ASU prepares for 2010 Lyceum series

Photo by Casey Dixon

Photo by Casey Dixon

ALBANY, Ga. -- The 2010 Albany State University Fine Arts Department and Lyceum Performance Series is all about celebration, said Leroy Bynum, dean of the College of Arts and Humanities and chair of ASU's Lyceum Committee.

"We are very proud of this season because it features international performances by several prestigious and accomplished artists," said the dean. "We looked for artists who would provide for the celebratory nature of our focus so the season is very uplifting."

The 2010 Lyceum Performance Series is dedicated to T. Marshall Jones, a former ASU faculty member. The series focus is also on celebrating Albany State and its accomplishments in the arts, as well as the beginning of the design phase for the long-awaited Ray Charles Fine Arts Center.

The first performance in the Lyceum series will be a faculty recital featuring Mimi Noda at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the ACAD Auditorium. The performance will be free and open to the public.

An assistant professor of piano at ASU, Noda often uses her virtuosity at the piano to accompany other performers. In her upcoming recital, Noda will demonstrate her solo performing expertise by performing works of Chopin and Schumann, among others.

"Dr. Mimi Noda is celebrating her recent doctorate that she earned from Florida State University this spring," said Bynum. "We are fortunate to have her talent here at ASU, and this performance is noteworthy because she will be solo."

Among the other performers scheduled during the season are the Tallahassee Community College African Dance and Drumming Ensemble, the Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble and violinist and 2010 Sphinx Competition Senior Division winner Gareth Johnson.

"One of the culminating events will happen in April when Gareth Johnson will be playing," said Bynum. "He will be dedicating his performance to Dr. Jones, whom he knows well."

Bynum said the Lyceum committee has worked to keep most of the performances free to the public, and those performances that do require admission are low in cost.

"One of the good things about our Lyceum series is that it brings a sense of the arts and culture to our community," he said. "We want to hold our cost down to keep it affordable to the community."

The 2010-11 Lyceum Performance Series is dedicated to Jones, who played such a significant role in shaping the ASU Department of Fine Arts into the outstanding assemblage of artists and scholars it is today.

"Albany State University and Albany have a great deal to celebrate because of Dr. T. Marshall Jones and his vision," said Bynum. "Because of Dr. Jones' vision, Albany State now has a fine arts department that continues to distinguish itself by the excellence of its faculty, students and programs. And because of Dr. Jones' vision, Albany State also has a Lyceum series, which features performances of exceptional quality by internationally renowned artists as well as its own outstanding faculty artists."

For more information about the series, call the ASU Department of Fine Arts at (229) 430-4849