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College of Fine Arts

Spring 2019 Performances and Events


Our season offers intimate performance experiences that make the creative process visible, ignites the imagination, inspires learning, and promotes civic dialogue.  Want to be on our monthly events email list?  Send your email address to us here!

COFA 45th Performance Season Spring 2019

Box Office

All seats are general admission and available at the door 45 minutes prior to the event.

For additional information, call the presenting department.

  • Art- (205) 665-6400
  • Communication- (205) 665-6625
  • Music- (205) 665-6670
  • Theatre- (205) 665-6200

Individuals needing disability-related accommodations during events should contact the host department or Disability Support Services (205.665.6250, DSS@montevallo.edu) as early as possible. Efforts will be made to accommodate all access requests regardless of timing, but the University cannot guarantee that requests made with less than one week’s notice can be met.

January

10 – 31  SANDBOX OF SYMBOLS: JONATHAN CUMBERLAND
Inspired by the use of symbols and metaphors as a means of visual communication, Cumberland searches for fresh solutions to familiar problems. Illustrations explore an array of topics within our culture with graphic conceptual solutions.
January 10, Opening Reception and Gallery Talk 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
The Gallery at Bloch Hall
Runs through January 31

11  THE BENT FREQUENCY PROJECT
Percussionist Stuart Gerber and saxophonist Jan Berry Baker are The Bent Frequency Duo Project.  Stuart and Jan have commissioned over 20 new works for their duo and have given countless performances of this new repertoire across the US, Mexico, and Europe since 2014. Sponsored by the Concert Lecture Committee, UM Department of Music, and Selmer Music Company.
7:30 p.m., LeBaron Recital Hall
12 – 13  SINGLE REED SYMPOSIUM
The Single Reed Symposium is a weekend of concerts, guest recitals and master classes especially designed for clarinet and saxophone enthusiasts of all ages, from middle school through college, and beyond! The participation fee for students and adults is $30. Click here to register. The Symposium concludes with a finale concert where all the participants perform in one of the instrumental choirs. The Symposium Saxophone Choir, is directed by music alumnus Rick Ardovino, and Symposium Clarinet Choir, is directed by music alumna Amy Moore. The Symposium final concert is free and open to the public.
January 13, Symposium final concert 2:00 p.m.
LeBaron Recital Hall
14  LEBARON TRIO
The Lebaron Trio consists of members of the music faculty at the University of Montevallo. Formed in 2010, Lebaron Trio has performed extensively across the United States as well as at international festivals such as the International Association of Women in Music and the International Clarinetfest.  Their repertoires span a wide range of styles and are advocates for new music.  Members are Melanie Williams, soprano, Lori Ardovino, clarinet, and Laurie Middaugh, piano.
7:30 p.m., LeBaron Recital Hall
25  MEN’S CHOIR FESTIVAL CONCERT
Male singers are invited to join the 2019 Men’s Festival Chorus. This musical event designed to affirm the participation of young men in the vocal arts. The festival chorus is comprised of high school and middle school students from public and private high schools in Alabama.
4:30 p.m., Palmer Auditorium

