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Celebration of the Arts Showcases Student Talent

Hear traditional Indonesian music. Enjoy instrumental, vocal, dramatic and dance performances. The University of Dayton's 17th annual Celebration of the Arts puts student talent on display for the community to enjoy.

The event, which is free and open to the public, starts at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at the Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center, 1 W. Second St., in downtown Dayton. Tickets are required and available through Ticket Center Stage at 937-228-3630 or online at ticketcenterstage.com.

More than 250 students across all fields of study will participate in the event.

"Celebration of the Arts provides an opportunity for arts faculty and students to share their talents and accomplishments with the community in Dayton's beautiful downtown venue," said Sharon Gratto, a professor of music at the University of Dayton and the Graul Chair in Arts and Languages. "Many of the performers on stage are not arts majors, which illustrates the importance of arts experiences and opportunities at UD for students in all disciplines, from engineering to teacher education."

The event starts with a display of collaborative and individual student art in the Wintergarden, including a performance by the Javanese Gamelan, a student group that plays Indonesian music on traditional instruments.

At 7:30 p.m. on the Schuster Center stage, the University's student performing arts groups in music, dance and theater will perform the music of Duke Ellington with the University's Jazz Ensemble and Opera Workshop; a film excerpt of Eunice, a play about singer Nina Simone; a welcome song from the tradition of the Maori people of New Zealand; and a dance collaboration with the UD Dance Ensemble and members of Dayton Contemporary Dance Company 2.

Annie Brinkman, a senior graphic design major who will display a visual art piece at the event, said her time at the University has helped her see the way art and design can function as a social good.

"In many ways, being an artist means constantly having to defend the need for art in our largely technical and technology-driven world," Brinkman said. "I firmly believe that, now more than ever, we are in need of art and design, and in need of people who will apply their creative talents to the complex social issues of our time."

Celebration of the Arts is part of the University’s annual Stander Symposium, set for April 24, which recognizes and celebrates excellence and creativity in undergraduate and graduate education and includes an alternate day of learning.


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