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April 29, 2015

Arts Roundup: Piano, drama—and IMPFest

Drama and opera fill this busy week in the arts. From the final weekend of the School of Drama’s production of “Bus Stop” to the upcoming UW School of Music and Pacific MusicWorks collaborative production of “The Magic Flute,” there’s plenty to see on the University’s main stages. Also, don’t forget to check out the Improvised Music Project Festival (IMPFest) over the weekend at the Ethnic Cultural Center.

Guitarist BIll Frisell at IMPFest, May  1-3.

Guitarist BIll Frisell at IMPFest, May 1-3.Steve Korn

Painting + Drawing BFA Show
Through May 9 | Jacob Lawrence Gallery
The graduation exhibition for students receiving Bachelor of Fine Art degrees from the Painting and Drawing Program. More info.

  • April 28– Opening night reception, 4-7 p.m.

May 1-3 | Ethnic Cultural Center
The School of Music joins forces with the student-led Improvised Music Project (IMP) to present leading forces in Seattle’s jazz and improvised music community. The annual festival pairs up-and-coming musicians with seasoned professionals. This year, IMP and the School of Music welcome legendary bassist Steve Swallow and acclaimed saxophonist Chris Cheek to perform with UW students and a faculty house band led by Jazz Studies faculty Bill Frisell, Cuong Vu, and Ted Poor. More info.

Ilse Bing: Modern Photographer
May 2-October 18 | Henry Art Gallery
Between the late 1920s and the late 1950s, Ilse Bing (US, born Germany, 1899 – 1998) worked as an artist and commercial photographer in Germany, Paris, and New York. The self-taught photographer—widely published in European illustrated magazines—became an early pioneer of photographing with the 35 mm Leica hand-held camera, creating bold architectural compositions and touching observations of everyday life.Today, she is recognized as a key contributor to the development of modern photography. More info.

William Inge’s “Bus Stop”
Through May 3 | Jones Playhouse
Sixty-years after its Broadway premiere, first-year MFA directors Malika Oyetimein and Sean Ryan lead us back to the small town diner 30-miles west of Kansas City where the great American playwright William Inge revealed simple truths of our common humanity. More info.

magic flute 11x17-3Music from the Great War
4 p.m., May 3 | Brechemin Auditorium
This series, produced by Piano Professor Robin McCabe in honor of the 100-year anniversary of the start of World War I, features music composed during the Great War, with historical context offered in commentary and narration. Pre-concert lecture by Music Education Professor Steven Morrison. More info.

Brechemin Piano Series
7:30 p.m., May 7 | Brechemin Auditorium
UW music students perform works for piano. More info.

UW Music and Pacific MusicWorks: W.A. Mozart, “The Magic Flute”
7:30 p.m., May 8-9 | Meany Theater
One of Mozart’s crowning achievements, this opera is a potent alchemical mixture of popular music and theater with a depth of meaning that is still mysterious and controversial. This production will combine an entirely new staging conception by stage director Dan Wallace Mille, with new dialogue by Karen Hartman, and with one of the reigning “Queen’s of the Night” in our time, Cyndia Sieden. Hear Mozart’s beloved opera, conducted by Stephen Stubbs, performed in the Northwest’s first historically informed performance with a classical orchestra. More info.


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