Performing Arts, Music and Theatre

Wednesday, February 21, 2024 - 8:00 pm

Visiting artist Svetlana Smolina will present a piano recital as part of the Joyce Gault Piano Concert Series. Smolina has performed with orchestras and in recitals worldwide. A recipient of “New Names” scholarship program, her notable appearances with orchestras include Mariinsky Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Orchestra National de France, Dublin Philharmonic and more. This event is free and open to the public.

Friday, February 23, 2024 - 8:00 am

For more details on specific locations of area auditions or times, visit music.uni.edu/apply, or contact the School of Music office at (319) 273-2024.

Friday, February 23, 2024 - 7:00 pm

Welcome to Westerburg High, where Veronica Sawyer is just another nobody dreaming of a better day. But when she joins the beautiful and impossibly cruel Heathers and her dreams of popularity may finally come true, mysterious teen rebel JD teaches her that it might kill to be a nobody but it is murder being a somebody... Based on the 1998 cult hit that starred Winona Ryder and Christian Slater. 

Content Warning: This production deals frankly with issues including self-harm, suicide, bullying and mental health. It may not be suitable for younger audiences.

Friday, February 23, 2024 - 7:00 pm

Celebrating over 20 years of music making, the twice Grammy nominated Imani Winds has led both a revolution and the evolution of the wind quintet through their dynamic playing, adventurous programming, imaginative collaborations and outreach endeavors that have inspired audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

The ensemble’s playlist embraces traditional chamber music repertoire, and as a 21st century group, Imani Winds is devoutly committed to expanding the wind quintet repertoire by commissioning music from new voices that reflect historical events and the times in which we currently live.

Present and future season performances include a Jessie Montgomery composition inspired by her great-grandfather’s migration from the American south to the north; and, socially conscious music by Any Akiho designed to be performed both on the concert stage and in front of immigrant detention centers throughout the country.

Imani Winds regularly performs in prominent international concert venues, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Walt Disney Hall and the Kimmel Center. Their touring schedule has taken them throughout the Asian continent, Brazil, Australia, England, New Zealand and across Europe.

Their national and international presence includes performances at chamber music series in Boston, New York, Washington D.C., San Francisco, Philadelphia and Houston. Festival performances include Chamber Music Northwest, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Ravinia Festival, Chautauqua, Banff Centre and Music from Angel Fire.

Imani Winds’ travels through the jazz world are highlighted by their association with saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter, woodwind artist and composer Paquito D’Rivera and pianist and composer Jason Moran. Their ambitious project, “Josephine Baker: A Life of Le Jazz Hot!” featured chanteuse René Marie in a performance that brought the house down in New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Los Angeles and St. Louis.

Imani Winds’ commitment to education runs deep. The group participates in residencies throughout the U.S., giving performances and master classes to thousands of students each year. Academic and institutional residencies include the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Duke University, University of Chicago, Curtis Institute of Music, University of Michigan, Da Camera of Houston and numerous others across the country.

The ensemble launched its annual Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival in 2010, bringing together young instrumentalists and composers from across North America and abroad for expiration and performance of the standard repertoire and newly composed chamber music. Festival participants also take part in workshops devoted to entrepreneurial and outreach opportunities, with the goal of creating the complete musician and global citizen.

Friday, February 23, 2024 - 7:30 pm to Saturday, February 24, 2024 - 12:00 pm

Faculty artist Danny Galyen will coordinate this workshop for band conductors. Contact Danny.Galyen@uni.edu for more information.

Friday, February 23, 2024 - 8:00 pm

This event has been cancelled. The New Music Festival will begin with concert #1 on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. 

Saturday, February 24, 2024 - 3:00 pm

The first of two concerts in the School of Music’s fourth annual New Music Festival. Learn more at https://music.uni.edu/newmusicfestival. This event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, February 24, 2024 - 7:00 pm

Welcome to Westerburg High, where Veronica Sawyer is just another nobody dreaming of a better day. But when she joins the beautiful and impossibly cruel Heathers and her dreams of popularity may finally come true, mysterious teen rebel JD teaches her that it might kill to be a nobody but it is murder being a somebody... Based on the 1998 cult hit that starred Winona Ryder and Christian Slater. 

Content Warning: This production deals frankly with issues including self-harm, suicide, bullying and mental health. It may not be suitable for younger audiences.

Saturday, February 24, 2024 - 8:00 pm

The final concert in the School of Music’s fourth annual New Music Festival will feature the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra. Learn more at https://music.uni.edu/newmusicfestival. This event is free and open to the public.

Sunday, February 25, 2024 - 2:00 pm

Welcome to Westerburg High, where Veronica Sawyer is just another nobody dreaming of a better day. But when she joins the beautiful and impossibly cruel Heathers and her dreams of popularity may finally come true, mysterious teen rebel JD teaches her that it might kill to be a nobody but it is murder being a somebody... Based on the 1998 cult hit that starred Winona Ryder and Christian Slater. 

