River Campus Announces 2009-2010 Event Lineup

River Campus Season Tickets Go on Sale June 10

Photo of Garrison Keillor

“An Evening with Garrison Keillor”  is scheduled for Wednesday, May 5, in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall. Keillor is an entertaining writer, humorist and celebrity speaker.

 

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

June 2, 2009 – Season ticket sales open to the public June 10 for the 2009-2010 season of Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus. The third River Campus season offers a full lineup of outstanding performances by the departments of Music, and Theatre and Dance, as well as professional touring companies.

Master season tickets orders will be filled in advance of individual ticket orders and are all inclusive of the three series: Touring, Symphony, and Theatre and Dance. Tickets for individual performances will go on sale Wednesday, July 15, after season ticket sales end July 10. For more information on the 2009-2010 third season at the River Campus, visit www.semo.edu/rivercampus.

“We are urging people to order their season tickets by July 10 to receive their first choice of seats,” said Box Office Manager Ellen Farrow. “However, we want to be sure subscribers understand the process. We are taking seating preferences in the order in which requests are received, but no seats will be officially assigned until season ticket sales end July 10.  This allows us to assign seats for the individual series while still giving Master season ticket holders first priority.

“Season ticket holders can retain their seat location from year to year, with the option to move to better seats when available,” Farrow added. “Season ticket patrons also receive top seating priority for special events. The majority of our season ticket holders are renewing, so we urge everyone to order as soon as possible.”

Season tickets may be ordered by mail, fax or in person at the River Campus Box Office located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 South Fountain Street, Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The River Campus Box Office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and can be reached by phone at (573) 651-2265.

Seating in the Bedell Performance Hall is divided into two prices ranges.  Top price seats include the orchestra and first balcony; lower price seats include the mezzanine and second balcony.  Tickets for the six-event Touring Series are $223 and $187. Tickets for the six-event Theatre and Dance Series are $97 and $85.  Tickets for the five-concert Symphony Series are $93 and $70.  Tickets for the Master Series (all three series) are $413 and $342.

Three shows – The Moscow Ballet “Nutcracker,” Neil Simon’s “Rumors” and “An Evening with Garrison Keillor” — are not included on any series and must be ordered separately. Tickets for The Moscow Ballet: “Nutcracker” are $68, $48 and $38. Tickets for Neil Simon’s “Rumors” are $13. Tickets for Garrison Keillor are $49 and $43.

To view a diagram of the Bedell Performance Hall, visit www.semo.edu/rivercampus/tickets/seatinginfo.htm.

Tickets for individual events will go on sale Wednesday, July 15, through the River Campus Box Office, all MetroTix outlets, [www.metrotix.com], or by calling MetroTix at (800) 293-5949. Special orders for handicapped, group sales or adjustments to existing orders will be handled only by the River Campus Box Office. A printable version of the River Campus 2009-2010 season brochures is available online at www.semo.edu/rivercampus/events.

SYMPHONY SERIES

Dvorak’s beautiful “New World Symphony” will open the Symphony’s 2009-2010 concert season at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13, in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall. Also on this concert will be an amazing work for three harpsichords and orchestra: Bach’s “Triple Harpsichord Concerto.” This piece will feature harpsichord virtuosos Maryse Carlin (St. Louis) and Southeast’s own Gary Miller and Mary Miller as harpsichord soloists.

The Symphony will perform Paul McCartney’s “Behold My Heart” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8, in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall. The Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra will combine with Southeast’s Choral Union and University choir in a glorious work, “Behold My Heart” (Ecce Cor Meum) for soprano soloist, choirs and orchestra written by the famed British musician, Sir Paul McCartney. After sold out performance on both sides of the Atlantic in 2006, Ecce Cor Meum was released as a CD in 2007 and was named the “Best Classical Album of the Year.” Also on the program will be marvelous English music by Vaughan Williams (his “London Symphony”) and William Walton (“Crown Imperial March”).

