Ohio Wesleyan will welcome the public to campus this fall to enjoy performing arts events and art gallery exhibitions. (Photo by Paul Vernon)

2022-2023 Arts Calendar

Ohio Wesleyan University Announces Event Schedule for Upcoming Academic Year

By Cole Hatcher

DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University’s Department of Performing Arts and Richard M. Ross Art Museum invite the community to attend the many concerts, recitals, plays, and art exhibitions planned for OWU’s 2022-2023 academic year.

Please note that all event information is subject to change throughout the year. For the latest details and newest campus events, visit owu.edu/events or “like” www.facebook.com/OhioWesleyanUniversityNews.

MUSIC EVENTS

7 p.m. Oct. 2 – Ohio Wesleyan music faculty and guest recital of the Jeffrey String Quartet, featuring Columbus Symphony Orchestra members Alicia Hui and Robert Firdman, violins; Karl Pedersen, viola; and Wendy Morton, cello, presenting a program of string quartets by Brahms and Grieg, in Jemison Auditorium inside Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St., Delaware. Admission is free. For more information, visit owu.edu/PerformingArts.

8 p.m. Oct. 11 – Ohio Wesleyan’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble, conducted by professor Richard Edwards, in Gray Chapel inside University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Admission is free. For more information, visit owu.edu/PerformingArts.

8 p.m. Oct. 27 – OWU senior student recital featuring Hannah Watson and Luke Belinski, alto saxophones, with accompanist Mariko Kaneda, piano, in Jemison Auditorium inside Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St., Delaware. Admission is free. For more information, visit owu.edu/PerformingArts.

7 p.m. Oct. 30 – OWU senior student recital featuring Hayden Houpt, tuba, with accompanist Mariko Kaneda, piano, in Jemison Auditorium inside Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St., Delaware. Admission is free. For more information, visit owu.edu/PerformingArts.

8 p.m. Nov. 1 – OWU Performing Arts departmental student recital, in Jemison Auditorium inside Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St., Delaware. Admission is free. For more information, visit owu.edu/PerformingArts.

8 p.m. Nov. 4 – OWU Musical Theatre Scenes, directed by associate professor Jennifer Whitehead, in Jemison Auditorium inside Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St., Delaware. Admission is free. For more information, visit owu.edu/PerformingArts.

7 p.m. Nov. 5 – OWU senior student recital featuring Katie Lester, horn, and Abby Stepp, trumpet, with accompanist Mariko Kaneda, piano, in Jemison Auditorium inside Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St., Delaware. Admission is free. For more information, visit owu.edu/PerformingArts.

7 p.m. Nov. 12 – OWU senior student recital featuring Linden Coldiron, composition, in Presser Hall inside Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St., Delaware. Admission is free. For more information, visit owu.edu/PerformingArts.

3 p.m. Nov. 13 – Ohio Wesleyan’s Choral Art Society and Chamber Choir, conducted by associate professor Jason Hiester, in Gray Chapel inside University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Admission is free. For more information, visit owu.edu/PerformingArts.

8 p.m. Nov. 15 – Ohio Wesleyan’s Park Avenue Jazz Ensemble, conducted by instructor Kevin Turner, in Gray Chapel inside University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Admission is free. For more information, visit owu.edu/PerformingArts.

8 p.m. Nov. 17 – Ohio Wesleyan’s Chamber Orchestra, conducted by instructor Deborah Price, in Jemison Auditorium inside Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St., Delaware. Admission is free. For more information, visit owu.edu/PerformingArts.

8 p.m. Nov. 29 – Ohio Wesleyan music faculty and guest concert with UCelli, a Columbus-based cello quartet featuring musicians Pei-An Chao, Mary Davis, Cora Kuyvenhoven, and Wendy Morton. The quartet will present a performance of contemporary works, including new compositions by students of Ohio Wesleyan instructor EunSeok Park, in Jemison Auditorium inside Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St., Delaware. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.ucelli.net or owu.edu/PerformingArts.

7 p.m. Dec. 4 – OWU Performing Arts departmental student recital, in Jemison Auditorium inside Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St., Delaware. Admission is free. For more information, visit owu.edu/PerformingArts.

