AU Musical Events: New Student Showcase, 9/19 & 9/20

It’s still only September and already we have ourselves a great AU Musical Event! I get really excited about these events because they give me good stuff to write about while supporting AU’s music culture. Anyways…

A very special musical event is coming to the Greenberg Theatre this weekend. This event, formally titled OVERTURE, is a showcase of the new DPA talents in the freshman class of 2018 (2018? Oh god, I’m old)!

In what the event page calls an “unforgettable rite of passage,” a collection of AU freshmen will perform songs, scenes and monologues, introducing themselves to the AU arts community in all of their freshness. It’s a move that takes a lot of chutzpah, and I believe that anybody willing to herald their arrival in a new environment in such a bold manner will have a great future at AU.

Join this exciting event on Friday, 9/19 and Saturday 9/20 at Greenberg Theatre, from 8-10pm. Tickets are $5. For more information and a link to buy tickets, follow this link: http://www.american.edu/cas/auarts/calendar/index.cfm?id=5706392

And here’s the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/800741236616072/

 

AU Musical Events: The Alchemist

Sup, AU folks? Looking for a Valentine’s weekend activity? Did you catch yesterday’s post about the Concerto Competition? Problem solved!

Unless, of course, you prefer theater. In which case, there’s an entirely different option for you this weekend, which is the topic of today’s post: Four showings of the classic Ben Jonson comedy The Alchemist, directed by the DPA’s own professor Karl Kippola are happening this weekend at the Greenberg Theatre!

The Alchemist was first performed in 1610 by the King’s Men (a troupe which Bill Shakespeare was a member of). A satire of the folly of those with high ego and low ambition (who would hope to be able to turn lead to gold, or get something for nothing), its message still rings true today.

Musical accompaniment for this performance (composed by Handel for the original comedy) will be provided by AU’s Chamber Orchestra, conducted by DPA professor Yaniv Dinur. There will be three 8 PM performances (Thursday the 13th, Valentines’ Eve and Saturday the 15th) and one matinee show on the 15th at 2 pm. The matinee show will be followed by a discussion by two AU professors on the history of alchemy and society!

Tickets are $15 for the general public and $10 for AU community members and seniors- a great deal for what looks like a funny, entertaining and intriguing night of comedy!

New Arrivals!

Suddenly got lots of spare summer time to fill? Come check out some new CDs and scores from the Music Library! We’re open from 9 – 5 Monday through Friday.

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New CDs!

The Golden Ticket: A New Opera based on Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Peter Ash – CD 10180

Things Fall Apart, Roger C. Vogel – CD 10181

The Postman and the Poet (Original Cast Recording), Michael Jeffrey – CD 10182

Chaplin, The Musical: Original Broadway Cast Recording, Christopher Curtis – CD 10183

The $100 Guitar Project – CD 10184

The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2012 New Broadway Cast Recording), Rupert Holmes – CD 10185

New Scores!

Elvis Everywhere: for String Quartet and Tape, Michael Daugherty – M 585 .D38 E48 2010

Upcoming Performances!

It’s Spring! More recitals are popping up, the musical is running over at Greenberg theater, and ensembles are starting to perform their semester’s work. Take a break from the final projects and last month of school stress to unwind with some fabulous student-performed music.

April 4 – 6: Cabaret @ Greenberg Theater. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm.

April 5: Metamorphosis @ Recital Hall. Workshop Ensemble performance, Friday at 8pm.

April 6: Follow Your Heart @ Kay Spiritual Life Center. Ian Uriola’s Junior Recital, Saturday at 4pm.

April 8: The Flying Jays @ The Davenport Coffee Lounge. Monday at 7pm.

Grace’s Staff Picks: A Cross-Section of Musicals

The music library has a huge collection of musical theater CDs, so I thought I’d post a cross-section for your perusal, from old classics to some of my newer favorites!

Memphis: Original Broadway Cast RecordingCD 5218

Covering all moods from swinging to soulful, Memphis is about prejudice, music and love.

Les Miserables: The 2010 Cast AlbumCD 5356

Familiarize yourself with the musical that recently took the big screen by storm, or delight your hipster soul in the knowledge that you’ve loved it for years already. Either way, I absolutely had to include Les Mis.

Fiddler On the Roof: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack RecordingCD 4006

Everybody knows the Fiddler On the Roof, and if you don’t, now’s your chance! This is music that I never get tired of.

Little Women The Musical: Original Broadway Cast RecordingCD 3632

I got to see this musical when it toured, starring Sutton Foster and Maureen McGovern, and ever since then I’ve been in love with it. If you liked the book, or are just a musical theater buff, you’ll almost definitely enjoy this too.

Oliver!: Original Studio Cast RecordingCD 5142

Eva’s Eclectic Picks

Hello dear friends of the Music Library and happy first day of class!

The last 5 months I have been studying at Trinity College in Dublin, which has been an absolutely wonderful experience. Ireland eats, sleeps and breathes music and you can find live singers and musicians at any time on any day in any pub. I am very excited to be joining the Music Library team again and can’t wait for all of the new music this semester!

Here is a crazy eclectic mix to satisfy whatever mood you are in this first week of school…thrilled/anxious/exhausted and so on (I’m a combination of all three):

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  • Les MiseĢrables (CD 5356) ~ The film version just won 3 Golden Globes awards last night…enough said.
  • Mumford & Sons – Babel (CD 9963) ~ One of my all-time favorite bands and this CD never gets old.
  • Acoustic Brazil (CD 5027) ~ I traveled around Brazil this past summer and fell in love with their vibrant folklore music.
  • Bob Dylan – The Bootleg Series (CD 9058) ~ I’m a firm believer that a little Bob Dylan can fix anything. This is the most recent addition to the Music Library’s extremely thorough Dylan collection.
  • Wicked Musical Soundtrack (CD 3128) ~ Seeing Wicked has been on my musical to-do list for years and I was finally able to see it this winter. It was amazing and I ended up having the entire soundtrack stuck in my head for a week. This CD features the original cast members Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth who are Musical Theater legends.
  • Frank Sinatra in Hollywood (CD 5222) ~All of Frank’s movie gems in one CD…what could be better?
I warned you it would be eclectic….!
Have a great first week of school and be sure to swing by the Music Library to stock up on new musical goodies.

Ringing in the New Year with New Arrivals!

As 2013 picks up pace, it’s the perfect time to for new resolutions, new goals, and new arrivals at the music library! Pop by to check out some of our great new CD and DVD additions:

  1. Matthias Pintscher — Funf Orchesterstucke; Musik au Thomas Chatterton; Choc — CD 10023
  2. Mark Stewart — Exorcism of Envy — CD 10020
  3. Blood, Sweat, and Tears — Greatest hits – CD 10021
  4. Various Artists — Now. Here. This.: Original Cast Recording — CD 10024
  5. Various Artists — Bring It On The Musical: Original Broadway Cast Recording — CD 10025
  6. King Crimson — In the Court of the Crimson King — CD 10022
  7. Various Artists — Leap of Faith The Musical: Original Broadway Cast Recording — CD 10025
  8. Various Artists — Call Me Madam — CD 10018
  9. Mussorgsky — Pictures at an Exhibition; Concerto for Orchestra — CD 10019
  10. Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap — DVD 349