The QCFA Arts Cruise

January 6-13, 2008

The Arts Program

Soul Symphony, by Perrin Sparks
Soul Symphony
by Perrin Sparks

Enjoy select performances, concerts, demonstrations, lectures and round-table discussion in the fields of Music, Visual Arts, Drama, Film, Art History & Art Appreciation twenty-four full hours of Fine Arts, leisurely paced over the six days and seven nights of our Western Caribbean cruise.

Our 2008 Arts Program will culminate, on the final evening of our cruise, in a production of Maurice Maeterlinck's three-act play Monna Vanna, described by Ayn Rand as " of the greatest plays in all world literature." According to our research, this will be the first staged performance of this play in over eighty years. After making your reservation, be sure to check back here for more information to be announced soon detailing our presenters, performances, lectures and demonstrations. *  For more on Monna Vanna, please see below...

A Rejuvenative Experience

The QCFA 2008 Arts Program aboard Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Seas is designed to be enjoyed at an unhurried, leisurely pace, scheduled to allow adequate opportunity to fully enjoy the Voyager's abundance of amenities, to relax privately or socially, and to take in the variety of pleasures and experiences to be discovered in our three ports of call. Art lectures and demonstrations are scheduled for the three days at sea, with three full hours of free, unscheduled time each afternoon. Performances and concerts are scheduled aboard the ship each evening after dinner, including the evenings of our days in port, subsequent to embarkation.**  Our goal is to provide a refreshing, uplifting, restful, rejuvenative experience.

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The Program and the Presenters

The following is an introductory, partial list of our scheduled presenters. Please check back for additional information on scheduled presenters and programs...*

Art History: Renaissance through 19th c. Dr. Dianne Durante

If you were an art lover with 20/20 hindsight and a time machine, when and where would you go? In this survey of painting and sculpture, we'll visit the places where the most innovative and influential art was produced from 1400 to 1900. The focus will be on the artists of genius whose ideas changed the course of art history. Each period will close with a brief summary of the characteristics that, taken together, make the art of a period distinctive. (4 hours total, over three sessions)

Dr. Dianne Durante
Dianne Durante

Dianne Durante is the author of Forgotten Delights: The Producers, A Selection of Manhattan's Outdoor Sculptures, and Outdoor Monuments of Manhattan: A Historical Guide (forthcoming from New York University Press in February 2007), which includes substantial discussions of the nature of art and of esthetic analysis and evaluation. The Objective Standard recently published her articles "Getting More Enjoyment From Art You Love" and "19th-Century French Painting and Philosophy." She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati.

An Evening of Romantic Lieder and Opera Alan August, tenor & Stephen Siek, piano


Adelaide (Friedrich von Matteson)
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Gesang an Sylvia (Shakespeare/Bauernfeld), D. 891
Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
An die Musik (Schober), D. 547
Franz Schubert
Dichterliebe (Heinrich Heine), Op. 48
Robert Schumann (1810-56)
Eight Songs
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
A Selection of Operatic Arias

Alan August
Alan August

Alan August, the winner of radio station KUSC's search for "L.A.'s Greatest Unknown Tenor" in 1992, performs regularly as a soloist in opera, oratorio, musical theatre and song. He was a principal with the Santa Barbara Grand Opera for five seasons, with the San Jose Opera (touring), and with the Long Beach Opera in The Marriage of Figaro and the rare Paisiello Barber of Seville. Most recently, he appeared with the Repertory Opera Company of Los Angeles as Hoffmann in Offenbach's Tales of Hoffmann and as Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville. He has appeared with the Lyric Opera of Los Angeles as Belmonte in Mozart's Abduction from the Seraglio, as well as in many other companies and venues in California and in Europe. As an actor, he has worked with the California Shakespeare Company, the L.A. Theatre Center (The Women's Room), as well as in several premiere musical theatre productions. He has appeared on Ally McBeal, as well as in commercials. He trained with Gary Imhoff at the Beverly Hills Playhouse, with the Groundlings, and with Second City in Improv. He has coached Shakespeare with Louis Fantasia, and has worked with both the USC and UCLA Opera Workshops, In addition, he has worked at AIMS in Graz (Austria), and has studied voice privately with Fred Carama and Angelique Burzynski.

