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The Arts Guild at Neumann University was established in 1991 to enhance the high level of cultural enrichment presented to the Delaware Valley Community. The eight member organizations, Center Stage Productions, the Cultural Arts Forum, the Delaware County Symphony, International Ballet Classique, the Neumann University Art Gallery, the Neumann University Concert Chorale, the Neumann University Jazz Band, and the Neumann University Players, offer performances and seminars in the Fred P. Meagher Theatre in an atmosphere that offers fine acoustics, architectural excellence, and comfortable continental seating. For more information on any of our programming, please contact the Neumann University Office of Cultural Programming by calling 610-558-5626.

All events are held in the Meagher Theatre located in the Thomas A. Bruder, Jr. Life Center on the Neumann University campus unless otherwise noted.

General/ticketing information may be obtained by calling 610-558-5626 unless otherwise noted.

SPRING EVENTS:

Chamber Concert I've Got Rhythm: A Celebration of Percussion, Brass, and Jazz!

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DELAWARE COUNTY SYMPHONY

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9 @ 3:00 p.m.

Directed by Jennifer Nicole Campbell

In this unique explorative concert, members of the Delaware County Symphony (DCS) share their love of jazz music. Not only will it be including jazz favorites such as Dave Brubeck’s Take 5 and Gershwin’s I’ve Got Rhythm, but the DCS also brings you guest artist duo Paul Downie and David Gettes on Caribbean style steel drums! Join us for a musical event sure to surprise and satisfy young and old alike.

ADMISSION: General $15; Seniors/Students $12; FREE for Neumann students with ID and children under 12 with a paying adult. Subscription and group rates are available. For tickets/information, please call 610-879-7059 or visit www.dcsmusic.org

Symphony Concert

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DELAWARE COUNTY SYMPHONY

SUNDAY, MARCH 1 @ 3:00 p.m.

Sebastian Grand, guest conductor

Tom Hicks, piano

The concert opens with Overture to LaForza del Destino by Guiseppe Verdi. The program continues with the lush and romantic sounds of Piano Concerto No. 2 by Sergei Rachmaninoff featuring guest soloist Tom Hicks, piano, and concludes with Symphony No. 4 by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Enjoy a free pre concert lecture by Dr. C. Michael Kelly from 2:00 to 2:30 p.m.

ADMISSION: General $20; Seniors/Students $17; FREE for Neumann students with ID and children under 12 with paying adult. Subscription and group rates are available. For tickets/information, please call 610-879-7059 or visit www.dcsmusic.org

Mother Jones: My Life and Times

CULTURAL ARTS FORUM

Thursday, March 5 @ 1:30 p.m.

Margaret A. Orner, author and performer

Mary Harris “Mother” Jones (1830-1930) traveled all over this country fighting on behalf of poor workers and educating them on the benefits of belonging to a union. Margaret Orner’s performance will include the 1903 “March of the Mill Children,” from Philadelphia to New York to protest child labor. Ms. Orner began writing her script in 1996 and continues to research and add material to her presentation every day. She enjoys traveling across the country in the footsteps of this courageous, inspiring woman.

ADMISSION: General $10; FREE for Cultural Arts Forum members and Neumann students with ID. Proceeds benefit the Dr. Margaret Mary Kearney Scholarship

Disney and Cameron Macintosh's Mary Poppins

NEUMANN UNIVERSITY PLAYERS

Thursday, Friday, Saturday,
March 12, 13, 14 @ 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 15 @ 2:00 p.m.

Music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman

Book by Julian Fellowes

Additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drew

Cameron Mackintosh, co-creator

John K. Baxter, director

Dr. Richard Sayers, PhD, music director

Everyone’s favorite, practically perfect nanny takes the stage in this supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical adventure. The musical is based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film, and is presented through special arrangement with Music Theater International.

