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Ohio Wesleyan University’s Performing Arts Series Presents New York City’s Chamber Dance Project

January 8, 2008

Chamber Dance Project will perform works of contemporary ballet accompanied by live music January 26 at Ohio Wesleyan University. The Chamber Dance String Quartet also will perform a music-only concert on January 25.

Photos by Eduardo Patino

DELAWARE, OHIO – Ohio Wesleyan University will welcome New York City’s Chamber Dance Project on Jan. 25 and 26 to conclude the university’s 2007-08 Performing Arts Series.

Formed in 2000, Chamber Dance Project features professional dancers and musicians dedicated to redefining contemporary ballet by performing with live music in intimate settings to heighten the impact on audiences. The performances also feature a repertoire by contemporary choreographers to provide added resonance for viewers.

On Jan. 25, the group’s chamber musicians—a string quartet led by internationally renowned musician Christopher C. Lee on first violin—will perform a music-only concert featuring a repertoire from 20th century through present day. The Chamber Dance String Quartet will perform at 8 p.m. in Jemison Auditorium inside Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St. Additional members of the quartet are Philip Payton, second violin; Hiroko Taguchi, viola; and Andrey Tchekmazov, cello.

Music for the concert will include “Simple Symphony” by Benjamin Britten, a movement from “Duo for Violin & Cello” by Maurice Ravel, “Scherzo for Violin” by Fritz Kreisler, “Tango a Quattro” by Astor Piazzolla, two movements from “String Quartet No. 2” by Alexander Borodin, and “Jasna Góra” by Giovanni Spinelli, a contemporary composer based in New York.

On Jan. 26, the full Chamber Dance Project, combining live music and ballet, will perform at 8 p.m. in Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave. The show will be overseen by artistic director Diane Coburn Bruning. The performance will include dancers Anthony Bryant, Laura Feig, Anitra Nurnberger, Matthew Prescott, Lynda Sing, Ramon Thielen, and Emily Wagner. The diverse repertoire will feature works by Coburn Bruning, Prescott, Adam Houghland, and Victor Quijada, whose work is infused with hip-hop music and movement.

Tickets for each performance are $15 for general admission, $5 for students with a valid school ID, and $5 for senior citizens. General admission tickets are available for credit card purchase online at www.ticketweb.com. Cash-only ticket sales are available by calling the Performing Arts Series messaging service at (740) 368-3629.

Coburn Bruning, a founder of Chamber Dance Project, began studying ballet at age 4 in her hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. She is a graduate of Butler University’s Jordan College of Fine Arts and New York University’s Gallatin Division. She has worked with the Atlanta Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Boston Ballet, American Repertory Ballet, Joffrey II, Nashville Ballet, Ballet Chicago, Daghdha Dance, Juilliard Dance Ensemble, Pittsburgh Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, and more. She has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in choreography. She also has been selected to direct the National Craft of Choreography Conference for Regional Dance America in June in Seattle.

Lee, the project’s principal musician and board member, holds a master of music degree from the Juilliard School, a doctorate from SUNY Stony Brook University in New York, and five honorary doctorates from international institutions. He is the State Department’s Official Musical Ambassador of the United States. Lee has performed as soloist with Leopold Stokowski and Arthur Fiedler, among other conductors, and has played lead violin on albums for recording artists Linda Ronstadt and Stevie Wonder.

For more information about Chamber Dance Project, including video clips, visit www.chamberdance.org.

College professors and high school teachers may request complimentary student tickets to any Ohio Wesleyan University Performing Arts series event to complement their classroom curriculums. To request tickets, call (740) 368-3629 one week prior to the performances.

Ohio Wesleyan University is an undergraduate liberal arts college that transforms the lives of its students through a combination of rigorous academics, mentoring relationships, and real-world experiences. Featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” the private university’s 1,850 students come from 40 states and 45 countries. Visit www.owu.edu for more information.