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Spring Arts Celebration Kicks Off With a 'pARTy'

Live entertainment and art exhibits showcasing the creativity of the College community transformed Beardsley Hall on Friday evening, as an energetic pARTy kicked off the College's month-long Spring Arts Celebration.

Now in its third year and sponsored by the Art Department, the pARTy allows the campus community to visit open studios and see student exhibits throughout all three floors of Beardsley Hall, all while enjoying music from student performers and food from local vendors.

The annual tradition has become a fun way to kick off College's month-long Spring Arts Celebration, which this year takes place April 1 - May 6. Throughout the celebration, the College community is invited to take advantage of a full schedule of music, dance, theater, visual arts, and literature events and performances.

Upcoming events in this year’s Spring Arts Celebration include:

Swarthmore College Wind Ensemble

Saturday, April 9, 2016 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Lang Concert Hall - Lang Music Building

The Swarthmore College Wind Ensemble presents a joint concert with the Philadelphia Wind Symphony featuring an all-American program, including William Schuman's Chester, Frank Ticheli's Cajun Folk Songs II, and arrangements of works by Gershwin and Bernstein.

Gamelan Semara Santi

Sunday, April 10, 2016 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Scott Amphitheater 

Gamelan Semara Santi is a classical percussion orchestra from Bali, Indonesia, consisting of tuned gongs, bronze-keyed xylophones, drums, and bamboo flutes. Approximately 20 to 25 musicians participate, mostly Swarthmore students, plus a few additional community members.

Swarthmore College Jazz Ensemble

Sunday, April 10, 2016 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Lang Concert Hall - Lang Music Building

The Swarthmore College Jazz Ensemble, directed by Andrew Neu, performs a varied repertoire of traditional and contemporary music composed and arranged for big band.


Friday, April 15, 2016 8 p.m. - Midnight
Lang Performing Arts Center

Come see this semester's Terpsichore show to cheer on all your dancer and choreographer friends! Terpsichore is an open student dance group. Anyone can choreograph or perform for Terpsichore's shows.

Hans Lüdemann TRIO IVOIRE with Aly Keita + Christian Thomé

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Lang Concert Hall - Lang Music Building

TRIO IVOIRE (Hans Lüdemann, Swarthmore's 2015-16 Cornell Visiting Professor, piano; Aly Keita, balaphon; Christian Thomé, drums and electronics) melts personal roots of African, European and Jazz traditions and unites African balafon with piano, drums and electronics to create a contemporary sound that is without comparison.

Senior Thesis Exhibitions

Thursday, April 21, 2016 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Lang Performing Arts Center - List Gallery

Jena Gilbert-Merrill '16 will exhibit ceramic vessels and sculptures. She experiments with form and shape as a way of investigating negative and positive space. She takes inspiration from natural forms and materials, minimalism, and color field painting. Emma Kates-Shaw '16 will exhibit oil works on glass and pen illustrations. Her work explores natural imagery derived from flora in the Swarthmore area as well as landscapes from her travels, and incorporates strong design principles of color and shape.

The Seagull

Friday, April 22, 2016 8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Lang Performing Arts Center - LPAC Frear Ensemble Theater

The Department of Theater presents an honors directing thesis by Michelle Johnson '16, The Seagull by Anton Chekhov, translated by Paul Schmidt.

Dido and Aeneas

Sunday, April 24, 2016 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Lang Music Building - Lang Concert Hall

Monday, April 25, 2016 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Lang Music Building - Lang Concert Hall

Swarthmore's Department of Music and Dance presents a fully staged production of Henry Purcell's miniature operatic masterpiece, Dido and Aeneas, featuring an all-student cast and members of the Swarthmore College Orchestra. Stage Direction by Patrick Ross '15; Musical Direction by Andrew Hauze '04.

2016 Spring Dance Concert

Friday, April 29, 2016 8 p.m. - 9:40 p.m.
Lang Performing Arts Center - LPAC Pearson-Hall Theatre

Saturday, April 30, 2016 8 p.m. - 9:40 p.m.
Lang Performing Arts Center - LPAC Pearson-Hall Theatre

This spring concert will feature dances and music from a variety of styles and from various cultural traditions including ballet, taiko, modern, tap, flamenco, and more.

Students, Faculty, and Alumni Composers Concert

Monday, May 2, 2016 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Lang Concert Hall - Lang Music Building

The fifth annual Student, Faculty, and Alumni Composers Concert, featuring recent compositions by Swarthmore composers.

See the full schedule.

A student looks at art

During the annual pARTy, student artwork is on display throughout Beardsley Hall.

Student jazz band

Live jazz, music, and karaoke provided entertainment throughout the night.

A group of people talking

The annual event brings together community members from across campus.

Students at the food truck

Food trucks were on hand to supply party goers with food and treats.


Artwork lines the hallways in Beardsley as well as the studio spaces and classrooms.

students look at art

During the annual pARTy, student artwork is on display throughout Beardsley Hall.

During the annual pARTy, student artwork is on display throughout Beardsley Hall.

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