The Performing Arts Series at Ohio Wesleyan University has a long tradition of providing outstanding and entertaining performers for the Ohio Wesleyan and central Ohio communities. The 2013-2014 season continues this legacy with six top-notch events.
The PAS committee believes strongly in the master class philosophy and attempts to schedule as many opportunities for the performers to work with students as possible. Some of the master classes are open to the public, for more information on master classes at Ohio Wesleyan contact the PAS phone messaging service at (740) 368-3629, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2013-2014 Series
RHAW–The Rennie Harris Hip-Hop Dance Company
Friday, September 6, 2013 at 8 p.m.
Chappelear Drama Center
Conceived in 2007, Founder Dr. Rennie Harris originally founded RHAW (Rennie Harris Awe-Inspiring Works) as a youth organization driven by community outreach, education and mentorship. Dr. Harris’ inspiration for this youth driven company was inspired by the overwhelming interest from teens and young adults to join his internationally renowned company Rennie Harris Puremovement. Ultimately RHAW is a training company that will teach its pre-professional dancers: professionalism, production, Street Dance History, technique in the various styles of street dance, such as but not limited to: Campbell Locking, Popping & Boogaloo, B-boy/girl, House and Hip hop social dance. Downplaying the abstract while pushing a dramatic aesthetic, RHAW will forge new paths for young hip hop hopefuls, and will present Hip hop in its “RHAW-est” forms as we take it back to basics.
Pete Mills Jazz Combo, featuring Matt Wilson and Pete McCann
Friday, September 20, 2013 at 8 p.m.
Critics have called saxophonist Pete Mills’ playing “virtuosic” and “gorgeous” and “versatile tenor-kick-butt” (David Franklin, JazzTimes) and the Columbus Dispatch writes of Mills’ compositions as being “impressive with solos that are ear opening…with a tone that is big and rich”. His discography includes, as a leader, Fresh Spin 3½ stars in Downbeat (with Pete McCann and Tony Monaco) and Art and Architecture (4 stars AMG) featuring Matt Wilson and Dennis Irwin. His latest recording is a new CD titled Sweet Shadow. Ohio Wesleyan’s Performing Arts Series and The Conrad Kent Lecture Fund are pleased to welcome the premier live performance of his latest recording, Sweet Shadow with drummer Matt Wilson, guitarist Pete McCann, bassist Martin Wind and pianist Erik Augis.
Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 8 p.m.
The East Asian Studies program and the Performing Arts Series offer a rare opportunity as East meets West and old meets new on the Jemison auditorium stage of Sanborn Hall this Saturday night (October 5, 2013). Featuring selected works from her recent CD release “Beginning of a Journey” (2012), international recording artist and performer-composer, Yumi Kurosawa, will share original and traditional melodies on the Japanese koto with Indian tabla player, Deep Singh, as both musicians blend world music with 21st century Electronica.
The New York Times has described Kurosawa as “mesmerizing” while the Washington Post writes that her playing is “vivid” and “timeless.”
Robert Post Comedy Theatre: The One-Man Variety Show
Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 8 p.m.
Chappelear Drama Center
Robert Post is a brilliant physical comedian with a stunning theatrical mind. Combine a quart of dry humor with three tablespoons of expert mime, versatile acting, and skilled juggling; add a keen sense of satire and the absurd. Blend in splendid timing and experience, and what do you get? A host of unforgettable characters at the perfect comedy feast!
Post has performed in almost every conceivable setting including major festivals, concert halls, dinner theaters, prisons, factories, schools, corporate retreats, TV commercials, homeless shelters, cruise ships, with symphony orchestras, and more. An alumnus of the Affiliate Artists program, he has received numerous awards and fellowships and has toured his performances to forty-five states, Canada, Japan, Mexico, the Mediterranean and Russia. Since 1994, his work has been seen across the US and in Canada on national television (PBS) in an award-winning special,“Robert Post - In Performance.” Post’s one-man show was presented by Broadway’s New Victory Theater to rave reviews and sold out houses.
“Post merits a place on anybody’s all-star team of the goofily gifted.” —The New York Times
“…riveting… eclectic… uproariously funny.” —NPR Radio
Central Ohio Symphony
Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 3 p.m.
A vast and growing audience of classical music lovers has enjoyed the talent and dedication of the Central Ohio Symphony’s musicians. Come be a part of this inspiring local tradition as Conductor Jaime Morales-Matos brings passion to the podium, directing dedicated musicians drawn from all over Ohio. Tonight’s concert honors a community celebration of peace with a performance of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony featuring The Ohio Wesleyan University Choral Art Society and Capriccio Chorus.
Note: A limited supply of free tickets are available to all OWU students, staff, and faculty by contacting the Central Ohio Symphony office at OWUtickets@centralohiosymphony.org or by calling their office at (740) 362-1799.
Remaining tickets may be available at the door.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 8 p.m.
Conundrum is a dynamic group of musicians who love to make music together. Whether performing in a riverfront pavilion, a moonlit observatory, a wacky museum of signs or on the conventional concert stage, Conundrum creates a special musical experience that generates excitement and anticipation in their diverse and growing audience. Their concert will feature several original works created by OWU students from Dr. Jennifer Jolley’s composition studio.
Since their premiere season in 2005–2006, Conundrum has rapidly gained a reputation for audience-oriented new music played with passion, humor and conviction. The ensemble’s repertoire is a balance of newly commissioned works, transcriptions, and works featuring different combinations of their unique instrumentation-soprano, flute, clarinet and piano.
As the muse for many composers, Conundrum has expanded the chamber music repertoire substantially in a short period of time. They have been the featured ensemble at the Fresno New Music Festival, the Society of Composers, Inc. conference at Ball State University, and the subject of a composer commission/residency at the School for the Creative and Performing Arts. This exposure to the national community of composers has generated many exciting new works for both the ensemble and its individual players.
Special thanks are given this year to the Conrad Kent Lecture Fund and the OWU Asian Studies Program for their financial support. The Performing Arts Series would also like to acknowledge the behind the scenes effort of everyone who has made this program successful, including Liz Dale-Priestly, Sandie Maynard, Cole Hatcher, Doug Thompson, Lindsay Mauter, and our 2013-14 box office manager, Abby Helbling.