Fall Arts Festival to Showcase UT Dallas Student Creativity
Junia da Rocha Valente (left), a violist and PhD candidate in software engineering, and her sister, Sarah da Rocha Valente, a cellist and graduate student in the humanities, will play with the UT Dallas Orchestra and Wind Ensemble on Saturday.
The School of Arts and Humanities has scheduled a number of arts events this week to celebrate student work, including a visual art exhibition, dance performance, poetry and fiction reading, and jazz and classical music concerts.
More than 600 UT Dallas students from more than 40 courses will be sharing their art with the public as part of The Student Arts Festival, which stretches across two weeks.
All events are free and open to the public. For more information, email the arts and performance office at [email protected].
This Week's Events
Thursday, Nov. 29
The UT Dallas Jazz Ensemble, directed by jazz pianist Kelly Durbin, will play at 7 p.m. in the Jonsson Performance Hall. The band’s repertoire draws from a variety of music in the jazz tradition ranging from early swing, bebop and hard bop to current jazz compositions and arrangements.
Also on Thursday, students from dance courses will explore various styles and ideas of performance with original choreography. The show begins at 7 p.m. in the University Theatre.
Friday, Nov. 30
A visual art exhibition will open on Friday with a reception in the Visual Arts Building at 6:30 p.m. The student work will be on display for the duration of the festival.
Robert Xavier Rodríguez, an internationally known composer and professor of music at UT Dallas, will direct his Musica Nova ensemble in a concert featuring classical music, choreography, projected images and film. The event, titled Old and New: A Multi-Media Concert, is at 8 p.m. in the Jonsson Performance Hall.
Saturday, Dec. 1
Creative writing students, both undergraduate and graduate, will read original pieces of poetry, fiction and non-fiction at 4 p.m. in the Jonsson Performance Hall.
The UT Dallas Orchestra and Wind Ensemble will present a classical music concert. The program includes pieces by Vivaldi, Telemann, Haydn, Mendelssohn and Strauss. The Ensemble is directed by conductor Arkady Fomin, who is also a Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) violinist, and by Gregory Hustis, who has played with the DSO for more than 26 years. The concert is at 3 p.m. in the University Theatre.
Sunday, Dec. 2
Students from piano classes will present a concert at 2 p.m. in the Jonsson Performance Hall.
Chaz Lilly, UT Dallas, (972) 883-4461, [email protected]
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