February

9  ANNUAL ALUMNI ART AUCTION AND BLOCH PARTY
This exciting auction and party is your best opportunity to take home some of the incredible works of art created and donated by alumni, faculty and current students in all media.  For 23 years, this event has been the centerpiece fundraiser for the Department of Art.
February 8, preview and early bidding 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
February 9, Art Auction and Bloch Party 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
The Gallery at Bloch Hall
14 – 3/7  MEDIAN: MICHAEL LORSUNG
This show is a collection of works that intend to explore the word “median” as it pertains to the liminal spaces both literal and figurative.  Michael Lorsung is interested in an investigation of culture that reads between the lines of iconography and overt imagery and seeks out the un-noticed, unspoken that exists in these spaces.
February 14, Opening Reception and Gallery Talk 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
The Gallery at Bloch Hall
Runs through March 7
15  “UMmm IT’S MUSIC”
WANDA WESOLOWSKI
Features musicians and bands that play original music.
MontevalloForYou YouTube channel
15 – 16  MIDDLE SCHOOL HONOR BAND
The Middle School Honor Band Festival consists of director recommended students from all across Alabama and southern states. The festival will include opportunities to perform standard and contemporary concert band repertoire.
February 16, Finale concert of this two-day festival consisting of three bands of students conducted by guest conductors. 5:30 p.m., Palmer Auditorium
20  MEDIA DAY
Mass Communication majors meet and network with representatives from mass media outlets and other communication professionals. Features Q&A panels for Multimedia Journalism, Creative Media Production, Corporate Communication, and Public Relations.
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., McChesney Student Activity Center and Strong Hall
21 – 24  SEMINAR BY THERESA REBECK
Directed by Dylan Dagnan
BFA Senior Project Production
In Seminar, a provocative comedy from Pulitzer Prize nominee Theresa Rebeck, four aspiring young novelists sign up for private writing classes with Leonard, an international literary figure. Under his recklessly brilliant and unorthodox instruction, some thrive and others flounder, alliances are made and broken, sex is used as a weapon, and hearts are unmoored. The wordplay is not the only thing that turns vicious as innocence collides with experience in this biting Broadway comedy. Seminar is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, INC. ADULT CONTENT. Tickets $5
February 21 – 23, 7:30 p.m.; February 24, 2:00 p.m.
Reynolds Theatre
Tickets: montevallotickets.universitytickets.com
21  CHAMBER RECITAL: EUN-HEE PARK & CHOLONG PARK, PIANO; BENJAMIN FRALEY & TRACY WIGGINS, PERCUSSION
Featuring two composers who wrote pieces for two pianos and two percussionists: Béla Bartók (1881-1945) and Lansing McLoskey (b. 1964).  Hungarian composer, Bartók wrote the Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, in 1937, which received rave reviews after its premiere performance. Commissioned by Ensemble Berlin Piano Percussion, McLoskey, Professor of Composition at the Univ. of Miami Frost School of Music, wrote a four-movement work titled Rite.
7:30 p.m., Thompson High School Performing Arts Center

March

1  WIND ENSEMBLE
The Wind Ensemble is the College of Fine Arts’ premier instrumental performing group.  The ensemble consists of approximately sixty woodwind, brass and percussion students who perform classic wind band repertory and contemporary works.
7:30 p.m., Palmer Auditorium
1 – 3  HIGH SCHOOL HONOR BAND
The High School Honor Band Festival consists of director recommended students from all across the state of Alabama and the area southern states. The festival will include opportunities to perform standard and contemporary concert band repertoire.
March 3, Finale concert of this three-day festival consisting of three bands of students conducted by guest conductors. Free and open to the public. 3:00 p.m., Palmer Auditorium
6  EXPLORING COMMUNICATION STUDIES
This event is for General Studies students who are exploring options for an academic major to learn how Communication Studies might fit their personal and career aspirations. Current COMS majors and faculty will lead brief workshops and walk participants through simulations that illustrate what’s possible with a degree in COMS.
3:30 to 5:00 p.m., Strong Hall
14 – 21  ANNUAL JURIED FOUNDATIONS EXHIBITION
The Annual Juried Foundation exhibition recognizes the importance of work produced by current students in the foundation’s studios. The Foundations Program is comprised of a coordinated set of courses for students who are seeking degrees in art. This show enables students to submit artwork for review by professional artists and curators.  The exhibition showcases the versatility and skill of Montevallo art students while simultaneously providing the important opportunity of viewing their work in a gallery context.
March 14, Opening Reception and Gallery Talk 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
The Gallery at Bloch Hall
Runs through March 21
14  LYNN FAULKNER AND EUN-HEE PARK, PIANO DUO RECITAL
Drs. Eun-Hee Park and Lynn Faulkner will be teamed up to present an evening with piano duo music. Faulkner-Park Duo will perform works by Mozart, Corigliano, Ravel, and Rachmaninoff.
7:30 p.m., LeBaron Recital Hall
15 – 18  THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT BY STEPHEN ADLY GUIRGIS
Directed by Michael Walker
“The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” is a hilarious, poignant, and thought-provoking play by Pulitzer-prize winning playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis. This story asks one of the most plaguing questions in the Christian ideology: What happened to Judas Iscariot? Set in a courtroom in Purgatory, “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” puts Judas on trial with hilarious, riotous, and piercing results. This play and the audience — reconsider what each thought they knew about forgiveness, faith, and the human inside one of the history’s most infamous figures. ADULT CONTENT.
March 15 – 17, 7:30 p.m.; March 17, 2:00 p.m.
Chichester Black Box Theatre
$20 adults; $12 UM fac/staff/seniors; $10 students
Tickets: montevallotickets.universitytickets.com
18  DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC HONORS RECITAL
Concert featuring winners of the honors recital auditions. This concert is free and open to the public.
7:30 p.m., LeBaron Recital Hall
31 – 5/3  BFA SENIOR CAPSTONE ART SHOWS
These exhibitions present the scope of the students’ creative research at the conclusion of their final semester.
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. weekdays, The Gallery at Bloch Hall
Runs through May 3

