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 2021

January 11 – February 24

Bitsy Irby Gallery
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The Art of Andy Young

This is an exhibition of the expressive large-scale glass panels and drawings of internationally collected glass artist and owner of Pearl River Glass Andy Young.
Feb. 24-27

Blackbox Theatre
Silent Sky, by Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Kerri Sanders

Silent Sky is the poignant, inspirational, and entertaining true story of early 20th century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt. When Henri begins work at the Harvard Observatory, she isn’t allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea. Instead, she joins a group of women “computers,” charting the stars for a renowned astronomer who calculates projects in “girl hours” and has no time for women’s probing theories. As Henrietta, in her free time, attempts to measure the light and distance of stars, she must also take measure of her life on Earth, trying to balance her dedication to science with family obligations and the possibility of love. Audiences and critics agree that Silent Sky is a beautiful, funny, poignant, and luminous play written by the nation’s most performed playwright. 

Adults $10, Students/Seniors $5 Cash or check only, payable at the door. Complimentary admission for Belhaven students, faculty, and staff. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Contact boxoffice@belhaven.edu or (601) 974-6478 for ticket reservations.
February 25-27, 7:00pm

Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center - Studio Theatre
Dance Ministry Ensemble Concert
The Dance Ministry Ensemble and DOXA present choreography 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. Advanced ticket reservations are required. Seating will be limited and socially distanced. Masks are required.
March 3 & 4, 7:00pm

Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center - Studio Theatre
Senior Dance Research Presentations
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 for Belhaven Faculty/Staff/Students. Seating will be limited and socially distanced. Masks are required.
March 6 - 27

Bitsy Irby Gallery
Senior Art Exhibition
The Senior Exhibition is the culminating experience for our BFA and BA candidates. These students have worked hard to develop their own voices as artists throughout their coursework in the Art ad Design Department. This exhibit serves as a launching point for professional practice and allows the students to gain the practical knowledge of museum work through the curating and installing of their exhibit. We are proud to showcase the work of these student artists:
  • Josie Taylor
  • Deja Harris
  • Bethany Morrison
  • Shelby Laws
March 17-20, 7:00pm

Concert A - Wed. & Fri.
Concert B - Thurs. & Sat.

Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center - Studio Theatre
MFA Thesis and Senior Dance Concert
Master of Fine Arts candidates and 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. Advanced ticket reservations are required. Seating will be limited and socially distanced. Masks are required.
March 26, 7:30pm

Center for The Arts Concert Hall
String Orchestra Concert
The BU String Chamber Orchestra offers a colorful evening of masterworks by Dag Wiren, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and Bela Bartok. Please come and enjoy a wonderful showcase of excellent solo and chamber music by Belhaven’s outstanding string students.
Complimentary Admission. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Masks and social distancing are required. Attendance is open to students, faculty, and staff who are participating in Belhaven’s Covid-19 testing protocol. Limited seating for the families of student performers is available by advance reservation. Events held in the Concert Hall will be livestreamed via the Belhaven University Music Department page on Facebook. Please contact music@belhaven.edu for additional information.
April 3 – May 15

Bitsy Irby Gallery
Annual Student Invitational
The Annual Student invitational features work produced withing the past year by students in the Art and Design Department. This exhibit is juried and curated by the faculty and reveals the diversity and range of disciplines taught in the department. None of the work included in this show was made for a class, but instead reflects the vision and expertise developed by each student as they pursue their various disciplines.
April 6, 7:30pm

McCravey-Triplett Student Center
Student Composers Concert XXIV
The Belhaven Composers Forum presents an interactive preview of newly-minted compositions and unique improvisations during FIKA at the Shoe Bird Café. Come early, enjoy some refreshing community, and participate in adventurous and engaging music-making by Belhaven’s talented student composers.

Masks and social distancing are required. Attendance is open to students, faculty, and staff who are participating in Belhaven’s Covid-19 testing protocol. Limited seating for the families of student performers is available by advance reservation. Events held in the Concert Hall will be livestreamed via the Belhaven University Music Department page on Facebook. Please contact music@belhaven.edu for additional information.
April 8-9, 7:00pm
April 10, 2:30pm & 7:00pm

Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center - Studio Theatre
Dance Ensemble Spring Concert
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. Advanced ticket reservations are required. Seating will be limited and socially distanced. Masks are required.
Apr. 8-17

In-person:
April 8-10 at 7:30 p.m.
April 10 at 2 p.m.
Blackbox Theatre

Streaming:
On Broadway On Demand
April 14-17

Pride and Prejudice, Adapted by Jon Jory
From the novel by Jane Austen
Directed by Elissa Sartwell

All of the wit and romance of Jane Austen’s classic 1813 novel come to life in this refreshingly fast-paced and engaging new adaptation. Adults $10, Students/Seniors $5 Cash or check only, payable at the door. Complimentary admission for Belhaven students, faculty, and staff.

Seating is limited. Reservations required.
Streaming access through BroadwayOnDemand.com $5 for all.

Contact boxoffice@belhaven.edu or (601) 974-6478 for ticket reservations and streaming information
April 13, 7:30pm

Center for the Arts Concert Hall
Student Composers Concert XXIV
The Belhaven Composers Forum presents a full program of newly-composed pieces and improvisations by Belhaven’s talented student composers. Come and enjoy an evocative and adventurous range of works, including collaboration with students from other fine-arts programs.

