West Chester University has announced dates and information for summer programs and camps to entertain and enrich area youth from ages 4-18. In all, more than 24 camps are offered throughout the summer, ranging in specialty from technology to arts to a variety of sports offerings. Information and links to registration can be found by clicking here.
WCU will welcome thousands of young students from the surrounding region over the summer months to offer valuable, high-quality, relatively low-cost programs. Many camps are taught and administered by WCU faculty and their students, as well as by local professionals.
A rich variety of camp programs are offered. For the music-minded, the elementary, middle, and high school music camps in the Wells School of Music give students rehearsal and performance experience. Aspiring young actors can hone skills in Pennsylvania Theatre Institute’s Young Company camp. Also, camps for almost every type of athlete are offered through the athletics department.
Local audiences can enjoy a rare operatic treat when the Wells School of Music presents Aaron Copland’s The Tender Land. Show dates are Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30 at 7:30 PM in the Madeleine Wing Adler Theatre. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for students/seniors and can be purchased by clicking here.
The Tender Land is a classic coming-of-age tale about a young girl who falls in love for the first time on the eve of her high school graduation. The opera premiered in 1954 and takes place in the 1930s. Walker Evans’s Depression-era photos that depicted American farm life were Copland’s inspiration for the opera.
The Tender Land will be produced as a semi-staged reading with minimal sets, full costumes, and accompanied by a full symphonic orchestra under the direction of Joseph Caminiti.
“Theta Resonance: New Works by Kate Stewart” will be on display in the Swope Music Building and Performing Arts Center until April 5. The event is free and open to the public during gallery hours: Monday-Friday from 10 AM-4 PM.
The title, “Theta Resonance,” refers to the theta state of the brain during meditation, REM sleep, and hypnosis.
“Characteristic of the theta state, brain wave frequencies slow down and the subject is often able to occupy a space between the conscious and the subconscious,” said Stewart, a professor at WCU who received her MFA from Penn. “This is the place I try to describe in my paintings.”