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May 2, 2014
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU Kaleidoscope enters final three days

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - There are three days left in Slippery Rock University's 2014 Kaleidoscope Arts Festival and three remaining music and dance performances.

The three-week festival opened April 15 offering a series of lectures, art exhibits, dance and music programs designed to bring the performing arts to the entire western Pennsylvania region.

As the program draws to a close, SRU's dance department will offer "Our Last Fifteen Minutes: Senior Synthesis Dance Concert" at 2 and 5 p.m., May 3, in Swope Music Hall.

The concert will focus on a variety of choreographies created by SRU senior dance majors, and will include the choreography of Nora Ambrosio, SRU professor of dance, who created "With You," especially for the senior students.

Some 20 SRU dance students are part of the production.

Admission is $7 for the general public; $5 for students. Tickets are available at the Smith Student Center Information Desk, by calling 724.738.4926, or by visiting:

A reception for artist-in-residence Roberto Sanchez Pierola, who has been conducting master classes and lectures during the week, will be at 7 p.m., May 3, in the Russell Wright Alumni House and Conference Center. Pierola is a playwright, poet and performance artists who has writted a number of award-winning plays. His visit was co-sponsored by the festival, the International Arts and Culture Series, the Hispanic Latino Culture Series and the SRU theatre department.

May 4 includes two musical events; the Jammin' Divas and a performance by the SRU Orchestra.

A workshop and performance by the Jammin' Divas, a singing group whose members bring different cultural backgrounds to the high-energy show, closes the SRU Performing Arts Series.

The café-style show is at 4 p.m., in the University Union's Multi-Purpose Room, preceded by a 2 p.m. children's participation workshop for those ages 7 to 11.

The singing group includes Aoife Clancy, a Grammy nominee with Cherish the Ladies, Nicole Zuraitis, singer and pianist, Kath Buckell, singer and stomp box/percussion player, Hadar Noiberg on flute, and Craig Akin on upright bass.

The group provides renditions of traditional and contemporary original folk music, incorporating elements of improvisation from each of their cultures.

The workshop for youngsters will offer hand-clapping jazz and folk songs and background on the group's members.

A discounted price of $10 is available to children and parents attending the workshop and includes admission to the 4 p.m. concert. A parent supervisor is required with each group of children. Doors open at 1:30 p.m.

For additional details on the group, visit:

Tickets to the show are $20 for the general public; $18 for senior citizens; $16 for youth (those age 17 and under); and $8 for SRU students. Call 724.738.2018 for reservations.

AVI will offer an array of wraps, trail mix, cookies, fruit cups, vegie plates, salads and an assortment of beverages for purchase during the performance.

The final event of the 2014 festival is a 7:30 p.m. concert by the SRU Orchestra, directed by Warren Davidson, assistant professor of music at SRU.

The Swope Music Hall concert salutes SRU's 125th anniversary by including John Philip Sousa's "The Washington Post March," composed in 1889, the same year the Slippery Rock State Normal School opened.

Davidson has also elected to present Schubert's "Unfinished Symphony," along with music from round around the world - a polka by Johann Strauss, Aram Khatchaturian's "Dance of the Rose Maidens" and an orchestral arrangement of the Bulgarian national dance, the rutchenitsa.

"It has been an exciting and rewarding month of performance," said Colleen Reilly, assistant professor of theatre and festival director. "The Kaleidoscope Arts Festival has given our entire region three weeks of exciting arts activities this spring. We certainly hope we have touched, not only our students, faculty, and staff, but also those in the community who enjoy the arts. This year's festival offered a broad spectrum of activities, both to display the talent of our students in plays, music, dance, artistic and spoken performances, and to offer exposure to emerging and seasoned professional artists from here and abroad. Each year we offer this gift to the community, and we welcome the community support we have received."

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