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2006 - 2007 Season Archive


Music Events

Lauretian String Quartet with Judith Lynn Stillman, pianist

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: 9/20/2006 1:00 PM

Dvorak Quintet in A Major for Piano and String, Op. 81

Barber String Quartet, Op. 11

Wednesday Chamber Music Series

Question/Answer session follows

Admission free

Student Composer Concert

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: 9/28/2006 8:00 PM, 5/2/2007 8:00 PM

Under the tutelage of world-renowned composer and RIC music faculty Barbara Kolb, student composers at Rhode Island College present world premieres of their recent works. Highlighted on this free concert is "Who Follows Whom", a collaborative piece written in sections by several different students, and chained together seamlessly by Ms. Kolb.
Student compositions from the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance

Rebel: Ensemble for Baroque Music

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: 10/4/2006 1:00 PM

Ensemble for Baroque Music

Jorg-Michael Schwarz & Karen Marie Marmer, directors

Wednesday Chamber Music Series

Question/Answer session follows

RIC Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Ensembles

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: 10/4/2006 7:30 PM, 11/19/2006 7:30 PM

John Sumerlin, Conductor

Admission free

"Rocky Point Holiday"

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: 10/13/2006 8:00 PM

The Rhode Island College Wind Ensemble begins its 2006-07 season with "Rocky Point Holiday", an evening of music which captures the joys and innocence of childhood. This concert features Percy Grainger's Children's March, James Barnes's tour de force "Fantasy Variations", and Ron Nelson's brilliant overture, "Rocky Point Holiday".

Rob Franzblau, Conductor

General seating $7

RIC Symphony Orchestra with guest Katherine Supove, Piano

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: 10/16/2006 8:00 PM

Katherine Supove, Piano
Edward Markward, Conductor

PROGRAM
Mozart, Symphony No. 35 in D Major (Haffner)
Kolb, Voyants (RI premiere)
Sibelius, Symphony No. 5 in E-flat

General admission $7

Rhode Island College Faculty Recital

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: 10/18/2006 1:00 PM, 2/11/2007 8:00 PM

Featuring Guitar Duo Eric Christiensen and Bill Maker

Wednesday Chamber Music Series

Admission free

Question/Answer session follows
This is the fifth annual Faculty Recital sponsored by the RIC Student Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. The concert showcases members of the RIC Music, Theatre, and Dance faculty. Donations received benefit the Deborah Griffin Memorial Scholarship Fund which will provide scholarships to outstanding music majors.

Donations accepted.

RIC Jazz Workshop Combos Performance

Where: Helen Forman Theatre in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: 10/18/2006 7:00 PM

Greg Abate, Director

Admission free

RIC Faculty Jazz Recital

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: 10/19/2006 8:00 PM, 4/2/2007 8:00 PM

The creative output of Rhode Island College?s jazz faculty is on display in this free recital. Vocalist Shawnn Montiero and saxophonist Greg Abate lead an all-star cast of musicians, all of whom teach in RIC?s jazz studies program.
featuring Greg Abate and Shawnn Monteiro

Annual Halloween Collage Concert

Where: The Auditorium in Roberts Hall
When: 10/27/2006 8:00 PM

General admission $7

Deborah Griffin Memorial Faculty Recital

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: 10/30/2006 8:00 PM

Rhode Island College is proud to count among its faculty some of New England's finest musicians, and their talents will be on display at 8:00 pm in Sapinsley Hall on Monday, October 30th. A free-will donation to benefit the Deborah Griffin Family Memorial Scholarship Fund will be taken. Ms. Griffin was a much-loved music education student at Rhode Island College in 2000 when she and four of her five children died tragically in a fire at their Providence home.

