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The Hartt School, the comprehensive performing arts conservatory of the University of Hartford, is pleased to present Bang on a Can All-Stars on Thursday evening, December 9, 2010, at 7:30 PM, in Lincoln Theater (moved from Millard Auditorium due to popular demand) on the University of Hartford's West Hartford campus. Individual concert tickets are $30 and Series subscriptions are $100, with discounts on individual tickets and subscriptions for seniors, educators, University of Hartford alumni, students, and groups.

The second concert in the 2010-2011 Richard P. Garmany Chamber Music Series, this performance features Bang on a Can All-Stars, the internationally celebrated new-music group whose every concert is a unique event. The six-person ensemble performs to cheering audiences all over the world. Hartt's dynamic professor of double bass Robert Black joins Ashley Bathgate, cello; Vicky Chow, piano; David Cossin, percussion; Mark Stewart, electric guitar; and Evan Ziporyn, clarinets. Visit www.bangonacan.org/all_stars/ for more information.

Bang on a Can All-Stars will interact with Hartt students throughout the day during master classes, guest lectures and a post concert reception.

A special pre-concert dinner precedes the performance and begins at 6:00 PM in the University's 1877 Club. Patrons may purchase Series subscriptions or individual tickets to the performances and/or the pre-concert dinners. Dinner tickets are $39 each. To purchase Series subscriptions or individual tickets, or to get additional information, please call the University of Hartford Box Office at 860.768.4228 or 800.274.8587. To purchase tickets online, please visit www.hartford.edu/hartt.

About the Bang on a Can All-Stars artists:

Ashley Bathgate

Ashley Bathgate has performed worldwide as both a classical and contemporary musician and has been hailed by critics as a "brilliant, rising star." She has appeared in venues such as Carnegie's Zankel Hall, Merkin Hall, (le) Poisson Rouge, BargeMusic, Boston's Symphony Hall, the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, the Chan Centre in Vancouver, Seoul Arts Center, Forbidden City Concert Hall and National Center for the Performing Arts (Beijing), Shanghai Grand Theater, Teatro Palladium of Rome, the Royal Conservatory of the Hague, and the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam. Ashley has been a guest artist at several festivals including New York City's Look and Listen, River to River, Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, TN, the Saratoga Chamber Music Festival, Bard Summerscape, Romaeuropa, Athelas New Music, the Shanghai International Arts Festival, and the Beijing Music Festival. Read more at www.ashleybathgate.net/.

Robert Black

Robert Black's interests range from traditional orchestral and chamber music to solo recitals, collaborations with actors, music with computers, movement-based improvisations with dancers, and live action-painting performances with artists. He has commissioned, collaborated, or performed with musicians from John Cage to D.J. Spooky, Elliott Carter to Meredith Monk, Cecil Taylor to Paquito d'Rivera, as well as many young emerging composers.

His recital activities frequently take him to five continents and he has appeared at major festivals (Takefu International Music Festival, Japan; Festival de Eleazar Carvalho, Fortalzea, Brazil; Colombo-Catalan Festival, Medellin, Colombia; Helsinki Festival, Finland; NYYD, Estonia; etc.), on radio and television broadcasts (Asia Live, Singapore, VPRO, Holland; NPR, United States; CBC, Canada; etc.), and as an artist-in-residence (American Center, Paris; the Banff Centre, Canada; Studio P.A.S.S., NYC). Robert maintains a full teaching schedule at The Hartt School of the University of Hartford, the Festival Eleazar de Carvalho (Brazil), and is a member of the Manhattan School of Music's Contemporary Performance Program. Read more about Robert at www.robertblack.org/.

Vicky Chow

Canadian pianist Vicky Chow has performed extensively as a classical and contemporary soloist, chamber musician, and ensemble member, and has been hailed as 'brilliant' by the New York Times (Anthony Tommasini).

Ms. Chow made her orchestral debut at the age of 10 with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Since, she has appeared with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Juilliard Symphony, The Vancouver Academy Orchestra, White Rock Festival String Orchestra, and the B.C. Sinfonietta. She has performed under numerous conductors, including George Manahan, James Conlon, JoAnn Falleta, Bramwell Tovey, Victor Feldbrill, and Jeffrey Milarsky. As a chamber musician, she has collaborated with New York Philharmonic flutist Renee Siebert and Metropolitan Opera soprano Janet Hopkins at the Desert Chamber Music Society and cellist Andre Emelianoff of the Da Capo Chamber Players. Read more about Vicky at www.vickychow.com/.

