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Deena Conley
Dowd Fine Arts Center, Room 216
Phone: 607-753-2811
Fax: 607-753-5728

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Performing Arts to Offer Six Spring Events

The Performing Arts Department at SUNY Cortland recently unveiled its Spring 2012 schedule of performances, which include a faculty recital, three concerts, and multiple presentations of the popular musical, “Violet,” and the Andrew Bovell play, “Speaking in Tongues.”

 All take place in the College’s Dowd Fine Arts Center Theatre unless otherwise noted. Events are open to the public and admission is free, unless otherwise noted.

The faculty recital begins at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7. Edward Moore, associate professor of performing arts (music), and Ralph Dudgeon, professor of performing arts (music), will offer selections on the theme of “Music Made in America for Trumpet and Piano.”

The duo’s recital, with Moore performing on piano and Dudgeon on trumpet, will include “Three Preludes,” by George Gershwin; “Yamekraw,” by James P. Johnson; “Nightsongs,” by Richard Peaslee; “Spain,” by Chick Corea; as well as pieces by Astor Piazzola, Leonard Bernstein, Dave Frishberg and Edward “Duke” Ellington.

The hit Off-Broadway musical “Violet” will be presented at 8 p.m. on March 23, 24, 30, 31 and at 2 p.m. on March 25 and April 1. “Violet” tells the story of a woman in search of healing. The composer of “Violet” also created the Broadway shows “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “Shrek,” and “Caroline or Change.” Tickets will be sold at Jodi’s Hallmark on Main Street, Cortland.

The College Singers, under the direction of Stephen Wilson, SUNY Cortland professor of performing arts (music), will perform at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10. The concert, titled “Two and a Half Stephens,” will present music by Stephen Schwartz, Stephen Sondheim and Stephen Wilson.

The College-Community Orchestra performs under the direction of Ubaldo Valli at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17.

The Andrew Bovell drama, “Speaking in Tongues,” will be performed at 8 p.m. on April 12, 13 and 14 and at 2 p.m. on April 15 in the Dowd Fine Arts Center Lab Theatre. “Speaking in Tongues” is about contracts being broken between intimates while deep bonds are forged between strangers. The play will be directed by Robert Moss, the former artistic director of Syracuse Stage and the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca. Tickets will be sold at the door and at Jodi's Hallmark on Main Street, Cortland.

The spring season will conclude on Tuesday, May 1, when Choral Union will present Giovacchino Antonio Rossini’s “Le Petite Messe Solennelle” at 8 p.m. This last major work by Rossini is noteworthy for its geniality and joyfulness in music composed for a mass.

For more information, visit the Performing Arts Department website at or call the office at (607) 753-2811.