This Week @ the CAC: Feb. 8-14, 2016

David | February 8, 2016
Oscars

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more information about ticketed events, call 304.293.SHOW. For information about any College of Creative Arts events, call the Publicity Office at 304.293.3397. Events on this calendar are subject to change. For the latest information, see our web calendar at http://ccarts.wvu.edu.

All College of Creative Arts programs, services, and activities are accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations, call 304.293.4171.

Monday, Feb. 8
MASTERCLASSES: With the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Gifted musicians from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) will share their expertise with students from the WVU School of Music in three masterclasses scheduled for Monday, Feb. 8. Lorna McGhee, principal flutist, will lead a masterclass for the flute studio from 1 to 3 p.m. in 424A Creative Arts Center. Gretchen Van Hoesen, principal harpist and Virginia Campbell Chair, will lead four WVU harpists in a masterclass at 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in 215A Creative Arts Center. First Violin and Nancy and Jeffrey Leininger Violinist Christopher Wu will lead four WVU violinists in a masterclass at 5 to 7 p.m. in Bloch Learning and Performance Hall, 200A Creative Arts Center. The masterclasses are free and open to the public.

CONCERT: WVU Jazz Ensembles
West Virginia University’s talented jazz musicians will present an eclectic concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, in the Gladys Davis Theatre of the Creative Arts Center. For tickets and information, call the WVU Box Office at 304-293-SHOW.

CONCERT: “Ultimate Oscars” with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
The Oscar celebration starts early this year with The Ultimate Oscars – at the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theater at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8. Former Resident Conductor Lawrence Loh returns to celebrate the last 50 years of Oscar-winning scores with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. From John Williams to John Barry, audiences will enjoy unforgettable music from films like “Lord of the Rings,” “Schindler’s List,” “The Godfather,” “Star Wars” and more! For tickets and information, call the WVU Box Office 304-293-SHOW.

Tuesday, Feb. 9
ART UP CLOSE! Shoji Satake
Two works from the WVU Art Collection will be the subject of the Art Museum of WVU’s next Art Up Close! event, to be held Tuesday, Feb. 9. Shoji Satake, who is coordinator of the Ceramics Program in the School of Art & Design, will compare and contrast a ceramic plate from 17th century Anatolia with a contemporary plate created by artist Yu Yong in 1999. Titled “La Maladie de Porcelaine: Porcelain Sickness,” his presentation begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Museum Education Center Grand Hall and will be followed by a question-and-answer session and light refreshments. Those attending will also be able to view the two ceramic works up close. The event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, Feb. 11
VISITING ARTIST LECTURE: Ryan Clifford
A graphic arts and educator with an interest in social change will deliver the next visiting artist lecture for West Virginia University’s School of Art & Design. Ryan Clifford will speak at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, in Bloch Learning and Performance Hall, 200A Creative Arts Center. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Friday, Feb. 12
CONCERT: WVU Wind Symphony
The members of the West Virginia University Wind Symphony will grow as artists under the batons of three guest conductors at their 7:30 p.m. concert on Friday, Feb. 12, in the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre at the Creative Arts Center. The concert is part of WVU’s annual High School Honor Bands Event and will feature guest conductors who will also work with the high-school students. For tickets and information, please call the WVU Box Office at 304-293-SHOW.

Friday, Feb. 12-Sunday, Feb. 14
PLAY: “Disgraced” by Ayad Akhtar
WVU’s LAB Theatre program will present Ayad Akhtar’s “Disgraced,” an exploration of Islamophobia and Muslim-American identity, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 12 and 13, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, in the Vivian Davis Michael Laboratory Theatre in the Creative Arts Center. The play, staged and performed by students in the School of Theatre & Dance, focuses on a dinner party for four people of very different backgrounds, where heated discussion of politics and religion make for a powder keg of identity issues. LAB Theatre productions are free and open to the public, but seating is limited.

Saturday, Feb. 13
CONCERT: High School Honor Band
WVU will host its 37th Annual Invitational High School Honor Bands event on Feb. 11-13 at the Creative Arts Center. Approximately 375 student musicians, representing almost 100 high schools in West Virginia and five regional states, will participate. They are recommended by their high school band directors and selected on the basis of their ability and accomplishments. The students will audition for band placement Thursday evening and then rehearse for two days before presenting the annual Honor Bands Concert at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, in the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre at the Creative Arts Center. The concert is free and open to the public.

