The March 2013 Brigham Young University arts calendar features plays, recitals and concerts with talented guests as well as BYU faculty and student artists. Tickets can be purchased at the Fine Arts Ticket Office at 801-422-4322, or online at byuarts.com/tickets.
Feb 27-March 9 – “The Cleverest Thief” and selections from “Gone Missing” will run in the Margetts Theatre, with weeknight performances at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday matinees at 2 p.m. There are no performances Sundays or Mondays. Two plays with a distinct and contemporary storytelling approach form the basis of these pieces by BYU theatre students (“The Cleverest Thief”) and New York City’s premier investigative theatre company (“Gone Missing”). Directed by Lindsay Livingston and devised from interviews, these works ask us to view life through an unusual and welcoming lens, providing insight into how we relate to the things we lose and the things we find.
5 – Conducted by Kory Katseanes, the BYU Philharmonic Orchestra will play an Evening of Concertos at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. Their concert repertoire is chosen from every period and an emphasis is given on the classical period, which provides the foundation of all symphonic playing, and will feature talented student soloists.
6 – BYU’s premier big band jazz ensemble Synthesis will play at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. Directed by Ray Smith, the jazz band has performed annually at national and international jazz festivals.
6 – The Folk Music Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. The group features banjo, guitar, mandolin and fiddle solos, playing musical favorites from the 19th and 20th centuries.
6-9 – The U.S. National Amateur DanceSport Championships will take place in the Marriott Center. Tickets are available at the Marriott Center Ticket Office, byutickets.com.
7 – Returning for a second concert, the Utah Symphony will perform at 7:30 in the de Jong Concert Hall. Led by Andrew Grams, the symphony will perform selections from Charles Ground’s opera “Faust”; Aaron Copland’s ballet “Appalachian Spring”; Igor Stravinsky’s ballet “Jeu de Cartes”; and George Gershwin’s “An American in Paris.”
8 – The Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Voices will perform together at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall.
8 – Violist Dmitri Murrath will be the guest artist at the Primrose Memorial Concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. Admission is free.
8-9 – Vocal Point, BYU’s popular nine-man a cappella ensemble, will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Provo’s Covey Center for the Arts. There will also be a matinee performance March 9 at 2 p.m. For ticket information, visit coveycenter.org.
12 – New York’s Aquila Theatre Company will present “Cyrano de Bergerac” at 7:30 in the de Jong Concert Hall. The company, known for producing innovative classical theatre and attention to movement and visual arts, will stage Edmond Rostand’s funny and poignant play about one man’s quest for love.
13 – At 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall, Group for New Music will present a concert of contemporary works. This event is free.
14 – Regarded worldwide as one of India’s foremost dance companies, the Nrityagram Dance Ensemble will stop in Provo during its annual U.S. tour to perform “Samhara” at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. Nrityagram’s acclaim stems from its ability to create and communicate powerful imagery and captivating movement through Odissi dance and live music. “Samhara,” a collaboration with Sri Lanka’s Chitrasena Dance Company, explores the meeting point between the Odissi and Kandyan dance techniques.
19 – Cape Breton fiddler Natalie MacMaster will join the BYU Folk Music Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. MacMaster is one of the most versatile and exciting young musicians on the folk and Celtic music scenes today. With live performances featuring foot-tapping rave-ups, heart-rending ballads and world-class step dancing, Natalie’s “traditional fusion” delivers a thrilling night of fiddling fireworks on traditional and contemporary Celtic melodies.
20-April 5 – Carlo Goldoni’s “The Servant of Two Masters” will play weekday nights at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday matinees at 2 p.m. in the Pardoe Theatre. Directed by Stephanie Breinholt, mayhem and misadventure ensue in this madcap comedy of intrigue, disguise and the love of people (and food!) by 18th-century Italy’s most celebrated playwright. The streets of Venice bustle with the hysterical adventures of a voracious and bumbling servant, two sets of misplaced lovers and a collection of farcical characters apt to make a confusing situation even worse.
20 – Faculty artist Eric Hansen will present a bass recital at 7:30 p.m. in room 313 of the University Parkway Center. Admission is free.
21 – The BYU Chamber Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. Conducted by Kory Katseanes, the orchestra has performed throughout the United States, Europe and China, making it one of the most widely traveled university orchestras in the nation.
22-23 – Conducted by Rosalind Hall, the BYU Men’s Chorus will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall.
22-23 – dancEnsemble will perform contemporary dance works by students under the direction of Pam Musil at 7:30 p.m. in the Richards Building Dance Studio Theatre. There will also be a matinee performance Saturday, March 23 at 2 p.m.
23 – The BYU Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestra will come together to present “Spring Fling,” a one-hour family matinee at 11 a.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall.
23 – Faculty artist Douglas E. Bush will present an organ recital in celebration of J.S. Bach’s 328th birthday at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. Admission to this event is free.
26 – The Jazz Ensemble, directed by Mark Ammons, 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.
26 – Faculty artist Michelle Kesler will present a recital at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. Admission to this event is free.
28 – Polynesian, Latin American and Native American music and dance will come alive in Living Legends at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. Performed by talented descendants of the cultures portrayed, Living Legends weaves together traditional and contemporary music and is a tribute to the ancient cultures of the Americas and the Pacific.
28 – The University Trombone Choir will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. Admission to this event is free.
29 – 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. Additionally, there will be a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, March 30.
29 – The BYU Singers and Concert Choir will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. Ronald Staheli and Rosalind Hall will conduct the groups.
All month at the Museum of Art:
- “e.g.: Shin Kiwoun” through March 16, 2013.
- “michael whiting: 8-bit modern” through March 23, 2013.
- “People in a Hard Land: Iconic Images of Life in the Southwest” through April 13, 2013.
- “We Could Be Heroes: The Mythology of Monsters and Heroes in Contemporary Art” through April 6, 2013.
- “Alex Webb: The Suffering of Light: Thirty Years of Photographs” through May 4, 2013.
Admission to all exhibits is free. Hours are Monday and Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday through 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 or call 801-422-ARTS.
For more information about the arts calendar, contact Kenneth Crossley at 801-422-9348, or visit byuarts.com/calendar.
Writer: Preston Wittwer