Arts Events for November 2015

Note: While we make every effort to keep this listing up to date, event details are subject to change. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

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Through Nov. 5

ArtStreet White Box Gallery
What do we consume? Why? And what happens when we take too much? CONSUMPTION invites us to explore how the process of consumption manifests as action, stemming from the desire of thirst and building to the fear that resources might run out. Hosting six world premiere installations annually, the White Box Gallery is dedicated to work that challenges social, industrial, cultural and academic perspectives. This year’s focus is on our daily climate — and our elemental responses to our environment. Creative Lead Sean Foster attempts to bridge gaps between commercial and the ‘fine’ arts, incorporating the tenets of mass production and communication through sensory experiences.
ArtStreet 937-229-5101

University of Dayton Orchestra

Sunday, Nov. 1

2 p.m. Dayton Art Institute Renaissance Auditorium
The University of Dayton Orchestra, Dr. Patrick Reynolds, conductor, presented as part of UD’s Rites.Rights.Writes series, A Visual Feast: It’s Your Nature. Featuring a performance of The Curfew by Peter Warlock on poems by W.B. Yeats, with tenor soloist Alec Brown (winner of the 2014-15 UD Concerto-Aria Competition).
Free admission for UD students with ID and DAI members. Museum admission fees apply.
Department of Music 937-229-3936 

Department of Art and Design Senior Show

Nov. 5 – Dec. 10

Gallery 249, Fitz Hall
RECEPTION: Thursday, November 5, 5-7 p.m.
View a selection of works by this semester’s graduating art and design seniors, and celebrate their accomplishments at the reception. Learn more >>
Department of Art and Design 937-229-3237


Friday, Nov. 6

8 p.m. ArtStreet Studio B Screening Room
Morgan Atkinson’s film captures beautifully the rhythms of monastic life at the Cistercian Abbey of Gethsemani. Weaving together individual interviews with extensive footage of the monks at work and at prayer, Gethsemani explores with respect, insight and appealing touches of humor both the unique vocation and the essential humanity of these contemporary representatives of an ancient, still vital tradition. In union with the Church worldwide, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and the University of Dayton are planning a variety of events to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life and the impact vowed religious have had on our campus community, in our faith lives, and in our world. For more information, contact Campus Ministry at 937-229-3339. Learn more about films at ArtStreet >>
ArtStreet 937-229-5101

Alumni Artist Series: Rose Drance, soprano

Monday, Nov. 9

1:25 p.m. Sears Recital Hall, Jesse Philips Humanities Center
Department of Music 937-229-3936 

Kristallnacht Remembrance Service

Monday, Nov. 9

5 p.m. Immaculate Conception Chapel
with World Music Choir, Sharon Davis Gratto, director
Department of Music 937-229-3936


Nov. 10 - Dec. 17

ArtStreet White Box Gallery
Opening Reception: Nov. 10, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
FEAR is so absolutely ingrained in our society that it has nearly become an American pastime. News reports, our social media news feeds, even our daily interactions with our fellow citizens are fraught with our visions of the most horrible things that have happened, could happen or may not happen at all. FEAR presents an opportunity for us to do battle creatively against one of the most powerful emotions that holds us back from ourselves and from each other. Hosting six world premiere installations annually, the White Box Gallery is dedicated to work that challenges social, industrial, cultural and academic perspectives. This year’s focus is on our daily climate — and our elemental responses to our environment. Creative Lead Krista Franklin is an interdisciplinary artist whose work floats between the literary and the visual. Her art draws from the well of African diasporic histories, popular culture, personal narrative, folklore, black spiritualism, ritual and magic, and the psychic interiority of people of color.
ArtStreet 937-229-5101

DISCUSSION & DEMO: Women's Music from the 17th Century

Thursday, Nov. 12

2 - 3:15 p.m. Fitz Hall, room 151
Held in conjunction with Dr. Samuel N Dorf's class--Music and Gender--this open session will feature presentations by noted scholar Dr. Craig Monson (one of his more recent books is Nuns Behaving Badly: Tales of Music, Magic, Arts and Arson in the Convents of Italy) and Annalisa Pappano, early music specialist (she plays the lirone as well as viol da gamba) and founder of Cincinnati's Catacoustic Consort. FREE. Please RSVP to if you plan to have your class attend.
ArtsLIVE 937-229-2787

