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RIC Music, Theatre, and Dance Events

Spring 2018

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JANUARY

Saturday, Jan. 13
Music: “Alexey Shabalin’s 50th Birthday Celebration”
Edward Markward, conductor
Alexey Shabalin, violin
6:30 p.m.
Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
Admission free
On the occasion of his golden birthday, RIC Assistant Professor of Music Alexey Shabalin performs Mendelssohn’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in E Minor, Op. 64.

Jan. 25-Feb. 23
Art: Dianne Reilly: “Memento Vestige”
Opening reception, Thursday, Jan. 25, 5-8 p.m.
Bannister Gallery, Roberts Hall
Admission free
RIC Professor of Art Dianne Reilly’s most recent work is an exploration of time and memory – a look at the internal and external landscape of the body and the systems that make us who we are. These systems are comprised of connections, fractal in nature, that are continuously shifting, changing and moving. When this complex system breaks down, many connections are lost, redirected and reorganized. Time is understood in a way that disregards the present and reinvents the past, shifting in and out of awareness of the moment, fluctuating between the concrete and the tenuous, until permanently falling away.

Friday, Jan. 26
Music: The Men of the RIC Chorus and Local High School Young Men
“Young Men's Choral Festival”
Teresa Coffman, conductor
7 p.m.
Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
General admission $10
Seniors (62+, limit 1 per ID) $5
RIC students, faculty and staff (limit 2 per ID) free
This concert is a collaboration between the Providence Singers, Rhode Island College Concert Chorus, the RIC chapter of the American Choral Directors Association and Bishop Hendricken High School Chorus. This joyful celebration consists of young men who rehearse with a guest clinician.

FEBRUARY

Wednesday, Feb. 7
Music: “globalFEST: The New Golden Age of Latin Music” 
Performing Arts Series
7:30 p.m.
Auditorium in Roberts Hall
General admission $35
Seniors (62+, limit 1 per ID) $30
RIC alumni, faculty and staff (limit 2 per ID) $20
Non-RIC students (limit 1 per ID) and children $15
RIC students (limit 2 per ID) free
Purchase your tickets at www.ric.edu/pas
Two of today’s most exciting Mexican-American bands are forging inspired new paths in Latin music. The infectious indie band Orkesta Mendoza mixes a multitude of Latin styles, electronics, hip-hop, ska and 60’s rock through a psychedelic mambo and post-punk prism, creating a truly one-of-a-kind sound. Alternative Chicano band Las Cafeteras creates a wildly vibrant musical fusion, with a unique East L.A. sound and a socially conscious message. The band uses traditional Son Jarocho instruments, which include a donkey jawbone and a tarima.

Feb. 9-11
Dance: RIC Dance Company
“Spring Dance Concert”
Feb. 9-10, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 11, 2 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 faculty, staff and alumni (limit 2 per ID) $5
RIC students (limit 2 per ID) $5
This show includes works by Teena Marie Custer, Bridgman|Packer Dance, Bob Boross, Alexandra Beller and Jessica Pearson.

Monday, Feb. 12
Music: Muir String Quartet
With Guest Artist Carol Wincenc, Flute 
Performing Arts Series
7:30 p.m.
Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
General admission $35
Seniors (62+, limit 1 per ID) $30
RIC alumni, faculty and staff (limit 2 per ID) $20
Non-RIC students (limit 1 per ID) and children $15
RIC students (limit 2 per ID) free
Purchase your tickets at www.ric.edu/pas
The program includes Joan Tower’s String Quartet No. 1 (“Night Fields”), Mozart’s Flute Quartet in D Major, K.285 and Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 8 in E Minor (“Rasumovsky No. 2”), Op. 59, No. 2.

Wednesday, Feb. 14
Music: Masterworks Concerts
“Love Notes”
Judith Lynn Stillman, artistic director and pianist
Yeghishe Manucharyan, tenor
Victoria Avetisyan, mezzo-soprano
1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
RIC's renowned Artist-in-Residence Judith Lynn Stillman presents a romantic Valentine’s Day program with one of the world’s greatest tenors, Yeghishe Manucharyan, from The Metropolitan Opera; and award-winning mezzo-soprano Victoria Avetisyan. Selections include love songs from around the world in Armenian, Russian, French, Italian and English.

Sunday, Feb. 18
Music: RIC Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Ensembles
John Sumerlin, director
Daniel Dumont, solo viola
7:30 p.m.
Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
Admission free
This concert includes Hoffmeister’s Concerto in D Major, with RIC senior Daniel Dumont on solo viola.

