Urban Prairie – Open Summer Camps

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Each of our camps inspires fun, creativity, and confidence. Outdoor activity is a component of every program. Enroll today!

Mandarin June 9 – 13
Celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival, the most important Chinese festival of the summer. Our Mandarin instructor, Ms. Ding offers a fully immersive mandarin camp with Chinese culture, songs, games, fun and creative activities related to the festival, such as modeling, cooking, story telling and performing.

Spanish June 16 – 20
Ms. Hidalgo will lead the students in a fun, immersive exploration of the Spanish language. Campers will learn
songs and games, make crafts and hear stories.

Bookmaking June 23-27
Take journaling to a whole new level! Campers will cut, paste and sew their own books. They will also make their own book covers and pick out the types of pages to fill their book. When they are finished assembling, they can fill it with their own new creations and stories!

Celebrate America June 30 – July 2
Celebrate our nation’s birthday with American-inspired
crafts and music.

Music July 7 – July 11 or July 14 – July 18
This camp will feature a fun variety of singing, instrument
making, an introduction to percussion and other fun activities. Working with string instruments is optional for those who are interested. At the end of each week, the children will perform what they have learned in a concert.

Theater July 21 – 25
Inspire your young actor with a week of Theater Camp! Students in grades 3 – 6 will learn about improv and how to portray emotions with Ms. Leidy through dramatic play and skits. Younger campers will make puppets based on fairy tales. All students will give performances the last day of camp.

Circus July 28 – August 8
Students learn tumbling, juggling and other basic circus arts in our most popular camp of the summer. Of course it wouldn’t be complete without a camper circus finale! Camps operate from 8:30am to 3pm ($300/week) with half-day ($200/week), before care and after care options.

Summer Camp Information:
1220 W. Lexington
Chicago, Illinois 60607
312.733.5337
info@urbanprairie.org

To enroll or get more information about Urban Prairie, please visit: www.upws.org/camp

School of Theater & Music – February News.

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FACULTY SPOTLIGHT
MUSIC

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.
 
THEATRE
 
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.

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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.
OPENS FEBRUARY 21
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

UIC School of Theatre & Music January News

 

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FACULTY SPOTLIGHT
MUSIC

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.

 
THEATRE
 
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

 
NEW
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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.
OPENS FEBRUARY 21

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.

 

Neighborhood Parents’ Network – Seminar in University Village

10NPN logoTired of tantrums and don’t know what to do?

– Is it often a struggle to get your child to do what you ask?
– Does your child have outbursts at meal times, at bath time or at bedtime?
– Do you want to learn some new strategies to elicit cooperation?

If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions….come out to a free presentation, to learn about ways to tame those tantrums. Let’s face it, we’ve all been there — it’s not easy being a parent, especially having a toddler in the “terrible 2’s and 3’s…”

On the evening of Monday, January 6th, join Neighborhood Parents Network (NPN) at University Village Montessori School (1304 S. Halsted), as Dr. David Gottlieb, author of Your Child is Defiant helps to answer some of the questions:

This program is presented by COUNTRY Financial and spots are limited so click here to register or for more info:
http://www.npnparents.org/events/1407

Neighborhood Parents Network (NPN) was created more than 30 years ago to connect families with each other and provide them with the resources they need to navigate parenting the city. NPN provides its members with support, must have info and parent education programs.

For more details or if you would like a free NPN 7-Day Trial Membership, please email: carolyn@npnparents.org

Our mission is to connect a diverse community of families with the
resources they need to navigate parenting in the city.

Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter!

UIC School of Theatre & Music December News

Celebrate the holidays with us

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The holiday season is well underway but we hope you’ll carve out time in your hectic schedule to join us for some lovely musical performances this month.
UIC Chamber Music
This week brings two opportunities to hear music majors in eclectic chamber music recitals. From brass to vocals to string quartets, experience music of Mozart, Berlioz, Ewazen and more.

Tuesdays-at-One
December 3, 1pm

Chamber Music Evening
December 4, 7:30pm

Recital Hall (L060)
1040 W. Harrison St

Holiday Concert
December 7, 7:30pm
Grace Episcopal Church
924 Lake St, Oak Park

The UIC Choirs, String Orchestra & Concert Band
Directors: Michael J Anderson, Andrew Lewis, Daniel Black, and José Oliver Riojas
Get in the festive spirit with this joyous celebration of the holiday season ranging from perennial favorite Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite to Saint-Saen’s delightful Christmas Oratorio.

Puppetry with Blair Thomas

puppetryIn November Blair Thomas led a fascinating master class for theatre majors on the art of bunraku puppetry.

 
Our music and theatre master classes are always open to the public to observe. Follow us on Facebook to receive reminders about guest artists next semester.

School of Theatre & Music

 

NEW

BOLD
INCLUSIVE
RELEVANT
 
 
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.

Arrigo Park – Volunteers Needed

Arrigo ParkWe need green thumbs to assist in beautiful Arrigo Park on Thursday November 22nd. We just need your love, care and a little hard work. We’ll be focused on spreading mulch to the small number of remaining trees that Urban Prairie School teachers, students and parent volunteers working with community volunteers were not able to mulch over the spring and summer.

Supplies have been organized by local resident Bob O’Neill.

Where: Arrigo Park, west end, east of the Columbus Statue

When: Thursday November 21st, 3.15 PM – 4:30 PM

Who: Adults and children

Free Weatherization Workshop November 17th

Save money and reduce home heating costs!

WeatherizationOffered by the Chicago Conservation Corps on November 17th from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm at Urban Prairie Waldorf School.

This weatherization workshop on Sunday, provides free weatherization kits to all participants. Learn low cost energy saving techniques for your home or apartment and discover free and low cost energy saving programs available to City of Chicago residents. Refreshments will be served.

Participants MUST BE REGISTERED in order to receive a free weatherization kit, so RSVP today. Space is limited to first 30 RSVPs. You may RSVP on meetup, by calling/texting Cat Morris at 773.551.2923 or email weatherizechicago@gmail.com If you require childcare, please note in your RSVP so we can make appropriate arrangements.

Workshop open to all City of Chicago residents. Only one weatherization kit per household. Attendees will be trained on how to use all components of the weatherization kit. For more information, go to: http://www.chicagoconservationcorps.org/blog/weatherization/