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April Convocation Events Bring Music, Theatre and Earth Day Celebration


April 10-13, 7:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Sun. matinee – Trayer Theatre

VI Department of Theatre will present the delightful musical comedy “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” conceived by Rebecca Feldman, music & lyrics by William Finn, book by Rachel Sheikin with additional material by Jay Reiss. Performances are April 10, 11, 12 at 7:30 p.m. and April 13 at 2:30 p.m. in Trayer Theatre in the Ann Worrell Fine Arts Center. Admission is free for VI students, faculty and staff.  General admission tickets, on sale at the door, are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and $5 for students. “Spelling Bee” contains some adult content and is recommended for audiences ages 13 and over.

April 12, 7:30 p.m. – Paramount Center for the Arts

Students, faculty and staff are invited to hear some of the Tri-Cities most talented musicians at the Paramount Center performance by the Paramount Chamber Players on Saturday, April 12, 2014 – 7:30 p.m. This premiere chamber music ensemble is dedicated to promoting artistic excellence and providing performance opportunity for local chamber artists in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. In sharing chamber music with local audiences, the group wants to ensure that chamber music is a vital part of life in our communities. This event is free for VI students with a current student ID.

April 22 – Earth Day

Greet the Sunrise! – Assemble at the east end of Science Hall (near gym) at 6:45 a.m. for muffins and coffee and watch the sun rise to the accompaniment of some good music!  “This is a VI tradition worth getting up for,” says Randy Smith, organizer of VI Earth Day celebrations.

Lunch Talk – Grab lunch and join us at noon in the BDR with Randy Smith, VI humanities professor.  Smith will speak on “Living Life in Tune with the Environment “ and focus on area opportunities to volunteer and get more involved with the outdoors.

Evening Presentation at 7:00 p.m. in Nunn Recital Hall – Join us for the Earth Day feature talk given by Heather Jeffreys of Farm Foods, LLC . Jeffreys is a native of Washington state and has worked here locally with Appalachian Sustainable Development.  She is now embarking on a new venture involving growing organic produce on a small farm in Smyth County and marketing it to local restaurants and grocery stores.  Heather has dedicated her life to a sustainable, green lifestyle and will share her thoughts and experiences of her journey.



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