This Holiday Season at CAPA!

December 1st, 2016 by CAPASMM

1) Dave Koz – December 9 @ Palace Theatre
The Palace Theatre is decked with boughs of holly, and Dave Koz’ spin on holiday classics will put you in the holiday spirit. Nine-time Grammy nominee and saxophonist extraordinaire Dave Koz and a trio of special guests put a fresh spin on holiday classics as well as other selections that beautifully capture the spirit of the season. Enjoy the smooth sax of Dave Koz – December 9 at the Palace Theatre!

2) Jim Brickman – December 21 @ Southern Theatre
If you’re searching for the magic of Christmas, look no further! Audiences have described Jim Brickman’s “Magic of Christmas” tour as intimate, nostalgic, and entrancing. Jim Brickman will be serenading us into the holidays, December 21 at the Southern Theatre.

Also happening at our theatres!

3) Columbus Symphony – Holiday Pops – December 2-4 @ Ohio Theatre
A Columbus tradition continues as the Columbus Symphony and Chorus perform some of the season’s most-loved holiday songs and carols. Santa will also stop by to help spread holiday cheer! Don’t miss this Holiday special at the Ohio Theatre, December 2-4.



4) CATCO is Kids – A Seussified Christmas Carol – December 2-11 @ Columbus Performing Arts Center

Don’t miss this whimsical reinvention of a Dickens’ classic! A familiar story with a Seussified twist. Tiny Tim who? Timmy Loo Hoo! CATCO is Kids presents A Seussified Christmas Carol, December 2-11 at the Columbus Performing Arts Center (CPAC).
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Celebrating the life of Bill Conner, CAPA President & CEO

November 16th, 2016 by CAPASMM

On November 13, we celebrated the extraordinary life of CAPA President & CEO Bill Conner at a public memorial service. If you would like to share in these favorite memories and special performances, you can watch the service below.

Performances by:

Columbus Symphony Orchestra
String Quartet
Alicia Hui, violin
Tatiana Hanna, violin
Karl Pedersen, viola
Luis Biava, cello

Opera Columbus
“Bring Him Home” from Les Miserables
Daniel Stein, tenor
Barbara Brenton Sahr, pianist

CATCO
“Love Changes Everything” from Aspects of Love
Joe Bishara, vocalist
Jonathan Collura, pianist

Columbus Symphony Orchestra
String Quartet
“The Minstrel”/”Danny Boy” (traditional)

Please join us to celebrate the life of William B. Conner, Jr.: Sunday, November 13 | 2 pm | Southern Theatre

November 4th, 2016 by CAPASMM

CAPA invites you to join us in celebrating the extraordinary life of President and CEO, William B. Conner, Jr., on Sunday, November 13, at 2 pm at the Southern Theatre (21 E. Main St.).

Conner, a pillar of the Columbus arts community and pioneer of CAPA’s innovative shared services business model, passed away on October 28 at the age of 64 after a two-year battle with cancer. The public Celebration of Life service will feature special performances and remarks from esteemed colleagues.

“Bill was a trailblazer who changed the face of the arts in Columbus with his vision, dedication, and boundless energy,” stated Richard Helmreich, chair of the CAPA Board of Trustees. “We invite everyone to help celebrate his life lived without limits, and the amazing legacy he created for the arts community and citizens of central Ohio.”

CAPA mourns the loss of President and CEO William B. Conner Jr. | 1952-2016

October 31st, 2016 by CAPASMM

CAPA is mourning the passing of our President and CEO, William B. Conner Jr. After a two-year battle with cancer, Conner died last week at the age of 64, surrounded by loved ones.

He was named president and CEO of CAPA in July 2002. In his more than 14 years in that role, he pioneered the implementation of a shared service business model at CAPA, an innovative concept in the arts industry that garnered nationwide attention. As such, CAPA provides personalized back office services to local arts organizations in areas such as marketing, publicity, ticketing, finance, human resources, IT, management, operations, and development per each organization’s needs.

Current organizations utilizing CAPA’s shared services include the Columbus Symphony, CATCO, Drexel Theatre, Franklin Park Conservatory, McCoy Center for the Arts, Lincoln Theatre Association, and Opera Columbus. He also expanded CAPA’s agreement with Broadway Across America in 2009, making CAPA a partner in all Broadway in Columbus presentations.

Under Conner’s tenure, CAPA also helmed the $13.9 million renovation of the Lincoln Theatre (reopened in 2009) and $2.5 million renovation of the Drexel Theatre (reopened in 2016). After being approached by the City of Columbus in 2009, Conner also took on production of Festival Latino.

CAPA grieves the loss of not only a great leader, but a great friend. We join in the family’s heartache at his loss, but also celebrate his generous spirit, exuberant character, and kind heart. We are a better organization, and better people, for having known him.

Bill Conner

To read more about Bill Conner, here is an article from The Columbus Dispatch.

