A variety of arts are on offer at W&M for fall


  • Music, dance, stories:

    Çudamani: Gamelan and Dance from Bali, Indonesia will offer an evening of performances combining various forms as part of William & Mary’s Ewell concert series on September 23.

    Photo by Giancarlo Galavotti

by the staff


September 16, 2021

The new semester brings a vast array of opportunities for people to once again enjoy the arts in person at William & Mary. For more events taking place at William & Mary this semester, check out the university’s website online calendar. Be sure to check out the latest news from the university COVID-19 Health and Safety Tips as face masks will be required for most performances. – Ed.


The Muscarelle Museum of Art will host the “Shared ideologies” exhibition until January 9, 2022.

An exhibition of selected works by Native American artists from the 1970s to the present day, it will offer visitors the opportunity to engage in a socio-political dialogue on the space between history and memory, according to museum officials. Paintings and works on paper by artists such as the late TC Cannon, Emmi Whitehorse, Cara Romero, Tom Poolaw, Julie Buffalohead and many others transcend the two-dimensional works of art of their elders who defined Native American art. Several works from the Amerindian collection of Muscarelle are presented for the first time in this exhibition.

La Muscarelle will host “Forever Marked By The Day” until January 9, 2022.

Michael Arad study for the 9/11 Memorial, 2001 (Courtesy of the New-York Historical Society)The exhibit is centered on the World Trade Center site and pays homage to architects, artists, designers and photographers whose creativity, both before and after the 9/11 attacks, delivered a sequence of urban infusions that celebrated the human spirit, according to museum officials. The current World Trade Center site serves as a memorial designed to honor the people who died there and the heroes who responded, and it connects the past and the future to the present through architecture, according to the exhibition’s promotional material. .

Among Muscarelle’s fall events will be a free artist talk with Roberto Jamora, W & M’s Asian Centenary Distinguished Fine Art Fellow, on September 28 at 6 p.m. His recent work includes “The Sound of Fate Knocking at the Door 2”, which the Muscarelles acquired in honor of the Asian centenary of William & Mary.

To dance

Orchesis (Courtesy photo)Orchesis Modern Dance Company will present “DANCEVENT”, an original dance teacher choreography performed by teachers, Orchesis students and guest artists, October 29-31 at Studio Adair. Show hours are 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $ 7 to $ 15; free for W&M students.

Ewell Concert Series

The Music Department will begin the Ewell Concert Series at 7:30 p.m. on September 23 with Çudamani: Gamelan and Dance from Bali, Indonesia at the Williamsburg Regional Library Theater.

Gamelan’s music weaves layers of complex sounds between large, deep bronze gongs, drums, bronze gangsa, voice and flute. One of Çudamani’s singular characteristics is that many of its artists are multidisciplinary, mastering gamelan, dance, voice and visual art, resulting in artistically unified presentations. Part of the group’s 2021 East Coast tour, this appearance will feature a 21-member ensemble.

Stéphanie Nakasian (Courtesy photo)The series continues at 7 pm on October 9, with the Stephanie Nakasian Band with Matt Baker’s trio performing “The Great American Songbook – Old & New” at Ewell Recital Hall. A seasoned singer, Nakasian is a member of the W&M Faculty of Music who has performed, toured and recorded jazz music.

Both concerts are free and open to the public.


The music department has various concerts scheduled throughout the semester, with more events to add to its schedule.

The W&M Symphony Orchestra, along with the Wind Ensemble, Choir and Barksdale Treble Chorus, will perform a free weekend family concert on September 24 at 8 p.m. at the Kaplan Arena.

The Middle Eastern Music Ensemble will be hosting a free “Miracle” Family Weekend concert at 4 pm on September 25 in the Wren Building Great Hall. The ensemble will also host a concert with guest researcher and artist-in-residence Johnny Farraj, master percussionist, at 7:30 p.m. on November 12 at Ewell Recital Hall.

The Botetourt Chamber Singers will give a free Homecoming concert at 8 p.m. on October 8 at the Wren Chapel.

The Wind Ensemble will host its Homecoming concert at 8 p.m. on October 8 at the Martha Wren Briggs Amphitheater in Lake Matoaka; general admission is $ 10 and free with W&M ID. The ensemble will also give a winter concert at 7:30 pm on December 8 at the Commonwealth Auditorium; general admission is $ 10 and free with W&M ID.

