May 2010

Dr. Brant Pope Appointed Chair of Department of Theatre and Dance

Dr. Brant Pope, currently head of the Department of Theatre at The University of Illinois, has been appointed chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at The University of Texas at Austin, effective June 1, 2010.

Two Art and Art History Faculty Members Named 2010 Guggenheim Fellows

Two faculty members in the Department of Art and Art History, Lawrence McFarland and Troy Brauntuch, have each been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in New York City. The prestigious fellowships are granted annually, based on demonstrated achievement and exceptional promise for productive scholarship and creative ability.

Austin Alumni Reception

We’d like to thank the COFA alumni who joined us last Thursday in the recently renovated Bass Concert Hall in the College of Fine Arts. Alums reconnected with past friends and faculty, created new networks and heard an update on the college from Dean Doug Dempster. A special congratulations to Jin Kyung Kim, Amy Wilson Drizhal, Ludek Drizhal, Charles Bryan and Anne-Marie McKaskle, who each won tickets to events in the college next school year. For more pictures from the reception, click here, or you can also view them on our Facebook site.

Longhorn Music Presents Saxophone Choir CD, Over the Rainbow and Bach Again

Longhorn Music proudly announces its latest release: Over the Rainbow and Bach Again. This disc features the Butler School of Music Saxophone Choir, Tex Sax, performing an eclectic mix of classical favorites, movie soundtrack standards, and new music for saxophone choir under the direction of Professor of Saxophone Harvey Pittel. The disc will be available for retail sale on May 25.

Texas Performing Arts Presents an Evening with José Carreras

Texas Performing Arts presents an evening with world-renowned Spanish Catalan tenor José Carreras in recital with pianist Lorenzo Bavai on Saturday, June 19, 2010 at Bass Concert Hall.

And, plan to attend a pre-performance lecture hosted by Robert DeSimone, professor of music and director of the UT Butler Opera Center. Professor DeSimone has worked with major opera theatres in Europe and in the U.S.

Professor of Playwriting Presents Work at ZACH Theatre

An original comedy written and directed by Professor of Playwriting and Screenwriting Steven Dietz, Becky’s New Car tells the life-affirming story of an eccentric millionaire who offers Becky the keys to a brand new life. This romantic farce offers a fantastically funny exploration of class, wealth and selling out during Becky’s wild ride through a clever twist of events. Huge laughs, hairpin plot turns and a story with the pedal to the metal is sure to delight Austin audiences and inspire them to live more fiercely.

Butler School of Music Receives 10 Austin Critics Table Nominations

The Butler School of Music recently received 10 Austin Critics Table nominations across the spectrum of Classical Music Categories. Nominations include kudos for ensembles such as UT Symphony Orchestra, UT Combined Choirs, and the Butler Opera Center. Anne Akiko Meyers and Anton Nel received two nominations for their February Jessen Series concert, and individual nominations were given to UT Students Cristina Caldas, Brad Raymond, and Steven Snowden.

Texas Exes Host Alumni College

Held for the first time in 1977, Alumni College is a multi-day program, which brings some of the university’s most renowned faculty members together with interested alumni for presentations on a variety of subjects of local and worldwide appeal and concern. This year’s event will be June 22-25. Our very own Professor Glenn Richter from the Butler School of Music will speak about the business of music. Participants and Pre-K-12 teachers attending Alumni College can register to receive Continuing Professional Education credits from the UT College of Education.