performing arts heat up
Performing Arts


Fine and performing arts heat up with season

Spring into Dance
CMU’s dance program presents Spring Into Dance April 26 and 27 in the Moss Performing Arts Center’s Robinson Theatre. The concert will feature adjudicated student choreography alongside professional work that showcases a broad spectrum of creativity using multi-media, lighting effects and projections untraditionally the goal of the show is to affect dance in a new and positive way. Artistic Director Tracey Bonner will present two pieces in the concert, one of which is a study of humanity in a raw performance environment, exploring how movement and spoken text can overlap. Additional choreography will be presented by Artist-in-Residence Justin Keats and guest choreographers Andrew Pearson and Natalie Johnson, along with CMU faculty Melonie Buchanan Murray and Connie Monroe. Tickets for Spring Into Dance are available at the box office by calling 970.248.1604 or online at

Peter and the Wolf benefit concert
The CMU Symphony Orchestra will present its annual children’s concert to benefit the Western Slope Center for Children on May 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Robinson Theatre. The featured work will be Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, with Jeremy Franklin as narrator. Audiences will enjoy hearing this charming music and listening to the story, and will be treated to a danced rendition choreographed by Melonie Buchanan Murray. The concert will also showcase the 2013 Concerto Competition winners: Chris Arroyo, who will perform the aria “It Is Enough” from the Oratorio Elijah by Mendelssohn, and Cody Krieger, who will perform Robert Ward’s “Saxophone Concerto”. The orchestra will also perform Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet Overture”. Tickets are available at the box office by calling 970.248.1604 or at the door.

Final Student Showcase
The final BFA Studio Art Candidates show is in the University Center Art Gallery April 15–May 10, with a reception on April 19 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. This exhibit showcases a developed body of work from Rachel Carson, Allison Daugherty, Jennifer Dubois, Carrie Pedersen and Marilyn Wilcox. The art on display will include figurative, abstract and functional works in oil and acrylic, photography, printmaking and ceramics. University Center Art Gallery hours are Monday-Saturday, 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free.

By Laura Bradley

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