The Arts

"The Busie Bodies" "Choreographic Showcase" "Hallucinations"
Blue and White Spring Concert Odyssey Through Literature
Early Music Ensemble Percussion ensembles Outdoor concert
Carl Blake to perform M.F.A. exhibit Penn State Concert Band
Composers' concert Bach's Lunch "Three Ring Social Circus"
Kern exhibit Calendar of Events Intercom home page


Master of fine arts candidate Nancy Brassington's thesis exhibition, "Hallucinations," will be on display at Zoller Gallery on the University Park Campus from Saturday, April 20, through Tuesday, April 30. The exhibition is free to the public.


"The Busie Bodies"

The work of an 18th-century female playwright's creation will be brought to life by Penn State McKeesport theatre arts students for performances on April 18, 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Buck Union Building.

"The Busy Body," by Susanna Centlivre, had some 500 performances in the century following its opening in 1709. Jay Breckenridge, associate professor of theatre arts, adapted the play for modern audiences and renamed it "The Busie Bodies."

Tickets are $2 for adults and $1 for children under 12. Penn State students with I.D. are admitted free.


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"Choreographic Showcase"

The Dance Program, housed in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science in the College of Health and Human Development, will present its annual spring concert, "Choreographic Showcase," at 8 p.m. Friday, April 19, and Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21 at 2:30 p.m. in the White Hall Dance Theatre in 132 White Building on the University Park Campus.

Come and enjoy student and faculty dance works. The performance will feature Orchesis Dance Company and will range in style from jazz to modern, from lyrical to dramatic.

Tickets are $6 for general admission and $5 for students. Tickets will be available at the door.


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"Hallucinations" in Zoller Gallery

"Hallucinations," Nancy Brassington's master of fine arts thesis exhibition, will be on display at Zoller Gallery on the University Park Campus from Saturday, April 20, through Tuesday, April 30. A public reception will be held from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, April 27, in the Zoller Gallery. Ms. Brassington is an M.F.A. candidate in the School of Visual Arts painting department.

The exhibition is free to the public.


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Blue and White Concert

The Penn State Glee Club will join with the Oriana Singers to present the annual Blue and White Concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 20, in Schwab Auditorium on the University Park Campus.

The Oriana Singers, under the direction of Lynn Drafall, is in its premiere season. The two choruses will combine to present Randall Thompson's "Frostiana," settings of seven well-known Robert Frost poems. The Glee Club will perform sea chanteys, drinking songs and American and Welsh folk songs. Penn State alumni will join the Glee Club in the traditional singing of the Penn State fight songs.

The concert will also include selections by Discantus, a new women's small ensemble. The Hi-Lo's, Penn State's oldest a cappella singing group, continues the tradition of harmony, humor and good cheer in music.

Tickets for the concert are $6 for the general public; $2 for students and children, and will be available at the door the night of the concert or in advance from the Eisenhower Auditorium Box Office. For ticket information, contact the Ticket Center at (814) 863-0255. Outside the local calling area, phone (800) ARTS-TIX.


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Annual Spring Concert

The Penn State University Choir will present its annual spring concert "The Joy of Singing," at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 21, in the School of Music Recital Hall on the University Park Campus.

The University Choir is the oldest mixed choral ensemble in the School of Music. Tony Leach, instructor of music/music education, is conductor.

Admission is $4 for adults, $2 for students, and will be available at the door the night of the concert. For advance ticket information, contact the School of Music Office at (814) 865-0431.


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Odyssey Through Literature

On the April 21 episode of Odyssey Through Literature, Leonard Rubinstein speaks with griot Al Haji Papa Bunko Susso and griotte Nakoyo Susso about the role of griots in African society.

Mr. Rubinstein discusses the functions of a griot as Professor Tom Hale describes them: "They sing praises of important people, chant epics, compose songs to mark great events, serve as intermediaries in delicate family clan and community negotiations and teach people about the past."

Odyssey Through Literature is produced at WPSX-TV as a continuing education service of Penn State's Department of Comparative Literature. It airs Sundays at 6:30 p.m. on WPSU, 91.5 FM.


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Early Music Ensemble

The Penn State Early Music Ensemble, under the direction of Eric McKee, assistant professor of music, will present a free concert at 7 p.m. Monday, April 22, in the Helen Eakin Eisenhower Chapel on the University Park Campus.

The group will perform Renaissance instrumental and vocal works. The ensemble consists of viola da gambas, recorders, crumhorns, vielles and a lute.


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Percussion ensembles

The Penn State Percussion Ensembles I and II, under the direction of Dan C. Armstrong, associate professor of music, and Jason Gianni, graduate teaching assistant, will perform their annual spring concert at 8 p.m. Monday, April 22, in the School of Music Recital Hall on the University Park Campus.

