The 2007-08 Performing Arts Series promises to be like no other
Aug. 6, 2007
By Alison Wayner
From world premieres to ice skating in Mem Aud, the 2007-08 Performing Arts Series is a "year of firsts," according to Office of University Events Director Gretchen Stephens.
Among those firsts will be the world premiere of a musical piece commissioned by Ohio University and performed by the progressive ensembles Ethos Percussion Group and Lark Quartet on Oct. 11. Ohio University will be welcoming back the Lark Quartet, whose members served as artists-in-residence from 1995 to 1998.
"We're really excited about the premiere of the piece the university has commissioned," Stephens said. "No matter where it is played, Ohio University's name will be on it in perpetuity."
On Dec. 5, another first in university history will occur as the stage of Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium will be frosted over and transformed into a winter wonderland to host "Nutcracker on Ice." According to Stephens, the transformation process takes about 24 hours and includes placing a protective covering on the stage floor, followed by melting and refreezing hundreds of pounds of crushed ice to form a rink. Afterward, the ice is vacuumed away.
"It's quite a process, but should be really fun," she said.
In January, the new year will kick off with the Juniper Music Festival, at which Ohio University Distinguished Professor of Composition Mark Phillips will premiere his most recent work, titled "Porch Music," based on the musical heritage of Appalachia. The Jan. 17 festival also will feature the performance of "Elegy: Snow in June," written by composer Tan Dun, best known for composing the score for "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." "Elegy" was written shortly after the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre and will be performed against a backdrop of photographs provided by world-renowned photographer Jeff Widener, whose famous "Tank Man" photograph was nominated for the 1990 Pulitzer Prize. Widener also will be on campus for this event.
Additional events during the coming season are the Broadway musical hits "Hairspray," Sept. 25, and "The Producers," Jan. 27; premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company The Golden Dragon Acrobats, Oct. 24; the world-class Dance Alloy Theater, Feb. 22; a collaborative concert featuring singer/songwriter Josh Ritter and violinist Hillary Hahn, April 9; and the Montana Repertory Theatre's touring production of Tennessee Williams' classic "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," April 23.
This year's Kennedy Lecture Series will welcome Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Bob Woodward on Oct. 3, while the Frontiers in Science Lecture Series will feature Eugenie C. Scott, executive director of the National Center for Science Education on Oct. 8. Both the Woodward and Scott lectures are free and open to the public.
For ticket information about all Performing Arts Series events, visit www.ohio.edu/performingarts/tickets.cfm or call the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium box office at 740-593-1780. The Ticket Office will begin regular business hours on Sept. 5. Hours are Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. Season tickets and single-event tickets are available.