EMPAC @ RPI in Troy has announced its upcoming season of performances, films and exhibitions for the spring of ’10 – only the high-tech, multimedia performance center’s second spring season – and there’s plenty on the slate to intrigue and confound even the most free-thinking of Nippertown arts-goers.
Here are just a few highlights of the upcoming season:
Renegade composer-pianist Frederic Rzewski performs in EMPAC’s Concert Hall at 8pm on Saturday, March 20.
After a last-minute postponement in the fall, Dan Deacon & Nuclear Power Pants make good on their promise, sharing EMPAC’s Studio 1 space with Brooklyn art-popsters Extra Life at 8pm on Saturday, February 13.
Renowned writer/curator Margaret Wertheim discusses the collision of mathematics and poetry during a dinner/talk at Evelyn’s Cafe at 6pm on Wednesday, February 10.
Movie special effects legend Douglas Trumball – whose work was featured in such groundbreaking films as “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and “Blade Runner” – discusses his work at 6pm on Thursday, March 18. Followed by a screening of Kubrick’s classic “2001: A Space Odyssey.”
Up-and-coming composer-alto saxophone titan Steve Lehman – a former student of both Jackie McLean and Anthony Braxton – leads his octet in a no-holds-barred performance that’s sure to blow out EMPAC’s Concert Hall at 8pm on Friday, May 28.