Arts & Culture
For more than 50 years, Alvernia has been providing a dynamic environment for students and community members to experience arts and cultural events. Whether through student performances, visiting lecturers, featured faculty presentations or guest artists, the arts are alive at Alvernia!

2015-2016 Alvernia Performing Arts Series

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Sunday, August 30, 4:00 p.m.
Francis Hall Amphitheater (Francis Hall Theatre if rain)

CEILI RAIN delivers an innovative fusion of pop-rock music with a Celtic flare. Billboard Magazine hails the band for their “appeal that knows no boundaries. Ceili Rain music makes your feet want to dance and your soul soar!" This outdoor celebration promises to be an uplifting musical journey to satisfy the soul!

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Exceptions to Gravity, In Association with DCA Productions
Wednesday, October 7, 7:30 p.m.
Francis Hall Theatre & Recital Hall

Physical comedian AVNER THE ECCENTRIC defies the barriers of language and culture in his hilarious, new one-man show Exceptions to Gravity. Join us for an evening of side-splitting laughter by one of the greatest masters of theatrical slapstick!

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Thursday, February 18, 7:30 p.m.
Francis Hall Theatre & Recital Hall

World-renowned pianist LEON BATES returns to Alvernia in an encore Tribute to American Music, featuring Joplin, Gershwin, and other timeless treasures.

Free! Noon time Lecture on African American Music by Leon Bates at 12pm on February 18 in Francis Hall Theatre

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VINCE GIORDANO and the Nighthawks

Alvernia University and Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest present
Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks
Thursday, March 3, 7:30 p.m.
Francis Hall Theatre & Recital Hall

Grammy-winner for HBO’s smash series Boardwalk Empire, VINCE GIORDANO AND THE NIGHTHAWKS bring alive the 1920s and ‘30s Jazz Age in this vibrant pre-event performance kicking off the 26th Annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest.

Included in ticket price! Post-concert meet and greet with Vince Giordano.



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The annual Lit Fest is packed with many unique events offered throughout the year, including entertainment, award-winning authors and workshops. All events are hosted by Alvernia University at the Reading campus and are free and open to the public.



Lecture Series

Alvernia's Lecture Series offers many chances to expand your mind through free thought-provoking lectures by top authors and seasoned leaders. All Lecture Series events are free and open to the public.

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