American Showstoppers and Art History Alive

Two fan favorites are back! American Showstoppers featuring the Fred Barton Orchestra and his star-studded cast take on Broadway legend Richard Rodgers. Plus, Pace Professor Janetta Rebold Benton, PhD, returns to the Schimmel to take you on a journey through France’s fascinating art.

ART HISTORY ALIVE: France’s Fascinating Art
October 9, 11:00 a.m. | October 16, 11:00 a.m. | October 23, 11:00 a.m. | October 30, 11:00 a.m.

From the Great Medieval cathedrals to Post-Impressionism, spend your Wednesdays delving into France’s fascinating art as Pace Presents welcomes Pace Distinguished Professor and renowned art historian Janetta Rebold Benton, PhD, back to the Schimmel for her third lecture series.

France is unequaled for her range of artistic styles and accomplishment—always with unparalleled French elegance and sophistication. Travel vicariously through the ages as these richly-illustrated lectures examine the highpoints of architecture, sculpture, painting, and decorative arts in France, from the late Middle Ages through Post-Impressionism, approximately 1000-1900.

October 9Middle Ages: Romanesque and Gothic cathedrals, sculpture, and stained glass: Romanesque, monsters, morals, and building methods from Autun to Vezelay. Gothic soaring cathedrals—Notre-Dame-de-Paris, Chartres, and Beauvais, too skeletal to avoid collapse.

October 16Renaissance and Baroque: Chateaux of the Loire Valley; Poussin, Louis XIV at Versailles: Join Renaissance and Baroque French royalty and enjoy life in the splendid chateaux and gardens of Chambord, Chenonceau, Versailles, and elsewhere.

October 23—Rococo, Neoclassicism, Romanticism, and Realism: Boucher, David, Gericault, Manet: The pendulum swings from light Rococo pastel fluff, to austere severe Neoclassicism, to Romantic escapes, and finally to the everyday genre scenes of Realism.

October 30—Impressionism and Post-Impressionism: Monet, Renoir, Degas, van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne, Seurat: Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists depicted subjects from daily life, but while the Impressionists painted in terms of light and atmospheric conditions, the Post-Impressionists used color to express emotion and to analyze pictorial structure.

The Conversation Continues: Lunch with the Lecturer will also be held after each lecture.

AMERICAN SHOWSTOPPERS: An Evening With Richard Rodgers featuring the Fred Barton Orchestra
Saturday, October 12
Starring: Nora Mae Lyng, Tari Kelly, Anastasia Barzee, Karen Murphy, Damon Kirsche, David Elder, Joshua Henry, Jeffry Denman, and Jesse Luttrell; Directed and Choreographed by Scott Thompson
Fred Barton, his 12-piece orchestra, and star-studded cast of performers are back to celebrate the legendary Richard Rodgers. The extraordinary icon’s career spanned six decades, during which he composed 40 Broadway musicals. Fred’s tribute to the versatility of Richard Rodgers will prove a revelation to those familiar with his biggest hits: Oklahoma!, South Pacific, Carousel, and The Sound of Music. You’ll hear Richard Rodgers from his razz-ma-tazz roots to his later masterworks, created with a number of star lyricists. Join us as we journey from Broadway to Hollywood and back, celebrating the incredible music and tales of Richard Rodgers.

$5 student tickets and $15 faculty and staff tickets for each event can be purchased in advance at the Schimmel box office. For more information, visit