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Kim Perlak (D.M.A., ’08)

Kim Perlak (D.M.A., ’08) is a classical guitarist, scholar, and educator whose versatile and inclusive approach to music values new composition, multi-stylistic collaboration, the expression of American culture, and public service.

Perlak is on the faculty of Concordia University Texas, Austin Community College, and the National Guitar Workshop. 

See Perlak this Sunday, April 3rd at 3pm at Concordia University-Texas for "Ben and I Play for Peace," an instrumental concert in the classical and jazz styles.  This concert will help raise money for disabled children in Iraq.  Suggested donations for this event are $25 for general admission and $10 for students.

Posted: Wednesday, March 30, 2011

"Ben & I Play for Peace": A National Concert Event

Austin Business News

Butler School of Music Alumni have joined forces with 13yr old guitarist Ben Werdegar, CNN Hero Brad Blauser, and classical musicians from across the country to purchase wheelchairs for disabled children in Iraq. This concert event, “Ben & I Play for Peace” will take place on April 3, 2011 at 3 p.m. in Austin, TX and in two “sister cities” - Denver, CO and Sarasota, FL. The proceeds will benefit Blauser’s “Wheelchairs for Iraqi Kids”, adding to Ben’s personal fund raising total of $19,000 - which he raised by playing at his neighborhood coffee shop in San Francisco. This event was conceived by Austin guitarist and professor Dr. Kim Perlak (Butler School of Music - DMA 2008) after meeting Werdegar at the 2010 Verdery Guitar Masterclass in Kihei, Maui, run by critically acclaimed guitarist/composer Benjamin Verdery. The Austin program will include the world premiere of a work by composed by Verdery especially for this event. Perlak and Werdegar will be joined by additional Butler School of Music Alumni: Karla Hamelin, cello; Ellen Johnson, flute; Blythe Cates, voice; Eric Miller, bassoon; Tenly Williams, oboe; Josh Davies, trumpet; Amy Harris, violin. For ticket information and to donate, please visit: www.kimperlak.com  and click on "ben-and-i-play-for-peace". WHERE: Austin Concert: Concordia University Auditorium; Building A; 11400 Concordia Univevrsity Drive; Austin, TX 78726 - WHEN: Sunday April 3, 2011 @ 3pm  ADMISSION: Donations accepted at the door.

Posted: Sunday, March 27, 2011

Mary Margaret Pipkin (B.F.A., Studio Art, 1973 and M.F.A., 1975)

Join M.M. Pipkin (B.F.A., Studio Art, 1973 and M.F.A., 1975) for a walk with nature. Come explore the gardens and forests that have captivated Pipkin’s attention for the past 30 years. Pipkin is noted for her large-scale and intimate watercolors exploring the beauty of the natural world. From flowers and fallen leaves, to the Blue Ridge Mountains and forests, Pipkin celebrates the splendor of nature through transparent color and light. She invites you to share in the wonder of the natural world March 2nd- April 27th at the North Carolina Botanical Garden.  A reception with Pipkin will be held Sunday, March 20th from 2-4pm in the DeBerry Gallery for Botanical Art and Illustration.

Posted: Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Maxine Graham Price (B.F.A., 1959)

Maxine Graham Price (B.F.A., 1959) is part of the Best of Texas exhibition at the Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery in Austin, TX. An Artists’ Reception will be held on Friday, March 4th from 6:30 – 9:30 pm. RSVP to 512/478-4440 to attend.

Posted: Wednesday, March 2, 2011

B. Suzanne Hassler (M.A., '91)

B. Suzanne Hassler (M.A., ’91) received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship to attend the NEA Journalism Institute in Classical Music and Opera at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in fall 2010. The institute, co-directed by András Szántó and Anya Grundmann, included study with noted artistic director and author Joseph Horowitz. In addition to daily sessions taught by Columbia University faculty and invited experts, the institute included performances by Joshua Bell, Jeremy Denk, René Pape, Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera, and the New York Philharmonic.

For more information on the NEA Arts Journalism Institute visit http://www.journalism.columbia.edu/page/217-nea-arts-journalism-institute-in-classical-music-and-opera/218.

Posted: Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Shaun Patrick Tubbs cast in "The Book of Grace"

Zach 2010-2011 Production Season

Shaun Patrick Tubbs (MFA Acting ’10) was cast in The Book of Grace Written and Directed by Pulitzer Prize-winner Suzan-Lori Parks, at Zach. Opens June 2, 2011

A South Texas family breaks through familial borders when a young man named Snake returns home, lured by his stepmother Grace, to reunite with his father, a border patrol agent. The prodigal son confronts his father, and fences are erected as everyday life erupts into a battle for personal survival. At once fiercely intimate and explosive, this surprising and truly original play finds three people bound together by longing, passion and ambition.

Posted: Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Lauren Williams joins the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders

Lauren Williams (BA Theatre and Dance ’09) is a Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader.

