AUREA’s concerts combine poetry, drama, classical and folk music, puppetry, and movement into performances that sweep from intimate chamber settings to major theatrical venues.

About AUREA

What happens when artists meet at the margins of their disciplines and push the boundaries back and forth? What happens is AUREA, a performance ensemble engaged in a joyous pursuit to investigate and invigorate the harmony of music and the spoken word.

Aurea takes its name from Catena Aurea Homeri, or the Golden Chain of Homer, a symbol of 18th century esoteric alchemy, which strove for the refinement of the human condition. That alchemy - combining disparate elements into a divine new element - defines every Aurea event.

Central to AUREA’s mission is the pairing of meaningful educational outreach with artistic themes, striving through imaginative concert programming and educational workshops to inspire audiences of varied backgrounds and ages. Through the medium of performance, interfacing music with the spoken word, AUREA seeks to unify the humanities and fine arts in dynamic accessible and engaging ways.

This season’s AUREA events are supported in part by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, Ocean State Charities, the City of Pawtucket, the Creative Arts Council at Brown University, Pawtucket Credit Union, the Friends of AUREA, and others.

SAD NEWS

POSTED BY Aurea Info Mon, 21 Apr 2014 01:01:26 GMT

With profound sadness we share with you that Chuck Sherba passed away peacefully in his sleep Saturday morning, lovingly surrounded by his wife, Consuelo, and their children Claire, Gabby, and Alexander, and grandson Augustine. Chuck put up a valiant fight, inspired, confounded and amazed his family, friends, and doctors, up until the end.

There will be a public celebratory concert to honor Chuck's life at a later date. Tomorrow (Monday, April 21) at 9:00 AM there will be a private, non-denominational service for family and friends at their home in Pawtucket. Friends and family are invited to visit today and tomorrow following the service.

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3 AT SLATER MILL: 7:00PM Mondays, April 7, May 19 & June 2

POSTED BY Aurea Info Fri, 28 Mar 2014 06:17:20 GMT

AUREA presents three enlightening concert programs of chamber music and spoken word, highlighting the great emerging creative spirit of the modern industrialized era. Join us for this exciting new series, including an AUREA premiere, in the intimate, rustic ambience of the iconic SLATER MILL, 63 Roosevelt Ave., Pawtucket. All shows on Mondays at 7:00PM. Be sure to take advantage of the three-show discount!

April 7: MELVILLE AND THE GREAT WHITE WHALE. This new full-length work fuses passages from Moby Dick, Melville's letters to Nathaniel Hawthorne, the string quartets of Beethoven and Webern, sea shanties and improvisations of Chris Turner to highlight the philosophical themes inherent in this great American novel.

May 19: DARWIN AT SEA. Delving into Darwin's life and creative process, this program, heard in its entirety for the first time, fuses readings from Darwin's letters, excerpts from The Voyage of the Beagle, poetry of Milton and Coleridge, with music of Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Glass and Turner.

June 2: RHAPSODY ON A WINDY NIGHT. A lively evening weaving the works of Baudelaire and T.S. Eliot with music of Debussy, Faure and Stravinsky and highlighting the premiere of a new work by composer Elaine Aberdam.

Featuring: Nigel Gore, Chris Turner, Katherine Winterstein, Consuelo Sherba, Emmanuel Feldman and special guest performers.

A talkback and light reception will follow each program.

Tickets and 3-show discounts:

General: $25... x3 $60
Seniors: $20... x3 $50
Students: $5

Tickets are available in advance at Slater Mill or online through EventBrite, and at the door. Click here to purchase online through EventBrite.

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SHARE THE LOVE! Concert to Benefit Chuck Sherba a Great Success

POSTED BY AureaInfo Mon, 26 Nov 2012 02:39:11 GMT

The "Share The Love" fundraising concert on Feb. 14th for Chuck Sherba was a tremendous success thanks to the generosity of all who participated and contributed!

The Charles Sherba Benefit Concert was tremendously successful, not only in raising funds to help Chuck and Consuelo through this difficult time, but in bringing everyone together to share our love and to allow us all to honor the Sherbas as a community. Thank you all for your generosity.

A huge thank you goes out to the wonderful performers, the RI Philharmonic musicians, Aline Benoit, Cheryl Bishkoff, Susan Culpo, Ron Haroutunian and Kevin Owen, also Judith Lynn Stillman, Coleman Barks, and the Kronos Quartet. We are also extremely grateful for the hospitality of the Central Congregational Church and all those who helped make this benefit possible.


Click here to see the "Share The Love" Fundraiser Thank You Note

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KRONOS/BENEFIT CONCERT FOR CHARLES SHERBA, JR.
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 14, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Central Congregational Church
296 Angell Street, Providence*


*Handicapped Entrance on Diman Place (right turn just before the Church)

Featuring members of the RHODE ISLAND PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA, and world-renowned, Grammy & Avery Fisher Prize-winning KRONOS QUARTET

Suggested Donation: $50 per person
Angels: $100+ per person

Charles Sherba, Jr., concertmaster of the RI Philharmonic Orchestra, teacher and friend, has bravely battled cancer for almost two years. His surgeries, treatments, medications and rehab have been demanding, exhausting and expensive. For months Chuck has not been able to perform or teach, and the loss of income has left him and Consuelo close to the end of their resources.

The famed San Francisco-based Kronos Quartet, in the midst of their world-wide 40th anniversary concert tour, is making a special trip to Providence to play this benefit concert for Chuck. Members of the RI Philharmonic Orchestra, pianist Judith Lynn Stillman, and Coleman Barks will also perform. Chuck's brother John is the second violin of the Kronos Quartet. The Ensemble and the Philharmonic musicians are donating their performances.

Please join us for this special event to support the Sherbas. Even if you cannot join us, please contribute as generously as you can. One hundred percent of your contribution will go directly to the Sherbas for Chuck's medical expenses.

