The SUNY Cortland Performing Arts Department has announced its fall semester season of theatre and music events at the Dowd Fine Arts Center.
All events take place at the Dowd Fine Arts Theatre unless otherwise noted. Music events are free and tickets for the musical will be on sale at Jodi’s Hallmark Shop one month before opening night and at the door the nights of the performance. For more information, visit the department website.
The season begins in October with the regional premiere of the original Rodgers and Hart musical “Pal Joey,” which plays for six performances from Friday, Oct. 28, through Sunday, Nov. 6. This Broadway favorite includes the hit songs “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” and “I Could Write a Book.” The production, directed and choreographed by Kevin Halpin, will be performed at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 28, 29, Nov. 4 and 5, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30 and Nov. 6.
The College Singers will launch the first of several music concerts beginning at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13. They will perform a concert version of the powerful Broadway hit “Les Miserables.”
Ubaldo Valli will conduct the College-Community Orchestra in a performance titled "Charles Ives and His World" at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15. The concert will feature an orchestral version of the iconoclastic American composer's "The Alcotts," and related works by Wagner, Beethoven and Boehme. Featured performers include concertmistress Lois Pfister and trumpet soloist Ralph Dudgeon.
The Choral Union continues its association with The Arts at Grace Series with a performance of music by Haydn, Holst, Hovhaness, Diemer and Veitch at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4. Presented under the direction of Stephen Wilson, the concert takes place at Grace and Holy Spirit Church (formerly Grace Episcopal), 13 Court St., Cortland. Donations will be gratefully accepted.
The College Singers, student soloists, the Gospel Choir and SUNY A Cappella will present the popular annual holiday concert on at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6. College Singers conductor Stephen Wilson coordinates the concert, which celebrates Chanukah, Christmas and the Winter Solstice.
Rounding out the fall calendar is “A Christmas Carol,” an adaptation of the classic story by Charles Dickens that includes Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, the Christmas spirits, and all of the other traditional characters. The production, co-directed by Howard Lindh and Mark Reynolds, will be staged in the Lab Theatre at the Dowd Fine Arts Center, with 8 p.m. performances on Thursday, Dec. 8, and Friday, Dec. 9, and two performances, one at 2 p.m. and one at 8 p.m., on Saturday, Dec. 10, and Sunday, Dec. 11.
For more information about these events, please visit the Performing Arts Department website or call (607) 753-2811.