2009 - 2010 Season Archive


Music Events

Deborah Griffin Memorial Faculty Recital

When: 2/10/2010 at 8:00pm
Where: Sapinsley Hall in the Nazarian Center

The eighth annual Faculty Recital on Feb. 10 showcases members of the RIC Music, Theatre, and Dance faculty. Donations received benefit the Deborah Griffin Memorial Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to outstanding music majors.

New England Voices
RIC Wind Ensemble

Robert Franzblau, Conductor

When: 2/26/2010 at 8:00pm
Where: Sapinsley Hall in the Nazarian Center

On Feb. 26, the RIC Wind Ensemble, led by Robert Franzblau, presents New England Voices, offering music written by past and present New England composers such as Charles Ives, Roger Cichy and RIC faculty member Barbara Kolb. The concert will mark the world premiere of a concerto for flute and wind ensemble by Michael Weinstein, acclaimed Boston-area composer. The featured soloist will be Mary Ellen Guzzio, assistant professor of flute at RIC. Keith Brion, international expert on the music of Charles Ives, will guest conduct.

General Admission $10

Chamber Music at Rhode Island College*

John Sumerlin, Conductor

When: 2/28/2010 at 7:30pm
Where: Sapinsley Hall in the Nazarian Center

The RIC Chamber Orchestra and Small Ensembles will perform.

RIC Spring Choral Concert
Featuring the Music of Joshua Jacobson
RIC Chorus, Chamber Singers, Women's Chorus and Men's Chorus

Teresa Coffman, Conductor
Tianxu Zhou, Conductor

When: 3/5/2010
Where: Sapinsley Hall in the Nazarian Center

The March 5 RIC Spring Choral Concert will feature the RIC Chorus, Chamber Singers, Women's Chorus, conducted by Teresa Coffman, and the Men's Chorus, conducted by Tianxu Zhou. This concert culminates the brief residency of guest composer/conductor Joshua Jacobson including his some of his arrangements and recommendations of Jewish choral music. Jacobson is the founder and director of the Zamir Chorale of Boston.

General Admission $10

RIC Symphony Orchestra*
15th Samuel and Esther Chester Performance Award Concert

Edward Marward, Conductor

When: 3/8/2010 at 8:00pm
Where: Sapinsley Hall in the Nazarian Center

The RIC Symphony Orchestra will present the 15th Samuel and Esther Chester Performance Award Concert on March 8. Aaron Copland's serial composition, Inscape will be performed, led by student conductor Jenna Ramos. Charles and Consuelo Sherba are featured violin and viola soloists in Mozart's magnificent Sinfonia Concertante. The program concludes with Antonin Dvorák's Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, conducted by Symphony Orchestra leader Edward Marward.

RIC Jazz Workshop Combos Performance*

Greg Abate, Director

When: 3/10/2010 at 6:30pm
Where: Forman Theatre in the Nazarian Center

On March 10, Greg Abate, RIC educator and noted saxophonist, will direct the RIC Jazz Workshop Combos Performance.

Members of the New York Philharmonic*
with Judith Lynn Stillman, Piano

Wednesday Chamber Music Series

When: 3/24/2010 at 1:00pm and 7:30pm
Where: Sapinsley Hall in the Nazarian Center

On March 24, members of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and Judith Lynn Stillman will perform piano quartets in two concerts with works by Mozart and Schumann including a special extended version in the evening show.

Question/Answer Session Follows

RI College Faculty Chamber Players*
William Walton's Façade, an Entertainment to Poems by Edith Sitwell

Wednesday Chamber Music Series

When: 4/14/2010 at 1:00pm
Where: Sapinsley Hall in the Nazarian Center

The Wednesday Chamber Music Series concludes with the RIC Faculty Chamber Players performance of William Walton's Façade, an Entertainment with Poems by Edith Sitwell, on April 14.

Question/Answer Session Follows

(Re-) Made in America
The RIC Wind Ensemble

Robert Franzblau, Conductor

When: 4/23/2010 at 8:00pm
Where: Sapinsley Hall in the Nazarian Center

The RIC Wind Ensemble will present on April 23. (Re-) Made in America, which offers music written in America with musical inspiration coming from overseas. The concert will feature David Del Tredici's In Wartime, a monumental impression written during the height of America's 2002 invasion of Iraq.

Two young American composers, Steven Bryant and Kathryn Salfelder, will perform opening works. The winner of the 2010 RIC Senior Concerto Competition will also perform.

