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Caroline Shaw

Columbus Symphony’s Beethoven: Pastoral Symphony Program to Feature Guest Violinist and Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composer Caroline Shaw October 20 & 21

Even though they are two centuries apart, composers Ludwig van Beethoven and Pulitzer Prize-winning Caroline Shaw both speak with a provocative voice that is raw, earthy, and dug deep from the soul. Conducted by CSO Music Director Rossen Milanov, the full program will include Haydn’s Symphony No. 59 (“The Fire”), an original Caroline Shaw composition for violin and orchestra titled Lo, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 (“Pastoral”). Shaw will be the featured guest violinist in Lo.

The Columbus Symphony presents Beethoven: Pastoral Symphony at the Southern Theatre (21 E. Main St.) on Friday and Saturday, October 20 and 21, at 8pm. Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets, and www.ticketmaster.com. To purchase tickets by phone, please call (614) 228-8600 or (800) 745-3000. The CAPA Ticket Center will also be open two hours prior to each performance.

Prelude – Patrons are invited to join Christopher Purdy in the theatre at 7pm for a 30-minute, pre-concert discussion about the works to be performed.

Postlude – After the Friday performance, patrons are invited to join the musicians of the Columbus Symphony at Thurber’s Bar in the adjacent Westin Hotel (310 S. High St.). After the Saturday performance, patrons are encouraged to stay and participate in a talk-back with Caroline Shaw from the stage of the Southern Theatre.

Additional – At 2pm on Sunday, October 22, Beethoven enthusiasts are invited to meet at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center (505 W. Whittier St.) for a free, Pastoral Symphony-inspired, hour-long, guided walk through the Scioto Audubon Metro Park, culminating in a performance of a Beethoven string quartet by Columbus Symphony musicians.

About CSO Music Director Rossen Milanov

Respected and admired by audiences and musicians alike, Rossen Milanov is currently the Music Director of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Princeton Symphony Orchestra, and the Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias in Spain.

Milanov has established himself as a conductor with considerable national and international presence. He has appeared with the symphonies of Colorado, Detroit, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Baltimore, Seattle, and Fort Worth, as well as the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall “Link Up” education projects with Chicago’s Orchestra of St. Luke’s and Civic Orchestra.

Internationally, Milanov has collaborated with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra de la Suisse Romand, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Aalborg, Latvian, and Hungarian National Symphony Orchestras. He has also conducted orchestras in Toronto, Vancouver, Mexico, Colombia, Sao Paolo, Belo Horizonte, New Zealand, and the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic in South Africa. In the Far East, he has appeared with the symphonies of NHK, Sapporo, Tokyo, and Singapore, the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic.

Milanov has collaborated with some of the world’s preeminent artists, including Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Midori, Christian Tetzlaff, and André Watts. During his 11-year tenure with the Philadelphia Orchestra, he conducted more than 200 performances. In 2015, he completed a 15-year tenure as Music Director of the nationally recognized training orchestra Symphony in C in New Jersey. In 2013, he completed a 17-year tenure with the New Symphony Orchestra in his native city of Sofia, Bulgaria. His passion for new music has resulted in numerous world premieres of works by composers such as Derek Bermel, Richard Danielpour, Nicolas Maw, and Gabriel Prokofiev among others.

Noted for his versatility, Milanov is also a welcome presence in the worlds of opera and ballet. Most recently, he collaborated with Komische Oper Berlin (Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtzensk), Opera Oviedo (Spanish premiere of Tchaikovsky’s Mazzepa and Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle that was awarded best Spanish production for 2015), and Opera Columbus (Verdi’s La Traviata).

An experienced ballet conductor, he has been seen at New York City Ballet and collaborated with some of the best-known choreographers of our time such as Mats Ek, Benjamin Millepied, and most recently, Alexei Ratmansky in the critically acclaimed revival of Swan Lake in Zurich with the Zurich Ballet and in Paris with the La Scala Ballet.

Milanov studied conducting at the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School where he received the Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship.

