Posted by: Amber E. Hopkins-Jenkins | April 23, 2013

Countless Performances to See on Rutgers Day

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Students from the American Ballet Theatre extension at the Mason Gross School of the Arts will perform during Rutgers Day.

Want to see an extraordinary show during Rutgers Day? Start your search for engaging performances on the College Avenue Campus.

You don’t want to miss the rock bands featuring Rutgers students, particularly LOVELECTRIC, Kowop and Modern Chemistry. College Avenue will also feature a number of a cappella vocalists, including the Orphansporks, the Rutgers Asian Acapella Group, and Casual Harmony, an all-male ensemble that performs covers of Top 40 songs. Musical theatre enthusiasts may check out Livingston Theatre Company, which will showcase favorite numbers from its 15th season.

Visitors to College Avenue who enjoy classical music can catch composer Damian Catera’s improvisational reinterpretation of Franz Joseph Haydn’s “Great Mass in E Flat.” Students from American Ballet Theatre’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School extension – ages 4 to 12 – will perform, along with an ensemble of budding violinists from the Mason Gross Suzuki program.

Children who are intrigued by the garb of cultures around the world may also try on and pose for a photo in Chinese opera costumes. Or admire the costumes worn by members of the Persian Cultural Club as they perform their traditional dances to modern music.

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Garifuna musicians and dancers will share their culture during the New Jersey Folk Festival.

This year’s New Jersey Folk Festival on Douglass Campus will feature the music and culture of the Garifuna people of Central America. The Garifuna, who are descendants of Carib, Arawak and West African people, were exiled by the British from SVG to Central America. They now live in Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Honduras. UNESCO proclaimed Garifuna culture a masterpiece of oral and intangible heritage in 2001.

The Cabaret Theatre will also delight Douglass Campus visitors with selected numbers from its production of the rock musical Next to Normal and The Queens Chorale will be on hand to perform traditional Rutgers songs.

Busch Campus guests will enjoy dance-based performances by the Rutgers University Multicultural Dance Organization, the Rutgers Chinese Dance Troupe, which merges traditional Chinese choreography with elements of contemporary hip hop dance, and discover capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art disguised as dance.


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