‘River Town’ Celebration of the Reopening of MUW’s Poindexter Hall

Date(s) - 11/01/2012-11/03/2012
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Mississippi University for Women


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Poindexter Hall on the campus of MUW

Poindexter Hall

COLUMBUS, Miss. — Concerts, antiques, garden symposia and presentations by distinguished scholars will be among public events surrounding the reopening of historic Poindexter Hall on the campus of Mississippi University for Women.

“River Town! Decorative Arts and Preservation Forum and Antiques Show” is the theme of the Nov. 1-3 events celebrating both the history of Columbus and the reopening of the 1905 building that formerly was called the “Temple of Music.” All events, jointly sponsored by the MUW Foundation and the Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation, will be held on the MUW campus.

Some events will be free, while others require tickets that may be purchased from the MUW Development Office or online at http://web2.muw.edu/index.php/poindexter/register.

“River Town!” begins Nov. 1 with a 7-9 p.m. Antiques Show Opening in Cochran Hall, including a complimentary wine and cheese reception.

Other events scheduled for the weekend include:

Friday, Nov. 2

–10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Antiques Show continues in Cochran Hall.

--9-10:30 a.m. Brandon Branch, design director for Paula Deen Enterprises and Deen’s personal assistant, will speak at Shattuck Hall, followed by a brunch catered by Table of Plenty. This is a ticketed event.

–12:30-1:30 p.m. Neil Odenwald, author of “Southern Plants,” “Plants for American Landscapes,” “The Bountiful Flower Garden,” and other books, speaks at Shattuck Hall. This event is included in the brunch/lecture ticket of $25.

–3-4:30 p.m. Grand reopening of Poindexter Hall, including tours of the building and a reception. This event is free and open to the public.

A 3 p.m. Grand Opening Recital will feature MUW students, alumni and faculty members as vocalists and instrumentalists. The event will include selections from Santolidquido, Saint-Saëns, Puccini, Gounod, and Scriabin. The event is free and open to the public.

–6-7:30 p.m. “A Night Out in River Town,” a ticketed event, will feature “Champagne and Dinner Under the Tent.”

–7:30-9:30 p.m. James Martin, nationally acclaimed baritone now on faculty at Millsaps College, presents an inaugural concert, accompanied by David O’Steen, piano. He has had concert appearances at Washington National Cathedral, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, among others.

Among his program selections will be river-themed pieces such as “Deep River,” “Shenandoah,” “I Am a River,” “Ole Man River,” and more.

The program also will feature the MUW Choir under the direction of Dr. Doug Browning, performing a piece by J.D. Frizzell commissioned for the event. Frizzell is director of fine arts and director of vocal music at Briarcrest Christian School in Memphis, Tenn.

The concert, funded by the Leslie F. Threadgill Lecture and Artist Series, is a ticketed event.

Also on Nov. 2, a Scholarship Donor Luncheon in the Pope Dining Room will feature performances by MUW students. By invitation only, the program will include selections from Debussy, Schumann and Liszt.

Saturday, Nov. 3

–10 a.m.-5 p.m. Antiques show continues in Cochran Hall.

–9 a.m. A series of lectures begins with introductions and welcome. All lectures will be in Poindexter.

–9:15-10 a.m. “Rollodores, Dead Heads and Side-Wheelers: The Tombigbee River Steamboats,” a lecture by local historian and author Rufus Ward.

–10-11:30 a.m. “Barriers and Open Water: Mississippi Inland Waterways during the Civil War,” lecture by Michael Ballard, Mississippi State University archivist and coordinator of the Congressional Collection, Mitchell Memorial Library.

–1-2 p.m. “Rollin’ on the River: Riverboat Commerce and the Decorative Arts in the Antebellum South,” lecture by Graham Boettcher, Curator of American Art, Birmingham Museum of Art.

–3 p.m. Musical Performance by nationally acclaimed baritone James Martin accompanied by David O’Steen, piano. The free, public event is sponsored by the Leslie F. Threadgill Lecture and Artist Series.

The weekend will conclude with a patron dinner at the Rosedale home of Gene and Leigh Imes.

For more information about “River Town” or individual events, see http://web2.muw.edu/index.php/poindexter.