As the 2013-2014 academic year begins, the Heidelberg University School of Music will take center stage for an exciting fall season that begins Friday, Aug. 30.
Highlighting the season will be the fall musical “Young Frankenstein,” a collaboration of Heidelberg University and the Ritz Players, in late October and early November. Directed by Heidelberg theatre professor Chris Tucci, “Young Frankenstein” – a musical parody of the horror film genre based on the 1974 comedy by Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder -- will be staged Oct. 31-Nov. 2 and 3 at the Ritz Theatre for the Performing Arts. Musical director will be Michael Anders with choreography by Kathy Miller.
Heidelberg’s traditional presentation of “A Heidelberg Christmas” will return to the Ritz Theatre at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. Choral and instrumental ensembles will join forces to present portions of the 100-plus-year-old tradition of Handel’s “Messiah,” along with other traditional Christmas carols.
Kicking off the instrumental and vocal ensemble performance schedule will be the Jazz Ensemble, who will be one of the featured acts at Jazzin’ Tiffin festival in downtown Tiffin on Sept. 14. The Jazz Ensemble will perform at 1 p.m. on Frost Parkway.
Other ensemble highlights for the fall:
- Opera Gala in honor of John Beale, ’64 – 3 p.m. Sept. 29
- Faculty Gala – 4 p.m. Oct. 6.
- Jazz Ensemble Fall Concert – 7 p.m. Nov. 8
- Heidelberg University- Community Chorus – 7 p.m. Nov. 9.
- The Concert Choir – 3 p.m. Nov. 10
- Heidelberg Symphonic Band – 7 p.m. Nov. 16
- Small Ensembles Concert – 8:15 p.m. Nov. 19
- TubaChristmas – 6 p.m. Nov. 24
Additionally, several members of Heidelberg’s music faculty are scheduled to give recitals this fall:
Renee Clair, mezzo-soprano, and Joel Shonkwiler, trombone – 7 p.m. Aug. 30
- Steven Kruse, viola – 7 p.m. Sept. 6
- Carol Dusdieker, soprano – 7 p.m. Sept. 7
- Joan McConnell, organ – 3 p.m. Nov. 17
All events are held in Brenneman Music Hall unless otherwise noted. Concerts are free and open to the public. For additional information, call the School of Music and Theatre at 419-448-2073.