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Performing Arts Series

Potpourri Series

(All Potpourri Series performances will be in The Auditorium in Roberts Hall at 8:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Wednesday, October 1, 2003

David Sedaris – playwright, author, NPR commentator and retired elf. Author of Barrel Fever, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, and Holidays on Ice. He was named by Time Magazine as Humorist of the Year 2001 and his original radio pieces can often be heard on public radio’s This American Life. Mr. Sedaris will read from new and unpublished works.

Friday, October 10, 2003

Barbara Cook returns to Rhode Island College in Mostly Sondheim. The legendary star of The Music Man, She Loves Me, and Candide, sings the songs by Stephen Sondheim and the songs he wished he had written. This unique musical celebration was first an extraordinary event in New York’s famed Carnegie Hall – now you can share this rich musical experience with one of American theatre’s most gifted artists. She will be accompanied by her long time collaborator, pianist Wally Harper. Celebrating more than 50 years as a professional performer, Barbara Cook has more than earned her title "Queen of Broadway". Sponsored by John Bacon Salon.

Wednesday, October 22, 2003

Celebrating 50 years of dance, The Paul Taylor Dance Company is one of the world’s most exquisite dance ensembles. His work is called modern, but it’s highly eclectic, dipping into jazz, ballet, even tap. Some pieces are light and fun, others dramatic and tortured. Mr. Taylor has set dances to Ragtime and reggae, tango, and Tin Pan Alley, time recordings and loon calls; turned elevator music and novelty tunes into high art; and enjoys a particularly fruitful collaboration with Johann Sebastian Bach and his Baroque brethren. Somewhere, in all of this, there is something for everyone. This performance is made possible with generous support from the Rhode Island College Foundation Fannie Helen Melcer Fund.

Wednesday, November 5, 2003

Direct from Dakar, Senegal, The Drummers of West Africa. Under the direction of the legendary Doudou N’Diaye Rose, these drummers are probably the most revered percussion orchestra in the world. The Drummers, all members of Mr. Rose’s family, have toured the capitols of Europe and South America. A true cultural ambassador for his country, Doudou N’Diaye Rose is today considered one of the greatest musicians of this century.

Tuesday, January 27, 2004

George Wein’s Newport Jazz Festival® 50th Anniversary Tour. To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the festival, the tour is featuring such jazz greats as James Moody, Cedar Walton, Randy Brecker, James Carter, Howard Alden, Peter Washington, and Lewis Nash, (artists subject to change,) as well as a multi-media presentation of highlights from the history of the Newport Jazz Festival.

Wednesday, February 4, 2004

The Acting Company’s production of William Shakespeare’s Richard III. One of history’s most enigmatic characters, King Richard manipulated his way to the English throne by exploiting – or murdering – everyone in his path. Shakespeare’s masterpiece completes the historical and spellbinding tale of England’s bloody War of the Roses, the triumphs – and failures – of kings. This spectacular production will be directed by Julliard Master Director Eve Shapiro. The Acting Company has performed over 100 plays for two million people in the United States, London, Australia, Russia and Eastern Europe. "The Acting Company endures as the major classical theatre in the United States." (New York Times). This production is made possible by a generous grant from the National Endowment of the Arts.

February 12-13
JAZZREACH / School Performances (The Auditorium in Roberts Hall, 10 a.m.)

Thursday, February 12, 2004

Comprised of some of New York City’s emerging jazz artists, Metta Quintet aims to position itself on the world stage as an exciting and visionary musical voice dedicated to forging new artistic territory. The quintet’s critically acclaimed debut CD, Going to Meet the Man, features eight new commissioned works. All works were inspired by and named for eight short stories by celebrated American author, James Baldwin. Metta Quintet is the resident ensemble for widely acclaimed JAZZREACH, an educational outreach program for young people. (Concert will be in Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts at 8:00 p.m.)

Thursday, February 19, 2004

Rennie Harris’ PureMovement: Rival gangs square off hip-hop style in Rome and Jewels, a full-length piece by Rennie Harris using dance, music, spoken word poetry, narration and a "hip-hop orchestra" consisting of DJ’s and a beat-box vocalist to tell its story. Originally inspired by West Side Story and Baz Luhmann’s film Romeo and Juliet, Harris puts this classic tale into the world of urban gangs through dance. "Romeo and Juliet gets a retelling like never before…" (St. Louis Post Dispatch) Sponsored by the Rhode Island College Alumni Association.

