All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more information about ticketed events, call (304) 293-SHOW. For information about any College of Creative Arts event, call the Publicity Office at (304) 293-4359. Events on this calendar are subject to change. For the latest information, see our web calendar at www.ccarts.wvu.edu/ or check the WVU College of Creative Arts Facebook page.
Monday, March 2
PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY CONCERT, “Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev,” 7:30 p.m., Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre. Ticketed Event. Let your mind dance and your heart swell with symphonic suites from two of the world’s most famous ballet scores during “Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev,” the final concert of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Canady Symphony Series season at the CAC. Music director Manfred Honeck weaves tales of love and loss, triumph and defeat with suites distilled from the scores of “Swan Lake” and “Romeo and Juliet.” Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama students Nicholas Sacks and Carolina Pluta will join Honeck and the orchestra on stage, presenting a staged reading and illustrating the towering emotions behind these famous works. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., tickets for this concert may be purchased in the CAC lobby. A pre-concert talk led by Jim Cunningham, artistic director of WQED-FM and host of the station’s “Morning Show,” will begin at 6:30 p.m. Program notes for the concert are available online at http://pittsburghsymphony.org or on the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra mobile app, which is available on both Android and Apple platforms. The 2014-2015 title sponsors of the Canady Symphony Series at WVU are William and Loulie Canady in memory of Valerie. This concert has also has been made possible, in part, through the generosity of Mylan Pharmaceuticals.
Tuesday, March 3
DOCTORAL CONCERTO RECITAL, Youna Choi, piano, 6 p.m., Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (200A). WVU Professor of Piano James Miltenberger will join Youna Choi for this performance, featuring “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini” by Sergei Rachmaninoff.
Thursday, March 5
RESIDENCY RECITAL, Garth Newel Piano Quartet, 7:30 p.m., Bloch Hall (200A). The Garth Newel Piano Quartet will be in residence at the Creative Arts Center March 5-6, where the members will present a recital and a master class. Members of the quartet are Teresa Ling, violin, Evelyn Garu, viola, Isaac Melamed, cello, and Genevieve Fewien Lee, piano. The recital program will include; “Phantasy in F-sharp minor” (1910) for piano quarter by Frank Bridge (1879-1941); “King of the Sun” (1988) for piano quartet by Stephen Hartke (b.1952); and “Piano Quartet in A major, Op. 26” by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897). The Garth Newel Piano Quarter is known for its creative, high-energy performances, and offering a fresh view into both new and standard repertoire. The concerts are conversational, informal, and interactive. The members of the quartet are currently artists-in-residence at the Garth Newel Music Center, one of the most active and premiere chamber music organizations in the United States. Every year they perform more than 50 concerts and possess the ability to captivate an audience with their passion and spirit. For more information, see the website: http://www.garthnewel.org/
Friday, March 6
RESIDENCY MASTER CLASS, Garth Newel Piano Quartet, 7:30 p.m., Bloch Hall (200A). This will be a class on chamber music coaching. It is free and open to the public.
WVU ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT EVENT, The Spinners, 7:30 p.m., Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre. Ticketed Event. For tickets and information, call 304-293-SHOW or go to www.events.wvu.edu. The Spinners were the greatest soul group of the early 1970s. Their music defined the lush, seductive sound of Philly soul. With 12 gold records, 18 Top 40 hits, and six Grammy nominations to their credit, they are more popular today than ever. Original member Henry Fambrough is joined onstage by lead singer Charlton Washington, high tenor Marvin Taylor, tenor Ronnie Moss and bass singer Jessie Peck. The five are backed by a soul-infused five-piece band and the result is sophisticated, up-tempo R&B with precision choreography. “Working My Way Back to You,” “Then Came You,” “Games People Play,” “The Rubberband Man,” and the list goes on. Don’t miss this unforgettable evening of music in the intimate atmosphere of the Creative Arts Center’s Lyell B. Clay Theatre. Website: http://spinnersmusic.com/
Sunday, March 8
CCA AUDITION & PORTFOLIO REVIEW DAY, the College of Creative Arts will hold an Audition & Portfolio Review Day for prospective students and their families at the Creative Arts Center. The event provides an opportunity to prospective students who are interested in being reviewed for admission into their program of choice in the Music, Art and Design or Theatre.
Students will have the opportunity to audition or present portfolios for review. Events will also include meetings with select faculty from each program, along with tours of the Creative Arts Center and meetings with financial aid and admissions representatives. Students who plan to attend the Audition and Portfolio Day should register in advance. To see the full Schedule of Events and more details about the audition/portfolio review process, go to the website at http://bit.ly/1xyALTL. All three schools offer cash awards and scholarship amounts up to a full tuition wavier. The portfolio review/audition days also serve as the application for scholarship consideration. Students who would like to register may call 304-293-4339.
AFRICAN ENSEMBLE CONCERT, directed by Michael Vercelli, 3:15 p.m., Antoinette Falbo Theatre. Free event. The WVU African Music and Dance Ensemble will present its annual spring concert, featuring musical selections from Ghana, Guinea, and Uganda. Highlighting the concert will be works the students learned in Ghana over the summer during the faculty-led study abroad course. There will also be a special performance on the akadinda, the royal xylophone of the Bugandan people of Uganda. The African Music and Dance Ensemble is an experiential ensemble, focusing its repertoire on the traditional and contemporary music of Africa and the Diaspora. The music is taught primarily through oral tradition allowing the members to experience the learning process without written music. While the focus of the ensemble is musical, the cultural contexts relevant to the music studied are inherently stressed, giving the participants a deeper understanding of its meaning and personal enjoyment of the music performed. The ensemble is comprised of both undergraduates and graduate students from many disciplines across the WVU campus.
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