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Rhode Island College, Office of College Communications and Marketing, News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:  Gita Brown, 401-456-8465, gbrown@ric.edu
                       Laura Hart, 401-456-8977, lhart@ric.edu

 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode IslandCollege announces a full lineup of arts events this spring: 17 music concerts, five dance productions, five art exhibits and two theatre productions.

The first event is a Bannister Gallery exhibition, “Visual Metaphors, New Paintings,” in which RISD faculty member Wendy Seller combines Photoshop and Illustrator digital manipulation with traditional oil paint. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, Jan. 23, at 5 p.m. with an artist talk at 6:30 p.m. The exhibit runs through Feb. 19 and is free and open to the public. Other exhibitions at Bannister include: “Parallels: Investigations of Geometry and Gesture,” a group show running Feb. 27-March 22 and curated by Juan Jose Barboza-Gubo, and RIC Associate Professor Richard Whitten’s “Sabbatical Exhibition,” running from April 1-19.

A season filled with international dance kicks off on Thursday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m., when Dance Brazil brings a fusion of live Afro-Brazilian music, contemporary dance and “capoeira” – a traditional dance/martial arts form that originated in Africa and evolved in colonial Brazil as a means of fighting enslavement. Reserved seating for the production, staged in the auditorium in Roberts Hall, is $35.

In “Phoenix-Rising,” the Japanese-based TAO dance company combines athleticism with explosive Taiko drumming. The performance takes place on Thursday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium in Roberts Hall. Reserved seating is $35.

On Tuesday, April 29, the award-winning Alonzo King LINES Ballet company explores movement from a global perspective. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium in Roberts Hall. Reservedseating is $35.

A highlight of the spring’s musical offerings are duo-pianists John and Richard Contiguglia, identical twins who have collaborated since the age of five. Their performance on Sunday, April 13, at 2:30 p.m. in Sapinsley Hall, includes “A Four-Hand Tribute to Schubert.” Reserved seating is $35.

Also in April, the Muir String Quartet returns for its 21st season, performing works by Haydn, Kreisler and Mendelssohn on Monday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Sapinsley Hall. Reserved seating is $35.

Musical offerings continue into the month of May, including RIC student ensembles: the annual Bon Voyage Choral Concert on Friday, May 2, at 8 p.m. ($10 admission); and the RIC OperaWorkshop on Sunday, May 11, at 7 p.m. ($10 donation). Both events will be held in Sapinsley Hall.

Theatre at RIC this spring consists of student productions of “Arsenic and Old Lace,” Feb. 19–23 at the Forman Theatre, and the musical “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” April 24-27 at the auditorium in Roberts Hall. General admission for both productions is $15.

For a complete list of all arts events at Rhode Island College, browse the calendar below. For ticket information go to www.ric.edu/pfa.
 

2014 Spring Arts Calendar

Jan. 23-Feb. 19
Art: “Wendy Seller: Visual Metaphors, New Paintings”
Reception Jan. 23, 5 p.m.; artist talk, 6:30 p.m.
Bannister Gallery, Roberts Hall
Focus Gallery: “Mapping the Nile”*
Lecture by Richard Lobban Jr., Feb. 13, Time TBA


Feb. 14-16
Dance: Spring Dance Concert Series
RIC Dance Company
Feb. 14-15, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 16, 2 p.m.
Sapinsley Hall
General Admission $15

Feb. 19-23
Theatre: “Arsenic and Old Lace”
RIC Mainstage Theatre
Feb. 19-22, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 22-23, 2 p.m.
Forman Theatre
General Admission $15

Feb. 23
Music: RIC Chamber Orchestra and Small Ensembles
John Sumerlin, Conductor
7:30 p.m., Sapinsley Hall
Admission Free

Feb. 27-March 22
Art: “Parallels: Investigations of Geometry and Gesture”
Reception Feb. 27, 5 p.m.
Bannister Gallery, Roberts Hall

Feb. 28
Music: “Fusion”
RIC Wind Ensemble
Robert Franzblau, Conductor
8 p.m., Sapinsley Hall
General Admission $10

