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2013-2014 BYU Fine Arts Calendar

The 2013–2014 Brigham Young University arts calendar features plays, recitals, operas and concerts with talented guests, as well as BYU faculty and student artists.

Different season ticket options are available and can be viewed at arts.byu.edu. An up-to-the-minute calendar of events is also available at arts.byu.edu/calendar. Individual event tickets can be purchased at the Fine Arts Ticket Office at (801) 422-4322 or online at arts.byu.edu/tickets.

Events may be added or dropped throughout the year, so please refer to the regularly distributed monthly arts calendars for updates.

Fall 2013

September

Thursday and Friday, Sept. 5-6Audra McDonald, five-time Tony Award-winner, is bringing her acclaimed concert to the de Jong Concert Hall at BYU for the very first time. Unparalleled in the breadth and versatility of her artistry as both a singer and an actress, McDonald is regarded as one of today’s most highly regarded performers. Blessed with a luminous soprano and an incomparable gift for dramatic truth-telling, she is equally at home on Broadway and opera stages as in roles on film and television. Tickets are on sale now.

Friday, Sept. 6“Monika Bravo: Landscape of Belief” will run through March 15, 2014, at the Museum of Art. This sculptural, time-based electronic installation invites viewers to explore how we base our everyday actions, habits and words on established personal belief systems. Texts pulled from Italo Calvino’s book, “Invisible Cities,” are projected onto glass panels in the form of both real and imaginary cityscapes from across the globe. By carefully overlapping surfaces, texts and cartographies, a rich non-material space of emptiness is achieved throughout the composition. Visit moa.byu.edu for details and exhibit hours.

Wednesday through Saturday, Sept. 18-21 – Formerly known as “World of Dance,” eviDANCE will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. There will also be a matinee performance Saturday at 2 p.m. eviDANCE brings together BYU’s five celebrated dance companies for a thrilling night of performances from every dance genre. Tickets go on sale Aug. 19.

Monday, Sept. 23“Greek Theatre Festival: Oedipus the King” will play at 5 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. This classic Greek tragedy follows Oedipus’ journey to discover the source of the plague affecting Thebes, the killer of the old king Laius and the reality of his own identity. As he moves closer to the truth, the audience sees and hears Oedipus in action, his virtues and vices on display, and through this man, hero, savior, master and tyrant, the audience members see how they, too, relate to others and to the divine. Tickets go on sale Aug. 19.

Wednesday, Sept. 25Hexnut, a modern band of five soloists, comes to BYU to present “Wrench – A Choreography Between Music and Image” at 7:30 pm. in the de Jong Concert Hall. Hexnut mixes the styles, sounds and playing techniques of contemporary classical, jazz, metal, improvisation and cartoon music. “Wrench” will blend a program of new music and the images of award-winning photographer Edward Burtynsky into a performance of integrated sound and projected image. The compositions by Jan-Bas Bollen, David Dramm, Anthony Fiumara, Ned McGowan, Mayke Nas, Seung-Ah Oh, Felipe Waller and BYU music professor Steve Ricks combine into a single set without pause. Admission is free. Also “Edward Burtynsky: The Industrial Sublime,” a free exhibition of the artist’s work, will be on display at the BYU Museum of Art through Nov. 16, 2013.

Thursday and Friday, Sept. 26-27 – The Fall Choir Showcase will feature the BYU Singers, Concert Choir, Men’s Chorus and Women’s Chorus at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. Tickets go on sale Aug. 19.

Friday through Saturday, Sept. 27-Oct. 12“The Nightingale,” a play based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen and adapted for the stage by Timothy Mason, will be performed in the Margetts Theatre. Directed by Julia Ashworth and Kori Wakamatsu, this tale of an emperor who neglects the lyrical song of a humble nightingale for the artificial splendor of a mechanical bird vividly depicts the majesty, grace and poetic ritual of ancient China. Performed in English and Mandarin and influenced by the traditions of Peking Opera, “The Nightingale” invites audience members to ponder the worth of the things we value most. “Do not be deceived by glitter and show. A true voice and a gentle heart are all you will ever need.” Tickets go on sale Aug. 19.

October

Tuesday, Oct. 1 – The BYU Philharmonic, Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Band will perform at the Instrumental Showcase at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. Tickets go on sale Aug. 19.

Wednesday, Oct. 2 – The Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Dixieland Band, Jazz Voices and Synthesis will perform in the Jazz Showcase at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. Tickets go on sale Aug. 19.

