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Spring 2023 Events

From inspiring visiting artist lectures to impressive performances, CECA has something for everyone. All events offered by CECA are free and open to the community unless otherwise advertised.

January 11 – February 10

The New Gallery
Carl E. Moore | The Revolution Has Been Televised

Artist Lecture: Feb. 1, 6:00 p.m. @ AD120

Reception/Gallery Talk: Feb. 2, noon-1:30 p.m., Gallery Talk begins at 12:15 p.m.  @ The New Gallery (TNG)

First Thursday Art Walk: Feb. 2, 5:00 – 7:30 @ TNG


February 22

The New Gallery
Saki Mafundikwa | Acuff Visiting Artist

Artist Lecture: Feb. 22, 6:00 p.m. @ AD120



February 20 – March 24

Rick Griffith
Rick Griffith | Acuff Chair Exhibition

Artist Lecture: Mar. 1, 6:00 p.m. @ AD120


March 14

Sheila Pree Bright
Sheila Pree Bright | Visiting Artist Speaker Series

Artist Lecture: Mar. 14, 6:00 p.m. @ AD120


April 6

Prem Krishnamurthy
Prem Krishnamurthy | Acuff Visiting Artist

Artist Lecture: Apr. 6, 6:00 p.m. @ AD120


April 5 – April 26

The New Gallery
55th Annual Juried Student Exhibition

Juror: Courtney Adair Johnson

Reception/Awards Night: April 26, 5 – 7:30p


January 22

Penelope Shumate
Penelope Shumate - Bach to Broadway

A vocal recital with collaborative pianist Amy Tate Williams.

George and Sharon Mabry Concert Hall

Jan. 22, 5:30 pm


January 26

Mabry Concert Hall
Quintet Recital

Quintet Recital:  Brahms and Coleridge-Taylor, APSU Faculty Dr. Spencer Prewitt and Dr. Meghan Berindean

George and Sharon Mabry Concert Hall

Jan 26, 7:30 p.m.


January 29

Pius Cheung
Pius Cheung - Marimba

George and Sharon Mabry Concert Hall

Pre-Concert Talk by Josh Hermantin, 2:00 pm

Performance, 3:00 pm

Tickets and Information at clarksvillemusic.org

Free for APSU Students


February 18

Clarinet Day
APSU Clarinet Day

APSU Clarinet Day 2023 with Marci Gurnow and Jen Zimmerer is coming up fast on Saturday February, 18th. Register by Feb 10th to be guaranteed a t-shirt, but register anytime to be guaranteed a fun filled day! All ages are welcome - bring your clarinet! 

$25 Registration

9:00-945 – registration in MMC lobby
10:00-10:45 – group warmup with Prewitt
11:00-1145 – masterclass with Prewitt
11:45-1230 Lunch
12:30-1:30 – clarinet choir rehearsal
1:30-3:30 – Gurnow masterclass/Q&A
3:30-4:30 – clarinet choir rehearsal
4:30-5:00 – clarinet choir performance
5:00 - Gurnow recital
6:00 - Finished! 


February 23-25

Honor Fest
APSU Music Honor Festival

Tuesday, December 13 – Applications open

Thursday, January 26 – Deadline for applications

Tuesday, February 7 – Notification of acceptances

Friday, February 17 – Deadline to finalize registration

Thursday, February 23 – 2023 Governors Honor Festival Begins


March 13-15

Guitar Fest
APSU Guitar Fest

APSU Guitar Festival featuring three notable returning alumni: Mearns, Jurik, and Mullins. March 13-15, 7.30pm Mabry Concert Hall. Free admission.  Contact Dr. Stanley Yates for more information. 


March 23

Piano Fest
APSU Piano Fest
Thursday, March 23, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.
George and Sharon Mabry Concert Hall


March 30 - April 1

Jazz Fest
APSU Jazz Fest
More info to come!




February 23 - 26

American Son
American Son - Play

By Christopher Demos-Brown

Directed by Dr. Ayo Walker

Trahern Theatre

Feb. 23 - 26

$5-$10 Tickets


March 30 - April 1

Spring Dance Concert
The 17th Annual Spring Dance Concert - Dances in Real Life

Directed by Margaret Rennerfeldt
Mar. 30th - Apr. 1st
Please join us for senior dance capstones on April 2nd at 2 PM featuring work by Nicole Dutton, Mikhalia Ferguson, and Taya Gilbert.


