MCA announces Schedule of Events for fall semester

FOR RELEASE
2003-08-29
Huntington, Ind.— The Merillat Centre for the Arts at Huntington College has announced its fall semester schedule of events. Please contact Steve Pozezanac, director of the Merillat Centre for the Arts, for ticket information at (260) 359-4261. For a complete calendar of events for the entire year, visit www.huntington.edu/mca.

COMMUNITY ARTS SERIES
For ticket information, contact the MCA Box Office at (260) 359-4261.

Fri. October 3
8:00 PM MCA Auditorium
Comedian Jeff Allen
More than anything, Jeff Allen likes to make people laugh, and, rare among comedians, he knows a joke doesn’t have to be dirty to be funny. Jeff is one of the few comedians who can "kill ‘em" at a casino in Vegas and then bring down the house at the Baptist Youth Missionary Board… doing the exact same act. He says, "Funny is funny. What makes people laugh works anywhere. I don’t change a word." Join us for a fun-filled evening for the whole family - we guarantee you’ll leave laughing!
Underwritten by Geiger Development.

Fri. November 7
7:30 PM MCA Auditorium
Tim Zimmerman & the King’s Brass
Tim Zimmerman and The King’s Brass provide innovative worship for young and old alike through the "best in sacred brass music." By teaming together, these Christian professionals from around the United States perform their original arrangements as heard on their eight recordings. For more than twenty years, The King’s Brass has performed over one hundred concerts each season with three trumpets, three trombones, a tuba, keyboards and percussion. Playing a wide variety of music from Gabrieli to hymn classics, from Handel to jazz spirituals, from Christmas carols to patriotic marches, The King’s Brass uses all corners of the concert hall to lift hearts and spirits in praise. Tim Zimmerman, director and founder of The King’s Brass, received his graduate degree in trumpet performance from Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, Maryland. He currently serves as Artist in Residence and Chairman of the Music Department at Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana.
Co-sponsored by the MCA Community Arts Council and the HC Music Department.

Sun. December 14
2:30 PM MCA Auditorium
Holiday Pops Concert
Bradley Thachuk is the Philharmonic’s assistant conductor, beginning with the 2002-03 season. Thachuk comes to Fort Wayne from the Prince George Symphony Orchestra where he was interim music director. Prior to that appointment he was associate conductor of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and conductor of the opera program at Miami University. He was conducting assistant for the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestras in 2000-2001, and was the 2000 recipient of the prestigious David Effron Conducting Fellowship at the Chatauqua Festival in Chatauqua, New York.
Underwritten by Myers Funeral Home

HUNTINGTON COLLEGE MUSIC DEPARTMENT

General Admission to all concerts $5.
Students, faculty and seniors $3.
All evening concerts begin at 7:30 PM.
Afternoon concerts begin at 3:00 or 4:30 PM.
Matinees begin at 2:00 PM.

Wed. September 10
4:30 PM Longaker Recital Hall
Afternoon Masterclass Series
Russian Folk Music & Instruments
Presented by Ann Donner, formerly of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and Svetlana Sack, Cimbaly virtuoso.

Wed. September 17
4:30 PM Longaker Recital Hall
Afternoon Concert Series
Piano recital and lecture with Tony Silva of the University of Memphis.

Fri. September 19
7:30 PM MCA Auditorium
Faculty Artist Series
Dr. John Thompson, Baritone
Dr. Thompson gives an HC performance of his Doctoral Lecture Recital on The Songs & Dances of Death by Russian Nationalist composer Modest Mussorgsky. Born of the pathos of a history of oppression, this cycle of five songs speaks of the agony, despair and gentle hope of death in the nineteenth century Russian spirit.

Wed. October 1
4:30 PM Longaker Recital Hall
Afternoon Concert Series
All-Area Music Student Recital I
Featuring a variety of music majors and minors in vocal and instrumental solo or chamber music performances.
No Admission Charge

Fri. October 17
7:30 PM MCA Auditorium
Ensemble Concert Series
Barkley Square
Jazz and Big Band offerings featuring the HC Concert Choir, Woman’s Chorale, Jazz Band and Columbia City’s Blue River Big Band.

