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December events include Christmas music, Chamber performance, children’s theatre production

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2010-11-23

Campus programs open to the public
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College will present a number of arts and cultural events during December that are open to the public, including Christmas music, a Chamber Music performance and a children’s theatre production.  Most of the events are free of charge, unless otherwise noted.

For information, contact Laura Corbin, laura.corbin@wofford.edu or 864-597-4180, or the contact indicated for the individual events.

Candlelight Carols and Winter Lighting
Wednesday, Dec. 1 – 9 p.m. Leonard Auditorium, Main Building (then outside for Winter Lighting)
Join the Wofford community and choral groups – Glee Club, Women’s Choir and Goldtones – as Dr. Ron Robinson, Perkins-Prothro Chaplain, hosts a warm and beautiful time of traditional carols, seasonal readings and candlelight. Wofford Hillel will present a six-foot-tall Jewish Mennorah to be lit during the event, and every night for the eight days of Hanukkah. Winter Lighting, in which Main Building and trees around campus will be lit, will follow. Houses at Fraternity Row also will be decorated and lit following Candlelight Carols.

Chamber Music Series: A Memorial Concert honoring the late Sandor Teszler
Featuring William Preucil, violinist and concertmaster of Cleveland Orchestra, along with William Ransom, Charae Krueger and Eun-Sun Lee
Friday, Dec. 3 – 7 p.m. Leonard Auditorium, Main Building

Selections to be performed include Brahms Piano Quartet in G Major and others.
William Preucil, a distinguished professor of violin, was named concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra in 1995. Previously, he was first violinist of the Cleveland Quartet from 1989 to 1995. He was concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra from 1982 to 1989. He was appointed to the Cleveland Institute of Music faculty in 1995. In 2007-2008, Preucil recorded the revised Suzuki Violin Volumes 1-4. William Ransom is a graduate of The Juilliard School, a piano professor at Emory University, and the artistic director for the Highland/Cashiers Festival. Charae Krueger received her training in cello studies at the New England Conservatory of Music. She received a bachelor of music degree in cello performance and holds an artist diploma from the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Mass. She is a principal cellist of the Atlanta Opera Orchestra and the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, and also performs with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Eun-Sun Lee is a graduate of The Juilliard School and is associate professor of music and director of the Chamber Players at Wofford. The concert is made possible by a bequest from James and Pauline Toy and is presented in memory of them and in honor of their friend, the late Sandor Teszler. It is part of Wofford’s Chamber Music Series.

Christmas Choral Concert
Saturday, Dec. 4 – 7 p.m. Leonard Auditorium, Main Building
Wofford Singers and Chamber Players perform Bach’s “Magnificat.”

Revolutionary War Roundtable: “The Waxhaws Battle & Controversy”
Monday, Dec. 6 – 6-8 p.m. Montgomery Room, Burwell Building
Speaker, Jim Piecuch
Cost of dinner and program, $15 per person. RSVP to Juanita Pesaro at pesarojb@wofford.edu or 864-597-4207.

Wofford Concert Band Concert
Tuesday, Dec. 7 – 7 p.m. Leonard Auditorium, Main Building
Christmas Concert featuring the Wofford Band.

Wofford Theatre: Theatre for Youth, “Rutabaga’s Royal Academy”
Thursday, Dec. 9 – 7 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 10 – 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 11 – 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Tony White Theater, Campus Life Building
Tickets: 4 and under, free; 5 through college-age, $5; adults, $10; available only through the Wofford Theatre Box Office at 864-597-4080. Performance-day tickets will be on sale at the theater a half-hour before show time.
The idea for “Rutabaga’s Royal Academy” was derived from one of the many writing exercises of students in Wofford’s Theatre for Youth class over this semester, taught by Kerry Ferguson, theatre lecturer, and guest instructor Matt Giles. Students created this original children’s play full of fun, fairies and imagination. The humorous play encourages kids to think creatively and that ends with a really big dance party. Members of the audience will find themselves on a journey with brother and sister Liza and Leon Limewater, who are very usual kids about to have a very unusual day. Come find out all about it!

Coming in January:
Wofford Pulp theatre presents “Hair”
Thursday, Jan. 27 – 8 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 28 – 8 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 29 – 8 p.m.
Tony White Theatre, Campus Life Building
Wofford College’s all-student theatre organization Pulp Theatre presents an Interim classic rock musical directed by Tori Vaughn (Class of 2011). “Hair” tells the story of Vietnam-era youths awkwardly but exuberantly creating their own rite of passage through the confusion around them. Among them are Claude and Berger, a pair of friends battling against Claude’s draft notice, and Sheila, who is in love with both of them, but her politically active lifestyle leaves her little time to act on her feelings. Ultimately, Claude decides that the hippie life isn’t for him and goes to Vietnam. With themes of alienation and civil disobedience, “Hair” illustrates the ’60s generation’s search for meaning through various “be-ins,” “love-ins” and protests. For ticket information, call the Wofford Theatre Box Office at 864-597-4080.