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Lehigh Carbon Community College

By Jordan Beach

2018 RU Contemporary Arts Festival

The Reinhardt University Contemporary Arts Festival is for everyone—a variety of art forms will be shared and celebrated throughout the four-day event, Feb. 24-27 in Flint Hall at Falany Performing Arts Center.

The festival is devoted to new art in voice, wind and chamber ensembles, and the written word. Written word pieces will be shared by Reinhardt students and faculty, along with special guests.

Reinhardt music faculty member Cody Brookshire noted that students “play a big role this year,” with two additional concerts, plus music composed and performed by students.

“I think this festival is going to be a great showcase of the arts at RU, particularly our music program. It is my hope that many students, faculty and friends of the University will come to see the many flavors of contemporary art,” said Brookshire.

On Sunday, Feb. 24, 6 p.m. the festival kicks off with a voice and piano concert by assistant professor of music, Anne Schantz, called “Beyond Copland: Emily Dickinson for the 21st Century.”

Monday, Feb. 25, will be the “New Music Concert I” at 7:30 p.m. with contemporary music from a variety of composers, performed by Reinhardt students, including some songs written by students.

The Tuesday, Feb. 26, session starts with a presentation and Q&A with composer Steve Danyew from 10:30-11:30 a.m. The “Music Composition Masterclass” will take place 1:30-3:30 p.m., and the Entrepreneurship/Music Business Roundtable will be from 4-5 p.m.

The last event on Tuesday will be the “Man and Machine” concert at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12.50, $5 for students. Tickets can be purchased at

The festival concludes on Wednesday, Feb. 27, with “New Music Concert II” from 2-3 p.m. and “A Celebration of the Written Word: George Singleton and Travis Denton,” with readings from the Southern writer and poet with a Q&A to follow.