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RIC Music, Theatre, and Dance Events

Fall 2017

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September

Wednesday, September 27
Reading: “We Are All Shipwrecks”

Kelly Grey Carlisle
12:30 p.m.
Adams Library, Reinhardt Room
Admission free
Award-winning essayist Kelly Grey Carlisle will read from her new memoir, which details her attempts to understand her mother’s murder and the loving but difficult grandfather who raised her. A brief Q & A session will follow the reading.

Sept. 28-Oct.1 and Oct. 6-8
Theatre: “Middletown” by Will Eno

RIC Mainstage Theatre
Casey Seymour-Kim, director
Sept. 28-30, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 1, 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
“Middletown” is a deeply moving, funny new play that explores the universe of a small American town. As a friendship develops between longtime resident John Dodge and new arrival Mary Swanson, the lives of the inhabitants of Middletown intersect in strange and poignant ways in a journey that takes them from the local library to outer space and points between.

October

Sunday, Oct. 1
Music: Rhode Island College Chamber Orchestra

John Sumerlin, conductor
7:30 p.m.
Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
Admission Free

Friday, Oct. 6
Dance: “Bridgman/Packer Dance”

RIC Dance Company
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 faculty, staff and alumni (limit 2 per ID) $5
RIC students (limit 2 per ID) $5

Oct. 6-8
Theatre: “Middletown” by Will Eno

RIC Mainstage Theatre
Casey Seymour-Kim, director
Oct. 6-7, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 8, 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
“Middletown” is a deeply moving, funny new play that explores the universe of a small American town. As a friendship develops between longtime resident John Dodge and new arrival Mary Swanson, the lives of the inhabitants of Middletown intersect in strange and poignant ways in a journey that takes them from the local library to outer space and points between.

Friday, Oct. 13
Music: “Standards +”

RIC Wind Ensemble
Robert Franzblau, 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 and staff (limit 2 per ID) free
This sonic banquet is drawn from the heart of the repertoire for winds, including classic works by Gabrieli, Vaughan Williams and Grainger. Featured soloist Denise Plaza-Martin, oboist with the Rhode Island Philharmonic and adjunct faculty member of music at Rhode Island College, performs Mozart’s Oboe Concerto in C Major. The “plus” in the concert’s title refers to “Canaveral,” a brand-new work for winds by composer James Bohn.

Sunday, Oct. 15
Music: “RIC Autumn Choral Concert”
RIC Concert Chorus, Chamber Singers and Women’s Chorus
Teresa Coffman, conductor
Philip Martorella, pianist and assistant conductor
3 p.m.
All Saints’ Memorial Church, 674 Westminster St., Providence, RI 02903
Admission free (offerings accepted)
This light concert features RIC’s three choral ensembles performing works by important composers throughout Western music history as well as nontraditional, lesser-known composers and pieces.

Tuesday, Oct. 17
Music: “Vienna’s Musical Heritage”

RIC Symphony Orchestra
Alexey Shabalin, conductor
7:30 p.m.
Auditorium in Roberts Hall
General admission $10
RIC students, faculty, and staff (limit 2 per ID) free
The Viennese musical tradition has continued for centuries, from one great composer to the next – from Mozart to Beethoven, from Beethoven to Schubert and onward far into the 20th century. The first half of this concert features Mozart’s iconic “Sinfonia Concertante,” with RIC faculty members John Sumerlin (violin) and Susan Culpo (viola) as soloists. During the second half, a variety of Viennese musical styles by Schubert, Schoenberg and Johann Strauss are presented.

Friday, Oct. 20
Dance: “Festival of South African Dance”

featuring the Gumboots and Pantsula Dance Companies
Performing Arts Series
7:30 p.m.
Auditorium in Roberts HallGeneral admission $35
Seniors (62+, limit 1 per ID) $30
RIC alumni, faculty and staff (limit 2 per ID) $20
Non-RIC students/children (limit 1 per ID) $15
RIC students (limit 2 per ID) free
Purchase your tickets at www.ric.edu/pfa
Direct from South Africa, this ensemble of 20 dancers and musicians present a unique South African story. The Gumboots’ performance is a tale of rural African men who find a way to survive in the goldmines of Johannesburg. The Pantsula dancers showcase South Africa’s vibrant contemporary culture through their revolutionary street dance.

Oct. 25-27
Dance: Annual “K-12 Mini Dance Concert Series”

RIC Dance Company
10 a.m.
Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
Admission free
This 45-minute informational dance concert is offered free to K-12 students from Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Friday, Oct. 27
Music: “Halloween Collage Concert”

RIC Student Chapter of the National Association of Music Education
7:30 p.m.
Auditorium in Roberts Hall
General admission $10
RIC students, faculty, staff and all who come in costume free

Friday, Oct. 27
Dance: “An Evening of Hip Hop with Teena Marie”

RIC Dance Company
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 faculty, staff and alumni (limit 2 per ID) $5
RIC students (limit 2 per ID) $5

November

Wednesday, Nov. 1 and 5
Music: “The Russians are Coming”

Judith Lynn Stillman and Friends from the Rhode Island Philharmonic
1 p.m.
Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
Suggested donation $10
RIC Artist-in-Residence Judith Lynn Stillman and Rhode Island Philharmonic principals Charles Dimmick, Ian Greitzer and Aristides Rivas perform works by Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev and Khachaturian.

