The Arts on Campus: A Spring 2019 Preview

The Arts on Campus: A Spring 2019 Preview


The Spring 2019 season is rich with dance, music, theatre, and visual art programming from the College of Performing Arts and Rowan University Art Gallery. From performances to exhibits, special events showcasing student, faculty, and visiting artists, the wide range of work engages with timely themes including celebrating women leaders, climate change, commemorating lives lost in the Holocaust, and more.

A highlight of the semester is the Marie Rader Presenting Series, which brings exceptional artists to campus, enhancing the cultural life of the South Jersey region while also bolstering robust academic programming.

Complete Marie Rader Series information is available HERE.

The series begins with the Grammy Award-winning choir The Crossing, conducted by Donald Nally, on February 8 at 7:00 p.m. in Pfleeger Concert Hall. This Philadelphia-based chamber choir earned the 2018 Grammy Award for "Best Choral Performance," and is nominated in the same category for the third consecutive year in 2019.

Art Garfunkel, the award-winning voice of a generation, will take his audience on a musical journey through his decades-long career both as a solo artist and as half of the unrivaled Simon & Garfunkel on March 16 at 8:00 p.m. in Pfleeger Concert Hall. Garfunkel's signature vocal style is among the most recognizable in the history of popular music, earning him a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Concluding the series is Breaking the Glass Ceiling: A Celebration of Women in Choreography on March 28 at 7:00 p.m. This night of original choreography celebrates the impact women make as choreographers and leaders in the world of dance, featuring work by Rowan faculty members Dawn Marie Bazemore and Leslie Elkins as well as guest artist Helen Simoneau, and a post-performance artist talk moderated by scholar/author/performer Dr. Brenda Dixon Gottschild.

The season at Rowan University Art Gallery moves ahead with Ebony G. Patterson: If We Must Die... from February 11–April 20. Known for her drawings, tapestries, videos, sculptures, and installations, Patterson’s work investigates forms of embellishment as they relate to youth culture within disenfranchised communities. In conjunction with the exhibit is a reception and conversation with the artist on March 27 at 5:00 p.m. in the gallery, led by visiting scholar Colette Gaiter. From April 30 - July 27, Women Defining Themselves: The Original Artists of SOHO 20 honors the 45th Anniversary of the New York-based, artist-run organization focused on promoting the work of women. Curated by Rowan professor Andrew Hottle, the exhibit features the work of 19 artists.

Included among the many concerts and recitals of every genre from the Department of Music is a focused program of thematically-linked performances with the "Untold Stories: Truth & Music" series. The performances explore how music can express complex truths: either by reexamining traditions in a way that reveals new meaning; or by examining complex contemporary issues through music.

A full list of "Untold Stories" events can be viewed HERE.

Among the upcoming featured performances within this series are two concerts exploring environmental sustainability and important ecological crises. Sound Planet, Part I: Earth Song features the Rowan Symphonic Band & Concert Band on February 28 at 8:00 p.m. and Sound Planet, Part 2: High Water Rising performed by the Rowan Wind Ensemble on March 7 at 8:00 p.m. Remembrance: Music of the Holocaust presented by Rowan Wind Ensemble on May 2 at 8:00 p.m. honors Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, with a program commemorating composers who lost their lives in concentration camps.

Continuing its mainstage season, “Revolutions,” the Department of Theatre & Dance presents a range of challenging works that present different perspectives on what revolution can look like.

In America, That Is To Say Nowhere is an original devised piece based on Alfred Jarry’s explosive 19th century play, Ubu Roi. This provocative, shocking, and exaggerated work is a movement-driven production about a tyrannical, gluttonous, child-like dictator who comes to power and wreaks havoc while inspiring rebellion. Performances are February 21 - 23 at 8:00 p.m. and February 24 at 2:00 p.m. in Tohill Theatre. This production includes graphic content, sexual situations, mature themes and language, and may not be suitable for all audiences.

Finally, Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical tells the story of the tribe of politically active, long-haired hippies living a bohemian life in New York City as they struggle to balance their young lives, loves, and the sexual revolution with their rebellion against the Vietnam War and the conservative world of their parents. Performances are April 5 - 6 and April 11 – 13 at 8:00 p.m. and April 7 at 2:00 p.m. in Tohill Theatre.

A full calendar of performing arts events and access to purchasing tickets online is available at

For more information on performances presented by the College of Performing Arts’ Department of Music or Department of Theatre & Dance, call the box office at 856-256-4545 or email

Rowan University Art Gallery is located at 301 High Street West. Admission to exhibitions and events is free and open to the public. Regular gallery hours are Monday – Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Thursday - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. For more information, visit or call 856-256-4521. Support for programming at Rowan University Art Gallery is made possible by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

This engagement of The Crossing is funded through the Mid Atlantic Tours program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Support for Breaking the Glass Ceiling has been made possible by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment of the Arts.