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Featured Events 2014-2015

Transylvania invites you to our historic campus in downtown Lexington to enjoy the events featured below. Parking is free in the university’s general parking lots. Click the Directions tab for more information.

  • November 2, 2014

    “Americana”

    3:00 p.m.
    Transylvania University Singers and Pioneer Voices join to present a fall concert featuring both familiar and new music from the United States. Works will range from traditional folk songs to gospel music and more contemporary selections. Faculty members Clyde Beavers, cello, and Angela Eaton, piano will also be featured on the program.

    Reception to follow in the Morlan Gallery.

    Location: Carrick Theater, Mitchell Fine Arts Center


    This event is free and open to the public.


    For more information, contact Gretchen Shoot, (859) 233-8141

  • November 3, 2014

    Don Quixote and its Others: Inquisition and Difference in Early Modern Spain

    4:30 p.m.
    Join us for this Creative Intelligence lecture by Ryan Prendergast, who is an associate Spanish professor at the University of Rochester.

    Location: Cowgill Center 102


    This event is free and open to the public.

  • November 11, 2014

    Climate Change Disruption: How Do We Know? What Can We Do?

    4:30 p.m.
    Join us for this Creative Intelligence lecture by Andrew Jorgensen, associate professor and director of general chemistry at the University of Toledo.

    Location: Cowgill Center 102


    This event is free and open to the public.

  • November 13, 2014 - November 15, 2014

    “Shakespeare in Mind”

    7:30 p.m.
    Directed by Michael Bigelow Dixon

    Transylvania University proudly presents "Shakespeare in Mind," an original Transylvania production that channel-surfs Shakespeare through 21st-century American culture. Shakespeare’s scenes and soliloquies mix with contemporary playwriting; film performances share the stage with Shakespearean swag; and works based on, inspired by, or ripped off from the Bard combine with biography and theories that someone else wrote Shakespeare’s plays. If the mention of Shakespeare’s name sparks a hundred associations in your mind, this production is for you.

    Location: Lucille Caudill Little Theater


    ticket$10 general admission; $5 with Transylvania ID


    For more information, contact Gretchen Shoot, (859) 233-8141

  • November 14, 2014

    “Carmina Burana”

    7:30 p.m.
    "Carmina Burana" featuring regional college choruses from Transylvania University, Eastern Kentucky University, Berea College, University of Kentucky, and a children’s choir from SCAPA.

    The illuminating power of Orff’s “Carmina Burana” and Scriabin’s symphonic poem, “The Poem of Ecstasy” catch fire in “Carmina Burana.” Scriabin’s enigmatic “Poem of Ecstasy” opens the program with a journey through the trials and tribulations of humanity.

    Members of the Transy community are eligible for a 20% discount off regular ticket prices. Enter the code ‘TRANSY’ when purchasing tickets online, or mention it when calling the box office at (859) 233-4226. Student rush tickets are also available for $11.

    Location: Singletary Center for the Arts, University of Kentucky

    More about this event


    ticket$25-$75 (Click on the red link above for details)


    For more information, contact Gretchen Shoot, (859) 233-8141

  • November 20, 2014 - November 22, 2014

    “Shakespeare in Mind”

    7:30 p.m.
    Directed by Michael Bigelow Dixon

    Transylvania University proudly presents "Shakespeare in Mind," an original Transylvania production that channel-surfs Shakespeare through 21st-century American culture. Shakespeare’s scenes and soliloquies mix with contemporary playwriting; film performances share the stage with Shakespearean swag; and works based on, inspired by, or ripped off from the Bard combine with biography and theories that someone else wrote Shakespeare’s plays. If the mention of Shakespeare’s name sparks a hundred associations in your mind, this production is for you.

    Location: Lucille Caudill Little Theater


    ticket$10 general admission; $5 with Transylvania ID


    For more information, contact Gretchen Shoot, (859) 233-8141

  • November 23, 2014

    “Shakespeare in Mind”

    2:00 p.m.
    Directed by Michael Bigelow Dixon

    Transylvania University proudly presents "Shakespeare in Mind," an original Transylvania production that channel-surfs Shakespeare through 21st-century American culture. Shakespeare’s scenes and soliloquies mix with contemporary playwriting; film performances share the stage with Shakespearean swag; and works based on, inspired by, or ripped off from the Bard combine with biography and theories that someone else wrote Shakespeare’s plays. If the mention of Shakespeare’s name sparks a hundred associations in your mind, this production is for you.

