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10-30-17
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The Nutcracker
11-17-17
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Film Screening: The Apostle
11-20-17

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11-30-17
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12-02-17

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NFSO 31st Season Concert - "Holiday Pops"
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NWFSC Fine and Performing Arts Division Honors Recital
12-08-17

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12-09-17

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Northwest Florida State College Hosts Variety of Spring Cultural Events; March 30 to July 20

Mattie Kelly Arts Center

 


3/15/2011 -

The various talented performance groups at Northwest Florida State College will perform a variety of free and ticketed cultural events throughout the community and at the college's Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville over the coming months.

March 30 - NWF State College Schola Cantorum, appears in a free concert at St. Simon's on the Sound Episcopal Church in Fort Walton Beach at 5:45 pm. to perform a variety of show tunes, most of which are from Broadway musicals. Donations will be accepted. The Northwest Florida State College Schola Cantorum - school of singing - consists of vocalists from Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, and Walton counties who perform music from across many centuries - much of it unaccompanied by instruments. The group was founded in 2001 by emeritus NWFSC music professor John Leatherwood, who continues to direct the ensemble.

April 3 - NWF State College Flutes Furioso, appears in a free concert at St. Agatha's Episcopal Church, DeFuniak Springs at 3:00 pm. Donations will be accepted. Seating is limited. Music will include original works for flute choir as well as arrangements of popular tunes. Flutes Furioso is celebrating its 16th year and consists of the area’s best flutists, including both students, music faculty and community members. The ensemble uses a variety of instruments in the flute family, including piccolo, concert flute, alto flute, and bass flute. For information, call Robin Horne at 243-2609 or the NWFSC Fine Arts Office at 729-5382.

April 3 - The Jazz Ensemble of Northwest Florida State College will perform from 12:00 noon - 12:30 pm on the mainstage of the Pensacola Jazz Festival being held in Seville Square, Pensacola. The college's Jazz Ensemble is comprised of NWFSC students and community members and is led by Fred Domulot and Tom Latenser. For information contact the NWFSC Fine Arts Office at 729-5382.

April 5 - Duck for President - Children's Series. Part of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center children’s series for school groups, this show will appear at 9:45 am and 11:30 am in the mainstage theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville. Limited seating for groups or others may be available for $6 each. Call Delores Merrill, Mattie Kelly Arts Center House Manager at (850)729-6065 for availability.

April 8 - Northwest Florida State College will host a Middle School/High School Jazz Clinic & Festival. A free public performance by the participant schools will begin at 5:00 pm in the outdoor Amphitheater at the college’s Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. A variety of middle and high school jazz bands will perform as well as the NWFSC Jazz Ensemble. The college's Jazz Ensemble is comprised of NWFSC students and community members and is led by Fred Domulot and Tom Latenser. For information contact the NWFSC Fine Arts Office at 729-5382.

April 10 - NWF State College Flutes Furioso appears in free concert in the Atrium of Westwood Retirement Resort in Fort Walton Beach at 2:00 pm. Donations will be accepted. Seating is limited. Music will include original works for flute choir as well as arrangements of popular tunes. Flutes Furioso is celebrating its 16th year and consists of the area's best flutists, including both students, music faculty and community members. The ensemble uses a variety of instruments in the flute family, including piccolo, concert flute, alto flute, and bass flute. For information, call Robin Horne at 243-2609 or the NWFSC Fine Arts Office at 729-5382.

April 15 & 16 - Dance Facets 2011*. The stellar dance students at NWF State College present their annual dance concert, Dance Facets 2011- Déjà Nu, featuring original works and chorography, stunning talent and more at 7:30 pm on April 15 and 16 on the mainstage of the college's Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youth, age 18 and younger.

In this year's event, 38 dancers will perform twelve original dance presentations featuring: classical ballet, contemporary, and modern. The NWFSC dance faculty will also restage work from the past 10 years to provide the retrospective side of the dance concert, while the student and guest pieces represent new works. Aasha Sriram, a guest choreographer, will perform solo for a classical Bharata Natyam – a traditional dance from India. Sriram also choreographed a new Bollywood style piece, Aaja Nachle, which NWFSC dance students will perform as part of the event. Dance Facets will be enhanced by special lighting effects designed by NWFSC students and staff. The synergistic effect of dramatic music, ethereal lighting and emotional dance culminate to present artistic interpretations about social realities as well as fantasies – all set to an eclectic array of music from Tchaikovsky, Annie Lennox, Afro Celt Sound System, Michael W. Smith, Jeremy Ribando and more.