Tue. October 21
7:30 PM MCA Auditorium
Ensemble Concert Series
The Huntington Area Invitational Band Festival
Featuring the bands of Huntington North High School, Riverview Middle School, Crestview Middle School and the HC Wind Ensemble in an evening of exciting instrumental favorites.

Wed. October 29
4:30 PM Longaker Recital Hall
Afternoon Concert Series
All-Area Music Student Recital II
Featuring a variety of music majors and minors in vocal and instrumental solo or chamber music performances.
No Admission Charge

Sun. November 9
7:30 PM College Park Church
18th Annual Church Music Concert
The HC Handbell Choir, Brass Ensemble, student and faculty organists and soloists join together in traditional hymns of the church as well as arias and ensembles from the great oratorio repertoire.

Wed. November 19
4:30 PM Longaker Recital Hall
Afternoon Concert Series
All-Area Music Student Recital III
Featuring a variety of music majors and minors in vocal and instrumental solo or chamber music performances.
No Admission Charge

November 20, 21, 22
7:30 PM MCA Auditorium
November 22
2:00 PM MCA Auditorium
Oklahoma!
by Rogers & Hammerstein
Set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. Although the road to true love never runs smoothly, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love’s journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road. That they will succeed in making a new life together there is no doubt, and that this new life will begin in a brand-new state provides the ultimate climax to the triumphant OKLAHOMA!

Fri. December 5
7:30 PM MCA Auditorium
Ensemble Series
An Instrumental Christmas
The HC Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Piano Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Classical Guitar Ensemble and Handbells perform in a rollicking celebration of holiday instrumental favorites including hits from the popular group Mannheim Steamroller.

Sun. December 7
7:30 PM St. Mary’s Cathedral
Ensemble Series
Handel’s Messiah
The HC Concert Choir and Orchestra join with the Community Festival Chorus in the 49th Annual Huntington presentation of the most beloved of all sacred choral works. HC Music Faculty serve as vocal soloists, conductor and orchestra principles.

Wed. December 10
4:30 PM Longaker Recital Hall
Afternoon Concert Series
All-Area Music Student Recital IV
Featuring a variety of music majors and minors in vocal and instrumental solo or chamber music performances.
No Admission Charge

HUNTINGTON COLLEGE THEATRE DEPARTMENT

Regular Season
All seating is reserved.
Ticket prices for all shows:
Adults: $7.00
Students, HC Faculty/Staff, Seniors: $5.00
Tickets not claimed 10 minutes before curtain will be released.

Thu. September 25
7:30 PM MCA Auditorium
Fresh Faces
HC Theatre showcases its newest class of talent in its annual evening of scenes & songs.

Sat. October 4
2:30 PM MCA Studio Theatre
HC3: Huntington College Homecoming
High-larious Comedy
In the tradition of Theatresports and Who’s Line is it Anyway?, HC Theatre presents its own version of competition improv theatre. Pitting a team of alumni against a team of future alumni (current students) where the audience is the judge, this afternoon performance will have everyone rolling in the aisles.
($3 - General Admission)

Thu. Fri. & Sat. November 20, 21, 22
7:30 PM MCA Auditorium
Sat. November 22
2:00 PM MCA Auditorium
Oklahoma!
by Rogers & Hammerstein
Reserved Seating
Set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. Although the road to true love never runs smoothly, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love’s journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road. That they will succeed in making a new life together there is no doubt, and that this new life will begin in a brand-new state provides the ultimate climax to the triumphant OKLAHOMA!

LAB Season
Lab Season seating is general admission, all seats $2.00.

Thu. Fri. & Sat. October 9, 10, 11
8:00 PM Hiner Hall
The Life of Galileo
by Bertolt Brecht
Among Brecht’s most complex plays, The Life of Galileo consistently refuses easy resolutions to the thorny problems it tackles. Galileo behaves atrociously, stealing credit for other’s discoveries, putting his family and friends into grave peril, destroying his inquisitive daughter’s spirit, and ultimately recanting in the face of the Inquisition. These actions are never explained away, never justified in the name of the greater good. They are simply presented as the terrible things a great man did to survive in difficult times. Better yet, Brecht allows the opposition – the Church and the scientists who refuse to abandon Aristotelian astronomy – real eloquence in their refutations of Galileo.
Discussions to follow each performance.

