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August

Aug 14 - Oct 27

Plantbot Genetics - Cross Pollination Exhibit

Art exhibition in The Neil Britton Gallery through October 27. The artist team of Wendy DesChene and Jeff Schmuki work as PlantBot Genetics Inc., a parody of the Monsanto Corporation and other Big Ag Firms who skillfully manipulate food production and distribution systems. The satire and parody of PlantBot Genetics comments on aggressive, misleading practices of biotech companies. The artists question and humorously comment on actual biotech products, research and development, corporate graphics, and marketing techniques. Special events related to the exihibition include the PlantBot Hacking Workshop on Sept 6 from 1-3 p.m. (Registration required: 757.455.3257), the Exhibition Reception on Sept. 6 from 6-8 p.m. in the Neil Britton Art Gallery, PlantBots Unleashed and the Moth Project on Sept. 7. All events are free and open to the public. See specific dates for details.

October

Oct 23

Islam, Christianity, and Judaism as Forces for Change in Coastal Virginia
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Because society is imperfect, religions obligate followers to uphold and share values that will impact the broader community. In Coastal Virginia, what positive changes result from these efforts? How might such efforts harm public life? An interfaith panel guides this Nexus Interfaith Dialogue held in Boyd Dining Hall from 7-8:30 p.m. Panelists include: Dr. Tahani Amer, Mosque and Islamic Center of Hampton Roads; Rabbi Jeffrey Arnowitz, Congregation Beth El (Conservative); Rev. Jack Howell, Trinity Presbyterian (PCA); Dr. Ahmed Noor, Mosque and Islamic Center of Hampton Roads; Rev. Dr. Sharon Riley, Faith Deliverance Christian Center, Inc. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom in partnership with the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities. Free and open to the public. Call 757.455.3129 or email csrf@vwu.edu for more information.

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Oct 25 - 29

Into the Woods Theatre Production

Virginia Wesleyan University Theatre presents Into the Woods. Music and lyrics: Stephen Sondheim. Book;: James Lapine. This Tony Award-winning mash-up of fairytales questions everything from the conventions of storytelling to traditional gender roles to simplistic world views.  Will Cinderella find happiness with a Prince raised to be Charming?  Is the Witch evil or just misunderstood?  When it comes to Jack’s cow, does the end justify the “beans”?  With a witty plot and beautiful Sondheim score, it’s a magical theatre experience.  Directed by Batten Professor of Theatre Sally Shedd; Presented by special arrangement with Musical Theatre International. In Hofheimer Theatre-- 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, October 25-28. Matinee performances at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, October 28 and 29. Public ticket prices range from $10-15; Production is free to the VWC community with ID. Reservations: 757.455.3381/ShowTix4U.com/theatretix@vwc.edu. For more information call 757.455.3283 or email sshedd@vwu.edu

 

Oct 25

Talk About Teaching
4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

“Faculty Development in a Connectivist MOOC: the OpenLearning Project” Sue Erickson will provide answers to the questions: What is a Connectivist MOOC (cMOOC)? Why would you want to participate in one focused on faculty development? What is Open Learning and how could use it in your classes? She will also will share some of her experiences in the OpenLearning17 cMOOC and will highlight plans for OpenLearning18, which anyone can participate in. The OpenLearning Hub is Virginia’s contribution to an AAC&U LEAP States project called Faculty Collaboratives. Sue will be joined virtually by fellow members of the Faculty Collaboratives Steering Committee for Virginia. Location: Greer Room 260.

Oct 26

Mapmakers of the Reformation: The Ascendancy of Protestant Cartographers in the 17th Century
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

From the late 1500s until the late 1600s, the defiantly Protestant Dutch, centered in Amsterdam, led the world in cartographic innovation, artistry, and publishing. Looking at the maps and careers of several Dutch masters, Retired Vice President for Norfolk Southern William C. Wooldridge discusses how it happened that the greatest mapmakers all adhered to the reformed faith. Held from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. in the Blocker Hall Auditorium, this event is part of the “Reformation from the Backside” series sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom with support from The Lighthouse Center for Exploration & Discovery. Free and open to the public. Call 757.455.3129 or email csrf@vwu.edu for more information.

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Oct 26

Jonathon Irons: Coding and Creativity
11 a.m.