Through Friday, Feb. 26
MESAROS GALLERIES: “Conjunction” Faculty Show
Fourteen WVU School of Art and Design faculty members spent the past two years working with printmakers at Artists Image Resource (AIR) in Pittsburgh to produce original art projects. Now they will display their interdisciplinary works the Creative Arts Center’s Mesaros Galleries. Titled “Conjunction: Projects by WVU School of Art and Design Faculty,” the show opens Jan. 25 and continues through Feb. 26. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, from noon to 9:30 p.m. The galleries are closed Sundays and University holidays. Special individual or group viewing times may be arranged upon request.

Mark your calendars:

Ongoing

ART MUSEUM OF WVU: Inaugural Exhibition: Visual Conversations: Looking and Listening
The Art Museum of WVU is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit http://artmuseum.wvu.edu.

CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF THE ARTS AND HUMANITIES
This year, West Virginia University will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the creation of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Visit http://artsandhumanities.wvu.edu for more information and a calendar of events.

Jazz ensembles perform Feb. 8

David | February 4, 2016
Jazz musicians

West Virginia University’s talented jazz musicians will present an eclectic concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, in the Gladys Davis Theatre of the Creative Arts Center.

The evening will begin with the Joe Jancura Band. They’ll play “Sister Sadie” by Horace Silver, “Insensatez (How Insensitive”) by Antonio Calos Jobin, and Line of Flight by Steve Davis. Minor Swing will play “Work Song” by Nat Adderley. String Quartet (Slight Return) will offer Ray Brown’s “Custard Puff.”

Der Trio will play Johnny Mercer’s “I’m an Old Cowhand (from the Rio Grande)” and Isham Jones’ “There Is No Greater Love.”

The evening will conclude with four pieces by WVU’s Large Jazz Ensemble. The group will play: “Sandunga,” by Arturo Sandoval, arranged with Ed Calle; “The Way You Look Tonight,” by Jerome Kern, arranged by Sammy Nestico; and “Celebracion” and “Samantha,” both by Nestico.

The ensembles are under the direction of John Posey, Curtis Johnson, Craig Fraedrich, and Paul Thompson.

For tickets and information, call the WVU Box Office at 304-293-SHOW.

Robert W. Smith The members of the West Virginia University Wind Symphony will grow as artists under the batons of three guest conductors at their 7:30 p.m. concert on Friday, Feb. 12, in the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre at the Creative Arts Center.

“This concert is part of WVU’s annual High School Honor Bands event,” said John Hendricks, WVU Director of Bands and Conductor of the Wind Symphony. “The guest conductors will also serve as guest conductors for the high-school students.”

The guests are Robert W. Smith, Steven Barnett, and Julia Kade.

Smith is “one of the most popular and prolific composers in America today,” said Hendricks. His original works for winds and percussion have been programmed by countless military, university, high school, and middle school bands around the world.

Barnett is the West Tennessee Educational Representative for the Amro Music Company. He’s also the former director of bands at Marshall University.

Kade is the director of bands at Princeton High School in Princeton, W.Va. “She’s built and maintained a high-quality band program at Princeton for many years,” said Hendricks.

The program will include:

  • “Appalachian Folk Song Suite,” written and composed by Smith and dedicated to Hendricks and the Wind Symphony.
  • “Overture for Winds” by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, arranged by John Boyd, originally composed for chamber ensemble and expanded for full concert band.
  • “Sheltering Sky” by John Mackey, evoking folk songs with an atmosphere of calm and repose.
  • “Valdres” by Johannes Hanssen, arranged by Loras Schissel, and widely considered one of the world’s best concert marches.
  • “Prelude and Rondo” by David Holsinger, full of syncopated melodies.
  • “Through the Looking Glass” by Jess Turner, a fanfare piece that takes the audience into the musical world.
  • “With Heart and Voice” by David Gillingham, based on an old Spanish hymn.

In addition to Hendricks and guests, the Wind Symphony is under the baton of Dearl J. Drury, associate conductor, and Christopher J. Nichter, assistant conductor.

For tickets and information, please call the WVU Box Office at 304-293-SHOW.

