Argeo Ascani is Curator for Music at EMPAC, the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. He is one of few saxophonists to perform on the entire range of saxophones from sopranino to contrabass, and remains dedicated to performing new music. He has performed at the Bang on a Can Marathon at MassMOCA, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. For five years, Ascani taught in the Music History and Contemporary Performance departments at the Manhattan School of Music, where he received his undergraduate and graduate education, and has given master classes and lectures in over a dozen countries. In 2015, he served as a Pew Fellowships panelist.
Harris Eisenstadt is a drummer, composer, and bandleader who has studied with respected names in jazz and improvised music, as well as in West African and Cuban drumming.
Jennifer Higdon wins a International Opera Award for Cold Mountain, Geoff Sobelle’s one-man play The Object Lesson will be presented at New York Theatre Workshop, and a mid-career retrospective book of Bo Bartlett’s paintings is published.
Painted Bride Art Center presented a theater piece compiled from the known works, unperformed stories, and unpublished diaries of the late legendary monologist.
Founded in 1910, International House Philadelphia (IHP) presents cultural programs in the areas of music, exhibitions, and cinema—the latter being its flagship program.
Strange Currencies is the first exhibition to articulate a history for the unorthodox, artist-run spaces that emerged in Mexico City in the 1990s.
Historic Germantown is a collaborative of 15 historic houses, museums, and landscapes in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia. The sites have worked together for decades, gradually building their collective capacity in both infrastructure and interpretation.
The William Way LGBT Community Center is a non-profit organization serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender populations of Philadelphia and its nearby communities.
Temple Contemporary presents a talk by Pulitzer Prize- and Grammy Award-winning composer David Lang, in conjunction with Symphony for a Broken Orchestra.
Erin Bernard is a curator, community artist, public historian, and the creator of the Philadelphia Public History Truck.
A number of Center-supported performances take the stage this summer, including seven new musical commissions by The Crossing and the world premiere of Pablo Batista’s music and dance production El Viaje (The Journey).
Martha McDonald is an interdisciplinary artist whose performances and installations feature handcrafted costumes and objects.
The Institute of Contemporary Art presents a closing party for its multidisciplinary project Endless Shout featuring a performance by the musical group Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society.