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The School of the Arts Schedule

Whether in the visual art gallery, the dance theatre, the concert hall, the recital hall, or the flexible theatre, a rich and diverse arts season awaits you. The Arts Ablaze contains the schedule for the year and comments from each of the arts department chairs. You can also download the entire ArtsAblaze. Looking for a past edition of an ArtsAblaze? Check our archives.

Any changes made from the original printing of the Arts Ablaze will be highlighted in red font below.

For further details or reservations call the appropriate department sponsoring the events or performance:

Creative Writing
rsmith@belhaven.edu
601-968-8996
Dance
dance@belhaven.edu
601-965-1400
Visual Arts
visualarts@belhaven.edu
601-974-6478

Arts Ablaze Fall 2014

August 23, 2014
The 24-Hour Theatre Thing
Saturday, 7:30 pm, Blackbox Theatre

From Zero to Ten Minute Play in 24 Hours! Students gather on Friday and create an original piece of theatre in a single day; from idea to script to rehearsal to performance. Complimentary admission. Doors open at 7 pm.

August 30, 2014
Guest Artist Piano Recital: Tim Dail
Saturday, 7:30 pm, Concert Hall

Complimentary admission. Doors open at 7 pm.

September 4October 13, 2014
Faculty Art Exhibition
Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center, Gallery
Opening Reception Thursday, September 4, 5:00 pm
9:00 pm

The Visual Arts Department opens the year with an exhibition of works by full-time faculty members Bob Pennebaker, Nate Theisen, Gretchen Haien, and David West.  Works on view include drawings, paintings, sculpture, photography, and prints in both traditional and contemporary visual languages.  Complimentary admission.

September 18, 2014
Gallery Concert:  Passages and Places with Melissa Thorson Hause
Thursday, 7:30 pm, Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center, Gallery

In conjunction with the Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition, faculty member Melissa Thorson Hause performs original music for vocals and guitar.  Dr. Thorson Hause is Associate Professor of Art History and Dean of the Honors College at Belhaven University; her folk- and Celtic-informed songs offer meditative, personal reflections on the mystery and mutability of human experience.  Complimentary Admission.  Doors open at 7 pm.

October 1-4, 2014
The God Committee
By Mark St. Germain
Directed by Joseph Frost
Wednesday-Saturday, 7:30 pm
Saturday Matinee, 2 pm, Blackbox Theatre      

Medicine, Money and Morality clash when the Heart Transplant Selection Committee of St. Patrick’s hospital have only minutes to decide which of three patients will receive a heart that has suddenly come available.  General Admission $10; Seniors/Students $5. Complimentary admission for Belhaven students as well as Belhaven Faculty/Staff and their immediate families.  Doors open 30 minutes prior to each performance.

October 11, 2014
Guest Artist Guitar Concert: Kevin Manderville
Saturday, 7:30 pm, Concert Hall

An internationally acclaimed guitarist comes to Jackson!  Currently from Alabama, Kevin Manderville has won several first prizes in international classical guitar competitions.  A Florida State University graduate, Manderville will perform works by Fernando Sor and David Kellner, along with modern Latin repertoire by composers Leo Brouwer and Ernesto Cordero.  Manderville, who has studied with the most prominent musicians of the guitar world, will leave you with a deep appreciation and wonder for the exquisite music that pours forth from his classical guitar.  Complimentary admission. Doors open at 7 pm.

October 18, 2014
Community Dance Concert
Saturday, 7:30 pm, Concert Hall

Members of Belhaven University dance faculty, students and alumni join together with other local dance artists to offer an inspiring and lively evening of dance.  General Admission $10, Seniors/Students $5. Complimentary admission for Belhaven Faculty/Staff/Students and immediate families. Doors open at 7 pm.

October 18November 28, 2014
Guest Artist Exhibition:  Photography by Jeremiah Ariaz
Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center, Gallery
Opening Reception Saturday, October 18, 2:00 pm
4:00 pm

The Visual Arts Department is proud to host this exhibition of works by Jeremiah Ariaz, Associate Professor of Photography at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.  Mr. Ariaz received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and his MFA from the State University of New York at Buffalo. His art explores the tension between nature and the consequence of Manifest Destiny’s impulse to dominate the land. Complimentary admission.

