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Performing Arts, Music and Theatre

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 6:00 pm

Visiting artist David Cutler will present a piano recital. David Cutler balances a varied career as a jazz and classical composer, pianist, educator, arranger, conductor, collaborator, concert producer, author, blogger, consultant, speaker, advocate and entrepreneur. This recital will feature Robin Guy, piano, the Northern Brass Quintet (featuring Randy Grabowski, Jim Sherry, Yu-Ting Su, Anthony Williams) and Todd Williams, violin. Repertoire will include Suzuki's first book for violin and piano, American Music Roads Scholar by David Cutler and Rhapsody in Blue for piano and brass quintet. This event is free and open to the public. 

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 7:00 pm

Lance M. Sacknoff and Stefanie Brook Trout are the editors of Prairie Gold: An Anthology of the American Heartland. This anthology presents 68 writers’ various interpretations and appreciations of the Midwest. The book celebrates the landscape of the Midwest and its inhabitants. Sacknoff’s expertise also lies in environmental criticism with specific attention to human-environmental communication and ecosemiotics. Trout is a Midwestern writer and also a candidate in Iowa State University’s Master of Fine Arts program in Creative Writing and Environment.

Now in its fourteenth season, the Final Thursday Reading Series features guest regional authors and provides a forum where local writers can share their own work. Open mic signup is at 7 p.m. and begins at 7:15 p.m. Participants may share five minutes of original poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction. The featured author takes the stage at 8 p.m. There will be a short question and answer period as time allows. Sponsored by Final Thursday Press, the Hearst Center for the Arts and the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences, and Cup of Joe. Open to the public, free of charge.

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 8:00 pm

Visiting ensemble the Travis Reuter Quartet will present a concert. This group will feature Travis Reuter, guitar, Peter Schlamb, vibraphone, Karl McComas-Reichl, bass, and Danny Sher, drums. This event is free and open to the public. 

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 8:00 pm

Visiting artist Heidi Hoffman will present a cello recital. Hoffman has toured the United States, South America, Europe, and Japan, with such groups as the American Symphony, Jupiter Symphony and Tchaikovsky Chamber Orchestra. She has also performed with such diverse ensembles as the Tanglewood Music Center Fellowship Orchestra, Northwest Sinfonietta, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Jimmy Paige and Robert Plant, and Heart. Heidi received her DMA and MM degrees from Stony Brook University, as well as her BM and Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. This event is free and open to the public. 

Saturday, January 31, 2015 (All day)

School of Music faculty artists Amanda McCandless, Ann Bradfield, Heather Peyton and Cayla Bellamy will coordinate and appear as clinicians at this event. Guest clinicians Richard Faria (Ithaca College), Rhonda Taylor (New Mexico State University), Jan Eberle (Michigan State University) and Amy Pollard (University of Georgia) will also appear as clinicians and performers. For more information or to register, visit www.uni.edu/music/reedday

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 8:00 pm

Visiting ensemble the Air Force Woodwind Quintet will present a concert. The United States Air Force Woodwind Quintet is a component unit of the United States Air force Band, a 65-piece wind ensemble located on Scott Air Force Base in the St. Louis area. This event is free and open to the public. 

Friday, February 6, 2015 - 7:30 pm to Sunday, February 8, 2015 - 2:00 pm

UNI Opera will present “The Merry Wives of Windsor” by Otto Nicolai based on the play by Shakespeare, adapted by Hermann von Mosenthal. These performances will feature the UNI Opera Ensemble under the direction of Mitra Sadeghpour, director, and Korey Barrett, vocal coach, and will feature the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra led by Rebecca Burkhardt, conductor. These performances are ticketed. For tickets, call 319-273-4TIX.

Performance times: Feb. 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. 

Sunday, February 8, 2015 - 2:00 pm

“Sister Act” is Broadway’s feel-amazing musical comedy smash! “Sister Act” tells the story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in the last place anyone would look – a convent! Under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she rediscovers her own. A sparkling tribute to the power of friendship, “Sister Act” is a reason to rejoice.

