4 Dance Premiere Gala. Featuring Refractions Dance Collective of NYC. The PSU Dance Premiere offers dancers of all ages and levels the opportunity to take master classes in a variety of dance styles with local and visiting professionals. A gala performance of creative and vibrant choreography at the end of the day will feature Refractions Dance. Dance concert 8 p.m. Hanaway Theatre, Silver Center for the Arts. Pre-show dessert reception open to the public. Tickets are $20 adults, $18 seniors and youth, at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS (2787) or (800) 779-3869 or online at silver.plymouth.edu. Formal attire suggested by not required. Contact: Amanda Whitworth, director of dance, or (603) 535-2713.
5 Faculty Flute Recital. Two Flutes on the Loose. Aubrie Dionne, PSU adjunct faculty and Peggy Vagts, professor of flute at UNH. 1 p.m. Smith Recital Hall, Silver Center. A virtuosic program of flute duo literature including selected works by romantic composer Franz Doppler, contemporary composer Gary Schocker and Baroque master J.S. Bach. A special reunion of a teacher (Vagts) and former student (Dionne). Chris Gantner accompanies. Free tickets are available at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS (2787) or (800) 779-3869. Contact: Aubrie Dionne, email@example.com.
7 Gallery Opening. Avian Instinct: Work by Andy Moerlein. Drerup Gallery, Draper and Maynard Building., 4-6 p.m. Contact: Professor John T. Downs, firstname.lastname@example.org. See Exhibitions, below.
9-11 Student Theatre. Playwrights’ Showcase. 7 p.m. Smith Recital Hall. One-act plays written, directed and performed by students. Tickets $8 for adults and $6 for seniors and youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS (2787) or (800) 779-3869. Contact: Professor Paul Mroczka, email@example.com.
12 Concert. Trio Veritas. 1 p.m., Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center. PSU Professor of Music Dan Perkins, guests Ella Maria Gray, violin and Terri Benshoof, cello. Piano trios with a decidedly Latin, romantic flair by Claude Debussy, Enrique Granados and Joaquin Turina plus a contemporary trio by Boston-based composer Oliver Caplan: “Illuminated by the Light of Two Ships Passing in the Night.” Tickets are $14 for adults, $13 for seniors, $11 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS or (800) 779-3869 or online at silver.plymouth.edu. Contact: Dan Perkins, director of choral activities, firstname.lastname@example.org or (603) 535-2367.
14 Sidore Lecture Series: The Gap between Rich and Poor. Joseph S. Tulchin. 7 p.m. Smith Recital Hall, Silver Center. Latin America and its Discontents. Tulchin will discuss inequality and citizen security in Latin America. Free tickets are available at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS (2787) or (800) 779-3869. Contact: Professor Mark J. Fischler, (603) 535-3143
16 Eagle Pond Authors’ Series. Simon Armitage. 7 p.m. Smith Recital Hall, Silver Center.From West Yorkshire, England, Armitage was selected as the London Sunday Times Young Writer of 1993. Armitage has 12 published works. Poetry Review called him “the front man of his generation … the most imaginative and prolific poet now writing.” Free tickets are available at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS (2787) or (800) 779-3869.
19 Silver Series. The Ruth Moody Band. 7 p.m. Smith Recital Hall, Silver Center. Best known for her work with The Wailin’ Jennys, Moody is an artist of exceptional depth and grace in her own right. Critics have lauded her ethereal vocals, impressive multi-instrumentalism, and talent as a songwriter. Her highly anticipated solo album, The Garden, was released in summer 2011 to stunning reviews. Tickets are $30 for adults, $28 for seniors and $15 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS (2787) or (800) 779-3869.
24 Student Piano Concerto Concert. 7 p.m. Smith Recital Hall, Silver Center. Piano concerto movements performed by PSU and high school piano students. Free tickets are available at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS (2787) or (800) 779-3869.
EXHIBITIONS — Contact: Karl Drerup Art Gallery (603) 535-2614.
February 7 – March 3. Avian Instinct: Work by Andy Moerlein. Karl Drerup Art Gallery, Draper and Maynard Building. Moerlein says there is a basic antagonism between all objects and beings and that the equilibrium we see as our everyday world is the result of a beautiful and dynamic balance. The interface between roots and stone, dead flesh and water, frigid snow and warm earth is always a confrontation. “My role as an artist is to present my personal understanding of this natural conflict. My work recognizes that my own narrative is part of this antagonism and balance.”
Gallery hours are Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Wed. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. or by appointment. (603) 535-2614. Information is also online at Plymouth.edu/gallery.
February 5-24. Friends of the Arts Juried High School Exhibition. Silver Center for the Arts. The annual Friends of the Arts juried exhibition honors imaginative and skillful work by students from public and private high school throughout central and northern New Hampshire. The exhibition provides an opportunity for students and their teachers to explore and observe a wide range of media, processes, themes and subject interpretations. Contact: Friends of the Arts.
Silver Center Hours are Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. noon-6 p.m.
1 Eagle Pond Authors’ Series: Rosanna Warren
13 Gallery Opening: Juried Student Exhibition
8-10 Plymouth Tournees French Film Festival
8-11 PSU Theatre: Twelfth Night
10 Contemporary Piano Festival
12 Sidore Lecture Series: Paul Leighton
13 Visiting Artist Lecture: Lee Misenheimer
15 Silver Series: Truth Values, social theatre
27 All New England Jazz Festival
30 Silver Series: John Gorka, folk troubadour