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Art and culture blossoms on campus this spring

Feb11The spring semester brings a wealth of art and culture to campus, including a rollicking musical comedy, a gallery show from up-and-coming and musical recitals by faculty and students.

A singing, dancing and snapping romantic comedy all about self-discovery, the ridiculously enjoyable Legally Blonde: The Musical is based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the 2001 blockbuster movie starring Reese Witherspoon. The show breezes onto Robinson Theatre’s stage Feb. 27 through March 8.

California sorority girl Elle Woods determinedly follows her ex-boyfriend to Harvard University in a blaze of pink to win him back. Along the way she discovers her own intelligence and talents with the help of the apparitions of her Delta Nu sisters, who act as a Greek chorus, her new friends and, of course, her chihuahua Bruiser. Funny and fabulous — case closed.

Legally Blonde: The Musical is rated PG for adult situations and language and is sponsored by Chevron. Rush pricing applies Feb. 27 and March 8. Students with a valid MAVcard may purchase one ticket at $4; the faculty rush price is $5 per ticket. Performances are at 7:30pm through March 1 and March 5–8. There are also two matinee showings March 2 and 8 at 2pm.

As part of Music at Mesa’s Faculty Recital Series, Associate Professor of Music Darin Kamstra performs a percussion concert on March 2 at 4pm in the Moss Performing Arts Center (MPAC) Recital Hall. Kamstra will be accompanied by Forest Greenough on the double bass.

March also brings several performances by student groups. On March 11, the CMU Symphony Orchestra will feature the four winners of the student concerto competition: Sandra Rivera, violin; Nick Gledhill, French horn; Tyler Clifton-Armenta, clarinet; and Joseph Moher, oboe. The concert will be at 7:30pm in the recital hall. On March 15 at 7:30pm, the CMU Jazz Ensemble will perform alongside the Grand Junction High School Jazz Band in Robinson Theatre.

Tickets for any theatre or music performance may be purchased in the MPAC Box Office.

March 3 through April 11, the Colorado Mesa University Art Gallery presents Alloy, a show of recent jewelry works by metalsmiths Marissa Saneholtz, Sarah Brown, Abigail Heuss and Kat Cole. The four are recent Master of Fine Arts graduates who use both traditional and contemporary materials in their pieces, often combining the two to create dynamic works that have been shown both nationally and internationally.

The Alloy exhibit includes necklaces, brooches and earrings along with non-jewelry objects. By exhibiting the works of these four artists, Alloy demonstrates the varied approaches and techniques seen in modern metalsmithing.

There will be a public reception to view the exhibit and meet some of the artists at 6pm on March 3. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 12-4pm, and admission is free. •

By Laura Bradley

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