40+ Events That Will Help You Get Your Arts and Culture Fix This Spring

From art exhibitions and bestselling authors to symposiums and LipSync, it’s time for you to fill up your calendar with upcoming Rollins College events.

Student actors perform Hello Dolly! in the spring 2016 semester. (Photo by Scott Cook)
Student actors perform Hello Dolly! in the spring 2016 semester. (Photo by Scott Cook)

The Annie Russell Theatre

The “Annie” stages an exciting season of musicals and dramas that feature student and faculty performers.

A Piece of My Heart
A true story of six women’s experiences in the Vietnam War
Opening Friday, February 17, at 8 p.m.
February 17 – 25, various times

Urinetown, the Musical
A story of a revolution incited by one hero who decides it’s not “a privilege to pee!”
Opening Friday, April 21, at 8 p.m.
April 21 – 29, various times
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Bach Festival Society of Winter Park

This acclaimed choir and orchestra presents an annual classical musical festival, a choral masterworks series, and visiting artist performances.

Spiritual Spaces: Peace and Serenity
The orchestra and choir perform timeless music that encourages reflection.
Sunday, February 19
6 – 7:30 p.m.
Knowles Memorial Chapel

Concertos by Candlelight: Duo Concertos
Routa Kroumovitch-Gomez, violin
Daniel Flick, mandolin
Friday, February 24, and Saturday, February 25
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Knowles Memorial Chapel

German Biergarten: 500 Years of Reinheitsgebot
Celebration of the 1516 passing of the German beer purity law and the beginning of the Reformation
Partnership with the Rollins German Department
Sunday, February 26
12 – 2:45 p.m.
Mills Lawn

500th Anniversary of the Reformation
Works by Bach and Mendelssohn
Sunday, February 26
3 – 5 p.m.
Knowles Memorial Chapel

Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater
Tuesday, February 28
3 – 3:45 p.m.
All Saints Episcopal Church

Dvořák Stabat Mater
Saturday, March 4
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Knowles Memorial Chapel

Festival Favorites
An experiment in musical democracy
Sunday, March 5
3 – 4:45 p.m.
Knowles Memorial Chapel

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
One of the world’s top baroque orchestras
Monday, March 6
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Tiedtke Concert Hall
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Cornell Fine Arts Museum (CFAM)

With one of the oldest and most distinguished permanent collections in Florida, CFAM presents year-round exhibitions, public talks, films, and educational programs.

Exhibition
Reframing the Picture, Reclaiming the Past
Now – April 2

Exhibition
AfroFantastic: Black Imagination and Agency in the American Experience
Now – April 2

Exhibition
The Black Figure in the European Imaginary
Now – May 14

Exhibition
Selections from the Permanent Collection
Now – May 14

Lecture
Posing Beauty in African American Culture
Deborah Willis, New York University
Saturday, February 4
6 – 7 p.m.

Lecture
South Side Lives: African American Art in Chicago, 1920 – 1950

Henry Buchbinder (Art Institute of Chicago) and Sarah Kelly Oehler, visiting scholar
Tuesday, February 7
6 – 7 p.m.

Lecture
Portraiture, Vanishing Identities, and the Case of Zamor

Susan H. Libby, professor of art history
Wednesday, February 15
6 – 7 p.m.

Artist’s Talk
Benjamin Rinehart, Lawrence University
Multimedia images, printmaking, book constructions, painting, and drawing
Tuesday, February 21
6 – 7 p.m.

Lecture
Scripture for the Eyes: The Impact of the Reformation on the Visual Arts

Bruce A. Beal Director Ena Heller
Presentation in conjunction with the Bach Festival’s observance of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation
Tuesday, February 28
6 – 7 p.m.

Lecture
Adrienne L. Childs (Harvard University)
Co-curator of the exhibition “The Black Figure in the European Imaginary”
Wednesday, March 8
6 – 7 p.m.