Next on the Symphony Series will be a performance of the Moscow State Radio Symphony at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 5, in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall. This concert by the spectacular Moscow State Radio Symphony will feature fabulous Russian masterpieces: Tchaikovsky’s “Overture to Romeo and Juliet,” Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme” by Paganini and Rimsky-Korsakov’s tone poem, “Scheherazade.”

The season will continue when the Symphony performs Handel’s “Messiah: Easter Portion” at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 29, and Tuesday, March 30, in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall. Handel’s Baroque masterpiece for orchestra, choirs and soloists will be performed by the Symphony, University Choir and Choral Union, with Dr. Steven Hendricks, conductor. This concert will present the Easter Portion (Parts II and III) of “Messiah,” with powerful choruses and solos that tell the story of Christ’s Passion and Resurrection. Be prepared for such gems as “The Trumpet Shall Sound,” along with the immortal “Hallelujah Chorus.” This concert also will feature the student winners of the 2009-2010 Concerto and Aria Competition.

The 2009-2010 season will come to a close at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 4, when the Symphony performs Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” with Liesl Schoenberger. Vivaldi’s iconic “Four Seasons” is a masterpiece of Baroque imagination and energy. This will be a rare opportunity to hear the complete “Four Seasons” in performance with Cape Girardeau’s own violin virtuoso, Liesl Schoenberger, as soloist. This presentation will include narration of the sonnets. Also on the program will be the thrilling, emotionally charged late masterpiece by the revered Classical composer, Mozart: his “Great G Minor Symphony No. 40.”

THEATRE AND DANCE SERIES

The Theatre and Dance Series will open at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30, when “Little Shop of Horrors” comes to the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall stage. Additional performances of the musical, with music by Alan Menken, book and lyrics by Howard Ashman, are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1-Saturday, Oct. 3 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4.  This hit rock musical is about a skid row florist shop worker who becomes an overnight success by feeding human blood to an exotic, foul-mouthed R&B singing plant. Composer Alan Menken’s music includes the showstoppers “Skid Row,” “Somewhere That’s Green” and “Suddenly Seymour.” “Little Shop of Horrors” is one of the longest running Off-Broadway shows of all time. This production will contain some adult language.

“The Children’s Hour” one of Lillian Hellman greatest hits, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11-Saturday, Nov. 14, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 15, in the Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre. “The Children’s Hour” is a serious adult play about an unfounded scandal that precipitates tragedy for two women running a school for girls. Later it is discovered that the gossip was pure invention, but the irreparable damage had been done. This production contains adult themes.

Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein’s “Carousel” will come to the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall stage at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24-Saturday, Feb. 27 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 28. Hailed by many as America’s greatest musical of the 20th century, and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s personal favorite, “Carousel” takes place in a Maine coastal village, where a carnival barker, Billy Bigelow, weds a local mill worker, Julie Jordan. After he loses his job and finds out he is about to become a father, he becomes an accomplice to a robbery. He is caught and cannot bear the idea of prison, so he takes his own life. Fifteen years later, he is allowed to return to earth for a single day to meet his daughter. During this brief encounter, Billy instills hope and dignity in both his child and her mother.

The artistry of the River North Chicago Dance Company will come alive with a performance at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 2, in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall. River North Chicago is known for its highly skilled and emotive dancers, stimulating music and bold, commanding choreography. While the past two decades have shaped its signature style, River North Chicago will look to the future in its 20th season, bringing daring and exhilarating new works to the stage. These premieres will focus on the essence of River North Chicago: brilliant artistry and robust performances that invite audiences to be energized, delighted and inspired.

The Theatre and Dance Series will continue with Neil Simon’s “Rumors” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 24-Saturday, March 27, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 28, in the Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre. Neil Simon’s uproarious farce is about four affluent couples who have gathered at the posh New York City deputy mayor’s townhouse, where he has accidently shot himself in the ear at the same time his wife has gone missing. An immediate cover-up follows, becoming more hilarious with the arrival of each guest. According to NBC-TV, it’s “not only side-splitting, but front and back-splitting.” The New York Times says the play “has nothing on its mind except making the audience laugh.” Due to the adult language in this program, this performance is not included in the Theatre & Dance season ticket and must be purchased separately.

