SUU: "A Little Bit of Pluck"
Music and movement are set to blend in SUU's Satellite Salon Series, a special two-day series of events developed by members of the music and dance departments featuring series creator, Dr. Lynn Vartan, percussionist, and Paul C. Ocampo and Shannon Vance, SUU dance faculty.
They will be joined by harpist Alison Bjorkedal and dancer Lane Gifford. Vartan, Bjorkedal and Ocampo will participate in a master class and Q&A at 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20.
All events will take place at Thorley Recital Hall located on campus in the Music Building. All events are free and opened to the general public. This Satellite Salon Series is comprised of three events over a two-day period. On Friday, January 20, Alison Bjorkedal and Dr. Lynn Vartan will demonstrate instrumental techniques and collaborate with Paul C. Ocampo to create choreography on the spot for SUU and select high school students.
Following the dance workshop, the trio discusses their careers as working artists. The master class is targeted to college and high school age students.
On Jan. 21, at 10:30 a.m., the casual Dance Unwrapped features a program in which youngsters and parents explore their creativity in a unique movement project created by Ocampo with music by Vartan and Bjorkedal. This is a free concert. On Saturday evening, "A Little Bit of Pluck" is a collaboration of the instrumentalists and dancers. The concert's first half will feature Alison Bjorkedal and Dr. Lynn Vartan performing works that showcase the harp and various percussion instruments. In the second act, dancers Lane Gifford, Shannon Vance and Paul C. Ocampo will perform, accompanied by Bjorkedal and Vartan.