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2007 - 2008 Season Archive


Music Events

Rhode Island Wind Orchestra*

Robert Franzblau, conductor

Wednesday Chamber Music Series

Where: Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
When: September 19th, 1:00 PM

Question & Answer Session Follows

Now in its third season, the Rhode Island Wind Orchestra is a chamber ensemble of professional musicians specializing in masterworks from all periods written originally for winds and brasses. This all-too-often ignored corner of the classical repertoire is replete with musical treasures waiting to be rediscovered, as well as exciting works by contemporary composers.

Members include several players from the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, the Boston Symphony, the Boston Pops, members of the Rhode Island College music faculty, and local freelance artists.

Conducted by Robert Franzblau, the program features three wind octets: Beethoven's charming Rondino in E-flat, Eugène Bozza's Octanphonie, and Mozart's sublime Serenade No. 12 in C minor.

Student Composers Concert*

**CANCELLED**

Where: Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
When: September 27th, 8:00 PM

Under the tutelage of Rhode Island College composition faculty, student composers at RIC present world premieres of their recent works.

Natalia Zuckerman, singer-songwriter*

Wednesday Chamber Music Series

Where: Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
When: October 3rd, 1:00 PM

Question & Answer Session Follows

Natalia Zukerman, singer-songwriter, and the daughter of violinist/conductor Pinchas Zukerman and flutist/writer Eugenia Zukerman, presents "Bottleneck country jazz with smoky come-hither vocals."

RIC Faculty Jazz Concert*

**CANCELED**

Where: Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
When: October 4th, 8:00 PM

The creative output of Rhode Island College's jazz faculty is on display in this free recital. Vocalist Shawnn Montiero and trumpeter Joseph Foley lead an all-star cast of musicians, all of whom teach in RIC's jazz studies program.

RIC Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Ensembles*

John Sumerlin, Conductor

Where: Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
When: October 7th, 7:30 PM

Milestones

RIC Wind Ensemble

Robert Franzblau, Conductor

Where: Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
When: October 12th, 8:00 PM

$7 General Admission, $5 Seniors and Non-RIC Students; RIC Students, Staff and Faculty Free

The Rhode Island College Wind Ensemble begins its 2007-08 season with "Milestones," a concert of classics from the repertoire for winds. Included on the program are Giovanni Gabrieli's Sonata Pian e Forte, Dvorak's Serenade Op. 44 for Winds, and Berlioz's monumental Symphonie Funèbre et Triomphale, with RIC trombone professor Kevin Kane as soloist. Variations on a Waltz Theme by Nathaniel Tronerud '07 will add a dimension of "brand new" to the program. Also featured will be a massed trombone choir performing Renaissance tower music in the lobby of Sapinsley Hall prior to the concert.

RIC Symphony Orchestra

With guest Ian Greitzer, clarinet

Edward Markward, Conductor

Where: Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
When: October 15th, 8:00 PM

$7 General Admission, $5 Seniors and Non-RIC Students; RIC Students, Staff and Faculty Free

W.A. Mozart Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra, K. 622
Anton Bruckner Symphony No. 4 in E-flat Major, "Romantic"
Ian Greitzer, Clarinet
Edward Markward, Conductor

Mr. Greitzer appears regularly as a soloist and chamber music musician throughout New England. He is principal clarinetist of the Rhode Island Philharmonic and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, performs regularly with the Boston Symphony, and is a member of the Rhode Island College music faculty

RIC Jazz Workshop Combos Performance*

Greg Abate, Director

Where: Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
When: October 17th, 7:00 PM

Annual Halloween Collage Concert

Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance

Where: Auditorium in Roberts Hall
When: October 26th, 8:00 PM

$7 General Admission, or free if in costume

This popular fast-paced high-energy concert features a wide variety of performing ensembles within the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance, including brass, vocal, woodwind, dance, and percussion groups. Performers appear in costume and audience members are encouraged to do likewise to enhance the ambiance of the Halloween atmosphere. This family-oriented concert is sponsored annually by the RIC chapter of the Music Educators National Conference.

