Four Star Series 2010-2011

The Four-Star Series at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College offers a diverse spectrum of performing arts and esteemed speakers who inspire, challenge and stimulate the imagination. Designed to enhance the College’s curriculum and to enrich cultural exploration, the series is an intricate part of the College’s history. Since its revival in 2008, Four-Star Series presented world-renowned lectures, musicians and productions.  All events are free of charge and open to the public.

4Star_-_BethHolloway.jpgBeth Holloway: Teacher, Mother and Advocate

How do we muster the courage to persevere in the face of sheer adversity? Do we all have the capacity to overcome tragedy? How do we stay strong? Come be uplifted by the remarkable story of Beth Holloway on April 12, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in the Cecilian Auditorium.

Holloway will deliver a message of hope, faith and personal safety to young adults and people of all ages. To date, she has presented her message across the United States to tens of thousands of students, and parents alike, in high schools, colleges, churches, professional associations, government entities and other venues. 

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Lori Arviso AlvordChanging the Face of Medicine

March 2, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.

Dr. Lori Arviso Alvord bridges two worlds of medicine - traditional Navajo healing and conventional Western medicine - to treat the whole patient. Share this fascinating discovery as Dr. Alvord, the first Navajo woman surgeon, describes her struggles to restore balance in her patients' lives and to speed their recovery.

Free and open to the public. Event will be held in the Cecillian Auditorium.

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Quartet_San_Fransisco_250.jpgFour-Star Series Performance Redefines Classical Music

The Grammy-nominated, eclectic group Quartet San Francisco will perform on January 26, 2011 at 7 p.m. in the Cecilian Auditorium at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC). The concert is a part of the College’s Four-Star Series, which is designed to bring talented performers and presenters to campus to enrich the community and enhance the College’s curriculum. This incredible performance is free and open to the public.

Quartet San Francisco has reinvented the very idea of chamber music with diverse, standout virtuosic playing delivered with a unique and modern twist. As crossover specialists, they excel in multiple styles — from jazz to tango, pop to funk, blues to bluegrass, gypsy swing to big band and beyond. Quartet San Francisco is Jeremy Cohen and Alisa Rose, violinists; Keith Lawrence, violist; and Michelle Djokic, cellist.

This non-traditional string quartet played its first concert in 2001 and has recorded four albums. Playing a wide range of music genres from jazz to blues, tango to swing, and funk to pop, the group defies the traditional classical music foundation of the string quartet.

Quartet San Francisco's Plays Brubeck received two Grammy nominations in 2009 for Best Classical Crossover Album and Best Engineered Album, Classical for rearranged classic tunes by the jazz composer Dave Brubeck.  It contains several popular songs from Brubeck’s Time Out CD, including renditions of Take Five and Blue Rondo a la Turk.

The group’s Latin and tango CD, Látigo received Grammy nominations in 2006 for Best Classical Crossover and Best Engineered, Classical. In 2007, Whirled Chamber Music earned a Grammy nomination for Best Classical Crossover.

For more information, contact Director of Campus Life, Jeff Malloy at (812) 535-5219.

Midsummer Nights DreamAmerica's Longest Running Classical Touring Company Performs at SMWC

America's longest running classical touring company, National Players, will perform Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream on November 4, 2010, Cecilian Auditorium at 7 p.m.

Now celebrating its 62nd anniversary season, the National Players has earned a distinctive place in American theatre by bringing innovative and accessible productions to audiences across the country. Performed with high-voltage energy, clarity, and wit, National Players introduces audiences to great works of dramatic literature that are rich in exciting stories and characters, and profound in language and themes. Their productions touch hearts and minds, inspire imagination and wonder, spark curiosity about the self, the world, and the creative process, and celebrate what it means to be human.

National Players has performed in the East Wing of the White House, in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East for American military, and throughout 40 states. Known for its talent and commitment to excellence, National Players has brought literature to life for more than 2.5 million audience members.

A Midsummer Night's Dream is one Shakespeare's most popular comedies for the stage and is widely performed across the world. It depicts events that accompany a marriage celebration and characters who are influenced by the fairies that inhabit the forest.