Ohio Dominican University will celebrate the grand reopening of its historic Sr. Mary Andrew Matesich, OP Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 12, with a performance by ProMusica Chamber Orchestra. The theater recently underwent an extensive $1 million refurbishment. ProMusica’s performance will begin at 8 p.m. The event is open to the public and is made possible due to support from Diamond Hill Capital Management.
General admission tickets cost $40 and can be purchased at ohiodominican.edu/ProMusica. Free parking is available in the Gold Parking Lot, located west of Sunbury Road.
This summer, crews completed the final phase of a five-year refurbishment of the theater, which included the replacement of the theater’s stage curtain, carpet and seats; strengthening of the theater’s exterior walls and roof; restoration of its intricate wood and plaster work; painting of its interior walls and ceiling; enhancement of its stage lighting system; and improvement of its audio and visual equipment. The refurbished theater has 549 seats. For more information on the theater’s refurbishment, visit ohiodominican.edu/Theater.
“I am thrilled that ProMusica Chamber Orchestra and its talented musicians will join us as we celebrate the grand reopening of our beautiful Matesich Theatre,” said ODU President Robert A. Gervasi, Ph.D. “This event serves as a wonderful opportunity for both our campus community and the public to enjoy one of Columbus’ premier musical groups on our campus, and for those who supported the refurbishment of our theater to experience firsthand the impact of their generous contributions. This occasion will serve as a fitting tribute to ODU’s longest-serving president and the theater’s namesake, Sr. Mary Andrew Matesich, OP. We are grateful to Diamond Hill Capital Management for its support in helping to make this event possible.”
About the Matesich Theatre
Formerly known as the Little Theater, in 2005, it was named after Sr. Mary Andrew Matesich, OP, who served as ODU’s president from 1978 to 2001. Matesich died in 2005 from breast cancer. The theater has been the site of University events including commencement, baccalaureate, convocation and performing arts programs. Numerous entertainers, scholars and performers have been featured on its stage, including Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, actor Ozzie Davis, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwrights Edward Albee and Tony Kushner, the von Trapp Family Singers, best-selling author Frances Mayes, former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins, Pulitzer prize-winning syndicated columnist Ellen Goodman, and political commentator Eleanor Clift.
About ProMusica Chamber Orchestra
ProMusica consists of 37 musicians from all over the country who are redefining what it means to be a chamber orchestra. Led by Music Director David Danzmayr and Creative Partner, renowned violinist Vadim Gluzman, our vision is to engage, inspire, and connect people to the world around them through the joy of ProMusica. The orchestra both honors the classical traditions and champions the contemporary, with a deep commitment to new works, commissions and premieres.
About Ohio Dominican University
Ohio Dominican University is a comprehensive, four-year, private, liberal arts and master’s institution, founded in 1911 in the Catholic and Dominican tradition by the Dominican Sisters of Peace. The University has approximately 1,650 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 40 majors and nine graduate degree programs. Ohio Dominican University does not discriminate against any person in employment or educational opportunities because of religious preference, sex, race, color, national or ethnic origin, non-performance-related handicap or veteran's status.