October 17, 2022

November brings various musical and theater performances as well as a new gallery exhibition to Susquehanna University’s campus. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band Brings New Orleans to PA

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, at Weber Chapel Auditorium. It is the second performance in the university’s 2022–23 Artist Series season.

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band derives its name from Preservation Hall in New Orleans’ French Quarter. New Orleans has been the point at which sounds and cultures from around the world converged, mingled and resurfaced, transformed by the Crescent City’s inimitable spirit. The band’s mission remains focused on exposing audiences to the channeling of their ancestors through the music and culture they’ve inherited from them.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for senior citizens and $5 for non-SU students. They can be purchased in the campus box office. Located in the Degenstein Center Theater lobby, the box office is open Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m. during the academic year. It is closed on holidays and during university breaks. Tickets can also be purchased online at https://susqu.universitytickets.com/.

Gallery Holds 13th Annual Figurative Drawing and Painting Competition

The Lore Degenstein Gallery at Susquehanna University will host the 13th Annual Figurative Drawing and Painting Competition with an opening reception at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5. The exhibition runs through Dec. 11.

This national, juried visual art competition and exhibition is open to two-dimensional figurative artists who are over the age of 18, working in painting, drawing and printmaking (referencing the human figure). Prizes will be awarded at the opening reception.

This year’s juror is Mira Gerard, professor in the Department of Art and Design at East Tennessee State University. Gerard’s creative output spans painting, video and performance.

Student Musical Ensembles To Present Concerts

Large ensemble concerts are the fullest expression of collaborative music-making at Susquehanna. November promises a variety of composers, styles and genres. All concerts are held in Stretansky Concert Hall in the Cunningham Center for Music and Art:

  • University Choir and University Chamber Singers, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4; Amy Voorhees, conductor.
  • University Chorale, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5; Cody Miller, conductor.
  • University Orchestra, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6; Zachary Levi, conductor.

Award-Winning Author To Present Reading

Emily Raboteau will present a reading of her work at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, in Isaacs Auditorium in Seibert Hall.

Raboteau’s books include The Professor’s Daughter, Searching for Zion, winner of the American Book Award, and Lessons for Survival, forthcoming from Holt in 2023. Her fiction and essays have been widely published and anthologized in Best American Short Stories, Best American Science Writing, Best American Travel Writing, The New York Times, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, The Guardian and elsewhere. Honors include a Pushcart Prize, The Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Lannan Foundation and the MacDowell Colony.

Raboteau resides in New York City and teaches creative writing at The City College of New York in Harlem.

The Seavey Visiting Writers Series is funded by Richard and Susan Seavey P’19.

Theatre To Present Staging of Greek Tragedy

The Department of Theatre will present Iphigenia and Other Daughters Friday, Nov. 11, and Saturday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 13, at 2:30 p.m., in Degenstein Center Theater in the Charles B. Degenstein Campus Center.

This three-play cycle is a modern retelling of the fall of the House of Atreus. It follows the children of Clytemnestra and Agamemnon, siblings who are both players in the family tragedy and victims of it. The cycle of blood and vengeance seems inescapable until the final reunion of a lost sister and brother brings the bloody family saga to its mystical and unlikely end.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $8 for non-SU students. For tickets and information, visit the box office in the Degenstein Center Theater lobby or call 570-372-ARTS (2787) Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m. during the academic year. Tickets can also be purchased online at https://susqu.universitytickets.com/.