The Catholic University of America

March 1, 2006

Aaron Copland's America
March 27-April 8, 2006

CUA to Present Performances March 31-April 8 in Celebration of American Composer's Music and Legacy

From March 31 to April 8, Catholic University will present a series of performances in honor of composer Aaron Copland. Presented by the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, the events are part of Aaron Copland's America, The Catholic University of America President's Festival of the Arts, which also will include a series of films and lectures from March 27 to 30.

All but one of the performances will be presented at the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave., N.E., Washington, D.C. Tickets are $15 and $10 per night. For tickets or more information, call 202-319-5416.

Friday, March 31, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 1, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 2, 1 p.m.
The CUA Musical Theatre Company, under the direction of Jane Pesci-Townsend and N. Thomas Pedersen, will present the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical as the opening performance of the 2006 President's Festival of the Arts.
Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center

All Copland Concert
Monday, April 3, 7:30 p.m.
The CUA Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of conductor Kate Tamarkin, will present the concert, featuring four signature pieces: The Red Pony Suite, Appalachian Spring Suite, Old American Songs and A Lincoln Portrait. The concert also will include a presentation by photochoreographer James Westwater.
Church of the Epiphany
13 and G streets, N.W., opposite Metro Center
Washington, D.C.

All Copland Chamber Music Concert
Tuesday, April 4, 7:30 p.m.
The chamber concert will feature performances by CUA musicians and soloists. Selections will include Piano Variations, Vitebsk: Study on a Jewish Theme and Eight Poems of Emily Dickinson.
Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center

New Old American Songs Choral Concert
Wednesday, April 5, 7:30 p.m.
The CUA Chorus, conducted by Leo Nestor, will present a choral concert that will mark the world premiere of New Old American Songs - new arrangements by 10 regional composers of old American songs inspired by the folk style of Aaron Copland.
Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center

Quiet City
Thursday, April 6, 7:30 p.m.
The CUA Department of Drama and Chamber Music Ensemble will present a semi-staged reading of Irwin Shaw's Quiet City, which will mark the first performance of the play, featuring music by Copland, since it premiered in 1939. Kate Tamarkin will direct the ensemble.

The Tender Land
Friday, April 7, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 8, 7:30 p.m.
The CUA Chamber Music Ensemble will present the chamber version of Aaron Copland's opera, The Tender Land. Murry Sidlin will conduct.

MEDIA: To cover the festival films and lectures, contact Katie Lee or Chris Harrison in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.

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Media contact(s):
· Chris Harrison, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600,
· Katie Lee, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600,