End-of-semester activities fill events calendar

Sweet Briar College has a full lineup of student and faculty performances and shows on its events calendar for early December. Admission is free and open to the public.

The chamber orchestra will warm things up with its winter concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2 in Memorial Chapel. The group will perform selected works by Franz Schubert and W.A. Mozart. Joe Nigro will direct.

Meagan Oliphant and Betsy Saccenti will perform their senior dance concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3 and Saturday, Dec. 4 in the upper dance studio at Babcock Fine Arts Center. The students wrote the accompanying choreography.

Those who want to make a longer day of it on Saturday can drop by Rogers Riding Center. The riding program will be hosting its fall horse show beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday. Also on Saturday evening, senior Catherine Tooke will direct a production of Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie” at 7:30 p.m. in the studio theater at Babcock. A matinee will be shown at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5.

The College will hold its Christmas Vespers at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5 in Memorial Chapel. A reception following the service will be held in the Wailes Lounge at the Elston Conference Center. College dean and professor of music Jonathan Green will direct.

At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, associate professor of music Nick Ross will perform a piano recital from a program of works that feature mathematical proportions known as the “golden section” in compositions by Mozart, Frederic Chopin and Claude Debussy.

Contributors to the Sweet Briar student literary magazine Red Clay and members of the Inklings, a student literary club, will read from their works at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8 in the Browsing Room at Cochran Library. The event also marks the release of Red Clay.

Two events are happening on Thursday, Dec. 9. First, Rebecca Hampton ’11 will make a presentation on her senior thesis, “Through the Eye of the Egyptian Queen: Religion and Politics of Ancient Egypt,” at 5:30 p.m. in Pannell Gallery. Hampton will discuss how women pharaohs legitimized their rule in ancient Egypt.

Lastly, students taking dance composition will be making their final performances at 7 Thursday evening in the upper dance studio at Babcock. Visitors are welcome.

For more information, please visit Sweet Briar’s featured events calendar. Admission is free and open to the public.