Pilobolus Dance, Capitol Steps Highlight Silver Center Fall

August 26th, 2008 by Adam

Photo Credits: Pilobolus Dance Theatre courtesy photo
Music image: Alan MacCrae photo

The new semester brings the excitement of Plymouth State University performing arts programs back to the Silver Center for the Arts. From music to theatre and dance performances and book readings, the Silver Series fall lineup promises programs and performers to pique all preferences.

“Jazz phenom Matt Savage unlocks a door to genius using 88 keys,” according to People Magazine. The 16-year-old New Hampshire native kicks off fall programming at the Silver Center September 19. Using a piano to help him overcome many challenges he faced as a person with autism, he has jammed with Chick Corea and McCoy Tyner, played at Birdland, the Blue Note, and at Jazz at Lincoln Center, and has appeared on television with Conan O’Brien and David Letterman.

Tired of all the pre-election hoopla? Well move on over to the lighter side when the Capitol Steps take on all comers October 30 at the Silver Center. Regularly featured on National Public Radio, these former congressional staffers’ brilliant song parodies and hilarious sketches are up-to-the-minute send-ups of all things political — keeping “… the mock in democracy.” Sound clips are online at capsteps.com.


Pilobolus modern dance company caps off the fall Silver Series November 8. For more than three decades, Pilobolus has won acclaim for its startling mix of humor, athleticism and creativity. Stay after the show and hear what the dancers have to say about their performance, and ask them your own questions.

Also on the Silver Series this fall are American singer-songwriter Howie Day, October 4 and a free concert by the Air Force Band of Liberty’s New England Winds November 3.

The Silver Series hosts professional artists in the Hanaway Theatre, Smith Recital Hall, and the Studio Theatre.

The PSU Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance also hosts a vibrant series of programs at the Silver Center in the fall, performed by students, faculty and guests.

Student Theater offerings this fall include a 90-minute cutting of Hamlet, Shakespeare’s classic tale of revenge, September 25-27 and October 2-5; The Robber Bridegroom, a bawdy, comical Southern fairy tale based on the Eudora Welty novella October 23-26, and Metamorphoses, from Ovid’s narrative myths, November 20-23.

Music patrons will have the opportunity to hear the Hanover Chamber Orchestra, directed by PSU’s Stevens-Bristow Professor of Music, Dan Perkins September 13 in the Hanaway Theatre. The Orchestra has a new partnership with Plymouth State. September 28, Perkins (piano) will perform with Ella Gray (guest violinist) and Linda Galvan (cello) as Trio Veritas. The trio will play works by Mozart, Fanny Mendelssohn and Dvorak.

High school musicians perform with PSU singers and instrumentalists November 6, during the All New England Choral Festival, and November 24 for the All New England Band Festival.

Holiday treats get billings in December, with the Contemporary Dance Ensemble winter dance concert December 5 and 6, the PSU Choirs’ stylish holiday celebration, A Joyful Noise, December 7 and the Pemigewasset Choral Society and White Mountains String Quintet December 17 program, Sing for Joy.

Other MTD productions in the fall include faculty jazz musicians Rik Pfenninger, Jimmy Alba, Don Williams, Tim Gilmore and Tom Robinson October 14, a faculty chamber recital by Carleen Graff and Bozena O’Brien November 9, the PSU student jazz ensembles November 13, the PSU Guitar Ensemble December 2, the PSU Chamber Players December 3, a PSU piano concerto concert December 5, and the PSU Percussion Ensemble December 10.

Eagle Pond Authors’ Series

On the occasion of his 80th birthday, the Eagle Pond Authors’ Series will honor Donald Hall, former poet laureate and the man to whom the series is dedicated. Hall will read from his just published book Unpacking the Boxes: A Memoir of a Life in Poetry, which chronicles his life from his childhood through Harvard and Oxford; to his youth with contemporaries Adrienne Rich, Robert Bly, Frank O’Hara and John Ashbery; to much more of his rich life through today. The event is free and open to the public September 18 at 7 p.m. A book signing and birthday cake will follow the reading.

Other readers in the fall 2008 series are Lucie Brock-Brodio September 26 and Major Jackson October 19.

Details of date, time, location and cost are available on the Silver Center Web site at silver.plymouth.edu and in Plymouth State’s online calendar, ThisWeek,at http://thisweek.blogs.plymouth.edu/ or by calling the box office at (603)535 ARTS or (800)779-3869.

Media queries contact Betsy Cheney at betsyc@plymouth.edu