The Marcy & Zina Show

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: 11/1/2006 1:00 PM

Original music with the New York-based award-winning songwriting team of composer

Zina Goldrich and lyricist Marcy Heisler


Wednesday Chamber Music Series

Admission free

Question/Answer session follows

RIC 4th Annual High School Invitational Choral Concert

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: 11/3/2006 8:00 PM

This varied and popular performance is a concert in which invited choirs from three local high schools perform for each other and for the community at large. The RIC Chorus and Chamber Singers will also perform, and the concert concludes with a massed choral piece in which all involved ensembles participate.
Admission free

"Songs and Dances"

Where: The Auditorium in Roberts Hall
When: 12/1/2006 8:00 PM

The Rhode Island College Wind Ensemble will join forces with the Roger Williams University Dance Theatre to present "Songs and Dances", featuring the world premiere of "Taking Flight" by RIC percussion instructor Michael DeQuattro, with choreography by Kathy Gordon Smith. Other highlights of the concert include Igor Stravinsky's "Circus Polka", Frank Zappa's "Dog Breath Variations", and Alfred Reed's glorious setting of "Russian Christmas Music".
Rob Franzblau, Conductor

General admission, $7

RIC Symphony Orchestra with guest Mihail Jojatu, Cello

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: 12/4/2006 8:00 PM

Mihail Jojatu, Cello
Edward Markward, Conductor

CONCERT IN MEMORIAM PERRY ROSENTHAL PROGRAM
Wagner, Prelude to Act III "Lohengrin"
Bloch, Schelomo for Solo Cello and Orchestra
Mendelssohn, Symphony No. 5 in D Major (Reformation)

General admission $7

Sara Sant'Ambrogio and Judith Lynn Stillman

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: 12/6/2006 1:00 PM

Sonatas for Cello and Piano

Wednesday Chamber Music Series

Question/Answer session follows

Admission free

RIC Winter Choral Concert

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: 12/8/2006 8:00 PM

RIC Chorus, Chamber Singers, Women's Chorus, and Men's Chorus

General admission $3

RIC Concert Jazz Band

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: 12/11/2006 8:00 PM

Joseph Foley, Director

Admission free

Mindy Kaufman and Judith Lynn Stillman: "Flights of Fancy"

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: 2/7/2007 1:00 PM

Wednesday Chamber Music Series

The flute and piano duo, Stillman & Kaufman, will be presenting works from their upcoming cd. Kaufman has been a flutist and piccoloist with the New York Philharmonic since 1979, and has performed as soloist with the NYPO under the direction of Kurt Masur and Zubin Mehta.

Question/Answer Session follows

Rhode Island College Faculty Recital

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: 2/11/2007 8:00 PM

This is the fifth annual Faculty Recital sponsored by the RIC Student Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. The concert showcases members of the RIC Music, Theatre, and Dance faculty. Donations received benefit the Deborah Griffin Memorial Scholarship Fund which will provide scholarships to outstanding music majors.

Paul Phillips and Kathryne Jennings: "Love and War"

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: 2/21/2007 1:00 PM

Wednesday Chamber Music Series

Phillips and Jennings, Brown University faculty members, will present a varied program of works for soprano and piano including excerpts from Phillips' War Music. Phillips is a renowned conductor, composer, author and pianist. Jennings, his wife, an award-winning soprano, is the former Artistic Director of Opera Providence.

"It's Only Natural"

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: 3/2/2007 8:00 PM

RIC Chorus, Chamber Singers, and Women's Chorus, Teresa Coffman, Conductor

RIC Men's Chorus, Tianxu Zhou, Conductor

The RIC Chorus, Chamber Singers, Women's Chorus, and Men's Chorus will perform in a concert featuring pieces based around a nature theme. Works featured include Eric Whitacre's Little Birds, and Vier Gesange for women's voices, two horns and harp by Johannes Brahms.

General Admission: $3

Chamber Music at Rhode Island College

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: 3/4/2007 7:30 PM, 4/15/2007 7:30 PM

RIC Chamber Orchestra and Small Ensembles, John Sumerlin, Conductor
RIC Chamber Music Orchestra and Small Ensembles

John Sumerlin, Conductor

Triton Brass Quintet: "Time Travel"

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: 3/7/2007 1:00 PM

Wednesday Chamber Music Series

Triton Brass is an exciting musical collaborative comprising five of the region's most promising young talents. Prize winners at the 2003 Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition, Triton is in its fourth year as artists-in-residence at Boston College.

Question/Answer session to follow.