In addition to these shows, students and faculty in Southeast’s Department of Theatre and Dance will perform both fall and spring dance concerts during the 2009-2010 season. “Fall for Dance 2009” is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3-Friday, Dec. 4 and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall. “Spring into Dance 2010” is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 15-Saturday, April 17 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 18, in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall. These ever popular dance showcases continue to present choreography of our professional faculty, guest artists and students. Now offered both semesters with fresh, new titles, these concerts feature exciting new works and favorite repertory in a variety of styles such as modern, jazz, tap and contemporary ballet.

TOURING SERIES

This year’s touring season kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17, with the Virsky Ukranian National Dance Company in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall. Founded in 1937, this renowned folk ensemble presents the excitement and splendor of the Ukranian culture. Each and every performance is a romantic, elevated, passionate and thrilling show. The diverse program presents the exquisite charm of Ukranian folk dancing and the wealth of traditions. The physical aspects, with high jumps and leaps, must be seen to be believed. The Virsky has been warmly received by audiences all over the world. This is a show for all ages.

The second touring production will be “The Queen of Bingo” scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall. In the tradition of the hilarious Harvey Korman and Tim Conway sketches from the old “Carol Burnett Show” comes the stage comedy “The Queen of Bingo.” ‘Sis’ and ‘Babe,’ two sisters on the other side of 50, want to add a little fun and excitement to their lives … but where to find it? How about Bingo? Jeanne Michels and Phyllis Murphy’s “The Queen of Bingo” explores the worlds of Bingo, family ties, diet crazes, widowhood, hot flashes and winning. The audience joins in the fun during the “Middle Bird Special”–a real bingo game where some lucky audience member wins a free 10-pound frozen turkey. Theatergoers young and old will howl with laughter as two zany guys, playing two crazy gals, light up the stage in the comedy hit “The Queen of Bingo.”

The series continues at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 15, when “Annie” takes center stage in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall. America’s most beloved musical, “Annie,” is back for its 30th anniversary tour, giving a whole new generation the chance to experience this classic musical about never giving up hope. “One of the best musicals ever,” proclaims the Chicago Tribune, and the Chicago Sun-Times says, “Ageless Annie as engaging as ever.” The original Broadway production of “Annie” won seven 1977 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Book and Score. It ran for 2,377 performances and has subsequently been produced all over the world. The original production is one of the top 20 longest running shows on Broadway, and Annie continues to be one of the most successful musicals ever. Boasting one of Broadway’s most memorable scores, including “It’s the Hard-Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “N.Y.C.” and the ever-optimistic “Tomorrow,” you can bet your bottom dollar that “Annie” will bring a smile to your face.

The ever popular “Wizard of Oz” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall. Families are encouraged to experience the show the New York Times calls a “lavish stage production” with “colorful costumes, witty choreography and cool lighting.” Journey back to simpler times with this musical celebration of the iconic 1939 MGM film, as Dorothy, Toto and their friends travel down the Yellow Brick Road to the magical Land of Oz. You’ll know you’re not in Kansas any more from the moment the tornado touches down and transports you “Over the Rainbow” in this timeless production, featuring the classic songs and beloved characters you remember from your childhood.

Next in the Touring Series will be a vibrant show titled “TAO – The Martial Art of Drumming,” scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 6, in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall. Athletic bodies and contemporary costumes meet explosive Taiko drumming and innovative choreography in this show that has critics waxing lyrical about TAO’s extraordinary precision, energy and stamina. With hundreds of sold-out shows and more than a million spectators, TAO has proven that modern entertainment based on the traditional art of Japanese drumming has massive international appeal. The stars of TAO live and train at a compound in the mountains of Japan, reaching the highest level of virtuosity only after years of intensive study. However, these performers each bring nontraditional flair to the group by drawing on their diverse backgrounds: one as a hard rock musician, another as a gymnast and yet another as a composer. They offer a young and vibrantly modern take on a traditional art form.

