398 The History of Wake Forest
The fall Studio Series in the Ring Theatre featured performances of The Actor’s Night-
mare, Hidden in This Picture, and Blind Date, one-act plays directed by theatre majors.
The Anthony Aston Players performed three original one-act plays written by senior
In observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month and as part of Amnesty
International’s Year of the Arts and Human Rights, “Domestic Disturbance: An Eve-
ning of Performance and Discussion about Abuse” was presented on October 23 in
the Ring Theatre. Initiated by senior Lakshmi Krishnan, President of the University’s
Amnesty International chapter, the event was designed to raise awareness about dif-
ferent forms of domestic violence.
The Secrest Artists Series featured performances by award-winning
vibraphonist-composer Stefon Harris and his jazz quintet, Blackout; The English
Concert with Andrew Manze; A Scottish Christmas with Bonnie Rideout; violin-
ist Joshua Bell; and the Tuscan Sun Festival Tour with the New European Strings
Classical guitar duo Murray Holland and Duane Corn performed a free concert
in Brendle Recital Hall on February 4. On February 13, the Music Department co-
sponsored a benefit concert for Cancer Services, Inc., of Winston-Salem. It featured
cancer survivor and renowned opera singer Diane Thornton and pianist Ruskin Coo-
per. Admission was free, but donations to Cancer Services were accepted at the door,
and all proceeds went to help local cancer survivors and their families.
The Music Department presented Italian recorder virtuoso David Bellugi, per-
forming with Peter Kairoff, harpsichordist and Professor of Music, on March 29 in
Brendle Auditorium Recital Hall. On April 7–8, L’isola disabitata, a salon opera by
Manuel del Pópulo Vicente García (1775–1832), also premiered in Brendle. Com-
posed in 1831, the opera was never published or performed. Teresa Radomski,
Professor of Music and vocal director for the production, transcribed the original
manuscript. Jim Dodding, Professor of Theatre, directed.
Student Union sponsored comedy hypnotist Tom DeLuca during Family Week-
end in October and the band O.A.R. (Of a Revolution), which performed in Wait
Chapel November 12. Bill Rancic, winner of the first season of Donald Trump’s real-
ity show, The Apprentice, spoke and signed books in January. Live music with Rob
Gonzalez and a five-course dinner were featured in February. Musician and historian
Barry Drake gave a multimedia presentation and lecture, “80’s Rock—Music in the
Video Age,” on March 30 in Pugh Auditorium. Finally, actor, playwright, and stand-
up comedian Lewis Black performed on March 31 in Wait Chapel.
The Alban Elved Dance Company, in collaboration with faculty from the Com-
puter Science Department, presented Free Space 2004—The Bridge, the third in a series
of performances combining dance and technology. Staged in the Scales Fine Arts
Center in early December, the production incorporated digital poetry, multimedia
interpretations, mathematical interplay, technology, and people, and was designed to
encourage audiences to explore their creative relationship with technology.
The Charlotte and Philip Hanes Art Gallery celebrated the opening of the aca-
demic year with two exhibits, “Inside the Ropes” by Ted Potter, and “Monumental
Micros.” In the lower gallery, “Inside the Ropes” featured large-scale expressive paint-
ings by Potter, a former director of the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art