Humanities Faculty Fellows Announced

October 28, 2015

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The Center for the Humanities announces the award of its 2016-2017 Faculty Research Fellowships to four faculty members in support of their research:

Harriet Fertik (Classics, Humanities, and Italian Studies)
“Outside the Ideal Community: Spaces for Education and Politics in Greco-Roman Antiquity and W.E.B. Dubois” will use questions raised in The Souls of Black Folk to investigate the relationship between education and citizenship in antiquity.

Nicole Fox (Sociology)
“Rebuilding from the Ashes of a Traumatic Past: The Everyday Complexities of Memory and Reconciliation in the Lives of Rwandan Genocide Survivors” will chronicle how narratives of the Rwandan genocide are told and re-told almost two decades after the violence.

Eliga Gould (History)
“Crucible of Peace: 1783 and the Founding of the American Republic” will look at the tensions between the terms imposed by the treaty-makers and the wishes of the people whom the treaty purported to bind in one of the least-studied of the United States’ founding documents: The Treaty of Paris.

Subrena Smith (Philosophy)
“Developmental Systems Theory and Beyond” will be an interdisciplinary research project – drawing on philosophy, biology and psychology – that will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of Developmental Systems Theory with a view toward expanding on its strengths and rectifying its weaknesses.

Funded by the Center for the Humanities‘ general endowment and the Ben and Zelma Dorson Endowment in the Humanities, the fellowships provide a semester-long opportunity for junior and tenured faculty to pursue humanities research with no teaching obligations. Awardees participate in the Faculty Fellows Lecture Series in the year following their fellowship.

Wind Symphony Releases CD Featuring Music of Professor Michael Annicchiarico

October 27, 2015

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The University of New Hampshire Wind Symphony, conducted by Andrew Boysen Jr., has released a CD of the compositions of UNH music professor Michael Annicchiarico. Recorded at UNH in October of last year, the CD contains 5 pieces: Mythologies, Landscapes, Chelmsford Common, …that which feeds the soul…, and ‘S’ain’t Funk.

“I am very fortunate to have Professor Andrew Boysen champion my music,” says Annicchiarico. “Through his encouragement, I have written …that which feeds the soul…, ‘S’ain’t Funk, and the film score to The Iron Mask, all of which Professor Boysen premiered. Last year he outdid himself by performing and recording all of my wind ensemble music (minus The Iron Mask, which he previously recorded). Some of this music is very difficult to play, and I am grateful to Professor Boysen and all of the students of the Wind Symphony for their devotion to my music. The new CD is a marvelous testimony to their musicianship and effort!”

Annicchiarico received his M.F.A. and Ph.D. degrees in composition from Brandeis University and his B.M. in music theory from the University of New Hampshire. He has composed works for film, orchestra, band, chorus and chamber ensembles, and has arranged numerous pieces for jazz band and jazz choir. His music has been performed by the University of Ohio Wind Ensemble and the Rutgers University Symphony Band, and his jazz arrangements have been performed by a variety of groups, including the Jazz Heritage Orchestra of Cleveland. His score for the 1929 silent film Iron Mask was premiered live by the UNH Wind Symphony (Andrew Boysen, conductor) in October, 2009. Currently, Annicchiarico is at work on an opera about World War II.

The Music of Michael Annicchiarico is available on Amazon and iTunes.

Music Professor Releases CD of Brazilian Art Song

October 26, 2015

cd coverAssociate professor of music and soprano Jenni Cook has released a new CD featuring Brazilian Art Song, with Lisa Raposa Millar, a freelance pianist and educator, performing on piano. The CD, titled Terra e Granito, contains 17 selections sung in Portuguese with English translations provided in the liner notes. The project was inspired by Melody Chapin, a former student of Cook who studied Art Song in Brazil through the UNH International Research Opportunities Program, and later, a Fulbright; and by Cook’s connections with Yuka de Almeida Prado, a music professor at the University of São Paulo in Ribeirão-Preto, who specializes in the genre.

Cook received her Bachelor of Music degree from Bradley University and her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Illinois. She enjoys an active performing career and has sung operas, oratorios, and recitals across the United States and abroad in Austria, Brazil, England, Germany, and Wales. In addition to her latest CD, Cook has recorded two CDs: Six Women and Live at McLean Chapel.

Terra e Granito is available on Amazon, CD Baby, and iTunes.

New Book: Talking New Orleans Music

October 23, 2015

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Professor of folklore and English Burt Feintuch has published a book of fascinating interviews with eleven celebrated New Orleans musicians and the city they call home. The book also features 65 photographs by Gary Samson.

