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Performances and Events

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COFA Performance Season Spring 2020:

February

February 7 – 8
ANNUAL ALUMNI ART AUCTION & 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 24 years, this event has been the centerpiece fundraiser for the Department of Art.
Preview and early bidding of Art Auction, February 7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and February 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Bloch Party, Saturday, February 8, 4 to 5:30 p.m.
The Gallery at Bloch Hall

For additional information, call the Department of Art – (205) 665-6400

February 13 – March 6
AZUL/BLUE

This exhibition is an expression of the color and concepts of blue. It is also a collaboration allowing contact and communication via art for 32 artists from Cuba and the USA.  The artists inspired by blue and the power of art to reach across the horizon of 90 miles of blue sky and water between our shores, traded work, and at times both artists worked on the same piece of art. This show embraces the life connection of each artist through all the metaphors and concepts for blue. It is a way to find a common shore, and to dissolve boundaries in order to embrace our common human hopes.
The closing reception and gallery talk is part of the Blue Nature Colloquium.
This exhibition is supported by the UM Green Fund, UM Concert & Lecture Series, and Martha Allen Lecture Series.
Opening reception and gallery talk with curator, Karen Graffeo, Thursday, February 20, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Closing reception and gallery talk with the artists, Thursday, March 5, 5 to 7 p.m.
Runs through March 6, weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Gallery at Bloch Hall

For additional information, call the Department of Art – (205) 665-6400

Friday, February 14
“UMmm… IT’S MUSIC”

Featured artist: Nick Arkin
Features musicians and bands that play original music.
MontevalloForYou YouTube channel

For additional information, call the Department of Communication – (205) 665-6625

Media Day 2020 Feb. 19, 2020 UM Student Activity Center Networking Fair: 10:30 a.m. Panel #1 Communicating with 2020 Vision 12 p.m. Panel #2 Hindsight is 2020: UM Alumni Reflect 12:45 p.m.

Wednesday, February 19
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.
10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., McChesney Student Activity Center

For additional information, call the Department of Communication – (205) 665-6625

Saturday, February 22
MIDDLE SCHOOL HONOR BAND CONCERT

Finale concert of the Middle School Honor Band two day festival consisting of three bands of students conducted by guest conductors. If you are interested in participating in the Middle School Honor Band, please visit montevallo.edu/workshopsclinics for details and registration.
All seats are general admission and available at the door 45 minutes prior to the event.
5:30 p.m., Palmer Auditorium

For additional information, call the Department of Music – (205) 665-6670

Monday, February 24
GUEST ARTISTS: CARLOS FELLER, FLUTE & MARY CHUNG, PIANO

Ouachita Baptist University music faculty members Dr. Mary Chung and Dr. Carlos Feller will present a Guest Artist Recital featuring music for flute and piano. Chung and Feller have performed together extensively as a duo both nationally and internationally since they met in the mid-2000s, including Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, France, Honduras, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Switzerland.
All seats are general admission and available at the door 45 minutes prior to the event.
7:30 p.m., LeBaron Recital Hall

For additional information, call the Department of Music – (205) 665-6670

Tuesday, February 25
EMERITA FACULTY RECITAL: CYNTHIA MACCRAE, PIANO

During this performance audience members will be invited to consider specific thoughts, emotions and moods that might be linked to each piece. Program selections will range from the hectic pace that most of us experience daily to pieces that invite relaxation, reflection, visualization and empowerment.
All seats are general admission and available at the door 45 minutes prior to the event.
7:30 p.m., LeBaron Recital Hall

For additional information, call the Department of Music – (205) 665-6670

February 27 – March 1
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

By William Shakespeare
Directed By Michael Walker
“The course of true love never did run smooth.”-Midsummer Night’s Dream
One of Shakespeare’s most beloved classics comes to life in this fast-paced, zany and comical production. Set on the roof-top bar of The Globe restaurant in modern-day NYC, misplaced affections mix with mischievous spells as four young lovers and an unsuspecting troupe of aspirational actors cross paths with the fairy king and queen. ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ dives in headfirst, creating a playful piece filled with music, dance, and a contemporary twist. Twelve actors taking on multiple roles as the lines between worlds, characters, reality, and audience begin to blur.
Purchase tickets at montevallotickets.universitytickets.com. Tickets on sale February 20.
February 27 through 29, 7:30 p.m.; March 1, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Chichester Black Box Theatre

