In the Gallery, On Stage, In Concert: The Week Ahead in the Arts

The week ahead will be great one for the arts at Taft. Join us on campus for events in the theater, gallery, and concert venues, then stay to enjoy the fall foliage.

Here's what's on tap:

Thursday through Saturday, October 26-28, 7:30 pm
Bingham Auditorium

Taft students present Footloose, the stage adaptation of the 1984 film phenomenon. Tatnall Holt '18 steals the lead from Kevin Bacon to tell the story of a small town that banished rock music and dancing, and an outsider's persistence in bringing life back to the town. If the costumes don't take you back in time, the great music will. From the classic "Almost Paradise" to the eponymous title track, the show is a toe-tapping sing-along.

Parents' Weekend Performances
Saturday, October 2

Choral Room, 11:45 am
Jazz and Chamber Ensembles

Woodward Chapel, Noon
Collegium Musicum

HDT Lobby, 1:00 pm
Gospel Choir

Woodward Black Box Theater, 1:00 pm
Improv

Woolworth Faculty Room, 5:45 pm
a cappella with Hydrox and Oriocos

Wednesday, November 1
Bingham Auditorium, 1:30 pm

The only daytime performance of Footloose

Wednesday, November 1
Walker Hall, 7:00 pm
Jazz with Sam Lardner and Barcelona

Sam Lardner & Barcelona have been bringing their killer flamenco fusion to audiences in Spain, the UK and North America since joining forces three years ago. Sam is the inspiration and voice. His band is the rhythm and color. Together, they form a totally unique and uplifting act—artists from different traditions meeting in a place where everyone shines brighter, the kind of eclectic collaboration the world needs now more than ever. Lardner's voice and writing are reminiscent of James Taylor in the most intimate moments, while he is often compared to Sting when he allows his voice to soar.

Friday, November 3
Mark W. Potter Gallery, 5:00-7:00 pm
Opening Reception: Portraits, Places, Buildings, and Landscapes with Rockwell Visiting Artist John W. Cocke '63

Cocke began studying art at Taft in the 1960s; he continued his studies at the The School of Museum of Fine Art in Boston and Tufts University. Cocke maintains a portrait business, and has built a large repertoire of nature pieces. He is a prolific teacher and exhibitor.

"When I sit down to start a drawing or a painting, my work largely is drawn from what I see, rather than what I think or from something in my mind," Cocke says. "Mr. Potter said to me once when I was beginning to draw, 'an object is as it appears just one time when you observe it, so draw it that way.' Therefore, observation has become critical in my departure from nature when I draw and paint."

The show continues through December 8. Potter Gallery is open 8 am through 5 pm, Monday through Saturday when school is in session.

Friday, November 3
Bingham Auditorium, 7:30 pm

Closing night, Footloose

Sunday, November 5
Woodward Chapel, 5:00 pm
Requiem
by Maurice Durufle, featuring Organist James Kennerley
James Kennerley will provide musical accompaniment for a classical choral performance of Durufle's Requiem. Kennerley is a multi-faceted musician, working as a conductor, keyboardist, singer, and composer. His performances are known for their illustrious flair and thrilling virtuosity, subtlety and finesse, drawing on the full resources of the instrument. Kennerley made his Carnegie Hall solo début in 2016 with the celebrated ensemble the Sejong Soloists. Performances this season include concerts at Alice Tully Hall, the Frick Collection, the Metropolitan Museum's MetLiveArts series, and in the Lincoln Center White Light festival. Kennerley has been deemed "the greatest improviser of his generation."