Arts Events for April 2016

Note: While we make every effort to keep this listing up to date, event details are subject to change. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

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REFLECTION: Citizens of the World

March 2 - April 7

ArtStreet White Box Gallery
A collaboration between the Center for International Programs and ArtStreet, the 11th annual Citizens of the World photography installation highlights students’ reflections of the world in which we live. Depicting themes ranging from hope and strength to challenge and achievement, REFLECTION will showcase the diverse experiences that influence, shape and impact University of Dayton students. Learn more >>
ArtStreet 937-229-5101

Horvath: Annual Juried Student Exhibition

March 31 - April 28

Gallery 249, Fitz Hall (second floor)
Reception: Wednesday, April 20, 5 – 7 p.m. (Awards presentation at 6 p.m.)
Join the UD community in celebrating the award-winning student achievements in photography, fine arts, art education and graphic design. The Horvath Exhibition, an annual juried exhibit that started in 1975, features UD student work in a variety of media. The Horvath Exhibition is made possible through a memorial gift from Josephine Horvath in honor of her husband, Bela Horvath, who taught painting at UD in the 1950s. Presented in conjunction with the Stander Symposium. Learn more >>
Department of Art and Design 937-229-3237

“Erma 101” with Gina Barreca

April 1-2

Friday, April 1 at 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 2 at 10:30 a.m.
Auditorium, 1700 South Patterson Building on River Campus
Thanks to support from Ohio Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the campus community and general public will be able to join writers at “Erma 101” at the sold-out March 31-April 2 Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop at the University of Dayton. Best-selling author, syndicated columnist, humorist and feminist scholar Gina Barreca will talk about Bombeck’s enduring appeal and entertain participants at two 75-minute sessions. A book signing will follow the Saturday talk. Visitor parking is available. Learn more >>
Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop

Ebony Heritage Singers

Saturday, April 2

7 p.m. South Park United Methodist Church, 140 Stonemill Road
Dr. Donna Cox, conductor.
Department of Music 937-229-3936 

Living Glass: Sustaining Memory through Light

April 3 — July 20

Roesch Library first-floor gallery
Celebrating the history of stained glass and the power of light, this exhibition demonstrates the power of place and memory to serve as touchstones for communal and personal identity. Showcasing artworks created by UD faculty and student artists that reflect the distinctive Marianist charisms of the University of Dayton, the artworks each use the reclaimed stained glass windows removed from the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception as source material. The stunning two and three-dimensional artworks displayed highlight the intersections of theology, sustainability, and art. This exhibition is curated and arranged by Darden Bradshaw and Geno Luketic.
University Libraries 937-229-4094

I Want My Jacket Back

Thursday, April 7

8 p.m. Black Box Theatre, Raymond L. Fitz Hall
An original solo performance by Dr. Jenn Freitag, this work contributes to ending gender violence through a combination of interactive lecture, performance and workshop to catalyze dialogue. With original songs, stories, humor and poetry, Freitag will create an evening for us all to reflect on the social construction of gender, gender violence prevention and healing after sexual assault. Presented by the Theatre Program; co-produced with the Women’s Center and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program.
Tickets: $12/UD students, faculty, staff: $8
Kennedy Union Box Office 937-229-2545 or

The Fairest of All: Rediscovering Mary

April 11 – May 31

Marian Library Gallery (7th floor of Roesch Library)
Featuring paintings by Jan Oliver Schultz. Learn more >>
Marian Library 937-229-4214

Guest Artist Recital: Michiko Otaki, piano

Thursday, April 14

8 p.m. Sears Recital Hall, Jesse Philips Humanities Center
Pianist Michiko Otaki has performed and recorded with many renowned international ensembles. Born in Japan, she graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory and Manhattan School of Music, receiving her performing doctorate from the University of Miami. She is director of keyboard studies at Clayton State University in Atlanta, Georgia. Otaki has performed at the National Gallery, Weill Recital Hall, Cleveland Museum of Art and the Chamber Music Hall of the Warsaw Philharmonic. She has been featured at Festival Miami, the Da Camera Society of Los Angeles, the Chicago Chamber Music Society and BIG Arts concert series.
Department of Music 937-229-3936 

University Chorale and Choral Union

Sunday, April 17

3 p.m. Immaculate Conception Chapel
Andrew Hohman, director.
Department of Music 937-229-3936

Celebration of the Arts

Tuesday, April 19

6:30 p.m. Interactive art installations in the Wintergarden
8 p.m. Performance in Mead Theatre
Schuster Center, One West Second Street
The University of Dayton's student performing arts groups in music, dance and theatre take the Schuster Center stage for an evening to inspire. Large-scale collaborative installations and individual student artwork will be on display in the Schuster Wintergarden before and after the performance. Celebration of the Arts is part of the University's annual Brother Joseph W. Stander Symposium. Learn more >>
Tickets are free but required. Tickets for UD students, faculty and staff are available at the Kennedy Union Box Office with a valid University ID. Tickets for the general public are available by calling Ticket Center Stage at 937-228-3630 or online at
Stander Symposium

Stander Symposium

Wednesday, April 20

All Day at Various Venues
The annual Brother Joseph W. Stander Symposium is designed to recognize and celebrate academic excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, providing an opportunity for students from all disciplines to showcase their intellectual and artistic accomplishments. The Stander Symposium represents the Marianist tradition of education through community and is the principal campus-wide event in which faculty and students actualize our mission to be a "community of learners." Learn more >>

