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November

Nov 9 - Jan 5

Other than Real: Art Exhibition

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 9, 6-8 p.m.

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January

Jan 3 - 25

2018 Winter Session

Winter Session at Virginia Wesleyan University is set to begin on January 3 and continue through January 25, 2018.  During this three-week credit-bearing term students have opportunities to: focus on a single academic subject without distraction from other courses or commitments;  get ahead or catch up in their coursework; earn additional credits toward graduation; and enjoy a series of special events and performances; and study away. Last January, 609 students enrolled in Virginia Wesleyan’s annual Winter Session. Registration is still open for Winter Session 2018 and will remain open through the first day of classes on January 3 (with the exception of travel courses carrying earlier deadlines). Dr. Deirdre Gonsalves-Jackson, Director of Summer and Winter Session and Associate Professor of Biology, coordinates Winter Session, ensuring that it complements and strengthens Virginia Wesleyan's academic program.  View VWU’s unique Winter Session course offerings.
 

Jan 8

Spotlight on Faculty: Professor of History Dan Margolies
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Professor of History Dan Margolies presents his research on Ethnomusicology in Hofheimer Library. This event is sponsored by the Center for Innovative Teaching and Engaged Learning and is open to the campus community.

 

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.

Jan 20

Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Luncheon
11:30 a.m.

The tenth class of the Virginia Wesleyan Athletic Hall of Fame will be inducted during the annual luncheon on Saturday, January 20, 2018. The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. and registration is required. For more information, please contact Suzanne Savage at ssavage@vwu.edu or by phone at 757.233.8736.

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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 five works for display in the Art Majors Portfolio Review in Neil Britton Gallery. Art Major Portfolio Group Discussion, March 15, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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 p.m. in Hofheimer Theater. 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 Art Show

This juried exhibition highlights the art work of VWU student artists regardless of major or media. Reception: March 22, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

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: Wesleyan Jazz Ensemble & Wesleyan Chorale
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 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 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.