Monthly Archives: May 2012

Combined Ohio University Choirs, Alumni Choir and Symphony Orchestra

This Saturday night in the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium the Ohio University Choirs and Symphony Orchestra will be performing Johann Sebastian Bach’s Mass in B-minor.

The Mass in B minois a musical setting of the complete Latin Mass. The work was one of Bach’s last, not completed until 1749, the year before his death in 1750. Much of the Mass consisted of music that Bach had composed earlier: the Kyrie and Gloriasections had been composed as a Lutheran Missa in 1733 for the Elector of Saxony at Dresden. The Sanctus dates back to 1724, and the Qui tollismovement was based on a cantata chorus dating from 1714. To complete the work, however, in the 1740s Bach composed new sections of the Credo such as Et incarnatus est. The completed Mass was his last major composition.

The piece has never been performed in Athens before and it will be conductor Dr. Peter Jarjisian’s last performance as Director of Choirs at Ohio University.

Alumni from across the country will be travelling to Athens for the opportunity to perform the B-minor Mass.

The choirs have been rehearsing the score for the entire academic year and have even performed selections along the way, but the Mass will be presented in its entirety on Saturday night.

Faculty soloists include You-Seong Kim, Debra Rentz, Philip Christiansen, Andrew Blosser, and Paul Barte with guest soloist Katherine Rohrer.

Saturday May 26 at 7:30pm in the Memorial Auditorium. Admission is free.


The Seabury Quinn, Jr. Playwrights’ Festival

The School of Theater presents the Seabury Quinn, Jr., Playwrights’ Festival.  The festival celebrates the work of the playwright. Works in progress by student playwrights are directed, read and performed (often for the first time in public) and are evaluated by guest artists.

Held each year at the end of May, the festival presents a year’s worth of work by graduate playwright majors. First-year graduate students present their work in rehearsed seated readings, while second- and third-year students present their work in the form of rehearsed script-in-hand readings or full studio productions.

The performances and readings will each be followed by a discussion with leading playwrights, artistic directors and other nationally known professionals. Audience members are encouraged to stay and participate in these forum discussions.

Tickets for featured productions are $5 general admission or free for OU Students (with Valid Student ID) through Arts for Ohio. Tickets are available at the Kantner Hall box office.
All other readings and staged readings are free and seats are available on a first come, first served basis.

Featured Performances:


“Ask Tess if the real hero is Superman or Clark Kent; she’ll say the glasses make the man.  Once the teenager learns she’ll be deaf by age thirty, her outlook fogs.  How she feels about the Man of Steel, which art school to go to, whether to get a risky surgical implant to restore her hearing — everything’s up in the air, until Tess decides what defines her:  her abilities or how she masks them.”

By Sarah Bowden

Actors Matt Marceau, Rachel Collins and Marissa Wolf

Directed by Shelley Delaney

May 23, 25, 31 & June 2

Forum Theater, RTV Building @ 8pm


“Samuel Goldmeyer is an 18-year old playwright prodigy. In fact, he is SUCH a playwright prodigy that he has written the most important play ever- a play, which will solve Israeli Palestinian conflict, catapult him into fame and fortune, and also finally prove to his parents that Judaism is obviously totally lame. So then why does his stupid mom keep mysteriously appearing on stage during his opening night? “

Directed by Jocelyn Wiebe

Featuring the acting talents of: Clifton Holznagel, Glenna Brucken, Andy Danford, and Nicole Tuthill

Stage-managed by Abbey Phillips and Aurora Held

A Play by Ira Gamerman

May 24, 26, 30 & June 1

Forum Theater, RTV Building @ 8pm

Festival Readings:

May 30 – June 2

Elizabeth Evans Baker Theater, Kantner Hall,

Wednesday, May 30th

1pm THE NORTH STAR by Anthony Ellison


8pm TAKING UP SERPENTS by Mark Chrisler

Thursday, May 31st

1pm THEY’RE NOT RAPPERS by Chanel Glover


8pm YOUR FOOT, MY FOOT, WET FOOT, DRY FOOT by Rebecca Abaffy

Friday, June 1st



Saturday, June 2nd

1pm AT THE RIVER’S END by Bianca Sams

4pm PUPPET MAN by Andrew Black

A Capella Invitational presented by the Singing Men of Ohio

The Singing Men of Ohio will be hosting their annual a cappella invitational on Saturday May, 19 at the Templeton Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium.

There will be performances by Section 8, Title IX, Tempo Tantrums, Leading Tones and New Chords on the Block.

The invitational brings all of the a cappella groups on campus together under one venue.  Each group was asked to prepare 30 minutes worth of songs.  There will be a special performance of Heart’s “Alone” from the School of Music’s a cappella groups Section 8 and Title IX.

“A capella invitational is always a great time at the end of the year for all of the groups to come together” said senior Ray Wolfe, 2012 president of the Singing Men of Ohio.

This venue is the only performance of the year that features all five groups from the campus.

The invitational will be emceed by Section 8 Alumnus Nicholas Campagna.

The event will begin at 7:30pm and is free to all who wish to attend.

Spring Dance Concert

The Ohio University School of Dance will present its annual Spring Concert on May 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Shirley Wimmer Dance Theater in Putnam Hall. The concert will feature works from guest artists, faculty and students.

