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Sunday, March 9, 2014 9:30 am to 10:30 am
Art and Human Rights
Guests: Anna Deavere Smith and Robert McDuffie
Interlocutor: The Very Rev. Dr. Jane Shaw
 
Anna Deavere Smith
Anna Deavere Smith is an actor and playwright, and is said to have created a new form of theater.   After conducting hundreds of interviews, on a contemporary topic, she creates one-person shows in which she performs a myriad of characters. These shows include Twilight: Los Angeles, about the Los Angeles race riots of 1992, and Let Me Down Easy, focused on health care. She has created nearly 20 one person shows under the umbrella "On the Road: A Search for American Character". For this body of work President Obama recently presented  her with the National Endowment for the Humanities Medal. Other recognition includes The Dorothy and Lillian Gish Award, the MacArthur Fellowship, two Tony Nominations, Obie awards, the Dean’s Medal from Stanford University School of Medicine, and several honorary degrees.  She collaborated with Judith Jamison and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre on the Emmy Award Winning televised ballet “Hymn”.  Some will recognize her as Gloria Akalitus, from Showtime's hit series Nurse Jackie, which will return to audiences for its sixth season in April.  Other television and movie appearances include those on The West Wing, The American President, Rachel Getting Married, Philadelphia. She serves on the boards of the Museum of Modern Art, The Aspen Institute and the American Museum of Natural History.  She is a Trustee of Grace Cathedral and was the cathedral’s inaugural Artist in Residence in 2012. She continues to develop On Grace, the work she developed and premiered at the Cathedral.  She is a professor at New York University and founding director of Anna Deavere Smith Works at the Aspen Institute, which convenes artists whose work addresses current social and political issues.

Robert McDuffie
Robert McDuffie is a Grammy nominated artist that has appeared with most of the world's major orchestras. He recently gave the world premiere of Philip Glass’ Violin Concerto No. 2, and The American Four Seasons, a work written for Robert McDuffie with the Toronto Symphony.   In the 2010 - 2011 season, Mr. McDuffie completed a 30-city tour of the United States with the Venice Baroque Orchestra, where he paired the Glass Four Seasons with the Vivaldi Four Seasons. He then recorded The American Four Seasons with the London Philharmonic and Marin Alsop on Philip Glass' Orange Mountain Music label. His acclaimed Telarc and EMI recordings include the violin concertos of Mendelssohn, Bruch, Adams, Glass, Barber, Rozsa, Bernstein, William Schuman, and Viennese violin favorites. Future plans include a collaboration with Mike Mills, of the iconic rock band R.E.M., the Aspen Festival and performances with the Youth Orchestra of the Americas. He is founder of the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia and of the Rome Chamber Music Festival in Rome, Italy.

 

 

 

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