Thursday, Oct. 3Frank Wildhorn, pop music songwriter and Broadway composer (“The Scarlet Pimpernel,” “Jekyll & Hyde,” “The Civil War,” “Wonderland” and “Bonnie & Clyde”), will take the audience on a concert journey through his celebrated catalog of music at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. A trio of Broadway and recording artists with Wildhorn at the piano, “Frank Wildhorn and Friends” will celebrate the man’s greatest songs in a personal and thrilling way. This multi-Grammy and Tony Award-nominated composer and producer's work spans popular, theatrical and classical music. Artists who have recorded and performed Wildhorn’s music include Whitney Houston (the international hit "Where Do Broken Hearts Go?"), Natalie Cole, Kenny Rogers, Sammy Davis Jr., Liza Minnelli, Julie Andrews, Freddie Jackson and more. Tickets go on sale Aug. 26.

Wednesday, Oct. 9“Group for New Music” will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. Admission is free and is open to the public. 

Thursday and Friday, Oct. 10-11BYU SPECTACULAR! will present a rising-star vocalist (and BYU alumnus) Nathan Pacheco as host and guest performer of the university's annual homecoming week concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Marriott Center. Tickets go on sale Aug. 19.

Friday, Oct. 11 – A Jazz Trio with guest artist Jack Reilly will be on stage at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. Admission is free and is open to the public. 

Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 17-19 – BYU’s OcTUBAfest 2013 will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. Admission is free and is open to the public. 

Saturday through Saturday, Oct. 19-26 – Directed by Lawrence Vincent and accompanied by the BYU Philharmonic, “Die Fledermaus” will be on stage at 7 p.m. at the de Jong Concert Hall. There will also be a matinee performance Saturday, Oct. 19, at 11 a.m. Mistaken identity, revenge and practical jokes form the basis of this popular 19th-century operetta, a comical romp through the (mis)fortunes of Baron von Eisenstein and a cast of colorful characters – including one who is eventually dressed as a bat, or “Fledermaus.” This delightful production, featuring top vocal talent from the BYU School of Music, illuminates the indulgence of 1890s Viennese society with sophisticated wit, impressive melodies and, of course, those famous lovely waltzes. Tickets go on sale Sept. 16.

Wednesday through Saturday, Oct. 23-26The Microburst Theatre Festival, featuring six short plays penned by six BYU students, will be held in the Nelke Theatre. From a fateful bicycle collision to dueling lemonade stands on a street corner to kidnapping Russell Crowe, these plays tackle the topic of love – laborious, unpredictable and sometimes quite the opposite of romantic – in a funny and fresh way. Tickets go on sale Sept. 23.

Friday, Oct. 25The Saint Michael Trio will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. Established in 2007, the Saint Michael Trio is hailed as Silicon Valley’s update to the staid world of classical music. Rising quickly to prominence, the artists (Daniel Cher, Russell Hancock and Michel Flexer) receive consistent praise for making their concerts interesting, accessible and oftentimes funny. In addition to the classical masterworks, they perform jazz and even rock tunes, and their hallmark is mixing all of it in the same concert. Admission is free and is open to the public.

Tuesday, Oct. 29 – The BYU Symphonic Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. Tickets go on sale Sept. 30.

Wednesday, Oct. 30 – The Zagreb Saxophone Quartet from Croatia will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. With a repertoire ranging from Bach to Gershwin and Mozart to Bernstein, Croatia’s esteemed classical woodwind ensemble has become a premier interpreter of new and established works for saxophone. The Zagreb Saxophone Quartet is renowned for their exceptional musicality, interpretative focus and technical supremacy and has performed in more than 20 countries since the quartet’s formation in 1989. After a five-year absence, the group returns to BYU with special guest and master saxophonist Eugene Rousseau. Tickets go on sale Sept. 30.

Wednesday, Oct. 30 – The BYU Symphony Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. Tickets go on sale Sept. 30.

November

Friday and Saturday, Nov. 1-2 – Austria’s Salzburg Marionette Theatre will present “The Sound of Music” Nov. 1-2, Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. and “Hansel and Gretel” Saturday at 10 a.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. To experience the Salzburg Marionettes is to witness the beauty and magic of a group rarely seen outside of Europe. For 100 years the company has performed dramatic presentations utilizing the remarkable life-like movements of its elaborate costumed, two-foot tall, string-manipulated puppets on lavish backdrops set to beautiful recorded music. Featuring a skilled ensemble of behind-the-scenes professional puppeteers, the performance presents the charm and wonder of a long-standing European tradition in a fresh, exciting way. Tickets go on sale Sept. 30.