Stephen Siek
Stephen Siek

Stephen Siek has performed extensively throughout North America, and in 1986 he performed the 24 preludes of Rachmaninoff in New York's Lincoln Center. He made his London debut in 1988. He has also given lectures and performances throughout America and Europe at such institutions as Toronto's Royal Conservatory of Music, Indiana University, San Jose State University, the University of Georgia, and the University of Nottingham. His recording of The Philadelphia Sonatas of Alexander Reinagle (c.1750-1809) was released on the Titanic label in 1998. His numerous articles have appeared in leading music journals and he is a contributor to The New Revised Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, the standard English-language musical encyclopedia. The leading authority on British pedagogue Tobias Matthay (1858-1945), he has recently completed Marley's Host: The Life and Teachings of Tobias Matthay, to be published by Ashgate in the coming year. He holds a Ph.D. from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, and he currently serves on the faculty of Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio.

The 19th Century Recital Thomas Shoebotham

Description: Following the theme of the recital as described below (see "An Evening with Thomas Shoebotham & David Felberg"), this talk will be a discussion of the various ways that solo and chamber music recitals were presented in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and contrasting this with recitals frequently given today. Mr. Shoebotham will use examples from cello, piano, and violin literature to help illustrate the points of the talk.

Thomas Shoebotham
Thomas Shoebotham

Thomas Shoebotham, Music Director of the Palo Alto Philharmonic, has a highly varied musical career that includes opera and orchestral conducting, cello performance, and public and private teaching. He has conducted performances for many Bay Area groups, including Opera San Jose (Les Pecheurs de Perles), Peninsula Symphony, the San Francisco Concerto Orchestra, and Berkeley Opera (Otello, Beatrice et Benedict, Le Nozze di Figaro, Carmen, Cosi fan Tutte, and L'italiana in Algeri). As a cellist, he has appeared as a soloist with the Oakland Civic Orchestra, in recital in Palo Alto, and in chamber music performances with Trio Jubilee in Los Gatos, Burlingame, and Palo Alto. In previous years he has given solo performances in Los Angeles, New Mexico, Illinois, and New York. Mr. Shoebotham maintains a private cello studio in Palo Alto, and teaches in several school music programs around the Bay Area.

An Evening with Thomas Shoebotham & David Felberg Thomas Shoebotham, piano & David Felberg, violin

Handel: Sonata in D for violin and keyboard, HWV 371
Grieg: Sonata in C minor for violin and piano, op. 45
Smetana: Aus der Heimat ("From the Homeland"), two pieces for violin and piano
Corigliano: The Red Violin Caprices for solo violin
Sarasate: Carmen, Fantasy for violin and piano after Bizet's Opera, op. 25

"This recital is constructed along somewhat 'older' ideas about recitals. Whereas many recitals today are filled completely only with large-scale, 'serious' works (often all sonatas), recitals of the 19th and early 20th century frequently mixed big, heavy works and lighter, virtuoso/salon pieces to form a delightful evening of music, full of contrasts and changes of style. This recital is intended to be that second type." -- Thomas Shoebotham

See above for Thomas Shoebotham's bio.

David Felberg
David Felberg

David Felberg, violin, is currently the associate concertmaster of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra. A native of Albuquerque, he performs regularly throughout the Southwest as concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. He has performed as concerto soloist with the Palo Alto Philharmonic, New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, Albuquerque Philharmonic, Noisy Neighbors Chamber Orchestra, Tucson Symphony, and the Chautauqua Music School Festival Orchestra. David has performed solo recitals in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Los Alamos, Clovis, Portales, and most recently on the Outstanding Artists Recital Series for the Emerald City Opera in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Also gaining a reputation as a conductor, David has conducted the New Mexico Symphony and the Santa Fe Symphony, and is currently the Music Director of the Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra, and Chatter, a chamber ensemble.

The Art of Bryan Larsen Bryan Larsen

The first session will be an informal discussion about Mr. Larsen's work, his influences and his thoughts on Art. The artist will be loosely following a series of slides, but also will be taking questions and following any interesting threads that may come up over the course of the 90 minutes.

The second session will be a 90-minute portrait demonstration in charcoal pencil. He will also take questions while working and will discuss art related topics of interest while concentrating on the drawing.

