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Below are upcoming events sponsored by the Stetson University Artists and Lectures Series.

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September 16, 2016 - Satoshi Takeishi

Japanese-born Satoshi Takeishi has more than 30 years of experience in live performances and recording sessions around the world in styles of jazz, rock, contemporary classical, avant-garde, experimental electronic, Latin, South American, Arabic and African music. Behind a drum set, a hybrid percussion set or computer-based electronics, he moves among diverse musical environments beyond genres. Mr. Takeishi will collaborate with Digital Arts Professor Matt Roberts in a performance combining Takeishi’s musical composition with Roberts’ improvisational live digital imaging and video art. Mr. Roberts' collaboration with Satoshi will be of great benefit to DIGA students as he will improvise live video with Satoshi's music, thus demonstrating his art and techniques in front of Digital Arts students. The show will be live engineered and recorded by students from DIGA 361 - Audio Recording and Production I, under the supervision of Dr. Pras.

Mr. Takeishi will collaborate with Digital Arts Professor Matt Roberts in a performance combining Takeishi’s musical composition with Roberts’ improvisational live digital imaging and video art. Mr. Roberts' collaboration with Satoshi will be of great benefit to DIGA students as he will improvise live video with Satoshi's music, thus demonstrating his art and techniques in front of Digital Arts students. The show will be live engineered and recorded by students from DIGA 361 - Audio Recording and Production I, under the supervision of Dr. Pras.

October 24 - 25, 2016 - Great Guitarists at Stetson: Gaëlle Solal (France)

Gaëlle Solal

  • October 24, 2016 - Masterclass
  • October 25, 2016 - Recital: Lee Chapel - 7:30 p.m.

Gaëlle Solal

Born in Marseilles (France) in 1978, Gaëlle Solal began the study of the guitar at age of 6 with Rene' Bartoli. At 14, she won three gold medals at the Conservatoire de Marseilles and, as the best student of all instruments, was awarded the Prix de la Ville de Marseille. She has studied with many acclaimed musicians and her list of awards and recognitions. With a passion for contemporary music, Gaëlle has performed the premiere performances of Concerto by Maurice Ohana, the Double Concerto by Naomi Sekiya with Kent Nagano in Berkeley and three new compositions at the Cordoba Guitar Festival 2006. Gaëlle's eclectic passions have led her to combine her commitment as a performer with teaching as well as dance and theater experiences.

November 8 - 11, 2016 - Mikey Holmes & Nicole Cobb

Musician Mikey Holmes & Audio/Visual Artist, Filmmaker Nicole Cobb will join us at Stetson to expose our students to young American artists who excel at combining old and new technologies and who can successfully fund, organize and diffuse their projects in the current paradigm of the digital art industry.

Mikey Holmes is a musician and thinker currently living among the Colorado Rockies. A graduate of NYU's Music Technology program, he has recorded and released a small handful of albums with his bands The Sweet Boys and Lightning Bug in addition to his solo album, "Life Is Meaningless | Clouds Are Beautiful".

Nicole Cobb is an audio/video artist and filmmaker currently based out of Boulder, CO. Nicole received her BFA in Film & Television from NYU in 2013, during which time she received the Tony Hawkins Award for Audio Art and the Sony Award for Digital Art. She assistant teaches the Experimental Film curriculum at NYU Paris in summer semesters, centered around the underground cinema of France. Her most recent projects are an exploration of memory, specifically landscape memory and how a physical place can be viewed as a dynamic embodiment of time.

February 15, 2017 - Core Ensemble: Ain't I A Woman

"Ain't I a Woman!" is a new music theatre work for actress and chamber music trio celebrating the life and times of four African-American women: Zora Neale Hurston; Clementine Hunter; Sojourner Truth and Fannie Lou Hamer. The musical score is drawn from the spirituals and blues of the Deep South, the urban vitality of the Jazz Age, and contemporary concert music by African Americans.

February 16 - 17, 2017 - Great Guitarists at Stetson: Antigoni Goni (Greece)

Antigoni Goni

  • February 16, 2017 - Class Lecture/Performance - The Guitar: Instruments, Styles, and Cultures (MUSC 190A for non-music majors) - 1 p.m.
  • February 16, 2017 - Masterclass - 3 - 5:30 p.m.
  • February 17, 2017 - Lee Chapel - 7:30 p.m.

Antigoni Goni

Universally praised for her profound artistic sensitivity, her exquisite sound and for her unmatched palette of colors and dynamics, the Greek guitarist Antigoni Goni is internationally acclaimed as a true ambassador of the guitar and a sought-after pedagogue. She has won many prestigious awards and has been recognized for her artistry, her teaching and her extensive international performance repertoire. As a NAXOS and KOCH recording artist, her highly successful recordings have been praised for being "expressively poetic and technically exciting" and have been received with great enthusiasm by the international musical community. At least a dozen of the pieces she has recorded have been included in Enrique Robichaud's classical guitar CD guide: Guitar's TOP 100 Best.

