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The exhibition Chris Gregson: Works on Paper will be on view November 10–December 5 at Mary Baldwin College’s Hunt Gallery.

Chris Gregson studied at the Studio and Forum of Stage Design and worked as a stage artist at various locations in New York City before devoting his time to painting. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in the United States and Europe and appears in many distinguished corporate and private collections. In 2005, Gregson founded the Constructs Group, an abstract painting collective, devoted to providing an understanding of abstract and nonobjective art through exhibitions, publications, and symposiums.

Gregson writes the following about the work in this exhibition, “Over the last year, I have concentrated on working in watercolors, gouache, and ink. Prior to this commitment, I was working exclusively in oil on canvases and panels. The oil painting required a slow process of layering. Images emerged through a process [of] trial and error that took months. The water based works are a way of bleeding and blending both opaque and translucent mediums. The quickly drying water-based paint give me an opportunity to craft images based on first impressions. The images that emerge are a series of totems, botanicals, and architectural spaces. These images come from a world I embrace which is inspired from an ephemeral web of physical matter and mental images. My internal dialogue is about the intersection of complex terrains, manmade structures, the figure, forces of nature, and memory. I weave order but honor the unpredictable. My palette is rudimentary with a strong emphasis on incorporating black as a dominate element in this body of work. I use all these diverse perspectives in my paradoxical images to present a visual language of multiple perspectives, to evoke engagement and contemplation by the viewer.”

A reception will be held for the artist 4:30–6 p.m. on November 10 in Hunt Gallery. The public is invited to attend. Hunt Gallery is dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary work in all media by regionally and nationally recognized artists. The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. during the college’s academic year. Hunt Gallery’s schedule for the 2014–2015 academic year can be found online at

The Mary Baldwin College Music Department is excited to announce this season’s opening Carl Broman Concert, featuring the award-winning pianist Yael Weiss, at 8 p.m. on October 27 in Francis Auditorium on the Mary Baldwin College campus.

Many concert-goers are already familiar with Weiss’s compelling performances: as a faculty member of the Heifetz International Music Institute, she performs during the summer Celebrity Series. She is known for her visionary interpretations of surpassing depth, immediacy, and communicative power. Her discography encompasses piano works by more than a dozen composers, and her special projects include performances of the complete cycle of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas.

Her program on October 27 reflects this passion for Beethoven, and she will perform Beethoven’s Pastoral sonata, op. 28, along with the great Appassionata sonata in F Minor, op. 57. In addition, she will play two recent works she has commissioned: Lera Auerbach’s Ludwig’s Nightmare and the world premiere of Joel Feigin’s Prelude to a Sonata. Also on the program is Chopin’s very beautiful Barcarolle.

“We are thrilled to be presenting Yael Weiss on the Broman Concert Series,” says Lise Keiter, professor of music at Mary Baldwin. “And her program is so inventive; just to hear her perform these great works of Beethoven would be exciting enough. But then with each of these new works she has commissioned, she asked the composer to write a piece that would pair with a specific Beethoven sonata. It’s such a creative idea.”

Weiss has performed across the United States, Europe, Japan, Korea, New Zealand and South America at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Moscow’s Bolshoi Hall, and London’s Wigmore Hall. Her New York recital debut, presented by the Metropolitan Museum, was acclaimed by the New York Times as, “remarkably powerful and intense … fine technique and musicianship in the service of an arresting array of music.” She has appeared as a soloist with many international orchestras and is also devoted to chamber music, touring worldwide with violinist Mark Kaplan and cellist Peter Stumpf as the Weiss-Kaplan-Stumpf Trio. She is also in demand at international music festivals, such as Marlboro, Ravinia, City of London, Banff, and the Seattle Chamber Music Festival.

The second Broman Concert of the season will feature the brilliant young Armenian clarinetist Narek Arutyunian on November 10. The series concludes on March 23, 2015 with the award-winning Ariel Quartet, an exceptional young string quartet praised for their effortless communication, brilliant playing, soulful interpretations, and youthful passion.

Tickets for Yael Weiss’s concert may be purchased at the door and are $25 for the general public, $20 for seniors, and $5 students (MBC students are free). For more information call 540-887-7294 or visit the website.

Turning Glass Shakespeare, the 2014–15 MFA company of Mary Baldwin College’s Shakespeare and Performance graduate program, in association with the American Shakespeare Center, announces the first show in their four-play season: William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, or What You Will, directed by Sarah E. Blackwell.

Viola, the protagonist of Twelfth Night, is separated from her twin brother and shipwrecked on the shores of Illyria. She finds her new home inhabited by a love-sick duke; a beautiful countess deep in mourning; a pompous steward; and a couple of fun-loving, self-indulgent knights. Viola disguises herself as a boy, finds employment with the duke, and fends off romantic advances from the Countess while the Knights plot against the steward. One of Shakespeare’s best-loved plays, Twelfth Night is a romantic comedy about life, love, death, and the power of family. Set in Virginia and featuring Appalachian music, Turning Glass Shakespeare’s production of Twelfth Night will delight audiences, both young and old.

