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2019/20 Dean’s Circle Events

UPCOMING EVENTS

The Body, The Voice, The Instrument Strike Party!

Sunday, March 29 following the 2:30PM Matinee Performance

We invite our Dean’s Circle members to join the cast of The Body, The Voice, The Instrument for a Strike Party! to celebrate the triumphant and collaborative work of Shenandoah Conservatory’s Dance Ensemble, choirs, and Symphony Orchestra.

The Shenandoah Conservatory Dance Ensemble performs original works choreographed by Maurice Fraga, Shylo Martinez and Matt Pardo in a powerful artistic alliance with the Shenandoah Conservatory choirs and Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Matt Oltman, Karen Keating and guest conductor Nadège Foofat. Highlights include “Choral Dances” from Benjamin Britten’s coronation opera, Gloriana; a new adaptation of Edward Elgar’s Sea Pictures, op. 37 for chorus and orchestra; and the glorious Serenade to Music by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

To RSVP for the Strike Party! please contact Melanie L. Mathewes at mmathewe@su.edu or by phone at 540.665.4733.

While the Strike Party! is a complimentary Dean’s Circle event, our members may wish to obtain tickets for this performance on Sunday, March 29 at 2:30PM ($20).

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Ballet Hispánico Masterclass

This event will take place the week prior to the April 3 performance. However, the specific date and time are TBD.
Shenandoah Conservatory Arts Academy

Join us at Shenandoah Conservatory Arts Academy (SCAA) for the Ballet Hispánico Masterclass where students, ages 10 to 16 enrolled in our academy dance program, will receive instruction from the Ballet Hispánico dance troupe. In this masterclass, students will be introduced to repertoire from the Ballet Hispánico performance.

Ballet Hispánico, America’s leading Latino dance organization, has brought individuals and communities together to celebrate and explore Latino cultures through dance for nearly 50 years. The company is hailed for its technical precision and artistic virtuosity on the stage. Representing a multitude of nationalities, Ballet Hispánico reflects the ever-changing face of our nation. The company brings innovative ways of experiencing and sharing a cultural dialogue to the stage with a unique program of contemporary works that explore the diversity of Latino cultures.

To RSVP for the Ballet Hispánico Masterclass please contact Melanie L. Mathewes at mmathewe@su.edu or by phone at 540.665.4733.

While the Ballet Hispánico Masterclass is a complimentary Dean’s Circle event, our members may wish to obtain tickets for the performance that takes place on Friday, April 3 at 7:30 PM ($28)

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World of the Piano Performance by John O’Conor

Sunday, April 19 at 2:30 PM • Armstrong Concert Hall
Post-performance Reception

Recognized as one of the world’s premier Beethoven interpreters, Shenandoah Conservatory Distinguished Artist-in-Residence John O’Conor celebrates Beethoven’s 250th birthday anniversary with a special performance of the composer’s last three sonatas. The native Dubliner was unanimously awarded first prize at the 1973 International Beethoven Piano Competition in Vienna, launching a virtuosic and global career where he is now acknowledged, “…as one of the greatest pianists of our time, and his expressive touch has lost nothing of the perfection that first launched him to fame over 40 years ago” (Madison Magazine).

To RSVP for the World of the Piano post-performance reception with John O’Conor please contact Melanie L. Mathewes at mmathewe@su.edu or by phone at 540.665.4733.

While the World of the Piano post-performance reception with John O’Conor is a complimentary Dean’s Circle event, our Dean’s Circle members are asked to obtain tickets for the performance ($25).

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Opera Up Close

New American Voices

Sunday, April 26 at 2:30 PM • Shingleton Dance Space

Dean’s Circle members are invited to stay after the performance for a Q&A session with Jonathan Newman composer of Opera Up Close’s Carnival of Souls.

Set in an intimate black box studio and directed each year by a different distinguished guest artist, Opera Up Close features small ensembles, but big ideas. This year’s performance explores new American voices in opera, including three new works about the conflict between our internal and external lives. The program features excerpts from Carnival of Souls, an opera in progress by Shenandoah Conservatory’s Jonathan Newman based on the 1962 cult horror film; Christopher Weiss’ comic short opera Service Provider, commissioned by Washington National Opera; and Laura Kaminsky’s As One, a two-person chamber opera about the journey of a transgender person transitioning from male to female. Sung in English with piano and string quartet accompaniment.

To RSVP for the Opera Up Close post-performance Q&A with composer Jonathan Newman please contact Melanie L. Mathewes at mmathewe@su.edu or by phone at 540.665.4733.

While the Opera Up Close post-performance Q&A with composer Jonathan Newman is a complimentary Dean’s Circle event, our Dean’s Circle members are asked to obtain tickets for the performance ($15).

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It’s a Wrap!