The Touring Series will come to a close with Moscow Festival Ballet performing “Sleeping Beauty” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 22, in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall. Since its founding in 1989, the Moscow Festival Ballet has completed two tours of Europe with extraordinary receptions in Italy, France, Spain, Germany and the Netherlands, and two tours in the United Kingdom, including capacity audiences at London’s famed Coliseum. In addition, the company has toured extensively throughout the United States, beginning with a coast-to-coast tour in the winter/spring of 1997 and returning in 2001, 2004 and 2007. The Cape Girardeau appearance will be part of a 17-week tour throughout the United States in 2010. “Sleeping Beauty” is a full-length ballet performed in three acts to the music of Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky with the original choreography by Marius Petipa, which first premiered on Jan. 16, 1890, at the Marinski Theatre, St. Petersurg. It follows the classic fairy tale of a young princess who falls asleep for 100 years. The performance is complete with the Lilac Fairy, Puss ‘n Boots, Bluebeard and his wife, Goldilocks and a Bear, Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf and, of course, Prince Charming. This will be an enchanting evening where good conquers evil and everyone lives happily ever after.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Two special events, not included as a part of the previously mentioned series, will be Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14, and “An Evening with Garrison Keillor,” scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, both in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall.Featuring spectacular sets and beautifully costumed Russian dancers, Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” is an annual treat for the whole family. Set against Valentin Fedorov’s spectacular scenic design, with larger-than-life puppets and the backdrop of unicorns, exotic birds and animals, the “Great Russian Nutcracker” is a visual delight. Whimsical and imaginative storytelling blends with the richness of Russian classical dance to make the “Great Russian Nutcracker” a unique performance not to be missed.

The second special event of the season will bring the charming, witty and always entertaining writer, humorist and celebrity speaker Garrison Keillor to the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5. Earl and Margie Holland for whom the Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts at Southeast is named, have tagged “An Evening with Garrison Keillor” as their special choice event this season at the River Campus. Keillor is probably best known for his widely popular radio show “A Prairie Home Companion.” The show attracts more than two million listeners on more than 450 National Public Radio (NPR) stations weekly. Keillor is also the host of the daily radio and online program, “The Writer’s Almanac,” and a best-selling author of many books, including Lake Wobegon Days, Love Me and Homegrown Democrat. In 2006, Keillor appeared in the film adaptation of “A Prairie Home Companion.” The film, directed by Robert Altman and with a cast including Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin and Kevin Kline, was received with critical acclaim. With continuing interest in his radio work and writings, Keillor remains one of the most popular storytellers of all time. True to his radio form, Keillor will share hilarious anecdotes about growing up in the American Midwest, the people of Lake Wobegon and “late-life fatherhood.” With a wonderful, dry sense of humor, he captivates audiences and delivers with class, charisma and wisdom. This event is not on any series and must be ordered separately. Master Series patrons will receive priority seating preference for this event.

MUSIC EVENTS

Southeast students will be performing many concerts throughout the year, bringing together some of the Department of Music’s finest musicians. These concerts will showcase the hard work and dedication of many talented students along with Music faculty, who have performed both nationally and abroad, with recognition across the world.

Southeast Ensembles

Wind SymphonyThursday, Oct. 8, 7:30 p.m.Thursday, Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m.Thursday, March 4, 7:30 p.m.Thursday, April 29, 7:30 p.m.Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall

Percussion EnsembleTuesday, Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m.Thursday, March 25, 7:30 p.m.Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall

University ChoirsThursday, Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m.Old St. Vincent’s Church

Thursday, April 22, 7:30 p.m.Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall

Opera WorkshopThursday, Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m.Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall

Guitar EnsembleMonday, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m.Thursday, May 6, 7:30 p.m.Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall

Holiday PercussionSaturday, Dec. 12, 10:30 a.m.Donald C. Bedell Performance HallAdmission is free for this performance.

