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Spring 2015 Events

January

February

March

April

May

 

January

14

Alumni Guest Artist Recital, Miles Massicotte, piano, 12:30 PM, CH

 

25

Danbury Music Centre, 3:00pm, CH

 

26

Visiting Artist Lecture: Painter, Stanley Lewis, 11:00 AM, VPAC 144

February

5

Gallery Opening: 100@100 Exhibition, 5:00 - 7:00 PM. 
Preview 100 works of art by 100 artists for the Off-the-Wall 
Fundraiser Event to be held on Saturday, March 7th. (See 
March 7th gallery event listing for more information.) Preview work through March 5th, Mon–Thurs, 12–4 PM, Sat–Sun 1–4 PM. Free & open to the public.  VPAC AG. (D)

 

 

9

Recital, a tribute to  Marian Anderson 12:30 PM, CH

 

9

Recital, a tribute to  Marian Anderson 12:30 PM, CH

 

11

Visiting Artist Lecture: Illustrator, Jerry Pinkney, 11:00 AM, VPAC 144

 

11

Guest Artist Recital, Al Regni, saxophone. 12:30 PM, CH

 

18

Faculty and Guest Artist Recital, Laurel Larsen, piano; Enid Blount Press, clarinet. 12:30 CH

 

20

 

Frankensax, Andrew Beals Conductor; Jazz Ensemble, Jimmy Greene Conductor; and Jazz Orchestra, Jamie Begian Conductor, 8:00 PM, CH

 

 

23

Visiting Artist Lecture: Mixed Media Artist, Andrea Sulzer, 11:00 AM,
VPAC 144

 

 

25

7th Annual James Furman Scholarship Competition, Semi-Final Round. 12:30 PM, CH

 

 

25

You Can't Take it With You introduces audiences to the freethinking, eccentric Sycamore family and the mayhem that ensues when their daughter's fiancé brings his conservative, straight-laced parents to dinner on the wrong night. This Pulitzer Prize-winning, uproarious family affair is set in pre-depression New York (1936-37), and features comedic fun for the whole family. Directed by guest director, John Hickock. 7:00 PM, MS ($$)

 

 

26

You Can’t Take it With You. (High School Night). 7:00 PM, MS ($$)

 

 

27

You Can’t Take it With You. (Opening Night). 8:00 PM, MS ($$)

 

 

27

Jazz Combos, 7:00 PM, CH (D)

 

 

28

You Can’t Take it With You, 8:00 PM, MS

 

 

28

WCSU Woodwind Festival - Free master classes hosted by WCSU’s renowned woodwind faculty. Open to instrumental woodwind students of all ages, these classes give students a chance to improve technique, play together and develop musicality on their instrument while working with WCSU’s woodwind faculty: Gina Cuffari – Bassoon, Chris Cullen – Clarinet, Mark Snyder– oboe, and Kerry Walker – flute. The festival will include classes on playing technique, a rehearsal on a mass ensemble piece, and a performance for their peers and parents. The day will conclude with the WCSU Symphonic Band concert, featuring WCSU woodwind faculty performing Villa Lobos’ Concerto Grosso. 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, CH.

 

 

28

Dances with Winds. WCSU Symphonic Band presents an evening of music featuring renowned WCSU faculty performers: Gina Cuffari – Bassoon, Chris Cullen – Clarinet, Mark Snyder – oboe, and Kerry Walker – flute. The concert will include music of Villa-Lobos, Frank Ticheli, and also featured special guest WCSU President Dr. James Schmotter, as the narrator for Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the WolfTimothy Wiggins, Conductor. 7:00 PM, CH ($$)

 

March

1

Gallery Exhibition: 100@100 Exhibition. Preview 100 works of art by 100 artists, to be sold for $100 each at the Off-the-Wall Fundraiser Event to be held on Saturday, March 7. Preview work through March 5th, Mon–Thurs, 12–4 PM, Sat–Sun 1–4 PM. Free & open to the public.  VPAC AG (D)

 

1

You Can’t Take it With You, 2:00 PM, MS, ($$)

 

1

Danbury Music Centre 3:00pm, CH

 

