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 2017

September 9, 2017
24-HOUR THEATRE EVENT
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. Doorsopen at 7 p.m.

September 12, 2017
GUEST ARTIST RECITAL
JOHN DE CHIARO, GUITAR
TUESDAY, 7:30 PM, INSTRUMENTAL REHEARSAL HALL

Guest artist John De Chiaro offers an evening of solo classical guitar and an opportunity to hear the first movement of Kermit Poling’s new “Concierto De Chiaro” that was recently released on the Centaur Record Label featuring Mr. De Chiaro and the London Symphony Orchestra. The price is right for a fabulous evening in a delightfully intimate setting. Complimentary admission. Doors open at 7 p.m.

September 25, 2017
READING: MICHAEL FARRIS SMITH
VISITING WRITER SERIES
MONDAY, 5:00–6:30 PM, STUDENT CENTER THEATER

Visiting writer Michael Farris Smith will read from published works and works in progress. Smith is the award-winning author of Desperation Road, Rivers and The Hands of Strangers. Desperation Road is an Amazon Best Book, Indie Next List selection and a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers choice. Rivers was named in numerous “Best of the Year” lists and garnered the Mississippi Author Award for Fiction. His short fiction has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and his essays have appeared in The New York Times, Catfish Alley, Writer’s Bone and more. The Fighter, his fourth novel, is forthcoming in April 2018. He lives in Oxford, Mississippi with his wife and daughters and teaches at Mississippi University for Women. Complimentary admission.

September 26, 2017
PRESTON CHAMBER
MUSIC SERIES: AN EVENING OF DIAMONDS I, VIOLIN DUO
TUESDAY, 7:30 PM

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 music professor Song Xie. Complimentary admission. Doors open at 7 p.m.

September 27–30, 2017
THE GLASS MENAGERIE
WRITTEN BY TENNESSEE WILLIAMS
DIRECTED BY ELISSA SARTWELL
WEDNESDAY—SATURDAY, 7:30 PM

SATURDAY MATINEE, 2:00 PM, BARBER AUDITORIUM
One of the most loved and produced plays of all time, The Glass Menagerie reveals ways in which we try to simultaneously cling to and escape from our memories. When it premiered in 1944, The Glass Menagerie launched the career of Tennessee Williams. In this memory play, Tom Wingfield looks back on the years he spent living with his mother Amanda and his sister Laura in a tenement apartment in Depression-era St. Louis. Often cited as Williams’ most autobiographical work, The Glass Menagerie is a fragile masterpiece. General admission $10; seniors/students $5; complimentary admission for Belhaven students, faculty, staff and their immediate families. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each performance.

September 30, 2017
COMMUNITY DANCE CONCERT
SATURDAY, 7:00 PM, CONCERT HALL

Members of Belhaven University’s 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.

October 19, 2017
READING: THE BEST OF BELHAVEN’S WRITERS
STUDENT READING SERIES
THURSDAY, 6:00–7:30 PM, STUDENT CENTER THEATER

Students currently enrolled in the BFA program in Creative Writing at Belhaven University will read from their work. Representing many states and several countries, these students have enrolled at Belhaven because of their gift for writing and devotion to craft. Readings will include fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and scripts for screen and stage. Upon graduation, Belhaven’s creative writers will join a group of alumni who have published novels, topped The New York Times bestseller list, won national poetry prizes and Fulbright Scholarships and secured positions with prestigious presses and institutions
of higher education. Complimentary admission. Reception to follow.

October 20–21, 25–28, 2017
INTO THE WOODS
MUSIC AND LYRICS BY STEPHEN SONDHEIM
BOOK BY JAMES LAPINE
DIRECTED BY DR. DAVID S. SOLLISH
FRIDAY—SATURDAY, 7:30 PM

WEDNESDAY—SATURDAY, 7:30 PM
SATURDAY MATINEES, 2:00 PM, BLACKBOX THEATRE
James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone’s favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless yet relevant piece ... and a rare modern classic. The Tony Award-winning book and score are both enchanting and touching. The story follows a baker and his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to attend the king’s festival and Jack who wishes his cow would give milk. When the baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results. General admission $10; seniors/students $5; complimentary admission for Belhaven students, faculty, staff and their immediate families. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each performance.