General Admission $10

The RIC Symphony Orchestra
32nd Annual Bicho Family Scholarship Concert

Edward Markward, Conductor

When: 4/26/2010 at 8:00pm
Where: Sapinsley Hall in the Nazarian Center

The RIC Symphony Orchestra's 32nd Annual Bicho Family Scholarship Concert will perform Schubert's Symphony No. 8 in B Minor (Unfinished) and Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 4 in G Major, famous for its depiction of "a child's vision of heaven." Edward Markward, in his 37th year at the college, conducts this April 26 concert. RIC alumna Patrice Tiedemann is featured as soprano soloist.

General Admission $10

Bon Voyage Choral Concert
RIC Chorus, Chamber Singers, Women's Chorus and Men's Chorus

Teresa Coffman, Conductor
Tianxu Zhou, Conductor

When: 4/30/2010 at 8:00pm
Where: Sapinsley Hall in the Nazarian Center

On April 30, the RIC Bon Voyage Choral Concert will "send off" graduating music majors and celebrate the Chorus and Chamber Singer members' fifth international choral concert tour, as they prepare to voyage to Portugal and Spain in May. This concert will feature the RIC Chorus, Chamber Singers, Women's Chorus, conducted by Teresa Coffman, and the Men's Chorus, conducted by Tianxu Zhou.

General Admission $10

RIC Concert Jazz Band
Featuring the Music of Doc Severinse

Joseph Foley, Director

When: 5/3/2010 at 8:00pm
Where: Sapinsley Hall in the Nazarian Center

Join music director Joseph Foley and the Rhode Island Concert Jazz Band on the evening of May 3, for a concert featuring the music of the legendary trumpeter Doc Severinsen of the Tonight Show.

General Admission $10

RIC Opera Workshop Performance

Susan Rodgers and Edward Markward, Co-directors
Christina Breindel and John Henry Burns, Piano

When: 5/9/2010 at 7:30pm
Where: Sapinsley Hall in the Nazarian Center

Students in the Opera Workshop at Rhode Island College will perform with pianists Christina Breindel and John Henry Burns on May 9. Selections include scenes from Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss, Jr., Don Pasquale by Gaetano Donizetti, Le nozze di Figaro and Die Zauberflöte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Hänsel und Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck, among others. Edward Markward and Susan Rodgers co-direct.

Suggested Donation $5

Broadway Extravaganza!
with Gregg Edelman, Karen Mason and Judith Lynn Stillman*

Wednesday Chamber Music Series

When: 9/16/2009 at 1:00pm & 7:30pm
Where: Sapinsley Hall in the Nazarian Center

The Wednesday Chamber Music Series will present an exciting lineup of talented artists in Celebrity Series: Judith Lynn Stillman and Friends. On Sept. 16, Stillman, RIC's artist-in-residence, will be joined by four-time Tony Award nominee Gregg Edelman and broadway singer and actress Karen Mason for two performances of Broadway Extravaganza! – including a special extended version in the evening show.

The RIC Chamber Orchestra and RIC String Chamber Ensembles*

John Sumerlin, Conductor

When: 10/04/2009 at 7:30pm
Where: Sapinsley Hall in the Nazarian Center

The RIC Chamber Orchestra and RIC String Chamber Ensembles, conducted by John Sumerlin, perform together.

A Young Person's Guide to the Band
The RIC Wind Ensemble

Edward S. Lisk, Conductor

When: 10/09/2009 at 8:00pm
Where: Sapinsley Hall in the Nazarian Center

featuring wind band repertoire from the past 100 years. Guest conductor Edward S. Lisk will lead the Wind Ensemble in a concert of exemplary works written for young musicians by some of the greatest composers of the 20th and 21st centuries. Earlier in the day, Lisk will join a panel of national experts in a town-hall style forum on the future of music education.

General Seating: $10

The RIC Symphony Orchestra
with Stephen Martorella, Piano

Edward Markward, Conductor

When: 10/12/2009 at 8:00pm
Where: Sapinsley Hall in the Nazarian Center

The RIC Symphony Orchestra will feature RIC Faculty member Stephen Martorella as piano soloist in Vincent D’Indy’s stunning but rarely performed Symphony on a French Mountain Air, in its Oct. 12 concert. Also on the program will be the Rhode Island premiere of awardwinning composer Aleksandra Vrebalov's Orbits and Beethoven's Symphony No. 1 in C Major. Edward Markward, beginning his 37th year at RIC, conducts.

