January 13, 2020
The Catholic University of America Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, Drama, and Art will present the following events during the spring 2020 semester. For more information, including pricing for ticketed events, visit arts.catholic.edu

All arts events are presented on the campus of Catholic University at 620 Michigan Ave., N.E., Washington, D.C., 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, open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours on selected evenings); Heritage Hall (located in Father O’Connell Hall); the Ward Recital Hall (located in Ward Hall); Callan Theatre (located in Hartke Theatre); and Hartke Theatre, which is located at 3801 Harewood Road, N.E., Washington, D.C. 

VISUAL ARTS EXHIBITS

Dec. 4 — Jan. 17
Senior Preview
Salve Regina Gallery
Featuring the works of Catholic University seniors Kate Michaud, Marcus Perkins, Olivia Rader, and Breny Recinos Argueta.

Jan. 23 — Feb. 21, with opening reception on Thursday, Jan. 23, 5-8 p.m.
Faculty Exhibition
Salve Regina Gallery
Featuring a vibrant selection of contemporary art by some of D.C.’s most accomplished artists —  Jeff Andrews, Adam Bradley, Peter Dueker, John Figura, Kevin Mitchell Jonathan Monaghan, and Beverly Ress. The breadth of their expressive media ranges the spectrum of contemporary visual arts, including CGI animation, analog and digital photography, drawing, painting, screen printing, mixed media, metal sculpture, and ceramics. 

March 5 — April 3, with opening reception on Thursday, March 5, 5-8 p.m.
The Figure Interpreted Redux
A short survey of contemporary figurative painting, this group exhibition will feature the work of contemporary painters who investigate the body’s inherent physicality, expressivity, and immediacy. In their hands, the human form — vividly youthful, hauntingly beautiful, poignantly aged, and honed by time — provides a fecund source of inspiration, communication, and reflection. 

April 16 — May 16 — opening reception Thursday April 16, 5-8 p.m.
Senior Project Exhibition
Featuring the works of Catholic University seniors Kate Michaud, Marcus Perkins, Olivia Rader, and Breny Recinos Argueta.

DRAMA PRODUCTIONS

Feb. 6 — Feb. 9
The Ties that Bind
By Kelly Renee Armstrong, MFA Playwriting Candidate
Hartke Studio
It’s Thanksgiving in the town of Bethel, N.C., and a family gathers together to celebrate. But underneath the pristine veneer of their lives and the loving counsel of Pastor Viola, two cousins face a crisis that threatens to expose the hidden fissures in the family’s life.
Performances will take place on Feb. 6, 7, and 8 at 7:30 p.m.; and Feb. 8 and 9 at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at arts.catholic.edu. 

April 23 — April 26
Measure for Measure
By William Shakespeare
Hartke Theatre
Novitiate Isabella pleads with a powerful ruler to save her incarcerated brother from the death penalty and he offers her a deal: If she has sex with him, he will save her brother. Negotiating a moral path through the situation, she finds the strength to forge her voice and identity. Performances will take place on April 23, 24, and 25 at 7:30 p.m.; and April 25 and 26 at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at arts.catholic.edu. 

MUSIC PERFORMANCES

Jan. 30
Washington International Piano Series presents: Daniel Kuehler
Ward Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.
Featuring a program of Scriabin and Liszt. 

Jan. 31
Repertory Chorus Concert: Sacred Choral Treasures I
Heritage Hall, 7:30 p.m.
Featuring the Catholic Repertory Chorus, a fully professional choir which serves as the resident training ensemble for graduate students in choral conducting. Drawn from among the capital’s best choral singers, this ensemble performs a curated series of concerts and liturgical services, showcasing a carefully curated selection of sacred masterworks conducted by the graduate choral conducting studio, under the direction of Timothy McDonnell, head of graduate choral studies.

Feb. 12
Composition Area Concert
Ward Recital Hall, 8 p.m.
Featuring original works from students in the Department of Music’s Composition Division. 

Feb. 16
Music of Joaquin Rodrigo
Ward Recital Hall, 3 p.m.
Presented by the Latin American Center for Graduate Studies.

