Wednesday April 11, 2007

Campus Report Apr 11, 2007

Dance meets nanotechnology down by the riverside at an 'Evening at the Stander: A Celebration of the Arts.'

Dance meets nanotechnology down by the riverside at the University of Dayton’s “Evening at the Stander: A Celebration of the Arts,” an annual showcase of student artistic achievement, at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, at the Victoria Theatre.

A highlight of this year’s program is expected to be “Water Under the Bridge” a multimedia performance directed and choreographed by artist-in-residence Sharon Leahy, which focuses on rivers and incorporates some of the most cutting-edge science from the Nano Engineering Science and Technology Laboratory.

“I want to show how the arts can connect to and elaborate on environmental issues,” Leahy said. The work integrates the perspective of UD’s River Stewards program, microscopic images from nanotechnology labs with dancers and the students of ArtStreet, a UD residence dedicated to the arts, she said.

The Celebration of Arts program is a showcase of scholastic work, featuring about 200 students from a variety of majors, performing in works ranging from opera to gospel music with excursions into dance and the visual arts.

Performing at the celebration will be the University’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Dance Ensemble, Ebony Heritage Singers, among others. University poet-in-residence Herbert W. Martin will act as master of ceremonies.

According to Kathy Webb, event co-chair and dean of University libraries, the program allows visual and performing arts students to show off their academic achievements in a professional setting.

The evening art celebration is part of the 19th annual Stander Symposium April 17-18, which highlights academic achievements of students through presentations, discussions and performances. Named in honor of former UD provost Joseph W. Stander, S.M., the symposium celebrates academic excellence, collaborations and many forms of intellectual, artistic, and spiritual growth.

The Celebration of the Arts is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required and is available through the Kennedy Union box office. With advance registration, vouchers for tickets will be available and must be exchanged for general admission tickets before the event at the Victoria Theatre. For more information go to the Stander Web site or call the Kennedy Union box office at 229-2545.