To donate and make your reservation in advance, send a check payable to:
Charles Sherba Benefit
c/o Amy Goldstein, 195 Sessions Street
Providence, RI 02906

Click here to see Benefit Concert flyer

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AUREA Performs "A Child's Christmas In Wales by Dylan Thomas" on Friday, December 20, 2013, 8PM

POSTED BY Aurea Info Sun, 24 Nov 2013 17:46:50 GMT

Aurea performs A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas on Friday, December 20, 8:00PM at the First Unitarian Church Providence, Benevolent at Benefit Streets.

Tickets: Adults/$25; Seniors/$20; Students/$5; Children/$5
at door or purchase online at http://childschristmas2013.eventbrite.com

A delightful reading of this classic holiday story with festive chamber music and carols.

With support from The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, Friends of Aurea, and Providence First Unitarian Church.

Our new CD "Aurea...On Waves of Sound" will be available for purchase at the concert!

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Aurea Announces upcoming performances in Rhode Island

POSTED BY Aurea Info Fri, 02 Aug 2013 21:58:53 GMT

Sunday, August 18, 2013, 6:00PM
Veterans Memorial Amphitheater, Pawtucket, RI
“Listening - When words leave off, music begins.”
Exploring the creative process of listening through poetry and music.
Admission Free
Click
here to see the concert flyer.


Sunday, August 25, 1013, 5:00PM
Touro Synagogue - 85 Touro St., Newport, RI
“The New & Dangerous Opinions of Roger Williams”
Celebrating the 250th Anniversary of Touro Synagogue & the 350th Anniversary of the Rhode Island Royal Charter of 1663. Parking is available at the Gateway Visitors’ Center on America’s Cup Avenue, Newport, RI.
Order tickets online at:
http://www.eventbrite.com/org/406677957?s=1622101

Thursday, August 29, 2013, 5:00-7:00PM
Gallery Z Reception - Art, Food & Wine, Creating Awareness for a Cause
259 Atwells Avenue, Providence, RI 02903, 401.454.8844
"Everything is Music" (excerpts)

Sunday, September 29, 2013, 7:00PM
Pawtucket Arts Festival - St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Pawtucket, RI
"Britten - Illuminations”
Turning its focus to the young Benjamin Britten and his circle in the pre-war 1930’s, Aurea brings its highly acclaimed debut program at the Maverick Festival back to Rhode Island.

Sunday, October 6, 2013, 2:00PM
Barrington Public Library, 281 County Road, Barrington, RI 02806
“Everything is Music” (full program)
Capturing the artist’s vision of music in word and form.

Friday, December 20, 2013, 8:00PM
First Unitarian Church of Providence, 1 Benevolent St. (at Benefit St.), Providence
"A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas”
A delightful reading of this classic holiday story with festive chamber music and carols.

These events are sponsored in part by The City of Pawtucket, Touro Synagogue, Gallery Z, The Pawtucket Arts Festival, The Barrington Public Library, The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, and Friends of Aurea.

Watch for more information.

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Aurea Performs at Maverick Festival in Woodstock, NY.

POSTED BY Aurea Info Fri, 02 Aug 2013 21:35:51 GMT

Aurea was well received in their debut at the Maverick Music Festival.

“…this program of music and recitation was an enormously successful effort, with the intensity of performance reflected by audience response. I felt fortunate to have been present at this world-class event.”
Jay Wenk: The Boston Musical Intelligencer, July 28, 2013.

Click here to see the complete concert review.

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Aurea performs at Hope Artiste Village on Monday, May 13, 2013

POSTED BY Aurea Info Wed, 08 May 2013 15:30:17 GMT

Aurea will perform its Baudelaire-inspired program, “Tranquil as a Sage and Gentle as the Damned…” on Monday, May 13, 8:00PM, at the Jen McWalters Studio (Pilates and Beyond), Hope Artiste Village, 999 Main street, Suite 111, Pawtucket, RI 02860 (phone 401-475-0084).

Click here to see the concert flyer.

Words by Baudelaire & TS Elliot with Music by Debussy, Fauré, and Stravinsky.
Sponsored by The City of Pawtucket, RISCA, and Friends of Aurea.

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Click here to see the concert flyer.

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Aurea performs at the Chaminade Club, Sunday, May 12, 2013

POSTED BY Aurea Info Wed, 08 May 2013 15:30:09 GMT

Aurea will perform the program “Everything is Music” at the Chaminade Club on Sunday, May 12, at 2PM. The concert will take place at the Music Mansion, 88 Meeting Street, Providence.

Poetry of Baudelaire, WS Merwin, Langston Huges, Neruda, Billy Collins, Rumi, Mary Oliver and more, with music of Bach, Bartok. Martinu, Mozart, and improvisations by Chris Turner.

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Click here to see the concert flyer.

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Britten Illuminations at Brown University’s Grant Recital Hall

POSTED BY AureaInfo Thu, 18 Apr 2013 19:26:03 GMT

Aurea performs Britten Illuminations on Monday, May 6, 2013, 8:00PM at Brown University’s Grant Recital Hall, 1 Young Orchard Street, Providence.

Aurea turns its focus to the young Benjamin Britten in the pre war 30’s, invoing earluy stylistic & intellectual influences as well as critical relationships during this highly charged artistic and political time period.

Works include Britten’s Rhapsody for String Quartet, Elegy for Solo Viola, Three Divertimenti, Les Illuminations for Tenor & Strings, plus Music of Frank Bridge, Chris Turner, and Henry Purcell, with writings of Auden, Spender, Isherwood, Britten, and others.

Performers:
Nigel Gore, reader; Chris Turner, harmonica & reader; Greg Zavracky, tenor; Paul Phillips, conductor, Charles Sherba & Katherine Winterstein, violins; Consuelo Sherba, viola; Emmanuel Feldman, cello; Pascal Delache-Feldman, double bass.

Free Admission, limited seating.

This program is funded through the generous support of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, The Friends of Aurea, and the Brown University Department of Music. Les Illuminations by Benjamin Britten (ASCAP) is performed by arrangement with Boosey & Hawkes. Much of this program will be performed again at Aurea’s debut performance at the Maverick Festival in Woodstock, NY, on Saturday, July 27.

