Greetings to all from the College of Fine Arts!
Relentless and exciting - those are two apt descriptors for our fall schedule for the College of Fine Arts, which is overflowing with blockbuster events. For the month of September, we saw performances by the Canadian Brass, the Muncie and Ball State Symphony Orchestras and a host of music faculty; witnessed theatre productions of Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet and Highway's Ernestine Shuswap Gets Her Trout; reopened the David Owsley Museum of Art with a black-tie gala, and enjoyed two exceptional exhibitions featuring works by Anders Ruhwald and four extraordinary metalsmiths.
The Canadian Brass appeared as part of the college's Arts Alive Series, which showcases world-class soloists and chamber ensembles. Completing the season will be the St. Martin in the Field Chamber Orchestra, and Metropolitan Opera singer Nathan Gunn.
The September music events are representative of the nearly 300 recitals and concerts presented by the School of Music in a typical academic year - Sursa Performance Hall is rarely dark. I am pleased to share that selected music events are now being "streamed" live to your personal computer/iPad - check the music website for a complete schedule of future broadcasts.
Theatre productions are consistently well acted and produced, evidencing the likes of a thriving professional program which will feature Kathleen Turner and Sutton Foster on campus for fall master classes.
The Owsley Museum of Art recently enjoyed a four-gallery expansion which will take you on a cultural tour to six continents. The stunning new galleries feature major masterpieces in a truly professional environment, blending space, lighting, and atmosphere.
As they say in the vernacular, the College of Fine Arts is "on a roll," and it all comes down to extraordinary efforts from our faculty, staff, and students.
Stay in touch - more excitement is on the way!
All the best,
Robert A. Kvam, Dean
College of Fine Arts
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