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Monmouth College celebrates Fine Arts Month in October

Barry McNamara
9/29/09
A piano recital by assistant professor of music Ian Moschenross will begin a month-long celebration of fine arts on the Monmouth College campus. The concert will be presented on Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Kasch Peformance Hall of the college’s Dahl Chapel and Auditorium.

“Though we publish, present and perform all year, we have chosen October as the month to highlight the artistic study, skill, research, development, growth and talent of our faculty and students,” said Janeve West, assistant professor of theatre. “We have planned an especially high number of events to showcase the exceptional level of creative innovation on this campus.”

Other highlights of Fine Arts Month include the play “Fat Men in Skirts,” which will be performed in Wells Theater Oct. 8-11, a “Seriously Creative Event” in the WIT Theatre Oct. 28-29 and four other concerts, including an Oct. 10 choral concert in conjunction with Homecoming weekend and culminating Oct. 31 with the Jazz Band’s “Spooktacular.” Also performing in October will be the Fighting Scots Marching Band, several student pianists on Oct. 27 and a faculty chamber music ensemble on Oct. 30.

Artist Chris Dokolasa’s “Clay and Paper” exhibit opened Sept. 29 in the Everett Gallery in Hewes Library. The Galesburg resident will discuss her work on Oct. 3 at 2 p.m., and a reception will follow.

All of the events are open to the public and, with the exception of “Fat Men in Skirts,” admission is free.

Members of the MC community will also have art on display off campus during the month, including assistant professor of art Brian Baugh at Kaldi’s Coffee in Galesburg, and former classmates Gary Willhardt ’59 and Fred Wackerle ’61 at the Buchanan Center for the Arts. Wackerle, a member of the executive committee of the Monmouth College Board of Trustees, will host a plein air painting workshop for students during Homecoming weekend, while Baugh will host a workshop titled “Taking Better People Pictures” that is open to all faculty, staff and students.

West also noted that a group of 15 fine arts students will be treated to an all-expenses paid trip to Chicago Oct. 23-24.

“They’ll have the opportunity to visit museums, and see Shakespeare’s ‘Richard III’ on Navy Pier and Verdi’s ‘Ernani’ at the Chicago Lyric Opera,” she said.