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After two years of trying, the Women’s Initiative for Support and Empowerment
(WISE) brought the feminist play The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler to campus.
It features a group of women speaking candidly and passionately about their bodies.
Besides focusing on issues unique and important to women, the event raised money
for organizations that benefited women. The Old Gold and Black praised the staging,
and both performances in the Ring Theatre sold out.
The Secrest Artists Series held six events during the year, starting with a con-
cert by the Venetian baroque ensemble Accademia di San Rocco in celebration of
the thirtieth year of the Wake Forest residential study program in Venice. Russian
piano virtuoso Arcadi Volodos was followed by the Salzburg Marionette Theatre,
which performed Mozart’s The Magic Flute in November. During the second half of
the year, the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra performed along with the Philadel-
phia Dance Company (Philadanco). The series concluded with the all-female Cuban
string orchestra Camerata Romeu in March.
Jewels in Our Crown: Treasures from the Wake Forest Art Collections showcased
about fifty of the more than 1,300 works of art owned by the University. Mounted in
the Fine Arts Gallery of the Scales Fine Arts Center from August 24 through Octo-
ber 14, the show was curated by Kathryn McHenry to celebrate the sixtieth anniver-
sary of Wake Forest’s collection of major works of art. Paintings from seven of the
nine collections were included. From February 8 through March 24, Portraits and
Personnages featured fifty human characterizations on paper from the personal art
collection of the late French modern artist Jean Dubuffet.
On November 3, the Music Department sponsored a Bellini 200th Birthday Bash
to celebrate the Italian composer Vincenzo Bellini. The concert featured Teresa Radom-
ski, soprano; Laura Ingram-Moore,
soprano; Richard Heard, tenor; and
Peter Kairoff, piano. Twenty-two
voice students also performed.
Student Government spon-
sored a performance of Second
City, the improvisational comedy
troupe, in Brendle Recital Hall on
September 17; another by the rock
band Blues Traveler on Septem-
ber 28; and comedian and actor
Bill Bellamy on October 11. In
the second semester, it brought in
contemporary Christian musicians
Andrew Peterson and Derek Webb.
Acoustic Syndicate, a North Caro-
lina band, headlined the Springfest
concert on April 18 in Wait Chapel,
along with The Iguanas, from New
Orleans, and Georgia Avenue, a
student band from Virginia.