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April 26, 2013
CONTACT: Gordon Ovenshine

Kaleidoscope Art Festival winds down

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -Slippery Rock University's Kaleidoscope Arts Festival concludes with students presenting "Opera Scenes," a performance by The Hunts, a step-dancing workshop and an appearance by a local artist who created the festival's "Artifacts" exhibit.

"The final events are a great way to end Kaleidoscope, which has offered more than 20 programs for audiences of all ages," said Colleen Reilly, assistant professor of theatre and festival director. "Kaleidoscope, now in its 12th year, will be a spring staple at SRU for years to come."

"A Conversation with Featured Local Artist Bill Smith" will be offered at 6 p.m., April 27, at the Russell Wright Alumni House and Conference Center. "Opera Scenes," featuring scenes performed by SRU music majors, will be presented at 7:30 p.m., April 27, in Swope. A step-dancing workshop offered by The Hunts, a family of nine instrumentalists, takes place from 1:45-2:45 p.m., April 28, in the Dance Studio of McKay Education Building. Rounding out the weekend will be a performance by The Hunts at 4 p.m., April 28, in the University Union.

Colleen Gray, associate professor of music, and Daniel Strait, a music major from Huntington, will direct "Opera Scenes." The program will also be performed 7 p.m., May 4, at Park Presbyterian Church in Beaver.

Students will perform scenes from Strauss's "Die Fledermaus," Mozart's "Le Nozze di Figaro, and "Cosi fan Tutte," Donizetti's L'Eliser d' Amore," and "Lucia di Lammermoore," Bizet's "Les Pecheurs de Perles," and Puccini's "Madame Buttlerfly."

There will be translations projected above the stage for scenes in a foreign language.

SRU students performing are Kevin Adamik, a music major from Tarentum; Craig Allison, music education major from Butler; Sean Douglas, a music education major from Houghton, N.Y.; Josh Duman, a music education major from Nanty Glo; Debrah Evans, a music therapy major from Ellwood City; Eric Garber, a music major from Belle Vernon; Carlie Keffer, a music education major from Dawson; Caitlin Luck, a music major from Wellsburg, West Va.; J. Patrick McGill, a music education major from Washington, Pa.; Haley Mundis, an art major from Huntington; Jennifer Nyce, major from Schwenksville; A.J. Pagano, a music education major from Nanty Glo; Bethany Pasierb, a music major from Chambersburg; Kylie Rieber, a music major from Ontario, N.Y., Mariah Seymour, a music education major from Ebensburg; and Austin Wolford, a music education major from Butler.

Local artist Bill Smith will discuss his work, including the "Artifacts" exhibit featuring honey bears buried in the ground to illustrate how artifacts present a snapshot of a culture.

"My interest and attention have drifted toward the exploration of investigation of the imagination," Smith said. "More and more I have been trying to locate and examine the imagination when it is not being manipulated or engaged."

The Hunts perform in a wide variety of genres, including Celtic, country and rock. The group will offer fiddling, step dancing, acoustic and electric guitars, piano and percussion.

Before the group's evening performance, The Hunts will offer a step-dancing workshop for youth with a ticket to the show.

The suggested donation for "Opera Scenes" is $3 for students, $5 for the public. Tickets for The Hunts are $8 for students, $15 for youth, $18 for seniors, and $20 for adults. Tickets are available at the door or by calling 724.738.2018.

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