About composer Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)

German composer and pianist Ludwig van Beethoven was a crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras of Western art music, and remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers. His Symphony No. 6, also known as the Pastoral Symphony, was completed in 1808, and was first performed in the Theater an der Wien on December 22, 1808. Beethoven was a lover of nature who spent a great deal of his time on walks in the country. He frequently left Vienna to work in rural locations. He said the Sixth Symphony was “more the expression of feeling than painting,” a point underlined by the title of the first movement.

About composer Caroline Adelaide Shaw (b. 1982)

Shaw is a New York-based musician, and the youngest ever winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music for her enigmatic composition Partita for 8 Voices. Her career defies categorization—she performs as a violin soloist, chamber musician, and as a vocalist in the Grammy-winning ensemble Roomful of Teeth. Recent commissions include works for Carnegie Hall, the Guggenheim Museum, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra with Jonathan Biss, and mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter. She also frequently collaborates with Kanye West. Currently a doctoral candidate at Princeton, Caroline also studied at Rice and Yale. Shaw’s 2015 composition for violin and orchestra, Lo, has two continuous movements speckled with her signature gestures and textures that are densely layered and inventive.



The Columbus Symphony presents BEETHOVEN: PASTORAL SYMPHONY

Friday & Saturday, October 20 & 21, 8 pm

Southern Theatre (21 E. Main St.)

Even though they are two centuries apart, composers Ludwig van Beethoven and Pulitzer Prize-winning Caroline Shaw both speak with a provocative voice that is raw, earthy, and dug deep from the soul. Conducted by CSO Music Director Rossen Milanov, the full program will include Haydn’s Symphony No. 59 (“The Fire”), an original Caroline Shaw composition for violin and orchestra titled Lo, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 (“Pastoral”). Shaw will be the featured guest violinist in Lo. Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets, and www.ticketmaster.com. To purchase tickets by phone, please call (614) 228-8600 or (800) 745-3000. www.columbussymphony.com

The 2017-18 season is made possible in part by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council (OAC). The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically. The CSO also appreciates the support of the Greater Columbus Arts Council, supporting the city’s artists and arts organizations since 1973, and the Robert W. Stevenson, Preston Davis, and Kenneth L. Coe and Jack Barrow funds of The Columbus Foundation, assisting donors and others in strengthening our community for the benefit of all its citizens.

About the Columbus Symphony Orchestra

Founded in 1951, the Columbus Symphony is the only full-time, professional symphony in central Ohio. Through an array of innovative artistic, educational, and community outreach programming, the Columbus Symphony is reaching an expanding, more diverse audience each year. This season, the Columbus Symphony will share classical music with more than 200,000 people in central Ohio through concerts, radio broadcasts, and special programming. For more information, visit www.columbussymphony.com.

Central Ohio Symphony’s 39th season

As season brochures go out in the mails, the Central Ohio Symphony is preparing to open its 39th season, with Conductor Jaime Morales-Matos, now in his 15th year on the podium, and the 65 plus member ensemble first taking the stage in October.

This season, says Executive Director Warren W. Hyer, will offer concertgoers something old and something new.

“We have put together a season of major works of the classical repertoire,” explained Hyer. “Many of these are works that are known well, but which we have either never played or have not played in almost 30 years. Mahler’s 4th Symphony, Dances of Galanta by Kodaly, Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloe: these are all new to our orchestra. We also will be performing Brahms’ Symphony No. 2, which we last played 29 years ago. So this will all be new.”

“We will also have two exciting soloists this season. Frank Huang, piano professor at Miami University of Ohio, will perform Rachmaninoff’s Paino Concerto No. 2 in the fall. Soprano Laura Portune, who has performed with us before, will join us in March.”

The 39th season will also mark the return of astronomical film synchronized with music with the presentation of the KV265 movie “Moonrise” to accompany the Ravel.

“We are very excited to welcome back Dr. José Francisco Salgado, creator of the “Moonrise” film,” said Hyer. “This will be our third time we have presented a concert with him and brought him to Delaware to make educational presentations to area schools. Moonrise is a stunning film about the relationship between the Moon and mankind.”

Hyer noted that because of overwhelmingly popular response, the Celtic band Lone Raven will be the featured artist at the annual Holiday concerts. “We will also be performing a world premiere, Welcome Sun, written by local high school student Noah Goulet, at that same concert.”

