The Arts

Odyssey on WPSU Essence of Joy concert Photo exhibit
African storyteller Jazz ensembles perform "Play It Again Sam"
Bach's Lunch "Living in Lion Country" One-act play at Hazleton
Mallet Ensemble concert Dixie Hummingbirds Ice Rhythms
Williamsport events "Crazy for You" Calendar of Events


"Coal Mine, India" is one of several photographs
by Sebastiao Salgado that will be on display
beginning Tuesday, April 9, at the Palmer Museum of
Art on the University Park Campus.


Odyssey Through Literature on WPSU

On the next episode of Odyssey Through Literature host Leonard Rubinstein speaks with William McCarthy of the Penn State Dubois Campus about the classic American tall-tale hero and his adventures.

McCarthy's latest book, Jack and Two Worlds, is a compilation of eight American folk tales that follow the escapades of the hero Jack.

By reading aloud two of the tales included in his work, Mr. McCarthy brings to life the "irresistible rhythm," as Rubinstein describes it, of premiere storytellers such as Ray Hicks and Frank Profit Jr.

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


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Essence of Joy concert

Essence of Joy, a choral ensemble in the College of Arts and Architecture School of Music, will present its free spring program "Everybody Rejoice!" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 8, in Grace Lutheran Church, 205 S.Garner St., State College.

Organized in 1991, Essence of Joy performs sacred and secular choral repertoire from African-American traditions. Alumni members of Essence of Joy will also share in this concert.

Tony Leach, instructor in music/music education, is the director of Essence of Joy.


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International photo exhibit

An international exhibition and the latest photographic epic by renowned photojournalist Sebastiao Salgado, titled "Workers, An Archaeology of the Industrial Age," will open Tuesday, April 9 and continue through Sunday, June 9 in the Palmer Museum of Art on the University Park Campus.

William E. Williams, professor of photography at Haverford College, will give a public lecture on Salgado's work at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11, in the Palmer Lipcon Auditorium.

Since 1973, Salgado's camera has focused on people and the challenging circumstances they face. He has documented epidemic starvation in Africa, the working conditions of migrants in Iraq, the lives of peasants in Latin America and refugees in Africa.

With a slide presentation and 200 photographs divided into specific series, "Workers" documents labor and laborers in agriculture, industry, mining and construction. Salgado's photographs take viewers to nearly 50 different locations -- from sugarcane fields in Brazil and fishing ports in Spain to textile mills in Bangladesh and slaughterhouses in South Dakota.

For more information, contact the Palmer Museum of Art at (814) 865-7672. Museum hours are: Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Thursday evenings 6 to 9 p.m.; Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.; closed Mondays.

The lecture and exhibition are free to the public.


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African storyteller

Shanta, an African American storyteller, will perform at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, in the Reed Lecture Hall. The performance is free to the public.


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Jazz ensembles to perform

The Inner and Outer Dimensions, two of the big bands in the jazz program, will perform in concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, in the College of Arts and Architecture School of Music Recital Hall on the University Park Campus.

Inner Dimensions, under the direction of Chip Crotts, a graduate teaching assistant in the jazz studies area, will perform a variety of music from the big band repertoire.

Outer Dimensions, under the direction of Brian Watson, a graduate teaching assistant in saxophone and jazz studies, will perform using several jazz styles.

The concert is free to the public.


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"Play It Again Sam"

The Repertory Theatre of America, Alpha Omega Players, a national touring company, will perform Woody Allen's "Play It Again Sam" at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, in Highacres Commons, on the Penn State Hazleton Campus. For more information, call (717) 450-3180.


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Bach's Lunch

Voice students from the studios of Sara Hopkins, Richard Kennedy and Marshall Urban will perform at the Bach's Lunch concert at 12:10 p.m. Thursday, April 11, in the Helen Eakin Eisenhower Chapel on the University Park Campus.

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

Kelly Kohlhepp, a soprano in the music education program, Douglas Garner, a baritone in the music education program, and Kristin Lunetta, a mezzo-soprano in the music education program, will perform.

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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"Living in Lion Country"

The Theatre Workshop in Diverse Cultures (TWDC) will conclude its spring season with an original piece written by undergraduate playwrights Julie Power and Chris Moses and assistant professor of theatre arts Charles Dumas, titled "Living in Lion Country." The play, which dramatizes various points of view which surfaced last fall over such issues of diversity as the Million Man March, Nazi insignia, the Christmas tree, the O.J. Simpson trial and the Aids Quilt, will be presented as part of The Ebony and Ivory Conference at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 11, in the Paul Robeson Cultural Center.

