Arts and Culture at Capital University Spring 2013

Posted by Nichole Johnson |

Monday, February 04, 2013


Capital University, a private four-year undergraduate institution and graduate school located in the Columbus, Ohio, community of Bexley, has announced its arts and cultural events calendar for the spring 2013 season. The calendar includes major events at the Conservatory of Music, Schumacher Gallery and University Theatre. It also includes literary events and the dates and keynote speakers for the annual Faculty Scholarship Lecture and the Symposium on Undergraduate Scholarship Lecture, both of which are free and open to the public. No tickets are required. Additional events will be released separately as details are finalized.

Conservatory of Music performances are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. 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 Schumacher Gallery is located on the fourth floor of Capital University’s library on the Bexley campus, 1 College and Main. 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. Tickets cost $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. They’re free for students with a current Capital I.D. Call the Cabaret Theatre Box Office at 614-236-7174 to reserve tickets.





Monday, January 21, through Sunday, February 16
The Schumacher Gallery at Capital University presents Capital University’s Student Art Exhibition. This multimedia juried exhibition showcases a variety of works created by the students of Capital University. 

A reception will be held on Friday, February 8, from 5 to 7 pm.






Saturday, February 2, 8 pm
Capital University Bands, the Wind Symphony and the Symphonic Winds, will perform under the direction of Dr. Barry Kopetz in Mees Hall.

Capital-Arts-Culture-Tianshu-Wang-162.jpgWednesday, February 6, 8 pm
Tianshu Wang, Steinway Artist and Capital University Professor of Music, will give a piano recital in Huntington Recital Hall. Wang will perform works by Mozart, Chopin, Liszt, Debussy and Li. Acclaimed by the press as a “superbly talented pianist” who plays with “prodigious technique and eloquent phrasing,” Wang has graced concert stages in the United States, China, Mexico, Singapore, Thailand and Taiwan. Invitations to perform in Europe are also in the offing.

Winner of many competitions, including a national first prize, she is active in both solo and collaborative performance and has performed with major orchestras in China and the United States. She has been a regular juror of the National Piano Competition in Beijing since 2005. Respected as a distinguished artist and teacher in her native China, Wang was featured in a cover story of the country’s most prestigious piano magazine, Piano Artistry.

Dr. Wang is currently professor and head of the Keyboard Area at Capital University’s Conservatory of Music, where she teaches studio piano and piano literature. She received the Praestantia Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2011, the highest honor given to a faculty member at the University. Prior to Capital, she served on the piano faculty of Sweet Briar College in Virginia. She is also a professor and chair of the Piano Department at the Shenyang Conservatory of Music in China, where she teaches for part of the year.


Sunday, February 10, at 7 pmNews-Capital-Arts-Culture-Boggs-162
The Capital Orchestra, conducted by Grammy Award Winning William Boggs, will perform in Mees Hall. This free concert will feature Wagner's Prelude to Die Meistersinger; Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20, featuring JingCi Liu on piano; and Symphony No. 5, Op. 107, Reformation, by Mendelssohn.

Monday, February 11, at 10 am
Capital University will present the Battelle Lecture Series in Battelle Hall 254. The featured speaker is Mengling Stuckman, a doctoral degree candidate in the Environmental Science Graduate Program at The Ohio State University. Stuckman will present her undergraduate thesis work related to Water Environmental Carrying Capacity in the city of Wuhan, China. She used a dynamics system model formulated in Vensim to simulate this system.

Tuesday, February 12, through Friday, February 15, at various times and locations
The Capital University Conservatory of Music will present NOW Music Festival 2013. Times and locations will be announced soon. NOW MUSIC Festival is a celebration of contemporary music— primarily in the 20th- and 21st-century art music style, but also including jazz and progressive popular styles most years. The festival has one simple, yet extremely important mission: to expose the Central Ohio community to international, national and regional living composers and their music. The annual festival is one of the most comprehensive and diversified celebrations of contemporary music presented in the Midwest.

News-Capital-Arts-Culture-Picasso-300Thursday, February 14, through Sunday, February 17
Capital University Theatre will present Picasso at the Lapin Agile, a comedy written by Steve Martin and directed by Bill Kennedy.


A man walks into a bar — it’s the beginning of many jokes and, it so happens, the beginning of a play by Steve Martin, a man who knows how to tell a joke. In this case, several historic figures — Einstein and Picasso — encounter each other at the beginning of the century they are both fated to change. And there is a mysterious stranger — a time traveler from the 1950s who will also change the world. 


This is a thought-provoking play that questions notions of art, science, history and human potential. And it’s funny. But it’s not suitable for children. Thursday through Saturday performances will be given at 8 pm, and Sunday’s matinee will be given at 2.


