Starting this week, more than 600 UT Dallas students from more than 40 courses will be sharing their art with the public as part of The Student Art Fall Festival.
The festival, which stretches across two weeks, invites audiences to roam from one building to another, taking in classical, jazz, dance, guitar, piano and vocal performances, as well as an art exhibition and reception.
Highlights for the festival include a concert by Musica Nova, which features the University’s Advanced Orchestra/ Chamber Music Ensemble. Students will perform with UT Dallas faculty and other professional musicians under the direction of composer-conductor Robert Xavier Rodríguez. The concert is Friday, Dec. 2, at 8 p.m. in the Jonsson Performance Hall.
Students in dance courses will perform Thursday at 7 p.m.
Also on the bill for the festival is UT Dallas’ oldest continuous cultural tradition, the 35th Annual Holiday Sing. The concert celebrates “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” with the UT Dallas Chamber Singers, directed by Kathryn Evans; the UT Dallas Community Chorale, directed by Mary Medrick; and the UT Dallas Wind Ensemble, directed by Winston Stone. Holiday Sing starts at 8 p.m. on Satuday, Dec. 10, in the University Theatre.
“The audience enjoys singing along with some well-known carols, including Joy to the World, Silent Night,Jingle Bells and The Twelve Days of Christmas,” Evans said. Students will read holiday poems, and other carols will be performed by the UT Dallas Chamber Singers, Community Chorale and the Wind Ensemble, said Evans, vocal and choral music in the UT Dallas School of Arts and Humanities.
A visit by Santa Claus and a reception sponsored by the Office of Development and Alumni Relations will top off the evening.
The schedule for the festival is as follows:
Wednesday, Nov. 30
UT Dallas Jazz Band – 7:30 p.m. – Jonsson Performance Hall
Electric Guitar Ensemble – 8:30 p.m. – Jonsson Performance Hall
Thursday, Dec. 1
All Guitar Courses – 7 p.m. – Jonsson Performance Hall
All Dance Courses – 7 p.m. – University Theatre
Friday, Dec. 2
Art Reception – 6:30 – 8:30pm – Visual Arts Building
Saturday, Dec. 3
Community Chorale – 7 p.m. – Jonsson Performance Hall
Piano I, II, III – 7:30 p.m. – Jonsson Performance Hall
Tuesday, Dec. 6
Instrumental Ensembles and UT Dallas Orchestra – 8 p.m. – University Theatre
Friday, Dec. 9
SING! Students in vocal instruction and musical theater workshop – 7 p.m. – Jonsson Performance Hall.