Press Release

Ohio Wesleyan University Announces 2016-2017 Arts Calendar of Events

July 18, 2016 – by Cole Hatcher

Ohio Wesleyan University invites the community to campus for many fine-arts-related events each year, including music concerts, dance recitals, theatre productions, and art exhibits. For the latest list of OWU events, visit www.owu.edu/calendar. (Photo by Scott Areman)

DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University has an exciting lineup of theatre & dance, music, and visual arts events planned for the 2016-2017 academic year. Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public. The Ohio Wesleyan campus is located north of Columbus in downtown Delaware. For the latest university event information, visit www.owu.edu/events or “like” www.facebook.com/OhioWesleyanUniversityNews.

Ohio Wesleyan Department of Music

8 p.m. Oct. 16 – Guest recital featuring Dennette McDermott, professor of flute and coordinator of graduate studies in the School of Creative and Performing Arts at Northwestern State University of Louisiana, in Jemison Auditorium inside Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St., Delaware. Admission is free. Learn more at www.owu.edu/music.

8 p.m. Oct. 18 – Ohio Wesleyan faculty recital featuring the Tour d’Anches reed trio – Nancy Gamso, flute/clarinet; Karen Pfeifer, oboe; and Emily Patronik, bassoon – in Jemison Auditorium inside Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St., Delaware. Admission is free. Learn more at www.owu.edu/music.

8 p.m. Nov. 4 – Ohio Wesleyan’s Opera Theatre presents a guest performance of “Mozart on the Move,” featuring highlights from Mozart’s operas “The Marriage of Figaro,” “Così Fan Tutte,” and “The Magic Flute” sung in English, in Jemison Auditorium inside Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St., Delaware. Admission is free. Learn more at www.owu.edu/music.

3:15 p.m. Nov. 6 – UCELLI recital featuring part-time instructor Mary Fetherston, cello, in Jemison Auditorium inside Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St., Delaware. Admission is free. Learn more at www.owu.edu/music.

7 p.m. Nov. 8 – Guest concert featuring pianist Vicky Chow and artist/composer Tristan Perich, whose compositions include 40-channel, 1-bit electronics, transforming the way in which “traditional forms of composition can be enhanced and reinvigorated by the aesthetic simplicity of math, physics, and code.” The duo will perform as part of OWU’s fall Sagan National Colloquium, which will explore “Data in Our Lives.” Chow and Perich will perform in Jemison Auditorium inside Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St., Delaware. Admission is free. Learn more at http://newamrecords.com/tristan-perich, http://newamrecords.com/vicky-chow, or www.owu.edu/music.

3:15 p.m. Nov. 13 – Ohio Wesleyan Symphonic Wind Ensemble, conducted by professor Larry Griffin, in Gray Chapel inside University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Learn more at www.owu.edu/music.

8 p.m. Nov. 15 – Ohio Wesleyan Park Avenue Jazz Ensemble, conducted by professor Larry Griffin, in Gray Chapel inside University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Learn more at www.owu.edu/music.

3:15 p.m. Nov. 17 – Ohio Wesleyan Chamber Choir recital, in Jemison Auditorium inside Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St., Delaware. Admission is free. Learn more at www.owu.edu/music.

3:15 p.m. Nov. 29 – Ohio Wesleyan piano recital featuring students of part-time assistant professor Gulimina Mahamuti, in Jemison Auditorium inside Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St., Delaware. Admission is free. Learn more at www.owu.edu/music.

3:15 p.m. Dec. 4 – Ohio Wesleyan Choral Art Society concert, conducted by associate professor Jason Hiester, in Gray Chapel inside University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Learn more at www.owu.edu/music.

7 p.m. Dec. 5 – “Lessons and Carols,” featuring sing-along Christmas carols and spiritual readings, in Gray Chapel inside University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. A freewill offering will be taken at the door. Learn more at www.owu.edu/music.

8 p.m. March 26, 2017 – Ohio Wesleyan Symphonic Wind Ensemble, conducted by professor Larry Griffin, in Gray Chapel inside University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Admission is free. Learn more at www.owu.edu/music.

8 p.m. March 28, 2017 – Ohio Wesleyan Park Avenue Jazz Ensemble, conducted by professor Larry Griffin, in Gray Chapel inside University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Admission is free. Learn more at www.owu.edu/music.

