In 2012 pianist/composer Vijay Iyer won the Greenfield Prize. In the two years since celebrating Vijay at our Greenfield Dinner, he has been awarded the prestigious MacArthur Foundation (Genius) Fellowship. He has been appointed to a tenured professorship at Harvard. He has traveled the world playing and composing. He has released a new CD. He has made two visits to the Hermitage. And he has composed a new piece, Turbulence to realize the Greenfield Prize commission he was awarded. The Greenfield Weekend kicks off with rehearsals, composer talks, and the premiere of Turbulence with our producing partner, La Musica International Chamber Music Festival on Thursday, April 10 at the Sarasota Opera House.

The music conversations continue on Friday, April 11, and then on April 12 they shift to drama when we welcome Academy Award-winner Olympia Dukakis and 2014 Greenfield Prize winner Nilo Cruz. Nilo will speak about his work and his life as a playwright, while Olympia will join Nilo and a variety of Hermitage national theater experts in a conversation about new work for the theater. Finally, the weekend will culminate with the celebration dinner at Michael's On East honoring Mr. Cruz.

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2014 GREENFIELD PRIZE WINNER | Nilo Cruz
Born in Cuba and raised in Miami, Florida, Cruz is best known for his play Anna in the Tropics, which won the Steinberg award, the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and received a Tony nomination. His other plays include Dancing on Her Knees, Night Train to Bolina, A Park in Our House, Two Sisters and a Piano, Beauty of the Father, Lorca in a Green Dress among others. Cruz has translated Federico Garcia Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba, Doña Rosita the Spinster; and Jose Sanchez Sinisterra's Ay Carmela. He also adapted Gabriel Garcia Marquez's A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings for the stage. Nilo has been the recipient of other awards and fellowships, including two NEA/TCG National Theatre Artist Residency grants, a Rockefeller Foundation grant and the San Francisco's W. Alton Jones award. In 2009 he won The Laura Pels Mid-career Playwrighting award and a Helen Merrill award for Excellence in playwriting. He also received the USA Ella Fontanals-Cisneros award from the United States Artists. Mr. Cruz has taught playwriting at Brown, NYU Gallatin School, Yale School of Drama, and the University of Iowa.

He recently co-wrote the screenplay Castro's Daughter with Oscar winner Bobby Moresco. His new screenplay is Anna in the Tropics. He also finished writing the libretto of Bel Canto, based on the novel by Anne Patchett for the Lyric Opera in Chicago. His new play Sotto Voce will premiere off-Broadway in February at Theatre for the New City and Miami Dade County Auditorium in March.
 
2014 KEYNOTE SPEAKER | Olympia Dukakis
OLYMPIA DUKAKIS. Broadway: Rose (Drama Desk Award Nominee), Social Security, Who's Who in Hell. London: Rose (Royal National Theatre), Credible Witness (Royal Court). Off-Broadway: The Milktrain Doesn't Stop Here Anymore, The Tempest, Singing Forest, The Marriage of Bette and Boo (Obie Award), Curse of the Starving Class, Titus Andronicus, A Man's a Man(Obie Award), Electra and Peer Gynt at the Public Theatre. She is an Academy Award winner for her performance in Moonstruck, a role that also earned her a Golden Globe Award, American Comedy Award, and the Los Angeles Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress. She has appeared in more than 60 feature and short films, including loudburst (most recent), Mr. Holland's Opus, Steel Magnolias, Dad, Look Who's Talking I, II & III, Mighty Aphrodite, Jeffrey, Away From Her, among many others. Television: Bored to Death (most recent), Last of the Blond Bombshells (Judi Dench), Sinatra (Golden Globe Nominee), Joan of Arc (Emmy Nominee), Tales of the City, More Tales of the City (Emmy Nominee), and Further Tales of the City, among more than 40 others. She has performed in over 130 productions Off-Broadway and regionally at theatres including A.C.T., Shakespeare in the Park, Shakespeare & Co., and the Williamstown Summer Theatre Festival, where she also served as Associate Director. She will be seen at Shakespeare & Co. this summer in the title role of Mother Courage and Her Children. Founding member and Producing Artistic Director of the Whole Theatre in Montclair, NJ for 19 years; also a founding member of the Actor's Company and the Charles Playhouse, both in Boston. She taught acting at NYU (graduate school) for fourteen years and teaches master classes for colleges and universities across the country. She has received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Greek America Foundation and the National Arts Club Medal of Honor and received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this year.