Twelfth Night will have its initial run at 8 p.m. on October 13 and 14 at the Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton. Both performances are pay what you will and run for an hour. The October 14 performance will include a talkback, directly following the show.

After the initial performances, the production will go on tour to schools in the Shenandoah Valley area. As part of their educational mission, Turning Glass has created a series of workshops to accompany the production. The show and accompanying workshops will be available to Shenandoah Valley schools for booking by mid-October. To book Twelfth Night for an educational performance, please visit Also check out Turning Glass Shakespeare on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr for more information, or contact Nora Manca, 630-853-8815 or

From October 6 to 31, 2014, the exhibition Puncture<portal<peephole<lens< by Matthew P. Shelton will be on view at Mary Baldwin College’s Hunt Gallery. This is his first one-person exhibition.

Shelton is an artist and educator living in Charlottesville, VA. He received an MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2012 and a BFA from Guilford College in 2004. During the winter of 2011–12, he facilitated an outdoor mural collaboration between 1708 Gallery and Offender Aid and Restoration clients in downtown Richmond, VA. In August of that year, Shelton participated in a weeklong collaboration with Trinidadian artist Nikolai Noel at the ICA at the Maine College of Art in Portland. Shelton’s photo essay “The Revenant” was published in the Fall 2013 issue of Southern Cultures, the journal of UNC’s Center for the Study of the American South.

Since receiving his MFA, Shelton has taught 2-D design, drawing, digital printmaking and screen-based studio methods, and contemporary art history, as well as a self-designed course on art and activism called Good Art for Do-Gooders. In November, Shelton will be one of six American artists awarded a trip to Stockholm, Sweden, to attend the New York-based public art non-profit Creative Time’s fifth annual summit exploring the intersection of art and social justice.

Shelton writes the following about his art practice and creative research: “Memory presses against the present at once naturally and uncomfortably–like touching the bare skin of a stranger. I use my art practice as a space from which to pose questions, most often about the past, to explore how our understanding of memory relates to other aspects of consciousness: mind and body, subjective and collective, the self and the other, time, inheritance.

“My creative research consists of a call-and-response dynamic between digesting-time and making-time. Contemplation, reading, and journaling allow loose associations to form and dissolve between differing areas of interest (for instance, formation of the self; formal vs. informal histories; found versus handmade versus fabricated works; texture, its absence, and ramifications for the body; sense-memory and place), while in the workshop, gestural diversions explore relative harmony and/or enmity between various materials and processes. The quicker object-based work forms in the negative, unsurveilled spaces of its more cerebral twin, informing, distressing and ultimately shifting the line of inquiry. Then the questions re-form, demanding the materials and processes answer for themselves all over again.

“Neither method is less effective. It doesn’t matter how fast one is or slow the other. One settles, one releases. They are sibling, empathic, necessitating each other into existence.”

A reception will be held for the artist on Monday, October 6, 4:30–6 p.m. in Hunt Gallery. The public is invited to attend.

Hunt Gallery is dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary work in all media by regionally and nationally recognized artists. The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the college’s academic year. Hunt Gallery’s schedule for the 2014–2015 academic year can be found online.

100_7732Mary Baldwin College opens its 2014–15 theatre season with the musical Quilters by Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek. Directed by MBC Theatre Professor Terry Southerington with musical direction by Brian Holsopple, the musical dives into the subject of frontier life and womanhood and runs October 3–5 and October 8–12, 2014.

Set in the American West, the play follows Sarah, a pioneer woman, and her six daughters as they tell their own and other women’s stories of life on the frontier. Audiences witness scenes of trial and hardship and laughter and joy — enhanced with music, dance, and vivid storytelling — set in a background of traditional quilt patterns.

The cast of MBC Theatre performers includes Michelle Brandt as Sarah with Tiara Bowling, Myra Diehl, Kara Dotten, Carolyn Kennedy, Frances Koogler, and Aerial Woods as her daughters.

The season will continue with These Shining Lives by Melanie Marnich, November 19–23; Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman, February 11–15; The Lone Star Love Potion: An American Farce by Michael Parker, March 25–29; and MBC’s student-directed, one-act play festival, The Play’s the Thing, May 6–10.

All performances are in the Fletcher Collins Theatre in Bertie Murphy Deming Fine Arts Center at Mary Baldwin College. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday with Sunday performances at 2 p.m. Doors open a half hour before every performance. Single show tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for students and seniors.

Season tickets and single show tickets are available by calling 540-887-7189, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., or online. Season tickets are $50 for adults and $25 for students and seniors.

Sarah Friebert (1)Dr. Sarah Friebert will speak about pediatric palliative care — comprehensive, interdisciplinary, and holistic treatment for children with life-threatening conditions — for the 2014–15 Carpenter Lecture in Health Care Administration. An expert in the field, with many publications to her name, Friebert is the director of the Haslinger Family Pediatric Palliative Care Division at Akron Children’s Hospital in Ohio.

