January 17, 2019

The Catholic University of America Rome School of Music, Drama, and Art will present the following events during the spring 2019 semester. For more information, including pricing for ticketed events, visit arts.catholic.edu.  

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); Salve Regina Gallery (located in Salve Regina Hall); Heritage Hall (located in Father O’Connell Hall); Ward Recital Hall (located in Ward Hall); and Hartke Theatre, which is located at 3801 Harewood Road, N.E., Washington, D.C.

Tickets and the most up-to-date times and locations available at arts.catholic.edu/performances-and-events. Prices are as follows:

Hartke Theatre performances
Premium $40
Adult $25
Alumni, Faculty/Staff, Senior, Military $20
Students $10

Callan Theatre/Ward Recital Hall performances
Adult $20
Alumni, Faculty/Staff, Senior, Military $15
Students $10


Feb. 4-March 29
Washington Sculptors Group — A Tribute to Tom Rooney
Salve Regina Gallery
The Washington Sculptors Group will be collaborating with The Catholic University of America’s Department of Art on an exhibition honoring Tom Rooney, University alumnus, professor for 35 years (including 10 years as chair of the art department), and founding member of the Washington Sculptors Group. The exhibition will feature sculptures by Rooney and the work of recipients of the annual Tom Rooney award, granted in Rooney’s honor to Washington sculptors of notable merit.

April 11-26
Senior Projects Part I
Salve Regina Gallery

May 2-16
Senior Projects Part II
Salve Regina Gallery
Senior Studio art majors will present the best selections from their senior capstone thesis work, representing the culmination of their undergraduate studies. Spanning a range of artistic mediums and developed in tandem with faculty advisors over the course of their senior year, these exhibitions will highlight the diverse and unique creative approaches of each student.


Feb. 8-17
Ad Nauseam
By M.F.A. Playwriting candidate Conor LaRocque
Callan Theatre
After a series of personal and professional setbacks, the Ladd family registers for the Residential Ad Space Network, an organization paying people for the right to cover their homes with large digital screens that feature nothing but video advertisements. This temporary moneymaker soon becomes an invasive, calculating, and all-consuming presence. As the advertised allure of a fuller life threatens to gobble up their savings, quarreling siblings Todd and Sharon must team up to restore some reality to an artificial world. Performances will take place Feb. 8, 14, and 16, at 7:30 p.m.; and Feb. 9 and 17, at 2 p.m.

Feb. 9-16
By M.F.A. Playwriting candidate Rachel Rios
Callan Theatre
Alexa, an eccentric heiress to a wind farm, goes on a quest to find a utopia city her father used to tell her about as a young girl. She believes the healers she finds there will be able to cure her of her mental illness. Sebastian, a skeptical windmill mechanic, accompanies Alexa at the insistence of her aunt. Unbeknownst to them, her aunt has plans to steal the farm while they are away. As they traverse unique lands and meet zany characters, Sebastian begins to believe in the utopian city, but it may all be another one of Alexa’s delusions. Reminiscent of Don Quixote and The Wizard of Oz, Tilting takes a unique look at mental health and what makes each of us delightfully “crazy.” Performances will take place Feb. 9, 13, and 15, at 7:30 p.m., and Feb. 10 and 16, at 2 p.m.

April 25-28
By Sophocles
Hartke Theatre
A young woman grapples with the forces of power within a society that has gone blind to justice for all. Sophocles’ Antigone is held up to us as a mirror for all the freedom fighters and determined women powerful in their pursuits at all costs. A story for our time. Performances will take place April 25, 26, and 27, at 7:30 p.m., and April 27 and 28, at 2 p.m.


Feb. 2, March 22, and May 3
Concerts Spirituels
St. Vincent de Paul Chapel
The Concerts Spirituels offer listeners a rich treasury of sacred music, performed by Catholic University faculty, students, and internationally renowned guest artists. Concerts are held in the St. Vincent de Paul Chapel from 1:15 to 1:45 p.m., just after midday Mass.

Feb. 22
Music in Honor of the Chair of Peter
The Catholic University Sacred Music Consort and Mark Janello, harpsichord

March 22
Excerpts from Antonio Caldara’s Passion Oratorios
The Catholic University Sacred Music Consort and Mark Janello, harpsichord

May 3
The Three Marys, a Medieval Easter Play
Eya Ensemble for Medieval Music

Feb. 3
Catholic University Chamber Orchestra Concert
Ward Recital Hall, 3 p.m.

March 1-3
The Threepenny Opera
Music by Kurt Weill, book by Bertolt Brecht, based on The Beggar’s Opera by John Gay, translated by Elisabeth Hauptman
Callan Theatre
Savage, biting musical commentary reflecting bourgeois capitalism and modern morality. Set in Victorian London, this is the bitter tale of a predatory outlaw known as Mack the Knife. Performances will take place March 1-3 at 7:30 p.m., and March 2 at 2 p.m.

March 5-8
The Catholic University Chamber Choir
The Catholic University Chamber Choir presents three performances:

  • March 5 at the Basilica of Saint Mary, 310 S Royal St, Alexandria, Va., at 7:30 p.m.
  • March 7 at Father O’Connell Hall’s Heritage Hall at 7:30 p.m.
  • March 8 at the Basilica of the Assumption, 409 Cathedral St., Baltimore, Md., at 7:30 p.m.

March 21
Piano Concert - Yuri Didenko
Ward Recital Hall, 8 p.m.

March 24
Latin American Music Center Concert
Ward Recital Hall, 3 p.m.

March 27
Piano Concert  - Ralitza Patcheva
Ward Recital Hall, 8 p.m.

March 28-31
Julius Caesar in Egypt
By George Frideric Handel with libretto by Nicola Francesco Bussani. Sung in Italian with English supertitles.
Hartke Theatre
Loosely based on historical events of the Roman Civil War, Handel’s masterpiece has become one of his most performed operatic works. This opera seria tells the story of how Caesar and Cleopatra first met. Before the Queen of the Nile flirted with Marc Antony, she was Caesar’s mistress and bore his only son. True to baroque standards, the opera is rife with confrontation and deceit, yet full of glorious music! Join us as Catholic University Opera and Symphony “go for baroque.” Performances will take place March 28-30 at 7:30 p.m., and March 31 at 2 p.m.

April 1
Musical Theatre Showcase
Ward Recital Hall, 7 p.m.

April 25
Composition Area Concert
John Paul Hall, 7:30 p.m.
This concert will feature new works by students and faculty composers.

April 27
The Catholic University of America Singers
Location to be announced, 7:30 p.m.

May 4
Concerto Competition Winners Concert
Hartke Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

May 5
The Catholic University Wind Ensemble
Location and time to be announced.
Under the direction of Rich Roberts, D.M.A., the Catholic University Wind Ensemble will perform a concert of “Originals,” featuring unique works for wind ensemble and a world premiere of a work by a composer-in-residence.