The On Deck Premier Speaker Series, sponsored by The Lighthouse, presents Jonathon Irons: Coding and Creativity, Using Science and Mathematics in Film and Television. Irons is the technical director for the Emmy-award-winning, stop-motion animated series "Tumble Leaf." Working at Bix Pix Entertainment in Los Angeles, Irons combines his background in film and computer science to produce this original Amazon pre-school series. This event is in the Convocation Center in the Jane P. Batten Student Center and is free and open to the public.

Oct 28

Marlins Day Open House

On Marlins Days Virginia Wesleyan University welcomes prospective students and their families to visit our campus and meet our faculty and students. One of the best times to visit is during a Marlins Day Open House. VWU Open House events provide the opportunity to: Meet our faculty and staff; Tour our beautiful 300-acre campus; Learn about academic offerings, scholarship opportunities, and the financial aid process; and enjoy lunch on us. 

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Oct 30

The Harbor String Quartet
7:30 p.m.

As adept at performing the classics as pop standards, this quartet’s members perform with the Virginia Symphony, Virginia Opera, Virginia Musical Theater and Broadway on Tour as well as Josh Groban and Mannheim Steamroller. This performance, part of the Virginia Wesleyan Concert Series, is in Hofheimer Theater. “Music from the Movies,” features familiar music from your favorite movies. Tickets are $15/$10; Free to the VWU community. For reservations call 757.455.2101.

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November

Nov 2

Cormac O'Brien: Toxic, Harmed and Harmful
11 a.m.

The On Deck Premier Speaker Series, sponsored by The Lighthouse, along with the Women's Resource Center, presents Cormac O'Brien: Toxic, Harmed and Harmful, Performing Masculinities in Modern Irish and American Drama. O'Brien is an Assistant Professor of Anglo-Irish Drama at the University College Dublin. He specializes in contemporary Irish drama, investigating the relations between governance and citizenship, as well as gender, sexuality and national identities. O'Brien has published widely on masculinities and queer sexualities in Irish theatre. The event will take place in The Lighthouse and is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jennifer Slivka, Director of The Women's Resource Center at wrc@vwu.edu

Nov 2

Charlie Lockwood: Santa Muerte, The Mexican Death Saint in the United States
12 p.m.

The On Deck Premier Speaker Series, sponsored by The Lighthouse, presents Charlie Lockwood: Sant Muerte, The Mexican Death Saint in the United States, A Film and Discussion. As Executive Director of Texas Folklife, Lockwood has overseen a variety of flagship Texas Folklife programs, including Accordion Kings & Queens, Apprenticeships in the Folk & Traditional Arts, and Stories from Deep in the Heart. This event is in Blocker Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

Nov 3

Study Abroad with Purpose
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

As a result of working with refugees and others around the world--in areas ranging from Uganda, to Darfur, to Italy--Walsh University seniors Amy Gilmore and Katie Paul share reflections on issues of immigration, genocide, nonviolence, and restorative justice, telling the stories of those individuals who so often go unheard and reflecting on their search for solutions that restore peace and justice to communities. 12-1 p.m. in the Lighthouse Commons on November 3.

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Nov 4

12th Annual One Love Festival
1 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Held annually to celebrate peace, the One Love Festival is a community event sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom. Festival activities take place from 1-9:30 p.m. and include: Presentation sponsored by the Bishop Walter F. Sullivan Pax Christi Community of Hampton Roads (1-2:20 p.m., Monumental Chapel); Waging Peace: Beyond Extremism to Our Muslim, American Neighbors Town Hall Discussion moderated by Barbara Hamm Lee, host of "Another View" radio program on WHRV 89.5 FM (2:30-4 p.m., Boyd Dining Hall); Largest Drum Circle in the World led by Arthur Lopez of Drum Your Dream (4-5:30 p.m., Batten Student Center Marlin Grille); Evening Concert featuring the VWU Gospel Choir, Teens with a Purpose, Nathan Richardson as Frederick Douglas, and the Rick Mateo Band (7-9:30 p.m., Batten Student Center Marlin Grille). Free and open to the public. Call 757.455.3129 or email csrf@vwu.edu for more information.

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Nov 7

Writing an Abstract Workshop
11 a.m.

