Performing Arts, Music and Theatre
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary!
Sex. Drugs. Love. War.
It’s the 1960s. It’s an era of rock n’ roll, social movements, civil rights activism, and the attempt to let “peace guide the planets, and love steer the stars.” In a time of opposing views, in a country divided, a group of friends works to find love, fight for their beliefs, and “believe that now is the time for all good men to believe in love.”
Hair: a story of people who -- facing a world of hardships -- fight for social justice, and against the draft. In order to maintain their beliefs and change the world, they must work together to promote safety, change, equality, and to “let the Sunshine in.”
Mature Content (14+)
Visiting artist José Antonio Zayas Cabán will present a saxophone recital with pianist Casey Rafn. The concert is part of Cabán's concert series "A Tribute to Puerto Rico" and will feature the music of Astol Artés, Beytelmann, Feld, Mendelssohn, Villa Lobos and Puerto Rican composer Rafael Hernández. As a concert saxophonist and pedagogue, José has presented performances and taught master classes throughout Europe, the Caribbean and North America. These appearances include, among others, Trinity College and the Guildhall School of Music (England), the Scottish Saxophone Academy (Scotland), and the Conservatorio Real de Música de Madrid (Spain). This event is free and open to the public.
Faculty artist Amanda McCandless, clarinet, will present a recital with collaborators and repertoire to be announced. This event is free and open to the public.
Two of the largest and most popular choral ensembles on campus, plus a group with a rich tradition of excellence, the UNI Varsity Men’s Glee Club and Women's Chorus will offer a shared spring concert with our premiere choral ensemble Concert Chorale. Conductors John Len Wiles and Amy Kotsonis will lead this engaging performance. This event is ticketed. For tickets, call (319) 273-4TIX or visit https://unitix.uni.edu/.
School of Music conductors Danny Galyen and Justin Mertz 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.
Faculty artist Sean Botkin will present a piano recital with repertoire to be announced. This event is free and open to the public.
Please note: this recital has been postponed. It will be held March 21 in Bengtson Auditorium, not February 21 in Davis Hall as previously publicized.
Visiting artist Alan Dunbar, baritone, will present a recital with guest pianist Mark Bilyeu. Baritone Alan Dunbar is a versatile performer, lauded for his beautiful tone and his nuanced musical and textual interpretation, while pianist Mark Bilyeu, described as a “superb partner,” passionately engages in music as a committed performer, inspiring teacher and enterprising curator. 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.
Faculty artist Matthew Andreini will present a percussion recital with collaborators and repertoire to be announced. This event is free and open to the public.
This event has been cancelled.
Finlay is the author of the young adult novel, Your One and Only (HMH Books), and an Associate Professor of English at Upper Iowa University.
Open mic signup at 7:00. Bring your best five minutes of poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction to share (singer/songwriters are also welcome). The open mic starts at 7:15 and the featured author takes the stage at 8:00. A Q&A will follow each reading. Books by regional writers will be available for purchase. The Final Thursday Reading Series is a collaboration of Final Thursday Press, the Hearst Center for the Arts, and the University of Northern Iowa College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences. Coffee is provided by Sidecar Coffee Roasters and cream is provided by Hansen's Farm Fresh Dairy.
Under the direction of faculty artist Ann Bradfield, the UNI saxophone studio will present a recital. This event is free and open to the public.
The UNI Varsity Men’s Glee Club will present a spring concert under the direction of John Len Wiles. This event is free and open to the public.
Coordinated by professor of composition and theory Jonathan Schwabe, UNI School of Music student composers will showcase their work in this spring recital. This event is free and open to the public.
The UNI Slide Society, a trombone choir featuring members of Anthony Williams’ trombone studio, will present a recital. 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.
Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play, Doubt, by John Patrick Shanley, continues to resonate in our present world. When should we trust? Whom should we trust? Why must we trust? Must we live in a world of doubt, suspicion and fear? Set in a parochial school in 1964, Doubtfocuses on the charismatic Father Flynn and his interest in a young student, a naïve young nun and the skeptical nature of the school’s principal, Sister Aloysius. Doubt is a tense, dramatic examination of the potential danger of blind trust and the roles of men vs. women, faith vs. doubt, and tradition vs. change.
The UNITUBA Ensembles, from the tuba/euphonium studio at UNI, will offer a spring recital under the direction of faculty artist Jesse Orth. This event is free and open to the public.
This event has been cancelled.
Faculty artist Heather Peyton, oboe, will present a recital with collaborators and repertoire to be announced. This event is free and open to the public.