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Town And Gown Singers Present The Music Of Benjamin Britten At CUA Friday

Town and Gown Chorus, Photo Courtesy of CUA School of Music
Town and Gown Chorus, Photo Courtesy of CUA School of Music

The Town and Gown Singers are Brookland and Catholic U’s community choir. It is open to Brookland residents, CUA students, faculty, staff,  and alumni and basically anyone who wants to sing. The chorus presents two major concerts each year, in addition to performing at various city events.  Their next performance will be on April 25, at 7:30 p.m. The choir will be performing the music of Benjamin Britten at the St. Vincent de Paul Chapel on CUA’s campus. For more information about the group or to find out how to join , please contact the director, Kevin O’Brien at  obrienk(at)cua(dot)edu.

Upcoming Opera And Shakespeare Performances From Catholic U

Hartke Theatre. Photo courtesy of Goldstar.com
Hartke Theatre. Photo courtesy of Goldstar.com

From time to time we try to post about the cultural goings on at Catholic University. It really is a great source of nearby entertainment at great prices. Here are two upcoming shows.

The opera Don Giovanni will be showing March 20, 21, 22, at 7:30 p.m. and March 23 at 2 p.m. Tickets range from $5 – $20 – what a bargain! Purchase tickets here. From the CUA’s Benjamin T. Rome School of Music website:

An opera in two acts with Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte. Drama and comedy collide as we explore the various incarnations of opera’s most famous leading man on his day of reckoning in Mozart and da Ponte’s immortal Don Giovanni. Is he pursuer or pursued? Will he ever know true satisfaction? Is it possible to save him from hell, or will he choose damnation over decency?

In April the CUA Theatre Department will be putting on The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare and directed by Eleanor Holdridge. From the CUA Drama Department website:

In Shakespeare’s classic tale about prejudice, revenge, justice, and redemption, one man’s efforts to win his lady’s love amid the fierce religious divide and bigotry of the Renaissance sets in motion a questionable business deal between his friend, the Merchant of Venice, and Shylock the Jew. The shocking consequences of that deal call into question the beliefs of Venice’s people, expose the tangled legal strains of mercy versus justice, and test the tenacity of young men and women in love.

The performance dates are April 24, 25, and 26 at 7:30 p.m and April 26 and 27 at 2 p.m. Tickets range from $5 – $15 and can be purchased here.

Wow. Sounds exciting! Performances take place at the Hartke Theatre on CUA’s campus at 3801 Harewood Road, N.E. For more information and other CUA School of Music and Drama Department events, check out their events calenders here and here, respectively.

Take The Polar Plunge At CUA And Support The Special Olympics!

Photo courtesy of DC Special Olympics.
Photo courtesy of DC Special Olympics.

We recently learned about an interesting challenge, the Polar Plunge, in support of  Special Olympics D.C. at Catholic University. Sounds like a fun event for a great cause! From the event announcement:

Special Olympics DC athletes take on challenges in our community every day with perseverance, grit, and optimism, despite the difficulties they encounter. Show your spirit and commitment to helping D.C.’s 1,400 Special Olympic athletes by taking a dip into an icy cool above-ground pool while raising much-needed funds on their behalf.

The first-ever Special Olympics D.C. Polar Bear Plunge will be held on Saturday, February 8 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm at Catholic University. There will be music, food, beverages, activities, and of course, plunging!

Find out more and register for the Plunge at www.plungedc.com. You can set up an online personal page to participate in the Plunge, or you can donate directly to Special Olympics D.C.

Hope to see you on February 8.

CUA School Of Music Peforms ‘Sweet Charity’ This Friday – Sunday

Sweet Chartity logo courtesy of the CUA Benjamin T. Rome School of Music.
Sweet Chartity logo courtesy of the CUA Benjamin T. Rome School of Music.

This coming weekend, why not enjoy a live musical performance right here in our backyard? From the CUA’s Benjamin T. Rome School of Music website:

Sweet Charity is a tender, poignant and consistently funny look at the adventures, or rather the misadventures, in the ways of love encountered by the gullible and guileless lady known as Charity Hope Valentine. Charity is a dance hostess who always gives her heart and her dreams to the wrong man.

Tickets range from $5 – $20 and the show will be performed at Hartke Hall on CUA’s campus. You can get your tickets here. For more information on shows put on by the CUA School of Music, many of them free, check out their calender here.

