“I want to capture and focus on moments of transference … to reveal the journey of dance-making and art-making, live in each performance.” — Shen Wei
Choreographer, director, dancer, painter, designer and lead choreographer for the Opening Ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Shen Wei brings his internationally renowned dance company, Shen Wei Dance Arts, to Corson Auditorium in this visually stunning celebration of movement, music and artistic vision. Combining the beauty of ballet and contemporary dance with a visual artistry that some say is unsurpassed in today’s theatre, Shen Wei Dance Arts presents a performance that is transcendent.
“One of the great artists of our time” is how The Washington Times referred to visionary artist Shen Wei. Born in China’s Hunan province in 1968, the son of Chinese Opera professionals, he was trained from youth in the rigorous practice of Chinese opera performance, traditional Chinese ink painting and calligraphy and was a performer with the Hunan State Xian Opera Company from 1984 to 1989.
During his student years, he studied Western visual art, which propelled an interest in modern dance. In 1989, he began to train in modern dance at the American Dance Festival’s (ADF) first linkage program at the Guangdong Dance Academy in China. Along with other students from the program, in 1991, he became a founding member of the Guangdong Modern Dance Company, the first modern dance company in China. Upon receipt of a fellowship, he moved to NYC in 1995 to study with the Nikolais/Louis Dance Lab and, in the same year, ADF invited Shen Wei to present his work. In July 2000, he founded Shen Wei Dance Arts (SWDA) at ADF. The Company quickly entered the international touring circuit, performing at premier festivals and venues worldwide.
Acclaimed by the New York Times as “one of the finest conductors of her generation,” Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic, JoAnn Falletta leads the World Youth Symphony Orchestra through a repertoire that includes “Tsingtao Overture” by Long and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade.
Conductor, communicator, recording artist, audience builder, champion of American composers and distinguished musical citizen, JoAnn Falletta serves as Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic and the Virginia Symphony and Principal Guest Conductor of the Brevard Music Center. Her conducting has been acclaimed by The Washington Post as having “Toscanini’s tight control over ensemble, Walter’s affectionate balancing of inner voices, Stokowski’s gutsy showmanship, and a controlled frenzy worthy of Bernstein.”
Internationally celebrated as a vibrant ambassador for music and an inspiring artistic leader, Ms. Falletta is invited to guest conduct many of the world’s finest orchestras. She has guest conducted over a hundred orchestras in North America, and many of the most prominent orchestras in Europe, Asia, South America and Africa. Her North America guest conducting appearances have included the orchestras of Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Seattle, San Diego, and the National Symphony as well as Montreal and Toronto. International appearances include the London Symphony, Liverpool and Manchester-BBC Philharmonics, Scottish BBC Orchestra, Czech and Rotterdam Philharmonics, Orchestra National de Lyon, Mannheim Orchestra and the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra. She has also served as Principal Conductor of the Ulster Orchestra. Asian engagements include appearances with the Korean Broadcast Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic, China National Symphony and the Shanghai Symphony. Ms. Falletta’s summer activities have taken her to numerous music festivals including Aspen, Tanglewood, the Hollywood Bowl, Wolf Trap, Mann Center, Meadow Brook, OK Mozart Festival and the Grand Teton Festival.
Trace Adkins is not only a Grammy-nominated member of the Grand Ole Opry, but has gained fame as a TV personality, an actor and an author. With more than 10 million albums sold, this commanding performer has used his deep, distinctive voice to carve out a reputation that offers wild times, late nights and good ol’ country boy charm.
Trace Adkins, whose trademark baritone has powered countless hits and sold over 10 million albums, has blanketed the country charts with smash hits including “You’re Gonna Miss This,” “Ladies Love Country Boys,” “Songs About Me,” “Every Light In The House,” “Hillbilly Bone” (Blake Shelton & Trace Adkins), and “Just Fishin’,” to name a few.
He is also a spokesman for the Wounded Warrior Project and the American Red Cross, for whom he raised over $1.5 million dollars as winner of NBC’s “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice.” In addition, Adkins has thus far performed 10 USO Tours for our troops overseas.