Southeast Opera: “Hansel and Gretel”Saturday, Jan. 23, 7:30 p.m.Sunday, Jan. 24, 3 p.m.Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall

FACULTY RECITALS

The Department of Music will present a number of faculty recitals throughout the 2009-2010 season. All performances will be held in the Robert F. & Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall. Faculty performers and recital dates are as follows:

Matthew Yount, PianoThursday, Aug. 27, 7:30 p.m.

Southeast Baroque EnsembleSunday, Sept. 13, 3 p.m.

Visiting Artist: Norman Spivey, BaritoneMonday, Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m.

Robert Fruehwald & Leslie Marrs, FluteSunday, Oct. 25, 3 p.m.

Paul Thompson, FluteTuesday, Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m.

Michael Dean, ClarinetSunday, March 7, 3 p.m.

Timothy Schmidt, Bass-BaritoneSunday, March 28, 3 p.m.

Sara Edgerton, CelloSunday, April 11, 3 p.m.

Information about “Sundays at Three” will be announced at a later date.

SOUTHEAST JAZZ SERIES

Under the direction of Robert Conger, the Studio Jazz Ensemble, the University’s premier jazz organization, will perform four concerts during the 2009-2010 season. This extraordinarily gifted collection of students will perform a wide array of contemporary and standard big-band literature in a variety of styles. All performances will be held in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall. Performances in this season’s Southeast Jazz Series will include:

The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra and The Pied Pipers in a special guest appearance will perform “America’s Hits on Parade” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10. This production will include all the songs which topped the Hit Parade during the World War II years, sung by one of the best known and most popular groups of the era — The Pied Pipers — backed by The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra. The program will be filled with song classics, recognizable and to be savored by audiences of all ages.

Southeast’s two outstanding big bands will present an evening of big band jazz selections from American jazz composers at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29, in the Fall Jazz Concert titled “Jazz: Homegrown in America.” Those who attend will enjoy the electricity generated by live jazz in the finest performance hall in the Bootheel.

The Clark Terry/Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival Gala Concert with Joe Eckert on Alto Saxophone is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12. Eckert will join Southeast’s Studio Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band in this performance. Eckert has performed with some of the great names in jazz, including Louie Bellson, The Brecker Brothers, Bob Mintzer, Peter Erskine, Jimmy Heath, J. J. Johnson, Paquito D’Rivera, Joe Williams and many others.

For the year’s final concert, Southeast’s Studio Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band will showcase their extraordinary talents in the “Swing, Swang, Swung” Spring Jazz Concert scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 23. This performance will feature swinging tunes from the past, present and future with special guest artist saxophonist Dan Jordan.

ROSEMARY BERKEL AND HARRY L. CRISP II MUSEUM

The Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum will host five exhibitions during the 2009-2010 River Campus season.

The first exhibit, “Guild Hall: An Adventure in the Arts” will open Friday, Aug. 14. This exhibit includes more than 70 works by more than 40 artists, spanning the early 20th century to the present, who lived and worked in the East Hampton area. Included are works by Chuck Close, Willem de Kooning, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Motherwell, Jackson Pollack, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist and Andy Warhol. This exhibit, organized by Guild Hall Museum in East Hampton, N.Y., in association with Landau Traveling Exhibitions in Los Angeles, Calif., runs through Nov. 1.

“Ron Clayton: Retrospective,” opening Friday, Nov. 6, is a retrospective exhibition spanning 20 years of paintings by Southeast Missouri State University’s painting Professor Ron Clayton. This exhibit runs through Jan. 24.

The 32nd Annual High School Art Exhibition, “Exhibiting Excellence,” will open Sunday, Jan .31. This exhibit will showcase art works created by junior and senior high school students in southeast Missouri and southern Illinois and will run through March 7. 

“Ansel Adams: Masterworks,” opening Friday, March 26, is an exhibition of 47 framed photographs from a series that Adams himself selected as representative of his best work. The exhibit is organized by the Turtle Bay Exploration Park of Redding, Calif. Exhibition tour management is provided by Landau Traveling Exhibitions of Los Angeles, Calif. This exhibit runs through June 27.