Your Rundown Of Catholic U Homecoming Events – Starting This Thursday

CUA Women's Soccer team. Photo courtesy of CUACardinals.com
Football is great, but we have our eye on the CUA Women’s Soccer team. Photo courtesy of CUACardinals.com

As the Brookland nights begin to cool, and the leaves begin to turn, it can only mean one thing – CUA homecoming is around the corner! One of the cool things about Brookland is the Catholic U alumni who discovered our neighborhood while in college and decided to make it their home after graduation. Homecoming is always a special time to reconnect with your alma mater and reminisce with current students, friends, and fellow alums. This year CUA’s homecoming will be held on Thursday September 27 – Sunday September 29th and there are a ton of activities in store. From the Catholic U website, here is an updated list of events:

Thursday, September 27


School of Engineering Luncheon*
Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Pangborn Hall, Scullen Room

Andrew J. Youniss, B.S.C.S. 1983, will be honored at the 2013 School of Engineering Alumni Homecoming Luncheon, receiving the 2013 Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award. Engineering alumni who would like to attend please contact the dean’s office at harpera@cua.edu or 202-319-5178.


Friday, September 27


 

2013 CUA Athletics Golf Classic*
12:30 p.m.
Renditions Golf Course
Davidsonville, MD 21035

To register, click here.

Note: This event is separate from the general Homecoming registration.

Alumni Association Board of Governors Meeting*
4 p.m. – Fall Board Meeting
Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center

All alumni are welcome at the meeting.

R.s.v.p. requested. Please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 202-319-5608.

Tennis Family Homecoming Party*
5 – 8 p.m.
DuFour Center, Tennis Courts

We invite players, parents, alumni, and friends to join us in an early celebration of Coach Martin Dowd’s induction into the CUA Athletics Hall of Fame.

Bring your tennis racquet and shoes! We will have refreshments and CUA Tennis gear for raffle and purchase.

Please R.s.v.p. to Dana Dowd, B.A. 1989, at 703-585-0548 or danadowd10s@gmail.com.

Department of Psychology Alumni Award Presentation and Reception
5 – 6:30 p.m.
O’Boyle Hall, Room 324

University Honors Program Alumni Reception
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Vincent P. Walter Jr. Board Room, Curley Hall
CUA Campus

Attendees will have the chance to catch up with their favorite honors faculty members and see honors classmates.

School of Business and Economics Cocktail Reception
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
May Gallery, Mullen Library

All alumni from business and economics are welcome. A brief update on the status of the School of Business and Economics by Assistant Dean Philip Brach. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served, free of charge.

Class of 1963 Welcome Reception
6 – 8 p.m.
McMahon Hall, Foyer
Cost: $30 per person

Begin the weekend with a special reception for this year’s 50-year reunion class,
a great opportunity to get reacquainted with your classmates and the campus!

Event open to Class of 1963 undergraduate alumni.

School of Theology and Religious Studies Alumni Presentation and Reception
6:30 p.m.
Monsignor Stephen J. Happel Room, Caldwell Hall (100)

“Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” — Voices of the Past, Present, and Future

President’s Society Reunion — Classes of 2002-2013*
6 – 9 p.m.
The Liaison Capitol Hill
415 New Jersey Avenue, NW

For more information, please call 202-319-5100.

Note: This event is separate from the general Homecoming registration.

Benjamin T. Rome School of Music Concert and Alumni Reception
7:30 p.m.
Ward Recital Hall

Join fellow music alumni for a showcase concert with a reception to follow.


Halfway Home Happy Hour
8 – 10 p.m.
Mad Hatter
1519 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.

Kick off the weekend with fellow Cardinals who are back “home” in Washington, D.C. Appetizers and drink specials will be provided for CUA alumni. A cash bar will be available for drinks.

Saturday, September 28


 

Year-End Tax Saving Opportunities!
9 – 10 a.m.
Room 321, Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center

Free gift and continental breakfast! Join us for a lively, interactive presentation and Q&A. Receive great tips for tax wise year-end planning. Also learn how to make your estate “work for you” through creative estate planning. Open to all.

Presenter: Ann Black, Certified Financial Planner, The Washington Group

R.s.v.p requested through the Homecoming and Reunions registration.

12th Annual National Catholic School of Social Service Homecoming Conference*
9 a.m. – noon (registration will open at 8:30 a.m.)
Hannan Hall, Herzfeld Auditorium
Cost: $20 per person; includes 3 CEUs

Lecture Title: “HIV/AIDS and Implications for Social Work Practice”

Presenter: Melissa Sellevaag, Chief of Programs at Metro TeenAIDS

To register, click here.

Note: This event is separate from the general Homecoming registration.

School of Nursing Homecoming Brunch and Meeting: Transformational Leadership: A Foundation for Success
9:30 – 11:30 a.m., Pryzbyla University Center, Great Room B
Cost: $25 per person. Please register in advance using the regular Homecoming registration.

Guest speaker: Joan Carlin Halpern, B.S.N. 1991

For more information, please contact Carolyn Sponn, B.S.N. 2005, at carolynsponn@hotmail.com or 443-604-8428.

