CENTRAL – Southern Wesleyan University has released it fine arts calendar for spring and it’s sure to have something for everyone. Unless otherwise noted, admission is free, no ticket required, and open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, events are held in Newton Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center. Call 864-644-5404 for more information.
Here is a look at upcoming events:
“What We Bring to Art” – Robert Colby, Ph.D.
Despite the popular belief that fine art is reserved for the elite few who collect it or those who frequently visit museums and galleries, art is a valuable resource for reflecting on what is important in our lives. Art curator and consultant Rob Colby will guide this discussion of Christian art, where participants will learn about the works and their respective cultures and contexts, share their visual observations, and examine what these images can mean to them. The discussion will be held in Founders Hall on the lower level of the University Dining Commons. When: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3.
“Of Ebony Embers – Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance”
A chamber music theatre work for actor and trio (cello, piano & percussion) will celebrate the lives of the great African-American poets Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen and Claude McKay as seen through the eyes of the great muralist and painter Aaron Douglas. The musical score includes works by jazz giants Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton, Billy Strayhorn, Thelonius Monk and Charles Mingus as well as concert music by Jeffrey Mumford and George Walker. When: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17.
SWU Jazz Invitational
The Southern Wesleyan University Jazz Invitational will feature many of the Upstate’s finest middle school, high school and collegiate jazz bands on Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. This fun and relaxing program will conclude with SWU’s own jazz band. When: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 20.