“Chris Wubbena: Speaking While Listening” opens Friday, July 2, 2010. This exhibit will feature multimedia sculptural installations, including small bronze and stainless steel sculptures, videos and audio works detailing the experience of returning to Vietnam for Chris and his father, Ed Wubbena, a Vietnam/American War veteran. This exhibit will run through Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010.

Several Family Days at the Museum are planned for the 2009-2010 season. Family Days offer families the opportunity to explore art, archaeology and history together as they participate in hands-on projects and interactive presentations. Family Days are free and open to the public. The Family Days schedule is as follows:

2009June 6-TransportationJuly 11-The Visual VoiceAug. 29-Artists’ IssuesSept. 26-Connecting People with LandOct. 24-Pop ArtNov. 21-Inside OutDec. 20-Shaping Space

2010Jan. 24-Surface DesignFeb. 13-Going, Going, GoneMarch 27-Time StoppersApril 17-Heart & Mind through a CameraMay 15-Made in the Heartland

RIVER CAMPUS ART GALLERY

The River Campus Art Gallery in the Seminary Building at the River Campus will showcase seven exhibits during the 2009-2010 season.

The season will open with the Summer Art Workshops Exhibition on Monday, Aug. 24. This exhibition of diverse pieces created during the Department of Art summer workshops will showcase a variety of media. With emphasis on skill development and individual expression, student artists will explore metal fabrication, dye techniques, various ceramics processes and an array of digital media to create this dynamic collection of work. An opening reception for the exhibit is planned for 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 4. The exhibit will run through Friday, Sept. 11.

“William H. Thielen: A Site-Specific Installation: ‘Pink'” will open in the River Campus Art Gallery on Monday, Sept. 21. Thielen is a Carbondale, Ill.-based sculptor and painter. Thielen will present a seemingly simple work, which, at its core, questions his–and his art’s–legitimacy. Through the use of simple childhood activity, an obsessive process, a decorative display and most importantly, the color pink, Thielen challenges the viewer to overcome preconceived notions. In essence, will the sum total of the work transcend the simplicity of its elements? An opening reception is planned for 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2. A gallery talk is scheduled for noon on Wednesday, Sept. 23.  The exhibit runs through Friday, Oct. 16.

An Art Faculty Exhibition, displaying a wide range of media, will open on Monday, Oct. 26. The exhibit will include ceramics, graphite and oil paint; dyes, embroidery and beading; processes of print making, sculpture and digital photography with interesting non-traditional elements incorporated into several pieces. This collection showcases the skillful use of materials employed by the talented professional artist-teachers at Southeast and offers a rich visual feast for the hungry art viewer. An opening reception is planned for 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6. The exhibit runs through Monday, Nov. 16.

BFA Graduating Seniors Exhibitions are scheduled twice during the 2009-2010 season. The first exhibit opens on Monday, Nov. 30. The works in this collection are clear evidence of dedicated studio practice and rigorous creative and academic investigation. The emerging artists showcased in the exhibit utilize a college career’s worth of accrued knowledge, artistic exploration, intensive critique and a strong focus on professional goals. The BFA exhibition is a culmination of years of fine arts study at Southeast and shows that fostering and challenging the creative process can produce successful, accomplished bodies of work. The opening reception for the first BFA Graduating Seniors Exhibition is scheduled for 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4.  The exhibit runs through Saturday, Dec. 19. The second BFA Graduating Seniors Exhibition opens on Monday, May 3. An opening reception is scheduled for 5-7 p.m. on Friday, May 7. The second exhibit will run through Saturday, May 15.

Sarah Riley, an artist-professor at Southeast since 1994 – will showcase her work in an exhibit titled “Sarah Riley” opening on Tuesday, Jan. 19. Sarah Riley has been an artist-professor at Southeast Missouri State University since 1994. Professor Riley teaches courses in print making, figure drawing, two-dimensional design and watercolor/mixed media. During the spring 2009 semester, she was on sabbatical to further expand and explore her studio practice. She has often worked in combined and layered imagery, delving into color, narrative, gesture, texture and discordant elements from diverse stylistic sources. This exhibition is the first public appearance of the new work created by Professor Riley while on sabbatical. An opening reception is planned for 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5. A gallery talk is scheduled for noon on Wednesday, Jan. 27. The exhibit runs through Friday, Feb. 19.

