The November Brigham Young University arts calendar features jazz concerts, plays, recitals, concerts and even Vocal Point. The performances will feature 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.
1 – Conducted by Steve Call, the Jazz Legacy Dixieland Band and the New Hot 5 of “Jazz for Cows” YouTube fame will perform at 7:30 and 9 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. The Dixieland-style showcase ensemble has performed throughout the United States at festivals and conferences. They will perform the music of Red Nichols. This event is free.
2 – A student jazz ensemble will perform at the Jazz Combo Night, at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. This event is free.
2-12 – “The Elephant Man” will play in the Margetts Theatre directed by David Morgan. Matinees will take place Nov. 5 and 12 at 2 p.m. The story tells of a man whose ugly disease subjected him to ridicule and freak shows. The Elephant Man lived surrounded by ugliness. The play utilizes inventive staging, masks and music to reveal the strength of character to see the beauty within. Recommended for ages 12 and older. There will be no performances Sundays or Mondays.
3 – Grammy Award-winning soprano Dawn Upshaw will perform in the de Jong Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. Upshaw has achieved worldwide celebrity as a singer of opera and concert repertoire ranging from the sacred works of Bach to the freshest sounds of today. The Boston Globe named her “one of the most significant and dramatically moving singers before the public today.”
3 and 5 – 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.
4 – The Jazz Ensemble, conducted by Mark Ammons, will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall with special guest Tom Streeter. The event will include “MIX,” an uncommon variety show. 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.
4 – The Children’s DanceWorks Concert will be performed at 4 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. in the Dance Production Theatre in the Richards Building. Admission is free.
5 – The Percussion Ensemble, Panoramic Steel and Gamelan Bintang Wahyu will perform at the Evening of Percussion at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. There will also be a matinee performance at 11 a.m. that day.
8 – The Cougar Marching Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. The band consists of 225 dedicated musicians from all over the United States and the world.
9 – Group for New Music, BYU’s contemporary music student showcase, will give its second performance of the year at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. This event is free.
9 ‒ Dec. 3 – The beloved Christmas film and hit Broadway show “White Christmas” will be performed in the Pardoe Theatre. Matinee performances will take place Nov. 12 and Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. When two army buddies stage a show to save their former general’s failing inn, they find that dreams really do come true. This 1950s-style musical is filled with dancing and the same familiar songs from the film. The musical will be directed by George Nelson. There will be no performances Sundays or Mondays.
10 – The Utah Symphony will perform in the de Jong Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. Conducted by Thierry Fischer with percussionist Colin Currie, the symphony will play Ludwig Von Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral”; Richard Wagner’s prelude to Act I of “Lohengrin” and “Ride of the Valkyries”; and Christopher Rouse’s “Alberich Saved.”
10 – BYU’s Folk Music Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. Under the direction of Mark Geslison, the Folk Music Ensemble celebrates the rich variety and heritage of folk music.
11 – GO Percussion Group, a guest performance group, will perform in the Madsen Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. This event is free.
11‒12 – BYU’s annual ballroom competitive event, the BYU DanceSport Championships, will take place all day each day in the Wilkinson Student Center Ballroom. Tickets for this event can be purchased at the Marriott Center Ticket office at byutickets.com.
11-12 – Ronald Staheli and Rosalind Hall will conduct the BYU Singers and Concert Choir at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. There will also be a matinee performance Saturday, Nov. 12 at 3 p.m.
12 – Guest artist Javier De Los Santos will perform a free guitar recital at 2 p.m. in the Museum of Art Auditorium.
12 – The Trombone Choir a student ensemble, will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall in this free event.
15 – Tony Award-winning tap virtuoso Savion Glover will perform “Bare Soundz,” a homage to legendary jazz greats and tappers, in the de Jong Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. Glover is credited with revolutionizing tap dance. Actor, dancer and choreographer Gregory Hines said about Glover, “Possibly the best tap dancer that ever lived.”
15 – The Brass Quintet a student ensemble, will perform at 5:30 p.m. in a free event at the Maeser Building Auditorium.
