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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

SATELLITE SALON SERIES: "COMMON THREADS" - Southern Utah University - September 13, 14 & 15, 2012

WHAT:              Percussion and quilting are stitched together for SUU's highly entertaining Satellite Salon Series, in a special two-day series of events developed by members of the music and art and design departments featuring series creator, Dr. Lynn Vartan, percussionist, and art quilter Deborah K. Snider, an SUU Professor. They will be joined by guest artist Matthew Coley who will perform on the dulcimer. These professionals will work with students in an interactive master class, and then join forces on a highly innovative family program, Arts Unwrapped.

WHO:               Southern Utah University, College of Performing and Visual Arts, Music Department

WHEN:             September 13, 14 & 15, 2012

TIME:               Master Class, Thur., Sept. 13, 2012 at 3:00pm
                        "Common Threads" Concert, Fri. Sept. 14, 2012 at 7:30pm                    
Arts Unwrapped, Sat., Sept. 15, 2012 at 10:30am
WHERE:           All events: Thorley Recital Hall, Music Building, Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT

TICKETS:         Phone: Arts Hotline: (435) 865-8800 or visit: www.suu.edu/arts

PRICES:           Free and the General Public is encouraged to attend.

SEPTEMBER 13, 14 & 15, 2012

Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah: A special musical weekend will be stitched together when two unique forms of percussion and quilting create Common Threads in SUU's innovative Satellite Salon Series, in a special three-day series of events developed by members of the Music and Art and Design departments feature series creator, Dr. Lynn Vartan, percussionist, and art quilter Deborah K. Snider, an SUU Professor. They will be joined by guest artist Matthew Coley who will play the dulcimer. These professionals will participate in a master class and Q&A at 3:00pm on Thursday, September 13, 2012 and in a joint concert on Friday, September 14th at 7:30pm. On Saturday, September 15, 2012, Vartan will participate in a family workshop, Arts Unwrapped, at 10:30am. All events will take place at Thorley Recital Hall located on campus in SUU?s Music Building. All events are free and opened to the general public.

This Satellite Salon Series is comprised of three events over a two-day period. On Thursday, September 13, 2012, at 3:00pm, in a master class setting, Matthew Coley and Dr. Lynn Vartan will demonstrate instrumental techniques and Coley will interact with some students and coach their own performance. Coley and Vartan will be joined by Deborah K. Snider and the trio will discuss their careers as working artists. The master class is targeted to college and high school age students. On Saturday morning September 15, at 10:30am, the casual Arts Unwrapped features a program in which youngsters explore their creativity in a unique hands-on art and music project featuring Coley and Vartan. Noisy children are welcome to attend with their parents who can walk them around the family-friendly event which is geared to young children, families and the community.

The weekend?s highlight will be Common Threads, a concert highlighted by a vibrant collaboration of the instrumentalists and visual artist, performed on Friday, September 14th at 7:30pm. The concert?s first half will feature Matthew Coley and Dr. Lynn Vartan performing works that showcase the dulcimer and various percussion instruments. In the second act, in a special collaboration between music and art, Deborah K. Snider will create a ?community quilt? based on colorful contributions of provided cut by the audience ? all while Coley and Vartan perform. The concert melds together music and an art form that speaks to our community and thus, as an evening, promises to be a vibrant work of art for both the ears and eyes.

