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Performing Arts, Music and Theatre

Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 2:00 pm

The UNI Suzuki School’s Northern Iowa Youth Orchestra will host the Cedar Falls Community Orchestra in a shared concert. For more information, contact Cathy.Craig@uni.edu

Monday, December 12, 2016 - 7:30 pm

The New Horizons Band will offer its winter concert. Under the direction of Diana Blake, the New Horizons Band features musicians 55 and older who travel from all over Iowa. This event is free and open to the public.

Friday, December 16, 2016 - 7:00 pm

Kenny G plays a mix of his greatest hits and your Christmas favorites. Since the early ‘80s, his combination of unparalleled instrumental chops and indelible melodies has resulted in sales of more than 75 million records worldwide (45 million in the U.S. alone) and more than a dozen climbs to the top of Billboard’s contemporary jazz chart. Ring the holiday season in with the astounding playing ability of Kenny G in this entertaining show.

Saturday, January 14, 2017 - 9:00 am

School of Music instructor of music education Michelle Swanson will coordinate this workshop. For more information, contact Michelle.Swanson@uni.edu

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 7:30 pm

Faculty artist Randy Grabowski, trumpet, will present a recital with Polina Khatsko, piano. Repertoire to be announced. This event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 7:30 pm

Faculty artist Anthony Williams, trombone, will present a recital with repertoire and additional collaborators to be announced. This event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 7:00 pm

People on the Autism spectrum are our brothers, fathers, sisters and mothers.  Integrated into our schools, workplaces, churches and families they confront us with a new and broader understanding of what is “normal” or typical.  For the first time the Gallagher Bluedorn has commissioned and is premiering an original play created by the Tectonic Theater Project, Uncommon Sense, a project rooted in Iowa stories about Iowa families and communities affected by life on the spectrum.  This three-year collaboration began with interviews of Iowans and captures our stories and the people of Iowa in the narrative of the play.  Uncommon Sense introduces us to special members of our Iowa family and does so with a sense of humor, love and understanding.

Theatre is a bridge builder, a powerful tool in the creation of empathy and a support for our understanding of the lives and truths of others.  Come and join us on this journey of inclusion and community.  Help us create a place of acceptance and understanding. 

What’s a commission?

A commissioning is a coming together of organizations and artists for shared work.  In its simplest form, it is a financial investment with the express purpose of creating new art – in this case a new play that explores the nature and breadth of being human.  This commissioning was born from an earlier collaboration with Tectonic on a residency and presentation of their award-winning play “The Laramie Project.” Because of Gallagher Bluedorn’s investment, the Tectonic Theater Project will tour the nation next year building community and understanding.  One of the things that excites us the most about this work and this tour is that it will be channeling Iowa stories, and Iowa voices, as well as voices from around the world through the work.

Support for Uncommon Sense provided by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The project is supported, in part, by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Sunday, January 22, 2017 - 2:00 pm

People on the Autism spectrum are our brothers, fathers, sisters and mothers.  Integrated into our schools, workplaces, churches and families they confront us with a new and broader understanding of what is “normal” or typical.  For the first time the Gallagher Bluedorn has commissioned and is premiering an original play created by the Tectonic Theater Project, Uncommon Sense, a project rooted in Iowa stories about Iowa families and communities affected by life on the spectrum.  This three-year collaboration began with interviews of Iowans and captures our stories and the people of Iowa in the narrative of the play.  Uncommon Sense introduces us to special members of our Iowa family and does so with a sense of humor, love and understanding.

Theatre is a bridge builder, a powerful tool in the creation of empathy and a support for our understanding of the lives and truths of others.  Come and join us on this journey of inclusion and community.  Help us create a place of acceptance and understanding. 

What’s a commission?

