Spring ahead to an artsy April

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Spring is the perfect time to get fresh air, feel the sun shine and watch art come alive. Check out the free upcoming performances and exhibits presented by the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences.

Spring Music Concert
When: April 6 at 2 p.m.
Where: Don Taft University Center’s Performance Theatre
The annual spring music concert, featuring the Bossa Nova Chorale and student musicians in the Division of Performing and Visual Arts will perform pieces in connection to the Civil Rights exhibit, “Bob Adelman and Civil Rights Era Photography” at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale.
Jennifer Donelson, assistant professor in PVA and ensemble director of the Bossa Nova Chorale, said the music chosen is written by women or are about women.
Performances include junior theatre major Calypso Hernandez performing guitar to “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay” while senior humanities major Anthony Calalucca will be using American Sign Language to sign it.
“It’s a great opportunity to see people perform and do things that maybe they didn’t know people had talents doing,” said Donelson.

Broadway Bash
When: April 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Don Taft University Center’s Black Box Theatre
Bill Adams, associate professor and PVA coordinator, said in the past, PVA has performed Broadway musical scenes as part of a class or with more direction from faculty and professors, but this is the first year of Broadway Bash. With more than 20 students of all different majors involved, a committee of musical theatre majors is producing the show. The show will feature songs from seven musicals, including “Young Frankenstein,” “The Producers” and “Shrek the Musical.”
“It’s really fun,” Adams said. “It’s great for college-aged students to get a sense of some of these newer Broadway shows. They know the stories. They know “The Addams Family.’ They know ‘Shrek.’ They know ‘The Little Mermaid.’ So it leaves lots of familiarity with the musical that they’re doing.”

National Water Dance
When: April 12 at 4 p.m.
Where: Watch NSU and Broward College dance students across the canal at Davie Town Hall; performances will also be streamed live at se.nationalwaterdance.org.
National Water Dance, a national event for colleges and universities across the country, was created to bring awareness to environmental issues and to bring the community together.
Elana Lanczi, associate professor in PVA, is one of the choreographers.
After Lanczi and NSU dance students were involved in 2011’s Florida Waterways Dance Project, a local project, National Water Dance was expanded to different states across the country. This year, six NSU dancers are collaborating with 12 dancers at Broward College.
“We have dance programs, students, artists all working together to create pieces that happen at the same time,” said Lanczi. “It’s an exciting project because through dance, it’s really able to bring communities together and hopefully get them to think a little bit more about the environment that they live in, the water that they use, and begin to raise that awareness.”

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