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Info session: Spring Break EYH class in Spain

October 21 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Main Hall 13, Staten Island, 10301

We’re excited to announce plans for an Expanding Your Horizons travel course that will bring our learning to life in southern Spain during spring break. This EYH is offered as a two-course ILC. You will take both AH291: Art and Architecture in Southern Spain and TH291: Theatre at a Crossroads: Plays of Andalusia. (ILC Course details can be found here)

Please join us for an information session this Friday at 3:00 in Main Hall 13. We encourage in-person attendance, but there is also a Zoom link here.

Our world has never been smaller, and we believe traveling is crucial to your education. Our itinerary will be a mix of cultural, hands-on, and educational activities—and of course a lot of fun, too! Some highlights include:
* Historic tour of Madrid and the Prado Museum
* Flamenco Dancing and Cooking Class
* Medieval palaces in Seville and Granada
* Day at the beach in Cadiz

Travel Dates: 3/16-26 (4 days Madrid, 3 days Seville, 1 day Cordoba, 1 day Granada)

We have chosen southern Spain, the area known as Andalusia, because of the amazing cultural diversity spanning from the seventh century to the modern era. Each city brings excitement and special art, architecture and theatrical engagements that will supplement our course materials from back home at Wagner. This truly is a life-changing trip, the kind of learning experience you’ll talk about long after graduation.

This is an ideal travel opportunity if you are not able to take a semester abroad, but still want to travel in a supportive and fun environment with your Wagner community. All travel arrangements are being planned and insured by Wagner and our amazing global travel partner World Strides; logistics, your health, and safety are of top priority.

We hope to see you at the information session on Friday. We will talk about the trip, logistics, and answer questions you may have. Registration for the class/trip requires permission of the instructor (one of us). So, if you cannot make the meeting, be sure to get in touch with us!

Beginning next week we will share a custom website where you can learn more about the opportunity.

If you have questions, please contact either of us.

We look forward to traveling with many of you!

Professors Felicia Ruff (fruff@wagner.edu) and Sarah Scott (sarah.scott@wagner.edu)

Italian Idol XIX

October 21 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Campus Hall Music Performance Center

The Wagner College Department of Performing Arts and the DaVinci Society will hold the 19th annual Italian Idol singing competition. The competition is open to Wagner sophomore, junior and senior students who currently study voice. Students compete for major cash awards by singing Italian art songs and arias. This year’s judges are Jonathan C. Kelly, assistant conductor of the Metropolitan Opera, and Lori Mirabal, award-winning mezzo-soprano in opera, musical theater, Broadway and film.

Founded in 2003 by Roger Wesby, Wagner College music professor emeritus, in collaboration with the DaVinci Society, the competition began as a modest contest among Wagner students that celebrated Italian cultural heritage. The winners of the competition would be presented at month’s end on a Viva Italia! concert along with choral groups and faculty soloists from the Music Department.

Over the years, the competition has grown in size and prestige. With the help of the college’s voice faculty, the professionals invited to judge represent the highest ranks of the community of vocal performers and teachers. Professor Anthony Turner lent his considerable abilities to the effort, and donations were secured that made possible higher and higher awards. Five years ago, a dramatic breakthrough happened when former Wagner trustee Al Palladino attended the competition with a colleague from the board of the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, which was in the process of liquidating its considerable assets. Impressed by the quality and organization of the event, the board decided to give the competition $50,000. In grateful recognition of this generous gift, the event is now called the Italian Idol Singing Competition at Wagner College in Memory of Licia Albanese.

Students will compete for prizes that range from a $1,500 first prize to a $250 prize for honorable mention. The winner will also receive an offer of a substantial scholarship to the Orfeo Vocal Arts Academy summer program in Dresden, Germany, from its director, Wagner College voice instructor Alan Dornak.

The winners will be presented on the Wagner College website. For further information, those interested should call competition director/curator Anthony Turner at (917) 865-2020 or email anthony.turner@wagner.edu.

Football v LIU

October 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Outdoor Hameline Field

WCT’s ‘Goblin Market’

October 21 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Stage One Theatre

Two proper Victorian sisters, both now grown women and mothers, return to their childhood nursery to relive the haunting memories of their youth. Their voyage in and out of the past—and through the labyrinths of their vivid imaginations—weaves an enchanted spell that will linger long in the memory.

For more information or tickets visit https://wagner.edu/performing-arts/tickets/.

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