Symphonic Electronic

In an eclectic twist of live music and live game play, the Coker Concert Band and the college’s esports team are collaborating on a special concert event, Symphonic Electronic, on April 15, 7:30pm in the Watson Theater at the Elizabeth Boatwright Coker Performing Arts Center on Coker’s campus.

 

The concert will be an immersive experience featuring music from some of the most iconic video games of all time––the music will be played by the concert band and the video games, streaming live during the concert, will be played by Coker’s esports team. Some of the games featured include World of Warcraft, Halo, and Starcraft. For a concert preview, please check out this video.

 

“I am so excited about this concert!,” says Kelly Jokisch, director of the Coker Concert Band.  “The audience will love the recognizable themes from some classic games, but will also be struck by the quality of some less familiar selections.  The collaboration with Coach Rudy and the esports team has been a lot of fun, and I think this concert will be accessible to a broad audience.”

 

“Collaborating with the Coker Concert Band is a unique experience for myself and my players,” says Joseph Rudy, Director and Coach of the Esports Program. “I am very excited to be a part of this performance. As someone who grew up playing the majority of these games, it is an amazing experience to be able to hear them played out by a live band, while my players are playing along with them.”

 

The Coker Concert Band has 65 members, which includes not only Coker students, but community members, as well.

 

The concert is free and open to the public.

 

For more information about Symphonic Electronic, please contact Kelly Jokisch, director of the Coker Concert Band at kjokisch@coker.edu.

Coker College Band Earth Day Concert

 

 

The Coker College Band will be performing an Earth Day centered concert on Earth Day, Sunday, April 22, 2018, beginning at 4:00 p.m. in the Watson Theater of the Elizabeth Boatwright Coker Performing Arts Center on the college’s Hartsville campus.

 

Celebrate Earth Day with a musical program of nature, Earth, and world peace inspired songs performed by the college’s 65 member concert band.  The concert will conclude with Michael Jackson’s piece, “Heal the World” featuring members of the Mayo HS for MST Concert choir and Phoenix Phame show choir.

 

The Phoenix Phame show choir of Mayo High School for MST is in its seventh year of existence and has performed at several community events as well as Disney World, Carowinds, and the SC School Board’s annual conference. Phoenix Phame performs popular music of today and yesterday, promoting positivity and encouraging high self-esteem. Concert Choir is made up of Mayo’s more serious vocalists and includes students that participate in All-State Choir and State Performance Assessment where the group has consistently earned ratings of Excellent and Superior. Phoenix Phame and Concert Choir, directed by Cole Davis consist of students from all over Darlington County in grades nine through twelve.

 

The Coker Band, directed by Kelly Jokisch, is composed of a combination of Coker College student and community musicians.  Community members include professional area music educators, band directors, choir directors, ministers of music, Coker College faculty members along with local students from Darlington High School, Hartsville High School, McBee High School, the Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics and Florence District One. Concerts last 45-60 minutes without an intermission.  The event is free and open to the public.

 

 

​Coker College’s Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery – Jean Rene LeBlanc’s Greekopolis

​Coker College’s Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery presents Jean Rene LeBlanc’s “Greekopolis,” an exhibition that begins with a reception at 7pm on Monday, March 12, 2018, and will continue through Friday, April 6, 2018. The opening reception is free, open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

LeBlanc received his B.A. in studio arts in 1993 from Concordia University, his M.F.A. in multimedia and photography in 1996 from the University of Windsor Ontario, and received his PhD in study and practice of art in 2006 from the Université du Québex à Montréal.

“Since 2012, I have been using digital infrared photography to investigate spaces and places with strong historical and cultural significance,” says LeBlanc. “Greekopolis is a new body of work that uses this format to develop new ways of looking at the world we live in. Shot in Greece between June 15 and July 15, 2015, the project proposes a series of diptychs juxtaposing images of ancient and modern ruins to generate a dialogue between—and about—contemporary and historical landscapes and economic practices.”

For more information, please contact exhibition director Ashley Gillespie at 843-621-3005 or ashley.gillespie@coker.edu.

—-

The Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery is open 10am to 4pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and from 10am to 8pm on Tuesday and Thursday while classes are in session. The Gallery is located in the Gladys C. Fort Art Building on the campus of Coker College in Hartsville, South Carolina.   For more on the gallery, please visit www.ceceliacokerbellgallery.com.