For additional information, call the Department of Theatre – (205) 665-6210

Friday, February 28
“UMmm… IT’S MUSIC”

Featured artist: Courtney Reynolds
Features musicians and bands that play original music.
MontevalloForYou YouTube channel

For additional information, call the Department of Communication – (205) 665-6625

March

February 13 – March 6
AZUL/BLUE

This exhibition is an expression of the color and concepts of blue. It is also a collaboration allowing contact and communication via art for 32 artists from Cuba and the USA.  The artists inspired by blue and the power of art to reach across the horizon of 90 miles of blue sky and water between our shores, traded work, and at times both artists worked on the same piece of art. This show embraces the life connection of each artist through all the metaphors and concepts for blue. It is a way to find a common shore, and to dissolve boundaries in order to embrace our common human hopes.
The closing receptions is part of the Blue Nature Colloquium, March 5-6.
This exhibition is supported by the UM Green Fund, UM Concert & Lecture Series, and Martha Allen Lecture Series.
Opening reception and gallery talk with curator, Karen Graffeo, Thursday, February 20, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Closing reception and gallery talk with the artists, Thursday, March 5, 5 to 7 p.m.
Runs through March 6, weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Gallery at Bloch Hall

For additional information, call the Department of Art – (205) 665-6400

March 5 – 6
BLUE NATURE: A COLLOQUIUM

This two-day, interdisciplinary colloquium organized by the Department of Art will bring together scholars, experts, and students from the UM community and beyond to explore blue ideas, materials, and spaces, from medieval literature to early modern painting to local waterways to Caribbean islands. The colloquium will feature faculty research and creative endeavor, students’ site-specific art installations, and guest lecturers to put into context our community’s blue experiences and to provoke creative thinking about the nature of blue. No registration required.
This exhibition is supported by the UM Green Fund, UM Concert & Lecture Series, and Martha Allen Lecture Series.
March 5, 2 to 7 p.m.; March 6, 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
A detailed agenda can be found at montevallo.edu/blue-nature.
Merchants & Planters Bank Auditorium, Comer Hall

For additional information, call the Department of Art – (205) 665-6400

Thursday, March 5
FACULTY RECITAL: JONATHAN HOUGHTLING, TROMBONE

Dr. Jonathan Houghtling and Dr. Laurie Middaugh, piano, will present a recital consisting of a wide variety of repertoire ranging from Leopold Mozart to Michael Colgrass. Come explore the trombone as we travel through four centuries of music history. All seats are general admission and available at the door 45 minutes prior to the event.
7:30 p.m., LeBaron Recital Hall

For additional information, call the Department of Music – (205) 665-6670

Friday, March 6
WIND ENSEMBLE

The Wind Ensemble, consisting of approximately sixty woodwind, brass and percussion students, both music majors and non-majors, and will perform classic wind band repertory and contemporary works. All seats are general admission and available at the door 45 minutes prior to the event.
7:30 p.m., Palmer Auditorium

For additional information, call the Department of Music – (205) 665-6670

Friday, March 6
“UMmm… IT’S MUSIC”

Featured artist: Cotton Bird
Features musicians and bands that play original music.
MontevalloForYou YouTube channel

For additional information, call the Department of Communication – (205) 665-6625

Sunday, March 8
HIGH SCHOOL HONOR BAND CONCERT

Finale concert of the High School Honor Band three day festival consisting of three bands of students conducted by guest conductors. If you are interested in participating in the High School Honor Band, please visit montevallo.edu/workshopsclinics for details and registration.
All seats are general admission and available at the door 45 minutes prior to the event.
3 p.m., Palmer Auditorium

For additional information, call the Department of Music – (205) 665-6670

March 12 – 19
ANNUAL JURIED FOUNDATIONS EXHIBITION

The Annual Juried Foundation exhibition recognizes the importance of work produced by current students in the foundations’ 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.
Opening reception, Thursday, March 12, 4 to 6 p.m.
Runs through March 19, weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Gallery at Bloch Hall

For additional information, call the Department of Art – (205) 665-6400

Thursday, March 12
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.
1 to 3 p.m., location T.B.A.

