Apr ’12
20
8:00 pm

Versatile Soprano Diana McVey in Concert at PSU April 20           

The Silver Series for the Performing Art will present Diana McVey, soprano, in concert Friday April 20 at 8 p.m. in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center. Ms. McVey will be accompanied by pianist Michelle Beaton (not Benjamin Loeb as formerly announced).

McVey is a versatile soprano whose skills as both a singer and an actress have made her highly visible in opera, oratorio and as a soloist with symphony orchestras. The beauty of her voice and intelligent artistry have also made her a much sought after artist for both the standard repertoire and new works.

The program includes songs by Puccini, Berg, Robert Schumann, Cumming, Liszt and Richard and Johann Strauss.

McVey has become known for her riveting and moving portrayals of Violette in La Traviata and Lucia in Lucia Di Lammermoor. She has sung leading roles with Opera Tampa, Opera Columbus, Lake George Opera Festival, Boston Academy of Music, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Opera Providence, and many more.

The singer made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2006, singing Mozart’s Requiem and Coronation Mass, and traveled to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, for a production of Carmen.

Pianist Michelle Beaton is a frequent collaborator with singers and instrumentalists in the United States and Canada. She has coached and performed with grand prize winners of the Metropolitan Opera National Auditions , the Marion Anderson Competition and the National Association for Teachers of Singing Artist Awards competition.  She is staff collaborative pianist at Boston University College of Fine Arts and Boston Conservatory, and joined the faculty of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute in 2011. She will join the faculty of the coOPERAtive program in Princeton and Philadelphia in July.

Tickets for the concert are $30 for adults, $28 for seniors and $15 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869.  Tickets are also available online at silver.plymouth.edu.

General information about PSU events is online at ThisWeek@PSU, http://thisweek.blogs.plymouth.edu.

$30 adult, $28 senior, $15 youth

Smith Recital Hall

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David Sedaris

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Apr ’12
15
7:00 pm

With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s preeminent humor writers. He is the author of Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as collections of personal essays: Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, and When You Are Engulfed in Flames, each of which became a bestseller. His newest book, a collection of fables entitled Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary (with illustrations by Ian Falconer), was published in September 2010 and immediately hit the New York Times Bestseller Fiction List. His original radio pieces can often be heard on This American Life where his droll delivery and unique voice made him a media sensation. Sedaris has been nominated for three Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word and Best Comedy Album. His two previous appearances at the Silver Center still hold the record for fastest sold out events. You have been warned.

$35-$25 adult, $33-$23 senior, $25-$15 youth

Hanaway Theatre

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John Gorka

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Mar ’12
30
8:00 pm

For over two decades, John Gorka’s keen ear has picked up the stories of people along his path, folding them into poetry and song. His near cult-like following never fails to fill concerts where his versatility on guitar and piano keeps the audience in his spell. While his somewhat shy, self-effacing stage presence rightfully focuses on his songs, he’s never short of a sly comment or clever joke. Rolling Stone has called him “the preeminent male singer-songwriter of the New Folk Movement” and the likes of Mary Chapin Carpenter, Mary Black, and Maura O’Connell have covered his songs. He also shared tours with many of his notable friends—Nanci Griffith, Shawn Colvin, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Lucy Kaplansky among them. He has been featured on Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, and eTown, has 11 studio albums, and has collaborated on countless compilations.

$30 adult, $28 senior, $15 youth

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Mar ’12
15
7:00 pm

Created as a response to former Harvard President Lawrence Summers’ now infamous suggestion that women are less represented than men in the sciences because of “innate gender differences,” Truth Values: One Girl’s Romp Through MIT’s Male Math Maze is a true-life tale that offers a humorous, scathing, insightful, and ultimately uplifting look at the challenges of being a professional woman in a male-dominated field. Gioia De Cari brings to life more than 30 characters in a hilarious and deeply touching performance that has earned raves from critics and stirred audiences to standing ovations. De Cari began her performance career in experimental opera while a teaching fellow in mathematical logic at Harvard. After graduating summa cum laude from UC Berkeley, she earned a master’s degree in science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It was there she was “stalked by nerds and asked to serve cookies at a math seminar.” This play was the result and won top honors at the 2009 New York International Fringe Festival.
Presented with the SAGE Center at PSU (Sexuality, Anti-Violence, Gender, and Equality).

