The 10th annual Greenfield Prize Weekend, presented by the Hermitage Artist Retreat and the Greenfield Foundation, takes place April 20-23 and includes, among other offerings, the world premiere of the 2015 music commission by composer/drummer Bobby Previte.
The premiere, Terminals Part II: In Transit, features not only drummer Previte but acoustic guitarist Nels Cline, pianist John Medeski, alto sax player Greg Osby, harpist Zeena Parkins and vocalist and erhu player Jen Shyu. Performances are set for 8 p.m. Friday, April 21, and 3 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Sainer Pavilion at New College as part of New Music New College’s annual music festival. Provost Steven Miles also leads an artist conversation with the musicians at 5 p.m. April 20.
And then there’s this year’s winner of the Greenfield Prize, photojournalist David Burnett, who will receive his award at a dinner Saturday night at Michael’s On East. Burnett is known internationally for his Olympic images and portraits of presidents; his commission for the 2017 prize will focus on senior athletes competing at the highest levels. Read here for more about that.
Keynote speaker for the dinner is Dr. Tony Bannon, executive director of the Burchfield Penney Art Center and former director of the George Eastman Museum, which is known for its extensive photograph collections and exhibitions.
In addition, The Works at the Sarasota Museum of Art will host two free Creative Conversations, beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday. The first will be a presentation by Burnett entitled “My Life, My Work”; that will be followed by a panel discussion on “The State of the Art of Photography” with Burnett, Bannon, Ringling Museum curator of photography Christopher Jones and international curator of photography exhibitions Robert Pledge.