ADMISSION: $10; Seniors/Students $5; FREE for Neumann students with ID on Thursday evening. TICKET INFORMATION/BOX OFFICE:610-558-5626

A Day of Spiritual Renewal Recognizing the Gift of Vulnerability

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CULTURAL ARTS FORUM

Monday , March 16 @ 8:30 a.m.

Lent and Easter present a God challenging us to be vulnerable in our daily lives. Brene Brown, a popular writer and researcher, defines vulnerability as “uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure.” We will look to Jesus’ life as a model of vulnerability and to the God he speaks of as a vulnerable God –a God who gives everything and then sets us free. Looking through the Scriptures with an eye on vulnerability we’ll look at the compassion, mercy, and courage evident for all to see and then look at ourselves and see if we have the “courage to show up and be seen when we have no control over the outcome.” The day includes presentations by Sister Julia Keegan, OSF; reflection time; the Sacrament of Reconciliation; Mass; and lunch.

ADMISSION: $35 RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Call 610-558-5626 for details.

Author's Corner The Massacre at Duffy's Cut

CULTURAL ARTS FORUM

Friday, March 20 @ 1:30 p.m.

William Watson, PhD, author

Fifty-seven Irish immigrant laborers arrived in the port of Philadelphia in June 1832. Contractor Philip Duffy soon hired them to work on Pennsylvania’s Philadelphia and Columbia Railroads in an area referred to as Duffy’s Cut, Chester County. All perished within six weeks. For more than 180 years, the railroad maintained that they were victims of a cholera epidemic. In a harrowing modern-day excavation of their mass grave, evidence shows that some of the laborers were murdered. Dr. William Watson and his brother, J. Francis Watson,founded the Duffy’s Cut Project.

ADMISSION: Free-will donation to benefit the Dr. Margaret Mary Kearney Scholarship

Multicultural Dance Festival

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INTERNATIONAL BALLET CLASSIQUE

Saturday, March 21 @ 3:00 p.m.

Josie Singer, executive director

Jaelyn Fellona, director, International Ballet Theatre

Dance is the beating heart of a culture! We are excited to announce the fourth annual festival showcasing the vibrant spirit of the diverse cultural communities that thrive in Delaware County and the surrounding area. These festival shave featured North and South Indian, Russian, Chinese, Latin, Polynesian, Ukrainian, Irish, and modern dancers. IBC continuously grows to meet the needs of a diverse audience within our local communities while fulfilling a reputation as an outstanding arts organization!

ADMISSION: $15; Student/Child/Senior $12 INFORMATION/TICKETS: Tickets are assigned seating and can be purchased online at www.ibcballet.org or phone 610-986-2474.

High Tea with Principally Harps

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CULTURAL ARTS FORUM

Sunday , March 22 @ 2:00 p.m.

The Ballrooms of Boothwyn

Lia's Catering

1405 Meetinghouse Road Upper Chichester, PA

Spend a relaxing afternoon with family and friends. Enjoy scones, tea sandwiches, and special desserts while being entertained by a magical music presentation. The event benefits the  Dr. Margaret Mary Kearney Scholarship fund. Don’t be afraid to wear your favorite hat!

ADMISSION: $40; Children under 12 $25 (special sandwiches provided) RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Call 610-558-5626

Card Making with Dianne

CULTURAL ARTS FORUM

Tuesday, March 24 @ 7:00 p.m.

Dianne Keough

Enjoy a relaxing evening with friends and family while you create beautiful greeting cards. A former educator, Ms. Keough will teach you how to make cards using stamping techniques and more. Come join the fun! Limited seating is available.

COST: $35 Proceeds benefit the Dr.Margaret Mary Kearney Scholarship. RESERVATIONS NECESSARY. Call 610-558-5626

"18 Tiny Deaths: The Untold Story of Frances Glessner Leeand the Invention of Modern Forensics"

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SPECIAL PRESENTATION

Thursday, April 2 @ 2:40 p.m.