Mark O'Connor, violin and
Judith Lynn Stillman, piano*

Wednesday Chamber Music Series

Where: Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
When: October 31st, 1:00 PM

Question & Answer Session Follows

Widely recognized as one of the most gifted contemporary composers in America and surely one of the brightest talents of his generation, violinist and composer Mark O'Connor and Rhode Island College Artist-in-Residence Judith Lynn Stillman, who have collaborated on many occasions, present a program along with cellist Mike Block. The New York Times calls O'Connor's performance "one of the most spectacular journeys in recent American music."

United States Marine Band*

Sponsored by the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance

Where: Auditorium in Roberts Hall
When: October 31st, 7:30 PM

Advance Tickets Required; Available October 1st

For more than two centuries, the United States Marine Band has been part of events that have shaped our nation. Established by an Act of Congress in 1798, the Marine Band is America's oldest professional musical organization. Its primary mission is unique—to provide music for the President of the United States and the Commandant of the United States Marine Corps.

The United States Marine Band, America's oldest performing musical organization, gives more than 500 public performances each year. They perform in and around the nation's capital, and on tour across America each fall.

"For more than 200 years the Marine Band has set a standard of musical excellence that has enriched the White House and our entire nation. They have been ‘The President's Own,' and for me it has been a special honor and a treat. They have stirred the spirits of more people than President Adams could ever have imagined when he signed the bill creating the Marine Band." - Bill Clinton

RIC 5th Annual High School Invitational
Choral Concert*

RIC Chorus, Teresa Coffman, Conductor

Where: Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
When: November 2nd, 8:00 PM

This varied and popular performance is a concert in which invited choirs from local high schools perform for each other and for the community at large. The Rhode Island College Chorus and Chamber Singers will also perform, and the concert concludes with a massed choral piece in which all involved ensembles participate. This concert is sponsored annually by the RIC Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.

RIC Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Ensembles*

John Sumerlin, Conductor

Where: Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
When: November 18th, 7:30 PM

RI Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensembles and the RIC Wind Ensemble

Where: Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
When: November 20th, 7:30 PM

$10 General Admission, $5 Seniors and Non-RIC Students; RIC Students, Staff and Faculty Free

Founded in 2002, the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensembles were created to give advanced woodwind, brass and percussion students from Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts and Connecticut an opportunity to perform wind ensemble repertoire of the highest quality. Conducted by David Martins and Marc Blanchette, the Senior and Junior Wind Ensembles will share this special concert with the Rhode Island College Wind Ensemble, conducted by Robert Franzblau.

Oren Fader & William Anderson of CYGNUS,
duo guitarists*

Wednesday Chamber Music Series

Where: Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
When: November 21st, 1:00 PM

Question & Answer Session Follows

William Anderson and Oren Fader, duo-guitarists and members of the Award-winning new music ensemble CYGNUS, have been hailed as "electrifying" by Allan Kozinn of the New York Times.

La Fiesta

RIC Wind Ensemble

Rob Franzblau, Conductor

Where: Auditorium at Roberts Hall
When: November 30th, 8:00 PM

$7 General Admission, $5 Seniors and Non-RIC Students; RIC Students, Staff and Faculty Free

H. Owen Reed's La Fiesta Mexicana forms the centerpiece for this offering by the Rhode Island College Wind Ensemble. This symphonic work was inspired by the composer's travels in Mexico and reflects the spirituality, passion, and vitality of that culture. The balance of the concert program includes Joaquín Rodrigo's Adagio Para Orquesta de Instrumentos de Viento and Steven Bryant's latest work, Radiant Joy.

RIC Symphony Orchestra

With guest Tianxu Zhou, baritone

Edward Markward, Conductor

Where: Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
When: December 3rd, 8:00 PM

$7 General Admission, $5 Seniors and Non-RIC Students; RIC Students, Staff and Faculty Free

Maurice Ravel, Mother Goose Suite
Maurice Ravel, Don Quichotte
Hector Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique
Tianxu Zhou, Baritone
Edward Markward, Conductor

A native of China, Mr. Zhou has appeared recently as soloist on many occasions in New England and the Washington, D. C. area, including appearances with the Washington, D.C. Opera Company and the National Symphony Orchestra. He is a member of the Rhode Island College music faculty and a doctoral candidate at the Shenandoah Conservatory.

