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. The School of Music advanced into Capital’s Conservatory of Music within a decade, and its beloved Mees Hall – one of the city’s first and most prestigious concert spaces – opened in 1928.
“For 100 years, Capital has served as a destination for esteemed composers, artists and performers who have forever left their mark on the artistic and cultural riches of our university and our capital city,” said Lynn Roseberry, dean of the Conservatory of Music. “We’re proud to be home to the countless professional musicians, industry stalwarts and educators who grace stages, classrooms, studios and concert halls in every corner of the world. We truly believe music brightens our world and brings purpose to our lives, and we look forward to celebrating its powerful, inspiring impact throughout the next year.”
Enhancing the arts in Columbus remains a focus of Capital University today. The Conservatoryholds an average of 200 events per year, most of which are free and open to the public. Capital has also grown its music degree programs to shape the next generation of music innovators; in addition to traditional music performance and education tracks, Capital also offers progressive degrees in music industry and music technology. The university is equipped with several state-of-the-art recording studios, the newest of which are situated in the modern Convergent Media Center, providing students with hands-on experience in music engineering and production from their first days as Capital students.
The signature performance series begins on Friday, September 21, with The Paul W. and Ella D. Hugus Memorial Pipe Organ Recital with alumnus James E. Bobb. Joint performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D Minor featuring Capital University choirs with the New Albany Symphony Orchestra will take place on October 6 and 7, with the former being a special sensory-friendly performance. Other notable events include a Gerhold Lecture Series presentation, “POEMJAZZ,” featuring poet Robert Pinsky and Grammy-winning jazz pianist Laurence Hobgood (October 23), and Capital’s annual Christmas Festival (November 29 to December 1). The signature series crescendos with a two-night Gala Concert Celebration, where Grammy-winning composer and conductor Eric Whitacre and Director of Choral Activities Lynda Hasseler will lead Capital’s Chapel Choir, Choral Union and Chapel Choir alumni in a performance of some of his most popular works. (March 29 and 30, 2019). For more information and to view a full schedule of events, visit www.capital.edu/100years.