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April 4, 2014
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU readies Kaleidoscope Arts Festival

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's annual four-week "Kaleidoscope Arts Festival" will help celebrate the University's 125th anniversary through concerts, plays, art, lectures, films and dance. The festival runs April 15-May 4.

A number of events are free, or low cost.

The festival kicks off April 15 in the University Union with three performances of "Electra: An American Gothic," theater performance presenting a work adapted by David Skeele, SRU theater professor, and directed by Gordon Phetteplace, associate professor of theater.

Curtains are at 7:30 p.m., April 15-16, with a 12:30 p.m. matinee April 17, designed for high school students.

Tickets are $12 for the general public; $7 for students.

In Skeele's updated version, the Sophocles classic Greek tragedy has been brought into a 1880s post-Civil War American landscape. The work is designed to give the audience a solemn reminder about the evils of vengeance and the power of forgiveness. In August, the play will be presented in Scotland as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The SRU Steel Pan Ensemble, performs at 7:30 p.m., April 15, in Swope Music Hall. The suggested admission is $5 for the general public: $3 for students, with proceeds benefiting the SRU Music Scholarship Fund.

The SRU Jazz Combos will perform at 7:30 p.m., April 16, in the Sheehy Theater in the Maltby Center. The suggested admission is $5 for general public; $3, students. Proceeds benefit the SRU Music Scholarship Fund.

April 17 will see a 7:30 p.m. performance by Blisstaken, a three-piece poetry/jazz performance group. The ensemble focuses on the creation of art through improvisation as well as standard blues and jazz tunes. Original poetry is read to melodic accompaniment.

The ensemble features Terry Steele, SRU professor of music emeritus, Mike Wienand, a former student of guitarist Joe Negri, and Andy Johnson, a 40-year performer.

A $5 donation is suggested.

In a take on SRU's traditional "Common Hour," the Kaleidoscope Arts Festival will offer an "Uncommon Hour Opening Celebration" at 12:30 p.m., April 17, in Boozel Dining Hall. Guest artists will offer performances sponsored by SRU's College of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts.

At 7:30 p.m., April 18, Andrew Loose and Michael Zech, both sophomore music majors, will offer an array of music from serious classical to upbeat jazz on trumpet and tuba in Swope Music Hall.

The third annual Frederick Douglass Sixty Second Lecture Series opens at 12:30 p.m., April 22, in the Sheehy Theater in the Maltby Center. The one-minute lectures will be presented by faculty, staff and students.

Douglass, a former slave, distinguished orator, journalist, author and statesman, presented numerous public lecture on a variety of topics. The planned remarks will cover art, dance, history, English, political science, public health, anthropology, geography and other disciplines. The SRU Frederick Douglass Institute, Women's Center and the Kaleidoscope Arts Festival are sponsoring the program.

Robert Sanchez Pierola, playwright, poet and performance artist, will serve as cultural artist-in-resident April 21-May 3. He will offer a series of master classes and lectures. An artist reception is at 7 p.m., May 3 in the Alumni House.

Pierola has served as professor of stage directing and analysis of scenic discourse in the School of Scenic Arts of the Universidad Cientifica del Sur since 2010.

He is the author of 11 plays, which he has directed, including "Victimas," winner of the first San Marcos University Theatre Festival. Four of his plays have been performed in tours and international theatre festival is Ecuador, Chile, Argentina and the U.S.

The program is sponsored by the International Arts and Culture Series, the Hispanic Latino Culture Series and the SRU theatre department.

His complete schedule is available at:

The SRU Flute Choir and the SRU Chamber Flutes, directed by Stacy Steele, assistant professor of music, will perform both well-known and new compositions, including "Moving On," by SRU's Stephen Barr, assistant professor of music, at 7:30 p.m., April 22 in Swope Music Hall. Suggested admission is $5 for the general public; $3 for students, with proceeds benefiting the SRU Music Scholarship Fund.

Nikki Rosato will be an artist-in-residence for the festival April 23-26, conducting interviews with those from the Slippery Rock community, and gathering information about their geographic origins. She will then translate that information into cutout map portraits and combine all of the profiles into a large "Connections" piece to be displayed from 1-5 p.m., April 26, at the Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research.

Rosato, of Boston, earned her master of fine art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and her bachelor of arts and masters of arts degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. She has exhibited both national and internationally.

The SRU art department will present the annual Art Department Student Exhibit April 24-May 1 in the University Union Lobby. An opening reception is at 5 p.m., April 24, for the exhibit, which features works by SRU art majors.

Eric Schruers, visiting assistant professor of art history, will share his perspectives on the recent trend of contemporary art moving outside the context of museums and galleries at 4 p.m., April 24, in 205 University Union. Schruers presented a similar talk at the annual conference of the Southeastern College Art Conference in Greensboro, N.C., last November.

Laundry and Bourbon and Lonestar, present two comic masterpieces offering a glimpse of life in a 1970s flyspeck Texas town at 7:30 p.m., April 25, April 27-May 1, and at 2:30 p.m., April 27, in the University Union. Tickets are $12 for the general public; $7, for SRU students.

David Maslanka, an American composer, will join SRU music faculty and students for a public concert at 7:30 p.m., April 25 in Swope Music Hall.

