Williams Center for the Arts

Ellis Finger

May 27, 2014

Educational Entrepreneur of the Arts: Ellis Finger Reflects on 31 Memorable Years

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By Geoff Gehman ’80 Ellis Finger helped make Lafayette’s Williams Center for the Arts a multimedia mecca. Over 31 years the building’s only director presented everything from a hip-hop Romeo and Juliet to a Nosferatu set in yuppie-plagued, AIDS-spooked Manhattan. Aided by college colleagues, he developed a repertory company of jazz all-stars and a global [...]

Chanel Mowatt '17 and Darius Glover '14

March 12, 2014

Photo Gallery: College Theater Presents Clybourne Park

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Lafayette College Theater presented its production of Clybourne Park last week in the Williams Center for the Arts. View more images of Clybourne Park on Flickr The show was part of a theater series during Black Heritage Month examining the changing racial makeup of American cities across many generations. It was supported by Lafayette’s START [...]

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October 30, 2013

Photo Gallery: College Theater Presents The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

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College Theater presented its production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Oct. 2-5 in the Williams Center for the Arts Black Box Theater. The interactive musical calls upon audience members to come up on stage and compete with the cast as guest spellers vying for the championship of a lifetime. The production was [...]

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December 3, 2012

Lafayette Receives NEA Grant to Support Jazz Programming at Williams Center

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Lafayette received a $15,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support up to five jazz performances by award-winning Cuban musicians during the 2013-14 season at the College’s Williams Center for the Arts. The competitive grant will also fund educational outreach activities associated with the performances. Artists under consideration for the “Decoding [...]

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March 5, 2012

Photo Gallery: College Theater Presents Rossum’s Universal Robots

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Lafayette College Theater presented its production of R.U.R. Rossum’s Universal Robots last weekend in the Williams Center for the Arts. Written in 1920 by Czech author Karel Capek, the play is an expressionistic journey into genetic engineering on a mass scale and predicted a mechanized world without emotions and without individual rights. It introduced the [...]

Ignat Solzhenitsyn

September 8, 2011

Pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn to Play All-Schumann Recital on 10th Anniversary of Sept. 11

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The Williams Center for the Arts marks the 10th anniversary of 9/11 with a return engagement by pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 4 p.m. The all-Schumann recital will feature Robert Schumann’s Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6 and Kreisleriana (Fantasien), Op. 16. Ignat Solzhenitsyn is the principal guest conductor of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra and [...]

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May 13, 2011

Williams Center Is a Vital Part of Lafayette’s Vibrant Arts Scene

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Since 1983, the Williams Center for the Arts has hosted the world’s finest performers in classical and world music, jazz, dance, theater, and more. It is home to the Williams Center Gallery, the art and music departments, the College Theater program, and the student-led Arts Society. In addition to professional performances, the College’s six student [...]

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March 21, 2011

The Vase Project Comes to Lafayette April 1-May 21

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The Vase Project: Made in China—Landscape in Blue consists of 101 porcelain vases painted by Qing Hua (blue-and-white) artists in Jingdezhen, China, from 2004 to 2006. The exhibition will be on display in the Williams Center Gallery, April 1-May 21. Although all the vases depict a landscape, which is traditionally found on vases, curator Barbara [...]

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March 19, 2011

Viver Brasil’s Feet on the Ground Tour at Williams Center March 24

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The Viver Brasil dance company will perform Feet on the Ground 8 p.m. Thursday, March 24 in the Williams Center for the Arts. Viver Brasil will take the audience on an inspiring cultural journey through Brazil, featuring a dazzling program of African orixás (deities), ceremonial celebrations, the Brazilian martial arts/dance form of capoeira, and Carnival. [...]

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March 19, 2011

Indian Master Musicians Zakir Hussain and Niladri Kumar Perform March 22 at Williams Center

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Zakir Hussain and Niladri Kumar will present an evening of sensuous Indian sounds on the tabla, sitar, and zitar 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, at the Williams Center for the Arts. A classical tabla virtuoso of the highest order, Hussain’s consistently brilliant and exciting performances have not only established him as a national treasure in [...]