April is all about the arts

Robert Trent

Professor Robert Trent is organizing RU's 12th Annual International Guitar Festival.

The College of Visual and Performing Arts steps into spring with a full calendar of arts events. The departments of Art, Dance, Music and Theatre & Cinema will showcase the talents and creative projects of students and faculty. All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Student photography show, through Friday, April 12, all day, Gallery 205. The Department of Art presents an exhibition of special projects and work from undergraduate students in photography. Gallery 205 in Porterfield Hall is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.

M.F.A. studio art graduation exhibition, Friday, April 5-Thursday, April 18, all day, Radford University Art Museum, Covington Center for Visual and Performing Arts; and Bondurant Center for the Arts. Graduating students in the Master of Fine Arts program exhibit their best works. An opening reception at each location will be at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 5. The RU Art Museum at the Covington Center is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, call (540) 831-5754. The Bondurant Center for the Arts is located at 1129 E. Main St. in downtown Radford. Hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.; and closed Sunday.

RU International Guitar Festival, Friday, April 5-Sunday, April 7, all day, Covington Center. The 12th Annual Radford University International Guitar Festival will bring noted performers to the Performance Hall in the Covington Center. This year's theme is the influence of Spain and Italy. Performing will be Guilherme Vincens from Brazil, Pablo Gamez from Venezuela, Stefano Raponi from Italy and Leonardo Martin Candelaria from Mexico. A complete schedule can be found here.

The Russian-American Choral Festival, Sunday, April 7, 6 p.m., Performance Hall in the Covington Center. Russian Conductor Yuly Kopkin will lead Vita in Canto (Life in Song), a 25-voice women’s ensemble from Ural State University of Economics in Yekaterinburg, Russia.

Dancing on the Edge, Thursday, April 11-Saturday, April 13, 8 p.m., Bondurant Auditorium. The spring dance concert offers a broad spectrum of movement styles and diverse musical selections. Guest choreographers will stage or create contemporary works especially for the Radford University Dance Theatre. The concert also will feature original works by dance faculty members. Tickets are $6 for the general public, $3 for children and free with an RU ID. Tickets go on sale two weeks before the event at the Hurlburt Student Center information desk, (540) 831-5420.

Seventh Annual Music Therapy Symposium, Thursday, April 18-Saturday, April 20, all day, Porterfield 149. Guest experts will lead lectures and workshops for faculty and students on a variety of related topics. Particular attention will be given to the therapeutic uses of music in clinical and community environments.

"Major Barbara," Thursday, April 18-Saturday, April 20 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 21, at 2 p.m., Pridemore Playhouse. Salvation Army Major Barbara Undershaft wants nothing of her arms-making father's "bloody" money. But what if it helps her help others? Is poverty the greater evil? The question plays out in the witty dialogue and quintessential characters of George Bernard Shaw’s satire. Tickets are $8 for general admission, $5 for RU faculty and staff, $5 with senior discount (55+), $5 per person for groups of more than 10, and free to students with RU ID. Tickets go on sale the week before the event at the Porterfield Box Office, (540) 831-5289. The box office is open Monday through Friday, noon to 6 p.m., and one hour before each performance.

danahbella DanceWorks, Monday, April 29-Tuesday, April 30, 7:30 p.m., Albig Studio Theatre, Peters Hall. This is the culmination of a yearlong creative research process involving company members, local artists and other community partners. The concert celebrates the end of the dance concert season at RU.

Learn more about Radford University at www.radford.edu.

Apr 2, 2013
Dan Waidelich
(540) 831-7749