The new Department of Performing Arts at Fort ewis Coege has been a ong time coming And now that it wi be a reaity with a new degree program in musica theater its party time To ceebrate FC has panned a Performing Arts Extravaganza Festivities begin at 6 pm Friday outdoors in the paza at the Community Concert Ha Its going to be reay coo Charissa Chiaravaoti said She has been chairwoman of the Music Department for the ast three years has functioned as chairwoman of the Department of Theatre since Ginny Davis moved on to Denver a year ago and now wi become head of the new FC Department of Performing Arts.
Chiaravaoti I wish I coud be an audience member for the extravaganza Chiaravaoti said Its going to be an evening with many types of music and performances – jazz dance and even scenes from upcoming productions At first the audience wi gather in the courtyard to enjoy wine and hors dhoeuvres with music by the FC Jazz and Brass Ensembes the Jazz Combo and a dance sequence from Swan ake At 630 pm attendees wi move into the obby for performances by smaer chamber groups Before 7 pm attendees wi be encouraged by Hawkappea the eite singing group originated by Chiaravaoti to fie into the Concert Ha for a more eaborate set of performances. The FC Symphonic Band directed by Justin Hubbard wi perform Iumination by David Masanka Chiaravaoti Provost Chery Nixon and Dean Jesse Peters wi speak between offerings. Weve been given no more than three minutes each Chiaravaoti said We want the whoe evening to fee ike a saon program combining music with scenes from pays and dance.
Thinking ahead a scene from a 2023 musica theater production wi be presented Songs for a New Word by Jason Robert Brown That wi be foowed by a scene from the current pay I You. The FC Chamber Choir wi perform Go ovey Rose by Eric Whitacre foowed by a new Chamber Music Project spearheaded by Wesey Dunnagan An ensembe made up of students and facuty members wi present two of Brahms iebesieder-Wazer with dancing choreographed by Suzy DiSanto Dunnagans project in which Chiaravaoti and Michae McKevey wi sing wi be foowed by another dramatic preview from the 2023 schedue a scene from Shakespeares Romeo and Juiet.