THE SEASON KICK-OFF PARTY ON SEPT. 10 started with a reception in the lobby featuring artwork, costumes and puppets by the Art and Theatre and Dance departments. It included dance performances by KSC student Abbie Brown (center) and Adele Myers and Dancers along with classical music played by KSC student and faculty musicians including (right) Marica Lehninger, violin and Maura Glennon, pIano. Watch a party video montage.
SPANISH HARLEM ORCHESTRA opened the 2014-15 season on Sept. 26 with a
Latin Jazz concert New York City Salsa style with audience members dancing in the aisles. Before the show KSC Music Professors José Lezcano (center) and Julian Gerstin talked about the history of Sala and Latin Jazz. SHO musicians stayed after the concert to talk with patrons and sign their recently released fifth CD. A KSC student said "the show was really energetic and really exciting." Take a look at the action.
ADELE MYERS AND DANCERS explored the sense of imbalance and risk in Einstein's Happiest Thought on Oct. 8.The multi-media dance performance was preceded by two movement workshops and followed by a post-show discussion about the dance. An audience member commented on the Redfern's Post-It Wall that the dance performance was "absolutely amazing".Watch the movement.
City Council Meeting, performed participatory democracy, brought students and community members to the stage on Oct. 29 where they became the mayor, city councilors, and concerned citizens for the evening. The theatrical performance was surrounded by numerous free activities including a Long Table Discussion (center) and a humorist talk about town meetings by author Rebecca Rule (right). After the show, a patron said "It was very eye-opening." See what City Council Meeting was all about.
The Phantom of the Opera became even spookier with the original music of Alloy Orchestra on Halloween night, Oct. 31. Patrons came in costume for a post-show party in the lobby where a Horror Film Poster exhibit was on display courtesy of the KSC Film Archives. A KSC student described Alloy's original movie soundtrack "as wonderful." Watch a video montage.
Howard Fishman (left) and his band performedThe Basement Tapes Project, an evening of Bob Dylan's underground music on Nov. 5. There was a pre-show Dylan Listening Party and after the rockin' concert Fishman signed CDs and talked with patrons.One concert-goer said, "I grew up with Bob Dylan, that was phenonmenal." Catch the beat.
The British ensemble Voice performed in concert for the first time with a dancer Candice Salyers (center) and were also joined by the KSC Concert Choir in a program of love-inspired songs on Feb. 4, 2015. The Voice trio said that the Redfern Arts Center and Keene State gave them a memorable start to their second U.S. concert tour.See Voice Perform at the Redfern.
There were many activities surrounding the The Dogs of Rwanda performance by Sean Christopher Riley on Feb. 11, 2015. Members of the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Department and the Cohen Center participated in pre-and post-show discussions about genocide and how these atrocities inspired Sean to write the play.
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ALUMNI RECEIVE A BREAK. KSC Alumni receive a $5-$10 discount on Redfern tickets with a valid Alumni ID. Just show your alumni card at the box office. DINNER AND A SHOW. Enhance your evening at the Redfern Arts Center with a delicious meal in Keene before the show! The Redfern is partnering with five local restaurants – Elm City Brewing Company, Fireworks in Keene, McCue's, Nicola’s Trattoria, and The Pub – to offer a 10% meal discount for ticket holders on the night of each performance. Just present your Redfern ticket to any of the five locations listed below to receive the discount.
MANY THANKS TO SPONSORS OF THE 2014-15 REDFERN SEASON: MONADNOCK RADIO GROUP, LIBERTY MUTUAL INSURANCE, CAMBRIDGE TRUST OF NEW HAMPSHIRE, C&S WHOLESALE GROCERS, MARKEM-IMAJE, THE KINGSBURY FUND, NHPR, NORTHEAST DELTA DENTAL, KEENE PUBLIC LIBRARY, NEW ENGLAND FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS, AND THE NEW HAMPSHIRE HUMANITIES COUNCIL.
Theatre and Dance Department presents The Phantom Tollbooth This contemporary play is an adolescent adventure and modern fairy tale written by Norton Juster and adapted for the stage by Susan Nanus. This classic, directed by Daniel L. Patterson with puppetry by Céline Perron, follows the journey of a boy who discovers the true value of learning and knowledge. For children of all ages! Wed., March 4-Sat., March 7, 7:30 p.m., Main Theatre
School Matinee: Fri., March 6, 9:30 a.m.
Tickets: $10-8, $6 KSC students, $5 school matinee
Modern Dance Robert Moses' Kin: Nevabawarldapece A New England premiere, Nevabawarldapece is a major collaborative project among Artistic Director Robert Moses, Obie and Bessie award-winning writer and performer Carl Hancock Rux, and Afro-Celtic, Folk-Funk, Hip-Appalachian vocalist Laura Love. This stirring piece explores critical moments of change in America’s liberation movements, protests, insurrections, and revolts, from John Brown to today’s populist Occupy movement. Wed., March 25, 7:30 p.m., Main Theatre
Tickets:$25-$15, $5 KSC students
Solo Performance This World Make Itself by Miwa Matreyek Los Angeles multimedia performance artist Miwa Matreyek creates magical, visually rich fusions of intricate animation and live performance that leave audiences spellbound. As part of the Redfern’s new solo performance series, This World Made Itself combines projected animation and the artist’s own shadow silhouette as she interacts with the fantastical world of the video. This World Made Itself is a visually and musically-rich journey through the history of the earth, from the universe’s epic beginnings to the complex world of humans. Wed., April 8, 7:30 p.m., Alumni Recital Hall
Tickets:$20-$15, $5 KSC students
Theatre and Dance Department presents An Evening of Dance This is the 40th anniversary of An Evening of Dance, a celebration of original contemporary modern dance choreography by students, faculty, and guest artists. The concert will include a premiere by 2014–15 Redfern Choreographer-in-Residence Adele Myers, three faculty premieres, and performances by the talented and always engaging Keene State College dancers. Alumnae promise that more surprises are in store to look back at 40 years of dance at KSC. Wed., April 15-Sat., April 18, 7:30 p.m., Main Theatre
Tickets:$10-$8, $6 KSC students
Music Department presents KSC Orchestra Don Baldini conducts student and community musicians through a program of classical favorites. Wed., April 22, 7:30 p.m., Main Theatre
Tickets:$10-$5, $5 KSC students