Through its annual Arts Series, W&J brings world-class performing artists in music, dance and theatre to campus for the enjoyment of our student, faculty and staff, and the greater community.
Arts Series tickets are sold in a series package, or as individual tickets. For pricing and ticket ordering, please see the Box Office and Ticket Information page.
*All Arts Series events are in the Olin Fine Arts Center Theatre unless otherwise noted.
2020-21 Arts Series Events
CANCELED: Pianist, Mark Valenti: All American Program
Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Mark Valenti received his Master of Music from Northwestern University, Bachelor of Music from the Philadelphia Musical Academy and has studied with such notable teachers as Benjamin Whitten, Zoltan Kocsis and Mary Sauer. In addition to giving solo recitals in cities throughout the U.S., Mr. Valenti has performed in France, Belgium, Hungary and Luxembourg as well as for former First Lady Barbara Bush in Washington, D.C.
Mark Valenti has performed recitals live on WFMT classical radio. He has also done extensive work in the Jazz field including performances with Gregory Hines, Frank Foster, and Al Grey, and has appeared on television with Joe Sudler's Swing Machine and singer/actor Christopher Durham.
Formerly Professor of Music at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Xavier University in Chicago, and the Loire Valley Music Institute in France, Mr. Valenti currently teaches at his studio in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago and is available for lessons for all levels and all styles.
All American program selections include The Alcotts by Ives, Piano Blues by Copland, Sonata by Barber, and pieces by Stefan Wolpe and Jon Fisher.
CANCELED: Oscar® Nominated Short Subjects
Live-Action- Friday, April 16, 2021
Animated- Saturday, April 17, 2021
Surprise! The Oscar Nominated Short Subjects have been moved because The Academy Awards have been moved! “The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the ABC Television Network today announced the 93rd Oscars® ceremony will move to Sunday, April 25, 2021, as a result of the global pandemic caused by COVID-19. The show, which will air live on ABC, was originally scheduled for February 28, 2021. During this time, it has become necessary to make exceptional changes to the Academy’s standard annual awards schedule. The intent going forward is to ultimately return to awarding excellence for films released in the January- December calendar year. The 93rd Oscars will be held on Sunday, April 25, 2021.” Please see oscars.org for more information.
The advance single ticket price (or season ticket package) includes tickets for both nights. Individual tickets will be available at the door for specific nights, but for the full ticket price.
*‘Oscar’ is a registered trademark of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
CANCELED: Reduced Shakespeare Company- Hamlet’s Big Adventure (a prequel)
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Before the Tragedy, there was…HAMLET’S BIG ADVENTURE! From the guys that brought you such “(abridged)” classics as William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged) and The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged) comes this fast, funny, physical extravaganza — a brand new theatrical treat!
In this hilarious (and completely fictional) prequel to Hamlet, nothing is rotten in the state of Denmark. There’s laughter and joy and music and more laughter as teenage Hamlet leaps into action to save his beloved nunnery from closing. Enlisting his good buds Ophelia and the jester Yorick, Hamlet and friends put on a show – what could possibly go wrong? Along the way, Ophelia tries (and fails!) to pass her swim test and Hamlet must avoid his practical joker father, the King, who has a tendency to leap out from behind house plants pretending to be a ghost. Meanwhile, Yorick teaches them about showbiz, comedy, and skull juggling and they all wonder why Hamlet’s mother spends so much time at his uncle’s house! Is it Shakespeare meets the Muppet Babies? Might be, or might not be. If you like Shakespeare, you’ll like this show. If you hate Shakespeare, you’ll love this show.