SBC dancers

Grace Young (’13) and other Sweet Briar College dancers.

Sweet Briar College will present its annual Fall Dance Concert at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9 and 10.

Performances will take place at Murchison Lane Auditorium in SBC’s Babcock Fine Arts Center. Admission is free.

In groups or solo, the dancers will explore nature, human emotions and scientific phenomena to the scores of a Taiwanese composer, as well as a live orchestra.

Dances were choreographed by Sweet Briar students and dance professors Ella and Mark Magruder.

It will be only the second time in the past 28 years that the Sweet Briar Orchestra has accompanied the dance department live on stage.

Led by Sweet Briar’s newly appointed orchestra director, Jeff Jones, the 13-member ensemble will perform Terry Riley’s “In C” to a dance choreographed for 15 Sweet Briar students.

Two scores in the program were composed by Taiwanese composer Lu Yun, who will attend the concert.

The Magruders befriended Yun, a Ph.D. candidate in composition at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, while in Taiwan this past summer for the Dance and the Child International conference.

Both professors have choreographed a dance to Yun’s work for the concert.

Other highlights of the evening will include a duet by senior dance majors Sarah Fletcher and Jessica Murphy, both of Lynchburg, and a dance for five dancers choreographed by Murphy.

For more information about the concert, call (434) 381-6150 or email

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