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BYU Fine Arts and Entertainment Calendar for May 2005

Brigham Young University May 2005 Arts Calendar

All month at the Museum of Art:

A major exhibition titled "Art of the Ancient Mediterranean World: Egypt, Greece, Rome" will run until June 4, 2005, at the BYU Museum of Art. Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for students and $18 for families of up to six people. Admission is free for children 5 years old and younger and BYU students and employees. The 204 works displayed in the exhibition span a period from predynastic times in Egypt, 6000 years ago, to the Roman late imperial period, about 350 A.D. The exhibition is from the renowned collection of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

Free exhibits now on display at the museum include:

  • "Thoroughly Modern: The 'New Women' Art Students of Robert Henri" will be on view through Aug. 27, 2005. This first-ever exhibition of the women art students of Robert Henri - widely regarded as the most important American art teacher of the era - will include paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture, textiles and furniture by 31 women artists who studied under Henri from the 1890s through the 1920s. [bullet}"Disenchanted Forest: Contemporary Art by Johnston Foster," on view through Sept. 3, 2005, consists of seven sculptures - six of which are equipped with animatronics - made from everyday objects. Through these sculptures, Foster explores the often mistrustful and sometimes hostile relationship between man and nature.

  • "150 Years of American Painting," a permanent collection of paintings by renowned artists such as Frederic Edwin Church, Maynard Dixon, John Singer Sargent and many local Utah favorites including Mahonri Young. The exhibit will be displayed until June 2005.

  • "Christ Healing the Sick at Bethesda" by Carl Bloch, part of the museum's permanent collection is on display in the main lobby area, along with other recent additions to the collection. Every Monday night in the Museum of Art auditorium there will be storytelling for all ages. The Artful Tales program is free and gives two 35-minute presentations at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. The 7 p.m. presentation is geared toward families from the community and the 8 p.m. presentation is geared toward university students. The goal of this program is to help people develop a better connection with and understanding of Greek beliefs.

    Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays; and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays. For more information on exhibits and museum programs, call (801) 378-ARTS.

    Friday through Saturday, May 6-7

    "Jubilation Celebration: 50 Years of Children's Dance in Utah Valley" with Kathleen Sheffield directing will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. Tickets are $8. For tickets, call the Fine Arts Ticket Office at (801) 378-4322 or visit BYU's Young Dancemakers are not only technically trained but are encouraged to create their own dances. The BYU Children's and Teen's Creative Dance Program celebrates childhood by teaching children to access their imaginations while nurturing innate movement abilities.

    Saturday, May 7

    The Harp Society Spring Festival will begin at 6:30 a.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. The event is free.

    Wednesday through Saturday, May 11-28

    Celebrate LDS womanhood with the premiere of "Three Mormon Women in Three One-Act Plays" in the Margetts Theatre. Shows will run every night at 7:30 p.m. except Sundays and Mondays. A matinee performance will be held Saturday, May 21, at 2 p.m. Preview nights are Wednesday and Thursday, May 11-12. Tickets are $12 with $3 off with a BYU or student ID. For tickets, call the Fine Arts Ticket Office at (801) 378-4322 or visit Written by Morag Plaice, Leslie Hart Gunn and Linda Colloton, the performances depict the challenges and the successes that unite women of the past and present. Three one-act plays describe women of 1950 Scotland, present-day Nova Scotia, and 1880 Scandinavia. A comparison of these women and their lives will enrich audience members' understanding of the LDS woman.

    Wednesday through Friday, May 11-June 3

    The Deseret Chamber Music Series will feature performances from some of BYU's favorite chamber ensembles. Performance dates are May 11, 13-14 and 20-21 and June 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. Some of the groups performing in the series include Brassworks, the Deseret Piano Trio, Orpheus Winds, Q'd Up and the American Piano Quartet. For tickets, call (801) 422-4322 or visit For more information, contact Laurence Lowe at (801) 422-3318.

    Tuesday, May 17

    The BYU School of Music will present an evening of traditional Chinese music at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall featuring husband-wife performers Wang Jianxin and Li Fengyun, both faculty members at the Tianjin Conservatory of Music. Admission is free.

    Tuesday through Saturday, May 24-28

    The Brigham Young University School of Music, the American Viola Society and the Utah Viola Society will host the 2005 Primrose Competition and Festival, featuring the Primrose Competition, guest artist recitals, master classes, guest lecturers and tours of BYU's Primrose International Viola Archive. Performances in BYU's Madsen Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. will feature Nokuthula Ngwenyama on May 24, Daniel Foster on May 25, Brant Bayless on May 26, Michael Fernandez on May 27, and a showcase of Primrose Competition winners on May 28. For tickets, call the Fine Arts Ticket Office, (801) 422-4322 or visit The annual event honors the memory of internationally acclaimed violist William Primrose. For more information on the festival, contact Claudine Bigelow at (801) 422-1315 or visit

    Wednesday through Saturday, May 25-June 11

    BYU's Young Company/Theatre for Young Audiences presents "Holes" by Louis Sachar Tuesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Pardoe Theatre. No performances will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, June 7-8. Preview nights are Wednesday and Thursday, May 25-26, and matinee performances will be held June 2, 4 and 9 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $9 with $3 off with a BYU or student ID. For tickets, call the Fine Arts Ticket Office at (801) 378-4322 or visit A Newberry Award-winning book and successful motion picture, "Holes" tells the story of Stanley Yelnats IV, who believes himself to be cursed because of his "no-good, dirty-rotten, pig-stealing great-grandfather." That curse rears its ugly head when poor Stanley is mistakenly accused of theft and sentenced to Camp Green Lake where boys are sent to "develop character." As Stanley develops his character he heals both the past and the present. "Holes" will be directed by Megan Sanborn Jones.

    Saturday, April 30

    The Brigham Young University School of Music and the Norwegian Scholarship Program will present "An Evening with Sissel" featuring one of Scandinavia's most popular performing artists at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. Tickets at $12 are available at the Fine Arts Ticket Office, (801) 422-4322 or at She will be accompanied by an 18-piece orchestra and a chorus comprised of local musicians during the BYU performance. Sissel Kyrkjebø, whose ethereal voice is featured prominently on the "Titanic" movie soundtrack, is widely known in Europe, with her albums going gold and platinum in Norway, Denmark and Sweden. For more information, contact Ken Crossley at (801) 422-9348, or Erlend Peterson, (801) 422-1802.

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