March 20, 1997......Volume 26, Issue 24

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This week's arts briefs:
Nine in Performance Option
"Photographs of Australia"
Juried exhibition
Percussionist to give recital
Chamber orchestra concert
Behrend Concert Choir
Odyssey on WPSU
French Horn Ensemble
Film festival
"Faces of America"
Bach's Lunch
Trombone choir
"A Thousand and One Nights"
Jewelry at Kern
Art on the Move
Special exhibit in HUB's Art Alley
Mixed media in the HUB
Berks Festival Theatre

Other arts-related sites:
Bryce Jordan Center

College of Arts and Architecture:
School of Integrative Arts
School of Music
Palmer Museum of Art







Art lecture

Sharon Pruitt, associate professor of art history at East Carolina University, will give a lecture at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, in the Palmer Lipcon Auditorium on the University Park campus. Her talk will focus on the work of Nigerian printmaker Bruce Onobrakpeya.


"A Thousand and One Nights"

The Indianapolis Ballet Theatre performs the original ballet "A Thousand and One Nights" at 8 p.m. Friday, April 4, in Eisenhower Auditorium on the University Park campus. For more information on the production, contact the ticket center at (814) 863-0255.

 

 

 

One-woman show

Fran de Leon portrays eight different people in the March 26 play, "Faces of America," at 8 p.m. in Shwab Auditorium on the University Park campus. For more information on the free show that addresses multiculturalism in today's society, call the Paul Robeson Cultural Center at (814) 865-3776.

Photo: Courtesy of Paul Robeson Cultural Center

Nine to participate in Performance Option

This year, organizers of the Graduate Research Exhibition have added a performance component to the competition, acknowledging that many artistic disciplines cannot present their research or achievement in a static medium. Graduate students from the College of Arts and Architecture's School of Music and School of Theatre Arts will perform works at 8 p.m. Friday, March 21, in room 122 Music Building II on the University Park campus.

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"Photographs of Australia"

"Photographs of Australia" by Richard Woldendorp are on display at the HUB Browsing Gallery on the University Park campus, through April 27.

Woldendorp was named Photographer of the Year in 1982 by the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers. He uses the exhibit to express his fascination with the landscape of Australia.

Woldendorp will be available at noon Friday, March 21, in the HUB's Gallery Lounge for an informal discussion.

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Juried exhibition

Penn State Berks campus' Freyberger Gallery will host the Nittany Lion Juried Exhibition XII: "Timelines," from March 21 - April 17. This biennial exhibition highlights some of the most exciting artists of southeast Pennsylvania and beyond. "Timeframes" is a collaborative project with Albright College's Freedman Gallery and the Reading Public Museum. The theme is "time."

Works will be selected from the submitted proposals to be part of the exhibition. Cash merit awards will be presented, and four to five artists will be invited to participate in the Grout-Kauffman Award Exhibition in fall 1997.

There will be a free public reception from 5 - 7 p.m. Friday, March 21. For more information, phone Beverly Leviner, gallery director, at (610) 320-4870.

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Percussionist to give recital

Douglas Walter, marimbist and vibraphonist, will perform a guest artist recital at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 22, in Room 122 of the College of Arts and Architecture's Music Building II on the University Park campus.

Walter, currently teaching at the University of Colorado, is the only percussionist to win the Concert Artists Guild Award. Walter is equally accomplished in the jazz, orchestral and chamber music realms, having performed with organizations from the Philadelphia Orchestra, to the North Texas One O'Clock Jazz Band, to the New American Ragtime Ensemble.

The concert is free to the public.

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Chamber orchestra concert

The Penn State Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Pu-Qi Jiang, associate professor of music, will present a concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 23, in the College of Arts and Architecture's School of Music Recital Hall on the University Park campus.

The Chamber Orchestra consists of more than 25 of the School of Music's top instrumentalists. It performs only in the spring. The concert is free to the public.

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Behrend Concert Choir prepares for Carnegie Hall

The Concert Choir at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, made up of students who are not majoring in music, will perform Faure's "Requiem" Sunday, March 23 at 3 p.m. in the Reed Union Building Commons. This presentation will prepare the 40 members of the Concert Choir to perform the same piece one week later, Sunday, March 30, on stage at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

At Carnegie Hall the Concert Choir will combine with 250 voices representing six colleges.

Admission to the Concert Choir performance at Penn State-Behrend on March 23 is $4. Tickets may be reserved in advance by calling (814) 898-6289.

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Odyssey on WPSU

On the next episode of Odyssey Through Literature, Leonard Rubinstein and Wimal Dissayanake of the University of Hawaii discuss Eastern concepts of self. Odyssey Through Literature is produced as a continuing education service of the Department of Comparative Literature. It airs Sundays at 6:30 p.m. on WPSU, 91.5 FM from University Park and 106.7 FM in Altoona, and on WPSB, 90.1 in northern Pennsylvania.

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French Horn Ensemble to play on March 24

The Penn State French Horn Ensemble, directed by Lisa O. Bontrager, associate professor of music, will present a free concert at 8 p.m. Monday, March 24, in the College of Arts and Architecture's School of Music Recital Hall on the University Park campus.

Tuba soloist, Jason Byrnes, a graduate tuba performance student, will be featured in the Bernhard Heiden Variations for Solo Tuba and Nine Horns. In addition to the repertoire for the 18-member ensemble, Bontrager and assistant director Kim Reese will present Calls for Two Horns by Verne Reynolds.