Click here to see the concert flyer.

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Melville & the Great White Whale at the Providence Athenaeum

POSTED BY AureaInfo Thu, 18 Apr 2013 18:24:22 GMT

Aurea performs Melville & the Great White Whale on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 8:00PM at the Providence Athenaeum, 251 Benefit Street, Providence.
Tickets: Athenaeum members/$30; non-members/$35 Performers: Chris Turner, Charles Sherba, Katherine Winterstein, Consuelo Sherba, and Emmanuel Feldman.

To reserve tickets, call 401-421-6970, or order online at
http://providenceathenaeum.org/news/news.html.
Seating is limited and tickets must be reserved in advance.

This performance fuses passages from Moby-Dick, Melville’s letters to Nathaniel Hawthorne, the string quartets of Beethoven and Webern, and sea shanties and improvisations by Chris Turner to highlight the philosophical themes inherent in Melville’s great American novel.
With support from The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, Friends of Aurea, and The Providence Athenaeum.

Click here to see the concert flyer.

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Aurea Presents Three Performances of “A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas” for December 2012

POSTED BY AureaInfo Mon, 26 Nov 2012 01:41:58 GMT

Aurea performs A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas on December 21, 2012, 8:00PM, at the First Unitarian Church Providence, Benevolent at Benefit Streets.
Tickets: Adults/$25; Seniors/$20; Students/$5; Children/$5 Performers: Nigel Gore, Chris Turner, Charles Sherba, Alexey Shabalin, Consuelo Sherba, Emmanuel Feldman, and Fred Jodry.
To reserve tickets, call 401-331-0543, or order online at: http://achildschristmas2012.eventbrite.com
With support from The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, Friends of Aurea, and Providence First Unitarian Church.

Aurea performs A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas on December 23, 2012, 3:00PM and 7:00PM (two performances) at Highfield Hall, 56 Highfield Drive, Falmouth, MA 02541.
Tickets: $45; Highfield Hall members $30; Students $15
Performers: Nigel Gore, Chris Turner, Charles Sherba, Katherine Winterstein, Consuelo Sherba, Emmanuel Feldman, and Fred Jodry. To order tickets for Highfield only, visit
http://www.highfieldhall.org/programs_concerts.shtml or call 508-495-1878, ext 303
With support from Highfield Hall and Friends of Aurea.

A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas is performed by arrangement with Dramatic Publishing, Woodstock, IL.

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Aurea Guest Artists

POSTED BY AureaInfo Sun, 02 Dec 2012 20:24:39 GMT

COLLABORATING GUEST ARTISTS
Aurea collaborating artists have included actors Bob Colonna, Elena Araoz, Kim Dilts, Charles Weinstein, Rudy Sanda, Kate Lohman, and Gabrielle Sherba; violinists Katherine Winterstein, Alexey Shabalin, Sasha Callahan, Megumi Stohs, and Jesse Holstein; cellists Emmanuel Feldman, Jing Li, Rafael Popper-Keiser, Mathias Naegele, Ted Mook, Miguel Rocha, and Catherine Strynckx; pianists George Lopez, Judith Lynn Stillman, Virginia Eskin, and Gary Chapman; flutists Susan Thomas, Peggy Friedland; oboist Cheryl Bishkoff; singers Diana McVey, Rene dela Garza, and Gigi Mitchell-Velasco; harpsichordist Fred Jodry; composers David Amram, Paul Phillips, Gerald Shapiro, Bill Barclay, and Barbara Kolb; puppeteers Blair Thomas and Dan Butterworth; percussionist Valerie Smalley; and other guests.

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Amram and Aurea, Tuesday, November 27, 4:00PM

POSTED BY AureaInfo Mon, 26 Nov 2012 02:09:20 GMT

Aurea performs music of David Amram at Brown University’s Grant Recital Hall (Hope at Benevolent), Tuesday, November 27, 2012, at 4:00PM. Free and open to the public.

Piano Sonata, Sonata for Violin and Piano; The Wind and the Rain for Viola and Piano; Native American Portraits for Violin, Piano, and Percussion; Sonata for Solo Viola; with readings, improvisations, and talkback by special guest, David Amram.

Performers: Charles Sherba, violin; Consuelo Sherba, viola; Valerie Smalley Krob, percussion; Gary Chapman, piano; David Amram, improvisations, readings.

Part of a Brown Music Department Residency with David Amram, commemorating the centennial of Woody Guthrie’s birth, sponsored by the Visiting Musician/Artist Program Fund, and Friends of Aurea.

For more information, visit: http://tinyurl.com/Amram-Aurea2012

For Brown Daily Herald article on concert, visit http://tinyurl.com/Aurea-Amram

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Our Heartfelt Thanks to All!

POSTED BY Amy Goldstein, Board President, and Friends of Charles Sherba Tue, 15 May 2012 15:10:54 GMT

The Concert for Hope & Healing was a phenomenal success. The outpouring of support and generosity exhibited by the hundreds of contributors to the Charles Sherba benefit fund has been awe-inspiring. As much as we would like to thank each donor individually, it will be impossible to do so. Please accept our sincere gratitude for your gifts as we continue to pray for Chuck's complete recovery.

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"A Concert for Hope and Healing" to Benefit Charles Sherba, Saturday, May 12th, 7:00 P.M.

POSTED BY Friends of Charles Sherba Fri, 20 Apr 2012 16:51:57 GMT

Please join Chuck's friends for a benefit concert to help defray his medical expenses.

PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE TO 7:00 P.M.

Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
First Unitarian Church
1 Benevolent Street (cor. Benefit Street)
Providence, RI


Performers
Kathryne Jennings, soprano
Alexey Shabalin, violin
Chloe Klein, viola
Sara Stalnaker, cello
Cheryl Bishkoff, oboe
Ian Greitzer, clarinet
Judith Stillman and Fred Jodry, piano
Chris Turner, harmonica and reader
Nigel Gore, reader

Program
Schubert: Shepherd on the Rock
for soprano, clarinet and piano
Mozart: Oboe Quartet in F
Schumann: Piano Quartet in E flat
Mozart: Variations for piano, four hands

Donations of any size are welcome. Suggested levels:
$100+ Angel
$35 General Admission
$20 Senior, Student, Artist

Please make your checks payable to: "Charles Sherba Medical Fund" (donations are not tax deductible).

Checks may be sent to:
Aurea c/o Amy Goldstein
195 Sessions Street
Providence, RI 02906

Donations will also be accepted at the door.

Questions: Amy@AureaEnsemble.org or 401-331-0543

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AUREA Presents New & Dangerous Opinions of Roger Williams!

POSTED BY AureaInfo Fri, 09 Mar 2012 03:23:30 GMT

Sunday, March 25th, 3:00 P.M.
First Baptist Church in America
75 North Main St, Providence

AUREA presents New and Dangerous Opinions of Roger Williams! fusing writings of Roger Williams with Native American poetry, underscored by music of Handel, Orlando di Lasso, Rhode Island’s own Chris Turner, and John Milton (whose son, the famous poet of the same name, was a friend and philosophical inspiration to Roger Williams). This lively program, set in the dramatic political and philosophical fray of colonial Rhode Island, introduces audiences to the strong-minded iconoclast, Roger Williams and his deep respect for Native American culture.

Performers: Nigel Gore, reader; Chris Turner, reader, harmonica and folk instruments; Charles Sherba, violin; Consuelo Sherba, viola.

Suggested donations: $25 general; $10 students/artists

The concert will be held at the historic meetinghouse of The First Baptist Church in America (at the foot of College Hill), which was founded by Roger Williams in 1638.

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AUREA Presents Melville and the Great White Whale

POSTED BY AureaInfo Fri, 09 Mar 2012 06:09:02 GMT

Tuesday, April 3, 7:00 P.M.
The Providence Athenaeum
251 Benefit Street, Providence

Created initially as a shorter benefit performance for The Athenaeum in 2011, this now concert-length Aurea program delves into the life and times of Herman Melville and his seminal work, Moby-Dick. Fusing passages from the novel, Melville’s letters to Nathaniel Hawthorne, the string quartets of Beethoven and Webern, along with sea shanties and improvisations of Chris Turner, Aurea's musicians and readers highlight the philosophical themes inherent in this great American novel.

Seating is limited.
Tickets are $35.00 ($30 for Athenaeum Members) and
MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE.

Click here to order tickets online at EventBrite.

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Poetry Out Loud 2012 prize winners!

POSTED BY AureaInfo Mon, 05 Mar 2012 15:42:08 GMT

Two of the 3 top state prize winners for the Poetry Out Loud competition come from High Schools in Pawtucket, where Aurea has been in residence this semester.

The state-wide Poetry Out-Loud Competition was held Satuday, March 3, at Bishop Hendricken High School, where 15 Rhode Island school winners competed for the title of State Winner. The State Winner then goes to Washington, D.C. to compete in the national competition, which is sponsored by The Poetry Foundation.

1st Prize winner this year was Daraja Hinds, a theatre major at JMW Arts High School, in Pawtucket, who recited Grief by Elizabeth Barrett Browning; The Meaning of the Shovel by Martin Espada; and No Moon Floods the Memory of That Night by Etheridge Knight. She was awesome! (She also won 1st prize last year! - Good luck at the 2012 Nationals in Washington, D.C.!) (Daraja has been working with coaches from the Gamm Theater)

2nd Prize went to Brian Duranleau, from Bishop Hendricken in Warwick, RI, for his wonderful recitations of Invictus by William Ernest Henley; The True-Blue American by Delmore Schwartz and After working sixty hours again for what reason by Bob Hicok.

3rd Prize went to Vonyee Moore, a senior at Shea High School, who recited Fire and Ice, by Robert Frost; April Love, by Ernest Dowson; and Ballad of Birmingham by Dudley Randall. She did an outstanding job! This was only the second year Shea had participated in the program. Her cousin, Antoinette Cou, represented Shea last year! (Vonyee was coached by Consuelo Sherba and Chris Turner of Aurea)

Nadine Da Luz represented Tolman High School, on Saturday, beautifully and flawlessly, in her poised performances of Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost; and Caged Bird by Maya Angelou. This was the first time Tolman had ever participated in Poetry Out Loud. Congratulations, Nadine! (She has already received a scholarship to attend a college in Riverdale, NY, for the fall).

As part of the Pawtucket School Department's RISCA grant for Aurea’s The Search, we have been thrilled to work with Vonyee and Nadine, preparing them for the competition and seeing their incredible progress. We continue to work with students at all three high schools and plan to feature them in school and community performances later in the spring.

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Aurea Launches Pawtucket Schools Residency

POSTED BY AureaInfo Fri, 10 Feb 2012 15:44:50 GMT

With support from RISCA, the Carter Family Foundation, and Friends of Aurea, this semester, Aurea performers are working with Pawtucket secondary school students, linking literacy, poetry, visual art, and music, with themes from Aurea’s acclaimed program, “The Search,” inspired by a series of prints of Morris Nathanson, the internationally known artist/designer.

Aurea performers have already met with dozens of classes at Pawtucket High Schools, coaching students on poetry reading, helping them with their creative writing and art work, bringing a taste of new and unfamiliar music to their classrooms, and helping them relate their own personal search to the universal themes of “The Search.”

Projects by the students will include writing journals, presenting poetry readings, creating original art work, linking music and the spoken word, and doing research on authors, composers, artists and musicians. (We’ve already discovered that Ruth Schonthal, the composer of the haunting cello and viola theme that is heard at the beginning of Aurea’s performance of “The Search,” was one of Lady Gaga’s music teachers at NYU in the early 2000’s).

