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​​​Rennie Harris Puremovement-American Street Dance Theater performers will take the stage with the RIC Dance Company this fall.


An array of professional performances, art exhibits and student shows are in store for audiences this fall at RIC. Mark your calendars to make sure you don’t miss these exciting​ offerings!

VISUAL ARTS

The semester kicks off with the “3-D Faculty Exhibition,” running through Sept. 21 in Bannister Gallery, offering an opportunity for the community to see work created by full-time and adjunct RIC faculty. Among those sharing their inspirational talents are Craig Bachman, Juan Barboza-Gubo, Doug Bosch, Joost During, Bill Martin, Dianne Reilly, Johan van Aswegen and Frank Wang.  

From Oct. 4-26, Brandon Ballengée’s “Ti-tanes and Other Myths of the Anthropocene” will be on exhibit in Bannister Gallery. An artist, biologist and environmental activist, Balengée will present an exhibition that displays his concern regarding the impact of climate change and other ecological matters on human and non-human communities. Currently, Ballengée is a postdoctoral researcher at Louisiana State University, studying the impact of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill on fish. His artwork has previously been exhibited throughout the United States and in more than 20 countries internationally. The opening reception is Thursday, Oct. 4, 5-8 p.m.

​The work of four Rhode Island photographers will be featured during the Bannister Gallery exhibition  “4 Americans in Cuba” from Nov. 8-14. David DeMelim, Eileen McCarney-Muldoon, David Pinkham and Cindy Wilson will unveil works that focus on the daily life, the human condition, the pace of change and the resilience of the Cuban people. The opening reception is Thursday, Nov. 8, 5-8 p.m. 

Bannister Gallery is located in RIC’s Roberts Hall, 124 and is open Monday through Friday, noon to 8 p.m. The phone number is (401) 456-9765.
​​  ​​A piece from Brandon Ballengée's "Ti-tanes and Other Myths of the Anthropocene"
PERFORMING ARTS SERIES

On Friday, Nov. 30, the Performing Arts Series presents “Nothing But a Word.” With performances by the RIC Dance Company with Rennie Harris Puremovement-American Street Dance Theater, this show is sure to appeal to lovers of hip-hop culture. Established in Philadelphia in 1992, Rennie Harris Puremovement’s mission is to educate viewers about the world of hip-hop through artistic work, lecture demonstrations and discussions. The performance is at 7:30 p.m. in Sapinsley Hall. (Admission $25)

On Saturday, Dec. 15, “Dynamic Duo,” will be presented in Sapinsley Hall, featuring RIC Professor of Music Judith Lynn Stillman and Jordan Rudess, a progressive rock keyboard player for Dream Theater (admission $25).


THEATRE

RIC’s Mainstage Theatre, a student ensemble, will start the theatre season at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 26-29 and 2 p.m. on Sept. 29 and 30 in the Helen Forman Theatre with its take on “Cherry Orchard” (admission $15). The play is a tale about an aristocratic family trying to hold on in challenging economic times, hoping to preserve a way of life amidst the inevitable pressures of “progress.” Translated by Trinity Rep’s Curt Columbus, this show is a funny, sensual classic about change, loss, renewal and moving forward.

Mainstage Theatre presents “Quilters the Musical” at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 14-17 and 2 p.m. on Nov. 17 and 18 in Forman Theatre (admission $20). Revolving around a pioneer woman and her six daughters, the play blends a series of interrelated scenes into a memorable musical. Each scene is introduced by a quilt square or “block” symbolic of life’s passages. Combining music, dance and drama, “Quilters” captures both the harsh challenges and the abiding rewards of frontier life with vivid dramatic intensity.

The fall theatre season wraps up with the Growing Stage Theatre’s production of “When We Were Young and Unafraid” at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 and 2 p.m. on Dec. 2 in the Forman Theatre (admission $5). Created by Sarah Treem, this play addresses the efforts of Agnes, a woman who has turned her quiet bed and breakfast into one of the few spots where victims of domestic violence can find refuge during the early 1970s, before the Roe v. Wade decision and Violence Against Women Act. However, as the drums of a feminist revolution beat louder outside, Agnes is forced to confront her own presumptions about the women she’s spent her life trying to help.

DANCE

The “Annual Mini Dance Concert Series for K-12 Students” will be held at 10 a.m. on Oct. 24-26 in Sapinsley Hall. This series presents performances designed to enhance students’ knowledge of the tenets of dance (admission free.)

