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|School of Theatre & Music September News
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.
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|Welcome Class of 2018!
|The halls are abuzz and activity fills every room as we welcome our students and faculty back to school for the fall semester. We’re excited to have 57 new majors join our family this year as we roll out facility improvements, new programs and a busy performance season.
Season and single tickets are now available for UIC Theatre’s 2014-15 season.
From the witty and irreverent Misalliance and the chilling Ivanov, to the heartbreaking The Piano Lesson and the beguiling A Matter of Life & Death, characters struggle to fight for what matters most. PURCHASE SEASON TICKETS HERE.
Misalliance by George Bernard Shaw
Directed by Luigi Salerni
Adventure drops from the sky in this uproarious tale of romantic entanglements. With secrets and surprises bubbling under the veneer of social niceties, what will burst free when it does? UIC’s own Luigi Salerni directs this irreverent romp as the caustic wit of playwright George Bernard Shaw transforms the stage into a forum for laughter and “good ideas.”
OPENS Friday, October 3 – 7:30PM
Take a lunch break at UIC
Our popular, weekly professional concert series returns on September 9.
Recital Hall (L060)
1040 W. Harrison St
September 9 – A Celebration of Sonorities
Saxophone quartet, The Estrella Consort, present a program of music by William Albright, Scott Rubin, Matthias Krüger, Iannis Xenakis and Roshanne Etezady.
September 16 – Bartók & Browning
Ensemble P/4 pairs Bartók’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion with Venus Notorious by Zack Browning, whose music has been described as “propulsive, giddy, rocking… a rush of cyclic riffs and fractured meters” (The New York Times).
September 23 – UIC Jazz Faculty
A showcase by UIC’s stellar faculty: Victor Garcia (trumpet), Chris Madsen (saxophone), Andy Baker (trombone), Dan Murphy (piano), Zvonimir Tot (guitar), Ernie Adams (drums), and Stewart Miller (bass).
September 30 – Chicago Philharmonic Chamber Players
Performers drawn from one of the region’s finest symphonic orchestras perform a selection of latino music for string quartet.
Learn more about performances at UIC HERE.
Last week to sign up to make music
Calling all musically-inclined students! Regardless of your intended major, schedule, or ability level, there is a music ensemble for you at UIC. Visit our ensembles page to learn more about the UIC Choirs, Jazz Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, University Band, Pep Band, and String Orchestra.
News from STM
The UIC Jazz Ensemble made their festival debut to a standing-room-only audience at the Chicago Jazz Festival this pastSunday. Faculty Cheryl Wilson and 2014 Alum Shaun Johnson joined the group to reprise their fall 2013 performance of Kenny Wheeler’s Sweet Time Suite. Many thanks to the Jazz Institute for curating such an exciting weekend of music and Chicago Community Trust for sponsoring the Young Lions stage.
Tanera Marshall spent June and July in Atlanta doing dialect work onInsurgent, the second film in the Divergent series. Naomi Watts joins the cast, which includes Theo James and Jai Courtney. In August she resumed coaching for Chicago Fire, now in its third season.
New faculty member Javier Jose Mendoza talks about how his chamber orchestra (Chicago Arts Orchestra) aims to attract new audiences by programming works with a unique historical perspective in his interview with Sergio Mims, classical music programmer with WHPK 88.5 FM Chicago.
For more news about the school and faculty, visit our news page.
In cities around the US and the world, economic and business development agencies and local governments compete to attract major events such as sports competitions, conventions, conferences and others . They do this for a variety of reasons, including, but not limited to, tourism spending and marketing exposure both of which foster increased economic development. On the last weekend in June, two large events were hosted in Chicago and UIC played a role in both. UIC’s Forum and the UIC Pavilion are assets that are important to the University and to City of Chicago because events require a variety of facilities from which organizers might choose.
On June 29 at the UIC Pavilion, Street League Skateboarding was televised nationally on Fox Sports and had an international web cast. The event included a public expo. As you might expect the event attracted a younger crowd but young people grow up and many of them go to universities and television viewers often choose places to live or visit.
On the same weekend, the International Triathlon Union had a stop in the World Tour in Grant Park. This event was televised in over 60 countries and continues to be shown in re-runs. A national level amateur event attracted 4000 participants from all over the USA (there were some local residents who participated). The USA Elite team secured training time at UIC and there’s considerable potential for this sort of activity in many sports.
Given UIC’s facilities’ proximity to downtown, it’s easy to imagine, without adding significant spending, attracting the world’s best in countless activities being drawn to our area. A coordinated effort in this area would create jobs; be a priceless marketing opportunity for the University; an excellent way to position the community to prospective students, professors, and administrators; an enhancement of the University’s reputation in the local and wider community; and great exposure for our community. With the right planning of Roosevelt Square during the upcoming master planning process for which C4C successfully advocated, and institutional employer-assisted housing programs targeted to Roosevelt Square, and more effort to attract events like those UIC attracted in June, our community and Chicago could benefit immensely.
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*July 11th, 7pm
Five Hundred Sirens with Jay Shearer
Join us for a reading and discussion with Jay Shearer, a finalist for the 2013 Flannery O’Connor prize in short fiction.
*July 20th, 4pm
Buddhist Boot Camp with Timber Hawkeye
Non-judgement day is near! Timber Hawkeye joins us to share his unique blend of humor and enlightenment.
*July 24th, 7pm
Saintly Sex with Dr. John McHale
Saintly Sex takes a bold, critical look at the Catholic Church, calling for reform in gender-based practices.
This weekend, 2 miles away, the world’s best triathletes will compete in a leg of the ITU World Tour. The team will include World number 1 Gwen Jorgenson who is an alumnus of the University of Madison. The USA team will do some of its swimming preparation at UIC.
There is an open race of 4000 people on Sunday morning which features some local residents. The Elite Women race on Saturday at 12:30 PM. The Elite Men race at 4:00 PM on Sunday. The course includes multiple loops for ideal spectator viewing.
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*The 30th Anniversary of Printer’s Row Lit Fest is here!
*June 20th, 6pm
Bad Grammar Theater brings you readings from the best local authors in pulp, scfi-fi, horror, and fantasy.
*June 21, 1pm
Join us for Haiku Festival’s annual poetry reading.
*June 26th, 7pm
Lisa Kirchner joins us for a reading and signing of Hello American Lady Creature, a memoir of the feminist foibles of living in Qatar as a newly single American lady creature.
See the entire Powell’s May Newsletter for details on events and activities in May, including the Children’s reading.
May 9th, 10 am
Provision Theater visits our weekly Children’s Story Hour to read from Pinocchio. Catch their production for young theater goers May 17th-June 14th!