Jan. 16, 2007 -- Fresh from an enormously successful fall season,
the University of Wyoming Cultural Programs, Department of Theatre and
Dance, and Symphony Orchestra offer an exhilarating schedule for the
Distinguished violinist Benny Kim will open the UW Cultural Programs spring concert series with a performance Friday, Feb. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts concert hall. He will tour various Wyoming communities for performances that will feature a new composition by Marc Neikrug.
Kim has performed on five continents spanning 20 countries, playing concertos with major American orchestras including the Chicago and Boston symphonies, as well as international ensembles such as the Hong Kong Philharmonic and Mexico’s National Symphony.
Each year, Cultural Programs presents a variety of internationally-known performers. The spring concert seasons include:
-- Feb. 2, 7:30 p.m., violinist Kim, who is known for his lush tone, lyrical sensibility, and style that touches the peak of romantic violin-playing.
-- Feb. 18, 7:30 p.m., Brazilian jazz vocalist Luciana Souza, who was nominated as 2005 Female Jazz Singer of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association.
-- March 6, 7:30 p.m., Aspen Sante Fe Ballet, which has made the transition from a regional group to a nationally-recognized company described as a “classically-trained company of the future.”
-- April 4, 7:30 p.m., Mark O’Connor’s Appalachia Waltz Trio. O’Connor has put together a trio with violist Carol Cook and cellist Natalie Haas, that, in familiar fashion, combines bluegrass, country fiddling, jazz, folk, and classical elements into what is called a new and distinctively American kind of chamber music.
-- April 13, 7:30 p.m., pianist Davide Cabassi, the winner of the Van Cliburn Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas, will present a concert and will also perform in Liszt’s piano concerto #1 with the UW Symphony on April 12.
Ticket prices for Cultural Programs events range from $14-$20 for the general public and $11-$16 for students (seniors and children are eligible for student rates). Spring season tickets for all five events are available at $84 for the general public and $68 for students and seniors.
The Department of Theatre and Dance also has a few exciting shows for the spring. The scheduled performances:
-- Feb. 6-10, 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 9-10, 10 p.m.; Feb. 11, 2 p.m., “Spinning into Butter,” by Rebecca Gilman, directed by William Missouri Downs. Gilman’s award-winning play is a searing, darkly comic expose of hidden racism and political correctness on American college campuses.
-- March 1 and 2, 7:30 p.m.; March 3, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and March 4, 2 p.m., “...The Body through which the Dream Flows...,” choreographed by Margaret Wilson. This dance concert comprises individual and composite sketches of women throughout time who changed the world through their work.
-- April 17-21, 7:30 p.m.; and April 22, 2 p.m., “Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” by Steve Martin, directed by Leigh Selting. Winner of the Outer Critics Award for Best Off-Broadway Play, this razor-sharp comedy revolves around a fictitious 1904 meeting between Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein in the legendary Paris bistro, Lapin Agile.
All ticket prices for Theatre and Dance productions are $14 for the public, $13 for seniors, and $7 for students. Spring season tickets cost $79 for the general public $62 for seniors.
The University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra spring performances are:
-- March 1, 7:30 p.m., The Dorothy Jacoby Student Soloist Competition.
-- April 12, 7:30 p.m., Titanic Struggle II, featuring Davide Cabassi, guest piano soloist.
Both events will be held in the Fine Arts Center concert hall. Tickets cost $10 for the general public, $7 for seniors and $6 for students.
For schedule and ticket information on the UWSO or other Theatre and Dance or Cultural Programs Productions, call (307) 766-6666 or visit www.uwyo.edu/finearts.
Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2007