“Through impeccable care in multiple domains, including anticipatory guidance surrounding complex issues, children with palliative care needs and their families can benefit from a medical home approach that decreases fragmentation and isolation while improving health outcomes and lowering cost,” Friebert said. “Pediatric palliative care is not about dying — it’s about living … and living better with hope, dignity, and comfort.”

“Keep Me Well: Coming Home to Pediatric Palliative Care” is at 7 p.m. on September 30 in Francis Auditorium, with a reception to follow. It is free and open to the public.

This lecture series, drawing leading figures in Health Care Administration, is made possible by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation of Philadelphia, generous funders of the nationally respected Health Care Administration Program at Mary Baldwin College.

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The Music Department at Mary Baldwin College opens the 2014-15 season of concerts with Brazilian pianist Paulo Steinberg. This Sunday Recital is at 3 p.m. on September 14 in Francis Auditorium.

Steinberg has chosen a program that includes Beethoven’s dramatic Tempest sonata, two sparkling works of Scarlatti, and the beautiful Harmonies du Soir of Franz Liszt.

He will also treat the audience to works of the Brazilian composer Villa-Lobos. “Villa-Lobos portrays so many different aspects of Brazilian daily life,” says Steinberg.  He goes on to suggest that these pieces be heard “as if you were in the middle of the Brazilian jungle, imagining the wind blowing on the trees, the heat, and the mist, while there is a party going on.”

He will close the program with Waft, a recent work by American composer Ken Steen. “This is basically a piece for piano and cellphones,” explains Steinberg.  “Audiences are always asked to turn off their cellphones during a concert. This is one of the very rare opportunities when the audience will be asked to turn them on, and the contrast will be very obvious!”

Steinberg has performed as a soloist and as a collaborative pianist in Brazil, Canada, Iceland and the United States, including two solo recitals at the Kennedy Center. He is on the faculty at James Madison University.

The prestigious Carl Broman Concert Series will begin soon, with a concert on October 27 featuring pianist Yael Weiss. An artist of international stature, Weiss is a captivating presence on the concert scene and also serves as a faculty member at the Heifetz International Music Institute.

The series continues on November 10 with the brilliant young Armenian clarinetist Narek Arutyunian, and the award-winning Ariel Quartet performs on March 23. The Sunday Recital Series also includes performances by bassoonist Elizabeth Roberts with pianist Lise Keiter on November 23; soprano Anne Wick on January 25; violinist Steffany Shock, cellist Ryan Hoffman, and pianist Luis Gonzalez on February 1; pianist Lise Keiter on March 15; and the Terra Voce duo on April 12.

Single tickets for Paulo Steinberg’s recital on September 14 may be purchased at the door and are $5 for the general public and $4 for students and seniors (free for MBC students). Season tickets are also available. To purchase tickets online or find more information, visit or call 540-887-7294.

Cross country at MDCHSThe cross country team held its inaugural home meet on August 30 on a new 4K course at Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences. Before the race, MBC President Pamela Fox announced that the course would be named the Brenda Bryant Fitness Trail, in honor of the late vice president and dean.

The MBC women ran against Southern Virginia University (SVU) and won with an average time of 18:39.40 (24 points) versus the Southern Virginia average of 20:36.40 (35 points). SVU’s Rylee McKeon edged out Mary Baldwin’s Sophia Stone to finish first with a time of 17:00.00. Stone followed closely behind with a time of 17:04.00. The Southern Virginia men ran against Hampden-Sydney in the same 4K distance.

The course begins near Murphy Deming’s back terrace, in view of interstate 64, and goes down the hill and through the nearby woods. MBC has an agreement with Crescent Development Group, which owns the land adjacent to Murphy Deming, allowing the college to utilize the trail. The group maintains the track and plans to extend it to a 5K in the future.

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Greg PetskoMary Baldwin will host Gregory Petsko — the Mahon professor of neurology and neuroscience at Weill-Cornell Medical College in New York City — on campus as a Phi Beta Kappa visiting scholar September 11–12.

A member of the National Academy of Sciences, Petsko works on developing methods to treat age-related neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Lou Gehrig’s (ALS). He is cofounder of the journal Protein Engineering and writes a monthly column on science and society. He served as president of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Petsko will give a public lecture, “Adventures of a Public Scientist,” at 7 p.m. on September 11 in Francis Auditorium in the Pearce Science Center, with a reception to follow. While at MBC, he will also visit a comparative physiology class and lecture at Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences.

Since 1956, Phi Beta Kappa’s Visiting Scholar Program has offered students the opportunity to spend time with some of America’s most distinguished scholars. Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest academic honor society, with chapters at 283 institutions. Its mission is to champion education in the liberal arts and sciences, to recognize academic excellence, and to foster freedom of thought and expression.