Performing Arts, Music and Theatre
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.
Visiting artists Elsa and Walter Verdehr will present a film, followed by a question and answer session. For more information on this event, contact Amanda.McCandless@uni.edu. This event is free and open to the public.
Led by conductor and professor Rebecca Burkhardt, this day-long event will host Iowa high school students in a hands-on, interactive orchestra invitational. For more information, contact Rebecca.Burkhardt@uni.edu.
Faculty artist Bob Dunn, guitar, will present a recital with repertoire to be announced. This event is free and open to the public.
Visiting artist Toby Furr will present a euphonium recital with UNI faculty artist Polina Khatsko, piano. SSG Toby Furr, a native of Dallas, Texas, joined the U.S. Army Ceremonial Band in 2013. SSG Furr is a graduate of the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. At UNT, he studied with Dr. Brian Bowman and performed with the UNT Wind Symphony as well as several chamber ensembles. SSG Furr was the winner of the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium Competition in the student division in 2010 and in the artist division in 2011. This event is free and open to the public.
Faculty artist Randall Harlow, organ, will present a collaborative recital with guest artist and UNI staff member Celeste Bembry, soprano. This event is free and open to the public.
An exciting and unique concert event! UNI’s premiere jazz ensemble, Jazz Band One, under the direction of Chris Merz, will share a concert with the premiere chorale ensemble, Concert Chorale, under the direction of John Len Wiles. You don’t want to miss this! This event is ticketed. For tickets, call (319) 273-4TIX, or visit uni.edu/unitix.
School of Music faculty artists Amanda McCandless, Ann Bradfield, Heather Peyton and Cayla Bellamy will coordinate and appear as clinicians at this event, which will also feature guest artists Anna Mattix, Debra Richtmeyer, Steve Vacchi, and Stephanie Zelnick, with collaborative faculty pianist Robin Guy. For more information or to register, visit www.uni.edu/music/reedday.
Dinosaurs come to life!
Get ready for the ultimate play-date - 65 million years in the making - as Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE guides your family on a breathtaking tour that begins in pre-historic Australia. You’ll observe, meet and interact with an eye-popping collection of amazingly life-like dinosaurs and other creatures, some so realistic you may have the urge to run and hide! Presented in a theatrical performance that will thrill and entertain kids, Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live stimulates imaginations in ways that will forever connect them to their natural world.