Performance
Pieta

Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz (University of Central Florida) cradles 33 young men and women of color.
Tuesday, March 21
Knowles Memorial Chapel

Lecture
Unwinding the History of a Timeless Accessory: The Art of the Watch Key
Exploration of a collection of 1,200 watch keys since the development of the pocket watch
Friday, April 28
11 a.m.
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Music at Rollins

The music department showcases student and faculty performances as well as visiting artists that range from orchestral and choral classics to jazz.

Visiting Artist
Todd Wilson, organ
Friday, February 17
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Knowles Memorial Chapel

Master Class
Abigail Nims, mezzo-soprano
Thursday, February 23
12:30 p.m.
Tiedtke Concert Hall

Master Class
Meg Bragle, mezzo-soprano
Thursday, March 2
12:30 p.m.
Tiedtke Concert Hall

Visiting Artist
Christopher Hutton, cello
Sunday, April 9
3 p.m.
Tiedtke Concert Hall

Master Class
Michael Dean, bass/baritone
Thursday, April 20
12:30 p.m.
Tiedtke Concert Hall
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Winter Park Institute at Rollins College

This institute brings together thought leaders from a variety of disciplines and expertise for public events.

Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly: Endeavor to Succeed
Former U.S. Congresswoman and retired astronaut and Navy Captain
Tuesday, April 4
7:30 p.m.
Warden Arena, Alfond Sports Center
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Winter With the Writers

Each February, this festival of literary arts brings to Rollins five of the finest contemporary authors and poets for master classes, readings, and other events. 

Master Class
Susan Orlean, bestselling author
Thursday, February 2
4 – 5:30 p.m.
SunTrust Auditorium

Reading, Interview, and Signing
Susan Orlean, bestselling author
Thursday, February 2
7:30 p.m.
Bush Auditorium

Master Class
Peter Meinke, Poet Laureate of Florida
Thursday, February 9
2 – 3:30 p.m.
SunTrust Auditorium

Master Class
David Kirby, author
Thursday, February 9
4 – 5:30 p.m.
SunTrust Auditorium

Reading, Interview, and Signing
Peter Meinke and David Kirby
Thursday, February 9
7:30  – 9 p.m.
Bush Auditorium

Master Class
Chris Abani, author, screenwriter, and playwright
Thursday, February 16
4 – 5:30 p.m.
Bush Executive Center

Reading
Chris Abani
Thursday, February 16
7:30 – 9 p.m.
Bush Auditorium

Master Class
Jay Hopler, author and National Book Award finalist
Thursday, February 23
2 p.m.
SunTrust Auditorium

Master Class
Chris Bachelder, author and National Book Award finalist
Thursday, February 23
4 p.m.
SunTrust Auditorium

Reading, Interview, and Signing
Jay Hopler and Chris Bachelder
Thursday, February 23
7:30 – 9 p.m.
Bush Auditorium
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Additional Events and Special Speakers

Thomas P. Johnson Speaker
Rev. Stephen A. Green
How Far Have We Come? A Frank Conversation about Racial Tensions
Wednesday, February 8
6 – 7 p.m.
Faculty Club

Symposium
Cuba at the Crossroads
Scholars present research on Cuban politics, U.S. and Cuba relations, and Cuban society.
Friday, February 10
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Various locations on campus

Colloquy
Florida’s Golden Age
Florida historians, environmentalists, cultural critics, and writers discuss the evolution of our state.
Friday, February 10
9 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Bush Auditorium

Thomas P. Johnson Speaker
Keeanga-Yamhatta Taylor, Princeton University
Analysis of political, economic, and cultural underpinnings of racial inequality
Monday, February 13
6 – 8 p.m.
SunTrust Auditorium

LipSync
A Rollins student tradition of singing and dancing sponsored by SGA
Monday, March 27
7 – 9 p.m.
Alfond Sports Center
Check out highlights from last spring
 

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