Mason Gross Performing Arts Center and Galleries announces spring events

The Mason Gross Performing Arts Center and Galleries is set to kick off its spring 2017 season of events on January 27, with a slate of music, dance, and theater performances as well as visual arts exhibitions, lectures, master classes, and a book signing. Most events feature student artists, but the schedule also includes work by faculty and visiting artists.

Many events are free, and all events are discounted for Rutgers alumni, employees, and students, as well as senior citizens.

Dance events include a screening of the documentary Mr. Gaga: A True Story of Love and Dance on February 9 at 7:30 p.m. The film details the life of Ohad Naharin, director of Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company, and will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s producer, Barak Heymann. From April 26 to 30, DancePlus Spring presents works by guest artists Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Soon-Ho Park of Bereishit Dance Company (South Korea), and Jodi Melnick as well as faculty members John Evans, Randy James, Robert Benford, Blair Ritchie, and Camille Moten.

From January 27 to February 5, Opera at Rutgers presents Dialogues of the Carmelites, the story of a noblewoman who joins an order of nuns during the Reign of Terror—the French Revolution—and learns that religious vows are not a refuge from worldly fears. On February 20, the public is invited to observe a free master class with contemporary music group Talea Ensemble, as they coach pieces by Rutgers composers performed by Rutgers’ HELIX! ensemble, as well as the undergraduate new music ensemble Split the Lark. Rutgers Symphony Orchestra takes the stage of Nicholas Music Center on March 4 at 7:30 p.m. for the first of two spring performances, featuring Andrew Norman’s Unstuck, Frank Martin’s Ballade, and Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique. The orchestra will perform Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 on March 25 at 7:30 p.m. The Rutgers University Glee Club celebrates its return from an appearance at the 2017 National Conference of the American Choral Directors Association with a concert on April 29 at 7:30 p.m. featuring Franz Schubert’s “Nachtgesang im Walde,” folk songs, spirituals, and the always-popular songs of Rutgers University. On May 1 at 5 p.m., Rutgers pianists offer a free preview of their concert at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall (May 8) with music from countries around the world including Russia, Chile, Spain, Korea, Georgia, Japan, Cuba, and the United States.

Rutgers Theater Company presents The Cider House Rules, among four spring performance events, from February 9 to 12. Adapted from the novel by John Irving, the play is set in the St. Cloud’s, Maine, hospital and orphanage, and spans an 80-year quest for love, home, and destiny. In addition, actors in the third-year company, returning from studying at Shakespeare’s Globe in London, present two Shakespeare plays performed in repertory: the tragedy Julius Caesar,with an all-female cast, from April 20 to 23 and the comedy As You Like It, with an all-male cast,from April 21 to 30.

In addition to several undergraduate and graduate student art exhibitions throughout the spring, the Visual Arts Department presents a distinguished lecture and reception with artist, educator, and cultural critic Amalia Mesa-Bains in honor of the graduating class of 2017 on April 4. Mesa-Bains has worked to define a Chicano and Latino aesthetic in the United States and in Latin America. The Mason Gross Galleries also invite the public to First Fridays each month from February through May, with extended gallery hours until 9 p.m. and rotating events and performances.

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. Mason Gross Galleries events are free. More information about gallery events is available by calling 848-932-5211.