Saturday, August 26, 2017

McDANIEL COLLEGE ANNOUNCES CULTURAL ACTIVITIES, PERFORMANCES AND EXHIBITIONS FOR FALL 2017 AS THE COLLEGE CELEBRATES ITS 150TH ANNIVERSARY

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McDaniel offers a variety of art, music, theatre, literary, film and other events, which are free and open to the public (unless otherwise noted)

McDaniel also celebrates its 150th anniversary throughout the 2017–2018 academic year with special events, including McDaniel College’s 150th Anniversary Birthday Party at Homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 21. See additional events noted below.

All events and exhibitions at McDaniel College are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

WHERE: McDaniel College is located at 2 College Hill, Westminster, Md.
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For more information about McDaniel College, visit www.mcdaniel.edu.

VISIONS OF THE CIRCUS

WHEN: Thursday, Aug. 24–Thursday, Oct. 12; Reception: Thursday, Aug. 31, 5:30–7:30 p.m., with a gallery talk at 6 p.m.
WHERE:
Rice Gallery, Peterson Hall

Special event: “American Sideshow” author Marc Hartzman speaks on “The Allure of the Circus Sideshow: A Brief History” on Monday, Oct. 2, 7 p.m., in McDaniel Lounge

McDaniel hosts the premiere of a major exhibition highlighting the cultural and historical significance of the circus.

“Visions of the Circus” examines such themes as the mesmerized public; the rise of the big top; life behind-the-scenes; aerial, animal, clown and one-of-a-kind acts; and sideshow performers; as well as how the circus is depicted in art. Vintage black-and-white photographs, color posters, original sideshow banners, circus performer costumes and sideshow collectibles are on display in addition to illustrations by American sculptor Alexander Calder.

The exhibition is curated by Robert Lemieux, associate professor of communication and cinema at McDaniel, and designed by graduate students at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., with professional assistance from the National Gallery of Art. Materials are on loan from The Ringling, Whitney Museum of American Art, Circus World and Illinois State University.

“Visions of the Circus” is made possible with support from Donald and Patricia Lavin, the Carroll County Arts Council and the Department of Communication and Cinema at McDaniel College.

150 YEARS ON THE HILL

WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 19–Friday, Nov. 10; Reception: Saturday, Oct. 21, 10 a.m.–3 p.m., with opening remarks at 10 a.m. by college historian James E. Lightner (Reception takes place in conjunction with Homecoming and McDaniel College’s 150th Anniversary Birthday Party)
WHERE:
Rice Gallery, Peterson Hall

In conjunction with McDaniel College’s 150th anniversary celebration, this timeline exhibit highlights each decade of the college’s 150-year history.

Founded in 1867 as the first coeducational college south of the Mason-Dixon Line, McDaniel was formerly known as Western Maryland College, named for the Western Maryland railroad. The college’s founding date is Sept. 4, 1867, when the first academic year began, and the college’s charter was approved by the State of Maryland on March 30, 1868. In 2002, the college was renamed for William Roberts McDaniel in honor of his 65-year association with the college as a student, professor, administrator and trustee.

VIEWS OF McDANIEL: A STUDENT ART EXHIBITION

WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 16–Friday, Dec. 8; Opening Reception: Thursday, Nov. 16, 5:30–7:30 p.m., with a gallery talk at 6 p.m.
WHERE:
Rice Gallery, Peterson Hall

This multidisciplinary exhibition highlights works by McDaniel students utilizing McDaniel College as their inspiration. Presented by McDaniel College’s Department of Art and Art History, the exhibition takes place in conjunction with McDaniel College’s 150th anniversary celebration.


Visiting Artist Lectures:

Sponsored by Ars Nova, McDaniel’s Art Club
For more information, call 410-857-2595.

Bart O’Reilly

WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 14, 7 p.m.
WHERE:
Peterson Hall, Room 104

McDaniel hosts a visiting artist lecture by multidisciplinary artist Bart O’Reilly. A native of Dublin, Ireland, O’Reilly is an artist and instructor currently based in Baltimore. His work addresses questions related to places and their objects. He also works to help fellow artists who are under-represented.

He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The National College of Art and Design in Dublin, Ireland. He has exhibited in Baltimore, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., as well as Ireland and Northern Ireland. He teaches drawing and two-dimensional design at Anne Arundel Community College and Harford Community College, and has taught in MICA’s Summer Pre-College program. www.artsicle.com/Bart-O-Reilly

Nikki Painter

WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 5, 7 p.m.
WHERE:
Peterson Hall, Room 104

Contemporary artist Nikki Painter presents a visiting artist lecture. She works primarily in mixed media drawings and her installations investigate how the environments in her drawings might exist in three-dimensional space.

Painter received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2002 and her Master of Fine Arts degree in studio art from American University in 2009. She has had solo exhibitions at Civilian Art Projects in Washington, D.C.; at COOP, an artist-run space in Nashville; and at Twelve21 Gallery in Orlando. Her work has also been exhibited nationally and internationally. http://nikkipainter.com


Music Concerts/Recitals:

For more information, call 410-857-2599, unless otherwise noted.

*Chamber Music on the Hill: Azimuth String Quartet

WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 24, 3 p.m.
WHERE: Decker Center Forum
TICKETS: $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and active military members and veterans, and free for children, as well as college students with valid ID. Tickets for the concert only may be purchased at the door or by visiting www.mcdaniel.edu/cmoth. Tickets for the optional dinner must be purchased in advance online at www.mcdaniel.edu/cmoth.

(Optional French-themed dinner with the artists follows the concert for an additional fee.)

