UIC School of Theatre & Music January News


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Dr. Zvonimir Tot is a jazz guitarist, composer and arranger. As a jazz musician, Tot has performed and/or recorded in The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Hungary, Serbia, the Czech Republic, Romania, and Croatia, with many world-renowned artists, including Scott Hamilton, Jamey Aebersold, Howard Levy, and Joey DeFrancesco. Tot has released four CDs as a leader, as well as numerous CDs as a sideman.

Catch Zvonimir Tot in the opening performance of our
Tuesdays-at-One series on January 21.

Derrick Sanders is the Founding Artistic Director of Congo Square Theatre Company and has had the pleasure of performing and directing across the globe. He is the Program Director of the Chicago auditions of the nationally recognized August Wilson Monologue Competition.
Derrick directs our spring production of Clybourne Park, opening on February 21. Purchase tickets here.

School of Theatre & Music

The School of Theatre & Music provides innovative, rigorous, and comprehensive academic and performance programs as part of its diverse, urban context. These programs develop practical knowledge, cultural sensitivity, intellectual resourcefulness, and imaginative daring in emerging artists and scholars. 
They connect students to Chicago’s abundant, vibrant theatre culture and to the city’s dynamic jazz and classical music networks.

Happy New Year!

We’re a couple of days in to 2014 – how are you doing with your New Year’s resolution so far?

Are you now a diligent gym attendee, unswayed by wild storms and the threat of -8 temperatures? Have you successfully shunned all forms of cake and banished all the holiday chocolate….?

For 2014, make a resolution that will be fun to keep: plan to experience more live performances! Events at the School of Theatre & Music are all free or low-cost so you’ll even be able to stick to that new budget.

We look forward to seeing you in 2014.

The Jazz Guitarists

Our spring Tuesdays-at-One kicks off with guest artist guitarist Isaac Lausell in a performance with faculty member Zvonimir Tot (see sidebar profile).

A guitarist and singer born in Brooklyn, New York, Isaac has performed with artists like Ray Anderson, John Benitez, Ignacio Berroa, Kenwood Dennard, Jon Faddis, Eddie Gomez, Rick Latham, Matt Margvulio, Paoli Mejias, Fidel Morales, Marcello Pellitteri, Marco Pignataro, Proyecto EVIF, Oscar Stagnaro, Luis “Perico” Ortiz, Gordon Vernick and the Stony Brook Baroque Players.

The Jazz Guitarists – Tuesday, January 21
1:00 pm

Recital Hall (L060), 1040 W. Harrison St.

Lausell will also lead a master class featuring music majors from the School of Theatre & Music. This is free and open to the public to attend and observe.
Master Class – Wednesday, January 22
3:00 pm
Recital Hall (L060), 1040 W. Harrison St.
Most music performances presented by the UIC School of Theatre & Music have no admission fee. Audience members are invited to make a suggested donation when they can. Please consider making a secure donation on our website to support our programming in 2014.

Clybourne Park

By Bruce Norris

Directed by Derrick Sanders
Spring blooms colorfully with the mesmerizing Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris. Gentrification and perceptions of community highlight an excruciatingly funny and squirm-inducing evocation of the fault line between race and poverty.

Youth Programs at UIC

The School of Theatre & Music serves students from around 130 Chicago-area elementary and high schools annually through youth programs and performances. 2014 will see the return of some of our most popular youth programs as well as the launch of an exciting new summer camp program for high school students. Learn more at the links below.

February 19
For high school Jazz Bands and Combos. Registration now open.
All clinics and performances are open to the public to attend.
The festival finale evening performance will feature Grammy Award winning trumpeter Randy Brecker with the UIC Jazz Ensemble and will take place at 7:30 pm. Purchase tickets online.
July 14- 25: Jazz and Theatre camps
July 28 – Aug 2: Symphonic Band camp
Open to individual high school music and theatre students.
Registration opening soon at stmsummercamps.uic.edu.
Email stmsummercamps@uic.edu with questions or to join our mailing list.

Faculty & Alumni News

Do you have some serious couch-surfing scheduled for January after all the excitement of the holidays? Click to find out which TV shows will feature UIC talent in the new year.

If you have January birthdays to plan for and are all shopped-out, check out these releases from UIC musicians for some new ideas.
Or check out UIC Teaching Associate Ari Brown‘s recent release Groove Awakening, chosen by the Chicago Reader as one of 2013’s top ten Chicago jazz albums.
Visit our website at theatreandmusic.uic.edu or follow us on Facebook for up to the minute news regarding our faculty, performances, education programs and much more.