General Admission: $10

RIC Jazz Workshop Combos Performance*

Sponsored by Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance

Greg Abate, Director

When: 10/14/2009 at 7:00pm
Where: Forman Theatre in the Nazarian Center

the RIC Jazz Workshop Combos Performance takes the stage under the direction of legendary saxophonist and RIC educator Greg Abate.

RIC Faculty Recital*

Sponsored by Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance

When: 10/15/2009 at 8:00pm
Where: Sapinsley Hall in the Nazarian Center

The Faculty Recital, on Oct.15 will present a varied program of vocal and instrumental solo and chamber music performed by the Rhode Island College music faculty.

The Annual Halloween College Concert

Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance

When: 10/30/2009 at 8:00pm
Where: The Auditorium in Roberts Hall

The Annual Halloween Collage Concert held on Oct. 30 offers performances from a variety of RIC ensembles. Performers appear in costume and the audience is also encouraged to dress in the spirit of Halloween.

General Admission: $10

Duo-Pianists
with Judith Lynn Stillman and Stephen Martorella*

Wednesday Chamber Music Series

When: 11/04/2009 at 1:00pm
Where: Sapinsley Hall in the Nazarian Center

Pianists Stephen Martorella and Judith Stillman will collaborate in Duo-Pianists on Nov. 4. Martorella is the minister of music for the First Baptist Church in America and an adjunct instructor at Rhode Island College.

Question/Answer Session Follows

RIC 6th High School Invitational Choral Concert*

Sponsored by RIC Chorus

Teresa Coffman, Conductor

When: 11/06/2009 at 8:00pm
Where: Sapinsley Hall in the Nazarian Center

The RIC High School Invitational Choral Concert, a varied and popular performance presented on Nov. 6, will showcase invited choirs from local high schools who will perform for each other and the community at large. The RIC Chorus, Chamber Singers and student-run RIC ensembles will perform. The concert concludes with a massed choral piece in which all involved ensembles participate. The RIC Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association sponsors this concert annually.

The RIC Chamber Orchestra and RIC String Chamber Ensembles*

John Sumerlin, Conductor

When: 11/22/2009 at 7:30pm
Where: Sapinsley Hall in the Nazarian Center

The RIC Chamber Orchestra and RIC String Chamber Ensembles, conducted by John Sumerlin, perform together.

RI Philharmonic Junior & Senior Youth Wind Ensembles and the RIC Wind Ensemble

Sponsored by RIC Wind Ensemble

When: 11/24/2009 at 7:00pm (Note: time has been corrected from 8:00pm)
Where: Sapinsley Hall in the Nazarian Center

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Junior and Senior Youth Wind Ensembles will collaborate with the RIC Wind Ensemble in a concert of works chosen from the standard repertoire for wind band.

General Admission: $10

Pillars
The RIC Wind Ensemble

Robert Franzblau, Conductor

When: 12/04/2009 at 8:00pm
Where: The Auditorium in Roberts Hall

The Wind Ensemble will perform Pillars, showcasing selections from the middle of the 20th century. The two central pillars of this concert are Vincent Persichetti's Symphony #6 for Band and Leonard Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story. In addition, works from Samuel Barber, Norman Dello Joio and William Schuman will be performed.

General Admission: $10

The RIC Symphony Orchestra

Edward Markward, Conductor

When: 12/07/2009 at 8:00pm
Where: Sapinsley Hall in the Nazarian Center

On Dec. 7, the Symphony Orchestra will present the world premiere of James Bohn's MF, Concerto for Electric Guitar and Orchestra. Guitarist Joshua Millard, who has performed with the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble and the Dedalus New Music Ensemble, is the soloist. The Symphony Orchestra will also perform Roy Harris' iconic Third Symphony and César Franck’s ultraromantic Symphony in D Minor.

General Admission: $10

Trios for Clarinet, Cello and Piano by Beethoven and Zemlinsky
with Judith Lynn Stillman, Piano, Richard Stoltzman, Clarinet, and Michael Reynolds, Cello*

Wednesday Chamber Music Series

When: 12/09/2009 at 1:00pm
Where: Sapinsley Hall in the Nazarian Center

Judith Lynn Stillman will be joined by two-time Grammy Award winner Richard Stoltzman on clarinet and Muir String Quartet member Michael Reynolds on cello on Dec. 9 for Trios for Clarinet, Cello and Piano by Beethoven and Zemlinsky.

