Nothing can stop Lynn University’s traditional spring theater and music performances for the public at-large. Here’s a Q&A with Conservatory of Music Dean Jon Robertson and a schedule of a free, virtual concert and shows below:
Q: Is the Wold Performing Arts Center on campus dark until this is over?
A: Yes. We have classes there. We don’t have a date for reopening. We’ll see where the pandemic is to open the auditorium.
Q: Most of your Conservatory music students were international. Is that still the case?
A: When I took over the Conservatory it was 70%, 30% foreign to American. We are now close to 70% American. Now, when beginning students audition for major conservatories, we are on their list.
Q: Lynn music students never sound like students. How do you get that across for audiences?
A: It is a fact they don’t sound like students. We consider them to be young artists with that level of talent. The big drawing power of the Conservatory is exceptional faculty. They are coming to study with a specific teacher.
Q: Who will perform in the Dean’s Showcase in April?
A: We have 104 students and at least 50 are living on campus and some of those individuals will be performing. We have a weekly forum and they perform for each other and the faculty. The faculty critiques for the dean’s showcases. Chamber music groups, string quartets, trios and soloists….a variety of young performers.
[Lynn University has posted a tribute to Jan McArt, who directed their theater program for many years. A former theater impresario in Boca, her name is inscribed in the Walk of Recognition on Royal Palm Place. She passed away suddenly in late January. https://www.lynn.edu/news/2021/remembering-jan-mcart]
Here’s the schedule and links to register in advance for each performance:
- “Zombie Prom: Atomic Edition,”6 p.m. April 30. A girl-loves-ghoul rock ‘n’ roll off-Broadway musical is set in the 1950s at Enrico Fermi High, where the law is laid down by a zany, tyrannical principal. https://lynn-edu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_hz7OsvubRe-Gmd1qZKt15w
- “Art,” 6 p.m. May 7. Serge, has just bought a very expensive painting, all white with white diagonal lines. To Marc, the painting is a joke. Another friend, Ivan, allows himself to be pulled into this disagreement. Lines are drawn and these old friends square off over the canvas. https://lynn-edu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_IPHYL97oSHCO1QUSzvj8UA
- “Title of show,” 6 p.m. May 12. Two struggling writers hear about a new musical theater festival but the deadline for submissions is only three weeks away. Friends make a pact to write up until the deadline and dream about the show changing their lives. https://lynn-edu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_xItlkWO2Sm2PICCnlUAqag