Content Warning: This production deals frankly with issues including self-harm, suicide, bullying and mental health. It may not be suitable for younger audiences.

Thursday, February 29, 2024 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

See regional authors and share your own work. 7:00: creative writing open mic.  7:30: featured reading by Christopher D. Schmitz.

Schmitz is the author of several science fiction and fantasy series including 50 Shades of WorfWolves of the Tesseract, and Curse of the Fey Duelist, which includes his most recent work, The Crow and the Troll (TreeShaker), a dark fantasy about “a contract killer, a gorgeous victim, and a mystic garden hidden beyond the Winter Court.” He is also the author of The Indie Writer’s Bible Workbook.

 Can’t make it in person? Register for a Zoom link for the 7:30 featured readings at https://uni.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYpduysrT0uG9St_jVB6kUNS-C5XWvjP6DH

Friday, March 1, 2024 - 7:30 pm to Sunday, March 3, 2024 - 2:30 pm

UNI Opera will present three performances of Suor Angelica. Suor Angelica (Sister Angelica) is an opera in one act by Giacomo Puccini to an original Italian libretto by Giovacchino Forzano, and weaves the tragic tale of a woman who bears a child out of wedlock and is sent to a convent to repent for her sins. These performances are ticketed. For tickets, call 319-273-4TIX, or visit https://unitix.uni.edu.

Friday, March 1, 2024 - 7:30 pm

Welcome to Westerburg High, where Veronica Sawyer is just another nobody dreaming of a better day. But when she joins the beautiful and impossibly cruel Heathers and her dreams of popularity may finally come true, mysterious teen rebel JD teaches her that it might kill to be a nobody but it is murder being a somebody... Based on the 1998 cult hit that starred Winona Ryder and Christian Slater. 

Content Warning: This production deals frankly with issues including self-harm, suicide, bullying and mental health. It may not be suitable for younger audiences.

Saturday, March 2, 2024 - 9:00 am

UNI keyboard faculty will coordinate this hands-on day of learning for pianists and pedagogues. Learn more and register at https://music.uni.edu/keyboardday

Saturday, March 2, 2024 - 9:00 am

For more details on specific locations of area auditions or times, visit music.uni.edu/apply, or contact the School of Music office at (319) 273-2024.

Saturday, March 2, 2024 - 7:00 pm

Join us as we reveal some of the most notable spaces and spectacular talent in the Cedar Valley. Experience live music illuminated by candlelight during these intimate, one of a kind experiences that showcase local artists from a variety of genres. 

 Tickets will be available for purchase approximately one month before each event. Check the website and social media for additional information.

Saturday, March 2, 2024

Brown Derby Ballroom

618 Sycamore, Waterloo

Appalachian Spring Meets OK Factor

Saturday, March 2, 2024 - 7:30 pm

Welcome to Westerburg High, where Veronica Sawyer is just another nobody dreaming of a better day. But when she joins the beautiful and impossibly cruel Heathers and her dreams of popularity may finally come true, mysterious teen rebel JD teaches her that it might kill to be a nobody but it is murder being a somebody... Based on the 1998 cult hit that starred Winona Ryder and Christian Slater. 

Content Warning: This production deals frankly with issues including self-harm, suicide, bullying and mental health. It may not be suitable for younger audiences.

Sunday, March 3, 2024 - 2:00 pm

Welcome to Westerburg High, where Veronica Sawyer is just another nobody dreaming of a better day. But when she joins the beautiful and impossibly cruel Heathers and her dreams of popularity may finally come true, mysterious teen rebel JD teaches her that it might kill to be a nobody but it is murder being a somebody... Based on the 1998 cult hit that starred Winona Ryder and Christian Slater. 

Content Warning: This production deals frankly with issues including self-harm, suicide, bullying and mental health. It may not be suitable for younger audiences.

Monday, March 4, 2024 - 7:30 pm

Visiting artists Geoffrey Keezer and Gillian Margot will offer a recital. Grammy-winning pianist Geoffrey Keezer is celebrated internationally for his highly regarded discography, unique compositions, and acclaimed performances in a variety of configurations. Keezer has been a major figure in NYC's jazz piano scene since 1989, when he became the last pianist with the legendary Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. Gillian Margot is a singer with a rare gift that makes people sit up and listen. She possesses an exquisite voice, a disarmingly wide range and a style that eschews jazz singer clichés in favour of an original, interpretive delivery grounded in a song's lyrical and emotional content. Keezer and Margot have been touring, writing and recording together for several years, including their 2018 album "On My Way to You" (MarKeez). They bring their unique vision of the vocal and piano duet to the Midwest this March, performing familiar jazz standards, beloved pop songs and vibrant original compositions, in a varied and intimate set. Don't miss these two world-class artists in concert together! This event is free and open to the public.  

Monday, March 4, 2024 - 8:00 pm

From the studio of Hannah Porter-Occeña, music student Aubrey Williamson will present a flute recital with faculty artist Sean Botkin, piano. This event is free and open to the public.