WWU has full slate of fine and performing arts events


Chris Casquilho, who was recently hired at Western Washington University to oversee marketing and special projects for the College of Fine and Performing Arts, recently sent me the lineup of performances, events and exhibits. Kit Spicer is currently interim dean for the college.

It's quite a robust schedule, and it's my hope that the entire arts community of Whatcom County and beyond will take advantage of these terrific (and often free) events on the hill. Remember, events are always subject to change.

For details, go to this webpage for the College of Fine and Performing Arts.

In addition to the events listed here, the college also hosts an education matinee series for students 5 through 17. Details are at this website.

The college's Multicultural Outreach Tour is a program based on literature with a common theme that celebrates diversity and that takes WWU students into K-5 classrooms. Details are this webpage for the theatre and dance department.

The annual Monologue Project links WWU student actors with students from Fairhaven Middle School to develop and produce original monologues, staged at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5-7 at Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave.

The fifth annual Masked Ball and Auction scholarship fundraiser is Feb. 22 at Hotel Bellwether.

Tickets for events can be purchased at WWU's box office (also the contact for disability accommodations) or call 360-650-6146.

And don't forget Western's award-winning outdoor sculpture collection.

Here's what's coming our way:

Sanford-Hill Piano Series, Sanford Hill webpage, at the Performing Arts Center Concert Hall:

Benedetto Lupo, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1

Matthew Bengston, 8 p.m. Nov. 13

Ford Hill Piano Scholarship Recital, Ford Hill webpage, at PAC Concert Hall

Jonathan Biss, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14

Alexander Ghindin, 7:30 p.m. April 27

Western Gallery, Western Gallery webpage

"Looking Back: Photography in the Seventies," Sept. 30-Nov. 22

John Grade Workshop, Feb. 24-March 17

"Australian Aboriginal Art: The Kaplan and Levi Collection," April 7-May 17

Senior Students' Art Show, May 26-June 14

"The Flow Project," July 16-20

Department of Art Speaker Series, (dates to be announced) in conjunction with Whatcom Museum's exhibit "Vanishing Ice: Alpine and Polar Landscapes in Art, 1775-2012," at the Lightcatcher. Details: Department of Art webpage.

Everett Aison: The Young Artist in the 21st Century, October.

Rob Peña: The Integrated Design Lab - On the Bullitt Center, November.

David Maisel: Black Maps, January.

John Grade: Uncommon Ground, January.

Dance: check the Dance Department webpage

Cabaret series, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1-2 and May 2-3, PAC room 16

Fall into Dance, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5-6, 2 p.m. Dec. 7, PAC Mainstage Theater

Dance Faculty Concert, 7:30 p.m. March 13-15, 2 p.m. March 15, PAC Mainstage Theater

Bachelor of Fine Arts Candidates Capstone Concert, 7:30 p.m. May 30-31, PAC room 16

Design Department's Senior Portfolio Show, June 13, SMATE lobby

Music Department concerts, at PAC Concert Hall unless noted otherwise, check the Music Department webpage.

Wind Symphony, 6 p.m. Nov. 14 and Feb. 27

Symphonic Band, 6 p.m. Dec. 4 and Feb. 26

Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band, 6 p.m. May 22

Band Pops! II, 6 p.m. June 4

Jazz Ensembles, 6 p.m. Dec. 6, March 7 and June 6

Composers of Western, 6 p.m. Nov. 25, March 5 and May 28

Collegium Musicum, 8 p.m. May 10

Orchestra, 6 p.m. Nov. 28, March 10 and June 2

Guitars of Western, 8 p.m. May 16

Concert Choir, 3 p.m. Nov. 17 and 8 p.m. Feb. 25

High School Choral Festival, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 21

Combined WWU Choirs, 3 p.m. May 18

Theater Department plays, check the Theater Department webpage, all at PAC Mainstage Theater

"Equus," 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17-20 and 22-25

"The Baker's Wife," 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14-16 and 20-23, and 2 p.m. Nov. 16 and Nov. 23

"Fuddy Meers," 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6-8 and 12-15, and 2 p.m. Feb. 9 and Feb. 16

New Work, to be announced, 7:30 p.m. May 22-24 and 28-31, and 2 p.m. May 25 and June 1

WWU Opera:

"A Midsummer Night's Dream" in conjunction with the department of theater, 7:30 p.m. April 18, 19, 25 and 27, and 2 p.m. April 27, PAC Mainstage Theater

WWU Opera Club presents Opera Scenes, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17-18 and 2 p.m. Jan 19, PAC Room 16

Reach Margaret Bikman at 360-715-2273 or margaret.bikman@bellinghamherald.com. Read her Entertainment Blog at bellinghamherald.com/entertainment-blog or follow her on Bellingham Entertainment on Facebook or @bhamentertainme on Twitter.

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