Kirkwood Announces 2008-09 Arts Plans
Schedule includes famed guest artists and "very timely" musical
Posted on: August 11th, 2008


The Kirkwood Community College Arts & Humanities department has announced its 2008-09 Fine and Performing Arts schedule. Renowned guest musicians, classic theatre and a visiting artist from the Middle East are all part of the events from September through next May.

The series features a musical whose appearance on the roster now will resonate with extra meaning for many eastern Iowa audience members. Opening the Kirkwood Theatre season is Big River, the hit Broadway show based on Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn. The musical will feature guest artist and Iowa native Mark Wilson performing in the central role of Jim. Wilson is currently music professor at Monmouth University and voice teacher for Ridgewood Conservatory, both in New Jersey. With music and lyrics by Roger Miller, the show will be performed over two weekends, Oct. 24 – Nov. 2.

The jazz concert line-up will feature three acts acclaimed in global jazz circles. Guitarist Fareed Haque will perform a guest stint Nov. 22 and trombonist Wycliffe Gordon takes the Ballantyne stage April 18. Both artists will share the program with Kirkwood student ensembles and the C.R. Jazz Big Band. Internationally renowned a cappella artists Vox One will also lead teaching clinics and perform with Kirkwood student vocalists on March 6. Local favorites McMurrin & Johnson will keep an annual tradition going Sept, 27 when they headline the 9th annual Blues Concert in Ballantyne Auditorium.

In fine art exhibits, the season opens with a family affair. Joan Liffring-Zug Bourret and Madeline Roemig-Bendorf will present a dual exhibit Sept. 1-Oct. 1. Another arts event of note is a visit by Persian art expert Jafar Mogadam. A Feb. 26 reception will kick off a month’s exhibit of ceramic and tile works to coincide with a Persian art exhibit at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art.


More information on the upcoming Kirkwood Fine and Performing Arts events is available online at:
http://www.kirkwood.edu/site/index.php?p=9879

The following is a comprehensive schedule, with all information confirmed as of August 4:

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ART

September 1 – October 1, 2008
Madeline Roemig Bendorf, Iowa Hall Gallery
Joan Liffring-Zug Bourret, Nielsen Hall Atriums
Reception: Thursday, September 4, 2008, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
(Kirkwood Chamber Ensemble will perform at the Reception)

October 1,,2, 6,7, 2008
Mark Hobley, guest artist, will be visiting the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids campuses to work with painting, drawing, and humanities classes. Mark will give PowerPoint presentations of his paintings, work with students, offer critiques, and discuss the business of art and how to get started and succeed. Mark’s work can be seen on the following website: http://www.applegategallery.com/pages/hobley.html

October 13 – November 7, 2008
Daniel Cox & Uli Gourlich, Iowa Hall Gallery
Reception: Friday, October 31, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
(Kirkwood Chamber Ensemble will perform at the Reception)

November 17 – December 12, 2008
Susan Chrysler White, Iowa Hall Gallery
Reception: Friday, December 5, 2008, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
(Kirkwood Chamber Ensemble will perform at the Reception)

January 12 – February 20, 2009
Conifer Smith, Sculpture, Iowa Hall Gallery
Reception: Friday, February 13, 2009, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
(Kirkwood Chamber Ensemble will perform at the Reception)


February 26 – March 20, 2009
Jafar Mogadam: Reflections of Persia: Ceramic and Tile Work, Iowa Hall Gallery
Reception: Thursday, February 26, 2009, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
(Kirkwood Chamber Ensemble will perform at the Reception.)
The exhibit will also feature an optional culinary arts dinner of Persian food (6:00 p.m.) after the reception. For reservations, please call 398-5468). This exhibit is a compliment to the Cedar Rapids Museum exhibit of contemporary Iranian photography: Persian Visions.

April 6 – May 1, 2009
Kirkwood Student Art Exhibit, Iowa Hall Gallery
Reception: Thursday, April 30, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
(Kirkwood Chamber Ensemble will perform at the Reception)

THEATRE:
September 5, 2008
High School Theatre Workshop

October 24, 25, 26, 31 - November 1 and 2, 2008
Big River
October 24, 25, 31, November 1, 7:30 p.m.
October 26, November 2, 2:30 p.m.
Optional Dinner, October 24. For reservations please call 398-5555

February 13, 14, and 15, 2009
Winter Play: Wonder of the World by David Lindsay-Abaire
February 13, 14, 7:30 p.m.
February 15, 2:30 p.m.

April 3, 4, and 5, 2009
The Just Assassins by Albert Camus
April 3, 4, 7:30 p.m.
April 5, 2:30 p.m.

MUSIC

Saturday, September 27, 2008
9th Annual Blues Concert featuring guest artist McMurrin & Johnson Band, CR Jazz Big Band, Kirkwood Jazz Ensemble and Combos directed by Dr. Tim Feldkamp.
7:30 p.m., Ballantyne Auditorium

Thursday, November 6, 2008
Faculty Recital
11:00 a.m., Ballantyne

Saturday, November 15, 2008
Vocal Jazz Concert
Vocal Jazz featuring Jazz Transit & RSVP directed by Ray Salucka
7:30 p.m., Ballantyne Auditorium.

Saturday, November 22, 2008
Fall Jazz Concert ’08 featuring guest artist, Fareed Haque, guitar,
with CR Jazz Big Band & Kirkwood Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dr. Tim Feldkamp
7:30 pm., Ballantyne Auditorium
www.fareed.com/
Fareed Haque/Guitar Master Class (free to the public)
1:00-2:30 p.m., Room 375 Cedar Hall (Band Room)

Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Student Solo and Ensemble Recital
11:00 a.m.., Ballantyne Auditorium.

Friday, December 5, 2008
Chorale Concert directed by Ray Salucka
7:30 p.m., Ballantyne Auditorium.

Saturday, December 6, 2008
Kirkwood Concert Band directed by Dr. Beth Zamzow
7:30 p.m., Ballantyne Auditorium.

Friday, March 6, 2009
Vocal Jazz Festival Concert
Vocal Jazz guest artists, Vox One, Jazz Transit & RSVP directed by Ray Salucka.
8:00 p.m., Ballantyne Auditorium.

Thursday, March 12, 2009
Kirkwood Jazz Combos Concert featuring guest artist Al Naylor Group and Kirkwood Jazz Combos directed by Dr. Tim Feldkamp.

Thursday, April 2, 2009
Kirkwood Concert Band at Coe College Festival of Bands
8:00 p.m., Sinclair Auditorium, Coe College

Thursday, April 9, 2009
Honor’s Recital
11:00 a.m., Ballantyne Auditorium.

Saturday, April 18, 2009
Jazz Fest ’09 featuring guest artist, Wycliffe Gordon, trombone, with C.R. Jazz Big Band & Kirkwood Jazz Ensemble directed by Dr. Tim Feldkamp.
7:30pm Ballantyne Auditorium
www.wycliffegordon.com
Wycliffe Gordon Trombone Master Class (free to the public)
1:00-2:30 p.m., Room 375 Cedar Hall (Band Room)

Saturday, April 25, 2009
Vocal Jazz Concert directed by Ray Salucka
7:30 p.m., Ballantyne Auditorium.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Student Solo Recital
11:00 a.m.., Ballantyne Auditorium.

Friday, May 1, 2009
Concert Chorale directed by Ray Salucka
7:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 310 5th St SE

Saturday, May 2, 2009
Kirkwood Concert Band directed by Dr. Beth Zamzow
7:30 p.m., Ballantyne Auditorium.



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