Campus Tours
10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Meet at front entrance steps, McMahon Hall

Campus tours are sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Pre-Game Tent Party
Join the pre-game picnic where there’s good food, music, and fun for all ages! Special ticket price for members of the Class of 2013 celebrating their first Homecoming. A ticket to the Homecoming football game is included with each picnic ticket. There will be reserved tables for all reunion classes, young alumni, SPD, ADG, KTG, Golden Cardinals, President’s Society, and Senators Club, and a moon bounce and face-painting for the kids.

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Homecoming tent, Raymond A. DuFour Athletic Center Field

Cost:
Adults  $40 in advance ($60 day of)
Class of 2013 Alumni $20.13 ($30 day of)
Class of 2014 Senior Students   $15  ($25 day of)
Children (4-12)    $10
Children (Under 4) Free

Event is open to law school alumni as well.

For any independent tailgating outside of the Pre-Game Tent Party, please reference the Catholic University of America Event Tailgate Policy, which can be found here.

Homecoming Football Game
Cheer on the CUA Cardinals as they take on the Amcats of Anna Maria College.

1 p.m.
Raymond A. DuFour Athletic Center, Cardinal Stadium

Please note: Admission to the football game is included in the Pre-Game Tent Party price. Alumni and guests will need to checkin at the registration tables to receive official nametags and wristbands for event.

Event is open to law school alumni as well.

Athletic Alumni Post-Game Reception
Join other athletics department alumni for a post-game reception after the football game

3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
DuFour Center, Cardinal Room, 2nd Floor
Cost: No Charge

Women’s Soccer vs. Drew
Watch the CUA Cardinals take on Drew University in Landmark Conference action.

1 p.m.
DuFour Center, Cardinal Stadium
Cost: No Charge

Men’s Soccer vs. Drew
Watch the CUA Cardinals take on Drew University in Landmark Conference action.

3:30 p.m.
DuFour Center, Cardinal Stadium
Cost: No Charge

CUAdrama Reception*
Join the new chair, Dr. Patrick Tuite, and fellow Drama alumni for refreshments and an opportunity to reconnect. To register, email cua-drama@cua.edu or call 202-319-5351.

2 – 4 p.m.
Upper Lobby, Hartke Theatre
Cost: No cost

Class of 2008 5-Year Class Reunion

4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Post-game tailgate back at the tent
Food, drinks, music, tailgating games
Cost: $20

Class of 1978 35-Year Class Reunion

After the Game: 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Law School Lawn
On-Campus
Cost: $30 per person

Class of 1973 40-Year Class Reunion

After the Game: 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Law School Lawn
On-Campus
Cost: $30 per person

Class of 1968 45-Year Class Reunion

After the Game: 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Law School Lawn
On-Campus
Cost: $30 per person

Class of 2003 10-Year Class Reunion

8 -10 p.m.
Kelly’s Irish Times
14 F Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036
Cost: $15 includes appetizers and first drink

Class of 1993 20-Year Class Reunion

6 – 8 p.m.
Kelly’s Irish Times
14 F Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
Cost: $15 per person includes appetizers and first drink

Class of 1988 25-Year Class Reunion

6 – 9 p.m.
201 Bar
201 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
Cost: $25 per person includes appetizers and open bar

Class of 1963 Golden Cardinals Celebration Dinner
The Class of ’63 celebrates its 50th reunion and induction into the ranks of Golden Cardinals.

6 – 9 p.m.
Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center
CUA Campus
Cost: $50 per person

Event open to Class of 1963 undergraduate alumni.

Class of 1983 30-Year Class Reunion

7 – 9 p.m.
The Dubliner
4 F Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
Cost: $25 per person includes appetizers and first drink

Class of 1998 15-Year Class Reunion

8 – 10 p.m.
Fado Irish Pub
808 7th Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001
Cost: $15 includes appetizers and first drink

Young Alumni Saturday Night Destination

8 p.m.
Kelly’s Irish Times
14 F Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.

Cost: No Cost

Sunday, September 29


 

Homecoming and Reunions Mass
Sunday Mass celebrated at Catholic University with special intentions for the 50-year reunion Class of 1963.

11 a.m.
St. Vincent de Paul Chapel, between Millennium North and Millennium South halls, John McCormack Road

Event is open to law school alumni as well.

Champagne Brunch Honoring CUA’s Golden Cardinals
All Catholic University alumni, staff, faculty, and guests are invited to celebrate CUA alumni who graduated 50 years ago or more.

Noon
Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center
CUA Campus
Cost: $35 per person

Event is open to law school alumni as well.

Town And Gown Chorus Brings CUA And The Neighborhood Together – Sign Up Tonight!

