The University Symphony and the Undergraduate Theater Society’s popular production of “Pippin” lead this week’s busy UW arts schedule.
Also find art exhibits, a play reading, Home Movie Day 2012 and a School of Music faculty member remembers a famous colleague — Dave Brubeck. Plus, a staffer wins a poetry award and a graduate student’s band gets a Grammy nomination.
“Pippin,” through Dec. 9. The UW Undergraduate Theatre Society presents this 1972 musical. An archetype of the everyman, Pippin yearns to discover the secret of true happiness, finding it in the simple joys he has discovered along the way. In the Cabaret Theater in Hutchinson Hall Tickets $5-$10.
Wind Ensemble, Symphonic and Campus bands, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 6. The bands will perform works for wind band ensemble in Meany Hall in a program titled “Transitions.” Selections include “Millennium Canons” by Kevin Puts, “Urban Requiem” by Michael Colgrass, “Graceful Ghost” by William Bolcom and “Song of Threnos” by Alfred Reed. Tickets $5-$10, 206-543-4880.
University Symphony, featuring Toby Saks, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 7. Jonathan Pasternack conducts the symphony in Meany Hall. The program includes “Dance Suite” by Béla Bartók, Concerto for Violoncello No. 1 by Camille Saint-Saëns, featuring Saks on cello; and Symphony No. 4 by Johannes Brahms. Saks founded the Seattle Chamber Music Society and was its artistic director until her retirement in 2011. Tickets are $10-$15. 206-543-4880.
“Foliage of Vision,” 7:30 p.m., Dec. 7-10. The School of Drama presents an ensemble one-act play conceived by director Andrew McGinn and Seattle actor Charles Leggett and created by the actors, from the early poems of James Merrell. In the Glenn Hughes Penthouse Theater. Admission is free.
Home Movie Day 2012, Dec. 8. Hannah Palin, film archives specialist with UW Libraries Special Collections, is among those organizing Seattle Home Movie Day 2012, a celebration of amateur films and filmmaking. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave. in Seattle. To learn more, contact Palin at 206-321-8301, or visit the Seattle Home Movie Day website.
Play reading, “Mr. and Mrs.,” 7 p.m. Dec. 9. Alumni of the School of Drama’s Professional Actor Training Program read a new play by Connie Amundson, directed by Cathy Madden, School of Drama principal lecturer, at the Jones Playhouse. The story, Madden writes, is about “how a couple who escaped from East Germany arrived in Seattle and became part of a local family’s story. Questions about care, our daring to care, and our willingness to receive care are part of the story of these deeply fascinating people.” Admission is by donation. More on Facebook.
School of Art faculty exhibit work: School of Art faculty are showing art in several Seattle-area locations. Look for the work of Tad Hirsch, assistant professor of interaction design, in “Mw [Moment Magnitude]“ at the Frye Art Museum. Lou Cabeen, associate professor, has work in the Bellevue Art Museum’s Biennial 2012 show, “High Fiber Diet.” Amie McNeel, assistant professor in the 3-Dimensional Forum (3D4M), is part of the “Arrest Me” show at the Punch Gallery. And David Brody, professor of painting and drawing, is part of “Equine, Bovine, Canine & Feline” at the Prographica Gallery.
Grammy nod: A UW staff member’s band has been nominated for a Grammy. Martha Gonzalez, a graduate student in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies, is in the band Quetzal, which has just received a Grammy nomination under the category Latin Pop, Rock or Urban Album. Gonzalez is a participant in the Simpson Center’s “Women Who Rock” project. The 55th Annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 10, 2013.
Poetry prize: Sarah Mangold, a program administrator for Professional & Continuing Education, has received a $25,000 award for poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts Poetry fellowships for 2013. She is the author of “Household Mechanics,” 2002, and the forthcoming “Electrical Theories of Femininity.” Her chapbooks include the recent “I Meant to Be Transparent.” Read an interview with Mangold, and a few of her poems.
Brubeck remembered: Finally, William Smith, renowned clarinetist and professor emeritus with the School of Music, has both performed and recorded with jazz great Dave Brubeck over many years. Contacted by press after the news of Brubeck’s death at 91 on Dec. 5, Smith shared a few comments with UW Today.
“I think everybody knows he made wonderful records and wrote great tunes,” Smith said. “But I think he’d be especially happy to remembered as a man of peace. When he came back from World War II, he wanted to do with his music whatever he could to help peace in the world. To do his bit to not have any more wars, after what he’d been through.” Learn a lot more about Smith on his UW faculty website.
Watch a one-of-a-kind 1989 episode of UWTV’s “Upon Reflection” where Brubeck and Smith are interviewed and perform together.