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‘Brothers on the Battlefield,’ Intimate Apparel Productions Commemorate 400 Years of Inequality Project  

Photo courtesy of The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass ensemble.

ALBANY, N.Y. (Nov. 12, 2019) – Three arts-related events this week will commemorate the University’s 400 Years of Inequality project. The series includes a museum talk by the New Orleans-based visual artist Ashley Teamer, a performance by an internationally-known brass ensemble and the opening night of the play Intimate Apparel.

Teamer, whose work focuses on themes of black femininity, will speak at the University Art Museum this afternoon at 4:30 p.m. on her paintings in the current exhibition, ACE: Art on Sports, Promise and Selfhood.

The event is part of the museum’s fall series of Artist Residencies and Talks. In October, Brooklyn-based artist Baseera Khan gave a performance on her rock wall installation, “Braidrage.”

A night of music, history

Tomorrow evening, The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass ensemble will perform “Brothers on the Battlefield” at the Performing Arts Center (PAC). The multimedia production salutes the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War and the 50th anniversary of the civil rights movement.

In addition to period-specific music by the ensemble, the performance will feature photography by Vanessa Briceño and works by the late poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou.

The event, which will be narrated by actress and director JaQuinley Kerr, will take place on Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $10 for faculty, staff and students.

The internationally-acclaimed ensemble is renowned for blending a diversity of genres for non-traditional concert formats. Its musicians have performed with groups including the Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, among others.

Trumpeter Rodney Marsalis is the cousin of Wynton Marsalis, artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.

Three students work on costume design at a table

Three students in the Theatre Program work on costume design for Intimate Apparel. The play opens on Nov. 14 at the Performing Arts Center. (Photo by Patrick Dodson)

“Intimate Apparel” play kicks off

This week also marks the opening show of Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage.

The play, set in 1905, focuses on a young African-American woman who pursues her dreams of becoming a seamstress in New York City. Nottage is the first and only woman to have won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama twice.

The Theatre Program will present nine performances at the PAC beginning on Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. Advance tickets are $12 for faculty, staff and students.

The series of fall events for the 400 Years of Inequality project are dedicated to the nationwide observance of the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first Africans to be sold into bondage in Jamestown.

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