Purchase tickets from the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office at (850) 729-6000 or at www.mattiekellyartscenter.org. The Box Office is open 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday for in person and phone sales. All proceeds go to support the Frances Smith Herron Dance Endowment at NWFSC, a fund named in memory of the late Frances Herron, a college dance instructor who passed away in August 2006. The endowment funds dance scholarships, distinguished visiting artists and enhances Dance Facets productions. Doors open the night of the event at 6:00 p.m. Tickets purchased at the door prior are same price as advance tickets. NWF State College students may obtain one free admission per ID, in person from the Box Office.

April 17 – NWF State College Madrigals and Belle Voci vocal ensembles present their free Spring Concert on Sunday, April 17 at 3:00 p.m. in the Tyler Recital Hall of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on college's Niceville campus. Immerse yourself in the refreshing sounds of classic vocals in a concert which features a repertoire ranging from the Renaissance madrigal to the contemporary gospel spiritual and vocal jazz. The members of both vocal ensembles are all scholarship students of the college's Fine and Performing Arts Division. The Madrigals, under the direction of Allison Everitt, and the Belle Voci, under the direction of Lois Van Dam, will also travel in May, along with members of the NWFSC Soundsations Show Choir, to France to sing for the citizens of Crestview's sister city, Noirmoutier, France. For information contact the NWFSC Fine Arts Office at 729-5382.

April 21 - Soundsations Show Choir – Season Finale*. NWF State College's talented group of fine and performing arts scholarship students, the Soundsations Show Choir, will perform their spectacular season finale, a lively variety show of song and dance based on the theme of love, in the mainstage theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $15 Adults and $10 Youth 18 & under. The Soundsations will perform songs that exemplify everything from broken love to true love, love of God, infatuated love and more. A wide variety musical styles will be included – from ballads to songs that will definitely get your toes tapping and hands clapping, including; We are the World, T-R-O-U-B-L-E, Total Praise, Lean on Me, Burnin’ Love, Rock this Town, and Somebody to Love and more. Purchase tickets from the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office at (850) 729-6000 or at www.mattiekellyartscenter.org. The Box Office is open 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday for in person and phone sales. Doors open the night of the event at 6:00 p.m. Tickets purchased at the door prior are same price as advance tickets. NWF State College students may obtain one free admission per ID, in person from the Box Office.

April 27 - Jazz Ensemble of NWF State College. The Jazz Ensemble of Northwest Florida State College will present a free concert of jazz in the mainstage theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville April 27 at 7:30 p.m. The Jazz Ensemble is comprised of NWFSC students and community members and is led by Fred Domulot and Tom Latenser. The free concert is a non-ticketed event and seating is on a first come basis. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. For information contact the NWFSC Fine Arts Office at 729-5382.

April 29 - Fine Arts Honors Recital. The Fine Arts Honors recital is held at the end of each semester to showcase the most successful Northwest Florida State College student performances of the semester. Participants are voted on by NWFSC Fine Arts faculty. The recital is free of charge and open to the public and will be held at 3:00 p.m. in the Tyler Recital Hall of the music wing at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on the college’s Niceville campus. For information contact the NWFSC Fine Arts Office at 729-5382.

April 30 - Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra - Beauty and Strength*. Witness the power of music to move its listeners in countless ways as the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra (NFSO) presents a glorious season finale concert at 7:30 p.m. April 30 on the mainstage of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, in Niceville. Tickets are $22.50 for adults and $16 for Active Duty Military w/ID or youth ages 18 and younger. This concert pairs Beethoven’s towering Piano Concerto No. 3 with dynamic Gold medal pianist Anna Bulkina, guest artist for the concert, and also features the rarely heard Mozart motet Misericordias Domini and the immensely popular sublime Faure Requiem, combining for an extraordinary concert of contrasts and emotion. The Emerald Coast’s premiere professional orchestra now in its 24th season, the NFSO performs on the mainstage of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville, where a custom orchestral shell provides an optimum in acoustical experience for symphony patrons. See the NFSO website at www.nfsymphony.org for further information. Purchase tickets from the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office at (850) 729-6000 or at www.mattiekellyartscenter.org. The Box Office is open 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday for in person and phone sales. Doors open the night of the event at 6:00 p.m. Tickets purchased at the door prior are same price as advance tickets. NWF State College students with may obtain one free ticket per ID, in person from the Box Office.