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2012 GREENFIELD PRIZE WINNER  |  Vijay Iyer

Grammy-nominated composer-pianist VIJAY IYER was described by Pitchfork as "one of the most interesting and vital young pianists in jazz today," by The New Yorker as one of "today's most important pianists... extravagantly gifted... brilliantly eclectic," and by the Los Angeles Weekly as "a boundless and deeply important young star." He was voted the 2010 Musician of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association and named one of the "50 Most Influential Global Indians" by GQ India. Iyer has released fifteen albums as a leader, most recently Tirtha (2011), Solo (2010), and the multiple-award-winning Historicity (2009), which features the Vijay Iyer Trio (Iyer, piano; Marcus Gilmore, drums; Stephan Crump, bass). Historicity was a 2010 Grammy Nominee for Best Instrumental Jazz Album, and was named #1 Jazz Album of the Year in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Detroit Metro Times, National Public Radio, PopMatters.com, the Village Voice Jazz Critics Poll, and the Downbeat International Critics Poll. The trio won the 2010 Echo Award (the "German Grammy") for best international ensemble and the Downbeat Critics Poll for rising star small ensemble of the year. Iyer's many awards also include the Alpert Award in the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, and numerous composer commissions.

Iyer has also collaborated with Steve Coleman, Roscoe Mitchell, Wadada Leo Smith, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Rez Abbasi, Craig Taborn, Ambrose Akinmusire, David Binney, Dafnis Prieto, Liberty Ellman, Steve Lehman, Butch Morris, George Lewis, Amina Claudine Myers, Miya Masaoka, Pamela Z, Dead Prez, Das Racist, Imani Uzuri, John Zorn, DJ Spooky, Karsh Kale, and Talvin Singh; filmmakers Haile Gerima and Bill Morrison; choreographer Karole Armitage; and poets Mike Ladd, Amiri Baraka, Charles Simic, and Robert Pinsky. His works have been performed by Ethel, JACK, Brentano String Quartet, American Composers Orchestra, Hermès Ensemble, and Imani Winds. A polymath whose career has spanned the sciences, the humanities and the arts, Iyer holds a B.S. in Mathematics and Physics from Yale University, plus a Masters in Physics and a Ph.D. in Technology and the Arts from the University of California, Berkeley. He has published articles in Journal of Consciousness Studies, Wire, Music Perception, JazzTimes, and The Best Writing on Mathematics: 2010.
 
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Event Details

Imani Winds Open Rehearsal
Presented in partnership with La Musica International Chamber Music Festival

Date
Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Time
2:30-4:00pm

Location
Sainer Auditorium
5313 Bay Shore Rd.
Sarasota, FL 34243-2161

Price
Free
 
Vijay Iyer Composer Talk

Date
Thursday, April 10, 2014

Time
12:00pm

Location
Sainer Auditorium
5313 Bay Shore Rd.
Sarasota, FL 34243-2161

Price
Free
 
Greenfield Prize Premiere

Date
Thursday, April 10, 2014

Time
8:00pm

Location
Sarasota Opera House
61 N. Pineapple Ave.
Sarasota, FL 34243-2161

Price
Tickets at www.LaMusicaFestival.org
 
Creative Conversation - Music I
Panelist: Vijay Iyer and guests

Date
Friday, April 11, 2014

Time
1:00-2:00pm

Location
TBD

Price
Free
 
Creative Conversation - Music II
Panelists: Vijay Iyer and guests

Date
Friday, April 11, 2014

Time
2:00-3:00pm

Location
TBD

Price
Free
 
Nilo Cruz
My Life, My Work

Date
Saturday, April 12, 2014

Time
1:00-2:00pm

Location
Asolo Cook Theater
5555 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34243-2161

Price
Free
 
Theater Panel
Olympia Dukakis, Nilo Cruz and Others

Date
Saturday, April 12, 2014

Time
2:30-3:30pm

Location
Asolo Cook Theater
5555 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34243-2161

Price
Free
 
Greenfield Prize Dinner
Honoring Nilo Cruz

Olympia Dukakis, Keynote

Date
Saturday, April 12, 2014

Time
6:30pm

Location
Michael's On East
1212 S. East Ave.
Sarasota, FL

Price
See Below
 
As details emerge, information will be updated on www.GreenfieldPrize.org


 

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