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Wednesday, Feb. 2, through Saturday, Feb. 12
Play for Children: Everyone — but especially children — is invited to come watch a little pig dream big in BYU’s production of “Babe, the Sheep Pig” in the Margetts Theatre. Tickets are on sale for $6 for adults or $4 for children ages 2 to 11 at byuarts.com/tickets, by phone at (801) 422-4322 or at the Fine Arts Ticket Office. Performance times include Wednesday through Friday, 7 p.m., and Saturdays, 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. A matinee for elementary school students will be held Thursday, Feb. 3, at 10 a.m. for $2 a seat. The play has two general admission sections: chair seats for children and adults and or floor seats for children who want to sit on the floor close to the action onstage. There are no performances Sundays, Mondays or Tuesdays.
Thursday, Feb. 3
Free Woodwind Concert: The School of Music at BYU will feature Orpheus Winds, its resident faculty woodwind quintet, in a performance at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. The concert is free.
Free Trumpet Concert: A BYU student ensemble will perform instrumental music during the free Trumpet Chamber Night at 7:30 p.m. in the University Parkway Center on the northeast corner of University Parkway and University Avenue. This performance was originally listed on a previously distributed calendar for Feb. 10 in the Madsen Recital Hall.
Art Exhibit Reception: The BYU Museum of Art will host a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. to celebrate the opening of a new exhibit, “At War!: The Changing Face of American War Illustration.” The exhibition examines war imagery created by American illustrators of the 20th century. The wars and conflicts of this period have triggered images that simultaneously reflect, construct and manipulate American ideologies of individuals and the nation itself. For more information, visit moa.byu.edu.
Tuesday, Feb. 8
Free Instrumental Music: Guest artists from Utah’s celebrated NOVA Chamber Music Series will perform instrumental music at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. The program will include works by Bach, Brahms and a new commission by Steve Ricks, a member of BYU’s composition faculty. The performance is directed by Utah Symphony principal keyboardist Jason Hardink, who recently performed as a guest artist at BYU in January. Admission is free.
Wednesday, Feb. 9
Free Piano Recital: The Deseret Piano Trio will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. The trio is comprised of faculty members from the BYU School of Music: Monte Belknap, violin; Julie Bevan, cello; and Jeffrey Shumway, piano. They will be joined by fellow faculty member Claudine Bigelow on the viola for this recital. Admission is free.
Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 10-12
Ballet Performance: From the humorous antics of the "ugly stepsisters" to the magical elegance of Cinderella at the ball, audiences will delight in the timeless classic "Cinderella" performed by BYU Theatre Ballet at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall, with a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee. Tickets are available at the Fine Arts Ticket Office, (801) 422-4322, or online at byuarts.com/tickets. Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 2–11. An exciting addition to "Cinderella" will be the children’s "Prince and Princess Party" that will begin an hour before each performance in the de Jong Concert Hall lobby. Children are encouraged to dress up in their prince and princess costumes to meet Cinderella, Prince Charming, the Fairy Godmother and all of her fairies, and parents will be able to take photographs.
Friday, Feb. 11
Free Music Performances: BYU’s annual Invitational Songwriter Showcase, modeled after similar showcases in Nashville and Los Angeles, will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. Admission is free.
Children’s Dance Concert: This year’s Children’s Danceworks concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. in 169 Richards Building. This concert consists entirely of original choreography by students ages 6-18 enrolled in the BYU Children’s and Teen’s Creative Dance Program. See byuarts.com for updated ticket information.
Saturday, Feb. 12
Free Guitar Recital: Lawrence Green, BYU’s resident guitar instructor, will be performing with baritone Arden Hopkin and guitarist Justin Leslie in a recital at 1:30 p.m. in the Museum of Art Auditorium. This performance was originally scheduled for the Madsen Recital Hall. Admission is free.
Free Trombone Recital: Guest artist William Mathis will perform in a free trombone recital at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. Mathis is an associate professor of music from Bowling Green State University. Admission is free.
Tuesday, Feb. 15
Finnish Contemporary Circus: The international contemporary circus group Circo Aereo will visit BYU for a performance at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. The troupe will be performing its acclaimed “Espresso” production, featuring four artists that create scenes and stories, earthbound and in mid-air, through the art of juggling, dance and aerial performance. Tickets range in price from $11 to $21 for students, $15 to $25 for alumni and senior citizens and $18 to $28 for the public. Visit byuarts.com/tickets or call (801) 422-4322.
Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 17-19
Contemporary Dance Performance: The BYU Cougarettes will appear in concert at the Covey Center for the Arts for a series of nightly performances starting at 7:30 p.m. The Cougarettes are the 2010 National Collegiate Dance Team. Tickets are on sale for $10 online at coveycenter.org or by phone at (801) 852-7007.
Friday and Saturday, Feb. 18-19
Cultural Dance Performance: BYU's Polynesian, Latin American and Native American dancing sensation Living Legends will be performing cultural dances choreographed to world music for a series of performances at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. Tickets are on sale at byuarts.com/tickets for $6 to $9. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the ethnic dance group, which has performed in more than 45 countries since 1971.
