Wyoming Arts Council

Feb. 21 Manhattan Transfer concert a highlight of spring semester events at UW


The University of Wyoming will offer a full schedule of entertainment this spring semester, with a variety of musical and theater productions along with art exhibitions and public programs.

Among the highlights is the UW Cultural Programs concert by the pop/jazz vocal group Manhattan Transfer Friday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts concert hall. The legendary group has won Grammy Awards in both the pop and jazz categories. Its 1985 album, “Vocalese,” earned the group a whopping 12 nominations, making it the single greatest Grammy-nominated album in one year, and cementing the group’s status as one of the most innovative vocal groups in popular music history.

Each year, Cultural Programs brings a variety of internationally known performers to campus, often at ticket prices much less than at larger venues. This spring semester, UW will host four performances. All shows are at 7:30 p.m. in the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts concert hall.

Individual and season ticket information is available by calling  (307) 766-6666 or visiting the Cultural Programs’ website at www.uwyo.edu/culturalprogram.

The spring semester Cultural Programs schedule:

Friday, Feb. 15 — The Yellowjackets, jazz quartet. Tickets cost $24 for the public and $20 for students and senior citizens. The Yellowjackets will join the UW Jazz Ensemble for a performance Thursday, Feb. 13, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $7 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and students.

Friday, Feb. 21 — Manhattan Transfer, vocal jazz. Tickets cost $30 for the public and $25 for students and senior citizens.

Friday, March 7 — Gregoire Maret, jazz harmonica. Tickets cost $22 for the public and $18 for students and senior citizens.

Friday, April 4 — Davide Cabassi, piano. Tickets cost $20 for the public and $17 for students and senior citizens.

The UW Department of Theatre and Dance will present a variety of productions. Most performances begin at 7:30 p.m., with 2 p.m. matinees on Sundays. Tickets for these performances cost $14 for adults, $11 for senior citizens and $7 for students. The spring production schedule:

Tuesday, Feb. 11–Friday, Feb. 14 — “Middletown,” directed by Landee Lockhart, Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts main stage.

Thursday, March 6–Saturday, March 8 — “Movement Landscapes,” choreographed by Margaret Wilson, Marsha Knight, Lawrence Jackson, Rachael L. Shaw and guests, UW College of Arts and Sciences auditorium.

Actors from the London State perform Tuesday, March 4, and Wednesday, March 5, at the Performing Arts main stage.

Tuesday, April 22–Sunday, April 27 — “Working,” a musical directed by Leigh Selting, Performing Arts main stage.

Other performances during the spring semester will include student-directed one-act plays in March and dance compositions in May.

The UW Symphony Orchestra will present two public concerts in the Performing Arts concert hall, tickets for both cost $10 for the public, $7 for senior citizens and $6 for students:

Thursday, March 6, 7:30 p.m. — “Variety in the Spice,” with special guest Gregoire Maret.

Thursday, May 1, 7:30 p.m. — “Butterfly Lovers Concerto.”

The UW Department of Music will present a Collegiate Chorale Concert at 7:30 p.m.  Thursday, April 3. Tickets cost $10 for the public, $7 for seniors and $6 for students. The Visiting Artists program continues this semester; performances will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts concert hall:

Thursday, Feb. 6 — Conductor Gerard Schwarz, Kaleidoscope Concert with the Collegiate Chorale, Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra. Tickets cost $10 for the public and $7 for senior citizens and students.

Thursday, Feb. 13 — The celebrated jazz band, the Yellowjackets, will be in concert with the Wyoming Jazz Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts concert hall. Tickets cost $7 for the public and $5 for students.

Friday, April 4 — Composer Mason Bates. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $17 for senior citizens and students.

Wednesday, April 9 — Musicians Dawn Upshaw and Kayo Iwama, soprano and piano, ticket costs TBA.

The spring semester Faculty Recital Series also will have a full schedule. All concerts will be in the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts concert hall. Performances are free and open to the public. The schedule is:

Sunday, Feb. 9, 3 p.m. — Chi-Chen Wu, piano.

Sunday, Feb. 23, 3 p.m. — Kori Bond, piano.

Sunday, March 9, 3 p.m. — “No Strings Attached: Music for Trumpet, Clarinet and Piano.”

Thursday, March, 13, 7:30 p.m. — “From Paris to Prague: Two Masterpieces.”

Sunday, March, 30, 3 p.m. — Katrina Zook, Chi-Chen Wu, Ben Markley.

Sunday, April 13, 3 p.m. — Verismo Trio.

Thursday, April 17, 7:30 p.m. — “River of Light.”

A variety of exhibitions can be seen this spring at the UW Art Museum, located in the Centennial Complex at 2111 Willett Drive, open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Mondays from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Admission is always free.

Among this springs exhibitions are: “39th Annual Juried University of Wyoming Student Exhibition”; “UW Art Department Faculty Exhibition”; “Bently Spang: On Fire”; “Ghastly Swamps and Ghost Towns: American Gothic Landscapes from the Art Museum Collection”; and four small exhibitions in the Pat Guthrie Special Exhibitions Teaching Gallery.

Upcoming Art Museum exhibitions and public programs are:

March 15-May 31 — “Stocked: Contemporary Art from Grocery Aisles.” A faculty response is scheduled Monday, March 24, at 7 p.m.; Curator Emily Stamey gives an art talk Thursday, April 10, at 7 p.m. and leads a gallery walk-though Friday, April 11, at 10:30 a.m.

March 29-Aug. 14 — “Starstruck: The Fine Art of Astrophotography”; March 29-Aug. 1. The opening reception for “Stocked” and “Starstruck” is Friday, April 11, from 6-8 p.m.

Monday, April 7, 7 p.m., Visual Arts 111 — “Earth 2.0: NASA’s Search for Other Earth-size Planets,” Daniel Dale, Department of Physics and Astronomy chair.

Monday, April 21, 7 p.m., Visual Arts 111 — “Love the Light, Hate the Light: Art and Astrophotography in Our Wyoming Skies,” Chip Kobulnicky, Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Wednesday, April 30, 7 p.m. — “Interstellar Message Composition,” Jeff Lockwood, Creative Writing Program.

May 24-Aug. 23 — “New Acquisitions.”

May 24-Aug. 30 — “Cyrus Baldridge: An American Artist in China.”

Saturday, Sept. 6, 6 p.m. — Opening reception for fall exhibitions.

Sept. 6-Nov. 15 — “John Grade.”

Aug. 30-Dec. 20 — “Ralston Crawford: The Artist’s Eye.”

The UW Department of Art offers opportunities to view various exhibitions in the Visual Arts Building galleries, located east of the Centennial Complex near 22nd Street and Willett Drive. Wesley Berg and Chris Irick works can be seen through Wednesday, March 12; the annual BFA Student Exhibition will be on view April 7-May 16.

Additionally, Suka Worob will discuss relief printmaking Tuesday, March 11, at 7 p.m. University of Illinois professor and designer Eric Benson will discuss how graphic design can be sustainable Tuesday, April 22, at 7 p.m. Both talks are in Room 111 of the Visual Arts Building.

Photo this page: Gregoire Maret, considered among the world’s best harmonica players, performs a Cultural Programs concert Friday, March 7 (Swissvibes.org). Photo on home page: Manhattan Transfer.

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