Songs of CUA Performance

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
Time: 3:00PM

Edward J Pryzbyla Center

Bat Boy the Musical @ Catholic University this Weekend

Catholic University’s Centerstage Theatre Company is hosting a production of Bat Boy the Musical at Caldwell Auditorium this weekend on Friday February 3rd, Saturday February 4th, and Sunday February 5th.

CenterStage Theatre Company proudly presents: Bat Boy: The Musical. The Book by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming and music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe, based on a June 23, 1992 Weekly World News story about a half-boy, half-bat, dubbed “Bat Boy”, found living in a cave.

The show dates are February 3rd @ 7:30 pm, February 4th @ 5:30 pm and 9 pm and February 5th @ 1:30 pm.

Our Saturday 9pm show will be a Weekly World News Costume party! Come dressed as your favorite Weekly World News Character!

Tickets will go on sale the week of Monday, January 23 in the Pryz. We are accepting cash and cards. Students $3 and Adults $5. You can order your tickets online at
OR call: (202)643-SHOW

Director: Walter Ware III
Musical Director: KC Beauregard
Assistant Music Director/Pianist: Joel Decandio
Assistant Director: Caleb Caudill
Set Designer: Brendan Roche
Set Consultant: Erin Lynch
Lighting and Sound Designer: Michael D’Agostino
Costume Designer: Helen Davis
Prop Designer: Emily Lentz
Assistant Stage Manager: Derek David
Stage Manager: Sarah Catherine Welsh
BAT BOY: Alex Alferov
MEREDITH: Rachel Holland
SHELLEY: Molly Janiga
DR. PARKER: Chris Daileader
RICK/PAN: Ryan Mercer
SHERIFF : Greg Gardner
LORRAINE: Kayleigh Brennan
NED/RUTHIE: Rebecca Dickinson
MAGGIE: Allie O’Donnell
RON: Paul Luckenbaugh

Can’t wait to see you there!!

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When: Friday, February 3rd, 2012; Saturday, February 4th, 2012; Sunday, February 5th, 2012
Where: Caldwell Auditorium 620 Michigan Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20064
Time: Friday: 7:30pm; Saturday: 5:30pm, 9:00pm; Sunday: 1:30pm

Caldwell Auditorium

Brookland Arts: Singer/Songwriter Wendell Kimbrough Album Release

Wendell Kimbrough a performing songwriter who is based in Brookland and currently resides in the Brookland Artspace Lofts is having an album release performance at the Atlas Performing Arts Center on H Street. Mr. Kimbrough will be backed by a full band of New Orleans-style jazz players from the DC area, including renowned clarinetist Gary Gregg of Chaise Lounge.

The show will also feature two of the most dynamic singer/songwriters in the area as opening acts–Andy Zipf and Justin Trawick.

Local singer/songwriter Wendell Kimbrough and his band—made up of some of the finest jazz musicians in the DC area—will be premiering a brand new album of original music. Come hear the infectious energy of clarinet, trombone, and trumpet as traditional New Orleans jazz blends with Kimbrough’s delicate and precise finger-style guitar. This is a one-time opportunity to hear the new album, Things That Can’t Be Taught, performed in its entirety by the musicians who made it.

Sharing the stage will be the nationally regarded and DC-area favorite singer/songwriter, Andy Zipf and his band, whose recent release Jealous Hands, received wide acclaim by audiences and critics alike. And if that was not enough, NoVa phenomenon Justin Trawick will kick off the night with his unique and irresistible brand of urban folk–closing the gap between bluegrass and R&B.

With three great DC-area artists, together for the first time, set in the context of the beautiful, historic Atlas Performing Arts Center, this is an evening of music not to be missed!

This event sounds like a great time . Tickets can be purchased in advance

When: Friday, Nov. 18
Where: Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE, DC
Time: 7:30PM

Atlas Performing Arts Center

Kimbrough 11_18 Press Release

CUA to Stage Bernstein’s Rarely Performed On the Town This Weekend

CUA to Stage Bernstein’s Rarely Performed On the Town

For the first time in a decade, Leonard Bernstein’s On the Town will be performed in the Washington, D.C., area with a full symphony orchestra. Catholic University’s Benjamin T. Rome School of Music will stage the production Friday, Oct. 28, through Sunday, Oct. 30, in Hartke Theatre.

“The show is not performed often because it needs exceptional comedic singer-actors, a large orchestra, and skilled dancers to handle the eight dance episodes,” says N. Thomas Pedersen, head of musical theatre and musical director of the production. “We are expecting our music students to not only sing and act, but to grow as dancers as they learn this historic piece. Many music schools do not offer the level of dance training needed to mount this production.”

Quoting Humphrey Burton’s biography Leonard Bernstein, Pedersen says, “The show was written by young people to be performed by young people.”

On the Town was the brainchild of Oliver Smith who was impressed with American choreographer Jerome Robbins’ 1944 ballet Fancy Free. He encouraged Bernstein and Robbins to expand it. The musical introduced several popular and classic songs, among them “New York, New York,” “Lonely Town,” “I Can Cook, Too,” and “Some Other Time.” The story follows three American sailors on a 24-hour shore leave in New York City during wartime 1944. Each of the three sailors becomes enamored of a particular woman — and of the city itself.

When it opened in the 1940s, The New York Times praised the show as “the freshest and most-engaging musical show to come this way since the golden days of Oklahoma.”

“This production of On the Town will demonstrate the high level of both our musical theatre students and our programs in classical music,” says Grayson Wagstaff, dean of the music school. “The work is not only one of the most complex dance features in the history of Broadway, it is also a great score for our orchestra. The music reveals how Bernstein borrowed sounds of jazz as well as influences from many of the great composers of classical music in the 20th century.”

Catholic University’s production will be directed and choreographed by Pauline Grossman, with assistant choreographer Maurice Johnson — dance teachers who have been recruited for the school’s music theatre program.

In conjunction with the production, Mark Horowitz, CUA musical theatre lecturer and archivist of the Bernstein Collection at the Library of Congress, will deliver a Studio X lecture on Monday, Oct. 24, at 4 p.m. on “The Secret History of On the Town,” in Ward Hall’s John Paul Hall. The presentation will include live excerpts of the CUA performance. A widely published author, Horowitz is a leading authority on research in musical theatre.

He will also deliver the talk, “Some Surprises About Bernstein’s On the Town as Discovered in the Leonard Bernstein and Peggy Clark Collections of the Library of Congress,” on Oct. 27, at 12:35 p.m., in Ward Hall, Room 211.

DETAILS: Performances will take place Friday, Oct. 28, through Sunday, Oct. 30, in Hartke Theatre. Shows will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for seniors, students, and CUA alumni, faculty, and staff. For information, directions, and to charge tickets call 202-319-5416. Individuals requesting accommodations for disabilities should contact

MEDIA: Reviewers wishing to cover the musical should contact Katie Lee or Mary McCarthy in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.

When: Friday, October 28th, through Sunday, October 30th
Where: CUA Hartke Theater 3801 Harewood Road, N.E.
Time: 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday

Catholic University of America Hartke Theatre