Orchestra Director David Grandis (Courtesy photo)The Orchestra will perform a Halloween concert at 8 pm on October 29 at the Commonwealth Auditorium on the theme “Tales from Bohemia”. The cost is $ 10 for general admission and $ 3 for students. The orchestra will perform its fall concert at 7:30 p.m. on December 11 at the Commonwealth Auditorium. General admission is $ 10; free for students, children and military veterans.

The Gallery Players, W&M’s conductorless chamber orchestra, will perform a free candlelight concert at 8 p.m. on November 18 at Bruton Parish Church. The Barksdale Treble Chorus and the Botetourt Chamber Singers will perform a free fall candlelight concert at 8 p.m. on November 20 at Bruton Parish Church.

The Jazz Ensemble will present their free winter concert at 7 p.m. on November 30 at Ewell Hall.

The Choir, Botetourt Chamber Singers and Barksdale Treble Chorus will perform their winter choral concert at 7:30 p.m. on December 11 at the Presbyterian Church in Williamsburg. General admission is $ 10 and $ 3 for students with ID.


W&M Theater opens the fall season and its life issues theme with “The Wolves”, written by Sarah DeLappe and will be chaired by Professor W&M and Head of the Laurie Wolf Theater, Speech and Dance Department. The show runs October 7-10 at the Kimball Theater. Show hours are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The play follows members of a high school football team as they tackle big issues of life in their small suburban circle by performing pre-game warm-up stretches every Saturday, department officials say. theater.

An adaptation of a French classic by the famous playwright Molière, “L’invalide imaginaire” will continue the theme of the season and will take place from November 18 to 21 at the Kimball Theater. This comedic tale paints a hilarious picture of the 17e century in which, despite the scientific revolution and its extraordinary advances, the border was often thin between science and outright quackery, according to the heads of the theater department. Show hours are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $ 7 to $ 15; free for W&M students for all performances.


Former National Football League player Reggie Williams kicks off the Hayes Writers series with an appearance on October 7 at 5:30 p.m. at the Commonwealth Auditorium. Williams will read from his memoirs “Resilient by nature”. Growing up as an African American in the 1950s, Williams faced many challenges, including hearing loss and speech impairment from an early age, according to event organizers. Williams continued to play college football in Dartmouth and in the NFL for 14 years, playing in two Super Bowls. The NFL honored Williams with its Walter Payton man of the year award in 1986 and Sports Illustrated awarded him its sportsman of the year award in 1987. After football, Williams pursued a very successful business career with Disney Corporation.

The series continues on October 21 with British novelist and short story writer Nicola Barker speaking virtually at a time to be announced. Barker’s eight previous novels include “Darkmans,” which was shortlisted for the 2007 Man Booker and Ondaatje Awards and winner of the Hawthornden Award; “Wide Open”, winner of the International Literary Prize IMPAC Dublin 2000; and “Clear”, which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2004. She has also written two award-winning short stories and her work has been translated into over 20 languages.

Writer Michael X. Wang will discuss his work virtually on November 16 at a date to be announced. Wang is a Chinese-American writer, teacher, and explorer who is currently an Assistant Professor of English and Michael X. Wang (Courtesy photo)languages ​​of the world at Arkansas Tech University. Wang’s collection of stories “Further News of Defeat” won the 2021 PEN / Robert W. Bingham Award and was a finalist for the CLMP Firecracker Award. His first novel “Lost in the Long March” is to appear in Overlook Press. Wang’s work has appeared in “New England Review”, “Greensboro Review”, “Cimarron Review”, “Hayden’s Ferry Review”, “Witness” and “Juked” among others and has won an AWP Intro Award and was shortlisted. by Best American Anthology as a notable story of the year.

Registration and participation in William & Mary events expresses a common expectation to abide by university policy, which is subject to change as conditions warrant. As of September 7, 2021, these requirements include masking both indoors and outdoors when unable to maintain social distancing, except when actively eating or drinking. Vaccination is mandatory for all students, faculty, and staff at William & Mary, and is strongly encouraged for all external visitors as per guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We create these shared expectations of event attendees in agreement with William & Mary’s fundamental values belonging to this community and respecting one another as individuals, and in recognition of the risks inherent in coming together in the midst of a pandemicvs.


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