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Department readies for fine arts festival

Cierra Cook
Staff Writer
cdc8693@lhup.edu

April 17, 2014

The visual and performing arts department will be hosting the Spring Arts Festival between April 23 and May 4.

“I am very excited about the mix of student, faculty, and community members who are going to be involved,” Heffner said.

The department has done things in congruence with homecoming but this will be the first time that so many events have been put into one time frame independently. The festival will display all different kinds of skill levels of all those involved. The event that will kick off with the Clinton County Artists Opening reception in the Bentley Art Gallery. This event will be taking place in collaboration with the Clinton County Arts Council.

Professor Jonathan Neal will be performing a solo marimba recital on April 26 in Sloan Auditorium.

“A recital like this probably hasn’t happened in Lock Haven, and probably never will again. It is my first time playing a solo marimba concert,” Neal said.

The following evening Neal will conduct the Bald Eagle Band in their President’s Concert in Price Auditorium. Another main event of the festival is the Graduating Seniors Show from April 28 to May 9 in Sloan Fine Arts Gallery. This exhibit will be open to the public.

For the conclusion of the festival the Centre Pennsylvania Orchestra will perform in Price Auditorium. This is the first time in more than 20 years that the orchestra will be performing here. Other events included in the festival are the jazz concert on April 24 in Price Auditorium, the String Ensemble Concert on April 25 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, the LHU Choir and the Community Orchestra Concert on April 30 in Price Auditorium, the Student Violin Recital on May 2 in Price Auditorium, and the Dance Concert on May 2 and 3 in Sloan Auditorium.

“I believe it will raise awareness for our arts department among the students and the community. I am excited to attend and perform in some of these events,” Allyson Reel, a sophomore psychology major, said.

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