Press Release

Ohio Wesleyan University Announces 2017-2018 Arts Calendar of Events

June 8, 2017 – by Cole Hatcher

Ohio Wesleyan’s 2017-2018 arts calendar will kick off in August, with a year’s worth of concerts, recitals, plays, and art exhibits. Learn the latest at www.owu.edu/events. (Photo courtesy of Ohio Wesleyan)

DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University invites theatre and music lovers to come to the “Cabaret” – and to the many other concerts, recitals, plays, and art exhibitions planned for OWU’s 2017-2018 academic year.

For the latest university event information, visit www.owu.edu/events or “like” our News & Events page on Facebook.

Ohio Wesleyan Department of Music (fall semester)

3:15 p.m. Nov. 2 – Ohio Wesleyan senior recital featuring Jiamo Zhang, piano, 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. 5 – Ohio Wesleyan faculty recital featuring Dr. Gulimina Mahamuti, piano, in Jemison Auditorium inside Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St., Delaware. Admission is free. Learn more at www.owu.edu/music.

8 p.m. Nov. 7 – Ohio Wesleyan Chamber Orchestra concert, conducted by faculty member Lucy Ginther, 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. Nov. 12 – Ohio Wesleyan Symphonic Wind Ensemble concert, conducted by faculty member 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. Nov. 14 – Ohio Wesleyan student recital featuring Dr. Gulimina Mahamuti’s Piano Studio, in Jemison Auditorium inside Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St., Delaware. Admission is free. Learn more at www.owu.edu/music.

8 p.m. Nov. 14 – Ohio Wesleyan Park Avenue Jazz Ensemble concert, conducted by faculty member Kevin Turner, in Gray Chapel inside University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Learn more at www.owu.edu/music.

3:15 p.m. Nov. 30 – Ohio Wesleyan senior and student recital featuring Rachel Ballitch (soprano) and Catie Kocian (soprano) 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. 3 – Ohio Wesleyan Choral Art Society concert, conducted by faculty member Jason Hiester, in Gray Chapel inside University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Admission is free. Learn more at www.owu.edu/music.

7 p.m. Dec. 4 – “Lessons and Carols” concert, featuring 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.

Ohio Wesleyan Department of Theatre & Dance

8 p.m. Sept. 23 – “New Student Scenes” featuring promising Ohio Wesleyan newcomers in scenes staged by the 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. 5-7 and 2 p.m. Oct. 8 – “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury. The award-winning author adapted his powerful novel for the stage and presents an intense vision of a future where books are illegal. His insightful drama depicts the struggle of a professional book-burner, a “fireman,” who comes to realize the danger of his work. Will he risk everything for the right to think and communicate ideas? Directed by faculty member D. Glen Vanderbilt Jr., “Fahrenheit 451” will be performed on the Main Stage inside Ohio Wesleyan’s Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for senior citizens, Ohio Wesleyan employees, and non-OWU students. Admission is free for Ohio Wesleyan students with a valid university ID. To reserve tickets, call the box office at (740) 368-3855. For more information, visit www.owu.edu/TheatreAndDance.

8 p.m. Oct. 20-21 – Ohio Wesleyan’s “Fall Senior Project Production,” featuring “The Bear” by Anton Chekhov and scenes from “Medea” by Euripides. “The Bear” is directed by junior Ares Harper and features seniors Adriana Rodriguez and Charlie Lennon. “Medea” is directed by senior Brenda Dressel and features senior Erin Fannin. The performances will be held in the Studio Theatre inside Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave., Delaware. The performances 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. 10 and 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Nov. 11 – “ORCHESIS 17/18,” Ohio Wesleyan’s annual contemporary dance concert. Student, faculty, and guest choreographers collaborate to create an immersive evening-length dance work that challenges the conventions of delineated performance spaces. Witness, observe, join, and be a part of this unique evening of contemporary dance! Featuring artistic direction by faculty member Rashana Perks Smith, “Orchesis” 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-OWU 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. 1-2 – “One Act Plays,” presented by Ohio Wesleyan’s directing and playwriting classes. Student-directors and playwrights share works full of fresh talent and energy. Their performances will be held on the Main Stage inside Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave., Delaware. The performances may contain adult themes and language. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.owu.edu/TheatreAndDance.

2 p.m. Dec. 3 – Ohio Wesleyan’s “Fall Dance Showcase,” featuring informal performances and presentations by OWU dance students, 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. Jan. 20, 2018 – “How We Got On,” featuring Columbus-based Available Light Theatre performing Idris Goodwin’s contemporary ode to the roots of rap. The play spins the story of Hank, Julian, and Luann as three talented, determined suburban teens coming of age in the 1980s. Featuring artistic direction by Matt Slaybaugh, “How We Got On” 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-OWU 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. Feb. 15-17 and 2 p.m. Feb. 18, 2018 – “Royal Gambit” by Hermann Gressieker, translated and adapted by George White. This riveting real-life royal drama details the legacy of King Henry VIII and his numerous wives, and is filled with romance, rebellion, back-stabbing intrigue, scandal, and betrayal. Directed by faculty member Elane Denny-Todd, “Royal Gambit” will be performed in the Studio Theatre inside Ohio Wesleyan’s Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for senior citizens, Ohio Wesleyan employees, and non-OWU 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 23-24, 2018 – Ohio Wesleyan’s “Spring Senior Project Production,” featuring Kōbō Abe’s “The Man Who Turned into a Stick,” directed by senior Audrey Castanada-Walker, and Howard Brenton’s “Gum and Goo,” directed by junior Ares Harper. These one-act plays will feature performances by seniors Alanna Easley, T.J. Galamba, Kacie Iuvara, and Rachel Scherrer. 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 13, 14, 20, and 21, and 2 p.m. April 22, 2018 – “Cabaret,” book by Joe Masteroff, music by John Kander, and lyrics by Fred Ebb. Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome! Join Ohio Wesleyan’s Departments of Music and Theatre & Dance for this Tony-winning musical’s memorable mixture of pleasure and politics set in 1930s Germany. Directed by faculty member Edward Kahn, the show features such unforgettable numbers as “Willkommen,” “Maybe This Time,” and, of course, “Cabaret.” 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-OWU 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 29 – Ohio Wesleyan’s “Spring Dance Showcase,” featuring informal performances and presentations by OWU dance students, 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. 17-Oct. 8 – “Marty Kalb Retrospective,” featuring paintings that span the 50-year career of the accomplished artist, a retired Ohio Wesleyan professor and Delaware resident, at the Richard M. Ross Art Museum, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Kalb taught painting, drawing, and modern art history in OWU’s Department of Fine Arts from 1967 to 2007. His early work has been described as having “a strong representational figural element with an experimental abstract expressionist background.” His later work includes powerful pieces inspired by the Holocaust, combining his figurative and historical interests. Learn more at www.martykalb.com. 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. 15 through March 30, 2018 –Ohio Wesleyan’s fine arts faculty members exhibit their latest creations, featuring works in clay, metal, painting and drawing, fabric, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and graphic design, at the Richard M. Ross Art Museum, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Learn more about the faculty at www.owu.edu/finearts. During the academic year, the 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 14-May 12, 2018 – Ohio Wesleyan’s graduating fine arts students 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 14, at museum. Learn more about OWU’s fine arts department at www.owu.edu/finearts. 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.