Arts and Culture at Capital University Fall 2012

Posted by Nichole Johnson |

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

news.arts.generic.seats-175x240Capital University, a private four-year undergraduate institution and graduate school located in the Columbus, Ohio, community of Bexley, has announced its calendar of arts and cultural events for the fall 2012 season.

Among the highlighted events are Schumacher Gallery exhibitions Pueblo to Pueblo: The Legacy of Southwest Indian Pottery and The American President: Photographs from the Archives of the Associated Press; Conservatory of Music and University Theatre performances of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Candide; the annual Gerhold Lecture in the Humanities featuring Jaron Lanier; and Christmas Festival 2012, among many others.

The calendar includes major events at the Conservatory of Music, Schumacher Gallery and University Theatre. It also includes the dates and keynote speakers for the annual Gerhold Lecture in the Humanities and other notable public lectures. 

Conservatory of Music performances are free and open to the public unless specific ticket information is provided below. Performances will be given in Huntington Recital Hall or Mees Hall, both of which are located in the Conservatory of Music on Capital’s Bexley campus, 1 College and Main. For more information, please call 614-236-6411.

The Gerhold Lecture in the Humanities also is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

The Schumacher Gallery is located on the fourth floor of Capital University’s library on the Bexley campus. Gallery hours are 1 to 5 pm Monday through Saturday. Admission is free. For additional information, call The Schumacher Gallery at 614-236-6319.

All University Theatre performances will be given in the Cabaret Theatre, located on the lower level of the Harry C. Moores Campus Center on Capital’s Bexley campus, unless another venue is specified below. Tickets cost $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. They’re free for students with a current Capital I.D. For more information, call 614-236-7174.




News-Schumacher-Gallery-Columbus-Art-Pueblo-1Monday, September 10, through Thursday, October 18
The Schumacher Gallery at Capital University presents Pueblo to Pueblo: The Legacy of Southwest Indian Pottery. Pueblo pottery of the Southwest is one of the most beautiful and enduring artistic traditions in all of Native North America. A strong expression of cultural identity, it is a tradition rich with history. This exhibition shows various styles of Pueblo pottery and includes outstanding examples of recognized artists such as Nampeyo from Hopi and Maria Martinez from San Ildefonso. 


The exhibition is developed by Smith Kramer from the rich collections of The Kansas City Museum and Union Station, Kansas City. A reception, which will feature a performance by Native American percussionists, will take place Friday, September 14, from 5 to 7:30 pm, following the grand re-opening of the newly renovated Blackmore Library.

News-Capital-Arts-Culture-Columbus-Fall-2012Wednesday, September 12, at 8 pm
Faculty recital featuring Stan Smith on guitar, in Huntington Recital Hall. The performance will feature music by Duke Ellington, Moacir Santos, George Gershwin, J. S. Bach, and Villa Lobos, as well some of Smith’s own compositions. 


Tuesday, September 18, at 8 pm
Faculty recital, Music of a Lifetime: Compositions from 1964 to the present, in Huntington Recital Hall. Thomas Zugger, tenor trombone, bass trombone and euphonium; Tianshu Wang, piano; Gail Zugger, clarinet; and Ken Matsuda, viola, will perform.

Friday, September 21, and Saturday, September 22, at 8 pm and Sunday, September 23, at 2 pm 
The Capital University Conservatory of Music and University Theatre are combining for a full season, including The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee in Mees Hall. Tickets are $15 general admission and may be reserved or purchased through the Conservatory office, or one hour before each performance at the Mees Hall Box Office. For tickets or information, call 236-6411.

Wednesday, September 26, at 8 pm News-Capital-Arts-Culture-Columbus-Fall-2012-Inspirare
Faculty recital featuring Inspirare Duo — composed of Lisa Jelle, on flute and Gail Zugger on clarinet — in Huntington Recital Hall. Featuring the world premiere of a piece the duo commissioned from composer Richard Cioffari, the program will also include Swivels and Bops by Karl Henning, the premiere of Irish Sketches by area composer Christian Berg (with cello and pianist Narmina Aliyeva), a set of Puccini arias arranged for flute and clarinet, Serenade by Jurg Wyttenbach, and Lluna with pianist Narmina Aliyeva. 


Sunday, September 30, at 3 pm
Capital University Bands, the Wind Symphony and the Symphonic Winds, will perform under the direction of Dr. Barry Kopetz in Mees Hall.