Sunday, February 8, 2015 - 7:30 pm

“Sister Act” is Broadway’s feel-amazing musical comedy smash! “Sister Act” tells the story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in the last place anyone would look – a convent! Under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she rediscovers her own. A sparkling tribute to the power of friendship, “Sister Act” is a reason to rejoice. 

Monday, February 9, 2015 - 8:00 pm

Faculty artist Heather Peyton will present an oboe recital with collaborators and repertoire to be announced. This event is free and open to the public. 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 7:30 pm

The UNI Trumpet Ensemble, under the direction of faculty artist Randy Grabowski, will present a concert. This event is free and open to the public. 

Thursday, February 12, 2015 (All day) to Saturday, February 14, 2015 (All day)

The Northern Festival of Bands, an annual honor band festival for high school band students, which typically hosts over 40 schools and over 250 individual students, will be held February 12-14, 2015. The event will feature performances by the UNI Wind Symphony and UNI Symphonic Band on Friday evening as well as Saturday afternoon’s performance featuring solo competition winners, the festival’s percussionist groups, Festival Concert Band and Festival Symphony Band. Friday’s concert is free and open to the public. The Saturday concert for this event is ticketed. For tickets, call 319-273-4TIX. For more information, call 319-273-2028.

Concerts: Friday, Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 14 at 2 p.m. 

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 7:30 pm

Good vibrations abound as The Beach Boys turn our Iowa winter into summer at the beach. Take off your coat, sit back and feel the sun as they take you back in time with “California Girls,” “Help Me Rhonda,” “I Get Around,” ”Surfin’ USA,” “Then I Kissed Her,” “Don’t Worry Baby” and more with hit after hit. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, named Rolling Stone Magazine’s Band of the Year and winners of numerous Grammy Awards, The Beach Boys are giants of American music. Check this off your bucket list and breathe in The Beach Boys.

Friday, February 13, 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 this performance as part of the Northern Iowa Bach Cantata Series. This event is free and open to the public.

Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 3:00 pm

This one-man show, featuring Pat Hazell, a Nebraska native and former “Seinfeld” writer, is a grand salute to baby boomers and pop culture. He invites you to cast your memories way back to the days when Kool-Aid was cool, Toughskins jeans were all the rage and Wonder Bread was the greatest thing since, um, those other kinds of sliced bread. Savor the past with this hilarious and charming night of nostalgia.

Monday, February 16, 2015 - 7:30 pm

School of Music brass division faculty artists will collaborate to present a recital with faculty pianist Polina Khatsko. Repertoire and additional collaborators to be announced. This event is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 6:00 pm

The UNI School of Music Suzuki School will present a recital featuring Suzuki faculty artists. This event is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 7:30 pm

School of Music faculty artist Alexander Pershounin will present a double bass recital. Repertoire and collaborators to be announced. This event is free and open to the public.

Friday, February 20, 2015 (All day) to Saturday, February 21, 2015 (All day)

The Beta Nu Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and the UNI School of Music invite you and your band to the 60th Annual Tallcorn Jazz Festival and 64th Sinfonian Dimensions in Jazz Concerts to be held on February 20 and 21, 2015, on the UNI campus. Dave Douglas, trumpeter and composer, will be the featured guest artist at this year’s event. For more information, click here. Concerts for this event are ticketed. For tickets, call 319-273-4TIX, or visit www.uni.edu/tickets.

Concerts: Friday, Feb. 20 and Saturday, Feb. 21 at 7:15 p.m. 

Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 3:00 pm

George and Gracie, Penn and Teller, Brooks and Dunn, It takes two! At Beers to You we pair that most delightful of beverages with delicious food to create a culinary masterpiece that is better than the sum of it parts! Sixty varieties of beer paired with the best recipes of 40 area restaurants creates a delight for the palate! Foodies and Beer Drinkers Unite!

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