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Gifted musicians from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) will share their expertise with students from the West Virginia University School of Music in three masterclasses scheduled for Monday, Feb. 8.

Lorna McGhee, principal flutist, will lead a masterclass for the flute studio from 1 to 3 p.m. in 424A Creative Arts Center. Gretchen Van Hoesen, principal harpist and Virginia Campbell Chair, will lead four WVU harpists in a masterclass at 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in 215A Creative Arts Center. First Violin and Nancy and Jeffrey Leininger Violinist Christopher Wu will lead four WVU violinists in a masterclass at 5 to 7 p.m. in Bloch Learning and Performance Hall, 200A Creative Arts Center. The masterclasses are free and open to the public.

In addition to her duties with the PSO, McGhee has performed as guest principal with Chicago Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Academy of St-Martin-in-the-Fields and Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Before emigrating to North America from Scotland in 1998, McGhee was co-principal flute of the BBC Symphony Orchestra in England. As a soloist, she has given concerto performances with the London Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in the UK; Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Toronto Philharmonia and Victoria Symphony in Canada; and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra and Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra in the United States.

Van Hoesen has been principal harpist of the PSO since 1977. She has appeared as soloist with the orchestra on numerous occasions, both on the subscription series and on tour. She has also been soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Orchestral Association, the Greenwich Philharmonia and the Westmoreland Symphony. She has concertized in the metropolitan New York area at Carnegie Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall and the Brooklyn Museum, and has presented concertos at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington.

Wu enjoys a diverse career as an orchestral and chamber musician, teacher and soloist. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, he joined the first violin section of the PSO in 1988, and holds the Nancy & Jeffery Leininger First Violin Chair. He has previously served as concertmaster of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and Riverside Orchestra and has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood, and the Rochester and Buffalo Philharmonics. An active chamber musician, Wu has played with a wide range of artists including Nancy Wilson, Joshua Bell, and the Muir String Quartet.

The PSO will present the last of this year’s Canady Symphony Series concerts at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 in the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre. For tickets and information, please call the WVU Box Office at 304-293-SHOW.

Loh-5(small) The Oscar celebration starts early this year with The Ultimate Oscars at West Virginia University’s Lyell B. Clay Concert Theater on Feb. 8.

Former Resident Conductor Lawrence Loh returns to celebrate the last 50 years of Oscar-winning scores with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. From John Williams to John Barry, audiences will enjoy unforgettable music from films like “Lord of the Rings,” “Schindler’s List,” “The Godfather,” “Star Wars” and more!

“As a lifelong fan of film music, this concert is truly the ‘ultimate’ thrill. I couldn’t imagine any of these films without these award-winning scores and this concert serves as an amazing playlist of music,” says Loh. “I would argue that the films themselves owe much of their success to the masterful scoring by these brilliant composers. I can’t wait to work with my friends at the Pittsburgh Symphony to bring these scores to life!”

Please note that film clips are not included in this performance.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theater at the Creative Arts Center on WVU’s Evansdale Campus in Morgantown, W.Va. Tickets are $27 and $45 and can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900, or by visiting pittsburghsymphony.org/wvu. Student tickets are $13 per concert. Student tickets can be purchased at pittsburghsymphony.org/wvustudent. Tickets also are available at the WVU Mountainlair Box Office.

A pre-concert talk led by Assistant Conductor Andrés Franco will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The 2015-2016 title sponsors of the Canady Symphony Series at WVU are William and Loulie Canady in memory of Valerie.

For tickets and information, please call the WVU Box Office at 304-293-SHOW.

This Week @ the CAC: Feb. 1-7, 2016

David | February 1, 2016
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All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more information about ticketed events, call 304.293.SHOW. For information about any College of Creative Arts events, call the Publicity Office at 304.293.3397. Events on this calendar are subject to change. For the latest information, see our web calendar at http://ccarts.wvu.edu.

All College of Creative Arts programs, services, and activities are accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations, call 304.293.4171.

Thursday, Feb. 4-Saturday, Feb. 6
DANCE NOW! Annual Concert
Students and faculty are hard at work rehearsing an eclectic and electric evening of choreography with the annual ‘Dance Now!’ concert. The event gives students in WVU’s dance program the opportunity to see their own works receive a full staging, to collaborate with guest choreographers, and to experience the work of guest ensembles. The concerts will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4-6, in the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre in the Creative Arts Center. For tickets and information, please contact the WVU Box Office at 304-293-SHOW.