Thursday, Nov. 2
Theatre: “The Other Mozart”

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/children (limit 1 per ID) $15
RIC students (limit 2 per ID) free
Purchase your tickets at www.ric.edu/pfa
Creator and writer Sylvia Milo stars in this one-woman play that tells the true and untold story of Maria Anna (Nannerl) Mozart, the sister of Amadeus – prodigy, virtuoso and composer, who performed with her brother, to equal acclaim. The play is based on facts, stories and lines pulled directly from the Mozart family’s humorous and heartbreaking letters.

Sunday, Nov. 5
Music: “The Russians are Coming”

Judith Lynn Stillman and Friends from the Rhode Island Philharmonic
3 p.m.
Carter Center for Music Education & Performance
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
RIC Artist-in-Residence Judith Lynn Stillman and Rhode Island Philharmonic principals Charles Dimmick, Ian Gritzer and Aristides Rivas perform works by Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev and Khachaturian.

Nov. 9-12 and 17-19
Theatre: “Leading Ladies” by Ken Ludwig

RIC Mainstage Theatre
Patricia Hawkridge, director
Nov. 9-11 and 17-18, 7:30 p.m.
Nov 12 and 19, 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
In this hilarious comedy, two English Shakespearean actors, Jack and Leo, find themselves so down on their luck that they are performing “Scenes from Shakespeare” on the Moose Lodge circuit in Pennsylvania. When they hear that an old lady in York, Pennsylvania is about to die and leave her fortune to her two long-lost English nephews, they resolve to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives and get the cash. The trouble is, they find out that the relatives aren’t nephews, but nieces! Romantic entanglements abound, especially when Leo falls in love with the old lady’s niece, Meg.

Sunday, Nov. 19
Music: RIC Chamber Orchestra

John Sumerlin, Conductor
7:30 p.m.
Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
Admission free

December

Friday, Dec. 1
Music: “Collaborations”

RIC Wind Ensemble and RIC Chamber Winds
Robert Franzblau, 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 and staff (limit 2 per ID) free
This concert features several special guests: composer Steven Bryant; conductor Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant; and the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensemble, conducted by David Neves. Guest soloist Steve Laven, cellist with the Rhode Island Philharmonic and adjunct faculty member of music at Rhode Island College, performs Bryant’s 2011 Concerto for Cello.

Dec. 1 -2
Dance: “NUT/CRACKED”

The Bang Group with RIC Dance Company
Performing Arts Series in collaboration with RIC Dance Company
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/children (limit 1 per ID) $15
RIC students (limit 2 per ID) free
Purchase your tickets at www.ric.edu/pfa
It’s “The Nutcracker,” but definitely not as we know it. The Bang Group has taken this Christmas favorite and torn it limb from limb, mixing Tchaikovsky’s original score with music by Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller and others. “This immensely entertaining show is musical and witty, melding tap, disco, ballet and contemporary dance over 22 scenes that combine fantasy and silliness to marvelous effect.” – The New York Times.

Dec. 1-3
Theatre: “Evil Dead: The Musical” by George Reinblatt

RIC Growing Stage Theatre
Nick D’Amico, director
Andrew Holowienka, musical director
Dec. 1-2, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 3, 2 p.m.
Helen Forman Theatre
General admission $5
Five college students go to an abandoned cabin in the woods and accidently unleash an evil force that turns them all into demons. It’s all up to Ash, a housewares employee turned demon-killing hero, and his trusty chainsaw, to save the day. Blood flies. Limbs are dismembered. Demons tell bad jokes ... and all to music!

Tuesday, Dec. 5
Music: “Leipzig’s Musical Heritage”

RIC Symphony Orchestra
Alexey Shabalin, conductor
7:30 p.m.
Auditorium in Roberts Hall
General admission $10
RIC students, faculty and staff (limit 2 per ID) free
The music created by famous composers who worked in Leipzig is a cultural treasure of global significance. Johann Sebastian Bach, Robert and Clara Schumann, Felix Mendelssohn and Richard Wagner (to mention the most prominent) all lived and composed in Leipzig. RIC Assistant Professor of Music Alexey Shabalin will alternate between the roles of soloist and conductor. 

Wednesday, Dec. 6
Music: Judith Lynn Stillman and Friends

Third Annual “Joyful Collaboration”
Judith Lynn Stillman, artistic director
1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
Suggested donation $10
Celebrate the season with a festive concert featuring RIC faculty and alumni.

Wednesday, Dec. 6
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. 8
Music: RIC Concert Chorus, Chamber Singers and Women’s Chorus

“RIC 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
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 holiday favorites and nontraditional, lesser-known composers and pieces.

Monday, Dec. 11
Music: RIC Concert Jazz Band

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 ​

Page last updated: August 10, 2017