Question/Answer Session Follows

The RIC Winter Choral Concert
Featuring RIC Chorus, Chamber Singers, Women's Chorus and Men's Chorus

Teresa Coff, Conductor
Tianxu Zhou, Conductor

When: 12/11/2009 at 8:00pm
Where: Sapinsley Hall in the Nazarian Center

On Dec. 11, the RIC Winter Choral Concert will feature RIC Chorus, Chamber Singers, Women’s Chorus and Men’s Chorus in performances of works by important composers throughout western music history as well as holiday favorites, non-traditional and lesser known composers and pieces. Teresa Coff man conducts the RIC Chorus, Chamber Singers and Women’s Chorus. The RIC Men’s Chorus is led by Tianxu Zhou.

General Admission: $10

The RIC Concert Jazz Band Winter Concert

Joseph Foley, Director

When: 12/14/2009 at 8:00pm
Where: Sapinsley Hall in the Nazarian Center

General Admission: $10

Back to top


Theatre Events

Adobe PDFRIC Mainstage Season Brochure (2009-2010)

Angels in America
by Tony Kushner

Nehassaiu deGannes, Director

When: September 30 - October 3 at 8:00pm and October 3 & 4 at 2:00pm
Where: Helen Forman Theatre in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts

Playwright Tony Kushner's Angels in America has achieved phenomenal success since it opened in Los Angeles in 1992. Winner of many awards, including the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for drama and Tony Award for best play, Angels will be staged from Sept. 30 to Oct. 4. Directed by Nehassaiu deGannes, an assistant professor at RIC, it is an epic story of two troubled couples – one gay, one straight – in America in the 1980s, when a terrifying new disease – AIDS – has just been discovered. Both a love story and political drama, it has been described by scholar John M. Clum as "a turning point in the history of gay drama, the history of American drama, and of American literary culture." Angels in America has been staged in countries around the globe, and has been translated into several languages.

General Admission: $15

Rabbit Hole
by David Lindsay-Abaire

Jamie Taylor, Director

When: November 18 - 21 at 8:00pm and November 21 & 22 at 2:00pm
Where: Helen Forman Theatre in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts

David Lindsay-Abaire's Rabbit Hole, which received the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for drama, will be performed by RIC Theatre from Nov. 18-22. The production will be directed by Jamie Taylor, RIC's chair of the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance. A shattering experience leaves Becca and Howie Corbett's life turned upside down, and the couple attempting to cope with a new and unexpected reality. Rabbit Hole examines grief – and its toll – with insight, honesty and compassion. "Rabbit Hole presents a tragedy and its consequences with utter candor, and without sentimentality," according to USA Today. "The dialogue is most impressive for capturing the awkwardness and pain of thinking people faced with an unthinkable situation—and eventually, their capacity for survival, and even hope." Lindsay-Abaire has written the screenplay for the fi lm version of Rabbit Hole, scheduled for release in 2010. He also wrote the plays Shrek the Musical (book and lyrics), Kimberly Akimbo, Wonder of the World, and A Devil Inside, among others, and is working on the screenplay for Spider-Man 4.

General Admission: $15

-->

Edward II
by Christopher Marlowe

Frank Toti, Director

When: February 17 - 20 at 8:00pm and February 20 & 21 at 2:00pm
Where: Helen Forman Theatre in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts

Shakespeare's brilliant contemporary and rival playwright, Christopher Marlowe, penned Edward II at the end of his brief life. Deemed by many to be Marlowe's crowning achievement, Edward II features the playwright's most nuanced characters and some of his finest language. In the weak, stubborn character of Edward II, Marlowe created a compelling portrait of a flawed monarch. ough the son of a great general, Edward is an ineffectual king, and, in the grips of a romantic obsession, he fails to recognize the threats to his crown. As the play unfolds, Marlowe turns the doomed Edward into a more tragic figure, contrasting his plight with the ruthless nobles who depose him. Edward II has been described as: "deliciously dangerous", "heart-felt and heart rendering", "seductive", "thrillingly ritualistic", and "achingly poetic".

Pippin
book by Roger O. Hirson and
music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz

Bill Wilson, Director
Angelica Vessella, Choreography

When: April 22 - 24 at 8:00pm and April 24 & 25 at 2:00pm
Where: The Auditorium in Roberts Hall

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the RIC Mainstage Theatre’s spring musical will no longer be Chicago but the Broadway hit, Pippin.

Once upon a time, the young prince Pippin longed to discover the secret of true happiness and fulfillment. He sought it in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh and the intrigues of political power (after disposing of his father King Charlemagne the Great). In the end, he found it in the simple pleasures of home and family.

