Tuesday April 3, 2012

Celebrate the Arts

Local artists team up with University of Dayton students for a two-day Celebration of the Arts featuring dance, music, theatre and visual arts.

Local artists team up with University of Dayton students for a two-day Celebration of the Arts featuring dance, music, theatre and visual arts.

The two events April 17-18 are part of the University's Brother Joseph W. Stander Symposium April 18, an annual event showcasing student research and scholarship.

The Celebration of the Arts: Opening Performance is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, at the Schuster Performing Arts Center, One West Second St., downtown Dayton.

The program is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Call 937-229-2545 or reserve tickets online at http://tickets.udayton.edu. Free transportation is available by RTA bus at 6:45 and 7:20 p.m. from the intersection of Stewart and Alberta streets.

Those who arrive early will be treated to musical performances and a visual arts exhibit beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Schuster Center's Wintergarden featuring student sculpture, paintings, photography and design work. The space will also feature an installation by Yellow Springs artist Michael Casselli and eight University of Dayton students featuring light, sound, video, fabric and yarn.

The 90-minute program highlights the University's diverse range of arts studies. Performances include the University's Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, University of Dayton Dance Ensemble and Dayton Contemporary Dance Company 2, First Flight Saxophone Quartet, World Music Choir, Percussion Ensemble, the University of Dayton Horn Choir, Dayton Jazz Ensemble, the University Chorale, University Orchestra, theatre selections, Ebony Heritage Singers and the Pride of UD Marching Band.

Neenah Ellis, general manager of WYSO, will serve as master of ceremonies.

The Celebration of the Arts: Closing Exhibition wraps up the Stander Symposium with an open house 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, in Gallery 249, second floor of the College Park Center, 1529 Brown St.

The visual arts department hosts the closing event, which features a reception and evening of open studios and the awards ceremony for the annual Horvath Exhibition, a juried exhibition highlighting student artwork. Demonstrations, student art and design from across the department will be included in the open studios. The Horvath Exhibition is on display now through April 26 at Gallery 249 on the second floor of the College Park Center. Parking is available all day April 18 in D Lot by the College Park Center.

The closing exhibition is free and open to the public, and no tickets are required.

For more information, contact Meagan Pant, assistant director of media relations, at 937-229-3256 or mpant1@udayton.edu.