Tuesday, May 5 at 6PM • Harold Herman Lab Theatre

This is event celebrates the success of the Dean’s Circle initiatives for this year! Enjoy a recap of selections from throughout the year and engage with students to learn how your support made an impact. We cannot imagine a better location than our newly completed Harold Herman Lab Theatre. Hors d’ oeuvres and drinks will be served at the festive mix and mingle!

To RSVP for It’s a Wrap! please contact Melanie L. Mathewes at mmathewe@su.edu or by phone at 540.665.4733.



PAST EVENTS

Setting the Stage

Sunday, September 8 at 2:30PM

Enjoy an exclusive inside look at our upcoming season with live performances throughout our venue, complimentary hors d’ oeuvres and an opportunity to meet our faculty and students.

Invitations for this event will be sent from Conservatory Performs and you are welcome to bring a friend to introduce them to our great lineup of programs for 2019/20. RSVPs will be taken through the Box Office.


Jason Robert Brown Performance Forum

Wednesday, September 18 at 3PM • Armstrong Concert Hall

Performance Forums are exclusive one-on-one student engagements with visiting artists and occur in advance of their scheduled performance.

To RSVP for this Performance Forum contact Melanie L. Mathewes at mmathewe@su.edu or by phone at 540.665.4733.

While the Performance Forum is a complimentary Dean’s Circle event, our members may wish to obtain tickets for the performance that takes place the following evening on Thursday, September 19 at 7:30PM ($15).


Something Rotten! (U.S. College and University Premiere!)

Thursday, October 3 (Reception at 6:30PM in Glaize Studio Theatre | Show at 7:30PM in Ohrstrom-Bryant Theatre)

Shenandoah Conservatory presents the U.S. college and university premiere of Something Rotten!, the hilarious Broadway hit musical comedy about the musical comedy that started it all. Set in the 1590s, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play, but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as “The Bard.” When a local soothsayer foretells the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s first musical. Amidst the scandalous excitement of opening night, the brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self. With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, Something Rotten! is an uproarious dose of pure Broadway fun and an irresistible ode to musicals — those dazzling creations that entertain us, inspire us, and remind us that everything is better with an exclamation point! (Duration: approximately 140 minutes)

To RSVP for the Opening Night Reception please contact Melanie L. Mathewes at mmathewe@su.edu or by phone at 540.665.4733.

Due to popularity, tickets for this performance should be ordered as soon as possible.

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Manual Cinema Masterclass

Thursday, October 10 from 9:30AM to 11AM | Ohrstrom-Bryant Theatre Stage

This is your opportunity to join Manual Cinema and Shenandoah Conservatory students on stage to learn more about the handmade shadow puppetry, cinematic techniques and original musical compositions Manual Cinema uses to create immersive visual stories for stage and screen.

This masterclass is a behind-the-scenes look at the artistry Manual Cinema uses in its most recent work which stitches together the classic tale of Frankenstein with Mary Shelley’s own life to create an unexpected story about the beauty — and horror — of creation.

To RSVP for the Manual Cinema Masterclass please contact Melanie L. Mathewes at mmathewe@su.edu or by phone at 540.665.4733.

While the Manual Cinema Masterclass is a complimentary Dean’s Circle event, our members may wish to obtain tickets for the performance that takes place the evening before on Wednesday, October 9 at 7:30PM ($28).

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ShenCoLAB

Saturday, November 2 at 3PM

Shenandoah Conservatory turns over the programming and facilities to its students for a week of unbridled exploration, collaboration and creativity. Students work across disciplines on self-directed, time-limited projects fueled by their own passion, drive and curiosity. The week culminates with a day-long Festival of Arts, Ideas & Exploration featuring a wide variety of exciting, innovative and provocative performances, presentations, roundtable discussions and other special events. A complete festival schedule will be released in October.

To receive your free wristband to admit you to all ShenCoLAB associated events, please contact Melanie L. Mathewes at mmathewe@su.edu or by phone at 540.665.4733.


Holiday Gala

Friday, December 6 (Reception at 6:30PM | Show at 8PM)

Shenandoah University’s holiday extravaganza features the talented students and faculty of Shenandoah Conservatory. The Holiday Gala is the perfect start to the season’s festivities.

To obtain your tickets for this event, please RSVP to Melanie L. Mathewes at 540.665.4733. before November 1. Seats for this event go fast! This event is an invitation-only event for our Dean’s Circle members and we are unable to extend extra tickets for guests.


Mary Elizabeth Bowden & Ieva Jokubaviciute

Monday, December 9 at 7:30PM

Join us in welcoming our newly appointed Assistant Professor of Trumpet Mary Elizabeth Bowden. She and Assistant Professor of Piano Ieva Jokubaviciute will present a free faculty recital of original and transcribed music for trumpet and piano.

To RSVP for this performance please contact Melanie L. Mathewes at mmathewe@su.edu or by phone at 540.665.4733. Tickets are free and you are welcome to bring guests to attend.