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Ohio Wesleyan University’s Performing Arts Series to Feature Peter Schickele, P.D.Q. Bach

February 4, 2009

Peter Schickele
Photo courtesy of Peter Schickele
DELAWARE, OHIO – “Peter Schickele & P.D.Q. Bach: The Jekyll & Hyde Tour” is coming to Ohio Wesleyan University on Feb. 22 for a night of satire and song as part of the 2008-09 Ohio Wesleyan Performing Arts Series.

Described by Schickele as a “tastefully boffo program,” the performance features lost compositions by P.D.Q. Bach, a Schickele portrayal of “Johann Sebastian’s last and least offspring,” and laugh-out-loud renditions of rock ’n’ roll Shakespearean speeches by Schickele himself.

Singers Michèle Eaton and David Düsing perform with Schickele, interpreting such P.D.Q. Bach “classics” as the “Four Next-to-Last Songs” and “Shepherd on the Rocks, With a Twist.” The show also features excerpts from the “Little Notebook for ‘Piggy’ Bach.”

According to the Los Angeles Times: “[The] audience was mightily and consistently entertained at this performance, billed as The Jekyll and Hyde Tour—the program is devoted half to P.D.Q.’s music, half to Schickele’s. … Comedy-wise, all three performers hit the mark throughout, and all used their several and legitimate musical abilities sharply.”

“The Jekyll & Hyde Tour” will take the stage at 8 p.m. Feb. 22 in University Hall’s Gray Chapel, 61 S. Sandusky St. For more information about this “two-faced concert production,” visit www.schickele.com.

Tickets are $20 for general admission and $5 for senior citizens and students with valid school IDs. (Admission is free for Ohio Wesleyan students and employees.) Tickets may be purchased by visiting www.ticketweb.com or by calling the Performing Arts Series phone messaging service at (740) 368-3629.

Schickele also will appear at Ohio Wesleyan on Feb. 21 during the last of three “OWU / NOW” concerts celebrating “The Music of Our Time.” He will host the “Schickele Mix” at 8 p.m. in Jemison Auditorium at Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St.

“OWU / NOW” concerts also will be held at 8 p.m. Feb. 19 and 20 in Jemison Auditorium. All will feature Ohio Wesleyan’s performing music faculty members joined by some of the finest professional musicians in central Ohio. All three concerts are free and open to the public.

Ohio Wesleyan University is an undergraduate liberal arts college that transforms the lives of its students through a combination of rigorous academics, mentoring relationships, and real-world experiences. Featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” the private university’s 1,850 students come from 47 states and 50 countries. Visit www.owu.edu for more information.