 

Columbus Open Studio & Stage: Details!

October 6th, 2016 by CAPASMM

We love taking you behind the scenes, and so does Columbus Open Studio & Stage (COSS)! On October 8 and 9, we are thrilled to be a part of the first-ever COSS tour, a citywide event offering you backstage tours of some of your favorite venues.

The idea stems from four women—Lisa McLymont, Stephanie Rond, Catherine Bell Smith, and Amy Leibrand—who dreamed up the idea of giving the public the opportunity to go behind the scenes and connect with artists and venues in a way that’s never been done before. Together, they approached the Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) and the Art Makes Columbus/Columbus Makes Art campaign, and the match seemed natural. “This event fits perfectly with the Arts Council’s Art Makes Columbus/Columbus Makes Art marketing campaign,” said Jami Goldstein, vice president of marketing, communications, and events at GCAC. “[It] highlights the incredibly talented artists of our city and introduces new audiences to Columbus’s unique arts scene.”

Here’s how it works: for $10, you can buy a map that grants you behind-the-scenes access to participating performance venues and visual artist studios. After purchasing your map, you will be invited to register for guided backstage tours at the performance venues or self-guided tours of the artist studios.

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Participating performance venues include the Lincoln Theatre, Ohio Theatre, Palace Theatre, PromoWest Express Live, CD102.5 Big Room, Shadowbox Live, and the Short North Stage’s Garden Theater.

Participating visual artist studios Brooke Albrecht, Laura Alexander, John Bolzenius, Queen Brooks, Richard Duarte Brown, Katherine Crowley, Anita Dawson, Katerina Harris, Maira Hashmi, Lisa Horkin, Pilgrim Heidi Kambitsch, Linda Langhorst, G.W. Leach, Julie Macala, Michael McEwan, Kristin Morris, Elena Osterwalder, Jeff Regensburger, Nikos Rutkowski, Carol Stewart, Joshua Stewart, April Sunami, Stephen Takacs, Brian Williams, Roger Williams, and Matt Wolcott.

Coming up this October at CAPA!

September 30th, 2016 by CAPASMM

Fall is finally here! The leaves are changing colors, everything is pumpkin flavored, and we’re pulling our sweaters out from storage. While putting together your list of things to do this autumn, be sure to take a look at what’s happening at CAPA this October:

1) John Hiatt
Do you have the end-of-summer blues? No one will get you through them like the soulful John Hiatt, who perfectly combines songwriting with storytelling. He’ll be taking the stage at the Southern Theatre on October 11.


2) Red Wanting Blue
Columbus natives Red Wanting Blue will be rocking the Lincoln Theatre on October 14. Their loyal fans rave about their energetic stage presence and interaction with the crowd. Audience’s biggest complaint? That they couldn’t play LONGER! Get your tickets now, this concert is almost sold out!

3) Colbie Caillat
The two-time Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter will be serenading us on October 22 at the Davidson Theatre (formerly the Capitol Theatre). We’ve all belted out “Brighter Than the Sun” in our cars with the windows down. Now see this songstress live!

4) The Abbey Theatre’s The Plough and the Stars
CAPA and the OSU College of Arts and Sciences are thrilled to be presenting the Abbey Theatre’s production of The Plough and the Stars. When the Abbey Theatre, National Theatre of Ireland, first performed the play in 1926, the audience rioted. Enticing enough? Come see why, October 26-30 at the Southern Theatre.
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5) Anthony Bourdain: The Hunger Tour
Anthony Bourdain is taking a break from his non-stop, round-the-world travels to talk to YOU! He will be speaking on his culinary experiences and his favorite travel stories, before opening it up to the audience for Q&A. One night only! Don’t miss Anthony Bourdain at the Palace Theatre October 29.
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by Anna Schaeffer

CAPA’s Ohio Theatre Hosts Twisted 2!

September 15th, 2016 by CAPASMM

After smashing success in 2014, the collaboration between BalletMet, the Columbus Symphony, and Opera Columbus returns to CAPA’s Ohio Theatre, September 22-25. Twisted 2 is a can’t-be-missed event “twisting” masterful choreography, lively classical works, and acclaimed operatic pieces together, making it an experience unlike any other!

Fully embraced by the public in 2014, Twisted brought in capacity crowds that erupted in wild applause night after night. Twisted 2 promises a repeat of all of that, but even bigger and better! Performances will begin with a pounding adventure to Valhalla with “The Ride of the Valkyries” and the intense romance of “La vie en rose” featuring the powerful vocals of soprano Jennifer Cherest. The deep, haunting sounds of the cello accompany soprano Chelsea Hart in “Vocalise,” leading into a wild and energetic chase of “Dance of the Comedians.” Crowd-pleasing Carmen is represented with its Overture and “Chorus of the Street-boys,” all culminating with Beethoven’s glorious “Ode to Joy.” BalletMet dancers tie each piece together, weaving in and out of song and music with works by internationally acclaimed choreographers Val Caniparoli, Matthew Neenan, and Alex Ketley. All-in-all, 16 works will be performed like you’ve never seen them before!

