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Performing Arts Series 2008/2009
Rhode Island College
September 16, 2008 to May 1, 2009 Posted September 24, 2008



Rhode Island College
Performing Arts Series 2008/2009

September 16, 2008 to May 1, 2009


Rhode Island College is passionate about the arts and their committment shows in the high quality artists they bring to the state. Throughout the years they have showcased almost all the big dance companies and many of the up and comers. The 2008/2009 season features dance as The Song and Dance Ensemble of West Africa (African dance), Compania Flamenco Jose Porcel (flamenco), Off the Beaten Path (tap), and Complexions (ballet). The related art of acrobatics is represented by The National Acrobats of China.

See the schedule below for dates and times.





Performing Arts Schedule




SEPTEMBER 2008


Tuesday September 16, 2008
Jeffrey Siegel's Keyboard Conversations
Sapinsley Hall
Nazarian Center
Rhode Island College
600 Mt Pleasant Ave
Providence RI 02908-1991
Time: 730pm
Tickets: $25 general, $20 senior, $15 RIC faculty/staff/alumni, $10 Non RIC student/child, $5 RIC student
Reservations: 401-456-8144
Box Office hours M - F 10am-4pm
Jeffrey Siegel returns for a seventh season with three new concerts with commentary. World-class music combined with entertaining commentary creates a magical concert experience. Programs begin with an entertaining prologue on the music, followed by a full performance of the works, and end with a lively question and answer session. Other dates - February 18, 2009 & April 15, 2009.



OCTOBER 2008


Wednesday October 1, 2008
Potpourri Series
The Song and Dance Ensemble of West Africa

Auditorium
Roberts Hall
Rhode Island College
600 Mt Pleasant Ave
Providence RI 02908-1991
Time: 730pm
Tickets: $35 general, $30 senior, $20 RIC faculty/staff/alumni, $15 Non RIC student/child, $5 RIC student
Reservations: 401-456-8144
Box Office hours M - F 10am-4pm
Traditional rhythms, instruments, folklore and mythology of West African nations paint a colorful and exciting picture of the oral and musical rites of these diverse peoples. This exciting ensemble of musicians, singers and dancers will perform traditional Malian music mainly from Peuhl, Bambara and Mandingo. While the style is West African authentic, a modern edge makes them as hip as any international big band.

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Wednesday October 29, 2008
Potpourri Series
Compania Flamenco Jose Porcel

Auditorium
Roberts Hall
Rhode Island College
600 Mt Pleasant Ave
Providence RI 02908-1991
Time: 730pm
Tickets: $35 general, $30 senior, $20 RIC faculty/staff/alumni, $15 Non RIC student/child, $5 RIC student
Reservations: 401-456-8144
Box Office hours M - F 10am-4pm
This company of dancers and musicians is celebrated throughout the world as the greatest export of the new flamenco. From Seville, Spain, the fiery Josť Porcel brings his company to RIC with an explosion of dance, music, and passion deeply bound to the Gypsy spirit as evidenced by spectacular costumes and passionate expression. Porcel and his troupe offer irresistible sex appeal and irrepressible energy.

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NOVEMBER 2008


Sunday November 9, 2008
The Adams Foundation Piano Recital Series
Steven Mayer

Sapinsley Hall
Nazarian Center
Rhode Island College
600 Mt Pleasant Ave
Providence RI 02908-1991
Time: 230pm
Tickets: $25 general, $20 senior, $15 RIC faculty/staff/alumni, $10 Non RIC student/child, $5 RIC student
Reservations: 401-456-8144
Box Office hours M - F 10am-4pm
Steven Mayer will share what the Dallas Morning News describes as his "clarity of thinking combined with high imagination and articulate fingers".

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Monday, November 17, 2008
The President's Music Series
The Muir String Quartet

Sapinsley Hall
Nazarian Center
Rhode Island College
600 Mt Pleasant Ave
Providence RI 02908-1991
Time: 8pm
Tickets: $35 general, $30 senior, $20 RIC faculty/staff/alumni, $15 Non RIC student/child, $5 RIC student
Reservations: 401-456-8144
Box Office hours M - F 10am-4pm
The Muir String Quartet, made up of Peter Zazofsky on violin, Lucia Lin on violin, Steven Ansell on viola, Michael Reynolds on cello, and special guest Marc Johnson on cello, perform Mozart's String Quartet in G Major, K. 387, Tower's String Quartet #1 Night Fields, Schubert's String Quintet in C Major, D. 956

Other dates - February 2, 2009 & March 30, 2009.