Contemporary Music Ensemble "New York System"*

Alan Shockley, Director

Where: Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
When: December 5th, 8:00 pm

RIC's new contemporary music ensemble, New York System, will open its premiere season on December 5 with a concert featuring avant-garde chamber works by American composers including works by Earle Brown, Morton Feldman, John Cage, and Christian Wolff.

RIC Winter Choral Concert

RIC Chorus, Chamber Singers, Women's Chorus & Men's Chorus

Teresa Coffman, Conductor

Where: Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
When: December 7th, 8:00 PM

$4 General Admission; RIC Students, Staff and Faculty Free

This winter choral concert will feature the four RIC choral ensembles in performances of works by important composers throughout western music history as well as a few non-traditional and lesser-known composers and pieces. Planned works include Eric Whitacre's Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine, three motets by Anton Bruckner (Locus iste, Os justi, Christus factus est) and traditional holiday favorites. The RIC Chorus, Chamber Singers and Women's Chorus are conducted by Teresa Coffman and the RIC Men’s Chorus is led by Tianxu Zhou.

RIC Concert Jazz Band*

Joseph Foley, Director

Where: Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
When: December 10th, 8:00 PM

Father-Daughter Duo*

Stephanie Sant'Ambrigio & John Sant'Ambrigio

with Judith Lynn Stillman, pianist
Wednesday Chamber Music Series

Where: Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
When: February 6, 1:00 PM

RIC Praise Ensemble Gospel Concert

General Admission: $5

Where: Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
When: February 18, 7:00 PM

Sax in the City*

Saxaphone Quartet featuring Lynn Clock, Professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Wednesday Chamber Music Series
Question & Answer Session Follows

Where: Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
When: February 20, 1:00 PM

Gunther Schuller and Friends

RIC Wind Ensemble: Robert Franzblau, conductor

General Admission: $7

Where: Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
When: February 29, 8:00 PM

An inaugural inductee of the American Classical Music Hall of Fame and winner of the Downbeat Lifetime Achievement Award, Gunther Schuller's legacy as a Pulitzer Prize winning composer, conductor, horn player, educator/administrator, historian/author, record producer, and music publisher has changed the course of contemporary music. The Rhode Island College Wind Ensemble will host a week-long residency by this living legend, culminating in two public events in Sapinsley Hall on Friday, February 29th: a round-table discussion titled "Birth of the Cool and its Impact fifty Years Later" at 3:00 pm, and a concert, "Gunther Schuller and Friends," at 8:00 pm. Several of Mr. Schuller's jazz and classical compositions will be performed, and he will be featured as guest conductor on his latest work for wind ensemble, "Nature's Way."

Chamber Music at Rhode Island College*

RIC Chamber Orchestra and small ensembles

John Sumerlin, conductor

Where: Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
When: March 2, 7:30 PM

William Wolfram, pianist *

with Judith Lynn Stillman, pianist

Wednesday Chamber Music Series
Question & Answer Session Follows

Where: Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
When: March 5, 1:00 PM

RIC Spring Choral Concert

with guest composer/conductor Alice Parker

RIC Chorus, Chamber Singers and Women's Chorus
Teresa Coffman, Conductor
RIC Men's Chorus
Tianxu Zhou, conductor
The Rhode Island Children's Chorus

Where: Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
When: March 7, 8:00 PM

This concert culminates the three-day residency of guest composer/conductor Alice Parker at Rhode Island College. During this time, she will work with the RIC Chorus, Chamber Singers, Women's Chorus (all conducted by Teresa Coffman), and Men's Chorus (conducted by Tianxu Zhou), as well as guest chorus, the Rhode Island Children's Chorus (conducted by RIC alumna Christine Noel). She will conduct several of her compositions on the concert, which will conclude with an audience SING, an event in which Ms. Parker involves the entire audience in the creation of a magical, spontaneous, unpredictable and fun musical event. Ms. Parker has delighted audiences worldwide with her unique approach to group singing, using traditional hymns and folk songs from many cultures.

