7:30 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday, Oct. 14-18, 2008
Bud Walton Theatre
Admission: free to students, faculty, staff; $3 for adults; $1 for senior citizens and high school students
By Georg Kaiser
Directed by Dr. James Lile
Southern Theatre presents Gas by Georg Kaiser, one of the most influential of the playwrights who pioneered expressionism in Germany at the time of World War I. Ethan Mordden defines expressionism as “forms of composition and stagecraft through which the wishes, fears, and obsessions of the human psyche are made audible and visible.” Gas (1918) is the second play in a trilogy - the others are Coral (1917) and Gas II (1920) - that explores whether the realization of human potential is possible in a society that too often tends to dehumanize. Kaiser takes us to a future where the entire planet is dependent on a single energy source: a gas that is made in only one factory. What happens when that source of energy is threatened? Are alternatives possible? Can people change? Will they?
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 to 11:00 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20, 2008
The Deutschmeister Brass Band from St. Louis provides entertainment at a mini-Oktoberfest before and after MSSU’s football game against the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
7:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 22, 2008
Taylor Performing Arts Center
Berlin’s very own “orchester spezial,” the 17 Hippies, have been weaving mixtures of music from all over Europe and around the world. Imagine a mix of Eastern melodies, Balkan rhythms, French chanson, Anglo song writing, Cajun tunes, all perfectly blended together, creating their own unique Berlin style of pop music. They sing in German, English and French. The musicians’ musical backgrounds reveal influences from rock-pop to classical and jazz, and is reflected in the instruments they play: accordion, trombone, trumpet, violin, cello, woodwinds, mandolin, ukulele, banjo, Irish bouzouki, guitar, double bass, Indian harmonium and more.
12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008
Festhaus-Musikanten, a German brass band from Kansas City, provides entertainment at a mini-Oktoberfest before MSSU’s Homecoming football game against Washburn University.
7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008
Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall
Faculty recital of all German clarinet works of the romantic period featuring both Brahms Sonatas the Burgmuller Duo for Klarinette and Klavier and the Shepherd on the Rock with guest soprano Melanie Holt.
Dr. Cheryl Cifelli, Assistant Professor of Music, is Director of Woodwind Studies and teaches applied woodwinds, woodwind methods, form and analysis, music appreciation, and assists with the marching band, symphonic band and newly formed Wind Ensemble. She holds all of her degrees from the University of North Texas where she was the principal clarinetist of the Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Eugene Migliaro Corporon.
Dr. Cifelli has been honored as a leading artist in the Heida Herman Concerto Competition in New York and the Fischoff International Chamber Competition in South Bend, IN. Cheryl Cifelli continues to serve as principal clarinetist with the Keystone Winds under the direction of Jack Stamp, and to record the commercial CD's that coincide with the GIA series Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. She has also been recorded on the commercial labels Klavier and Citadel.
Prior to coming to MSSU, Dr. Cifelli was in demand as an adjudicator, clinician, and studio teacher throughout Arkansas, Texas, and Louisiana. Her students have gone on to major universities throughout Texas and Arkansas. While teaching in Louisiana she had been appointed as principal clarinetist with the Gulfcoast Symphony in Biloxi, MS.
7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 14, 2008
Taylor Performing Arts Center
Southern Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Kexi Liu, will present an all-German concert. The program includes one of the most beloved violin concertos ever written. Featured soloist Ang Cheng will perform with the Southern Symphony Orchestra Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in E Minor by Mendelssohn. The program also includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, one of the greatest and most performed symphonies in music history.
Ang Cheng, a graduate of Curtis Institute of Music, Juilliard School and Yale University, studied with Dorothy DeLay, Hyo Kang, and Aaron Rosand. She was featured in “Angel of Violin," a program produced by Shanghai Television Station, after she won a prize in an international competition in Germany when she was 11. She has performed with numerous orchestras in both America and China.