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Upcoming Events

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.

cultural arts forum

Bessie Coleman: "Fly! Bessie Fly!"

Dr. Daisy N. Century, lecturer/performer
Thursday, September 13 • 1:30 p.m. 
Bessie Coleman (January 26, 1892–April 30, 1926) was an American aviator and the first black woman and Native American to earn a pilot's license. Dr. Century will present the story of Ms. Coleman, a pioneer and inspiration to early pilots and to the AfricanAmerican and Native American communities. Daisy Century is an actress, speaker, author, radio talk show host and educator. She has traveled throughout the United States portraying figures of history.

ADMISSION: General $10; FREE for Neumann students/staff and Cultural Arts Forum members. Become a Cultural Arts Forum member for $40 and enjoy all six lecture series programs! Call 610-558-5626 for details.

Delaware County Symphony

Chamber Concert: Dvorak's Serenades

Dr. Robert Whalen, chamber music director
Sunday, September 23 • 3:00 p.m. 
The Delaware County Symphony Chamber series opens with two delightful chamber works by Antonin Dvorak. Serenade for Winds and Serenade for Strings are wholly Czech in character and both look back to the tradition of music-making in Czech castles and palaces.

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

cultural arts forum

How to Listen to Music and Grow Your Brain: From Bach to Billy Joel

Susan Dodson, presenter
Thursday, October 11 • 1:30 p.m. 
Music is constructed so the listener can solve puzzles. What does the composer expect you to do while you listen? Susan Dodson, who holds a BS in Music Education from Susquehanna University and a master’s degree from West Chester University, will discuss how musicians create their work. She enjoyed a long career of music education in Philadelphia and Delaware County. Come learn things about music that you never knew

ADMISSION: : General $10; FREE for Neumann students/staff and Cultural Arts Forum members.

Delaware County Symphony

Symphony Concert: "Oktoberfest!"randall

Joseph Caminiti, music director Randall Scarlata, baritone
Sunday, October 14 • 3:00 p.m. 
The concert opens with Overture to Die Meistersinger by Richard Wagner and Eine romantische Suite by Max Reger. The program continues with Randall Scarlata, baritone, performing Rückert Lieder by Gustav Mahler. The concert’s final selection is Les Preludes by Franz Liszt. Enjoy a free pre-concert lecture by Dr. C. Michael Kelly from 2:00 to 2:30 p.m

ADMISSION: : General $20; Seniors/Students $18; 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 the website at http://www.dcsmusic.org

Author's Corner

Life is a Rough Draft

Annabel Liu, author
Friday, October 19 • 1:30 p.m. 
Music is constructed so the listener can solve puzzles. What does the composer expect you to do while you listen? Susan Dodson, who holds a BS in Music Education from Susquehanna University and a master’s degree from West Chester University, will discuss how musicians create their work. She enjoyed a long career of music education in Philadelphia and Delaware County. Come learn things about music that you never knew!

ADMISSION: : General $10; FREE for Neumann students/staff and Cultural Arts Forum members.

Delaware County Symphony

DCS Artist in Residence Concert Solo Piano Recital – Lineage to Ludwig

Sunday, October 28 • 3:00 p.m.  
Join Artist In Residence, Jennifer Nicole Campbell, on a musical journey exploring her musical lineage back to Ludwig Van Beethoven! Included in the program are Beethoven’s Piano Sonata Op. 22, Czerny’s Sonata in B minor, Liszt's Sposalizio and Gnomenreigen, Chopin's Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Rondo Fantasia by David Auldon Brown, and Variations on Loch Lomond, an original composition by Ms. Campbell.

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

cultural arts forum

showLuncheon and Fashion Show

Sunday, November 11 • 11:30 a.m. Penn Oaks Golf Club, West Chester, PA  
Relax and view the latest styles for women's fashions as you enjoy a tasty luncheon prepared by the chefs of Penn Oaks Golf Club, West Chester, PA. Try your luck on a variety of theme baskets and a cash raffle. All proceeds benefit the Dr. Margaret Mary Kearney Scholarship. Fashions provided by Claire's Fashions of Wilmington. Children's fashions, various clothing selections and beautiful accessories, will be available from local vendors.

ADMISSION: : $40 (reservations necessary)

INFORMATION/RESERVATIONS: Call 610-558-5626

cultural arts forum

Those Fascinating Brits: The Enduring Appeal of Reading Jane Austen and Watching Downton Abbey

Dr. Barbara Betz, presenter
Thursday, November 8 • 1:30 p.m. 
For those who love to explore and enjoy British literary culture, the program will focus on the passion that Austen readers and Downton viewers bring to their chosen texts. Dr. Betz will discuss some interesting themes, including the role of women, modernity vs. tradition, a place for the aristocracy in the modern world, and how war might factor in with character and plot. Dr. Betz has a PhD in English with a specialty in Victorian literature and women's fiction, and has taught at West Chester University for over 25 years.

ADMISSION:  General $10; FREE for Neumann students/staff and Cultural Arts Forum members.