Friday, October 5, at 8 pm
The Conservatory of Music Homecoming Choral Concert, featuring performances by the Capital University’s World Choir Games gold-medal-winning Chapel Choir, along with Choral Union, Women’s Chorus and Chordsmen, will be held in Mees Hall. The concert, Sure On This Shining Night, will be presented under the direction of Dr. Lynda Hasseler. 



Wednesday, October 10, at 6 pm
Capital University will present its inaugural Celebrations of Excellence: Endowed Scholar Lecture in the Bridge of Learning, located in Ruff Memorial Learning Center. This event marks the formal investiture of the University endowed professorship and chair holders. News-Capital-Arts-Culture-Columbus-Fall-2012-Pantsov-1 

It will feature a lecture and book-signing by Professor of History Alexander Pantsov, whose latest book Mao: The Real Story will be released by Simon & Schuster on October 2. The book already has received critical acclaim. Kirkus Reviews calls Mao “[a] comprehensive, authoritative new study that challenges the received wisdom regarding Mao’s relationship with Stalin and the Soviet Union.”


Thursday, October 11, through Saturday, October 13, at 8 pm and Sunday, October 14, at 2 pm
Capital University Theatre Presents The Girl with No Hands: Tales of Horror, Sorrow, and Woe by Grimms, Hoffman and Poe. By combining some of Grimm’s grimmest stories with Heinrich Hoffman’s Struwwelpeter tales about children who misbehave, and some of Edgar Allen Poe’s strangest and saddest short stories and poems, this show will set the stage for the Halloween season. Directed by Dan Heaton, the production also pays homage to the French Grand Guignol style of theatre—a gratuitously gory and macabre mix of blood, horror, and shock (with some cheesy humor thrown in for good measure).



Tuesday, October 16, at 7:30 pm
Capital University presents the Annual Gerhold Lecture in the Humanities featuring Jaron Lanier, scientist, artist, musician and author of You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto, in Mees Hall. A tech visionary and virtual reality pioneer, Lanier penned a provocative lament of what technology has become under the influence of today’s crowd-minded, Wikipedia-, Facebook- and Twitter-dominated culture, and a call for more humanity in an increasingly technology-dominated society. 

Tuesday, October 16, at 10 pm
Fat Tuesday Debutantes Improvisational Comedy Group presents its Halloween-themed show, So Funny It’s Scary, in Huntington Recital Hall.  

Wednesday, October 24, at 8 pm
Faculty recital featuring the Capital University Faculty Brass Quintet in Huntington Recital Hall, including works from the 20th and 21st centuries and styles ranging from classical and romantic to jazz and marches. Performers will be Rob Parton and Jim Reed on trumpet; Kimberley McCann on horn; Thomas Zugger on trombone; and Tony Zilincik on tuba.

Thursday, October 26, through Friday, December 7News-Capital-Arts-Culture-Columbus-Fall-2012-Presidents-166
The Schumacher Gallery at Capital University presents The American President: Photographs from the Archives of the Associated Press. Presidents pass the torch, administrations change. Through it all, one constant remains: The Associated Press’ coverage of the American president. Since AP, the world’s oldest and largest news agency, launched its WirePhoto service in 1935, its photographers have accompanied the president everywhere. 


AP reporters and photographers have been the dominant source of presidential news for media across the United States and around the world. The exhibition is developed by Smith Kramer. An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, October 26, from 5 to 7:30 pm. Please note: The gallery is closed November 21 through 25 for Thanksgiving.

Sunday, October 28, at 7 pm
Orchestra concert in Mees Hall.

Monday, October 29, at 8 pm
Percussion Ensembles concert in Mees Hall.




News-Capital-Arts-Culture-Columbus-Fall-2012-ZilincikSaturday, November 3, at 8 pm
Faculty recital featuring Tony Zilincik on tuba in Mees Hall. 

Wednesday, November 7, at 7:30 pm
Faculty recital featuring the Capital Faculty Woodwind Ensemble in Huntington Recital Hall.

Friday, November 9, at 8 pm
The Capital University Big Band, under the direction of Dr. Lou Fischer since 1994, will perform its Big Band Show in Mees Hall. The Capital University Big Band is an 18-piece, undergraduate, award-winning jazz ensemble that performs both standard/traditional and contemporary repertoire. The band appears in concert often, on and off campus, and at various regional, national and international festivals. 


Wednesday, November 14, at 6:30 pm
Clarinet Choir performance in Huntington Recital Hall.

Wednesday, November 14, at 8 pm
Capital University Trombone Choir and Quartet, directed by Thomas Zugger, will perform in Huntington Recital Hall. The performance will feature a wide variety of compositions, from transcriptions to original works for trombone choir to jazz and popular arrangements.