Everyone is invited to experience the energy of the RIC Dance Company in its performance with “New York City Dance Artists and Choreographers” in Sapinsley Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 26 (admission $15). On the bill are New York artists Alexandra Beller, Maria Bauman, Xan Burley, Alex Springer, Catherine Galasso and Lila Artists.
​​​  ​The RIC Symphony Orchestra will take to the stage with multiple perfomances this fall.
MUSIC
  • The RIC Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Ensemble concert will be held on 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 7 in Sapinsley Hall (admission free). 
  • The RIC Wind Ensemble concerts will be held on 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 12 and Nov. 30 in Sapinsley Hall (admission $10).
  • RIC Chorus, Chamber Singers and Women’s Chorus concerts will be held at 5 p.m. on Oct. 14 at All Saints’ Memorial Church in Providence and at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 7 in Sapinsley Hall (church performance free; Sapinsley appearance, $10).
  • RIC Symphony Orchestra concerts will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 16 and Dec. 4 in Roberts Auditorium (admission $10).
  • RIC Student Chapter of the National Association of Music Education’s “Annual Halloween Collage Concert” will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 26 in Roberts Auditorium (admission $10). 
  • Judith Lynn Stillman and Friends will present “Mozart’s Magical Mystery Tour,” on Oct. 28 and 29. The performance at 2 p.m. on Oct. 28th will occur at the Carter Center for Music, Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School, 667 Waterman Avenue, East Providence (general admission $25). The show at 1 p.m. on Oct. 29th will be in Sapinsley Hall (admission free; $10 suggested donation). 
  • The Proteus String Quartet concert will be held at 3 p.m. on Nov. 18 in Sapinsley Hall (admission free).
  • The RIC Opera Workshop performance will be at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 18 in Roberts Auditorium (admission free).
  • The RIC Jazz Combos Concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 5 in Forman Theatre (admission free).
  • The RIC Concert Jazz Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 10 in Sapinsley Hall (admission free). 
For ticket information on all shows, visit here​ or call the Box Office at (401) 456-8144. For a chronological calendar of events, see below.


CALENDAR OF EVENTS

AUGUST
Aug. 30-Sept. 21
Art: 3-D Faculty Exhibition
Bannister Gallery, Roberts Hall
Admission free


SEPTEMBER
Sept. 26-30
Theatre: RIC Mainstage Theatre
“Cherry Orchard,” by Anton Chekhov
Translated by Curt Columbus
Tyler Dobrowsky, director
Sept. 26-29, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 29-30, 2 p.m.
Helen Forman Theatre
General admission $15
Seniors (62+, limit 1 per ID) $12
Non-RIC students (limit 1 per ID) $10
RIC students, faculty, staff and alumni (limit 2 per ID) $5

OCTOBER
Oct. 4-26
Art: Brandon Ballengée: “Ti-tânes and Other Myths of the Anthropocene”
Curated by Hyewon Yi
Opening reception, Thursday, Oct. 4, 5-8 p.m.
Bannister Gallery, Roberts Hall
Admission free

Sunday, Oct. 7 
Music: RIC Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Ensembles
John Sumerlin, conductor
7:30 p.m.
Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
Admission free
This concert features Vivaldi’s Concerto in G Minor, Mendelssohn’s Sting Sympnohy No. 12 in G Minor, and Cohen’s "Tango Toscana.​"

Friday, Oct. 12
Music: RIC Wind Ensemble
“All American!”
Joseph Foley, conductor 
7:30 p.m.
Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
General admission $10
Seniors (62+, limit 1 per ID) $5
Non-RIC students (limit 1 per ID) $5
RIC students, faculty, staff and alumni (limit 2 per ID) free
This concert features musical pieces that were written in honor of civil rights icon Rosa Parks, President John F. Kennedy and in memory of the Columbine tragedy.

Sunday, Oct. 14
Music: RIC Chorus, Chamber Singers and Women’s Chorus
Teresa Coffman, conductor 
Philip Martorella, pianist and assistant conductor
5 p.m.
All Saints’ Memorial Church, 674 Westminister Street, Providence
Admission free
This light autumn choral concert features works by important composers throughout Western music history as well as non-traditional and lesser-known composers and pieces.

Tuesday, Oct. 16
Music: RIC Symphony Orchestra
Mamed Sadykh-Pur World Premiere of “Dancing Zodiac”
Alexey Shabalin, conductor
7:30 p.m.
Auditorium in Roberts Hall
General admission $10
Seniors (62+, limit 1 per ID) $5
Non-RIC students (limit 1 per ID) $5
RIC students, faculty, staff and alumni (limit 2 per ID) free

Oct. 24-26
Dance: RIC Dance Company
“Annual Mini Dance Concert Series for K-12 Students”
10 a.m.
Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
This 45-minute informational dance concert is offered free to K-12 students from Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Friday, Oct. 26
Dance: RIC Dance Company with New York City Dance Artists and Choreographers
7:30 p.m.
Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
General admission $15
Seniors (62+, limit 1 per ID) $12
Non-RIC students (limit 1 per ID) $10
RIC students, faculty, staff and alumni (limit 2 per ID) $5

Friday, Oct. 26
Music: RIC Student Chapter of the National Association of Music Education
“Annual Halloween Collage Concert”
7:30 p.m.
Auditorium in Roberts Hall
General admission $10
Seniors (62+, limit 1 per ID) $5
Non-RIC students (limit 1 per ID) $5
RIC students, faculty, staff and alumni (limit 2 per ID) free if wearing a costume

Oct. 28-29
Music: Judith Lynn Stillman and Friends  
“Mozart’s Magical Mystery Tour”
Judith Lynn Stillman, artistic director and pianist
Oct. 28, 2:30 p.m.
Oct. 29, 1 p.m. 
Sunday performance at Carter Center for Music, Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School
667 Waterman Avenue, East Providence, RI
General admission $25
Students 18 or under with college ID $15
RI Philharmonic music students and family members $10
Monday performance at Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
General admission free
Suggested donation $10
RIC Professor of Music Stillman presents works by Mozart in collaboration with members of the Rhode Island Philharmonic. This unique concert of duos, trios and quartets features performances on period as well as modern instruments.