7 p.m. Dec. 5 – “Lessons & Carols” holiday concert, conducted by associate professor Jason Hiester, in Gray Chapel inside University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Admission is free. For more information, visit owu.edu/PerformingArts.

3 p.m. Jan. 29, 2023 – Ohio Wesleyan Performing Arts faculty recital featuring Frank Chiou, piano, in Jemison Auditorium inside Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St., Delaware. Admission is free. For more information, visit owu.edu/PerformingArts.

7 p.m. Feb. 11, 2023 – Voice recital by OWU Residential Life Coordinator Angel Tyler, in Jemison Auditorium inside Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St., Delaware. Admission is free. For more information, visit the Press Release.

Feb. 17-18, 2023, OWU Music Festival

  • 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17, 2023 – Festival Host Concert, conducted by professor Richard Edwards, in Gray Chapel inside University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Admission is free. For more information, visit owu.edu/PerformingArts.
  • 3 p.m. Feb. 18, 2023 – Festival Finale Concert, in Gray Chapel inside University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Admission is free. For more information, visit owu.edu/PerformingArts.

7 p.m. Feb. 19, 2023 – Ohio Wesleyan Performing Arts faculty recital featuring Mary Davis, cello, and Frank Chiou, piano, in Jemison Auditorium inside Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St., Delaware. Admission is free. For more information, visit owu.edu/PerformingArts.

7 p.m. March 5, 2023 – OWU senior student recital featuring Gavin Abrams, trombone, in Jemison Auditorium inside Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St., Delaware. Admission is free. For more information, visit owu.edu/PerformingArts.

3 p.m. April 2, 2023 – Ohio Wesleyan’s Choral Art Society and Chamber Choir, conducted by associate professor Jason Hiester, in Gray Chapel inside University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Admission is free. For more information, visit owu.edu/PerformingArts.

8 p.m. April 4, 2023 – OWU Performing Arts departmental student recital, in Jemison Auditorium inside Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St., Delaware. Admission is free. For more information, visit owu.edu/PerformingArts.

8 p.m. April 13, 2023 – Ohio Wesleyan’s Chamber Orchestra, in Jemison Auditorium inside Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St., Delaware. Admission is free. For more information, visit owu.edu/PerformingArts.

3 p.m. April 16, 2023 – OWU senior student recital featuring David Gale, violin, in Jemison Auditorium inside Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St., Delaware. Admission is free. For more information, visit owu.edu/PerformingArts.

8 p.m. April 18, 2023 – OWU Performing Arts departmental student recital, in Jemison Auditorium inside Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St., Delaware. Admission is free. For more information, visit owu.edu/PerformingArts.

8 p.m. April 20, 2023 – Ohio Wesleyan’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble, conducted by professor Richard Edwards, in Gray Chapel inside University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Admission is free. For more information, visit owu.edu/PerformingArts.

3 p.m. April 23, 2023 – Delaware Youth Wind Symphony, in Gray Chapel inside University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Admission is free. For more information, visit owu.edu/PerformingArts.

8 p.m. April 25, 2023 – Ohio Wesleyan’s Park Avenue Jazz Ensemble, conducted by instructor Kevin Turner, conductor, in Gray Chapel inside University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Admission is free. For more information, visit owu.edu/PerformingArts.

THEATRE & DANCE EVENTS

7:30 p.m. Sep. 24 – Scenes!: A Directing Class Presentation. The pieces will be performed in Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Admission is free, no tickets required.

7:30 p.m. Oct. 27-29 and 2 p.m. Oct. 30 – “Fill Fill Fill Fill Fill Fill Fill,” by Steph Del Rosso. Joni is single. Joni is lost. Joni is moving a mile a minute. Joni must never be alone. After her five-year relationship ends, Joni must redefine her identity – and fast. Through strangers and friends, cheese plates, and spotlights, she embarks on a madcap journey to carve out a space for herself in a world that won’t quite let her. “Fill Fill Fill Fill Fill Fill Fill” is a comedy about how we see and value women – and how we don’t. Directed by Ohio Wesleyan instructor Bradford Sadler, the play will be performed in Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Admission is free for everyone. To reserve tickets, visit owu.edu/PerformingArts or call the box office at (740) 368-3855 beginning two weeks before the show debuts.

