4 — THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED. To begin the 2009-2010 BYU Performing Arts Season, acclaimed danseuse Yogini Gandhi and troupe will present an evening of classical Indian dance at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall.
10 — Faculty artist J. Arden Hopkin of Brigham Young University’s School of Music will perform in the Madsen Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. Hopkin, who specializes in vocal music from Spain and Latin America, will be accompanied by Larry Blackburn on the piano and Eric Hansen on the bass. The event is free. He will be performing a number of works by Mozart, Brahms and Handel. He will also perform Latin American pieces from Venezuela, Peru and Cuba.
11-19 — The Pardoe Theatre will open the year with “The Taffetas,” a production by Rick Lewis, from Sept. 11-19 at 7:30 p.m. Dress rehearsals are Sept. 9-11. Directed by George Nelson, “The Taffetas” is about four sisters about to make their television debut. They sing ‘50s hits such as “Sh-Boom,” “Mr. Sandman” and “Johnny Angel” with the hopes of putting a smile on the audience’s faces. There will also be a matinee showing Sept. 19 at 2 p.m. There will be no performances Sundays or Mondays. Tickets are available at the Fine Arts Ticket Office, (801) 422-4322, or at arts.byu.edu.
15-26 — The Margetts Theatre will start out the season with Shakespeare’s last work, “The Tempest,” which will run Sept. 15-26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Nelke Theatre. This production will be put on by the Young Company, a student company, and will be adapted into a one-hour production for families. The story is about a magician-king and his daughter who have been banished to an island populated by fairies. They are finally given the chance to return home but before they do they must negotiate between forgiveness and revenge, magic and power, betrayal and love. Saturday matinee showings, at 2 and 4 p.m., will take place Sept. 19 and 26. There will be no performances Sundays or Mondays. Tickets are available at the Fine Arts Ticket Office, (801) 422-4322, or at arts.byu.edu.
16-19 — BYU’s Ballroom Dance Company, International Folk Dance Ensemble, Theatre Ballet and Dancers’ Company will join forces to showcase “World of Dance.” Four shows will take place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. On Saturday, Sept. 19, there will be two shows at 2 and 7:30 p.m. All showings will take place in the de Jong Concert Hall and tickets will be available beginning Aug. 17 at the Fine Arts Ticket Office, (801) 422-4322, or at arts.byu.edu.
17 — Trombonist Stewart Dempster will perform as a guest artist in the Madsen Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. Although he is mostly known for his trombone work, he has also performed with many things including garden hoses, pipes, didgeridoo and conch shells. Dempster is a former faculty member at the University of Washington. He will be performing with BYU professor Christian Asplund. Admission is free.
17 — “Types and Shadows: Intimations of Divinity” will be showing in the Museum of Art from Sept. 17 to March 13. Using the structures of metaphor and analogy from the language of the scriptures, this exhibition of traditional and contemporary works will enlighten the hearts and the minds of viewers as they participate in the process of seeking out and unraveling the types and shadows contained in these works that “point to” the Savior’s divine mission. The MOA is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
18 — In the Madsen Recital Hall, husband-and-wife couple Wang Jian-xin and Li Feng-yun, both professors at Tianjin Conservatory of Music in Beijing, will perform. They have mastered the art of playing the ancient Chinese instruments of qin and xiao. Single tickets will be available on Aug. 10. Tickets are available at the Fine Arts Ticket Office, (801) 422-4322, or at arts.byu.edu.
21 — A special showing of the classic Greek tragedy “The Bakkhai” will be presented at 5 p.m. The performance will be in connection with the University of Utah’s 39th Annual Classic Greek Theatre Festival. The performance will be in the de Jong Concert Hall and there will be a pre-performance lecture at 4 p.m. Tickets are available at the Fine Arts Ticket Office, (801) 422-4322, or at arts.byu.edu.
24-25 — The fall semester “Choir Showcase” will feature the BYU Singers, Concert Choir, Men’s Chorus and Women’s Chorus at 7:30 p.m. Ticket sales begin on Aug. 24 and can be purchased at the Fine Arts Ticket Office, (801) 422-4322, or at arts.byu.edu.
29 — The American Piano Quartet, with BYU’s Jeffery Shumway, Robin Hancock, Scott Holden and Paul Pollei, will perform in the de Jong Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. They will perform as part of the Music Scholarship Series. Tickets can be purchased starting Aug. 31 at the Fine Arts Ticket Office, (801) 422-4322, or at arts.byu.edu.
30 — The “Jazz Showcase” will feature BYU’s Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Legacy Dixieland Band and Synthesis big band at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. Tickets can be purchased starting Aug. 31 at the Fine Arts Ticket Office, (801) 422-4322, or at arts.byu.edu.
Writer: Brandon Garrett