 

 

Disney’s Mulan Jr.

Registration is now open for Coker College’s annual summer theatre camps for kids of all ages. The theatre program will host two-day camps this year: “Disney’s Sleeping Beauty KIDS” and “Disney’s Mulan Jr.”

The “Disney’s Mulan Jr.” camp, for students ages 13 and up, will be held Monday through Friday, July 11-22 from9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Based on Disney’s Oscar-nominated film, “Disney’s Mulan Jr.” is a heartwarming celebration of culture, honor and the fighting spirit. Campers will present a staged production on Thursday, July 21 and Friday, July 22.

Coker’s summer theatre camps provide instruction in a broad spectrum of theatre subjects through participation in games, music, dance and rehearsals. No prior theatre experience or auditions are required. Tuition is $200 for each camp, and campers who wish to perform in the production must attend both weeks of camp. Registration and online tuition payment is available at www.coker.edu/2016-theatre-camp. Tuition can also be paid by check made payable to Coker College Theatre Summer Camp.

Space is limited and will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information on Coker’s summer theatre camps, contact Associate Professor of Theater Phyllis Fields at (843) 383-8383 orpfields@coker.edu.

To learn more about Coker College’s other summer camps, including athletic camps, visitwww.coker.edu/about/summer-camps.

About “Disney’s Mulan Jr.”

Music and lyrics by David Zippel, Jeanine Tesori, Stephen Schwartz, Matthew Wilder and Alexa Junge. Music adapted and arranged, and additional music and lyrics by Bryan Louiselle. Book adapted and additional lyrics by Patricia Cotter. Based on the 1998 Disney film “Mulan” and the story “Fa Mulan” by Robert D. San Souci.

Disney’s Sleeping Beauty KIDS

The “Disney’s Sleeping Beauty KIDS” camp, for students ages 6 to 12, will be held Monday through Friday, June 13-24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Based on one of the most treasured Disney animated films of all time, and featuring some of the world’s most memorable songs, “Disney’s Sleeping Beauty KIDS” is pure, delightful fun. Campers will present a staged production on Thursday, June 23 and Friday, June 24.
Coker’s summer theatre camps provide instruction in a broad spectrum of theatre subjects through participation in games, music, dance and rehearsals. No prior theatre experience or auditions are required. Tuition is $200 for each camp, and campers who wish to perform in the production must attend both weeks of camp. Registration and online tuition payment is available at www.coker.edu/2016-theatre-camp. Tuition can also be paid by check made payable to Coker College Theatre Summer Camp.

Space is limited and will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information on Coker’s summer theatre camps, contact Associate Professor of Theater Phyllis Fields at (843) 383-8383 orpfields@coker.edu.

To learn more about Coker College’s other summer camps, including athletic camps, visitwww.coker.edu/about/summer-camps.

About “Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Kids”

Music and lyrics by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, George Bruns, Tom Adair, Wintston Hibler, Ted Sears, Sammy Fain Jack Lawrence. Book adapted and additional lyrics by Marcy Heisler. Music adapted and arranged and additional music and lyrics by Bryan Louiselle. Book adapted and additional lyrics by Marcy Heisler. Based on the 1959 Disney film “Sleeping Beauty” and the story “Sleeping Beauty in the Wood” by Charles Perrault.

Summer Dance Intensive Worskshop

The Coker College Dance Program will host a summer dance intensive workshop July 18-22, 2016. Designed for high school sophomore, junior and senior students, the workshop provides professional-level dance instruction.

The workshop will include daily technique class in ballet and modern technique, as well as additional classes in jazz dance, improvisation, composition and dance conditioning/somatics. Students will also learn a variety of repertory that they will showcase at an informal performance on the last day of the workshop. Designed and taught by Coker’s distinguished faculty and additional guest instructors, the program will push students to develop their artistic perspective, technical facility and creative voices.

Registration for the workshop is $30. The regular tuition fee (before June 1) is $400, and the late tuition fee (after June 1) is $450. Housing is available for $250, and local students who wish to commute daily rather than stay in the dorms may do so. Full tuition and housing fees must be paid by July 1.

For more information on Coker’s summer dance intensive workshop, contact Associate Professor of Dance Angela Gallo at agallo@coker.edu or visit coker.edu/academics/programs/dept-dance-music-theatre/dance/summer-dance-intensive.