The 39th season concert programs are as follows:

• Debut Concert, Saturday, October 14, 2017, 7:30 p.m.: Zoltan Kodaly, Dances of Galanta; Sergi Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No. 2, featuring pianist Frank Huang; Johannes Brahms, Symphony no. 2 in D.

• Holiday Concert, Sunday, December 10, 2017, 2:00 & 4:30 p.m.: Two identical concerts featuring Lone Raven Celtic band, seasonal music, and a world premiere by Delaware composer Noah Goulet.

• Sunday, March 11, 2018, 3:00 p.m.: W. A. Mozart, overture from Cosi fan tutte; Charles Gounod, Juliette’s Waltz from Romeo and Juliette; Franz Lehár, Miene Lippen from Giuditta; Giuseppe Verdi, Sempre Libera from La traviata, featuring Laura Portune, soloist; Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 4, featuring Laura Portune, soloist.

• Saturday, April 28, 2017, 7:30 p.m.: Giuseppe Verdi, La forza del destino; Peter Tchaikovsky, Romeo and Juliet-Fantasy Overture; Maurice Ravel, Daphnis et Chloe, Suite 1 and 2, in conjunction with the Ohio premiere of Moonrise, a KV265 film and guest artist Dr. José Francisco Salgado.

All concerts take place in Gray Chapel auditorium on the Ohio Wesleyan campus.

Season subscription ticket prices for Season 39 are $80.00 for the four concert series. First-time subscribers have the option of purchasing season tickets anywhere in Gray Chapel or for half price in certain limited sections of the auditorium. Subscribers may purchase season tickets online, by telephone, or just by walking in the door of the Symphony Source, 24 E. Winter Street in downtown Delaware. The Symphony holds seats for the prior year’s subscribers until September 15, after which new season ticket orders will be filled on a “first come, first served” basis.

More information about ordering season tickets may be found on the Symphony website at www.centralohiosymphony.org, at the Symphony office at 24 E. Winter Street, or by calling the Symphony at 740-362-1799.

Columbus, OH Author Publishes Children’s Book

This Kids Book is about People and Animals Working Together

The Blue Egg, a new book by Robin Merante, has been released by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc.

The Blue Egg is an endearing tale portraying the lives of people and animals working together. The author is able to beautifully share a tender moment of an egg hunt for her Grandson, Jack, which she believes may prompt sweet recollections for readers as well.

About the Author:

Author Robin Merante is a retired educator from Long Island, New York. She currently resides in Columbus, Ohio.

The Blue Egg is a 30-page paperback with a retail price of $19.00. The ISBN is 978-1-4809-4353-7. It was published by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For more information, or to request a review copy, please go to our virtual pressroom at www.dorrancepressroom.com or our online bookstore at www.dorrancebookstore.com.

Otterbein University Announces Exhibition Schedule for 2017-2018 Academic Year

Leslie H. and Ethyl Rose Miller Gallery

Art and Communication Building, 33 Collegeview Rd., Westerville, OH 43081

Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Closed on holidays and University breaks. For information call (614) 823-1792 or visitwww.otterbein.edu/artscene.

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Home: Contemporary African Artists Consider Place & Identity in Our Connected World

Artists: Osi Audu, Olu Amoda, Ifeoma Anyaeji, Maurice Pefura, and E. Okechukwu Odita

Guest curator: Carol Boram-Hays, Ph.D.

Now-Dec. 1, 2017

Reception: Aug. 31, 5-7 p.m.

African artists Osi Audu, Olu Amoda, Ifeoma Anyaeji, Maurice Pefura, and E. Okechukwu Odita explore the complex concept of home in our global world. While acknowledging that we all are impacted deeply by the places and cultures into which we are born, these artists reveal how the notion of home can be fluid, virtual, fragmented, hybrid, or even contested.

The Journey of Hope: Stories from Sudan to Columbus

Artist: Bol Aweng

Sept. 8-Nov. 21, 2017

Miller Gallery (exterior gallery)

Columbus artist Bol Aweng paints on both canvas and rocks. His work tells the story of his journey from the Darfur region of Sudan to Columbus, Ohio, and from living as a “lost boy” (an orphaned refugee) to a thriving artist, college graduate, husband, and father. Aweng is co-founder with Jok Dau of the Buckeye Medical Clinic in his home village of Piol, South Sudan.