Tuesday, Nov. 5 – The Jazz Legacy Dixieland Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. Conducted by Steve Call, the Dixieland-style showcase ensemble has performed at festivals and conferences throughout the United States. Admission is free and is open to the public.

Wednesday, Nov. 6 – The Jazz Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. This group is BYU’s Synthesis-in-training band, and they perform locally and regionally. They provide a tremendous training situation for up-and-coming jazz musicians. Tickets go on sale Oct. 7.

Thursday and Friday, Nov. 7-8 – BYU Men's Chorus and BYU Women's Chorus will perform together at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. Tickets go on sale Oct. 7.

Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8-9 – Students from the Department of Dance will present their final projects at the Senior Dance Projects Showcase at 7:30 p.m. in the Richards Building Dance Studio Theatre. Tickets go on sale Oct. 7.

Saturday, Nov. 9 – The BYU Wind Symphony will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. The finest woodwind, brass and percussion players at BYU play in the Wind Symphony and have received national recognition for their performances. Tickets go on sale Oct. 7.

Tuesday, Nov. 12 – The Folk Music Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. Tickets go on sale Oct. 14.

Thursday, Nov. 14Joshua Bell, whom the Boston Herald praised as “the greatest American violinist active today,” will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. Often referred to as the “poet of the violin,” Bell is one of the world’s most celebrated violinists. His restless curiosity, passion, universal appeal and multi-faceted musical interests have earned him the rare title of “classical music superstar.” Bell has played recitals in the most esteemed venues across the globe, including his Carnegie Hall debut at the age of 17. He can be heard on numerous recordings, including his latest release “French Impressions,” and film scores, including the 2009 film “Angels and Demons”. In 2007, Bell performed incognito in a Washington, D.C. subway station for a Washington Post story by Gene Weingarten examining art and context. The story earned Weingarten a Pulitzer Prize and sparked an international discussion about perception and priorities. Tickets go on sale Oct. 14.

Thursday, Nov. 14 – The Jazz Combo Night will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. Admission is free and is open to the public.

Friday, Nov. 15“Sacred Gifts: The Religious Art of Carl Bloch, Heinrich Hofmann and Frans Schwartz” will run through May 10, 2014, at the Museum of Art. This all-new religious exhibition featuring beloved depictions of the life of the Jesus Christ by three master painters from the late 19th century will arrive at the museum this fall. The exhibition explores and celebrates the many precious gifts represented by these outstanding portrayals of the Savior by Carl Bloch, Heinrich Hofmann and Frans Schwartz. The museum is anticipating record-breaking attendance for this exhibition. Visit moa.byu.edu for details and exhibit hours.

Friday, Nov. 15 – The BYU Singers and the BYU Concert Choir will perform together at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. Tickets go on sale Oct. 14.

Friday, Nov. 15 – The Student Composers Showcase will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. Admission is free and is open to the public. 

Friday, Nov. 15 – A Saxophone Chamber Night will be held at 7:30 p.m. in room 313 of the University Parkway Center. The center is located at 1650 N., Provo (northeast corner of University Ave. and University Parkway). Admission is free and is open to the public. 

Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15-16dancEnsemble will feature contemporary dance works by students at 7:30 p.m. in the Richards Building Dance Studio Theatre. There will also be a matinee performance Saturday at 2 p.m. Tickets go on sale Oct. 14.

Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15-16 – BYU’s annual ballroom competitive event, the BYU DanceSport Championships, will take place all day in the Wilkinson Student Center Ballroom. Tickets for this event can be purchased at the Wilkinson Student Center Information Desk.

Friday through Saturday, Nov. 15-Dec. 7“The Light in the Piazza” will be performed in the Pardoe Theatre. Directed by Scott Eckern, the play opens in 1953 in Italy when a wealthy American and her daughter set out to explore an Italian piazza (town square) filled with art, history and sunlight. When a summer breeze whisks the girl’s hat into the hands of a handsome young Florentine, the resulting encounter sparks an unexpected romance, forcing the mother to reconsider not only her daughter’s future but her own life’s dreams – and regrets. Featuring a rich musical score by Adam Guettel, the grandson of Broadway composer Richard Rodgers, “The Light in the Piazza” explores love in its most tender and complicated forms. Tickets go on sale Oct. 14.

Saturday, Nov. 16 – A Trombone Night will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. Admission is free and is open to the public. 