For additional information, call the Department of Communication – (205) 665-6625

Sunday, March 15
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COMPOSERS, USA

The Department of Music hosts a concert by the Mid-South Chapter of the National Association of Composers, USA. This concert promotes the music of regional composers, including works by UM music faculty. All seats are general admission and available at the door 45 minutes prior to the event.
2 p.m., LeBaron Recital Hall

For additional information, call the Department of Music – (205) 665-6670

Sunday, March 15
JUNIOR RECITAL: QUINTON MIMS, CLARINET

This recital is presented in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Performance degree. Mr. Mims is from the studio of Dr. Lori Ardovino.
All seats are general admission and available at the door 45 minutes prior to the event.
7:30 p.m., LeBaron Recital Hall

For additional information, call the Department of Music – (205) 665-6670

Monday, March 16
DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC HONORS RECITAL

This recital showcases the winners of the Department of Music’s honors recital auditions.
All seats are general admission and available at the door 45 minutes prior to the event.
7:30 p.m., LeBaron Recital Hall

For additional information, call the Department of Music – (205) 665-6670

by Thor Audiss

by Victoria Nichols

by Jeremy Villar

March 29 – April 2
BFA EXHIBITION: THOR AUDISS, VICTORIA NICHOLS, JEREMY VILLAR

These exhibitions present the scope of the students’ creative research at the conclusion of their final semester. Thor Audiss, photography/graphic design; Victoria Nichols, sculpture; Jeremy Villar, photography.
Opening reception, March 29, 4 to 6 p.m.
Runs through April 2, weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Gallery at Bloch Hall

For additional information, call the Department of Art – (205) 665-6400

April

by Thor Audiss

by Victoria Nichols

by Jeremy Villar

March 29 – April 2
BFA EXHIBITION: THOR AUDISS, VICTORIA NICHOLS, JEREMY VILLAR

These exhibitions present the scope of the students’ creative research at the conclusion of their final semester. Thor Audiss, photography/graphic design; Victoria Nichols, sculpture; Jeremy Villar, photography.
Opening reception, March 29, 4 to 6 p.m.
Runs through April 2, weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Gallery at Bloch Hall

For additional information, call the Department of Art – (205) 665-6400

Friday, April 3
“UMmm… IT’S MUSIC”

Featured artist: Chrin Way
Features musicians and bands that play original music.
MontevalloForYou YouTube channel

For additional information, call the Department of Communication – (205) 665-6625

April 4 – 5
The Tender Land by Aaron Copland

Aaron Copland’s only opera is set in the American Midwest during the 1930s.  The plot concerns the Moss family who is busy preparing for the spring harvest and they are also planning a party to celebrate Laurie’s graduation from high school.  Two drifters, Martin and Top, happen upon their farm looking for work. Laurie and Martin fall in love, causing Laurie to run away from home.
Purchase tickets at montevallotickets.universitytickets.com. Tickets on sale March 16.
All seats are general admission and available at the door 45 minutes prior to the event.
April 4, 7:30 p.m.; April 5, 2 p.m.
LeBaron Recital Hall

For additional information, call the Department of Music – (205) 665-6670

by Mallory Hall

by Anna Mullen

by Lia Williams

April 5 – 9
BFA EXHIBITION: MALLORY HALL, ANNA MULLEN, LIA WILLIAMS

These exhibitions present the scope of the students’ creative research at the conclusion of their final semester. Mallory Hall, new media; Anna Mullen, drawing; Lia Williams, new media.
Opening reception, April 5, 4 to 6 p.m.
Runs through April 9, weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Gallery at Bloch Hall

For additional information, call the Department of Art – (205) 665-6400

Monday, April 6
BRASS AND PERCUSSION ENSEMBLES

Chamber Ensemble concert features students performing a variety of works ranging from classical to contemporary original and arranged works.
All seats are general admission and available at the door 45 minutes prior to the event.
7:30 p.m., LeBaron Recital Hall

For additional information, call the Department of Music – (205) 665-6670

Friday, April 10
“UMmm… IT’S MUSIC”

Featured artist Jay Bob
Features musicians and bands that play original music.
MontevalloForYou YouTube channel

