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Theater, engineering to meet in UGA’s ‘Commedia Robotica’

A form of early sketch comedy—or commedia dell’arte—is opening the doors to the future of theater and robotics at the University of Georgia. This collaboration of art and science will be presented in “Commedia Robotica” Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 2 at 4 p.m. in the Cellar Theatre of the Fine Arts Building on Baldwin Street. Both workshops are free and open to the public. Characterized by masked archetypes and improvised performances based on sketches, commedia dell’arte began in Italy in the 14th century. At UGA, it’s providing a backdrop for UGA theater professor David Saltz and associate engineering professor Chi Thai as they bring robot Zeeb Zob to theatrical life. Zeeb Zob is a humanoid robot with…

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Spotlight on the Arts festival to include “impromptu” events across campus

Students from Bala Sarasvati's beginning and advanced Contemporary Technique classes collaborate to  create a dance fusion piece choreographed by dance seniors Toi Brown, Allison Gantz and Kristen Grubbs, which is performed to popular culture music selections. Athens, Ga. – In addition to its more than 50 previously scheduled events, the Spotlight on the Arts festival at the University of Georgia will include a series of “impromptu” events organized by students involved in the arts. The impromptu events, which are free and open to the public, will take place across campus and feature performances by musicians, theater groups and dance ensembles, as well as interactive art and games. Kristyl Dawn Tift, who is pursuing…

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Homecoming, Spotlight on the Arts start this weekend

UGA homecoming on Nov. 3 also marks the start of the Spotlight on the Arts festival, which continues through Nov. 11. More than 50 events will highlight the arts at UGA. For a more information, see arts.uga.edu. To download a copy of the UGA Men's Glee Club performance of the Alma Mater, see dropbox.com/s/ealfsfdxk2rruag/AlmaMater.mp3.

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Fanfare for the Common Man

The University of Georgia Wind Ensemble is just one of the many active music ensembles present on campus.  In Fall 2011, conductor John Lynch led the group in recording their newest album, "Street Song," featuring the music of Tilson Thomas, Stravinsky, Copland, Vaughan Williams, Mobberly, Oquin, and Lorenz. In this clip, the UGAWE brass and percussion perform Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man, a 1942 work written by renowned American composer Aaron Copland.  Copland was commissioned by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra to compose the work, which marked the entry of the United States into World War II. "Street Song" is available from Naxos, iTunes, or Amazon.  

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