This Sunday February 12th at 3pm the Benjamin T. Rome school of music at Catholic University of America is presenting at special performance Old Songs of CUA. The performance will be in the Edward J Pryzbyla great room.
The revue will celebrate an important part of CUA’s history on stage: old-time CUA songs, big dance numbers (accompanied by the old-time Flying Cardinals Dance Band), renditions of the CUA original fight song (did you know we had one?), “The Flying Cardinals March,” and the earliest sports song, “Through the Town,” from 1916.
Other pieces include a drinking song popular during Prohibition, “Drink a Highball,” trumpet fanfares and cheers to accompany sports events, and two – yes, two – Alma Mater songs, in brand-new arrangements for wind band and chorus.
We’ll also explore lesser-known pieces of CUA’s history through this music. For example, did you know that the CUA football team won the 1936 Orange Bowl? Did you know that an internationally-famous composer wrote an alma mater for CUA on request? Or that the CUA Glee Club performed on the radio for a national and international audience every week?
Student musicians, 1916
Audience members will also see rare photographs, films, and audio recordings from CUA’s 125 year history. What did Mullen Library look like when it was first built? Is the baseball team actually playing a game on the grass near Caldwell? Is that Ed McMahon standing with Father Hartke breaking ground for the new theatre? A full range of CUA campus life – academic processions, track and field meets, dances and socials, students and faculty marching through Brookland on St. Patrick’s Day – are brought to life in a multimedia presentation accompanying the performance.
Songs of Old CUA puts vibrant glimpses of our campus’ rich musical life under the spotlights, long before a school of music was founded on campus. From the earliest days of student-written “marching songs” to Redline, the tradition of making music on campus is alive and flourishing.
After the performance, please continue celebrating CUA at a reception featuring dancing with live music by the SingCo Rhythm Orchestra! Celebrate CUA with us on February 12! Admission is free, but reservations are requested. Use the online registration form to reserve a seat, call the Office of Alumni Relations at (202) 319-5608.
Songs of CUA Performance Trailer
|When:||Sunday February 12th, 2012|
|Where:||Edward J Pryzbyla Center|
Edward J Pryzbyla Center