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The University Orchestra, conducted by Susan Deaver, will present a spring concert on Staller Center’s Main Stage Tuesday, May 3, at 8 pm. The Orchestra will perform Berlioz Roman Carnival Overture, Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 and Villa-Lobos Fantasia for Soprano Saxophone and Chamber Orchestra. Saxophonist Daniel Minogue, winner of the 2016 Stony Brook University Undergraduate Concerto Competition, will perform the Villa Lobos Fantasia. Minogue ’16 is a performer and composer of classical, jazz, rock and other modern music. He has performed with various orchestras, wind ensembles, chamber ensembles, popular music groups and jazz ensembles in New York and Virginia. At Stony…

Stony Brook University graduate student Joseph Bohigian has organized a concert featuring music by Stony Brook Composers on Thursday, April 21, at 7:30 pm at The Firehouse Space in Brooklyn. The show is part of the monthly Composer’s Voice Concert Series and will include music by Stony Brook faculty, current students and alumni. Works will be performed by Stony Brook students and by professional New York musicians. Bohigian is a composer, percussionist and pianist whose music has been heard around the world in Germany, Portugal, Armenia, Brazil and across the United States. “Stony Brook is very open and encouraging to composers…

Centuries ago in Japan, taiko (big) drums, were used to motivate troops on the battlefield. Today Taiko is used in peaceful Shinto and Buddhist rituals, like those celebrating Earth Day at Stony Brook’s annual Earthstock festival taking place this year on April 22. With help from her fellow enthusiasts, biology Professor Joan Miyazaki began building taiko drums in 1998 and soon members of Soh Daiko, New York’s premier taiko group, and other taiko leaders came to campus to train Stony Brook’s fledgling Taiko Tides club member the essence of this art. Miyazaki remained the Taiko Tides advisor until 2002, at which…

See the Department Theatre Arts’ presentation of Shakepeare’s comedy “As You Like It” at Staller Center April 14 through April 17. The Stony Brook adaptation, directed by John Lutterbie and Amy Cook, features cutting-edge innovative technology and pop music to tell an updated story of love and gender dynamics. “We are a research-driven university, so it stands to reason that our Theatre Arts Department is also research driven,” said Department Chair John Lutterbie. “The themes that Shakespeare uses are timeless, but sometimes the language makes those ideas less accessible to our students. Our script has been updated through workshops with students,…

Rowan Ricardo-Phillips, an associate professor in the Department of English at Stony Brook University, has won a 2016 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award from The Cleveland Foundation for his second book of poetry, Heaven. This is the only national juried prize for literature that confronts racism and examines diversity. “Lyric steeped in beauty, in exhilaration; when Phillips writes about jazz or the Wu-Tang Clan, the quotidian is lifted onto a plain as mythical and fateful as the battlefields of Troy,” said poet Rita Dove, one of the jurors who helped select this year’s award winners. Henry Louis Gates Jr., the Alphonse Fletcher…

Stony Brook University’s artists-in-residence, the Calidore String Quartet, will perform at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on Tuesday, May 10, at 8 pm. This concert marks the quartet’s Carnegie Hall debut performance. The quartet includes Jeffrey Myers, violin; Ryan Meehan, violin; Jeremy Berry, viola; and Estelle Choi, cello. At the May 10 concert they will perform Mozart, String Quartet K. 575; Hindemith, String Quartet No. 4 op. 22; and Mendelssohn, String Quartet op. 80. For tickets, please visit carnegiehall.org or call (212) 247-7800. About the Calidore String Quartet Formed at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles…

Beyond Sacred — an interview-based theatre production exploring the diverse experiences of Muslim communities within New York City — comes to the Charles B. Wang Center Theater on Wednesday, April 6, at 6 pm. The five cast members vary in many ways, but share the common experience of coming of age in a post-9/11 New York City, at a time of increasing Islamophobia. Participants come from a range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds and include young men and women that reflect a wide range of Muslim identities, including those who have converted to Islam; those who were raised Muslim, but…

This spring the Charles B. Wang Center features lectures on the intersection of Buddhism and stand-up comedy, a theater production that explores what it’s like to be Muslim in New York City and a performance by one of the best taiko drum groups in Japan. Art exhibitions range from art that uses building as a canvas to Korean digital comics. Visit the website for the full schedule of programs. All lectures, workshops and the annual Cherry Blossom Festival on May 1 are popular events, so book your space in advance. Space Drawing by Sun K. Kwak New York-based Korean-American artist…

Steven Licardi, author, performer, artist and master’s degree candidate in the School of Social Welfare at Stony Brook University, will present his Spring 2016 independent study project, “Coup de Mot: Spoken Word as a Vehicle for Social Change,” on Tuesday, April 12, from 3 pm to 4:30 pm in the Health Sciences Center, Lecture Hall 2. Coup de Mot (French for “overthrow by words”) will explore the use of spoken word poetry and performance art as a means of positively impacting communities, society and the policies that affect them. Four local spoken word artists will perform for members of the…

Stony Brook students brought their poetry skills to the stage on February 17 for the Spoken Word and Open Mic Contest, part of the University’s Black History Month events. “This event is important, not just for Black History Month, but for any lover of poetry,” said Shaquille Simpson ‘16. “In an environment such as a public university, you want to have something where everybody can be included.” See highlights from the contest in our video, and a list of winners below. 1st Place — Jael Henry ‘16, Journalism 2nd Place — Larissa Kermani ‘18, Psychology and Sociology 3rd Place —…