Performing Arts, Music and Theatre
Life happens in the kitchen. Late night confessionals over tisane and a pot of nutella. Elaborately choreographed family meals. Lessons learned, secrets exchanged, bonds forged by our most visceral of senses. Accompanying the usual eye-popping flight of acrobatic choreography and pulsating music, Montreal based Les 7 doigts de la mainevokes the senses in this unique show. Cirque, live cooking and deep communal connections – the perfect recipe for a great night with the entire family.
Under the direction of UNI percussion faculty Ryan Frost and Matthew Andreini, the UNI Percussion and West African Drum Ensembles will offer the first of their spring concerts along with UNI’s Taiko drum ensemble Kaji-Daiko and the UNI Marimba Ensemble. This event is free and open to the public.
UNI School of Music will host five exceptionally talented conductors from around the world on the UNI campus for a week-long, immersive musical experience. For more information, contact Ronald.Johnson@uni.edu.
Visiting artist Geoff Durbin will present a euphonium recital with UNI faculty artist Robin Guy, piano. Durbin is a professional trombonist and euphoniumist, currently a member of Presidio Brass, based in San Diego, CA. Additionally, he is a Doctoral Candidate in Performance at the University of Memphis. This event is free and open to the public.
Visiting ensemble the Adam Larson Quartet will present a recital. The quartet features Adam Larson, saxophone, Can Olgun, piano, Matt Penman, bass, and Johnathan Blake, drums. With three records under his belt, Adam Larson’s latest, entitled “Selective Amnesia”, was released on the Inner Circle Music Label and was featured in the New York Times, Downbeat, Saxophone Journal and several other publications in print and online. This event is free and open to the public.
School of Music professors and conductors Ronald Johnson and Danny Galyen will coordinate a day-long workshop for visiting Iowa high school bands. This event is free but requires registration. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Guest artists Sydney Carlson, Leonard Garrison, Jennifer Rhyne, and Paul Taub, members of the IWO Flute Quartet, will present a recital featuring music by composer Harvey Sollberger. Harvey Sollberger is a composer, conductor and flutist who has long been active on both the American and international music scenes. This event is free and open to the public.
Faculty artist Heather Peyton, oboe, will present a recital with faculty artist Polina Khatsko, piano. Repertoire to be announced. This event is free and open to the public.
One of our most interactive performances of the year, the UNI School of Music Performance Competition Finals concert is a great opportunity to get involved in the music education of our students. This showcase features talented student finalists competing for the Presser Foundation Award, the Charles and Marleta Matheson Award, the Myron and Ruth Russell Award and the People's Choice Award. This event is free and open to the public.
School of Music professor Ann Bradfield will coordinate a student recital from the saxophone studio at UNI. This event is free and open to the public
This month's featured reader is Julianne Couch, author of "The Small-Town Midwest: Resilience and Hope in the Twenty-First Century." Open mic sign up is at 7 p.m.; open mic begins at 7:15 p.m. (share your best five minutes of original creative writing). Couch will take the stage at 8 p.m.
School of Music professor Jesse Orth will coordinate a student recital from the tuba/euphonium studio at UNI. Faculty pianists Robin Guy and Polina Khatsko will collaborate. This event is free and open to the public
Faculty artist Cayla Bellamy will present a bassoon recital titled “All in the Family” with collaborative pianist Robin Guy. The program will consist of an all-UNI program to include works and world premieres for the bassoon in solo, accompanied, and chamber settings by composers from the UNI School of Music, College of Arts and Sciences, and Office of the Provost. Composers featured include Drs. Nancy Hill Cobb, Jeffrey Funderburk, Alan Schmitz, Jonathan Schwabe and Rebecca Burkhardt. This event is free and open to the public.
Visiting artists Anna Hersey and Alan Johnson will collaborate to present a recital. Hailed by critics as a “force of nature,” soprano Anna Hersey enjoys performing a wide range of vocal repertoire. A native of Minnesota, Dr. Hersey has performed throughout the United States and Europe, appearing with Palm Beach Opera, Florida Chamber Orchestra, Hispanic-American Lyric Theater, Skylark Opera, The Minnesota Opera, and Theatre de la Jeune Lune (at Berkeley Repertory Theater), among others. Hersey will collaborate with pianist Alan Johnson. This event is free and open to the public.
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.
Under the direction of faculty artist Kevin Droe, the Spectrum Project will present a spring concert. For more on the project, visit www.spectrumproject.org.
Faculty artists Michelle Monroe, soprano, and Robin Guy, piano, will collaborate to present a recital with repertoire to be announced. This event is free and open to the public.
The UNI Concert Band will present a spring concert under the direction of Danny Galyen. This event is free and open to the public.
The UNI Symphonic Band will present a spring Spotlight Series concert under the direction of Danny Galyen. This event is ticketed. For tickets, call (319) 273-4TIX, or visit uni.edu/unitix.
Visiting artist Elsa Verdehr will present a clarinet master class. Verdehr is an American clarinetist and music educator whose contributions to the Verdehr Trio have resulted in an extensive modern body of work for the clarinet-violin-piano trio medium. She currently serves on the faculty at Michigan State University. This event is free and open to the public.