Tuesday, February 19, at 8 pm
Instrumental chamber music performance in Huntington Recital Hall

Tuesday, February 19, at 10 pm
Fat Tuesday Debutantes Improvisational Comedy Group will present The Not-Quite-Spring-Break-Yet Comedy Hour in Huntington Recital Hall. Admission is free. Not appropriate for children.

Thursday, February 21, at 6:30 pm
Flute Studio recital, Huntington Recital Hall

Sunday, February 24, at 2 pm
Youth Bands Concerts, Mees Hall




Monday, March 4, through Saturday, April 27
The Schumacher Gallery will present Elvis at 21: Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer. Unlike any other portraits of this endlessly scrutinized figure, Alfred Wertheimer’s photographs captured 21-year-old Elvis Presley on the threshold of super stardom. Chronicling Elvis’ dazzling emergence in a pivotal year, 1956, they radiate a richness and depth that make his road to fame palpable. 


Freelance photojournalist Alfred Wertheimer was hired by RCA Victor in 1956 to shoot promotional images of a recently signed 21-year-old recording artist, Elvis Presley. Wertheimer’s instincts to “tag along” with the artist after the assignment and the resulting images provide us today with a look at Elvis before he exploded onto the scene and became one of the most exciting performers of his time. Elvis at 21: Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer, a Smithsonian traveling exhibition, presents 56 of these striking images. 


With cinematic luminosity, the Wertheimer photographs document a remarkable time when Elvis could sit alone at a drugstore lunch counter. The exhibition is developed collaboratively by the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, and Govinda Gallery, and is sponsored nationally by HISTORY.  


A reception will be held on Friday, March 8, from 5 to 7:30 pm. (Please note: The gallery is closed March 28 through April 1 for Easter.)

Pictured above at right: Going Home: On train, New York to Memphis
Elvis on the Southern Railroad between Chattanooga and Memphis, Tenn., July 4, 1956


Pictured at left: Washroom, No Towels
Nearing Memphis after a 27 hour long trip, Elvis freshens upon the train only to find after washing his hands there are no more paper towels. Not making a big fuss, he shakes his hands dry. Southern Railroad, July 4, 1956

Wednesday, March 6, at 7:30 pm
The Capital University Faculty Brass Quintet, composed of Professor Rob Parton and Jim Reed on trumpet; Professor Kimberley McCann on horn; Dr. Thomas Zugger on trombone; and Professor Tony Zilincik on tuba, will perform in Mees Hall 

Capital's resident faculty brass quintet will perform a recital featuring works of North American Composers from the 20th and 21st centuries and in numerous styles from classical and Romantic to jazz. 


Friday, March 8, at 7 pm
Faculty Woodwind Quintet, Huntington Recital Hall

Friday, March 15, through Sunday, March 17
Capital University’s Conservatory of Music will present Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers at the Lincoln Theatre, 769 East Long St. The production is directed and produced by Mark Baker and conducted by William Boggs. It is suitable for all audiences. 


Friday and Saturday performances will be given at 8 pm and Sunday’s performance will be given at 2 pm. General admission tickets are $20; $15 for students and senior citizens; and free to Capital students, faculty and staff with a valid Capital ID.

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster at or 1-800-745-3000, or by calling the CAPA Box Office at 614-469-0939. Capital students and employees may pick up tickets at the Conservatory Office 236-6411.

Tuesday, March 19
Fat Tuesday Debutantes Improvisational Comedy Group will present How the Fat Tuesday Debutantes Got Her Groove Back at 10 pm in Huntington Recital Hall. Admission is free. Not appropriate for children.

Tuesday, March 19, through Thursday, March 21
Le Six Festival, Huntington Recital Hall

Wednesday, March 20, at 8 pm
Percussion Ensembles, Mees Hall

Sunday, March 24, 7 pm
Capital University Chapel Choir and Choral Union will present Luminous Night in Mees Hall. This concert features the music of Norwegian born composer Ola Gjeilo, including his Sunrise Mass. Capital University Chapel Choir and Choral Union will perform with Barbara Sahr, on piano, and a string orchestra.




News-Capital-Arts-Culture-Schroeder-162Wednesday, April 3
Capital University will present its inaugural Faculty Scholarship Lecture at 6 pm in the Bridge of Learning. This annual event will feature a public lecture from the preceding year’s recipient of the Faculty Scholarship Award, which recognizes that a faculty member has reached an advanced level of achievement and contribution to the University. This year’s lecturer will be Dr. Joy Schroeder, professor of religion and holder of the Bergener Chair of Theology and Religion, who was awarded the inaugural Faculty Scholarship Award last spring and will deliver the first Faculty Scholarship Lecture.

Wednesday, April 3
6:30 pm – Flute Choir, Huntington Recital Hall
8 pm – Clarinetist Gail Zugger will perform a concert of chamber music in Huntington Recital Hall. The concert also will feature Zugger's colleagues, Dr. Christopher Durrenberger on piano, Kenichiro Matsuda on viola and Professor Christopher Weait on bassoon, as well as Bruce Curlette, clarinet professor at Cedarville University and Mary Davis Fetherston, cellist of the Dayton Philharmonic and Columbus Symphony Orchestras. 

