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Evening Performances and Outings

The Muse program aims to get scholars out of the classroom and into the spaces where art is made and presented to the public. Please read below to learn about the many institutions, stages, museums and galleries the scholars have visited to experience the arts firsthand during evening performances or class outings.

 

Evening Performances


Theatre

Thanks to Hunter's partnerships with organizations including the Theatre Development Fund (TDF), Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and The Actors Company Theatre (TACT) Muse Scholars regularly attend plays on Broadway and off as part of their Freshman Muse Seminar. After freshman year, Muse Scholars also receive invitations to the theatre as tickets become available.

On Broadway, the Muse Scholars have seen Fun Home, The Glass Menagerie, Violet, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike - which won the Tony Award for Best Play - as well as revivals of A Delicate Balance starring Glenn Close and John Lithgow and Death of a Salesman starring Philip Seymour Hoffman (photo, upper right).

Other productions have included Little Miss Sunshine at Second Stage TheatreCarrie at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, A Summer Day at the Cherry Lane Theatre, War Horse at Lincoln Center and Natural Affection and Abundance at the Beckett Theatre.

 

Music

Muse Scholars have attended jazz, classical and new music concerts and performances at Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Jazz Gallery, Le Poisson Rouge, and other venues.

Scholars heard Wynton Marsalis's jazz oratorio, Blood on the Fields, performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Catharsis jazz band play the Jazz Gallery.

 At Carnegie Hall the scholars have received tickets to performances by the San Francisco Symphony, the Mariinsky Orchestra of St. Petersburg and Orchestra of St. Luke's.

At Le Poisson Rouge - a multimedia art cabaret on the site of the historic Village Gate - Muses watched an incredible performances by the Gamelan Dharma Swara and the new music ensemble Metropolis.

 

Dance

Each year, Muse Scholars attend performances at New York City Center's Fall for Dance Festival. Performers have hailed from the Moiseyev Dance Company, Ballet West, Tu Dance, Nan Jombang, The Martha Graham Dance Company, Doug Elkins Choreography, Etc., and Dorrance Dance.

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has hosted special Muse Scholar Program events, with the Muse Class of '15 invited to observe an Ailey II rehearsal and to chat afterward with dancers.

Lincoln Center has also hosted the Muses for dance performances by Paul Taylor Dance Co. and Shen Wei Dance Arts.

 

 

 

Class Outings

While Muse Freshman Seminar classes take place primarily at Hunter, the scholars are often scheduled to meet off campus at New York's many museums and art institutions.

Muse Scholars have visited the International Center of Photography, Center for Book Arts, Walter DeMaria's New York Earth Room, the Asia Society, the Rubin Museum of Art, the High Line, the Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, MOMA P.S. 1, the Donald Judd Foundation and the Society of Illustrators, among others.

Scholars have also visited various galleries in Chelsea, including The Pavel Zoubok Gallery on West 26th Street, owned and curated by Hunter alumnus Pavel Zoubok (photo, above), who spoke with the scholars about his career as a gallery owner.