THE ARTIST AS CITIZEN INTERVIEW SERIES
Artists often lead and defend the idea of citizenship and democratic freedom through the creation of their art. Their voices often provoke and/or support, enrage and/or inform new thinking that radically transforms the world in which we live. These four interviews will champion the role of artist as citizen and support the notion that the “artist” often becomes the voice of its citizenry.This series is a collaboration between the University Musical Society and the LSA Citizenship Theme Semester. All lectures are free and open to the public but seating for all events is limited to capacity.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
AN INTERVIEW WITH ALICE COLTRANE AND RAVI COLTRANE
The widow and son of jazz musician John Coltrane discuss the legacy of one of America’s greatest musical icons and innovators. Alice Coltrane has continued in her late husband’s footsteps by creating a unique style of jazz that is both liberating and transcendent. This is an extremely rare public interview of one of jazz’ greatest legends.
“...the Arts transcend limited social boundaries like class, race, and nationality.”
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6
AN INTERVIEW WITH MARIAN MCPARTLAND
The piano, and jazz piano, could be considered an instrument of revolt, inspiration and freedom. Join Marian McPartland as she discusses the piano, jazz history, and its role in (re)defining American musical culture.
"Swing is like being on a tight-rope or rollercoaster. It's like walking in space. It's like a souffle: It rises and rises and rises." Marian McPartlan
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13
AN INTERVIEW WITH JANET EILBER AND THE MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY
Martha Graham single-handedly led the way in becoming a voice for citizenship through defining her role as an artist, making her one of the most revered innovators of the 20th century. Join Artistic Director Janet Eilber and leading members of the Martha Graham Dance Company as they discuss the artistic revolution(s) and legacy of one of America’s premier creative heroines.
“All things I do are in every woman. Every woman is Medea. Every woman is Jocasta. There comes a time when a woman is a mother to her husband. Clytemnestra is every woman when she kills.” – Martha Graham
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25
AN INTERVIEW WITH PATRICK STEWART AND HARRIET WALTER
How would Antony and Cleopatra consider themselves as citizens? Join world-renowned actors Patrick Stewart and Harriet Walter as they ponder this question, their upcoming performance as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Michigan Residency, and the idea of Shakespearean citizenry then and now.
“Give me my robe. Put on my crown. I have Immortal longings in me.” Cleopatra, Act V, Scene ii, Antony and Cleopatra