Program honors outstanding arts achievements

Hanover College’s annual event to celebrate student achievement in the arts will take place Saturday, April 5, 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 art, music, theater, creative writing and art history.

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

Opening the event will be the Hanover College Chamber Singers with “Footprints,” based on the poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Directing them will be Madlen Batchvarova, associate professor of music and director of choral programs.

Senior Lauren Bowers (Carmel, Ind.) will perform “Spring” by Johannes Brahms. The event will also feature musical selections from pianist Chen Wang (Chengdu, China) and Nathan Richter (New Washington, Ind.) on the tuba.

Kylie Justus (Crawfordsville, Ind.) will perform in the short, double-screened video, “(Sub)consciously Divided.” Senior Annabelle Horton (Simi Valley, Calif.) will read her original composition, “Mottled Hands.”

Theatrical performances showcase a scene from Oscar Wilde’s classic, “The Importance of Being Earnest.” The cast features seniors Brian Stewart (Indianapolis), Gray Schierholt (Hamilton, Ohio) and Gracie Taylor (Middletown, Ohio), as well as freshman Tessa McShane (Louisville, Ky.). Senior Elizabeth Hollis (Battletown, Ky.) designed the costumes.

In addition to the works by Hanover’s students, David Roth, general director of Kentucky Opera in Louisville, will be honored for his commitment to the arts. Roth will receive the College’s Medal for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts of the Ohio Valley from Hanover President Sue DeWine.