This year’s venue will showcase works by guest artist Lisa Lock, Assistant Professor of Theater Rebecca VerNooy, Professor of Dance Mickie Geller, and student work which was selected previously by adjudication.

Lock will present a fiery duet of raw emotions and fear of loss and a group piece, for five women, that explores the dancers’ individuality and the power and strength of femininity. Lock is the recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award and a Lester Horton Award for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography. In Cleveland, where she currently resides, she has set works on the former Cleveland Contemporary Dance Theater, Verb Ballets, Dancing Wheels, Ohio Dance Theater and Opera Cleveland, as well as performing her solo works.

VerNooy will present a group dance that looks at the inevitable loss of innocence. VerNooy was a New York-based choreographer and actress for twenty years. Her movement theatre work has been presented at many New York venues, including Joyce Soho, Dance Theatre Workshop and Ensemble Studio Theatre. She is the founder of Movement Educator’s Research Group (MERG(e)) an experimental research group that includes Wendell Beavers, founder of Movement Research and New York University’s Experimental Theatre Wing, and four other prominent movement educators.

Geller will present a reconstruction of her ghostly and haunting 1989 duet, “Half-Unnamed Couple.” The score, by Cincinnati composer Billy Larkin, reflects the ethereal nature of the piece. Geller is the recipient of three Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowships in Choreography and an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award. Her work has been produced in New York City venues, several other U.S. venues, and in Japan, Finland and Spain.

Students Allison Brandon, Liz Conway, Steven Evans, Lauren Slivosky and Annie Scott will also present work at the concert.

Tickets are $8.00 and admission is free for OHIO students with a valid Ohio University student ID through Arts for Ohio. Tickets are available at the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Auditorium ticket office at (740) 593-1780.

Senior Dance Recital

Choreographic and performance projects by senior dance majors as presented by Ohio University’s School of Dance.


School of Dance seniors take their creations to the stage. This project showcases four years of the students’ progress. The dances have been created completely by senior dance students as part of their capstone project. The performances are at 7 and 9 p.m.  Friday and Saturday at the Shirley Wimmer Dance Theatre in Putnam Hall.


The concert features choreographic works, comprising several solo pieces as well as ensemble pieces, and encompasses a wide range choreography from the lighthearted and comical to the dark and sinister.


A few works even feature the use of props and live accompaniment. Each performance will strike a different chord with audiences as they all tell a specific story the choreographer molded into dance performance.



Free for all OU Students

$6 General Admission


Tickets will be on sale Monday – Friday from 12 – 5pm at the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. The night of the performance, tickets will be on sale one hour before the performance at the specified venue.

Vampire Cowboys: “War Is F**king Awesome”

Vampire Cowboys was founded by alumni Qui Nguyen and Robert Ross Parker of the Ohio University School of Theater. The Vampire Cowboys Theater Company creates wildly innovative performances filled with stage combat and influenced by comics and action films–making them one of the hottest theater companies in New York. Their mission was to create and produce pop-culture infused action/adventure live performances.  With these unique influences they created a form of theatre that they coined “Geek Theatre”. The company’s work is not only wildly entertaining and viscerally theatrical, it is also politically and socially aware work that often gives voice to under-represented minorities and women in slyly subversive fashion.  Nguyen and Parker return to create a new production for the School of Theater called “War Is F**king Awesome”.

“From NY’s OBIE Award winning Vampire Cowboys comes the story of Unity Spencer, a young female warrior who finds herself fighting in every American conflict from the American Revolution to present day and onward. Utilizing VC’s unique pop-culture aesthetic, the show explodes with fights, multimedia, and maybe even a few robots. The company that first started in the halls of Ohio University and then quickly rose to be one of NY’s most lauded companies returns to Athens to blow up The Baker stage once more!”

War Is F**king Awesome

Elizabeth Evans Baker Theater, Kantner Hall

May 9-12 & 15-19

8:00 p.m.

Please Be Advised: This show contains mature language and subject matter.


Free for OU Students

$10 General Admission

$7 Non-OU Students

$7 Senior Citizens

Tickets will be on sale Monday – Friday from 12 – 5pm at the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. The night of the performance, tickets will be on sale one hour before the performance at the specified venue.

Mom’s Weekend Choral Concert

Join the Ohio University Choirs this Mom’s weekend at the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium this Saturday, May 6 at 2pm.

The Singing Men of Ohio, Women’s Chorale, and University Singers will be showcasing their best pieces of the academic year and merchandise will be available for purchase in the lobby.

There will be performances from a cappella groups Section 8 and Title IX featuring songs to be debuted at the upcoming A Cappella Invitational to be hosted by the Singing Men of Ohio. The invitational will be held in Memorial Auditorium on Saturday, May 19

This year, in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the College of Fine Arts, the choirs will be doing a repeat performance of Martin Luther King’s famous speech “I Have a Dream”. The piece was arranged by the School of Music’s Dr. Peter Jarjisian for a spoken choir and it will be led by Political Science Graduate Student Paul Hyppolite.

Immediately following the speech, Section 8, Title IX and University Singers will sing “My Soul’s Been Anchored” a piece performed earlier in the year with visiting artists The Fisk Jubilee Singers.

The concert will be Dr. Jarjisian’s final performance as Director of Choirs at Ohio University. He will be retiring this year after 20 years of teaching in the College of Fine Arts.

Come celebrate music and Mothers with the Ohio University Choirs. The event is free to all who wish to attend.