Arts Calendar

The Arts at CSU

November | December 2019

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.


Thursday, October 24 – Sunday, November 3
Arts Campus, Allen Theatre Mainstage
Into the Woods*
Russ Borski, director
Maria DiDonato, music director

Tuesday, November 12 from 9:30 – 11:30 am
Off-Campus, Steven A. Minter Conference Center
Funding Today for Tomorrow
New arts and education funding information highlighted by a panel discussion moderated by Dave Holmes, Cleveland Lead at Candid (formerly The Foundation Center) with area foundation and corporate funders.
Presented by the Cleveland Arts Education Consortium.

Sunday, November 17 at TBA
Music and Communication Building, Waetejn Auditorium
CSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble and
Special guest ensembles Cleveland Winds

Birch Browning and Matthew Salvaggio, conductors

Thursday, November 21 at 7:30 pm
Music and Communication Building, Drinko Recital Hall
Diamond Brass Quintet
Amanda Bekeny and Nina Bell, trumpets; Greg Hillis, horn; Whitney Clair, trombone; Jc Sheman, tuba (CSU Music Faculty)

Friday, November 22 at 7:00 pm
Arts Campus, Galleries at CSU
Lighthouse Reading Series
The CSU Poetry Center presents a reading from Paola Capó-García and Oliver Baez Bendorf.

Friday, November 22 at 7:30 pm
Music and Communication Building, Waetjen Auditorium
CSU Symphony Orchestra
Victor Liva, conductor

Friday, November 22 – Sunday, November 24
Arts Campus, Middough Building, Dance Studio 523
Amie Dowling Community Dance Training Workshop
Dance Training Workshop providing information, resources, “hands-on” experiences and concrete pointers for artists and organizations interested in using dance in community settings.
You must RSVP for this event;

Friday, November 29 at 7:00 pm, Saturday, November 30 at 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm
Off-Campus, St. Ignatius High School, Breen Performing Arts Center
Eric Schmiedl, director BLUESMAN combines live music and drama to follow blues musician Lem Taylor’s journey across Arkansas in the late twenties. Adapted from the acclaimed graphic novel by Michael Oatman. Seating limited, reservations required.
To reserve complimentary tickets, please contact Pierre C. Betts at


Monday, December 2 at 7:30 pm
Off-Campus, The Bop Stop
CSU Jazz Combos*
Joseph Miller and Alfredo Guerrieri, directors
For ticket information, please visit

Saturday, December 7 at 6:00 pm
Berkman Hall, Auditorium
Kuumba Arts Festival: Echoes from the Past
This theatrical celebration with local performing artists (vocalists, poets, dancers, and actors) focuses on works in concert with the theme of Project 400: Our Lived Experience and reflects on efforts to abolish slavery, liberate African descendants, and uplift the human spirit.

Saturday, December 7 at 7:30 pm
Music and Communication Building, Waetjen Auditorium
University Chorus and CSU Chorale
Brian Bailey, conductor
Strongsville High School Cantorum, special guest ensemble
Vickie Eicher, conductor

Sunday, December 15 at 2:30 pm
Arts Campus, Allen Theatre Mainstage
A Christmas Story*
A one-night-only Cleveland State University and Cleveland Play House benefit show with ½ off the regular ticket price! All proceeds from the ticket sales go toward scholarships for our students in the Department of Theatre and Dance.

Galleries at CSU

Friday, September 13 – Saturday, November 23
Arts Campus, Galleries at CSU

North and Center Galleries: Studio Art Faculty Exhibition
Featuring large-scale works by the new Drawing Professor, David Hicks. Other works by Irina Koukhanova, Sculpture; Qian Li, Design; Russ Revock, Printmaking and Painting;  Mark Slankard, Photography. Conceptual Art by Gallery director, Robert Thurmer.

South Gallery: Recent Alumni Exhibition
Liz Sisley, curator
Works by Yiyun Chen, Benji Diaz, Aja Grant, Heather Molecke, Dantè Rodriquez, Omid Tavakoli, and Josh Usmani.

For information on tickets and locations, click here.

Events are subject to change without notice;
please read above for the most up-to-date information.

*There is a cost to these events.*