Plymouth State University hosts a wide variety of visual and performing arts events every semester, and this spring will be no different. In the month of February alone, a number of exciting cultural events will be presented.
Two exhibitions can be viewed on campus this month. Interwoven Traditions: Engaging a New York Artist with Oaxacan Artisans is at the Karl Drerup Art Gallery February 18 – April 10, with an opening reception February 18 from 4 – 6 p.m. This show features the work of New York based artist Ruth Hardinger and explores her extensive collaborations with indigenous artisans in Mexico.
Additionally, the annual Friends of the Arts Regional High School Exhibition can be viewed in the lobby of Silver Cultural Arts Center from February 1-29, with an opening reception February 1 from 2 – 4 p.m.
Three events in this year’s Silver Series will be featured during the month of February, including a performance by Bonnie Rideout Scottish Trio Sunday, February 8 at 3 p.m. Rideout, a three-time U.S. Scottish fiddle champion, will perform an array of traditional Scottish dance tunes, Highland bagpipe music, and ancient Gaelic melodies. Tickets are $21-$24. This event is presented by Friends of the Arts Regional Arts Council.
Also part of the Silver Series is piano soloist Grace Fong on Thursday, February 12 at 8 p.m. She has appeared with the Los Angeles Debut Orchestra and Musica de Camera Orchestra, and has won many competitions, including the Wideman International Piano Competition. She currently studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Tickets are $15. This event is presented by the Plymouth State University Student Senate.
The final Silver Series performance in February is a concert by the award winning Blind Boys of Alabama on Sunday, February 15 at 7 p.m. Enjoying more popularity today than any time in their careers, the gospel/soul group has appeared on the Tonight Show, Late Night with David Letterman, 60 Minutes and has been nominated for a third Grammy Award this year for Best Traditional Soul/Gospel album. Tickets are $23-26. This event is presented by Silver Cultural Arts Center.
Plymouth State’s own Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance will also present multiple events this month, including a piano lecture-recital by Owen Lowellof the University of Texas-Austin (February 4, 3:45 p.m.; free); the PSU Dance Premiere (February 7 at 2:30 p.m.; tickets $8); the Ruggieri Chamber Soloists (February 14 at 7 p.m.; tickets $12) the Student Piano Concerto and Ensemble Concert (February 27 at 7 p.m.; free); and a faculty piano and voice recital entitled Slavia: Musical Treasures of Russia and Eastern Europe February 29 at 7 p.m; free).
The International Film Series will present the Chinese film Wo De Qin Mu Qin (The Road Home) February 23 at 7 p.m. in Frost Academic Commons. Also this month, as part of the Sidore Lecture Series, Henry Dietz will speak on Poverty and Democracy in Latin America: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly , on February 25 at 7 p.m. in Silver Cultural Arts Center. Both these events are free and open to the public.
Tickets for Silver Cultural Arts Center events are available in the box office on Main Street, Plymouth, Monday through Fridays, from noon to six p.m. and one hour before performances. Call (603) 535-ARTS for ticket information. The Karl Drerup Art Gallery is open Monday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and Wednesdays noon to 8 p.m., except during PSU holidays.