Town and Gown Chorus, Photo Courtesy of CUA School of Music
Town and Gown Chorus, Photo Courtesy of CUA School of Music

Did you know that Brookland has a community choir? TheTown and Gown Singers are CUA’s community chorus, which is open to Brookland residents, CUA students, faculty, staff,  and alumni and basically anyone who wants to sing. The chorus presents two major concerts each year, in addition to performing at various city events. For those interested in experiencing choral music of many styles and getting free vocal instruction, joining the choir is a great opportunity. Rehearsals start today and are held on Tuesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. during the school year at the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music Building (Ward Hall) on CUA’s campus and no auditions are required. For more information about the group or to find out how to join , please contact the director, Kevin O’Brien at  obrienk(at)cua(dot)edu or Brookland resident Hayden Wetzel at haydenwetzel(at)hotmail(dot)com or (202) 526-5986.

Catholic U Music Library Extends Vinyl LP Giveaway Till The End Of This Week!

Sorry...she's taken!
Sorry…she’s taken!

We posted last week that the Catholic University Music Library is giving away lots of vinyl LP records. We checked in on our good buddy Thad, the CUA Music Library Assistant, and here’s what he had to say:

Shani, advertising our LPs was a great idea. People have been coming in consistently, so much so that we decided to hold on to them for one more week…We absolutely have to get them out by Friday, but please emphasize we want folks to call ahead. We had a lot of people show up without calling this week. No harm done, but it would have been a shame if someone had come a long distance to find we had closed or all the LPs had been taken.

So there you have it folks, if you haven’t had the chance to stop by and score some sweet vintage vinyl, you still have time. Most of the albums are pretty old – think 1960s and earlier, and are mostly classical, with some jazz, musical theatre, and folk thrown in too. As mentioned above, those interested in the giveaway should call the library at 202-319-5424 before heading over, for several reasons including that it is hard to find and you will potentially be walking through a construction zone, given the renovation. Please bring a bag or box to take your records away with you as they don’t have any to spare. The Library will be open from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm all week except for Friday when they are open from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon.

Old School Music Lovers – Catholic U Music Library Is Giving Away Vinyl LPs!

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We learned that the Catholic University Music Library is undergoing a renovation, and is giving away much of their record collection as part of the process. We spoke with CUA Music Library Assistant Thad Garrett, and he told us  “We have hundreds of LPs to give away. It’s mostly classical, but we have a smattering of jazz, musical theatre, and folk. The giveaway lasts until Wednesday the 14th, at which point we’re going to throw away what is left.” We checked out the record collection yesterday and there were some amazing finds! It was hard to only pick a few. For those who are interested in classical music LPs, this is a jackpot as I am guessing that many of these old recordings may not have been digitized yet. It would really be a shame to see all these vintage albums go to waste, so spread the word! 

Those interested in checking out the giveaway should call the library at 202-319-5424 before heading over, since you will be potentially walking through a construction zone, given the renovation. Also, the Music Library is hard to find! Thad recommends that you bring a bag or box to take your records away with you as they don’t have any to spare. The Library will be open from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm today and 9:00 am – 12:00 noon tomorrow, Friday August 9th, as well as from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday through Wednesday next week.

Support The Met Branch Trail – Sign Up To Climb The “Big Stinky”!

McCormack Drive (a portion of Met Branch Trail along Catholic U).
McCormack Drive (a portion of Met Branch Trail along Catholic U).

Many of us are eager to have the Metropolitan Branch Trail finally completed. If you are one of them, consider signing up for the Big Stinky Hill Climb Challenge. So, what is exactly, is the Big Stinky? It is a hill on the section of  the Met Branch Trail at the intersection of John McCormack Road and Bates Drive NE (on the east side of Catholic U). It got the nickname Big Stinky due to the frequent aroma of garbage wafting over from nearby Fort Totten Transfer Station. According to Bicycle SPACE:

The hill is a symbol of the stalled progress in building the Metropolitan Branch Trail which when ultimately completed, will provide a smooth at-grade connection between Silver Spring and the National Mall.  With the Trail in place, instead of having to take on Big Stinky, cyclists and other users will be able to pass the transfer station alongside the Metro tracks on a level path.   And, the completed Trail will be able to connect with the Capital Crescent Trail to offer a 27 mile “bicycle beltway” encircling a large part of the District, thereby providing a hugely valuable recreational amenity and transportation link.

The hill climb challenge, taking place on Saturday, March 16th at 12 pm is hosted by The Assembly. There will be prizes for winners, riders and fans with the best costumes, not to mention the coveted trophy, the Golden Garbage Pail. They are hoping to draw a large crowd and are encouraging participants to create a party atmosphere complete with costumes, cheering, flag waving, cowbell ringing and the like.