Feb. 20
Chamber Orchestra Concert
Kennedy Stage, 2700 F St. NW, Washington, D.C., 6 p.m.
Presented in collaboration with the Embassy of Canada, this concert will feature a new work by Robert A. Baker as well as pieces by Mozart and Beethoven. 

Feb. 23
Repertory Chorus Concert: Sacred Choral Treasures II
Heritage Hall, 3:30 p.m. 
Featuring the Catholic Repertory Chorus, a fully professional choir which serves as the resident training ensemble for graduate students in choral conducting, under the direction of Timothy McDonnell, head of graduate choral studies.


Feb. 28 — March 1
A Little Night Music
Callan Theatre
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, with book by Hugh Wheeler.
Set in 1900 Sweden, A Little Night Music explores the tangled web of affairs centered around actress, Desirée Armfeldt, and the men who love her: a lawyer by the name of Fredrik Egerman and Count Carl-Magnus Malcom. When the traveling actress performs in Fredrik’s town, the estranged lovers’ passion rekindles. This strikes a flurry of jealousy and suspicion between Desirée; Fredrik; Fredrick’s wife, Anne; Desirée’s current lover, the Count; and the Count’s wife, Charlotte. Both men — as well as their jealous wives — agree to join Desirée and her family for a weekend in the country at Desirée’s mother’s estate. With everyone in one place, infinite possibilities of new romances and second chances bring endless surprises. Performances will take place Feb. 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m.; and Feb. 29 and March 1 at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at arts.catholic.edu. 

March 5
Washington International Piano Series presents: Ivo Kaltchev
Ward Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.
Featuring a program of Chopin, Debussy, Gershwin, Griffes, Crumb, and B’Racz. 

March 19
Concerts spirituels: Te Joseph Celebrent
St. Vincent de Paul Chapel, 1:15 p.m.
Music for the Feast of St. Joseph. 

March 22
Piano Concert: Schönberg Pierrot Lunaire
Ward Recital Hall, 4 p.m.
An interdisciplinary showcase of music, poetry, and visual art, featuring Jacqueline Leary-Warsaw (soprano), Francesca Hurst (piano), William Kenlon (conductor), Lauren Rausch (violin, viola), Eunsil Kim (flute), Benjamin Bokor (clarinet), Dorotea Racz (cello) as well as students and faculty from the departments of Music Theory, History, and Composition, Drama, and Art.

March 25
Repertory Chorus: Annunciation Day Event
Caldwell Chapel, 5:10 p.m.
Featuring the Catholic Repertory Chorus, a fully professional choir which serves as the resident training ensemble for graduate students in choral conducting. Drawn from among the capital’s best choral singers, this ensemble performs a curated series of concerts and liturgical services, showcasing a carefully curated selection of sacred masterworks conducted by the graduate choral conducting studio, under the direction of Timothy McDonnell, head of graduate choral studies.

March 26 — March 29
The Tender Land
Hartke Theater
Music by Aaron Copland, with libretto by Horace Everett (aka Erik Johns)
Aaron Copland, the “dean of American composers,” may have thought that opera was “la forme fatale,” but that did not stop him from creating a quintessential American coming-of-age opera. Inspired by James Agee’s and Walker Evans’ Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, Copland had college singers in mind and thought universities were the most congenial venue for this work. Performances will take place March 26, 27, and 28, at 7:30 p.m.; and March 29 at 2 p.m. 

March 30
Musical Theatre D.C. Senior Showcase
Ward Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m.
Featuring student performances from the Division of Musical Theatre. 

April 2
Catholic University Chamber Choir
The Basilica of Saint Mary, 310 S. Royal St., Alexandria, Va., 7:30 p.m. 

April 4
University Singers Spring Choral Concert
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave., N.E., Washington, D.C., 7:30 p.m.
Conducted by Allan Laino. 

April 17
Concerts spirituels: Haec dies
St. Vincent de Paul Chapel, 1:15 p.m.
Music for Eastertide. 

April 26
Catholic University Wind Ensemble Concert
Caldwell Auditorium, 3 p.m.
Featuring an original composition by undergraduate composition major Evan Brende, as well as classic and contemporary works for winds. 

May 2
Catholic University Symphony Orchestra
Hartke Theater, 7:30 p.m.
The Catholic University Symphony Orchestra presents its spring concert.

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