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Arts at Exeter: Shakespeare, dance, art and music celebrate the end of term

Love is in the air with a Shakespeare comedy, special dance performances, ‘Big Time’ art and music galore.

Nicole Pellaton
May 17, 2018
Daisy Tichenor as Beatrice and Cody Nunn as Don Pedro.

"Much Ado About Nothing" on the mainstage.

“BIG TIME: ART 500 +” at Lamont Gallery

Delve into the minds and works of Exeter’s most advanced art students in this exhibition that explores the artistic process, from early sketches to completed work. Students from Art 500: Advanced Studio Projects: Portfolio + Process and Art 999 (independent study) have undertaken in-depth exploration of art materials and themes as they develop a portfolio of work. It’s all on view at Lamont Gallery, along with works by members of the Art Department faculty.

Student artists include: Claudio Blanco, Aiyana Brough, Grace Gasper, Gavin Hickey, Grace Huang, Theodore Jaffrey, Elizabeth Janko, Maya Kim, Garrett Kimball, Chris Luke, Morgan LeBrun, Andrea Liu, Lauren Maguire, Chiara Perotti, Chase Ryan-Embry, Nicholas Song, Thomas Stucke, Chayapa Sukhum, Lydia Summermatter, Ursula Sze, Ivy Tran.

BIG TIME: ART 500 +” is on view until June 3, with special extended hours after Commencement. Opening reception May 23, 6 p.m.

All you need is love …

The spring dance concert ensemble celebrates the end of year with a program inspired by the theme of love. The stunning two-hour program includes choreography by students and PEA faculty, and an Afro-Brazilian dance designed by London-based guest choreographer Irineu Nogueira in collaboration with Exeter’s African Drumming Ensemble.

The performance is suitable for all ages.

Show times:

May 25, 8 p.m.

May 26, 7 p.m.

May 27, 1 p.m.

Reserve free tickets at Eventbrite.

Music at The Bowld

May is a fabulous month for music lovers as Exeter’s talented musicians culminate the year with these don’t-miss solo concerts and ensemble performances:

May 15, 7 p.m. — Student soloists

May 18, 7:30 p.m. — Sophia Oguri ‘18, violin

May 20, 7 p.m. — Sophia Zu ‘18, piano

May 22, 7 p.m. — Concert Band, PEA Jazz and Jazz Combo, featuring guest trumpet soloist Hanna Pak '19

May 23, 7 p.m. — Daisy Tichenor ‘18, soprano

May 25, 7 p.m. — PEA Orchestras, featuring 2018 Concerto Competition winners Adar Tulloch, piano, and Ji Yoon Ahn, marimba

May 26, 4 p.m. — Danny Miller ‘18, piano

May 27, 4 p.m. — Choral Concert, featuring 2018 Vocal Competition winner, Nate Sassoon, tenor

May 27, 7 p.m. — Annee Reach ‘18, soprano

May 28, 7 p.m. — Sagar Rao ‘18, baritone

May 29, 7 p.m. — Chamber Music

Seniors rejoice with ‘Much Ado’

The senior acting ensemble lights up Fisher Theater’s mainstage this weekend with three performances of Shakespeare’s comedy “Much Ado About Nothing.”

“ ‘Much Ado’ has always been my favorite Shakespeare comedy,” writes director Sarah Ream in the director’s notes. “One reason is that it poses questions that we still wrestle with today: How do we define ourselves and our identity? How is that identity shaped by the society we live in and the roles we play? And finally, how does love affect us in the honing of that sense of self?”

The production features superb acting by seniors well-known to Fisher Theater audiences: Isabella Abate, Louisa Bartkovich, Anzi DeBenedetto, Aiyana Brough, Jacqui Byrne, Ruby DiCarlo, Harry Fitzgerald, Jasmine Lee, Cody Nunn, Billy O’Handley, Daisy Tichenor and Celeste Wu.

Messina, the drama’s locale, never looked better, with set designs by Cary Wendell, costumes by Lauren Josef and lighting and sound design by Luke Ahlemann.

From left, Aiyana Brough (Leonato), Harry Fitzgerald (Claudio) and Cody Nunn (Don Pedro) in Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing."

Don’t miss this lovable comedy, a fitting final mainstage theatrical performance at Fisher Theater. 

Show times:

May 18, 7:30 p.m.

May 19, 7:30 p.m.

May 20, 1 p.m.

Reserve free tickets at Eventbrite.

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