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CONTACT:  Mary Anthony

Sept. 16, 2010


Inaugural Poet Elizabeth Alexander to Open 2010-2011 Stieren Arts Enrichment Series at Trinity University


SAN ANTONIO – A poet, a musician, and a composer are among the guests coming to Trinity University as part of the 2010-2011 Stieren Arts Enrichment Series.  This series brings to campus a distinguished array of outstanding leaders in the fields of art, music, drama, communication, literature, art history, and aesthetics. All events are free and open to the public.


Elizabeth Alexander

A Reading and Conversation with Inaugural Poet Elizabeth Alexander” is scheduled for 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, in the Coates University Center Skyline Room. Alexander is one of the most vital poets of her generation. She has published four books of poems: The Venus Hottentot (1990), Body of Life (1996), Antebellum Dream Book (2001), and American Sublime (2005), which was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. Her two collections of essays are The Black Interior (2004) and Power and Possibility (2007). Alexander is the chair of Yale University’s department of African American studies, and recently made history as the fourth poet to compose and deliver a poem at a presidential inauguration. Immediately following Barack Obama’s inaugural address, she recited her poem, “Praise Song for the Day” to listeners worldwide.


Bernard Woma

Musician Bernard Woma will present “Dance and Music of West Africa” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, in the Ruth Taylor Recital Hall.  Woma is considered one of the world’s virtuoso players of the gyil (Ghanaian xylophone). He is the artistic director of Saakumu Dance Troupe, and the founder and director of the Dagara Music and Arts Center in Accra, Ghana. He has performed for international dignitaries including former President Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela, and Queen Elizabeth II. In 2009, he served as the Ghanaian cultural resource for President Barack Obama’s visit to Ghana. Woma tours annually in the United States, and has presented concerts, workshops, and dance performances at Ithaca College, Williams College, University of Akron, University of Tennessee, Hamline University, and Indiana University, as well as with orchestras, including a solo appearance with the New York Philharmonic.


Carl Weber

Carl Weber will present “A Life in the Theater: An Evening with International Stage Director Carl Weber” at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, in the Stieren Theater. Weber, world-renowned director, dramaturg, and translator, joined the Berliner Ensemble as an actor and assistant director to Bertolt Brecht in 1952. As a director at the Ensemble during the sixties, he staged numerous plays and guest-directed at theaters in Germany, Scandinavia, and the U.S. In 1966, Weber was appointed master-teacher of directing and acting at NYU. Later, he chaired the graduate directing department at the Tisch School of the Arts. Since 1984, he has led the Ph.D. program in directing at Stanford. Weber has directed more than 80 productions, collaborating with Peter Palitzsch, Ed Bullins, Peter Handke, and Tony Kushner, and has translated and edited the work of Heiner Müller. At Trinity, he will direct Bertolt Brecht's The Good Person of Szechwan, opening in November.


Guests for the spring 2011 semester are:

  • Steve Smith, music editor, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7, in Chapman Auditorium.

  • Jennifer Jolly, art historian, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, in Northrup Hall Room 040.

  • John Chambers, writer, 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 7, in Chapman Auditorium.

  • Margarita Cabrera, sculptor, and Alison de Lima Greene, curator, 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, in the Ruth Taylor Recital Hall.

  • Augusta Read Thomas, composer, and Walden Chamber Players, ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 25 and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 27, both in the Ruth Taylor Recital Hall.

  • Nancy Won, writer and producer, 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 4, in Chapman Auditorium.

 The Stieren Arts Enrichment Series is made possible through an endowment created by Jane and the late Arthur Stieren of San Antonio. For more information, contact Mary Anthony at 210-999-8441.




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