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Worcester State University’s Visual and Performing Arts Department offers over 15 arts events per year with 3 to 4 gallery exhibits, 10 to 12 music performances, and 3 full theatre productions. All of these events involve students—whether in the background organizing and setting up the show or in the foreground exhibiting or performing their work. All exhibits and performances are open to the public and affordable; some are free. We welcome your interest in our programs and invite you to attend an upcoming event.
The Mary Cosgrove Dolphin Gallery, located in the Ghosh Science and Technology Center, offers 3 to 4 exhibits per year of current renowned artists and of our faculty and students—all of which allow students and the public to explore the established, edgy, and innovative in the artistic world. The gallery’s mission is to contribute to the cultural offerings of the region by exhibiting work of vitality and interest in the contemporary art world. The Gallery is open Tuesday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday, 1-5 p.m.
Opening Reception: March 28, 5 – 7 p.m.
Student curated and student centered, this juried exhibition offers artwork from students attending Central Massachusetts colleges and universities. This exhibit showcases the artists of the future.Dates: March 28 – April 11Times: Tues. – Fri. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat. 1 – 5 p.m., or by appointmentLocation: Mary Cosgrove Dolphin Gallery, WSU CampusCost: FREE
Opening Reception: April 18, 5 – 7 p.m.
VPA’s graduating art students present their capstone work, exhibiting their best work while in attendance at Worcester State.Dates: April 18 – May 7Times: Tues. – Fri. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat. 1 – 5 p.m., or by appointmentLocation: Mary Cosgrove Dolphin Gallery, WSU CampusCost: FREE
Deadline: Feb. 22
Juror Decision: March 8
Show: March 28 - April 4
Check for more information on the VPA Facebook Page @VPAatWorcesterState
Worcester State Music stretches the boundaries of performance with choral and instrumental programs that aim to delight, enchant, and educate. Audiences of all ages enjoy the performances around Worcester and on campus of the Chorus, Chorale, Alumni Singers, and a growing list of instrumental ensembles.
VPA music students offer a performance for Worcester State’s Valentine event.Date: February 14Location: Sheehan Dining Hall
From Dylan and Motown to the British invasion, the Worcester State Chorale performs once again with the Bobby Gadoury Trio.Date: March 7 at 7 p.m.Location: El Basha, 256 Park Ave. WorcesterCost: $10 through any Chorale member or firstname.lastname@example.org
Dinner and beverages not included, but available through El Basha.
In this musical revue, couples reflect on the complexities of modern relationships through Sondheim’s musicals – Sweeney Todd, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods and more.Dates: April 26 and 27 at 8 p.m., April 28 at 2 p.m.Location: Sullivan Auditorium, WSU CampusCost: $15 general public, $10 students and seniors
Tickets: email@example.com and at the door
The WSU Chorale performs the music it will be taking on the road in its upcoming tour of Ireland. Hear the performance before it leaves our shores.Date: May 4 at 7:30 p.m.Location: Our Lady of Angels Church, 1222 Main Street, WorcesterCost: $10 general public, $7 seniors and students
Tickets: firstname.lastname@example.org and at the door
FREE Live Jazz. WSU visual and performing arts students perform live jazz under the direction of Jeremy Cohen.Date: May 2 (Time TBA)Location: Student Center Blue Lounge Cost: FREE
Students in VPA's music program rev up their talents and deliver on the Fuller Theater stage. Students perform individually showcasing vocal and instrumental talents and in ensembles of guitar, wind, jazz and more.Date: May 7 at 7 p.m.Location: Fuller Theater, Administration Bldg, WSU CampusCost: FREE
In the fall of 2018, VPA introduced lunchtime Fri-yay coffeehouses in the LRC Starbucks Café and in Sheehan Dining Hall. Follow our website and social media channels for upcoming coffee house dates featuring VPA music students and faculty.
Jan. 25 - Sheehan Dining Hall
Feb. 2 - LRC Starbucks Café
March 1 – LRC Starbucks Café
March 22 – Sheehan Dining Hall
March 29 – LRC Starbucks Café
April 12 – Sheehan Dining Hall
April 26 – LRC Starbucks Café
May 3 – Sheehan Dining Hall
*schedule subject to change
Christie Nigro, Choral Performances, email@example.comKyle Martin, Applied Music Performances, firstname.lastname@example.org
Worcester State Theatre raises the standard for student production and for audience understanding of the theatre as it brings to the stage, for public and campus audiences, the playwrights that intrigue, deliver a message, and make us think so that we leave knowing why theatre is still relevant on today’s stage.
By Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, adapted for the stage by Rick Elice
A prequel to Peter Pan, Peter and the Starcatcher dishes up the backstory for Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Tinker Bell and more in a humorous and kid-friendly way – all accentuated with a Tony-nominated musical score.Dates: Feb. 28, March 1, 2 at 8 p.m., March 3 at 2 p.m.Location: Fuller Theater, Administration Bldg, WSU CampusCost: $18 general public, $14 seniors, $8 studentsTickets:VPABoxOffice@worcester.edu, 508-929-8843, and at the door
By Stephen Karam
On the edge of adulthood, three high school misfits band together to expose their drama teacher for what he is – a sexual predator. This hilarious and sarcastic dark comedy takes us along as these young adults discover how to make themselves heard in the adult world.
Dates: May 2, 3, 4 at 8 p.m., May 5 at 2 p.m.Location: Fuller Theater, Administration Bldg, WSU CampusCost: $14 general public, $10 seniors, $7 studentsTickets:VPABoxOffice@worcester.edu, 508-929-8843, and at the door
Tickets also are available at the Student Center Information Desk.
Keep your eyes on our website and social media channels for special Extreme ART-ery events from April 18 – May 7. Events take place all over campus.