April

3/31 – 5/3  BFA SENIOR CAPSTONE ART SHOWS
These exhibitions present the scope of the students’ creative research at the conclusion of their final semester.
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. weekdays, The Gallery at Bloch Hall
Runs through May 3
11  JAZZ ENSEMBLES
The 20-piece jazz band features music selections from the Big Band Swing Era of the mid-1930s to late 1940s, as well as more contemporary compositions.
7:30 p.m., Palmer Auditorium
12 – 14; 17 – 20  PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL
Based on the smash-hit movie, Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical is the heartwarming, uplifting adventure of three friends, Tick, Bernadette and Adam, a glamorous Sydney-based performing trio who agree to take their show to the middle of the Australian outback. They hop aboard a battered old bus (nicknamed Priscilla) searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they ever could have ever dreamed of. With a dazzling array of outrageous Olivier and Tony award-winning costumes and a hit parade of dance floor favorites including “It’s Raining Men,” “I Will Survive,” “Hot Stuff,” “Boogie Wonderland,” “Go West,” “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” and “I Love The Nightlife,” this wildly fresh and funny musical is a journey to the heart of FABULOUS! ADULT CONTENT.
Book by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott
Musical Arrangements and Orchestrations by Stephen ‘Spud’ Murphy
Developed for the Stage and Originally Directed by Simon Phillips
Based on the Latent Image/Specific Films Motion Picture Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.
Directed by Marcus Lane
Musical Direction by Jennifer Hartsell
Guest Choreographer Jared Max Wright
PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT the musical is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide, 1180 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 640, New York, NY 10036. (866) 378-9758
April 12 – 13, 17-20, 7:30 p.m.; April 14, 2:00 p.m.
Reynolds Theatre
$20 adults; $12 UM faculty/staff/seniors: $10 students
Tickets: montevallotickets.universitytickets.com
15  BRASS, WOODWIND, AND PERCUSSION ENSEMBLES
Chamber Ensemble concert features students performing a variety of works ranging from classical to contemporary original and arranged works. Concert is free and open to the public.
7:30 p.m., LeBaron Recital Hall
16  CONCERT CHOIR & UNIVERSITY CHORUS
The Choral Ensembles are among the most highly regarded choirs in the southeast.  Under the direction of Dr. Melinda Doyle, these ensembles are comprised of both music majors and non-music majors and perform a diverse repertoire ranging from choral masterworks to spirituals.
7:30 p.m., LeBaron Recital Hall
18 – 20  FORTE FESTIVAL OF CREATIVITY
A CROSS-COLLEGE AND COMMUNITY CONVENING OF CREATIVE MINDS