"American Originals"

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: 3/9/2007 8:00 PM

Rhode Island College Wind Ensemble, Robert Franzblau, Conductor

Three ground-breaking American composers will be featured in this concert by the Rhode Island College Wind Ensemble. The music of Charles Ives, a native of New England, was almost unknown during his lifetime, but his musical innovations have steadily grown in esteem, and today he is considered one of the true pioneers of American classical music. Guest conductor Frank L. Battisti, emeritus conductor of the New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble and himself an American original, will lead the RIC Wind Ensemble in Ives's music. Also featured on the concert will be a world premiere by esteemed composer Barbara Kolb and The Dog Breath Variations by innovative rock musician Frank Zappa.

General Admission: $7

RIC Symphony Orchestra

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: 3/19/2007 7:00 PM

12th Samuel and Esther Chester Performance Award Concert

Edward Markward, Conductor
Rosilyn Chua, Piano

Debussy - Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
Beethoven - Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15
Bartok - Concerto for Orchestra

Generations Trio: "Rameau to Ragtime"

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: 3/21/2007 1:00 PM

Wednesday Chamber Music Series

Question/Answer session follows

The acclaimed Generations Trio features artists of three generations: John Sant'Ambrogio, Principal Cellist of the Saint Louis Symphony for 37 years and soloist with the BSO under Arthur Fiedler; Russian violinist Dmitri Pogorelov, First Prize winner at both the 2005 National Society of Arts and Letters Competition and the 2004 William C. Byrd International Competition; and RIC's Artist-in-Residence, Pell Award-winning pianist Judith Lynn Stillman.

Fluttr Effect Trio: "Swallows and Sparrows"

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: 4/4/2007 1:00 PM

Wednesday Chamber Music Series

Haunting classical style sounds with rock inspired melodies. The Fluttr Effect Trio, an all-women band characterized by acoustic-style experimentation, is carried by the melodic power of Vessela Stoyanova's midi marimba, the bass-like lilt of Valerie Thompson's flower topped cello, and the hypnotizing lead vocals of Kara Trott.

Rhode Island College Faculty Recital: "Musical Potpourri"

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: 4/18/2007 1:00 PM

Wednesday Chamber Music Series

Some of RIC's outstanding faculty members will present an eclectic program of musical delights including Jazz Sonata by Philip Martorella performed by the composer and saxophonist Greg Abate.

Spring Chamber Choral Ensembles Concert

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: 4/22/2007 8:00 PM

Featuring the RIC Chamber Singers and Women's Chorus conducted by Teresa Coffman, and the RIC Men's Chorus conducted by Tianxu Zhou.

This Spring concert will feature the RIC Choral Chamber Ensembles, RIC Chamber Singers, Women's Chorus, and Men's Chorus, as well as graduating senior music majors in an evening celebrating spring.

"Music of the Spheres"

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: 4/27/2007 8:00 PM

Rhode Island College Wind Ensemble, Robert Franzblau, Conductor

The 2006-07 RIC Wind Ensemble season concludes with a concert for eclectic tastes. Gustav Holst's The Planets, new works by RIC student composers, and the winner of the Rhode Island College Student Concerto Competition will be presented.

29th Annual Bicho Family Memorial Scholarship Concert

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: 4/30/2007 8:00 PM

RIC Symphony Orchestra

Edward Markward, Conductor

General Admission Donation: $10

Choral Music and Opera Choral Scenes of Carlisle Floyd

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: 5/4/2007 8:00 PM

The 2006-07 Rhode Island College Choral concert season will conclude with this concert featuring the RIC Chorus, conducted by Teresa Coffman, and the Henry Barnard School Chorus, conducted by Jay MacCubbin, in a performance of music by Carlisle Floyd. Featured works include his pieces for elementary treble voices and concert versions of scenes from his operas The Passion of Jonathan Wade, Willie Stark, Susannah, and Of Mice and Men. The concert is the culmination of Mr. Floyd's three-day residency at RIC, during which he will work with the performers.