Teachers and administrators in the Pawtucket Secondary Schools have been working closely with Aurea performers to create new and innovative approaches to multiply the effectiveness of classroom work by engaging students with the arts. This project may well become a national laboratory for using the power of the arts to develop creative and effective teaching methods.

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A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas - One performance only!

POSTED BY AureaInfo Fri, 18 Nov 2011 05:20:33 GMT

Aurea performs A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas on December 9, 2011, 8:00PM, at the First Unitarian Church Providence, Benevolent at Benefit Streets.
Tickets: Adults/$25; Seniors/$20; Students/$15; Children/$5 Performers: Nigel Gore, Chris Turner, Adam Workman, Charles Sherba, Alexey Shabalin, Consuelo Sherba, Jing Li, and Fred Jodry.

click to order tickets at EventBrite.

With support from The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, Friends of Aurea, and Providence First Unitarian Church.

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Aurea's Educational Program

POSTED Mon, 29 Aug 2011 13:19:54 GMT

With support from the Carter Foundation, Aurea can bring free educational programs to Rhode Island public school students. We are planning programs at Shea High School, the JMW Arts High School, Tolman High School, Central High School, Classical High School, Jenks Middle School, and others for the 2011-2012 school year.

Contact Consuelo@AureaEnsemble.org, or call 401-258-8397 for more information.

AUREA is on the New England States Touring (NEST) roster, which enables New England presenters outside of Rhode Island to receive support of up to 50% of artists' fees when bringing Aurea to their venue.
Click for more information on NEST support from the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA).

AUREA's 2011-2012 events are supported by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, The Pawtucket Arts Festival, The City of Pawtucket, Temple Beth-El, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church of Pawtucket, Ocean State Charities, Pawtucket Credit Union, Reliable Gold, the Friends of AUREA, and others, with generous support for our educational events from the Carter Foundation.

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Click to visit the Aurea Calendar ... See our upcoming events!

POSTED Wed, 27 Jul 2011 09:42:18 GMT

Bring an Aurea program to your community or school!
Click for description of Aurea's Touring Programs. Every Aurea tour program can be combined with educational workshops or community residencies.

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Aurea Performs at the Pawtucket Amphitheater

POSTED BY AureaInfo Tue, 26 Jul 2011 02:50:53 GMT

Aurea will perform a program of music and poetry at the Pawtucket Veterans Amphitheater, on Roosevelt Avenue at Exchange Street, next to Pawtucket City Hall and the Fire Station.
This event is part of the 2011 Pawtucket Riverfront Concert Series, supported by the Pawtucket Arts Collaborative, the City of Pawtucket Department of Planning and Redevelopment, and a gift from Pamela Hughes.
Music by Bach, Telemann, Villa Lobos, Schickele, Bartok, Martinu, improvisations by Chris Turner, poetry by Pastan, Tomlinson, Merwin, Hughes, Baudelaire, Neruda, Collins, Thomas, and Mueller.
The performance will take place on Sunday, July 31, at 5:00PM, and is free and open to the public.

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Aurea performs The Search at the Pawtucket Arts Festival

POSTED BY AureaInfo Mon, 29 Aug 2011 12:06:11 GMT

The Pawtucket Arts Festival presents Aurea in The Search, on Sunday, September 11, 2011, 7:00PM, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 50 Park Place, Pawtucket, Admission Free.

A soundscape inspired by artist Morris Nathanson's early allegorical print series The Search, Aurea brings an eclectic juxtaposition of words, music, and images to The Pawtucket Arts Festival.

Featuring music of Mendelssohn, Shostakovitch, Bartok, Milhaud, Schoenfeld, Pärt, improvisations by Chris Turner, with words by Thomas Wolfe, Tennyson, Yates, Camus, and Morris Nathanson.

Performers include Charles Sherba, violin; Alexey Shabalin, violin; Consuelo Sherba, viola; Emmanuel Feldman, cello; Chris Turner, harmonica/reader; Nigel Gore, reader; with projections of Morris Nathanson's The Search co-ordinated by Amy Webb and Rebecca Leuchak.

In addition, copies of the book of Morris Nathanson's print series The Search, designed by Amy Webb with funding through a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, will be available for purchase.

click to view poster for this event.
click for Providence Journal's 2010 article on Morris Nathanson.
click for directions to St. Paul's Church.
click for more information about The Pawtucket Arts Festival 2011.
click for information on how to order the new book of Morris Nathanson's prints for The Search.

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Aurea Performs at Mathieu's Senior Center in Pawtucket

POSTED BY AureaInfo Tue, 26 Jul 2011 02:42:17 GMT

Aurea will perform Moby Dick on Thursday, July 28 at 12:30 PM at the Mathieu's Senior Center in Pawtucket, 420 Main Street 02860. For more information, call the Senior Center at 401-728-2582. Free and open to the public, supported by a grant from the City of Pawtucket.

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Aurea performs Music of David Amram in Newport

POSTED BY AureaInfo Tue, 26 Jul 2011 03:02:13 GMT

Music at Trinity presents Aurea in An Evening With David Amram, at Trinity Church, Queen Anne Square, Newport, RI, on Tuesday, August 2. Doors open at 6:30PM, performance starts at 7:00PM. Tickets $20 General, $18 Senior, and $8 Students (available at the door). Reception to follow.
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Mortal Acts / Mortal Words: A Tribute to Galway Kinnell at the Providence Athenaeum

POSTED BY AureaInfo Wed, 23 Feb 2011 15:22:42 GMT

Mortal Acts / Mortal Words, Sunday, April 3, 2011, 8:00 PM, Providence Athenaeum, 251 Benefit Street, Providence, RI.
Limited seating, call 401-421-6970 to reserve Tickets:
General Admission $30; $25 for Athenaeum Members.

