BYU Arts and Entertainment Calendar for September 2010
Saturday, Sept. 4
The BYU Experimental Theatre Company will be producing its annual 24 Hour Theatre Project. Actors can audition on Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 1-2. Writers will then meet on Friday, Sept. 3, at 7 p.m. to receive instruction. Then, starting at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 4, writers and actors will come together to rehearse their new productions for a show at 7:30 p.m. that night in the Nelke Theatre. For more information, contact Mari Toronto at (801) 722-9413.
Thursday, Sept. 8, through Saturday, Sept. 18
Mitch Albom’s “Tuesdays with Morrie” will be performed in the Pardoe Theatre. This play, based on the New York Times best-seller, tells the story of Mitch, a former student of Morrie, a dying sociology professor. They decide to write a final thesis covering everything including family, love, money, the world and death. In the process, Mitch and Morrie discover that “when you learn how to die, you learn how to live.” There will be no performances Sundays or Mondays. This show is part of the BYU Theatre and artsPASS season ticket packages. For ticket information, visit byuarts.com or call (801) 422-4322.
Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” will be performed in the Nelke Theatre. This production is designed for young audiences and lasts about one hour. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 2-11. The story depicts Petruchio trying to win the heart of Kate in a very unconventional way. For ticket information, visit byuarts.com or call (801) 422-4322.
Wednesday through Saturday, Sept. 15-18
The annual “World of Dance” will be presented in the de Jong Concert Hall. This popular showcase features BYU’s Ballroom Dance Company, International Folk Dance Ensemble, Contemporary Dance Theatre and Theatre Ballet. For ticket information, visit byuarts.com or call (801) 422-4322.
Friday, Sept. 17
Sept. 16 will mark the 200th anniversary of the declaration of Mexican independence. To honor the event in Mexican history, several BYU faculty and students will present a free celebration of Mexican music Sept. 17 in the Madsen Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. Music by famous Mexican composers and traditional Mexican music will be showcased.
Monday, Sept. 20
As part of the 40th Annual Classical Greek Theatre Festival of Utah, “Alkestis” will be shown at 5 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. The story depicts Alkestis, who willingly gives up her life so that her husband can live. There will be a pre-performance lecture at 4 p.m. For ticket information, visit byuarts.com or call (801) 422-4322.
Tuesday, Sept. 21
Nishat Khan is recognized as the foremost virtuoso of the sitar and the current torchbearer of seven generations of India’s most renowned musical family. He will be performing in the de Jong Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. The New York Times describes his show as “profound and electrifying.” Tickets are available through the Fine Arts Ticket Office starting Aug. 23. This show is part of the BYU Performing Arts Series and artsPASS season ticket packages. For tickets, visit byuarts.com or call (801) 422-4322.
Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 23-25
Joseph Cashore will present his collection of marionette masterworks in the Pardoe Theatre at 7:30 p.m., with Saturday matinees at noon and 2 p.m. His puppets have been hailed as “breathtaking magic” by the Center for Puppetry Arts. This one-of-a-kind performance has been presented across the world and is now at BYU. For ticket information, visit byuarts.com or call (801) 422-4322. This show is part of the BYU Performing Arts Series and artsPASS season ticket packages.
Thursday and Friday, Sept. 23-24
The Choir Showcase will feature the BYU Singers, Concert Choir, Men’s Chorus and Women’s Chorus in the de Jong Concert Hall. For ticket information, visit byuarts.com or call (801) 422-4322. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, September 24
A joint faculty recital by School of Music professors Christian Smith, bassoon, and Ron Brough, percussion, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. Admission is free.
Tuesday, Sept. 28
The American Piano Quartet, comprised of faculty members Jeffrey Shumway, Robin Hancock and Scott Holden and guest artist Paul Pollei, will be performing at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. For ticket information, visit byuarts.comor call (801) 422-4322.
Wednesday, Sept. 29
The Jazz Showcase will feature BYU’s Synthesis, Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Legacy Dixieland Band in a joint concert at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. For ticket information, visit byuarts.com or call (801) 422-4322.
Thursday, Sept. 30
BYU’s Philharmonic, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band and Percussion Ensemble will join forces for the annual Instrumental Showcase at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. For ticket information, visit byuarts.com or call (801) 422-4322.
The Museum of Art presents a religious exhibition that allows viewers to explore their own faith in Jesus Christ. “James Tissot: The Life of Christ” features 124 watercolors by 19th-century French artist James Tissot. A committed Christian, Tissot devoted 10 years of his adult life to the creation of these works of art, which depict events surrounding the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. Other exhibits include “Bill Owens: Suburbia,” a sly photographic study of suburban life in the 1970s; "The First 100 Years: Collecting Art at BYU"; and "American Dreams: Selected Works from the Museum's Permanent Collection of American Art." Admission is free. The Museum of Art is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. The museum is closed Sunday.
Writer: Brandon Garrett