Art Faculty and Staff Exhibition

Jan. 8-Feb. 9, 2018

Reception: Thursday, Jan. 11, 4-6 p.m.

Otterbein Department of Art faculty and staff explore themes of storytelling and identity through global, local, and personal contexts. Artists include Don Austin, Jim Bowling, Louise Captein, Nicholas Hill, Jonathan Johnson, Amanda Kline, Chaz O’Neil, and Margarita Vilshanetskaya.

21st Annual Juried Student Exhibition

Feb. 16-March 9, 2018

Reception: Friday, Feb. 16, 5-7 p.m.

Juror: Alexandra Coon, Executive Director, Massillon Museum

Senior Art Exhibitions

March 16-April 27, 2018

Weekly exhibition and receptions by graduating art majors.

Fisher Gallery

Roush Hall, 27 S. Grove St., Westerville, OH 43081

Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. Closed on holidays and University breaks. For information call (614) 823-1792.

Extra Ordinary Lives: Portraits from a Divided Land

Photographer: Sophia Klaase

Curators: Siona O’Connell and Rick Rohde

Now-Dec. 3, 2017

In 1999, just five years after the first free elections were held in post-apartheid South Africa, 14-year-old Sophia Klaase (1985-2017) began taking photographs when social anthropologist Rick Rohde provided members of her community with cameras. Part of a long-term study of her remote village, Paulshoek, in the country’s sparsely populated Northern Cape, Klaase emerged as a rare talent. She eventually amassed a collection of over 1,500 images that record village life and the passage of time from the perspective of a young woman growing up in the “new” South Africa. Klaase photographed family, friends, village events, daily chores, and self-portraits, overturning the Colonial trope of documenting indigenous people as anthropological specimens.

Stories from Life: A Sufi-Inspired Journey of Past and Present

Artist: Mohmed Hamid

Jan. 2-May 6, 2018

Reception: Thursday, Jan. 25, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Originally from Sudan, Columbus-based artist Mohmed Hamid presents paintings inspired by the many cultures and traditions he has encountered. He combines traditional motifs, scripts, architectural forms, and patterns to create vivid landscapes and cityscapes. Through robust yet subtle layering, the paintings invite exploration as they play with the revealing and concealing of past and present realities.

The Frank Museum of Art

39 S. Vine Street, Westerville, OH 43081

Museum hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday during the University’s academic year. Closed on holidays and University breaks. For information call (614) 818-9716.

South Africa at Liberty: Photography and Films by Yasser Booley

Photographer: Yasser Booley

Curator: Joan Legalamitlwa

Now-Dec. 2, 2017

Public talk and reception: Thursday, Nov. 2, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

This exhibition is a celebration, an indulgent vision of photographer Yasser Booley’s South Africa. Taken from an extensive body of work that begins on the eve of the abolition of apartheid, the photographs span two decades and show ordinary people in the eclectic “rainbow nation” caught at the crossroads, entangled in a disheveled unity. Booley brings to light the beauty of humanity through religious and cultural differences, through class and gender diversity, revealing his unbridled optimism, often sprinkled with an accidental irony. The show coincides with the book Yasser Booley: South Africa at Liberty, Collection Africalia Editions series published by Africalia Edutions and Stichting Kunstboek, 2016. Yasser Booley will be an artist-in-residence in Fall 2017.

Another Place: Images and Stories from a Refugee’s World

Photographer and filmmaker: Tariq Tarey

Poet: Ladan Osman

Jan. 10-April 28, 2018

Another Place juxtaposes the storytelling prowess of Tariq Tarey’s photographs and films with the visually evocative poems of Ladan Osman (Otterbein class of 2006). Through the work of these award-winning creatives, who both came to the United States as refugees from Somalia, the exhibition moves the viewer beyond sweeping generalizations and mind-numbing refugee counts into dialogue with personal lives, humanizing the refugee experience.

Otterbein Department of Music Announces its 2017-2018 Highlights

Westerville, OH—Otterbein formally announces its season of concerts and related music events, including performances by its major ensembles, the Otterbein String Orchestra, Concert Choir and Wind Ensemble, as well as guest artists. Additional concerts may be scheduled. For a complete listing of concerts, ticket information and directions to concert venues, visit www.otterbein.edu/music or call 614.823.1508.

