February 2012

Butler School of Music and Texas Memorial Museum present a free, family concert for Explore UT

The Music Expedition at the Texas Memorial Museum is a “scavenger hunt” concert for families with young children. Audiences will enjoy the fascinating and fun exhibits of Texas Memorial Museum while encountering musical games and interactive concerts hidden throughout the museum building. Prizes are available for children who complete the musical exploration of the museum. This event is presented as part of Explore UT, a campus-wide event described as the "Biggest Open House in Texas!", where visitors of all ages can experience a variety of programs spanning all disciplines.

In the College of Fine Arts, you can take a behind-the-scenes tour of the theater building, march with the Longhorn Band, make a Texas-sized print with a steamroller, explore public art with student docents from Landmarks, and more. Explore UT is Saturday, March 3, 2012 from 11am to 1pm across campus. 

2012 Maya Meetings: "Beyond the Glyphs: Ancient Maya Inscriptions as Literature"

The 2012 Maya Meetings will take place at Casa Herrera, UT Austin's academic conference center for Mesoamerican studies. The Casa Herrera, located near the center of Antigua, Guatemala, focuses on the varied and inter-related disciplines that contribute to the study of Pre-Columbian art, archeology, history and culture.

The 2012 Maya Meetings will offer a combination of learning workshops and a Symposium. Workshops focusing on hieroglyphs will run for four days from March 12 through March 14. The Symposium will take place on March 15. For more information, see the Maya Meetings or Casa Herrera websites.

So Percussion Returns to Texas Performing Arts

Coined New York City's "experimental powerhouse" by The Village Voice, So Percussion is America's premiere modern performance ensemble. After a sold-out performance at McCullough Theatre in 2010, they return to Texas Performing Arts, along with guest composer Cenk Ergun, violist Beth Meyers, and students from the Butler School of Music, to present the Austin premiere of a new program commemorating the life and work of composer John Cage in his 100th birthday year.

So Percussion will return to McCullough Theatre on March 6th and 7th at 8:00pm. Tickets can be purchased here.

Studio Art Professor Teresa Hubbard Screens Film in Saint Louis

In 2002, Department of Art and Art History faculty member Teresa Hubbard and fellow artist Alexander Birchler filmed Single Wide, a gripping six-minute story about the life of a young woman living in a trailer home. Originally screened in 2004 at the Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, it will debut again at the Saint Louis Art Museum for the first time as a fully remastered, high-definition video installation.

Curated by Tricia Y. Paik, Teresa Hubbard/Alexander Birchler: Single Wide will be on view in Gallery 301 from January 13 to March 25, 2012. 

Run with the Horns

Join your fellow Longhorns for a new Texas tradition -- The Longhorn Run! On Saturday, April 14, students, alumni and friends will have the option of running or walking a 10K or 2 mile course. Benefitting the UT Student Government and Recreational Sports Excellence Funds, the run begins and ends at Gregory Gym. Need a little inspiration? Watch this.

Butler Opera Center Announces First Production for Spring 2012

"New York Stories", a contemporary opera written by Daron Hagen, debuted in its entirety on February 24 at the Butler Opera Center. Two performances remain for 7:30pm in the McCullough Theatre (PAC Building) on Friday, March 2 and Sunday, March 4. Advance tickets are available through Texas Performing Arts. General tickets are $20, seniors and UT faculty/staff tickets are $17, and student tickets are $10.

"New York Stories" consists of three one-act operas that take place in three separate New York City apartments. The one-acts have been performed individually, but this iteration is the premiere of the work as a trilogy, complete with its original instrumentation for solo piano.  

Theatre & Dance Students Meet with Wicked Actor David Nathan Perlow

In conjunction with the Texas Performing Arts Campus and Community Engagement program, students in the Musical Theatre Workshop class had a chance to pick the brain of Broadway actor David Nathan Perlow, who portrayed Fiyero in Wicked's run at Bass Concert Hall from January 25 through February 12. The "Wicked Audition Technique Workshop" helped students prepare songs that they then sung in front of Perlow, who gave them feedback and advice on their performance. Other professional visitors to the department include the dance captains from West Side Story and South Pacific, and cast members from Beauty and the Beast.

Butler School of Music Hosts Water Table at the LIVESTRONG Austin Marathon & Half-Marathon

During the LIVESTRONG Marathon and Half Marathon, the Butler School of Music sponsored a water table on the race's course near Camp Mabry. Over 50 volunteers gathered early on a crisp Sunday morning to prepare handing out water to the 20,000 runners registered for the race.

The Butler School of Music (BSOM) was the only arts organization and the first school from UT Austin to participate in the race's 26 for 26 charity benefit program. Evan Leslie, outreach coordinator for the school recruited and organized the volunteers representing BSOM.