This hip, tongue-in-cheek, anachronistic fairy tale captivated Broadway audiences and continues to appeal to the young at heart everywhere. The
energetic pop-influenced score by three-time Oscar®- winning composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Children of Eden and the animated films Pocahontas, The Hunchback Of Notre Dame and The Prince Of Egypt) bursts with one show stopping number after another, from soaring ballads to infectious dance numbers. This production will be directed by Bill Wilson, choreographed by Angelica Vessella, and music directed by Anthony Alexander Torelli.

Lost in Yonkers
by Neil Simon

Jamie Taylor, director

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

Where: Forman Theatre, Nazarian Center
When: October 1 - 4, 8:00 PM
October 4 & 5, 2:00 PM

General Admission: $15

Winner of the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Best Play: 1991 Tony Awards

By America's great comic playwright, this memory play is set in a Yonkers in 1942 features another battling odd couple, this time an old woman and her 35 year old daughter. Bella, the daughter, is a retarded, affectionate and more than enough for Grandma Kurnitz to manage. As the play opens, son Eddie deposits his two young sons on the old lady's doorstep. He is in debt and needs to go on an extended sales trip to make some money. The boys must contend with Grandma, a stern, tough old lady; with Bella and her secret romance, and with Louie, her brother, who may have mob connections. Gradually, the mood deepens and darkens as the boys endure life with a family of emotionally crippled people. While the children are only temporarily exiled in Yonkers, the rest of their sad, funny family is truly lost.

"The best play Simon ever wrote." N.Y. Post.

"Broadway desperately needs a comedy, a drama, and a hit. With Lost in Yonkers, Mr. Simon has given us all three." Wall Street Journal.

"One of Simon's most impressive and funniest plays." N.Y. Daily News.

"Laughter and tears have come together in a new emotional truth. There are moments in this play when you experience a new kind of laughter for Simon, a silent laughter that doesn't explode into a "yuk" but implodes straight into your heart." Newsweek.

Anna in the Tropics
by Nilo Cruz

Nehassaiu deGannes, director

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

Where: Forman Theatre, Nazarian Center
When: November 12 - 15, 8:00 PM
November 15 & 16, 2:00 PM

General Admission: $15

Anna in the Tropics portrays the lives of cigar factory workers in Ybor City, Tampa, Florida, when a new lector, perhaps the last to ply his trade, is hired. The men and women remain divided in their loyalties as economic hardship and the pressure to abandon old traditions force the owners of the cigar factory to adopt new, progressive manufacturing methods if they wish to stay in business. As the lector reads from Anna Karenina, a novel of adultery set in nineteenth-century Russia, he casts a spell over the workers, transforming their passions and desires through the affirming power of art. That the love they seek may result in a tragic end is ordained as much by the story of the Russian noblewoman as it is by the actions of the workers themselves.

The Seagull
By Anton Chekhov

Directed by Naum Panovski

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

Where: Forman Theatre, Nazarian Center
When: February 18 - 22, 8:00 PM
February 21 & 22, 2:00 PM
General Admission: $15

Anton Chekhov's Chayka or The Seagull (variously translated in English as The Sea Gull and The Sea-Gull) is the first play in the author's second period of writing for the theater-that of the last few years of his life-in which he penned his widely acknowledged dramatic masterpieces. With it, after a hiatus of seven years, Chekhov again returned to writing plays, and he revealed his mastery of techniques that he would exploit in his other great plays of that final period: Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters, and The Cherry Orchard. In all of them, Chekhov employs a method of "indirect action," one in which characters confront changes that result from offstage occurrences, often in a period of the characters' lives that elapses between acts. The plays also share the unique Chekhovian mood, a pervasive melancholic tone that arises from the haplessness of the characters that seem destined either to wallow in self-pity or indifference or consume themselves in frustrated passion.

In The Seagull, a work that the author himself claimed contained "five tons of love," is a play about a very human tendency to reject love that is freely given and seek it where it is withheld. Many of its characters are caught in a destructive, triangular relationship that evokes both pathos and humor. What the characters cannot successfully parry is the destructive force of time, the passage of which robs some, like Madame Arkadina, of beauty, and others, like her son Konstantine, of hope.

Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical
Book & Lyrics by Jerome Ragni and James Rado Music by Galt Mcdermot

Directed by Bill Wilson

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

Where: The Auditorium in Roberts Hall
When: April 16 - 18, 8:00 PM
April 18 & 19, 2:00 PM
General Admission: $20

When Hair moved to Broadway after 144 Off-Broadway performances at Joseph Papp's Public Theatre, it played for 1,750 performances on Broadway at the Biltmore Theatre starring James Rado, Gerome Ragni, Lynn Kellogg, and Sally Eaton.

