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  • 100 Years of Music at Capital University

    Capital University will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its renowned music program throughout the 2018-19 academic year, highlighted by a series of signature performances featuring distinguished local and national musical talent. Capital’s School of Music was formally established in 1918, championed by its eighth president, Otto Mees. 

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    Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas is an intimate, tragic love story which takes place between the fall of Troy and rise of Rome.
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    Grammy Award winner, Michael Daugherty's creative work is influenced by popular culture, Romanticism, and Post-Modernism.
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    Join us for Capital University's 100 Tears of Music Gala Celebration featuring Eric Whitacre, Mat Morse, and Dave Maric.
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  • The artistry and inspiration behind our musical legacy

    Lehman HallCapital’s formal music instruction began with vocal music, taught early in the term of 1889 by Mr. Herman Schmidt. A desire to grow the program emerged to foster robust study, appreciation and performance of music as an important aspect of liberal culture, serving all students and meeting the demands of a capital city growing in sophistication, influence and appreciation for the arts, culture and education.

    Capital’s School of Music was formally established in 1918, offering its first theoretical and applied courses when fall classes began on Friday, September 13, from a studio equipped with a single piano in Lehmann Hall Dormitory room 24. The school was championed by Otto Mees, eighth president of Capital University, whose tenure was described by students of that era as progressive, energetic and zealous — one who infused a spirit of progress into the life and activity of the full university. Within the first five years of his presidency, the School of Music, science hall, library and a history chair had been established, symbolic of Capital’s belief in the essentiality of fully integrating the arts, and in particular the musical arts, with other essential components of a burgeoning university in the heart of Ohio.

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    The intention and potential to grow the program into a Conservatory of Music was clear from the outset. Using space and equipment donated by nearby churches, the School of Music became the Conservatory of Music in fewer than 10 years. Named for the progressive pioneer of musical arts whose vision brought it into existence, Capital’s beloved Mees Hall opened in 1928.

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  • Signature Performance Series Events at Capital University

    Date Event Time Location Admission
    9.21.18 The Paul W. and Ella D. Hugus Memorial Pipe Organ Recital with James E. Bobb 7:30 PM Mees Hall Auditorium, Capital University Free/Open to Public
    10.6.18 Capital University Choirs with the New Albany Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven 9 (Sensory-friendly concert) 3:00 PM Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts, New Albany, OH Buy Tickets
    10.7.18 Capital University Choirs with the New Albany Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven 9 3:00 PM Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts, New Albany, OH Buy Tickets
    10.23.18 Gerhold Lecture Series POEMJAZZ with Robert Pinsky and Laurence Hobgood 7:30 PM Mees Hall Auditorium, Capital University General Admission
    11.11.18 Early Music in Columbus presents "O Jerusalem!" Apollo's Fire 4:00 PM Mees Hall Auditorium, Capital University Buy Tickets
    11.16.18 Capital University Bands featuring composer Jake Runestad and conductor, Craig Kirchhoff 8:00 PM Mees Hall Auditorium, Capital University General Admission
    11.29.18 Capital University Christmas Festival 7:30 PM Mees Hall Auditorium, Capital University Reserved Seating
    11.30.18 Capital University Christmas Festival 7:30 PM Mees Hall Auditorium, Capital University Reserved Seating
    12.1.18 Capital University Christmas Festival 7:30 PM Mees Hall Auditorium, Capital University Reserved Seating
    12.2.18 Capital University Christmas Festival 3:30 PM Mees Hall Auditorium, Capital University Reserved Seating
    1.18.19 Capital University Opera Music Theater presents Dido and Aeneas 7:30 PM Mees Hall Auditorium, Capital University General Admission
    1.19.19 Capital University Opera Music Theater presents Dido and Aeneas  7:30 PM Mees Hall Auditorium, Capital University General Admission
    2.7.19 Capital University NOW Festival presents Michael Daugherty 7:30 PM Schumacher Gallery, Capital University General Admission
    3.29.19 Capital University 100 Years of Music Gala Concert Celebration  featuring Mat Morse, Dave Maric, and Eric Whitacre 7:30 PM Mees Hall Auditorium, Capital University Reserved Seating
    3.30.19 Capital University 100 Years of Music Gala Concert Celebration featuring Mat Morse, Dave Maric, and Eric Whitacre 7:30 PM Mees Hall Auditorium, Capital University Reserved Seating
    4.11.19 Jazz and World Music Festival presents Airmen of Note  8:00 PM Mees Hall Auditorium, Capital University Free/Open to Public

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    • Capital University Celebrates 100 Years of Music

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      Signature performance series planned throughout the academic year to commemorate the centennial of Music at Capital

      Capital University Celebrates 100 Years of Music Signature performance series planned throughout the academic year to commemorate the centennial of Music at Capital Capital University will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its renowned music program throughout the 2018-19 academic year, highlig...

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