May 1 – June 2 - Art Exhibitions – ADSO 19th Southeast Regional Juried Exhibition and 2010 Best-in-Show-Winner, Greg Skaggs. The McIlroy and Holzhauer Galleries at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at NWF State College in Niceville host two new exhibitions May 1 to June 2. An opening reception will be held Sunday, May 1 at 2:00 pm. Regular gallery hours are 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday to Thursday; 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm Sundays and 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. prior to performances in the mainstage theater. Exhibitions are free and open to the public. The Arts and Design Society of Fort Walton Beach presents their annual exhibition in the McIlroy Gallery featuring the works of artists from across the southeast and showcases works in a variety of media. The Best of Show winner from 2010, Greg Skaggs, is presented in a solo exhibit in the Holzhauer Gallery.

May 3 - Alligator Under My Bed - Children's Series. Part of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center children’s series for school groups, this show will appear at 9:45 am and 11:30 am in the mainstage theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville. Limited seating for groups or others may be available for $6 each. Call Delores Merrill, Mattie Kelly Arts Center House Manager at (850)729-6065 for availability.

May 14 & 15 - Northwest Florida Youth Symphony & Junior Orchestra. The Junior Orchestra of Northwest Florida State College and the college sponsored Northwest Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra will present free concerts on May 14 and 15 at the college’s Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. The Junior Orchestra, an ensemble of young string students in grades 4 to 8 who play violin, viola, cello or string bass, will present their Spring Concert on Saturday, May 14, at 11:00 a.m. in Tyler Recital Hall located in the Music Wing of the arts complex. Junior Orchestra members each have at least two years of experience. The talented group of young musicians is a stepping stone to the more advanced Northwest Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra and is the only program of its kind in the area.

The Northwest Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra (NFSYO) will present their Spring Concert in the mainstage theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on Sunday, May 15, at 3:00 pm. The concert is free and open to the public; however donations to support the youth program are welcomed. The NFSYO is comprised of more than 50 talented musicians in grades 4 to12 from Okaloosa, Walton and Santa Rosa Counties. The symphony is conducted by Liz Aylor and the group is sponsored in part by Northwest Florida State College, the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra Guild and individual sponsors. For information contact the college at 729-5382 or Liz Aylor at 651-4308.

June 12 – July 24 Art Exhibitions – Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries. McIlroy Gallery-Maja Godlewska; Holzhauer Gallery–Jacqueline Bishop, Losing Ground: Imaginary Landscapes. The McIlroy and Holzhauer Galleries at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at NWF State College in Niceville host two new exhibitions June 12 to July 24. An opening reception will be held Sunday, June 12 at 2:00 pm. Regular gallery hours are 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday to Thursday; 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm Sundays and 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. prior to performances in the mainstage theater. Free and open to the public. Maja Godlewska, faculty at UNC Charlotte, paints ethereal abstracts. Her Cumulous installations, ideally suited to the McIlroy Gallery, are large scale banners made of a diaphanous poly mesh (they are nearly transparent), hung from cables. Walking among them gives the viewer the sense of being in the clouds, perhaps even in heaven or some such otherworldly place. In the Holzhauer Gallery, Jacqueline Bishop, a New Orleans artist, creates miniature landscapes of small paintings of flora and fauna -- some from the natural world and some from the realm of imagination-- painted on found baby and children's shoes. Many of the shoes she takes as her canvases were found discarded in post-Katrina New Orleans streets, others have been found around the world or in second-hand stores. The shoes are displayed in pairs on tiny shelves installed at child's eye level. The small scale, intricate details, and intimacy of Bishop's paintings will be a near-perfect foil to the scale and ethereal quality of Godlewska's work.

July 20 – 23 Big River* – The popular summer musical production of the Humanities, Fine & Performing Arts Division of Northwest Florida State College presents Mark Twain's timeless classic in the mainstage theater of the college’s Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. Tickets go on sale May 31 for $25 adult and $20 youth, ages 18 and younger. Propelled by an award winning score from Roger Miller, the King of Country Music, this jaunty journey provides a brilliantly theatrical celebration of pure Americana that sweeps the audience down the mighty Mississippi as the irrepressible Huck Finn helps his friend Jim, a slave, escape to freedom at the mouth of the Ohio River. Their adventures along the way are hilarious, suspenseful and heartwarming - bringing to life your favorite characters from the Twain novel. Presented as the summer musical production by Purchase tickets starting May 31 from the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office at (850) 729-6000 or by website at www.mattiekellyartscenter.org. The Box Office is open 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday for in person and phone sales. Doors open the night of the event at 6:00 p.m. Tickets purchased at the door prior are same price as advance tickets. ). NWF State College students with RaiderCard ID may obtain one free ticket per ID, in person from the Box Office.

NWFSC EMPLOYEES NOTE: Items marked with a * are ticketed events for which employees may obtain two free tickets from the box office per employee ID. ##