Fine Arts Week

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

Come discover the arts at FSU – it’s more than you imagined.