Music and Modern Dance

This 2019 teaching/performance project was created by 2017 Excellence in Teaching Honoree Lin Batsheva Kahn from The Theatre School.  Guest dance artist Miriam Engel will perform with Kahn and music faculty cellist Stephen Balderston at Gannon Concert Hall.

The performance also features Sergey Shamota, Engel's dance partner from their professional company in Israel; undergraduates, graduates students, and alumni musicians Ryan Senger, John Paul Pendowski, George Tantchev, Aidan Kranz, Lain Snow, Sam Johnson-Vrooman; actors Sydney Silver, Abigail Hendricks, Laura Fabien-Rojas, Adelaide Leonard from The Theatre School, and Haley Peterson from Columbia College. 

Music includes pieces by Albononi, Piazzolla, Condon, Part and Liszt. 

The concert is the culmination of Kahn's 4th University Diversity event supported by university offices, community organizations, and individual patrons. 


A Concert of Music & Modern Dance
Stephen Balderston, cello Lin Batsheva Kahn, choreographer Miriam Engel, guest choreographer Sergey Shamota, guest artist Students from The Theatre School and School of Music

Tomas Albinoni (1671-1751)
Adagio in G Minor (1958)
Stephen Balderston, cello
Ryan Senger, piano
Choreographed and danced by Miriam Engel and Lin Batsheva Kahn
Inspired by two meanings of ‘enough’ – sufficient, to a degree that satisfies;
desire for the cessation of something undesirable

Arvo Part (b.1935)
Spiegel im Spiegel (1978)
Richard Brasseale, saxophone
Ryan Senger, piano
Danced by Abigail Hendricks, Elle Fabien-Rojas, Sydney Silver
Lin Batsheva Kahn, choreographer
“I am nothing; the world was created for me.” Rabbi Bunam of Pzhysha

David Newman (b.1954)
Stephen Flaherty (b.1960)
Once Upon A December (1997)
Danced by Adelaide Leonard
Miriam Engel, choreographer
“A Day” is inspired by Engel’s latest solo piece that premiered recently in Israel.

Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
Le Grande Tango (1982)
Stephen Balderston, cello
John Paul Pendowski, piano
Danced by Adelaide Leonard
Lin Batsheva Kahn, choreographer
“I found that dance, music, and literature is how I made sense of the world.” Mikhail Baryshnikov

Owen Clayton Condon (b.1978)
Fractalia (2011)
George Tantchev, Aidan Kranz (alumni),
Lain Snow, Sam Johnson-Vrooman, percussion
Danced by Miriam Engel, Sergey Shamota
Lin Batsheva Kahn, choreographer
Condon was a member of Third Coast Percussion.

Richard Brasseale (b.1995)
Saxophone Improvisation (2019)
Richard Brasseale, saxophone
Danced by Haley Peterson
Lin Batsheva Kahn, choreographer
Painting “Le Paysage Bleu” by Marc Chagall

Tomer Avraham (b.1989)
Nucleus (2018)
Danced by Miriam Engel, Sergey Shamota
Miriam Engel, choreographer
“Nucleus” was choreographed in 2018 in Jerusalem. The music composed by Avraham in collaboration with guest Miriam Engel was inspired by Liebestraum No. 3 (1850) by Franz Liszt (1811-1886).

This concert is the culmination of a University Diversity teaching/performance event Diverse Responses in Motion: Making a Difference with Contemporary Dance. Guest artists from Israel have interacted with students in the classroom and in rehearsal via the universal language of dance. It is the 4th Jerusalem/DePaul project created and directed by Lin Batsheva Kahn. Thank you to DePaul Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity, DePaul Jewish Life/Matt Charnay, Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest/Katya Lipovetsky, ICC, JUF; patrons David Rosenberg, Michael Morgenstern, Steve Subar, Jan Costenbader, Frank and Alice Kleinman, Diana and Sam Schuster, George and Marian Siegel, Morene Dunn and Barry Axler for your generous support.


Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 2:00pm

Gannon Concert Hall
2330 North Halsted Street

Event Type



School of Music, (All) School of Music, Special Events


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