Tuesday, Nov. 19 – The BYU Cougar Marching Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. Tickets go on sale Oct. 21.

Wednesday, Nov. 20 – The Percussion Ensemble, Panoramic Steel and the Gamelan Bintang Wahyu will perform at the Evening of Percussion at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. Tickets go on sale Oct. 21.

Thursday, Nov. 21 – The BYU Philharmonic will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. Tickets go on sale Oct. 21.

Thursday, Nov. 21 – The “Group for Experimental Music” will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. Admission is free and is open to the public. 

Friday, Nov. 22 – A JFK Memorial Concert will be held at 9 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. Admission is free and is open to the public. 

Friday and Saturday, Nov. 22-23 – BYU’s Department of Dance will present the Ballet Showcase at 7:30 p.m. in the Richards Building Dance Studio Theatre. There will also be a matinee performance Saturday at 2 p.m. Tickets go on sale Oct. 21.

Saturday, Nov. 23 – BYU’s premier big band jazz ensemble Synthesis will play at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. The jazz band has toured internationally and domestically. They also perform annually at national and international jazz festivals. Tickets go on sale Oct. 21.

Tuesday, Nov. 26 – A Woodwind Chamber Night will be held at 7:30 p.m. in room 313 of the University Parkway Center. The center is located at 1650 N., Provo. Admission is free and is open to the public. 

December

Tuesday, Dec. 3 – BYU’s University Orchestra and University Strings will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. Tickets go on sale Nov. 14.

Tuesday, Dec. 3 – A String Chamber Night will be held at 7:30 p.m. in room 313 of the University Parkway Center. The center is located at 1650 N., Provo. Admission is free and is open to the public. 

Wednesday, Dec. 4 – The BYU Symphony Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. Tickets go on sale Nov. 4.

Wednesday, Dec. 4 – A Flute Chamber Night will be held at 7:30 p.m. in room 313 of the University Parkway Center. The center is located at 1650 N., Provo. Admission is free and is open to the public. 

Thursday, Dec. 5 – The BYU Jazz Lab Bands will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. Admission is free and is open to the public. 

Thursday, Dec. 5 – A Brass Chamber Night will be held at 7:30 p.m. in room 313 of the University Parkway Center. The center is located at 1650 N., Provo. Admission is free and is open to the public. 

Friday, Dec. 6 – The BYU Songwriter Showcase will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. Admission is free and is open to the public. 

Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6-7 – “Christmas Around the World: See the Wonder,” BYU’s popular holiday display of folk dance and music, will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Marriot Center. There will also be a matinee performance Saturday at 2 p.m. Using a cast of more than 200 talented dancers, singers and musicians in colorful costumes, different cultures unite to give the message of peace on earth and goodwill toward all. Tickets go on sale Nov. 4.

Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6-7 – The BYU Combined Choirs and BYU Philharmonic present the Celebration of Christmas, an annual event featuring the sounds of the holiday season at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. There will also be a matinee performance Saturday at 3 p.m. Tickets go on sale Nov. 4.

Saturday, Dec. 7 “Tuba Christmas” will be performed at 11:00 a.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. Admission is free and is open to the public. 

Saturday, Dec. 7 – The Harp Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. Admission is free and is open to the public. 

Tuesday, Dec. 10 – The BYU Wind Symphony and the BYU Symphonic Band will perform together at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. Tickets go on sale Nov. 4.

Wednesday, Dec. 11 – Conductor Kory Katseanes will lead the BYU Chamber Orchestra in a performance in the de Jong Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale Nov. 4.

Thursday, Dec. 12 – BYU’s non-auditioned choir, the University Chorale, will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. Tickets go on sale Nov. 4.

Friday, Dec. 13 – “Golden Days: California Art and Artists from the Edenhurst Collection” will run through Aug. 14, 2014, at the Museum of Art. This exhibition will feature impressionist paintings from the collection of fine art at the Edenhurst Gallery in Laguna Beach, California. On display starting this December, works and artists in the show will each have ties to California landscapes and culture. Visit moa.byu.edu for details and exhibit hours.

Winter 2014

January

Thursday, Jan. 9 – The Utah Symphony returns to BYU with a program of classical masterworks featuring guest conductor Matthias Pintscher and pianist Inon Barnatan at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. The symphony will play Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8, and Matthias Pintscher’s “Towards Osiris.” Tickets go on sale Dec. 9.

Saturday, Jan. 11 – The annual Utah Crosstalk concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. Admission is free and is open to the public. 

