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CPVA Celebrates 10th Anniversary with a Commemorative Convocation

Published: September 22, 2008 | Category: Arts

Southern Utah University's College of Performing and Visual Arts (CPVA) will celebrate its tenth anniversary with a special Convocation on September 23, 2008 at 11:30 a.m. in the SUU Auditorium Theatre.

This marks the second presentation in University's the Fall 2008 Convocations series.

The Convocation performances are intended to serve as both a celebration of CPVA's past ten years, as well as a look forward to the College's promising future. In addition to six short performances, SUU faculty artwork will also be on display. The scheduled performances are a fantastic collection of the best and brightest in the College of Performing and Visual Arts.

The six performances include work from both faculty and students. Slow Exposure, a beautiful dance duet, will be performed by Assistant Professors of Dance Chien-Ying Wang and Paul Ocampo. A lively scene from a dynamic new adaptation of Aristophane's Lysistrata by Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts Christine Frezza will be performed by students in SUU's Theatre Arts and Dance Departments. An engaging call and response horn piece, Conzona noni toni, will be presented by the Brass Ensemble students. SUU's Percussion Ensemble students will present an energetic piece, Stinkin' Garbage. A passionate tango, Ole Guapa, will be performed by the Ballroom Dance Company. And finally, a rousing salute to America, Yankee Doodle Dandy, will be performed by SUU's Acclamation.

The College of Performing and Visual Arts is composed of the theatre and dance department, art and design department, music department, the arts administration graduate program, and ballroom dance and acclamation. This year, CPVA added two new undergraduate degrees, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre and a Bachelor of Music. Throughout all the different degree programs, more than 70 theatrical performances, 38 art exhibits, 127 musical performances and 22 choreographed dances are produced each year. CPVA also maintains professional affiliates with the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, the Halversen String Quartet, the American Folk Ballet and the Utah Shakespearean Festival.

For more information about Southern Utah University's Convocation series and a complete listing of presentations for the fall semester, please visit

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