UVU Arts Alert: Events From UVU’s School Of The Arts For Nov. 7-23
November 6, 2013
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Whitney Wilkinson
Written by: Heather Wrigley
The next two weeks of arts events include performances from UVU’s theater, dance, art and visual communications and music departments.
NEXT TO NORMAL: In November, Utah Valley University’s Theatre Department will undertake the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning musical, “Next To Normal,” in 11 performances at the Noorda Regional Theatre, located on UVU’s Orem campus. This moving and beautiful story revolves around a mother’s journey as she grasps the realization of her worsening mental disorder.
“Although there is a heavy emotional presence in the musical, it also has authentic moments of comedic relief to lighten the presence of a very serious topic,” said Christopher Clark, chair of the UVU Theatre Department. “The hope is that this performance will help the audience look at important issues with a thoughtful, moving and Tony Award-winning score.”
Performances begin Nov. 7 and run through Nov. 23. Visit uvu.edu/arts for more information.
MUSIC AROUND THE WORLD: The UVU Men’s Choir and UVU Women’s Choir will perform music from around the world, from Germany, India and Egypt to Lebanon, South Africa and Finland, during a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 8. Reed Criddle and Cherilyn Worthen will conduct the performance, which will take place in the Ragan Theater.
“The audience will hear genres of choral music indigenous to the United States like barbershop and the negro spiritual,” Criddle added.
This will be the debut of the UVU Men’s Choir, and the concert will last approximately one hour. Visit uvu.edu/arts for more information.
JACK FROST: UVU’s production of “Jack Frost” on Nov. 11 and 15 features a young heroine named Martha who lives with her evil stepmother and two ugly stepsisters. It may sound similar to “Cinderella,” but this Russian folktale-inspired play is a unique story full of twists and imaginative turns about a young woman whose determination and passion for living warms the heart of crafty Jack Frost.
“This is a great production, full of magic,” said director Isaac Walters. “It’s designed as a traveling show, and we use projections to create some really beautiful backdrops. Our UVU theater students have really brought the characters to life.”
Follow Martha’s journey as she discovers that kindness and generosity are their own reward. Tickets are available at uvu.edu/arts.
HONORS QUARTET: Visit the Orem Public Library Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. for a free evening at the fireplace featuring UVU’s Chamber Choir and Honors Quartet. Cheung Chau, director of orchestral studies at UVU, will conduct.
Performances will include Edward Elgar’s nostalgic ‘Introduction and Allegro,’ designed to highlight musicians’ outstanding technical ability. Individual solo virtuosos and ensemble collaborators will work together to bring this masterpiece to life.”
BALLET CONCERT: UVU’s Repertory Ballet Ensemble will present a concert of classical and neoclassical works to interest and excite the expert enthusiast as well as the novice in its Nov. 14-16 performances in the Ragan Theater.
“The enthusiasm and caliber and talent of students at UVU is something that shouldn’t be missed,” said artistic director Mark Borchelt.
The hour-long concert will comprise four performances, including completely original choreography by Heather Gray, Wilson Domingues and Borchelt. A restaging of the vision scene from “Sleeping Beauty” will also be performed.
Purchase tickets online at uvu.edu/arts or by phone at 801-863-PLAY (7529).
OPENING RECEPTION: Utah Valley University’s Woodbury Art Museum will hold an opening reception for its 2013 Faculty Show Nov. 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission to the museum and reception is free.
“This is an annual event, and it promotes our partnership with the UVU Department of Art & Visual Communications,” said Melissa Hempel, museum director. “Visitors will have a chance to see works from the visual art leaders at UVU.”
This year’s collection will include more than 60 works of diverse mediums incorporating sculptures, ceramics, photography, graphic design, illustration, painting and drawing.
The opening reception will include a rare chance for attendees to meet the minds behind the masterpieces, with faculty artists available to answer questions and share their passion. Light refreshments will be served.
The Faculty Show begins Tuesday, Nov.12 and runs through Dec. 21.