16 – BYU’s premier big band jazz ensemble Synthesis will play at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. The jazz band has toured internationally every two years and domestically on the off years. They also perform annually at national and international jazz festivals.
16 – A Clarinet Studio Recital will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the University Parkway Center, room 313. The UPC is located on the northeast corner of University Avenue and University Parkway. The event is free.
17 – Conducted by Kory Katseanes, the BYU Philharmonic will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. They will play Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite, No. 1, Thornock’s “When the Trumpets Shall Sound” and Sibelius’s Symphony, No. 5.
17 – Guest pianist and organist Joel Hastings, who has concertized all over the world, will perform on the piano at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. The performance is free.
17 – There will be a Saxophone Chamber Night at 7:30 p.m. in the University Parkway Center at the northeast corner of University Avenue and University Parkway. The event is free.
17-19 – The DancEnsemble will feature 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, Nov. 19, at 2 p.m.
18-19 – Vocal Point, BYU’s premier nine-man a cappella ensemble, will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Provo’s Covey Center for the Arts. Vocal Point is conducted by Buck Mangum. For ticket information, visit coveycenter.org.
19 – BYU’s Group for Experimental Music will present its modern music at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. GEM is Utah’s top ensemble specializing in experimental and freely improvised music. The group’s performances are fascinating, unpredictable and uplifting. This event is free.
25 ‒ Dec. 17 – A new musical by Ward Wright, “The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey,” will have its world premiere at the SCERA Theatre in Orem in a joint production with BYU. Matinees will take place Dec. 10 and 17 at 2 p.m. at the SCERA Center for the Arts. Adapted from the book of the same name by Susan Wojciechowski, the play is directed by BYU’s Rodger Sorenson, with Rosa Gardner as musical director. The tale of Jonathan Toomey, a carpenter in a small village whose life changes when he meets a boy and his widowed mother searching for a new Christmas crèche, tells of the true spirit of Christmas.
29 – The University Orchestra and University Strings will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. Conducted by Fred McInnis, this band provides an opportunity for many students across campus to continue performing concert literature.
29 – The Woodwind Chamber recital will be performed at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall and is free.
30 – Jazz Voices will perform “Joyful Noise” at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. Jazz Voices is BYU’s group of select voices who perform professional caliber vocal jazz literature with a strong emphasis on improvisation.
30 – Conducted by Christian Smith, the Symphony Orchestra will perform 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.
Free Art Exhibits at the MOA: BYU’s Museum of Art has a number of exhibits on display throughout the month:
- The Matter of Words: Adam Bateman, Harrell Fletcher, and John Fraser: This exhibition contemporary art explores the nature of language and its effect on our lives. Open through Saturday, Nov. 26, The Matter of Words features 46 works of art by three contemporary artists that reference the medium of the printed word.
- Electronic Gallery: Michael-Bell Smith and Takeshi Murata, War: The "e.g." is a new gallery for exhibition of the electronic art of our time. Video works by Michael Bell-Smith and Takeshi Murata explore the effects of war and how it is transformed in pop culture. Only open through Saturday, Nov. 5.
- From Heart To Hand: African-American Quilts from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts’ Permanent Collection: This exhibit features 31 hand-made quilts created by African-American women of the Alabama region from 1945 to the present. It explores the traditional patterns of African-American quilts and examines the improvisations distinct to regional quilt-makers. Open through Thursday, Nov. 17.
- The Weir Family, 1820-1920: Expanding the Traditions of American Art: Will be available Friday, Nov. 18, and is the first major exhibition to collectively examine paintings by Robert Walter Weir (1803-1889), John Ferguson Weir (1841-1926) and Julian Alden Weir (1851-1919). It will showcase important pieces from museum and private collections across the country, many of which have never been seen together. The exhibition will explore how the transatlantic encounters of the Weir family of artists helped to shape American art for nearly a century.
- Wide-Open Spaces: Capturing the Grandeur of the American Southwest: This exhibit explores how artists developed new approaches in composition, color, and technique to capture the grandeur of the region. It includes works from the museum’s own collection with selections from the Diane and Sam Stewart Art Collection, currently on loan to the museum.
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: Charles Krebs