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Fall Festival

The Fall Arts Festival, sponsored annually by the School of Arts and Humanities, is continuing its tradition of sharing the work of our arts students. While the pandemic has necessitated moving the festival to a virtual format, you can see what our students have been working on this semester. The event will include an art exhibition, as well as piano, orchestral, guitar and vocal performances. The Fall Arts Festival has traditionally featured the work of more than 600 students from more than 40 courses.

Thursday, December 17 - Guitar Studies Concert

Premiering at 7:30 p.m. on YouTube and Facebook.

Welcome to our UTD Guitar Studies program in virtual format—a first for us. Each of the faculty involved, James Wilder, Dan Hodan, and I, organized our classes, one duo, and three soloists. We recorded the program in varying modalities: remote at home, at UTD in the classroom, and finally in Jonsson Performance Hall. Each modality had its own requirements. One student, Daniel Byle sent his recording from Seville, Spain, where he is studying remotely as a UTD student this semester. Professor James Wilder assembled all the music in these three formats into one seamless program. Bravo Jimmy! The “silver lining” on this dark cloud was how we came together to make such a production happen.

We hope you enjoy our musical offering. Many thanks to our dedicated guitar faculty, our Advisory Council, Russell Cleveland Chair, the Events Office Kristi Barrus, Associate Dean for the Arts Michele Hanlon, and Dean Nils Roemer.

Enric Madriguera

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Friday, December 18 - All Together Now - A Student Art Exhibition highlighting works from the Fall 2020 Visual Arts Studio Program

Premiering on ArtSteps on Friday and on display until January 15, 2021.

In this 2020 year of the pandemic, with all its ensuing issues, artists have retreated into their own ‘Yellow Submarine’ worlds to continue their practice and research. Working in their imposed distant and remote stations, students hope that their creative endeavors can finally come  ‘All Together Now’  as a  collective ensemble to be shared with a larger audience in what could be called its own kind of ‘mystery tour’ exhibition. As with the Beatles use of the song they released 50 years prior, this hopefully will provide some artful relief beyond the ‘COVID-19’ isolation.

Greg Metz

Note: This exhibition is Online Only.

Saturday, December 19 - Final Performance for MUSI 4322 Advanced Voice

Premiering at 7:30 p.m. on YouTube and Facebook.

Welcome to our UTD Advanced Voice program in virtual format featuring students: Dawnielle Hinze, Melanie Sjobert, Zolia Pineda, Kehinde Ijiyera, Jacob Lynd, Tristyn Linde, and Tom Smith. Our students had their lessons this term via Zoom, a challenging but ultimately successful format for our private lessons and Master Classes. Each student studied three major works this term, and this video is the one they selected to share with you. For those in foreign languages, you will see the translations scrolling before their performance. From musical theatre, to art song, to opera—and even a trio by Mozart performed by one student—we hope you enjoy our home-recorded efforts.

Kathryn Evans

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Sunday, December 20 - Piano Solos

Premiering at 2 p.m. on YouTube and Facebook.

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The students in UTD's Piano Studies program used the unusual circumstances of Fall 2020 to develop their musicianship and personal repertoire. Many thanks to the Kawai Piano Gallery of Plano for allowing students to practice in private studios throughout the semester. We were pleased to record our contribution to Fall Festival in Jonsson Performance Hall on our beloved Steinway, with technical help from Alex Lorrain-Hill and Chris Trevino. These Applied Music pianists (Andrew Clarke, Anna Rasmussen, Shaun Yu, Matthew Tran, and Alan Tran) show their dedication, playing the works of composers including Bach, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Respighi, and MacDowell. We hope you enjoy!

Mary Medrick

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Sunday, December 20 - UT Dallas Wind Ensemble and String Orchestra Concert

Premiering at 6 p.m. on YouTube and Facebook.

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A big thank you goes out to our Wind Ensemble and String Orchestra directors, Greg Hustis and Adron Ming, for their tireless efforts with our students this semester and for making them sound fantastic despite the pandemic, our 44 members of the band and orchestra for their outstanding and resilient work, Pratima Gangupantula for her tremendous assistance with keeping our organizations, and AH1, up and running, Clayton Gabel for volunteering to assist with AH1 and Wind Ensemble before and after rehearsals, the officers and representatives of our Comet Symfonique for their dedicated weekly meetings and engaging online activities to keep our instrumental ensemble members feeling connected and unified despite the distance, and countless additional hours of volunteer work by our dedicated student instrumentalists. We could not have done this without everyone pitching in and helping out!

Also, thank you, Kristi Barrus for your help with organizing the performance dates and getting Media Services for the String Orchestra, thank you Alex, Chris, and your team for assisting me with the Wind Ensemble video editing, and thank you Michele Hanlon and Dean Roemer for your continued support!!

Linda Salisbury

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Sunday, December 20 - UT Dallas String Orchestra Concert

Premiering at 7 p.m. on YouTube and Facebook.

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String Orchestra musicians worked particularly hard this semester to present two concerts while maintaining proper social distancing. The first concert featured the full "in person" orchestra and exemplified what can be achieved with just one rehearsal a week. For the second concert, students arrived early and stayed late after class to prepare, in conjunction with wind players, a special evening of chamber music. The result was wonderful, and the experience will be a cherished memory for all the participants. Kudos to everyone, with a special "thanks" to Greg Hustis and Linda Salisbury for their contribution in pulling it all together.

Adron Ming

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Sunday, December 20 - UT Dallas Wind Ensemble Concert

Premiering at 7:30 p.m. on YouTube and Facebook.

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The musicians in Wind Ensemble have much to be proud of with regard to their work this semester, one so affected by Covid-19. Most of our players made only one "in person" weekly trip to UT Dallas; that was so they could play “live" with their other thirty or so colleagues. Players were physically separated far beyond usual good ensemble standards in order to adhere to safe social distancing protocols. Our UT Dallas musicians put on two complete concerts, including one that included chamber music with members of the String Orchestra. Linda Salisbury and Adron Ming were, as always, great colleagues in every possible way.

Greg Hustis

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Sunday, January 10

Online

Persons with disabilities may submit a request for accommodations to participate in this event at UT Dallas' ADA website. You may also call (972) 883-5331 for assistance or send an email to ADACoordinator@utdallas.edu. All requests should be received no later than 2 business days prior to the event.

Event Type

Arts & Performances

Topic

Campus Life, Arts & Culture

Cost

Free

Department
Arts & Humanities
Contact Information
Arts and Performance Office
utdarts@utdallas.edu
972-UTD-ARTS
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