    Location: Lucille Caudill Little Theater


    ticket$10 general admission; $5 with Transylvania ID


    For more information, contact Gretchen Shoot, (859) 233-8141

  • December 5, 2014

    “Gift of Holiday Music”

    7:30 p.m.
    Ring in the season with "A Gift of Holiday Music" concert, a local favorite featuring the Transylvania Band, the Transylvania Chamber Orchestra, the Transylvania University Choir, Women’s Chorus, and Pioneer Voices Men’s Choir. Offering beloved secular and sacred melodies, each group will perform a short set and then appear together for a single song. This concert is free and open to the public.

    Location: Haggin Auditorium


    This event is free and open to the public.


    For more information, contact Gretchen Shoot, (859) 233-8141

  • January 14, 2015 - February 20, 2015

    Dwellings: Contemplating Home, House, and Neighborhood

    12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
    Texas artist Libby Rowe deconstructs notions of home, house, and neighborhood in this one-person exhibition that features photography and sculpture. In three major works, “Inside/Out,” “(sub)Divison,” and “Dwell,” Rowe cleverly casts a fresh gaze on the façade-like quality of the American home, questions the success of the urban subdivision, and considers the philosophical meaning of dwellings.

    Special Events:

    Artist Talk with Libby Rowe: Tues., Jan. 20, 12:30 p.m.-1:15 p.m., Morlan Gallery; Opening Reception for the Artist: Wed., Jan. 14, 5-7 p.m., Morlan Gallery

    Location: Morlan Gallery, Mitchell Fine Arts Center

    More about this event


    This event is free and open to the public.


    For more information, contact Andrea Fisher, (859) 233-8142

  • January 14, 2015

    Kenan Lecture: Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

    7:30 p.m.
    Transylvania University proudly presents Robert F. Kennedy Jr., speaking on Green Capitalism.

    Location: Haggin Auditorium, Mitchell Fine Arts Center


    This event is free and open to the public.


    For more information, contact Meg Upchurch, (859) 233-8252

  • January 20, 2015

    Artist Talk: Libby Rowe

    12:30 p.m.-1:15 p.m.
    Rowe deconstructs notions of home, house, and neighborhood in her one-person Morlan Gallery exhibition titled Dwellings: Contemplating Home, House, and Neighborhood, on display Sept. 12 to Oct. 17.

    Rowe holds a Master of Fine Arts with an emphasis in photography from Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography from the University of Northern Iowa. Her work addresses issues of identity and belonging.

    Location: Morlan Gallery, Mitchell Fine Arts Center

    More about this event


    This event is free and open to the public.


    For more information, contact Andrea Fisher, (859) 233-8142

  • January 22, 2015

    The American Shakespeare Center presents “Dr. Faustus”

    7:30 p.m.
    As part of their Method in Madness Tour, the American Shakespeare Center presents "The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus," a play written by Christopher Marlowe. Faustus sells his soul, not for riches, but for knowledge and power. Marlowe weaves a shocking and contemporary tale of the struggle between good and evil, championing what is most daring in the human spirit. In his masterpiece that predates almost all of Shakespeare’s plays, Marlowe breathtakingly conjures Helen of Troy, the Seven Deadly Sins, angels, demons, and Satan himself, before dragging Faustus to Hell.

    Location: Carrick Theater, Mitchell Fine Arts Center


    ticket$15 general admission; $10 with Transylvania ID


    For more information, contact Gretchen Shoot, (859) 233-8142

  • February 24, 2015

    “How Do Jews And Christians Connect?”

    7:00 p.m.
    Professor Susannah Heschel, the Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College, is the 2014 Moosnick Lecturer in Judaic Studies. She is the author of "The Aryan Jesus: Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany," and "Abraham Geiger and the Jewish Jesus."

    Location: Carrick Theater, Mitchell Fine Arts Center


    This event is free and open to the public.


