The authentic Chinese culture Shen-Yun presents can’t be seen in another show or even in China. There, the Communist Party sees traditional culture as a threat to its power and for decades has tried to destory it. It nearly succeeded.
But in 2006, as a group of elite Chinese artists came together in New York with a mission- to revive traditional culture and share it with the world. They created Shen Yun and brought this majestic culture back from the brink of extinction.
To make this journey possible, we have pushed the boundaries of performing arts. We combine ancient legends with technological innovations, and historically authentic costumes with breathtaking animated backdrops. We let classical Chinese dance do storytelling, and share with you beautifully diverse ethnic and folk traditions. Filled with enchanting orchestra sound, this is a mesmerizing experience you won’t find anywhere else.
Starting from the Fall semester 2016, The Center for Chinese Music and Culture will offer MTSU Chinese Music Ensemble, a Special Topic course, to all MTSU students. The course will include learning and performing Chinese musical instruments. The Instructors are professors and graduate student from the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing and the instruments are provided. Local community members are welcome to join the Ensemble!
Alia Kache received her early dance training at Center for Creative Arts and Chattanooga Ballet. A graduate of the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. program in 2004, she subsequently joined Ailey II and also performed with Nathan Trice/RITUALS, Creative Outlet, Genesis Dance Company, CeDeCe (Alcobaça, Portugal), and Opera Company Philadelphia.
Alia has appeared in Laurie Simon’s Music of Regret – Act III, Radio City Christmas Spectacular 75th Anniversary DVD, and Cordoniu Navidad 2007 (Barcelona, Spain). She was a featured dancer in Big League Theatricals’ Aida, and performed with Disney’s The Lion King (Gazelle Tour). Co-founder of Renegade Performance Group, Alia has choreographed for contestants of the Miss Tennessee and Miss Georgia pageants (Miss America Organization), Broadway Cares, The Helping Hands Campaign, Cistermúsica (Alcobaça, Portugal), Associação de Dança de Leiria (Leiria, Portugal), and students of The Ailey School. Her work has also been seen at The Tank, Check Us Out Festival, Equilibrium Choreographers Showcase, DUMBO White Wave Festival, Dance Gallery Festival, Harlem Arts Festival, Bryant Park Presents Modern Dance, and FringeNYC. She was most recently rehearsal director for Ailey II, under the artistic direction of Troy Powell where she assisted in choreographing “Against Their Will” for MTVu, and an industrial for Mercedes at the New York International Auto Show.
Eva Kor and her twin sister Miriam were subjected to human experimentation under Josef Mengele at Auschwitz. Both of their parents and two older sisters were killed at the camp; only Eva and Miriam survived. In 1984, Kor founded the organization CANDLES
(an acronym for “Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Lab Experiments Survivors”), through which she located 122 other living Mengele twins, as the experiment survivors came to be known. Kor has emerged from a trauma-filled childhood as a brilliant example of the human spirit’s power to overcome. She is a community leader, champion of human rights, and tireless educator.
Charles L. Hughes’ first book, Country Soul: Making Music and Making Race in the American South, was named one of the best books of the year by the Rolling Stone and No Depression. Hughes is a director of the Memphis Center at Rhodes Colleges, where he designs courses and programs on the history and culture of the mid-South.
MTSU, BRAGG Building (Room 140)
A pre-Halloween Fall Festival geared towards the MTSU community, including a haunted house, concert, and student organization-run activities.
MTSU, SU, Ballroom (250)
This is a collaborative activity with American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, Nutrition and Food Science, and MTSU – La Comunidad. All three groups will celebrate Hispanic culture with food, dance, and music.
Wednesday, October 25 at 6 PM – 8 PM
MTSU EHS Bldg Room 107/109
Este es un grupo colaborativo de AAFCS, NFS 3100 y MTSU -La Comunidad. Estos tres grupos celebraran la cultura con comida, baile y musica.
Dr. Anne Hyde, Pulitzer Prize-Nominated and Bancroft Award-Winning Historian of the American West will present “George’s Letters and Louise’s Land: 6:00PM in BAS S102 (State Farm Room). Free and open to the public. Book signing to follow the lecture. Please join us for a 5:00 pm reception in the Suntrust Room, BAS S326.
Nashville folk artists Michael August and Nell Levin, who perform as the Shelby Bottom Duo, shared music and stories about the Swedish-born labor organizer at the event, which was presented by MTSU’s Center for Popular Music and the Tennessee Arts Commission.
You can hear the Shelby Bottom Duo singing “I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night.”
MTSU’s Hispanic Cultural Night, part of Connection Point, was a huge fiesta! The True Blue community celebrated Hispanic culture, enjoying traditional Hispanic foods, music from the MTSU Salsa Band and dancing to the beat of a variety of different ethnic acts.