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Opera Gala

The sights and sounds of some of opera’s greatest hits and perennial favorites will come to life in the Great Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn.  UNI Opera (Sandra Walden, director) will join forces with the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Rebecca Burkhardt, to perform a variety of opera and operetta favorites. Opera is filled with moments of great drama, uproarious comedy, unrequited love, and the occasional happy ending, and this evening of opera will offer a taste of each! Hum along with your favorite arias, tap your foot to a lively chorus, and join us for a festive evening to remember. Following in the tradition of UNI Opera’s performances of Die Fledermaus (2011) and Die Zauberflöte (2012), Gallagher-Bluedorn will once more be filled with the sounds of opera!

UNI Jazz Camp Concert

The UNI Jazz Combo Camp musicians will offer a pre-Sturgis Falls/Cedar Basin Jazz Festival concert. The week long UNI Jazz Combo camp is an intensive exploration of small group jazz playing and improvisation. The concert caps off a week of rehearsing and showcases the high school students’ musical talents.  The free concert is hosted by College Hill Partnership, University Book & Supply and the University of Northern Iowa. Bring your lawn chairs; concessions are available for purchase and coolers are permitted.

School of Music Convocation Keynote Speech

The School of Music will host Robert Duke, whose research on human learning and behavior spans multiple disciplines, including motor skill learning, cognitive psychology and neuroscience. His most recent work explores procedural memory consolidation and the cognitive processes engaged during musical improvisation. A former studio musician and public school music teacher, he has worked closely with children at-risk, both in the public schools and through the juvenile justice system. He is the author of Scribe 4 behavior analysis software, and his most recent books are Intelligent Music Teaching: Essays on the Core Principles of Effective Instruction.

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