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. 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 Spring 2020

FEBRUARY 13-15, 19-22
The Women of Lockerbie by Deborah Brevoort
THURSDAY–SATURDAY, WEDNESDAY–SATURDAY, 7:30 PM
SATURDAY MATINEES, 2 PM
BLACKBOX THEATRE

A mother from New Jersey roams the hills of Lockerbie Scotland, looking for her son s remains that were lost in the crash of Pan Am 103. She meets the women of Lockerbie, who are fighting the U.S. government to obtain the clothing of the victims found in the plane s wreckage. The women, determined to convert an act of hatred into an act of love, want to wash the clothes of the dead and return them to the victim s families. THE WOMEN OF LOCKERBIE is loosely inspired by a true story, although the characters and situations in the play are purely fictional. Written in the structure of a Greek tragedy, it is a poetic drama about the triumph of love over hate. Winner of the silver medal in the Onassis International Playwriting Competition and the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays award. 

DANCE MINISTRY ENSEMBLE
FEBRUARY 14–15
FRIDAY–SATURDAY, 7:00 P.M.
BITSY IRBY VISUAL ARTS AND DANCE CENTER STUDIO THEATRE
DAN FREDERICKS PERFORMANCE DANCE STUDIO

The Dance Ministry Ensemble and DOXA present a selection of original dances created by guest artists and dance faculty aimed to encourage and inspire the spirit of all who attend. General Admission, $10, Seniors/Students $5. Complimentary admission for Belhaven Faculty/Staff/Students and immediate families. Doors open at 6:30pm

FEBRUARY 19–20
SENIOR DANCE RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS
WEDNESDAY–THURSDAY, 7:00 P.M.
BITSY IRBY VISUAL ARTS AND DANCE CENTER STUDIO THEATRE
DAN FREDERICKS PERFORMANCE DANCE STUDIO

Senior dance majors present an evening of scholarship, lecture demonstrations, and creative process discussions on topics from the field of dance and beyond. Complimentary Admission.

FEBRUARY 22 - MARCH 25
JACOB ROWAN GRADUATE EXHIBITION
BITSY IRBY VISUAL ARTS AND DANCE CENTER, ART GALLERY

A solo exhibition featuring work produced during graduate study. Rowan received his Master of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) 

FEBRUARY 28 & 29
SENIOR DANCE CONCERT
CONCERT A- FRIDAY, 7:00 P.M.
CONCERT B- SATURDAY, 7:00 P.M.
BITSY IRBY VISUAL ARTS AND DANCE CENTER STUDIO THEATRE
DAN FREDERICKS PERFORMANCE DANCE STUDIO

Senior dance majors present an evening of original choreography and performance, created at the intersection of scholarship and practice. This event is sponsored by DOXA. General Admission, $10, Seniors/Students $5. Complimentary admission for Belhaven Faculty/Staff/Students and immediate families. Doors open at 6:30pm.

MARCH 5
Gallery Talk: Jacob Rowan, Artist
JACOB ROWAN GRADUATE EXHIBITION
Thursday, 7:00 P.M., BITSY IRBY VISUAL ARTS AND DANCE CENTER, ART GALLERY

Join us for a gallery talk with Jacob Rowan about his solo exhibition featuring work produced during graduate study. Rowan received his Master of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) 

MARCH 16
READING: Adam Vines, Poet
VISITNG WRITER SERIES
MONDAY, 5:30–6:30 P.M., STUDENT CENTER THEATER

Adam Vines is editor of Birmingham Poetry Review and author of two books of poetry, The Coal Life (2012) and Out of Speech (2018). He also co-authored a book of poems (According to Discretion, 2015) with Allen Jih. Vines graduated with his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in English from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and received his MFA from the University of Florida. He is now an assistant professor at UAB, where he teaches poetry writing workshops.  Vines has published work in Kenyon Review, Southwest Review, Poetry, and many other journals.  He was named the Tennessee Williams Scholar at the 2008 Sewanee Writers’ Conference and was awarded the William Alexander II & Lisa Percy Fellowship at the Rivendell Writers’ Colony in 2017. Complimentary admission. Open to the public.

MARCH 28
COLLABORATIVE ARTS CONCERT
SATURDAY, 7:00 P.M.
BITSY IRBY VISUAL ARTS AND DANCE CENTER STUDIO THEATRE
DAN FREDERICKS PERFORMANCE DANCE STUDIO

This student-produced event features collaborative works created from the Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Art, Film, and Graphic Design Departments. Complimentary admission. Doors open at 6:30pm.

