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
Music
music@belhaven.edu
601-974-6494
Theatre
boxoffice@belhaven.edu
601-965-7026
Visual Arts
visualarts@belhaven.edu
601-965-1400

Belhaven Arts Ablaze Fall 2018

SEPTEMBER 1
24-HOUR THEATRE EVENT
SATURDAY, 7:30 PM, BLACKBOX THEATRE
A from-zero-to-ten-minute play is created 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 p.m.

SEPTEMBER 8–29
SENIOR ART EXHIBITION
BITSY IRBY VISUAL ARTS AND DANCE CENTER, ART GALLERY
OPENING RECEPTION SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2:00–4:00 PM
You are invited to attend this visual art exhibition that showcases the works of graduating art majors as the culminating requirement of completing their degrees. Please come and celebrate all of their hard work and talents with us and their families.

SEPTEMBER 15
PRESTON CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES:
AN EVENING OF DIAMONDS I
VIOLIN DUO JOCELYN ZHU/MARIELLA HAUBS
SATURDAY, 7:30 PM, CONCERT HALL
Belhaven alumna and Juilliard graduate Jocelyn Zhu joins with fellow Juilliard graduate Mariella Haubs to perform music by artists who faced adversity in their lives and communities. Music by Leclair, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, and John Williams as well as African-American spirituals will be presented. Come hear fabulous music and the sharing of human stories as our artists strive to replace xenophobia with compassion. Jocelyn is a former student of Belhaven’s music professor Song Xie. Complimentary admission. Doors open at 7 p.m.

SEPTEMBER 22
COMMUNITY DANCE CONCERT
SATURDAY, 7:00 PM, CONCERT HALL
Members of Belhaven University dance faculty, students, DOXA, 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 students, faculty, staff, and their immediate families. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

SEPTEMBER 26–29
THESE SHINING LIVES
BY MELANIE MARNICH
DIRECTED BY ELISSA SARTWELL
WEDNESDAY—SATURDAY, 7:30 PM
SATURDAY MATINEE, 2:00 PM
BLACKBOX THEATRE
These Shining Lives chronicles the strength and determination of women considered
expendable in their day, exploring their true story and its continued resonance. Catherine and her friends are dying, it’s true; but theirs is a story of survival in its most transcendent sense, as they refuse to allow the company that stole their health to kill their spirits or endanger the lives of those who come after them. General admission $10; seniors/students $5; complimentary admission for Belhaven students, faculty, staff and their immediate families. Doors open thirty minutes prior to each performance.

OCTOBER 13—DECEMBER 11
SENIOR ART EXHIBITION
BITSY IRBY VISUAL ARTS AND DANCE CENTER, ART GALLERY
OPENING RECEPTION SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2:00–4:00 PM
You are invited to attend this visual art exhibition that showcases the works of graduating art majors as the culminating requirement of completing their degrees. Please come and celebrate all of their hard work and talents with us and their families.

OCTOBER 15
READING: MICHAEL KARDOS
VISITING WRITER SERIES
MONDAY, 5:30–6:30 PM, STUDENT CENTER THEATER
Fiction writer Michael Kardos will read from his works. Kardos is the author of the novels Bluff, Before He Finds Her, and The Three-Day Affair, an Esquire best book of 2012; as well as the story collection One Last Good Time, which won the Mississippi Institute of Arts & Letters Award for fiction; and the textbook The Art and Craft of Fiction: A Writer’s Guide. His short stories have appeared in The Southern Review, Crazyhorse, Harvard Review, and many other magazines and anthologies and have won a Pushcart Prize. Michael grew up on the Jersey Shore, received a degree in music from Princeton University, and played the drums professionally for a number of years. He has an M.F.A. in fiction from The Ohio State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri. He lives in Starkville, Mississippi, where he is Associate Professor of English and co-director of the creative writing program at Mississippi State University. Complimentary admission. Open to the public.

OCTOBER 24–27
EZEKIEL
A DEVISED WORK DIRECTED BY JOSEPH FROST
MUSICAL COMPOSITION LED BY DR. ANDREW SAUERWEIN
WEDNESDAY—SATURDAY, 7:30 PM
SATURDAY MATINEE, 2:00 PM
BARBER AUDITORIUM
Ezekiel is a devised collaboration of original theatre and music composition that explores and manifests the prophetic visions of the Old Testament prophet through sound, movement, staging, design, and text. General admission $10; seniors/students $5; complimentary admission for Belhaven students, faculty, staff and their immediate families. Doors open thirty minutes prior to each performance.

