Get ready for a vibrant fall arts season on campus

Get ready for a vibrant fall arts season on campus

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Shakespeare's Hamlet is a highlight of the Rowan fall arts schedule
David Cimetta
This Fall we are re-imagining classics, hosting musical virtuosos, building bridges across New Jersey cities through dance pageantry, examining the collective unconscious through self-portrait, and looking at the work of one black woman inspired by urban fashions observed in her youth. With four performance venues, two galleries, a full calendar of professional and academic programming available to the public, the arts are happening all around Rowan!
 
This Fall in Visual Art
“We are presenting artists who utilize a practice of self-portraiture and autobiographical art as a means to explore social and cultural constructs,” notes Mary Salvante, Gallery and Exhibitions Program Director at Rowan University Art Gallery. “Viewers might identify with the artists on a personal level and feel the imagery is more truthful and genuine.”
 
With Mending a Reflection, artist Julie Heffernan investigates what she calls the “shared collective unconscious” by exploring the historical narratives and subliminal imagery that work to shape who we are and how we perceive the world around us. She addresses the connection between culture, mass media, and personal identity through the eyes of one central female figure, represented in 10 self- portraits that are on display now through October 26.
 
From November 7 to December 21, the gallery showcases Jamea Richmond Edwards and her work presenting a likeness of a black woman that could be herself or other women in her life. Inspired by the fashions she observed growing up in Detroit’s inner city during the late 1980s and early ’90s, the artist uses those aesthetics to examine the belief that, as a black woman, if you present yourself a certain way then perhaps the world will treat you differently.
 
Find out more about gallery events, hours, directions, and programs here or on Facebook.
 
This Fall in Performance
“Few things are more invigorating than glimpsing the future of the performing arts,” says Rick Dammers, Dean of the College of Performing Arts, as he looks to the upcoming season of work by students, while also noting the importance of connecting the campus and South Jersey region to inspiring and renowned performers from the professional world. “The vibrancy of our campus arts scene is balanced and seasoned with a steady stream of world-class guest artists.”
 
Theatre
Gothic meets Goth when the Department of Theatre & Dance opens its mainstage season with director Lane Savadove’s modern take on Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Hamlet October 24 – 26.
 
As a precursor to the spring production of Urinetown, the annual Rowan Musical Theatre Cabaret November 8 & 9 offers an homage to the world of musical comedy, under the guidance of Christopher Roche.
 
Dance
A work first conceived on campus in 2008 by director/choreographer Paule Turner, Duchess, is reimagined as a celebration of diversity, culture, and what brings us together in New Jersey told in the extravagant dance pageant Groove December 5 – 8.
 
Music
Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale (L’Histoire du soldat), the story of a man who trades a magic violin with the Devil to have his every wish granted, brings faculty musicians – Bryan Appleby-Wineberg, Richard Linn, Douglas Mapp, Fabio Oliveira, Timothy Schwarz, Rié Suzuki, and Christopher Thomas – together with Melanie Stewart’s choreography in a performance conducted by Joseph Higgins on October 16. Details and tickets can be found here.
 
A series of FREE faculty performances in Boyd Recital Hall includes double bassist Douglas Mapp & friends on September 18; pianist Alexander Timofeev on October 12; jazz guitarist Brian Betz & friends on October 23; and The Mayes Guitar Duo on October 30.
 
Rowan’s Concert Choir and Wind Ensemble join forces for The Here and Now, featuring Christopher Theofanidis’ setting of works by the 13th-century Persian poet, Rumi; on campus on October 19 and off campus in Philadelphia on October 20.
 
The holiday season includes Rowan Opera Company's production of Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, the story of a young boy and his life-changing encounter with three kings, December 6 – 8; and our 2nd Annual South Jersey Holiday Celebration! on December 14, bringing together faculty-led vocal, orchestral, and band ensembles plus theatre and dance performances for an evening of seasonal sing-a-longs, satire, and festive collaborations.
 
From the swinging Rowan Jazz Band on November 7 and the Rowan String Ensemble offering selections evoking South America on November 14 to the early music focus of Collegium Musicum on November 18 and the Rowan Percussion Ensemble under new director Fabio Oliveira on November 25, there are many opportunities to enjoy a music concert in Pfleeger or Boyd this fall.
 
Nurturing the Next Generation
Rowan University Orchestra welcomes guest artist and violin soloist Giora Schmidt along with 50 high school students to perform works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Tchaikovsky on October 27, and the inaugural Rowan University WindFest features the Rowan Wind Ensemble sharing a program of work by Charles Ives, Jodie Blackshaw, Oskar Böhme, Charles Ives, and Lyn Murray with some of New Jersey’s finest high school instrumentalists on November 23.
 
View the full season calendar and purchase tickets for College of Performing Arts events here or on Facebook.