The Arts and Lectures Series provides an array of programs for the Cheyney University community and campus guests. The series is intended to further enrich the cultural experience on campus. The Arts and Lectures Series is sponsored by a grant Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities (Title III).
All Cheyney University faculty, staff, and students have free admission with ID to all of the events. Guests are welcome, and tickets are available for purchase on our website via Ticket Leap. Please click on the Calendar to see the many exciting events and purchase your ticket today!to see the upcoming events for 2012.
2012 - 2013 SEASON EventS
|Three Mo' Tenors||Anonymous Bodies||Artist In Residence|
|Dr. Terry Rodenberg||This Little Light of Mine||Unbinding our Lives|
Date & Time: SEPTEMBER 18, 2012 at 7:30
Location: Marian Anderson Music Center
Black Violin - Tuesday, September 18, Marian Anderson Music Center, 7:30 p.m.
Combining a daunting array of musical styles and influences to produce a signature sound that is not quite maestro, not quite emcee, Black Violin (Kev Marcus plays the violin and Wil B plays the viola), two classically trained violinists and their DJ, are redefining the music world- one string at a time. With influences ranging from Shostakovich and Bach to Nas and Jay-Z, Black Violin breaks all the rules, blending the classical with the modern to create something rare, a sound that nobody has ever heard, but that everybody wants to feel! Admission is free.
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At age 19, Lateefah Simon was appointed Executive Director of the Center for Young Women’s Development in San Francisco, an organization that helps low-income, formerly incarcerated young women transform and rebuild their lives. She has received numerous awards for her work, including the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship. She has spoken at the United Nations, before the United States Senate, and at numerous trainings around the country. Admission is free.
Among his generation of concert artists, pianist Awadagin Pratt is acclaimed for his musical insight and intensely involving performances in recital and with symphony orchestras. A great favorite for college and university performing arts series and a strong advocate of music education, he became the first student in the history of the Peabody Conservatory of Music schools to receive diplomas in three performance areas – piano, violin and conducting. Tickets available for purchase.
The tenors of THREE MO’ TENORS have developed a musical repertoire with astonishing breadth. Like Olympic decathlon athletes, these classically trained, multi-talented operatic tenors can do it all! They have mastered not only operatic music, but also jazz, gospel, soul, spirituals, New School, Broadway, and the blues. Tickets available for purchase.
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Drawing upon the traditions of visual art, post-modern dance, site-specific study, conceptual and performance arts, audience participation and public spectacle, anonymous bodies co-directors have won numerous awards, including a 2012 Philadelphia Live Arts Festival LAB Fellowship and a 2007 Pew Fellowship in Choreography. Known for their creative use of ordinary space, anonymous bodies "has a gift for making pockets of space feel infinite. Wild imagination ruled.” (The New York Times). Tickets available for purchase.
Wendell George Brown’s works have been exhibited at The American Folk Art Museum in New York; Towne Art Gallery, Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts; The International Quilt Show in Yokahama, Japan. This exhibit will highlight Cheyney University of Pennsylvania in a historical context with ideas focusing on survival and triumph in the face of racism and alienation. Gallery admission is free.
Dr. Terry Rodenberg retired from Western Illinois University in 2010, where he served as a Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for International Studies for three years. He previously served as the Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director of International Affairs at East Carolina University (2005-2007) and as Professor of Sociology and Executive Director of International Studies at Central Missouri State University (1972-2005). Dr. Rodenberg’s research into the Negro League culminates in its impact on baseball today. Admission is free.
Written by Adrienne Danrich under a commission from the Cincinnati Opera, This Little Light of Mine is an inventive one-woman musical tribute honoring the ground breaking careers of two African-American opera legends who overcame many racial barriers from the Jim Crow era through the Civil Rights Movement to become international opera stars. Ms. Anderson became the first African-American singer to perform at The Metropolitan Opera House in New York and Ms. Price would take that torch and carry it to The Metropolitan Opera and the most prestigious opera houses around the world. Tickets available for purchase.
Christina R. Chan is an actor and playwright whose work focuses on Asian-American women and immigration issues. In her solo performance, Unbinding Our Lives, she portrays three real Chinese American women from China in the 1800s and their personal stories of being sold into slavery, prostitution, and abandonment in the streets of China thus shattering the exotic, subservient, China doll image.Tickets available for purchase.
Founded in 1969 by master drummer Baba Robert Crowder, Kùlú Mèlé presents and preserves African dance traditions rooted in the cultures of the African diaspora. Led by Artistic Director Dorothy Wilkie for more than 20 years, its repertoire draws upon the music and movement forms of Guinea, Ghana, Nigeria, Brazil, Haiti, Cuba and the Senegambia region, as well as African-American vernacular traditions. Tickets available for purchase.