Random notes

*In case you missed the news, BalletMet Columbus named acclaimed choreographer Edwaard Liang its new Artistic Director, effective July 2013.

Liang is a former dancer with New York City Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theater, was a member of the Tony Award-winning Broadway cast of Fosse, and has choreographed works for, among others, Bolshoi Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and Shanghai Ballet.

Born in Taiwan and raised in Marin County, California, Liang began his dance training at age 5.

BalletMet began its search last spring after former artistic director Gerard Charles announc-ed he had accepted a position with Joffrey Ballet.

BalletMet board chairwoman Mary Duffey said "Edwaard has committed to move to Columbus, and to our mission of engaging the community through quality performances, instruction and education programs and creation of new work."


*The Pavel Haas Quartet has canceled its U.S. tour, including a planned April 20 date in Columbus.

Violinist Veronika Jaruskova, wife of cellist Peter Jarusek, is pregnant and experiencing severe morning sickness and fatigue.

Chamber Music Columbus has booked the Keller Quartet to fill the spot on its schedule.


*You've done something right if a composer has commissioned a new piece in your honor. For example, Columbus Symphony Chorus Director Ronald Jenkins.

Jenkins has led the CSO Chorus since 1982, and the CSO's April 19-20 programs will include Stephen Paulus' Of Songs and Singing, in honor of -- and conducted by -- Jenkins.


*How cool would it be to answer "What did you do on your summer vacation?" with "I Shadowboxed."

As in, Shadowbox Live's Boot Camp for ages 15-21. The three-week program will be held in two sessions: June 11-28 and July 30 through Aug. 16.

The Boot Camps cover the four main Shadowbox disciplines: singing, dancing, acting and musicianship. Concepts of arts administration and professionalism also are covered.

Auditions will be held April 13 and May 18 at Shadowbox Live's Brewery District location.

Visit shadowboxlive.org/academy.


* Second-round voting is under way in The Beat's second annual Sweetest Sixteen Bracket Challenge. This year's theme is "One-Hit Wonders."

Voting is open at ThisWeekNEWS.com/Sweetest16. Or find links to all the fun on The Beat's Facebook page.