NOVEMBER
Nov. 8-Dec. 14
Art: “4 Americans in Cuba”
Opening reception, Thursday, Nov. 8, 5-8 p.m.
Bannister Gallery, Roberts Hall
Admission free

Nov. 14-18
Theatre: RIC Mainstage Theatre
“Quilters the Musical,” by Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek
Barbara Damashek, words and music
Bill Wilson, director
Angelica Vessella, choreographer
Stephen Decesare, musical director
Nov. 14-17, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 17-18, 2 p.m.
Helen Forman Theatre
General admission $20
Seniors (62+, limit 1 per ID) $16
Non-RIC students (limit 1 per ID) $10
RIC students, faculty, staff and alumni (limit 2 per ID) $5

Sunday, Nov. 18
Music: Proteus String Quartet
3 p.m.
Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
Admission free
This performance features the works of Haydn and Dvořák.

Sunday, Nov. 18
Music: RIC Opera Workshop
7:30 p.m.
Auditorium in Roberts Hall
Admission free

Friday, Nov. 30
Music: RIC Wind Ensemble
“Picture This! Orchestral Favorites for Band”
Joseph Foley, conductor 
7:30 p.m.
Roberts Auditorium 
General admission $10
Seniors (62+, limit 1 per ID) $5
Non-RIC students (limit 1 per ID) $5
RIC students, faculty, staff and alumni (limit 2 per ID) free
This concert features Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” and RIC faculty member Alexei Doohovskoy on Rimsky-Korsakow’s “Trombone Concerto.”

Nov. 30-Dec. 2
Theatre: RIC Growing Stage Theatre
“When We Were Young and Unafraid,” by Sarah Treem
Marisa Rebelo, director
Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 2, 2 p.m.
Helen Forman Theatre
General admission $5

Nov. 30 
Dance: RIC Dance Company with Rennie Harris Puremovement–American Street Dance Theater 
“Nothin’ But a Word”
Performing Arts Series
7:30 p.m.
Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center 
General admission $25
Seniors (62+, limit 1 per ID) $20
Non-RIC students (limit 1 per ID) $10
Faculty, staff and alumni (limit 2 per ID) $15
Children 12 and under $10
RIC students (limit 2 per ID) free

DECEMBER
Tuesday, Dec. 4
Music: RIC Symphony Orchestra and RIC Opera Workshop
Alexey Shabalin, conductor
René de la Garza and Susan Rodgers, co-directors
Philip Martorella, coach/pianist
7:30 p.m.
Auditorium in Roberts Hall
General admission $10
Seniors (62+, limit 1 per ID) $5
Non-RIC students (limit 1 per ID) $5
RIC students, faculty, staff and alumni (limit 2 per ID) free

Wednesday, Dec. 5
Music: RIC Jazz Combos Concert
Greg Abate, director
7:30 p.m.
Forman Theatre
Admission free
International jazz artist and RIC adjunct faculty member Greg Abate directs students in selections from the Great American Jazz Songbook.

Friday, Dec. 7
Music: RIC Chorus, Chamber Singers and Women’s Chorus 
“Winter Choral Concert”
Teresa Coffman, conductor
Philip Martorella, pianist and assistant conductor 
7:30 p.m.
Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
General admission $10
Seniors (62+, limit 1 per ID) $5
Non-RIC students (limit 1 per ID) $5
RIC students, faculty, staff and alumni (limit 2 per ID) free
This concert features Franz Joseph Haydn’s Missa Brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo (“Little Organ Mass”) to celebrate the acquisition of the chorus’ new David Leach “Consort” portativ organ. Also performed are works by important composers throughout Western music history, holiday favorites, and nontraditional, lesser-known composers and pieces. 

Monday, Dec. 10
Music: RIC Concert Jazz Band
“Ellington Meets Tchaikovsky”
Joseph Foley, conductor
7:30 p.m.
Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
General admission $10
Seniors (62+, limit 1 per ID) $5
Non-RIC students (limit 1 per ID) $5
RIC students, faculty, staff and alumni (limit 2 per ID) free
This concert features the works of jazz legend Duke Ellington and famed composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky.

Saturday, Dec. 15
Music: Judith Lynn Stillman and Jordan Rudess
“Dynamic Duo”
Performing Arts Series
7:30 p.m.
Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
General admission $25
Seniors $20
RIC alumni, faculty, staff and alumni (limit 2 per ID) $15
Non-RIC students/children $10
RIC students (limit 2 per ID) free