April events from Utah Valley University’s School of the Arts

“Real Men Sing” at UVU this April

The Utah Valley University Men’s Choir hosts a night of virile vocal music, which brings a lush joy to the ear in a joint concert with guest high school men’s ensembles from across the state of Utah. The UVU Men’s Choir will present a full program, a culmination of all their studies and growth throughout the school year at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 7, in the Ragan Theater of UVU’s Sorensen Center.  

The choir will present the world premiere of an arrangement of Russian pop song, Kon, by student Tyler Osborn. There will also be the world premiere of two compositions by recent UVU alumnae, Kayla Jessop and Crystalynn Mellar. The Men’s Choir will also give the first performance by an all-male ensemble of Robert Pearsall’s Lay a Garland.

Those who wish further information or tickets may call (801) 863-7529 or visit www.uvu.edu/arts/events.


The Glories of J.S. Bach’s “Passion” at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

The public is invited to rejoice in the glories of J.S. Bach’s musical drama of the last week of Christ’s life, as recounted in the gospel of St. John. They may celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with this monument of the classical canon, as part of Holy Week observances at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Orem. This is a joint venture between UVU Choral program and the Catholic community at St. Francis of Assisi, as a way to offer a deeply spiritual musical tribute during Holy Week. This is a timely performance on Wednesday leading up to Easter.

This is a work that depicts the last week of the life of Jesus Christ, chronicling his betrayal, judgment and crucifixion with interjected hymns of praise and devotion. In addition, there will be artwork depicting scenes of Jesus’s final hours, as well as English supertitles, projected throughout. The work is performed in German.

The concert features the UVU Chamber Choir, Chamber Orchestra and tenor Chris LeCluyse as the Evangelist and baritone Rex Kocherhans as Jesus. There will be a pre-concert lecture at 5:30 p.m. by Bryce Rytting, UVU Professor of Music & Conductor of the Utah Valley Symphony.

Those who wish further information or tickets may call (801) 863-7529 or visit www.uvu.edu/arts/events.

Mozart’s The Magic Flute Walks the Mafia Streets of New York City at UVU

Utah Valley University presents the fantasy story of “The Magic Flute” transported to 1980’s New York City, where Mafia crime families rule the streets. It will be at 7:30 p.m. on April 28 and 29 in the Loveland Performing Arts Center of Heritage School in Provo.

In the original story, there is a secret Masonic order that hold a prominent place in the plot. The Mafia sub-culture with its initiations and hierarchy provided a way to tell this story in a modern, relatable manner. A beautiful woman is imprisoned by a powerful crime boss. A brave hero with a goofy sidekick takes on an impossible quest. A wicked ruler uses her magic to lure the hero into evil. And every now and then, someone breaks into song. The attendees may relish Mozart’s masterpiece performed by members of the UVU Opera Studio and Opera Workshop. There will be singing with both hilarious moments and serious emotions.

Award-winning soprano Claire Glaittli portrays The Queen of the Night. Tenors Esteban Senzig and Madison Hurst alternate as Tamino. They are both recent winners of prominent vocal competition.

Those who wish tickets or further information may call (801) 863-7529 or visit www.uvu.edu/arts/events.


UVU’s Commercial Music concert series

A jam session is a musical activity in which musicians improvise without extensive preparation. There is a concert similar to a jam session, at 7:30 p.m. on April 24, at Velour, 135 N. University Ave in Provo, featuring the talents of UVU Commercial Music students, debuting original compositions and belting out popular picks. When the first jam session in December rocked the house so hard, organizers figured the second would rock the house even harder. The public is invited to rock out at the second annual rock and pop concert.

UVU’s Commercial Music concert series, MixTape LIVE, is a combination of amazing UVU talented contemporary musicians. MixTape LIVE features the amazing Sonic Exchange, Jealous Genie and Telesomniac bands that are starting to make a name for themselves in the Utah music scene. The concert series also features original artists that are producing EP’s and have toured in the intermountain area.

The MixTape Live Concert Series students will perform music from a variety of different music genres with great authentic sounds. The students have an ability to perform music straight from the heart and keep people dancing and singing all night. There was a real need for a contemporary concert series featuring the talented UVU commercial music students. This concert series was created to showcase these bands and artists.

Utah is known for talented artists, and UVU wanted to make certain that local audiences have a chance to be exposed to these artists as they launch their professional careers. The concert is full of music from covers to originals to collaborations. Great music careers have started at Velour, which is known all around the country for introducing the next big artist.

Those who wish further information or tickets may call (801) 863-7529, or visit www.uvu.edu/arts/events


Student art show continues

The public may enjoy more than 200 selected works by Utah Valley University students in the Department of Art & Visual Communications and other students. Several graduating seniors will display their culminating bodies of work.

The show continues through April 25 in the Woodbury Art Museum, inside University Place. It is free and open to the public, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.

Victor Amor, Sean Bauer, Blake Cox, Caitlyn Cutler, Sergey Khrushchev, Marie Simonson, Lauren Smith, Valerie Walker, and Sherry Ward are the 2017 Bachelor of Fine Arts artists displaying their works. Student pieces from graphic design, illustration, painting and drawing, photography and sculpture and ceramics were also selected for the show.

A special event during the exhibition’s run is a “Family Day — Fool’s Day!” from 1-4 p.m. on April 1, in which visitors can make art that fools the eye, like trompe l’oeil, fool’s gold, and invisible ink. There will also be a “Bachelor of Fine Arts Roundtable” discussion from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on April 18, with this selected group of graduates sharing their own practices and thoughts on the art world.

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