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August/September 2019

August 29 - September 20
Art: “2-D Faculty Exhibition”
Noon-8 p.m., Monday-Friday
Bannister Gallery
Opening Reception​ Thurs., ​Aug. 29, 4-7 p.m.
The Annual Faculty Exhibition offers an opportunity for the community to experience firsthand the inspirational and virtuoso talent that is in residence at Rhode Island College.
These faculty artists are integral to the current aesthetic and formal dialogue in their various approaches to art practice, including research-based and interdisciplinary methods that are the core of best practice models. RIC’s faculty exhibits widely they receive many prestigious awards, grants, and residencies. As a result, they encourage students by their example to think across boundaries. Collectively, these distinguished, award-winning artists bring a unique vision to the region’s cultural tapestry.

October 2019

Thursday, October 3–Friday, October 25
Art: “Copernicus”
Facilitated by Frank WANG Yefeng
Noon-8 p.m., Monday-Friday
Bannister Gallery
Opening Reception Thurs., Oct. 3, 4-7 p.m
“Copernicus” is based on Nicolaus Copernicus’s “On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres,” published under pressure before his death in 1543. With historical context in mind, this exhibition brings together selected artists and artworks to present a new perspective on the world and human beings, involving all kinds of considerations related to technology, geopolitics, nature and social systems. By interweaving these topics that are neither clear or rigidly defined, we can question anthropocentrism, the centralization of people, borders and presuppositions, all while recognizing and giving recognition to historical contingencies.

Wednesday, October 2Sunday, October 6
Theatre: “Much Ado About Nothing” by William Shakespeare
RIC Mainstage Theatre
Adapted and directed by Christin L. Goff
Wednesday, Oct. 2-Saturday, Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 5-Sunday, Oct. 6*, 2 p.m.
Helen Forman Theatre [confirm]
General admission $15 
Seniors (62+, limit 1 per ID) $12
Non-RIC students (limit 1 per ID) $10
RIC faculty, staff and alumni (limit 2 per ID) $5
RIC students (limit 2 per ID) $5   
* Pre-performance dinner on Sunday, Oct. 6
At the Hotel Messina, a celebration for returning soldiers turns into an entertaining setting for young love and matchmaking. One young couple falls in love at first sight. Another pair is perfect for each other, but they refuse to believe it. So, a trick to get them to fall in love (or simply tolerate each other) becomes the dubious work of well-meaning friends. When villainous jealousy seeks to upset marriage plans, one bride is left at the altar. Will there ever be a wedding? Will it turn into a war of wits? Will the upright constable and his deputy foil the plot? Or will the bad guys get away? It may seem like it’s too much…but it’s just…Much Ado About Nothing! Come laugh along with one of Shakespeare’s best loved comedies when it comes to RIC Theatre in October…”

Friday, October, 4
Dance: “Pantos Project Dance”
Rhode Island Dance Company
7:30 p.m. 
Sapinsley Auditorium
General Admission $15
Students $5
Boston-based contemporary dance company Pantos Project Dance performs with special guest appearance by the RIC Dance Company.

Sunday, October 6     
Music: RIC Chamber Orchestra
7:30 p.m.
Sapinsley Hall

Friday, October 11    
Music: RIC Wind Ensemble
7:30 p.m.
Roberts Auditorium
Description TBA

Tuesday, October 15 
Music: RIC Symphony Orchestra
7:30 p.m.
Roberts Auditorium
Description TBA

Sunday, October 20   
Music: “James Burgess Memorial Choral Concert”
RIC Concert Chorus, Chamber Singers and Women’s Chorus
Teresa Coffman, Conductor
5 p.m.
All Saints’ Memorial Church
674 Westminster Street, Providence, RI
This light autumn choral concert featured the college’s three choral ensembles in performances of works by important composers throughout Western music history, as well as non-traditional and lesser-known composers and pieces.

Wednesday, October 23– Friday, October 25
Dance: Mini Informative Dance Concert for K-12
Rhode Island College Dance Company
10 a.m.
Sapinsley Hall
Reservations Required
This free, informative and interactive performance for teachers, K-12 students and schools promoting arts in our youth.

Friday, October 25
Dance: “Jump Rhythm Jazz Project”
Rhode Island College Dance Company
Time TBA
Sapinsley Hall
General Admission $15
Students $5
Chicago-based dance company Jump Rhythm Jazz Project performs, with special appearance by the RIC Dance Company.

