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Springfield College to Present Arts Programs

February 11, 2008

Springfield , Mass., Feb. 11, 2008 --  Springfield College’s winter/spring series of visual and performing arts programs open to the public will feature fine art exhibitions by noted local artists and art students, theatrical performances by professionals and students, a film festival, and concerts by professional musicians.  Most programs are free of charge.  The free series poster is available by calling Professor Carol Mitchell at 748-3187.

Jan. 23 - Feb. 29
Art Exhibition:  “SPIRITUS II”
The Springfield College Art Department’s talented faculty members exhibit their work in a variety of media.
Springfield College, William Blizard Gallery
Reception:  Feb. 14, 4 - 6 p.m.

March 3
Film Event:  “Olympia, Part I: The Festival of the People”
By:  Leni Riefenstahl
The acclaimed and controversial documentary of the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games celebrates the athlete’s body in its poetry of motion and the excitement of Olympic competition.  Highlights include a majestic opening linking the games to ancient Greek origins, lighting the Olympic flame, the parade of athletes, close-ups of Adolph Hitler’s reactions to the successes and failures of German athletes, and the artistry of American Jesse Owens’ gold medal-winning sprints. The evening is an event in the Humanics Series “Our Great Adventure in Education: The Whole Story,” originated by 2007-08 Distinguished Springfield Professor of Humanics Mimi Murray.
Introductions by:  Professor Mimi Murray, “The Nazi Olympics and Springfield College;” Professor Carol Mitchell, “Insights into Riefenstahl’s Cinematic Achievement”
Springfield College, Appleton Auditorium, Fuller Arts Center, 7 p.m.

March 3 - April 4
Art Exhibition:  “Intro•spect”
By:  Kerry St. Laurent
St. Laurent’s 12-inch square panels feature layers of organic and fluid watercolor washes, paint, ink, and pencil that represent her ingrained influences. She references maps, photographs, scientific texts, cathedral imagery, and her own memory as she searches for balance among color and form, abstraction and realism, and control and chaos.
Springfield College, William Blizard Gallery
Reception:  March 6, 5 - 7 p.m.

March 5
Concert:  “The Langston Hughes Project -- Ask Your Mama:  12 Moods for Jazz”
By:  Ron McCurdy, music director
Experience the mood of the Harlem Renaissance through a multimedia production involving a live quartet, spoken poems, and a large-as-life screen presentation of kaleidoscopic images from African-American artists and photographers.  This masterwork recreates Langston Hughes’ vision of the global struggle for freedom in the early 1960s.   
Springfield College, Appleton Auditorium, Fuller Arts Center, 7:30 p.m.

April 3 - 6
Theatre:  “Black Comedy”
By:  Peter Shaffer
Guest Director:  Jeannine Haas
From the author of “Equus” and “Amadeus,” this ingenious farce borrows a clever stage device from the Japanese Noh theater.  As a struggling and philandering young artist and his pretentious fiancé plan a party for important guests, the audience hears a conversation between her bombastic father and a millionaire art dealer, but the stage remains dark.  When a fuse blows, the audience suddenly sees the characters in the blazing stage light as they stumble about in what is, for them, pitch darkness.  Unexpected visitors, including a prudish neighbor, the finicky friend whose expensive furnishings our hero has “borrowed,” and a wickedly mischievous ex-girlfriend all show up to complicate the chaotic bumblings in the dark.  A surprise complementary piece will accompany this short play.
Springfield College, Black Box Theatre, Woods Hall
Thu, Fri, Sat, 8 p.m.; Sun 2 p.m.
Suggested donation $5, students and seniors $2

April 10
Concert:  “Mambo for All!”
By:  Brass Roots
In a highly energetic performance, this electrifying Latin dance fusion in horns and percussion features blazing improvisations over tight-knit ensemble rhythms.  You will want to move!  Special performance by Springfield College Music Instructor Anne Marie Messbauer.
Springfield College, Marsh Memorial Chapel, 8 p.m.

April 14 - 25
Art Exhibition:  “Graduating Senior Student Show”
Painting, ceramics, and digital imagery reflect learning over four years in computer graphics, studio art, or art education.
Springfield College, William Blizard Gallery
Reception: April 17, 4 - 6 p.m.

April 28 – May 16
Art Exhibition:  “Graduate Art Therapy Show”
Painting, ceramics, and digital imagery reflect learning over four years in art therapy.
Springfield College, William Blizard Gallery
Reception: May 8, 4 - 6 p.m.

May 1
Concert:  “SC Singers and Band Annual Spring Concert”
By:    SC Singers, SC Jazz Ensemble, SC Chamber Players, and Special Guest Performer
This perennial favorite features performances by talented Springfield College students and staff, followed by refreshments.
Springfield College, Marsh Memorial Chapel, 7:30 p.m.
  



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