Posted: Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Marie S. Brown at the 808 Gallery in Boston

Marie S. Brown (M.F.A., Directing, 2010) just completed a very exciting project directing a collaborative group of artists called TRIIIBE in a major exhibition at the 808 Gallery in Boston, MA. A selection of pieces from this show were then moved to the Dodge Gallery in NYC where they will reside for another few weeks. Since then, Brown has been collaborating with several artists from this group on two different new projects: the production of a stop animation film and a reproduction of The Nomadic Dream Project at the Prague Quadrennial, which was first created by an ensemble of UT students for the 2009 Cohen New Works Festival.

Posted: Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Mark Schatz (M.F.A., Studio Art, 2005)

Mark Schatz (M.F.A., Studio Art, 2005), currently teaching art at Kent State, will have work in an upcoming show called New Image Sculpture at the McNay in San Antonio. He will be attending the member’s preview on February 15th and at the general opening on the 16th. The show will be up through May 8th.

Posted: Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Marie S. Brown (M.F.A., Directing, 2010)

Marie S. Brown (M.F.A., Directing, 2010) just completed a very exciting project directing a collaborative group of artists called TRIIIBE in a major exhibition at the 808 Gallery in Boston, MA. A selection of pieces from this show were then moved to the Dodge Gallery in NYC where they will reside for another few weeks. Since then, Brown has been collaborating with several artists from this group on two different new projects: the production of a stop animation film and a reproduction of The Nomadic Dream Project at the Prague Quadrennial, which was first created by an ensemble of UT students for the 2009 Cohen New Works Festival.

Posted: Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Mike Osborne (M.F.A., Studio Art, 2006)

Mike Osborne (M.F.A., Studio Art, 2006) will soon open Papers and Trains, an exhibition at the Holly Johnson Gallery in Dallas from January 8 – February 12, 2011. To read a recent article about Mike in The New Yorker, click here.

Posted: Friday, January 7, 2011

Nate Heiges (B.F.A., 2001 and B.A. Plan II Honors, 2002)

Nate Heiges (B.F.A., 2001 and B.A. Plan II Honors, 2002) will be exhibiting new work in Khaki Dreams of Plush, at Primetime in Brooklyn. The show will include a large drawing, fabric pieces and, of course, a drinks piece.

The opening event will be on Wednesday, January 19th from 6 to 9 pm.

Posted: Friday, January 7, 2011

Cherise Lukow (B.M., Music Performance, 2009)

Cherise Lukow (B.M., Music Performance, 2009) moved to Paris after graduation, and has performed as a FAVA guest artist for the city of Paris at both the l’Hôtel de Ville de Paris and la Residence de l’Ambassadeur des Etats-Unis. She was awarded the top prize for female voice in FAVA’s Grands Concours de Chant, and signed with the Added-Lewis International Artists Agency. She also received the first prize mention marked “à l’unanimité avec les félicitations du jury” at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris.

Posted: Thursday, January 6, 2011

Hehmsoth awarded MacDowell Fellowship in music composition

http://www.macdowellcolony.org/

Posted: Monday, December 6, 2010

MFA '10 Talleri McRae becomes Education Associate at Stage One Children's Theatre

MFA ’10 Talleri McRae is now an Education Associate for the acclaimed Stage One Children’s Theatre in Louisville, KY.

Posted: Friday, December 3, 2010

Sunyong Chung (B.A., Studio Art, 1981)

Sunyong Chung (B.A., Studio Art, 1981) will hold a Holiday Sale at Ginko Studios in Austin, TX on Saturday, Dec. 11th from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 12th from noon – 4 p.m.

Posted: Thursday, December 2, 2010

Catherine Rogers (M.F.A., Drama, '93)

Catherine Rogers (M.F.A., Drama, ’93) will be in The Sudden Death of Everyone at the Manhattan Theatre Source on November 10th at 7 p.m. and Friday, November 12th at 7 p.m. Click here for tickets.

Posted: Monday, November 8, 2010

Julia Lorenz-Olsen, BA 2008, performs as Ophelia

Austin 360

Hamlet, staged at Boggy Creek Cemetery, ran through November 6.

Posted: Thursday, November 4, 2010

Jennifer McCamish (B.A., Dance, '96)

Jennifer McCamish (B.A., Dance, ’96) opened Dancers Shape in Austin, TX. Holding classes in yoga and pilates, this new studio is also introducing a new style of fitness to Austin, called Dancers Shape, which incorporates aspects from ballet, yoga, pilates and traditional circuit training. Grand opening specials are available through Dec. 31st.

Posted: Thursday, October 28, 2010

Clare Croft (Ph.D., Theatre, '10)

Clare Croft (Ph.D., Theatre, ’10) currently holds a prestigious post-doc at the University of Michigan. She is the recipient of the Sally Banes Biennial Publication Prize for the best publication that explores the intersections of theatre and dance/movement from the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR).

Posted: Thursday, October 28, 2010