Friday and Saturday, Feb. 18-19
Broadway Music: BYU’s Music Dance Theatre program invites everyone to experience the music of Broadway at the “MDT Showcase” at 7:30 p.m. in the Pardoe Theatre. This annual event features songs and dances from classic and contemporary Broadway musicals. All proceeds from this event support the Music Dance Theatre scholarship program. Tickets are on sale at byuarts.com/tickets for $6 to $9.
Friday, Feb. 18 through Saturday, Feb. 26
Opera Performance: A student ensemble from the BYU School of Music will present “Opera Scenes,” an evening of Italian and French opera pieces, at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. Program selections to be performed in Italian include “The Barber of Seville,” “Cinderella,” “Don Pasquale,” “The Sleep Walker” and “Lucia di Lammermoor” and in French “The Daughter of the Regiment” and “The Elixir of Love.” Tickets are on sale at byuarts.com/tickets for $6. There are no performances Sunday or Monday.
Tuesday, Feb. 22
Symphonic Band: Tickets are on sale for $6 for BYU’s Symphonic Band, which will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. Conducted by Kirt Saville, the BYU Symphonic Band uses a full concert band instrumentation of approximately 85 musicians. The group performs significant literature from a variety of musical periods and has premiered various new works for the wind band. Visit byuarts.com/tickets for tickets.
Wednesday, Feb. 23
Symphony Orchestra: The BYU Symphony Orchestra will appear in concert at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. Tickets are on sale at byuarts.com/tickets for $6.
Thursday, Feb. 24
Combined Choirs Event: The BYU Singers, Concert Choir, Men's Chorus and Women's Chorus will perform in the Combined Choirs Event at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. Tickets cost between $6 and $9 at byuarts.com/tickets. The choirs will perform under the direction of guest conductor Philip Copeland, director of choral activities at Stamford University.
Free Piano Recital: The School of Music will present the New York Piano Trio for a free piano recital at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. The program will feature new works for piano by American composers, funded in part by the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at BYU.
Friday, Feb. 25
Wind Symphony Concert: BYU’s Wind Symphony, conducted by Donald Peterson, will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. Tickets are $10, with $4 off for students and $1 off for senior citizens or BYU alumni at byuarts.com/tickets.
Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25-26
Art Symposium: In conjunction with the MOA's new "At War!" art exhibition, the museum will host an interdisciplinary symposium Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The symposium, titled "Illustrating War: The Aesthetics and Ethics of Representation," is free for BYU students, faculty and staff. There is a registration fee for the general public. The keynote speaker at the symposium is Jim Aulich, Research Degree Coordinator and Visual Culture Research Centre Leader in the Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design (MIRIAD) at Manchester Metropolitan University in England. Click here for program and registration information.
HBLL “Cabinet of Curiosities” Exhibits: Hippo teeth, sharp daggers and a window from Hitler’s bunker are just a few of the unusual artifacts that will be featured in the BYU Harold B. Lee Library’s new rotating exhibit, “Cabinet of Curiosities” this semester to celebrate the library’s semicentennial. Every six weeks throughout the year, a new exhibit will rotate the artifacts, normally kept within the L. Tom Perry Special Collections. See lib.byu.edu/news for information on the exhibits as they open.
Free Art Exhibit at the Lee Library: BYU alumni Jacqui and Lance Larsen are displaying their “Animal Brilliance” art exhibit together through Friday, Feb. 11, at the first floor exhibition space in the Harold B. Lee Library. Jacqui graduated with an MFA degree in art and uses text, patterns and images to create her colorful, whimsical art. Lance is a published poet and teaches in the English Department at BYU. Their exhibit explores “animals as messengers, avatars, rescuers, wild cousins, doppelgangers [and] joint stewards of this wobbly planet.” Visit lib.byu.edu/news for more details.
Free Art Exhibits at the MOA: BYU’s Museum of Art has a number of free exhibits on display throughout the month:
- “Wide-Open Spaces: Capturing the Grandeur of the Southwest” includes a number of artists from the Western United States and explores how they capture the beautiful landscapes and people of the Southwest in art.
- The exhibit, “Carl Heinrich Bloch: The Master’s Hand,” will continue until May 2011. The exhibit will feature works by Bloch, a 19th-century Danish artist, whose paintings of Jesus Christ are often used by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Admission is free, but registration for tickets for this exhibit is required at carlbloch.byu.edu.
- “e.g.” is an interactive art piece by Brian Knep that allows participants to walk through the art and watch it rebuild itself.
- “Dorothea Lange’s Three Mormon Towns,” a new exhibition at the BYU Museum of Art, features 21 of Lange’s photographs acquired by the museum. The exhibition also draws from the collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College Chicago and the collection of John and Lolita Dixon.
- “At War!: The Changing Face of American War Illustration” examines war imagery created by American illustrators of the 20th century. The wars and conflicts of this period have triggered images that simultaneously reflect, construct and manipulate American ideologies of individuals and the nation itself.
The MOA is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The museum is closed Sundays. For tours and additional information, visit moa.byu.edu or call (801) 422-ARTS.
Writer: Philip Volmar