Student Concert: Opera Sinners, Saints and Sirens. 7 p.m. Hanaway Theatre, Silver Center. Students in the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance at Plymouth State University will present two evenings of songs from the opera literature, April 1 and 2. The students are members of the PSU Chamber Singers and additional voice students, some studying in this semester’s Opera Scene Study class. The program includes songs from Pagliacci, by Ruggero Leoncavallo; Carmen, by Georges Bizet; Lelisr d’amore by Gaetano Donizetti and Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss. Tickets are $14 for adults, $10 for seniors and $6 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS (2787) or (800) 779-3869.
Sidore Lecture Series. Robert Bohm, “Do We Need the Death Penalty?” 7 p.m. Smith Recital Hall, Silver Center. Robert M. Bohm, professor of criminal justice at the University of Central Florida and fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, will address the many reasons given in support of the death penalty, the evidence that contradicts those reasons, and why in his view those reasons do not justify the continued use of the death penalty in the United States. Existing New Hampshire law on the death penalty limits its use to the murder of a judge or police officer, murders that occur during rape or kidnapping or during a drug deal. The New Hampshire House of Representatives recently voted to expand the law to include murders committed during a home invasion. Free tickets at Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS (2787) or (800) 779-3869. Contact: Professor Mark Fischler, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reading. Women of Words presents Local Color. 7-10 p.m., Smith Recital Hall, Silver Center. Join area writing group, “Women of Words” for their annual reading. This year they will bring you Local Color… Plymouth, Holderness, Campton, Rumney, Thornton… local sights, sounds and characters. Familiar faces and locales to remind you what it means to call these places home. Sweet Kathy’s gets a mention. So do Glove Hollow, Squam Lake, the Armont Inn, Thornton Gore Road and more. Free tickets at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS (2787) or (800) 779-3869.
Silver Series. The Callaway Sisters in Boom! 8 p.m. Hanaway Theatre, Silver Center.
One thing that binds all baby boomers is the collective memory of the incredible music of their era. The Callaway sisters will bring it all back in BOOM!, a nostalgic walk down memory lane with songs that will forever be part of our lives. Ann Hampton Callaway is best known for her Tony-nominated performance in the hit Broadway musical Swing! Sister Liz sang “Memory” as Grizabella in Cats for five years. Liz received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in Baby. The evening features the songs of Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Carly Simon, The Beatles, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and more with renditions of classics like “You’ve Lost That Lovin’
Feelin’,” “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” Sponsored by the Dick and Betty Hanaway Endowment for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $35-25 for adults, $33-23 for seniors and $25-15 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS (2787) or (800) 779-3869.
Student Piano Concerto Concert. 7 p.m., Smith Recital Hall, Silver Center. PSU students perform works for piano and orchestra. Free tickets at Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS (2787) or (800) 779-3869. Contact: Professor Carleen Graff, email@example.com.
Eagle Pond Authors’ Series presents Charles Simic. 7 p.m. Smith Recital Hall, Silver Center. Simic, 2007-2008 U.S. Poet Laureate, writes poetry that is stark and startlingly original, with touches of ironic humor. His language is plainspoken and accessible, although his imagery is often dark and sometimes bizarre. Simic has written more than 60 books, including the poetry collections What the Grass Says, The World Doesn’t End (Pulitzer Prize winner), Walking the Black Cat, Jackstraws, The Voice at 3:00 A.M., My Noiseless Entourage, and most recently, That Little Something. Free tickets at Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS (2787) or (800) 779-3869.
Thirty-second Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum: Love, Friendship, Marriage. More than 100 scholars from around the world will present their latest research on many aspects of medieval and Renaissance culture. All presentations are free and open to the public, except meals and entertainment.
On Friday, the student Medieval Society will present a live chess match and there will be a longbow archery demonstration. Professors Liz Ahl and Jong Kim will present a letterpress demonstration on Saturday. Keynote speech, “Milton and Marriage,” by Dr. Thomas Luxon of Dartmouth College, Hartman Union Building Hage Room. 1-2 p.m. Saturday, April 16.
For information contact Professor Karolyn Kinnane, PSUForum@gmail.com. See the full schedule at http://www.plymouth.edu/events/medieval-and-renaissance-forum.