4

7th Annual James Furman Scholarship Competition, Final Round. 12:30 PM, CH

 

6

You Can’t Take it With You, 8:00 PM, MS, ($$)

 

7

You Can’t Take it With You, 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM, MS, ($$)

 

7

 

100@100: Off the Wall Fundraiser to support the Department of Art Exhibitions Program.  At the Fundraiser all $100 ticket holders’ names will be randomly drawn to select an artwork off the wall to take home. $25 general admission tickets will also be available for those who would like to attend the event for food, drinks and fun. All ticket sales will support the WCSU, Dept. of Art Exhibitions Program. This event is open to ticket holders only. Purchase tickets here. 4:00 - 7:00 PM, VPAC AG

 

7

WCSU Music Alumni Night, 7:00 PM, CH (D)

 

8

You Can’t Take it With You, 2:00 PM, MS, ($$)

 

8

Danbury Music Centre 3:00pm, CH

 

9

Faculty Artist Lecture: Painter, Sabrina Marques, 10:30 AM, VPAC 144

 

11

Alumni Guest Artist Recital, Matt Bronson, percussion. 12:30 PM, CH

 

14

Connecticut Percussive Arts Society Day of Percussion all day, CH ($$)

 

26

Jazz Combos, 8:00 PM, CH (D)

 

27

WCSU Opera Ensemble Presents: The Tender Land by Aaron Copland.
Aaron Copland's folk opera The Tender Land is a depression era coming-of-age story of a young woman growing up in the American heartland. Full of soaring Copland melodies including the well-known “The Promise of Living,” it is also laced with McCarthy era political references and jabs, which early audiences found shocking. The Tender Land premiered 60 years ago at New York City Opera, directed by Jerome Robbins, with Thomas Schippers conducting.  Don't miss The WCSU Opera Ensembles presentation of this quintessential American opera. Directed by Margaret Astrup; Musical Direction by Fernando Jiménez. 8:00 PM, MS ($$)

 

28

The Tender Land by Aaron Copland, 8:00 PM, MS ($$)

 

29

The Tender Land by Aaron Copland, 3:00 PM, MS ($$)

 

1

Piano Studio Recital, 8:00 PM, CH (D)

 

April

2

Gallery Opening: MFA Thesis Exhibition, 6:00 - 8:00 PM. On view through April 13th, Mon - Thurs, 12-4 PM, Sat-Sun 1-4 PM, VPAC AG

 

8

Visiting Artist Lecture: Painter, Judy Glantzman, 11:00 AM, VPAC 144

 

8

Guest Artist Recital, Transcontinental Piano Duo, 12:30 PM, CH

 

13

Percussion Ensemble, David Smith Conductor, 8:00 PM, CH (D)

 

15

Guest Artist and Faculty Recital, Rhian Samuel piano/composer; Russell Hirshfield, piano; Hannah Levinson, viola; Dan Goble, saxophone; Patty Goble, soprano. 12:30 PM, CH

 

15

Smokey Joe’s Café, Broadway’s longest running musical revue, Smokey
Joe’s Café is a red-hot evening of rock-and-roll and rhythm and blues standards by songwriters Leiber and Stoller.  With such audience
favorites as “Yakety Yak,” “I'm a Woman,” and “Stand by Me” belted
out by a diverse cast of singers and dancers, and performed in our brand
new Studio Theatre, this will surely be an evening to remember.  Book
early as seating is extremely limited. Julio Agustin (Matos, Jr.),
Director, (Preview), 7:00 PM, ST ($$)

 

16

Smokey Joe’s Café, High School night, 7:00 PM, ST ($$)

 

17

Smokey Joe’s Café, 8:00 PM, ST ($$)

 

18

Danbury Concert Association. 7:30 PM, CH

 

18

Smokey Joe’s Café, 8:00 PM, ST ($$)

 

19

Smokey Joe’s Café, 2:00 PM, ST

 

20

Visiting Artist Lecture: Writer/Historian, Jennifer Samet & Gallerist,
Steven Harvey, 11:00 AM, VPAC 144

 

21

Chamber Singers, Kevin Isaacs Conductor, and Concert Choir, Cory Ganschow, Conductor. 8:00 PM, CH ($$)

