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April 25, 2014
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

Kaleidoscope Arts Festival in full swing

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's annual Kaleidoscope Arts Festival is in full swing, with still more than a week's worth of activities, including art exhibits, concerts, dance and theater performances, and a visit from the Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble.

The ensemble will appear in concert at 3 p.m., April 27, in Swope Music Hall.

The program offers classic and folk music with traditional Chinese instruments, including bamboo flute, mouth organ, fiddle, lute, gong, drum and other percussion instruments.

SRU's International Arts and Culture Series and Kaleidoscope are sponsoring the visit.

A $5 donation is suggested.

"The Kaleidoscope Arts Festival is a chance to give regional art-lovers more than three weeks of performing arts activities. The program was originally intended to bring performing arts to a region that is under-served, and I think this year's program offers an abundance of entertainment and educational activities that will truly service the entire community," said Colleen Reilly, assistant professor of theatre and festival director.

The music of American composer David Maslanka will be featured at 7:30 p.m., today, in Swope Music Hall, including the premiere of a specially commissioned piece titled "Out of This World." SRU music faculty, Jason Kush, assistant professor of music on saxophone, Nanette Kaplan Solomon, professor of music on piano, and Paige Riggs, music instructor on cello, will perform the newly created work.

The concert also includes performances by the SRU Saxophone Quartet, SRU Chamber Singers, SRU Wind Ensemble and the SRU Percussion Ensemble.

The suggested donation is $5 for the general public; $3, SRU students.

(See related story in this issue of rockpride online.)

Nikki Rosato, an artist-in-residence for Kaleidoscope, has been conducting interviews with those on campus and in the Slippery Rock community to determine their geographic origins for her cut-out map portraits which will be combined in a large "Connections" piece to be displayed from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 26, at the Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research as part of their special Earth Day celebration.

Rosato is still interested in meeting local residents and can be found in the Art Building throughout today.

The Earth Day Celebration will run 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 26, at the Macoskey Center and features entertainment throughout the day, including the 5 Stars Chorus, Drum Circle, Music by Rock Falls Park, Tuneful Tales and the New Castle Ministars. The day offers arts and crafts, games and other activities for all age groups as well as tours of the center located at 247 Harmony Road.

Robert Sanchez Pierola, a playwright, poet and performance artist from Lima, Peru, is the festival's cultural artist-in-residence and will present master classes from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., April 26 and May 3, in the University Union. He will also present an "UnCommon Hour" address at 12:30 p.m., April 29, in 111 Strain Behavioral Science Building. A farewell reception is at 7 p.m., May 3 in the Russell Wright Alumni House and Conference Center.

The festival will screen the film "Blood Brother" at 5:30 p.m., April 28, in the Advanced Technology and Science Hall. The 2013 Sundance Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award-winning documentary is directed by Steve Hoover and tells of the journey of a young man from Pittsburgh who visited India and found his life changed.

Rocky Bratt, an art school student, has devoted his life to helping Indian children living with HIV. Proceeds will benefit LIGHT - Living to Inspire Global Healing Today.

"The Wheelchair Diaries," an award-winning film documentary recounting the life of Reid Davenport and his struggle to study abroad in Italy while wheelchair bound. The story reports on the lack of accessibility in other nations. Details have been covered in The Washington Post and on National Public Radio. Davenport will offer a question-and-answer session at the film's conclusion.

The screening is at 5:30 p.m., May 1, in 105 Vincent Science Center.

The year's SRU Performing Arts Series concludes with the 4 p.m., May 4, performance by The Jammin' Divas, a group of original folk musicians from Ireland, Australia, Israel and the U.S. The stage show is in the University Union's Multi-Purpose Room. A 2 p.m. workshop for children in grades three through six will also be offered. Tickets to the workshop, and following performance, are $10.

Other upcoming Kaleidoscope events, include:

SRU theater department performances of James McClure's one-act comedies "Laundry and Bourbon" and "Lone Star" open as a double-bill at 7:30 p.m., today, and continue at 7:30 p.m., April 27-May 1, with a 2:30 p.m., matinee, April 27, in the University Union. Tickets are available from the Smith Student Center Information Desk, or one-hour before curtain at the University Union.

The SRU art department presents its annual Student Exhibition during building hours in the University Union Lobby through May 1. The Martha Gault Art Society organized the event.

A number of graduating seniors are also staging their final exhibit from noon to 5 p.m., weekdays in the Martha Gault Art Gallery at Maltby. The current display will change May 2, with new works continuing through May 9.

The SRU music department's other remaining Kaleidoscope events include a 7 p.m. April 27, Swope Music Hall performance by the SRU Wind Ensemble and the SRU Choirs, directed by Stephen Barr, assistant professor of music. The concert will include Paul Basier's "Songs of Faith" and will feature the SRU Chamber Singers and the SRU Women's Choir.

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

The SRU Jazz Ensemble and SRU Jazz Lab Band, directed David Glover, associate professor of music, and Kush, will perform both classic and contemporary big-band composition and arrangement at 7:30 p.m., May 2, in Swope Music Hall.

John Philip Sousa's "The Washington Post March," composed in 1889, the same year the Slippery Rock State Normal School opened, 125 years ago, will be a highlight of the SRU Orchestra Concert at 7:30 p.m., May 4, in Swope Music Hall. Warren Davidson, assistant professor of music, directs the concert, which will also feature a polka by Johann Strauss, and Aram Khatchaturian's "Dance of the Rose Maidens,".

The SRU dance department will offer its semester-ending "Senior Synthesis Dance Concert "Our Last Fifteen Minutes" at 2 and 7 p.m., May 3, in Swope Music Hall. Tickets are $7 for the general public, $5, SRU students.

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