Her life-work has been in choral and vocal music, combining composing, conducting and teaching in a creative balance. Her arrangements with Robert Shaw of folksongs, hymns and spirituals form an enduring repertoire for choruses all around the world. She continues composing in many forms, from operas to cantata, sacred anthems to secular dances, song cycles to string quartets. She has been commissioned by such groups as the Vancouver Chamber Chorus, the Atlanta Symphony Chorus and Chanticleer. Her many conducting and teaching engagements keep her traveling around the United States and Canada.

In 1985, she founded Melodious Accord, Inc., a non-profit group that presents choral concerts, sponsors workshops, symposia, and her many professional appearances. The Fellows programs have provided unique training for composers, conductors and song leaders. She has made eleven acclaimed recordings with the Musicians of Melodious Accord, a sixteen-voice professional chorus. The group has received generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Copland Foundation, and the New York State Council for the Arts.

RIC Symphony Orchestra with guest Eric Ruske

13th Samuel and Esther Chester Performance Award Concert

Edward Markward, Conductor

Where: Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
When: March 17, 8:00 PM

"ERIC RUSKE'S APPROACH...ENCHANTS BY VIRTUE OF ITS CONFIDENCE, IMAGINATION AND EBULLIENT VIRTUOSITY." -New York Times

"A SOUND BOTH LUMINOUS AND BRILLIANT, ALWAYS WITH A PERFECT ROUNDNESS, AN IMPECCABLE VIRTUOSITY..." -Le Monde, PARIS

"...ONE OF THE WORLD'S GREAT MUSICIANS...EVERY NOTE WAS PURE MUSIC..." -The Herald, GLASGOW

Fluttr Effect Trio*

Wednesday Chamber Music Series
Question & Answer Session Follows

Where: Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
When: March 19, 1:00 PM

RIC Jazz Workshop Combos Performance*

Greg Abate, director

Where: Forman Theatre in the Nazarian Center
When: March 19, 6:30 PM

Mostly Musicals; Broadway and Beyond*

Kaitlin Hopkins, Jim Price and Judith Lynn Stillman

Wednesday Chamber Music Series
Question & Answer Session Follows

Where: Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
When: April 2, 1:00 PM

Deborah Griffin Memorial Faculty Recital

Department of Music, Theatre and Dance
Donations accepted

Where: Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
When: April 3, 8:00 PM

This is the sixth annual Faculty Recital sponsored by the RIC Student Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. The concert showcases members of the RIC Music, Theatre, and Dance faculty. Donations received benefit the Deborah Griffin Memorial Scholarship Fund which will provide scholarships to outstanding music majors.

Susan Milan, flute
Lillian Buss-Pearson, piano

Sponsored by the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance
And the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and Music School

General Admission: $20, seniors $15, students $10
Where: Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
When: April 5, 7:00 PM

susanMilan

In 1974, Susan Milan was appointed Principal Flute of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra where she remained for eight years. Since then she has continued to forge a multi-dimensional career as an orchestral guest principal, chamber musician, soloist, teacher and lecturer.

She has given numerous world and UK premieres and has inspired contemporary composers to write for her, among them Richard Rodney Bennett, Antal Dorati, and Cecilia McDowall. Susan Milan is often featured on the BBC and has recorded concertos and recitals for the Chandos label.

Susan formed The London Chamber Music Group featuring flute, oboe, violin, viola, cello, piano and harp. With members of this group, she has recently recorded the chamber music of Eugene Goossens for the Chandos label.

Susan is a Professor of the Royal College of Music, where she was herself a scholar at the age of 16. She was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Music, which was presented to her by HRH Prince Charles in November, 1999.

Faculty Piano Trio*

Department of Music, Theatre and Dance

Where: Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
When: April 10, 8:00 PM

John Sumerlin - violin
Rebecca Thornblade - cello
Philip Martorella - piano

Program will include trios by Mozart, Turina, and Dvorak.

