January 5, 2012

Arts Roundup: Watras on viola, Burke Museum identifies artifacts, School of Drama meets Book-It Repertory

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Faculty artist Melia Watras gives a solo concert, the School of Drama begins a play-reading collaboration of great books with Book-It Repertory and the Burke Museum is ready to identify that weird thing you found out back.

This arts roundup presents viola virtuosity, some novel theater and a day of museum mysteries.

Burke Museum Artifact ID Day, 1-3 p.m., Sat. Jan. 7: The Burke holds many natural and cultural treasures and is home to expertise about artifacts from Native American cultures, the Pacific Islands, Asia and the natural world. This is the museums 27th Artifact ID Day; past events have uncovered such rare items as a 5,000-year-old stone tool and a drinking cup made from a walrus tusk. What strange item do you have? (Limit of three items each; no appraisals are given, free with admission). Learn more at the Burkes website.

Melia Watras

Melia Watras

Melia Watras, Viola Circa 2000, 7:30 p.m., Jan. 11: Faculty artist Melia Watras will play solo works for the viola that span the last 50 years. Shell play pieces by 20th century masters György Ligeti, György Kurtág, and Iannis Xenakis.

The concert will be in Meany Hall. Highlights will include two commissions written for Watras: The Northwest premiere of Collines parmi étoiles… by acclaimed American composer Andrew Waggoner, and a piece from UW composer Shih-Wei Lo.

Tickets are $20 for general admission and $12 for students and seniors. To learn more, call the UW Arts Ticket Office at 206-543-4880 or visit the School of Music website.

Script to Stage, School of Drama & Book-it Repertory, January 12-15: The creative process revs up and words fly off the page when UW Professional Actor Training Program students explore a series of works-in-progress with Book-It Theatre for this new novel workshop series.

This new collaboration aims to expose students and audiences to Book-Its unique process of play development. Each work of fiction is adapted in the Book-It style and cultivated through collaborative experimentation with the adapter, director and participating actors. Readings before an audience are a critical part of the new works development.

Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12, 13 and 14, and 2 p.m. Jan. 15, at the Glenn Hughes Penthouse Theatre on campus. All tickets are $10. To learn more, call 206-685-0600 or visit the School of Drama website.

Tour the Henry: The Henry Art Gallery will offer half-hour tours for faculty and staff at noon on Jan. 18, Feb. 22 and March 14. RSVP online.