The TWDC is a performance-oriented class which explores the historic and contemporary theatrical works of various peoples in order to sensitize students to the broad cultural diversity that exists in artistic expression. The TWDC is part of the College of Arts and Architecture Department of Theatre Arts.

The play is free to the public. Reservations are not required but can be made by calling (814) 863-9413.


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One-act play at Hazleton

The dramatic one-act play "The Legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11, in Room K-1 of the Kostos Classroom Building on the Penn State Hazleton Campus. The play takes place in 1945 -- just three weeks before the end of World War II. The play unravels to reveal the moral and personal battle of Bonhoeffer, who is awaiting death for his part in a plot to kill Adolph Hitler. Author Al Staggs will present the program, which is free to the public.


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Mallet Ensemble concert

The Penn State Mallet Ensemble, under the direction of Dan C. Armstrong, associate professor of percussion, will perform its annual spring concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 11, in the School of Music Recital Hall on the University Park Campus.

Richard C. Gipson, director of the School of Music at the University of Oklahoma, will appear as guest conductor for the concert. Dr. Gipson, who received his doctorate in music education at Penn State in 1978, will be on campus to be honored by the College of Arts and Architecture with an Alumni Achievement Award. For this concert he will conduct two of his own arrangements for mallet ensemble, which have been published by the OU Press.

Michael Hooper, Erik Liebegott and Teri Stephens, all undergraduate percussion majors, will perform a trio for marimbas titled "Horse Thief."

The concert is free to the public.


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Dixie Hummingbirds

It took the musical and spiritual foresight of an 11-year-old James Davis to start a gospel quartet in South Carolina in 1928. Then called the Church of God Juniors, the Dixie Hummingbirds have been performing for close to 70 years, and will be in concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 14, in the HUB Fishbowl on the University Park Campus.

Sponsored by the University Concert Committee and the Paul Robeson Cultural Center, the concert celebrates the Hummingbirds as Pennsylvania's own since they moved to Philadelphia in 1942. Although there have been five different sets of Dixie Hummingbirds singers, they have always remained true to the black gospel quartet tradition of four-part harmony. This is their second appearance at Penn State.

The group backed Paul Simon on his hit "Love Me Like A Rock," and later garnered a Grammy for Best Gospel Performance with their cover of the song.


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Ice Rhythms

The Penn State Ice Pavilion will present ICE RYTHMS, an ice show directed by Dena Yeagley, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20.

The program will include solos by visiting national and international figure skating competitors, featuring Derrick Delmore, 1995 senior men's eastern champion and U.S. Nationals competitor, representing the Washington Figure Skating Club; and junior men's national silver medalist Jeff Merica, representing the University of Delaware Figure Skating Club. ICE RHYTHMS will also feature the senior pairs team of Tristan Vega and Paul Binnebose, representing the University of Delaware Figure Skating Club. Also included will be solo and group numbers by resident professionals and skaters from student and public programs.

Advance general admission tickets are $5 for student/youth and $7 for adults. The advance tickets are available through April 18 at the Penn State Ice Pavilion main counter. Tickets purchased April 19 and 20 will be $6.50 and $8.50. Tickets are also available by mail. Call (814) 865-4102. There is limited seating, so early purchase of tickets is encouraged.


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Community Arts Center events

The Community Arts Center in Williamsport, part of the Pennsylvania College of Technology, will be host for the following events in the coming months:

Doug Stone with opening act Patricia Conroy April 19 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30, $25.50, $20.50 and $18.50.

Musicians from Marlboro A continuing special mini-series, this chamber ensemble -- part of Ver-mont's Marlboro Music Festival -- will play selections from Beethoven and Schumann beginning at 8 p.m. April 22. Tickets are $17.50, $14.50 and $10; with special prices for children 16 and under.

Pops, Jazz & Pizzazz! The Williamsport Symphony Orchestra May 7 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35, $30, $24, $19, $16 and $12.


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"Crazy for You"

At 8 p.m. May 22 this Gershwin musical comedy takes the stage. "Crazy for You," the 1992 Tony-award winner for Best Musical, is a boy-meets-girl love story that's perfect for the whole family. Tickets are $32.50, $27.50 and $22.

For tickets or more information, call the Community Arts Center box office at (717) 326-2424 or 1-800-432-9382.


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Last updated by Annemarie Mountz and Kathy L. Norris on April 3, 1996.