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DECEMBER 2008


Sunday, December 7, 2008
Potpourri Series
The Soweto Gospel Choir

The Auditorium
Roberts Hall
Rhode Island College
600 Mt Pleasant Ave
Providence RI
Time: 730pm
Tickets: $35 general, $30 senior, $20 RIC faculty/staff/alumni, $15 Non RIC student/child, $5 RIC student
Reservations: 401-456-8144
Box Office hours M - F 10am-4pm
Back by popular demand following their 2005 and 2006 sold-out concerts, the 25-member Soweto Gospel Choir is an awe-inspiring vocal ensemble. The choir will perform in eight different languages in an inspirational program of tribal, traditional and popular African gospel featuring holiday music from around the world. Earthy rhythms, rich harmonies, a capella and charismatic performances combine to uplift the soul and express South Africa's great hopes for the future.

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JANUARY 2009


Sunday, January 25, 2009
The Adams Foundation Piano Recital Series
Joseph Kalichstein

Sapinsley Hall
Nazarian Center
Rhode Island College
600 Mt Pleasant Ave
Providence RI 02908-1991
Time: 230pm
Tickets: $25 general, $20 senior, $15 RIC faculty/staff/alumni, $10 Non RIC student/child, $5 RIC student
Reservations: 401-456-8144
Box Office hours M - F 10am-4pm
Joseph Kalichstein will demonstrate what the Miami Herald calls "intelligent programming, eloquent musicianship, brilliant dexterity and beautiful tone."

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FEBRUARY 2009


Monday, February 4, 2009
The President's Music Series
The Muir String Quartet

Sapinsley Hall
Nazarian Center
Rhode Island College
600 Mt Pleasant Ave
Providence RI 02908-1991
Time: 8pm
Tickets: $35 general, $30 senior, $20 RIC faculty/staff/alumni, $15 Non RIC student/child, $5 RIC student
Reservations: 401-456-8144
Box Office hours M - F 10am-4pm
The Muir String Quartet, made up of Peter Zazofsky on violin, Lucia Lin on violin, Steven Ansell on viola, and Michael Reynolds on cello, perform Lukas Foss's String Quartet #4, Ravel's String Quartet, Brahms' String Quartet in C Minor, Op. 51, No. 1

Other dates - November 17, 2008 & March 30, 2009.



Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Jeffrey Siegel's Keyboard Conversations
Sapinsley Hall
Nazarian Center
Rhode Island College
600 Mt Pleasant Ave
Providence RI 02908-1991
Time: 730pm
Tickets: $25 general, $20 senior, $15 RIC faculty/staff/alumni, $10 Non RIC student/child, $5 RIC student
Reservations: 401-456-8144
Box Office hours M - F 10am-4pm
Jeffrey Siegel returns for a seventh season with three new concerts with commentary. World-class music combined with entertaining commentary creates a magical concert experience. Programs begin with an entertaining prologue on the music, followed by a full performance of the works, and end with a lively question and answer session. This time it's The Longevity of the Short Piece: Masterpieces in miniature. Mendelssohn's Song Without Words, Grieg's Lyric Pieces; Brahms' Rhapsodies, and Chopin's Nocturnes

Other dates - September 16, 2008 & April 15, 2009.

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Saturday,February 21, 2009
Potpourri Series
Off the Beaten Path
A Jazz & Tap Odyssey

The Auditorium
Roberts Hall
Rhode Island College
600 Mt Pleasant Ave
Providence RI
Time: 730pm
Tickets: $35 general, $30 senior, $20 RIC faculty/staff/alumni, $15 Non RIC student/child, $5 RIC student
Reservations: 401-456-8144
Box Office hours M - F 10am-4pm
Off the Beaten Path was created under the direction of award-winning choreographer Drika Overton and composer Paul Arslanian, in collaboration with renowned tap dancers Brenda Bufalino and Josh Hilberman. Inspired by the nature writings of Rachel Carson, pioneer of the modern environmental movement, the performance presents an artist's vision of our human connection to the natural world by weaving together music and dance from around the world. This event will have workshops available to the public (call 456-8194).



