Fall 2014

Senegal St. Joseph
Gospel Choir

When: Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Auditorium in Roberts Hall

Laurel Canyon Folkies

When: Monday, Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Sapinsley Hall in the Nazarian Center

Tomáš Kubínek
Certified Lunatic and
Master of the Impossible

When: Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Auditorium in Roberts Hall

Direct from Dakar, Senegal, this company of singers interprets gospel/Negro spirituals, traditional African songs and magnificent masses composed by founder Julien Jouga. Their uplifting voices are joined by guitar, kora and traditional Senegalese drums.

The folk music of Joni Mitchell, The Mamas & the Papas, Neil Young, Jackson Browne, The Byrds, the Eagles and Crosby, Stills & Nash, just to name a few, is brought to life by award-winning cabaret artist Lauren Fox and company. During the late ’60s and early ’70s, the hills of California’s Laurel Canyon, just above the Sunset Strip, spawned a group of folk-rock legends whose music became the soundtrack for a generation.

The one and only Dr. Professor Tomáš Kubínek is a comic genius and all-around charmer who gives audiences an utterly joyous experience they'll remember for a lifetime. This impossible to categorize show encompasses comedy, clowning, mime, magic, acrobatics, music and vaudeville.

The Muir String Quartet

When: Monday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Sapinsley Hall in the Nazarian Center

A Seraphic Fire Christmas – Carols by Candlelight

When: Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Auditorium in Roberts Hall

The Performing Arts Series is proud to participate in commissioning a brand-new clarinet quintet by composer/musician Chris Brubeck, son of late jazz great Dave Brubeck. This New England premiere features a special guest artist, clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein, who returns to RIC with the Muir as part of this concert. The program also includes Hugo Wolf’s Italian Serenade and Claude Debussy’s String Quartet.

Two-time Grammy-nominated Seraphic Fire, a national “All Star” vocal ensemble of professional singers chosen for their exceptional talent, is widely regarded as one of the most important vocal ensembles in the U.S. today. Don’t miss this glorious a cappella holiday concert featuring carols, chants, modern and Renaissance motets as well as traditional Christmas pieces.

Spring 2015

The Muir String Quartet

We are happy to announce that the Feb. 2 Muir String Quartet concert has been rescheduled to Monday, Mar. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Sapinsley Hall. If you already hold tickets for the Feb. 2 concert, they will be honored for the same seats on this new date.

Tango Buenos Aires – Song of Eva Perón

When: Tuesday, Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Auditorium in Roberts Hall

TIMBER! a production of Cirque Alfonse

When: Wednesday, Mar. 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Auditorium in Roberts Hall

Lila SapinsleyThe Performing Arts Series will dedicate this concert to the memory of Lila M. Sapinsley, beloved friend, patron and benefactor of RIC. Lila and her husband John Milton Sapinsley, RIC Professor Emeritus of Economics (1970-1987), were loyal supporters of the arts and of RIC. Sapinsley Hall was named in their honor in 2000. For tickets and information call (401)456-8144.

The program is scheduled to include Mozart’s String Quartet in C Major, Dissonant, K. 465; Janáček’s String Quartet No. 1, Kreutzer Sonata; and Dvořák’s String Quartet No. 11 in C Major, Op. 61.

By popular demand, the company returns to RIC in a new show inspired by the former Argentinian First Lady. Song of Eve Perón traces her epic life from her rise to fame in the 1930s to her early death in 1952. Direct from Argentina, Tango Buenos Aires is known around the world as the most authentic and uncompromising representative of the tango. A sparkling and poignant spectacle!

This charming troop from Quebec performs incredible acrobatic feats that are directly inspired by the natural raw materials of the forest and the equipment used on the farm. You can almost smell the fresh-cut pine logs! Talented acrobats and musicians create a colorful, energetic scene featuring epic acts of agility and strength, inspired by the exploits of the first North American lumberjacks, loggers and farmers.


When: Wednesday, Mar. 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Auditorium in Roberts Hall

The Muir String Quartet

When: Monday, Apr. 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Sapinsley Hall in the Nazarian Center

The KEIGWIN + COMPANY performance will be the kickoff event of the 2015 American College Dance Festival being hosted at Rhode Island College. founded in 2003 by Artistic Director Larry Keigwin and Associate Director Nicole Wolcott, this contemporary dance company invigorates with a refreshing vision that embodies a theatrical sensibility of wit, style and heart.

In this season’s final concert, the Muir String Quartet is scheduled to perform Dvořák’s Cypresses, B. 152; Barber’s Dover Beach, Op. 3, featuring guest vocalist James Demler; and Smetana’s Quartet No. 1 in E minor.

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