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 - Fall 2021

August 23 – September 18

Opening Reception: August 28, 2-4pm
Bitsy Irby Gallery
Senior 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 and 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:
  • Melissa Gentry
  • Hannah Gillis
  • Sarah Guinn
August 27
Saturday, 7:30pm


Concert Hall
Duo Mirić: An Evening of Clasical Guitar
Preston Chamber Music Series
Enjoy a lively and varied collection of arrangements and compositions for two guitars presented by Duo Mirić (twin sisters Dr. Tanja Mirić and Dr. Darka Kooienga).

Complimentary admission. Doors open at 7 pm.
September 25 – October 30

Opening Reception: September 25, 2-4pm
Bitsy Irby Gallery
V • Com21 - Visual Communications Exhibition
This exhibit will feature the Graduate Exhibition of Associate Professor and Co-Chair of the Art and Design Department Jon Micah Tyson. Through illustration, interface design, and visual storytelling, Tyson invites the viewer to experience and explore Red Tides, a pirate fantasy tabletop game set in the vast waters of New Caribbea. 
Sept. 29-Oct. 2 & Oct. 5-7
7:30pm Wed-Sat / 2pm Sat

Blackbox Theatre in the Center for the Arts 
Steel Magnolias
By Robert Harling 
Directed by Jenna Kahley

Join Ouiser, Shelby, and M’Lynn at Truvy’s Salon in the classic, heartwarming, southern comedy that is guaranteed to make you laugh, cry, and leave the theatre more grateful for the people you love.

Admission is free / Reservations Required / email boxoffice@belhaven.edu to make a reservation / Reservations open beginning September 8.
October 21
Thursday, 7:30pm


Concert Hall
Fabio Menchetti, Piano
Preston Chamber Music Series

Italian-born pianist Fabio Menchetti brings his international career (Italy, Poland, France, Germany, and the US) to Belhaven University with a program drawing on Romantic and twentieth-century music.  For more about Dr. Menchetti, visit www.fabiomenchetti.com.

Complimentary admission. Doors open at 7 pm.
Watch the livestream on the Belhaven University Music Department page on Facebook.
October 30
Saturday, 11:00am


Concert Hall
Sachs Piano Duo
Preston Chamber Music Series

The Sachs Piano Duo presents compositions originally written for duet piano by Debussy, Brahms, and Costa Rican composers. Waltzes, mazurkas, and other dancing titles comprise the many short pieces, grouped into suites and sets.

The Music Forum of Jackson in cooperation with Belhaven University Music Department invites you to mask up and social distance to experience this complimentary live performance.
Nov. 5-6, 12-13; 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.
November 6 – December 11

Opening Reception: November 6, 2-4pm
Bitsy Irby Gallery
Senior 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 and 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:
  • Sun-Jae Park
  • Anna Leonard
  • Yumi Choy
November 11-13 & 18-20 
6:30pm Thurs.-Sat. / 2pm Sat.

The Commons (between Preston Hall and Fitzhugh Hall
Two Gentlemen of Verona
By William Shakespeare 
Directed by Elissa Sartwell

One of Shakespeare’s earliest comedies, Two Gentlemen of Verona has it all: friendships, romance, outlaws, and a farting dog. Performed outdoors on Belhaven’s beautiful campus, this play reminds us that forgiveness is redemptive.

Performance is outdoors / admission is free / no reservations required / seating is limited / blankets and/or lawn chairs welcome.
November 13
Saturday, 7:30pm


Concert Hall
Belhaven Chorale and Worship Choir
The combined choirs of Belhaven’s Chorale and Worship Choir invite you to join us for a wonderful evening choral music.  From classic anthems to fresh arrangements of wonderful hymns, this evening promises to leave you filled with uplifting lyrics and music.

Complimentary admission. Doors open at 7 pm.
Watch the livestream on the Belhaven University Music Department page on Facebook.
November 16
Tuesday, 7:30pm


Concert Hall
Student Composers Concert XXV
The Composers Forum invites you to participate with Belhaven student composers and performers in making new music.  Join us as we bring freshly fabricated compositions and improvisations to life.  This concert will include incidental music from the theatre department’s production of Two Gentlemen of Verona.