Thursday, November 15, through Saturday, November 17, at 8 pm, and Sunday, November 18, at 2 pm
Capital University Theatre and Conservatory of Music present Candide—a musical, in Cabaret Theatre. Music by Leonard Bernstein; book adapted from Voltaire by Hugh Wheeler; and lyrics by Richard Wilbur with additional lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and John LaTouche. Directed by Bill Kennedy; music direction by Mark Baker. For event and ticket information please call 236-6411.



Based on Voltaire’s 18th century comic adventures of an idealistic and naïve young man, this musical has achieved cult status in its various incarnations ranging from lavish stagings to intimate chamber productions. Our hero has been convinced by his teacher that everything that happens—war, natural disasters, whatever—is for the best in this “best of all possible worlds.” With this as his creed (how could his trusted teacher be mistaken?), and despite all evidence to the contrary, Candide goes forth to experience the world.


Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17, all day
Capital University will host the annual Honor Band Invitational in Mees Hall. Hear the best new concert band music for 2012-2013. High school musicians, by an advanced selection process via recorded audition, will participate in the Honors Wind Ensemble. High school musicians, by nomination from their high school band director, will have the opportunity to participate in the Honors Concert Band and to work with composers/conductors:News-Capital-Arts-Culture-Columbus-Fall-2012-Symphonic-Winds

  • Frank Tracz, of Kansas State University
  • Barry E. Kopetz, of Capital University
  • James Swearingen, of Capital University


The Capital University Symphonic Winds will perform at 8 pm Friday, November 16. Dr. Tracz will guest conduct a number and Bob Breithaupt will be the featured soloist at the concert on drum set. For more information, visit:

Monday, November 19 at 10 pm
Fat Tuesday Debutantes Improvisational Comedy Group presents its Thanksgiving-themed show, You Bet Your Cranberries, in Huntington Recital Hall. Admission is free.




News-Capital-Arts-Culture-Columbus-Fall-2012-ChristmasFestivalThursday, November 29, through Saturday, December 1, at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, December 2, at 3:30 pm
Capital University Conservatory of Music presents And the Glory of the Lord Shone Round, Christmas Festival 2012, in Mees Auditorium. The Christmas Festival continues a legacy dating back to the 1928 founding of the CapitalUniversity Chapel Choir by the late Ellis E. Snyder. As the University’s annual Christmas gift to the community, the festival has become one of Columbus’ cherished Christmas traditions. It features the Chapel Choir, Choral Union, Women’s Chorus, Chordsmen and a variety of instrumentalists. It is presented each year to capacity audiences in Mees Hall on the Capital campus.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public Monday, November 5. General admission is $25 and $15 for students with a valid ID and senior citizens. Ticket sales will be handled through CAPA Box Office, located in the Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. Box office hours are 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday, and 10 am to 2 pm Saturday. For more information, call 614-469-0939.

Tuesday, December 4, at 6:30 pm
Brass Choir performance in Mees Hall.

Tuesday, December 4, at 10 pm
Fat Tuesday Debutantes Improvisational Comedy Group presents Will Act For Food–#31: A Night of Improvisational Comedy to benefit the Lutheran Social Services Food Pantry the Columbus AIDS Task Force in Huntington Recital Hall. Admission is at least one non-perishable food item or a monetary donation. 

Wednesday, December 5, at 6:30 pm
Flute Choir performance in Huntington Recital Hall. 



Friday, December 7, at 8 pm
University Bands Concert in Mees Hall.

Monday, December 17, at 5:30 and 7:30 pm
The annual Merry TubaChristmas Columbus will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a Mid-Ohio Foodbank partnership, requiring non-perishable food items in lieu of admission costs. The event will feature two performances, both located in Mees Auditorium.


Located in the Columbus, Ohio, neighborhood of Bexley, Capital University is a private, four-year undergraduate institution and graduate school. Capital prepares students for meaningful lives and purposeful careers through a relevant liberal arts core curriculum and deep professional programs. Influenced by its Lutheran heritage, Capital places great emphasis on the free and open exchange of ideas, seeking out diverse perspectives, active participation in society, leadership and service. With a focus on rigor and experiential learning, the University capitalizes on its size, location, and heritage to develop the whole person, both inside and outside the classroom.  



Contact: Nichole Johnson
Director of media relations and communications
Capital University
c: 614-440-9158 


Credit lines:
Pueblo to Pueblo: The Legacy of Southwest Indian Pottery, from the collections of The Kansas City Museum & Union Station Kansas City, Inc. Developed by Smith Kramer, Kansas City, Missouri



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