This workshop on Tuesday, November 7 at 11 a.m. in teh Lighthouse explains the qualities of an effective abstract and reviews strategies for writing abstracts. It is especially helpful to students who will present their research at Virginia Wesleyan’s Port Day on December 5,  2017. This workshop is hosted by Virginia Wesleyan College’s Undergraduate Research Program (URP), located in the Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery. For more information, visit the Lighthouse’s webpage or contact the URP Director, Dr. Soraya Bartol, at 757.455.3372 or sbartol@vwc.edu. You may also schedule an appointment online.

Nov 7

The Cann Sisters
7:30 p.m.

Kimberly and Michelle Cann, educated at the Eastman School of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music, respectively, mesh exceptional talents into electrifying performances. “The sheer verve of both sisters gliding along the two grands with evident passion and communication is something to behold.”  (Mountain Xpress) The performance, part of the Virginia Wesleyan Concert Series, is in Hofheimer Theater. Tickets are $15/$10; Free to the VWU community. For reservations call 757.455.2101.

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Nov 9 - Jan 5

Other than Real

Exhibition in the Neil Britton Gallery November 9, 2017 – January 5, 2018  “Art is not truth. Truth conforms to reality. Art invents reality.” (Walter Darby Bannard)   Art as an aesthetic expressionism of ambiguity and intuition that continuously expands upon the mysterious imperative of being alive forms the work of this exhibition. See the world in new ways through the artworks of Robyn Bailey, Nicole Harp, Christine Harris, Wade Mickley, Greta Pratt, John Roth, and Susan Tolbert.   “Reality is only an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” (Albert Einstein)

Panel Discussion and Opening Reception: November 9th, 6pm to 8pm

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Nov 9

Holy Dung: Comic Signs of Consubstantiality in Martin Luther Films
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Religious movies frequently romanticize, sentimentalize, or idealize the lives of saints. From 11 a.m.-12 p.m. in the Blocker Hall Auditorium, Terry Lindvall, VWU C.S. Lewis Endowed Chair and Professor in Communication and Christian Thought, and Alumna Morgan Stroyeck ’15 discuss how the Protestant reformer Martin Luther frequently used crass humor and language that would seem indefensible to many today. Three major film biopics of Luther’s life recognize the importance of acknowledging this part of this reformer. Stroyeck and Lindvall focus on why and how Luther's humor was communicated in these films. This event is part of the “Reformation from the Backside” series sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom with support from The Lighthouse Center for Exploration & Discovery. Free and open to the public. Call 757.455.3129 or email csrf@vwu.edu for more information.

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Nov 9

Padmarani Rasiah Cantu, Indian dance
11 a.m.

A consummate artist and accomplished choreographer and teacher, Cantu is Director of the Fine Arts Society of Yogaville.  She performs an ancient classical dance of India, the Bharatha Natyam, codified interpretations of prayers from Hindu’s Vedic scriptures considered one of the oldest art forms. Part of the Center for Sacred Music's Monumental Moments, this event is in Hofheimer Theatet and is free to all.

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Nov 9

Internship Port Day Oral and Poster Presentation Workshop
11 a.m.

Get ready for Virginia Wesleyan’s next Port Day, on Tuesday, December 5th! If you are interning this semester, you will be invited to participate in Port Day with either an oral or poster presentation. This workshop on Thursday, November 9 at 11 a.m. in the Lighthouse explains how to create a poster that effectively represents an internship experience. It focuses on both the technical elements of poster design and content. We also discuss strategies for effective oral presentations. Hosted by Virginia Wesleyan’s Career Development & Internship Program (CDIP) in the Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery. For more information, contact the CDIP staff at 757.455.3107 or careerdevelopment@vwu.edu. Visit us on The Lighthouse's webpage.

Nov 9

Life Matters: Phil Guilfoyle
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

In “Life Matters,” members of the Wesleyan community offer autobiographical reflections on their emotional, intellectual, and spiritual experiences. These deeply personal talks create meaningful opportunities for greater understanding and connection, encouraging each of us to think about what has shaped us and given our own life meaning. Phil Guilfoyle, VWU Professor of Art, shares his reflections from 12-1 pm in the Boyd Dining Center Shafer Room. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom, the Chaplain’s Office and the Center for Innovative Teaching and Engaged Learning (INTEL) at Virginia Wesleyan University. Free and open to the public. Call 757.455.3129 or email csrf@vwu.edu for more information.

Nov 9

Internship Port Day Oral and Poster Presentation Workshop
6 p.m.