Chamber Music at Rhode Island College*

RIC Chamber Orchestra and small ensembles

John Sumerlin, conductor

Where: Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
When: April 13, 7:30 PM

Student Composer Concert*

**CANCELLED**

Department of Music, Theatre and Dance

Where: Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
When: April 22, 8:00 PM

Trumpet Virtuosi

RIC Wind Ensemble: Robert Franzblau, conductor

RIC Concert Jazz Band: Joseph Foley, conductor
General Admission $7

Where: Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
When: April 25, 8:00 PM

Trumpeter Jens Lindemann is hailed as one of the most celebrated soloists in his instrument's history. He has played in every major concert venue in the world, from the Philharmonics of New York, Los Angeles, London, Manchester, Munich, Hamburg, Lucerne and Berlin to playing principal trumpet with the renowned Canadian Brass. Joseph Foley, Assistant Professor of Music at Rhode Island College, is Principal Trumpet in the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, a founding member of the Atlantic Brass Quintet, and a frequent performer with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops Orchestra, among several others. The Rhode Island College Wind Ensemble and Concert Jazz Band will present a joint concert on Friday, April 25th at 8:00 pm in Roberts Auditorium featuring this "dynamic duo" of artists.

RIC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus

30th Annual Bicho Family Memorial Scholarship Concert

Edward Markward and Teresa Coffman, Conductors
General Admission Donation: $10

Where: Auditorium in Roberts Hall
When: April 28, 8:00 PM

Featuring Diana McVey, Soprano
Georgette Ross Hutchins, Mezzo-soprano
Fredric Scheff, Tenor
Tianxu Zhou, Baritone
Rhode Island College Chorus
Members of the Rhode Island Civic Chorale
Teresa Coffman, Conductor
Edward Markward, Conductor

Bernstein - Chichester Psalms
Beethoven - Symphony No. 9

Bon Voyage Choral Concert

RIC Chorus, Chamber Singers and Women's Chorus

Teresa Coffman, Conductor
RIC Men's Chorus
Tianxu Zhou, conductor
General Admission $4

Where: Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
When: May 2, 8:00 PM

This concert will feature the RIC Chorus, Chamber Singers, Women's Chorus (conducted by Teresa Coffman) and the RIC Men's Chorus (conducted by Tianxu Zhou) in a Bon Voyage concert to celebrate and "send off" graduating senior music majors as well as the participants in the May 2008 Concert Tour of Vienna, Slovakia, and Prague.

Jazz Concert

RIC Concert Jazz Band

General Admission $5

Where: Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
When: May 5, 8:00 PM

War and Peace*

Contemporary Music Ensemble "New York System"

Alan Shockley, Director
Where: Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
When: May 7, 7:00 PM

RIC's contemporary music ensemble, New York System, will continue its first season with a concert on May 7 of avant-garde chamber works by composers Christian Wolff, Olivier Messiaen, Black Sabbath, and featuring two world premieres of newly commissioned works by young American composers Ted Coffey and Colby Leider. Several of the works will speak to the theme "War and Peace." (Please note the early start time of 7 pm.)

RIC Opera Workshop Performance*

Susan Rogers and Edward Markward, co-directors and Christina Breindel, repetitier

Where: Forman Theatre in the Nazarian Center
When: May 11, 7:30 PM

* = Free Admission


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Theatre Events

You Can't Take It With You
by Moss Hart & George S. Kaufman

Bob Colonna, director

Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance
Rhode Island College Theatre Organization

Where: Forman Theatre, Nazarian Center
When: September 26th - 29th, 8:00 PM
September 29th & 30th 2:00 PM

General Admission: $14

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
by Dale Wasserman, adapted from the novel by Ken Kesey

Jamie Taylor, Director

Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance
Rhode Island College Theatre Organization

Where: Forman Theatre, Nazarian Center
When: November 14th - 17th, 8:00 PM
November 17th & 18th, 2:00 PM

General Admission: $14

Never The Sinner
by John Logan

Laura Barlow, Director

RIC Theatre Organization's Growing Stage

Where: Little Theatre, Nazarian Center
When: December 13th - 15th, 8:00 PM
December 16th, 2:00 PM

