Wesleyan Offers Exciting Performances This Fall

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

This fall, West Virginia Wesleyan College will offer a variety of entertainment for the community to enjoy. The line-up includes a performance of Smokey Joe’s Café and a concert by the West Virginia Symphony, as well as art exhibits, musical performances, and theatre productions.

LOLWUT will open on September 3-19, in Sleeth Gallery in McCuskey Hall. LOLWUT will feature performative and intermedia works by national and international artists. Artists Caroline Peters, Toni Billick and Sara Holwerda will be performing live during the opening and will give artist talks following the reception. The art opening is September 5 at 4:30 – 6 p.m.

On September 9, Smokey Joe’s Café, presented by the Greenbrier Valley Theatre, is a live-performance theatre, in Culpepper Auditorium in the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts (PAC). A fast-paced, high energy musical revue featuring 39 pop classics from songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller will be featured.

The Wesleyan Alumni Show will open on September 24 and close October 11 from 2-4 p.m. in the Sleeth Gallery. The Alumni Show features art and design works by graduates from the Wesleyan Department of Art.

Performing during Family Weekend is the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. On September 27, the symphony will perform Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4 Italian and the Saint Saens Cello Concerto featuring cello prodigy, Daniel Kaler. The symphony is West Virginia’s premier performing arts organization, presenting more than 50 concerts annually to audiences throughout the Mountain State.  Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for senior citizens, and free with Family Weekend nametags. This project is being presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations do not necessarily represent those of the West Virginia Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

In October, during Homecoming weekend October 10-12, the Department of Theatre and Dance will showcase dance works by dance instructor Gretchen Moore in the PAC. The dances will be presented on Friday, October 10 at 8 p.m., Saturday, 11 at 9 p.m. and Sunday, 12 at 2 p.m.

The West Virginia High Schools Juried Exhibition will be showcased from October 22-31 in Sleeth Gallery. The Juried Exhibition celebrates the talent of West Virginia high school students. The awards ceremony will be held on October 25 from 6-8 p.m.

Following the high school juried exhibitions, Wesleyan Assistant Professor of Art Andy Bloxham will feature recent works “Shootapalooza” on November 5 through December 5 in Sleeth Gallery. Shootapalooza features the recent works Bloxham, created as part of a 50-day, 7,000 mile road trip around the continental United States and Canada. The opening reception will be held November 7 at 4:30-6 p.m. with the artist talk immediately following.

Wesleyan’s theatre department will present The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams on November 14-15 at 8 p.m. and 2 p.m. on November 16 in the PAC. Thomas Schoffler, chair of the department and associate professor of theatre, will direct the production.

On Sunday, November 17 at 3 p.m in Wesley Chapel, there will be a concert entitled A Cappella! This concert will feature different “a cappella” selections from the Middle Ages to modern day as performed by the Wesleyan Singers, Concert Chorale and Concentus Vocum under the direction of R. Daniel Hughes.  Admission is free to all.

On November 19, the Wind, Brass, and Trumpet Ensembles will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. in the PAC. On Wednesday, November 20, the Percussion Ensemble will perform in the Loar Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.

Ellen Mueller, Wesleyan assistant professor of art, will exhibit her recent works “Burning Ice” from December 9 to January 9 in Sleeth Gallery. A variety of works developed while on residence in Skagaströnd, Iceland, the exhibit will include performance, drawings, large-format photography and an artist book. Mueller’s exhibit will close on January 9 at 4:30-6 p.m. with her gallery talk immediately following.

The Jazz Ensembles will perform on December 6, 8 p.m. in the PAC.

The annual Festival of Lessons and Carols is set for December 8 at 4 p.m. in Wesley Chapel.

Additional music and chorale concert performances will be announced at a later date.

For the complete calendar, please visit www.wvwc.edu. Some performances will require an admission fee.