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Friday, April 26th at 6PM at the Cedar Grove Barn

Share your stories!

During the Q&A session, the audience will be invited to share their own traveling stories and how first-hand contact with certain cultural expressions have broadened their perspectives, insights and talents in their daily lives.

This month's guest lecturers:

Come join us for this month's lecture with Cuban Ballet dancers Mayara Pineiro and Etienne Diaz, and Venezuelan First Violin at the Philadelphia Orchestra, Luigi Mazzocchi. We'll have other artists in conversation with Mayara, Etienne and Luigi. Among them Quyen H. Nghiem, a visual artist and poet originating from Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, Jennifer Johnson, a sculptor who works with ceramics and fiber, a Vietnamese Dance Troupe, and many other artists, including Whitemarsh Art Center teachers Kathy Kobelin and Michele Laverty.

Mayara Pineiro graduated from the Cuban National Ballet School under the direction of Ramona de Sáa. She has participated in international dance festivals across the globe, including South Africa, Peru, and Canada. At age 16, Mayara won a silver medal in the International Ballet Competition held in Havana, Cuba. That same year, she received a gold medal in the Danza & Mare Competition in Calabria, Italy and a second gold medal in 2011 at the Youth American Grand Prix in Tampa, Florida.

Etienne Diaz joined Pennsylvania Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet for our 2014/2015 season and has danced principal roles in George Balanchine’s The Prodigal Son and Angel Corella’s Don Quixote, as well as roles in Chistopher Wheeldon’s Swan Lake, Jerome Robbins’ The Concert, and Alexei Ratmansky’s Jeu de Cartes.

Luigi Mazzocchi was born in Venezuela where he grew up in the System of Youth Orchestras, “El Sistema.” He also studied in the Sojo Conservatory and the Latin American Violin Academy with José F. del Castillo. He was a founder of the Lara State Symphony Orchestra, Concertmaster of the Chamber Orchestra of Venezuela and a first violinist of the “Simón Bolívar” Symphony Orchestra.

Quyen H. Nghiem - His poems have appeared in Apiary Magazine, Bedfellows, Dusie, and Otis Nebula. He has performed in various reading series for Chapter & Verse, Bedfellows, and Painted Bride Quarterly.

Jennifer Johnson is a Philadelphia-based sculptor who works with ceramics and fibers, but also electronics, video, and performance, to create installations. Her preoccupation is how specific places become meaningful.

Hans Sharma (Moderator) - Mr. Sharma is the President of Sharma Associates, Inc and the founder of the Himalayan Hope Charitable Foundation in northern India.

Vietnamese Dancers Troupe performing a fan dance, choreographed by the group, wearing the Vietnamese traditional outfit called "Ao dai."

Various Artists - Kathy Kobelin, Denise Maggetti Nowak, Lisa Martinelli, Karen Greilich, Michele Laverty, Jennifer Johnson, Joanne Scoles, Pam Salazar Doyle, Susan Wasserman, Lyla Kolb, Sandy Spitzer, Debbie Miller, Amy Cohn, Amy Gray, Sue Woodroffe, Alissa Blumenthal, Theresa Germano, and Quyen H. Nghiem.

Free and open to the public!

This lecture series is free to attend and open to all members of the public. No registration is required but if you'd like to let us know you're attending to help us get a head count we certainly appreciate it! Wine, light refreshments and appetizers will be served at each lecture.

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