RIC’s Spring Season Heats Up With the Arts

True aficionados of the arts know exactly where to go this season: to Rhode Island College. RIC offers full servings of music, theatre, dance and art exhibitions, enough to whet any art lover’s appetite.

In January Bannister Gallery will put on an exhibit of the work of RISD faculty member Wendy Seller. In this show, titled “Visual Metaphors, New Paintings,” Seller combines Photoshop and Illustrator digital manipulation with traditional oil paint.

The month of February includes a theater production of “Arsenic and Old Lace” by the RIC Mainstage Theater. This is a dark comedy about a drama critic who learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts have homicidal tendencies.

In March, of note, are two dance companies that emphasize strength, stamina and speed – Dance Brazil and TAO. New York-based Dance Brazil fuses live Afro-Brazilian music, contemporary dance and “capoeira” – a traditional dance/martial arts form that originated in Africa and evolved in colonial Brazil as a means of fighting enslavement. The Japanese-based TAO dance company combines athleticism with explosive Taiko drumming. TAO artists live and train at a compound in the mountains of Japan, reaching the highest level of virtuosity only after years of intensive study.

Music is the main course for the month of April. Noteworthy concerts include a performance by duo-pianists John and Richard Contiguglia, identical twins who have collaborated since the age of five. Another audience favorite, the Muir String Quartet, returns for its 21st season. In addition, music and dance come together with the Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, which explores movement from a global perspective.

The month of May continues the accent on music with the annual Bon Voyage Choral Concert and the RIC Opera Workshop, which presents favorite scenes from some of the world’s great operas.

For a complete list of all art events at Rhode Island College, browse the 2014 Spring Arts Calendar. For ticket information go to www.ric.edu/pfa.