Every spring, students graduating with masters degrees in art and design exhibit work in an eclectic, fun, even challenging show at the Henry Art Gallery. And each year the artists owe thanks to Jim Rittimann, Henry head preparator and exhibition designer, who selects the pieces and makes sure they’re installed to their best advantage.
The 2012 Master of Fine Arts and Master of Design Thesis Exhibition runs from May 26 through June 17 with a public opening 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 25.
Music abounds on campus, too as spring quarter winds down. There’s jazz, guitar, the Chamber Singers, University Choirs, plus percussionists riff on Led Zeppelin and the Steel Drum Band takes on “Yesterday” — hmm, well played, School of Music.
Wind Ensemble, symphonic, concert, and campus bands, 7:30 p.m., May 24. The combined bands present works including “Morning Star” by David Maslanka, “Concerto for Cello and Wind Instruments” by Jacques Ibert, “Danzon” by Leonard Bernstein, “Colonial Song” by Percy Grainger, and “Outdoor Overture” by Aaron Copland. Meany Hall. Tickets are $10-$15. 206-543-4880.
“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” May 24 to June 3. The Undergraduate Theater Society presents this popular musical comedy about six young people struggling to find their place in the world despite overbearing parents. In the Hutchinson Hall Cabaret Theater. Tickets are $5-$10.
2012 Master of Fine Arts / Master of Design Thesis Exhibition, May 26 – June 17. From the School of Art. Students presenting work are Caitlin Berndt, Byung Cho, Lyndsey Colburn, Tamblyn Gawley, Hilary Gray, Hannah O’Gorman, Amy Keeling, Sergei Larionov, Snehai Mantri, Adam Matthew, Dan Ostrowski, Shaun Roberts, Andrew Salituri, Steve Sewell, Anthony Sonnenberg and Rodrigo Valenzuela. Public opening 7-9 p.m. May 25, RSVP online.
Guitar Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. May 26. Students of Michael Partington present a diverse program of music in Brechemin Auditorium from North and South America, Armenia, Bulgaria, Cuba, England, Japan, Java and Serbia for two, three and four guitars, plus solo guitar with percussion, flute and voice. Tickets are $5. 206-685-8384.
School of Art exhibits by graduating students:
Painting and drawing MFAs, May 28 to June 2. Work by Tamblyn Gawley and Shaun Roberts, Sandpoint Gallery. Reception 6-8 p.m., May 28.
Art by Adam Matthew, May 29 to June 2. Master of fine arts student from the 3D4M (3-Dimensional Forum) program, in the Ceramic and Metal Arts Building. Reception is 6-8 p.m., May 29.
Interdisciplinary Visual Arts, May 30. Student work and presentations, 3-5 p.m., Room 204 of the Art Building.
Percussion Ensemble: “World Percussion Bash,” 7:30 p.m., May 29. The Percussion Ensemble shares the stage with the Steel Drum Ensemble and the Husky Drum Line. Program highlights will include “Bonham for Seven Percussionists and Drum Set Soloist,” based on classic beat patterns used by drummer John Bonham on Led Zeppelin recordings, featuring drummer Thomas Campbell. Also, the Steel Drum Band plays the Lennon and McCartney’s “Yesterday” (worth the price of admission alone, in this Art Roundup’s view) and the drum line will play cadences used in its work with the Husky Marching Band. In Meany Studio Theater. Tickets are $10-$15. 206-543-4880.
Chamber Singers, “The Artists Voice,” 7:30 p.m., May 29. The group, under the direction of Geoffrey Boers, presents a concert exploring the wide range of sounds made by the human voice. Program selections include “In Lumine” by UW composer Huck Hodge and “Pericolose-un giorno-bellezze,” by UW composer Richard Karpen, featuring soprano Maria Mannisto. Tickets are $10-$15. 206-543-4880.
Studio Jazz Ensemble and Modern Band, 7:30 p.m., May 30. These two School of Music groups present their year-end concert in the Meany Studio Theater. It’s an evening of big band jazz and original modern jazz compositions. Tickets are $10-$15. 206-543-4880.
University Choirs: “UW Sings,” 7:30 p.m., May 31. The University Singers, Women’s Choir, and Mens Glee Club present their popular year-end concert in Meany Hall. Program highlights include the Women’s Choir performing “Every Time I Feel the Spirit,” with UW instrumentalists; the University Singers performing “Come Travel With Me” and the Men’s Glee Club singing “Ol’ Man River,” by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II. Tickets are $10-$15. 206-543-4880.