Get ready for Virginia Wesleyan’s next Port Day, on Tuesday, December 5th! If you are interning this semester, you will be invited to participate in Port Day with either an oral or poster presentation. This workshop on Thursday, November 9 at  6 p.m. in the Lighthouse explains how to create a poster that effectively represents an internship experience. It focuses on both the technical elements of poster design and content. We also discuss strategies for effective oral presentations. Hosted by Virginia Wesleyan’s Career Development & Internship Program (CDIP) in the Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery. For more information, contact the CDIP staff at 757.455.3107 or careerdevelopment@vwu.edu. Visit us on The Lighthouse's webpage.

Nov 10

VWU Veteran's Day Ceremony
1:30 p.m.
The annual VWU Veteran's Day Ceremony will take place at the Veteran's Memorial on the Godwin lawn (rain location: Pearce Hospitality Suite). A reception will follow in the Barkley Sheaks Gallery (Godwin Hall). Please join us to thank and honor all veterans.
 

Nov 13

Essential Israel: What Does it Mean to be Literate about Israel in the 21st Century?
7 p.m. - 8 p.m.

What does it mean to be literate about Israel in the 21st century? From 7-8 p.m. in Blocker Hall Auditorium, Rachel Fish, Associate Director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University, discusses "Israel Literacy" and why it is increasingly important for us today. Essential Israel, a 2017 book by Rachel Fish and S. Ilan Troen focuses on how to engage thoughtfully in the increasingly serious public debates about both Israel as a beleaguered democratic state in the Middle East and its relation to the United States. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom in partnership with the Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater. Free and open to the public. Call 757.455.3129 or email csrf@vwu.edu for more information.

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Nov 13 - 18

Fall One-Act Play Festival
7:30 p.m.

In Hofheimer Theater, this extravaganza is produced and directed by students in the VWU Theatre program who will present a variety of plays from thought-provoking dramas to side-splitting comedies. (Play titles and performance schedule to be announced.)

 

 

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Nov 14

Talk About Teaching
11 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

“A Face-to- Face Discussion on Online Teaching” VWU Faculty Members: Paul Ewell, George Jackson, Kristin Burney, Michelle Vachris, and Scott Liverman will share their fall online course experiences and share advice with VWU faculty who may be planning to teach an online VWU course. Location: Greer Room 255.

Nov 14

Creating a Research Poster/Oral Presentation
11 a.m.

This workshop on Tuesday, November 14 at 11 a.m.in the Lighthouse explains how to design a poster that effectively presents research findings. It focuses on both the technical elements of poster design and content. We also discuss strategies for effective oral presentations. While the workshop focuses on scholarly research presentations, it also provides tips for a wide variety of academic presentations. This workshop is especially helpful to students who will present posters at Virginia Wesleyan’s Port Day, the Academic Fair, or off-campus academic conferences. Hosted by Virginia Wesleyan University’s Undergraduate Research Program (URP), located in the Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery. For more information, visit the Lighthouse’s webpage or contact the URP Director, Dr. Soraya Bartol, at 757.455.3372 or sbartol@vwc.edu. You may also schedule an appointment online.

Nov 14

Fear Not! Taking the Fear Out of Studying Away
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Are you thinking about studying away, but something is holding you back? Academic requirements? Family commitments? Finances? Friends? Join us on Tuesday, November 14, 12-1 p.m. in the Lighthouse for this exciting session that will address and alleviate your concerns and take the Fear Out of Studying Away. For more information, visit us The Lighthouse's webpage or contact the Director of the Study Away Program, Mandy Reinig, in The Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery at 757.455.3116 or set up an appointment online.

Nov 16

International Week Cook Off
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Eat your way around the world! Celebrate International Education Week 2017 by joining the Lighthouse for our first-ever International Cook Off on Thursday, November 16, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., in the Lighthouse in Clarke Hall. International students and returned study away students will be demonstrating their culinary skills and making food from around the world. YOU get to pick the winner and sample the delicious creations. For more information, visit The Lighthouse's webpage or contact the Director of the Study Away Program, Mandy Reinig, in The Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery at 757.455.3116.

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Nov 16

Brian Hawkins, Luthier
11 a.m.