Matthew Coley performs regularly as a soloist throughout the US and Europe, and has performed with such entities as the Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival, San Francisco Sinfonietta, Millennium Chamber Players, Moldavian Philharmonic and Tele-Radio Orchestras, and Kurpfalzisches Kammerorchester Mannheim. He has been featured on Chicago's WFMT Classical Radio Station and has presented concerts and master classes at universities in over 15 states, as well as Denmark, Germany, Moldova, and Sweden. He has released a solo marimba album in 2010 entitled Circularity that has  received very positive praise. Jason Baker wrote, "One of the most enjoyable marimba recordings in recent memory due to its exciting repertoire, world-class performing" in Percussive Notes. Passionate about the symbiosis of dance and music, he has collaborated with Co?Motion Dance Theatre, Thodos Dance Chicago, and Dance in the Parks. In 2004 he began his own collaborative group called SONIC INERTIA, a forum for the synthesis of dance, live music, and electronic media. This group spawned the collaboration called CLEARLY, a multi-media dance, music, video, and design installation inspired by all glass percussion instruments. In addition to marimba and percussion, Coley performs on dulcimer and cimbalom and has been committed to expanding the contemporary repertoire for the dulcimer and percussion. He has commissioned and premiered over 25 marimba, percussion, or dulcimer works. Coley has premiered concertos by Bjorn Berkhout, Lynn Glassock, Ghenadie Ciobanu, Marcin B?a?ewicz and Andrew Ardizzoia. In 2008 he placed in the top three at the prestigious 5th World Marimba Competition Stuttgart, and is the first American to ever place in this competition. In 2005 he placed third in the Minnesota Orchestra Young Artist Competition, and in 2000 won first in the Music Teachers National Association Solo Percussion Competition and the Percussive Arts Society International Marimba Concerto Competition. He has received numerous other awards as well as grant awards from the City of Chicago Cultural Arts Assistance Program, Illinois Arts Council, and Iowa Arts Council. Coley is currently Lecturer of Percussion at Iowa State University, and holds degrees from Northwestern University and the University of North Texas. He can be found on the web at www.hearMatthewColey.com.

Deborah K. Snider holds Bachelor?s and Master?s of Arts degrees in Art Education, Drawing and Design (Western Michigan University Honors College, University of Colorado at Boulder) and a Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts (Goddard College, Vermont). She has directed three community art centers in Florida, Colorado, and Oregon; taught art at all age levels; and administered many programs in higher education. She is a visual artist in drawing, mixed-media, and art quilt/fabric collage whose work has been shown and collected world-wide. Recent accomplishments include the 2004 Crested Butte (Colorado) Wildflower Festival poster; two art quilts juried into the Studio Art Quilt Associate?s international touring exhibitions in 2008-9 and 2009-10; an art quilt juried into the Houston International Quilt Association?s ?Quilts: A World of Beauty,? also winning an award (2008), and three art quilts accepted for the Lark Books 2010 publication of 500 Art Quilts. Most recently, her art quilt, "Bye-Bye Beautiful Bee" won third place in the national juried "Evolutions" challenge at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden, Colorado. She has had papers accepted for publication in Art Education journals and magazines and is a Consulting Editor for The Clearing House (educational research). She is frequently invited to teach, speak, judge, and perform at local, regional, and state-wide events, and is the recipient of the 2009 Higher Education Art Educator of the Year Award from the Colorado Art Education Association. She is Assistant Professor of Art Education at Southern Utah University and the curator of the forthcoming exhibition Everything in Between: Art Quilts, Embroidery and Fabric Collage at SUU?s Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, September 27 through November 10, 2012.

Recently hailed in the Los Angeles Times for a ?fabulously performed? solo, Dr. Lynn Vartan is percussionist for Southwest Chamber Music, two-time Grammy® nominee in the Best Classical Album of the Year and Best Small Ensemble with or without a conductor categories. Vartan has been featured on the Los Angeles Philharmonic Green Umbrella Series, the Different Trains Series and has soloed with the Music and the Court series in Pasadena, California, and the Sierra Wind Symphony. She is currently producing two solo albums which will be released next year. Vartan received her master's and doctorate degrees from the University of Southern California with special honors and recognition. She teaches percussion at  Southern Utah University.

The Satellite Salon Series allows for personal interaction and communication between a resident or guest musician and or visual artist and music students from SUU and the region through master classes, question and answer sessions and workshops. The Series is also an educational program, designed to give southern Utah rural high school students the opportunity to learn from professional musicians and artists during the Master's Class. The "Arts Unwrapped" component provides a casual concert or visual art experience for young children in the community, where they can sit on stage and listen and watch the performer or participate in a hands-on music or art project.

Satellite Salon Series and "Arts Unwrapped" are made possible by funding from Arts Fusion, Arts Works for Kids!, and a grant from the Arts In Education Program with the Utah Division of Arts and Museums.

Experience how music and quilting weave a spell. Do not miss Common Threads, a weekend of events that promises to be highly entertaining. For more information on the SUU College of Performing and Visual Arts events, please call the Arts Hotline at (435) 865-8800, or visit www.suu.edu/arts.

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