Music, theatre, and dance oh my!

Thomas Yakey Jr. – Anchor Staff

As Rhode Island College starts to wind down it’s 2018 fall semester, the RIC Music, Theatre, and Dance Department is only beginning to start their few weeks of performances in all aspects of the performing arts.

Sadly, some of the events of the department’s end-of-semester performances have already taken place. One of them was the RIC Theatre’s production of “When We Were Young and Unafraid” by Sarah Treem. The show ran from November 30th through December 2nd and had three outstanding performances. The interesting part of this production was that it was student directed since it was one of the department’s “Growing Stage” productions.  Marisa Rebelo was the director of this play. The play told the story of a woman named Agnes who uses her bed and breakfast as a safe house for domestic violence victims. Mary Ann, a woman who uses the safe space, shows up and starts forming a relationship with her daughter. Agnes has to face presumptions about the woman she’s been helping for a while. If you missed this production, be sure so see the RIC Theatre’s production of “Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show” running April 11 through the 14 next semester.

Another event that you may have already missed on November 30 is the performance of “Nothing But A Word” performed by a hip-hop dance company and an American street dance theater called Rennie Harris Puremovement, featuring the RIC Dance Company. On top of those other two events, November 30th was the last performance of the RIC Wind Ensemble for the semester.  Joseph Foley was the conductor for this ensemble this semester for the first time in many years. This concert featured famous works including Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” and Rimsky-Korsakow’s “Trombone Concerto.” Alexei Doohovskoy was the faculty who was the soloist for Rimsky-Korsakow’s piece. It was truly an electrifying and fantastic night of music.

Don’t worry, if you have missed these events, there are still many more to come to before the semester is over.  On Tuesday December 4, is the RIC Opera Workshop performances as they team up with the RIC Symphony Orchestra. They will perform various scenes from operas and musicals, including West Side Story. This is free for RIC students, faculty, and staff and only ten dollars for the general public. It will be taking place in Roberts Hall at 7:30 p.m. that evening.  On the other side of the genre spectrum, the RIC Jazz Combos have a concert on December 5th in the Forman Theatre, free for everyone! It will be at 7:30 p.m. and feature various works from the Great American Jazz Songbook.  Monday, December 10 is the RIC Jazz Band concert at 7:30 p.m. in Sapinsley Hall. This is free for RIC students, faculty, and staff and only 10 dollars for the general public. This concert features the works of jazz legend Duke Ellington and famed composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky. The RIC Chorus, Chamber Singers, and Women’s Chorus will be performing their winter concert under the direction of Teresa Coffman at 7:30 p.m. in Sapinsley Hall on Friday, December 7th.  General admission is only ten dollars, however RIC students, faculty, and staff are free. This concert features a masterful mix of non-traditional, lesser-known composers and works as well as pieces by important composers in Western music. Also, the chorus plans to show-off their new David Leach “Consort” portativ organ by singing Franz Joseph Haydn’s Missa Brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo (“Little Organ Mass”).  On more of a smaller scale, the RIC Chamber Orchestra and other Chamber Ensembles will be performing a free concert in Sapinsley Hall at 7:30 p.m. under the direction of John Sumerlin.

If you have yet to see the RIC Music, Theatre, or Dance Department’s performances yet this year, I encourage you to do so before the semester ends!

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