Fall events at Mason Gross Performing Arts Center and Galleries begin September 5

The Mason Gross Performing Arts Center and Galleries at Rutgers University is set to kick off its fall 2017 season of events on September 5, with a slate of music, dance, and theater performances as well as visual arts exhibitions and studio tours. Most events feature student artists, but the schedule also includes work by faculty and visiting artists. Many events are free, and all events feature discounts for Rutgers alumni, employees, and students, as well as senior citizens.

Dance events include the BFA Senior Solo & Duet Concert from November 8 to November 11 at 7:30 p.m., featuring new choreographic works by dance majors in collaboration with composers in the Mason Gross Music Department. On December 4 at 7:30 p.m., student dancers head to the Big Apple for Rutgers in New York: Dance at The Joyce, a performance of contemporary modern dance works by Lar Lubovitch, Mark Morris, Darrell Grand Moultrie, and Reggie Wilson.

Rutgers Symphony Orchestra performs three times during the fall, including with American Repertory Ballet for Carmen at State Theatre New Jersey on October 12 at 8 p.m. Based on Georges Bizet’s opera, Carmen is the tale of a love triangle between a passionate, free-spirited woman, the fickle soldier Don Jose, and the bullfighter Escamillo. The evening also features Kirk Peterson’s The Eyes that Gently Touch, set to the driving rhythms of Philip Glass’s “Mad Rush,” and Mary Barton’s Straight Up with a Twist, set to the sounds of violinist/composer Kaila Flexer and Third Ear. Renowned Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes, the 2017–2018 New York Philharmonic artist-in-residence, visits Nicholas Music Center on October 16 at 12:30 p.m. for a free recital, master class, and Q&A session. Opera at Rutgers will perform Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio, accompanied by Rutgers Symphony Orchestra, on November 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Rutgers Theater Company presents An Octoroon from November 3 to November 11 (various times). Set on the Terrebonne plantation in Louisiana in the decade before the Civil War, the controversial Dion Boucicault melodrama, adapted by MacArthur Fellow Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, explores issues of identity and the power of theatricality. From December 1 to December 9 (various times), Federico García Lorca’s Blood Wedding, a tragic tale of a man who tries to reclaim a past love on her wedding day, will be performed, with a translation by Langston Hughes.

From September 28 to October 16 (various times), the Visual Arts Department presents the co-cureate shows, mini-exhibits organized by teams of BFA and MFA students that showcase art in a variety of disciplines including painting, photography, sculpture, media, print, and performance. A reception on September 29 from 6 to 9 p.m. is open to the public. On October 6, November 3, and December 1, First Fridays events will feature rotating performances in the Mason Gross Galleries during extended hours until 9 p.m.

For ticket prices, location information, and event policies, visit www.masongross.rutgers.edu/events. Tickets may be purchased by phone at 848-932-7511 or in person at the ticket office at 85 George Street, New Brunswick, in the Mason Gross Performing Arts Center. Note: Our ticket fee structure has been revised. Please click here or call the ticket office for details. Mason Gross Galleries events are free. More information about gallery events is available by calling 848-932-5211.

View the full calendar of events here.

Posted August 2017.