Thursday, Jan. 16 – The Mexico City Woodwind Quintet will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. Admission is free and is open to the public. 

Saturday, Jan. 18Vocal Point, BYU’s premier nine-man a cappella ensemble, will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. Tickets go on sale Dec. 9.

Tuesday through Saturday, Jan. 21-25 – The Young Artists of Voice competition, featuring top student talent from BYU’s School of Music, will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. Admission is free and is open to the public. 

Thursday, Jan. 23“Timothy O’Sullivan: The King Survey Photographs” will run through May 26 at the Museum of Art. Although details of his life are scarce, the photographic legacy of Timothy H. O’Sullivan is far-reaching, and his images are regarded as some of the most compelling photographs taken in the 19th century. This exhibition showcases images captured by O’Sullivan for the King Survey, a government-sponsored expedition to gather practical and scientific information from the vast territory between the Missouri River and the Pacific Ocean. His images of mining operations, barren landscapes, unusual geological formations and meditations on his own presence in the West represent a powerful, raw vision of this little-known territory. Visit moa.byu.edu for details and exhibit hours.

Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 23-25 – Iran’s Leev Theater Group will present “Hamlet, Prince of Grief” at 9 p.m. in the Margetts Theatre. There will also be a Saturday matinee at 4 p.m. Household objects and children’s toys are used to play out a domestic and political history of betrayal and death as Shakespeare’s tragic hero comes to terms with his violent fate through an obsessive retelling of the moments preceding the tragedy. “Hamlet, Prince of Grief” was first presented in Iran by Leev Theater Group, featuring acclaimed Iranian actor Afshin Hashemi. It was chosen as Iran’s Best Theater Group by the Critics and Writers Association of Iran’s Theater House and was named Tehran’s Best Theater Group by the Dramatic Arts Center. Tickets go on sale Dec. 9.

Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 23-25 – The Theatre Ad Infinitum will perform “Translunar Paradise” at 7:20 p.m. in the Pardoe Theatre. There will also be a Saturday matinee at 1 p.m. “Translunar Paradise” takes audiences on a journey of life, death and enduring love. After his wife, Rose, passes away, William escapes to a paradise of fantasy and memories, a place far from the reality of his grief. Returning from beyond the grave, Rose revisits her widowed companion to perform one last act of love: helps him let go. With live accordion accompaniment, this exquisite piece of mask and movement theatre was a multi-award winning, critically acclaimed sellout at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011. Theatre Ad Infinitum is an award-winning international ensemble based in London, developing new and original theatre for a multi-cultural audience. Tickets go on sale Dec. 9.

Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 23-25 – Australia’s Perth Theatre Company will present “Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer” at 6 p.m. in the Nelke Theatre. There will also be a Saturday matinee at 2:40 p.m.  This multi-award-winning one-man micro-epic puppet show melds technology and multimedia into a touching story of enduring love and the end of the world. Creator and performer, Tim Watts employs a unique blend of mime, puppetry, live and recorded music, and live animation to present an exploration of the oldest and next frontier: the deep blue sea. The seas have risen, billions of people have died and those who are left live on farms on mountaintop skyscrapers. The scientists have tried everything. Floating islands sank, space probes found nothing, and the giant sponges, visible from the moon, are now rotting icons of failure. Now science and humanity are turning to the oceans. A last ditch effort to save the human race requires journeying down through the mysterious depths of the deep blue sea to find a new place to live. These are the dire circumstances that surround the tale’s central hero, Alvin Sputnik. Having just lost his wife, Alvin accepts this perilous mission to follow her soul down to the underworld to be with her once more. Single ticket sales begin Dec. 9.

Wednesday, Jan. 29 – The Q'd up Jazz Quintet will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. Admission is free and is open to the public. 

Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 30-Feb. 1 – The BYU Theatre Ballet will present “Swan Lake” at the Ballet in Concert at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. There will also be a matinee performance Saturday at 2 p.m. Tickets go on sale Dec. 9.

Friday through Saturday, Jan. 31-Feb. 8 – William Shakespeare’s “Cymbeline” will be on stage at the Margetts Theatre. Lightheartedly adapted (twice) and directed by Teresa Dayley Love, Shakespeare’s adventurous romance gets the double treatment — and a happy ending — in two special adaptations: as a fairy tale suited for youngsters and as a noir mystery perfect for the young at heart. Exploring the Bard’s common themes of mistaken identity, innocence wronged and jealousy, “Cymbeline” tells the story of a princess in a pickle, her banished husband, a villainous queen and “a whole lotta mayhem” in Britain. Caution: audience participation ahead! Tickets go on sale Dec. 9.

