All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more information about ticketed events, call (304) 293-SHOW. For information about any College of Creative Arts event, call the Publicity Office at (304) 293-4359. Events on this calendar are subject to change. For the latest information, see our web calendar at www.ccarts.wvu.edu/ or check the WVU College of Creative Arts Facebook page.
Monday, January 19
Martin Luther King Day – University Holiday
Thursday, January 22
WIND SYMPHONY CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., Gladys G. Davis Theatre. The WVU Wind Symphony will be joined by the WVU Women’s Choir for this free concert. All selections will be conducted by Chelsea Corrao, graduate masters conducting student who will graduate in May. The program includes: “Overture for Woodwinds” Čby Philip Sparke; “When Jesus Wept” by William Schuman; “Ogoun Badagris” Čby Christopher Rouse; “Weep No More” Čby David Childs; “Dry Your Tears, Afrika,” arranged by Audrey Snyder from John Williams’ original score for the movie “Amistad”; and “Serenade for Wind Band” by Derek Bourgeois.
WVU ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT EVENT, Million Dollar Quartet, 7:30 p.m., Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre. Ticketed Event. For tickets and information, call 304-293-SHOW or go to www.events.wvu.edu. Million Dollar Quartet is the high voltage Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, inspired by the phenomenal true story of the famed recording session that brought together Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. On December 4, 1956, these four young musicians were gathered together by Sam Phillips at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the most electrifying jam sessions of all time. Million Dollar Quartet brings the heart and soul of that legendary night to life with an irresistible tale of excitement and passion, featuring 21 timeless hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the Line,” “Fever,” “Hound Dog” and more. This thrilling musical takes you inside the recording studio to experience a monumental night of rock and roll that explodes off the stage. It’s the most fun you’ll have all year! Website: http://milliondollarquartetlive.com/
Friday, January 23
GUEST ARTIST VOICE MASTER CLASS, with bass-baritone Gustavo Halley and WVU voice professor Hope Koehler, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (200A).
An expert in the history of recorded opera, Dr. Halley recently retired as a member of the faculty of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. A native of Cuba, he was a recipient of a Faculty Research Grant for his project of arranging old Cuban songs. He portrayed Christopher Columbus in the world premiere in Milan (Italy) of Manuel deFalla’s scenic oratorio, “La Atlantida,” with Giulietta Simionato and Teresa Stratas. He has also performed major operatic roles in theatres and opera houses in Miami, Palm Beach, Birmingham, Corpus Christi, Hamburg, Innsbruck, Graz, Darmstadt, Aachen, Warsaw, Hamburg, La Scala, Milan, Amsterdam and Mexico City. He sang in Aachen (Germany) for five years with his wife, Sarah Schumann-Halley, before returning to the United States, where he has had an active performing and teaching career.
Saturday, January 24
SENIOR RECITAL, Jocelyn Lee Jia Yin, piano, 6 p.m., Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (200A).
PITTSBURGH SYMPHONy CONCERT, “Piano Superstar Gabriela Montero,” 7:30 p.m., Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre. Ticketed Event. Conductor: James Gaffigan, Gabriela Montero, piano. This performance, featuring young American conductor James Gaffigan, opens with a piece by returning Composer of the year Mason Bates, who blends contemporary symphonic music and electronic. Gabriela Montero then dazzles in Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major, which is soaked in jazz elements throughout a romantic concerto structure. (Don’t rush off when the concerto ends—Montero will treat us with her signature encore improvisations!) Wagner’s poignant “Good Friday Spell,” from his final, revelatory masterpiece “Parsifal,” follows and describes the innocent main character’s attempt to redeem himself of sin and strive for salvation. It is followed by Mendelssohn’s stirring Symphony No. 5, entitled “Reformation,” confessing faith in the Lutheran Church. Tickets can only be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900, or by visiting www.pittsburghsymphony.org/wvu. Student tickets are $13 per concert and can be purchased at www.pittsburghsymphony.org/wvustudent. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door, beginning at 5:30 p.m. on the evening of the performance. A pre-concert talk led by Jim Cunningham, artistic director of WQED-FM and host of the station’s “Morning Show,” will begin at 6:30 p.m. and is free to ticket holders. Program notes for the evening’s concert are available online at www.pittsburghsymphony.org or on the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra mobile app, which is available on both Android and Apple platforms.
Sunday, January 25
DOCTORAL RECITAL, Michael Anne Tolan, saxophone, 3 p.m., Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (200A).
DOCTORAL RECITAL, “From the Unknown Isle,” songs of France, by David O’Donnell, tenor, with pianist Sora Lee, 5 p.m., Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (200A). Featuring works by Berlioz, Ravel, and Duparc.
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