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James Sewell Ballet’s world premiere of Inferno on MSUM campus

Posted on February 28, 2014

Performance caps five-day residency, includes six MSUM dancers

It will be hell. And it will be great. James Sewell, founder of the Minneapolis ballet company that bears his name, has barely finished developing what he considers his magnum opus – a ballet based on Dante’s literary masterpiece, The Inferno. The multi-media dance project premieres at MSUM on the Hansen Theatre stage Saturday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m.

The ballet tells the story of Dante himself in the first book of his trilogy The Divine Comedy. In The Inferno, Dante is driven toward darkness and guided by Virgil through the nine circles of hell in a personal search for the right path of thought and action. It’s a story of midlife crisis and redemption, says Sewell, “explored through a contemporary lens looking for today’s meaning in a timeless tale.” Read the rest of this entry →

Don’t miss Dante scholar John Kerr and pianist Jihye Chang

Posted on March 06, 2014

Pianist Jihye Chang returns to Fargo-Moorhead to perform Thursday, March 6, at 7 p.m. in Fox Recital Hall. Works include Chorale Fantasy, IV. Sin: Romans 3:10-18, V. Chorale: “Lord, have mercy” by Shinuh Lee; Sonata No. 9 “Black Mass” by Alexander Scriabin; No. 15 Le baiser de l’Enfant-Jésus (“The kiss of the Infant Jesus”) from Vingt regards sur l’enfant-Jésus, by Olivier Messiaen; and Après une Lecture du Dante: Fantasia quasi Sonata, by Franz Liszt. Chang and her husband, violinist Ben Sung, lived in Fargo-Moorhead for several years before moving to Tallahassee, Fla. Preceding Chang’s lecture-recital is a  5 p.m. talk by Dante scholar John Kerr, chair of the Department of English at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, and a 6 p.m. reception and exhibition of artwork depicting hell created by MSUM art students. Read the rest of this entry →

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