Venue addresses:

Riley Auditorium, Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St., Westerville

Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville

Church of the Master United Methodist, 24 N Grove St., Westerville

Old Bag of Nails Pub, 24 N. State St., Westerville

Sundays at Otterbein…SO Exciting…SO Much Great Music!

Guest Artist: Jerry Wong, piano

Sept. 17, 2 p.m., Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center

Guest Artist: Emily Chua, piano

Oct. 1, 2 p.m., Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center

Faculty Recital: Helen Allen, soprano, and Carolyn Redman, mezzo-soprano

Oct. 1, 7 p.m., Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center

*Fall Collage Concert

Oct. 15, 2 p.m., Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall

*Westerville Symphony at Otterbein University: Masterworks I

Oct. 22, 5 p.m., Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall

Faculty Recital: Steven Wedell, viola, Hild Peersen, clarinet, and Suzanne Newcomb, piano

Oct. 29, 2 p.m., Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center

Guest Artists: Early Interval

Nov. 5, 7 p.m., Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center

Guest Artists: Women in Music Columbus

Nov. 12 and Feb. 25, 2 p.m., Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center

Artists in Residence: QUBE String Quartet

Nov. 19, 2 p.m., and Saturday, April 21, 8 p.m., Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center

*Westerville Symphony at Otterbein University: Sounds of the Season

Dec. 10, 5 p.m., Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall

Guest Artist: John Mortensen, piano

Jan. 28, 2 p.m., Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center

Faculty Recital: Richard Lopez, piano

Feb. 11, 2 p.m., Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center

Global Choral Concert

Feb. 18, 2 p.m., Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center

String Orchestra featuring Richard Lopez, piano

Feb. 18, 7 p.m., Location TBA

*Westerville Symphony at Otterbein University: Masterworks II

March 4, 5 p.m., Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall

Otterbein Singers

March 18, 8 p.m., Church of the Master United Methodist

*Westerville Symphony with Otterbein Combined Choirs: Masterworks III

April 22, 5 p.m., Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall

Special Events

Guest Artists: PANdemonium4 Flute Quartet

Saturday, Feb. 24, 8 p.m., Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center

Faculty Recital: Jennifer Bell, harpsichord

Oct. 30, 2 p.m., Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center

Faculty Recital: Jesse Heetland, trumpet

Nov. 11, 2 p.m., Location TBA

*Opera Theatre

Friday and Saturday, March 23 and 24, 8 p.m.

Sunday, March 25, 2 p.m., Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center

Wind Ensemble

Feb. 28, 8 p.m., Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall

Jazz Series

Thursdays at Old Bag

Sept. 28, Oct. 26, Jan. 12 (Redbird Faculty Jazz Combo), Feb. 22, March 22, Apr. 6, 8 p.m., Westerville Old Bag of Nails Pub

Holiday Jazz Showcase

Friday, Dec. 1, 8 p.m., Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall

*Admission is charged. Visit otterbein.edu/music for more information

Otterbein Theatre & Dance Announces 2017-18 Season


by Neil Simon

Directed by Melissa Lusher

Sept. 21-24 and Sept. 28-30

Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St.

Performance Schedule

Thursday, Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 22, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 23, 8 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 24, 2 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 28, 8 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 29, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 30, 8 p.m.

At a large, tastefully appointed Sneden’s Landing townhouse, the Deputy Mayor of New York has just shot himself. Though only a flesh wound, four couples are about to experience a severe attack of Farce. Gathering for their tenth wedding anniversary, the host lies bleeding in the other room and his wife is nowhere in sight. His lawyer, Ken and wife Chris must get “the story” straight before the other guests arrive.

Adding Machine: A Musical

Composed by Joshua Schmidt / Libretto by Jason Loewith & Joshua Schmidt

Based on the play “The Adding Machine” by Elmer Rice

Directed by Lenny Leibowitz

Music Direction by Lori Kay Harvey

Co-produced by the Department of Music

Oct. 19-21 and Oct. 27-28

Campus Center Theatre, 100 W. Home St.