April 20 - April 23

Theatre and Dance
A New Brain

Music and Lyrics by William Finn
Book by William Finn and James Lapine
Directed by Talon Beeson
Musical Direction by Deonté Warren
Apr. 20th - Apr. 23rd


February 15

Bonnie Jo Campbell
Bonnie Jo Campbell - Fiction

Visiting Writer Series

Bonnie Jo Campbell is the author of the novels Once Upon a River, a National Bestseller, and Q Road. Her critically-acclaimed short fiction collections include American Salvage, which was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critic’s Circle Award; Women and Other Animals, which won the AWP prize for short fiction.

Feb. 15, 7:00 pm @AD 120


March 22

Victoria Chang
Victoria Chang - Poetry

Visiting Writer Series

Victoria Chang was recently the poetry editor of the New York Times, and her most recent book of poetry, The Trees Witness Everything,  was named one of the Best Books of 2022 by the New Yorker  and The Guardian.

Mar. 22, 7:00 pm @AD 120


April 5

Aram Goudsouzian
Aram Goudsouzian - Creative Non-Fiction

Visiting Writer Series

Aram Goudsouzian is the Bizot Family Professor of History at the University of Memphis. During this reading and Q&A, he will be discussing his collaboration with illustrator Bill Murray to create "Man on a Mission."

Apr. 5, 7:00 pm @AD 120



Fall 2022 Events

August 17 - September 16

Paula Kovarik
Paula Kovarik: Herd

Artist Lecture: Aug. 31, 6:00 p.m. @ AD120

Reception/Gallery Talk: Sept. 1, noon-1:30 p.m., Gallery Talk begins at 12:15 p.m.  @ The New Gallery (TNG)

First Thursday Art Walk: Sept. 1, 5:00 – 7:30 @ TNG


September 26 - October 28

Chris Friday
Chris Friday: One More River

Artist Lecture: Sept. 27, 6:00 p.m. @ AD120

Reception/Gallery Talk: Sept. 28, noon – 1:30p, Gallery Talk begins at 12:15 p.m. @ TNG

First Thursday Art Walk: Oct. 6, 5:00 – 7:30 @ TNG


October 18

Carlos Barberena
Carlos Barberena

Contemporary Nicaraguan Printmaker known for his relief prints and the use of images from pop culture, as well as from political and cultural tragedies. 

Artist Talk: Oct. 18, 6 pm @ AD120


November 7 - December 9

Chris Friday
Amir Aghareb: The Sky is [Still] Mine

First Thursday Art Walk: Nov. 3, 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm @ TNG *Exhibition Preview

Artist Lecture: Nov. 16, 6:00 p.m. @ AD120

Reception/Gallery Talk: Nov. 17, noon – 1:30 p.m., Gallery Talk begins at 12:15 p.m. @ TNG


November 10

 Jaishri Abichandani
Jaishri Abichandani

Visiting artist speaker series

Artist Talk: Nov. 10, 6:00 p.m. @ AD120


October 12

Music, Storytelling, and Art
Music, Storytelling, and Art

An interactive concert with Patricia Halbeck, piano & Min Sang Kim, counter-tenor

Recital Hall MMC 147

Oct. 12, 5:30 pm


October 12

String Ensemble
Mickey Rybiski

Mickey Rybiski, Bass (Guest Recital)

The George and Sharon Mabry Concert Hall

Oct. 12, 5:30 pm


October 17 and 19

Music Dept.
Music Choir Fest

APSU Choir Fest Concert

The George and Sharon Mabry Concert Hall

Oct. 17 & 19, 7:30 pm


October 30

Music Mass Comm Room
Fisk Jubilee Singers

Pre-Concert Talk: Recital Hall, MMC 147, 2:00 pm

Fisk Jubilee Singers: Mabry Concert Hall, 3:00 pm


November 14

Community School of the Arts
Clarksville Children's Chorus

Community School of the Arts event with the APSU University Singers

The George and Sharon Mabry Concert Hall

Nov. 14, 7:30 pm


November 20

APSU Opera
Operetta Opulence

The George and Sharon Mabry Concert Hall

Nov. 20, 2:00 pm


September 29 - October 2

Last Night of Ballyhoo

By Alfred Uhry

Directed by Noel Rennerfeldt

Trahern Theatre

Sep. 29 - Oct. 2


November 17 - 20

Trahern Theatre
Zombie Prom

Music and Lyrics by Dana P. Rowe and John Dempsey
Book by John Dempsey
Directed by Darren Michael
Choreography by Eboné Amos
Musical Direction by Deonté Warren

Trahern Theatre

Nov. 17 - 20


December 1

Trahern Theatre
Student Choreography Showcase

Featuring new work by APSU dance students!

Trahern Theatre

Dec. 1


November 3

Zone 3 Spring 2022
Zone 3 Book Award Winner

Judge Reading, Creative Nonfiction

Nov. 3, 7:00 pm @AD 120