The College's 2014-15 Spotlight series will offer arts and lectures that will expand your mind, touch your heart and make you tap your feet. Here are a few highlights of the full schedule:
-Performing Arts kicks off the season on Sept. 25 with Cantus, a renowned nine-man vocal ensemble that covers music from many periods and genres. On Oct. 10, Salsabrosa, one of the premier Salsa acts in the Midwest, is guaranteed to get you out of your seat. On Dec. 11, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra's "A Christmas Gift" program will get you into the holiday spirit.
-The Oreck-Alpern Interreligious Forum will host Benedictine Catholic Sister, attorney, poet and social justice advocate Sister Simone Campbell on Nov. 11. On Feb. 19, Waziyatawin, a Dakota writer, teacher, and activist will discuss her experiences with a nonprofit dedicated to preserving and recovering Dakota traditions. And on April 14, transcultural nurse specialist Najah Bazzy will discuss how her works fall in line with teachings from the Holy Qu'ran.
-This season's St. Scholastica Theatre offerings will include Shakespeare's "The Tempest" from Oct. 31-Nov. 9 and Noel Coward's "Blithe Spirit" April 17-26.
-On Oct. 21, the Peace and Justice program hosts author Susan Jacoby, who will discuss whether Christianity is good for American politics. On Jan. 22, Jacques Berlinerblau will give a presentation titled "Why America Needs More Secularists." David Bentley Hart will give a talk on March 26 called "Secularism and its Victims."
-The Music Department begins its season on Nov. 16 with "Americans We," a patriotic performance of the Concert Band and Jazz Band. Its "Viva Vivaldi" performance on Nov. 20 will showcase "Winter" from the composer's beloved "Four Seasons" concertos. On April 21, experience the music of your favorite soundtracks at the "Movie Music" show.
-The first Cambiata show of the season, "It was a Very Good Year: Schumann's Dichterliebe," is set for Sept. 27 and features piano music written by Robert Schumann and Hector Berlioz set to poetry. "Heaven and Earth" on Nov. 1 will bring the Twin Ports Choral Project for an evening of celebrated sacred and secular choral music. And the "Messiah Sing-Along" on Dec. 9 allows the audience to get in on the act to sing this seasonal favorite.
-The "Bravo" series will offer a "Curious George" musical on Oct. 2, a "Ladies Night Out" comedy show on Nov. 8, and music from Minneapolis rapper, singer and spoken word artist Dessa on Jan. 16.
These are just a few of the enriching cultural opportunities scheduled for the coming year! For a complete schedule, visit spotlight.css.edu.