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Performing Arts, Music and Theatre

Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 7:00 pm

Grant Tracey will launch his new mystery novel, Cheap Amusements, at the first Final Thursday Reading Series of the season. Open mic signup is at 7 p.m. and begins at 7:15 p.m. Tracey will take the stage at 8 p.m. Click here to check out the book trailer for Cheap Amusements.

Friday, August 26, 2016 - 6:00 pm

The UNI Varsity Men’s Glee Club will launch the 2016-17 academic year with a concert in Lang Hall Auditorium. For more information, contact

Saturday, August 27, 2016 (All day)

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

Sunday, August 28, 2016 - 12:30 pm

The staff members of the UNI Community Music School will present a recital. This event is free and open to the public. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 7:30 pm

UNI School of Music faculty artist Randy Grabowski will present a trumpet recital with fellow faculty artist Polina Khatsko, piano. This event is free and open to the public. 

Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 7:30 pm

UNI School of Music faculty artist Anthony Williams will present a trombone recital with collaborators and repertoire to be announced. This event is free and open to the public. 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 7:30 pm

Join us for this new and exciting School of Music event! The showcase will feature outstanding faculty and student chamber groups, as well as faculty-student collaborations in a prism concert setting. A prism concert is an interactive concert in which the different participating groups rotate sets throughout the night, allowing the audience to encounter each group on several different occasions/moods throughout the evening. This event is free and open to the public. 

Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 6:00 pm

Guest artist Zach Marley will present a tuba recital with collaborators and repertoire to be announced. This event is free and open to the public. 

Friday, September 9, 2016 - 7:30 pm

Visiting artist Matt Wilson will present a recital featuring UNI faculty artists. New York based drummer and Grammy nominee Matt Wilson is one of todays most celebrated jazz artists. He is universally recognized for his musical and melodic drumming style as well as being a gifted composer, bandleader, producer, and teaching artist. This event is free and open to the public. 

Saturday, September 10, 2016 (All day)

Panther Band Day is ideal for entire marching bands or individual high school band students in grades 9-12. Our goal is to create an outstanding, positive, and friendly musical and social experience for high school band students! We hope you will enjoy the fellowship with other band students throughout the state and the fantastic performance of a massive band, playing to one of the most appreciative audiences in the country! For more information, visit

Monday, September 12, 2016 - 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 13, 2016 - 8:00 pm

UNI School of Music faculty artist Tina Su will present a horn recital with collaborators Polina Khatsko, piano and Ross Winter, violin. Repertoire to be announced. This event is free and open to the public. 

Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 6:00 pm

UNI School of Music faculty artist Dr. Alison Altstatt will present a lecture titled "Strangers in a Strange Land: Spanish Chant Manuscript Leaves in the UNI Permanent Art Collection" with medieval chants from the manuscript leaves performed by UNI Cantorei. This event is free and open to the public. 

Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 7:00 pm

Ba-da-da-ba-da. It just takes one riff to get your heart thumping, your blood pumping and your hand raised in the air. For more than 4 decades, performing over 8,000 live shows, and selling some 15 million albums worldwide, this maverick guitar slinger is still making electrifying music, still thrilling audiences, and still the most bad-to-the-bone performer in rock.  

Come and you’ll see that George Thorogood & The Destroyers are Badder Than Ever.

Friday, September 16, 2016 - 8:00 pm

Visiting artist Andrew Dahlke will present a saxophone recital. Saxophonist Andrew Dahlke is becoming increasingly recognized across the U.S. and abroad for his versatility and the high level of artistry he brings to diverse musical settings and genres. Andrew has received praise as a concerto soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, orchestral player, and jazz saxophonist and improviser on multiple saxophones. This event is free and open to the public. 

Saturday, September 17, 2016 (All day)

This event has been postponed. It will be rescheduled in spring 2017. 

Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 7:00 pm

What the kids are doing today in redefining country is nothing new. They’re simply carrying on a master plan Milsap laid down years ago. 40 NUMBER ONE HITS.  That’s more than Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson COMBINED. Ronnie was a pioneer in moving country music beyond its rural roots and into the mainstream of modern music. With music that ranges from the heart breaking “Smokey Mountain Rain” or the uplifting “I Wouldn’t Have Missed It for the World,” Ronnie brings a night of number one songs to the Cedar Valley.

Friday, September 23, 2016 - 7:30 pm

Get ready for a celebration and join us to collect your postcards from the Scholarship Benefit Concert! The evening will be filled with exceptional performances by student and faculty musicians as well as guest artist Laurie Smukler, violin, faculty artists Ross Winter, violin, Heather Peyton, oboe, Katherine Osborne, mezzo-soprano, James Jenkins, piano, Cayla Bellamy, bassoon and Polina Khatsko, piano, as well as the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra, Combined UNI Choirs, the Northern Iowa Wind Symphony, as well as a dazzling post-concert champagne reception where the music and excitement of the evening continue.
Please join us for this exciting event and help to support student scholarships at UNI’s School of Music. For more information on this event or becoming a Special Donor, contact Caroline Francis at (319) 273-2028. To order tickets, call (319) 273-4TIX.

Saturday, September 24, 2016 (All day)

UNI faculty artist Ross Winter will coordinate this day-long event for violinists. Exceptional guest artist Laurie Smukler will appear. Smukler made her debut with the Cleveland Orchestra at the age of fourteen. A graduate of Juilliard, where she studied with Ivan Galamian, she was a founding member of the Mendelssohn String Quartet, and currently serves on the faculty at the Juilliard School. For more information on this event, contact

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 1:00 pm

Visiting artist Daniel Chapa will present a master class. Chapa recently served two years as a Teaching Fellow at the University of North Texas while finishing his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree. He received his Bachelor of Music from Louisiana State University in 2008, and in 2010 received his Masters of Music in Euphonium Performance degree from UNT. Danny is also a member of the euphonium section in the 531st Air National Guard Band of the Southwest, the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, the principal trombonist of the Odysseus Chamber Orchestra and a member of the Founders Tuba Euphonium Quartet. This event is free and open to the public. 


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