|INSIDE MTSU: Celebrate spring with the arts
|Saturday, March 30, 2013 12:00 am.
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|Spring seems to be arriving late this year, but Middle Tennessee State University art events are still busting out all over campus, as prevalent as pollen but much more pleasant.
Take, for example, the plethora of musical performances at MTSU in April alone.
I think I’ve typed “Hinton Music Hall inside the Wright Music Building” a dozen times already at MTSUNews.com to help alert the community to just a few of the special events on the calendar: music student and faculty recitals, concerts by the Stones River Chamber Players and multiple ensembles and bands, guest performers and special workshops.
How often do you get to hear one of the world’s finest trumpet soloists, in an acoustically brilliant hall that’s almost as comfortable as your own den, for free? You can on April 18, when Jens Lindemann joins the MTSU Wind Ensemble in Hinton Hall.
The College of Liberal Arts will once again host the annual Conference on Baseball in Literature and Culture, a popular and nationally recognized event that draws scholars from multiple areas of expertise to discuss the ongoing impact of America’s favorite pastime.
The April 5 luncheon speaker, former New York Yankees All-Star knuckleballer Jim Bouton, will have plenty to say about his controversial book “Ball Four” as well as his other writing and playing adventures. Bouton’s lecture is free and open to the public.
The Department of Art is keeping Todd Hall abuzz — as usual! — all this spring with exhibits, workshops, visiting artists and special events by and for students.
An exhibit under way through April 11, “Nous,” takes advantage of the open space of the Todd Gallery 210 to display 90 wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling student works of art from each of the department’s areas of study.
The MTSU Theatre and Dance spring season has had “Comedy Tonight,” the opening number for “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” stuck in my head for days. I even get a mental picture of the shenanigans disguised as choreography that go along with it, thanks to the wacky performances that we’ve all seen in charity revues and awards shows.
Our gifted MTSU theatre students are giving the community the whole hilarious “Forum,” not just the opening number, beginning April 4 in Tucker Theatre with evening performances and a matinee on April 14. Adult tickets are $10 each, K-12 students can attend for $5 and MTSU students are admitted free.
The always stellar MTSU Dance Theatre will celebrate the season at its Spring Dance Concert in Tucker Theatre April 25-27, showcasing students’ artistry as well as their technical and academic training in the nationally recognized program. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for K-12 students and free for MTSU students.
Perhaps the best part of all these spring MTSU arts events is that almost all are free; those charging admission cost barely more than the average lunch. At little or no expense, you can share an arts experience with the community equal to some of the finest in the country. That’s enough to give anyone spring fever!
You can visit the MTSU Arts website – www.mtsuarts.com – anytime for a complete event calendar and updates, and of course you’ll find articles on several of this spring’s special arts opportunities at www.mtsunews.com. Join us for as many as you can and help the university spring into the arts.