Bryan Larsen
Bryan Larsen

Bryan Larsen is becoming known as one of the most important emerging Romantic Realist painters in America today. His original oils and limited-edition giclees are increasingly found in private and corporate collections nationally and internationally. Since 2005, Mr. Larsen's work has been chosen and commissioned as the cover art for the annual reports of the highly successful holding company BB&T Corporation. Portraying the heroic and romantic in human nature and human achievement in modern settings, the artist places particular emphasis on composition, technique, realistic detail and proper craftsmanship, executed in a realistic, consistent style. His work is proudly represented by Quent Cordair Fine Art.

Movie Night

Film title/s to be announced.

An Evening with Robin Field Robin Field

From the acclaimed singer-pianist, a performance of light pop classics from the Great American Songbook for after-dinner relaxing, dancing, mingling, and celebrating all the best of Life.

Robin Field
Robin Field

Robin Field is an award-winning entertainer whose career has spanned six decades. As a singer-pianist his appearances have taken him from cabarets to Carnegie Hall. As an actor he won leading roles Off-Broadway in Your Own Thing, Look Me Up, Speed Gets the Poppys and the revival of Rodgers & Hart's Babes in Arms. As a member of The Klowns, Field toured with the Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus, recorded for RCA Victor and starred in an ABC-TV special with Sammy Davis and Jerry Lewis. In 1972 Dom De Luise presented him as his "discovery" on "The Merv Griffin Show." As a composer-lyricist Field toured the U.S. and Canada in his own one-man show Reason in Rhyme, based on Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism, and he wrote, directed and starred in seven editions of Broadway A Hundred Years Ago. For five years he served as creator and host of the New York radio series "Broadway Time Capsule" and for two years as editor and publisher of "Revival", a magazine on theatrical history. He and his singing partner Bill Daugherty won rave reviews throughout the U.S. as well as in London and Amsterdam, won four MAC awards for "Best Musical-Comedy Team," and their show Daugherty & Field Off-Broadway was nominated for a New York Outer Critics' Circle Award as "Best Musical Revue." In 1992 they headlined at Carnegie Hall to a sell-out crowd and a standing ovation.

In regional productions Field played Axel in Don't Drink the Water, Beverly Carlton in The Man Who Came to Dinner, Captain Keller in The Miracle Worker, Frederick in The Pirates of Penzance, Ko-Ko in The Mikado, Judge Wargrave in Ten Little Indians and Mark Twain in Mark Twain in Concert. He also wrote, composed and directed the musicals Blossoms of Big Bear, The Bronze Ring, The Singing Mountains, The Crystal Palace and Tom Sawyer, and he is currently writing a musical adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac.

Ayn Rand's Music Hypothesis and Musical Integration David Berry

In The Romantic Manifesto, Ayn Rand says "Music offers man the singular opportunity to reenact, on the adult level, the primary process of his method of cognition: the automatic integration of sense data into an intelligible, meaningful entity." In his lecture, David Berry will show how this happens and what makes it possible.

Music is a man-made collection of perceptual entities in sound. Their integration is achieved through limiting the number of different sounds and patterns (e.g. tones, scales and rhythms) and then repeating them. To the listener, the process seems automatic and effortless because a musician has already sorted and shaped the sounds by their similarities and differences. We only need to be attentive to enjoy them.

The lecture will focus on Ayn Rand's hypothesis about music, specifically the issue of integration, and combine it with some current research findings in music cognition, some historical evidence and Dr. Berry's personal observations. To concretize the entire subject, he will take a few seconds of several pieces of music in different styles and genres (popular and classical) and analyze every element to show how they each contribute to the sense of integration.

David Berry
David Berry

David Berry is an associate professor of music history and theory, teaching courses across a wide range of historical and theoretical musical subjects including film music. He is a recorded and published (BMI) composer, with performances of his music in America and Europe in both fine-art and popular-music genres.

Cornucopia QCFA Arts Cruise Musicians & Actors

An evening of arias, soliloquies, poetry and song by our professional performing artists and actors, including the world premiere of David Berry's Cordair Gallery, a composition based on six artworks from the Cordair Gallery.