“It is good to give thanks to the Lord with the music of the lute and harp, to the melody of the lyre . . .”  (Psalm 92) Experienced “tone wood vendor” and luthier Brian Hawkins explains wood’s properties and his proprietary bracing system which results in his stellar reputation for hand-building the finest hand-crafted acoustic and electric guitars. Part of the Center for Sacred Music's Sound & Symbol Lecture Series, this event will take place in Fine Arts 9.

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Nov 16

The Roman Banquet and the Passover Seder Ritual
11 a.m.

Rabbi Michael Panitz of Temple Israel will discuss commensality (dining together) in the contexts of Ancient Rome and of the Passover Seder. The talk is free and intended for a non-specialist audience--all are welcome! This event is part of the Classics Department Lecture Series, made possible through generous funding by the Lighthouse Center for Experiential Learning. It will occur on VWU's campus, in Greer 255 at 11:00 a.m. on November 16. For more information, contact bhaller@vwu.edu.

Nov 16

The Developmental and Molecular Basis of a Broken Heart
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Dr. Frank Conlon, Professor of Biology and Genetics at UNC - Chapel Hill, will describe recent work on identifying the molecular networks that are essential for early heart development and how alterations in these networks lead to congenital heart disease. Sponsored by the Lighthouse On Deck speaker series. Open to VWU faculty and students - primarily of interest to science majors. The event will be held in the Greer Environmental Sciences Center - Room 255. Light refreshments provided. For more information, contact Professor Philip Rock at prock@vwu.edu.

Nov 20

Charles Humphries, Counter-tenor | Emily Noel, Soprano
7:30 p.m.

“O Sacred Oracles” is a smorgasbord of Handel’s biblical oratorios performed by one of the world’s most sought-after counter-tenors, and a soprano praised for “sheer vocal beauty” (Washington Post)  accompanied by the baroque chamber ensemble Kontrabande.   Belshazzar, Solomon, Jephtha, and Joshua will appear in this concert of love, war, passion, and frustration. Co-sponsored by VWU’s Center for Sacred Music, this performance is part of the Virginia Wesleyan Concert Series. It will be in Hofheimer Theater. Tickets are $15/$10; Free to the VWU community. For reservations, call 757.455.2101.

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December

Dec 1

A Wesleyan Christmas
7:30 p.m.

The Wesleyan Singers and Chorale, and the Wesleyan Jazz and Orchestra ensembles usher in the holiday season; Bryson Montensen, choral conductor/ Jason Squinobal, instrumental conductor.  Performances in Hofheimer Theater December 1, 7:30pm and December 2, 4:00pm. All seats:  $5  (Free to VWC community with ID)

 

 

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Dec 2

A Wesleyan Christmas
4 p.m.

The Wesleyan Singers and Chorale, and the Wesleyan Jazz and Orchestra ensembles usher in the holiday season; Bryson Montensen, choral conductor/ Jason Squinobal, instrumental conductor.  Performances in Hofheimer Theater December 1, 7:30pm and December 2, 4:00pm. All seats:  $5  (Free to VWC community with ID)

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Dec 5

Port Day
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Virginia Wesleyan University will hold its fall 2017 Port Day on Tuesday, December 5, from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Port Day is a signature Virginia Wesleyan event, designed to demonstrate and promote the academic achievement of students completing capstone undergraduate research, internship, and semester study away experiences. The Port Day schedule is conference-style, with concurrent sessions and multiple locations across campus. For more information on Port Day, contact the Lighthouse: Center for Exploration & Discovery (vwclighthouse@vwu.edu) or Amy Rush, Deputy Director of the Lighthouse (arush@vwu.edu).

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January

Jan 15 - Mar 9

VWU Faculty Art Show

Faculty members of the Virginia Wesleyan University Art Department display their work in the neil Britton Gallery from January 15 - March 9, 2018. The reception for this exhibit will be on February 8 from 6 - 8 p.m. For more information, contact John Rudel, Curator of Exhibitions and Assistant Professor of Art at jrudel@vwu.edu or 757.455.3257.

February

Feb 8

Reception for VWU Faculty Art Show
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Join VWU Art Faculty for a reception in the Neil Britton Gallery from 6 -8 p.m. Facutly members of the Virginia Wesleyan University Art Department display their work in the Gallery from January 15 - March 9.

Feb 9

The Thirteen - From Tree to Shining Tree
7:30 p.m.

