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Pianist Jung to present recital on March 23

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The Delta State University Department of Music presents pianist Joonghan Jonathan Jung in a recital at the Bologna Performing Arts Center on March 23 at 7:30 p.m.

The recital will feature piano solo works by Beethoven, Bach/Busoni, Liszt, Scriabin and Vine. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Department of Music at 662-846-4615.

Born in South Korea, pianist Jung also lived in New Zealand and concertizes regularly across the U.S., New Zealand, Australia and Japan. He has performed with the Eastman Philharmonic Orchestra, Korean Philharmonic Orchestra of New Zealand, and University of Auckland Symphony Orchestra. Jung has received prizes in Kerikeri International Piano Competition, Eastman Concerto Competition, Kapiti Coast National Piano Competition and the Christchurch National Piano Concerto Competition.

He has performed as a guest artist at the Texas State International Piano Festival in San Marcos, Texas, and he is making his debut performance at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall on June 22. His solo recitals and concerto performances have been recorded and broadcasted by Radio New Zealand and World TV, and he has been featured in public master classes with renowned pianists including Joseph Banowetz, Bao Hui-qiao, Piers Lane, Marina Lomazov, Jura Margulis, Hiroko Nakamura, John Perry, Martin Roscoe, Vladimir Tropp and Arie Vardi.

Jung completed a Master of Music degree and Bachelor of Music (Honors) with First Class at the University of Auckland. He relocated to the U.S. in 2009 to complete a Doctor of Musical Arts  (2016), Master of Arts in Theory Pedagogy (2015), and Master of Music (2011) at the Eastman School of Music. His academic mentors include Barry Snyder, Rae de Lisle, Read Gainsford, Douglas Humpherys, Thomas Schumacher, Steven Laitz, Elizabeth Marvin, Katherine Ciesinski, David Temperley and Matthew Brown.

Additionally, he has a passion for collecting rare historical music recordings of the early 20th century. He is now combining this passion with his academic interest — music theory and music analysis. His current research is on tempo rubato, an in-depth comparative study between 19th and 20th century pianists’ interpretations. His thesis, entitled “Structural Hearing of Rubato,” is a pedagogical study of tempo fluctuation in music performance, focusing on motives, counterpoint and harmonization. He has presented his research in MMTA State Conference and, most recently, at the CMS Conference.

Jung taught applied piano, music theory, aural skills and class piano sequences at Southwestern Oklahoma State University as an assistant professor of piano and music theory. He recently joined the piano faculty position at Jones County Junior College in Ellisville, Mississippi to reunite with his family and to continue his teaching, research and performance career.

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String Quintet SYBARITE5 to play BPAC March 21

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The Bologna Performing Arts Center presents the string quintet SYBARITE5 on March 21 at 7:30 p.m. The group will be performing to a limited capacity audience on the McPherson Stage of the BPAC’s Recital Hall.

Comprised of Sami Merdinian and Sarah Whitney on violins, Angela Pickett on viola, Laura Metcalf on cello, and Louis Levitt on bass, SYBARITE5 has taken audiences by storm all across the U.S., forever changing the perception of chamber music performance.

“Their rock star status…is well deserved. Their classically honed technique mixed with grit and all out passionate attack transfixes the audience,” described The Sarasota Herald Tribune.

The concert is part of the BPAC’s new Recital Hall Series, which features a pre-show social hour beginning at 6:30 p.m. including heavy hors d’oeuvres followed by classical music performances. The first series performance was the GRAMMY award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet in October 2016. SYBARITE5 marks the second show in the series. The evening will be catered by Delta Meat Market.

“We heard feedback that audience members wanted more music offerings. We also wanted to change how we presented programming,” said Laura Howell, BPAC executive director. “By pairing the concert with a social hour in our more intimate Recital Hall, we hope to provide a space for audience members to visit together, eat together and enjoy the music together — making it a more social experience.”

SYBARITE5 has a far ranging repertoire. Strings Magazine says they “have gained a reputation for juxtaposing the likes of Stravinsky with Radiohead, or Dvorák with Led Zeppelin. But that doesn’t even begin to describe the range of their eclecticism or the depth of their repertoire.” The Arizona Daily Star tells audience members to “expect an experience that will satisfy your inner rock star and your secret Mozart.”

Tickets are $50 each and include the heavy hors d’oeuvres and concert admission. There are less than 80 tickets available for purchase. For more information, visit www.bolognapac.com or call the BPAC Ticket Office at 662-846-4626.

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BPAC announces 2017 Spring Movie Series

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Returning for the fifth year, the Bologna Performing Arts Center at Delta State University will host the Spring Movie Series featuring new releases of major motion pictures on its big screen in the Delta & Pine Land Theatre.

