<font color="#187534" Programs
in performing and visual arts add spice to the start of
the spring semester at Plymouth State University.
Kindred Spirits: Kayiga and Winsom opens the spring visual arts season at
the Karl Drerup Art Gallery on Main Street. The exhibition features works by two
Jamaican-born artists who have known each other since
their student days, but have pursued individual
directions in their art and work in several countries.
Their paintings, sculptures and installations explore
highly personal approaches to African-inspired
spiritualism. A gallery
reception will be held from 4 – 6 p.m. Wednesday, February 9. The exhibition runs through March 19.
More than a dozen special gallery events have been
scheduled in February and March to accompany the
exhibition. Information is available online at www.plymouth.edu/main/artsevents.html.
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
Friends of the Arts Regional High School Exhibition
opens at the Silver
Cultural Arts Center (SCAC) February
6 and runs through February 25. The annual
exhibition honors the imaginative and skillful artwork
created by students in secondary
schools in central and northern New Hampshire. A
reception will be held at Silver February 6 at 2 p.m.
chamber-theatre production by the University’s
department of music,theatre, and dance, opens February 10 at the SCAC. The
play explores the realities and complexities of love from
the point of view of two female characters from Anton
Chekhov short stories, as the women seek comfort in what
they perceive as a psychologically rough, unforgiving
world. Performance times are
February 10 – 12 at 8 p.m., with matinees February
12 at 2 p.m. and February 13 at 4 p.m. Tickets
($12-10) are available at the SCAC box office, (603)
The Ruggieri Chamber Soloists return
to PSU February 12 at 7 p.m.
in the Smith Recital Hall at SCAC with their annual
Valentine of piano music and dramatic readings. This year
the trio of PSU professor Dan Perkins, piano, with John
Lindsey, violin and Linda Galvan, cello will perform selected movements from piano trios by
Brahms, Beethoven, and Mendelssohn. The concert
also features “CafÈ Music” by Paul
Schoenfield, a work inspired by jazz and ragtime idioms. Dramatic readings from personal letters
by the composers will be performed by current PSU
theatre major Ryan Sturgis and recent PSU theatre
graduate Nina Livellara. Tickets ($12-10) are available
at the SCAC box office, (603) 535-ARTS.
Continuing the theme of “love,” PSU theatre and
the Plymouth Players will present Love
Letters by A.R.Gurney February
18 and 19 at the Smith Recital Hall.
Tracing the lifelong correspondence of a staid, dutiful
lawyer Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and a lively, unstable
artist Melissa Gardner, the story of their bittersweet
relationship gradually unfolds from what is written, and
what is left unsaid, in their letters. Theatre faculty
Elizabeth Cox and Paul Mroczka portray the roles of
Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III. PSU alumna
and adjunct faculty member Heather Hamilton directs the
production. Performance times are
Friday, February 18 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, February 19
at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 at the SCAC box
office, (603) 535-ARTS, and proceeds
will benefit theatre student scholarships.
The Silver Series for the Performing Arts starts the
semester with performances February 17 and 19. PSU hosts
jazz favorites, The Arturo O’Farrill
Trio, Thursday, February 17
at 8 p.m. in Smith Recital Hall. O’Farrill
says, “I did not choose to study jazz. I chose to
listen to jazz and allow the people whose work I admire
to permeate my playing almost by osmosis. Sometimes I
tell my fingers to zig and they’ll zag—but I’m
trying to speak from my heart.” Tickets are $15-8 at
the SCAC box office, 535-ARTS.
Friends of the Arts presents
Battleworks Dance Company at
8 p.m. Saturday, February 19
in Hanaway Theatre at the SCAC. Battleworks is the work
of emerging choreographer, Robert Battle, whose works
have been commissioned by many of the most prestigious
American dance companies. The company is described as
“precocious in its performance maturity, with a
repertory of idiosyncratic dances that are brilliantly
composed and executed.” Tickets for the performance,
which is sponsored by Bridgewater Power Company, are
$24-15 at the SCAC box office.
SCAC box office hours are Monday
– Friday, noon to 6 p.m. and immediately prior to
performances. Accommodations can be made for
patrons with special needs. Please contact the box office
in advance. See Arts and
Events on the PSU Web for ongoing information.