Chinese Fine Arts Society 2012 Season

December 21st, 2011 by Peter McDowell No comments »
January 19, 2012
6:00 pmto10:00 pm
January 23, 2012
12:00 pmto1:00 pm


Chicago’s Chinese Fine Arts Society (CFAS) who recently received $15,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts, is pleased to announce their 2012 programming, including Chinese New Year celebrations as well as their Migratory Journeys Music Concert Series.

The Chinese Fine Arts Society’s January – April 2012 Season includes:

Adler After Dark Series – Chinese New Year Celebration
Thursday, January 19th, 2012, 6:00 – 10:00 PM
$12 for non-members and $9 for members and students (All guest must be 21 years and older).
FREE for Chinese Fine Arts Society members (reserve free tickets by emailing info@chinesefinearts.org)
Adler Planetarium, 1300 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago
www.adlerplanetarium.org

Chinese New Year at Daley Plaza
Monday, January 23, 2012, 12:00 PM
Free admission
Richard J. Daley Center, 118 North Clark Street, Chicago
www.explorechicago.org

Migratory Journeys World Premiere Concert
Featuring Civitas Ensemble with guests Yang Wei, YuQi Deng and others
Friday, March 16, 2012, 6:30 PM
Tickets $20 for non-members, $10 for members. Gala dinner by Henry Fogel to follow at the University Club of Chicago, 76 East Monroe Street, Chicago. Gala tickets start at $125. Honorary Event Chairman: Henry Fogel
Fullerton Hall at the Art Institute of Chicago, 111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago
www.artic.edu (concert)
www.chinesefinearts.org/mj (Gala)

Migratory Journeys Sunday Salon Concert
An All Chinese Music Concert dedicated to the memory of Barbara Tiao
Sunday, April 29, 2012, 3:00 PM
Free admission
Chicago Cultural Center’s Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington, Chicago
www.chicagoculturalcenter.org

About the Chinese Fine Arts Society: For 27 years, this professional, small, fully- independent arts organization has brought together people from diverse backgrounds over a common goal: to celebrate the beauty and majesty of traditional and contemporary Chinese music and art. CFAS is dedicated to promoting the appreciation of Chinese culture, enhancing cultural exchange and pursuing excellence in Chinese music, dance and visual arts.

Funding for these concerts are provided, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council, City Arts Grants, and SMART Growth and the Arts Work Fund initiatives of the Chicago Community Trust and Affiliates.

For further information about the Chinese Fine Arts Society or the Migratory Journeys Concerts, contact 312-369-3197 or info@chinesefinearts.org. Visit ChineseFineArts.org.

 

 

Peter McDowell Arts Consulting offers workshop in Australia

December 11th, 2011 by Peter McDowell No comments »
January 20, 2012
10:00 amto5:00 pm

Peter McDowell Arts Consulting is proud to offer our first international workshop.“The Basics of Self Promotion for Performing Artists” will take place in Hobart, Tasmania (Australia) on Friday, January 20, 2012, from 10AM – 5PM. This workshop is being presented by IHOS Music Theatre and Opera.

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The Basics of Self-Promotion for Performing Artists is a workshop designed to give musicians, composers, dancers, or other performing artists, simple but powerful tools and strategies for marketing and publicising their careers, creations and performances.

Areas covered include:

  • overview of web site options for performing artists
  • web site content basics
  • creating promotional PDFs such as one-sheets
  • writing a bio and a press release
  • contacting critics, reviewers and bloggers
  • getting events listed
  • promoting audio/video recordings on the web, to radio stations, and to critics/reviewers

There will be time for networking, group discussion and for a question and answer session. Participants are asked to bring any self-promotional materials that they have created.

The morning of the workshop will be spent in a group lecture/discussion setting and the afternoon will consist of one-on-one meetings to review your marketing portfolio as an artist. Peter will be able to share his knowledge of festivals and events in the USA and Europe with a history of programming international artists and groups and how Australian artists can best approach them.

Registration limited to 25 participants.

WHERE: ARTS TASMANIA (10AM – 1PM) 146 Elizabeth Street, Hobart, and IHOS HALL (2PM – 5PM) 32 Pitt Street, North Hobart

COST: AUD$150

TO REGISTER: email info@ihosopera.com

Performing Arts Consultant Peter McDowell has lived in New York City, San Francisco, and Chicago, USA over the past 20 years and brings his wealth of knowledge of the performing arts scene in each of these cities to the workshop. He has lived in France and Germany and brings a unique perspective on the European market as well. He has built a solid career on high-level, strategic, creative, efficient and effective service to performing arts organizations and performing artists. He is also Co-Founder of www.PerformSites.com — a company which creates WordPress web sites for artists and arts organizations.

 

The Ladies Ring Shout – Dec 18 – 20

December 10th, 2011 by Peter McDowell No comments »
December 18, 2011
7:00 pm
December 19, 2011
7:00 pm
December 20, 2011
7:00 pm

In The Ladies Ring Shout – a performance using a combination of spoken word, movement and an original soundtrack – Felicia Holman, Abra Johnson and Meida McNeal explore portrayals of women of color in popular culture and contemporary society offering their own poignant and personal stories of resistance in this three-woman show.

“There’s potency within this range,” says TimeOut Magazine. “It’s as if the trio’s work is fundamentally a tug-of-war between emotional and intellectual investigation.”

