President to honor top students in the arts

Hanover College’s annual event to celebrate student achievement in the arts will take place Saturday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m., in Fitzgibbon Recital Hall, Lynn Center for Fine Arts. The President Honors the Arts features performances and works from Hanover’s top students in music, theater, creative writing, art and art history.

The President Honors the Arts is open to the public free of charge.

The Hanover College Chamber Singers will open the evening with a performance of Keith Hampton’s “Praise His Holy Name!” The event also will feature selections from violinist Ellen Morganett (Bloomington, Ind.), soprano Autumn Barger (Clarksville, Ind.) and pianist Chen Wang (Renshou, China).

Morganett, a senior, will perform Andante from Solo No. 1 by Georg Philipp Telemann. Barger, a sophomore, will present Mozart’s “Una volta che Bastiano” from the opera, “Bastien und Bastienne.” Wang, a freshman, will perform “Dr. Gradus ad Parnassum” from “Children's Corner” by Claude Debussy.

The President Honors the Arts theatrical performance showcases “The Everything Store,” a short play by sophomore Kayla Snabl (Huntington, Ind.). Directed by junior Brandon Derk (Evansville, Ind.), the cast features junior Gracie Taylor (Middletown, Ohio), freshman Josh Anderson (Centerville, Ohio) and freshman Shawn Franklin (Louisville, Ky.).

Seniors Dan McCormick (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Kyle Hunteman (North Vernon, Ind.) will be highlighted for their work in creative writing and studio art.

McCormick will read selections from his poems “Kenilworth Castle,” “The Globe Theatre,” “The Queen's Head,” “The Carousel” and “Spencer (Sons of Cain).”

Hunteman, an art and education major, will present his senior thesis, “No Struggle, No Progess.” Through sculptures and video, Hunteman's work shows the evolution of the figure demonstrating the importance of struggle in striving toward improvement.

In addition to the works of Hanover’s students, President Sue DeWine will honor local residents Nathan Montoya and Annette Vestuto for their commitment to literature and creativity in the local area.

Montoya and Vestuto, owners of the Village Lights Bookstore in Madison, Ind., will receive the College’s Medal for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts of the Ohio Valley.