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Diehn Concert Series Presents Contemporary Dance with Live Music

As part of a new regional cooperative effort and under the direction of ODU's Andrey Kasparov, associate professor of music and acclaimed pianist, the Diehn Concert Series and the Norfolk Chamber Consort present "Transformations: Contemporary Dance and Music."

This performance will bring together two prominent choreographers, Starr Foster of Starr Foster Dance Project and Beverly Cordoba Duane of Hampton University, and noted local choreographer Tamika Steeley to premiere their works with live music.

Individual works by each choreographer will be followed by a collaborative piece incorporating ideas by all three choreographers. The performance will also feature the premieres of works by guest composers Christopher Cook and Petros Ovsepyan, in addition to music composed and arranged by John Corigliano, Aurél Holló, Maurice Ravel and Kasparov.

Information on the composers premiering new works can be found at http://faculty.users.cnu.edu/christopher_cook/ and http://www.petrosovsepyan.com/en/home.html.

Information on the dance companies can be found at http://www.sfdproject.org/, http://www.fourfriends.com/secondwind/reviews.htm, http://www.accdance.com/about.htm and http://www.odu.edu/al/dance/faculty.html.

In addition to the evening performances, two master classes for students and invited guests will be held.  Choreographer Starr Foster will present a master class on Monday, March 1, from 2 p.m. until 3:15 p.m. in dance studio 1 in the Diehn Fine & Performing Arts Building.  Composer Petros Ovsepyan will present a master class on Monday, March 1, from 2 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. in the Diehn Composer's Room in the Diehn Fine & Performing Arts Building. Master classes are open to the general public to observe.

Tickets for the 8 p.m. Monday, March 1, and Tuesday, March 2, performances are $10 for students and $15 for general admission. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Arts and Letters box office, located in the University Theatre lobby, or by calling 683-5305. The box office is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets also are available at the door one hour before each performance.

The University Theatre is located on Hampton Boulevard between 46th and 47th streets. Free parking is available in the 45th Street garage. Metered street parking is also available.

An endowment established at The Norfolk Foundation, made possible by a generous gift from Mr. and Mrs. F. Ludwig Diehn, funds this program.

Visit http://al.odu.edu/al/about/Diehn.shtml for more information about future Diehn Concert performances.

This article was posted on: February 26, 2010

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