Known for inspired and powerful performances of music from the Renaissance to the Romantic, Matthew Robertson directs this ensemble whose members are gathered from the world’s finest ensembles – Chanticleer, Seraphic Fire, and Conspirare, to name a few. “. . . to talk about the remarkable abilities and sound of the singers would be like trying to say which whitecaps on the ocean reflect the sun most beautifully . . . I stand in awe.”   (M. D. Ridge, WHRO-FM) The performance, part of the Virginia Wesleyan Concert Series, is in Hofheimer Theater. Tickets are $15/$10; Free to the VWU community. For reservations, call 757.455.2101.

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Feb 22

The Meaning of Identity in Music
11 a.m.

“By the waters of Babylon, we gave up our harps for our captives required of us songs. . .” (Psalm 137) In Uhuru Africa!, Dr. Jason Squinobal, Assistant Professor of Music, explores the meaning of identity in music, its use in fighting oppression and to promote civil rights and independence from the African American anthem “Lift Every Voice” to the South African hymn of liberation “Nkosi Sikelel iAfrika” (Lord, bless Africa). This event is in Fine Arts- 9 in Hofheimer Theatre.

March

Mar 5

An Evening of Bach
7 p.m.

The Wren Masters, the faculty Baroque Ensemble of the College of William and Mary, perform several of Bach's instrumental works and serve as collaborative artists for Bach cantatas 49 and 73: "Ich geh' und suche mit Verlangen," (Go and Seek with Longing) and "Herr, wie du willt, so schick's mit mir" (Lord, as Thou Wilt, So Send to Me.) Billye Brown Youmans, soprano; Doug Lunch, tenor; Bryson Mortensen, baritone. In the Monumental Chapel, VWU.

Mar 5

An Evening of Bach
7 p.m.

The Wren Masters, the faculty Baroque Ensemble of the College of William and Mary, perform several of Bach's instrumental works and serve as collaborative artists for Bach cantatas 49 and 73: "Ich geh' und suche mit Verlangen," (Go and Seek with Longing) and "Herr, wie du willt, so schick's mit mir" (Lord, as Thou Wilt, So Send to Me.) Billye Brown Youmans, soprano; Doug Lunch, tenor; Bryson Mortensen, baritone. In the Monumental Chapel, VWU.

Mar 13 - 15

Art Majors Portfolio Review

All Virginia Wesleyan Art Majors are invited to submit 5 works for display in the Art Majors Portfolio Review in Neil Britton Gallery. Art Major Portfolio Group Discussion (Th) March 15 -  11am to 1pm

Mar 14 - 18

"She Kills Monsters" Theater Production

She Kills Monsters, by Qui Nguyen, is the award-winning story of Agnes Evans who leaves her childhood home following the death of her parents and teen sister, Tilly. When she finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the refuge of Tilly’s imaginary world.  A high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and ‘90s pop culture; a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us allProduction times: March 14-17, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. and March 18, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in Hofheimer Theater. Dr. Travis Malone, director. (Contains strong language and mild adult themes.)  For Reservations: 757.455.3381; www.showtix4U.com | theatretix@vwu.edu.

Mar 19 - 20

2018 Robert F. Boyd Institute

The 2018 Robert F. Boyd Institute will be held on Monday, March 19-Tuesday, March 20. The guest speaker will be Tod Bolsinger. Registration will open in the fall 2017 and will cost $75/person.

Mar 19 - 30

Student Juried Show

This juried exhibition highlights the work of VWU student artists regardless of major or media. Reception:  March 22, 11:00-12:00pm

Mar 19

John Bullard - Classical Banjo: The Perfect Southern Art
7:30 p.m.

One minute he’s bush-hogging a field on his John Deere and the next he’s playing Bach partitas on his 5-string banjo; a true Southern gentleman. Joined by strings and piano, Bullard performs Schumann’s Romances, Opus 94, Handel’s Trio Sonata No.8 in G minor, and Marcello’s Concerto in D minor, among others; fragile and intimate, peaceful and austere in Bullard’s hands. This performace, part of the Virginia Wesleyan Concert Series, is in Hofheimer Theater. Tickets are $15/$10; Free to the VWU community. For reservations, call 757.455.2101.

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Mar 21

American Standards
7:30 p.m.

