UMF celebrates the arts

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FARMINGTON – In celebration of University of Maine at Farmington’s commitment to the dynamic integration of the arts, UMF welcomes the campus and the community to the 2009 Michael D. Wilson Symposium Arts Fortnight. This two-week long series of arts events will be held at various on and off campus venues and will take place from Thursday, April 9 – Thursday, April 16, and continue after the academic spring break from Tuesday, April 28 – Sunday, May 3.

Sponsored by UMF’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts and Ministry of Experimental Arts, this creative and collaborative spring arts festival will feature visual and performing arts presentations by UMF students, faculty, staff and community partners. The arts gala is partially funded by a generous gift from Michael and Susan Angelides, Stonington, Conn., in honor of UMF alumnus Michael D. Wilson. The events will include innovative theater performances, eye-popping musical and multimedia presentations, dynamic visual art displays, and musical performances from cars to guitars.

Arts Fortnight events include:

One Act Theatre Festival – A student-directed and produced one act theater festival. Admission: $7 adults, $4 seniors and children, free for UMF students with I.D.
7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 9 – Saturday, April 11, 2 p.m., Sunday, April 12 at Alumni Theater

The Second Annual Pixel Hunter Video and Animation Festival – A selection of time-based media created by UMF students.
7 –9 p.m., Monday, April 13, Lincoln Auditorium

Introduction to Theatre Student Projects – Ten-minute student plays.
9:50 a.m., Tuesday, April 14 at Alumni Theater

Night of Minimalism – A program of minimalist musical works.
7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 14 at Nordica Auditorium

“Death of the Hired Man” – A student-directed play.
7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 15 and Thursday, April 16
Alumni Theater

UMF Concert Band Spring Concert – Admission $6 adults, $5 seniors, free for UMF students with I.D.
7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 16
Nordica Auditorium

bob. The Senior Art Show – A showcase of a dynamic body of student work that reflects an eclectic and dynamic display of student research. 5 – 7 p.m., Thursday, April 16. Gallery opening reception, with exhibit open throughout Arts Fortnight. at UMF Art Gallery.

Introduction to Theatre Student Projects – Several ten-minute plays will be presented as reader’s theatre.
9:50 a.m., Tuesday, April 28 at Alumni Theater.

Third Annual Michael D. Wilson Symposium Arts Night – An evening of eclectic programs in three locations including, an original play, dance, experimental music, visual and sound installations and more.
6:30 – 9 p.m., Tuesday, April 28 at Art Gallery, Alumni Theater and Nordica Auditorium.

INCARNATION for automobile orchestra – UMF’s third traffic jam session, featuring an orchestra of fifty to sixty automobiles. There will be two 20-minute performances. 5 – 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 29 at the High Street Parking Lot.

Passport – An electro-acoustic piece with accompanying light show. 9 p.m., Thursday, April 30, Nordica Auditorium

Joshua Case – Senior Composition Recital – This concert will feature three musical works composed by Joshua Case, UMF student and 2008 Michael D. Wilson Research Scholar. 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 1, Nordica Auditorium.

UMF Community Chorus Spring Concerts – Admission $6 adults, $5 senior citizens, free for UMF students with I.D. 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 2 and 3 p.m., Sunday, May 3 at the Old South Church.

The UMF Ministry of Experimental Arts is an organization of students, faculty and staff whose mission is to promote the arts at UMF and provide arts and cultural opportunities for the campus and local communities. Founded in 2007, this innovative arts organization has presented many successful cultural events in collaboration with the UMF Department of Visual and Performing Arts, including, 2007 Arts Night and 2008 Arts Week, both developed as preludes to the Michael D. Wilson Symposium celebration of undergraduate research; and 2009 Winter Arts Week, which presented a host of original musical, video, theatrical and art exhibits.

For more information about the 2009 Michael D. Wilson Symposium Arts Fortnight events, please contact the UMF Department of Visual and Performing Arts at 207-778-7072, or at robin.palmermosher@maine.edu.

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