November 1, 2014, 2014
Preston Chamber Music Series
An Evening of Diamonds I: Claude Bolling Extravaganza
Saturday, 7:30 pm, Concert Hall

Jazz meets classical as Belhaven music faculty feature selections from Bolling’s famous suites and sonatas for jazz piano trio and classical soloists.  Dr. Stephen Sachs, piano, Richard Brown, bassist and Owen Rockwell, set percussionist form the trio.  Soloists include Sybil Cheesman, flute, Nancy Bateman, cello, Lloyd Turner, trumpet, and Carolyn Sachs, piano. Complimentary admission.  Doors open at 7pm.

November 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 2014
Fall Dance Concert
Friday, November 7, 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 8, 2 pm and 7:30 pm
Thursday, November 13, 11:00 am
Friday, November 14, 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 15, 7:30 pm
Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center Studio Theatre

A showcase of choreography by dance faculty and guest artists, presented by the Belhaven University Dance Ensemble. Styles include classical and contemporary ballet and contemporary modern.  General Admission $10, Seniors/Students $5. Complimentary admission for Belhaven Faculty/Staff/Students and immediate families. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each concert.

November 11, 2014
Student Composers Concert XIII
Tuesday, 7:30 pm, Concert Hall

The Belhaven Composers Forum invites you to an interactive showcase of engaging new works by Belhaven student composers. The program will explore new ways to experience the adventure of music-making as the composers and performers open windows into their creative worlds. Complimentary admission. Doors open at 7 pm.

November 1215, 2014
Tartuffe by Moliere
Translated by Richard Wilbur
Directed by John Maxwell
Wednesday-Saturday, 7:30 pm
Saturday Matinee, 2 pm, Blackbox Theatre

The Belhaven Theatre Department is pleased to present the delightful comedy TARTUFFE by the French comedic master, Moliere. This richly funny play is presented in rhymed couplets in a translation by Richard Wilbur. As Jackson Matthews of New York Review of Books writes: “…Mr. Wilbur has given us, with great fidelity and charm, the nearest thing to Moliere that we have.” General Admission $10; Seniors/Students $5. Complimentary admission for Belhaven students as well as Belhaven Faculty/Staff and their immediate families. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each performance.

November 14, 2014
Belhaven University Symphony Orchestra Concert
Friday, 7:30 pm, Concert Hall

The Belhaven University Symphony Orchestra will present Tchaikovsky’s magnificent Symphony No.5. A wealth of original themes, warm and colorful harmonies, and masterful construction combine to make this a world-wide favorite. You don’t want to miss this exciting and profound night of symphonic music.  Complimentary admission.  Doors open at 7 pm.

November 18, 2014
Instrumental Arts Concert: Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensem, Jazz Ensemble and Jazz & Classical Guitar Ensembles
Tuesday, 7:30 pm, Concert Hall

Come and experience a new and unique combination of chords and timbres as the Wind Ensemble moves to the contemporary avenue and performs some of the newer music in the wind band repertoire.  With a variety of ensembles, a confluence of improvisational genres and styles delivers a unique musical flavor!  This is a musical stew with all the ingredients including contemporary jazz, some original B.U. Blues and a side dish of some Gospel Music, jazzed up of course.  In short, IT’S GONNA BE FUN!   Complimentary admission. Doors open at 7 pm.

November 2021, 2014
8th Annual Evening Of One-Acts
A Project Of The Production
Supervision and Directing Classes.
Thursday & Friday, 7:30 pm, Blackbox Theatre

An evening of original short plays chosen from the 2014 Belhaven University One Act Submissions - contact the Theatre Box Office for further information regarding the plays to be performed. Admission is free, no reserved seating. Doors open at 7 pm.

November 2021, 2014
DOXA Dance Concert
Thursday & Friday, 7:30 pm
Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center Studio Theatre

This event highlights emerging young creative artists’ choreography and performance which is produced by members of DOXA, the dance department’s student led organization.  General Admission $2, Complimentary admission for Belhaven Faculty/Staff/Students and immediate families. Doors open at 7 pm.

