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Art Gallery:
ART EXHIBIT: Tales & Myths: The Paintings of Katherine Ace
05-30-17
thru
07-22-17

College Production:
Hairspray, Jr. - Summer Theater Workshop Production
06-28-17
thru
06-29-17

College Production:
SISTER ACT - NWF Summer Musical
07-19-17
thru
07-22-17

NFSO Presents:
NFSO 31st Season Concert - "Russian Nights"
09-16-17

NFSO Presents:
NFSO 31st Season Concert - "Mozart Deconstructed"
10-14-17

NFSO Presents:
NFSO 31st Season Concert - "Holiday Pops"
12-08-17

Guest Event:
Norman Brown's Joyous Christmas
12-09-17

NFSO Presents:
NFSO 31st Season Special Event - "Cirque de la Symphonie"
02-24-18

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Mattie Kelly Arts Center Spring Cultural Events

Mattie Kelly Arts Center

 


4/22/2011 -

In the coming months the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville will host a variety of free and ticketed cultural events. Performances include talented NWF State College student ensembles, the region's premiere professional symphony orchestra, a national touring children's show, art exhibits and more. Tickets for those events with an admission fee are available from the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office at (850) 729-6000 or online at www.mattiekellyartscenter.org. The Box Office is open 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday for in person and phone sales. Tickets purchased at the door are generally the same price as advance tickets. For certain college sponsored events NWF State College students may obtain one free ticket per ID in person from the Box Office and NWF State College employees may obtain two free tickets per ID.

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 27 - Schola Cantorum- The Northwest Florida State College Schola Cantorum (School of Singing) will perform at First Presbyterian Church in Crestview on Wednesday, April 27 at 7:00 pm. Schola Cantorum is a diverse group of talented vocalists from throughout the two county area who present music from across the ages. Much of the music is unaccompanied by instruments. The group is directed by John Leatherwood, emeritus fine arts faculty member and symphony conductor at the college. The performance is free of charge with donations accepted. For further information contact the director at 830-2062.

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 – Prayer, 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. The event also features the Northwest Florida Symphony Chorus and guest soloists in performance with the orchestra for the rarely heard Mozart motet Misericordias Domini and the immensely popular sublime Faure Requiem, combining for an extraordinary concert of contrasts and emotion. The Northwest Florida Symphony Chorus is a 70 member group comprised of talented vocalists from throughout the region who perform with the orchestra twice a year. Featured guest artist Anna Bulkina was born in Krasnovodsk, Turkmenistan and displayed a unique musical talent from an early age. The winner of many important international piano competitions, her most recent accolades include being Gold Medalist of the 59th Wideman Piano Competition (2009 - Shreveport, LA) and the 2009 MTNA National Young Artist Piano Competition, where she was awarded with a Steinway Grand Piano. She was also named the overall winner of the 50th Annual Sorantin International Competition (2009 - San Angelo, TX) and winner of the Chopin Competition in Szafarnia, Poland. She has performed throughout Poland, Russia and the United States and more in numerous recitals and orchestral performances. Starting in 2006, Anna Bulkina became a yearly participant in a Russian performers' program named "Superior Performing Course" in St. Petersburg. This created other performance opportunities in various concert halls in St. Petersburg including performance with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. Anna Bulkina is currently on the Lilly Kraus Scholarship at Texas Christian University and working toward an Artist Diploma. Her engagements for the 2010-2011 season include performances with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and the South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, as well as participation in the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Series in Chicago, IL, the Phillips Collection Sunday Concert Series in Washington, D.C., the Bossier Jam'n Bread Chamber Series in Bossier City, LA, and the Bell Series at Millsaps College held in Jackson, MS.

The region'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 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 1 – Guest Event – Jars of Clay. St. Peter's Catholic Church presents "Jars of Clay" with Matt Maher and special guests Derek Webb & Audrey Assad on Sunday, May 1 at 6:00 p.m. at Mattie Kelly Arts Center mainstage. Advance tickets: $50/ $25/ $22.50. A portion of proceeds benefit Catholic Charities. For tickets call the church at 850-581-2556 or go to: www.jarsofclaymay1.com.

May 3 - Alligator Under My Bed - Children's Series. Three children's classics by Mercer Mayer come to life on Tuesday, May 3 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville when the national touring production of "ALLIGATOR UNDER MY BED, NIGHTMARE IN MY CLOSET, AND SOMETHING IN MY ATTIC" appears in two day-time performances at 9:45 am and 11:30 am. The one-hour show is recommended for ages 3 to 9 but is open to all for just $6 per ticket. For group reservations, contact Delores Merrill, House Manager, at merrilld@nwfsc.edu or 729-6065. All others may pay at the door day of show, no advance individual tickets. The Omaha Theater Company's original musical production is designed with vivid and imaginative costumes and scenery, where the Alligator under your bed, the Nightmare in your closet and the Thing in your attic become your best friends. The musical is based on the books written and illustrated by Mercer Mayer and adapted for the stage by Omaha Theater Company. Established in 1949 as the Junior Theater, the Omaha Theater Company is one of the oldest and most well respected children’s theaters in the nation. Its performances are renowned for their quality and artistic achievement, as well as their educational value. The Theater serves more than 300,000 children and adults each year at home at The Rose Theater and on national tour, where it travels to an average of 80 cities each season.

May 14 - 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.

May 15 - Northwest Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra (NFSYO). The Northwest Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra (NYSFO) 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 "Big River" 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. "Big River" is a musical adaption of Mark Twain's classic novel "Huckleberry Finn". 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. "Big River" won Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Score, Best Featured Actor in A Musical, Best Scenic Design, Best Direction of a Musical and Best Costume Design in 1985. For tickets, contact the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office at (850) 729-6000 or by web 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. NWF State College students with RaiderCard ID may obtain one free ticket per ID, in person from the Box Office.

Auditions for "Big River" are Monday, May 2, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. on the mainstage of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. "Big River" has a cast of 24 (14 men and 10 women with doubling). Rehearsals will begin on Tuesday, May 31. Typically Rehearsals will run Monday-Thursday 6:30-8:30 p.m. until Tech week, July 11-16. Performances dates are set for Wednesday-Saturday, July 20, 21, 22 & 23. For further information please call the Office at 729-5382. No special prepared material is necessary. All needed audition material will be passed out that night.