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Join The University of Olivet for a visual or performing arts event this spring! Vocal and instrumental performances will feature talented current and future Comets as part of the regular concert series and a special Vocal Arts Day for prospective high school students. In addition, professional artists and OC seniors will host art exhibitions, displaying a wide variety of styles. Arts events are wonderful opportunities to visit The University of Olivet and experience the many talents of students who enrich the campus community. All events and free and open to the public.

The University of Olivet Choir and Gospel Choir Concert
Sunday, March 4, 3 p.m.
Olivet Congregational Church

For the first time ever, Olivet’s College Choir and the Gospel Choir will join forces for an extraordinary performance celebrating choral music in a variety of styles. This diverse group of students represents a small slice of the greater campus community, exemplifying how amazing things are created when people of different cultures and backgrounds come together.

“Temper + Mend” exhibited by Jenna Para
Now – March 30
Kresge Foundation Art Gallery

The duality of self is the driving force in Para’s work, found both in her concepts and in her creative process. Conceptually, her work centers around the idea of finding and losing home, of obsessively repeating oneself, and the hardening and healing of wounds over time. By combining the precise line work of her intaglio etchings with the atmosphere variation of monotype printing, she conveys her concept not just through traditional 2D prints, but also through organic, dimensional forms that evoke the look of stretched, stitched, and healing skin. Presently, Para is based in Grand Rapids and splits her time between creating personal work at Dinderbeck Studios, exhibiting mainly throughout West Michigan’s creative community, and executing her job as the screenprint facility manager at Uncle Goose Toys.

Faculty Recital: Will Sutton, Euphonium
Tuesday, April 3, 7 p.m.
Upton Conservatory Recital Hall

The University of Olivet’s low brass instructor, Will Sutton, will be performing music by Linkola, Schumann, Piazzola and Ito. Professor Sutton (tuba, euphonium, trombone) is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts in euphonium from Michigan State University. He holds a Master of Music in brass specialist and a Bachelor of Music in music performance and education. Professor Sutton has performed with the Grand Rapids Symphony, Capital Region Wind Ensemble, Orchestra of Northern New York, and Northern Symphonic Winds.

The University of Olivet Senior Exhibition
April 5 – May 19
Kresge Foundation Art Gallery

A senior exhibition of drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking and graphic design by  graduating seniors:

  • Daniel Neugent, visual arts dual discipline major with a concentration in business.
  • Colton Parish-Miller, double major in graphic design and studio arts, with printmaking, painting and sculpture as his foci.
  • Kaila Redfield, studio arts major with a passion for ceramics.
Jazz Ensemble Concert
Monday, April 9, 7 p.m.
Olivet Congregational Church

You don’t want to miss this fun evening of top jazz standards performed by Olivet’s own Jazz Ensemble.

Wind Ensemble Concert
Thursday, April 12, 7 p.m.
Olivet Congregational Church

This end-of-semester Wind Ensemble concert will feature an eclectic assortment of wind band literature as well as Will Sutton, The University of Olivet’s low brass instructor, in a performance of James Curnow’s Concert Piece for Euphonium and Band. This concert will leave you dancing, singing, and smiling as the spring air returns.

The University of Olivet Choir and Vocal Arts Day Concert
Friday, April 20, 7 p.m.
Olivet Congregational Church

Talented high school vocal students from around the state will gather at The University of Olivet for a day of learning, rehearsing and performing, culminating in a performance with the The University of Olivet Choir.

View the full Events Calendar to check out all the fun things happening at The University of Olivet this spring. The Kresge Foundation Art Gallery is open Mon. – Fri., 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., or by appointment. For more information about visual arts events, contact Gary Wertheimer, professor of art, at 269.749.7627 or gbwertheimer@uolivet.edu. Learn more about performing arts events by contacting Ramona Kime, Ph.D., professor of music and Arts and Humanities Department chair, at 269.749.7692 or rkime@uolivet.edu.


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