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Cultural Events Announced for the Fall Semester

Sep 6, 2017

West Virginia Wesleyan College will offer a variety of cultural events during the fall semester. Please visit for up-to-date information. In addition, this fall marks the launch of a series that provides a showcase of Wesleyan faculty discussing topics of interest.  The lectures take place on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts on College Avenue.  All lectures are free and open to the general public.

August 31 – September 22 – Kevin Woodcock Solo Exhibition
Opening Reception: August 31st 4:30-6 p.m., Artist Talk at 6 p.m., Sleeth Gallery in McCuskey Hall

September 9 – The Swon Brothers Concert with special guests Caroline Glaser and The Railers
John D. Rockefeller Gymnasium, 7:45 p.m. Admission.

The Swon Brothers, an American country music duo, finished third place on the fourth season of NBC’s The Voice.  Their first single from their self-titled debut album, “Later On,” released in December 2013.  Joining the Swon Brothers are Nashville artists The Railers, who combine mandolin, violin, concertina, acoustic guitar, and percussion into air-tight harmonies and earthy instrumentation.  Another Nashville-based artist, Caroline Glaser, also appeared on season 4 of The Voice, and has two albums released to date.

September 11 – WVWC Faculty Lecture Series presents “The Heartbreak Game: What Makes a Classic Country Song Classic” with Eric Waggoner ’92, associate professor of English

September 23 – American Shakespeare Center: Taming of the Shrew
Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts, 8:30 p.m.

This hilarious comedy is much more than a “battle of the sexes;” it is also a profound look at the necessity of “play” in our lives. This production includes Shakespeare’s “Induction,” which presents the Kate and Petruchio story as a play within a play. Blending romantic comedy and outlandish farce, Shakespeare gives us a love story of psychological liberation and the mysteries of being married. Hosted by Arts Alive!

September 28 – October 27 – Joe Lupo Solo Exhibition
Opening Reception: September 28,  4:30-6 p.m., Artist Talk at 6 p.m., Sleeth Gallery in McCuskey Hall

October 5 – 7 – Extremities by William Mastrosimone, directed by Brianna Underwood
English Annex Theatre, 8 p.m.

**This play include depictions of violence and is not intended for young audiences**
This is a student directed, produced and designed production in cooperation with Women’s Aid in Crisis during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Marjorie is home alone when Raul enters through her unlocked door and attacks her. The tables turn when Marjorie is able to subdue Raul and keep him tied up in her fireplace. When Terry and Patricia, Marjorie’s roommates, come home, they are shocked and begin discussing how to handle the situation: call the police or take matters into their own hands?

October 9 – WVWC Faculty Lecture Series presents “Beauty, Terror, Mystery, Consolation: Poetry and the Aesthetics of Environmentalism” with Debra Murphy, associate professor of religious studies

October 12 – Evening of Music with WVWC Faculty
College faculty will perform music from several genres, under the direction of Dr. James Moore, associate professor of music.
Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts, 7:30 p.m.

October 14 – Concert in the Chapel Oval ft. Crosstown Traffic 
Enjoy a free concert in the Oval with local band Crosstown Traffic playing cover hits from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket. 4:30 p.m.

October 25 – Music Department Recital (location TBA), 11:00 a.m.

November 2 – November 24  Cayla Skillin-Brauchle Solo Exhibition and Performance
Opening Reception: November 2, 4:30-6 p.m., Artist Talk at 6 p.m., Sleeth Gallery in McCuskey Hall

November 8 – WVWC Small Jazz Ensembles, Loar Auditorium, 6:00 p.m.

November 9 – 11 Everybody by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, directed by guest artist kb saine
Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts, 8 p.m.

Wesleyan will produce the academic premiere of this modern riff on the 15th-century morality play Everyman which follows Everybody (chosen from amongst the cast by lottery at each performance) as he or she travels down a road toward life’s greatest mystery.

November 12 – Fall Choral Concert “Women’s Works” by Wesleyan Singers, Concert Chorale and Concentus Vocum; Wesley Chapel, 3:00 p.m.

November 13 – WVWC Lecture Series presents “The Primary That Made a President: JFK and the 1960 West Virginia Primary” with Rob Rupp, professor of history and political science

November 17 – Music Department Recital (location TBA), 12:00 p.m.

November 28 – WV Dance Company
Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts, 8 p.m.
WV Dance Company is a mixed repertory modern dance company based in Beckley, WV. The company was founded in 1977 with the distinct purpose of enriching lives through dance and special emphasis on making dance more accessible to the many rural communities throughout our region. The performance is free and open to the public. For more detailed information about the West Virginia Dance Company and its programs, visit Hosted by Arts Alive!

December 1 – December 8 – Juried High School Exhibition
Opening Reception: December 1, 4:30-6 p.m., Award Ceremony at 6 p.m.

December 3 – Lessons and Carols, Wesley Chapel, 4:00 p.m.

December 5 – WVWC Big Bands, Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts, 7:30 p.m.

December 6 – Keyboard Studio Recital, Wesley Chapel, 12:00 p.m.

December 11— WVWC Faculty Lecture Series presents “White Lung: The Opioid Crisis in West Virginia” with Travis Zimmerman, assistant professor of criminal justice

Visit for more information, including any admission prices, before the event.