Chamber Music on the Hill, in residence at McDaniel College, presents a concert by the Azimuth String Quartet performing French chamber music, including string quartets by Ravel and Debussy.

Formed in 2007, the Azimuth String Quartet is comprised of music lecturers Nicholas Currie on violin and Alice Tung on viola, as well as violinist James Tung and cellist Adam Gonzalez. The group has performed throughout Maryland in addition to New York City, Boston and Denver.


Monday Night Music: Trio Giocoso

WHEN: Monday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m.
WHERE:
McDaniel Lounge

The Monday Night Music series presents a performance by Trio Giocoso. The group includes music lecturer Nicholas Currie on violin, as well as cellist Adam Gonzalez and pianist Diana Greene. 

Trio Giocoso has performed at venues throughout the Northeast and performed the world premiere of Garth Baxter’s “From the Headwaters” in 2010.

*Chamber Music on the Hill: McdDaniel College Faculty Brass Quintet

WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 5, 3 p.m.
WHERE:
Baker Chapel

Chamber Music on the Hill, in residence at McDaniel College, presents the McDaniel College Faculty Brass Quintet performing classical and pop music favorites from Beethoven to the Beatles.

The McDaniel College Faculty Brass Quintet includes music lecturers Nick Reider on trumpet and Lynne Griffith on French horn, and trombonist David Motter, an adjunct lecturer in social work, as well as trumpeter Todd Butler and tuba player Jeff Hiner.

Tickets for the concert are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and active military members and veterans, and free for children, as well as college students with valid ID. Tickets may be purchased at the door or online at www.mcdaniel.edu/cmoth.

Student CHamber Music Ensembles

WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 9, 7 p.m.
WHERE:
Baker Chapel

Under the direction of Kyle Engler, senior lecturer in music, this concert includes performances by several small music ensembles.

According to Engler, “We work on classical and traditional styles of chamber music, such as piano trio, as well as vocal and obbligato pieces, in addition to vocal acapella, mixed ensemble and piano four-hands music.”

Student SOLO RECITAL

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 10, 7 p.m.
WHERE:
McDaniel Lounge

McDaniel College students perform vocal and instrumental solos of musical selections spanning from classical to contemporary.

Monday Night Music: Lynne Griffith on Horn

WHEN: Monday, Nov. 13, 7 p.m.
WHERE:
McDaniel Lounge

The Monday Night Music series presents Lynne Griffith, music lecturer, on horn. Griffith has performed extensively in the United States and abroad with the Singapore Symphony. She is also a frequent performer with Chamber Music on the Hill at McDaniel and is a member of the Mistral Winds.

Flute Choir/Small Ensembles Concert

WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 16, 7 p.m.
WHERE:
McDaniel Lounge

The Flute Choir and small ensembles formed from the Flute Choir perform under the direction of Linda Kirkpatrick, senior lecturer in music.

Student Voice and Piano Recital

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 17, 7 p.m.
WHERE:
Levine Recital Hall

McDaniel College students perform vocal and piano solos of musical selections spanning classical to contemporary.

*Masterworks Chorale of Carroll County: Celebrating the 500th Aniversary of the Reformation

WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 19, 3 p.m.
WHERE:
Baker Memorial Chapel

Masterworks Chorale presents its winter concert, which celebrates the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with several settings of its unofficial anthem, “A Mighty Fortress,” sung in chapel by McDaniel (former Western Maryland) College students, among featured works. The performance also includes collaborations with regional ensembles, including the McDaniel College Choir, Children’s Chorus of Carroll County, Frostburg State University Choir and Washington Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble.

The Chorale is under the direction of Margaret Boudreaux, director of choral activities at McDaniel, with McDaniel College organist Ted Dix as accompanist.

For more information and ticket prices, visit www.masterworksofcc.org.

Student African Percussion Ensemble

WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 30, 7 p.m.
WHERE:
Decker Center Forum

This is the premiere performance of McDaniel College’s Student African Percussion Ensemble. The ensemble is under the direction of music faculty member Pape Demba “Paco” Samb, a Senegalese griot.

College Choir Concert: Musical Legacies

WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 3, 7 p.m.
WHERE:
Baker Memorial Chapel

The McDaniel College Choir presents “Musical Legacies” in celebration of McDaniel College’s 150th anniversary. In addition, the choir performs festive music from diverse locales and historical eras, as well as several familiar carols during which audience participation is encouraged.

The choir is under the direction of Margaret Boudreaux, director of choral activities at McDaniel, with pianist and music faculty member David Kreider serving as accompanist.

Jazz Night

WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m.
WHERE:
Decker Center Forum

The McDaniel Jazz Ensemble performs classic big band swing, bebop, Latin, Funk, Jazz-rock and classic blues under the direction of Tim Jenkins, adjunct lecturer in music.

College Band Concert

WHEN: Friday, Dec. 8, 7 p.m.
WHERE:
WMC Alumni Hall

Directed by Linda Kirkpatrick, senior lecturer in music, the College Band features nearly 50 musicians, including McDaniel students, McDaniel faculty members, band alumni and community musicians, performing everything from classical music to pops.

Westminster Symphony Orchestra

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 9, 3 p.m.
WHERE:
WMC Alumni Hall

Linda Kirkpatrick, senior lecturer in music, directs the orchestra, which is comprised of McDaniel students, as well as students from Carroll Community College and community musicians.

Gospel Choir Concert: Saved, Healed, Delivered!

WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 10, 3 p.m.
WHERE:
WMC Alumni Hall

McDaniel College’s Gospel Choir presents “Saved, Healed, Delivered!” under the direction of music lecturer Shelley Ensor. The Gospel Choir performs spirituals, as well as traditional and contemporary gospel music.