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Performing Arts, Music and Theatre

Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 7:30 pm

This interactive performance brings to light the magic, politics, and ritual of an African-American Sunday dinner. A challenge to mass-mediated stereotypes of the Black family and Black life, "The Soul Food Museum" invites us to laugh, eat and share. Learned in his childhood, graduate student DeRod Taylor prepares for us his own Sunday Dinner as we navigate Black life and the power of family.

Monday, March 9, 2015 - 8:00 pm

UNI faculty artist Dmitri Vorobiev will coordinate a visit artist recital from University of Iowa faculty and students musicians. This event is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 7:30 pm

Under the direction of choral conductors Amy Kotsonis and John Len Wiles, this concert will feature UNI choirs including Concert Chorale, Varsity Men’s Glee Club, UNI Singers and Women’s Chorus. Visiting artist Alice Parker will also engage the audience at this unique musical event where all will be encouraged to interact and participate. This event is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 6:00 pm

School of Music faculty artist Anthony Williams will present a trombone recital with faculty artist Polina Khatsko, piano. Repertoire to be announced. This event is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 8:00 pm

School of Music faculty artists Frederick Halgedahl, violin, and Sean Botkin, piano, will collaborate to present this recital. This event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 8:00 am

School of Music professor and conductor Daniel Galyen will coordinate a day-long workshop for visiting Iowa high school bands featuring Storm Lake High School, Spirit Lake High School, Algona High School, Le Mars High School and Waterloo West High School. This event is free but requires registration. Contact music@uni.edu for more information. 

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 7:30 pm

Under the direction of School of Music professor and conductor Rebecca Burkhardt, the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra will offer a spring performance. This event is free and open to the public.

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 7:30 pm

Visiting artist Ed Morse will present a trombone recital. Morse routinely performs throughout the southeast on trombone, euphonium and tuba and is Visiting Assistant Professor of Trombone and Euphonium at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida. He is also Instructor of Trombone, Euphonium and Chamber Music at Daytona State College. In addition to studio teaching, he also directs the Wildcat Trombone Ensemble. Morse currently serves as second trombone in the Jackson (TN) Symphony and has performed with the Memphis Symphony, Waco Symphony and Knoxville Symphony. He has served as principal trombone of the Appalachian Brass and guest soloist with the East Tennessee Concert Band. This event is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 7:30 pm

“Playing of wonderful exuberance and fire” is how The Guardian described the Elias Quartet’s performance of Shuman’s Quintet for Piano and Strings. This virtuoso quartet and their special guest Benjamin Hochman capture the energy and deep pathos of this history-making Quintet, as well as Haydn’s Quartet in C-Major, Op. 33, No. 3 (“The Bird”), famed for its light airy notes and playful joke that delights the audience. Britten’s Quartet No. 3 in G-Major (1975) features the haunting notes and contrasting keys that typified his later works. This will be a remarkable concert that provides the audience a rollercoaster ride through some of the world’s greatest chamber music.
*On Stage seating will be limited.*

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 8:00 pm

Visiting artist Jake Heggie will present a master class as part of the Meryl Norton Hearst Visiting Artist Series. Jake Heggie is the American composer of the operas Moby-Dick, Dead Man Walking, Three Decembers, To Hell and Back, and Out of Darkness: a triptych of Holocaust stories (Another Sunrise – Farewell, Auschwitz – For a Look or a Touch). He has also composed more than 250 songs, as well as chamber, choral and orchestral works. Heggie, a Guggenheim Fellow, has served as a mentor to Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiative for young composers and librettists for the past two seasons. For more information, visit jakeheggie.com. This event is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 8:00 pm

Visiting artists Frank Almond, violin, and Marian Lee, piano, will collaborate to present a recital. Almond holds the Charles and Marie Caestecker Concertmaster Chair at the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. He returned to the MSO after holding positions as Concertmaster of the Rotterdam Philharmonic with Valery Gergiev, and Guest Concertmaster of the London Philharmonic with Kurt Masur. Lee is assistant professor of piano at St. Ambrose University and has performed as soloist and chamber performer in Italy, France, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Poland, Russia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Estonia, Byelorussia, Thailand, Hong Kong, and major cities throughout the United States. This event is free and open to the public. 

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 7:00 pm

Jeremy Schraffenberger, Dept. of Languages & Literatures, is the author of the new poetry collection, The Waxen Poor. He has also published a book of poems titled Saint Joe’s Passion. His other work also appeared in Best Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, Mid-American Review, Natural Bridge, Poetry East and Prairie Schooner. His areas of interest are creative writing, American literature and literature and the environment.

Now in its fourteenth season, the Final Thursday Reading Series features guest regional authors and provides a forum where local writers can share their own work. Open mic signup is at 7 p.m. and begins at 7:15 p.m. Participants may share five minutes of original poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction. The featured author takes the stage at 8 p.m. There will be a short question and answer period as time allows. Sponsored by Final Thursday Press, the Hearst Center for the Arts and the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences. Open to the public, free of charge.

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 7:30 pm

In 1994, David found himself in Uganda as a church missionary. When he followed the girl of his dreams into the woods to help a Rwandan child, he entered a world from which he will never fully be able to escape. Twenty years after surviving the genocide, a note from the Rwandan boy he once tried to save arrived, "You didn't tell them everything," it said. A dinner party story for all ages. 

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 7:30 pm

School of Music faculty and student musicians will present a concert featuring works by visiting artist Jake Heggie. Heggie will be in residence at UNI as part of the Meryl Norton Hearst Visiting Artist Series from March 24-27. For more on Heggie, visit jakeheggie.com. This event is free and open to the public. 

Friday, March 27, 2015 (All day) to Saturday, March 28, 2015 (All day)

The UNI School of Music will host the 2015 Iowa Composers Forum Spring New Music Festival. This festival will featured new music from Iowa composers, as well as a student musician performance featuring art songs by Hearst Series artist and composer Jake Heggie at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 27. For more information on the Iowa Composers Forum, visit www.iowacomposers.org . For more information on this event, contact Alan.Schmitz@uni.edu

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 7:30 pm

In 1994, David found himself in Uganda as a church missionary. When he followed the girl of his dreams into the woods to help a Rwandan child, he entered a world from which he will never fully be able to escape. Twenty years after surviving the genocide, a note from the Rwandan boy he once tried to save arrived, "You didn't tell them everything," it said. A dinner party story for all ages. 

Saturday, March 28, 2015 (All day) to Sunday, March 29, 2015 (All day)

The UNI Suzuki School will present their bi-annual recital weekend. For more information, visit www.uni.edu/music/suzuki . This event is free and open to the public.

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 12:00 pm

UNI faculty artist Theresa Camilli will coordinate a master class for the Piano Pedagogy program at UNI. This event is free and open to the public. 

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 8:00 pm

School of Music faculty artist Sean Botkin will present a piano recital. Repertoire to be announced. This event is free and open to the public. 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 8:00 pm

School of Music faculty artist Matthew Andreini will present a percussion recital. Repertoire to be announced. This event is free and open to the public. 

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