From choral performances to chamber music, from musical theater to art exhibits, from opera to vocal jazz — and much more, Rider University’s Westminster College of the Arts brings a wide array of arts programs to the region.
Rider’s renowned theater and musical theater programs offer audiences the opportunity to see budding artists before they head to Broadway and beyond. The 2017-’18 musical theater season begins October 11 to 15 with a production of “Bonnie & Clyde,” the Tony-nominated musical with a score combining blues, gospel, and rockabilly music. The theater season opens October 25 to 29 with Bertolt Brecht’s comic moral tale, “The Good Person of Szechuan.”
The Rider University Art Gallery offers exhibits by two renowned artists this fall. Bill Scott’s “The Landscape in a Still Life” is a 40-year survey of the artist’s work. Barbara Osterman’s “Exploring Space” examines the object in space and its many dimensions.
Westminster Choir College’s seven choral ensembles perform a wide range of repertoire, including Westminster Kantorei’s concerts of Renaissance and Baroque masterworks, Westminster Jubilee Singers’ performances of music from the African American tradition, and the Westminster Concert Bell Choir’s concerts performed on the world’s largest range of handbells. In addition to performing with the New York Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Westminster Symphonic Choir is performing twice in Princeton this season. In September it performs Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra conducted by Rossen Milanov. In October it performs Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast, conducted by Joe Miller in the Princeton University Chapel. Rider’s contemporary jazz ensemble, Vox Blue, performs timeless works from the Great American Songbook on December 3.
Westminster Opera Theater is known for its creative productions. Graduates of this program are appearing in opera houses throughout the world. The 2017-’18 season includes productions of Poulenc’s “Dialogues of the Carmelites” December 1 and 2 and Strauss’s “Die Fledermaus” April 20 and 21. Alumni of Westminster’s CoOPERAtive summer opera training program perform Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” January 18 to 21.
Westminster Conservatory, the College’s community music school, also offers many performances of instrumental recitals and chamber music in Princeton and Lawrenceville. The Conservatory at Nassau series presents monthly noon-time performances at Nassau Presbyterian Church. The Kaleidoscope Chamber Series, presented in Rider University’s Gill Chapel, is dedicated to chamber music from all eras.
To learn more about the programs presented by Rider’s Westminster College of the Arts go to www.rider.edu/arts. To receive a season brochure, call 609-921-7100 ext. 8307.