A Week of Music and Dance

After a weekend whirlwind of theatre and art, this week is filled to the brim with music and dance!

Roger Williams University Instrumental Ensemble performs on Monday, May 7th at 7:30pm in the Barn/Performing Arts Center.  This spring, the music of Leonard Bernstein and Ralph Vaughn-Williams form the heart of the program, while there’s plenty of lighter fare as well: Chuck Mangione’s “Land of Make Believe”, a Brazilian samba, and a good dose of American jazz. Join the students, faculty, staff, and community members who make up the ensemble for this free concert.

Roger Williams University Dance students will perform ‘A Casual Interaction’, a site specific piece on campus to display their exploration of movement related to the architecture and environment around them.  The piece will be performed on Wednesday, May 9th, at 12:30pm.  The dancers will utilize the spaces in front of the University Library, the Gabelli School of Business, and the School of Engineering.  Michael DeQuatro, composer and accompanist for the Performing Arts Center, will be playing his own original sound score for the site specific piece right alongside the dancers.  Eighteen Dance majors; all junior and senior students, have studied site specific dance in their Performance Lab and Movement Analysis class.  Site specific dance is a piece that occurs outside of the conventional theatre space.  It was first explored in the 1960‘s during the post-modern dance movement and has been developing ever since.  Click here for more information.

Roger Williams University Chorus in concert on Thursday, May 10th at 7:30pm in the Barn/Performing Arts Center.  The free performance is focused around the theme of love songs, featuring the “Neue Leibeslieder” (“New Love Songs”) Op. 65 by German composer Johannes Brahms.  The remainder of the program will consist of love songs from a variety of time periods, from the Renaissance through the present day.  The chorus is an ensemble of 30 singers and is directed by Jonathan Richter.

The Bohemian Quartet will perform in concert on Friday, May 11th at 7:30pm in the Colt School Auditorium on Hope Street in Bristol.  Prior to the concert, members of The Bohemian Quartet will conduct a free workshop with a group of musicians from the Community String Project – participants in the afternoon workshop will perform with The Bohemian Quartet in the evening concert!  Ticket prices for the general public are $10 ($5 senior citizens; free for CSP students and family members), and all proceeds from ticket sales will be used for the benefit of the Community String Project.  The afternoon workshop and evening concert are sponsored by the RI State Council on the Arts.

Friday night also marks an Open Mic Night at The Coffee Depot on Main Street in Warren; Michael Troy is the featured artist on Friday, May 11th, beginning at about 7pm.

And to cap off the week you’ll have to make a choice:

Stone Church Coffee House in Bristol presents an evening of music on Saturday, May 12th at 7:30pm featuring Anne’s Cordial, a musical cocktail of folk, blues & jazz, and bluesy alternative folk artist Jacob Haller and the Running Commentary.  Tickets are $15 (students are half-price and children 5 and under are free); doors open at 6:45pm.

Church Street Coffeehouse in Warren presents Atwater-Donnelly on Saturday, May 12th at 8pm.  The highly acclaimed husband-wife duo, Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly, present delightful programs of traditional American and Celtic folk songs, a capella pieces, olf-time gospel songs, dance tunes, and original works. Elwood and Aubrey blend gorgeous and unusual harmonies and play guitar, Appalachian Mountain dulcimer, mandolin, tin whistle, harmonica, banjo, bones, spoons, limber jacks and other surprises.  Tickets are $10 at the door and refreshments are available with a small donation.  Doors open at 7:30pm.

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