The Catholic University of America

Jan. 14, 2010

CUA Spring Arts Preview

The Catholic University of America announces the following music and theater events for the Spring semester:

  • On Jan. 28-30, the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents Victor Herbert’s The Enchantress, directed by Ellwood Anaheim, musical theatre lecturer. Performances take place in John Paul Hall in Ward Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 28 and 29; and at 2 p.m. on Jan. 30. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for students, CUA alumni, and senior citizens. For tickets or more information, call 202-319-5416.
     
  • On Feb. 14, at 8 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents a piano recital by Peter Frankl, internationally renowned Hungarian pianist. He mainly performs music from the classical period (particularly Mozart), the Romantic period, and the early modern period. The recital takes place in Ward Hall’s recital hall. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 202-319-5416.
     
  • On Feb. 17-20 and 24-27, the Department of Drama presents New Play Repertory Premieres: Timothy J. Guillot’s Requiem and Rebecca Gingrich-Jones’s She Said/She Said. Both are M.F.A. playwriting thesis productions.

    Taking musical theater into uncharted territory, Requiem is a visceral exploration of the power of grief. The resounding impact of a person’s passing manifests itself through scene and song, scaling the many facets of the human experience. Though grief can divide, it can also unite. Will healing prevail and hope be restored? Performances of Requiem will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 17, 25, and 26; and at 2 p.m. on Feb. 19 and 20.

    She Said/She Said explores themes of spiritual awakening, betrayal and the death of love. When a marriage fails, a bitter custody dispute threatens the very definition of family. As the courts battle across state lines, one church seeks to follow a higher law. But amidst all the chaos, can anyone truly claim to have baby Daniel’s best interests at heart? Performances of She Said/She Said will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 18, 19, and 24; and at 2 p.m. on Feb. 26 and 27.

    All performances take place in Hartke Theatre on CUA’s campus. Tickets: $12 for general admission, $8 for senior citizens and CUA alumni/faculty/staff, and $5 for students. For more information or tickets, call 202-319-4000 or visit http://drama.cua.edu/hartke-season.cfm.
     
  • On Feb. 25-27, the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Medium and Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti, directed by Jay D. Brock, lecturer in drama, and conducted by Murry Sidlin, professor of music. Performances take place in Ward Hall’s recital hall at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 25 and 26; and at 2 p.m. on Feb. 27. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students, CUA alumni, and senior citizens. For tickets or more information, call 202-319-5416.
     
  • On March 18-20, the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents Man of La Mancha, directed by Alan Paul, associate director at the Shakespeare Theater Company, Washington, D.C, with musical direction by Denise Puricelli, assistant professor. Performances take place in Hartke Theater at 7:30 p.m. on March 18 and 19; and at 2 p.m. on March 20. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students, CUA alumni, and senior citizens. For tickets or more information, call 202-319-5416.
     
  • On March 19, the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents guest artists, the Lotus Chamber Ensemble. Ward Hall’s recital hall. This performance is free and open to the public. For more information, call 202-319-5416.
     
  • On March 24 at 7:30 p.m., the CUA Symphony Orchestra presents its spring concert, conducted by David Searle, assistant professor and director of orchestral activities and conducting studies. The performance will take place at Sligo Church, 7700 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park, Md., and is free and open to the public.
     
  • On April 7-10 and 14-17, the Department of Drama presents Cymbeline by William Shakespeare.

    Shakespeare’s dark and wildly comic fairy tale features evil queens, licentious villains, royal princes stolen in their infancy, unbridled jealousy, magic potions, urbane wits and comic halfwits, and mistaken identities.

    All come together in an epic tale of courage and resilience as Shakespeare’s most intrepid heroine undergoes a hazardous journey to regain her lost love and find redemption. Set against the ancient conflict of a declining imperial Rome and an insurgent British population, myth and history collide in a grand and timely adventure.

    Performances take place at 7:30 p.m. on April 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, and 16; and at 2 p.m. on April 9, 10, and 17. All performances take place in Hartke Theatre on CUA’s campus. Tickets: $12 for general admission, $8 for senior citizens and CUA alumni/faculty/staff, and $5 for students. For more information or tickets, call 202-319-4000 or visit http://drama.cua.edu/hartke-season.cfm.

 

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