February

Tuesday, Feb. 4 – The BYU Singers, Concert Choir, Men’s Chorus and Women’s Chorus will perform at the Winter Choirfest at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. Tickets go on sale Dec. 9.

Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 6-8 – China’s Golden Dragon Acrobats will visit BYU with “Cirque Zíva,” a technically innovative show featuring a large athletic cast and spectacular scenic and lighting elements, at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. There will also be a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m.  With superb artistic merit, high production values and a solid commitment to cultural exchange, “Cirque Zíva” demonstrates why the Golden Dragon Acrobats have been recognized as the preeminent Chinese acrobatic company touring the United States. Filled with contemporary music, impressive acrobatics, theatrical enhancements and Chinese traditional dance, “Cirque Zíva” promises to thrill the young and the young at heart. Tickets go on sale Dec. 9.

Tuesday, Feb. 11 –The Jazz Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. This group is BYU’s Synthesis-in-training band, and they perform locally and regionally. They provide a tremendous training situation for up-and-coming jazz musicians. Tickets go on sale Dec. 9.

Thursday, Feb. 13 – Pianist Marc-André Hamelin will join the BYU Philharmonic, the BYU School of Music’s flagship orchestra, at 7:30 in the de Jong Concert Hall. This will be a special concert performance of Brahms’ second piano concerto to inaugurate the school’s new Fazioli grand piano.  Hamelin’s unique blend of musicianship and virtuosity brings forth interpretations remarkable for their freedom, originality and prodigious mastery of the piano’s resources. A musician of broad musical interests and curiosity, Hamelin is renowned in equal measure for his fresh readings of the established repertoire and for his exploration of lesser known works of the 19th and 20th centuries, both in the recording studio and in the concert hall. Tickets go on sale Dec. 9.

Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 13-15Dance in Concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Pardoe Theatre. There will also be a matinee performance Saturday at 2 p.m. Tickets go on sale Dec. 9.

Friday, Feb. 14 – The BYU Wind Symphony will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. The finest woodwind, brass and percussion players at BYU play in the Wind Symphony and have received national recognition for their performances. Tickets go on sale Dec. 9.

Friday, Feb. 14 – The Invitational Songwriter Showcase will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. Admission is free and is open to the public. 

Saturday, Feb. 15 – The BYU Singers will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. Tickets go on sale Dec. 9.

Saturday, Feb. 15 – BYU faculty pianist Jeffrey Shumway will perform with guest artist Del Parkinson from Boise State University as the American Piano Duo at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. Admission is free and is open to the public. 

Wednesday through Saturday, Feb. 19-22 – Selections from favorite operas will be presented by vocal performance students from the BYU School of Music. Opera Scenes will be performed at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. Tickets will be available starting Dec. 9.

Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21-22 – Polynesian, Latin American and Native American music and dance will come alive in the Living Legends performance at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. Tickets go on sale Dec. 9.

Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21-22 – BYU’s nationally recognized musical theatre program will present Broadway Revue (previously known as the Music/Dance/Theatre Showcase) at 7:30 p.m. in the Pardoe Theatre. Admission is $10, with $1 off for alumni and seniors and $6 off for students and BYU employees. 

Tuesday, Feb. 25 – The BYU Symphonic Band will perform under the direction of Kirt Saville at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. Tickets go on sale Dec. 9.

Friday, Feb. 28John Lithgow, world-renowned actor, will present “Stories by Heart,” featuring works by P.G. Wodehouse and Ring Lardner, at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. Following his triumphant appearances at New York’s Lincoln Center and London’s National Theatre, the Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor offers a touching and humorous reflection on storytelling as the tie that binds humanity. Invoking memories of his grandmother and father before him, Lithgow traces his roots as an actor and storyteller, interspersing his own story with two tales that were read aloud to him and his siblings when they were children – "Uncle Fred Flits By" by P.G. Wodehouse and "Haircut" by Ring Lardner. In the first, a fretful young Englishman is taken on a wild afternoon escapade in suburban London by his irrepressible uncle. In a hilarious tour de force, Lithgow performs with zany abandon, portraying ten distinct, outrageous characters (including a parrot). By contrast, "Haircut" is a darkly comic look at midwestern American implacability. Tickets go on sale Dec. 9.

Friday and Saturday, Feb. 28-March 1 - Faculty Dance Works will feature BYU’s talented faculty at 7:30 p.m. in the Richards Building Dance Studio Theatre. Tickets go on sale Dec. 9.