November 22, 2014
Choral/Vocal Arts Concert: Gloria in Excelsis! A Christmas Celebration
Saturday, 7:30 pm, Concert Hall

Dr. Christopher Shelt, along with select student conductors, will direct the Belhaven Concert Choir, Belhaven Chorale, soloists, and instrumentalists performing Gloria by Antonio Vivaldi.  This larger works will be adorned with a diverse offering of choral and solo vocal literature celebrating our Savior’s birth.   Complimentary admission. Doors open at 7:00 pm.

November 24, 2014
Best of Belhaven I
Monday, 7:30 pm, Concert Hall

The Music Department presents the most outstanding student performances of the semester on one concert. Musical variety and excellence are the gifts from our student performers to you.  Complimentary admission. Doors open at 7 pm.

December 1, 2014
Improv Jam
Monday, 7:00 pm, Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center Studio Theatre

Open to all artists! You are invited to share your talents during this spontaneous collaborative evening of dance, music, visual art and spoken word.

December 56, 2014
The 82nd Annual Singing Christmas Tree
Friday & Saturday, 7:30 pm, Soccer Bowl

The Belhaven University Singing Christmas Tree is the oldest outdoor singing Christmas tree tradition in America.  Dr. Christopher Shelt conducts the singing forces made up of the 70 Belhaven Choral Arts singers along with 60 additional students, faculty, and staff.  That is 130 voices joining forces to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas! Complimentary admission.

Belhaven Arts Ablaze Spring 2015

Details for the arts events listed below will be available in December.

January 17February 7, 2015
Graphic Design Department Student Show
Saturday, January 17, 2:00
4:00 pm
Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center Art Gallery

January 1518, 2015
Urban Dance Festival
Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center Studio Theatre & Hinds Community College

January 2324, 2015
A Little Opera for Children
Friday, January 23, 7:30 pm
Saturday, January 24, 9:30 am & 11:30 am, Concert Hall

January 30, 2015
Sock Hop
Friday, 6:30
10:00 pm
Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center Studio Theatre

February 10, 2015
Preston Chamber Music Series
Evening of Diamonds II: Messian Quartet
Tuesday, 7:30 pm, Concert Hall

February 1214, 2015
Dance Ministry Ensemble Concert
Thursday, February 12, 11:00 am Matinee
Friday & Saturday,
February 13 & 14, 7:30 pm
Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center STUDIO THEATRE

February 1920, 2015
BA Senior Oral Presentations
Thursday & Friday, 6:30 pm
Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center Studio Theatre

February 24, 2015
Best of Belhaven II
Tuesday, 7:30 pm, Concert Hall

February 2528, 2015
Spring Musical
Wednesday-Saturday, 7:30 pm
Saturday Matinee, 2 pm, Blackbox Theatre

February 28, 2015
Faculty Composition Recital
Dr. Andrew Sauerwein
Saturday, 7:30 pm, Concert Hall

February 2528, 2015
BFA Senior Dance Concerts
Wednesday, February 25, 7:30 pm - Concert A
Thursday, February 26, 7:30 pm - Concert B
Friday, February 27, 7:30 pm - Concert A
Saturday, February 28, 7:30 pm - Concert B
Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center Studio Theatre

March 3, 2015
Faculty Voice Recital -A Teacher With His Students III
Dr. Christopher Shelt
Tuesday, 7:30 pm, Concert Hall

March 26, 2015
Night of Percussion
Thursday, 7:30 pm, Concert Hall

March 2728, 2015
Ellis Piano Duo Competition
Saturday, 9:30 am
4 pm, Concert Hall
Sponsored by The National Federation of Music Clubs

April 1718 & 2425, 2015
Spring Dance Concert
Belhaven University Dance Ensemble
Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center Studio Theatre
Friday, April 17, 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 18, 2:00 pm Matinee & 7:30 pm
Thursday, April 23, 11:00 am Matinee
Friday, April 24, 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 25, 7:30 pm

April 11May 16, 2015
Student Invitational Art Exhibition
Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center, Gallery
Opening Reception Saturday, April 11, 2:00 pm
4:00 pm