General Admission: $3

Massenet, Menotti, Mozart, & Purcell

Where: The Helen Forman Theatre in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: 5/6/2007 7:00 PM

RIC Opera Workshop Performance

Susan Rogers and Edward Markward, Co-directors
Christina Breindel, Repetiteur

Jazz Concert

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: 5/7/2007 8:00 PM

RIC Concert Jazz Band

General Admission: $5

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Theatre Events

"The Foreigner" by Larry Shue

Where: Helen Forman Theatre in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: 9/27/2006 8:00 PM, 9/28/2006 8:00 PM, 9/29/2006 8:00 PM, 9/30/2006 2:00 PM, 9/30/2006 8:00 PM, 10/1/2006 2:00 PM

Froggy LeSueur frequents a fishing lodge in rural Georgia. This time he brings along his friend Charlie who is overcome with fear at the thought of making conversation with strangers. So before departing, he tells everyone that Charlie is from an exotic foreign country and speaks no English. Once alone, the fun really begins when Charlie overhears more than he should.

"I laughed start to finish at one comic surprise after another." - The New Yorker
"An invitation to relax and laugh at the foolishness of life." - The Village Voice
"If you do theater long enough, The Foreigner must be in your credits." - The Producer

Jamie Taylor, Director, Mainstage Theatre

General Admission $14
Senior Citizen $10
RIC Student $5

"The Tempest" by William Shakespeare

Where: Helen Forman Theatre in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: 11/15/2006 8:00 PM, 11/16/2006 8:00 PM, 11/17/2006 8:00 PM, 11/18/2006 2:00 PM, 11/18/2006 8:00 PM, 11/19/2006 2:00 PM

"The Tempest" is a fantastical comedy, loaded with music and magic, shipwrecks, warring brothers, drunken and hapless sailors, mystical creatures and star-crossed lovers. In the end, the threads of love weave together a merciful tale of forgiveness, romance, and adventure. It's the story of a man who, with his young daughter, has been exiled for over a dozen years from his native land, and how they come to be restored to their natural place in the order of things. Shakespeare, at the end of his career, pulls out all the stops for "The Tempest".

Mainstage Theatre Bob Colonna, Director

General admission $14
Senior Citizen $10
RIC Student $5

"Twelve Angry Women"

Where: The Helen Forman Theatre in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: 2/21/2007 8:00 PM, 2/22/2007 8:00 PM, 2/23/2007 8:00 PM, 2/24/2007 2:00 PM, 2/24/2007 8:00 PM, 2/25/2007 2:00 PM

Twelve jurors are charged with the duty to convict or exonerate a 19-year old boy who is being tried for the murder of his father. After listening to all the evidence, the jurors?all women?retire to the jury room to make their decision. But personalities of the jurors become entwined as the decision is made. Personal biases are revealed and tensions run high in this suspenseful drama as the twelve women re-examine evidence, re-enact the crime and attempt to reach a verdict in the case. They came from all walks of life yet they were all faced with the same challenge. Guilty or Not Guilty?

"The American Dream"

Where: The Little Theatre in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (NCPA 128)
When: 3/1/2007 8:00 PM, 3/2/2007 8:00 PM, 3/3/2007 8:00 PM, 3/4/2007 2:00 PM

In The American Dream, Albee uses dark-comedy to examine the state of the family as it evolved from the post WWII era into the early 1960's. We are presented with a family, Mommy, Daddy and Grandma, living an apparently idyllic existence, who relate to each other by not relating. Popular culture at that time showcased a "Leave it to Beaver" worldview, but Albee saw the cracks in the plastic and tried to warn us of our suppressed reality. Albee forces us to focus, to look beyond our material lives and learn a little something about ourselves.

"Damn Yankees"

Where: The Auditorium in Roberts Hall
When: 4/19/2007 8:00 PM, 4/20/2007 8:00 PM, 4/21/2007 2:00 PM, 4/21/2007 8:00 PM, 4/22/2007 2:00 PM

America's favorite pastime is glorified in one of America's favorite musicals - winner of 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. In this fanciful homage to baseball, a middle-aged fan sells his soul to the devil in order to become an all-star pitcher and hitter for his favorite team. The score includes the hit songs You've Got to Have Heart, Whatever Lola Wants, A Little Brains,A Little Talent and Two Lost Souls.

