First Annual Campus Arts Festival Slated for April 28-29

By Sean Smith
Staff Writer

Boston College will showcase its faculty and student musicians, dancers, singers, sculptors, photographers, writers and other artists during the University's first annual arts festival on April 28 and 29.

The festival - organized by the Boston College Arts Council and sponsored with the offices of the President and Community Affairs - will feature a full slate of concerts, poetry readings, dance recitals and art exhibitions in assorted venues around campus. All events are open to the public.

"The idea behind the council's formation was to build synergy among the different arts-related activities at BC," said Assoc. Prof. Jeffery Howe (Fine Arts), the council's chairman. "With the arts festival, we want to celebrate the variety of expression found on campus and make it visible to the wider community."

"Our hope is this festival will demonstrate to the University and the greater community the relationship among the arts, and their great vitality here at BC," said College of Arts and Sciences Dean J. Robert Barth, SJ, who conceived the idea for the Arts Council and serves as a member. "It also is an opportunity to affirm the attention and concern for the arts which has been part of the Jesuit tradition from the beginning."

An opening ceremony at Robsham Theater on April 28 at 7:30 p.m. will include presentation of Arts Council Awards by University President William. P. Leahy, SJ, to faculty and students for their contributions to the arts at BC. Following the awards, the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine musical "Into the Woods" will be presented. Admission to the ceremony and performance is $10, $5 with a Boston College ID.

Also that night, at 8 p.m., O'Connell House will host the "Artplosion Art Exhibition and Fashion Show."

The April 29 schedule comprises a variety of events, most running all or part of the day. O'Neill Plaza will be the site for an interactive sculpture by Adj. Asst. Prof. Mark Cooper (Fine Arts) and a ceramics demonstration, while Devlin Hall, Bapst Library and the Fulton Hall atrium will host exhibits of student drawing, photography and other forms of art, as well as student and faculty film screenings.

Faculty and students will offer poetry and fiction readings from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at a special "arts cafe" to be located on the Devlin Hall terrace, while various theater groups perform from 10 a.m.-noon in Gasson 100.

Musical performances will take place in the afternoon and evening in Gasson 100, O'Neill Plaza and the Fulton Hall atrium, with such groups as the BC Chamber Music Society, Boston Brass, BC bOp! and the Swingin' Eagles Concert Band among those featured.

An hour-long show of University dance groups will begin at 3 p.m. in O'Neill Plaza, including the Boston College Dance Ensemble and Margot Parsons Dance Company, and students from BC dance classes. From 8-11 p.m. in the plaza, festival attendees will have the chance to learn and participate in swing dancing to music provided by BC bOp!

The festival also will coincide with ongoing events such as the McMullen Museum of Art's Baroque exhibition and "The Holocaust and the Arts" exhibit in O'Neill Library.

For more information, a detailed schedule of events is available at the Arts Council World Wide Web site, at /bc_org/avp/cas/fnart/festival/festival.html.

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