General Admission tickets can also be reserved online.
Click to Order General Admission Tickets online at EventBrite

AUREA is delighted to perform Mortal Acts/Mortal Words: A Tribute to Galway Kinnell, honoring master American poet, Pulitzer Prize winner, MacArthur Fellow, former Vermont Poet Laureate, and Rhode Island native son, at the Providence Athenaeum. Kinnell's transcendent words, delving into "the poetics of the physical world", his unique ability to "discover the glory of the ordinary", transforming "the most ordinary thing, the most despised" into sacred moments of beauty and his strong commitment to important contemporary social issues have been a great source of inspiration to AUREA for many years. The program will feature Kinnell's original poetry, from some of his earliest work through his most recent; the Mozart and Brahms Clarinet Quintets; Bill Barclay's Sonnets to Orpheus (settings of Kinnell's vivid translations of Rilke); and harmonica improvisations of Chris Turner. We hope the selections of poetry and music we have chosen will help capture the spirit of one of America's most significant poets of the 20th century.

Performers: Ian Greitzer (clarinet), Charles Sherba and Katherine Winterstein (violins), Consuelo Sherba (viola), Emmanuel Feldman (cello), Chris Turner (harmonica and reader), Nigel Gore (reader), and Patrick Valentino (conductor).

EXTRA: Preview Salon at the Providence Athenaeum, Friday, March 25, 2011, 5-7PM. Discuss the inspirations for Mortal Acts/Mortal Words with members of Aurea. Salon is Free and open to the public. For more information, see details below.

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Check out the interview with Consuelo at GoLocalProv

POSTED BY AureaInfo Fri, 11 Mar 2011 16:07:46 GMT

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Aurea performs Mozart and Brahms with poetry of Galway Kinnell at the North Kingstown Free Library on Sunday, May 1, at 2:00 P.M.

POSTED BY AureaInfo Tue, 26 Apr 2011 14:23:10 GMT

Mortal Acts / Mortal Words: A Tribute to Galway Kinnell

Admission Free-Reservations Required. For directions or to register for a free ticket with your library card, visit http://www.nklibrary.org/, or call the library at 401-294-3306.

Program features Clarinet Quintets of Mozart and Brahms with original poetry of Galway Kinnell, master American poet, Pulitzer Prize winner, MacArthur Fellow, former Vermont Poet Laureate, and Rhode Island native son.

Performers are Nigel Gore, reader; Charles Sherba and Katherine Winterstein, violins; Consuelo Sherba, viola; Matthias Naegele, cello; and Ian Greitzer, clarinet. 100 Boone Street, North Kingstown, RI 02852

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Consuelo with RI Civic Chorale on March 26.

POSTED BY AureaInfo Sun, 20 Mar 2011 22:52:06 GMT

Hear Consuelo perform the solo viola part to Flos Campi, Vaughan Williams' work for chorus, orchestra, and solo viola, with the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra at the Cathedral of Saints Peter & Paul on Saturday, March 26, 2011, 8:00PM.
click for more information, including ticket information.

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A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas - One performance only!

POSTED BY AureaInfo Fri, 06 Aug 2010 16:08:43 GMT

Aurea performs A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas on December 17, 8:00PM, at the First Unitarian Church Providence, Benevolent at Benefit Streets.
Tickets: Adults/$25; Seniors/$20; Students/$15; Children/$5 Click to Order Tickets online at EventBrite (Tickets also available at the door, call 401-331-0543 for more information).
Performers: Bob Colonna, Kate Lohman, Charles Sherba, Alexey Shabalin, Consuelo Sherba, Jing Li, and Fred Jodry.
Click to see our poster for this program.
Click to see the Providence Journal's article about Aurea's A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas.

Performed by arrangement with Dramatic Publishing, Woodstock, Il.


BEING MUSIC, Sunday, November 7, 2010, 8:00 PM
AUREA presents Being Music,
with special guests: Rene de la Garza, baritone, and Judith Lynn Stillman, pianist, at the Fine Arts Center, URI, in Kingstown, RI. This program weaves readings, songs and chamber music, including works of Tennessee Williams, Verlaine, Pushkin, Heine, Robert Schumann, Rachmaninov, Loeffler and Paul Bowles. Performers include: Rene de la Garza, baritone; Judith Lynn Stillman, piano; Charles Sherba and Katherine Winterstein, violins; Consuelo Sherba, viola; Chris Turner, harmonica/reader; Nigel Gore, reader.
Location: the URI Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, 105 Upper College Road, Kingston.
General admission is $10, or $5 for students with ID.
Click for the Aurea Calendar to get links to more information about each program, and directions to performances.

THE SEARCH, Sunday, September 26th, 2010, 3:00 PM
AUREA returns to FirstWorks , with The Search, a very special collaboration with Morris Nathanson, at RISD Museum’s Metcalf Auditorium in the Chace Center. For this program, AUREA joins illustrious designer/artist, Morris Nathanson, in a dynamic, eclectic juxtaposition of words and music with images and inspiration from Nathanson’s early allegorical/autobiographical print series: The Search. Including music of Mendelssohn, Ruth Schoenfeld, Honneger, Shostakovitch, and harmonica improvisations of Chris Turner. Performers: Charles Sherba & Katherine Winterstein, violins; Consuelo Sherba, viola; Emmanuel Feldman, cello; Nigel Gore, reader; Chris Turner, harmonica & reader. Talkback with the performers and Morris Nathanson.
Help make programs like this possible. Make a generous gift now.
[Aurea, Inc., is a 501c(3) non-profit].
click for The Search poster
Read the Providence Journal's article about this performance
See the complete printed program
Audience Respose to The Search
Play Excerpt 2 from The Search

HOW MANY NIGHTS, Sunday, September 12th, 2010, 8:30 PM
AUREA opens its season with How Many Nights: A Tribute to Galway Kinnell. In a return engagement to the Pawtucket Arts Festival, at the beautiful, historic St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 50 Park Place, in downtown Pawtucket, AUREA is delighted to honor master American poet, Pulitzer Prize winner, former MacArthur Fellow and Vermont Poet Laureate, Pawtucket native son, Galway Kinnell. The program will feature Kinnell’s original poetry; Mozart and Brahms Clarinet Quintets; Bill Barclay’s Sonnets to Orpheus, (settings of Kinnell’s vivid translations of Rilke); and harmonica improvisations by Chris Turner. Special guests, Ian Greitzer (clarinet) and Alexey Shabalin (violin) join AUREA regulars, Charles and Consuelo Sherba, Emmanuel Feldman, Nigel Gore and Chris Turner. The program is free and open to the public followed by a Talkback with the performers and Bill Barclay, Composer in Residence, Shakespeare & Co., Lenox, Massachusetts.
click for Kinnell program poster

