Arts and Culture

Arts schedule promises wide range of performers

Dance performances kick off Arts at Wheaton’s spring 2015 lineup this weekend with the annual Trybe Gala and the 2015 Dance Festival.

The annual Trybe Gala will kick off the semester this week on Feb. 19, 21, and 22, featuring a wide variety of dances from West African Hip Hop to Bollywood.

In addition, the 2015 Dance Festival on Feb. 20 and 22 will feature Wheaton’s Tap Out Loud and Paraíso Latino. with a guest appearance by SOLE.

The dance shows are only the beginning of the spring 2015 lineup of performances, events and concerts sponsored by Wheaton’s Arts Department. From the annual Trybe Gala to a special presentation of Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie” by the Roxbury Repertory Theater, this semester’s line up includes a range of programming that features both beloved Wheaton regulars and exciting new performers.

This semester’s theater programming in particular is bringing fresh and interesting shows to the Wheaton stage. Along with a special production of “The Glass Menagerie” on February 28 and March 1, Professor of Creative Writing and Playwright-in-Residence Charlotte Meehan is writing this semester’s main stage production, “What Happens When.” Sponsored in part by a grant from the Department of Justice, the show is a multi-media production exploring sexual assault on campus.

With a total of eight showings, Manager of Art Events and Publicity Jessica Kuszaj says, “We are hoping that every student will see it.”

Annual productions such as the New Plays Festival and the Ten-Minute Play Festival will further showcase the theatrical talents of our Wheaton actors, directors, and writers.

In the music realm, the Loser Concert Series will continue with a performance by the Hermitage Piano Trio, a group of Russian pianists who will be premiering the piece Number the Clouds by Assistant Professor of Music Delvyn Case.

“I think our biggest event is the St. John’s Passion with Emmanuel Music,” says Kuszaj, referring to the Wheaton Chorale and Chamber Singers and OP Singers’ performance with Emmanuel Music from Boston. The groups will be working together to present Bach’s St. John’s Passion in March.

More information and dates for of all this semester’s arts events are available on the Wheaton College website, under the campus calendar.