Hair tells the story of the "tribe", a group of politically active, long-haired "Hippies of the Age of Aquarius" fighting against conscription to the Vietnam War and living a bohemian life together in New York City. They struggle to balance their young lives, loves and the sexual revolution with their pacifist rebellion against the war and the conservative impulses of their parents and society.

Hair puts rock music and the culture that went with it on stage. The show has a strong effect on everyone, and acts as a bridge between generations and viewpoints. What looks like incredible chaos is actually organized chaos. Phenomenal musical numbers include Aquarius, Good Morning Starshine, I Believe in Love, Hair, I Got Life, What a Piece of Work Is Man and Hippie Life. This show has a vitality, a timelessness and a meaning that outlives the late 1960's and early 1970's in America.

Back to top


Dance Events

51st Annual Spring Concert Series

RIC Dance Company

When: Feb. 26th & 27th at 8:00pm, Feb. 28 at 2:00pm
Where: The Auditorium on Roberts Hall

The RIC Dance Company's 51st annual Spring Concert Series from Feb. 26-28 will showcase an eclectic blend of styles featuring award-winning performances from international, national and local performers and choreographers. The concert will include dance works by body percussionist Keith Terry, modern dancer and choreographer Lisa Race, tap dancer Josh Hilberman, modern dancer Jane Comfort, contemporary ballet choreographer Colleen Cavanuagh and RIC faculty member and modern dance choreographer Katie McNamara.

General Admission: $15

Faculty & Alumni Concert

Featuring Olase Freeman and Adjunct Faculty with the RIC Dance Company

When: March 25th & 26th at 8:00pm
Where: Forman Theatre in the Nazarian Center

Join the RIC Dance Company on March 25 and 26, for the Faculty Alumni Concert, an annual event highlighting work choreographed by RIC faculty members, including assistant professor Olase Freeman, who will explore the aesthetics of hip-hop, as well as the realities of becoming a parent and his continued investigation of spirals, breath and flow.

The Faculty Alumni concert will also feature the work of RIC adjunct faculty Michael Bolger of Providence Theater Ballet, Eva Marie Pacheco of Providence Ballet Dance Theatre, Katie McNamara of Bald Soul Dance Company and Kathy Smith, a modern dance instructor at Roger Williams University.

General Admission: $15

Student Choreography Showcase

Featuring Works by RIC Dance Students

When: May 6th & 7th at 8:00pm
Where: Forman Theatre in the Nazarian Center

RIC dance students take the stage on May 6 and 7 to present their work after a year of honing their craft as young choreographers through challenging classes and guest residencies. The Student Choreography Showcase will put the spotlight on pieces that are the result of coursework and independent projects completed throughout the academic year. This exciting event provides advanced students with an ideal venue for their work and is sure to provide an evening of great entertainment for the audience.

General Admission: $10

Keith Terry with Crosspulse

Sponsored by RIC Dance Company

When: October 9th at 8:00pm
Where: Auditorium in Roberts Hall


Photo by: Irene Young
Percussionist/rhythm dancer Keith Terry, with Crosspulse, will perform on Oct. 9. Terry, a Guggenheim Award winner, combines music, dance, theatre and performance art to create an artistry that cannot be easily labeled. As a "body musician," he uses the human body for what his website describes as "the basis for exploring, blending and bending traditional and contemporary rhythmic, percussive and movement possibilities."

Crosspulse, founded in 1980 by Terry, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the creation, performance and recording of rhythm-based, intercultural music and dance.

General Admission: $15

Annual Mini-Concert Series for R.I. School Children*

When: October 21st - 23rd at 10:00am
Where: Sapinsley Hall in the Nazarian Center

Young dance enthusiasts will be treated to the RIC Dance Company's Annual Mini-Concert Series from Oct. 21-23. Offered free to schoolchildren in Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts since the 1960s, these concerts provide young audiences with an informative and enjoyable introduction to contemporary dance forms.

RIC Dance Company Featuring Lisa Race and Heidi Henderson

When: October 23rd at 8:00pm
Where: Sapinsley Hall in the Nazarian Center

On Oct. 23, modern dancer/choreographers Lisa Race and Heidi Henderson team up for an evening of contemporary modern dance. Race, an assistant professor at Connecticut College, has taught and choreographed at many universities and festivals in the U.S. and abroad. She danced and toured with David Dorfman Dance from 1989-2000, and received a New York Dance and Performance Award (a "Bessie") in 1995. She recently choreographed a dance for students at Brown University, and will be choreographing a work for RIC students this fall.

