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Center of Performing Arts: Your Ticket to Great Entertainment
The upcoming performing arts season on campus “envelops a blend of the old, the new, and the up-and-coming at a great value for patrons,” says Butch Coyne, director of the Center of Performing Arts.
“The nice thing about a university performing arts program is that it’s a very eclectic season—there’s a lot of choice,” Coyne says. “We encourage you to pick and choose.”
The complete offerings are too numerous to delineate here, but some highlights include a 200th birthday celebration of classical composer Robert Schumann at 8 p.m. on Oct. 22, 2010 in the Music Recital Hall. This concert will include a pre-concert lecture, as well as selections from Schumann’s piano, vocal and instrumental compositions.
Pianist and Professor of Music Teresa McCollough proves there is more than one way to play a piano during Musical Mavericks on Oct. 29 at 8 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall. She and several students will perform simultaneously on the same piano creating melodies using not only fingers on the keyboard, but mallets on other parts of the instrument (including the body of the instrument), string wire wrapped around individual piano strings, and other inventive techniques. “This is something you don’t see very often,” Coyne notes. “It’s part of Teresa’s exploration of new music and new music works.”
Shakespeare’s Macbeth will grace the stage of the Mayer Theatre Nov. 5-13 under the nimble direction of Frederick Tollini, S.J. “We are very excited about Fr. Tollini doing Macbeth for us this year. He always brings a new eye, a crispness, to Shakespeare,” Coyne says.
The dance season—which opened the season with Migrations, the innovative traveling dance that crisscrossed campus the end of September—includes the Fall Dance Festival on Oct. 16 and 17, featuring choreography from senior dance majors, as well as the Choreographer’s Gallery on Dec. 2 and 3, in which choreography students combine all genres of dance to present an array of distinct, original performances.