The Forte Festival of Creativity celebrates creativity across disciplines. The annual festival is a collaboration between all four colleges at UM and the Montevallo Arts Council. The 2019 theme is Open Table. Guest presenters, UM student groups and faculty present innovative approaches and hands-on experiences related to the theme in this unique three-day festival.
Schedule to follow on the Forte Festival webpage.
18  WIND ENSEMBLE
The Wind Ensemble is the College of Fine Arts’ premier instrumental performing group.  The ensemble consists of approximately sixty woodwind, brass and percussion students who perform classic wind band repertory and contemporary works. This concert will showcase our talented graduating senior instrumentalists who will conduct a piece or solo with the band.
7:30 p.m., Palmer Auditorium
19  ANTHONY PATTIN STEINWAY ENDOWMENT FUND LEGACY II RECITAL: ÉPERDU
Pianist Drew Spradlin will perform an original program which explores acoustic and electronic timbres, overtone interactions, and the influences of spectral music. The performance alternates between works for piano and through-composed digital textures. The pieces are presented all attacca in order to blur the lines of definition and create a larger ambient effect. Proceeds from this recital go toward the Dr. Anthony Pattin Steinway Endowment Fund to repair, restore, and maintain the 25 Steinway-brand pianos in the Department of Music and to permanently name the class piano lab in Dr. Pattin’s honor.
7:30 p.m., LeBaron Recital Hall
Tickets: montevallotickets.universitytickets.com
26 – 27  “FIGARO’S WEDDING” MUSIC BY W.A. MOZART, AN ADAPTATION OF “THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO” BY PROFESSOR OF MUSIC, CHARLES WOOD
The spring opera presented by the Department of Music, will be an original adaptation of the Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro by Professor of Music, Charles Wood.  In this abbreviated version of the famous comic opera, which is full of surprises, unexpected twists, farcical situations, secret identities and happy resolutions, the opera has been shortened and the recitatives have been replaced by narration to make it more audience-accessible.  All of the music is original Mozart, however, and will be sung in English, accompanied by an orchestra.
April 26 – 27, 7:30 p.m.; April 28, 2:00 p.m.
LeBaron Recital Hall
$12 adults, UM fac/staff; $8 students
Tickets: montevallotickets.universitytickets.com
26 – 27  BFA THEATRE SHOWCASES
Senior Acting and Directing BFA students showcase their work through a variety of theatrical styles. BFA Acting concentration seniors perform a compilation of scenes. Free admission. ADULT CONTENT.
7:30 p.m., Reynolds Theatre

May

3/31 – 5/3  BFA SENIOR CAPSTONE ART SHOWS
These exhibitions present the scope of the students’ creative research at the conclusion of their final semester.
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. weekdays, The Gallery at Bloch Hall
Runs through May 3
3  COMMUNITY SCHOOL OF MUSIC HONORS RECITAL
A showcase of the exciting musical talent in our community. Intermediate and advanced level students exhibit a high level of skill and professionalism on their instruments and in their performances.
7:00 p.m., LeBaron Recital Hall
5  COMMUNITY SCHOOL OF MUSIC RECITAL
Beginning to intermediate level CSM students share what they have learned by performing for an audience.
2:00 p.m., LeBaron Recital Hall

Summer

JUNE 9 – 14  YOUNG MUSICIANS CAMP
A week-long camp for young musicians providing excellent musical training, fun evening events, and a chance to meet others from all over the State of Alabama and from across the Southeast.
Please contact the Department of Music for details.
Davis Hall
JULY 8 – 19  KODÁLY WORKSHOP
As the only Kodály Certification program in Alabama, the UMKI provides an exceptional professional development opportunity that will equip music educators with tools and resources to enrich the curriculum, strengthen learning outcomes, and foster best teaching practices. Levels 1, 2, and 3 will be offered. The Kodály Institute (UMKI) offers exceptional professional development in the Kodály Concept – an approach to music education that begins with the singing voice, an instrument carried by every child.
Please contact the Department of Music for details.
Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church in Mountain Brook