Through Friday, Feb. 26
MESAROS GALLERIES: “Conjunction” Faculty Show
Fourteen WVU School of Art and Design faculty members spent the past two years working with printmakers at Artists Image Resource (AIR) in Pittsburgh to produce original art projects. Now they will display their interdisciplinary works at the Creative Arts Center’s Mesaros Galleries. Titled “Conjunction: Projects by WVU School of Art and Design Faculty,” the show opens Jan. 25 and continues through Feb. 26. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, from noon to 9:30 p.m. The galleries are closed Sundays and University holidays. Special individual or group viewing times may be arranged upon request.

Mark your calendars:

Ongoing

ART MUSEUM OF WVU: Inaugural Exhibition: Visual Conversations: Looking and Listening
The Art Museum of WVU is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit http://artmuseum.wvu.edu.

CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF THE ARTS AND HUMANITIES
This year, West Virginia University will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the creation of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Visit http://artsandhumanities.wvu.edu for more information and a calendar of events.

Stephen Lane An upcoming performance by the West Virginia University Wind Symphony and Men’s Chorus will feature the customarily eclectic program of music. It will also give one graduate student the chance to show what he’s learned in WVU’s School of Music.

Stephen Lane, who is pursuing a Master’s of Music in Conducting, will lead the entire program, conducting the seven diverse pieces. The concert, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, in the Gladys G. Davis Theatre in the Creative Arts Center.

“When on the podium, Stephen has the type of personality that earns the students’ respect, which results in strong music,” said John Hendricks, director of bands at WVU and Lane’s advisor. “It’s been rewarding to see Stephen refine his skills as a conductor over these past few years.”

For Lane, the process began with some careful forethought, picking which ensembles would present the best learning opportunity.

“After careful thought and deliberation, I landed on the Wind Symphony, Brass Ensemble, Men’s Choir, and the Percussion Ensemble,” he said. “I chose these groups for a variety of reasons, but the Men’s Choir and Percussion Ensemble especially provided me with a challenge and experiences that I’ve not had as a conductor.”

The program will feature:

  • Giovanni Gabrieli’s “Canzon a 12” featuring three separate brass choirs
  • Alan Hovaness’s “Sharagan & Fugue,” combining aspects of the Armenian Liturgical Chang with traditional fugue
  • Randall Thompson’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” the choral transcription of Robert Frost’s beloved poem
  • “Take, O Take Those Lips Away” by J. Edmund Hughes and Mary Ellen Loose, part of “A Shakespeare Suite” from “Measure for Measure”
  • Mario Davidovsky’s “Synchronisms No. 5 for Percussion Players and Tape,” written for solo instrument and groups using pre-recorded tape
  • Eric Ewazen’s “A Hymn for the Lost and the Living,” which depicts the days following Sept. 11, 2001
  • And “Freckles Rag” by Larry Buck, a ragtime piano piece arranged by Randy Eyles

“The whole process, from deciding which groups to use, which pieces to perform, preparing them for rehearsal, and rehearsal itself, has been a wonderful learning experience for me as a conductor,” Lane said.

Through collaboration with Professor Hendricks, choral director Kym Scott, and percussion director George Willis, Lane feels he has “been able to advance my skills as a musician, conductor, and educator. On the night of the recital, it’s my goal to let the music happen and enjoy the moment.”

This Week @ the CAC: Jan. 25-31, 2016

David | January 26, 2016
Fo Sho by Dylan Collins

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more information about ticketed events, call 304.293.SHOW. For information about any College of Creative Arts events, call the Publicity Office at 304.293.3397. Events on this calendar are subject to change. For the latest information, see our web calendar at http://ccarts.wvu.edu.

All College of Creative Arts programs, services, and activities are accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations, call 304.293.4171.

Monday, Jan. 25, through Friday, Feb. 26
MESAROS GALLERIES: “Conjunction” Faculty Show
Fourteen WVU School of Art and Design faculty members spent the past two years working with printmakers at Artists Image Resource (AIR) in Pittsburgh to produce original art projects. Now they will display their interdisciplinary works at the Creative Arts Center’s Mesaros Galleries. Titled “Conjunction: Projects by WVU School of Art and Design Faculty,” the show opens Jan. 25 and continues through Feb. 26. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, from noon to 9:30 p.m. The galleries are closed Sundays and University holidays. Special individual or group viewing times may be arranged upon request.

