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Spotlight Series Concerts

Spotlight Series

Each year, the UNI School of Music proudly showcases a variety of ensembles and individual performances in our Spotlight Series. These performances consistently offer the highest quality musical performances featuring student, faculty and guest performers. From orchestral to jazz, opera to bands, join us for the series and experience something for everyone! All Spotlight Series concerts are ticketed. For tickets, call (319) 273-4TIX or visit www.uni.edu/tickets and select "Buy Tickets" under the School of Music heading.

Ticket prices for the 2016-17 Spotlight series are: $11 for adults, $10 for seniors and $9 for non-UNI students. UNI students are admitted for FREE with their UNI ID card. 

For more information, call (319) 273-2028.

Spotlight Series Concert: Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band

Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. 
Great Hall, GBPAC

Two of the School of Music’s finest ensembles will join together to offer an evening of exciting and engaging music. Conductors Ronald Johnson and Danny Galyen will lead the Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band in a shared concert, the first Spotlight Series concert of the season.

Spotlight Series Concert: Jazz Band One & Jazz Panthers

Friday, Oct. 7, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. 
Bengtson Auditorium, Russell Hall

UNI Jazz Band One, under the direction of Christopher Merz will offer a shared fall concert with the Jazz Panthers, led by Robert Washut. Repertoire for the concert is sure to include a vibrant collection of both modern jazz and fresh interpretations on well-loved standards. 

Spotlight Series Concert: Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra

Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. 
Great Hall, GBPAC

Rebecca Burkhardt will appear on the conductor’s podium at this fall concert featuring the music of the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra. This student ensemble is involved in a wide variety of orchestra experiences each year including full-scale music theatre and opera productions, symphonic concerts which include major works from the repertoire, chamber orchestral work, and concerts featuring some of the most interesting choral/orchestral works of the past three centuries.

Spotlight Series Concert: Concert Chorale & UNI Singers

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. 
Great Hall, GBPAC

One of the largest and most popular choral ensembles on campus, and a group with a rich tradition of excellence, the UNI Varsity Men’s Glee Club will offer a shared fall concert with the mixed-voice and robust choir UNI Singers. Conductor John Len Wiles will lead the Glee Club while Amy Kotsonis will lead the UNI Singers. Come join us!

Spotlight Series Concert: Fall Opera Performance

Monday and Tuesday, November 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m. 
Bengtson Auditorium, Russell Hall

UNI Opera students, under the direction of Mitra Sadeghpour and vocal coach Korey Barrett, will present an opera performance as part of the Spotlight Series. Concert will be held both Monday and Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. 

Spotlight Series Concert: UNI Choirs Holiday Concert 

Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. 
Great Hall, GBPAC

A perfect way to celebrate the holidays! Come join UNI School of Music choral ensembles and the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra in celebrating the joys of the season. From holiday favorites to winter-inspired works, the UNI Singers, Concert Chorale, UNI Cantorei and Women’s Chorus will fill the evening with song. Bring your family and friends and celebrate with us.

Spotlight Series Concert: Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra

Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. 
Great Hall, GBPAC

The Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra will present its second appearance on the Spotlight Series. Guest conductor Jiang Lui will appear, while guest artists Chang Qun Ao and Xiang Ao will be featured composers. For more on these guest artists and this exciting, collaborative concert, contact Rebecca.Burkhardt@uni.edu

Spotlight Series Concert: Symphonic Band

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. 
Great Hall, GBPAC

Conductor Danny Galyen will lead the UNI Symphonic Band in a spring performance on the Spotlight Series. The performance literature for Symphonic Band includes the standard repertoire for wind band as well as new and contemporary compositions. Come and enjoy! 

Spotlight Series Concert: Jazz Band One & Concert Chorale

Friday, April 7, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. 
Great Hall, GBPAC

A truly unique, collaborative concert! Christopher Merz will lead UNI's premiere jazz ensemble Jazz Band One in a shared concert with the premiere chorale ensemble Concert Chorale, led by John Len Wiles. Jazz lovers and choral music enthusiasts are in for an exciting evening! 

Spotlight Series Concert: Death By Aria

Monday, April 24, 2017 at 6 p.m. 
Davis Hall, GBPAC

Opera lovers, you don't want to miss this first-ever Davis Hall Spotlight Series feature! A collection of arias will be presented by the UNI Opera Ensemble and students, under the direction of Mitra Sadeghpour, director, and Korey Barrett, vocal coach. 

Spotlight Series Concert: Wind Symphony & Varsity Men's Glee Club

Monday, April 24, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. 
Great Hall, GBPAC

Conductor Ronald Johnson will appear on the podium for his final concert leading the Northern Iowa Wind Symphony. The Varsity Men's Glee Club, under the direction of John Len Wiles, will collaborate to make this evening a truly special musical celebration. 

Spotlight Series Concert: Symphonic Band & UNI Singers

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. 
Great Hall, GBPAC

Conductors Danny Galyen and Amy Kotsonis will return to the podium for the final Spotlight Series of the season. Galyen will lead the Symphonic Band, while Kotsonis will lead the UNI Singers in this shared spring concert. Join us and celebrate excellent band and choral music at our final Spotlight Series event of the year!