Reserved seating: $18

"WOMEN, WAR, DESERT"

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: 4/21/2007 8:00 PM

General Admission: $15

Panel Discussion April 22 at noon in Sapinsley Hall in the Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
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Dance Events

Open Dance Company Class with Chris Elam

Where: Melcer Dance Studio in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: 8/29/2006 10:00 AM, 8/30/2006 10:00 AM, 8/31/2006 10:00 AM, 9/1/2006 10:00 AM


Photo: Jason Somma
Admission $8 per class

Rhode Island College Dance Company Mini-Concert Series

Where: The Auditorium in Roberts Hall
When: 10/11/2006 10:00 AM, 10/12/2006 10:00 AM, 10/13/2006 10:00 AM


Photo: Nikki Carrara
Rhode Island school children will be treated to the RIC Dance Company's Annual Mini-Concert Series. Repertory selections will include works by Arthur Aviles (Bronx, NY), Billbob Brown (UMASS Amherst), and Chris Elam (NYC), and rehearsal direction will be provided by Angelica Vessella. Offered free to all school children in Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts since the 1960's, these concerts provide young audiences with an informative and enjoyable introduction to contemporary dance forms.
Admission free; Reservations required: Contact Dante Del Giudice at ddelgiudice@ric.edu for reservations.

Rhode Island College Dance Company October Concert with Misnomer Dance Theater

Where: The Auditorium in Roberts Hall
When: 10/13/2006 8:00 PM


Photo: Jason Somma
Chris Elam's Misnomer Dance Theater is perhaps the newest and freshest voice of the last decade. Founded in 1998, Misnomer Dance Theatre is all about innovation, new forms, hybrid vocabularies, and articulating a vision of the human and its speech acts that can be unfamiliar, strangely beautiful, and always intriguing.

Chris Elam will create a new work for RIC dancers in August and return with his company for a RIC Dance Company/Misnomer Dance Theater shared concert.

General admission $12

"Phoenix Rising: Steppin' Out for Providence Ballet"

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: 10/27/2006 8:00 PM

Phoenix Rising: Steppin' Out for Providence Ballet continues RIC's Rhode Island Dances Series with a showcase of dance artists and companies in a benefit concert for Eva Marie Pacheco's Providence Ballet. Opened in 1995 in the Downcity section of Providence, Providence Ballet's studio was completely destroyed when the 151 Weybosset Street building went up in flames on May 22.

The dance community's response to Providence Ballet's tragic loss was quick and far reaching. In addition to offers of studio space, costumes, and other essentials, the following artists and organizations have agreed to perform in the Steppin' Out for Providence Ballet showcase: Andary Dance, carolsomersDANCE, Colleen Cavanaugh, Everett Dance Theatre, Festival Ballet, Heidi Henderson/elephant jane dance, Island Moving Company, Providence Ballet, and Spindle City Ballet.

General admission $15

Open Dance Company Class with Shannon Hummel

Where: Melcer Dance Studio in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: 11/5/2006 10:00 AM, 11/6/2006 4:30 PM, 11/7/2006 10:00 AM, 11/8/2006 4:30 PM


Photo: Galois Cohen
Admission $8 per class

Winter Concert: RIC Dance Company Winter Concert with Shannon Hummel's Cora Dance

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: 12/1/2006 8:00 PM


Photo: Steven Schrieber
Shannon Hummel's Cora Dance is best known for poignantly drawn narratives and exceptional dancer/actors. Combining exploration of the human condition and relationships with movement and gesture that resonates with truth and honesty, The New York Times has described Hummel as "the modern-dance version of an eloquent short-story writer."
Ms. Hummel will create a new work for RIC dancers in November and return with her company for a RIC Dance Company/Cora Dance shared performance. Ms. Hummel has a RIC connection with previous NYC collaborations with Fernando Maneca (B.A. '87), and Fernando?s wife, Vanessa Adato, is a performer with Cora Dance.