Wednesday, Jan. 27
LUNCHTIME LOOK: Art Museum Docent Cookie Schultz
Students, faculty and staff, and members of the general public are invited to bring a brown bag lunch to the Museum Education Center Grand Hall at noon and meet with other art enthusiasts to enjoy their midday meal. At 12:30 p.m., the group will move to one of the museum’s galleries for a 20-minute, in-depth look at a work of art with one of the docents. This time, Art Museum docent Mary Louise “Cookie” Schultz will discuss Walter Quirt’s “Mural Study for John Reed Club” (1934).
The session will be over by 12:50 p.m., so that those who need to get back to their offices will have plenty of time. Anyone who can’t get away for the entire hour is welcome to meet the group in the museum’s upstairs gallery at 12:30 p.m. for just the art presentation.

Thursday, Jan. 28

GALLERY TALK: School of Art & Design Faculty
School of Art & Design faculty will present a Gallery Talk about their works in the ongoing “Conjunction” exhibition in the Mesaros Galleries on Thursday, Jan. 28, at 5 p.m. at the Galleries, with the opening reception following at 6 p.m. in the main lobby of the CAC. All events are free and open to the public.

ENSEMBLE RECITAL: Wind Symphony, Men’s Chorus, Brass and Percussion Ensembles
An upcoming performance by the West Virginia University Wind Symphony and Men’s Chorus will feature the customarily eclectic program of music. It will also give one graduate student the chance to show what he’s learned in WVU’s School of Music. Stephen Lane, who is pursuing a Master’s of Music in Conducting, will lead the entire program, conducting the seven diverse pieces. The concert, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, in the Gladys G. Davis Theatre in the Creative Arts Center.

Mark your calendars:

Dance Now! Feb. 4-6
Visiting Artist Lecture Feb. 11
High School Honors Band Concert Feb. 13

Ongoing

ART MUSEUM OF WVU: Inaugural Exhibition: Visual Conversations: Looking and Listening
The Art Museum of WVU is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit http://artmuseum.wvu.edu.

CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF THE ARTS AND HUMANITIES
This year, West Virginia University will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the creation of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Visit http://artsandhumanities.wvu.edu for more information and a calendar of events.

Due to potentially hazardous weather conditions, the West Virginia University College of Creative Arts has decided to cancel the auditions and portfolio reviews scheduled for this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 23 and 24. Recruitment personnel have reached out to affected students and are in the process of rescheduling auditions. New dates will be added to the schedule and will be announced on the College’s web site when finalized.

Auditions are also scheduled for early February and will be held at the WVU Creative Arts Center. Dance major auditions will be held on Feb. 5. Music auditions will be held on Feb. 6. Auditions for theatre, art and design majors will be held on Feb. 6.

For more information on the audition process, please read this overview at WVU Today.

Gustavo Halley A group of West Virginia University voice students will get the chance to hone their skills alongside an expert at a master class on Jan. 29.

Gustavo Halley, a retired member of the Missouri-Kansas Conservatory of Music, at 4 p.m. on Bloch Learning and Performance Hall in WVU’s Creative Arts Center.

Halley, a native of Cuba and an expert on the history of recorded opera, has performed as a bass-baritone around the world. He portrayed Christopher Columbus in the world premier of Manuel deFalla’s scenic oratorio, “La Atlantida.” He’s portrayed Boris Gudonov, the King in “Aida” and “Tristan und Isolde,” Mephistopheles in “Faust,” and the Police Commissioner in “Der Rosenkavalier,” in venues across the United States, in Europe, and Mexico.

“A master class, for the students, is like having a mini voice lesson in front of an audience,” said Hope Koehler, an associate professor and coordinator of the voice program in WVU’s School of Music. “Dr. Halley will hear the student sing, then he will work with that student on various aspects of the performance.

“They might work on vocal technique, or they might work on presentation or interpretation,” Koehler explained. “Dr. Halley is an amazing teacher, and he has sung with so many great singers and knows so much repertoire – along with the traditions that go with it – that he’s a wellspring of information for the students.”

The master class is free and open to the public.