Feb. 22-25
Theatre: RIC Mainstage Theatre
“Marvin’s Room,” by Scott McPherson
Connie Crawford, director
Feb. 22-24, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 25, 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 faculty, staff and alumni (limit 2 per ID) $5
RIC students (limit 2 per ID) $5
This poignant, heartwarming comedy depicts two sisters who made very different life choices when their father became ill 20 years earlier.

Friday, Feb. 23
Music: RIC Wind Ensemble
“Travelogue”
Rob Franzblau, conductor
7:30 p.m.
Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
General admission $10
Seniors (62+, limit 1 per ID) $5
RIC students, faculty and staff (limit 2 per ID) free
This concert is a sonic voyage across America, Europe and mythical worlds, with music by Richard Wagner, Charles Gounod, Alfred Reed and William Schuman. RIC Adjunct Faculty of Music Jennifer Bill, a saxophonist, performs David Maslanka’s transcendent Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble.

Tuesday, Feb. 27
Music: RIC Symphony Orchestra
“The Musical Heritage of St. Petersburg”
Alexey Shabalin, conductor
7:30 p.m.
Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
General admission $10
Seniors (62+, limit 1 per ID) $5
RIC students, faculty and staff (limit 2 per ID) free
“St. Petersburg has always been, and for a long time will remain, one of the music capitals of the world.” – Vladimir Ashkenazy, pianist and conductor
This performance features two jewels of symphonic repertoire that originated in St. Petersburg: Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Capriccio Espagnol” and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 1.

MARCH

March 1-23
Art: Graphic Design
Opening reception, Thursday, March 1, 5 p.m.
Bannister Gallery, Roberts Hall
Admission free
This exhibition presents a selection of work by graduating graphic design students from Konkuk University, South Korea.

Friday, March 2
Music: RIC Chorus, Chamber Singers and Women’s Chorus
“Spring 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
RIC students, faculty and staff (limit 2 per ID) free
This concert features performances of works by important composers throughout Western music history as well as nontraditional and lesser-known composers and pieces.

March 2-4
Theatre: RIC Mainstage Theatre
“Marvin’s Room,” by Scott McPherson
Connie Crawford, director
March 2-3, 7:30 p.m.
March 4, 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 faculty, staff and alumni (limit 2 per ID) $5
RIC students (limit 2 per ID) $5        

Tuesday, March 13
Music: Dublin Irish Dance
Performing Arts Series
7:30 p.m.
Auditorium in Roberts Hall
General admission $35
Seniors (62+, limit 1 per ID) $30
RIC alumni, faculty and staff (limit 2 per ID) $20
Non-RIC students (limit 1 per ID) and children $15
RIC students (limit 2 per ID) free
Purchase your tickets at www.ric.edu/pas
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with an all-star cast of Irish singers, dancers and musicians. Experience the epic tale of Celtic culture, with traditional melodies and steps in a gala celebration. The journey begins in rural Ireland, prior to the Famine, and leads to the present, celebrating the evolution of Irish dance and music and showcasing its pioneers.

March 16-18
Theatre: RIC Growing Stage Theatre
“This is Our Youth,” by Kenneth Lonergan
Grace Chenot, director
March 16-17, 7:30 p.m.
March 18, 2 p.m.
Helen Forman Theatre
General admission $5
This play takes a lacerating look at affluent, young Manhattanites in the 1980s. Lonergan depicts two days in the lives of three college-age, doped-up, Upper West Siders from wealthy families living in squalor.

Wednesday, March 21
Music: Brubeck Brothers Quartet 
Performing Arts Series
7:30 p.m.
Helen Forman Theatre
General admission $35
Seniors (62+, limit 1 per ID) $30
RIC alumni, faculty and staff (limit 2 per ID) $20
Non-RIC students (limit 1 per ID) and children $15
RIC students (limit 2 per ID) free
Purchase your tickets at www.ric.edu/pas
Chris and Dan Brubeck, sons of the late jazz great Dave Brubeck, have been making music together practically all their lives. Dan, a drummer, and Chris, a bassist, trombonist and composer, cut their first record together in 1966. Guitarist Mike DeMicco and pianist Chuck Lamb round out this dynamic quartet. Although the quartet’s style is rooted in traditional jazz, their concerts reveal an ability to explore and play odd time signatures while naturally integrating the influences of funk, blues and world music.

March 29-April 27
Art: Caleb Cole
Opening reception, Thursday, March 29, 5 p.m.
Bannister Gallery, Roberts Hall
Admission free
Boston-based, Indianapolis-born Caleb Cole displays his a fascination with the “junk” that people leave behind.

