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Fifth House Ensemble - Invoking the Muse

Saturday, February 15, 2014, 8:00 PM

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5th House Ensemble


Known for their innovative chamber music programs, 5th House Ensemble has created a new performance event that considers the question, “What inspires you?” This multimedia event, unique to Sangamon Auditorium, incorporates presentations from UIS faculty in fields ranging from astronomy to fine arts. The scholars will share their own stories of inspiration and thoughts on how inspiration manifests itself in their individual fields. Intermixed with the presentations will be musical works by Astor Piazzolla, Philip Glass, and others, brought to life by piano, flute, oboe, and four strings. 5th House Ensemble will also perform the Midwest premier of a national award winning composition by Charles Zoll. Join us as we reflect on the nature of inspiration and what drives people to become creative and passionate in their pursuits.

Visit our blog to learn more about the collaborative process for creating this unique event.


UIS Department Faculty Collaborators:

Michael Burlingame

Professor Burlingame is the Chancellor Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies. He received his Ph.D. in History from Johns Hopkins University. He has authored several different works about President Abraham Lincoln and his legacy, including: The Inner World of Abraham Lincoln, An Oral History of Abraham Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln: A Life, and more. He has received the Abraham Lincoln Association Book Prize (1996), the Lincoln Diploma of Honor from Lincoln Memorial University (1998), Honorable Mention for the Lincoln Prize, Gettysburg College (2001), and was inducted into the Lincoln Academy of Illinois in 2009. Burlingame was also the winner of the 2010 Lincoln Prize.

Ethan Lewis

Ethan Lewis is associate professor of English at UIS. He received his Ph.D. in English from Boston College. His teaching concentrations include Shakespeare, seventeenth-century literature, as well as modern and contemporary poetry. He has published different works, including serving as co-author with Robert Kuhn McGregor for Conundrums for the Long Weekend: England, Lord Peter Wimsey, and Dorothy L. Sayers, winner of The Edgar Award. He has also delivered presentations at the National Poetry Foundation and the American Literature Association and Twentieth Century Literature Conference.  Lewis was also a 1996 recipient of the University of Illinois Scholar Award.

John Martin

John Martin is associate professor of Astronomy-Physics at UIS. He is also director of UIS Barber Observatory and chair of the UIS Chemistry department. He holds a bachelor’s in astrophysics from University of Virginia and a Ph.D. in Astro-Physics from Case Western University. His research interests include using stellar spectroscopy and stellar kinematics to discover the history of individual stars and stellar populations in our galaxy and deconstructing the processes in stars which manufactured the atoms in our bodies. Additionally, Dr. Martin has published papers in several revered journals including the Astronomical Journal, Astrophysical Journal, and Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.Martin also coordinates star parties for the UIS campus community.

Tiffani Saunders

Tiffani Saunders is jointly appointed in the Sociology/Anthropology and African American Studies Programs. She is almost ready to defend her dissertation, having done graduate work in the Department of Sociology at Indiana University. She completed her undergraduate work in Sociology and Criminal Justice at Bowie State University, Maryland’s oldest historically black college. There, she served as dance co-captain and captain of the Dancing Divas. Tiffani has training in both music (violin) and dance (ballet, jazz, modern). Her research and teaching interests focus primarily on family (her son takes dance classes) and mental health (she still dances for her own sanity).

Yona Stamatis

Yona Stamatis is assistant professor of Music in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UIS. She holds a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from the University of Michigan. Stamatis’ research and professional interests involve Rebetika, traditional Greek music, music and social justice, musical nationalism, music and European integration, and music and resistance.

Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson

Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson is an associate professor of theatre at UIS. She received her MFA in Acting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and her BFA in Drama Education from the University of Texas at Austin. Missy has worked in theatres from Austin, Texas to New York City, and continues to work professionally as an actor and director, and brings those experiences back into the classroom and rehearsal hall. Recent acting and directing credits include playing Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible, directing Steve Martin’s play, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, and playing Truvy in Steel Magnolias. She will be directing Paula Vogel’s How I Learned to Drive for UIS Theatre this spring semester. She thoroughly enjoys digging into a role, diving into the heart of a script, sharing ideas with fellow theatre artists, and experiencing the "light-bulb" effect when her students make discoveries about characters and themselves in the classroom and rehearsal hall. She shares credit with her husband, Eric, on their most notable production, 13-year-old daughter, Emma.



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