November 2009

Bass Concert Hall #7 on Worldwide Theatre Venue List

Texas Performing Arts’ flagship venue, Bass Concert Hall, has moved from number 13 (mid-year ranking) to number 7 on the top 100 Worldwide Theatre Venues with 215,237 tickets sold for events between January 1 and September 30, 2009, according to Pollstar, the trade journal for touring artists, booking agents and performance venues.

Undergraduate Students Teach at Stephen F. Austin University Dance Workshop

In performance, one never knows where they may find inspiration. For B.F.A. in Dance candidates, Lisa Kobdish and Mariclaire Gamble, it all started with YouTube. “We were attracted to a video where middle-aged men slapped high fives and then looked towards the camera,” Kobdish said. From that video, the students collaborated to create High Five Jive, an original dance work exploring the motifs of gesturing the high five.

Dave Woody (MFA, Studio Art, 2007) received first prize for his photograph portrait, Laura, in the National Portrait Gallery’s 2009 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition.

Woody comments on his work, “I am never really attracted to photographing subjects who are totally self-aware or self-confident, as I’m more interested in those people who move through this world with a quiet grace. Spending time with friends allows me to see them in a certain light where their mask drops and something soft and inviting is seen, and I’ll think of making a photograph of them.”

Assistant Professor Receives University Co-op Fine Arts Award

Michelle Habeck, Assistant Professor of Lighting Design in the Department of Theatre and Dance, has received the 2009 University Co-op Fine Arts Award. Presented at the Four Seasons Hotel by Doug Dempster, dean of the College of Fine Arts, the award provides annual recognition for outstanding UT Austin faculty achievement in the visual and performing arts.

Butler Opera Center & Sibelius Academy Present House of the Sun

In late October, students and faculty from the Butler Opera Center and the Sibelius Academy of Helsinki, Finland collaborated to mount a joint production of House of the Sun, an opera by acclaimed Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara.

Notre-Dame Organist Performs at The Butler School of Music

On Monday evening, October 19th, the Butler School of Music presented Olivier Latry, acclaimed organist at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Paris, in concert on the magnificent Visser-Rowland tracker organ in Bates Auditorium.

Career Services and Fine Arts Students Head to NYC

College of Fine Arts Career Services and students from the college will travel to New York City for the 7th Annual NYC Seminar, March 14-17. While in New York City, students will have the opportunity to meet and interact with arts professionals.