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ONU Freed Center-Fall Preview 2017

ONU's Freed Center brings promising and memorable shows for the Fall semester (Photo/Dominic Turnea).

Fall Freed Preview 2017

ONU's Freed Center brings promising and memorable shows for the Fall semester (Photo/Dominic Turnea).

Iconic dance performances, powerful plays, haunting musicals, and 90-year anniversary concerts, these are just some of the Fall semester shows to expect at Ohio Northern University’s Freed Center for the Performing Arts. The Freed Center brings a variety of performances that are enjoyable for all ages and audiences and are sure to entertain. 

On Saturday, Sept. 23 in the Biggs Theatre, comes Catapult and the ONU Dance Company. One may have seen Catapult become an international sensation during the eighth season of America’s Got Talent. Audiences will be able to witness dancers perform routines behind a screen, creating shadow silhouettes of exotic animals, figures, and images. Full of humor and rich stories, audiences will be taken through a memorable journey of life and art. 

September also brings the performance of “Angels in America: Millennium Approaches,” which will be performed Thursday, Sept. 23 through Sunday, Oct. 1. The play by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Tony Kuschner, tells the story of American culture during the age of the AIDS epidemic. Meet memorable characters within the play, and experience their stories that tell of love and isolation, a theme still relevant to this day. 

October is the month for symphonies and musicals. “ONU Symphony: Austrians and Germans,” will be performed on Sunday, Oct. 15. The performance features pieces from great composers such as Wagner, Bach, Haydn, and Hans Zimmer. Paige Stafford, winner of the concerto competition, will also perform that night. Additionally, on Oct. 22 the ONU Wind Orchestra will perform set pieces led by Dr. Thomas Hunt. 

Need a haunting musical?  From Oct. 19 to 22 come witness “Carrie the Musical.” Based off the iconic horror novel by Stephen King, “Carrie the Musical” sticks to its source material and tells the story of outcast Carrie White and the prom night no one will ever forget. On Oct. 23, ONU welcomes David Quammen, who will give the “Keiser Distinguished Lectureship in Life Sciences.” The Lectureship in Life Sciences brings a fresh perspective on the 19th century’s intellectual and scientific theories. Quammen is not only a scientific journalist, but a nonfiction author praised by publications such as The New York Times, The Atlantic, and National Geographic Adventure. Lastly, on Oct. 29 the ONU Marching Band will present highlighting pieces from their 2017 program in their annual Band-O-Rama event. 

As November comes around, so does the classic “ONU Holiday Spectacular,” which will be performed from Thursday, Nov. 16 to the 18. For over twenty years, the ONU Spectacular is a holiday treat for all families and friends. Additionally, the Holiday Spectacular will be performed from Dec. 1 through the 3 at the Veterans Memorial Civic & Convention Center in Lima, Ohio. 

Last but not least, Dec. 10 is the Wind and Symphony Orchestra, celebrating its 90th year Anniversary Gala Concert. The Orchestra performs music from “Mission Impossible,” “Sinfonico,” “Suburban Groves,” and will feature Noah Walter, a winner of the concerto competition. Walter will perform “Saint-Saens’ Piano Concerto NO. 2” in G minor. 

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