MARCH 2009


Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Potpourri Series
The National Acrobats of China

The Auditorium
Roberts Hall
Rhode Island College
600 Mt Pleasant Ave
Providence RI
Time: 730pm
Tickets: $35 general, $30 senior, $20 RIC faculty/staff/alumni, $15 Non RIC student/child, $5 RIC student
Reservations: 401-456-8144
Box Office hours M - F 10am-4pm
The National Acrobats of China return to RIC in a unique, family-friendly performance. Skillful performers, using everyday objects, perform eye-popping acrobatics and heart-stopping balancing acts that showcase their perfect movements and flexible showmanship. The company features martial arts, music, acrobatics and illusion - as well as sheer strength and courage - to entertain and amuse.



Monday, March 30, 2009
The President's Music Series
The Muir String Quartet

Sapinsley Hall
Nazarian Center
Rhode Island College
600 Mt Pleasant Ave
Providence RI 02908-1991
Time: 8pm
Tickets: $35 general, $30 senior, $20 RIC faculty/staff/alumni, $15 Non RIC student/child, $5 RIC student
Reservations: 401-456-8144
Box Office hours M - F 10am-4pm
The Muir String Quartet, made up of Peter Zazofsky on violin, Lucia Lin on violin, Steven Ansell on viola, Michael Reynolds on cello, and special guest Menahem Pressler on piano, perform Mozart's Adagio & Fugue in C Minor, K. 546, Schulhoff's Five Pieces for String Quartet, Brahms' Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34.

Other dates - November 17, 2008 & February 2, 2009

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APRIL 2009


Tuesday, April 15, 2009
Jeffrey Siegel's Keyboard Conversations
Sapinsley Hall
Nazarian Center
Rhode Island College
600 Mt Pleasant Ave
Providence RI 02908-1991
Time: 730pm
Tickets: $25 general, $20 senior, $15 RIC faculty/staff/alumni, $10 Non RIC student/child, $5 RIC student
Reservations: 401-456-8144
Box Office hours M - F 10am-4pm
Jeffrey Siegel returns for a seventh season with three new concerts with commentary. World-class music combined with entertaining commentary creates a magical concert experience. Programs begin with an entertaining prologue on the music, followed by a full performance of the works, and end with a lively question and answer session. This time it's called Musical Pictures: Inspiring sights in glorious sound! The sonic splendor of Rachmaninoff's Etudes Tableaux, Debussy's Preludes and Mussorgsky's beloved Pictures at an Exhibition.

Other dates - September 16, 2008 & February 18, 2009.

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Monday April 20, 2009
The President's Music Series
The Ahn Trio

Sapinsley Hall
Nazarian Center
Rhode Island College
600 Mt Pleasant Ave
Providence RI 02908-1991
Time: 8pm
Tickets: tba
Reservations: 401-456-8144
Box Office hours M - F 10am-4pm
Born in Seoul, Korea, and educated at Juilliard School in New York City, sisters Maria, Lucia and Angella are redefining the art and architecture of chamber music. The three breathe new life into the standard piano-trio literature and push the boundaries of their craft, commissioning works from visionary composers like Kenji Bunch, Maurice Jarre and Michael Nyman. In 2003, they were named three of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People.



MAY 2009


Friday May 1, 2009
Potpourri Series
Complexions Contemporary Ballet

The Auditorium
Roberts Hall
Rhode Island College
600 Mt Pleasant Ave
Providence RI
Time: 730pm
Tickets: $35 general, $30 senior, $20 RIC faculty/staff/alumni, $15 Non RIC student/child, $5 RIC student
Reservations: 401-456-8144
Box Office hours M - F 10am-4pm
Flashy and charismatic, Complexions champions diversity as America's original multicultural dance company. Under the direction of former Alvin Ailey Dance Company principal dancers, Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, the company provokes thought and inspires impassioned performances. Complexions grounds its cutting-edge choreography and original music within the roots of classical dance. Inspired by social and political issues, and yet deeply personal, its works have always sought to explore the full-range of human emotions.






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Rhode Island College

600 Mt Pleasant Ave
Providence RI
02908-1991
Reservations: 401-456-8144
Box Office hours M - F 10am-4pm

Subscriptions
Get tickets to all 15 performances for $290.00
Potpourri Series (3 dance, 3 other) $156.00
Choose any 5 $140.00
Choose any 4 $120.00
See RIC website for more subscription prices
See schedule for individual pricing

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