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Berry alumnus to showcase artwork

Berry alumnus to showcase artwork

ROME, Ga. -- A Berry College graduate will show off some of his artwork at the school's Moon Gallery.

Richard Scott's exhibit, Selected Paintings 2011-2012, includes acrylic paintings and mixed media works on canvas and denim.

His showcase will be Monday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

For 25 years, Scott was owner and operator of Rome-based C. & S. Trophy Shop, which specializes in custom trophies and awards.

Berry to host Trumpet Festival of the Southeast

Berry to host Trumpet Festival of the Southeast

ROME, Ga. -- The Berry College Music Program will host a music festival in Rome later this month.

The 2013 Trumpet Festival of the Southeast will be at the college Jan. 18-20.

"We are honored to host the 2013 Trumpet Festival of the Southeast this year at Berry College," assistant music professor Adam Hayes said in a statement. "Most importantly, we are delighted to carry on this annual celebration of great music-making. I am excited to share our beautiful campus and our great support of the arts with trumpet enthusiasts from around the country."

The annual trumpeters' conference consists of performances, master classes and exhibits. Registration is $40 and is required to participate in classes and exhibits.

Hayes said about 300 to 400 attendees are expected at this year's festival, including representatives from Belmont University, Vanderbilt University and the University of Georgia.

Christmas play to benefit St. Jude

Christmas play to benefit St. Jude

ROME, Ga. -- The Berry College Theatre Company's annual Christmas show, Uh Oh, Here Comes Christmas, opens Thursday.

According to information from the college, the play "takes a funny, heartwarming and often poignant look at the struggle to find the spirit of the holidays amid the avalanche of commercialism, stress and chaos that crashes down every December."

Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6-8 with 2 p.m. matinee performances on Saturday, Dec. 8 and Sunday, Dec. 9.

Admission is free with a donation to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. For attendees who choose not to donate, admission is $10, or $15 for a ticket and a catered dessert.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call the box office at 706-236-2263.

Berry media productions win awards

Berry media productions win awards

ROME, Ga. -- Budding radio and television producers at Berry College are being recognized for some of their finest projects.

"The Conference Room," a television show created by three alumni, won a 2011 Southeast Emmy and was named Best Vodcast at the 2012 College Broadcasters, Inc. Awards on Oct. 27.

Another Berry product, the audio drama "Disconnected," won Best Radio Entertainment/Talk Program at the first-ever College Media Association Pinnacle Awards this year. Berry graduate Thomas Yungerberg wrote, directed and produced the show, which also featured the voice talents of Jennifer Allman and Devon Hales. Yungerberg was part of the team that created "The Conference Room" as well.

Berry pianist wins Steinway scholarship

Berry pianist wins Steinway scholarship

ROME, Ga. -- Berry College sophomore Lydia Nichols has won the Atlanta Steinway Society's Henry Steinway Trophy and Scholarship.

Nichols, of St. Simons Island, received the honor Oct. 21 at Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Buckhead. She performed the first movement of Beethoven's "Sonata in C Major" and Emma Lou Diemer's "Toccata for Piano."

Nichols began playing the piano when she was four and won the Mozart Society Award for six consecutive years. She studies under Berry associate music professor Kris Carlisle.

The Henry Steinway Trophy and Scholarship comes with a $1,000 prize for future music study.

Berry presents 'Letters to Sala'

Berry presents 'Letters to Sala'

ROME, Ga. -- The Berry College Theatre Company's production of Letters to Sala opens Thursday, Nov. 8.

The new play, written by Arlene Hutton, is based on a true story. It revolves around Sala Garncarz Kirschner and the 352 letters she collected during her time in concentration camps during World War II.

Berry junior Hannah Ausband, a music major from Suwanee, composed original music for the play.

"Letters to Sala is simply a story worth telling," she said. "I really enjoy using music to tell stories, so naturally I was excited and honored to have been given the opportunity to do so for this play. Ultimately, my main hope is that it will move people and cause them to question the realities in which we are living."

Berry assistant professor of history Matthew Stanard will host a talk-back after the play for audience members who wish to learn more about the play and the time period.