CHANGE: Performance and Installation Premiere

Wednesday, April 20

7 p.m. ArtStreet
Installation on view April 21 - May 7, ArtStreet White Box Gallery
What happens when 70 students from diverse majors come together to think about the challenges embedded in nurturing a sustainable world? It’s CHANGE. With guidance from Michael Bashaw, UD's Visiting Artist for Sustainability Initiatives, students in the IAN II course will creatively apply innovative “solutions” to the collaborative and critical perspectives developed from the themes of the entire 2015-16 IAN Installation Series. Learn more >>
Presented in conjunction with the Stander Symposium; co-sponsored by ArtStreet’s Institute for Arts Nexus and the Hanley Sustainability Institute.
ArtStreet 937-229-5101 

(Re)composing Romeo and Juliet

Thursday, April 21

11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Sears Recital Hall, Jesse Philips Humanities Center
This event is a conversation about Shakespeare’s composition (as well as later recompositions) of Romeo and Juliet, presented by Department of English Shakespearean scholars Elizabeth Mackay and Alexander Macleod, and vocal artist Andrea Wells, Department of Music. They will look at Shakespeare’s writing of the play and consider, in turn, how that play has written itself into our own culture (as the perfect expression of romantic love, youthful idealism, rebellion and individual rights). In addition, students from the Department of Music's Opera Workshop will perform excerpts from various musical versions of Romeo and Juliet. Learn more >>
Graul Chair in Arts and Languages, Department of Music, Department of English 937-229-3434

UD Brass Ensembles

Thursday, April 21

8 p.m. Sears Recital Hall, Jesse Philips Humanities Center
UD Trumpet Ensemble: Dan Grantham, director; Horn Ensemble: Aaron Brant, director; Trombone Ensemble: Chad Arnow, director; Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble: Yukitada Onitsuka, director.
Department of Music 937-229-3936

Shakespeare As You Like It: From the Bard to Broadway

Friday, April 22

7:30 p.m. Kennedy Union Ballroom
This spring student concert is a culmination of the University’s Opera Workshop, featuring musical settings of Shakespeare's work with everything from classic opera to West Side Story.
Department of Music 937-229-3936 

And a Child Shall Lead

April 22 - 24

Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Boll Theatre, Kennedy Union
This fast-paced drama features original poems and stories authored by the Jewish children who stayed at Terezín, a way station before the Nazi death camps. Portrayed by puppets, the children come alive in the face of unspeakable horror and remind us all of our innate capacity for survival. Presented by the Theatre Program; co-produced with the Zoot Theatre Company.
Tickets: $12/UD students, faculty, staff: $8
Kennedy Union Box Office 937-229-2545 or

University Concert Band and UD New Horizons Concert Band

Sunday, April 24

2:30 p.m. Kettering Middle School
Tremon Kizer, Linda Hartley, Tom Pfrogner, conductors.
Department of Music 937-229-3936

Fire, Rain, Wind, Snow and Fire: The Story of a Prairie

Sunday, April 24

7-9 p.m. Sears Recital Hall, Jesse Philips Humanities Center
A Hanley Sustainability Institute Scholarship documentary project about care for the local environment expressed through the work of UD's Marianist Environmental Education Center, Bro Don Geiger and others. Celebrate the completion of this year-long production directed by Suki Kwon,with cinematography by Julie Jones, assistant cinematography by Theresa Lauterbach, and screenplay by Lucas Schamer. View a trailer >>
Department of Art & Design 937-229-3237

Guest Lecture Recital: “Beyond Race”, Emery Stephens, baritone    

Sunday, April 24

4:30 p.m. Sears Recital Hall, Jesse Philips Humanities Center
Emery Stephens presents a lecture-recital titled “African American Voices in Classical Music,” along with an interactive component for audience members. Dr. Stephens will share brief histories of the composers and their music. The program will include unaccompanied spirituals, spiritual arrangements, and art songs by African American composers. Composers include Harry Burleigh (1866-1949), Edward Boatner (1898-1981), Hall Johnson (1888-1970), Margaret Bonds (1913-1972), Charles Brown (b. 1940), and Betty Jackson King (1928-1994). Learn more >>
Department of Music 937-229-3936

World Music Choir, Javanese Gamelan, and Percussion Ensemble

Monday, April 25

8 p.m. Kennedy Union Boll Theatre
Dr. Sharon Gratto, Dr. Heather MacLachlan and James Leslie, directors.
Department of Music 937-229-3936 

Symphonic Wind Ensemble and University Orchestra

Tuesday, April 26

8 p.m. Kennedy Union Boll Theatre
Dr. Patrick Reynolds, conductor.
Department of Music 937-229-3936 

Unversity Jazz Band and Jazz Combos

Wednesday, April 27

8 p.m. Kennedy Union Boll Theatre
James Leslie, director
Department of Music 937-229-3936 

UD Faculty Jazztet

Thursday, April 28

8 p.m. Kennedy Union Boll Theatre
Dr. Willie L. Morris, III, saxophone, director; Brent Gallaher, saxophone; Eric Knorr, trumpet; Phillip Burkhead, piano; Eddie Brookshire, bass; Jim Leslie, drums.
Department of Music 937-229-3936

Dayton Jazz Ensemble

Friday, April 29

7:30 p.m. Kennedy Union Boll Theatre
Dr. Willie L. Morris III, director.
Department of Music 937-229-3936 


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