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Art in Time of Conflict

NOW Festival

Capital University will present “Art in Time of Conflict,” a showcase of performances, lectures, and art by guest artists, students, faculty, and staff in the annual NOW Festival, Feb. 8-18.

The Festival kickoff will feature Ukrainian composer-in-residence Alla Zagaykevych in an engaging discussion with Classical 101’s Christopher Purdy on Sunday, Feb. 11, at the Bexley Public Library. Zagaykevych’s insights into her creative process and music making, as well as a robust cultural scene of the present-day Ukraine – a country under attack – will demonstrate the resilience of art and the human spirit during the challenges of wartime.

What is NOW Festival?

The annual NOW Festival at Capital University is one of the most comprehensive and diversified celebrations of contemporary art and its creators in the Midwest. Since its founding in 1987, the Festival has one simple yet extremely important mission: to expose the Central Ohio community to international, national, and regional living artists and their work, exposing, exploring, and discussing the role of music in contemporary society. The concert series is eclectic in nature, covering a diverse range of compositional and performance styles.

NOW Festival Schedule

Thursday, February 8

Documentary The Living Fire (Жива Ватра), 2015.
Directed by Ostap Kostyuk, music by Alla Zagaykevych.

Huntington Recital Hall
7 p.m.

Sunday, February 11

Christopher Purdy (WOSU Classical 101, Broadcast Manager and On-Air Host) in Conversation with Ukrainian Composer Alla Zagaykevych (Kyiv, Ukraine), Composer-in-Residence of NOW Festival at Capital University.
Bexley Public Library Auditorium
3 p.m.

Monday, February 12

Featuring Capital Professor Stan Smith and Dr. Julie Licata
Huntington Recital Hall
7 p.m.

Tuesday, February 13

Celebrating Ohio Composer Thomas Wells; Welcoming Ukrainian Composer Alla Zagaykevych
Huntington Recital Hall
7 p.m.

Wednesday, February 14

Playing the Gallery: “Art in Time of Conflict” 
A multimedia event featuring works created by students and inspired by the Schumacher Gallery
Schumacher Gallery
7 p.m.
Reception to follow

Thursday, February 15

Music of Alla Zagaykevych
NOW Festival Composer-in-Residence
Huntington Recital Hall
7 p.m.

Friday, February 16

Students of the Craft: Music of Capital Student Composers
Mees Hall Auditorium
10 a.m.

There is Only NOW: Chamber Jazz Recital 
Featuring "Consort" and "Wombo Combo" performing student and faculty original compositions
Huntington Recital Hall
7 p.m.

Saturday, February 17

Wind Ensembles Concert
Featuring a new work by faculty composer Dr. Dina Lentsner
Mees Hall Auditorium
3 p.m.

Sunday, February 18

Shane Sprankel Alumnus Flute Recital
Featuring the music of Jack Parton
Huntington Recital Hall
2 p.m.

Our Partners

Bexley Community Foundation

Johnstone Fund for New Music

Bexley Foundation

Supporters of the 2024 NOW Festival include Capital University, Bexley Community Foundation, the Susie & Charlie Rath Creative Arts Fund in Memory of Leland S. McClelland, and the Johnstone Fund for New Music.