    For more information, contact Dr. Paul Jones, (859) 233-8113

  • February 25, 2015

    “The Life and Legacy of Abraham Joshua Heschel: Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity”

    7:00 p.m.
    Professor Susannah Heschel, the Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College, is the 2014 Moosnick Lecturer in Judaic Studies. She is the author of "The Aryan Jesus: Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany," and "Abraham Geiger and the Jewish Jesus".

    Location: Ohavay Zion Synagogue


    This event is free and open to the public.


    For more information, contact Dr. Paul Jones, (859) 233-8113

  • March 2, 2015 - March 27, 2015

    Functional Clay: Works that Contain

    12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
    Functional Clay: Works that Contain is an exhibition of nationally recognized ceramic artists who earn their livings by creating vessels for everyday use and pleasure. The works contain the “things of life” and are an exploration of form, surface, and the space within. The artists use a broad range of techniques for making, glazing, and firing. All works will be for sale and range in price from $30 to $3,000.

    Functional is the first part of a two-part ceramic exhibition. The second, to be shown in 2016, is Conceptual, a show of sculptural non-functional clay artworks. Rather than contain, these works confound, or in other words, were created to challenge the viewer in ways of thinking, seeing, and perceiving. The two exhibitions—although shown a year apart—explore the intersections of craft and art and celebrate artworks made with similar materials and techniques, but with different outcomes.

    Special Events: Lexington Gallery Hop: Friday, Mar. 20, 5-8 p.m.

    Location: Morlan Gallery, Mitchell Fine Arts Center

    More about this event


    This event is free and open to the public.


    For more information, contact Andrea Fisher, (859) 233-8142

  • March 19, 2015 - March 21, 2015

    “Dying City”

    7:30 p.m.
    Written by Christopher Shinn

    Directed by Sullivan Canaday White

    A year after her husband’s death in Iraq, Kelly, a young therapist, confronts his identical twin brother, who shows up at her apartment unannounced.

    Location: Lucille Caudill Little Theater


    ticket$10 general admission; $5 with Transylvania ID


    For more information, contact Gretchen Shoot, (859) 233-8141

  • March 22, 2015

    “Dying City”

    2:00 p.m.
    Written by Christopher Shinn

    Directed by Sullivan Canaday White

    A year after her husband’s death in Iraq, Kelly, a young therapist, confronts his identical twin brother, who shows up at her apartment unannounced.

    Location: Lucille Caudill Little Theater


    ticket$10 general admission; $5 with Transylvania ID


    For more information, contact Gretchen Shoot, (859) 233-8141

  • March 26, 2015 - March 28, 2015

    “Dying City”

    7:30 p.m.
    Written by Christopher Shinn

    Directed by Sullivan Canaday White

    A year after her husband’s death in Iraq, Kelly, a young therapist, confronts his identical twin brother, who shows up at her apartment unannounced.

    Location: Lucille Caudill Little Theater


    ticket$10 general admission; $5 with Transylvania ID


    For more information, contact Gretchen Shoot, (859) 233-8141

  • May 14, 2015 - May 16, 2015

    “The Laramie Project”

    7:30 p.m.
    By Moisés Kaufmann and members of the Tectonic Theater Project

    In October 1998, Matthew Shepard was kidnapped, severely beaten, and left to die tied to a fence on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyo. Five weeks later, Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project went to Laramie and, over the course of the next year, conducted more than 200 interviews with people of the town. From these interviews they wrote the play "The Laramie Project," a chronicle of the life of the town of Laramie in the year after the murder.

    Location: Lucille Caudill Little Theater


    ticket$10 general admission; $5 with Transylvania ID


    For more information, contact Gretchen Shoot, (859) 233-8141

  • May 17, 2015

    “The Laramie Project”

    2:00 p.m.
    By Moisés Kaufmann and members of the Tectonic Theater Project

    In October 1998, Matthew Shepard was kidnapped, severely beaten, and left to die tied to a fence on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyo. Five weeks later, Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project went to Laramie and, over the course of the next year, conducted more than 200 interviews with people of the town. From these interviews they wrote the play "The Laramie Project," a chronicle of the life of the town of Laramie in the year after the murder.

    Location: Lucille Caudill Little Theater


    ticket$10 general admission; $5 with Transylvania ID


    For more information, contact Gretchen Shoot, (859) 233-8141

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