February 16 - 23, 2017 - John N. Kiselica

John N. Kiselica is the Resident Sound Designer and Master Electrician for Florida Repertory Theatre in Fort Myers, FL and acts as the Lighting and Sound Supervisor for year round consultation and project specific work. He is also the Resident Lighting and Sound Design at Endstation Theatre Company. He has worked on a national tour, Buddy: the Buddy Holly Musical, as the master electrician after a contract with Royal Caribbean International as a stage technician. Commercial theatrical work includes installing Prodigy Hoists, an automated rigging system from Electronic Theatre Controls. John continues to freelance in addition to his seasonal position with Florida Rep in the professional, academic and community theatre circles. Mr. Kiselica will be joining the Creative Arts Department and the Theatre Arts program as a guest artist collaborating with students on the Second Stage Theatre production of Ionesco’s Rhinoceros, directed by Dr. Ken McCoy. Mr. Kiselica will be visiting classes and holding workshops throughout the week.

March 16 - 18, 2017 - Great Guitarists at Stetson: David Russell (Scotland/Spain), Pasquale Rucco/Douglas James Duo (Italy/USA) and Elliot Frank (USA)

  • March 16, 2017 - Class Lecture/Performance: Pasquale Rucco/Douglas James -The Guitar: Instruments, Styles, and Cultures (MUSC 190A for non-music majors) - 1 p.m.
  • March 16, 2017 - Recital: Pasquale Rucco/Douglas James Duo and Elliot Frank - 7:30 p.m.
  • March 17, 2017 - Masterclass: Elliot Frank- time TBA
  • March 17, 2017 - Recital: David Russell - 7:30 p.mm
  • March 18, 2016 - Masterclass: David Russell - time TBA

David Russell

David Russell is world renowned for his superb musicianship and inspired artistry, having earned the highest praise from audiences and critics alike. In recognition of his great talent and his international career, he was named a Fellow of The Royal Academy of Music in London in 1997. Aside from his world-wide recognition, concert-goers everywhere are in awe of his musical genius and inspired by his captivating stage presence. His love of his craft resonates through his flawless and seemingly effortless performance. The attention to detail and provocative lyrical phrasing suggest an innate understanding of what each individual composer was working to achieve, bringing to each piece a sense of adventure.

Pasquale Rucco/Douglas James Duo

The duo of Pasquale Rucco and Douglas James specializes in the guitar literature of the early 19th century performed on authentic instruments of the period. The two first met and became friends at guitar festivals in northern Italy during the early 1990's. They have now been performing together for over ten years, charming audiences worldwide with their interpretations of music from the first true "golden age" of the guitar. The duo's repertoire features some of the most famous of the early 19th-century guitar duo masterpieces as well as newly discovered gems. Rucco and James have performed at such prestigious venues as the Oberlin Conservatory, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Early Music Houston, and the Stetson International Guitar Summer Workshop. In the U.S. they have also presented concerts and masterclasses for universities and guitar societies.

Elliot Frank

Applauded by critics and audiences for his unique blend of powerful virtuosity, beautiful tone, and natural musicianship, Elliot Frank has appeared as solo recitalist, chamber player, and as concerto soloist throughout the Americas and Europe. He is a frequent guest performer and teacher at guitar festivals throughout the Americas. Elliot Frank was selected to initiate the guitar studies program at East Carolina University and is currently teaching there in addition to maintaining an active concert schedule.

April 11, 2017 - Susan Milan

“Susan Milan is one of the UK's leading flutists and a highly-respected teacher. A Scholar at the Royal College of Music, she was immediately appointed Principal Flute with Bournemouth Sinfonietta after graduation and four years later became the Principal Flute and first woman member of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. After leaving the RPO she rapidly emerged as an international soloist and now regularly performs with major orchestras in Britain and Europe. She tours extensively throughout Europe, Scandinavia, USA and the Far East. She has commissioned and premiered a number of works by well-known contemporary composers, including Jindrich Feld, Richard Rodney Bennett, Robert Saxton, Ole Schmidt, Carl Davis and John Rushby Smith. Susan Milan has a long established recital duo with Ian Brown and has formed three ensembles, The London Sonata Group, Instrumental Quintet of London and Debussy Trio, and she broadcasts frequently for the BBC with these ensembles and as a soloist. Susan Milan is a Professor at the Royal College of Music." - from the Naxos website