NEUMANN UNIVERSITY PLAYERS

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By William Shakespeare John Baxter, director
Thursday through Saturday November 8, 9, 10 • 8:00 p.m. Sunday, November 11 • 2:00 p.m. 
Often referred to as Shakespeare’s “most Catholic play,” Pericles features the backdrop of mythic, ancient Greece. One of Shakespeare’s late period romances written in the twilight of his career in a collaboration with pamphleteer George Wilkins, Pericles wanders through a series of “once upon a time” adventures, facing increasing hardships and losing loved ones along the way. When all hope seems lost, Pericles experiences a life-affirming miracle, with one of the most powerful endings in the entire canon of The Bard.

ADMISSION: General $10; Seniors/Students $5; FREE for Neumann students with ID on opening night.

DELAWARE COUNTY SYMPHONY

kathrineChamber Concert: Schumann and Schubert

Dr. Robert Whalen, chamber music director
Sunday, November 18 • 3:00 p.m.  
The Chamber Series continues with Auf dem Strom by Franz Schubert. This emotional masterpiece was composed as an homage to Beethoven and it features Delaware County Symphony music director Joseph Caminiti on horn and Katherine Skovira, voice. The concert continues with a dazzling string quartet by Joseph Haydn and concludes with the emotionally subtle and refined Quartet in E-flat by Robert Schumann.

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

NEUMANN UNIVERSITY JAZZ BAND

Winter Concert: Horns of Plenty

Richard Sayers, PhD, music director
Thursday, November 29 • 8:00 p.m.  
This annual concert connects the blessing and bounty of Thanksgiving to the wonder and beauty of Christmas with a cornucopia of jazz, pop and rock. Join our group of students, alumni and friends for an hour-long smorgasbord of musical morsels, including a few Christmas treats.

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

NEUMANN UNIVERSITY CONCERT CHORALE

Christmas Concert

Yukiko Ishida, DMA, artistic director
Friday, November 30 • 8:00 p.m.  
Come and enjoy the sounds of Christmas with traditional and contemporary selections. The program will feature O Little Town of Bethlehem arranged by Russell Mauldin and Sue C. Smith, People, Look East by Craig Courtney, The Alfred Burt Carols by Alfred Burt, Pace e Bene by Yukiko Ishida, George Fridric Handel’s The Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah and more. A very special holiday musical experience is promised to all!

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

Delaware County Symphony

Symphony Concert: Over the River and Into the Woods

Joseph Caminiti, music director
Sunday, December 2 • 3:00 p.m. 
The concert begins with the Enchanted Forest by Vincent d’Indy and Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage by Felix Mendelssohn. Followed by And God Created Great Whales by Alan Hovhaness and Dawn on the Moscow River by Modest Mussorgsky. The concert concludes with Ottorino Respighi’s Pines of Rome. Enjoy a free preconcert lecture by Dr. C. Michael Kelly from 2:00 to 2:30 p.m.

ADMISSION: : General $20; Seniors/ Students $18; FREE for Neumann students with ID and children under 12. For tickets/information, please call 610-879-7059 or visit the website at  http://www.dcsmusic.org

CULTURAL ARTS FORUM

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Heidi Hayes, musical performer
Thursday, December 6 • 1:30 p.m.  
In the course of 14 months, Heidi Hayes survived many life-changing events, which she has chronicled in her book, Navigating The Middle, a collection of stories and songs that celebrate modern life. She is a singer, actor, arts educator and blogger. Her many credits include a nine month tour in Troika Entertainment’s Sister Act and Mamma Lilly in Hank Williams: Lost Highway at Gretna Theatre. She is a longtime faculty member at the Walnut Street Theatre School and maintains a private voice studio in Bryn Mawr and New York City

ADMISSION:  General $10; FREE for Neumann students/staff and Cultural Arts Forum members.

INTERNATIONAL BALLET CLASSIQUE

nutcrackerThe Nutcracker Ballet

Executive Director: Josie Singer
Saturday, December 8 • 2:00 p.m. Sunday, December 9 • 2:00 p.m.  
Enjoy the holiday magic that delights audiences of all ages! During an exciting Christmas celebration, Clara receives an enchanted Nutcracker doll. Join Clara as her Nutcracker comes alive to battle the Rat King and journey with Clara and her Prince into the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of the Sweets with dramatic dancing and pageantry!

ADMISSION:  Adults $24; Students/ Children/Seniors $16. For tickets contact:  http://ibcballet.org/ or call 610-986-2474. No additional ticket fees.

 

Art Exhibits

If you are an artist or know someone who is looking for a “gallery” in which to display an art collection, Neumann University can help. We will serve as a host site for emerging artists from the surrounding area to exhibit a body of artwork. This is an excellent opportunity to share your artistic talent with the University and the greater community. Art exhibits will hang in the University Library and typically run for two months. All works displayed will be in congruence with the mission of Neumann University.


To obtain a schedule of upcoming art exhibits or for more information regarding exhibit proposals, please contact the Office of Cultural Programming via telephone at 610-558-5626, or via e-mail at dimarinn@neumann.edu.

NEUMANN UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY EXHIBIT PROGRAM

Library Gallery
Bachmann Main Building
ADMISSION: FREE

Neumann Student Exhibition 
Thursday, August 23 through Monday, October 15

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Barbara Lauer
Wednesday, October 17 through Monday, December 3

ARTIST'S RECEPTION:
Wednesday, October 17 • 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Neumann Student Exhibition 
Tuesday, December 4 through Monday, January 28