IN CONCERT WITH NATURE, Wednesday, September 15th, 6:00 PM
Come join AUREA In Concert with Nature, for the closing program of the Blackstone Parks Conservancy Summer Series. If it’s a nice day, pack a picnic, and enjoy this family program surrounded by the Blackstone Parks Conservancy’s beautiful recent plantings and landscape designs. The program takes place, outside, at the historic Trolley Shelter, located at the intersection of Blackstone Boulevard and Elmgrove Avenue, in the East Side of Providence. (If it rains, everyone moves to Ray Auditorium, a lovely hall with perfect acoustics on the Butler Hospital Campus). The program features Chris Turner’s harmonica improvisations, readings of poetry inspired by nature, and music for violin, viola and cello. This free series is generously funded by Butler Hospital.


Click for the Aurea Calendar to get links to more information about each program, and directions to performances.

Click for information on Aurea's Touring Programs. Every Aurea tour program can be combined with educational workshops or community residencies. Contact Consuelo@AureaEnsemble.org, or call 401-258-8397 for more information.

AUREA is on the New England States Touring (NEST) roster, which enables New England presenters outside of Rhode Island to receive support of up to 50% of artists' fees when bringing Aurea to their venue.
Click for more information on NEST support from the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA).

Check out Aurea's profile on NEFA's Matchbook.com website.
Aurea on Matchbook

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Mortal Acts/Mortal Words Preview Salon, Friday, March 25, 5:00PM

POSTED BY AureaInfo Sat, 19 Mar 2011 13:19:38 GMT

Friday, March 25, 2011, 5-7pm, the Providence Athenaeum presents a Salon with members of Aurea, discussing the inspirations behind their upcoming April 3 performance of Mortal Acts/Mortal Words, honoring Galway Kinnell, master American poet and Pawtucket native son.

Celebrate National Poetry Month a few days early with Consuelo Sherba, Chris Turner, and other members of Aurea, as they discuss the inspirations for Mortal Acts/Mortal Words, their musical and poetical homage to poet Galway Kinnell, to be performed at the Athenaeum on April 3 (concert tickets can be purchased at the Salon).

The Athenaeum's Salon series is dedicated to social conversation, to creating a space for civic, civil, and spirited dialogue. The event is free and open to the public; we start with a reception from 5 to 5:30, and then the members of Aurea will discuss the genesis of this work, their poetical and musical choices for it, and their multidisciplinary method of artistic inquiry in general. The setting is participatory - a successful salon depends on engagement by everyone in attendance, so bring your questions and ideas for Aurea, and join us for whatever part of the evening you can. Feel free to drop in and drop out, depending on your schedule, but don't miss this chance to learn more from the artists about Kinnell and their April 3rd concert in his honor. Free and open to the public.

The Providence Athenaeum is located at 251 Benefit Street in Providence. More info: www.providenceathenaeum.org, or from Christina Bevilacqua, 421-6970 x28, cbevilacqua@providenceathenaeum.org.

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Liebeslied/Lovesong: Robert and Clara Schumann - A Valentine's Program

POSTED BY AureaInfo Sat, 22 Jan 2011 05:23:24 GMT

Inspired by the passion and artistry of Robert and Clara Schumann, Aurea's Valentine's program draws from songs, chamber music and letters of this quintessential romantic duo, and the poetry they most revered.

The program traces Robert and Clara Schumann's complex, passionate relationship from its earliest manifestations in 1833 through their long-awaited marriage in 1840 (Robert's Year of Song), and the subsequent birth of their eight children.

Featured works include letters of Robert and Clara Schumann; poetry of Byron, Shelley, Goethe, Ruckert, Chamisso, and others; songs from Clara Schumann's Liebesfruhling and Sechs Lieder; Robert Schumann's: Frauenliebe und Leben, and Myrten; Kinderscenen; Piano Quartet and others.

Friday, February 11, 8:00PM, First Unitarian Church, 1 Benevolent Street, Providence, RI

Tickets: General Admission $25; Seniors $20; Students $15
Click to Order Tickets online at EventBrite (Tickets also available at the door, call 401-331-0543 for more information)

Performers: Diana McVey, soprano; Virginia Eskin, piano; Nigel Gore, reader; Charles Sherba, violin; Consuelo Sherba, viola, Emmanuel Feldman, cello.

This program is funded through the generous support of the Friends of Aurea, Jim Este and The First Unitarian Church Providence.

Click here to see program poster.

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Being Music at Temple Beth-El

POSTED BY AureaInfo Sat, 22 Jan 2011 05:28:31 GMT

AUREA presents a repeat performance of Being Music, with special guests: Rene de la Garza, baritone, Judith Lynn Stillman, pianist, and Alexey Shabalin, violin. This program weaves readings, songs and chamber music, including works of Tennessee Williams, Verlaine, Pushkin, Heine, Robert Schumann, Rachmaninov, Loeffler and Paul Bowles.

Performers: Rene de la Garza, baritone; Judith Lynn Stillman, piano; Charles Sherba and Alexey Shabalin, violins; Consuelo Sherba, viola; Nigel Gore, reader.

Sunday, January 30, 2011, 5:00PM, Temple Beth El, 70 Orchard Avenue, Providence, RI.

Admission: Free

This program is funded through the generous support of Temple Beth El and Friends of Aurea. It was developed and first presented in November 2010 with support from the University of Rhode Island, the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts, and the Friends of Aurea.