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

APRIL 2-4, 8-9, 16–18
THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
MUSIC BY ARTHUR SULLIVAN
BOOK & LYRICS BY W. S. GILBERT
DIRECTED BY JOSEPH FROST
THURSDAY–SATURDAY, WEDNESDAY–THURSDAY, THURSDAY-SATURDAY, 7:30 P.M.
SATURDAY MATINEES, 2 P.M.
BLACKBOX THEATRE

From the minds of Gilbert and Sullivan, this timeless tale of topsy-turvydom tells the story of Frederick, an honorable young lad freed from his apprenticeship to a band of misfit pirates by the arrival of his 21st birthday, who falls in love with the virtuous Mabel and, with the help of a bumbling bunch of bobbies, must save her sisters and their father the Major-General from the approach of the Pirate King.

APRIL 3
STRINGS & ORCHESTRA CONCERT
FRIDAY, 7:30 P.M., CONCERT HALL 

Come and enjoy a night showcasing brilliant string solos, chamber groups and the BU Symphony Orchestra featuring outstanding Belhaven string students.  The BU Symphony Orchestra will present timeless favorites including Rossini’s “Barber of Seville” Overture, Gustav Holst’s “Carnival,” and “Trisch-Tratsch Polka” by Johann Strauss.  Complimentary admission.  Doors open at 7 p.m.

APRIL 4
ALL-STATE STRINGS CONCERT
SATURDAY, 3 P.M., CONCERT HALL

Mississippi’s best high school string students present the results of two intensive days of rehearsal and study. This year’s guest conductor is Grammy award winning conductor and violin virtuoso, Luis Haza. Complimentary admission.  Doors open at 2:30 p.m.

APRIL 4–MAY 9
STUDENT INVITATIONAL ART EXHIBITION
BITSY IRBY VISUAL ARTS AND DANCE CENTER, ART GALLERY
OPENING RECEPTION SATURDAY, APRIL 4, 2:00–4:00 P.M.

The Student Invitational Art Exhibition is the centerpiece of the year for the Visual Art Department and will showcase a variety of artwork from freshmen to seniors. This annual exhibit will run from April 2 to May 8 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. It will highlight a wide range of styles and media including drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and mixed media. Admission is free to the art exhibition.

APRIL 9
INSTRUMENTAL ARTS CONCERT
THURSDAY, 7:30 P.M., CONCERT HALL 

Experience the new and unique timbres of the Wind Ensemble as Belhaven’s student instrumentalists perform music by traditional and modern composers in the small ensemble repertoire.  You will hear everything from Baroque to 20th Century music.  IT’S GONNA BE FUN!  Complimentary admission.  Doors open at 7 p.m.

APRIL 14
CHORAL ARTS CONCERT
TUESDAY, 7:30 P.M.
CENTER FOR THE ARTS CONCERT HALL

Join us as the BU Chorale shares inspirational choral works, traditional choral literature, and contemporary worship music as shared in weekly Belhaven Chapel services. It’s a night celebrating our great God, presented by an eclectic ensemble of Belhaven’s awesome vocalists. Complimentary admission.  Doors open at 7 p.m.

APRIL 16
READING: THE BEST OF BELHAVEN’S WRITERS
STUDENT WRITER SERIES
Thursday, 6:00–7:30 P.M., 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 / Open to the public / Reception to Follow.

APRIL 17–18, 24–25
SPRING DANCE CONCERT
BELHAVEN UNIVERSITY DANCE ENSEMBLE
FRIDAY–SATURDAY, 7:00 P.M.
BITSY IRBY VISUAL ARTS AND DANCE CENTER
DAN FREDERICKS PERFORMANCE DANCE STUDIO

A showcase of choreography by dance faculty and guest artists, 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 Faculty/Staff/Students and immediate families. Doors open at 6:30pm.

APRIL 20
BEST OF BELHAVEN III
MONDAY, 7:30 P.M.
CENTER FOR THE ARTS, CONCERT HALL

The “Best of Belhaven” concert series is a well-deserved encore celebration of the most outstanding student performances of the semester, compiled into one compelling concert of musical variety and excellence.  Complimentary admission.  Doors open at 7 p.m.

APRIL 21 & 25
STUDENT COMPOSERS CONCERT XXIII
TUESDAY & SATURDAY, 7:30 P.M.
CENTER FOR THE ARTS, CONCERT HALL 

The Composers Forum invites you to Student Composers Concert XXIII, an interactive showcase of engaging new music by Belhaven student composers.  This continuing adventure of bringing new musical designs to life includes newly-composed works, interactive structured improvisations, and interdisciplinary collaboration.  This semester the concert will be performed twice: Tuesday, April 21, and Saturday, April 25.  Complimentary admission.  Doors open at 7 p.m.

APRIL 27
MSO COMPOSERS FORUM: ORCHESTRAL READINGS
MONDAY, 5:30 P.M.
MISSISSIPPI MUSEUM OF ART, DOWNTOWN JACKSON

Mississippi Symphony Orchestra performs, in an open forum, the new orchestral compositions of selected college and university student composers from Belhaven University, Mississippi College, and Jackson State University.  Complimentary admission.  Doors open at 5 p.m. 

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