Performed at this concert will be two compositions commissioned by Richard C. Gipson, director of the School of Music at the University of Oklahoma.

Dr. Gipson received his doctorate from Penn State in 1978. He was recently honored by the College of Arts and Architecture Alumni Board with a 1996 Alumni Achievement Award.

Other works will also be featured. The concert is free to the public.


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Outdoor concert

The Penn State Campus Band will present its free outdoor spring concert at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, in the courtyard between Music Building I and Music Building II on the University Park Campus.

The Campus Band is conducted by Stacey Phillips and Matt Wagner, graduate students in the School of Music. Miss Phillips is a doctoral candidate in music education and Mr. Wagner is pursuing a master's degree in music education.


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Carl Blake to perform

When the Nittany Valley Symphony takes the stage at Eisenhower Auditorium at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, Maestro Jinbo will end the NVS season with one of classical music's most famous opening chords -- those of the Grieg Piano Concerto. Joining the orchestra as guest soloist is Carl Blake.

A well-traveled concert artist, Dr. Blake has performed throughout the United States and in France, England and Jamaica. He has appeared at Carnegie Hall on several occasions in solo and joint recitals.

Dr. Blake is associate director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanistic Studies and assistant professor of music at Penn State.

Tickets are available at Eisenhower Ticket Center. For more information, call (814) 863-0255.


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M.F.A. exhibit

David A. Pier's master of fine arts thesis exhibition will be on display at Zoller Gallery on the University Park Campus from Wednesday, April 24, through Tuesday, April 30. A public reception will be held from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, April 27, in the Zoller Gallery. Mr. Pier is an M.F.A. candidate in the School of Visual Arts.

The exhibition is free to the public.


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Penn State Concert Band

The Penn State Concert Band will present its 20th annual spring concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, in the Ballroom of the Hetzel Union Building on the University Park Campus.

The band is conducted by O. Richard Bundy, associate professor of music education and associate director of bands in the School of Music. He will be assisted by Stacey Phillips, a graduate assistant in the School of Music.

The concert is free to the public.


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Student composers' concert April 24

A free concert of new works by Penn State student composers will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, in the Recital Hall of the School of Music Building on the University Park Campus.

The concert will feature works for orchestra, chamber ensembles and electronic media by students of Penn State composition teachers Paul Barsom and Bruce Trinkley.


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Bach's Lunch

The Penn State Flute Ensemble will perform at the Bach's Lunch concert at 12:10 p.m. Thursday, April 25, in the Helen Eakin Eisenhower Chapel on the University Park Campus.

The free 20-minute concert is part of the Bach's Lunch series sponsored by the School of Music and University Lutheran Parish.

The 14-member Flute Ensemble is under the direction of Eleanor Duncan Armstrong, associate professor in the School of Music, and Jeanne Provan, a graduate teaching assistant and flute performance major.

The audience may take a brown-bag lunch to eat in the Roy and Agnes Wilkinson Lounge after the performance. Coffee and tea will be provided.


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"Three Ring Social Circus"

The HUB's Formal Gallery will feature "Three Ring Social Circus," a three-man sculptural exhibit through May 3.

Hirotsune Tashima, a native of Japan, acquired his MFA in ceramics at Alfred University in New York. Mr. Tashima has exhibited his work all over the U.S. and overseas and has won many awards including awards in Crafts National and Images 95.

Quentin Olson received his BFA in general sculptural studies at the Maryland Institute, College of Art and his MFA at the University of Delaware. Mr. Olson has exhibited in the United States in galleries including the Notorious Artist Guild in Baltimore, Md., The Maryland Institute, College of Arts and New Works Gallery in Delaware.

Steven R. Erickson received his BFA at Mankato State University, Mankato, Minn., and his MFA from The University of Delaware. Mr. Erickson is a member of the National Council for the Education of Ceramic Artists. He also has exhibited various places in the United States including Mankato University, Rochester Art Center and the Hollingworth Ceramic Complex at the University of Delaware.


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Kern exhibit

The Kern Cases will feature the work of Diane Maurer through May 12.

Diane Maurer's marbled papers have been exhibited in galleries and museums in the United States, France, Sweden and Holland. Her work is represented in the collections of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, the Nelson-Atkins Museum and the Dutch Royal Library.

She is author of An Introduction to Carrageenan & Watercolor Marbling, 1984, Marbling, Random House, 1991, and Decorative Paper, Doubleday, 1993.


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Last updated by Kathy L. Norris on April 16, 1996.