This Sunday, October 4, at 4pm. Seabrook Auditorium. An evening of Jazz with Turtle Island String Quartet and Cyrus Chestnut. Tickets $10. Reserve here.
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The Fayetteville State University Fine Arts Series opens its 2015-16 season with a concert of musical gems from the Baroque period. FSU faculty Dr. Amanda Virelles, harpsichord and cellist Dr. Earnest Lamb are joined by a few of their friends for an afternoon of chamber music by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi and others. The concert is free to the public and is made possible by a grant from the Arts Council of Fayetteville and the FSU Friends of the Arts. To let us know you’re coming, complete the ticket reservation form at fsuarts.com/tickets.
FSU Fine Arts Week Celebration of the Arts
From April 3 through April 10, Fayetteville State University will be the center for music, visual art, and drama. The 2015-2016 Fine Arts Series celebrates the arts with a week of activities that features percussionist Ndugu Chancler, Eleone Dance Theater, art work by former Black Panther Emory Douglas, and a theatrical performance of A Raisin in the Sun.
The celebration begins Sunday, April 3 with a performance by the FSU Jazz Express under the direction of Dr. Neal Finn. The performance will feature guest percussion artist Leon “Ndugu” Chancler who will be in-residence at FSU through April 5. The Express will be performing music by Duke Ellington, Gerald Wilson, Don Rader and Juan Tizol. “Ndugu” Chancler is a highly respected studio jazz and rock percussionist who has performed and recorded with such celebrated artists as Michael Jackson, Lionel Ritchie, Carlos Santana and Herbie Hancock. The performance will be held in The FSU Student Center at 4:00pm. Admission is free.
The celebration continues with events each day of the week through Sunday, April 10.
- April 4: Monday evening’s performance in Seabrook Auditorium will be devoted to the FSU Concert Choir under the direction of Dr. Denise Payton. The Department’s vocal chamber ensembles—Mane Attraction, Men of Distinction, and FSU Opera Workshop—will also perform.
- April 5: Ndugu Chancler will complete his residency Tuesday evening when he joins the FSU Percussion Ensemble for an evening of music that will give the audience a new appreciation for everything percussion.
- April 6: In honor of Charles Chesnutt, one of the founding fathers of FSU, student musicians will be perform solo literature in recital on Wednesday evening in the Rosenthal Recital Hall at 7:00pm.
- April 7-10: The FSU Theater Company will open its production of Lorraine Hansberry’ award winning drama, A Raisin in the Sun, on Thursday, April 7 at 7:30pm. The play, directed by Phoebe Hall, will continue its run on Saturday, April 9 at 7:30pm, and at 2pm on Sunday, April 10. A Friday, April 8, school performance is available. All performances are in Butler Theater. Lorraine Hansberry’s timeless 1959 drama about the American Dream was the first play written by a black woman to be produced on Broadway and to win both the Tony and New York Drama Critics’ award, as well as the first play on Broadway with a black director (Lloyd Richards).
- April 8: Eleone Dance Theatre, a Philadelphia-based professional dance company, ushers in the new millennium with cutting edge works that challenges traditional boundaries. Eleone dancers provide not just a dance performance, but a dance “experience” that inspires and energizes audiences of all ages. The company has a diverse repertoire of works that are contemporary modern, spiritual, rhythm and blues, African, as well as hip-hop in theme. This diversity enables audiences from many backgrounds and of all ages to enjoy its dance creations. This performance will be in Seabrook Auditorium at 7:00pm. General admission is $10.00.
- April 9: The Rosenthal Gallery will close its exhibition of Black Panther: The Revolutionary Art of Emory Douglass on April 9 with a reception and panel discussion. Douglass worked as the Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party from 1967 until the Party disbanded in the 1980s. His graphic art was featured in most issues of the newspaper The Black Panther (which had a peak circulation of 139,000 per week in 1970). As the art director, designer, and main illustrator for The Black Panther newspaper, Douglas created images that became icons, representing black American struggles during the 1960s and 1970s. Emory Douglass, along with other panelists, will talk politics, art and culture. Come join the conversation at 1:00pm to 3:00pm in the Rosenthal Gallery. The exhibition opens March 19. For further information contact gallery director Dwight Smith at 910-672-1795.
Additionally, the campus of FSU will have exhibition space for public art from April 3 through May 30. FSU faculty, Soni Martin, and students will create large scale sculptures that will be installed throughout the campus. These sculptures will remain on display until the end of May.
The 2015-2016 Fine Arts Season is sponsored in part by a grant from the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County, the FSU Office of Title III, and the FSU Friends of the Arts.
For information about the Fine Arts Season, please contact Dr. Earnest Lamb, Chair of the Department of Performing and Fine Arts, 910-672-1571 or email@example.com.
Come discover the arts at FSU – it’s more than you imagined.
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (February 19, 2015) – As part of Fayetteville State University’s celebration of Black History Month 2015 the FSU Dance Ensemble (FSUDE), will present encore performances of their new show, Civil Rights and the Hip-hop Generation: Looking Back, Moving Forward.