Donations

The Vagina Monologues

RIC Unity Center

Donations accepted

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the Nazarian Center
When: February 15th - 16th, 7:00 PM

Antigone
by Jean Anouilh, translated by Barbara Bray

Mainstage Theatre

Department of Music, Theatre and Dance
General Admission: $14

Where: Forman Theatre in the Nazarian Center
When: February 20-23, 8:00PM
February 23 & 24, 2:00PM
Jean Anouilh's modernized version of the classic Greek tragedy Antigone sets the story in the sleek palace of a fascist state ruled by Creon. His niece Antigone is horrified by Creon's order that the body of her brother--who led a rebellion against the state--be left on the battlefield to rot. The great strength of Antigone is that there is no easy solution to the conflict, which leads to disaster for everyone involved. With fierce originality, this powerful adaptation of the Sophocles tragedy presents a world of honor, treachery and fateful consequences.

Jean Anouilh, one of the foremost French playwrights of the twentieth century, replaced the realist works of the previous era with his dramas, which exploit fantasy, tragic passion, scenic poetry and cosmic leaps in time and space. He used Greek myth to explore the disturbing moral dilemmas of our times. This version of Antigone was performed in 1944 in Nazi-controlled Paris.

No, No, Nanette
by Otto Harbach and Frank Mandel

Music by Vincent Youmans and Lyrics by Irving Caesar and Otto Harbach Adapted and directed by Burt Shevelove

Department of Music, Theatre and Dance
Reserved Seating: $18

Where: Auditorium in Roberts Hall
When: April 17-19, 8:00PM
April 19 & 20, 2:00PM
NO, NO, NANETTE is a lighthearted framework for the music of Vincent Youman. This is the story of Jimmy Smith, and all the trouble he gets into and out of on a summer weekend. Included in the score are two of the most famous show tunes ever written: Tea for Two and I Want to Be Happy. Standard numbers like Too Many Rings Around Rosie and You Can Dance with Any Girl at All accompany many other delightful songs. The whole experience is refreshing, silly and uplifting!

4 Tony Awards for Choreography, Costume Design, Actress and Featured Actress

3 Drama Desk Awards for Book, Choreography and Costume Design

The Outer Critics Circle Award for Production
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Dance Events

Open Dance Company Class with Jennifer Nugent and Paul Matteson

Where: Melcer Dance Studio, Nazarian Center
When: August 27th - 31st, 10:00 AM - 11:30 PM

Admission: $8 per class

Rhode Island College Dance Company October Concert with Nugent and Matteson Dance

Where: The Auditorium in Roberts Hall
When: October 12th, 8:00 PM


Photo: Sue Rees
Nugent+Matteson Dance first appeared at RIC in 2005, and their performance included the critically acclaimed duet, Fare Well, described by Jennifer Dunning of The New York Times as " . . . that rare work that lives up to its advance billing... conjuring up two imperfectly messy lives and two ordinary human beings who just might find themselves some new place if they only stay the course . . . a delight".

The 2007 October Concert will be made up of five precarious dances. The opener is a condensed version of Fare Well that highlights the synchronistic partnering of Nugent and Matteson within Edmund Mooney's richly atmospheric sound score. Next Block Idol, a solo by Matteson with music by Michael Krassner, layers bittersweet coming-of-age narratives with impossible physical challenges.

The third piece, Semi-Formal, a solo by Nugent with live music by violinist Heather Somerland, is a hip circling ceremony of ballroom dance fantasies. Nugent strips away all that seems familiar with hopes of re-experiencing the first time again. Fourth is Saints Smother Swans, an intricately technical new duet for Nugent and Matteson choreographed by Terry Creach. Erika Kinetz from The New York Times writes, "Terry Creach's curiosity about what the human body itself might reveal about human beings is timeless." The final work is Cozy Up, an intensely physical new group work choreographed by Nugent and Matteson in collaboration with Rhode Island College dancers.

