January 22, 1998......Volume 27, Issue 17

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This week's arts briefs:
Free concert at Abington
Faculty recital
Opera Gala
Bach's Lunch
Photographs at Kern
"Inside Out" photos
Pen, ink and collage
Art on the Move
Paintings at Mont Alto
"Peace Talks" sculptures
Encore performance
Country music

Other arts-related sites:
Bryce Jordan Center

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

Art on the Move

Peg Spear, director of University Health Services, left, examines artwork for Art on the Move at Ritenour Health Center along with Ann Shields, coordinator for Art on the Move, Dave Manos, manager of housing services for Pollock Halls, and Joe Puzycki, director of judicial affairs.
Photo: Greg Grieco

At the Palmer

"Storm in the Adirondacks," an oil on canvas work by Charles H. Chapin, is on display at the Palmer Museum of Art on the University Park campus as part of the exhibit "All That Is Glorious Around Us: Paintings From the Hudson River School." The exhibit, part of the museum's 25th anniversary celebration, continues through May 17.

Free concert at Abington

The Independence Sinfonia, volunteer musicians from the greater Philadelphia area, will perform at Penn State Abington at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, in the Sutherland Auditorium. The concert and a reception are free. The orchestra is dedicated to performing the chamber music repertoire.

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Faculty recital

Timothy Deighton, assistant professor of music, and Ann Deighton, instructor of music, will present a recital at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, in the School of Music Recital Hall on the University Park campus.

The program will feature Timothy Deighton on viola and Ann Deighton on piano. The concert is free to the public.

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Opera Gala

The Penn State Opera Theatre will present its Fifth Annual Opera Gala at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, in the School of Music Recital Hall on the University Park campus.

Produced by opera director Susan Boardman, associate professor of music, the concert will feature School of Music voice faculty members, alumni and students performing arias, ensembles and choruses from the world's most beloved operas.

The featured choral ensemble is Essence of Joy, directed by Anthony Leach, assistant professor of music. Faculty soloists -- tenor Richard Kennedy, associate professor of music; baritone Marshall Urban, instructor of music; baritone Norman Spivey, assistant professor of music; and sopranos Sara Hopkins, Suzanne Roy, associate professor of music, and Boardman -- are joined by baritone Walter Wells, alumnus of the School of Music. John Ulrich and Steven Grazzini will accompany the concert at the piano.

General admission tickets for the Opera Gala are $4 and may be purchased at the School of Music Office or at the door.

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Bach's Lunch

The Penn State Double Reed Ensemble will present a concert of dance music for double reeds at the Bach's Lunch concert at 12:10 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, 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 College of Arts and Architecture School of Music and the University Lutheran Parish.

The Double Reed Ensemble consists of nine students who play oboe, English horn or bassoon. They study with the directors of the ensemble, Tim Hurtz and Daryl Durran, associate professors in the School of Music.

After the concert, audience members may take their bag lunches to the Roy and Agnes Wilkinson Lounge in the Eisenhower Chapel. Coffee and tea will be provided.

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Photographs at Kern

The Kern Exhibition Area on the University Park campus features photographs by Henry Lee through Feb. 15.

Lee's photographs focus on the theme of subways. New York City and Tokyo are the major locations the exhibition highlights.

Lee is an international student from Hong Kong, working toward his degree in photography.

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"Inside Out" photos

Debra Dilworth of Lancaster, Pa., is showing her photographs in her exhibit "Inside Out," in the Formal Gallery on the University Park campus through Feb. 22.

"Inside Out" consists of three parts: "Short Stories," environmental interiors from parts of Virginia, Rhode Island and Illinois; "On The Surface," portraits of her three children and environmental scenes of life in Lancaster; and "Secrets and Other Stuff," a collection of portraits. The common element in all three bodies is Dilworth's nomadic lifestyle and the people and environments she has encountered along the way.

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Pen, ink and collage

A retrospective exhibit of works by Anu Chowla in the Browsing Gallery on the University Park campus is on display through Feb. 22.

Chowla resided in State College with her family from 1963-1991. Her work reflects her appreciation for Russian icons, Art Nouveau pewter and contemporary art, including the work of Jean Dubuffet, Rothko and Rauschenberg. Her works include pen and ink, color and metallic inks, woodcut, mixed media and collage.

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Art on the Move

Art on the Move, a traveling art exhibition program, is featured at several locations across the University Park campus throughout February and March.

* "From the Past to the Present: The 3-Ls of Life," collage pieces by Crystal Brown, are on exhibit in the North Halls exhibit area through Feb. 26;

* A special exhibit of photographs by Lisa Graves, an undergraduate working toward her bachelor of fine arts degree, is on display in the West Halls exhibit area through Feb. 26;

* Kathleen Donovan, a freshman at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, is exhibiting masks she created in the Ritenour Lobby exhibition area through March 5; and

* "Faces of Americas," a photo collection that includes portraits and scenes from Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and Peru by Javier Escudero, assistant professor of Spanish at Penn State, is on exhibit through March 5 at the Computer Building.

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Paintings at Mont Alto

Wendy Allen will exhibit "An Increased Devotion: Portraits of Lincoln" through Feb. 27, at the Penn State Mont Alto Library. She describes her painting technique as "sculpting" because she molds the paint almost exclusively with her hands. Each portrait in her exhibit explores a different facet of Lincoln the man, the person, the president and the American.

For more information, please contact the library at (717) 749-6040.

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"Peace Talks" sculptures

"Peace Talks" will be shown in the HUB Sculpture Corner on the University Park campus through May 21.

"Peace Talks" is constructed of wood and brass and represents "... that middling ground -- neither peace, nor war, but on the verge of either" said creator William Engle.

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Encore performance

The Lord of the Dance returns from its sold-out engagement at The Bryce Jordan Center at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 25. Tickets are $39.50 and $28.50 for reserved seating.

The Lord of the Dance has brought the popularity of Celtic dance to unprecedented heights in the past several years. The current Lord of the Dance tour has become one of the hottest-selling tickets in arenas across the country and around the world, having already smashed box office records in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia. The tour sold out The Bryce Jordan Center in December.

The Lord of the Dance, supporting a cast of more than 40 dancers, features lead dancer John Carey. Carey joined Lord of the Dance as Michael Flatley's understudy in 1995.

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Country music

Billboard Artist of the Year LeAnne Rimes and Bryan White, the Country Music Association's choice as top new male vocalist in 1996, will be at The Bryce Jordan Center at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5. Tickets go on sale at 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, and are $26 for reserved seating.

Wristbands will be available at 8 a.m. Friday, Jan. 23, for ticket buyers wishing to purchase tickets at The Bryce Jordan Ticket Center only.

Already a country superstar at the age of 15, Rimes immediately shot to the top of charts with the debut of her 1996 album "Blue." With the release of three albums in 1997, Rimes has topped the country charts as well as the pop and Christian charts. She has won numerous awards.

White's debut album, "Bryan White," and second album, "Between Now and Forever," have both gone platinum. His latest release is "The Right Place."

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