Masks and social distancing are required. Attendance is open to students, faculty, and staff who are participating in Belhaven’s Covid-19 testing protocol. Limited seating for the families of student performers is available by advance reservation. Events held in the Concert Hall will be livestreamed via the Belhaven University Music Department page on Facebook. Please contact music@belhaven.edu for additional information.
April 17, 2:00pm

Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center - Studio Theatre
MFA Thesis Oral Defense Presentations
Master of Fine Arts candidates present creative process and research findings on topics from the field of dance and beyond.

*Complimentary Admission for Belhaven Faculty/Staff/Students. Seating will be limited and socially distanced. Masks are required.
April 19; 7:30pm

Center For The Arts Concert Hall
Best of Belhaven II
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. Please contact music@belhaven.edu for additional information.

Masks and social distancing are required. Attendance is open to students, faculty, and staff who are participating in Belhaven’s Covid-19 testing protocol. Limited seating for the families of student performers is available by advance reservation. Events held in the Concert Hall will be livestreamed via the Belhaven University Music Department page on Facebook. Please contact music@belhaven.edu for additional information.
March and April 2021

Online
Emerging Choreographers Concert
This virtual concert is produced by members of DOXA and highlights student choreography and performance.

*Contact dancetickets@belhaven.edu for information about screenings of this event in March and April 2021.

  

Belhaven Arts Ablaze - Fall 2020

Oct. 2 - Nov. 25

Online
Student Invitational Art Exhibition
 

The Student Invitational Art Exhibition’s opening and gallery talk will be virtual this semester. The events will be made public as Youtube post and be available on Facebook.
Oct. 28-31

Streaming Online
Check Please, by Jonathan Rand
Directed by Ian Clarke

Dating can be hard. Especially when your date happens to be a raging kleptomaniac, or your grandmother’s bridge partner, or a mime. Check Please follows a series of blind dates that couldn’t get any worse – until they do. Could there possibly be a light at the end of the tunnel?

Email:  boxoffice@belhaven.edu to reserve a streaming code.
Nov. 4-7

Streaming Online
The Bear,  by Anton Chekhov
Translated by Julius West
Directed by Jenna Kahley

Chekhov's romantic farce about a widow, a cranky neighbor, temper tantrums, and a duel like no other. Reimagined as a 1970s radio play, this production is certain to entertain.

Email:  boxoffice@belhaven.edu to request streaming instructions.
Nov. 6, 7, 13, 14; 7:00pm

Bitsy Irby Visual Arts & Dance Center - Studio Theatre
Fall Dance Concert
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. Advanced ticket reservations are required. Seating will be limited and socially distanced. Masks are required.
Nov. 3, 6, 10; 7:30pm

Nov. 3: Student Center
Nov. 6, 10: Center for the Arts - Concert Hall
Student Composers Concert
The Composers Forum invites you to participate in a new approach to making new music with Belhaven student composers and performers.  Join us as we bring freshly fabricated musical worlds to life in a hybrid real/virtual performance space.

Please contact music@belhaven.edu for additional information.
Nov. 11; 4:30pm

Belhaven Park
Wind and Brass Ensemble Performance
The Belhaven University Woodwind and Brass Ensembles will honor our veterans.  Come out to hear favorites like God Bless America and the United States Service Songs. Other selections that will be played that day are music by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven and many others.

This will be a family-friendly event! Bring a blanket or lawn chair and join us.  Invite your neighbor, co-worker, or friend and come out for some musical therapy and friendly fellowship.

Please contact music@belhaven.edu for additional information.

*Social distancing and masks are recommended, and the concert is subject to change in accordance with Belhaven University Policy and the City of Jackson rules and regulations.
Nov. 11-14

Streaming Online
The Spoon River Project, by Tom Andolora
Based on Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters
Directed by Elissa Sartwell
Music Direction by John Barnts

In this beautifully haunting play based on Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology, the former residents of Spoon River examine life and the longing for what might have been. As the citizens reflect on the dreams, secrets, and regrets of their lives, they paint an honest portrait of a community. Woven together with popular songs and hymns from the turn of the century, The Spoon River Project reminds us ​that while life is not free of hardship, it can still be filled with joy.

Email:  boxoffice@belhaven.edu to reserve a streaming code.
Nov. 16; 7:30pm

Center for the Arts - Concert Hall
Best of Belhaven
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.

Please contact music@belhaven.edu for additional information.
Nov. 20; 7:30pm

Center for the Arts - Concert Hall
Orchestra Concert
The Belhaven University String Chamber Orchestra will present one of Tchaikovsky's all-time favorite Masterworks, his amazing Serenade for String Orchestra, Op. 48. You will also hear the famous arrangement of Sergei Prokofiev’s “March” from The Love for the Three Oranges, Op. 33. Please enjoy a special night of high quality and profoundly moving performance by our excellent Belhaven University String Chamber Orchestra!

Please contact music@belhaven.edu for additional information.
Nov. 20-21; 7:00pm

Bitsy Irby Visual Arts & Dance Center - Studio Theatre
Collaborative Arts Concert - Canceled
This student-produced event features collaborative works created from the Dance, Music, Theatre, Film, and Art & Design Departments.

Complimentary admission. Doors open at 6:30pm. Advanced ticket reservations are required. Seating will be limited and socially distanced. Masks are required.
Nov. 23; 7:30pm

Center for the Arts - Concert Hall
Chorale Concert - Canceled
Please join the Belhaven Chorale and Worship Choir in an evening of Psalm settings from the 18th century to the present, from liturgical to contemporary anthems.

Please contact music@belhaven.edu for additional information.