Shenandoah Conservatory turns over the programming and facilities to its students for a week of unbridled exploration, collaboration and creativity. Students work across disciplines on self-directed, time-limited projects fueled by their own passion, drive and curiosity. The week culminates with a day-long Festival of Arts, Ideas & Exploration featuring a wide variety of exciting, innovative and provocative performances, presentations, roundtable discussions and other special events.
Artifacts provide not only tangible links to the past, but offer a medium through which history’s many complexities can be explored and understood.
“A Prominent Place”: Winchester’s 275 Years in 50 Artifacts, an anthology of 50 essays co-edited by Jonathan A. Noyalas, M.A. ’01, director of the McCormick Civil War Institute, will be released with a special event at 6:30 p.m. in Henkel Hall, Hester Auditorium. The book, a joint project between Shenandoah University and the Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society to commemorate Winchester’s 275th anniversary, features essays authored by SU history majors and alumni. Photography for the book was done by history major Jessica Kronenwetter ’20. The book release event will include a panel with selected authors, moderated by Noyalas, and an opportunity to purchase copies of the book. For more information, please contact Jonathan Noyalas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shenandoah Conservatory presents the U.S. college and university premiere of Something Rotten!, the hilarious Broadway hit musical comedy about the musical comedy that started it all. Set in the 1590s, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play, but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as “The Bard.” When a local soothsayer foretells the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s first musical. Amidst the scandalous excitement of opening night, the brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self. With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, Something Rotten! is an uproarious dose of pure Broadway fun and an irresistible ode to musicals—those dazzling creations that entertain us, inspire us, and remind us that everything is better with an exclamation point!
Duration: Approximately 140 minutes*
*Production duration is subject to change
SUGGESTED SHOW RATING: PG-13
Some productions contain mature content and/or content that may be offensive to some audiences.
PERFORMING ARTS LIVE
It takes courage, persistence and a great deal of talent to create and perform within a genre of already impeccable standards. Zimbabwean quintet Nobuntu are blessed with all three. The award-winning female a cappella ensemble has drawn international acclaim for its beautiful harmonies, pure voices and captivating performances. Enhanced by traditional percussive rhythms and movement, Nobuntu’s performances soar, featuring a wide array of music from its homeland of Zimbabwe to a rich tapestry of Afro Jazz and Gospel.
Shenandoah Conservatory’s vocal and choral ensembles, under the direction of Matt Oltman, Karen Keating and Jeff Marlatt, join the Wind Ensemble to celebrate Winchester’s 275th birthday. The concert features music from the northern Shenandoah Valley, as well as music written and performed around the world at the time of Winchester’s founding. Highlights include popular works written and recorded in Winchester; Variations on America by Charles Ives; Southern Harmony, a shape note-inspired work for wind ensemble by Donald Grantham; Bach’s intimate and tender fifth motet, Komm, Jesu, Komm (BWV 229), choral masterpieces from the Mexican Baroque; music by Shenandoah University Professor Emeritus, William Averitt; and a culminating beloved work for combined choirs and band.
Accommodations for disabilities may be arranged by contacting the Box Office at least three days prior to the performance.
Shenandoah University’s Inaugural Esports Summit welcomes visitors to a two-day event featuring expert panelists and a sneak peek tour of the University’s new Esports arena. Join them for this two day event on September 13th and 14th. At this event, learn what is Esports, who is PlayVS, new coaching strategies, as well as what are the educational benefits of Esports. Registration is needed to attend the Esports Summit. The cost for the summit is $25, this includes breakfast and dinner. For a detailed schedule, visit their website.
The opening session of the 2019 Willa Cather Seminar at Shenandoah University will feature a panel of scholars examining Cather’s depiction of African American life in Virginia as seen through Cather’s final novel, Sapphira and the Slave Girl (1940).
Panelists include Ann Romines, professor emerita, The George Washington University; Matthew Clark Greer, PhD candidate in anthropology, Syracuse University; and Jonathan Noyalas, director, The McCormick Civil War Institute, Shenandoah University.
Free; registration not required. Presented in part by the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, this program takes place in Stimpson Auditorium, Halpin-Harrison Hall at Shenandoah University.
Please join us in Willa’s first home, in Frederick County, Virginia, for the 17th International Willa Cather Seminar. In addition to the many scholarly panels and featured speakers (see below), we’ll be visiting many of the sites young Willa knew well and remembered all her life: the Baptist church she attended in the hamlet of Back Creek Valley (now Gore), her Grandmother Boak’s house where she was born, the Mill House (built by her great-great-grandfather in the 1740s), where her Seibert grandparents ran the mill from 1830s-1870s, and the Confederate cemetery where her Confederate uncle, fatally wounded in a Civil War battle, is buried, as well as other family cemeteries.
We’ll be entertained by the present owners of Willow Shade, the home where Willa lived with her family for her first nine years. And we’ll enjoy a picnic supper at Capon Springs, a resort that Willa’s young parents enjoyed. Local relatives of the Cather and Boak families will join us at Shenandoah University (where the Seminar will be based) for dinner and conversation. Wednesday is a day off campus with seminarians visiting Washington, D.C. and spending a day on the Washington Mall, with the opportunity to visit the National Museum of African American Heritage and Culture, for which we’ve obtained passes.
Then, on Thursday, we’ll go to the beautiful Museum of the Shenandoah Valley for a program celebrating a recent gift, an album quilt adorned with names of Cather relatives and friends from the mid-nineteenth century, and to explore local history and art. Friday’s program will end with a festive banquet and program by singer Barbara Davis, followed by local Virginia bluegrass music. And on Saturday morning, there will be a wonderful optional event: a special service led by Reverend Charles Peek for Cather Seminarians at the beautiful Christ Episcopal Church, attended by some Cather relatives and featured in Sapphira and the Slave Girl.
Marilee Lindemann, University of Maryland
Ann Romines, George Washington University, emerita
John Jacobs, Shenandoah University, emeritus
Sponsored by the Willa Cather Foundation, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Shenandoah University, and the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley