Music Performance Calendar

Spring 2017

The Secret Garden

February 24, 25, March 3, 4 at 7:30 pm
February 26, March 5 at 2 pm
Location: NDNU Theatre

March 11th, 6 pm
Location: Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, Tracy

Music by Lucy Simon, Book & Lyrics by Marsha Norman
Based on the classic 1911 Novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett
This beautiful musical is based on the enchanting classic of children’s literature. Orphaned in India, young Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her reclusive uncle and his invalid child. The estate’s wonders include a hidden garden that beckons with haunting melodies and “Dreamers,” spirits from Mary’s past, who guide her through her new life. THE SECRET GARDEN is a compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal, told with a rich lyrical score.

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April 8th, 7:30 pm
Location: Taube Center

A concert by our vocalists: songs from musicals, arias from operas, art songs, and everything in between.

Out of the Box

April 17-23rd, times and specifics TBA
Location: Taube Center

Student projects, concerts, and recitals.

Henry Mollicone: A Special Concert

April 23rd, 2:00 pm
Location: Taube Center

In honor of a “notable” birthday, we celebrate the music and career of noted composer Henry Mollicone, a member of our Musical Arts faculty. Henry has written operas, collaborated on musicals, and worked with some of the greats, including Leonard Bernstein, Beverly Sills, and lyricist Sheldon Harnick (FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, SHE LOVES ME….). Performers will include faculty, students, and guest artists. Program TBA.

Fall 2016

A Little Night Music

October 8th 5pm (Alumni Preview, Homecoming)
October 21 & 22, 28 & 29th 7:30pm
October 23 & 30th 2pm

Location: Taube Center

1973 Tony & Drama Desk Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book, Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album
Sondheim’s brilliant score in waltz time was inspired by Ingmar Bergman’s film “Smiles of a Summer Night.” Named for Mozart’s “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.”

Director: Greg Fritsch
Choreographer: Dottie Lester White
Music Director: Debra Lambert



October 30th 7pm
December 11th 7pm

Location: Taube Center

Camerata is a piano-centric chamber group. Featuring spectacular pianists and instrumentalists, Camerata arranges and performs standard classical repertoire as well as originals and vocals. While primarily graduate students, the ensemble is open to talented instrumentalists who enjoy working collaboratively and performing beautiful music.

Director: Dr. Michael Schmitz (CND BM ’87, MM ’88)


November 19th 7:30pm
Location: Taube Center

The Fall 2016 Vocal Performance Class showcases their work with songs and arias from musicals, operas and oratorio.

Instructor: Debra Lambert
Accompanist: Kathleen Nelson (CND MM ’95)

A Ceremony of Carols

December 9th 7:30 pm                              December 11th 2pm
Location: College of San Mateo                  Location: Taube Center

This beautiful Benjamin Britten choral work was based on medieval poems discovered in 1942 in Nova Scotia. We perform in collaboration with College of San Mateo Choir.

Director: Marcelle Dronkers
Assistant: Michael Strelo-Smith (NDNU BFA ’16, MFA ’19)

Past Performances This Season

  • In the Heights, February 26 – March 12, 2016
  • Voci!, April 16, 2016
  • Yemoja, Queen of Creation & Water, April 20, 2016
  • From the Top, April 20, 2016
  • OperaRocks, April 21, 2016
  • Songs from the Hart, April 22 & 23, 2016
  • The Baker’s Wife in Musicals, April 24, 2016
  • Camerata Chamber Ensemble, April 28 & 29, 2016