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UNI Calendar of Events

Performing Arts, Music and Theatre

Tuesday, September 8, 2015 - 7:30 pm

UNI School of Music faculty artist Randy Grabowski will present a trumpet recital with Polina Khatsko, piano. The recital will feature new music written within the last four years by Richard Kallman, Kevin McKee, Anthony Plog, Eric Ewazen, and Luis Engelke. This event is free and open to the public. 

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 7:30 pm

School of Music professor Alison Altstatt will present a lecture titled "Re-membering the Wilton Processional: A Manuscript Lost and Found." This paper concerns a notated leaf of an English medieval manuscript held in the Special Collections of the University of Iowa Libraries. Musical, textual and codicological evidence supports the identification of the leaf as a fragment of a processional from Wilton Abbey, an important center for women’s Latin learning from its tenth-century foundation to its sixteenth-century dissolution. The recovery of the University of Iowa leaf, along with more than thirty others, provides a window into the abbey’s musico-poetic tradition, its processional liturgies, and its dramatic rituals. This lecture is given as part of the "Musically Speaking" series. This event is free and open to the public.

Friday, September 11, 2015 - 7:30 pm

This concert, coordinated by Bob Washut, is a tribute to Kenny Wheeler, an influential jazz trumpeter and composer who passed away last year (September 2014). The dodectet features UNI faculty artists as well as guest musicians. This event is free and open to the public. 

Saturday, September 12, 2015 - 7:30 pm
Tonight Show star and stand-up comedian Jay Leno offers a night of hilarious entertainment. Characterized as the “hardest working man in show business,” and perhaps even the funniest, Jay got his start in standup and is making a rare visit to the Midwest! Experience Jay Leno, in his only Iowa appearance, like never before with an intimate night of comedy and storytelling.
Monday, September 14, 2015 - 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.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 6:00 pm

UNI School of Music faculty artist Cayla Bellamy will present a bassoon recital themed “Tour de France” with collaborators and repertoire to be announced. This event is free and open to the public. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 8:00 pm

UNI School of Music faculty artists Matthew Andreini, percussion, and Anthony Williams, trombone, will collaborate to present a recital. This event is free and open to the public. 

Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 7:30 pm

Visiting artist Eugene Rousseau will present a recital and master class. Rousseau has performed across North America and on five continents since his Carnegie Hall debut. Rousseau has appeared with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Pan-American Festival Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony, the BBC Orchestra in London, the Janácek Philharmonic (Czech Republic), the Prague Symphony, the Kansai Philharmonic (Osaka), the Santiago Philharmonic (Chile), and has offered recitals and master classes throughout the world on a variety of topics related to his instrument. This event is free and open to the public.

Friday, September 18, 2015 - 12:15 pm

Members of the UNI Cantorei, Wind Symphony and Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra will collaborate under the direction of conductor John Len Wiles to present a cantata (selection to be announced) by J.S. Bach. This event is free and open to the public. 

Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 7:30 pm
It Gets Better, born from a simple YouTube video, has changed and saved the lives of countless bullied youth. It Gets Better the performance reminds us that the world can be a difficult place, but today passes. It encourages us to keep going, to remember that “it gets better,” that life gets better. The renowned Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles commits to that message with their “It Gets Better” musical, written and sung in collaboration with UNI and the Cedar Valley community. The GMCLA will do a campus residency early in the week to educate students about the LGBT experience, culminating in their powerful performance on Saturday night. Join us in this campaign to stop bullying and help spread the love.
Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 7:00 pm

Susan Aizenberg’s newest collection of poems is Quiet City ( BkMk Press). Aizenberg is the author of two previous collections, Muse (Crab Orchard Poetry Series/SIUP) and Peru (Take Three/2: AGNI New Poets Series/Graywolf) and co-editor, with Erin Belieu, of The Extraordinary Tide: New Poetry by American Women (Columbia UP). She currently teaches at Creighton University. All events start with open mic signup at 7 p.m.; open mic begins at 7:15 p.m. Share your best five minutes of poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction. The featured reader takes the stage at 8 p.m. Coffee is provided. Books by regional writers are available for purchase. FTRS is a collaboration of Final Thursday Press; the College of Humanities, Arts & Sciences; and the Hearst Center for the Arts.

Friday, September 25, 2015 - 7:30 pm

Get ready for a celebration and join us for a musical romance! The evening will be filled with exceptional performances by student and faculty musicians, as well as a dazzling post-concert champagne reception where the music and excitement of the evening continue. The concert will feature James Linahon (‘73), exceptional musician and producer from Los Angeles, conducting the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra in a tribute to his touring days with Frank Sinatra. Also featured: over a dozen exceptional UNI faculty artists, the Northern Iowa Wind Symphony, Concert Chorale, UNI percussion studio, the Northern Iowa Flute Choir, Opera UNI and more! Please join us for this exciting event and help support student scholarships at UNI’s School of Music. For more information on this event or becoming a Special Donor, contact Caroline Boehmer at (319) 273-2028. To order tickets, call (319) 273-4TIX.

Sunday, September 27, 2015 (All day)

The UNI School of Music presents a brand new, day-long event for brass players. Events will include brass master classes as part of our All State Brass Workshop, as well as interactive sessions with UNI faculty artists and a 5 p.m. final concert featuring participating students in like-instrument ensembles as well as in a large massed ensemble. The Northern Brass Quintet will complete the program with their own selections. For more information, contact  

Sunday, September 27, 2015 - 2:00 pm

The UNI School of Music presents its annual hands-on workshops for high school student instrumentalists preparing for All-State competition. This event is free and open to the public, but does require registration. To register, please visit or call 319-273-2025.

Monday, September 28, 2015 - 8:00 pm

Visiting artist Patrick Nyren will present a euphonium recital. Nyren is a member of the U.S. Army 1st Armored Division Band and winner/finalist of numerous national euphonium performance competitions. A graduate of University of North Texas, Patrick was a 2014 recipient of the Finley R. Hamilton Outstanding Military Musician Award. This event is free and open to the public. 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 7:30 pm

UNI jazz combos, coordinated by Chris Merz and graduate assistant directors, will offer a concert featuring jazz standards and new arrangements. This event is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 8:00 pm

Visiting artist Elena Lyalina will present a piano recital. Lyalina was born in Russia where she studied piano at the college of music in the Russian city of Togliatti and the Glinka State Conservatory. She has claimed numerous awards and has offered performances throughout the world including visits to Greece, Italy, Belgium and more. This event is free and open to the public. 

Friday, October 2, 2015 - 6:00 pm

UNI School of Music faculty artists Randall Harlow, Mariko Morita and Randy Grabowski will present a collaborative organ and trumpet recital. This event is free and open to the public. 

Friday, October 2, 2015 - 7:30 pm

Under the direction of UNI School of Music professor and conductor Ronald Johnson, the Wind Symphony will offer a shared concert with the Symphonic Band, conducted by Danny Galyen. This event is ticketed. For tickets, call 319-273-4TIX.

Saturday, October 3, 2015 - 7:30 pm
Fresh out of the tomb and ready to get funky, Here Come the Mummies (literally, mummies) shamble and bounce into action. With six studio albums under their wraps, and maybe even a few Grammys, these guys are (un)deadly with their instruments. With a legendary brass section and swing sound the Mummies will have you dancing in the aisles. Combine a “lively” stage presence with extraordinary talent, and you’ve got a performance fit for everyone to get down. 


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