Bruce Goldfarb. author

Frances Glessner Lee, the mother of forensic science, has been the inspiration for a coffee table picture book, two documentaries, two books of poetry, an exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and a crime drama television show story. But her life story has not been told until now. Depicted as an eccentric millionaire, Lee was a reformer, educator, advocate, and agent of change. Sheis largely responsible for the CSI-type crime scene investigation, both in the field and in popular culture. Bruce Goldfarb, an award-winning reporter whose work has appeared in many publications, including USA Today, Washington Post, Baltimore magazine, and American Health, will discuss the undertaking of “18 Tiny Deaths,” and some new material such as Lee’s previously unreleased FBI file. Since 2012, Goldfarb has been executive assistant to the Chief Medical Examiner for Maryland state.

ADMISSION: Free to the public

Chamber Concert Interactive Family Concert: Peter and the Wolf

DELAWRE COUNTY SYMPHONY

Sunday, April 5 @ 3:00 p.m.

Jennifer Nicole Campbell, chamber music director

Guided by an articulate and energetic narrator, Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf is a truly unique fusion of literary and musical art brought to life! The DCS is proud to present a family concert appealing especially to our younger music-lovers. This concert is packed with musical insights and adventure. The veil is lifted between audience and performer as we delve into both Peter and the Wolf and Poulenc’s Sextet for piano and winds in our annual chamber series family concert.

ADMISSION General $15; Seniors/Students $12; Subscription and group rates are available. For tickets/information, please call 610-879-7059 or visit www.dcsmusic.org.

Alexandra Romanova: The Last Czarina

Alexandra Romanova

CULTURAL ARTS FORUM

Thursday, April 16 @ 1:30 p.m.

Alisa Dupuy, presenter/performer

Born a German princess, Alexandra Feodorovna became the Empress of Russia after marrying Nicholas II, the last ruler of the Russian Empire, in November 1894. Stripped of her title at the abdication of the monarch, she was assassinated by the Bolsheviks in 1918. In 2000, the Russian Orthodox Church canonized her as Saint Alexandra the Passion Bearer. Alisa Dupuy portrays the empress as a wife, woman, and mother.

ADMISSION: General $10; FREE for Cultural Arts Forum members and Neumann students with ID. Proceeds benefit the Dr. Margaret Mary Kearney Scholarship

Spring Concert

NEUMANN UNIVERSITY JAZZ BAND

Tuesday, April 21 @ 8:00 p.m.

Richard Sayers, PhD, musical director

Jazz, pop and rock are the order of the evening as Neumann’s Jazz Band presents its annual spring concert. Current students, alumni and members of the community collaborate to create this celebration of sound. All are welcome.

ADMISSION: General $8; Seniors/Students $5; FREE for Neumann students with ID and children under 12.

Spring Concert

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NEUMANN UNIVERSITY CONCERT CHORALE

Friday, May 1 @ 8:00 p.m.

Yukiko Ishida DMA, director

David Lofton, guest conductor

This annual event includes the members of the internationally acclaimed Neumann University Concert Chorale. The concert will feature classical and contemporary musical selections. The Chorale regularly performs at the University and many other concert halls, churches and public venues.

ADMISSION: General $8; Seniors/Students $5; FREE for Neumann students with ID and children under 12.

DELAWARE COUNTY SYMPHONY

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DELAWARE COUNTY SYMPHONY

Sunday, May 3 @ 3:00 p.m.

Joseph Hodge, guest conductor

Michelle Yelin Nam, piano

The concert opens with Finlandia by Jean Sibelius followed by Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni. The concert continues with the challenging Piano Concerto No. 3 by Sergei Prokofiev featuring Michelle Yelin Nam, piano. The program concludes with the ever popular Symphony No. 2, “Romantic” by Howard Hanson. Enjoy a free pre-concert lecture by Dr. C. Michael Kelly from 2:00 to 2:30 p.m.

ADMISSION: General $20; Seniors/Students $17; FREE for Neumann students with ID and children under 12 with paying adult. Subscription and group rates are available. For ticket/information, please call 610-879-7059 or visit www.dcsmusic.org