For additional information, call the Department of Communication – (205) 665-6625

by Zoey Edison

by Morgane Landau

by Makayla Wright

April 12 – 16
BFA EXHIBITION: ZOEY EDISON, MORGANE LANDAU, MAKAYLA WRIGHT

These exhibitions present the scope of the students’ creative research at the conclusion of their final semester. Zoey Edison, photography; Morgane Landau, drawing/ceramics; Makayla Wright, graphic design.
Opening reception, April 12, 4 to 6 p.m.
Runs through April 16, weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Gallery at Bloch Hall

For additional information, call the Department of Art – (205) 665-6400

 

Monday, April 13
WOODWIND AND STRING ENSEMBLES

All seats are general admission and available at the door 45 minutes prior to the event.
7:30 p.m., LeBaron Recital Hall

For additional information, call the Department of Music – (205) 665-6670

Tuesday, April 14
SKILLSUSA BROADCAST TV COMPETITION CATEGORY FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

The Mass Communication program is hosting the Broadcast TV competition category of the Alabama SkillsUSA State Championship.  At this event, high school teams from across the state of Alabama will compete to create TV newscasts on-site that showcase the value of STEM in education and career readiness.
Time T.B.A., Strong Hall

For additional information, call the Department of Communication – (205) 665-6625

Tuesday, April 14
JAZZ ENSEMBLE

The 15-piece jazz band will feature music selections from the Big Band Swing Era of the mid-1930s to late 1940s, as well as present-day compositions.
All seats are general admission and available at the door 45 minutes prior to the event.
7:30 p.m., Palmer Auditorium

For additional information, call the Department of Music – (205) 665-6670

April 16 – 20
HAIRSPRAY

Book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan
Music by Marc Shaiman
Lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman
Based on the New Line Cinema film written and directed by John Waters
Hairspray is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).  All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.  www.MTIShows.com
Directed by Marcus Lane
Musical Direction by Jennifer Hartsell
Guest Choreography by Jamorris Rivers
It’s the early 1960’s in Baltimore and teenager Tracy Turnblad discovers she lives in a world that tells her plus-sized gals shouldn’t dance and racial segregation is here to stay. When she earns a spot as a dancer on The Corny Collins Show Tracy becomes a star and launches a plan with her friends to use her newfound fame to integrate the teen dance show. Director Marcus Lane plans to honor John Waters’ original subversive vision for the story in a wildly joyful production that celebrates how we can change the world we live in.
Purchase tickets at montevallotickets.universitytickets.com. Tickets on sale April 9.
April 16, 17, 18, and 20, 7:30 p.m.; April 19, 2 p.m.
Reynolds Theatre

For additional information, call the Department of Theatre – (205) 665-6210

 

Friday, April 17
PATTIN PIANO FUND CONCERT

Featuring M. Brent Williams, violin and Eun-Hee Park, piano. Purchase tickets at montevallotickets.universitytickets.com. Tickets on sale March 30.
All seats are general admission and available at the door 45 minutes prior to the event.
7:30 p.m., LeBaron Recital Hall

For additional information, call the Department of Music – (205) 665-6670

Saturday, April 18
SENIOR RECITAL: MOLLY MIZE, PIANO

All seats are general admission and available at the door 45 minutes prior to the event.
3 p.m., LeBaron Recital Hall

For additional information, call the Department of Music – (205) 665-6670

by Ellen Campbell

by Luzena Donell

by Hannah Irelan

April 19 – 23
BFA EXHIBITION: ELLEN CAMPBELL, LUZENA DONELL, HANNAH IRELAN

These exhibitions present the scope of the students’ creative research at the conclusion of their final semester. Ellen Campbell, printmaking; Luzena Donnell, printmaking; Hannah Irelan, drawing/graphic design.
Opening reception, April 19, 4 to 6 p.m.
Runs through April 23, weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Gallery at Bloch Hall

For additional information, call the Department of Art – (205) 665-6400

 

Monday, April 20
CONTINUUM 88 PROJECT, GUEST ARTIST JIHYE CHANGE, PIANO

Continuum 88 is a five-year journey exploring the solo keyboard literature, ink dry and wet, through the lens of compositional genre and pianistic challenge. Pianist Jihye Chang is performing significant pieces from the major genres of the piano repertoire, and is commissioning and premiering new works in these genres by significant living composers from Australia, Korea, and U. S. A. This project has two goals: New works by young composers often receive only one performance, and one of the goals of this project is to give multiple performances of these new works. Also, by presenting them within the context of the literature, Continuum 88 will foster a greater connection for the audience with these new works and younger composers. During 2019-2020, the project will focus on variations and miniatures, and Sunghyun Lee (composer in Korea) and Amadeus Julian Regucera (composer in the Bay Area, lecturer at U. C. Berkeley) will write new works. Chang will also work closely with Kay Rhie (Assistant professor at UCLA) for her set of piano miniatures.
All seats are general admission and available at the door 45 minutes prior to the event.
7:30 p.m., LeBaron Recital Hall