Performance Schedule:

Thursday, Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 20, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 21, 8 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 27, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 28, 8 p.m.

Darkly comic and heartbreakingly beautiful, “Adding Machine,” a musical adaptation of Elmer Rice’s incendiary 1923 play, tells the story of Mr. Zero, who after 25 years of service to his company is replaced by a mechanical adding machine. In a vengeful rage, he murders his boss. An eclectic score gives passionate and memorable voice to this stylish and stylized show, which follows Zero in his journey to the afterlife in the Elysian Fields where he is met with one last chance for romance and redemption.

Dance 2017: Move Me

Artistic Direction by Stella Hiatt Kane

Choreography by Stella Hiatt Kane, Scott Brown, Anna Elliott, and Christeen Stridsberg

Nov. 16-19

Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St.

Performance Schedule:

Thursday, Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 17, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 18, 8 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 19, 2 p.m.

A gathering of souls connected together through all of the emotions and experiences that make us human. Story after story, lifetime after lifetime. Move me physically, emotionally to the next place, time and time again, with a resonating and stirring recognition faint in the recesses of memory. The 2017 annual dance concert will feature choreography by Otterbein Theatre & Dance faculty.

The Diary of Anne Frank

By Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett

Newly Adapted by Wendy Kesselman

Directed by Mark Mineart

Feb. 15-18 and Feb. 21-24

Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St.

Performance Schedule

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 10 a.m.

Thursday, Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 16, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 17, 8 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 18, 2 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 10 a.m.

Thursday, Feb. 22, 8 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 23, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 24, 8 p.m.

In this transcendently powerful new adaptation by Wendy Kesselman, Anne Frank emerges from history a living, lyrical, intensely gifted young girl, who confronts her rapidly changing life and the increasing horror of her time with astonishing honesty, wit, and determination. An impassioned drama about the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK captures the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence—their fear, their hope, their laughter, their grief. Each day of these two dark years, Anne’s voice shines through: “When I write I shake off all my cares. But I want to achieve more than that. I want to be useful and bring enjoyment to all people, even those I’ve never met. I want to go on living even after my death!” This is a new adaptation for a new generation.

Thoroughly Modern Millie

Book by Richard Morris & Dick Scanlan

New Music by Jeanine Tesori

New Lyrics by Dick Scanlan

Original Story and Screenplay by Richard Morris for the Universal Pictures Film

Directed by Thomas Warren

Music Direction by Lori Kay Harvey

Choreography by Stella Hiatt Kane

Co-produced by the Department of Music

April 5-8 and April 12-14

Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St.

Performance Schedule

Thursday, April 5, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, April 6, 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 7, 8 p.m.

Sunday, April 8, 2 p.m.

Thursday, April 12, 8 p.m.

Friday, April 13, 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 14, 8 p.m.

The winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, “Thoroughly Modern Millie” was the 2002 season’s most awarded new show on Broadway. Based on the 1967 Academy Award-winning film, “Thoroughly Modern Millie” takes you back to the height of the Jazz Age in New York City, when “moderns,” including a flapper named Millie Dillmount, were bobbing their hair, raising their hemlines, entering the workforce and rewriting the rules of love. This high-spirited musical romp is a delightful valentine to the long-standing spirit of New York City and the people who seek to discover themselves there.

General Information:

Subscriptions for the 2017-18 season will be available in August for $91 each. The Traditional Season Subscription packages include tickets for “Rumors,” Dance 2017: “Move Me,” “The Diary of Anne Frank,” and “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” Subscribers may include the Studio Production, “Adding Machine: A Musical,” for an additional fee of $25.

Individual tickets for all productions will be available for sale on August 28. Individual ticket prices for “Rumors,” “Dance 2017: Move Me,” and “The Diary of Anne Frank” are $22, and for “Adding Machine: A Musical” and “Thoroughly Modern Millie” are $30.

For more information about the 2017-18 season, or to be added to the Otterbein University Theatre mailing list, please call the box office at 614-823-1109. The box office, which will open for regular hours Monday-Friday, noon-4 p.m. on Aug. 28, is located in Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville. Information about the current production schedule can be found on the Otterbein website www.otterbein.edu/drama.

Caroline Shaw
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