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Wednesday, 5 September 2012

The Fall semester of the Spectrum Series at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford is packed with thought-provoking and fun plays, concerts, art exhibits and more.

Spectrum, the longest running arts series at Pitt-Bradford, will open its theater season on Sept. 18 with Thaddeus Phillips’ “17 Border Crossings,” a theatrical trip around the world and through time that examines the arbitrary nature of borders and passports. The show features the real stories of adventurous border crossings and will explore events like the fall of the Berlin Wall as well as the catalyst for the Arab Spring.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Studio Theater located in Blaisdell Hall. Tickets cost $6 for the public and $2 for students.

Spectrum’s first featured writer of the season will be biographer and poet Molly Peacock. Peacock’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, The New Republic, The Paris Review and “The Best of the Best American Poetry.” She has received awards from the Danforth Foundation, Ingram Merrill Foundation, Woodrow Wilson Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts and New York State Council on the Arts. Peacock is one of the founders of Poetry in Motion, which displays poems on urban trains. Currently, she is on the faculty of the Spalding University Low Residence Master of Fine Arts program and serves as series editor of “The Best Canadian Poetry in English.”

The free event will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 27 in the Mukaiyama University Room in the Frame-Westerberg Commons.

On the following night, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m., the Brooklyn-based trio, janus, will kick off the Spectrum music series in the Harriett B. Wick Chapel.

The trio, comprised of Amanda Baker on the flute, Beth Meyers on the viola and Nuiko Wadden on the harp, formed in 2002. The group’s name, janus, is borrowed from the two-faced Roman god who could see both the future and the past. The members maintain the established traditions of their instruments while pushing the envelope with their intriguing combinations. Their well-reviewed first recording, “i am not,” was released by New Amsterdam Records in 2010.

The first Spectrum visual arts event will be “Of Body and Spirit in Relation to our Existence: Sculpture by Anne Mormile.” Mormile is a regional ceramicist who currently teaches at Pitt-Bradford and St. Bonaventure University. Her sculptures have been featured in many exhibitions. Her graceful, elegant art is fueled by the uncomfortable questions of human existence.

Her work will be on display Oct. 12-Nov. 9 in the KOA Art Gallery in Blaisdell Hall. A Gallery Talk will be held at noon on Oct. 12, followed by a reception in the KOA Speer Electronics Lobby of Blaisdell Hall.

Trio Los Claveles will perform as a part of the Spectrum music series on Nov. 8 at 11:30 a.m. in the KOA Speer Electronics Lobby.

The members of the group have been performing their native music together since 2003. Their style, utilizing the distinctive Spanish guitar, is romantic boleros in the vein of world-famous Latin trios like Los Condes and Los Panchos. The trio has performed at many festivals, fairs and venues. The band’s goal is to preserve this passionate style of music. The performance is free.

The Division of Communication and the Arts will present Henrik Ibsen’s classic “An Enemy of the People,” directed by Dr. Kevin Ewert, in the Studio Theater of Blaisdell Hall. The industry in a small town is at once bringing in money and poisoning the citizens. When one man wants to expose the truth, he discovers that sometimes people don’t want to be saved. This timeless classic is at once satire and tragedy.

Performances will take place Nov. 15-17 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $6 for the public and $2 for students.

A school matinee will be held Nov. 14.

The semester will end with a holiday performance by the Pitt-Bradford’s Vocal Arts Ensemble, directed by Dr. John Levey, at 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 4 in the KOA Speer Electronics Lobby.

The ensemble was formed in 2010 to allow students to perform together in programs that feature show tunes, popular songs, jazz and seasonal selections.

For more information, call the Bromeley Family Theater box office at (814)362-5155.

For disability-related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources at (814)362-7609 or clh71@pitt.edu.

Pictured, top, a scene from “17 Border Crossings; last year's holiday concert
Pitt-Bradford photos

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