David Cossin

David Cossin is a specialist in new and experimental music, and has worked across a broad spectrum of musical and artistic forms to incorporate new media with percussion. David has performed as a soloist with orchestras through out the world including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestra Radio France, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Sao Paulo State Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Gothenburg Symphony, Hong Kong Symphony, and the Singapore Symphony. Most recently, David is happy to be performing with Sting on his latest world tour, Symphonicity. Read more about David at http://web.mac.com/davidcossin/Site/About.html.

Mark Stewart

Multi-instrumentalist, singer, composer, and instrument designer Mark Stewart has been heard around the world performing both old and new music. Since 1998 he has recorded, toured, and been Musical Director with Paul Simon. A founding member of Bang on a Can All-Stars, Mark also is a member of Steve Reich and Musicians, The Fred Frith Guitar Quartet, Arnold Dreyblatt's Orchestra of Excited Strings, Zeena Parkins' Gangster Band, and the manic duo Polygraph Lounge with keyboard & theremin wizard Rob Schwimmer. Read more about Mark at www.polygraphlounge.com/Mark/.

Evan Ziporyn

Evan Ziporyn has toured the globe with the All-Stars since 1992. He is also founder and Artistic Director of Gamelan Galak Tika, a Boston-based Balinese music and dance troupe devoted to new works by American and Balinese composers. With Galak Tika, he has presented his groundbreaking Balinese/Western fusion works in venues as diverse as New York's Zankel Hall and the Balinese International Arts Festival. He is the recipient of the 2007 USA Artists Walker Fellowship and the 2004 American Academy of Arts and Letters Goddard Lieberson Award. Read more at www.ziporyn.com/.

The Richard P. Garmany Chamber Music Series for 2010-2011 also includes performances by the Brentano String Quartet on February 17, 2011 and the New York Woodwind Quintet on April 7, 2011. The Garmany Series, which quickly has established itself as the region's premier showcase for visiting chamber music artists, is made possible in part by a grant from the Richard P. Garmany Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

Brentano String Quartet - Thursday, February 17, 2011
Widely hailed as one of the most exciting quartets to appear in many years, the Brentano is making headlines with its imaginative programming and dazzling virtuosity. "Glittering…intoxicating…revelatory…" - The Strad "Magnificent….The Brentanos are the talk of the chamber music community." - Kansas City Star

New York Woodwind Quintet - Thursday, April 7, 2011
Celebrating its 60th year, the New York Woodwind Quintet is one of chamber music's most honored and venerable ensembles. Each of the Quintet's members is an established artist in his or her own right and the group's bassoonist, Marc Goldberg, is a long-time member of the Hartt faculty. "For more than half a century, this group has defined great wind playing…" - The New Yorker

"These are among the most celebrated chamber music ensembles in the world today," says Steve Metcalf, artistic director of the Garmany Series. "We're thrilled that the Garmany Fund is making it possible for us to bring these artists to our campus and to our community."

The Hartt School is the comprehensive performing arts conservatory of the University of Hartford that offers innovative degree programs in music, dance, and theatre. Founded 90 years ago, Hartt has been an integral part of the University of Hartford since its charter merged the then Hartt School of Music, the Hartford Art School, and Hillyer College to create the University in 1957. 2010 marks Hartt's 90th year of providing world class performing arts education to students in Greater-Hartford and around the world. With more than 400 concerts, recitals, plays, master classes, dance performances, and musical theatre productions a year, performance is central to Hartt's curriculum. For more information about The Hartt School, visit www.hartford.edu/hartt.

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving is the community foundation for the 29-town Greater Hartford region, dedicated to improving the quality of life for area residents for the past 85 years. The Foundation receives gifts from thousands of generous individuals and families, and last year, awarded grants of nearly $26 million to a broad range of area nonprofit organizations. For more information about the Hartford Foundation, visit www.hfpg.org or call 860-548-1888.

Photo Credit: Stephanie Berger
Pictured L to R: Top- Robert Black, David Cossin, Vicky Chow, Evan Ziporyn
Bottom- Mark Stewart, Ashley Bathgate

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