Inaugural Arts Season Announced for Noorda Center


The Noorda Center for the Performing Arts at Utah Valley University announces an inaugural season with a packed lineup that includes Tony Award-winning Broadway artist Bernadette Peters, Grammy and Emmy Award-winner Audra McDonald, and a full slate of concerts by the Utah Symphony, in their new Utah County home. 

The season also features a pre-Broadway production of “Fly More Than You Fall,” jazz from Chicago's Kobie Watkins Grouptet, and Toronto's acclaimed Ballet Jörgen's performance of “Anne of Green Gables.” Among the many other performers are Ashley Brown of “Mary Poppins” fame, and 42ft, a Cirque Mechanics show — complete with a mechanical horse, rotating tent frame, acrobats, and aerialists. Utah Valley University is partnering with season sponsor dōTERRA  to bring the finest entertainment to campus.

"All of the events on our exhilarating inaugural season are guaranteed to dazzle and delight," said Stephen Pullen, artistic director of the Noorda Center for Performing Arts. "Our doors are open. The red carpet is out."

UVU cut the ribbon on its new center for the performing arts last spring. The weeklong celebration featured critically acclaimed entertainment by Broadway stars, television icons, and musicians. At the same time, Utah Valley University and the Utah Symphony announced a unique partnership that will bring the storied symphony to Utah Valley on a regular basis.

University and high school students from throughout the community have benefited from the talented professionals that appeared on UVU's concert stage and in its proscenium theatre. Many notable visiting performers generously provide master classes to create engaging learning experiences for those studying music and theater.

"The new Noorda Center provides beautiful, professional facilities that are allowing students of the arts opportunities for performance and collaboration with artists of a caliber that we wouldn't have access to otherwise," said Terrell Baker, a junior studying commercial music. "I also think that the new building has raised the standard of seriousness with which the community, in general, considers UVU's School of the Arts."

The community is now invited to continue its celebration of the arts during the first season of The Noorda. For more information on the season, click here. 

Utah Symphony Conductor Diavolo trajectorie. A dancer poses midair over a prop ship.The Cookers jazz group.