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Citadel News Service
30 Aug 2011

Fine Arts Series to bring musical and literary greats to life

One of the great works of American literature and music from spirituals to blues to the patriotic will be featured during the 2011-2012 Fine Arts Series at The Citadel.

Since in 1965, the Fine Arts Series has provided the Corps of Cadets with a variety of programs including opera, musical ensembles, dance groups and classical dramatic presentation. Two performances are held each semester during the academic year.

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Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, 6:30 p.m.
Buyer Auditorium, Mark Clark Hall
National Players – Of Mice and Men

From John Steinbeck, the author of “The Grapes of Wrath,” “Of Mice and Men” is a tragic and endearing story about mismatched friendship between two displaced migrant ranch workers in Depression-Era California. Small George has big dreams and tiny frame, while the large but simple Lennie seeks the comfort of everyday little pleasures. The play is performed by the National Players, America's longest running classical touring company now in its 63rd consecutive season of touring.

Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011, 6:30 p.m.
Buyer Auditorium, Mark Clark Hall
The Sound of Charleston

The Sound of Charleston is a co-production of Charleston Musical Heritage Productions and The Company. Together the two organizations bring three centuries of Charleston music to life, from jazz, gospel, Gershwin, Gullah, spirituals, Civil War song and colonial era classics from Charleston's Golden Age.
Each Sound of Charleston concert features selections such as: 

  • Songs of the Civil War—hear the camp songs from both sides in the city where the first shots were fired. 
  • Gershwin's Porgy & Bess and Rhapsody in Blue 
  • Pachelbel's Canon —the famous composer's son, who was also a composer, was a leading musician in colonial America and one of the first organists at St. Philip's Episcopal Church.
  • Charleston's jazz tradition in the true birthplace of the art form. 
  • Spirituals of the slaves who first came to America out of this city's ports.

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Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, 6:30 p.m.
Buyer Auditorium, Mark Clark Hall
National Players – “The Taming of the Shrew”

America's longest running classical touring company returns for the spring semester with a wild West twist on Shakespeare’s comedic “The Taming of the Shrew complete with cowboy boots, whips, and lassos for a biting punch to this classic. National Players

Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 6:30 p.m.
McAlister Field House
The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes Spring Concert

When you think of The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes, you usually think of marches and parades. Well, this fine group of cadet musicians has much more in their repertoire, and this is your opportunity to hear them in concert. Under the direction of retired Navy Cmdr. Mike Alverson and Pipe Director Jim Dillahey, the cadets of the regimental band and pipes will present a selection of varied musical styles, including Broadway, featured soloists and the traditional sounds of Scotland.

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