In Talking New Orleans Music, Feintuch pursued a decades-long fascination with the music of New Orleans. Thinking about the devastation — not only material but also cultural — caused by the levees breaking in 2005, he began a series of conversations with master New Orleans musicians, talking about their lives, the cultural contexts of their music, their experiences during and after Katrina, and their city. Photographer Gary Samson joined him, adding a compelling visual dimension to the book.

Musicians included are Soul Queen Irma Thomas, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Charmaine Neville, John Boutté, Dr. Michael White, Deacon John Moore, Cajun bandleader Bruce Daigrepont, Zion Harmonizer Brazella Briscoe, producer Scott Billington, as well as Christie Jourdain and Janine Waters of the Original Pinettes, New Orleans’s only all-woman brass band.

Feintuch, who also directs the UNH Center for the Humanities, has published on traditional music, cultural conservation, and other topics in traditional and vernacular culture.

Talking New Orleans Music: Crescent City Musicians Talk about Their Lives, Their Music, and Their City is available from the University Press of Mississippi and major booksellers.


October 21, 2015

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Professor of History W. Jeffrey Bolster will deliver the annual Lindberg Lecture, entitled “Craft,” on Friday, October 23 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Murkland Hall, room 110. A reception will be held in the same location from 2-2:30. The lecture and reception are free and open to the public.

W. Jeffrey Bolster was selected as the 2015 recipient of the Lindberg Award, given annually to the outstanding teacher-scholar in the College of Liberal Arts. Professor Bolster’s teaching and research encompass maritime history, African-American history, environmental history, and Atlantic history. He not only reads, writes, and teaches about oceans, but also sails them. He spent a decade as master and mate of sailing school-ships and research vessels in the Atlantic, and he’s currently licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard as both master and mate of a variety of sailing vessels.

UNH Chamber Singers Back Josh Groban on Stages Tour

October 19, 2015
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Josh Groban concert with UNH Chamber Singers providing back-up

The UNH Chamber Singers, under the direction of William Kempster, were invited to back Josh Groban during two performances of his Stages tour earlier this fall. The first took place at The Wang Theater in Boston on September 25 and the second at the Performing Arts Centre in Providence, RI on October 2.

Josh Groban is a best-selling singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer who has sold over 25 million records worldwide. On his latest CD, Stages, he performs songs from popular musicals such as The Phantom Of The Opera, Les Misérables, Into The Woods, A Chorus Line, and many others, with special guests Kelly Clarkson and Chris Botti. The North American leg of his Stages tour wraps up in November when he’ll move on to Europe, Africa, and beyond.

The UNH Chamber Singers sang back up on two songs, “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from Carousel and “Anthem” from Chess.

This is not the first time that that UNH singers have backed famous acts. Kenny Rogers and Barry Manilow utilized UNH choirs in previous years. Kempster suspects that it was the promoter of those events that recommended UNH singers to Steve Trudell, a national talent contractor who has worked with artists and tours such as the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Michael Bublé, Alanis Morisette, Page & Plant, Natalie Cole, Joni Mitchell, Rod Stewart, The Three Tenors, Smokey Robinson, Vince Gill and others.

“Steve asked me to get together a 60-voice choir for the Boston and Manchester shows of ‘Star Wars in Concert’ in 2009,” says Kempster, “a world-tour that must have cost billions as they traveled the entire Royal Philharmonic  Orchestra (UK) to 30-plus countries for it.  And it was Steve who rang me to get a 20-voice group together for the Boston and Providence shows on Josh Groban’s ‘Stages’ tour.”

Josh Groban poses with the UNH Chamber Singers

Josh Groban poses with the UNH Chamber Singers and Prof. William Kempster

David Kaye Brought Peace to Middle East

October 15, 2015

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Well, he tried anyway. In 2011, UNH theatre professor David Kaye packed up his wife and two young daughters and headed to Israel intent on achieving the unachievable: Peace in the Middle East. With rockets flying and his family kvetching, you will see the true story of a man’s optimism put to the ultimate test in Kaye’s one-man tragicomedy, “How I Brought Peace to the Middle East,” both written and performed by Kaye, who will take you along on his many misadventures from Vermont to the Holy Land. 

Performances of “How I Brought Peace to the Middle East,” will take place on Friday, October 16 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, October 17 at 2 and 8 p.m. at the West End Studio Theatre in Portsmouth, N.H., before the show heads to New York City to be part of the prestigious United Solo theatre festival. Kaye’s festival performance will take place on November 13. United Solo is the world’s largest solo theatre festival, currently in its 6th season. The juried festival opened on September 17 for a ten-week run, featuring 150 solo productions from six continents. All shows are staged at Theatre Row on 42nd Street in New York City.

More information about the upcoming N.H. performances can be found here.

To learn more about the NYC performance, visit the United Solo website.

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