Cantus to play PSU shows
UNIVERSITY PARK - The men's vocal ensemble Cantus will perform "A Place for Us" at 7:30 p.m. April 1 in Penn State's Pasquerilla Spiritual Center.
General admission tickets for the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State presentation are $42 for an adult, $12 for a University Park student and $32 for a person 18 and under. Tickets are available online at www.cpa.psu.edu, by calling 863-0255 or 800-ARTS-TIX or in person at Eisenhower Auditorium, Penn State Downtown Theatre Center, HUB-Robeson Center Information Desk and Bryce Jordan Center.
The Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State is also partnering with the Penn State Altoona Division of Arts and Humanities to present two free public programs featuring Cantus on April 2 at Penn State Altoona. An interdisciplinary arts and science event, "Seeking Sonic Space: Science and Serendipity" and an open rehearsal with community singers and the ensemble will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Titelman Study of the Misciagna Family Center, while a performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Edith Davis Eve Chapel.
Free tickets, required for the evening event, are available at the Misciagna box office from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday or at the door. Free parking is available after 3 p.m. in the Misciagna lot.
PSCS explores Jena Six
STATE COLLEGE - Penn State Centre Stage will present "Blood at the Root" March 25 through April 5 at the Penn State Downtown Theatre Center.
"Blood at the Root," written by Dominique Morisseau, is a new drama inspired by the Jena Six. The Jena Six were six black teenagers convicted in the beating of a white student at Jena High School in Jena, Louisiana. The six black students were charged with attempted murder for a schoolyard fight after nooses were hung from a large tree in the center of the school courtyard.
The conviction of the Jena Six was cited as an example of racial injustice in the United States, due to a belief that the defendants had been charged with too-serious offenses and had been treated unfairly. This new play examines the miscarriage of justice, racial double standards, and the crisis in relations between men and women of all classes and, as a result, the shattering state of black family life.
"Blood at the Root" will be shown at in preview at 7:30 p.m. March 25 and 27, at 7:30 p.m. March 28, 29 and 31 and April 1 to 5 and at 2 p.m. March 29 and April 5. Tickets are $16 for the previews and matinees, $18 for regular performances and $12 for Penn State students with student ID.
Tickets are available at the Penn State Downtown Ticket Center, Eisenhower Box Office, Bryce Jordan Center, or by calling 814-863-0255 or 800-ARTS-TIX.
IUP Chorale to perform
On Saturday, the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Chorale will present a concert at the Bedford United Methodist Church, 132 E. John Street as part of the Pennsylvania Consort's Guest Artist Series. The concert will also feature Dr. Stanley Chepaitis on violin and Dr. Jacob Ertl on piano. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $7 in advance and $8 at the door, with students through high school half price. Tickets are available at the Bedford Visitors Bureau and the National Museum of the American Coverlet in Bedford and at Everett Rexall Pharmacy.
PSU presents 'Eurydice'
Penn State Altoona's spring production, "Eurydice," will take place April 4 through 6 in the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts.
Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the Underworld, where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her lost love. With contemporary characters, the classic myth of Orpheus is retold through the eyes of its heroine.
Instructor in Theatre Arts Bryce Britton is directing. "Eurydice" features a magical set designed by Instructor in Theatre Arts Carlos Ruiz, costumes designed by Julie Piotti and a haunting original score composed by Penn State Altoona junior Taylor Swick. Guest Lighting Desinger Scott Olinger joins the crew from Cornell College.
Performances will be at 7:30 p.m., with matinees April 5 and 6 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 regular admission. Ages 12 and under are admitted free.
Concerts to premiere
"Beauty Prevails on its Own Terms," a concert of four premieres by composer Timothy Melbinger, will be held at 2 p.m. April 13 in the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts at Penn State Altoona.
"Beauty Prevails" includes a song cycle each for soprano, alto, tenor and bass voices - a total of 27 songs with widely varying accompaniments including string ensemble, wind symphony, and bluegrass band.
The show is free and open to the public.