Students & Faculty Host Month-Long Spring Arts Celebration

by Diane VanDyke

Art is in the air this spring at Montgomery County Community College as it hosts a full palette of visual and performing art exhibitions and shows at both campuses during the month of April.

The Spring Arts Celebration is set to coincide with the Philadelphia International Arts Festival and shares a similar focus on Paris, the art hub of the early 1900s.  The Celebration culminates with the College’s Performing Arts Showcase, April 27-28, featuring the work of French composer Gabriel Fauré.

One of the highlights of the Showcase is a 21st-century re-imagining of Faure’s “Pavane” into a modern multimedia performance piece by the choir and chamber choir, in an artistic collaboration with the Dance Ensemble, the Digital Music program and the students from the Computer Science department.

“The piece, at its core, is all about the difficulties of communication between men and women, said Andrew Kosciesza, Associate Professor of Music. “We decided that those themes are still valid today. We will integrate visual effects inspired by today’s social media of Facebook and Twitter. Performers will be texting improvised dialogue on the stage, which will appear in real-time on the cyclorama, and will be a 21st century re-imagining of the original French text. The students are really excited, and the piece promises to be a lot of fun.”

The month-long Spring Arts Celebration commences with student art exhibitions at both campuses.

From April 6 through April 29, two art exhibitions will be held at the West Campus Gallery, North Hall, 16 High Street Pottstown.

The Annual West Campus Art Student Exhibition will be held on the first floor of the gallery and features the students’ best artwork in a variety of media and themes.

On the second floor, student Leesha Quigg, an Army reservist, will share her photographs from her tour of duty in Iraq last year. The proceeds for the sale of her prints and exhibit catalog benefit the College’s Jess Hodges Memorial Veterans Scholarship.

On April 13, the opening reception for both exhibitions will begin at 5 p.m. The awards ceremony for the Students’ Exhibition will be held at 6 p.m., followed by a gallery talk by Ms. Quigg. The exhibitions and reception are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Gallery is closed weekends.

From April 11 through April 29, the Annual Art Student Exhibition will be held at the Fine Arts Center, Central Campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell. The artist reception will be held on April 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. with the awards ceremony at 6 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Gallery is closed weekends.

On April 20, 21, 22 and 23, 29 and 30 at 8 p.m. and May 1 at 2 p.m., Theatre Arts and Drama Club students will present Eugene Ionesco’s “The Bald Soprano” and Edward Albee’s “The American Dream” at the College’s Black Box Theater, lower level of the Science Center, Central Campus in Blue Bell. The two one-act plays present a comical view of the suburban life of the 1950s. Tickets cost $10 general admission and $8 for students and seniors. To purchase tickets, visit www.mc3.edu/livelyarts.

On April 22 at 8 p.m., the music faculty will present their second annual Faculty Concert, including a performance by the newly formed Faculty Jazz Ensemble, at the Science Center Theater, Central Campus in Blue Bell. The concert is free and open to the public.

On April 27 and 28 at 7 p.m., the College’s Arts and Humanities Division will present its “Performing Arts Showcase,” a two-evening presentation of the work of students in music, dance and theatre arts. An abbreviated lunch-time matinee will be held on April 25 at 12:30 p.m.

In addition to the collaborative performance of “Pavane,” the College’s choir will present Faure’s “Requieum,” on Wednesday, April 27. The performance is dedicated to the victims of violence and natural disaster around the world.

On April 29, the Dance Ensemble will present its Spring Dance Concert at 8p.m. at the Science Center Theatre, Blue Bell. The concert features student-choreographed dances in a variety of styles, including ballet, modern, hip hop, tap, jazz and praise. The concert is free and open to the public.

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