HC "On the Road"
Published: Sunday, September 29, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 30, 2013 18:09
On Sunday, students and professors representing the Arts Departments of Holy Cross boarded a bus bound for Manhattan. They were “On the Road” with a program of the same title that was initiated by the College last fall. “On the Road” showcases different facets of Holy Cross, whether it is academics, athletics, the arts, etc., uniting alumnae, parents, as well as current and prospective students in dialogue about what is happening on Mt. St. James.
Sunday’s event took place at The Paley Center for Media, a venue located in Midtown that leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public.
Attendees were able to experience art from the Hill in three forms. First, artwork from the Millard Art Center was projected and displayed. Then cast members of the Holy Cross Theater Department’s production of Shackled Spirits performed an excerpt for audience members. A panel discussion followed, moderated by Professor Steve Vineberg and including such esteemed alum as director Bart Sher ’81. Finally, the Chamber Singers performed a musical review ranging from current pop to American spirituals. The evening concluded with a reception where all who performed and attended could converse about the arts, as they already exist here at Holy Cross and as they continue to evolve.
This dialogue was the crown of the event, in addition of course to all of the performances. It allowed members of the HC community to discuss why the arts are so significant to the College and to the education it offers. This is something Shannon LoCascio, ‘14 a member of the ensemble of Shackled Spirits, thinks we forget all too easily. LoCascio shares, “The ability to imagine and to allow emotion and beauty to speak to one’s intellect in a way that is meaningful is an easy thing to disregard…Regardless of whether the art in question is theatrical, visual, musical or any combination of the three, it allows us to…learn something about humanity and the world we live in.” Witnessing the shared love of the arts by all of these seemingly separated members of the greater Holy Cross community was, as LoCascio puts it, “super cool.”