General admission: $12

Open Dance Company Class with Drika Overton

Where: Melcer Dance Studio, Nazarian Center
When: 1/9/2007 10:00 AM, 1/10/2007 10:00 AM, 1/11/2007 10:00 AM, 1/12/2007 10:00 AM, 1/13/2007 10:00 AM

Drika Overton's career as a jazz tap artist has spanned over two decades and includes work as a producer, director, educator, performer and choreographer. She is the creator and artistic director of the internationally recognized Portsmouth Percussive Dance Festival and Clara's Dream: a jazz nutcracker and works throughout New England and the U.S.

Ms. Overton has been a featured artist at the New York City Tap Festival; the Southeastern TapExplosion in Atlanta; the Bates Dance Festival; the New England Artist's Congress; Liz Lerman's Dance Exchange's Shipyard Project; Public Television; and numerous jazz clubs, concerts, and festivals. She is the artistic director of MaD Theatricals, a unique collaboration of nationally and internationally recognized jazz and tap artists, and co-directs and choreographs for the Youth Jazz Dance Project.

Admission $8 per class

Open Dance Company Class with Nathan Andary

Where: Melcer Dance Studio, Nazarian Center
When: 1/16/2007 10:00 AM, 1/17/2007 10:00 AM, 1/18/2007 10:00 AM, 1/19/2007 10:00 AM, 1/20/2007 10:00 AM

Nathan Andary is the artistic director of Andary Dance, a new and refreshing force in Rhode Island's contemporary dance scene. Andary Dance was created in 2001 as a consortium of dance performers dedicated to the creative and innovative advancement of postmodern dance and the arts. Mr. Andary's award-winning dances have been described as innovative, fluid, physical and visually exciting. He received a choreography fellowship from the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts in 2004, and Andary Dance is a national touring company and has been presented in NYC, Boston, and Rhode Island. RIC dancers will perform a new dance work by Mr. Andary created in January 2007.

Admission $8 per class

48th Annual Spring Concert Series

Where: The Auditorium in Roberts Hall
When: 3/1/2007 8:00 PM, 3/2/2007 8:00 PM, 3/3/2007 8:00 PM, 3/4/2007 2:00 PM


Photo: Nikki Carrara
Melody Ruffin Ward's choreography and dancing have been described by poet Tim Seibles as having "the physical capacity to articulate the delights and lyrical mysteries of being human . . . her work bears witness that we live in bodies, and that it is only through our vulnerable flesh that we enter and come to know the world." A native of Atlanta, Georgia this dancer, educator, and choreographer currently lives in Providence, Rhode Island with her husband and two daughters. Currently an associate professor in the Department of Music, Theater and Dance at Rhode Island College, Ward's work is steeped in her love for developing dances that have an internal and personal dialogue. Ms. Ward has created a solo on RIC dancer Jeff Cotnoir for the Spring Concert Series.

Other works to be included in the Spring Concert Series were premiered in fall 2005 and will include Chris Elam's "Land Flat" and Shannon Hummel's "Some of My Best Friends are Dancers".

Rhode Island College Dance Company
General Admission $ 10

Faculty and Alumni Concert featuring the Vessella Dance Project

Where: Helen Forman Theatre in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: 3/29/2007 8:00 PM, 3/30/2007 8:00 PM

The Faculty and Alumni Concert will feature a return engagement by the Vessella Dance Project with an evening-length work by Angelica Vessella '97 and James Calitri '01. "A-MIRROR-CA: A reflection on America?s Media-Driven Culture" is an expose on postmodern lives that are not our own and economies of desires that are imposed from without.

Billed as a critical burlesque on the human condition in late-capitalism, dance, theatre, and performance serve to outline the drama and constructed discourses of our fractured present and possible salvation. "A-MIRROR-CA" is a joint theses project for Ms. Vessella and Mr. Calitri, M.F.A. in theatre/performance and society candidates, created in fulfillment of degree requirements.

General Admission $14

Student Choreography Showcase

Where: Helen Forman Theatre in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: 4/26/2007 8:00 PM, 4/27/2007 8:00 PM


Photo: Nikki Carrara
New student works will be presented in the Student Choreography Showcase in the Forman Theatre. These works are the result of course work and independent projects completed throughout the academic year, and this annual Showcase provides our advanced students with an ideal venue for their work.

Rhode Island College Dance Company
General Admission $8

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