Alumnus returns for a concert tonight, theatre reveals their season, a look at who we are as the CVPA, and welcoming President Hemphill to the 2016 Music Convocation
  Vol. 4 Ed. 3 | Sept. 15, 2016
A new season for the Department of Theatre and Cinema
The Porterfield Ensemble rehearses for “Poe – Dark Genius, Troubled Life”

Presenting the 2016-17 Radford University Theatre Season

by Wesley Young

The Radford University Department of Theatre and Cinema proudly announces an exciting season 2016-17 that asks “What’s your history?” Whether it is keeping a diary to have something sensational to read in the train or to chronicle one of history’s greatest tragedies, the thread running through the season is that many of the characters, in his or her own way, are intent on recording and sharing their stories.

Announcing the theatre casts for Fall 2016

The Department of Theatre and Cinema announces the casts for their fall 2016 theatre productions. These include “The Diary of Anne Frank,” “Poe – Dark Genius, Troubled Life,” “Dancing on Checkers' Grave,” and “Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells.”

Today's Event
Guest Artist Recital – Ryan Book, Guitar

When: Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016 @ 7:30 p.m.
Where: Performance Hall in the Covington Center
Free admission

Alumnus Ryan Book ‘10, who received his M.A. in guitar studies, returns to Radford University as a guest artist, performing works by Mertz, Coste, Giuliani, Barrios, and Ponce. He is currently chair of Department of Fine Arts at Sandhills Community College in Pinehurst, North Carolina, where he was offered a teaching position directly after graduating from Radford.

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Poster designed by Mayana WIlliams

We are the CVPA

This summer Radford University College of Visual and Performing Arts faculty members created a presentation for President Hemphill to introduce him to the college. Part of the presentation involved a slide show of recent images featuring our faculty, students, programs and events. They also included a soundtrack titled "Vela," composed by music business alum Alex O'Masta '11. 

Faculty members of the committee included (from left to right in the photo) Professor Farrell Doss (Design), Professor Monica Weinzapfel (Theatre), Assistant Professor Trish Winter (Music – also the committee chair), Professor Halide Salam (Art), Assistant Professor Amy VanKirk (Dance) and Associate Professor Tim Channell (Music).  

Next week's events
Radford University Faculty Jazz Quartet and Friends Concert
When: Monday, Sept. 19, 2016 @ 7:30 p.m.
Where: Performance Hall in the Covington Center
Free admission

Guest Artist Recital – Duo Fabricatore–Marco Battaglia and Robert Trent, 19th Century Guitar

When: Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016 @ 3 p.m.
Where: Performance Hall in the Covington Center
Free admission

The Duo Fabricatore, Robert Trent and Marco Battaglia, arises from the common passion of performing the music of the 19th century with original instruments of the period.

The Fabricatore “family,” Giovanni Battista (John the Baptist) and his descendants, Gennaro I and II, were the most important luthiers in the city of Naples, itself one of the greatest cultural capitals of Europe of that era. Some instruments of this “family” are also part of the collections of the most important museums in the world. Now in a private collection in Italy, once two Gennaro Fabricatore guitars belonged to Niccolò Paganini, who wrote extensively for and with guitar, and to the most famous virtuoso of the six strings of the time, Mauro Giuliani.

The two guitars that will be heard, from the private collections of Trent and Battaglia, are very rare and unique. The timbre and expressive possibilities in terms of the dynamics of these instruments make it possible to suggest how they were played at the time they were built, adding great charm to the live performances.

The program includes compositions of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Joseph Haydn and Ludwig van Beethoven, all fantastically transcribed by the most important Neapolitan guitarist of the 19th century, Ferdinando Carulli, that is represented also with one of his original compositions.

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Department of Music convocation kicks off semester
Dr. Robert Trent performs during the 2016 Music Convocation

With the 2016 academic year just more than a week old, the department of Music, along with President O. Hemphill, welcomed the students, faculty and donors at the Fall 2016 Departmental Convocation.

Department of Music Chair Al Wojtera introduced Hemphill to almost 175 Radford students, faculty, staff and administrators by saying: “Every time I’ve heard him speak it hasn’t been about my vision, it’s always been our vision. We are doing this together.”

Hemphill thanked two longtime department of Music donors, Johann Norstedt and Myrl Jones, by saying, “We are dependent upon the generosity of individuals that step forward and invest in this institution by investing not only their time and ability, but also their treasure.”

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Courtesy of University Relations
For our CVPA students
We encourage all of our CVPA students to attend this valuable conference experience. Several of the workshops are tailored to those who plan on a career in the arts.

Upcoming Events
  • Sept. 15, 2016 at 7:30 p.m., Guest Artist Recital – Ryan Book, Guitar, Performance Hall in the Covington Center
  • Sept. 19, 2016 at 7:30 p.m., Radford University Faculty Jazz Quartet and Friends Concert, Performance Hall in the Covington Center
  • Sept. 25, 2016 at 3 p.m., Guest Artist Recital – Duo Fabricatore: Marco Battaglia and Robert Trent, 19th Century Guitar, Performance Hall in the Covington Center    
  • Sept. 27, 2016 – Oct. 13, 2016, Digital Painting Exhibition, Porterfield Gallery        
  • Sept. 27, 2016 at 7:30 p.m., Guest Artist Concert – U.S. Fleet Forces Concert Band, Performance Hall in the Covington Center.
  • Through Oct. 7, 2016, National Poster Retrospecticus, Radford University Art Museum at the Covington Center.              
  • Through Oct. 8, 2016, Art Faculty Show, Radford University Art Museum Downtown    
All events are free unless otherwise noted. For more information, contact