October 21, 2017
PRESTON CHAMBER
MUSIC SERIES: AN EVENING OF DIAMONDS II, BELHAVEN CHAMBER ENSEMBLES
SATURDAY, 7:30 PM, CONCERT HALL

Belhaven’s music faculty join forces in this chamber ensemble concert. Clarinetist Ken Graves, violist Elizabeth Taylor, cellist Nancy Bateman and pianist Dr. Stephen Sachs offer music by Brahms, Hindemith and Rota where melodies are shared by all of the performers. Come early for a great seat close to the concert hall stage. Complimentary admission. Doors open at 7 pm.

November 7, 2017
FACULTY PIANO RECITAL “JOY”
TUESDAY, 7:30 PM, CONCERT HALL

Professor of Music Dr. Stephen W. Sachs offers an evening of joyful music as an offering to the Lord featuring works by Scarlatti, Mozart, Chopin, Debussy and Messiaen. Complimentary admission. Doors open at 7 pm.

November 10, 11, 17, 18, 2017
FALL DANCE CONCERT
FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS, 7:00 PM, BITSY IRBY VISUAL ARTS AND DANCE CENTER STUDIO THEATRE

A showcase of choreography by dance faculty and guest artists is presented by the Belhaven University Dance Ensemble and members of DOXA. Styles include classical and contemporary ballet and modern dance. General admission $10; seniors/students $5; complimentary admission for Belhaven students, faculty, staff and their immediate families. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each concert.

November 10, 2017
CHORAL & VOCAL ARTS CONCERT
FRIDAY, 7:30 PM, CONCERT HALL

Belhaven’s concert choir, chorale and chamber orchestra under the direction of Mr. Chris Phillips are delighted to present Dan Forrest’s “Jubilate Deo.” Dan Forrest’s “Jubilate Deo” brings to life the global aspect of the traditional Psalm 100 text, “O be joyful in the Lord, all ye lands” by setting it in seven different languages and drawing from a wide spectrum of musical influences. Each movement combines some characteristics of its language group’s musical culture with the composer’s own musical language. The result is a stunning global celebration of joy as all the earth sings as one, “omnis terra, jubilate!” Complimentary admission. Doors open at 7 pm.

November 14, 2017
INSTRUMENTAL ARTS CONCERT: PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE, JAZZ ENSEMBLE AND CLASSICAL GUITAR
TUESDAY, 7:30 PM, CONCERT HALL

Come and experience the new and unique timbres of our ensembles as they revisit the works of traditional composers, move to the always exciting contemporary avenue and perform some of the newer music in the small ensemble repertoire. You will hear everything from baroque to twentieth-century music. In short, IT’S GONNA BE FUN! Complimentary admission. Doors open at 7 pm.

November 15–18, 2017
DON QUIXOTE
BASED ON THE NOVEL BY MIGUEL DE CERVANTES
DIRECTED BY JOSEPH FROST
WEDNESDAY—SATURDAY, 7:30 PM
SATURDAY MATINEE, 2:00 PM, BARBER AUDITORIUM

This devised theatre production created by the director and cast will put a new spin on the classic Spanish tale by Miguel de Cervantes. The story follows the adventures of a hidalgo named Mr. Alonso Quixano who reads so many chivalric romances that he loses his sanity and decides to set out to revive chivalry, undo wrongs and bring justice to the world under the name Don Quixote de la Mancha. General admission $10; seniors/students $5; complimentary admission for Belhaven students, faculty, staff and their immediate families. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each performance.

November 17, 2017
SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT
FRIDAY, 7:30 PM, CONCERT HALL

The Belhaven University Symphony Orchestra will present a famous masterwork by Felix Mendelssohn. Reformation Symphony No. 5 in D major was composed in honor of the 300th anniversary of the Presentation of the Augsburg Confession, a momentous event of the Protestant Reformation. Also presented is Wagner’s “Rienzi Overture”. Come enjoy a night of a high-quality performance! Complimentary admission.  Doors open at 7 pm.

November 20, 2017
BEST OF BELHAVEN I
MONDAY, 7:30 PM, CONCERT HALL

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 pm.

November 29–30, 2017
DOXA DANCE CONCERT
WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY, 7:00 PM,
BITSY IRBY VISUAL ARTS AND DANCE CENTER STUDIO THEATRE
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 30 minutes prior to each concert.

December 1–2, 2017
THE 85th ANNUAL SINGING CHRISTMAS TREE
FRIDAY and SATURDAY, 7:30 PM, BELHAVEN ATHLETICS BOWL STADIUM

Voices! Carols! Lights! The Belhaven University Singing Christmas Tree is the oldest outdoor singing Christmas tree tradition in North America. Mr. Christopher Phillips conducts the tree made up of Belhaven’s choral arts singers along with additional students, faculty and staff. These voices join together to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas! Complimentary admission.