8 p.m. Nov. 11 and 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. Nov. 12 – Orchesis 22/23 contemporary dance concert featuring original choreography and performances by Ohio Wesleyan student dancers. Directed by instructor Janet Schroeder, the concert will be performed in Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Admission is free for everyone, but reservations are requested via Eventbrite.

7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 – OWU Directing Class One-Acts. Produced and mentored by emeritus professor Ed Kahn, the pieces will be performed in Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Admission is free. No tickets or reservations are required.

7:30 p.m. April 13-15 and 21-22, 2023 – “Xanadu,” with a book by Douglas Carter Beane and music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar. Set in 1980, “Xanadu” follows the journey of a magical and beautiful Greek muse, Kira, who descends from the heavens of Mount Olympus to Venice Beach, California, on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time – the first roller disco! (Hey, it’s 1980!) When Kira falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation, and chaos abounds. Directed by assistant professor Brian Granger, “Xanadu” will be performed in Ohio Wesleyan’s Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Admission is free for everyone, but seating is limited. The April 14 matinee will feature priority tickets for high school groups. To reserve tickets, owu.edu/PerformingArts or call the box office at (740) 368-3855 beginning two weeks before the show debuts.

8 p.m. April 28, 2023 – Dance Concert: Terpsicorps 22/23, in Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Admission is free. No tickets or reservations are required.

ROSS ART MUSEUM

Aug. 24-Oct. 2, “From OWU’s Studios,” celebrating the diverse artistic practices of Ohio Wesleyan’s Fine Arts faculty members Kristina Bogdanov, Frank Hobbs, Jeff Nilan, and Karen Weeks, in the front galleries of the Richard M. Ross Art Museum, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. The exhibit demonstrates the artists’ mastery of a variety of media including ceramics, photography, painting, and printmaking. Learn more at owu.edu/finearts. The exhibit will open with an artists’ reception from 4-6 p.m. Sept. 1 at the museum. The exhibit is part of the celebrations for the Ross Art Museum’s 20th anniversary. During the academic year, the Ross is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Ross is handicap-accessible and admission is always free. Call (740) 368-3606 or visit owu.edu/ross for more information.

Aug. 24-Oct. 2 – “Then and Now: Fifty Years of Camera Vision,” featuring a photographic retrospective by Justin Kronewetter, retired OWU professor of Fine Arts and founding director of the Richard M. Ross Art Museum, in the West Gallery of the museum, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. The exhibit represents two career-defining bodies of work: black-and-white analog images from 1972 to 2000 and color digital prints made from 2000 to the present day. The intimate images show an artist’s gift for capturing common things in uncommon ways, while demonstrating the evolution of a lifelong practice. Learn more at www.justinkronewetter.com. The exhibit will open with an artist reception from 4-6 p.m. Sept. 1 at the museum. The exhibit is part of the celebrations for the Ross Art Museum’s 20th anniversary. During the academic year, the Ross is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Ross is handicap-accessible and admission is always free. Call (740) 368-3606 or visit owu.edu/ross for more information.

Oct. 18-Dec. 11 – “MOVE,” an exhibit of artwork from the permanent teaching collection at Ohio Wesleyan’s Richard M. Ross Art Museum curated to coincide with the launch of OWU’s new first-year seminar, “How to Change your World,” in the Kuhlman Gallery of the museum, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. The first-year seminar is structured around a pressing issue of immediate relevance to contemporary life. For 2022, the topic is “Move: Mobility, Migration, and Belonging.” The museum’s companion exhibit showcases the many ways that people, animals, and things move and the potential conflicts that can arise from migration. During the academic year, the Ross is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The museum will be closed for Thanksgiving break from Nov. 19-28. The Ross is handicap-accessible and admission is always free. Call (740) 368-3606 or visit owu.edu/ross for more information.