For additional information, call the Department of Music – (205) 665-6670

Tuesday, April 21
WIND ENSEMBLE

The Wind Ensemble, consisting of approximately sixty woodwind, brass and percussion students, both music majors and non-majors, and will perform classic wind band repertory and contemporary works.
All seats are general admission and available at the door 45 minutes prior to the event.
7:30 p.m., Palmer Auditorium

For additional information, call the Department of Music – (205) 665-6670

Thursday, April 23
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.
All seats are general admission and available at the door 45 minutes prior to the event.
7:30 p.m., LeBaron Recital Hall

For additional information, call the Department of Music – (205) 665-6670

by Kristan Beardshear

by Elaina Fernandez

by Landon Flye

April 26 – 30
BFA EXHIBITION: KRISTAN BEARDSHEAR, ELAINA FERNANDEZ, LANDON FLYE

These exhibitions present the scope of the students’ creative research at the conclusion of their final semester. Kristan Beardshear, ceramics; Elaina Fernandez, new media; Landon Flye, graphic design.
Opening reception, April 26, 4 to 6 p.m.
Runs through April 30, weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Gallery at Bloch Hall

 

May

Friday, May 1
COMMUNITY SCHOOL OF MUSIC HONORS RECITAL

CSM Honors recital showcases the talents of accomplished musicians from the UM Community School of Music.
All seats are general admission and available at the door 45 minutes prior to the event.
7 p.m., LeBaron Recital Hall

For additional information, call the Department of Music – (205) 665-6670

Sunday, May 3
COMMUNITY SCHOOL OF MUSIC RECITAL

CSM Recital exhibits the accomplishments and talents of UM Community School of Music students.
All seats are general admission and available at the door 45 minutes prior to the event.
2 p.m., LeBaron Recital Hall

For additional information, call the Department of Music – (205) 665-6670

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.


 


Past Events

Thursday, January 9
FACULTY RECITAL: LYNN FAULKNER, PIANO

Dr. Lynn Faulkner will present a program of solo piano music featuring works of the Baroque, Romantic, and Impressionistic periods by composers Jean-Philippe Rameau, Johann Sebastian Bach, Frederic Chopin, Maurice Ravel and Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
7:30 p.m., LeBaron Recital Hall

 

Jason Ferdinand, clinician for the 2020 Men’s Festival Chorus

Friday, January 10
MEN’S FESTIVAL CHORUS CONCERT

Finale concert of the Men’s Festival Chorus workshop consisting of male singers from Alabama middle and high school schools and community college choral students. If you are interested in participating in Men’s Festival Chorus, please visit montevallo.edu/workshopsclinics for details and registration.
All seats are general admission and available at the door 45 minutes prior to the event.
4:30 p.m., Palmer Auditorium

Monday, January 13
LEBARON TRIO

The Lebaron Trio consists of members of the music faculty at the University of Montevallo. Their repertoire spans a wide range of styles and they are advocates for new music.  Members are Melanie Williams, soprano, Lori Ardovino, clarinet, and Laurie Middaugh, piano.
All seats are general admission and available at the door 45 minutes prior to the event.
7:30 p.m., LeBaron Recital Hall

Tuesday, January 28
FACULTY RECITAL: BRITTNEY PATTERSON, FLUTE, AND EUN-HEE PARK, PIANO

Eun-Hee Park and Brittney Patterson will present a recital with music from the eighteenth century to the twentieth century with works that span numerous styles including classical, jazz, and avant-garde music. This recital has been presented across the state and will be presented on tour around the southeast this spring, and it is not to be missed!
All seats are general admission and available at the door 45 minutes prior to the event.
7:30 p.m., LeBaron Recital Hall

Friday, January 31
“UMmm… IT’S MUSIC”

Featured artist: American Dream Factory
Features musicians and bands that play original music.
MontevalloForYou YouTube channel
Click here to view the recorded performance.