General Admission: $12**

Rhode Island College Dance Company Annual Mini-Concert Series for Rhode Island School Children*

Where: Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
When: October 24th - 26th, 10:00 AM, Daily


Photo: Nikki Carrara
Rhode Island school children will be treated to the RIC Dance Company's Annual Mini-Concert Series in morning concerts October 24-26 in Sapinsley Hall in the Nazarian Center. Repertory selections will include works by Nathan Andary (Providence, RI), Jackie Henderson (Newport, RI), Jennifer Nugent and Paul Matteson (NYC), and Drika Overton (Maine). Offered free to all school children in Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts since the 1960s, these concerts provide young audiences with an informative and enjoyable introduction to contemporary dance forms. Lastly, Rhode Island community dancers are invited to participate in open Dance Company classes with visiting choreographers in August and November.

College Dance Invitational: A Showcase of College and University Dance Companies Sponsored by the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance

Where: Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
When: October 26th, 8:00 PM


Photo: Nikki Carrara
New for fall 2007 will be a College Dance Invitational on Friday, October 26 in Sapinsley Hall sponsored by the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance. Celebrating the rich creativity and productivity of our local-area dance programs, the College Dance Invitational will provide a showcase Rhode Island and nearby Connecticut and Massachusetts college dance companies. Don't miss this opportunity to experience the past, present, and future of American dance.

General Admission: $10**

Open Dance Company Class with Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer

Where: Melcer Dance Studio, Nazarian Center
When: November 5th - 7th & 9th, 4:30 - 6:00 PM
November 10th, 10:00 - 11:30 AM

The RIC Dance Company is very pleased to be collaborating once again with Bridgman/Packer Dance in a fall 2007 residency and performance project. The dance company has previously hosted residency/performance projects with Bridgman/Packer Dance in 2002, 1994, and 1984 and we hosted a choreographic residency project in 1992.

Admission: $8 per class

Rhode Island College Dance Company Winter Concert with Bridgman/Packer Dance

Where: Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
When: November 30th, 8:00 PM


Photo: Kelly Gottesman
The Bridgman/Packer Dance residency/performance project is funded in part by a grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts Expeditions program with support form the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program, the six New England state arts agencies, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Argosy Foundation.

Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer create work around the dilemma of finding meaning and connections in a time and world where everything seems to be transient and at risk. Their exploration of the duet form nearly exhausts the possibilities for partnering, pairing, and coupling - with all of the inherent pros and cons of this enduring and endlessly persistent human preoccupation. Elizabeth Zimmer of The Village Voice has written of their work that "Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer have raised the duet to a pinnacle of clarity and craft."

Bridgman and Packer are determined humanists is a contemporary dance scene that can often seem preoccupied with form. Their work since the turn of the century has had a decidedly interdisciplinary focus, and they consistently attract significant music and video artists for collaborative projects. Their critically acclaimed dance and video trilogy, Seductive Reasoning, Under The Skin, Memory Bank, explores new ground in the interaction and interweaving of dance and video to disrupt and to inform our received understanding of the unified and predictable human and his/her partnering tendencies.

General Admission: $12**

Open Dance Company Class with Douglas Dunn

Where: Melcer Dance Studio, Nazarian Center
When: January 7th - 11th, 10:00 - 11:30 AM

Admission: $8 per class

Open Dance Company Class with Andrea Woods

Where: Melcer Dance Studio, Nazarian Center
When: January 15th - 19th, 10:00 - 11:30 AM

Admission: $8 per class

49th Annual Spring Concert Series

RIC Dance Company

General Admission $10

Where: Auditorium in Roberts Hall
When: February 28, 29 and March 1, 8:00 PM
March 2, 2:00 PM

Faculty & Alumni Concert featuring Melody Ward & Kelly Ann Lynch

RIC Dance Company

Sponsored by the RIC Department of Music, Theatre & Dance

General Admission $12

Where: Forman Theatre in the Nazarian Center
When: March 27 & 28, 8:00 PM

Student Choreography Showcase

RIC Dance Company

General Admission $8

Where: Forman Theatre in the Nazarian Center
When: April 24 & 25, 8:00 PM

* = Free Admission

** = Admission discounts for seniors, groups, and students


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