SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Kaleidoscope Arts Festival is off and running with a trumpet and tuba concert set for tonight, one-minute lectures originally presented by famed orator Frederick Douglass slated for Tuesday and an artist-in-residence program with Roberto Sanchez Pierola planned for next week, all in an effort to celebrate regional communities and connections.
The festival, part of SRU's 125th anniversary, is the premiere arts event in the region. Hosted by SRU, this year's activities run through May 4.
"The festival showcases the rich tradition of the arts at SRU and the surrounding community across a variety of disciplines: theatre, dance, film, visual and literary arts through 27 performances by students, faculty, alumni and guest artists from around the world," said Colleen Reilly, assistant professor of theatre and festival director.
"This year we are featuring a cultural artist in residence from Lima, Peru; a visual artist who maps our personal narratives; an alumna who is building a career in arts education and performance; and the critically acclaimed Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble, among others," she said.
Tonight's 7:30 p.m. concert in Swope Music Hall will feature Andrew Loose, a music major from Mechanicsburg, along with fellow musician Michael Zech, a music major from
Pittsburgh, presenting both classical and upbeat brass selections on trumpet and tuba.
Their concert will include compositions by Bozza, Ewazen, Alexius, Plog, Baadsvik and Krzywicki. The program is free.
The third annual Frederick Douglass Sixty-Second Lectures will be offered at 12:30 p.m., April 22, in the Sheehy Theater at Maltby.
SRU faculty, staff and students will present the lectures, offering comments made by Douglass, best known as a former slave, distinguished orator, journalist, author and statesman, who presented the original lectures across the country on such issues as human rights and social justice.
SRU's Frederick Douglass Institute and the University's Women's Center are co-sponsors for the program.
The festival welcomes playwright, poet, and performance artist Roberto Sanchez Pierola from Lima, Peru, as the 2014 cultural artist-in-residence. He will offer a series of workshops, master classes and performances during his April 21-May 4 residency.
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 has been professor of theatre and literary scripts, monographic seminar (contemporary theatre movements) and Peruvian poetry in the Literature School of the Universidad de San Marcos.
He founded the theatre group CUER2 and is the author of 11 plays, which he has directed.
He won first prize in the Second Peruvian - North American Theatre Festival in 1997, and his "Victimas" production won the First San Marcos University Theatre Festival award in 1999. His "Seguros" was a finalist of the Seventh Peruvian - North American Theatre Festival in 2004
Four of his plays have been performed in tours and international theatre festivals in Ecuador, Chile, Argentina and the U.S.
Pierola participated in "Webs We Weave," a play-writing project organized by the BBC and the Royal Court Theatre London and directed the Lima-based British Theatre Group "The Good Companions." He was the director of the literature magazine "Dedo Critico" and has published three books of poetry.
His schedule includes:
"Artist Lecture with Roberto Sanchez Pierola: Peruvian Film and Culture," at 6:30 p.m., April 22, in 105 Vincent Science Center;
"Master Class with Roberto Sanchez Pierola: Practical Workshops from the Idea to the Stage," from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., April 26, in the University Union. (Pre-registration required.)
"UnCommon Hour Lecture with Roberto Sanchez Pierola: Testimony: A Presentation of Independent Theatre Group Cuer2 from Lima, Peru" at 12:30 p.m., April 29, in 111 Strain Behavioral Science Building;
"Master Class with Roberto Sanchez Pierola: Practical Workshops from the Idea to the Stage," from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., May 3, in the University Union. (Pre-registration required.) And,
An "Artist Reception with Roberto Sanchez Pierola," at 7 p.m., May 3, in the Russell Wright Alumni House and Conference Center.
The International Arts and Culture Series, the Hispanic Latino Culture Series and the SRU theatre department are sponsoring his visit.
Stacy Steele, retiring associate professor of music, will conduct her last formal concert at SRU at 7:30 p.m., April 22, when the SRU Flute Choir performs in Swope Music Hall.
The concert will include a new work, titled "Moving On," composed by Stephen Barr, assistant professor of music at SRU. The concert, by tradition, will conclude with a collection of Irish tunes.
The suggested admission is $5 for the general public; $3 for SRU students.
Nikki Rosato is the festival's artist-in-residence April 23-26, primarily working from the SRU Art Building.
She will conduct interviews of people living in the Slippery Rock community from their geographic origins, which she will then translate into cutout map portraits and then combine the pieces into one large "Connections" artwork to be displayed from 1-5 p.m., April 26, at the Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research. The art will be part of the center's Earth Days festivities.
Rosato will be available to take interviews in the Art Building's Painting Studio. Faculty, staff, students and community members are encouraged to stop in.
She will offer a public lecture at 5 p.m., April 23, in the Strain Behavioral Science Building Auditorium.
Rosato earned her master of fine arts degree from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She earned his bachelor of arts degree at in studio art and art history from the University of Pittsburgh.
Her work has received multiple awards, including the 16th Annual No Dead Artists: National Juried Exhibition grand prize, a featured solo exhibition at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery and exhibitions both nationally and internationally.
The SRU Art Department Student Exhibit runs April 24-May 1, in the University Union Lobby with an opening day reception at 5 p.m.
The show presents the latest artworks produced by SRU art students in a variety of media. The Martha Gault Art Society is organizing the event.
The festival's program will offer "Art Moves Beyond Galleries," presented by Eric Schruers, at 4 p.m., April 24, in 205 University Union.
Schruers, a visiting art history professor, points out that public art has never been more accessible. "An Internet live stream brings the radical self-expression' of the annual Burning Man festival into living rooms around the world. Contemporary documentary film-making has made it possible for anyone with a DVD player or a streaming service to experience the street art of England's Banksy, the collective of artists that made up New York's Beautiful Losers, or the global art project spawned by the 2011 TED Prize winning French street artist JR," he said.
"In this new realm of direct public expression, traditional notions of galleries, dealers, critics and patrons have been all but abandoned. In their place is a new dynamic of direct interaction between the artist and the public in settings ranging from high-density urban areas to remote deserts. Underpinning this great variety of new forms of expression is the shared goal of taking art directly to the people as an agent of social awareness and change," Schruers said.
He presented a similar program at the Annual Conference of the Southeastern College Art Conference in Greensboro, N.C., last November.
The SRU theater department presents James McLure's one-act comedies "Laundry and Bourbon" and "Lonestar," at 7:30 p.m., April 25 and April 27-May 1 and at 2 p.m., April 27, in the University Union. Tickets are $12 for the general public: $7 for SRU students. (http://rockpride.sru.edu/2014/RP041114/story.php?id=9 for more details.)
Additional upcoming festival programs include:
"The Music of David Maslanka," at 7:30 p.m. April 25, in Swope Music Hall; "Kaleidoscope's Earth Day Celebration with the Macoskey Center," from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 26, at the Macoskey Center; the Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble, at 3 p.m., April 27, in Swope Recital Hall; and the SRU Wind Ensemble and SRU Choirs at 7 p.m., April 27, in Swope.
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