UD students take their talents to the Schuster stage in Thursday’s Celebration of the Arts

More than 250 University of Dayton students will participate Thursday night

Celebration of the Arts, the University of Dayton’s 17th annual display of student talent, will be held Thursday, March 28, at the Schuster Performing Arts Center in Dayton.

This year more than 250 students across all fields of study will participate in the free event.

“Celebration of the Arts provides an opportunity for arts faculty and students to share their talents and accomplishments with the community in Dayton’s beautiful downtown venue,” said Sharon Gratto, a professor of music at the University of Dayton and the Graul Chair in Arts and Languages, in a press release.

“Many of the performers on stage are not arts majors, which illustrates the importance of arts experiences and opportunities at UD for students in all disciplines, from engineering to teacher education.”

The event starts with a display of collaborative and individual student art in the Wintergarden, including a performance by the Javanese Gamelan, a student group that plays Indonesian music on traditional instruments.

Beginning on the Schuster Center stage at 7:30 p.m., the university’s student performing arts groups in music, dance and theater will perform the music of Duke Ellington with the University’s Jazz Ensemble and Opera Workshop; a film excerpt of Eunice, a play about singer Nina Simone; a welcome song from the tradition of the Maori people of New Zealand; and a dance collaboration with the UD Dance Ensemble and members of Dayton Contemporary Dance Company 2.


WHAT: Celebration of the Arts

WHERE: The Schuster Performing Arts Center, 1 W. Second St., Dayton

WHEN: Thursday, March 28, 6 p.m.

ADMISSION: Admission is free but tickets are required and available through Ticket Center Stage at 937-228-3630 or online at ticketcenterstage.com.

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