Cultural Events Calendar

Spring 2015 Cultural Events Calendar

Tuesday, February 3 at 7:00pm in Hamlin Recital Hall

Christina Howell, Guest Voice Artist

Christina Howell, soprano and Rolando Salazar, piano, will present a recital entitled Flora, Fauna and The Frontier. Many of us are familiar with the Sleeping Beauty characters: Flora, Fauna and Merryweather, the origin of the recital title. Flora: Songs about Plants. A highlight in this section of the program, La Rosa y el sauce composed by Carlos Guastavino. Fauna: Songs about Animals. La Maja y el Ruiseñor from Enrique Granados’ opera  Goyescas highlights a nightingale in the voice and the accompaniment. The Frontier (instead of Merryweather): Songs from the West. The final set on the program was composed for Christina Howell by Cherise Leiter – Cowboy Songs for Her.

Soprano, Christina Howell is an award-winning singer of prizes such as the Max Berman Opera Prize, The Boris Goldovsky Award for Excellence in Operatic Acting and artist awards from the National Association of Teachers of Singing.  Dr. Howell was a two-time district winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions, a semi-finalist in the National Stewart Awards and winner of the Charlotte Opera Guild Vocal Competition. 

Operatic credits include Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor, Gilda in Rigoletto, Pamina in The Magic Flute, and Constance in Les Dialogues des Carmelites.  Equally at home on the concert stage, Howell has received acclaim for performances in Handel’s Messiah, Requiems of Mozart and Fauré, Respighi’s Laud to the Nativity, Mozart’s C Minor Mass and others.  In chamber works, she has performed with the Emory Chamber Music Ensemble, Brevard Chamber Series, and the Vega String Quartet among others. Recent performance credits include filming of Pulitzer Prize winning Robert Ward’s opera Roman Fever for South Carolina Educational Television.

A sought after judge, Dr. Howell has been invited to judge vocal competitions throughout the southeast and was also a panelist in the 2010 National Association of Teachers of Singing Art Song Composition competition. 

A 2008 participant in the prestigious NATS Internship program, Dr. Howell received her Bachelor of Music degree from Furman University, Master of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of South Carolina.  Currently on the faculty of Clayton State University in Morrow, GA (a suburb of Atlanta), Dr. Howell is a member of the music honor society Pi Kappa Lambda, the music fraternity Mu Phi Epsilon and the College Music Society. 

Event length: approximately 1 hour.

*Tickets required*

Student tickets available Tuesday, January 27, 2015

 

Monday, February 9 at 7:00pm in Hamlin Recital Hall

Cello Times Two

Faculty cellist Dr. Brenda Leonard and guest artist Dr. Benjamin Smith return to the NGU stage to perform as Cello Times Two.  They will play several short original works for two cellos.  The duo will be joined by pianist Dr. Brennan Szafron in a suite by Gian Carlo Menotti and film music by Dmitri Shostakovich.

Dr. Smith is on the music faculty of Montreal College.  Dr. Szafron is organist at the Episcopal Church of the Advent in Spartanburg and is a popular keyboard collaborator in the Upstate. 

Event length: approximately 1 hour

*Tickets required*

Student tickets available Monday, February 2, 2015

 

Thursday, February 12 at 7:00pm in Hamlin Recital Hall

2015 Teacher of the Year: Jennifer Ainsworth

Join South Carolina’s 2015 Teacher of the year, Jennifer Ainsworth, as she brings her classroom motto, “See the ABILITY, not the dis ABILITY!,” a message of acceptance, awareness and respect. Serving as the chairperson for the South Carolina Teacher’s Forum, Jennifer continues to advocate her passion for building positive relationships between general and special education students. Jennifer holds a BS in Special Education from Presbyterian College and has just entered her ninth year in education. She is the mild/moderate special needs teacher at Socastee High School in Myrtle Beach and has served as coordinator for the Horry County Special Olympics for seven years.  

Event length: approximately 1 hour.

*Tickets required*

Student tickets available Thursday, February 5, 2015

  

February 12-14 & 19-21 at 7:30pm in The Billingsley Theatre

Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

Directed by Amy Dunlap

This Shakespearean comedy (generally regarded as one of the bard’s best) combines elements of robust hilarity with more serious meditations on honor, shame, and court politics.  By means of rumor and gossip, the play’s lovers are thrown amiss due to the nefarious plans of the prince’s brother. The other characters must endeavor to reunite the two couples before the play’s end, much to the delight of the audience and the lover’s chagrin.   “For which of my bad parts didst thou first fall in love with me?”
―William Shakespeare

Approximate length: 2 Hours (with one 10 minute intermission)

 

 

 

 

 

*Tickets required*

Student tickets available Thursday, February 5, 2015

  

Tuesday, February 17 at 7:00pm in Hamlin Recital Hall

Faculty Recital - Fabio Parrini and Christopher Davis

RESCHEDULED TO TUESDAY MARCH 17

Enjoy an evening of classical piano mixed with contemporary percussion.  You will hear piano works by Mozart and percussion works by Maslanka, Torke, Cangelosi, and a newly commissioned work for vibraphone by Joe W. Moore III.  

Event length: approximately 1 hour. 

*Tickets required*

Student tickets available Tuesday, February 10, 2015


Monday, February 23 at 7:00 pm in Turner Auditorium

Concert Band

The NGU concert band will present a concert of standard wind band literature. This evening's program will include Norman Dello Joio's "Scenes from The Louvre", "Jubilation Overture" by Richard Ward and Vincent Persichetti's "Psalm for Band."   