Oct. 18-Dec. 11 – “Check Me Out: Artwork from the Educational Materials Collection,” introducing a new resource to audiences of the Richard M. Ross Art Museum, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. “Check Me Out” features two collections of photographs – “Landscapes” and “People, Places, Things” – with copies that can be signed out to enable educators, art-lovers, and students to experience the artworks first-hand. The images include creations by contemporary photographers such as Kristin Capp, Lucien Clergue, and Donna Ferrato. During the academic year, the Ross is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The museum will be closed for Thanksgiving break from Nov. 19-28. The Ross is handicap-accessible and admission is always free. Call (740) 368-3606 or visit owu.edu/ross for more information.

Jan. 18-March 26, 2023 – “Ohio Imprint: Dick Arentz & Brian Harnetty,” part of the Richard M. Ross Art Museum’s new Artists in the Archive series, with contemporary artists invited to bring their work into conversation with selections from the museum’s permanent teaching collection, in the West Gallery of the museum, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. For this exhibit, interdisciplinary artist Harnetty responds to a series of prints by photographer Arentz from the museum’s holdings. Arentz’s platinum and palladium prints of Ohio focus on farms, factories, water towers, and other human-made structures that shape the natural world. Harnetty revisits these sites and explores their contextual stories. The resulting sound collages, video, and photographs reflect on themes of place, labor, history, the archive, and the ecological imprint of humans. The exhibit will open with a public reception from 2-4 p.m. Jan. 22, 2023. Learn more at www.brianharnetty.com. During the academic year, the Ross is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The museum will be closed for spring break from March 11-20, 2023. The Ross is handicap-accessible and admission is always free. Call (740) 368-3606 or visit owu.edu/ross for more information.

Jan. 18-March 26, 2023 – “Black Palimpsest: Jared Thorne,” part of the Richard M. Ross Art Museum’s new Artists in the Archive series, with contemporary artists invited to bring their work into conversation with selections from the museum’s permanent teaching collection, in the Kuhlman Gallery of the museum, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. In this exhibit, Thorne’s multimedia artworks bring a critical lens to a series of masks from the museum’s African Art holdings. Thorne’s project approaches these masks as palimpsests–objects where the original context has been effaced and overlaid with new understandings but aspects of the original are still visible. The exhibit explores the cultural comodification of African art objects in Western museums while asking how these same objects signify history, identity, and authenticity for many African Americans. The exhibit will open with a public reception from 2-4 p.m. Jan. 22, 2023. Learn more at jaredthorne.com. During the academic year, the Ross is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The museum will be closed for spring break from March 11-20, 2023. The Ross is handicap-accessible and admission is always free. Call (740) 368-3606 or visit owu.edu/ross for more information.

April 15-May 13, 2023 – The annual Fine Arts graduating senior exhibit, with works by the OWU Class of 2023, at the Richard M. Ross Art Museum, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Featuring pieces juried by their OWU professors, the exhibit will open with a public reception from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, April 15. During the academic year, the Ross is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The museum will be closed for spring break from March 11-20, 2023. The Ross is handicap-accessible and admission is always free. Call (740) 368-3606 or visit owu.edu/ross for more information.

GALLERY 2001

Aug. 24–Dec. 11 – “Women’s Work,” featuring art created by Eliana Calle Saari in tribute to the work of women during the pandemic, in Gallery 2001 in Ohio Wesleyan’s Beeghly Library, 43 Rowland Ave., Delaware. For several months in 2020, Saari was locked down behind the closed borders of the Caribbean Island of Antigua. The prints and books on display document her observations of the women of this island nation who continued to fulfill their duty as workers, mothers, and caretakers in a time of uncertainty, fear, and hope. This body of work is Saari’s love letter to women who show strength and perseverance in the face of adversity. Learn more at www.elianacallesaari.com. Gallery 2001, on the library’s first floor, is open during library hours. For times, visit library.owu.edu/hours. The gallery is a gift from the OWU Class of 2001 and a satellite of the Richard M. Ross Art Museum. Admission is free. Learn more at owu.edu/ross.


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