Check Out Lively Arts Performances for March 2011

by Diane VanDyke

Celebrating the concepts of presence and continuity, the string quartet, Ethel, will perform “Present Beauty: The Hours” by Phillip Glass on Sunday, March 6, at 3 p.m. at the College’s Science Center Theater at the Central Campus. Tickets cost $20 for general admission, $18 for students and seniors and $10 for children.

The performance is made possible with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts American Masterpieces Program.

Based in New York, Ethel consists of violinists Cornelius Dufallo and Mary Rowell, violist Ralph Farris and cellist Dorothy Lawson.

The quartet will perform Philip Glass’s score from the 2002 film, “The Hours,” which is based on Virginia Woolf’s novel, Mrs. Dalloway. The film earned a number of Academy Award nominations, including Best Original Score.

As a writer, Woolf describes the theme of beauty as an experience of the present, not one that has ties to the past or future. Glass captures this beauty in continuity, and Ethel has created its own arrangement based upon his work and Woolf’s concepts.

For more information about Ethel, visit www.ethelcentral.com.

Ethel

As part of Montgomery County Community College’s Lively Arts Series, the Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers will perform on Saturday, March 12, at 8 p.m. in the Science Center Theater at the Central Campus. Tickets cost $25 for general admission, $20 for students and seniors and $10 for children.

The performance is made possible by a grant from the William Penn Foundation.

The Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers will incorporate their Asian American perspective with Western contemporary dance for a performance that transcends all cultural boundaries. Their dances are recognized for the artistry of their choreography. Kun-Yang Lin’s work features powerful movements and passion as it relates to others and the world.

Acknowledged as one of Taiwan’s finest choreographers, Kun-Yang’s work has been presented at festivals, theaters and universities in Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, London, Austria and the United States.

For more information on Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers, visit www.kunyanglin.org.

Kun-Yang Lin Dancers

The Capitol Steps bring their political wit and satire to Montgomery County Community College on Saturday, March 26, at 8 p.m. in the Science Center Theater at the Central Campus. Tickets cost $25.

Capitol Steps started in December 1981 when a trio of Senate staff members—Elaina Newport, Jim Aidala and the late Bill Strauss—needed to provide entertainment for a holiday party. They created a comedy routine with songs about their employers, which was an instant hit. In subsequent years, they continued their performances with additional members and eventually went professional taking their show on the road.

Since they started, Capitol Steps created more than 30 albums and have been featured on major networks, including NBC, CBS, ABC, PBS and on National Public Radio. They have also become a perennial favorite at Montgomery County Community College.

For more information about Capitol Steps, visit www.capsteps.com.

Capitol Steps

 

All performances are held in the Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell. For information and tickets, visit www.mc3.edu/livelyarts or call 215-641-6518.

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