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Film festival

The Mont Alto campus Arts Project, an organization that encourages appreciation of the arts, presents its first Foreign and Cult Film Festival during the month of March. The series is free to the public. Films to be shown are:

* Monday, March 24, "King of Hearts," a 1967 French comedy and '60s cult film.

* Monday, March 31, "Blue Angel." Marlene Dietrich stars in this German '30s classic that launched her career.

* Tuesday, April 1, "Murder on the Orient Express," based on Agatha Christie's mystery novel.

All films will be shown at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium, General Studies Building, with the exception of "Murder on the Orient Express," which will be shown in the Conklin Hall Game Room.

Following the films, a short panel discussion will be held. For more information, contact Peggy Russo at (717) 749-6231.

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"Faces of America"

A one-person show that addresses the questions of multiculturalism in today's society through the eyes of Generation X will be presented at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, in Schwab Auditorium on the University Park campus. The play, featuring eight characters, is free to the public.

"Faces of America" is based on true stories researched through workshops and interviews with high school and college-age populations. The eight characters depicted, all played by actress Fran de Leon, each represent a different cultural aspect of American society: African, Asian, Mexican-American, Native American Indian, East Indian, European, Happa (mixed blood) and an "All in One Generation X-er."

First produced at the Los Angeles Theatre Center in March 1995, "Faces of America" has since toured numerous West Coast colleges, as well as several southern California arts and heritage festivals. The play is directed by Colin Cox, artistic director and founder of Will & Company, a Los Angeles-based theatre company dedicated to arts in education and multicultural work in classic and contemporary pieces.

For more information on the event, contact the Paul Robeson Cultural Center at (814) 865-3776.

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Bach's Lunch features concert choir

The Penn State Concert Choir, directed by D. Douglas Miller, professor of music, will perform at the free 20-minute Bach's Lunch concert at 12:10 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in the Helen Eakin Eisenhower Chapel on the University Park campus.

Audience members are invited to take their own bag lunches to eat after the concert in the Roy and Agnes Wilkinson Lounge. Coffee and tea will be provided.

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Trombone choir to mix it up

The Penn State Trombone Choir will present a free performance of the "Requiem" by Gabriel Faure as transcribed by Mark Lusk, associate professor of trombone, on Thursday, March 27 at 8 p.m. in the College of Arts and Architecture's School of Music Recital Hall on the University Park campus.

The trombone choir, under the direction of Lusk, will be joined by other students from the School of Music. Readings of literature by Donald Hall, T. S. Eliot and Dylan Thomas will be interspersed between the movements of the "Requiem."

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"A Thousand and One Nights"

Prepare to be whisked away to a far-off land when the Indianapolis Ballet Theatre performs "A Thousand and One Nights" at 8 p.m. Friday, April 4, in Eisenhower Auditorium on the University Park campus. The concert continues the Body Language series sponsored by the College of Arts and Architecture's Center for the Performing Arts.

"A Thousand and One Nights," an original ballet by Indianapolis artistic director Eldar Aliev, premiered in April 1995, drew rave reviews from the international media and was named one of the year's "Top 5" dance events by the Indianapolis Star. Aliev's two-act rendering was inspired by Fokine's ballet "Scheherazade," adapted from classic literature's Arabian Nights.

Tickets for general admission are $25.50; students $21.50. For tickets or more information, contact the Arts Ticket Center, open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., at (814) 863-0255. Outside the local calling area, phone (800) 278-7849.

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Jewelry at the Kern Exhibition Area

The Kern Graduate Building Flat Cases feature the jewelry of Laveta Piemme through April 6.

Piemme, who has worked with clay for more than 25 years, has shifted her focus from wheel-thrown pottery to jewelry, while continuing to combine colors that sing in harmony with one another.

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Art on the Move

Art on the Move, exhibited in North Halls on the University Park campus, will display the paintings of Jodi Ruffner through April 30.

Ruffner has exhibited paintings at the Zoller Gallery and Patterson Gallery at University Park and the Doshi Center for Contemporary Arts in Harrisburg.

A native of York, Pa., Ruffner is a junior majoring in the fine arts.

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Special exhibit in HUB's Art Alley

The Hetzel Union Building's Art Alley on the University Park campus features an exhibit of oil and print through May 4.

The printmaking work of Darren Grier, a senior art major, and the oil painting of Amy Whitney, also a senior art major, is on display.

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Mixed media in the HUB

The Equal Opportunity Planning Committee and the HUB and Kern art galleries present the mixed media works of Howard Brooks, March 25-May 5 at the HUB's Formal Gallery on the University Park campus.

Brooks, an artist whose work is done in oils, acrylics and collage techniques, earned his MFA degree at The Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and his doctor of divinity and doctor of psychology degrees from the College of Divine Metaphysics in Indiana.

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Berks Festival Theatre

As the Penn State Berks and Lehigh Valley campuses merge to form the new Penn State Berks-Lehigh Valley College, the college will become home to a new theatre: Berks Festival Theatre. The theatre will feature professional actors, undergraduate and graduate students, and performers from the Reading and Lehigh Valley areas. The 1997 premiere season opens June 20, with "Quilters," a musical based on the lives of American pioneer women, which will run through July 6. "Man of La Mancha," featuring Lehigh Valley veteran performer Bob Kratz in the title role, opens July 25 and continues through Aug. 10.

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