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 2014-2015 season continues this legacy with five top-notch events.
The PAS committee believes strongly in the master class philosophy and attempts to schedule opportunities for visiting artists to work with OWU students. Some master classes may be open to the public. For more information about master classes and the Performing Arts Series at Ohio Wesleyan please contact the PAS phone messaging service at (740) 368-3629, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2014-2015 Series
Claire Porter, a master of comedic movement monologues (“one of the wittiest in the business”, New York Times) will bring five vignettes to our stage, each celebrating the music of our everyday lives. In Piano Porter portrays an elegant concert pianist whose piano has not yet arrived and as she stalls she slyly addresses the concept of mistakes. In the poetic Homestretch Porter portrays the elongated task of arriving home after an exhausting workday. Joining Porter in Falling for Prepositions are soprano Marla Berg and composer Mary Ellen Childs as they address the beauty of our prepositions. Supported by a Live Music for Dance Grant and a Residency at The Baryshnikov Arts Center, “It had the audience in stitches”, Mark Horning, Arts & Exhibits Newsletter, Cleveland OH.
Prepositions and a Piano (“Hilarious realism”, New York Times) celebrates Claire Porter’s merging of music, dance, language and humor.
Choreographer Claire Porter has received many commissions and honors including those from the National Endowment for the Arts, The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, and most recently a Guggenheim Fellowship. Porter has an M.A. in Dance from The Ohio State University, a B.A. in Mathematics, and is a Laban Movement Analyst.
Hailed by the New York Times as “a marvelous pianist,” Oberlin Professor of Piano Peter Takács has performed widely, receiving critical and audience acclaim for his penetrating and communicative musical interpretations. Praised by The New York Times as “An artist who makes one hang on every note,” principal cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Robert deMaine has distinguished himself as one of the finest and versatile musicians of his generation, having performed worldwide to critical acclaim from Carnegie Hall to the Teatro Colon. A first prize-winner in many national and international competitions, Robert deMaine became, in 1990, the first cellist ever to win the Grand Prize at San Francisco’s Irving M. Klein International Competition for Strings. Their OWU performance will feature an all Beethoven program for piano and cello:
- Twelve Variations on “See the Conq’ring Hero Comes” based on Händel’s Oratorio “Judas Maccabeus”
- Sonata in G minor, Op. 5 No. 2
- Sonata in C major, Op. 102 No. 1
- Sonata in A major, Op. 69
Senegal St. Joseph Gospel Choir
Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 8 p.m.
Gray Chapel, University Hall
On their first-ever North American tour, this inspiring West African choir lifts the hearts and spirits of all who hear their extraordinary voices. The Senegal St. Joseph Gospel Choir has become a symbol of peace, hope, humanity, and brotherhood throughout its homeland of Senegal since the ensemble’s founding in 1950. Featuring traditional Senegalese singing, percussion and dance, the group’s 15 singers and 4 drummers perform unique interpretations of gospel spirituals, traditional African tunes, Catholic liturgy, and indigenous Muslim songs to reflect the harmony between the major cultures of Senegal. Their OWU performance will be selected from the following program:
- Fala La – Traditional song to begin the concert.
- Amazing Grace – Traditional gospel song.
- You Better Mind – Traditional gospel song.
- The Storm is Passing Over – Traditional gospel song.
- Rock My Soul – Traditional gospel song.
- Day Oh – Traditional gospel song.
- Ta Vueta – Song about the act of Grace.
- Ku Kertien – Christmas song in the Diola language of southern Senegal.
- Jam – In the national language of the Senegalese Wolof, for peace in Senegal and the world.
- Tébal U Safal – Song thanking God for his charity and kindness.
- Requiem Latino-Wolof – Adaptation of Mozart’s Requiem in the Wolof language.
- Kyrie – From a Mass composed by the Mr. Julien Jouga, founder of the choir.
- Gloria – From a Mass composed in Portuguese Creole by Mr. Julien Jouga.
- Simiéno – Praises of Mary the Blessed Virgin in the Serere language, composed by Mr. Julien Jouga.
- Coumpo – Popular song in the Diola language, used to cast out bad spirits.
- Bandia – Song in the Bambara language, arranged by Mr. Julien Jouga.
- Elé Way Way – Song to give young women strength and courage during the traditional tattoo ceremony.
- Walay – Wolof song for blind men begging for alms.
- Terra Sabi – Creole song sung during the winter plowing in order to encourage farmers.
- Casamance – Song celebrating wrestlers’ courage (wrestling is the national sport of Senegal).
“Tales from the Grave”
Presented by A Portable Theatre
Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 8 p.m.
Chappelear Drama Center
The mission of A Portable Theatre is to create professional theatre for the enrichment of communities throughout Ohio. Veteran actor-director and APT founder Geoffrey Nelson states, “Exciting theatre doesn’t require a lavish auditorium. It doesn’t require stage lights. It doesn’t even require a stage! Exciting theatre just requires a good script, skilled actors and an eager audience.” Tales From The Grave features a crowd-pleasing performance of four actors set in an old radio style.
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. The May 2 concert will feature the U.S. premiere of “The Great Animal Orchestra” inspired by the research and book by musician, acoustician and sound environmentalist Bernie Krause documenting human activity on the environment using sound recordings.
May 2 concert program:
- The Great Animal Orchestra – Richard Blackford (U.S. Premiere)
- Bird Nest – New work for percussion instruments and iPads
- Fountains of Rome – Ottorino Respighi
- Pines of Rome – Ottorino Respighi
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.
Any remaining tickets will be available at the door.
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 2014-15 box office manager, Abby Helbling.