ROBERT E. WILSON GALLERY
The Robert E. Wilson Gallery is open to the public, weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and before all Merillat Centre for the Arts events.

September 2 - 25
Artist Reception: Sat. September 13, 6-8:00 PM
Works on Paper
Christopher Ganz & Paul Schumann
This exhibit features prints and drawings by regional artists Christopher Ganz and Paul Schumann.
(Chamber music by Dr. Andrew Shepard-Smith, guitar)

October 1 - 23
Opening Reception: Sat. October 4, 9-11:00 AM
Retrospective
Marjorie Cook
A look back at the life and works of Marjorie Cook, a Huntington College alumna.
(Chamber music by Dr. Robert Lynn & the HC Brass Ensemble)

October 29 - November 20
Artist Reception: Sat. November 1, 6-8:00 PM
Huntington College Visual Arts Faculty Exhibit
Recent works by HC Visual Art faculty, Ken Hopper, Rebecca Coffman and Darryl Moody.
(Chamber music by the HC Faculty Trio)

December 1 - 12
Artist Reception: Sat. December 6, 6-8:00 PM
Graduating Visual Art Majors Exhibit
This exhibit features works by graduating visual art majors Amy Griffin and Brandon Schwartz.

FORESTER LECTURE SERIES
Forester Lectures are open to the public, free of charge.

Tue. September 16
7:00 PM MCA Auditorium
Dr. Daryl Elliott
"Milton Wright, the Wright Brothers, and the Religious Origins of American Aviation"
Dr. Elliott is the Senior Pastor at Fountain United Brethren Church and is a Trustee of Huntington College. Dr. Elliott received a doctoral degree from Drew University (NJ) and has written on Bishop Milton Wright of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ and his sons, Orville and Wilbur Wright. In this presentation, he will detail the considerable legacies of Bishop Wright in American religion and aviation. The Wright household served as a meeting ground between the Christian faith and advanced technology. Dr. Elliott will tell the story of how the Wright Brothers built upon a deep heritage of faith, challenged the limits of knowledge, and changed the future of the human race.

Tue. September 23
7:00 PM MCA Auditorium
David Herb
"U.S. Space Program: Past, Present, and Future"
David Herb is the Construction Engineer and Construction Manager at the NASA Glenn Research Center. Mr. Herb will visit the Huntington College campus as part of NASA’s Community and Media Relations program. He has assisted with the design and implementation of aeropropulsion, microgravity, and communications technologies for the U.S. space program in his capacity as a test engineer at the NASA Glenn Research Center. He will address the recent history and current status of American space initiatives and provide insight into the complex nature of research, development and deployment of the next generation of NASA technologies.

Mon. October 6
7:00 PM MCA Auditorium
Dr. A. A. Harrison
"The Right Stuff: From Kitty Hawk to Mars"
Dr. Albert Harrison is a Professor of Psychology at University of California, Davis. He is author of numerous books, most recently Spacefaring: The Human Dimension. He has conducted extensive research on next-generation space missions, including a return to the Moon and initial human exploration of Mars, and recently received a large grant from NASA to investigate ways of integrating behavioral health research with flight operations. His presentation will speak to the biological and psychological demands of extreme flight conditions and the future prospects for human exploration of deep space.

Tue. December 2
7:00 PM Dining Commons Banquet Area
Dr. Warren Rogers
"Life Elsewhere in the Universe: A Scientific and Religious Exploration"
Dr. Rogers is an Associate Professor of Physics at Westmont College (CA). His research in the area of nuclear physics has earned him grants from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy. He will respond to the issues in the film Contact, which will be shown campus-wide prior to the event. The film is based on Carl Sagan’s novel of the same title and explores the intersection between faith and discovery. Dr. Rogers’ presentation will engage issues related to deep space exploration and the search for life beyond the earth, particularly the question, "Does the potential discovery of life beyond earth pose any problems for the Christian worldview?"

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Huntington College is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 60 academic concentrations. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington College is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in Huntington, Indiana. The College is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). 
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