OCTOBER 26
PRESTON CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES:
AN EVENING OF DIAMONDS II
BU PIANO TRIO
FRIDAY, 7:30 PM, CONCERT HALL
Belhaven’s Piano Trio comprised of clarinetist Kenneth Graves, cellist Nancy Bateman, and pianist Dr. Stephen Sachs presents a delightful evening of intimate chamber music. Romanticism is on display, as the program begins with selections from Eight Songs by German composer Max Bruch. Sharp contrasts are provided by American composer Robert Muczynski in his Fantasy Trio. The evening comes to a peaceful close with the performance of a nocturne, Liszt’s famous Consolation No. 3 transcribed for Piano Trio by Alexis Descharmes. Complimentary admission. Doors open at 7 p.m.

NOVEMBER 2–3, 7–10
WHITE CHRISTMAS
MUSIC & LYRICS BY IRVING BERLIN
BOOK BY DAVID IVES & PAUL BLAKE
DIRECTED BY DR. DAVID S. SOLLISH
MUSICAL DIRECTION BY CHRISTOPHER PHILLIPS
CHOREOGRAPHY BY LAURA MORTON
FRIDAY—SATURDAY and WEDNESDAY—SATURDAY, 7:30 PM
SATURDAY MATINEES, 2:00 PM
BLACKBOX THEATRE
Based on the beloved, timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features seventeen Irving Berlin songs. Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil’s former Army commander. The dazzling score features well known standards including Blue Skies, I Love a Piano, How Deep is the Ocean and the perennial favorite, White Christmas. General admission $10; seniors/students $5; complimentary admission for Belhaven students, faculty, staff and their immediate families. Doors open thirty minutes prior to each performance.

NOVEMBER 9
SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT
FRIDAY, 7:30 PM, CONCERT HALL
The Belhaven University Symphony Orchestra will present one of the most beautiful and delightful masterworks in the symphonic repertoire: C Major Symphony by French composer Georges Bizet. You will also hear a work by Belhaven’s own Dr. Andrew Sauerwein and the famous Polonaise from Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky. Please come enjoy a night of high quality and profoundly moving performance! Complimentary admission. Doors open at 7 p.m.

NOVEMBER 9–10, 16–17
FALL DANCE CONCERT
FRIDAY—SATURDAY, 7:00 PM
BITSY IRBY VISUAL ARTS AND DANCE CENTER
DAN FREDERICKS PERFORMANCE DANCE STUDIO
Belhaven University Dance Ensemble and members of DOXA present a showcase of choreography by dance faculty and guest artists. Styles include classical and contemporary ballet and modern dance. These concerts also feature original choreography by M.F.A. candidates, Emma Salinas (November 9–10) and Maria McCain (November 16–17) as part of their graduate thesis projects. General admission $10; seniors/students $5; complimentary admission for Belhaven students, faculty, staff and their immediate families. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

NOVEMBER 13
INSTRUMENTAL AND CHORAL ARTS CONCERT
TUESDAY, 7:30 PM, CONCERT HALL
“Feeling that groovy beat!” This concert will present a smorgasbord of musical talent. From small to large “stomp your feet” jazz selections to traditional and contemporary choral selections that will touch your soul, there will be something in this program for every age group. Complimentary admission. Doors open at 7 p.m.

NOVEMBER 19
BEST OF BELHAVEN I
MONDAY, 7:30 PM, CONCERT HALL
The music department presents the most outstanding student performances of the semester in one concert. Musical variety and excellence are the gifts from our student performers to you. Complimentary admission. Doors open at 7 p.m.

NOVEMBER 28–29
DOXA DANCE CONCERT
WEDNESDAY—THURSDAY, 7:00 PM
BITSY IRBY VISUAL ARTS AND DANCE CENTER
DAN FREDERICKS PERFORMANCE DANCE STUDIO
This event is produced by members of DOXA and highlights student choreography and performance. General admission $10; seniors/students $5; complimentary admission for Belhaven students, faculty, staff, and their immediate families. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

NOVEMBER 30—DECEMBER 1
THE 86th ANNUAL SINGING CHRISTMAS TREE
FRIDAY—SATURDAY, 7:30 PM, BELHAVEN BOWL STADIUM
Voices! Carols! Lights! The Belhaven University Singing Christmas Tree is the oldest continuous outdoor singing Christmas tree tradition in North America. Mr. Christopher Phillips conducts the tree made up of Belhaven Choral Arts singers along with additional students, faculty, and staff. These voices join forces to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas! Complimentary admission.