All tickets are $5 for general admission seating. Popcorn and candy concessions are available for purchase (cash only) to enhance the movie experience.

First up in the series is Illumination’s hit animated film, “Sing,” on March 5 at 3 p.m. From the same creators of “Despicable Me,” the film is rated PG and features the voice talents of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, among others, in this story of a singing competition.

Next, the Star Wars epic saga continues in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” on April 9 at 3 p.m. Rated PG-13, the Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Studios film is the first installment of the Star Wars Anthology series, and is set immediately before the events of “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.”

The final screening of “The LEGO Batman Movie” will take place April 30 at 3 p.m. In the irreverent spirit of fun that made “The LEGO Movie” a worldwide phenomenon, LEGO Batman, aka Bruce Wayne, stars in his own big-screen adventure in which he must work with others to save Gotham City. This film is rated PG.

For more information, to see film trailers, and buy tickets, visit www.bolognapac.com, or call the ticket office at 662-846-4626.

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STOMP to take BPAC stage Feb. 28

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STOMP, the international percussion sensation, makes its Mississippi Delta premiere at the Bologna Performing Arts Center on Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m.

From its beginnings as a street performance in the United Kingdom, STOMP has grown into an international sensation over the past 20 years, having performed in more than 50 countries and in front of more than 24 million people.

A unique combination of percussion, movement and visual comedy, STOMP has created its own inimitable, contemporary form of rhythmic expression. Both household and industrial objects find new life as musical instruments in the hands of an idiosyncratic band of body percussionists. It is a journey through sound, a celebration of the everyday, and a comic interplay of characters wordlessly communicating through dance and drum.

Created by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas, STOMP continues its phenomenal run with four global productions: the ongoing sell-out production at New York’s Orpheum Theatre, a permanent London company, and North American and European tours. Throughout its life, the show has continued to change by creating new material. This year, it will incorporate two new pieces.

An overwhelming success marked by rave reviews, the production has won numerous awards and sell-out engagements. It is the winner of an Olivier Award for Best Choreography (London’s Tony Award), a New York Obie Award, a Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatre Experience, and a Special Citation from Best Plays.

In addition to the stage shows, STOMP has been an overwhelming success marked by an Academy Award nomination, four Emmy nominations and one Emmy Award for their acclaimed HBO special “Stomp Out Loud,” noteworthy TV appearances including the London 2012 Olympic Games closing ceremony, The Academy Awards (produced by Quincy Jones), Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, and a series of award-winning international commercials.

“The performers make a rhythm out of anything we can get our hands on that makes a sound,” said Cresswell, co-founder and director.

Synchronized stiff-bristle brooms become a sweeping orchestra; eight Zippo lighters flip open and closed to create a fiery fugue; and wooden poles thump and clack in a rhythmic explosion. STOMP uses everything but conventional percussion instruments — dustbins, tea chests, radiator hoses, boots, hub caps — to fill the stage with a compelling and unique act that is often imitated but never duplicated.

Tickets are available at the Bologna Performing Arts Center Ticket Office, open Monday–Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., by calling 662-846-4626, or going online to www.bolognapac.com.

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Registration open for Mississippi Summer Arts Institute

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The 2017 Janice Wyatt Mississippi Summer Arts Institute at the Bologna Performing Arts Center is gearing up for its annual summer programs.

This year marks its 20th summer of operation, impacting the lives of countless emerging artists by providing a unique opportunity for students to gain broad exposure in all artistic disciplines.

Core Arts, occurring June 4-17, is an exciting two-week arts intensive residential camp for ages 12-18. Core Arts provides a positive and supportive environment for students who wish to gain exposure to the arts or aim to further develop their creative abilities. Students stay on the Delta State campus, take classes in a wide range of art forms with highly qualified professional teaching artists during the day, and participate in fun activities at night. Courses are offered in dance, digital arts, music, theater and visual arts. Core Arts culminates with a visual arts exhibition June 16, as well as a final performance which demonstrates the talents of the performing arts campers on June 17. An optional non-residential track is also available for campers ages 12-13.

Young artists ages 5-11 are invited to attend PLUS Camp on July 17-22, a high-energy, performance-oriented day camp where students take classes and prepare for their final performance — a choreographed medley of songs that revolve around a central theme. MSAI is excited to welcome back beloved faculty from previous summers and newer additions like Chuck Galey, a Jackson illustrator and an accredited Mississippi Arts Commission teaching artist.

Applications are being accepted now and are available at the Bologna Performing Arts Center or for download online: bolognapac.com/education/mississippi-summer-arts-institute. For more information, stop by the BPAC, or call Cade Holder, Arts Education coordinator, at 662-846-4844.