The Wesleyan Jazz Ensemble and Wesleyan Chorale present a collection of new and old jazz, including ’The Nearness of You,’ ’They Can’t Take That Away From Me,' and 'I’m Beginning to See the Light,' to name a few. Under the direction of Dr. Bryson Mortensen, choral conductor / Dr. Jason Squinobal, instrumental conductor. This student music performance is in Hofheimer Theater. For reservations, call 757.455.3282.

April

Apr 2 - May 18

Senior Art Exhibition

This annual exhibition highlights the work of VWU senior art majors - in the Neil Britton Gallery. Reception; TBA

Apr 5

TRADOC Jazz Ensemble
11 a.m.

TRADOC Jazz Ensemble is part of the Virginia Wesleyan Concert Series. The United States Army Training and Doctrine Command Jazz Project visits campus for this daytime concert of jazz, blues, and soul in celebration of VWU’s Army ROTC, Marlin Detachment. The performance takes place in Hofheimer Theater. Free to all attendees.

 

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Apr 9

Washington Saxophone Quartet
7:30 p.m.

The most widely heard sax quartet in the USA, the quartets’ recorded arrangements are aired daily on NPR’s broadcasts of All Things Considered – often a surprise to audiences!  The instruments can evoke the refined sounds of a string quartet, the rich harmonies of an organ prelude, and the excitement of a jazz sax section. The performance in Hofheimer Theater is part of the Virginia Wesleyan Concert Series. Ticket prices are $15/$10; Free to the VWU community. For reservations, call 757.455.2101.

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Apr 12

The Physics of Sound
11 a.m.

“Make music with the harp and sounds of singing, with trumpets and the ram’s horn; shout for joy!”   (Psalm 98:5) Dr. Katrina Henry, Assistant Professor of Physics, demonstrates the “Physics of Sound,” and Henry Faivre, Registered Piano Technician, explains the inner workings of a piano and its tuning.   (Weather-permitting, “Play Me” pianos will be placed around campus for the day in a celebration of music-making.) This event is in Fine Arts- 9 in Hofheimer Theatre.

Apr 18

Instrumental Ensembles
7:30 p.m.

The Wesleyan Jazz Ensemble,  Guitar Ensemble and Orchestral Ensemble perform under the direction of Dr. Jason Squinobal and Dr. Sam Dorsey. This student music performance is in Hofheimer Theater. For reservations, call 757.455.3282.

Apr 19

Installation of Hand-Crafted Wind-Chimes
11 a.m.

“The wind blows where it will and you hear its sound, but don’t know where it comes from or where it goes.  So it is with the Spirit of God . . .”  (John 3:8)  Phil Guilfoyle, Professor of Art, leads VWU’s spring sculpture class in the installation of hand-crafted wind-chimes placed throughout the campus to remind us of the ethereal nature of wind and sound. This event will be held in Fine Arts-9 in Hofheimer Theatre.

Apr 27

Mozart’s Missa Solemnis in C Major

Welcome the Virginia Wesleyan Choirs home from their Carnegie Hall concert in this encore performance, joined by the choirs of Virginia Beach City Public School's Tallwood and Landstown High Schools, directed by Dr. Bryson Mortensen, choral conductor. Free and open to the public. Time & location TBA   

May

May 1

Shannon Jennings, soprano | Charles Woodward, piano
7:30 p.m.

As Resident Artist with the Pittsburgh Opera, Pittsburgh in the Round wrote “. . . a vision who sang treacherously difficult music with what seemed to be the greatest of ease and with a voice of beautiful quality and quantity.”  As part of the 2016 Merola Opera Program (San Francisco), Jennings sang the role of Anne Sexton in Conrad Susa’s Transformations and the Bay Area Reporter wrote “. . . her darker sound and clear tone have a blooming quality that easily filled the big opera-house acoustic.”   Come, hear for yourself! This performance, part of the Virginia Wesleyan Concert Series, is in Hofheimer Theater. Tickets are $15/$10; Free to the VWU community. For reservations, call 757.455.2101.

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May 10

VWU Student Film Screening
6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Come see the best in Wesleyan's student filmmaking from the past two years. This free event features short fiction, documentary, and experimental filmmaking by VWU students and will last about one hour...a great study break on reading day! The screening will be held on Thursday, May 10 at 6 pm in Blocker Auditorium. It is free and open to the entire campus and off-campus visitors as well. Complementary refreshments will be served. Sponsored by Lambda Pi Eta, the Communication honor society. For more information, contact sminnis@vwu.edu.