Arts and Culture at Wake Forest

Arts and Culture at Wake Forest University

Music: Fall 2014 Highlights

September 8th, 2014

SHIRSweet Honey in the Rock

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 7:30 PM | Wait Chapel — Sweet Honey in the Rock is rooted in a deeply held commitment to create music out of the rich textures of African American legacy and traditions. This Grammy Award-nominated group possesses a stunning vocal prowess that captures the complex sounds of blues, spirituals, traditional gospel hymns, rap, reggae, African chants, hip hop, ancient lullabies, and jazz improvisation. Sweet Honey’s collective voice, occasionally accompanied by hand percussion instruments, produces a sound filled with soulful harmonies and intricate rhythms. 2015 marks the 40-year anniversary of the a-capella ensemble.

20th Annual Halloween Orchestra Concert

Friday, October 31 at midnight | Scales Fine Arts Center, Brendle Recital Hall — New freshmen and returning upper-classmen will find new forays into flights of fearful and fateful fancy that will haunt the entire Halloween audience. Faculty will plan a plot the students know nothing about while students prepare tricks the faculty know nothing about, all while performing haunting, comedic, and triumphant music. It is rumored that time-travel will be a part of this year’s plot! Come join in the hijinks!

Theatre: Fall 2014 Highlights

September 8th, 2014

These Shining Lives

Scales Fine Arts Center, Mainstage Theatre — Part fairy-tale, part tragedy, These Shining Lives chronicles the stories of these “radium girls,” and their life-changing friendships. A luminous play about curiosity, greed, heroism, health, time, money, and hope. All performances will be in the Mainstage Theatre of the Scales Fine Arts Center. September 19-20 & 25-27, 2014 at 7:30 PM September 21 & 28, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Clybourne Park

Scales Fine Arts Center, Mainstage Theatre — Bruce Norris’s ferocious Pulitzer Prize winning play is filled with brilliant side splitting “I can’t believe I’m laughing at this” humor and pulls no punches in its provocative look at race and real estate. Act I, it’s 1959 and the neighborhood association will do anything to keep a black family from moving in…but they’re not racist! Act II, its 50 years later, and the same now dilapidated house is caught in the sweep of gentrification. The conflict between two middle class couples, one black the other white, over what is to become of the house, sharply and often hilariously exposes the dangerous illusions that lie beneath our politically correct ideals. Show dates are October 31-November 1 & 6-8, 2014 at 7:30 PM November 2 & 9, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Dance: Fall 2014 Highlights

September 8th, 2014

Fall Faculty & Guest Artist Concert

November 20-22, 2014 at 7:30 pm November 23, 2014 at 2:00 pm | Mainstage Theatre of the Scales Fine Arts Center. — Fall Faculty & Guest Artist Concert with Artistic Director Nina Lucas. The Fall concert features new work by Wake Forest dance faculty and featured guest artists.