Wednesday, October 30    
Music: “Music Without Borders”
Judith Lynn Stillman and Friends from the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra
Judith Lynn Stillman, artistic director
1 p.m.
Sapinsley Hall
Admission free – Suggested donation $15
This virtuoso performnce features RIC Artist-in-Residence Judith Lynn Stillman on piano, with Katherine Winterstein on violin, Abigail Cross on viola and Steven Laven on cello.

Thursday, October 31    
Music: RIC Halloween Collage Concert
7:30 p.m.
Auditorium in Roberts Hall

November 2019

Saturday, November 2    
Music: “Music Without Borders”
Judith Lynn Stillman and Friends from the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra
Judith Lynn Stillman, artistic director
8 p.m.
The Carter Center / Rhode Island Philharmonic's Music School
667 Waterman Avenue, East Providence, RI
Tickets available at 401-248-7000 
This virtuoso performnce features RIC Artist-in-Residence Judith Lynn Stillman on piano, with Katherine Winterstein on violin, Abigail Cross on viola and Steven Laven on cello.​

Thursday, November 7–Friday, December 6
Art: “John Demelim Jr.”
Noon-8 p.m., Monday-Friday
Bannister Gallery
Opening Reception Thurs., Nov 7, 4-7 p.m.
This exhibition celebrates the life, art and collection of John DeMelim Jr. (1924-2019), a graduate of Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. DeMelim joined the Rhode Island College Art Department faculty in 1960, just as the college moved to its current campus. Before teaching printmaking and founding the college’s graphic design program, DeMelim taught a general education course required for all students, titled “Art in Society,” a theme that would resonate throughout his art and his travels around the world.

Wednesday, November 13–Friday, November 17
Theatre: “Working: A Musical”
RIC Mainstage Theatre
From the book by Studs Terkel
Adapted by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso
With additional contributions by Gordon Greenberg
Songs by Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Rodgers and Susan Birkenhead, Stephen Schwartz and James Taylor
Bill Wilson, director
Angelica Vessella, choreographer
Stephen DeCesare, musical director
Wed., Nov. 13-Sat., Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m.
Sat, Nov. 16-Sun., Nov. 17, 2 p.m.
Helen Forman Theatre
General admission $20
Seniors (62+, limit 1 per ID) $16
Non-RIC students (limit 1 per ID) $10
RIC faculty, staff and alumni (limit 2 per ID) $5
RIC students (limit 2 per ID) $5   
The hopes, dreams, joys and concerns of the average working American are the focus of this unique, extraordinary musical. Based on Studs Terkel's best-selling book of interviews with American workers, “Working” paints a vivid portrait of the men and women that the world so often takes for granted: the schoolteacher, the parking lot attendant, the waitress, the millworker, the mason, the trucker, the fireman and the housewife, just to name a few. The result is a highly original look at the American landscape that is simply impossible to forget.

Sunday, November 17  
Music: RIC Chamber Orchestra
7:30 p.m.
Sapinsley Hall 

Friday, November 22
Music: RIC Wind Ensemble
7:30 p.m.
Roberts Auditorium

Tuesday, November 26
Music: RIC Symphony Orchestra
7:30 p.m.
Roberts Auditorium

Wednesday, November 27
Music: RIC Jazz Combos
7:30 p.m.
Forman Theater
Description TBA

December​ 2019

Friday, December 6
Music: “RIC Winter Choral Concert”
RIC Concert Chorus, Chamber Singers and Women’s Chorus
Teresa Coffman, Conductor
7:30 p.m.
Sapinsley Hall
This concert features performances of works by important composers throughout Western music history and holiday favorites, as well as non-traditional and lesser-known composers and pieces.

Friday, December 6–Saturday, December 7
Dance: “STOP the Red Light!”
Rhode Island College Dance Company
7:30 P.M. 
Forman Theater
General Admission: $15
Student: $5
This performance takes a theatrical look at human trafficking in today’s society, through dance.

Monday, December 9
Music: RIC Concert Jazz Band  
7:30 p.m.
Sapinsley Hall

Friday, December 13 – Sunday, December 15
Theatre: “Good Friday” by Remson DeJoseph
RIC Growing Stage Theatre
Audrey Crawley, director
Fri., Dec. 13-Sat., Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 15, 2 p.m
Sunday, 2:30 p.m.
Forman Theater
General Admissions $5
After a devastating bombing America finds itself in ruins. Two hundred years later, a town by the lake begins to thrive and flourish by devoting their loves to God and Jesus. By crucifying at least one sinner to God every Good Friday, they hope to have not only a good harvest, but pure water. These sacrifices, however, are more problematic than the people of Lake Jordan know. ​​​

Page last updated: September 19, 2019