Week of Dreams at The Noorda

When The Noorda Center for the Performing Arts was suggested, it seemed like a pie-in-the-sky type of pipe dream. But the UVU and Utah Valley community came together as patrons and supporters of the arts to turn the dream into a reality.

This March, we will be celebrating the realization of years of hard work and realizing big dreams with a week-long celebration of the space and the arts in Utah and beyond. Consider this your digital invitation to the whole grand affair - or, as we’re calling it, The Week of Dreams.

The Noorda Center is a crown jewel for both the university and the community. It provides state-of-the-art training facilities for UVU arts students focused on careers in the highly-competitive Arts and Entertainment sectors; and it provides both academic and professional entertainment offerings for the community. -Dean Stephen Pullen


Below you will find brief descriptions of the upcoming events. Tickets can be purchased at https://www.uvu.edu/thenoorda/ - and some of the ticketed events are free!

Jason Alexander in Concert with the UVU Symphony Orchestra

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The inaugural performance on the Noorda’s proscenium stage features Tony Award-winning Broadway and television actor Jason Alexander, best known for his role as George Costanza in the TV series Seinfeld, who will perform beloved Broadway hits accompanied by the UVU Symphony Orchestra.

The Utah Symphony, with Music Director Thierry Fischer

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For the first time in their new Utah County home, the symphony will perform Rossini’s William Tell Overture and a movement from Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 (“From the New World”).

Presidential Inauguration of Astrid S. Tuminez

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Join us for the Presidential Inauguration of Astrid S. Tuminez, the first female president of Utah Valley University.

Curtain Up! An Evening of Broadway

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Come enjoy some of the greatest songs and scenes from the American Theatre and beyond as our students and faculty perform such classics as Gypsy, West Side Story, and Fiddler on the Roof, alongside modern favorites such as Phantom of the Opera, CATS, Les Miserables, Wicked, and Dear Evan Hansen.

With works from Leonard Bernstein, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen Schwartz, Pasek & Paul, and more, there's something for everyone at this UVU theatre spectacular!

Festive Overture: A Musical Celebration

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The UVU Music Department dedicates the opening of the Noorda Center with a program of celebratory music featuring ensembles like the UVU Wind Symphony, Jazz Orchestra, Percussion UVU, Chamber Choir, Symphony Orchestra, and Sonic Exchange.

Highlights to include a side-by-side performance of “Jupiter” from Gustav Holst’s “The Planets” by the UVU Symphony Orchestra and Utah Valley Symphony Orchestra, as well as Francis Poulenc’s rousing “Gloria,” performed by the Utah Valley Symphony and UVU Chamber Choir alongside a choir of 150 highschool singers from the Alpine School District.

Bodies in Motion: A Showcase of UVU Dance

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The UVU Department of Dance will proudly showcase award winning performing companies, rarely seen together on one stage. Witness nationally recognized student performers in the genres of ballet, modern, contemporary and ballroom dance. This concert will feature favorite performances from past seasons presented by UVU’s Repertory Ballet Ensemble, Synergy Dance Company, Utah Regional Ballet, Contemporary Dance Ensemble, and the Ballroom Tour Team.

Presidential Lecture with Terry Crews

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Terry Crews, well-known actor, activist, talk show host, artist, and former NFL player, will be the featured speaker for the Spring 2019 edition of the Presidential Lecture Series.

Terry Crews rose to fame from an impoverished childhood in Flint, Michigan. His titles include former NFL player, best-selling author, artist, and actor. He built a career with memorable roles in action movies (“The Expendables”) and TV (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”), and as a game-show host (“Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”). Crews speaks passionately for women’s rights, and human rights, and against sexism.

The Arts Masquerade: Royal Reverie Ball

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Dancing, costumes and masked identities will transport guests into a courtly scene fit for the stage. Join us to celebrate the grand opening of The Noorda at the first annual Masquerade Ball. Costumes, masks and black tie attire strongly encouraged at this exciting event. 

Sierra Boggess in Concert

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Join us for an evening with Broadway star Sierra Boggess, best known for her roles as Christine Daae in "The Phantom of the Opera," Ariel in "The Little Mermaid," and headmistress Rosalie Mullins in "School of Rock.”

Noordapalooza featuring The Strike

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This one’s for the students – we’re breaking in the newest building on campus with a live DJ and music by The Strike. Don’t miss a roundup of the best local food trucks and a late night of fun and dancing at The Noorda. Tickets are free, but required.