UW News

May 13, 2015

Arts Roundup: Dance, music — and a barnyard fungus

College of Arts & Sciences

This week the MFA Dance Concert and Pilobolus take the lead for dance performances on the Seattle campus. The latter is presented by UW World Series, which also hosts pianist Angela Hewitt and Rhiannon Giddens, founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops.

The School of Music also has a busy week, presenting the Voice Divisional Recital as well as Jazz Innovations and an evening of music from Zimbabwe with visiting artists Paul Mataruse and Clair Jones.

MFA Dance Concert
May 13-17 | Meany Studio Theater
The Dance Program’s world-class MFA candidates have created original choreography for this concert, working with highly trained dance students. Always exceedingly imaginative and thought-provoking, the MFA Dance Concert is a perfect way to end the Dance Program’s concert season. More info.


The Pilobolus dance company returns to Seattle for its eighth appearance on the UW World Series stage.

May 14-16 | Meany Hall
Named after a barnyard fungus that propels its spores with extraordinary speed, accuracy and strength, the dance company Pilobolus returns to Seattle for its eighth UW World Series appearance. Through diverse collaborations, the company breaks down barriers between disciplines and challenges the way we think about dance. Pilobolus maintains its own singular style and enjoys a fervent and ever-expanding following. More info.

Voice Divisional Recital
7:30 p.m., May 18 | Brechemin Auditorium
UW voice students perform their Spring Quarter recital. More info.

Angela Hewitt
7:30 p.m., May 18 | Meany Hall
One of the world’s leading pianists, Hewitt regularly appears in recital and with major orchestras throughout Europe, the Americas, and Asia. Her performances and recordings of Bach have drawn particular praise, distinguishing her as one of the composer’s foremost interpreters of our time. She was named Artist of the Year at the 2006 Gramophone Awards. More info.

Rhiannon Giddens 
8 p.m., May 20 | Meany Hall
A founding member of the Grammy-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, Rhiannon Giddens headlines a national tour featuring music from her new album “Tomorrow is My Turn.” Reviving, interpreting, and recasting traditional music as diverse as gospel, folk, and bluegrass, she creates an intimate evening of rich, soulful music backed by the revamped and expanded Carolina Chocolate Drops. The program will feature songs made famous by female icons of American music, from country queens Patsy Cline and Dolly Parton to Odetta and Nina Simone. More info.

Paul Mataruse

Paul MataruseAnita LaFranchi

Jazz Innovations Part I and II
7:30 p.m., May 20-21 | Brechemin Auditorium
Student jazz ensembles pay homage to the icons of jazz and break new ground with original progressive jazz compositions. More info.

Ethnomusicology Visiting Artists Concert: Claire Jones and Paul Mataruse
7:30 p.m., May 21 | Meany Hall
Ethnomusicology visiting artists Paul Mataruse (performing with Northwest marimba band Ruzivio) and Claire Jones (performing with the Mahonyera Mbira Ensemble) are joined by students in this evening of music from Zimbabwe. More info.

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