Apr 08

San Jose Taiko

Taiko is the Japanese word for drum. In North America, this term is used to describe both the Japanese drum itself and the art form of kumidaiko (ensemble drumming with Japanese drums).

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Arts

The arts are alive at Castleton!  Our Fine Arts Center's Casella Theater is home to some of southern Vermont’s most exciting and innovative performing arts events. For over four decades, Castleton has been offering performances by distinguished artists from all over the world to the Rutland region and the surrounding community members. We’re thrilled to invite you to experience unparalleled excellence and diversity on our stage.

Our performance series is unique because it functions in collaborative effort with Castleton’s academic course, Soundings. Therefore, this multi-disciplinary programming is both intellectual and entertaining, transporting you to all corners of the globe and throughout past, present, and future. We also offer several "Lunchbag Series" workshops during the day in which you’ll meet the artists and learn about the performance that you are about to experience in the evening. This is a free program to community members.

The 2014-2015 cultural events calendar promises to be our most diverse and exciting to date, featuring performances both homegrown in our outstanding academic programs and professional artists from around the globe appearing on the Casella stage as part of our new and improved Essential Artists series. 

Most importantly, Castleton is committed to serve the community through the arts by offering many activities that take place throughout the year in the Fine Arts Center--and beyond. In a truly remarkable collaboration, we're partnering with the historic Paramount Theatre in Rutland to expand our programming into Rutland and to bridge the gap between Castleton students and the surrounding community. This year, three of our Essential Artists events--Denver's Edge Theatre Company's award-winning production of the intense, haunting "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo;" Vermont filmmaker Bess O'Brien's unflinching look at opiate addiction in the documentary film "The Hungry Heart;" and New York's Harold Clurman Lab Theatre's hard-hitting one-man show "Mercy Killers," will all see their local premieres at the Paramount. 

Your attendance at our performances also makes a direct impact upon your community, as the ticket revenues from all except a few performances go to Arts Reach, Castleton’s arts-in-education program for school children—which helps children to experience live performance free of charge.

Our University Tickets online ticketing system allows you the convenience of purchasing your tickets from the comfort of your own home, and we're offering season subscription packages for the first time this year. Simply visit the site at castletontickets.com to get started. We sincerely thank you for your support of the arts at Castleton, and hope you join us soon!

Richard Cowden
Director, Fine Arts Center

Upcoming at the Casella

Apr 26

Soundings: Castleton Collegiate Chorale and Chamber Singers

The Castleton Collegiate Chorale and Chamber Singers, under the direction of Dr. Sherrill Blodget, present a varied program of music from Canada and the United States. Selections include music by Morten Lauridsen, Ola Gjeilo, Aaron Copland, Eric Whitacre, and Don Macdonald; African-American spirituals; and a taste of sonorities and rhythms from South and Central America. Members of the Collegiate Chorale will share a preview of their May 2015 tour performance to Havana, Cuba.

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