Maslanka will be in residence April 23-25 and work with faculty on a new work commissioned for alto saxophone, piano and cello titled "Out of this World," which will be performed by Jason Kush and Paige Riggs, both SRU music instructors, and Nanette Kaplan Solomon, professor of music.

Suggested admission is $5 for the general public; $3 for SRU students, with proceeds benefiting the SRU Music Scholarship Fund.

Kaleidoscope and Earth Day will collide for a special free celebration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 26, at the Macoskey Center. The family-oriented event will include arts and crafts, games and activities for all ages. Music and sustainability demonstrations will be provided.

The Moraine Elementary Children's Choir will perform at 11 a.m., followed by the Drum Circle at 11:45 a.m., the Music by Rock Falls Park at 12:15 and 3:45 p.m., Tuneful Tales at 3 p.m. and the New Castle Playhouse Mini-stars at 3:45 p.m.

Kelsey Eisenhauer, a senior music education and music therapy major, will offer a flute recital at 7:30 p.m., April 26, in Swope Music Hall.

The Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble joins the festival at 3 p.m., April 27, in Swope Music Hall. The concert will include classic and folk music played on traditional Chinese instruments, including bamboo flute, mouth organ, fiddle, lute, gong and drum.

Admission is $5.

The SRU Concert Choir will present Paul Basler's "Songs of Faith" along with the SRU Chamber Singers, SRU Women's Choir and the SRU Wind Ensemble at 7 p.m., April 27, in Swope Music Hall.

Suggested admission is $5 for the general public; $3 for SRU students, with proceeds benefiting the SRU Music Scholarship Fund.

The documentary "Blood Brother," by Steve Hooper and winner of the 2013 Sundance Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award, will be offered at 5:30 p.m., April 28, in SRU's Advanced Technology and Science Hall.

Hoover traces a Pittsburgh man on an impromptu trip to India that changed his life as he worked with children with HIV.

The SRU Saxophone Quartets and Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m., April 29, in Swope Music Hall.

The groups are directed by Kush. The concert will include works by Masianka, Del Borgo, Bernstein Gabrielli and Tchaikovsky.

Suggested admission is $5 for the general public; $3 for SRU students, with proceeds benefiting the SRU Music Scholarship Fund.

The comic opera "Too Many Sopranos" will be presented in two acts at 7:30 p.m., April 30, in Swope Music Hall. The opera was premiered by the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre in 2000.

Reid Davenport and the Wheelchair Diaries will be presented at 5:30 p.m., May 1 in 105 Vincent Science Center.

The film documentary traces Reid Davenport's journal about life with cerebral palsy and using a wheelchair to attend college in Europe. His story has been featured in The Washington Post and on National Public Radio. A question-and-answer session will follow.

Support for the program is being provided by the SRU Council on Exceptional Children and the President's Commission on Disability Issues.

It will be back to jazz at 7:30 p.m., May 1, in Swope Music Hall when the SRU Jazz Ensemble and the SRU Jazz Lab Band performs classic and contemporary big band works, including arrangements by Michael Brecker, Maria Schneider, Tad Jones, Bob Mintzer, Alan Baylock and others. Suggested admission is $5 for the general public; $3 for students, with proceeds benefiting the SRU Music Scholarship Fund.

The SRU dance department joins the festival at 2 and 5 p.m., March 3, with "Our Last Fifteen Minutes: Senior Synthesis Dance Concert" in Swope Music Hall.

The event will feature contemporary choreography by senior dance majors along with a dance created for the seniors by Nora Ambrosio, SRU dance professor.

Admission is $7 for the general public; $5, SRU students, with tickets available from the Smith Student Center Information Desk or online from:

The festival concludes May 4 with three programs: A Children's Workshop with the Jammin Divas, at 1:30 p.m., in the University Union, the Jammin Divas performance as part of the SRU Performing Arts Series at 4 p.m., and a concert by the SRU Orchestra featuring Schubert's "Unfinished Symphony," a Strauss polka and Sousa's 1889 "Washington Post March," played in honors of SRU's 125th Anniversary celebration. The concert is at 7:30 p.m., in Swope Music Hall.

The Jammin Divas are a singing group that provides both traditional and contemporary original folk music from Ireland, Australia, Israel and the U.S. in three-part harmony. The workshop portion, for children ages 7-11, is free with pre-registration and will give the audience a chance to sing and perform with the group.

Tickets to the evening performance are $20 for adults; $18 for senior citizens; $15 for youth (17 and under), and $8 for SRU students. Orders may be placed by calling 724.738.2018.

Colleen Reilly, assistant professor of theatre, is the festival's director. The planning committee included: Nora Ambrosio, professor of dance; Andrew Colvin, assistant professor of philosophy; June Edwards, associate professor of art; Heather Hertel, assistant professor of art; Jennifer Keller, professor of dance; Jason Kush, SRU music instructor; Sean MacMillan, assistant professor of art; Sunita Peacock, associate professor of English; Gordon Phetteplace, associate professor of theatre; David Skeele, professor of theater; Melissa Teodoro, assistant professor of dance; Barbara Westman, assistant professor of art; and Eva Tsuquiashi-Daddesio, dean of SRU's College of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts.

The festival is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the commonwealth of Pennsylvania; the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; along with the Slippery Rock University Foundation Inc.; the International Arts Cultures Series; Butler County Tourism and Convention Bureau; SRU's College of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts; and SRU.

Additional details are available at:

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