 

22

Gallery Opening: Senior Thesis Exhibition, 6:00 - 8:00 PM.  On view
through May 5th. Mon - Thurs, 12-4 PM, Sat-Sun 1-4 PM, VPAC AG, (D)

 

 

23

 

20th Annual WCSU Jazz Festival, featuring WCSU Jazz Faculty & Students,
7:00 PM CH ($$)

 

24

20th Annual WCSU Jazz Festival, featuring guest artist TBD, 7:00 PM, CH ($$)

 

24

Smokey Joe’s Café, 8:00 PM, ST ($$)

 

25

20th Annual WCSU Jazz Festival featuring The Jimmy Heath Big Band and the WCSU Jazz Orchestra, 7:00 PM, CH ($$)

 

25

Smokey Joe’s Café, 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM, ST ($$)

 

26

Smokey Joe’s Café, 2:00 PM, ST ($$)

 

26

New Music Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble, Fernando Jimenez and David Smith, conductors. 3:00 PM, CH ($$)

 

29

Symphonic Band, Burlesque and Jazz. The WCSU Symphonic Band presents of an evening of music that lifts the listener from the lush harmony of Mendelssohn and Franz Biebl, and transports them to the burlesque of Kurt Weill’s Threepenny Opera and to the jazz inspired music of Dana Wilson. The concert will feature WCSU faculty guest artist, Fernando Jimenez – trombone, performing a WCSU commission: Concerto for Trombone and Wind Ensemble by Dana Wilson. Timothy Wiggins Conductor.  8:00 PM, CH ($$)

 

30

The Cat in the Hat. Everyone's favorite cat comes to mischievous life in this theatrical adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic. The Cat In The Hat will bring out the childhood imagination for viewers of all ages, and is the perfect show to bring the whole family to. This is a limited production, with only three shows available to the public (on April 2nd and 3rd.) Directed by WCSU adjunct instructor Anthony DePoto. School matinee 10:30 AM, MS, ($$)

 

 

 

May

1

The Cat in the Hat, School matinee, 10:30 AM, MS, ($$)

 

2

The Cat in the Hat, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM, MS, ($$)

 

3

The Cat in the Hat, 3:00 PM, MS, ($$)

 

3

Saxofestivus. Join the WCSU Saxophone Orchestra and Saxophone Quartets for an afternoon of saxophone feats of strength! Featuring music by J.S. Bach, Giovanni Gabriel, Leonard Bernstein, Alfred Desenclos and others.  2:00 PM, CH (D)

 

3

Danbury Music Centre 7:00 PM, CH

 

9

WCSU is proud to host the first annual WCSU Solo and Ensemble Festival. Music students from ages 11-18 are welcome to come sing and perform for WCSU’s outstanding music faculty at the new Visual and Performing Arts Center. The event is open to all piano, band, orchestra, jazz, and choral students from 5th grade through seniors in high school. Students will prepare a solo or small ensemble (up to 13 players) of their choosing to be performed live. Students will receive immediate verbal and written feedback and have the opportunity to earn awards for outstanding performances. Cost is $10 per student, per entry with no limit on the number of entries. 10:00 AM–2:00 PM. CH

 

11-16

NYC Show, TBG Theatre, 312 W. 36th St., NY, NY (D)

 

 

 

June

18

Gallery Opening: MFA Exhibition NYC, 5:00–8:00 PM Blue Mountain Gallery, 530 W. 25th St., 4th floor, NY, NY. On view from June 16–July 3, Tues–Sat, 11:00 AM–6:00 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All events are held in Western Connecticut State University’s new Visual and Performing Arts Center (VPAC), located at 7 University Blvd, Danbury, CT  06811

 

For Directions to WCSU’s West Side Campus and VPAC, Click HERE

CH  Veronica Hagman Concert Hall
MS MainStage Theatre,
ST   Studio Theatre
AG   Art Gallery
D =   Donation Suggested
$$ = Tickets for these events may be purchased at the door or at www.wcsu.edu/tickets, or by calling (203) 837-TIXX (8499)
   

 

 

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