Wednesday, March 17, 2004

The Salzburg Marionettes – Shakespeare/Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night’s Dream. After twenty years, during which a famous operatic tradition was established, the Salzburg Marionettes Theatre has come back to a production with spoken dialogue. The choice was Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Nights Dream and it is full of fantasy, enchantment and a simply captivating performance. Founded in 1913, these puppeteers have woven their spell around the globe with entrancing performances of fairy tale ballets, and more prominently, Mozart operas. They appeared on our 99/00 Series with their production of the Magic Flute. (Performance time will be 7:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Grammy-Award winning violinist Joshua Bell has emerged as one of the most renowned violinists in the world today. Having performed for more than 20 years with virtually every leading orchestra and conductor in the world and recorded 27 albums, Mr. Bell has earned the rare title of classical music superstar. His recordings have garnered numerous Grammy Awards and his work on The Red Violin earned the film an Academy Award for best soundtrack. From mainstream classical to contemporary compositions as well as bluegrass, folk and jazz inspired work, Mr. Bell has expanded the role of concert artist unlike anyone in the classical arena. Mr. Bell will be accompanied by pianist Simon Mulligan


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President’s Music Series

The "excellence continues" with the Muir String Quartet completing the Beethoven String Quartet Cycle with three concerts and teaming up with the celebrated Guarneri String Quartet for a gala anniversary concert celebrating the Muir’s 25th year and the Guarneri’s 40th year.

Monday, November 24, 2003

Quartet in A Major, Op. 18, No. 5
Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 130

Monday, February 9, 2004

Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 127
Quartet in F Major, Op. 18, No.1
Quartet in C Major, Op. 59, No.3

Monday, March 29, 2004

Quartet in C minor, Op. 18, No.4
Quartet in F Major, Op. 135
Quartet in E minor, Op. 59, No.2

Monday, April 19, 2004

Brahms Op. 51, #2 (Muir Quartet)
Kodaly Quartet for Strings, #2 (Guarneri Quartet)
Mendelssohn Octet Op. 20 (Muir and Guarneri Quartets)
This concert is made possible by a generous donation by Marie and Robert Pertrarca.

The Muir String Quartet will be performing on our Series for their 11th consecutive year. They have long been acknowledged as one of the world’s most powerful and insightful ensembles. "It will be a long time before members of (the) audience hear a more thrilling performance…" (Providence Journal, 4/12/94)

The renowned Guarneri String Quartet has circled the globe countless times since it was formed in 1964, playing in the world’s most prestigious halls in North and South America, Mexico, Europe, Asia, and Australia. "Some things, like the Guarneri, are as good as it gets." (The Miami Herald)


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Jeffrey Siegel’s Keyboard Conversations®

Last season we were introduced to Mr. Siegel’s Keyboard Conversations® with two concerts. These intimate conversational concerts are an eye, ear, and mind opening experience. The program begins with an insightful and entertaining prologue on the music and its composer, followed by a full performance of the works, and ends with a lively question and answer session. As a pianist, Mr. Siegel has appeared with every major orchestra including New York, Boston, Chicago, and Los Angeles to name a few. "His remarks about the music, given with a healthy balance between humor and analysis, made the listening experience thrilling. Just may be a musical Carl Sagan." (Los Angeles Times)

Wednesday, September 17, 2003

Rhapsody: Music of Brahms, Liszt and Gershwin’s solo version of Rhapsody in Blue.

Thursday, January 22, 2004

Bach and the Romantics: Chopin, Mendelssohn and Franck
Music of drama and passion! Glorious Preludes of Bach, Chopin and Mendelssohn, and the fiery poetic and ever popular, nineteenth century classic, Prelude, Chorale, and Fugue of César Franck.

Wednesday, March 3, 2004

There’s More to Mozart Than Amadeus! Mozart, Haydn, Clementi, Hummel, and the Providence premiere of unpublished piano pieces of Antonio Salieri.

(All performances of the President’s Music Series and the Keyboard Conversations® will be held in Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts). Call 456-8144 for subscription information. Programs subject to change.)


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Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance

Music

Chamber Music Series 2003-04 Wednesday One O'Clock

September 24, 2003

George Sand's Salon - A program of Music and Words with Virginia Eskin, piano, Consuelo Sherba, viola and Nigel Gore, narrator.

October 8, 2003

The American Brass Quintet, this country's premiere brass quintet, performs a program including ABQ editions of Renaissance music, recently recorded civil war brass music and a work by American composer, Eric Ewazen.

October 22, 2003

The Boston Trio has quickly become one of today's most exciting young piano trios. Members are Irina Murseanu, violin; Allison Eldredge, cello; and Heng- Jin Park Ellsworth, piano. They have a national reputation as they continue to have brilliant success wherever they perform.