Note: On Friday evening The Flying Monkey Movie House in Plymouth will host a special showing of Monty Python and the Holy Grail at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the theatre.
Student Concert. The PSU Choirs present An Open World. 7 p.m. Hanaway Theatre, Silver Center. PSU Professor of Music Dan Perkins leads the Chambers Singers and the University Chorale in a concert about travel and discovery, featuring Eric Whitacre’s Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine. Tickets are $13-11 for adults, $12-10 for seniors and $11-9 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS (2787) or (800) 779-3869.
Piano Master Class. Dierdre O’Donohue. 12:30 p.m. Silver Center. Free. The public is invited to observe this master class for PSU students with Dr. Deirdre O’Donohue, a member of the piano faculty in the Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions at New York University. Donohue is also on the college and preparatory faculty of Manhattan School of Music. She has performed solo and chamber recitals in Austria, the Netherlands, Italy, Canada and the United States. Active as an adjudicator in the United States and Canada, she has also given numerous master classes and lecture/demonstrations at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland, the Shanghai Conservatory, the Poona Music Society in Poona, India, the Rotterdam Conservatory, the World Piano Pedagogy Conference and at various other institutions throughout the United States and Canada. Contact: Professor Carleen Graff, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sidore Lecture Series. Jennifer Bailey,Interfaith Leadership in a Time of Global Religious Crisis. 7 p.m. Smith Recital Hall, Silver Center. In a world too often convinced of the inevitable clash of civilizations, how do we lead our communities of faith to work with people from different religious backgrounds and serve the common good? Jennifer Bailey is engagement associate at the Interfaith Youth Core. In her talk Bailey shows how interfaith leadership can help create understanding and respect throughout the world. Free tickets at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS (2787) or (800) 779-3869. Contact: Professor Mark Fischler, email@example.com.
Student Theatre: The Seagull. Silver Center for the Arts. Chekhov’s dark symbolist comedy, The Seagull, reveals our desperate battle to, in some way, feel and be loved. The comic nature of this play (which ultimately ends in tragedy) is revealed through the heartbreaking absurdity of its characters as they engage in fundamentally human dramas of unrequited love and unmitigated failure. The Seagull is a powerful ensemble piece.
Performances are April 28-30 at
8 p.m., April 30 at 2 p.m. and May 1 at 4 p.m. Tickets are $13 for adults, $11 for seniors and $9 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS (2787) or (800) 779-3869.
Contact: Karl Drerup Art Gallery
through April 9
As Time Passes Over the Land, White Mountain Paintings. White Mountain School painting has long been admired for the ways that artists captured and embellished the natural beauty of the region. Equally embedded in those paintings is evidence of environmental change, from the impact of settlers’ activities including clear-cutting, hunting and farming, to the industrial practices of pulp mills and mines. The exhibition celebrates the great art of the era and explores dynamic environmental change as time passes over the land. Gallery hours are Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m.–8 p.m. and by appointment. The gallery is closed most PSU holidays, and Spring Break week, March 18-27.
through April 9
PSU Juried Student Exhibition. Silver Center. Students from all levels of achievement share their work, providing a glimpse of the process of transformation PSU students experience as they mature as artists. Jurors judged the student submissions, which include works in a variety of media. Silver Center hours are Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon–6 p.m. The gallery is closed most PSU holidays and during Spring Break week, March 18-27.
April 19–May 21
The Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition. Karl Drerup Art Gallery and Silver Center for the Arts. Opening reception April 19, 4–6 p.m. both venues. During their senior year, Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) candidates develop a body of work through which they explore a range of themes, styles and techniques. A committee of art faculty guides each student’s artistic progress and assists with the selection of a group of works to be featured in the annual BFA exhibition.
1 Symphonic Band
1 PSU Theatre: The Seagull
2 Sidore Lecture Series: Sean Esbjörn-Hargens
4 PSU Percussion Ensemble
8 Pemi Choral Society: A Choral Celebration
9 PSU Guitar Ensemble
10 PSU Jazz Ensemble
11 PSU Chamber Players
13,14 PSU Contemporary Dance Ensemble