March

Thursday through Saturday, March 6-8 – BYU’s Young Ambassadors will present “Heartsongs: The Melodies of Love” at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. There will also be a matinee performance Saturday at 2 p.m. These young performers combine contemporary music and dance for a fast-paced showcase of American musical theatre.  

Friday through Saturday, March 7-22 “A Man for All Seasons” will be performed in the Margetts Theatre. Directed by David Morgan, the play demonstrates how conscience and corruption collide in the powerful historical portrait of Sir Thomas More — counselor to King Henry VIII and Lord Chancellor of England. More resists entreaties to condone the king’s divorce from Catherine of Aragon, marriage to Anne Boleyn and separation from the Catholic Church in Rome. Though he is ultimately condemned for his silence, his unwavering dedication to principle makes him a true “man for all seasons.” Tickets go on sale Feb. 3.

Saturday, March 8 – The Primrose Memorial Concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. Admission is free and is open to the public. 

Tuesday, March 11 – The BYU Philharmonic (Evening Concertos) will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. Tickets go on sale Feb. 10.

Wednesday, March 12 – The Folk Music Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. Tickets go on sale Feb. 10.

Wednesday through Saturday, March 12-15 – BYU will host the largest amateur DanceSport event in the country during the U.S. National DanceSport Championships at 7:30 p.m. at the Marriott Center. Ticket options include main floor “ringside” tables, public arena chair seating and student seating. The competition will feature dancers from across the country in more than 30 different divisions. National amateur titles will be awarded in Latin, standard, smooth, rhythm, cabaret and formation in all age categories. The DanceSport Championships are sponsored by BYU’s Ballroom Dance Program. Tickets will be available online at the Marriott Center Ticket Office at byutickets.com.

Thursday, March 13 – The “Group for New Music” will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. Admission is free and is open to the public. 

Wednesday, March 19 – The Diavolo Dance Theater will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. Internationally renowned for the unique way in which it reinvents dance, reimagines theatre and redefines thrills, Diavolo Dance Theater takes movement, athletics and daring to the extreme, creating abstract narratives about the human experience through surreal tableaux. The company has an extensive performance history in its home city of Los Angeles, as well as throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America. In more than 14 seasons of touring, Diavolo has performed for hundreds of thousands of concertgoers worldwide, as well as millions more on television. For its BYU debut, the company will present two of its most celebrated and exciting pieces, “Transit Space” and “Trajectoire.” Tickets go on sale Feb. 18.

Friday and Saturday, March 21-22 – 2014’s dancEnsemble will feature contemporary dance works by students at 7:30 p.m. in the Richards Building Dance Studio Theatre. There will also be a matinee performance Saturday at 2 p.m. Tickets go on sale Feb. 18.

Friday and Saturday, March 21-22 – The BYU Men’s Chorus will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. Tickets go on sale Feb. 18.

Friday through Friday, March 21-April 4 – Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” will be on stage at the Pardoe Theatre. In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the publication of this favorite story of love, manners and social status in 19th-century England, BYU Theatre presents a newly commissioned stage adaptation of Austen’s seminal work. Laugh, cry and delight with the quick-witted Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters as they search for love. After all, “a lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.” The play is adapted for the stage by Melissa Leilani Larson and directed by Barta Heiner. Tickets go on sale Feb. 18.

Tuesday, March 25 – The Jazz Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. This group is BYU’s Synthesis-in-training band, and they perform locally and regionally. They provide a tremendous training situation for up-and-coming jazz musicians. Tickets go on sale Feb. 24.

Tuesday, March 25 – A Flute Chamber Night will be held at 7:30 p.m. in room 313 of the University Parkway Center. The center is located at 1650 N., Provo. Admission is free and is open to the public. 

Wednesday, March 26 – A Trombone Night will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. Admission is free and is open to the public. 

Wednesday, March 26 – A Saxophone Chamber Night will be held at 7:30 p.m. in room 313 of the University Parkway Center. The center is located at 1650 N., Provo. Admission is free and is open to the public. 

Thursday, March 27 – The Jazz Combo Night will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. Admission is free and is open to the public.

Friday, March 28 – A Woodwind Chamber Night will be held at 7:30 p.m. in room 313 of the University Parkway Center. The center is located at 1650 N., Provo. Admission is free and is open to the public. 

Friday, March 28 – The BYU Singers and the BYU Concert Choir will perform together at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. Tickets go on sale Feb. 24.