3:15 p.m. April 23, 2017 – Ohio Wesleyan Choral Art Society concert, in Gray Chapel inside University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Admission is free. Learn more at www.owu.edu/music.

Ohio Wesleyan Department of Theatre & Dance

8 p.m. Sept. 24 – “New Student Scenes” featuring promising Ohio Wesleyan newcomers in scenes staged by this year’s directing class, on the Main Stage inside Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave., Delaware. This event may contain adult themes and language. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.owu.edu/TheatreAndDance.

8 p.m. Oct. 6-8; 2 p.m. Oct. 9 – “An Enemy of the People” by Henrik Ibsen. Truth, honor, lies, and politics. These current themes run rampant in this drama, directed by professor Elane Denny-Todd. One man stands alone against a town filled with ambition and greed as toxins in the water supply threaten the money-making tourist trade of their town. Opposing personal ethics battle in this intense and timely play, which will be performed on the Main Stage inside Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for senior citizens, Ohio Wesleyan employees, and non-Ohio Wesleyan students. Admission is free for Ohio Wesleyan students with a valid OWU ID. To reserve tickets, call the box office at (740) 368-3855. For more information, visit www.owu.edu/TheatreAndDance.

8 p.m. Oct. 21-22 – Ohio Wesleyan Fall Senior Project Production featuring “The Art of Remembering” by Adina L. Ruskin with direction by senior Anderson Molina. These performances will be held in the Studio Theatre inside Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave., Delaware, and may contain adult themes and language. Tickets are free, but required because of limited seating. To reserve tickets, call the box office at (740) 368-3855. For more information, visit www.owu.edu/TheatreAndDance.

8 p.m. Nov. 11-12; 2 p.m. Nov. 13 – “ORCHESIS 16/17,” annual contemporary dance concert highlighting original work by Ohio Wesleyan students and faculty, and guest choreographers, as well as the senior project of Jeremy Griffin-Jackson. The concert, featuring artistic direction by assistant professor Rashana Perks Smith, will be performed on the Main Stage inside Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for senior citizens, Ohio Wesleyan employees, and non-Ohio Wesleyan students. Admission is free for Ohio Wesleyan students with a valid OWU ID. To reserve tickets, call the box office at (740) 368-3855. For more information, visit www.owu.edu/TheatreAndDance.

8 p.m. Dec. 2-3 – “One Act Plays” presented by Ohio Wesleyan’s directing and playwriting classes with student-directors and playwrights sharing works that are surprising, varied, and full of fresh talent and energy. Their performances will be held on the Main Stage inside Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave., Delaware. This event may contain adult themes and language. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.owu.edu/TheatreAndDance.

2 p.m. Dec. 4 – Ohio Wesleyan Fall Dance Showcase, in the Jannuzi Dance Studio inside Simpson Querrey Fitness Center, 105 S. Sandusky St., Delaware, Ohio. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.owu.edu/TheatreAndDance.

8 p.m. Feb. 16-18; 2 p.m. Feb. 18-19, 2017 – “Androcles and the Lion” by Aurand Harris. This award-winning tale, directed by professor D. Glen Vanderbilt Jr., tells the story of a man who befriends an animal in need and makes a friend for life. A traveling commedia dell’arte company brings this colorful and zany comedy to life with selected scenes, songs, and slapsticks. The performance is suitable for all ages and includes two matinee performances. “Androcles and the Lion” will be performed in in the Studio Theatre inside Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for senior citizens, Ohio Wesleyan employees, and non-Ohio Wesleyan students. Admission is free for Ohio Wesleyan students with a valid OWU ID. To reserve tickets, call the box office at (740) 368-3855. For more information, visit www.owu.edu/TheatreAndDance.

8 p.m. March 24-25, 2017 – Ohio Wesleyan Spring Senior Project Production featuring “Extensions” by Murray Schisgal, directed by senior Gabe Caldwell and featuring seniors Courtney Dunne and Reginald Hemphill. The performances will be held in the Studio Theatre inside Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave., Delaware, and may contain adult themes and language. Tickets are free, but required because of limited seating. To reserve tickets, call the box office at (740) 368-3855. For more information, visit www.owu.edu/TheatreAndDance.

