photographed for archival purposes. Event Details: Each lecture will be approximately 45 minutes in length, followed by audience questions.   *RESERVATIONS REQUIRED* Please RSVP to campbell.lecture@rice.edu ROBERT WILSON The New York Times described Robert Wilson as "a towering figure in the world of experimental theater and an explorer in the uses of time and space on stage." Born in Waco, Texas, Wilson is among the world's foremost theater and visual artists. His works for the stage unconventionally integrate a wide variety of artistic media, including dance, movement, lighting, sculpture, music and text. His images are aesthetically striking and emotionally charged, and his productions have earned the acclaim of audiences and critics worldwide. After being educated at the University of Texas and Brooklyn's Pratt Institute, Wilson founded the New York-based performance collective "The Byrd Hoffman School of Byrds" in the mid-1960s, and developed his first signature works, including Deafman Glance (1970) and A Letter for Queen Victoria (1974-1975). With Philip Glass he wrote the seminal opera Einstein on the Beach (1976). Wilson's artistic collaborators include many writers and musicians such as Heiner Müller, Tom Waits, Susan Sontag, Laurie Anderson, William Burroughs, Lou Reed and Jessye Norman. He has also left his imprint on masterworks such as Beckett's Krapp's Last Tape, Puccini's Madama Butterfly, Debussy's Pelléas et Melisande, Brecht/Weill's Threepenny Opera, Büchner's Woyzeck, Jean de la Fontaine's Fables and Homer's Odyssey. Wilson's drawings, paintings and sculptures have been presented around the world in hundreds of solo and group showings, and his works are held in private collections and museums throughout the world. Wilson has been honored with numerous awards for excellence, including a Pulitzer Prize nomination, two Premio Ubu awards, the Golden Lion of the Venice Biennale, and an Olivier Award. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters and France pronounced him Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres. Wilson is the founder and Artistic Director of The Watermill Center, a laboratory for performing arts in Watermill, New York.  


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Robert Wilson

Robert Wilson

March 26, 27 & 28 @ 6 PM
A Series of Lectures by Robert Wilson


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Patrick Summers

Patrick Summers

March 18, 19 & 20
Thinking Music : The Conductor as Cultural Leader and Teacher


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Stanley Fish

Stanley Fish

Academic Freedom: 
A Series of Lectures by Stanley Fish 
April10, 11 & 12, 2012  


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Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith

November 10, 2010
A Reading by Zadie Smith


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The Promise of Museums

The Promise of Museums

October 27, 28, 29, 2009
The Promise of Museums


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Stephen Greenblatt

Stephen Greenblatt

Oct 21, 22, and 23, 2008
Shakespeare's Creative Freedom


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Alix Ohlin

Alix Ohlin

Oct. 23, 24, and 25, 2007
The Tempest of Art and Nature


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Ha Jin

Ha Jin

Oct. 24, 25, and 26, 2006 
The Writer as Migrant


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Robert Pinsky

Robert Pinsky

Oct. 18, 19, and 20, 2005
The American Town: Dreams and Nightmares


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The Campbell Lecture Series

2013 Campbell Lecture Series
"Thinking Music: Conductor as Cultural Leader and Teacher" by Patrick Summers

 

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Thinking Music:

The Conductor as Cultural Leader and Teacher

March 18, 19 & 20, 2013

Rice Memorial Chapel @ 6pm

 

Monday, March 18

"Prelude and Fugue: Life in Music
General Reception at Brochstein Pavilion following lecture

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Tuesday, March 19

"Themes and Variations: Life from Music"

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Wednesday, March 20

"The Sonata of Life"

   

Admission: RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Lectures are free and open to the public. Seating is open and will begin at 5:30pm each evening. Please email campbell.lecture@rice.edu to make a reservation.

 

Location: The lectures will take place at 6pm at Rice University in the Rice Memorial Chapel in the Ley Student Center on March 18, 19 and 20, 2013.

 

Parking: The Central Campus Garage, accessible from Entrance 20, is located underground east of the music school (under the Jones Graduate School of Business). West Lot 1 is east of the music school and accessible from Entrance 8 or 18. More detailed parking information can be found at http://parking.rice.edu/

 

Photography: No photos during the lecture, please. The lecture will be videotaped and photographed for archival purposes.

 

Event Details: Each lecture will be approximately 45 minutes in length, followed by audience questions. There will be a general reception immediately following the Monday, March 18th lecture.

 

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Patrick Summers currently holds the Margaret Alkek Williams Chairs and was named artistic and music director of HGO in 2011 after having served as the company's music director since 1998. He has been responsible for many of HGO's important artistic advances, including the development of the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, regularly praised by critics as a world-class ensemble. At HGO, he has conducted world premieres (André Previn's Brief Encounter, Christopher Theofanidis's The Refuge, Jake Heggie's The End of the Affair and Three Decembers, and Carlisle Floyd's Cold Sassy Tree) and works that span the operatic canon, including Verdi's Don Carlos, La traviata, Nabucco, Rigoletto, Il trovatore, Simon Boccanegra, Falstaff, and A Masked Ball; Puccini's La bohème, Madame Butterfly, Manon Lescaut, and Tosca; Mozart's Così fan tutte, The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, The Abduction from the Seraglio, and Idomeneo; Donizetti's Mary Stuart, The Elixir of Love, Lucia di Lammermoor, and Don Pasquale; Lehár's The Merry Widow; Handel's Julius Caesar; Rossini's The Barber of Seville; Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos; Britten's Billy Budd, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Turn of the Screw, and Peter Grimes; and Wagner's Lohengrin.

 

He has enjoyed longstanding relationships with the Metropolitan Opera, where he has conducted regularly since 1998; with San Francisco Opera, where he has been principal guest conductor since 1999; and with Opera Australia. Engagements for the 2012-13 season include Jake Heggie's Moby-Dick with San Francisco Opera, the Richard Tucker Gala at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, a U.S. tour with the Russian National Orchestra and solo pianist Daniil Trifonov, a Carnegie Hall performance of André Previn's A Streetcar Named Desire with Renée Fleming, and The Magic Flute at the Bregenz Festival. For Houston Grand Opera, he conducts Show Boat, Tristan and Isolde, and Il trovatore.