March 30-31
Dance: RIC Dance Company
“Angelica Vessella”
7:30 p.m.
Helen Forman Theatre
General admission $15
Seniors (62+, limit 1 per ID) $12
Non-RIC students (limit 1 per ID) $10
RIC faculty, staff and alumni (limit 2 per ID) $5
RIC students (limit 2 per ID) $5
Vessella, RIC professor and director of dance, presents a dance theatre performance highlighting social and political issues.

APRIL

Sunday, April 8
Music: RIC Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Ensembles
John Sumerlin, director
7:30 p.m.
Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
Admission free
The string ensemble plays standing, without conductor, in the manner of many modern chamber orchestras.

April 12-15
Theatre: RIC Mainstage Theatre
“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” by Linda Woolverton
Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice
Bill Wilson, director
Angelica Vesella, choreographer
April 12-14, 7:30 p.m.
April 14-15, 2 p.m.
Auditorium in Roberts Hall
General admission $20
Seniors (62+, limit 1 per ID) $16
Non-RIC students (limit 1 per ID) $10
RIC faculty, staff and alumni (limit 2 per ID) $5
RIC students (limit 2 per ID) $5
Belle, a young woman from a provincial town, encounters the Beast, a young prince trapped in a curse by an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will transform into his former self.

Wednesday, April 18
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, Apr. 20
Music: RIC Wind Ensemble
“Senior Concerto Concert”
Rob Franzblau, conductor
7:30 p.m.
Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
General admission $10
Seniors (62+, limit 1 per ID) $5
RIC students, faculty and staff (limit 2 per ID) free
In keeping with tradition, this concert features a graduating senior performing a major concerto on their instrument, accompanied by the RIC Wind Ensemble. Inaugurated in 2001, the Senior Concerto Competition is open to graduating seniors in RIC’s music program.

Tuesday, Apr. 24
Music: RIC Symphony Orchestra
“Living Composers of New England”
Alexey Shabalin, conductor
7:30 p.m.
Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
General admission $10
Seniors (62+, limit 1 per ID) $5
RIC students, faculty and staff (limit 2 per ID) free
This concert features exciting new music commissioned for the RIC Symphony Orchestra by New England composers, including works by Kirsten Volness, Rocco Havelaar and RIC Adjunct Faculty of Music Philip Martorella.

Thursday, April 26
Music: Judith Lynn Stillman and Friends from the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra
“Boldly Beethoven”
Judith Lynn Stillman, artistic director and piano
Katherine Winterstein, violin
Steven Laven, cello
Ian Greitzer, clarinet
1 p.m.                                           
Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
Experience Beethoven’s genius in a journey through his extraordinary chamber music performed by RIC Artist-in-Residence Judith Lynn Stillman, Rhode Island Philharmonic principals and special guest Tony Estrella. “Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.” – Ludwig van Beethoven

April 26-27
Dance: RIC Dance Company
“Student Chroreography Showcase”
7:30 p.m.
Helen Forman Theatre
General admission $15
Seniors (62+, limit 1 per ID) $12
Non-RIC students (limit 1 per ID) $10
RIC faculty, staff and alumni (limit 2 per ID) $5
RIC students (limit 2 per ID) $5
This concert is the culmination of yearlong choreography classes and teacher-mentored rehearsals and gives RIC student choreographers an opportunity to have their work performed in a professional setting.

Friday, April 27
Music: RIC Chorus, Chamber Singers and Women’s Chorus
“Bon Voyage 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
RIC students, faculty and staff (limit 2 per ID) free
RIC’s three choral ensembles perform works by important composers throughout Western music history, as well as nontraditional and lesser-known composers and pieces.

Sunday, April 29
Music: Judith Lynn Stillman and Friends from the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra
“Boldly Beethoven”
Judith Lynn Stillman, artistic director and piano
Katherine Winterstein, violin
Steven Laven, cello
Ian Greitzer, clarinet
2 p.m.
Cater Center for Music, Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School
667 Waterman Avenue, East Providence, RI
General admission $25
Students (18 and under or with college ID) $15
Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School students and family $10
Experience Beethoven’s genius in a journey through his extraordinary chamber music performed by RIC Artist-in-Residence Judith Lynn Stillman, Rhode Island Philharmonic principals and special guest Tony Estrella. “Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.” – Ludwig van Beethoven

Monday, April 30
Music: RIC Concert Jazz Band
“Spring Concert”
Joseph Foley, director
7:30 p.m.
Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
General admission $10
Seniors (62+, limit 1 per ID) $5
RIC students, faculty and staff (limit 2 per ID) free

MAY

Sunday, May 6
Music: RIC Opera Workshop​
René de la Garza and Susan Rodgers, co-directors
Philip Martorella, coach/pianist
7:30 p.m.
Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
Admission free
This performance features a selection of staged and costumed opera favorites.​

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