Press Release: February Public Programs

The City University of New York Graduate Center announces the following public programs to be held during the month of May at the Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street. For further information about the Graduate Center and its public programs, visit

Thursday, February 4:

A Thousand Golden Branches: Music of the Sephardic and Mizrahi Jewish Communities
(concert) 7:00 PM, Martin E. Segal Theater

Joseph Alpar and his ensemble David's Harp specialize in the music of Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews. Musicians included Alpar (santouri, darbuka, vocals), who is currently pursuing doctoral studies in ethnomusicology as a Gilleece Fellow at the Graduate Center; Brenda Alpar (keyboard); Jason Calloway (Cello); Cynthia Folio (flute), an associate professor of music and composition at Temple University; Duane Large (guitar, drums, bass, mandolin, piano, lute, vocals); and Negin Moshtagh (daf). Presented by the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center; free, for information call 212-817-7570.
Monday, February 8:

ITS @ the Graduate Center: Did Homer Describe an Eclipse in The Odyssey?
(discussion) 6:30 PM, Elebash Recital Hall

As part of a new Initiative for the Theoretical Sciences (ITS), the Graduate Center presents a talk by Marcelo Magnasco, Professor of Mathematical Physics at Rockefeller University. Magnasco will describe a reconstruction of the night sky in the time of Homer, connecting real astronomical events to multiple passages in The Odyssey. His lecture will remind us that successful theories change our view of the world, our view of ourselves, and even our understanding of epic poetry. Magnasco is one of the most persistently creative people working at the interface of theoretical physics and biology, contributing original ideas to problems ranging from the role of "proofreading" in the separation of DNA strands during replication to the mechanics of the inner ear. Free, but seating is limited and reservations are required. Reservations can be made at For further information, call 212-817-8215.
Seduced by Dark Project
(performance & discussion) 7:00 PM, Martin E. Segal Theatre

In the Seduced by Dark Project, the Epic Theatre Ensemble presents a salon featuring excerpts from two plays by Ari Roth: Born Guilty & The Wolf in Peter. With Zak Berkman, Melissa Friedman, and Ron Russell; directed by Will Pomerantz. The Epic Theatre Ensemble is the winner of the 2009 Coming Up Taller Award from the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, presented by Michelle Obama. Presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center; free, for information call 212-817-1860.
Friday, February 19:

Black Women in Jazz featuring Majorie Eliot
(concert) 6:30–9:30 PM, Elebash Recital Hall

Marjorie Eliot brings her Sunday jazz concert to the Graduate Center on a Friday night, in honor of the contributions made to jazz music by women. The set will feature music by legendary artists Mary Lou Williams, Betty Carter, an KoKo Taylor, among others. Every Sunday for eighteen years, a jazz concert has taken place in Eliot's home in what she calls the northern tip of Harlem. The free concerts in the living room of her apartment are legendary in Harlem and an institution for jazz lovers citywide. Presented by the Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean; free, but seating is limited; please reserve at 212-817-2070 or

Monday, February 22:

Gotham Center History Forum:
Naked City: The Death and Life of Authentic Urban Places
(discussion) 6:30 PM, Elebash Recital Hall

As cities have gentrified, educated urbanites have come to prize what they regard as "authentic" urban life: aging buildings, art galleries, small boutiques, upscale food markets, neighborhood old-timers, funky ethnic restaurants, and family-owned shops. But as Graduate Center sociologist Sharon Zukin shows in Naked City, the demand for authenticity -- evident in escalating real estate prices, expensive stores, and closely monitored urban streetscapes -- has helped drive out the very people who first lent a neighborhood its authentic aura: immigrants, the working class, and artists. Join the author and panelists Samuel Zipp of Brown University, Thomas Angotti of Hunter College, and Clara Irazábal of Columbia University for a discussion. Free, but seating is limited and reservations are required. Reservations can be made at For further information, call 212-817-8215.

Wednesday, February 24:

Concerts & Conversations -- Music and the Iraq War
(performance & discussion) 7:00 PM, Elebash Recital Hall

And evening of interviews, presentations, and performances exploring the role of music in combat and soldiers' experiences in Iraq. Featuring Jonathan Pieslak, music theorist and composer, author of Sound Targets, and associate professor at City College and the Graduate Center; Alex Ross, music critic for the New Yorker and author of The Rest is Noise; Colby Buzzell, Former Army SPC and best-selling author of My War: Killing Time in Iraq; and Jason Sagebiel, guitarist, composer, and former Marine Sergeant.  To join the Graduate Center's Membership Program and receive an instant 25% discount code visit the Graduate Center Membership page. For further information, please call 212-817-8215. 
Thursday, Febraury 25:

Music in Midtown:
Chamber Music on Fifth
(concert) 1:00–3:00 PM, Elebash Recital Hall

SPECIAL TWO-HOUR CONCERT! Music In Midtown begins another exciting season with a presentation of brilliant and dynamic young chamber players who are enrolled in the D.M.A. music performance program at the  Graduate Center. Various ensembles will perform works by David Carey, Gareth Farr, Bela Bartok, Franz Schubert, Ludwig van Beethoven, Bright Sheng, and Arnold Schoenberg. Performers include Marta Bedkowska, cello; Julia Biber, cello; Caroline Chin, violin; Emily Eagen, soprano; Monica Harte, soprano; Barrett Hipes, percussion; Mary Hubbell, soprano; Alice Jones, flute; Kelli Kathman, flute; Mirna Lekic, piano; Wei-Ti Lin, violin; Eduardo Lopez-Dabdoud, clarinet; Oliver Markson, piano; Bonnie McAlvin, flute; William McNally, piano; Karen Rostron, viola; Aleksandra Sarest, piano; and Nellie Seng, piano. Free, but seating is limited and reservations are required. Reservations can be made at For further information, call 212-817-8215.

Submitted on: JAN 1, 2010

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