As the Fall semester kicks off at BC, dozens of student-run groups prepare to deliver a medley of exciting events, both on and off campus. In anticipation of an arts-loaded academic year, the Arts Council put together a selection of up-coming shows to include in your social calendar.
First on the list and firing-up the Fall is Acapellafest on Sept. 14, showcasing the talents of BC’s many a capella outfits, including The Boston College Acoustics who recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. The Fest begins at 8:00 p.m. at the Robsham Theater Main Stage, and all proceeds go to The Morgan Center, a preschool for children with cancer. So, if melodious voices and good causes sound like a winning combination, or you’ve just got a thing for Glee (and who hasn’t?), make sure you check this out.
Off-campus, BC Irish Dance are representing the school at Fenway, for the first Irish Heritage night hosted by the Red Sox. Performing for the crowds down Yawkey Way on Sept. 17, BCID are one of two Irish dance groups to be selected, and Co-President Erin Curran says the club are looking forward to combining their love of Boston sports and Irish heritage. If you’re heading to Fenway, stop by Yawkey and show your support!
Late September sees another exciting off-campus show from the Music Guild, who will host “BC Rocks Faneuil Hall” on Sept. 29, from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. The Guild’s John Guzzi explains that they are organizing the event to “promote the broad base of musical talent on campus to as many people as possible,” and “build a larger audience for our musicians.” With the event scheduled to take place outdoors, show-goers can expect a chilled-out afternoon with a late-summer festival vibe, where BC students and Bostonians can support local music while enjoying the city buzz of restaurants and bars. In the spirit of the Guild’s mission — “to help music on campus grow” — Guzzi also invites BC bands looking for performance opportunities to get in touch with the organization, as part of their continuing efforts to support the music community.
October brings shedding trees, Halloween, and Voices of Imani’s Fall Jam, an afternoon of feel-good music making. Voices member Katie Lavallee says their goal is to share “positive energy and spirituality with those who may be in need of a lift,” and the group describe the event as always “full of energy and upbeat.” Check them out at the Welch Dining Room, Oct. 27, 4 p.m. Voices are also spreading charity and cheer at Berklee Performance Center on Nov. 23 to support the Whittier Street Health Center’s effort to address socioeconomic disparities in Boston.
A night at the theatre is a perfect remedy for the mid-semester slump, and Contemporary Theater promise to deliver with their production of The Last Days of Judas Escariot, running Nov. 7-9 in the Bonn Studio Theater. Judas is on trial for his betrayal of Jesus, with witnesses including Mother Teresa, Sigmund Freud, and Satan. Director Sarah Devizio says she chose the play because it focuses on “one of the most infamous sinners of all time,” promoting the idea that “theater…challenge[s] society and broaden[s] the audience’s understanding and empathy.” Preparations for the show are already underway, and the production looks set to be a must-see.
When December descends and makes us all want to go into hibernation, the BC Dance Ensemble have an answer for our winter blues — their Fall Show at the Robsham, Dec. 5-7, 7:30 p.m. Entitled “Spectrum,” the show focuses on expressing emotion through
color, and features a range of dance styles, including ballet and contemporary. The group are raising money for the Boston College Campus School, a non-profit day school for students with multiple disabilities.
And if the all-singing, all-dancing arts students are giving you performance fever, the Dance Organization of BC are providing free open studio classes, on Mondays and Wednesdays, starting Sept. 18, 6:00 p.m. Director Alex Lorditch explained that the DOBC offer classes in ballet and jazz as a way of catering for those who might have always wanted to take a dance class, but weren’t sure where to look. Held at the Studio on BC’s Brighton Campus, the classes are free and open to the whole BC community. Visit their website for scheduling details.
Interested in a career in the arts? Wondering where you might ply your talents post-graduation? Keep an eye on the Arts Council’s website, Facebook, and Twitter for up-coming details on our Careers Night for the Arts later this Fall.