Complimentary admission. Doors open at 7 pm.
Watch the livestream on the Belhaven University Music Department page on Facebook.
November 19
Friday, 7:30pm


Concert Hall
Symphony Orchestra Concert
You don’t want to miss this evening of profound symphonic masterworks performed by the excellent Belhaven University Symphony Orchestra. The Orchestra will present to you the great German composer Felix Mendelssohn’s “Scottish” Symphony and the all-time favorite overture from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro.

Complimentary admission. Doors open at 7 pm.
Watch the livestream on the Belhaven University Music Department page on Facebook.
Nov. 19-20; 7:00pm

Bitsy Irby Visual Arts & Dance Center - Studio Theatre
Doxa Emerging Choreographers Concert
This event is produced by members of DOXA and highlights student choreography and performance.

General Admission $5. Complimentary admission for Belhaven Faculty/Staff/Students and immediate families. Doors open at 6:30pm.
November 22
Monday, 7:30pm


Concert Hall
Best of Belhaven I
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.
Watch the livestream on the Belhaven University Music Department page on Facebook.
December 3-4
Friday and Saturday, 7:30pm


Belhaven Bowl Stadium
The 89th Annual Singing Christmas Tree
Voices! Carols! Lights! The Belhaven University Singing Christmas Tree is the oldest continuous outdoor singing Christmas tree tradition in North America.

Mr. Tim Walker conducts the tree made up of Belhaven Choral Arts singers along with additional students, faculty, staff, alumni, and choristers from area churches, in collaboration with Belhaven’s other fine arts programs. Together we join forces to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas!

Complimentary admission.
Watch the livestream on the Belhaven University Music Department page on Facebook.

 

Belhaven Arts Ablaze - Spring 2022

January 15 – 29

Opening Reception: January 15, 2-4pm
Bitsy Irby Gallery
Guest Artist Bailey Hughes
Bailey Hughes is a visual artist living in Flowood, MS. She works primarily with drawings and collage, utilizing found materials. It is Bailey Hughes' goal as an artist to be a seer, experiencer and communicator of truth.
February 5 – March 11

Opening Reception: February 5, 2-4pm
Bitsy Irby Gallery
Senior 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 and 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:
  • Danicia Loya
  • Standish Dyson
  • Anna Thornton
February 9-12 
7:30pm Wed. – Sat. / 2pm Sat.

Blackbox Theatre in the Center for the Arts
The Twelve-Pound Look
By J. M. Barrie
Directed by Lizzy Delp

This comedic play play by author of Peter Pan will delight audiences who love wit and humor. On the eve of his knighthood, Harry Sims basks in his own sense of accomplishment. He is so certain of the congratulatory praises that he will receive from the masses that he preemptively hires a typist to write thank you notes. But when the typist arrives at Harry’s door, an uncomfortable reality check ensues.

Admission is free / Reservations Required / email boxoffice@belhaven.edu to make a reservation  / Reservations open beginning January 19.
Feb. 10-12, 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. Doors open at 6:30pm.
Mar. 9 & 10, 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.
Mar. 23-26, 7:00pm

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

Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center - Studio Theatre
Senior Dance Concert
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 26 – April 30

Opening Reception, March 26, 2-4pm
Bitsy Irby Gallery
Annual Student Invitational
The Annual Student invitational features work produced within 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.
March 31–April 2 & April 7-9
7:30pm Thurs.-Sat. / 2pm Sat.

Blackbox Theatre in the Center for the Arts
The Wizard of Oz 
By L. Frank Baum
With Music and Lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg
Background Music by Herbert Stothart
Directed by Elissa Sartwell

With a fresh, imaginative approach, Belhaven Theatre closes its season with the classic musical that inspires each of us to have courage and heart as we find where we belong in this world. Based upon the Classic Motion Picture owned by Turner Entertainment Co. and distributed in all media by Warner Bros.
Apr. 7-8, 7:00pm
Apr. 9, 2:30pm & 7:00pm

Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center - Studio Theatre
Belhaven University Dance Ensemble - Spring 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.
Apr. 14; 7:00pm

Center for the Arts - Concert Hall
Collaborative Arts Concert
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.