Join us throughout April for special events surrounding Ball State’s Centennial Celebration of its proud past and bright future.

Centennial Events

John Ottis Adams painting of poppies in a field

John Ottis Adams, American (1851-1927), In Poppyland, 1901, oil on canvas, Frank C. Ball Collection, gift of the Ball Brothers Foundation, 1995.035.040

Impressions of Love: J. Ottis and Winifred Brady Adams, a Ball State University Centennial Exhibition

January 24—May 19, 2019

As part of the College of Fine Arts' Centennial celebration, the David Owsley Museum of Art is hosting this free and open to the public exhibition. Learn more.

 

Ball State University Singers: 55th Annual Spectacular

April 5—6 | 7 p.m.

Celebrate 55 fabulous years of the University Singers with a gold-studded, toe-tapping, finger-snapping, and hand-clapping two-hour extravaganza. Bring the entire family - don't miss the fun! Tickets available through the Emens Auditorium Box Office. Add to your calendar.

The Giantmaker

April 5—6 | 7:30 p.m.

Set on the cusp of the United States discovering its cultural, scientific and religious identity after the Civil War, and inspired by the true story of the Cardiff Giant, The Giantmaker follows George Hull and his efforts to pull a fast one on a preacher. With the attention, George manages to settle grievances at the expense of the public, fleece honest businessmen, and involve many of the notable minds of his time. Add to your calendar.

Centennial Guest Lecturer: Jaime Casap

April 10 | 7:30 p.m.

Jaime Casap is the Education Evangelist at Google. Jaime evangelizes the power and potential of technology and the web as enabling and supporting tools in pursuit of inquiry-based learning models. Add to your calendar.

Petty Memorial Lecture

April 11 | 5 p.m.

Join Shaun Dingwerth, curator of Impressions of Love: J. Ottis and Winifred Brady Adams and director of the Richmond Art Museum, for a richly illustrated talk about the artists featured in DOMA's special exhibition. Add to your calendar.

The New Play Initiative

April 11—14 | 7:30 p.m. (Saturday/Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m.)

In its fourth year, The New Play Initiative features a new student-written play chosen from submissions, and then developed throughout the spring semester in collaboration with the playwrights, director, dramaturg, and actors. Join us for a story from the next generation of artists. Add to your calendar.

School of Music Masterworks Concert

April 14 | 4 p.m.

In celebration of Ball State’s Centennial, the School of Music presents its debut concert at the Hilbert Circle Theatre featuring its outstanding students, conductors, soloists, and ensembles. Tickets are currently available through the Hilbert Circle Theatre box office. Add to your calendar.

Ball State Jazz Ensembles

April 17 | 7:30 p.m.

Under the direction of Mark Buselli and Freddie Mendoza, the Ball State Jazz Ensembles have performed around the world. Come enjoy a night of standard jazz favorites and original compositions for big band! Tickets available through the Emens Auditorium Box Office. Add to your calendar.

New Dance by Noa Shadur

April 19—21 | 7:30 p.m. (Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m.)

After an 8-week long residency at Ball State during the spring semester, Israeli dancer, choreographer and video artist Noa Shadur’s choreography will be premiered with Ball State dance majors. Shadur’s previous work has been presented in festivals in Israel, American Dance Festival, ArtEZ Institute for the Arts in Arnhem, The Netherlands, among others. Add to your calendar.

Ball State Symphony Orchestra

April 23 | 7:30 p.m.

Director of Orchestras Douglas Droste leads this exciting ensemble in a wide range of musical works. Graduate concerto competition winners Alvise Pascucci (piano) and Joanne King (harp) will be the featured soloists. Program to include works by Aaron Copland, Alberto Ginastera, Paul Dukas, Jean Sibelius, Sergei Rachmaninoff. Tickets available through the Emens Auditorium Box Office. Add to your calendar.

Full Circle Dance

April 25—27 | 7:30 p.m.

A celebration of the relationship between dance and design, Full Circle Dance showcases how design can drastically change the feeling and world of a piece. With a first act that lacks design elements and a second act that features the same works with new life created by our designers, FULL CIRCLE DANCE will illustrate the collaboration between dance and design. Add to your calendar.

Ball State Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band

April 26 | 7:30 p.m.

Under the direction of Thomas Caneva and Caroline Hand, Ball State's top two band ensembles present a series of concerts each year featuring a wide range of band repertoire. Tickets available through the Emens Auditorium Box Office. Add to your calendar.

Ball State Statesmen, Women’s Chorus, and Choral Union

April 28 | 3 p.m.

The choral ensembles perform several concerts each semester offering repertoire from around the world and across the centuries. Tickets available through the Emens Auditorium Box Office. Add to your calendar.

Student Social Media Takeover

The University will turn over the management of its Snapchat account to College of Fine Arts students on April 8, 10, 14, and 18. Be sure to follow us and check out what a day in the life is like for our students!

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