Henderson is artistic director of elephant JANE dance. She is the 2000 and 2005 recipient of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Choreography Fellowship for excellence in the field. Her work has been performed in London, New York City and at many venues in New England. She has danced in the companies of Bebe Miller, Nina Wiener and Peter Schmitz among others, and has been on the faculties of several colleges and universities.

General Admission: $15

RIC Dance Company Holiday Concert

When: December 4th at 8:00pm
Where: Sapinsley Hall in the Nazarian Center

General Admission: $15

* = Free Admission

Open Dance Class with Renowned NYC based Dancer/Choreographer/Writer/Actor,
Gus Solomons, jr.

When: August 25-29, 10:00-11:30 am
Where: Melcer Dance Studio, Nazarian Center

Photo by: Marla Fodor
Gus Solomons, jr. will in residence at Rhode Island College from August 23-29 instructing master classes and creating an original piece of work on the RIC Dance Company.

Gus Solomons, jr created the title role in Donald Byrd's The Harlem Nutcracker (1996-99); directs PARADIGM, a repertory dance company for veteran performers; is an Arts Professor at NYU/Tisch School of the Arts; writes about dance for Dance Magazine, Gay City News, DanceInsider.com, Metro Daily; has an Architecture degree from M.I.T.; danced in companies of Pearl Lang, Donald McKayle, Martha Graham, and Merce Cunningham, et al. In 2000, Solomons won a Bessie (New York Dance and Performance Award) for Sustained Achievement in Choreography; in 2001, he was awarded the first annual Robert A. Muh Award from M.I.T. as a distinguished artist alumnus; in 2004, he was awarded the Balasaraswati/Joy Anne Dewey Beineke Chair for Distinguished Teaching at the American Dance Festival, and in 2006-7, he was a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar, lecturing at several U.S. universities. Solomons extensive resume further includes solo performances in the companies of Donald McKayle, Joyce Trisler, Pearl Lang, Martha Graham, and Merce Cunningham, among others, and training in Laban technique with Jan Veen at the Boston Conservatory of Music and Graham technique with Robert Cohan. Influenced by his background study of architecture at MIT, Solomons describes his approach to creating choreography as "melted architecture."

Admission: $8.00 per class

Rhode Island College Annual Mini-Series for Rhode Island School Children

When: October 22-24, 10:00 am daily
Where: Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center


Photo by: Nikki Carrara
Rhode Island school children will be treated to the RIC Dance Company's Annual Mini-Concert Series in morning concerts October 22-24 in Sapinsley Hall in the Nazarian Center. Repertory selections will include works by Gus Solomons, jr. (NYC), Eva Marie Pacheco (RI), and Andrea Woods (NYC), Michael Bolger (RI), and Katie McNamara (RI). 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 September.

Admission: Free to Local Schools
For more information and/or to reserve a performance call Angelica Vessella at 401-456-9791.

Rhode Island College Dance Company's October Concert with Providence Ballet

When: October 24, 2008 @ 8:00 pm
Where: Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
Eva Marie has been the owner and Director of Providence Ballet for the past 13 years as well as its satellite school Providence Ballet @ Aim High Academy in East Greenwich RI; she joined the dance faculty at RI College in 2004, and Brown University the spring of 2008. She is also the Artistic Director of the Providence Youth Ballet which made its Performance debut at the Greenwich Odeum in the spring of 2004. Currently performing with the Island Moving Company of Newport RI; A RI native she was a founding member of Festival Ballet under the Direction of Christine Hennesey and Winthrop Cory. She toured with the Everett Dance Theatre in 'The Science Project', and 'Body of Work'. When not working with IMC, she can be found working with Colleen Cavanaugh, of Providence, RI and carolsomers DANCE of Boston, MA. As a choreographer, she has created several works for Festival Ballet, including 'Los Caminos' and 'In the Mood', for IMC, most recently 'Je Ne Regrette Rein'. Eva Marie's first full-length Ballet 'Twas the Night before Christmas,' premiered in December 1995 with IMC. In the winter of 2002 she was instrumental in mounting "A Newport Nutcracker" at Rosecliff for the IMC.

Outside LinkVisit the Providence Ballet website for more information.