Included on the program will be Brahms' Trio for Clarinet, Violoncello and Piano, Mozart's Divertimento No. 3 for two clarinets and bassoon and Rebecca Clarke's Prelude, Allegro, and Pastorale for clarinet and viola. Admission is free and open to the public. 

Sunday, April 7, at 3:30 pm
Clarinet Choir, Huntington Recital Hall

Sunday, April 7, at 7:30 pm 
Capital’s Trombone Choir, directed by Dr. Thomas Zugger, and Trumpet Choir, directed by Professor Rob Parton, will perform in Huntington Recital Hall. Compositions will include original works for the ensembles, transcriptions from other music eras and arrangements from the late 20th century. Admission is free.

Monday, April 8, at 4 pm
Poetry reading by Lesley Jenike, Ph.D., in the Bridge of Learning. Jenike is an English professor and author of Ghost of Fashion (CW Books, 2009). Her poems have appeared in Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, Gulf Coast, The Southern Review, Sou’wester, Blackbird, Verse, Rattle, The Birmingham Poetry Review, and other journals. She has received an Academy of American Poets Prize and fellowships and scholarships from the Virginia Center for Creative Arts and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Read more about Jenike and read samples of her work.

Tuesday, April 9
Capital University will present the Symposium on Undergraduate Scholarship Lecture at 7:30 pm in Mees Hall. This year's keynote speaker is Dr. Marion Nestle. Dr. Nestle has written on and will speak about the politics of food. 

Friday, April 12, through Saturday, April 13
Capital University's Conservatory of Music will present the 19th annual Jazz & World Music Festival. This event features student and faculty ensemble concerts, both on campus and in the community, along with world-class jazz artists in clinics, workshops, and in concert. 

Friday, April 12, is earmarked for the Jazz Ensemble Invitational, which brings together middle and high school, collegiate and community jazz ensembles from within a five-state region to perform and learn in a friendly non-competitive atmosphere. Adjudication is provided by internationally, nationally and regionally recognized judges. The event is an endorsed event of the Jazz Education Network. More information will be available at

At 7 pm, the Capital University Big Band, under the direction of Dr. Lou Fischer, and the Stan Kenton Alumni Band, under the direction of Michael Vax, will perform in Mees Hall. Tickets cost $15 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors (60+). Admission is free for Capital students, faculty and staff with a valid Capital ID. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door only on the day of the event beginning at 6pm in the Mees Hall Box Office.

On Saturday, April 13, Capital's Jazz & World Music Festival continues with Reflections Street Festival. Come and enjoy a day of continuous music and festival fun from 1 to 7 pm on the plaza by Reflections fountain. Featured performances include:
  • Jazz Percussion Ensemble 
  • World Music Ensemble 
  • Savoy Ensemble 
  • Capital University Big Band 
  • Jazz Consort 
  • The C.U.R.E. (Capital University Rock Ensemble) 

Sunday, April 14News-Capital-Arts-Culture-Chordsmen-252
3 pm, Gospel Choir Concert, Mees Hall
7 pm, Chordsmen and Women's Chorus, Mees Hall

Thursday, April 18, through Sunday, April 21
Capital University Theatre will present Death Takes a Holiday, written by Alberto Casella, rewritten for the American stage by Walter Ferris and directed by Capital Professor Dan Heaton.

What would happen if Death, weary and curious, took a few days off to see what life is all about? A contemporary classic performed world wide for decades, this play presents us with philosophical questions about life, death, love, lust, humanity and the afterlife. Thursday through Saturday performances will be given at 8 pm, and Sunday’s matinee will be given at 2. Call the Cabaret Theatre Box Office at 614-236-7174 to reserve tickets. Contact Dr. Dan Heaton at 614-236-6207 or for more information.

Friday, April 19, at 8 pm
Alumni Weekend Choral Concert, Mees Hall

Sunday, April 21, at 3 pm
Alumni Weekend Band Concert, Mees Hall

Tuesday, April 23
Fat Tuesday Debutantes Improvisational Comedy Group will present Will Act for Food—32, a night of improvisational comedy to benefit the Lutheran Social Services Food Pantry and the AIDS Resource Center Ohio at 10 pm in Huntington Recital Hall. Cost of admission is at least one non-perishable food item or a monetary donation. Not appropriate for children.

Tuesday, April 23, at 8 pm
Instrumental Chamber Music, Huntington Recital Hall

Wednesday, April 24, at 8 pm
Smith Faculty Composition, Recital, Huntington Recital Hall

Sunday, April 28, at 7 pm
Orchestra Concert, Mees Hall

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
614-236-6945 (office)
614-440-9158 (cell) 

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