Belhaven Arts Ablaze Spring 2019

FEBRUARY TBA
GRAPHIC DESIGN DEPARTMENT STUDENT SHOW
BITSY IRBY VISUAL ARTS AND DANCE CENTER, ART GALLERY

FEBRUARY 1
PRESTON CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES: AN EVENING OF DIAMONDS III—DIAMOND PIANO TRIO
SHELLIE BROWN KEMP, VIOLIN; VERONICA PARRALES, CELLO; DR. STEPHEN SACHS, PIANO
FRIDAY, 7:30 PM, CONCERT HALL

FEBRUARY 9
NEW MUSIC JACKSON COMPOSITION CONCERT
SATURDAY, 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM, CONCERT HALL

FEBRUARY 14–16
DANCE MINISTRY ENSEMBLE
THURSDAY—SATURDAY, 7:00 PM
BITSY IRBY VISUAL ARTS AND DANCE CENTER STUDIO THEATRE
DAN FREDERICKS PERFORMANCE DANCE STUDIO

FEBRUARY 15–16, 20–23
THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH
BY THORNTON WILDER
DIRECTED BY ELISSA SARTWELL
FRIDAY—SATURDAY AND WEDNESDAY—SATURDAY, 7:30 PM
SATURDAY MATINEES, 2:00 PM
BLACKBOX THEATRE

FEBRUARY 20–21
SENIOR DANCE RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS
WEDNESDAY—THURSDAY, 7:00 PM
BITSY IRBY VISUAL ARTS AND DANCE CENTER STUDIO THEATRE
DAN FREDERICKS PERFORMANCE DANCE STUDIO

FEBRUARY 22
FACULTY COMPOSITION CONCERT
DR. ANDREW SAUERWEIN
PRE-CONCERT DISCUSSION, 6:30 PM, INSTRUMENTAL REHEARSAL HALL
FRIDAY, 7:30 PM, CONCERT HALL

FEBRUARY 27–28, MARCH 1–2
SENIOR DANCE CONCERT
CONCERT A: WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY, 7:00 PM
CONCERT B: THURSDAY & SATURDAY, 7:00 PM
BITSY IRBY VISUAL ARTS AND DANCE CENTER STUDIO THEATRE
DAN FREDERICKS PERFORMANCE DANCE STUDIO

MARCH 1
WHAT BRINGS HER JOY
FACULTY PIANO RECITAL
DR. STEPHEN W. SACHS
FRIDAY, 7:30 PM, CONCERT HALL

MARCH 2–29
SENIOR ART EXHIBITION
BITSY IRBY VISUAL ARTS AND DANCE CENTER, ART GALLERY
OPENING RECEPTION SATURDAY, MARCH 2, 2:00–4:00 PM

MARCH 2
MMTA STATE FESTIVAL
SATURDAY, TBA, CENTER FOR THE ARTS

MARCH 4
READING: AMY FLEURY
VISITING WRITER SERIES
MONDAY, 5:30–6:30 PM, STUDENT CENTER THEATER

MARCH 30
ELLIS PIANO DUO COMPETITON
SATURDAY, TBA, CONCERT HALL

APRIL 2
STUDENT COMPOSERS CONCERT XXI
TUESDAY, 7:30 PM, CONCERT HALL

APRIL 4
READING: THE BEST OF BELHAVEN’S WRITERS
STUDENT WRITER SERIES
THURSDAY, 6:00–7:30 PM, STUDENT CENTER THEATER

APRIL 5
STRINGS & ORCHESTRA CONCERT
FRIDAY, 7:30 PM, CONCERT HALL

APRIL 5–6, 12–13
SPRING DANCE CONCERT
BELHAVEN UNIVERSITY DANCE ENSEMBLE
FRIDAY—SATURDAY, 7:00 PM
BITSY IRBY VISUAL ARTS AND DANCE CENTER
DAN FREDERICKS PERFORMANCE DANCE STUDIO

APRIL 5–6, 10–13
THE SECRET GARDEN
MUSIC BY LUCY SIMON
LYRICS & BOOK BY MARSHA NORMAN
DIRECTED BY DR. DAVID S. SOLLISH
FRIDAY—SATURDAY and
WEDNESDAY—SATURDAY, 7:30 PM
SATURDAY MATINEES, 2:00 PM
BLACKBOX THEATRE

APRIL 6
ALL-STATE STRINGS CONCERT
SATURDAY, 3:00 PM, CONCERT HALL

APRIL 6–MAY 10
STUDENT INVITATIONAL ART EXHIBITION
BITSY IRBY VISUAL ARTS AND DANCE CENTER, ART GALLERY
OPENING RECEPTION SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 2:00–4:00 PM

APRIL 11
INSTRUMENTAL ARTS CONCERT
THURSDAY, 7:30 PM, CONCERT HALL

APRIL 15
CHORAL ARTS CONCERT
MONDAY, 7:30 PM, CONCERT HALL

APRIL 16
BEST OF BELHAVEN II
TUESDAY, 7:30 PM, CONCERT HALL