The January Brigham Young University arts calendar features plays, recitals and concerts with talented guests as well as BYU faculty and student artists.
Different ticket options are available and can be viewed at byuarts.com . A calendar of events is also available at byuarts.com/calendar . Individual event tickets can be purchased at the Fine Arts Ticket Office at (801) 422-4322 or online at byuarts.com/tickets .
5 — The winter semester begins with another performance by the Utah Symphony in the de Jong Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. With conductor Peter Flor and pianist Conrad Tao, the symphony will play two Russian pieces: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5.
10‒14 – Vocal students will compete to receive the Nancy Peery Marriott award during the Young Artists of Voice competition at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. This event is free.
11 — Geralyn Giovannetti will give a faculty oboe recital at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. The event is free.
12‒14 — BYU’s Young Ambassadors will present “Harmony: The Music of Life” at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. There will also be a matinee performance Saturday, Jan. 14, at 2 p.m. These young performers combine contemporary music and dance for a fast-paced showcase of American musical theatre. “Harmony” is a stage production celebrating favorite moments from some of America’s best-loved musical scores like “Carousel,” “Dream Girls,” “Wicked” and “The Prince of Egypt.” The show also highlights hits from artists like Benny Goodman, Michael Bublé and Billy Joel.
13 — Guest artist Elizabeth Buck will give a flute recital at 5:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. The event is free.
18 — The BYU faculty jazz quintet Q’d Up will play at 7:30 in the Madsen Recital Hall. Performers include Ray Smith, woodwinds; Steve Lindeman, piano; Eric Hansen, bass; Jay Lawrence, vibes and drums; and Ron Brough, drums and auxiliary percussion. This event is free.
20 — Faculty artist April Clayton will give a flute recital at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. The event is free.
21 — The Faculty Baroque Chamber Ensemble will have a performance at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. The event is free.
25‒Feb. 4 — William Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice” will start winter semester’s theatre season in the Margetts Theatre. Matinees will take place Saturday, Jan. 28 and Saturday, Feb. 4 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Shakespeare’s most famous story of revenge and mercy has been adapted into a 50-minute family production that explores issues common in schools and playgrounds such as prejudice, discrimination and bullying. Directed by Kymberly Mellen, the production's contemporary style meets with Shakespeare’s language to help the audience liken the story to themselves.
26 — The Utah Crosstalk Concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. The concert features electronic music at the cutting edge created and performed by BYU and University of Utah student and faculty composers. This event is free.
26‒28 — Dance in Concert will feature top modern dance students from BYU's Contemporary Dance Theatre at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. There will also be a matinee performance Saturday, Jan. 28, at 2 p.m. Tickets go on sale Dec. 5.
31 — The Deseret Chamber Trio — including faculty artists Monte Belknap, violin; Julie Bevan, cello; and Jeffrey Shumway, piano — will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. This event is free.
All month at the Museum of Art:
• "Fleeting Impressions: Prints by James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)" through April 7, 2012.
• "The Weir Family, 1820-1920: Expanding the Traditions of American Art" through May 19, 2012.
• "Wide Open Spaces: Capturing the Grandeur of the American Southwest" through March 10, 2012.
Admission to all exhibits is free. Hours are Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Sunday. For more information, visit moa.byu.edu .
Writer: Melissa Connor