March 3
Music: 19th Annual Samuel and Esther ChesterPerformance Award Concert
RIC Symphony Orchestra
8 p.m., Sapinsley Hall
Admission Free

March 6
Dance: Dance Brazil
The Performing Arts Series
7:30 p.m., Auditorium in Roberts Hall
Reserved Seating $35

March 7
Music: Spring Choral Concert
RIC Chorus, Chamber Singers and Women’s Chorus
Teresa Coffman, Conductor
8 p.m., Sapinsley Hall
General Admission $10

March 19
Music: “Boldly Beethoven!”
Generations Trio
Wednesday Masterworks Concerts
1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sapinsley Hall
Suggested Donation $10

March 27
Music & Dance: TAO: “Phoenix Rising”
The Performing Arts Series
7:30 p.m., Auditorium in Roberts Hall
Reserved Seating $35

March 27-28
Dance: “Almost Porcelain”
Kellie Ann Lynch and Elm City Dance Collective
RIC Dance Company
7:30 p.m., Forman Theatre
General Admission $15

April 1-19
Art: “Richard Whitten: Sabbatical Exhibition”
Reception April 3, 5 p.m., with artist interview by Judith Tolnick
Bannister Gallery, Roberts Hall

April 2
Music: Wednesday Masterworks Concerts
1 p.m., Sapinsley Hall
Suggested Donation $10

April 7
Music: The Muir String Quartet
The Performing Arts Series
7:30 p.m., Sapinsley Hall
Reserved Seating $35

April 13
Music: Duo-Pianists John and Richard Contiguglia
The Performing Arts Series
2:30 p.m., Sapinsley Hall
Reserved Seating $35

April 13
Music: RIC Chamber Orchestra and Small Ensembles
John Sumerlin, Conductor
7:30 p.m., Forman Theatre
Admission Free

April 16
Music: RIC Jazz Combos Concert
Greg Abate, Director
7 p.m., Forman Theatre
Admission Free

April 23
Music: Wednesday Masterworks Concerts
1 p.m., Sapinsley Hall
Suggested Donation $10

April 24-27
Theatre: “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”
RIC Mainstage Theatre
April 24-26, 7:30 p.m.
April 26-27, 2 p.m.
Auditorium in Roberts Hall
Reserved Seating $20

April 24-May 2
Art: Graduate Student Exhibition
Reception April 24, 5 p.m.
Bannister Gallery, Roberts Hall

April 25
Music: “The Music of Tom Duffy”
RIC Wind Ensemble
Robert Franzblau, Conductor
8 p.m., Sapinsley Hall
General Admission $10

April 28
Music: Bicho Family Memorial Scholarship Concert
RIC Symphony Orchestra
8 p.m., Sapinsley Hall
General Admission $10

April 29
Dance: Alonzo King LINES Ballet
The Performing Arts Series
7:30 p.m., Auditorium in Roberts Hall
Reserved Seating $35

May 1-2
Dance: Annual Student Choreography Showcase
RIC Dance Company
7:30 p.m., Forman Theatre
General Admission $15

May 2
Music: Bon Voyage Choral Concert
RIC Chorus, Chamber Singers and Women’s Chorus
Teresa Coffman, Conductor
8 p.m., Sapinsley Hall
General Admission $10

May 5
Music: “A Celebration in Music With Jimmy Greene”
RIC Concert Jazz Band
Joseph Foley, Director
8 p.m., Sapinsley Hall
General Admission $10

May 8-17
Art: Undergraduate Exhibition
Reception May 8, 5 p.m.
Bannister Gallery, Roberts Hall

May 11
Music: RIC Opera Workshop
Rene de la Garza and Susan Rodgers, Co-Directors
Christina Breindel, Coach/Pianist
7 p.m., Sapinsley Hall
Suggested Donation $10

*The title of the Jan. 23-Feb. 19 Bannister exhibit titled “Mapping the Nile,” was incorrectly titled “Mapping North Africa” in the printed brochure.

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