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Dance Guest Artists in Residence,
Christopher L. Huggins
Friday, October 29, at Genevieve’s
The Regions perform at Genevieve’s after a weeklong residency at the FAC.
October 25-29, 2021
March 7-11, 2022
Music Guest Artists in Residency,
Callisto String Quartet
Dance Artist in Residence and The Regions funding made possible by The Peace Center.
Christopher L. Huggins, a 2021 recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for Dance, is a choreographer, teacher, and former principal dancer of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Mr.Huggins trained under Andrea Herbert Major, Danny Sloan, and Martha Gray. After attending SUNY Purchase, The Juilliard School, and a fellowship at The Ailey School, Mr. Huggins appeared as a guest artist with dance companies in the United States, the Oslo Dance Ensemble in Norway, and Aterballetto of Reggio Emilia, Italy.
Mr. Huggins is a master teacher and choreographer for pre-professional dance programs in South Africa, Europe, Japan, Korea, and throughout the United States in performing art schools and higher education at Howard University, Spelman College, the University of the Arts, to name a few. He has created ballets for Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Ailey II, Philadanco, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Louisiana Dance Theatre, Lulu Washington Dance Theatre, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, Broadway Dance of Tokyo, and the Oslo Dance Ensemble in Norway.
He was the sole choreographer for the 50th Anniversary Opening Night Gala for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in 2008. Mr. Huggins has received awards from the Black Alliance Award in Chicago, a Silver Medal for the Seoul International Contemporary Dance Competition, the Critics Choice Award for his choreography of the musical “The Wiz” with Dallas Theatre, and a Service to the Field of Dance Award from the International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD).
Callisto Quartet – Paul Aguilar, violin; Rachel Stenzel, violin; Eva Kennedy, viola; Hannah Moses, cello
Praised for their “intensity and bravado” and the “cohesion and intonation one might expect from an ensemble twice their age” (Third Coast Review), the Callisto Quartet brings together four dedicated and passionate musicians who share a love for chamber music and a true desire for excellence. Since their formation in 2016 at the Cleveland Institute of Music, the quartet has quickly garnered top prizes in nearly every major international chamber music competition and has been hailed by audiences across North America and Europe. Grand prize winners of the 2018 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and Second Prize Winners of the 2019 Banff International String Quartet Competition, the Callisto Quartet has also taken home prizes from the Bordeaux (2019), Melbourne (2018), and Wigmore Hall (2018) competitions. Currently serving as the Graduate String Quartet in Residence at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, they also study with Günter Pichler of the Alban Berg Quartet at the prestigious Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid, Spain.
About the Show
Local musician and Peace Center friend Steve Watson is returning to the Genevieve’s stage this month with a brand new project. Like many others, the Fine Arts Center jazz instructor took the last year to reconnect with people near and far. The outcome? The Regions, a new group formed by old friends and classmates (all are University of Miami Frost Music School graduates). Their first release features original compositions from Ron Miller, Professor Emeritus of Jazz Studies at University of Miami, in a reimagined format. Don’t miss this evening of new arrangements, musicianship, creativity and groove with The Regions, who will be joined by Vee Popat (another UM graduate)!
This performance is part of the Peace Center’s partnership with the Fine Arts Center. Prior to the show, The Regions will participate in a weeklong residency at the school, providing instruction and mentorship to students.