Friday and Saturday, March 28-29 – Students from the Department of Dance will present their final projects at the Senior Dance Projects Showcase, Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Richards Building Dance Studio Theatre. Tickets go on sale Feb. 24.

Saturday, March 29 – BYU’s non-auditioned choir, the University Chorale, will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. Tickets go on sale Feb. 24.

April

Tuesday, April 1Conductor Kory Katseanes will lead the BYU Chamber Orchestra in a performance in the de Jong Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale March 3.

Wednesday, April 2 – The BYU Symphony Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. Tickets go on sale March 3.

Wednesday, April 2 – The BYU Songwriter Showcase will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. Admission is free and is open to the public. 

Thursday, April 3 – The BYU Symphonic Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. Tickets go on sale March 3.

Friday, April 4 – The BYU Women’s Chorus will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. The Women's Chorus is building a reputation for weaving a rich tapestry of music that encompasses artistry and spirituality and is just plain fun. Tickets go on sale March 3.

Tuesday, April 8 – BYU’s University Orchestra and University Strings will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. Tickets go on sale March 10.   

Tuesday, April 8 – The “Group for Experimental Music” will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. Admission is free and is open to the public. 

Wednesday, April 9 – BYU’s premier big band jazz ensemble Synthesis will play at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. The jazz band has toured internationally and domestically. They also perform annually at national and international jazz festivals. Tickets go on sale March 10.

Thursday, April 10 – The BYU Wind Symphony will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. The finest woodwind, brass and percussion players at BYU play in the Wind Symphony and have received national recognition for their performances. Tickets go on sale March 10.

Friday, April 11 – The BYU Philharmonic will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. Tickets go on sale March 10.

Thursday and Friday, April 10-11The BFA Senior Showcase featuring BYU’s top music-dance-theatre students will be held at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. in the Nelke Theatre. Graduating seniors from the BFA acting and music dance theatre (MDT) programs will travel to New York in May to present a showcase of songs, scenes and dances as an audition for industry professionals. These four on-campus performances allow the audience to preview the students’ work before they travel to the nation’s entertainment capital in hope of landing a job. All proceeds from the performances contribute to student travel and expenses for the showcase. Tickets go on sale March 10.

Thursday through Saturday, April 10-12 – The Final Cut Film Festival will be held at the Pardoe Theatre. During this student-produced, student-created film festival, the BYU Department of Theatre and Media Arts and the BYU Student Film Association will present a collection of the best student-made fiction films, documentaries, commercials, animations and more. Tickets go on sale March 10.

Friday and Saturday, April 11-12 – The BYU Ballroom Dance Company will perform during the Ballroom in Concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Marriott Center. There will also be a matinee performance Saturday at 2 p.m. With their talented dancing, colorful costumes and fascinating music, the company is considered one of the best formation ballroom dance teams in the world. Tickets will be available online through the Marriott Center Ticket Office at byutickets.com.

Saturday, April 12 – The Percussion Ensemble, Panoramic Steel and the Gamelan Bintang Wahyu will perform at the Evening of Percussion. Tickets go on sale March 10.

Saturday, April 12 – The BYU Jazz Lab Bands will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. Admission is free and is open to the public. 

Tuesday, April 15 – BYU’s University Bands will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. Tickets go on sale March 10.

May

Friday and Saturday, May 9-10 – The BYU Young DanceMakers will present an Evening of Dance at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. The performance will feature 150 children ages 7 to 18 who have created and choreographed their own dances. The performance will feature the story of the Civil War in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg in “Hallowed Ground,” and the feelings and images of the dismantling of the Berlin Wall in “The Wall.” Imaginative choreographies of well-known children’s books, such as “The Story of Three,” “Shhh Quiet Please” and “It Was All Harold’s Idea” – will also be performed. Tickets go on sale April 7.

Friday through Saturday, May 30-June 14“The Selfish Giant” will be performed in the Pardoe Theatre. In this allegorical play about Jesus’s love, adapted for the stage by Teresa Dayley Love and directed by Jennifer and Nat Reed from a children’s story by Oscar Wilde, a self-centered giant learns about friendship, faith and the power to change.  At first unwilling to share his beautiful garden with the children who long to play in it, the giant finds happiness when he welcomes the youngsters onto his patch of earth, which causes his garden to blossom and thrive. Using puppets and live actors, BYU Theatre presents a unique look at this poignant tale. Tickets go on sale April 7.

 

Writer: Hwa Lee

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