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Movement and meaning: Performing Dance Company spring concert opens March 6
02-26-2015
It all starts in a studio. The right composition of student dancers come together with the right choreographers, and then, with the right amount of time, dedication, talent and technique, the Performing Dance Company (PDC) concert is crafted into a collection of new dance works. Showcasing the artistry of the Department of Modern Dance, the spring 2015 PDC concert premieres March 6 at the Marriott...
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Dean Raymond Tymas-Jones explores the rich history of Negro spirituals in upcoming concert
02-25-2015
Date: March 22, 2015Time: 7PLocation: Libby Gardner Hall (David Gardner Hall)Free (no tickets or reservations required)When Dean Raymond Tymas-Jones accepted the Utah Cultural Alliance’s 2014 Achievement Award this last December for his contribution to the arts in our state, he spoke to a packed and attentive audience in the UMFA Grand Hall about how art, specifically music, connected him to his family, his community, and...
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Youth Theatre - Musical Theatre Competition Winners
02-24-2015
19 Youth Theatre Conservatory students from eight area high schools competed at the Musical Theatre Competition of America in Southern California this past weekend for the first time and returned with a 2nd place trophy in the Musical Theatre Revue Division with original music composed by their director, Penelope Caywood, as well as a 4th place trophy in High School Seniors Solo Division. For every event...
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Lyric Opera Ensemble presents La Cenerentola--the first in a series of Cinderella events
02-13-2015
In anticipation of this semester’s succession of Cinderella productions, The Finer Points will host a series of blogs to introduce the talented students and faculty responsible for these stunning events. This post is the first in the Cinderella Series. Special thanks to Allison Shir for creating this series. This weekend marks the first of three Cinderella productions being performed in the College of Fine Arts....
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Ballet students receive high honors at national competition
02-06-2015
Confirming yet again that the University of Utah College of Fine Arts cultivates talent of the highest caliber, Department of Ballet students Kara Roseborough and Kyle Cunningham brought home high honors from the Youth America Grand Prix Semi-Final competition in Las Vegas last month. Kara Roseborough, photo by Luke Isley Roseborough won first place in the contemporary dance category with a solo she choreographed and performed for...
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Theatre Design Program named top five in the nation
02-03-2015
On Stage Critics recently ranked the best Theatre Design and Technology BFA programs in the U.S. and the University of Utah Department of Theatre’s Performing Arts Design Program (PADP) came out on top with the #4 ranking! Photo by Spencer Sandstrom, from the Department of Theatre's production of The Threepenny Opera PADP earned its ranking in part to the close mentoring among faculty and students, and was noted...
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College of Fine Arts snags 4 of Salt Lake Magazine’s Top 10 Classical Performances
01-29-2015
Being recognized for performance excellence is always a nice surprise. Making a top 10 list is nice, too. But being recognized four times on the same top 10 list is even better. The College of Fine Arts is proud to be included in Salt Lake Magazine’s Top 10 Classical Performances of 2014. The Department of Theatre’s production of “The Threepenny Opera” was selected as one of...
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Sundance roots intertwined with Department of Film & Media Arts
01-26-2015
The history of the University of Utah Department of Film & Media Arts is more entwined with that of the Sundance Film Festival than most people realize. Professor emeritus Tom Sobchack was integral in the programming for the festival.Sobchack taught the first course on film at the University of Utah in 1968. At the time he was a faculty member of the U Department of English and...
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