Spring Semester Arts Programs at Plymouth State University

February 1st, 2007 by Adam

Spring semester arts programming at Plymouth State University will warm you up.
Friends of the Arts presents Chapter 6, a unique a cappella group that creates its own comedy-infused blend of pop, jazz, gospel and rock, at 7 p.m. March 29. Chapter 6 has won numerous competitions and appeared on regional, national and international television and radio programs.

Tickets for Chapter 6 are $30-25 for adults, $28-23 for seniors and $19-14 for youth. Their performance at Plymouth State University is sponsored by Main Street Dental.

The Walter Blanding Jr. Quintet will perform in Smith Recital Hall at 7 p.m. April 12. Blanding is a member of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and has performed with Tony Bennett, Wynton Marsalis, Illinois Jacquet, Wycliffe Gordon, Roy Hargrove and others. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and $8 for youth.

The final performance in the 2007 Silver Series is April 24 at 7 p.m., when L.A. Theatre Works, Susan Albert Loewenberg producing director presents The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial.

At press time, Ed Asner (Mary Tyler Moore Show, Lou Grant, Roots) is scheduled to join Jerry Hardin (Star Trek, The X Files), John de Lancie (The West Wing, Star Trek) and a cast from the stellar ranks of L.A. Theatre Works (the company that presented Prisoner of Second Avenue last season) for this reader’s theatre production.

L.A. Theatre Works is the foremost radio theater company in the United States. It is broadcast on NPR and the BBC and has an international reputation for producing high-quality theater and attracting marquee actors. On the road, the actors make a connection with the audience rarely felt in a traditional theater setting.

Adapted from the Scopes trial transcripts by Peter Goodchild, The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial addresses the challenge to Tennessee state law when Scopes taught evolution instead of creationism. The trial became a national battleground and set the stage for an ongoing debate over freedom and inquiry and the separation of church and state that remains unresolved today.

This production is sponsored by The Common Man Inn and N.H. Public Radio. It is funded in part by the Expeditions Program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, which receives major support from the National Endowment for the Arts and additional support from the state arts agencies of New England.

Tickets are $30-25 adult, $28-23 seniors and $25-20 youth.

Silver Center box office hours are Monday – Friday, noon to 6 p.m. and one hour immediately prior to performances. Accommodations can be made for patrons with special needs. Please contact the box office in advance for such service. For detailed Silver Series information logon to Silver.Plymouth.edu.

The visual arts season is underway, with Life, Liberty and Pursuit:SOL’SAX and Dread Scott at the Karl Drerup Art Gallery in the Draper and Maynard Building through March 4. This exhibition looks at the contributions of African culture to American culture through the work of SOL’SAX, and the effects of racial systems on members of the African American community portrayed by Dread Scott.

Both established artists, using a wade array of new visual and auditory media, create work addressing issues and ambiguities in the unevenness of the cultural experience of Afro- and Euro-centric populations in America.

At Lamson Library through March 16, patrons are invited to Pictorial Illusion: The Graphic Art of Rachel Gross. Gross, a Vermont printmaker, uses images of furniture and interior spaces, and details of wallpaper and upholstery patterns, to create a surreal, dream-like atmosphere.

Other gallery exhibitions second semester include Friends of the Arts annual Regional High School Exhibition opening at Silver Center at 2 p.m. Feb. 4 ; the annual Plymouth State Juried Student Exhibition March 7 – April 7; From the Center: Tom Driscoll, paintings by PSU faculty member Tom Driscoll that explore new ideas, forms and types of space and playfully experiment with surface, light and the relationship between forms contained within the layers of paint; and the 2007 PSU Senior BFA Exhibition April 18 – May 19.

Gallery hours are Monday – Saturday, noon – 5 p.m. and Wednesdays until 8 p.m. The Gallery is closed Sundays and holidays. Call (603) 535-2614 for information. Lamson Library hours vary according to the academic calendar and are posted online at www.plymouth.edu/library. The Silver Center is open noon – 6 p.m. on weekends, 8 a.m. – 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m.– 6 p.m. Friday.

Timely information on PSU performances and events is posted online at www.plymouth.edu/main/artsevents.html.