NDNU Music and Vocal Arts Breaks “Out of the Box”  

Belmont, CA, April 6, 2011 — Notre Dame de Namur University’s Department of Music and Vocal Arts will present the “Out of the Box Music Festival,” a collection of original student projects and performances by department ensembles, from April 14 – 18 at several  locations on the NDNU campus. Given the opportunity to explore and try new ways of performing, graduate and senior BFA students each use their unique interests and visions to produce performance projects that are “out of the box” of their conventional performance practice.

The festival will include:

Homeland: a personal story of coming to America from Korea, told through Korean song and poetry, by Weonsun Joo, MFA 2012. (April 14 – 15, 8 p.m. Taube Center)

Shun Yuan – Zi Yen (To Follow or Not To Follow): a blending of two Chinese tales of love and tradition told through original music, by Vincent Kang, MFA 2012. (April 14 – 15, 8 p.m. Taube Center)

A Service of Evening Prayer: a traditional Anglican Service of Evening Prayer, with chant and classical music selections, by Christine Jarc, MFA 2013. (April 14 – 15, 8 p.m. Taube Center)

Cadillac: a workshop of a new musical, in which a young man comes of age amidst violence and scandal in rural Louisiana, by Wayne Self, MFA 2013. (April 15 and 17, 8 p.m. Herzo Recital Room)

Shoe Music: a tap dance showcase, directed by Dottie Lester-White, faculty. (April 16, 6 p.m. – April 17, 8 p.m. Taube Center)

Cleopatra: G.F. Handel’s “Giulio Cesare” re-imagined, with a blend of the original arias and more modern music selections, by Claire Virginia Karoly, MFA 2013. (April 16, 6 p.m. – April 17, 8 p.m. Taube Center)

Under the Covers: a concert style set of pop songs, rearranged for an acoustic setting to be performed with modern musical theater voices, by Lauren Herman, MFA 2012. (April 16, 6 p.m. – April 17, 8 p.m. Taube Center)

Dark Night Cabaret: a benefit concert for Music Theatre Conservatory scholarships. (April 16, 7:30 p.m. Ralston Hall Ballroom)

Opera Scenes: stories of love, war and mayhem, performed by the students of the NDNU OnStage Opera Workshop. (April 17, 2 p.m. Ralston Ballroom)

The Lion Sings: a modern adaptation with music of scenes from James Goldman’s Lion in Winter, about the King and Queen of 10th century England, by Jenny Matteucci, BFA 2012. (April 18 – 19, 5:15 p.m. Ralston Hall)

Camerata Concert: duos, trios, and quartets with piano, strings, winds and voice, performed by NDNU’s chamber ensemble Camerata. (April 18, 7:30 p.m. Ralston Hall Ballroom)

Media Night: presentations on digital natives vs. digital immigrants, and scoring and independent film by Roger M. Goodson Ed.D., Professor of Business and Management and Joel Phillip Friedman, DMA, Professor of Music and Vocal Arts. (April 19, 8 p.m. Taube Center)

The festival is directed by Greg Fritsch, faculty member in the Department of Music and Vocal Arts. Tickets are $7 per event or $15 for a festival pass. Tickets for the MTC benefit are $25. For more information, call (650) 508-3429. For the full festival schedule, visit http://www.ndnu.edu/the-arts/music/ootb.aspx.