All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more information about ticketed events, call (304) 293-SHOW. For information about any College of Creative Arts event, call the Publicity Office at (304) 293-4359. Events on this calendar are subject to change. For the latest information, see our web calendar at www.ccarts.wvu.edu/ or check the WVU College of Creative Arts Facebook page.
Monday, February 23
GUEST ARTIST RECITAL, Haruna Walusimbi and Mark Stone, percussion, 7:30 p.m., Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (200A). Haruna Walusimbi is one of Uganda’s most celebrated artists. In his work as a multi-instrumentalist, singer, dancer, actor, and educator, he embodies the holistic nature of Uganda’s Ngoma repertoire. He performed a leading role in the film “Throw Down Your Heart,” produced by American banjo legend Bela Fleck. He subsequently worked with Fleck on the audio recording “Throw Down Your Heart: Tales from the Acoustic Planet Vol. 3: Africa Sessions,” which won a Grammy Award in 2010 for Best Contemporary World Music Album and Best Pop Instrumental Performance. Haruna also acted in the Academy Award-winning film “The Last King of Scotland,” starring Forest Whitaker. He is being hosted in the U.S. by his close friend and former classmate at Makerere University, Mark Stone, who is currently Associate Professor at Oakland University and who graduated from the WVU School of Music in 1996. As a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar at Makerere University during the 1996-1997 school year, Mark researched traditional Ugandan music and performed extensively with the Nakibembe Xylophone Group. He has since shared his research and love of Ugandan music with many American students and audiences. In addition to hosting Haruna’s tour, Mark will be assisting Haruna with his performances and educational programs.
WVU CHORAL CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre. Free and open to the public. Note: This concert was originally scheduled for Feb. 21, but was cancelled due to the weather. It is now a free event. The concert will feature the WVU Women’s Chorus, the University Singers and the West Virginia Community Choir. Special guest will be the Fairmont State University Chamber Choir, conducted by Sam Spears. The program will include works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, John Bennet, Emma Lou Diemer, David N. Childs, Seth Houston, John Williams, Cat Stevens, Lloyd Pfautsch, Anton Bruckner, Ola Gjeilo, Stephen Leek, Joseph Haydn, Eric Whitacre, Carl J. Nygard, Jr., and more. Kym Scott graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in 1997 after completing a Bachelor of Music (Piano Performance). She received a Master of Music degree in 2010 from the University of Queensland and is currently completing her dissertation as part of her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Music at the University of Southern California. While at USC she conducted the USC Thornton Oriana Women’s Chorus and in 2013, she conducted members of the USC choirs in several performances with The Rolling Stones in Los Angeles and Anaheim during their “50 and counting” world tour.
Thursday, February 26
WVU HIGH SCHOOL HONOR ORCHESTRA EVENT, Creative Arts Center. Today through February 28. Outstanding string musicians from high schools in West Virginia and surrounding states will take part in WVU’s annual High School Honor Orchestra Event, Feb. 26-28. The students are selected by their school music directors in orchestra, band, or chorus. The students will audition, attend master classes, attend a concert by the WVU Symphony Orchestra, participate in full orchestra and sectional rehearsals, and develop their music and ensemble skills. They will present the High School Honor Orchestra Concert at 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 28, in the Creative Arts Center’s Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre, where they will be joined by the WVU Symphony Orchestra. The concert will include performances of works specifically for each string section. Conducted by WVU Director of Orchestral Studies Mitchell Arnold, the Honor Orchestra Concert is free and open to the public. Info: 304-293-4532.
WVU SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT, 7:30 pm, Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre. Ticketed Event. For tickets and information, call 304-293-SHOW. The award-winning, nationally recognized WVU Symphony Orchestra continues its 2014-2015 season with concert featuring music of nearly uncontainable energy. The performance will be conducted by Mitchell Arnold, WVU Director of Orchestral Activities, and features WVU Professor Andrea Priester Houde as viola soloist, performing William Walton’s deeply expressive “Viola Concerto.” “Concerto for Orchestra,” by Witold Lutosławski, the evening’s focal work, pushes the limits of virtuosity and emotional boundaries. Rounding out the program is Ralph Vaughan Williams’s “Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis” for string orchestra, to be conducted by graduate assistant conductor Hanjin Sa. “It is rare to have three such great works on the same orchestra program,” Arnold said. “Each one demands virtuosity from the orchestra, and each one is emotionally riveting. Only orchestral music is capable of such extremes and our students meet the challenge with their talent.”
Friday, February 27
WVU HIGH SCHOOL HONOR ORCHESTRA EVENT, Creative Arts Center. Continues today through February 28. Outstanding string musicians from high schools in West Virginia and surrounding states will attend the event. The students are selected by their school music directors in orchestra, band, or chorus. Info: 304-293-4532.
Saturday, February 28
WVU HIGH SCHOOL HONOR ORCHESTRA EVENT, Creative Arts Center. Continues today. Info: 304-293-4532.
HONOR ORCHESTRA CONCERT, 1 p.m., Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre. Students attending the WVU High School Honor Orchestra Event at the CAC present the High School Honor Orchestra Concert, where they will be joined by the WVU Symphony Orchestra. The concert will include performances of works specifically for each string section. Conducted by WVU Director of Orchestral Studies Mitchell Arnold, the Honor Orchestra Concert is free and open to the public.
Sunday, March 1
WVU ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT EVENT, “Anything Goes,” 7:30 p.m., Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre. Ticketed Event. For tickets and information, call 304-293-SHOW or go to www.events.wvu.edu. All aboard for this saucy and splendid production of “Anything Goes,” winner of three 2011 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Revival and Choreography. Peppering this Cole Porter first-class comedy are some of musical theater’s most memorable standards, including “I Get a Kick out of You,” “You’re the Top” and of course, “Anything Goes.” Don’t miss this show that is “So delightful, so delicious, so de-lovely!” Website: http://www.anythinggoesontour.com/
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