A commissioning is a coming together of organizations and artists for shared work.  In its simplest form, it is a financial investment with the express purpose of creating new art – in this case a new play that explores the nature and breadth of being human.  This commissioning was born from an earlier collaboration with Tectonic on a residency and presentation of their award-winning play “The Laramie Project.” Because of Gallagher Bluedorn’s investment, the Tectonic Theater Project will tour the nation next year building community and understanding.  One of the things that excites us the most about this work and this tour is that it will be channeling Iowa stories, and Iowa voices, as well as voices from around the world through the work.

Support for Uncommon Sense provided by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The project is supported, in part, by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 6:00 pm

Faculty artist Jesse Orth, tuba, will present a recital. Orth will collaborate with faculty artist Polina Khatkso, piano. This event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 7:00 pm

Proving that everything new can be old again, pianist Scott Bradlee has become a viral pop sensation after creating a series of clips for YouTube that finds him and his ad hoc group Postmodern Jukebox reworking 21st century pop hits in a variety of vintage styles -- transforming Miley Cyrus' "We Can't Stop" into a '50s-style doo wop number, giving Macklemore's "Thrift Shop" a '20s jazz accent, crossing Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" with Irish folk music, and showing how Ke$ha's "Die Young" would work as a classic country tune.

*UNI Students may use their free student ticket for this show. Free student tickets will not be available until January 9, 2017 at 8:30 am.

Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 8:00 pm

Visiting artist Pavel Sulyandziga will present a voice recital. A talented tenor of the world famous Gnessin Russian Academy of Music, Pavel spend times offering vocal coachings, lessons, auditions and concerts in Russia, Europe and America and learning roles in multiple languages (Russian, English, German and Italian). In addition to this, he still finds time to compete and achieve top places in prestigious international opera competitions. This event is free and open to the public. 

Friday, January 27, 2017 - 6:00 pm

Faculty artists Randall Harlow and Mariko Morita will present a shared organ recital with repertoire and additional collaborators to be announced. This event is free and open to the public.

Friday, January 27, 2017 - 8:00 pm

Faculty artist Ann Bradfield, saxophone will present a recital with repertoire and additional collaborators to be announced. This event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, January 28, 2017 (All day)

For more details on specific locations of area auditions or times, contact the School of Music office at (319) 273-2024.

Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 3:00 pm

Join us for our special 10-year celebration of Beers To You and Gourmet Too!

The greatest food in the cedar valley cooked or paired with the nation’s finest brews.  Whether you are a foodie or a brew meister, you will find something to love in this event that raises funds for the Friends of the Gallagher Bluedorn and the family and children’s programming series, Kaleidoscope. Join us for Northeast Iowa’s largest celebration of beer and gourmet food.

NEW THIS YEAR! 
To celebrate 10 years of this event, we're offering a VIP Experience to provide an even more in-depth experience with food and drink. The VIP Ticket will includes the following:

- A commemorative tasting glass
- Priority seating in the conference room for the keynote address
- A VIP lecture and tasting with our keynote speaker (before the main keynote address)
- A beer flight tasting with our keynote speaker

Monday, January 30, 2017 - 7:30 pm

UNI School of Music faculty artists Sandy Nordahl and Jeffrey Funderburk will present an electronic music concert. This event is free and open to the public.

Monday, January 30, 2017 - 8:00 pm

UNI School of Music faculty artist Mitra Sadeghpour, soprano, will present a recital with collaborators Dmitri Vorobiev, piano, Amanda McCandless, clarinet, and Ann Bradfield, saxophone. This event is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 6:00 pm

Faculty artist Amanda McCandless will coordinate a chamber music recital featuring faculty and student performers. This event is free and open to the public. 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 7:30 pm

Faculty artist Sean Botkin, piano, will present a recital with repertoire to be announced. This event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 7:00 pm

A perfect blend of sound, precision and wit – this classical a capella group is stunning.  All graduates of Leipzig‘s renowned St. Thomas Church Choir School, Calmus offers the unique combination of a pure soprano voice with four male voices ranging from bass to countertenor.  The seamless blend of these five voices lends itself to an almost limitless range of music. Calmus conveys everything it performs with great respect and also with a sense of joy in singing that is obvious to the listener.

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