November 12, 2003

Dr. Audrey Kaiser, piano and Susan Rodgers, contralto will present a joint recital, "Robert Schumann and Far Beyond." Their program will include works by Schumann, Debussy, Villa-Lobos and "Fats" Waller. Both performers are Rhode Island College graduates.

December 10, 2003

Greg Abate Jazz Quartet. Greg Abate, an adjunct member of the RIC music faculty is widely considered among jazz writers and aficionados to be one of the "best post-bebop alto players" out there today.

February 11, 2004

Nicholas Kitchen, Violin; Yeesun Kim, Cello; Judith Stillman, Piano.  discussion following.

February 25, 2004

Joseph Foley & The Narragansett Brass

March 17, 2004

The Afro-Rican Ensemble

March 31, 2004

Mark Wood , Electric Violinist

Recitals are held in Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts. These concerts are free and will showcase a very high level of talent. Show your support by bringing a friend and providing an audience for our performers.


Concerts

December 14, 2003
RIC Jazz Ensemble
Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts, 8 p.m. Admission Free
January 25, 2004

Rhode Island Wind Orchestra: Antonin Dvorák's 1878 Serenade for Winds and Michael Weinstein's 2002 Serenade for 12 Instruments. Rounding out the program will be Richard Strauss's Serenade in E-flat and Gordon Jacob's Old Wine in New Bottles. All proceeds from this concert will benefit the Francis M. Marciniak Endowed Scholarship in Music Education at Rhode Island College.

Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts, 3:00 p.m. Admission Free

February 8, 2004

American Band: Young People's Concert

February 14, 2004

That's Amore: Opera Providence

Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts, 8:00 p.m.

February 20, 2004

RIC Wind Ensemble: Green Eggs and Ham

Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts, 8:00 p.m.

February 23, 2004

Praise Ensemble Gospel Choir Concert

Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts, 7:00 p.m.

February 29, 2004

RIC Chamber Orchestra

Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts, 7:30 p.m.

March 19, 2004

RIC Chorus, Chamber Singers and Women's Chorus: Spring Choral Concert

March 22, 2004

RIC Symphony Orchestra: 9th Annual Samuel & Esther Chester Performance Award Concert

Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts, 8 p.m.

April 4, 2004

RIC Chamber Orchestra

Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts, 7:30 p.m.

April 6, 2004

RIC Jazz Cabaret with Greg Abate

Forman Theatre in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts, 7 p.m.

April 7, 2004

High School Hop Night

Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts, 8 p.m. Sponsored by the Performing and Fine Arts Commission

April 14, 2004

Cab Calloway Orchestra

Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts, 8 p.m. Sponsored by the Performing and Fine Arts Commission

April 15, 2004

College Hip Night

Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts, 8 p.m. Sponsored by the Performing and Fine Arts Commission

April 23, 2004

RIC Wind Ensemble & RIC Dance Company - Dance Rhythms

Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts, 8 p.m.

April 26, 2004

26th Annual Bicho Family Memorial Scholarship Concert - RIC Symphony Orchestra

Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts, 8 p.m.

April 30, 2004

RIC Chorus, Chamber Singers, & Women's Chorus - Celebration!

Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts, 8 p.m.

May 2, 2004

RIC Concert Jazz Band

Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts, 8 p.m.


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Theatre

October 1-5, 2003

"I Hate Hamlet" by Paul Rudnick

November 19-23, 2003

"The Misanthrope" by Moliere

January 30-31, 2004

American College Theatre Festival

The John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts, 12:30, 3, and 8 p.m.

February 18-22, 2004

"The Birthday Party" by Harold Pinter

Forman Theatre in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts, Saturday & Sunday, 2 p.m. and Wednesday thru Saturday, 8 p.m.

April 22-25, 2004

"The Who’s Tommy"

The Auditorium in Roberts Hall, Saturday & Sunday, 2 p.m. and Wednesday thru Saturday, 8 p.m.

June 11-12, 2004
June 17-19, 2004

"Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris"

Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts, 8 p.m.


