by Sue Smuskiewicz
LIVE MUSIC, DANCE, CULTURE AND THEATRE COLLABORATION AT CSN
College of Southern Nevada students, faculty and special guests come together to present “F.A.C.T.S. – Fine Arts Collaboration of Teachers and Students“ on May 11 at 2 p.m. in the Nicholas J. Horn Theatre on CSN’s Cheyenne campus. The event features Middle-Eastern dance, jazz music, theatrical performances, and steel drum music, as well as visual art pieces from Art 298 students.
Solaris Dance Theatre will also participate. Proceeds benefit the CSN Music Scholarship Fund.
“F.A.C.T.S.” was conceptualized by adjunct dance instructor Angela Palmeri-Davis, in conjunction with the CSN Performing Arts Center staff. Palmeri-Davis says her mission is “to connect arts programs within the college by collaborating with professors and their students in music, theater, dance and visual arts. The goal is to create performance opportunity, experience and support for our CSN arts student body, as well as guide students through the visionary process of developing their own works of art, to be featured in front of a live audience.”
Palmeri-Davis teaches Middle-Eastern dance classes at CSN, and several in the community. Her Middle-Eastern Dance Theatre will be performing six pieces, four of which are choreographed by students. The senior adult dance company, Solaris Dance Theatre, under the direction of Dr. Carole Rae, will present favorite show tunes in song and dance, and students of Ann-Marie Pereth’s Acting II class will perform scenes from a variety of well-known plays. Also slated are CSN’s Calypso Coyote Steel Drum Band, led by Robert Bonora, and the Latin Jazz Band, newly formed by CSN music major Carlos Holguin. Holguin recently received a Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Regents’ Scholar Award.
Bonora, who is lead faculty for the music program at CSN and will be playing percussion for the Latin Jazz Band says, “This is an exciting, new venture for our students and a great way to showcase the diverse cultural offerings available at the college and in our community. We hope to make this an annual event.”
Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and includes a post-show reception with the performers. For reservations and information, call the CSN Ticket Office at 651-LIVE (5483) or visit www.csn.edu/pac.
The CSN Performing Arts Center, providing quality artistic, cultural, educational, and entertainment opportunities for the college and the community, is located at 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave.
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