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Welcome to the Spring 2015 Season of the William Simpson Performing Arts Series at Springfield College

William Blizard Gallery, Visual Arts Center

The William Blizard Gallery is located in the Visual Arts Center on the second floor of Blake Hall. The gallery is open weekdays, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The new season of the William Simpson Fine Arts Series at Springfield College will entertain and inspire.
Experience the arts with magnificent work from artists and performers from both inside and outside the
Springfield College community. Attendees will be dazzled by dance performances and theater presentations,
captivated by art exhibitions and thought-provoking film, and delighted by concerts and literary events.
Programs are open to the public and most events are free of charge.

Schedule of Events

War and Rumors of War

Art Exhibition

September 27 - November 6

War and Rumors of War By Priya Nadkarni

Artist Priya Nadkarni uses large-scale oil paintings to depict the peculiarities of American culture. Her work explores notions of the civilized, the savage, the conditioned, the liberated, the feminine, the exotic, the Western, and the permutations of each.

William Blizard Gallery*

Gallery reception for artist and public: Sunday, September 27, 3-5 p.m.

Art Exhibition

September 27 - November 6

Silent Screams of Sardinia By Richard Anderson

Direct from the Mediterranean island of Sardinia come the photographs of a small mountain town called Orgosolo. Taken by author and Springfield College professor Richard Andersen, the photos capture the murals painted on Orgosolo buildings, which highlight the history and political struggles of Sardinia and beyond.

William Blizard Gallery*

Gallery reception for artist and public: Sunday, September 27, 3-5 p.m.

Silent Screams of Sardinia

Daniel Pearl Music Day

Concert

October 1

Daniel Pearl Music Day

In celebration of the Springfield community, this event is part of the Daniel Pearl World Music Days, an international network of concerts that uses music to reaffirm a commitment to tolerance and humanity. Since 2002, the event, named after journalist Daniel Pearl, who was murdered by Islamist extremists while reporting from Pakistan, has grown to include more than 11,000 shows in 129 countries, including Pakistan. The concert features performances by the Zanetti School Choir, the Community Music School CMG Jazz Ensemble, Springfield College students, and other special guests.

Naismith Green and Flynn Campus Union 4-8 p.m.

Theater Performance

October 7

In My Shoes Judy Dworin Performance Project

Performed by the Judy Dworin Performance Project of Hartford, Conn., In My Shoes is a dance performance and play that depicts what it’s like as a woman both in and out of jail. With a cast that includes incarcerated women, In My Shoes has been described as “a soul-searching journey through the twists and turns of the walk to prison and back–and what it truly means to be free.”

This event is supported by a grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts as well as several Springfield College offices and departments, including Springfield College Theater.

A discussion will follow the performance.

Appleton Auditorium, Fuller Arts Center, 7 p.m.

In My Shoes

Kind Hearted Woman

Film Event

October 26

Kind Hearted Woman A film by David Sutherland

Join acclaimed filmmaker David Sutherland for a screening of his PBS Frontline special Kind Hearted Woman. The documentary creates an unforgettable portrait of Robin Charboneau, a 32-year-old divorced single mother and Oglala Sioux woman, who confronts her alcoholism and the scars of being sexually abused as a child. The New York Times describes the film as “a detailed portrait of the kind of lives rarely given a media spotlight, those lived on the margins of rural America, where money and education are scarce.”

A Q&A will take place with Sutherland following the premiere.

Appleton Auditorium, Fuller Arts Center, 7 p.m.

Theater Performance

November 12 - 15

Stage Kiss By Sarah Ruhl Presented by Springfield College Theater Directed by Martin Shell

Does art imitate life, or life imitate art? When two actors with a history are thrown together as romantic leads in a forgotten 1930s melodrama, they quickly lose touch with reality as the story onstage follows them offstage. MacArthur Genius Grant winner Sarah Ruhl delivers a brilliant comedy that aims for big laughs and hits its target with Stage Kiss, a charming tale about what happens when lovers share a stage kiss or when actors share a real one.

General admission: $5;
students and senior citizens: $2
Tickets may be purchased at the door
or reserved by calling (413) 748-3443.

Appleton Auditorium, Fuller Arts Center Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.

Stage Kiss

Missy-Marie Montgomery and Henry Lyman

Poetry Reading

November 18

Missy-Marie Montgomery and Henry Lyman

Springfield College English professor Missy-Marie Montgomery and poet, translator, and editor Henry Lyman come together for an evening of poetry. The event commemorates the publication of each author’s first book: Montgomery’s Half-Life of Passion and Lyman’s The Land Has Its Say.

A book signing and refreshments will follow the reading.

Cleveland E. and Phyllis B. Dodge Room, Flynn Campus Union, 7:30 p.m.

Art Exhibition

November 20 - December 18

Student Art Exhibition

Graduating Undergraduate
Senior Art Majors and
Graduate Art Therapy/Counseling Majors

Paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography and ceramics reflect learning throughout the advanced education of undergraduate art majors and graduate art therapy/counseling majors.

William Blizard Gallery* Gallery reception for artists and public: Sunday, November 22, 3-5 p.m.

Student Art Exhibition

Springfield College Annual Holiday Concert

Concert

December 3

Springfield College Annual Holiday Concert

The Springfield College Community Chorus, Jazz Ensemble, and special guests present this perennial favorite, combining holiday music, popular favorites, choral selections, special requests, and good cheer.

Refreshments will be served.

Appleton Auditorium, Fuller Arts Center, 7:30 p.m.

Dance Performance

December 11 - 13

Celebrating Dance Forward and Backward

Contemporary artist James Morrow creates a postmodern, hip-hop, Africanist work with the Springfield College Repertory Dance Company, while Springfield resident Shakia Johnson performs a solo hip-hop work titled “Injustice.” Dance faculty and alumni performances round out the program.

General Admission: $5; students: $4; senior citizens and children: $2 Tickets may be purchased at the door or reserved by calling (413) 748-3158.

An informal dance concert of works created during the fall semester in dance classes will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. in the Appleton Auditorium, located in Fuller Arts Center. Admission is free.

Appleton Auditorium, Fuller Arts Center Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.

Celebrating Dance Forward and Backward

 

For more information, contact:

Art Exhibits Film Theatre Literature Music Dance Other members
Holly Murray Jody Santos Martin Shell Margaret Lloyd Christopher Haynes, Chair Cynthia Nazzaro Alexandra Ludwig
(413) 748-3684 (413) 748-3664 (413) 748-3443 (413) 748-3217 (413) 748-3277 (413) 748-3158