10/19/2001LYNCHBURG, Va. — Straw for the Fire: The Arts and The Creative Process, the 2001 Randolph-Macon Woman's College Symposium, will take place on the R-MWC campus from Thursday, November 8th through Saturday, November 10th. The symposium will examine the creative act by presenting a poet, choreographer, playwright, composer, and painter whose works will be read, performed, or exhibited. The proceedings are also intended to enable audiences to appreciate the artists' use of diverse materials and personal experiences, and to live briefly in their worlds. All events are free and open to the public.
Among the highlights of the weekend’s program are the premieres of two original works commissioned by the College. Celebration, a processional composed by virtuoso organist Emma Lou Diemer, will debut at the symposium’s opening ceremony at 7:00 PM on Thursday evening, November 8th in the Houston Memorial Chapel. One and Only You, a new work by choreographer Susan Marshall, will premier at 8:00 PM on Friday evening, November 9th in the Smith Hall Theatre.
Other notable events include a poetry reading by acclaimed Irish poet and essayist Eavan Boland, an improvisational performance by the James Cotton Quartet, and the opening of a new exhibit at the Maier Museum of Art featuring the works of Brice Marden.
The annual symposium series at R-MWC was designed to link the College more closely to the world, exploring issues shared by all. The series opened in 1997 with The Making of Community and was followed by On Being American in 1998; On Freedom: People and Politics, America and the World in 1999; and Body Politics: Women, Culture, and Experiences of the Physical Self last year.
CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of Communications