Art Analysis Dr. Dianne Durante

Learn to look longer at any artwork that intrigues you, to understand it better, and to enjoy it more. We will study and evaluate several paintings and sculptures, using works from the art history lectures for comparative material. What effect is conveyed by that pose, that texture, that composition? How do you determine the theme of a work of visual art, and how do you objectively evaluate the piece? This method for looking at an artwork with an informed and inquisitive eye was inspired by Ayn Rand's writings on esthetics, and was applied to sculpture in Dr. Durante's recently published Outdoor Monuments of Manhattan. (2 hours total, over two sessions)

See above for Dr. Durante's bio

State of the Arts
Arts Cruise Contributors and Invitees

A panel discussion of the current state of Art in Western Culture, followed by Q&A.

Monna Vanna Directed by Joel Marquez
Monna Vanna

Written in 1902, Monna Vanna was Maeterlinck's first brilliant success. It was played on every important stage in Europe, except in England, where it was forbidden by censor. In 1911, Maeterlinck was honored with the Nobel Prize for literary achievement.

"It is the late fifteenth century, and the battered city of Pisa faces imminent vanquishment by the superior army of Florence. As the city's commander prepares for the inevitable end, he receives from the enemy an astonishing offer of rescue. The attack will be called off, the siege will be lifted, the starving city will be resupplied on one condition. The commander's wife, a woman revered as the epitome of honor and virtue, must surrender her body for a night to the hated leader of the Florentine army.

"Thus begins Monna Vanna and thus is unleashed a torrent of conflicts and sub-conflicts, masterfully orchestrated by the playwright, concerning the meaning of honor and the pursuit of values.

"You will find a noble, distinctively elevated spirit in this 1902 drama. All the characters, even minor ones, are loyally committed to some moral principle and act only out of profound conviction. There are no shallow men or petty motives here only heroic figures, sublime choices and epic decisions." ***

Joel Marquez
Joel Marquez

Joel Marquez received a degree in producing and directing from the Los Angeles Film School. Having worked on film sets for the past seven years, doing nearly every job except acting, he currently works alternatively as script supervisor and director. Mr. Marquez directed Arlene Hutton's award-nominated Last Train to Nibroc for the Alliance Repertory theater and served as the artistic director for Out to Play Productions, a Los Angeles-based theater group. The director has conducted several staged readings of Monna Vanna and looks forward to finally bringing it to life onstage.

The preceding is an introductory, partial list of our scheduled presenters. Please check back for additional information on scheduled presenters and programs...*

Our Philosophy

Art is one of the most necessary and undervalued aspects of human existence. As novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand wrote in 1965: "Art is inextricably tied to man's survival not to his physical survival, but to that on which his physical survival depends; to the preservation and survival of his consciousness." ("The Psycho-Epistemology of Art" in The Romantic Manifesto)

Quent Cordair Fine Art invites you to attend a week-long event devoted to the Fine Arts, in which the primary presenters are professionals committed to the philosophic premises expressed in the above and to all that these premises imply. We invite you to enter a world of intense values in which carefully chosen works from the spectrum of Fine Arts will be examined intellectually, explored analytically, and offered for your enjoyment and contemplation.

For a proper introduction to Ayn Rand's full philosophical system, Objectivism, please visit the Ayn Rand Institute, whose efforts and mission we fully support. For the highest quality, scholarly presentations on all branches of Objectivism proper, please consider attending an OCON Summer Conference and above all, read the brilliant novels and non-fiction works of Ayn Rand.

* All Arts Program events, presenters and performers are subject to change without notice at the sole discretion of Quent Cordair Fine Art. The Quent Cordair Fine Art 2008 Arts Cruise is presented subject to Royal Caribbean restrictions, unannounced itinerary changes and/or cancellations. Attendees are encouraged to purchase travel insurance to cover cruise related deposits and payments in the event of unforeseen emergencies and exigencies. Arts Program Admission is separate from the cruise fees and will be non-refundable after October 1, 2007. Please see the full Terms and Conditions for details.

** For our first evening at sea, to allow our many event participants and attendees to adequately recuperate from the day's travel, there will be no QCFA-sponsored performance or presentation scheduled. However, Quent Cordair Fine Art will be hosting a welcome aboard cocktail party and Royal Caribbean will offer a full range of shipboard entertainment and activities. QCFA-sponsored performances are scheduled for each of the subsequent six evenings at sea.

*** Second Renaissance, Inc., Publisher

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