Divas in the Convent: Nuns, Music & Defiance in 17th Century Italy

Thursday, Nov. 12

6:45 p.m. Sears Recital Hall, Jesse Philips Humanities Center
This 45-minute illustrated lecture will focus on the phenomenon of female singers and composers in 17th century Italy. During this time, up to 15 percent of the female population lived in convents: these venues provided many women with unparalleled creative opportunities, and their performances were often avidly attended by the public. Presented by Dr. Craig Monson of Washington University in St. Louis, this free presentation precedes the 8PM ArtsLIVE concert. No RSVP required.
ArtsLIVE 937-229-2787

ArtsLIVE presents Celestial Sirens

Thursday, Nov. 12

8 p.m. Sears Recital Hall, Jesse Philips Humanities Center
Convent music? Yes, it was a real draw a few hundred years ago — and it’s on the rise again, thanks to early music ensembles like the Cincinnati-based Catacoustic Consort, directed by Annalisa Pappano. In early 17th century Italy, up to 15 percent of the female population lived in convents. Women sang, played various instruments and in some cases composed original sacred works — some of which will be presented in this concert. Also on the program will be a selection of secular music from the period, featuring female vocalists accompanied by the Baroque harp, theorbo and lirone. Learn more >>
Tickets: General Admission $16/UD faculty, staff, alumni; seniors $12/ UD students, youth $8
Kennedy Union Box Office 229-2545 or visit

Native Peoples of the Americas Colloquium Film Series: ‘THE FAST RUNNER’

Friday, Nov. 13

7 p.m. ArtStreet Studio B Screening Room
Carlos Stewart, from the Office of Multicultural Affairs, will lead a discussion following the screening of The Fast Runner (which is based on an Inuit legend). This annual colloquium aims to address issues of spirituality and traditions of Native Americans with lectures, performances and multimedia presentations. Sessions will be held November 1-2 with related events including lectures and films throughout the Fall Term. For more information, contact Tereza Szeghi at 937-229-3443.
ArtStreet 937-229-5101

Once Upon A Mattress

Nov. 13 - 15

Friday, November 13 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 14 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 15 at 2 p.m.
Kennedy Union Boll Theatre
In this musical version of The Princess and the Pea, Princess Winnifred is an ungainly, brash girl competing for the hand of Prince Dauntless, whose domineering mother Queen Aggravain has declared he must marry a “true” princess before anyone else in the kingdom can marry. Co-produced by the Department of Music and the Theatre Program. Music by Mary Rodgers and lyrics by Marshall Barer. Michelle Hayford, producer; Minnita Daniel-Cox, artistic director; Linda Dunlevy and David Sievers, co-directors; Donna Beran, costumes; Matthew Evans, set build and design.
Tickets: $12; UD students, faculty, staff: $8
Kennedy Union Box Office at 229-2545 or visit

Symphonic Wind Ensemble

Thursday, Nov. 19

8 p.m. Kennedy Union Boll Theatre
Patrick Reynolds, conductor.
Department of Music 937-229-3936 

UD Faculty Jazztet Concert

Saturday, Nov. 21     

3:30 p.m.   Sears Recital Hall, Jesse Philips Humanities Center
Willie L. Morris, III, saxophone, director; Brent Gallaher, saxophone; Eric Knorr, trumpet; Phillip Burkhead, piano; Eddie Brookshire, bass; Jim Leslie, drums.
Department of Music 937-229-3936 

Choral Union and Early Music Ensemble

Monday, Nov. 23

8 p.m. Kennedy Union Boll Theatre
Robert Jones and Sam Dorf, directors.
Department of Music 937-229-3936 

At the Manger: World Nativity Traditions

Nov. 28 - Jan. 24

Roesch Library (Floors 1, 2 and 7)
All-new displays of Nativities from around the world. Learn more >>
University Libraries 937-229-4094

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