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Engage all your senses at once by tasting Columbus’ three flagship performing arts organizations united together on stage. Dazzle your eyes with the world-class dancers and choreography. Hear the universal language of music through the magnificent sounds of the symphony and richness of the opera. As you leave the theatre, the sweet smell of success will waft through the air as you realize how much the beauty of the arts have touched your soul.

By Holly Wiencek

7 Reasons You Need to Be at Festival Latino this Weekend!

August 8th, 2016 by CAPASMM

1) The Music – You can’t help but love Latin music, and we’ve got some of the world’s best headlining the Festival. Los Horóscopos de Durango, El Prodigio, Sergio Vargas, and Grupo Niche will cover the evenings, with more local bands throughout the day. Enjoy Salsa, samba, bossa nova, tropical, Latin jazz, merengue, and more!

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2) The Food – You won’t find this much delicious variety anywhere else this weekend. Sample cuisine from Puerto Rico, Bolivia, Brazil, Peru, Columbia, Cuba, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Argentina!

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3) The Dancing – Learn to salsa with the experts of the Salsamante Dance Crew, and catch some authentic Mexican folk dances performed by El Corazon De Mexico.

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4) The Marketplace – Artwork by local Latino artists will be on display and for sale, including jewelry, hand-painted folk art, original paintings, and more.

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5) Your Kids Will Love It – The Children’s Area will have lots to keep the kids happy including balloon artists, Mexican paper flowers, COSI’s Science Spot, and more. You can also bring a change of clothes and let them go crazy in the Scioto Fountain!

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6) Free Health Screenings – The Ohio Commission on Minority Health is offering free health screenings all weekend. Yes, FREE!

7) Celebrate Your Culture – Festival Latino celebrates the wide variety of Latin cultures, so wave your flag and represent!

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Festival Latino is this Saturday and Sunday, August 13 and 14, from 11 am – 8 pm each day. Admission is FREE.

How We Choose the Films for CAPA’s Summer Movie Series

August 1st, 2016 by CAPASMM

Each year, CAPA selects 20-30 classic films for its CAPA Summer Movie Series at the Ohio Theatre. Out of the thousands of possibilities, how is it narrowed down to those few titles?

CAPA VP of Programming Rich Corsi and consultant Lance Carwile are the team tasked with the job of assembling the CAPA Summer Movie Series. They look at available films across many genres—drama, comedy, thriller, romance, film noir, Western, musical, horror—as well as “old” classics like The Wizard of Oz and “new” classics like The Princess Bride. They also look at silent films to showcase featured organist Clark Wilson and the Ohio Theatre’s “Mighty Morton” theatre organ.

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After assembling a short list, they check to see if each film has been shown in the Series before, and if so, how recently. “You need to have a 6-7 year gap before repeating a film,” said Corsi. This helps to whittle down the list even more.

They then begin the process of determining if the rights are available, and when the film is physically available. “Once we get that nice list, we see what’s available in what timeframe, and it all kind of comes together,” explains Corsi.

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In the end, the CAPA Summer Movie Series becomes a well-rounded list of popular, cult, and classic films that people love seeing on the big screen again. “There are wide variety of people that come to the CAPA Summer Movie Series,” said Corsi. “And we hope we have found something for everyone.”

Clark Wilson & the “Mighty Morton” Organ

July 14th, 2016 by CAPASMM

Rich Corsi, CAPA’s VP of Programming, takes us behind the scenes of the CAPA Summer Movie Series. Now in its 46th year, the CAPA Summer Movie Series is the longest-running classic film series in the US.

Many people do not know that the Ohio Theatre started out as a silent-movie palace, in 1928. The “Mighty Morton” Organ was built into the theatre to accompany the silent films. Today, we still use the original “Mighty Morton” theatre organ as part of the CAPA Summer Movie Series, not just to accompany each year’s silent film selection, but also to entertain audiences before and after the screenings. “Our audience is not just film lovers, but also music lovers, coming to see Clark,” says Corsi. “It’s part of what keeps our Summer Movie Series so authentic and true to our history.”

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In 1969, when the Ohio Theatre was on the brink of being demolished, a farewell concert for the organ was held featuring resident organist Roger Garrett. A young Clark Wilson was in attendance and met Garrett that night. Garrett told Wilson, “You keep practicing, young man, and maybe someday you’ll get to play an organ like this.” Now in 2016, Clark Wilson is celebrating his 25th year as the resident organist for the CAPA Summer Movie Series.

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Additionally, Clark has toured North America, runs his own pipe organ business, has led silent film accompaniment courses at Indiana University and University of Oklahoma, and has been professionally involved in more than 100 organ installations throughout North America and Europe.

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Happy 25th Anniversary, Clark!