Thursday, December 02, 1999

Arts galore offered at Miami

Performances, exhibits to fill week

Enquirer Contributor

        OXFORD — The Miami marimba players who performed for William Albin's Music 185 class Monday weren't just demonstrating a combination of rhythm patterns. They were drumming up an audience for their concert next week.

        During the coming week, Miami University hosts a cavalcade of drama, music, visual arts and dance performances. Some highlights:

        • Two Thieves in a Trap, written by Miami senior Tom Gannon, has its premiere this weekend at Miami's Center for Performing Arts. The play won the student short playwriting competition last January at the regional American College Theatre Festival.

        Curtain times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $3 and available at the Shriver Center Box Office, 529-3200.

        • Three candlelight concerts featuring Britten's “A Ceremony of Carols” are offered this weekend by Miami's Choraliers and Chamber Singers. Friday's performance takes place at 8 p.m. at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 25 E. Walnut St. in Oxford. Performances at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. Saturday are in Kumler Chapel on Miami's Western campus in Oxford. The concerts are free. Call 529-3014.

        • The spotlight's on dances choreographed by faculty members and students this weekend in the university Dance Theatre's winter concert. The program, a mix of ballet, modern and jazz pieces, takes place at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in Hall Auditorium. Advance ticket prices are $6 for general admission, $4 for students and senior citizens. Call 529-2730.

        • Seasonal sounds can be heard Sunday, when the Miami University Symphony Orchestra and choral groups combine for a holiday concert at 3 p.m. in Millett Hall. The concert is free. Call 529-3014.

        • Missed a few halftime shows? The university's Marching Band performs a seasonal retrospective at 7 p.m. Sunday in Millett Hall. The concert is free. Call 529-3014.

        • Marimba, drum and xylophone are just a few of the percussion instruments that take center stage Monday as Miami's Percussion Ensemble presents a varied program including ragtime music and Gershwin's “Slaughter on Tenth Avenue.” The concert takes place at 8 p.m. in Hall Auditorium. Admission is free. Call 529-3014.

        • If you prefer clarinets to castanets, check out the Wind Ensemble's concert at 8 p.m. Dec. 9 in Hall Auditorium. Admission is free. Call 529-3014.

        • The haunting voices of classical ensemble “Anonymous 4” are featured in “Legends of St. Nicholas,” part of Miami's Performing Arts Series. Named Billboard magazine's top classical artists for two years, the female singers will appear at 8 p.m. Dec. 10 at Hall Auditorium. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens and $9 for students. Call 529-3200.

        • Two eye-catching exhibitions continue at Miami University Art Museum. Forbidden Art: Soviet Nonconformist Art 1956-1988 (through Dec. 12) showcases avant-garde Russian works of the Cold War period. Salvador Dali (through Feb. 13) features works by the surrealist painter, as well as humorous photos of Dali by Philippe Halsman.

        The museum, at 801 S. Patterson Ave., is open free of charge 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.


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