Glenn W. Williams, sculpture professor at Northwest Missouri State University, will exhibit his work in an exhibit titled “Glenn W. Williams” at the River Campus Art Gallery beginning on Monday, March 1. Williams is serving as the juror for the Annual Juried Student Exhibition in the River Campus Art Gallery in April. An opening reception is planned for 5-7 p.m. on Friday, March 5. A gallery talk is scheduled for noon on Wednesday, March 24. The exhibit runs through Monday, March 22.

Closing out the 2009-2010 River Campus Art Gallery season will be the Annual Juried Student Exhibition opening Thursday, April 1. The Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition is a Department of Art tradition greatly anticipated by students, faculty and the campus community. The Student Exhibition is an exciting opportunity for gifted students to receive distinction for artistic merit by a qualified, respected professional in the arts. Works selected from the many wonderful submissions include painting, sculpture, drawing, fiber art, digital art, color composition, print making and design. The pieces chosen for inclusion and recognition showcase the creativity, dedication and innovation of Southeast’s talented emerging artists, and many will be available for sale and purchase awards. An opening reception is planned for 5-7 p.m. on Friday, April 2. The exhibit runs through Friday, April 23.

CHRONOLOGICAL CALENDAR OF EVENTS

August14 “Guild Hall: An Adventure in the Arts” (thru 11/1)24 Summer Art Workshops Exhibition (thru 9/11)27 Matthew Yount, Piano

September13 Southeast Baroque Ensemble20 Symphony Sampler–Free Admission21 Visiting Artist: Norman Spivey, Baritone21 “William H. Thielen, A Site-Specific Installation: ‘Pink'” (thru 10/16)30 “Little Shop of Horrors”

October1-4 “Little Shop of Horrors”8 Wind Symphony10 America’s Hits on Parade13 Gala Season Opener17 Virsky Ukranian National Dance Co.25 Robert Fruehwald & Leslie Marrs, Flute26 Art Faculty Exhibition (thru 11/16)27 Percussion Ensemble29 Fall Jazz Concert30 “The Queen of Bingo”

November6 Ron Clayton: “Retrospective” (thru 1/24)11-15 “The Children’s Hour”12 University Choirs19 Opera Workshop30 BFA Graduating Seniors Exhibit (thru 12/19)

December3-5 Fall for Dance7 Guitar Ensemble8 Paul McCartney’s “Behold My Heart”10 Wind Symphony12 Holiday Percussion–Free Admission14 Moscow Ballet: “Great Russian Nutcracker”15 “Annie”

January19 Sarah Riley Exhibition (thru 2/19)23-24 Southeast Opera: “Hansel & Gretel”26 Paul Thompson, Flute27 “Wizard of Oz”31 32nd Annual High School Art Exhibit (thru 3/7)

February12 Jazz Festival Concert24-28 “Carousel”

March1 Glenn W. Williams Exhibition (thru 3/22)2 River North Chicago Dance Company4 Wind Symphony5 Moscow State Radio Symphony6 TAO-The Martial Art of Drumming7 Michael Dean, Clarinet24-28 “Rumors”25 Percussion Ensemble26 Ansel Adams: “Masterworks” (thru 6/27)28 Timothy Schmidt, Bass-Baritone29-30 Handel’s “Messiah,” Easter Portion

April1 Annual Juried Student Exhibition (thru 4/23)11 Sara Edgerton, Cello15-18 Spring into Dance22 Moscow Festival Ballet: “Sleeping Beauty”22 University Choirs23 Spring Jazz Concert29 Wind Symphony

May3 BFA Graduating Seniors Exhibition (thru 5/15)4 Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons”5 An Evening with Garrison Keillor6 Guitar Ensemble

For more information on the 2009-2010 River Campus season, visit www.semo.edu/rivercampus or call (573) 651-2265.