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More Aurea Pictures

POSTED BY Info@AureaEnsemble.org Thu, 07 Oct 2010 19:34:34 GMT

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Charles Sherba and Richard Fredrickson Join Simon Sinfonietta for Bottesini

POSTED BY AureaInfo Thu, 16 Sep 2010 02:58:31 GMT

The Simon Sinfonietta, based in Falmouth, MA, began its season on Saturday, September 11, with a concert that included the Bottesini Grand Duo Concertant for violin and double bass, featuring Aurea violinist Charles Sherba and double bass player Richard Fredrickson.
Click here to Read the Cape Cod Times review of the program.
Click here to Read the maricello.blogspot review of the program.

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Aurea ends 2009-10 season with Educational Projects at Shea and JMW High Schools in Pawtucket

POSTED BY AureaInfo Fri, 18 Jun 2010 17:26:52 GMT

Aurea wrapped up its season with a flurry of exciting workshops and performances at Shea and JMW High Schools in Pawtucket, and at the The RI Philharmonic/Music School's Carter Center for Music Education.

In May the students at JMW came to our Reflecting on Rilke program, and had the opportunity to meet Bill Barclay, Shakespeare and Company resident composer and actor, whose piece "Sonnets to Orpheus", written for Aurea, was premiered this spring. They got to hear Bill's take on his composition process and the links between poetry, music, theatre and Shakespeare! Hearing movements of Beethoven String Quartet op. 132, the Ravel Duo for violin and cello and Barclay's work, in relation to Rilke's poetry, provided a lively background to discuss differences and commonalities between these works.

A few weeks later, Chris, Chuck and I spent several days at Shea High School, creating links between their work on the Raise Your Voice Project, co-sponsored by RICH, in which students from Providence and Pawtucket explored the precepts of Non-Violence with poetry and song-writing. We read poetry of Lorca and Neruda in Spanish and English, with some help from our Spanish-speaking students, in addition to ancient Arabic, Chinese, and Eskimo poetry. Music of Villa Lobos, Hindemith, Granados, and Chris Turner's inimitable improvisations filled out the programs.

We were especially fortunate to get some wonderful input on Chinese poetry from a guest student visiting Shea High School from China on our last day!

For more information and pictures, see http://tinyurl.com/AureaAtShea2010

These educational projects were supported by the City of Pawtucket Arts Funding Grant Program , RISCA, and gifts from Friends of Aurea. They were presented without charge to participating schools and students. For information on how to get a project like this for your school, contact Consuelo@AureaEnsemble.org

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NIGEL WINS 2010 Eliot Norton Best Actor Award!!

POSTED BY AureaInfo Tue, 18 May 2010 03:01:20 GMT

It was just announced that Aurea Founder Nigel Gore won the 2010 Eliot Norton Best Actor Award for his work in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" at the Boston Publick Theater. The Awards were presented by the Boston Theater Critics' Association in a ceremony held at the Paramount Theater on May 17, 2010. All Aurea performers, board members, and Friends extend congratulations to Nigel for this well-deserved recognition!
click to see all the winners

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Charles Sherba & Virginia Eskin perform in Faculty Recital at Cape Cod Conservatory

POSTED BY AureaInfo Tue, 20 Apr 2010 23:27:09 GMT

Aurea founding violinist Charles Sherba and frequent Aurea guest pianist Virginia Eskin performed in a faculty recital at the Cape Cod Conservatory in Falmouth, MA, on Friday, April 23, 2010. Works on the program included the Bach G minor Sonata for solo violin (BWV 1001), the Mozart Sonata for violin and piano in E minor K 304, and the Ravel Sonata for violin and piano. For more information, visit CapeCodConservatory.org

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Check out Artsmash RI's review of Reflections on Rilke: Part 1

POSTED BY AureaInfo Sat, 17 Apr 2010 13:22:19 GMT

Artsmash RI Review: "...the playing was exquisite..."
(click for full review)

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Nigel nominated for 2010 Elliot Norton Best Actor Award!

POSTED Sat, 17 Apr 2010 14:17:05 GMT

Aurea founder Nigel Gore was nominated for a 2010 Elliot Norton Best Actor Award for his work in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" at the Boston Publick Theater.
click to see all the nominations

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Reflections on Rilke

POSTED BY AureaInfo Thu, 01 Apr 2010 00:46:25 GMT

Part 1: Monday, April 12, 2010, Grant Recital Hall, Brown University
Part 2: Sunday, April 18, 2010, Metcalf Aud., Chace Center, RISD Museum


For anyone interested in the arts, whether it be music, visual art, or poetry, these are programs which will create a visceral experience.

The emotional territory is tremendous and it is reflected in Rilke's words, the music you will hear and the art work which you will see.

If you are interested in the inter-relatedness of the arts, in philosophy and psychology, in the incredible artistic, cultural and sociological upheaval and transformation of the early 20th century, whether you've ever read a word of Rilke or not, we invite you to immerse yourself in Rilke's work and world, his poetry, letters and prose, as we simultaneously explore the great impact and resonance Rilke's work continues to exert into the 21st century.

Following these waves of intersecting thoughts and artistic spheres has been an eye-opening and breath-taking journey, which we hope to impart to you, our audience.

We are so fortunate to have the RISD Museum as a resource for this project, as it will become very clear just how significant the visual arts were to Rilke, particularly, the work of Rodin and Cezanne, as Rilke's work, in turn, is so powerfully reflected in the work of contemporary artist, Pat Steir.



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Sherbas Play Mozart with RIC Orchestra

POSTED BY AureaInfo Wed, 03 Mar 2010 20:08:09 GMT

On March 8, at 8 PM, The Rhode Island College Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Edward Markward, presented its third concert of the season, the 15th Annual Samuel and Esther Chester Performance Award Concert.

Featured works on the program were a rare performance of Inscape, Aaron Copland’s last orchestral composition; Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat Major by Mozart, featuring Charles and Consuelo Sherba as violin and viola soloists; and Antonin Dvořák’s beloved Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, “from the New World.” Thanks to the generosity of Samuel and Esther Chester, admission to this concert was FREE.

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