In keeping with the mission of Coker College and the Dance, Music and Theater Department, the Dance Program is committed to providing a well-rounded, student-centered learning experience rich in dance technique, choreography, theory, and performance. Grounded in engaged teaching, our faculty create an environment that encourages students to cultivate their technical, artistic, creative, and scholarly abilities.

ABOUT COKER COLLEGE 

 
Coker College is a student-focused, private liberal arts college located in Hartsville, South Carolina. Coker combines round table, discussion-based learning with hands-on experiences to encourage active participation in and out of the classroom. A supportive, close-knit community prepares Coker students with the confidence and practical life skills they need to reach their personal best, in college and beyond. 
 
Founded in 1908, Coker is a bachelor’s and master’s degree-granting institution and competes in 21 NCAA Division II sports. Coker is ranked among the “Best Colleges” in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review, and by Washington Monthly as No. 5 for value among colleges in the Southeast region.

Agua Furiosa

In collaboration with the Hartsville-Coker Concert Association, Coker College’s Department of Dance, Music and Theatre will host an extended residency this month with Los Angeles-based dance company CONTRA-TIEMPO. The company, founded and directed by Ana Maria Alvarez, will be in residence at Coker College April 15-19 for master classes, lectures and workshops. The residency will culminate with a performance of their work, “Agua Furiosa,” April 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Coker’s Watson Theater. There will be a pre-show discussion with company director Ana Maria Alvarez at 7:00 p.m. Tickets for the performance are $25 for adults and free for students and those with a Coker College ID.

CONTRA-TIEMPO’s work fuses salsa, Afro-Cuban, contemporary urban and abstract dance theatre to create an invigorating blend of physically intense and politically astute performance work. The company aims to build community, facilitate dialogue and move audiences to imagine what is possible in the world. While their performances are consistently electrifying, what sets the company apart most is its unique relationship to its own community.

CONTRA-TIEMPO’s company members—professional dancers and artists—are also immigrants, teachers, activists, organizers and movers of all types living and working in Los Angeles. The company strives to create dialogue and greater understanding across populations, in particular around issues of resistance and power, and they are committed to creating meaningful work that can be enjoyed by a broad range of audiences regardless of age, class or cultural background.

“Agua Furiosa,” CONTRA-TIEMPO’s newest full-length work, challenges audiences to confront harsh realities of race and justice in our country. Inspired by Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and Oya, the Afro-Cuban deity of wind and storms, artistic director and choreographer Ana Maria Alvarez harnesses her unique Urban-Latin movement approach to create a visually stunning and thought-provoking dance performance. Agua Furiosa merges call and response, a live vocalist and fierce physicality with various representations of water.

Leadership Workshop

In collaboration with the Hartsville-Coker Concert Association, Coker College’s Department of Dance, Music and Theatre will host an extended residency this month with Los Angeles-based dance company CONTRA-TIEMPO. The company, founded and directed by Ana Maria Alvarez, will be in residence at Coker College April 15-19 for master classes, lectures and workshops. On April 17, the company will hold a leadership workshop about making connections cross culturally. If you have an interest in being a part of this workshop, email Angela Gallo at agallo@coker.edu for more details.

The residency will culminate with a performance of their work, “Agua Furiosa,” April 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Coker’s Watson Theater. Tickets for the performance are $25 for adults and free for students and those with a Coker College ID. Many of the master classes, workshops and lectures are free and open to the public.

CONTRA-TIEMPO’s work fuses salsa, Afro-Cuban, contemporary urban and abstract dance theatre to create an invigorating blend of physically intense and politically astute performance work. The company aims to build community, facilitate dialogue and move audiences to imagine what is possible in the world. While their performances are consistently electrifying, what sets the company apart most is its unique relationship to its own community.

CONTRA-TIEMPO’s company members—professional dancers and artists—are also immigrants, teachers, activists, organizers and movers of all types living and working in Los Angeles. The company strives to create dialogue and greater understanding across populations, in particular around issues of resistance and power, and they are committed to creating meaningful work that can be enjoyed by a broad range of audiences regardless of age, class or cultural background.

“Agua Furiosa,” CONTRA-TIEMPO’s newest full-length work, challenges audiences to confront harsh realities of race and justice in our country. Inspired by Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and Oya, the Afro-Cuban deity of wind and storms, artistic director and choreographer Ana Maria Alvarez harnesses her unique Urban-Latin movement approach to create a visually stunning and thought-provoking dance performance. Agua Furiosa merges call and response, a live vocalist and fierce physicality with various representations of water.