Hanaway Theatre

$20 adult, $18 senior, $10 youth

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The annual All New England Band Festival, featuring the PSU Symphonic Band as well as 175 high school musicians.  The concert will conclude a day-long event involving honor band members representing 65 high schools from all six New England states.  The students were chosen from more than 400 who applied for the festival from a total of 80 high schools.  Selections were based on students' individual musical achievements while attending the schools they are representing.  More than two-thirds of those selected have been members of their respective all-state bands or orchestras.
2011 Guest Conductors: Mark Camphouse and Roger Cichy
For further information contact Mark Stickney - mastickney@plymouth.edu

$8 Adult/Youth - $6 Seniors - Free PSU Faculty/Staff/Students

Ruth Moody Band

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Feb ’12
19
7:00 pm

Ruth Moody, a Juno Award-winning songwriter from Winnipeg, founding member of the internationally renowned, Billboard-charting trio The Wailin' Jennys, and former lead singer of the Canadian roots band Scruj MacDuhk (later known as The Duhks), now has her own band and a new album. Although best known for her work with The Wailin’ Jennys, Ruth is an artist of exceptional depth and grace in her own right. Critics have lauded her ethereal vocals, impressive multi-instrumentalism (she plays guitar, banjo, accordion, piano, and bodhrán), and her talent as a songwriter. Writing with a maturity and wisdom that belies her age, her songs are timeless, universal, and exceptionally well-crafted, all sung with an intimacy and honesty that is unmistakably hers. Ruth's highly anticipated solo album, The Garden, was released this summer to stunning reviews.

$30 adult, $28 senior, $15 youth

Smith Recital Hall

Tim O’Brien

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Nov ’11
13
7:00 pm

Tim O'Brien is still going strong decades into his career as a singer/songwriter steeped in the musical traditions of American folk. A noted master of the guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, bouzouki, and mandocello, he is a founding member of the legendary band Hot Rize. O’Brien has been awarded a Grammy and twice been named Male Vocalist of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association. His thirteenth solo album, Chicken and Egg, reveals a maturity and zest for living that blends well with his natural, acoustic, and spontaneous style. While he continues to write songs, “I still sing a good bit of traditional material. If you do it long enough, you can’t always tell the old from the new. It becomes what happens between the chicken and the egg: I don’t know which came first, but it contains the whole of life.” This is your chance to see O’Brien in an intimate, solo appearance.

$30 adult, $28 senior, $15 youth

Smith Recital Hall

Oct ’11
28
8:00 pm

The iconic New Orleans group that has been preserving America’s music for over half a century is experiencing quite a revival. Recording with the likes of Del McCoury, Tom Waits, Ani Defranco, and Paolo Nutini proves that jazz standards can be as progressive as any other musical form. Recruiting younger players and expanding its repertoire, the PHJB has modernized its approach while keeping the old-time faith — hiring musicians whose strong links to the pioneers of jazz assure the music’s authenticity. The combination makes for a multigenerational mix with appeal to a range of musical constituencies, not just aficionados of traditional jazz. Ben Jaffe, son of founders Alan and Sandra Jaffe and the current director of PHJB, says, “If people don’t walk out with a smile on their faces, then we haven’t done our job. Our music is to inspire joy.”

$35-$25 adult, $33-$23 senior, $25-$15 youth

Hanaway Theatre

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Nov ’11
4
8:00 pm

In addition to being the 2011 Music Director for the New Hampshire Music Festival, Benjamin Loeb has been praised as a concert pianist by the Boston Globe: “his vigorous, cogent playing signaled the kind of equally weighted partnership, plus competition, plus mutual quest, etc. that makes this music live.” Elena Urioste was recently featured on the cover of Symphony magazine as an “emerging artist to watch” and is hailed by critics and audiences alike for her lush tone, the nuanced lyricism of her playing, and her commanding stage presence. Elena's debut performances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 2010 were praised for their "hypnotic delicacy," "expressive poise," and "lyrical sensitivity." Together they will perform Mozart’s Sonata KV378, Prokofiev’s Sonata #1 in F minor, Michael Brown’s Echoes of Byzantium, and the Richard Strauss Sonata for Violin and Piano in E flat major, Op. 18.

$30 adult, $28 senior, $15 youth

Smith Recital Hall

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Lucy Kaplansky

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Oct ’11
14
8:00 pm

Lucy Kaplansky is an acclaimed singer-songwriter, as well as a former clinical psychologist, who fuses alt-country, roots, rock, and folk with the warmth and power of her evocative voice. Blend that musical talent with funny stories, cogent remarks, and self-effacing wit and you have a deeply satisfying night of entertainment. Two of Kaplansky's five solo albums received the Top Pop award from the Association for Independent Music. She has worked with Nanci Griffith and Shawn Colvin and toured as the combo Cry Cry Cry with Dar Williams and Richard Shindell. Her most recent project is a collaboration with John Gorka and Eliza Gilkyson called Red Horse.

$30 adult, $28 senior, $15 youth

Smith Recital Hall

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