Performing Arts, Music and Theatre

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 - 7:30 pm

Faculty artist Randy Grabowski, trumpet, will present a recital. This recital presents chamber music for trumpet with other instruments. In addition to faculty piano collaborator Sean Botkin, featured faculty performers include Sang Koh, violin (Morales "Passion Dance"); Bob Dunn, guitar (Schwabe "Three Picturesque Miniatures) - this is a world premier; Ann Bradfield, saxophones (Cohen "Chapter Three"); Amanda McCandless, clarinet and Kramer Milan, percussion (Freund "Rough and Tumble"); and Anthony Williams, trombone (two pieces by Paquito D'Rivera "Danzon" and "Afro"). This event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, January 27, 2022 - 7:00 pm

Kamyar Enshayan is the author of the essay collection, My Citizenship Papers, and the director of UNI's Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE). 

The in-person creative writing open mic begins at 7:00. Kamyar Enshayan takes the stage at 7:30. His featured reading will also be live Zoomcast. Get the link at www.finalthursdaypress.com.

Friday, January 28, 2022 - 10:00 am

DRUMLine Live is an international tour based on the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) marching band tradition.

Saturday, January 29, 2022 - 7:30 pm to Sunday, January 30, 2022 - 7:30 pm

Dido and Aeneas, Henry Purcell’s opera with libretto by Nahum Tate, is based on Book IV of Virgil’s epic poem “The Aeneid”. It recounts the legendary story of the widowed Queen of Carthage and her Trojan guest, Aeneas. Shortly after their romance ignites, a deposed sorcerer who despises the young queen sends one of his spirits to Aeneas. Disguised as a god, the spirit commands the Trojan hero to depart the queen’s shores. Despite his love for Dido, Aeneas is bound by his obedience to the gods and abandons the queen. Now finding herself forsaken and alone, Dido must choose between what is right for herself and for her kingdom. This event is ticketed. For tickets, call 319-273-4TIX.

Tuesday, February 1, 2022 - 6:00 pm

Faculty artist Ann Bradfield, saxophone, will present a recital with repertoire and collaborators to be announced. This event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, February 3, 2022 - 10:00 am to Friday, February 4, 2022 - 12:30 pm

FREEDOM RIDERS explore the valiant and courageous personalities behind one of the most critical chapters in the history of the Civil Rights movement.The play demonstrates the importance of working together to affect change and specifically how non-violent protest was used to combat the cruelties of segregation.

Set in 1961, fifteen years after the United States Supreme Court had outlawed segregation, bus lines and cities throughout the south still enforced a rigid system of separating Black and White citizens. The freedom riders, both Black and White Americans, decided to travel together on buses that crossed state lines purposefully disregarding the hateful segregation practices that were still commonplace in so many parts of the United States. The unforgettable heroes and the facts behind the events portrayed in FREEDOM RIDERS are essential to a full understanding of the civil rights era and American history. 

Monday, February 7, 2022 - 3:30 pm
Get involved in the Interpreters Theatre! Join the I.T. Performance Co-op!
Once a month for one hour: Performance Activities, Show Talkbacks & I.T. Updates!
Monday, February 7 @ 3:30pm in Lang Hall 040
Monday, March 7 @ 3:30pm in Lang Hall 040
Monday, April 25 @ 3:30pm in Lang Hall 040
The Interpreters Theatre performance laboratory embraces inclusivity and equity in our productions, and roles are available for any person and ability! 
Tuesday, February 8, 2022 - 6:00 pm

UNI School of Music faculty artists Erik Rohde, violin, and Sean Botkin, piano, will offer a recital with repertoire to be announced. This event is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, February 9, 2022 - 8:00 pm

Faculty artist Kramer Milan will present a percussion recital with repertoire and collaborators to be announced. This event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, February 10, 2022 (All day) to Saturday, February 12, 2022 (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 10-12, 2022. The event will feature performances by the UNI Wind Ensemble 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 at 7:30 p.m. on 2/11 and 2 p.m. on 2/12)

Thursday, February 10, 2022 - 6:00 pm

Faculty artist Randall Harlow will present an organ recital titled "Meditations on the Anthropocene". The Earth has entered a new era, the Anthropocene. For the first time in 4.5 billion years, the actions of a single species have irrevocably transformed the planet's soil, water, air and climate, not locally, but globally, not over millions of years, but decades. This era demands a reckoning for humanity. Featuring works for organ with electronics, this concert situates acoustic and electronic sound, human and non-human agency as metaphor for the fraught dichotomy of humanity-verses-nature at the heart of the social and political dynamics that led us to this situation. This event is free and open to the public.

Friday, February 11, 2022 (All day)

This audition day is available to Northern Festival of Bands participants only. For more details on specific locations of area auditions or times, contact the School of Music office at (319) 273-2024.

Friday, February 11, 2022 - 12:15 pm

Members of the UNI Cantorei, Wind Ensemble and Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra will collaborate under the direction of conductor John Wiles to present this performance as part of the Northern Iowa Bach Cantata Series. This event is free and open to the public.

Monday, February 14, 2022 - 8:00 pm

Visiting artist Phil Pierick will present a saxophone recital. Pierick is a saxophonist, improviser, singer, and educator based in Chicago. Equally at home performing a range of music from Renaissance motets to 21st-century works, he has been described as “the Swiss Army knife of saxophonists.” As a soloist and member of the saxophone duo Ogni Suono, he has performed over a hundred recitals worldwide, including teaching engagements at many of America’s leading university music programs. This event is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, February 15, 2022 - 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.

Thursday, February 17, 2022 (All day) to Friday, February 18, 2022 (All day)

The Beta Nu Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and the UNI School of Music invite you and your band to the 67th Annual Tallcorn Jazz Festival and 70th Sinfonian Dimensions in Jazz Concerts to be held on February 17 and 18 at 7:15 p.m., on the UNI campus. This year’s guest artist will be award-winning Chilean saxophonist Melissa Aldana. For more information, visit www.tallcornjazzfest.com. Concerts for this event are ticketed. For tickets, call 319-273-4TIX, or visit https://unitix.uni.edu.

Saturday, February 19, 2022 (All day)

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

Tuesday, February 22, 2022 - 7:30 pm

Under the direction of faculty artist Christopher Merz and graduate student conductors, the School of Music will present a jazz combos concert. This event is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, February 23, 2022 - 8:00 pm

Faculty artist Ben Roidl-Ward will present a bassoon recital with Sean Botkin, piano. Repertoire to be announced. This event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, February 24, 2022 - 7:00 pm

Larry Baker is the author of the new novel, Wyman and the Florida Knights.

The in-person creative writing open mic begins at 7:00. Larry Baker takes the stage at 7:30. His featured reading will also be live Zoomcast. Get the link at www.finalthursdaypress.com.