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Plethora of events at 3rd annual Lougheed Festival of the Arts at SUNY Potsdam

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POTSDAM — SUNY Potsdam will celebrate its culture of creativity with the third annual Lougheed Festival of the Arts this Friday through Sunday, May 4.

Both campus and community members are welcome to experience a variety of cross-disciplinary art experiences. The college calls the event the most comprehensive arts festival in the north country.

The Lougheed Festival of the Arts includes a wide array of events, including author readings, theater productions, multimedia presentations, art openings, special exhibitions, public lectures, masterclasses and concerts.

Kathryn (Kofoed) and Donald L. Lougheed founded the festival in 2012. Mrs. Lougheed graduated from SUNY Potsdam in 1954.

The full schedule of events can be found at www.potsdam.edu/artsfestival. Printed schedules are also available in kiosks on campus.

All events are free and open to the public. Due to limited seating, free tickets are required for the FuturPointe Dance performances Friday and Saturday, and for the Crane School of Music concert on Saturday, May 3.

The festival will welcome a number of visiting artists to campus for its third season.

The celebrated artist Lars-Erik Fisk will offer a lecture on the future of sculpture at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Kellas Hall Room 101, and will unveil a permanent outdoor campus sculpture on Friday, May 2, near the Performing Arts Center.

The art director for the band Phish, Mr. Fisk is known for his spherical designs of manmade, contemporary items.

An emerging writers and writers’ craft series will feature authors and poets W.P. Osborn, Katherine Riegel, Resha Cardone, Nathan Oates, Alden Jones, Laurie Filipelli and Sylvia Watanabe.

Actor and teacher Paul Ricciardi will stage his latest solo show, “Angry and Other Stories,” on May 1 and 2, in addition to presenting workshops about LGBTQ theater and the Linklater vocal technique.

The Crane School of Music will welcome the 2014 Dorothy Albrecht Gregory visiting conductor, maestro Larry Rachleff, as well as visiting vocal artist, Anton Belov, baritone. Mr. Rachleff and Mr. Belov will join the Crane Symphony Orchestra and Crane Chorus along with the visiting Boys Choir of the Ottawa Cathedral and faculty soloists Donald George and Jill Pearon for a performance of Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 3, in the Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall. The orchestra also will present Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 8, known as the composer’s famous “Unfinished Symphony.”

New this year is an art and fine crafts market, sponsored by the St. Lawrence County Arts Council, featuring local and regional artisans from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, May 2, in the Barrington Student Union.

Several SUNY Potsdam students also will be in the spotlight during the festival. Senior theater major Susan Rosello will host an interactive demonstration about creating zombie and horror special effects makeup at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Crane School of Music costume shop.

The student comedy group 18 and Up Improv will offer both a workshop and performance on Monday in Dunn Theater. ChaRon Brabham, the senior theater major who presented Oscars at last year’s Academy Awards after winning a national contest, will screen her short film at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Barrington Student Union Fireside Lounge.

Graduate student Trevor Dugan will present a lecture about the programming challenges and game design behind his popular iOS and Android game “Puzzletopple” at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, in Dunn Hall, Room 210.

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Other highlights:

Theater: The annual “One Act Plays,” including 10 works produced and presented by students, will be offered at 7:30 p.m. today through Sunday in the Performing Arts Center’s Black Box Theater.

Children in grades kindergarten to four who participate in the Creative Arts after-school program will perform an original work at 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 2, in the PAC Black Box Theater.

There will be a performance of Aaron Moore’s play “Color in Motion” at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 4, in Dunn Theater.

Dance: The college’s annual student choreography concert, featuring the works of six graduating dance majors, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 2, at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 3, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 4,all in the PAC Dance Theater.

Creative writing: Graduating seniors will offer readings of their works at 6 p.m. Monday in the Fireside Lounge.

Fine arts: The annual Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition will be on display in the Roland Gibson Gallery throughout the festival. There will be a showcase of works by SUNY Potsdam art alumni throughout the festival in the Hosmer Gallery. The artists include Sue Burdick Young, class of ’81, ceramics; Mark Dye, class of ’95, photojournalism; Katsitsionni Fox, class of ’95, prints; Tanya Gadbaw, class of ’08, painting, and Isaac Snell, class of ’09, ceramics.

There will be a reception with the alumni artists at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the gallery. Art students will create an illuminated sculpture garden for the Festival of Light in the Academic Quad, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, with a rain date of May 1.

Nancy Ramage will offer a lecture on “Matisse, Picasso and the Cone Sisters” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1, in the Raymond Hall eighth floor dining room.

Bruce Rodgers, class of ’71, of the Hermitage Artist Retreat, will present a lecture on “The Nature of Art” at 2 p.m. Friday, May 2, in Brainerd Hall Room 202.

Music: On Friday, the Repertoire Percussion Ensemble will perform at 3 p.m., and the Crane Latin Ensemble will offer a concert at 7:30 p.m., both in Snell Theater.

The West African Dance and Drum Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, also in Snell.

There will be open rehearsals of the Crane Symphony Orchestra and the Crane Chorus. Mr. Belov will offer a voice masterclass at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, followed by an orchestral excerpt masterclass with Mr. Rachleff at 3 p.m., both in Snell Theater.

Gary Galo will offer a presentation on Crane Chorus in the 20th century at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 1, in the Ralph Wakefield Recital Hall. At noon Friday, May 2, Mr. Rachleff will lead a panel discussion in Snell Theater, and Mr. Belov will perform his “Pushkin in Exile” lecture/recital at 3 p.m., also in Snell.

the details
WHAT: Third annual Lougheed Festival of the Arts
WHEN/WHERE: Friday to Sunday, May 4, at SUNY Potsdam
MORE INFO: The full schedule of events can be found at www.potsdam.edu/artsfestival. Printed schedules are also available in kiosks on campus.
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