October 29, 2014
Clarksville, TN – In 1794, a man named Valentine Sevier sent an urgent letter from his home along the Cumberland River, in what is now Clarksville, to his brother John. In it, he described a recent attack by Native Americans on their small settlement.
The attackers, he wrote, “scalped my daughter Rebecca. I hope she still will recover.”
October 28, 2014
Clarksville, TN – In a brief YouTube video clip, Hannah Collins is seen playing the cello while Michael Compitello taps his drumsticks against different sized flowerpots. The performance could be seen as a novelty act if the resulting music wasn’t so beautiful.
This mixture of playfulness and serious music making is what defines New Morse Code, a music duo of Yale University graduates who are using inventive performances to expand the reach of classical music to a younger generation.
October 27, 2014
Clarksville, TN – In July, the phone started ringing in’s Department of Music office, with callers interested in buying tickets for an upcoming concert.
They were a bit early, since the department’s annual Halloween Percussion Concert was still a good three months away, but the callers knew that for 30 years, the wildly entertaining event usually sold out, so there was nothing wrong with being a little premature.
October 26, 2014
Clarksville, TN – Earlier this week, a crowd gathered along the edges of a red carpet running through the lobby of theTrahern Building. They held up smartphone cameras and leaned over each other, trying to get a better view.
The whole thing felt a bit like an old Hollywood movie premiere, and that feeling only increased when, at 1:00pm, the doors opened and the students in Frances Traughber’s second grade class at Clarksville Academy shuffled down the carpet.
October 25, 2014
Clarksville, TN – When someone asked Dr. Leong Lee,associate professor of computer science, to help redesign and re-program the Tennessee Academy of Science’s (TAS) website, he wondered if they were joking.
“I studied the requirements and realized that this would be a relatively big project,” Lee said. “This is a $75,000 professional level web development project involving feasibility study, frontend web interface design, backend database system design and web-database programming.”
October 22, 2014
Clarksville, TN – In the spring of 2013, an essay titled “The Birds of South America” landed on the desk of Dr. Amy Wright,associate professor of languages and literature. It was 28 pages long.
“It’s a very long essay,” Wright said. “I took one look at it and I thought, I don’t know if we should devote that much printed space to one piece.”
October 21, 2014
Clarksville, TN – Kate Schmitt’s grandmother was in her 30s when she committed suicide. The tragic event took place long before Schmitt was born, but the death has haunted her throughout her life.
After years of struggling with this unwanted legacy, Schmitt, a skilled poet, decided to face these demons by writing a memoir addressed to her late grandmother.
The resulting work, “Singing Bones,” won the 2013 Zone 3 Press Creative Nonfiction Award. [Read more]
October 17, 2014
Clarksville, TN – The filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock never won an Academy Award for Best Director, even though a recent Sight and Sound poll listed his 1958 masterpiece “Vertigo” as the greatest movie ever made.
He probably should have won the award for a half-dozen of his films, but throughout Hitchcock’s career, critics accused him of creating only cheap thrills and trivial entertainments. [Read more]
October 17, 2014
Clarksville, TN – In L. Frank Baum’s hometown of Chittenango, New York, the brick sidewalks are painted yellow and the shops have names like “Auntie Em’s Place” and the “Emerald City Grill.”
This little village doesn’t really resemble the magical Oz, but it is part of the ongoing reinterpretation of Baum’s famous children’s story, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.”
That famous work has been re-imagined numerous times over the years, with the famous 1939 musical, “The Wizard of Oz,” the 1978 Michael Jackson fantasy, “The Wiz,” and Gregory Maguire’s bestselling book, later made into a hit Broadway musical, “Wicked.”
October 16, 2014
Clarksville, TN – The coveted Acuff Circle of Excellence Ovation Awards in the arts will be presented March 1st, 2015, but nominations already are being sought.
The Circle, a non-profit organization affiliated with the [Read more]Foundation, is a patrons society of the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts. The awards have been presented since 1996.