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MacMurray announces Fine Arts Series

September 15, 2010

MacMurray College begins the 2010-2011 Fine Arts Series with a performance by Jacksonville’s own nationally acclaimed storyteller and dulcimer player, Mike Anderson. He will perform “Appalachian Autumn: A Time for Dulcimer, Songs and Stories,” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23 at Thoresen Hall in Springer Center for Music. The performance is free.

The series continues Oct. 11 with the internationally renowned Ensemble Chaconne. They will perform the music of “European Masters in 18th century London” on authentic period instruments at 7:30 p.m. in Thoresen Hall in Springer Center for Music. The performance is free.

“Arts Alive!” is the third event of the season with three events on Friday, Nov. 12:

  • 5:30 p.m. -- Visual artist Chris Valle's work will be on display in the Applebee Gallery in Putnam Center for the Arts, at the corner of State and Clay streets.
  • 6:30 p.m. -- the MacMurray Women’s Vocal Ensemble will perform in Annie Merner Chapel.
  • 7:30 p.m. -- There will be a theatre production of “Vanities” by Jack Heifner in the Marian Chase Schaeffer Studio Theatre.

Reservations for this evening of art and entertainment are recommended. Tickets covering all three events, including a wine and hors d’oeuvre reception in advance of the events, are $20 per person. Tickets for “Vanities” only are $5 for the general public and free for MacMurray, Lincoln Land Community College and Illinois College students with an ID. All other student tickets are $3.

On Jan. 17, 2011, renowned deaf poet, actor and storyteller Peter Cook will present “A Feast for the Eyes: An Evening of ASL Storytelling,” 7:30 p.m. in Bailey Auditorium in Julian Hall of Chemistry. The performance is free.

February 3, 2011, Mac presents two fine arts events. Painter Bryce Speed’s collection “Peaceable Kingdom” will be on display at 6 p.m. in the Applebee Gallery in Putnam Center for the Arts. At 7:30 p.m., Lincoln Library Services Director, Kathryn M. Harris, presents “Being Harriet Tubman: Stories from the Underground Railroad” in the Marian Chase Schaeffer Studio Theater. Both events are free.

March 3, 2011, at 6 p.m., MacMurray College’s Applebee Gallery in the Putnam Center for the Arts presents Mario Gallardo’s show: “Tiny Deaths.” Gallardo, the founder and executive director of the Walnut Gallery, is a mixed-media artist. The show is free.

The Fine Arts Series concludes April 7, 2011 with MacMurray English and Theatre professor Dr. Jeannie Zeck presenting “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: The Influence of Romare Bearden’s Visual Art on August Wilson’s Drama,” 7:30 p.m. at Thoresen Hall in the Springer Center for Music. The presentation is free.

Except for “Arts Alive!,” all performances are free and open to the public.

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