A performance for high school students will be held at 10 a.m. on February 24 in the J.W. Seabrook Auditorium. A performance for the public will be held at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5. The show is a result of collaboration between FSUDE under the direction of Associate Professor of Dance Avis Hatcher-Puzzo, and Assistant Professor Brandi Berry and the video production students in the Department of Communication.
Civil Rights and the Hip-hop Generation: Looking Back, Moving Forward is a comparative look at the 1960-70’s, and today incorporating dance, spoken word, film and music. Hip-hop to ballroom to modern dance styles are performed as the FSUDE members presents works including Black Skinhead by Kanye West, Strange Fruit by Billie Holiday, and Hoodies a tribute Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice and others.
Through the exploration of social history, the production seeks to reach out, educate and begin a communal dialog on how the hip-hop generation views various Civil Rights events by posing questions from the millennials to the baby boomers and vice versa. Historic and current topics broached include fatherlessness, the women’s liberation movement, gang violence and relationships.
Civil Rights and the Hip-hop Generation: Looking Back, Moving Forward was created through discussions and research conducted by FSUDE and the Video Production students, and is the expansion of a previous FSUDE dance entitled Man/Boy-Boy/Man. In 2013, the male dancers of FSUDE workshopped and developed Man/Boy-Boy/Man as a reaction to being young, male, black and talented. The dance addresses what they view as their options and their obstacles in today’s society, and was performed in the FSUDE concert in March 2014. Civil Rights and the Hip-hop Generation expand on these ideas to include other topics concerning all African-American youth today, and ultimately all millenials as it has been called, “not your parents Civil Rights show.”
PLEASE NOTE: This presentation depicts graphic images, strong language and adult situations.
FSU is a constituent institution of The University of North Carolina and the second-oldest public institution of higher education in the state. FSU offers nearly 60 degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. With more than 6,000 students, Fayetteville State University is among the most diverse institutions in the nation.
For more information, call (910) 672-1474.
Evidence Dance, founded by Raeford, NC native Ronald K. Brown, will perform in Seabrook Auditorium on Sunday, February 15 at 4:00pm. Based in Brooklyn, New York, Evidence Dance Company focuses on the seamless integration of traditional African dance with contemporary choreography and spoken word. Through work, Evidence provides a unique view of human struggles, tragedies, and triumphs. Brown uses movement as a way to reinforce the importance of community in African American culture and to acquaint audiences with the beauty of traditional African forms and rhythms. He is an advocate for the growth of the African American dance community and is instrumental in encouraging young dancers to choreograph and to develop careers in dance.
Brown’s choreography is in high demand. He has set works on Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, Cleo Parker Robinson Ensemble, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Jennifer Muller/The Works, Jeune Ballet d’Afrique Noire, Ko-Thi Dance Company, Philadanco and others. He choreographed Regina Taylor’s award-winning play, Crowns and won an AUDELCO Award for his work on that production. “I hope that when people see the work, their spirits are lifted. I am interested in sharing perspectives through modern dance, theater and kinetic storytelling. I want my work to be evidence of these perspectives,” says Brown.
Evidence now tours to some 25 communities in the United States and abroad. The company has traveled to Cuba, Brazil, England, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Mexico, Senegal, Nigeria, South Africa and Canada to perform, teach master classes and conduct lecture/demonstrations for individuals of all ages. Evidence brings arts education and cultural connections to local communities that have historically lacked these experiences. Annually the company reaches an audience of more than 25,000.
Tickets are $10.00 general admission and free to FSU students with ID. Please contact the FSU ticket office at 910-672-1724. This performance is made possible by the generous support of FSU Office of Title III, the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County, and the FSU Friends of the Arts. For more information visit the FSU Fine Arts Series website at http://fsuarts.com.
‘THE DUTCHMAN’ Comes to FSU’s Butler Theater
This play was written by LeRoi Jones who used his gift as a writer to make a statement about African American male victimization. Clay is a black college graduate, who is content with who he is on the outside or so he thought. He is challenged by a seductive white woman by the name Lula on the subway to bring out his true side. This play has a lot of twists and turns as it explores a 1960s analogy to the bible story of Adam and Eve. The Dutchman was produced off-Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theatre, and it won the Village Voice’s Obie Award for the Best American Play of the 1963-64 seasons.
Box office inquiries — (910) 672-1724
FSU Theatre Company presents Rumpelstiltskin
School performances are at 9:30 and 11 am on February 19 and 20. Limited walk-in tickets are available at the box office on the day of show. Seating for school performances is extremely limited. $3 tickets are available for students in groups; adults accompanying students are FREE; bus parking is available!
Public, open performance for all is 2pm on February 21, 2015. Tickets are $3.
The story starts off with Rumpelstiltskin wanting to gain the all absolute power of the kingdom, then seeks a witch named Griselda for guidance and tries to swindle a miller’s daughter. Join us as we take you on journey of a favorite childhood tale with some familiar characters.
“This fairy tale is a fun treat for audiences of all ages, and will be full of laughter”.
GROUP RESERVATIONS – Phoebe Hall, Professor of Theatre, firstname.lastname@example.org