October BYU Fine Arts Calendar
The October Brigham Young University arts calendar features plays, recitals, operas and concerts featuring 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 – Group for New Music, BYU’s contemporary music student showcase, will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. Chaya Czernowin, Israeli-born composer and Walter Bigelow Rosen Professor of Music at Harvard University, will be the featured guest composer. She will also present the annual Barlow Endowment for Music Composition Lecture Thursday, Oct. 6, at 3 p.m. Both events are free.
6‒7 – Tony Award-winning actor Brian Stokes Mitchell joins the BYU Young Ambassadors, Living Legends, Philharmonic Orchestra, Folk Dance Ensemble and Men’s Chorus at the BYU Spectacular at 7:30 p.m. in the Marriott Center. Produced by the BYU Alumni Association and the College of Fine Arts and Communications to celebrate Homecoming 2011, the program will pay special tribute to “One Man’s Dream: Gerrit de Jong,” the founding dean of the college.
11 - The 33rd annual Rocky Mountain Marching Band Competition attracts high school bands from throughout the state of Utah. High school marching bands perform field shows and are judged in five categories: music—general effects, music execution, auxiliaries, percussion performance, and drum major. The top bands in each division receive trophies and awards. Ticket prices are $5/individual, $20/family and will be available at the gate.
12 – Matthew Coley, marimba, percussion and hammer dulcimer artist, will perform a guest recital at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. This event is free.
12‒22 – The BYU Theatre season will begin with “The Hundred Dresses” in the Nelke Theatre. Matinee performances will take place Oct. 15 and 22 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. This 50-minute adaptation based on the Newbery Award-winning book by Eleanor Estes has been adapted for young audiences. The play, directed by Julia Ashworth, tells of Wanda Petronski, who is often teased by her peers and who claims to have 100 dresses at home. Her classmates soon begin to see the worth of an individual.
13 – Latif Bolat, a music artist who uses the ancient Turkish mystic-devotional style, will perform at BYU at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. This event is free.
14 – BYU’s School of Music faculty wind quintet Orpheus Winds will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. The quintet is considered one of the leading woodwind quintets in the western United States. Performers include April Clayton, flute; Geralyn Giovannetti, oboe; Laurence Lowe, French horn; Jaren Hinckley, clarinet; and Christian Smith, bassoon. This event is free.
15‒22 – BYU’s School of Music presents “Amahl and the Night Visitors” and “Help, Help, the Globolinks!” in the de Jong Concert Hall. There will also be a matinee performance of “Help, Help, the Globolinks!” Saturday, Oct. 15, at 11 a.m. These two family-friendly operas last approximately one hour each, separated by an intermission. “Amahl and the Night Visitors” tells of a shepherd boy who encounters three kings. When he offers his crutch as a gift to the Infant King, his crippled leg is miraculously healed. “Help, Help, the Globolinks!” recounts the adventures of a bus load of stranded children who encounter extraterrestrials. The children can only be saved by the intervention of imagination and good music.
18 – Faculty artist and cellist Garrick Woods will perform at 7:30 p.m. with guest artist Rex Woods in the Madsen Recital hall. This event is free.
19 - Faculty artist and cellist Alexander Woods will perform at 7:30 p.m. with guest artist Rex Woods in the Madsen Recital hall. This event is free.
20‒22 – Octubafest, a three-day celebration of tuba music featuring soloists and ensembles, will take place each night at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. This event is free.
25 – The BYU Symphony Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall.
27 – The BYU Symphonic Band will perform under the direction of Kirt Saville at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall.
28 - Faculty artist and pianist Scott Holden will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital hall. This event is free.
28‒29 – BYU’s Men’s Chorus and Women’s Chorus, conducted by Rosalind Hall and Jean Applonie, will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Jong Concert Hall. There will also be a matinee performance Saturday, Oct. 29 at 3 p.m.
29 – The BYU Wind Symphony, conducted by Donald Peterson, will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. The finest woodwind, brass and percussion players at BYU perform with the Wind Symphony and have received national recognition for their performances.
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.
- The Yankee Spirit: Highlights from the New Britain Museum of American Art: This exhibition features a Who’s Who of American painters from the 1700s to the 21st century, including artists many visitors will recognize by their last names: Homer, Whistler, O’Keeffe and Rockwell. The Yankee Spirit is comprised of 59 masterpieces of American painting by artists from the eastern seaboard of the United States and explores the regional perspectives these artists brought to their works.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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