8 p.m. April 6-8; 2 p.m. April 9, 2017 – “Blood Wedding” by Federico García Lorca. Traditions, feuding families, and irresistible passion intertwine in this powerful story of blood ties and desire. A new gender-reimagined adaptation by OWU faculty members Edward Kahn and Eva Paris-Huesca unites contemporary questions with Lorca’s surrealistic tragedy. Directed by Kahn, the play will be performed on the Main Stage inside Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for senior citizens, Ohio Wesleyan employees, and non-Ohio Wesleyan students. Admission is free for Ohio Wesleyan students with a valid OWU ID. To reserve tickets, call the box office at (740) 368-3855. For more information, visit www.owu.edu/TheatreAndDance.

2 p.m. April 30, 2017 – Ohio Wesleyan Spring Dance Showcase, in the Jannuzi Dance Studio inside Simpson Querrey Fitness Center, 105 S. Sandusky St., Delaware, Ohio. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.owu.edu/TheatreAndDance.

Ohio Wesleyan’s Richard M. Ross Art Museum

Aug. 18-Oct. 11 – “A Show of Horses,” featuring paintings by Nancy B. Frank, OWU Class of 1971; sculpture by Lebanon, Ohio, artist Lynda Sappington; and artifacts from the Goshen, New York-based Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, at Ohio Wesleyan’s Richard M. Ross Art Museum, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Frank, a resident of Telluride, Colorado, has spent time at Delaware’s Little Brown Jug harness race and created large-scale portraits of horses participating in the annual race. Learn more at www.nancybfrank.com. Sappington creates bronze sculptures of horses at her Whimsy Hill Studio. Learn more at www.thesculptedhorse.com. The Harness Racing Museum houses more than 40,000 harness racing artifacts as well as the world’s largest collection of Currier & Ives trotting prints. Learn more at www.harnessmuseum.com. On Sept. 15, Frank will give a gallery talk at 5 p.m., followed by a reception at 6 p.m., at the museum. During the academic year, the Ross Art Museum 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 is handicap-accessible and admission is always free. Call (740) 368-3606 or visit www.owu.edu/ross for more information.

Oct. 25-Dec. 15 – The Ohio Designer Craftsmen’s 33rd annual juried member exhibition, “The Best of 2016,” featuring works of clay, glass, fiber, metal, wood, and mixed media, at Ohio Wesleyan’s Richard M. Ross Art Museum, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. This year’s juror is Kate Lydon, director of exhibitions at the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh. The Ohio Designer Craftsmen’s exhibition will include an artist reception from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Ross Art Museum. Learn more about the group at http://ohiocraft.org. During the academic year, the Ross Art Museum 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 is handicap-accessible and admission is always free. Call (740) 368-3606 or visit www.owu.edu/ross for more information.

Jan. 17-April 2, 2017 – “Sculpture” by Carol Boram-Hays and “Paintings” by Louise Captein, at Ohio Wesleyan’s Richard M. Ross Art Museum, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Boram-Hays, who teaches at Columbus College of Art & Design, uses metal remains reclaimed from industrial sites as well as steel ductwork, conduit, and electrical wiring to create art that explores “our conflicted relationship with industrialized culture.” Learn more at www.carolboramhays.com. Captein teaches at Otterbein University and is originally from the Netherlands. Her paintings are based on sketches of brightly colored paper collages. Each painting is an exact copy of the original collage and involves a careful mixing of colors and meticulous application of thin layers of paint to create a smooth surface. Learn more at www.otterbein.edu/public/About/Faculty/LouiseCaptein.aspx. During the academic year, the Ross Art Museum 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 is handicap-accessible and admission is always free. Call (740) 368-3606 or visit www.owu.edu/ross for more information.

April 15-May 13, 2017 – Ohio Wesleyan’s senior fine arts majors exhibit works juried by their OWU professors, at the Richard M. Ross Art Museum, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. The exhibit will open with an artist reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at museum. During the academic year, the Ross Art Museum 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 is handicap-accessible and admission is always free. Call (740) 368-3606 or visit www.owu.edu/ross for more information.


Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers nearly 90 undergraduate majors and competes in 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Ohio Wesleyan combines a challenging, internationally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities to connect classroom theory with real-world experience. OWU’s 1,675 students represent 43 U.S. states and territories and 33 countries. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” listed on the latest President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at www.owu.edu.