General Admission: $14
Admission Discounts for Groups, Senior and Students

Rhode Island College Dance Company Winter Concert w. NYC based PARADIGM Dance Company

When: December 5, 2008 @ 8:00 pm
Where: Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center

Photo by: Tom Caravaglia
PARADIGM is the performance ensemble founded by Carmen deLavallade, Gus Solomons jr, and Dudley Williams, and now includes Hope Clarke, Valda Setterfield, Keith Sabado and Michael Blake. Together they have created an exciting new performance ensemble that vividly illustrates the eloquence that years of experience bring to dance expression. These seasoned performers infuse each movement phrase and gesture with emotional resonance and intense focus that continues the modern dance traditions.

PARADIGM's long-term goals are to promote and celebrate the talents of mature artists on stage, illustrating the eloquence that years of experience bring to the stage, as well as create a dance repertory specifically for seasoned mature, professional dancers. This repertory is being commissioned from a number of choreographers of different ages and styles. Of special interest to the ensemble is to work with young and emerging choreographers. By doing this PARADIGM works to challenge these artists to explore movement in different ways, as well as search for and utilize performance qualities that each dancer may bring to the creative process.

PARADIGM started in 1996 with the trio A Thin Frost. PARADIGM has since performed in numerous venues in New York, Massachusetts, Texas, Virginia, California and Canada to critical and audience acclaim. Performances have included: Symphony Space, Cooper Union, Aaron Davis Hall, Hudson Theatre, Vancouver International Dance Festival, Summer Stages, New York City Center's Fall for Dance Festival, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Admission: $14
Admission Discounts for Groups, Senior and Students

RIC Dance Company 50th Anniversary Celebration
Reflecting the Past, Illuminating the Future
RIC Dance Company

Where: Nazarian Center
When: February 26th @ 6:00 pm
Photo: Nikki Carrara The RIC Dance Company steps into the spring season on Feb. 26 with its 50th anniversary performance, Reflecting the Past, Illuminating the Future. Everyone is invited to celebrate as the company recognizes five decades of dance with an evening of history, food, drink and...DANCE!

This event is by invitation only and the cost of the ticket is $50.

For information or if you would like to be invited, please contact Angelica Cardente-Vessella 456-9791 Acardente1@ric.edu.

50th Annual Spring Concert Series
RIC Dance Company

Where: Auditorium on Roberts Hall
When: February 27 - March 1
Feb 27 & 28 @ 8:00 pm
March 1 @ 2:00 pm
The 50th annual Spring Concert Series from Feb. 27–March 1, will feature the RIC Dance Company performing works by guest, local, alumni and faculty artists. The company will perform dance pieces by Gus Solomons jr, a New York City-based choreographer; Liam Clancy '95, a San Diego-based choreographer; Eva Marie Pacheco, a dance faculty member at RIC and artistic director of Providence Ballet Theatre; Olase Freeman, assistant professor of dance at RIC; and Angelica Vessella '97, M '07, assistant professor of dance at RIC and artistic director of the Vessella Dance/Theatre Project.

General Admission: $14

Faculty & Alumni Concert
Featuring Olase Freeman and Liam Clancy
with the RIC Dance Company

Where: Forman Theatre in the Nazarian Center
When: March 26 & 27 @ 8:00 pm
Photo: Nikki Carrara The Faculty/Alumni Concert on March 26 and 27 will showcase the works of Liam Clancy and Olase Freeman, newly appointed RIC assistant professor of dance and co-artistic director of Bald Soul.

Clancy describes his work as a hybrid performance style that incorporates improvisation and experimental dance with the theatrical and humorous components of vaudeville and circus. The San Diego Union-Tribune noted that Clancy's work "mixes laugh-out-loud comedy, storytelling and sophisticated choreography." Clancy, who teaches at the University of California, San Diego, is a former Elizabeth Streb company dancer.

General Admission: $14

Student Choreography Showcase
Featuring Works by RIC Dance Students

Where: Forman Theatre in the Nazarian Center
When: April 23 & 24 @ 8:00 pm
Photo: Nikki Carrara On April 23 and 24, RIC dance students will present new works after an exciting year of taking classes, experiencing guest residencies and honing their craft as young choreographers. The Student Choreography Showcase will put the spotlight on pieces that are the result of coursework and independent projects completed throughout the academic year. This showcase provides advanced students with an ideal venue for their work and is sure to provide an evening of quality entertainment for the audience.

General Admission: $10

Back to top

This page contains content in PDF format. You must have the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this content, click here to download it for free.

Page last updated: August 17, 2010