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January 21, 2005

Performing Arts Events to Attend

Catholic University is a leader in the performing arts and is offering many musical events and plays this semester.  Plan for the events you’d like to attend by visiting the new performing arts calendar accessed by clicking the words “Performing Arts” on CUA’s home Web page ( or by clicking here

“Putting the performing arts calendar together and linking it to our university home page is part of an ongoing commitment to make the best use of the Web as a communications tool,” says Victor Nakas, executive director of the Office of Public Affairs. “Our music school and drama department have a long-established tradition for providing excellent performing arts to the Washington-area community, and this calendar is one cost-free way of marketing them.”

Performing arts events this semester will be anchored by the President’s Concert, “Waging Peace: Music in a Time of War,” a concert series in four parts.  Four successive evenings of concerts from April 14 to 17 will feature some of the world’s greatest music on the theme of war. The many pieces will include Henryk Gorecki’s Symphony No. 3, also known as the “Symphony of Sorrowful Songs” (on April 15) and Benjamin Britten’s masterpiece, The War Requiem (the only work to be performed on April 17). Seventeen area composers were each commissioned to compose a minute-long musical homage to the sculpted bronze soldiers of Washington, D.C.’s Korean War Memorial; their compositions will be performed in a musical tapestry as the featured offering of the April 16 performance.

This semester, the drama department will present Shakespeare’s Love’s Labours Lost and George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion. The department will also present a play about the 1998 murder of a gay college student in Laramie, Wyo., and two new works that won a recent national competition for one-act plays devoted to Catholic themes. See dates and details for all these plays in the performing arts Web calendar.

The annual winter poetry reading sponsored by the English department takes place Thursday, Jan. 27, and will feature two acclaimed poets, Alicia Ostriker and Baron Wormser. Click here for details.

Finally, the Atlanta actor Brad Sherrill will perform a one-man show, The Gospel of John, at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 6, in Caldwell Auditorium. The performance, using the memorized and dramatized words of John’s Gospel, is sponsored by the Graduate Student Association. Call 202-319-5200 for ticket information.

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