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2020–2021

Whether in the visual art gallery, the dance theatre, the concert hall, the recital hall, or the flexible theatre, a rich and diverse arts season awaits you.

October 2–November 25

Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center, Gallery

Student Invitational Art Exhibition

The Student Invitational Art Exhibition’s opening and gallery talk will be virtual this semester. The events will be made public as Youtube post and be available on Facebook.

October 28–31

Streaming Online

Check Please, by Jonathan Rand

Directed by Ian Clarke

Dating can be hard. Especially when your date happens to be a raging kleptomaniac, or your grandmother’s bridge partner, or a mime. Check Please follows a series of blind dates that couldn’t get any worse—until they do. Could there possibly be a light at the end of the tunnel?

Email boxoffice@belhaven.edu to reserve a streaming code.

November 3, 6, 10 @ 7:30 pm

November 3rd: Student Center

November 6th and 10th: Concert Hall

Student Composers Concert

The Composers Forum invites you to participate in a new approach to making new music with Belhaven student composers and performers. Join us as we bring freshly fabricated musical worlds to life in a hybrid real/virtual performance space. Please contact music@belhaven.edu for additional information.

November 4–7

Streaming Online

The Bear, by Anton Chekhov

Translated by Julius West, Directed by Jenna Kahley

Chekhov's romantic farce about a widow, a cranky neighbor, temper tantrums, and a duel like no other. Reimagined as a 1970s radio play, this production is certain to entertain.

Email boxoffice@belhaven.edu to request streaming instructions.

November 6, 7, 13, 14 @ 7:00 pm

Bitsy Irby Visual Arts & Dance Center Studio Theatre

Fall Dance Concert

A showcase of choreography by dance faculty and guest artists, presented by the Belhaven University Dance Ensemble and members of DOXA. Styles include classical and contemporary ballet and modern dance.

General admission $10, seniors/students $5. Complimentary admission for Belhaven faculty/staff/students and immediate families. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Advanced ticket reservations are required. Seating will be limited and socially distanced. Masks are required.

November 11 @ 4:30 PM

Belhaven Park

Wind and Brass Ensemble Performance

The Belhaven University Woodwind and Brass Ensembles will honor our veterans. Come out to hear favorites like God Bless America and the United States Service Songs. Other selections that will be played that day are music by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, and many others.

This will be a family-friendly event! Bring a blanket or lawn chair and join us. Invite your neighbor, co-worker, or friend and come out for some musical therapy and friendly fellowship. Please contact music@belhaven.edu for additional information.

*Social distancing and masks are recommended, and the concert is subject to change in accordance with Belhaven University Policy and the City of Jackson rules and regulations.

November 11–14

Streaming Online

The Spoon River Project, by Tom Andolora

Based on Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters, Directed by Elissa Sartwell, Music Direction by John Barnts

In this beautifully haunting play based on Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology, the former residents of Spoon River examine life and the longing for what might have been. As the citizens reflect on the dreams, secrets, and regrets of their lives, they paint an honest portrait of a community. Woven together with popular songs and hymns from the turn of the century, The Spoon River Project reminds us while life is not free of hardship, it can still be filled with joy. Email boxoffice@belhaven.edu to reserve a streaming code.

November 16 @ 7:30 pm

Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Best of Belhaven

The Music Department presents the most outstanding student performances of the semester on one concert. Musical variety and excellence are the gifts from our student performers to you. Please contact music@belhaven.edu for additional information.

November 20 @ 7:30 pm

Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Orchestra Concert

The Belhaven University String Chamber Orchestra will present one of Tchaikovsky's all-time favorite Masterworks, his amazing Serenade for String Orchestra, Op. 48. You will also hear the famous arrangement of Sergei Prokofiev’s “March” from The Love for the Three Oranges, Op. 33. Please enjoy a special night of high quality and profoundly moving performance by our excellent Belhaven University String Chamber Orchestra! Please contact music@belhaven.edu for additional information.

November 20–21 @ 7 pm

Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center Studio Theatre

This student-produced event features collaborative works created from the Dance, Music, Theatre, Film, and Art & Design Departments.

Complimentary admission. Doors open at 6:30pm. Advanced ticket reservations are required. Seating will be limited and socially distanced. Masks are required.

November 23 @ 7:30 pm

Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Please join the Belhaven Chorale and Worship Choir in an evening of Psalm settings from the 18th century to the present, from liturgical to contemporary anthems. Please contact music@belhaven.edu for additional information.

February 17–20

Blackbox Theatre

Silent Sky, by Lauren Gunderson

Directed by Kerri Sanders

Silent Sky is the poignant, inspirational, and entertaining true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt. When Henri begins work at the Harvard Observatory in the1900s, she isn’t allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea. Instead, she joins a group of women “computers,” charting the stars for a renowned astronomer who calculates projects in “girl hours” and has no time for women’s probing theories. As Henrietta, in her free time, attempts to measure the light and distance of stars, she must also take measure of her life on Earth, trying to balance her dedication to science with family obligations and the possibility of love. Audiences and critics agree that Silent Sky is a beautiful, funny, poignant, and luminous play written by the nation’s most performed playwright.

April 8–17

Blackbox Theatre

Pride and Prejudice, Adapted by Jon Jory

From the novel by Jane Austen, Directed by Elissa Sartwell

All of the wit and romance of Jane Austen’s classic 1813 novel come to life in this refreshingly fast-paced and engaging new adaptation.

Thank you for viewing, hope to see you all there!