School of Theater & Music – February News.

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Since moving to Chicago from London in 2001, trombonist and composer Andy Baker has established a reputation as one of the most in-demand and versatile musicians in town. Andy is lead trombonist of the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, co-leads the sextet BakerzMillion and is a first-call theatre and studio musician. He has performed and recorded with a wide array of ensembles including the Ravinia Festival Orchestra, Fulcrum Point New Music Project and the Chicago Jazz Orchestra.

Andy leads the UIC Jazz Ensemble in a performance featuring guest artist Randy Brecker on February 19. Purchase tickets here.
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. STM hosts the competition preliminaries this week and semi-finals next Monday.
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. 

Be a Culture Vulture!

This is Chicago folks, and a few measly flakes of snow (and a polar vortex or two) don’t stop us from having fun. We have plenty of events in February that you won’t want to miss, so bundle up and we’ll see you there.

Ensembles at UIC

Minimal Variations
Wednesday, February 5, 7:30PM
Wind Ensemble/ Jose Oliver Riojas
Room L285, 1044 W. Harrison St.

Including music by masters of American minimalism, this program features Reich, Daugherty, Riley, Torke as well as Ives’ Variations on America.
Learn more about this program and the versatility of the wind ensemble in our news section – click here!
UIC Jazz Ensemble featuring Randy Brecker
Wednesday, February 19, 7:30PM
Jazz Ensemble/ Andy Baker
Illinois Room, Student Center East
750 S. Halsted St.
Trumpeter Randy Brecker has been shaping the sound of Jazz, R&B and Rock for more than four decades. A true musical pioneer, his dazzling trumpet and flugelhorn performances have graced hundreds of albums by a wide range of artists and garnered multiple Grammy Awards. He appears with UIC’s Jazz Ensemble, directed by UIC Faculty Andy Baker in the finale concert of UIC’s annual High School Jazz Festival. UIC’s faculty combo opens the performance.

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.
Also Feb 22, 27, 28, & Mar 1 at 7:30PM
Feb 23, 26, & Mar 2 at 2PM
Feb 25 at Noon
UIC Theatre
1044 W. Harrison
Box office: 312.996.2939