Event length: approximately 1 hour. 

*Tickets NOT required*

 

Wednesday, February 25 at 7:00pm in Hamlin Recital Hall

Art Lecture

RESCHEDULED TO WEDNESDAY MARCH 18

Event length: approximately 2 hours.

*Tickets required*

Student tickets available Wednesday, February 18, 2015

 

Friday, February 27 at 7:00pm in Hamlin Recital Hall

Dr. Lilia Stoytcheva Faculty Recital

Dr. Lilia Stoytcheva, Professor of Music, will perform sonatas by Mozart and Haydn.

Event length: approximately 1 hour.

*Tickets required*

Student tickets available Friday, February 20, 2015

  

Tuesday, March 24 at 7:00pm in Hamlin Recital Hall

Choir Concert

This concert features the NGU Concert Choir, performing their tour program.  Nearly all of the compositions on this program are by late 20th and 21st century composers, including two from the Greenville area. 

Event length: approximately 1 hour. 

*Tickets required*

Student tickets available Tuesday, March 17, 2015

  

Monday, March 30 at 7:00pm in Turner Auditorium

Percussion Ensemble

The NGU Percussion Ensemble will present newly composed pieces for percussion ensemble.  This evening will also include jamming rudimental drumming with the NGU Drumline.

Event length: approximately 1 hour.  

*Tickets NOT required*

 

Tuesday, March 31 at 7:00pm in Hamlin Recital Hall

Brass & Woodwind Chamber Concert

Please join the NGU tuba quartet, brass quintet, brass ensemble and flute choir for an evening of light chamber music.

Event length: approximately 1 hour. 

*Tickets required*

Student tickets available Tuesday, March 24, 2015

 

Wednesday, April 1 at 7:00pm in Hamlin Recital Hall

Art Lecture

Event length: approximately 2 hours.

*Tickets required*

Student tickets available Wednesday, March 25, 2015

  

Monday, April 6 at 7:00 in Hamlin Recital Hall

Faculty String Duo

Violinist Dr. Leslie Warlick and cellist Dr. Brenda Leonard team up for a recital of music for their instruments together and alone.  Dr. Warlick will play two movements from J.S. Bach’s Sonata No. 1 in g minor for solo violin.  Dr. Leonard will play a piece of music inspired by paintings at an art gallery, complete with slides of the artworks for the audience to enjoy while listening.  Together, they will perform duos by Gliere and Dotzauer.  Dr. Leonard will also premiere a piece for unaccompanied cello by NGU faculty composer Dr. Peter Kay. 

Event length: approximately 1 hour.

*Tickets required*

Student tickets available Monday, March 30, 2015

  

Monday, April 13 at 7:00pm in Turner Auditorium

Concert Band

Join the NGU concert band as it celebrates the symphony orchestra with orchestral works transcribed for wind band. The program will consist of works such as  "Overture to Candide" by Leonard Berstein and Camille Saint-Saens' "Occident and Orient: Grand March", op. 25. This concert will also feature soloist Sonja Coppenbarger, professor of bassoon at NGU, performing Carl Maria Von Weber's "Andante and Rondo." 

Event length: approximately 1 hour.  

*Tickets NOT required*

 

Tuesday, April 14 at 7:00pm in Turner Auditorium

Orchestra Concert

Please join us Tuesday evening, April 14 as the NGU Orchestra, with the NGU Choir, marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the American Civil War presenting “One Nation Under God” – a reflection on historical events of the American Civil War and its music.  The orchestra will perform works by Sibelius, Glazunov, Dvorak, Unger, Harris, Anderson, Steiner, and Steffe.  Throughout the evening’s concert we will describe these works’ associations and students from NGU’s Alpha Xi Nu chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta history honors society will present facts and anecdotes from the American Civil War.  On the program: Sibelius’ Finlandia; Glazunov’s “Idylle” from his Two Pieces for Orchestra; the second movement of Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 “From the New World”; Unger’s Ashokan Farewell; Harris’s Americana; Anderson’s setting of The Girl I Left Behind Me; Steiner’s title track from Gone With the Wind: My Own True Love (Tara's Theme); and Steffe’s Battle Hymn of the Republic.

Event length: approximately 1 hour.

*Tickets NOT required* 

 

Tuesday, April 21 at 7:00pm in Hamlin Recital Hall

Strings & Singers Chamber Concert

The North Greenville University Singers present the Mass in G composed by Franz Schubert. The NGU String Ensemble will present Benjamin Britten’s Simple Symphony.

Event length: approximately 1 hour.

*Tickets required*

Student tickets available Tuesday, April 14, 2015

 

Monday, April 27 at 7:00pm in Turner Auditorium

Jazz Band

Under the direction of Mr. Charlie Parker, the North Greenville Jazz Band will present a concert of standard jazz works, both old and new.

Event length: approximately1 hour.

*Tickets NOT required* 

  

Tuesday, April 28 at 7:00pm in Hamlin Recital Hall

Guitar Ensemble

Please join the North Greenville University Jazz Guitar Ensemble for its first concert performance, with new arrangements of classical works by director Mark Eshenbaugh, and selected works from the modern and jazz repertoire. 

Event length: approximately1 hour.

*Tickets  required* 

Student tickets available Tuesday, April 21, 2015