Salsa Lessons and Dance Party

In collaboration with the Hartsville-Coker Concert Association, Coker College’s Department of Dance, Music and Theatre will host an extended residency this month with Los Angeles-based dance company CONTRA-TIEMPO. The company, founded and directed by Ana Maria Alvarez, will be in residence at Coker College April 15-19 for master classes, lectures and workshops. On April 16, the company will hold salsa lessons and a dance party. The event is free and open to the public. It will be held in the Coker College Timberlake-Lawton Gymnasium.

The residency will culminate with a performance of their work, “Agua Furiosa,” April 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Coker’s Watson Theater. Tickets for the performance are $25 for adults and free for students and those with a Coker College ID. Many of the master classes, workshops and lectures are free and open to the public.

CONTRA-TIEMPO’s work fuses salsa, Afro-Cuban, contemporary urban and abstract dance theatre to create an invigorating blend of physically intense and politically astute performance work. The company aims to build community, facilitate dialogue and move audiences to imagine what is possible in the world. While their performances are consistently electrifying, what sets the company apart most is its unique relationship to its own community.

CONTRA-TIEMPO’s company members—professional dancers and artists—are also immigrants, teachers, activists, organizers and movers of all types living and working in Los Angeles. The company strives to create dialogue and greater understanding across populations, in particular around issues of resistance and power, and they are committed to creating meaningful work that can be enjoyed by a broad range of audiences regardless of age, class or cultural background.

“Agua Furiosa,” CONTRA-TIEMPO’s newest full-length work, challenges audiences to confront harsh realities of race and justice in our country. Inspired by Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and Oya, the Afro-Cuban deity of wind and storms, artistic director and choreographer Ana Maria Alvarez harnesses her unique Urban-Latin movement approach to create a visually stunning and thought-provoking dance performance. Agua Furiosa merges call and response, a live vocalist and fierce physicality with various representations of water.

Coker College Dance Program Hosts 2016 Senior Thesis Concert

Coker College’s Dance Program will host its annual Senior Thesis Dance Concert at 7:30 p.m. April 15 and 16 in the Watson Theater of the Elizabeth Boatwright Coker Performing Arts Center. The concert will feature solo and group pieces from three of the program’s seniors: Darrell Daney, Tierra Foxworth and Cierra Stinson.

Choreographer Darrell Daney was inspired by Chinese astrology in his celestial group work, “Heavenly Stems, Earthly Branches.” Through gestural, dynamic and contrasting movements, this piece reflects upon unique birth characteristics, yin and yang, the four pillars of destiny and the nourishment and restraint of the five elements. Daney’s solo, “3 Strikes in HIStory,” is a bold and controversial work that confronts homosexuality and religion. As a gay black male in the South, Daney conjures up his experiences growing up in the traditional southern African-American Baptist church. Daney uses motifs, pedestrian movements and testimony to emphasize the effects of dehumanization and discrimination against homosexuals in the church.

Tierra Foxworth’s group piece, “restricted REGulations,” focuses on research about Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADD/ADHD). Foxworth states, “I did not create this dance in the hopes of it becoming a national symbol for learning disabilities. Instead, I simply want to encourage my audience to go out and research ADD/ADHD. I hope it becomes that initial force that urges my audience to learn more about how real it is.” Foxworth’s solo piece, “Pressure Cooker,” is based on her current research interest in the mental, physical and psychosocial effects of stress. The piece is a personal investigation of her own struggles with the strains of stress.

Cierra Stinson’s “iTether” explores our over-dependence and addiction to technology through a community environment among the dancers onstage. This large group piece focuses on societal issues such as relying on cell phones instead of face-to-face communication as a means of building and maintaining relationships. Stinson’s solo, “36-28-40,” demonstrates the challenges faced by African-American women, particularly the opinions and attitudes that society has toward the black woman’s image. Through emotional and gestural movements, Stinson uses personal experiences to express a feeling of wanting to be accepted for her shapely body, therefore straying from worldly standards.

Tickets are available at the door and are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. Admission is free with Coker ID.

For more information, contact Laura Hoxworth at (843) 857-4103 or lhoxworth@coker.edu.