December 18-20, 7pm
eta Creative Arts Foundation, Chicago

General Admission: $15 (online price includes $1.52 service fee)
To purchase tickets online click here
To purchase tickets via Box Office call or stop by
eta Creative Arts Foundation
7558 S. South Chicago Avenue, Chicago
10am-6pm M-F
Phone: (773) 752-3955

A production of Honey Pot Performance

Co-devised by Felicia Holman, Abra Johnson & Meida McNeal

Directed by Sonita Surratt

Costumes by Lindsay Obermeyer

Set & Environmental Design by Jeanne Medina

 

 

Mezzo soprano Elizabeth Buckley releases debut album

December 3rd, 2011 by Peter McDowell No comments »
December 13, 2011
6:30 pm

Elizabeth Buckley announces the release of her début album, “Must the Winter Come So Soon?” Featuring pianist Dewitt Tipton and Grammy award winning violist, Masumi Per Rostad, of the Pacifica Quartet, the CD features classic and rare mezzo-soprano repertoire ranging from Handel, Purcell and Gluck to Brahms and Barber. Album is currently available for download on iTunes and Amazon.com

Please join indi go Artist Co-op in Champaign, Illinois, on Tuesday, December 13th at 6:30 p.m. for a special evening of music from “Must the Winter Come So Soon?” Dewitt Tipton and Masumi Per Rostad will be performing selections from the album with Elizabeth. Visual artists, Patrick Harness and Jason Bentley along with jewelry maker, Lindsey Snell, and Art Instructor, Ella Brown Dunn, and students from Next Generation will be displaying their works at the event in a show titled, “The Artist’s Process.”

Ticket price is $20 and includes a signed copy of the CD, food and wine from Art Mart, and flowers from Fleurish. A CD signing and dedication to the life of sound engineer Jon Schoenoff will cap off this special evening.

Mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Buckley possesses a voice of unique warmth and clarity. Praised as “a talented actress,” “brilliant and lovely,” “producing high notes with thrilling effect” by John Frayne of the Champaign-Urbana News Gazette, she is equally comfortable in staged roles as well as concert and chamber music. She recently sang her début recital at Carnegie Hall as 2011 First Prize winner of the Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition. Alongside baritone Nathan Gunn, she toured with pianist John Wustman in his Schubert Lieder Recital Series, and has collaborated with numerous musicians and ensembles in recital, oratorio, opera, musical theater, choral performances, and newly commissioned works.

Chicago’s Chinese Fine Arts Society receives NEA grant to support its 2012 Migratory Journeys Music Concert Series.

December 3rd, 2011 by Peter McDowell No comments »

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced that the agency will award 863 grants to organizations and individual writers across the country. The Chinese Fine Arts Society (CFAS) is one of the grantees and will receive $15,000 to fund their 2012 Migratory Journeys Music Concert Series. The 863 grant awards total $22.543 million, encompass 15 artistic disciplines and fields, and support projects in 47 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

This funding helps support the production of a World Premiere Concert and additional related concerts, all of which will feature the winning works from CFAS’s Third International Music Composition Competition where composers were invited to participate by creating original music inspired by the wandering, resettling, and emigration of Chinese diaspora population through the world. Winners were recently selected by a panel of esteemed judges comprised of composers Chen Yi and Huang Ruo as well as Fulcrum Point New Music Project Director Stephen Burns. The concerts will be performed by acclaimed Chicago professional musicians at the Art Institute of Chicago’s Fullerton Hall (March 16, 2012) and at other high profile venues including the Chicago Cultural Center’s Preston Bradley Hall as well as a live broadcast from WFMT radio studios.

“Art Works is the guiding principle at the NEA,” said agency Chairman Rocco Landesman. “And I’m pleased to see that principle represented through the 823 Art Works-funded projects included in this announcement. These projects demonstrate the imaginative and innovative capacities of artists and arts organizations to enhance the quality of life in their communities.”

“We are absolutely thrilled to be honored in this way by our nation’s premiere arts funder.” Says Julie Tiao Ma, Board President of the Chinese Fine Arts Society. “Drawing upon the submission of original work by emerging as well as seasoned composers, our International Music Composition Competition seeks to inspire creativity and innovation in the global music community. We are pleased that this project has been deemed to be of national significance.”

In March 2011, the NEA received 1,686 eligible applications for Art Works requesting more than $84 million in funding. The resulting funding rate of 49 percent of eligible applications reflects both the significant demand for support and the ongoing vitality of the not-for-profit arts community despite current financial challenges. Art Works grants are awarded based on the applications received by the NEA and how those applications are assessed by the review panels.

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA web site at arts.gov.

About the Chinese Fine Arts Society: For 27 years, this professional, small, fully- independent arts organization has brought together people from diverse backgrounds over a common goal: to celebrate the beauty and majesty of traditional and contemporary Chinese music and art. CFAS is dedicated to promoting the appreciation of Chinese culture, enhancing cultural exchange and pursuing excellence in Chinese music, dance and visual arts.

Funding for this concert is provided, in part, by the Illinois Arts Council, City Arts Grants, and the Arts Work Fund, an initiative of the Chicago Community Trust and Affiliates.

For further information about the Chinese Fine Arts Society or the Migratory Journeys Concerts, contact 312-369-3197 or info@chinesefinearts.org. Visit ChineseFineArts.org.