August 14, 2018

The Catholic University of America Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, Drama, and Art will present the following events during the fall 2018 semester. For more information, including pricing for ticketed events, visit  

All arts events are presented on the campus of Catholic University, unless otherwise indicated. View a campus map for primary locations, including Caldwell Chapel and auditorium (located in Caldwell Hall); the Salve Regina Gallery (located in Salve Regina Hall); Heritage Hall (located in Father O’Connell Hall); the Ward Recital Hall (located in Ward Hall); and Hartke Theatre, which is located at 3801 Harewood Road, N.E., Washington, D.C.

Oct. 19
A Celebration of the Arts
Held in conjunction with the University’s Cardinal Weekend, the School of Music, Drama, and Art presents a kickoff performance showcasing the talents of students and faculty. Events will include a Concert Spirituel at 1 p.m. in Caldwell Chapel, selections from The Importance of Being Earnest and Legally Blonde at 4 p.m. in Hartke Theatre, and a reception at 5 p.m. in Salve Regina Gallery.


Aug. 30 — Oct. 26
Entangled: Recent Paintings by Candace Masters
Salve Regina Gallery
This series of paintings by Catholic University alumna Candace Masters uses the pliant and intentionally ambiguous theme “entangled” as a metaphor to explore visually the complex web of issues facing women in American society and culture today. Using a combination of materials and processes, including traditional underpainting, layers of​​ semi-translucent oil paint, and impasto impregnated with crushed basalt, sand, and  glass beads, her work combines centuries-old western figure painting techniques and contemporary practices. With these, Masters recasts the familiar subject of the female figure as a modern woman, drawn in many directions and bound by conflicting obligations and expectations.  

Nov. 1 — Dec. 7
Junior/Senior Art Majors ​Midway Show​
Salve Regina Gallery
A curated selection of artworks across multiple mediums showcasing the wide-ranging and exciting projects being created by junior and senior Studio Art majors at Catholic University.


Oct. 4 — 7
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
Hartke Theatre
Oscar Wilde's wit and ability to charmingly roast the customs of high society are on full display with this delightful love story. Wilde originally described the play as "A Trivial Comedy for Serious People," and it is revered as one of the most endearing and enduring social class comedies of all time. The characters are superficial, vain, short-sighted, and entirely lovable. We invite you to enjoy timeless comedy, witty writing at its best, and as many dainty cucumber sandwiches as you can stomach! Performances will take place on Oct. 4, 5, and 6, at 7:30 p.m.; and Oct. 6 and 7, at 2 p.m.

Nov. 29 — Dec. 2
The Laramie Project by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project
Hartke Theatre
Twenty years ago, in October 1998, Matthew Shepard was kidnapped, severely beaten, tied to a fence,and left to die in Laramie, Wyo. Based on more than 200 interviews by Moises Kaufman and the members of Tectonic Theatre Project, The Laramie Project is a breathtaking collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable. Performances will take place on Nov. 29, 30, and Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m.; and Dec. 1 and 2, at 2 p.m.


Oct. 7
Catholic University Symphony Orchestra
Father O’Connell Hall, Heritage Hall, 3 p.m.
The Catholic University Symphony Orchestra presents its fall concert, featuring works by Mahler, Mozart, and Schubert. Guest performances will include members of the National Symphony Orchestra and music faculty Alice Weinreb and Adriana Horne.

Oct. 21
Bernstein at 100: Complete Solo Piano Works
National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave., N.W., 3 p.m.
Faculty, students, and alumni of the Piano Division of The Catholic University of America Rome School of Music, Drama, and Art present "Bernstein at 100: The Complete Solo Piano Works." Featured performances will include: “Music for the Dance No. I” (1938), “Piano Sonata” (1938), “Music for the Dance No. 2” (1938), “Seven Anniversaries” (1943), “Four Anniversaries” (1948), “Four Sabras” (1950), “Five Anniversaries” (1954), “Touches” (1981), and “Thirteen Anniversaries” (1988).

Oct. 27 — Nov. 3
Legally Blonde
Hartke Theatre
Music and Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin, with book by Heather Hach. Based on the novel Legally Blonde by Amanda Brown and the 2001 film of the same name.
This fabulously fun, award-winning musical follows Elle Woods from college days to her acceptance and struggles at the prestigious Harvard Law School. Filled with memorable songs and jam-packed with action, having this much fun in the theatre shouldn’t be legal! Performances will take place Oct. 27, Nov. 2, and Nov. 3, at 7:30 p.m., and Oct. 28 at 2 p.m.

Oct. 28
Performance of Liszt by James Litzelman, instructor, piano and piano pedagogy
Ward Recital Hall, 3 p.m.
Litzelman will present a lecture and recital on the religious music of Liszt.

Nov 8 — 11
Suor Angelica
Ward Recital Hall
This one-act opera, by composer Giacomo Puccini and librettist Giovacchino Forzano, is set in a convent, and tells the heart-wrenching tale of Sister Angelica, whose closely held secrets reveal a struggle between life and death. Performances will take place Nov. 8, 9, and 10, at 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 11, at 2 p.m.  

Nov. 16
An Evening of Music in Commemoration of Kristallnacht
Ward Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.
Featuring “Malachey Elyon (Messengers of the Most High),” an original piece by Catholic University clinical professor and alumnus Joseph A. Santo.

Nov. 17
Catholic University Symphony Orchestra
Asbury Methodist Village, 201 Russell Ave., Gaithersburg, Md., 7 p.m.
The Catholic University Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Simeone Tartaglione, presents a special program featuring works by Rossini, Debussy, Strauss, and Franck. Featuring a performance by Eric Moore, music faculty and principal horn with Fairfax Symphony.

Dec. 2
Catholic University Wind Ensemble
Caldwell Auditorium, 3 p.m.
The Catholic University Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Rich Roberts, presents Music of the British Invasion, featuring composers from Gustav Holst to The Beatles.

Dec. 7
The Annual Christmas Concert for Charity
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Great Upper Church, 7:30 p.m.
The Catholic University of America School of Music, Drama, and Art, together with the Choir of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, presents the annual Christmas Concert for Charity. This concert is free to the public, with suggested donations benefiting a local charity that is yet-to-be-determined. The concert will be internationally broadcast on EWTN Global Catholic Network as part of the In Concert classical music series hosted by Jacqueline Leary-Warsaw, Dean of the School of Music, Drama, and Art.