Black Violin to perform at JSU – 7 p.m. Oct. 3

Performance part of ‘Get Ready’ for Artistic Intensity Series

black_violin_upscaled-670x270(JACKSON, Miss.) – Jackson State University will present a performance by Black Violin, which offers a blend of classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B and bluegrass music, at 7 p.m. Oct. 3, at the Rose E. McCoy Auditorium. Individual tickets are $15 general admission; $5 for JSU students.

Since its start a decade ago, Black Violin members have put on some 200 shows a year across the U.S. and in dozens of countries, from Dubai to South Africa. Black Violin also has appeared at the President’s Inauguration, three Super Bowls, last year’s U.S. Open with Jordin Sparks and continues to entertain troops overseas. Groundbreaking collaborations include those with P. Diddy, Kanye West, 50 Cent, Tom Petty, Aerosmith, Aretha Franklin and The Eagles.

The performance is part of JSU’s “Get Ready” for Artistic Intensity Visual and Performing Arts Series organized by the College of Liberal Arts for the 2013-2014 academic year. This inaugural series brings Jackson an array of high-caliber professional visual and performing artists from around the world. Eight remaining signature events, along with related performances and exhibits by JSU faculty and students, are scheduled from September 2013 through April 2014.

Purchase tickets online at www.jsums.edu/artisticintensity. For questions, call 601-979-7036.


Signature Events

Fall 2013

Horizon Realm: Contemporary Art from Taiwan

Taiwan-edit1Painting, sculpture, installation, video and photography by 10 Taiwanese artists emphasize contemporary issues facing Taiwanese society. The curatorial and artistic visions of the exhibition shape a kind of “fusion of horizon” that highlights cultural differences yet promotes mutual understanding. Organized by the Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts and Jackson State University, the exhibit is funded by the Ministry of Culture of Taiwan, R.O.C.

Sept. 5-Nov. 6, 2013 Ÿ Liberal Arts Gallery Ÿ Curators, Chung-Fan Chang and Dar-Kuen Wu

Outside the Protective Circle of Humanity
“Scottsboro Boys”: The Fred Hiroshige Photographs

Courtesy of the Margaret Walker Center and the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life

scottsboroOn March 25, 1931, two white women falsely accused nine African-American youth, ages 12 to 19, of raping them. Over the next seven years, “The Scottsboro Boys” endured a series of trials they could not win before all-white juries. After a public outcry and an appeal to the U.S Supreme Court, the defendants were granted new trials in Decatur, Ala. Fred Hiroshige of Decatur was one of six photographers allowed in the courtroom during the 1933 trial of Haywood Patterson.

Nov. 4-Dec. 13, 2013 Ÿ Nov. 7, Opening Lecture Ÿ 7 p.m. Ÿ Johnson Hall Art Gallery


Signature Events

Winter/Spring 2014

Julian Bond Lecture

45th Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation

julian_bondBeginning with his pivotal role in the civil rights movement in 1960, former NAACP Chairman Julian Bond has lived his life on the cutting edge of social change and leadership. As a founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, he organized voting drives and sit-ins. As co-chairman of an insurgent delegation to the 1968 Democratic Convention, he became the first African American nominated to the office of vice president. A first-hand eyewitness to many watershed moments in the civil rights movement, Bond continues to deliver a powerful message of equality, freedom and justice.

Jan. 17, 2014 Ÿ  10 a.m. Ÿ Rose E. McCoy Auditorium


*  Platanos and Collard Greens

plantons670Based on David Lamb’s novel Do Platanos Go Wit’ Collard Greens?, this hilarious tale of love, family drama and politics explores the relationship between African Americans and Latinos in New York City. The play, which centers around two college students, opened at a small Off-Broadway theater in 2003. That same year it began what is now an annual tour to American colleges and universities.

Feb. 5, 2014 Ÿ Master class with students Ÿ 9 a.m. Ÿ Rose E. McCoy Auditorium

Feb. 5, 2014 Ÿ Performance Ÿ 7 p.m. Ÿ Rose E. McCoy Auditorium


Daniel “Danny” Simmons

Danny SimmonsDaniel “Danny” Simmons, an abstract-expressionist painter and founder and president of Rush Arts Gallery, is the older brother of hip-hop impresario Russell Simmons and rapper Joseph Simmons (“Reverend Run” of Run DMC.) Along with his brother Russell, Simmons established Def Poetry Jam, which has enjoyed long-running success on HBO. In 2004, Simmons published Three Days As The Crow Flies, a fictional account of the 1980s New York art scene. He has also written a book of artwork and poetry called I Dreamed My People Were Calling But I Couldn’t Find My Way Home.

Feb. 6, 2014 Ÿ Exhibit and Opening Reception Ÿ 5 p.m. Ÿ Gallery 1

Feb. 7, 2014 Ÿ Poetry reading, book signing Ÿ 7 p.m. Ÿ JSU Student Center


* Imani Winds (Matinee)

Imani-Winds_edit.jpg-670x270Grammy-nominated Imani Winds, one of the most successful chamber music ensembles in the U.S., has carved out a distinct presence in the classical music world since its formation in 1997. Through dynamic stage presence, culturally poignant programming, adventurous collaborations and inspirational outreach programs, the ensemble both thrills and inspires.

Feb. 23, 2014 ŸMaster class/rehearsal with students Ÿ 10 a.m. Ÿ Rose E. McCoy Auditorium

Feb. 23, 2014 Ÿ Performance Ÿ 4 p.m. Ÿ Rose E. McCoy Auditorium


Jazz on the Plaza featuring …

April 25, 2014 Ÿ 6:30 p.m. Ÿ Green-Gibbs Plaza Ÿ Dr. Russell Thomas, coordinator


For information on all other events, visit www.jsums.edu/artisticintensity.

* Inaugural Subscriber Ticket Package
To kick off our Inaugural Visual & Performing Arts Series, Jackson State University is offering a special subscriber package. Tickets to the remaining *Signature Events —Black Violin, Platanos and Collard Greens, and Imani Winds — can be purchased for $50. Individual tickets are $15 general admission; $5 for JSU students.

All other events, unless otherwise noted, are free.

Purchase tickets online at www.jsums.edu/artisticintensity. For questions, call 601-979-7036.


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