December 5, 2017
STUDENT COMPOSERS CONCERT XIX
TUESDAY, 7:30 PM, CONCERT HALL

The Composers Forum invites you to participate in making new music with Belhaven’s student composers and performers. Join us in the creative discovery and exploration of bringing freshly-fabricated musical worlds to life. Complimentary admission. Doors open at 7 pm.

Belhaven Arts Ablaze Spring 2018

TBA
PRESTON CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES
AN EVENING OF DIAMONDS III

TBA
FILM PRODUCTION SHOWCASE

TBA
COMPOSERS’ ORCHESTRAL READING SESSION

February 10, 2018
GRAPHIC DESIGN DEPARTMENT
STUDENT SHOW
SATURDAY, 2:00–4:00 PM
BITSY IRBY VISUAL ARTS AND DANCE CENTER, ART GALLERY

February 15–17, 2018
DANCE MINISTRY ENSEMBLE
THURSDAY, FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, 7:00 PM
BITSY IRBY VISUAL ARTS AND DANCE CENTER STUDIO THEATRE

February 21–22, 2018
SENIOR DANCE RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS
WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY, 6:30 PM
BITSY IRBY VISUAL ARTS AND DANCE CENTER STUDIO THEATRE

February 23–24, 28, March 1–3, 2018
LITTLE WOMEN THE MUSICAL
MUSIC BY JASON HOWLAND
LYRICS BY MINDI DICKSTEIN
BOOK BY ALLAN KNEE
DIRECTED BY DR. DAVID S. SOLLISH
FRIDAY—SATURDAY, 7:30 PM
WEDNESDAY—SATURDAY, 7:30 PM
SATURDAY MATINEES, 2:00 PM
BLACKBOX THEATRE

February 26, 2018
READING: CATHERINE PIERCE
VISITING WRITER SERIES, MONDAY, 5:00–6:30 PM
STUDENT CENTER THEATER

February 28—March 3, 2018
SENIOR DANCE CONCERT
CONCERT A: WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAY, 7:00 PM
CONCERT B: THURSDAY AND SATURDAY, 7:00 PM
BITSY IRBY VISUAL ARTS AND DANCE CENTER STUDIO THEATRE

March 3, 2018
FACULTY DUET PIANO RECITAL
THE SACHS PIANO DUO
SATURDAY, 7:30 PM, CONCERT HALL

March 24, 2018
FACULTY VOICE RECITAL
“PARDON THE INTERRUPTION”
CHRIS PHILLIPS, TENOR
SATURDAY, 7:30 PM, CONCERT HALL

April 7—May 12, 2018
STUDENT INVITATIONAL ART EXHIBITION
BITSY IRBY VISUAL ARTS AND DANCE CENTER, ART GALLERY
OPENING RECEPTION SATURDAY
APRIL 7, 2:00–4:00 PM

April 12, 2018
READING: THE BEST OF BELHAVEN’S WRITERS
STUDENT READING SERIES, THURSDAY, 6:00–7:30 PM
STUDENT CENTER THEATER

April 13, 2018
STRINGS and ORCHESTRA CONCERT
FRIDAY, 7:30 PM, CONCERT HALL

April 14, 2018
ALL-STATE STRINGS CONCERT
SATURDAY, 3:00 PM, CONCERT HALL

April 19, 2018
INSTRUMENTAL ARTS CONCERT
THURSDAY, 7:30 PM, CONCERT HALL

April 20–21, 25–28, 2018
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
DIRECTED BY JOSEPH FROST
FRIDAY—SATURDAY, WEDNESDAY—SATURDAY, 7:30 PM
SATURDAY MATINEES, 2:00 PM, BLACKBOX THEATRE

April 20-21, 27-28, 2018
SPRING DANCE CONCERT
BELHAVEN UNIVERSITY DANCE ENSEMBLE
BITSY IRBY VISUAL ARTS AND DANCE CENTER STUDIO THEATRE
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, 7:30 PM

April 2, 2018
CHORAL CONCERT
SATURDAY, 7:30 PM, CONCERT HALL

April 24, 2018
STUDENT COMPOSERS CONCERT XX
TUESDAY, 7:30 PM, CONCERT HALL

April 28, 2018
BEST OF BELHAVEN II
SATURDAY, 7:30 PM, CONCERT HALL