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Dance

October 17, 2003

Rhode Island College Dance Company
With Dances by Daniel McCusker
8:00 p.m., The Auditorium in Roberts Hall

October 30, 2003

Island Moving Company
Recent Arrivals and Other Dances
Featured will be three contemporary ballets and a new work for the RIC Dance Company by Island Moving Company dancer/choreographer Michael Bolger.
8:00 p.m., Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts

October 31, 2003

Children’s Concert
10:00 a.m., Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
Cosponsored by the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance


December 4, 2003

Children’s Concert
10:00 a.m., Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts

December 5, 2003

Seán Curran Company
With the Rhode Island College Dance Company
Winter Concert
8:00 p.m., Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts

February 9, 2004

Dance and Film Discussion: Balancerine/Stravinsky
Clark Science Building 125, noon

March 4-7, 2004

RIC Dance Company: 45th Annual Spring Concert Series
8:00 p.m, The Auditorium in Roberts Hall

March 20, 2004

Harambee Step Explosion, 7:00 p.m., The Auditorium in Roberts Hall

April 1-2, 2004

RIC Dance Co. - Works by Melody Ruffin-Ward and Liam Clancy
8:00 p.m. Forman Theatre in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts

April 2, 2004

RIC Dance Co. - Works by Melody Ruffin-Ward and Liam Clancy [Forman Theatre in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts, 8 p.m.] 45th Anniversary Dance Company Celebration - Keynote Speaker: Elizabeth Streb, 6 p.m., keynote, reception, and conferral of Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree

April 23, 2004

RIC Wind Ensemble & RIC Dance Company - Dance Rhythms
Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts, 8 p.m.

April 29-30, 2004

RIC Dance Company - Student Choreography Showcase
Forman Theatre in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts, 8 p.m.

Open Dance Company Classes

November 4 & 6, 2003, 4:30–6:00 p.m.
With Seán Curran

January 6–10, 2004, 10:00 a.m.
With Liam Clancy

January 13–17, 2004, 10:00 a.m.
With Alexandra Beller

All open dance company classes take place in Melcer Dance Studio in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts. Admission is $6 per class.

Dance On Camera Festival

October 6, 2003, Noon, Clarke Science Building 125
Bodies Politic in Contemporary African Dance
Black Spring (France, 2002) by Benoit Dervaux, with choreographer, Heddy Mallen
African Dance: Sand, Drum, and Shostakovich (2002) by Ken Glazebrook

October 27, 2003, Noon, Clarke Science Building 125
Hispanic Legacy: Bodies of Oppression and Desire
Utango (2002) by Elliot Caplan
Queen of the Gypsies: A Portrait of Carmen Amaya, 1913–1963 (2002) by Jocelyn Ajami

November 3, 2003, 12:30 p.m., Clarke Science Building 125
American Moderns (Program A)
First Movement Form (2002) by Gary Shore, with choreographer, Seán Curran
Molissa Fenley and Peter Boal: The Restaging of State of Darkness (2002) by Ellen Bromberg

November 24, 2003, Noon, The Forman Center
American Moderns (Program B)
Tilt (2002) by Ellen Sebring, composer/director, with choreographer, Paula Josa-Jones
Streb: Pop Action (2001) by Michael Blackwood

February 9, 2004, Noon, Clark Science Building 125
Dance and Film Discussion: Balancerine/Stravinsky

April 5, 2004, Noon, Clark Science Building 125
Dance and Film Discussion: Envisioning Dance On Film & Video

Admission to all Dance on Camera events is free.


Ticket Information
Tickets are available at the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts Box Office, (401) 456-8144.

The College’s performing arts events are accessible to persons with disabilities (reasonable accommodation upon request). Please call (401) 456-8144 in advance.


General Information
Call Dante Del Giudice, managing director, RIC Dance Company, (401) 456-9791.


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Bannister Gallery

September

Rhode Island College Art Department faculty members present their work in various artistic areas at the annual faculty show.

October

October Series 2003: "Constantly Contesting: Art about the 'Big Picture'"

October 30-31 Evocative Objects: Studio Metalsmithing and Jewelry, reception at opening showing, Oct. 30, 6 p.m.
(continues through November).

November

Jewelry, Light Metals, Sondra Sherman, RIC professor. A small catalogue of November's exhibit will commemorate the 15Oth anniversary of the college and the 25th anniversary of the Bannister Gallery

December

South Korean painter Heemong Kim. RIC professor.

January/February

January 26 - February 13 The Wake - Michael Kvium and Christian Lemmerz.

February/March

February 26 - March 19 Sculpture and Drawings: Janice Redman (Opening lecture February 26, 6 p.m.)

April

April 1 - 23 Within Our Gates: Human Sacrifice in the American Landscape - Keith Morris Washington. (Panel discussion with artist April 8, 6 p.m. - Forman Theatre in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts)

May

Annual senior show. Seniors who earned a bachelor of arts or a bachelors of fine arts will showcase their work in the fields of ceramics, graphic design, drawing, fibers, jewelry design, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.

Bannister Gallery hours: [M-W, F 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Th. noon - 9 p.m.]


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