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University of Dayton Chorale to present free concert

September 21, 2013


Sept. 21--Here's your chance to enjoy a choral group that recently performed for 2,000 listeners in Germany and Australia. It's the University of Dayton Chorale under the direction of conductor Robert Jones.

The 30-singer ensemble will present a free concert entitled "Rites, Rights, Writes" at Immaculate Conception Chapel at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 19. The concert of sacred and secular music is related to the quest for freedom and human rights by blacks and international ethnicities.

The Chorale toured Austria and Germany from May 11-22 and performed concerts in St. Peter's Church (Vienna), the Dom (Salzburg), Nicolai and St. Thomas Church (Leipzig), the abbeys of Melk (Austria) and Weltenburg (Bavaria) and the Berlin Cathedral.

The upcoming concert will feature pianist John Benjamin and is a Family Weekend Activity presented by the Department of Music. The chapel is located in the heart of the UD campus, you can park in any university lot on Sunday. For more information, call (937) 229-3936.

Sing Along with Tevya

The Human Race Theatre Company has added 11 performances to its original run of Fiddler on the Roof and the classic musical will now run from Oct. 31 to Nov. 30. A special Sing-A-Long concert version of the show will be presented as a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Dec. 1.

Prices range from $18.50 to $45, depending upon the performance and patron category -- student, senior, group, etc. Tickets for the Dec. 1 Sing-A-Long Concert are $18 each, with no discounts available. All performances are at the Metropolitan Art Center's Loft Theatre, 126 North Main St., in downtown Dayton.

Tickets and performance information on Fiddler on the Roof and the Sing-A-Long Concert are available at or by calling Ticket Center Stage at (937) 228-3630, and at the Schuster Center box office.

Undercroft Players to Present Show at First Lutheran

"The Art of Self Defense," a play by Trish Johnson that revolves around five women who casually meet in a T'ai Chi class and grow through their friendship will be presented by The Undercroft Players on Oct. 4-6.

Appearing in the cast are some seasoned community theater folks: Cheryl Mellen, Teresa Connair, Rachel Wilson, Melissa Sokol, Wendi Michael and Curtis Hayes (as the Voice of the Instructor).

The play is produced and directed by Teresa Connair.

Shows are slated for 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday at the First Lutheran Church at the corner of First and Wilkinson Streets in downtown Dayton. Admission is $5 (cash only) at the door.

For information, see

Governor's Award Nominations Now Open

The Ohio Arts Council is now accepting online nominations for the 2014 Governor's Awards for the Arts in Ohio. The annual awards, presented at a luncheon in May, are given to Ohio individuals and organizations in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the arts locally, statewide, regionally and nationally. Awards are given for Arts Administration, Arts Education, Arts Patron, Business Support of the Arts, Community Development & Participation and Individual Artist.

For information, see

Young actors sought for WSU Musical

Auditions for the mid-west premiere of a new musical called "Gossip" will be held at Wright State University on Saturday, Sept. 28 and director Marya Spring Cordes is looking for young actors ages 12-18.

The cast will consist of 2 males, three females and a small ensemble of actors. Those interested should get in touch with Jamie Cordesat or (937) 775-3501.

The musical will be presented on Dec. 6-7.

Documentary now on Kickstarter

"With A Single Bullet," a new documentary from Sundance alumna and Wright State motion picture graduate Selena Burks-Rentschler, now has a campaign on Kickstarter.

The hope is to raise $15,000 to fund the completion of production and the start of post-production for this Cincinnati-based feature film.

Seven levels of funding are available, starting at $1. At the $50 level, funders will receive a DVD copy of the finished film and for $5,000, donors can participate in a skydiving trip to Indiana with one of the film's lead characters.

Burks-Rentschler's first documentary film, "Saving Jackie," was a personal look at the long-term effects of drug addiction and the subsequent broken relationships within her own family. That film had its world premiere at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and is currently available on DVD from New Day Films.

For more information on the film and the Kickstarter campaign, visit


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