April 2014


  Vol. 10, No. 16, April 2014

Austin Cultural Campus Concert Crawl 

Join graduate student chamber groups from the Butler School of Music for a mini-concert series during the Austin’s Cultural Campus (ACC) Concert Crawl. Talented students will perform across ACC locations, including Mark di Suvero's Clock Knot in the Landmarks collection. Performances will also take place at the Harry Ransom Center, the Blanton Museum of Art and the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. Concerts begin at 1p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Travel from each location and enjoy an inspiring afternoon of music, history, art and fun. Visit this page for more information.

Sunday, April 6
UT Campus
1 - 4 p.m. 


Menuhin Competition is a Wrap 

The biennial Menuhin International Competition for Young Violinists, hosted by the Butler School of Music, concluded its 10-day run March 2 with a sold-out Closing Gala Concert at the Long Center. The Junior and Senior division First Prize winners performed with the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra, conducted by UT music alum, Dr. Brett Mitchell (M.M., 2003, D.M.A., 2005). Most of the competition rounds as well as concerts, masterclasses and lectures took place in the Butler School of Music and at UT Austin’s McCullough Theatre.

The Menuhin Competition’s First Prize in the Senior division went to 17-year-old Stephen Waarts, a Dutch-American studying at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Waarts received a $10,000 prize as well as a one-year loan of a fine Italian violin. 14-year-old Rennosuke Fukuda of Japan was named the First Prize winner among the Juniors; he received $7,000 and a one-year loan of a fine Italian violin.

Fukuda and Waarts were named the winners from among 42 competitors hailing from around the world, 16 of whom were Americans. The Butler School of Music’s hosting of the 2014 Menuhin Competition garnered favorable press from local, state, national and international media, including the Austin American-Statesman, Austin Chronicle, The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio), San Francisco Classical Voice and La Scena Musicale (Canada).


Professor Joan Lazarus Honored as a 2014 "Texas 10"

Nominated by alumni, Theatre and Dance Professor Joan Lazarus is celebrated as one of the "10 most talented and inspiring UT Professors ever to walk the Forty Acres." Her unique practice is collaborative, democratic and based in art-making that generates dialogue about issues of personal and social import. Congratulations to Professor Lazarus and all the wonderful faculty at UT. 

Longhorn Band Takes Over Jimmy Kimmel 


Jimmy Kimmel broadcasted his late-night show live from Austin during SXSW. A week ahead of time the show contacted the UT Longhorn Band and requested that the band and a Big Bertha make an appearance. Watch Big Bertha and her 15 minutes of fame and then see the Longhorn Band perform with Aloe Blacc


The Department of Art and Art History Celebrates 75 Years

The Department of Art and Art History invites its alumni, faculty and friends to celebrate its 75th anniversary on Saturday, April 5. From 2 - 5 p.m., enjoy an open house full of activities while exploring the art building and learning about emerging technology in the arts. Alumni are invited to stay for a reception in the Visual Arts Center from 5 - 7 p.m. For more information on events and to RSVP for the alumni reception, please visit the department's 75th anniversary website.


The Department of Theatre and Dance Presents the Tony Award Winning Musical, In the Heights

A captivating journey into New York’s vibrant Washington Heights community, In the Heights runs April 9 - 19 at the B. Iden Payne Theatre. Join us for a pre-performance reception celebrating Theatre and Dance's 75th Anniversary on April 11. 

Buy your tickets to In the Heights. 


Texas Performing Arts Presents Bobby McFerrin 

Ten-time Grammy Award-winner, Bobby McFerrin comes to Bass Concert Hall on Thursday, April 24. McFerrin has dazzled audiences all over the world, blurring the  distinction between pop music and fine art. With his new project, spirityouall, Bobby re-imagines Americana with beloved spirituals and original tunes, embracing bluegrass and the baroque, heartfelt lyrics and wordless melodies, joy and sorrow.

Buy Tickets to Bobby McFerrin


Landmarks Video Presents Papillon D'Amour by Nicolas Provost 

By subjecting fragments from the film Rashomon by Akira Kurosawa to the mirror effect, Nicolas Provost creates a hallucinating scene of a woman‘s reverse chrysalis into an imploding butterfly. Papillon d’amour produces skewed reflections upon love, its lyrical monstrosities and wounded act of disappearance. Videos are screened in the ART building’s atrium from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.                         Visit this page for more information.




Inaugural 40 Hours for the Forty Acres 

This is the final year of the historic Campaign for Texas, and to celebrate its success, for 40 Hours, April 3 to 4, students and alumni have the chance to make a gift and raise $40,000 for the Forty Acres. Let your burnt orange pride show and join your fellow Longhorns for the inaugural 40 Hours for the Forty Acres. 

Visit the 40 for 40 website for updates and to donate. 



Alumni in the News

Marcia Green Santore (B.F.A. Studio Art, 1982) is curating the exhibition MOMMA at the Silver Center for the Arts at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, NH. Responding to a society that sentimentalizes mothers, but does not always respect them, the show features four artist-mothers (including Santore) and explores themes of motherhood from the visceral, to the emotional, to the intellectual. In conjunction with the exhibit is a screening of the documentary film about artist-mothers, Who Does She Think She Is, on March 10 followed by a panel discussion with Santore and some of the other artists from MOMMA. The show runs March 3 - April 11.

Catherine Rogers (M.F.A. Playwriting, 1993, Michener Fellow) has published her short story “After Three Tangos” in the Gettysburg Review Spring 2014 issue. She recently returned to the U.S. from her second Fulbright fellowship in Greece (2009, 2013). At Aristotle University Thessaloniki and in Athens, Rogers led the workshops “Understanding Illness and Trauma through Narrative” with students, physicians and health care professionals, artists, writers and fellow Fulbright alumni. She is currently an M.S. candidate in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University.

Michael Sieben (B.A. Studio Art, 1989) continues to receive praise for his first solo exhibit, It Will All Happen Again, which is now on display at the VAC through May 10. He was most recently reviewed in the Austin American-Statesman

Matthew Crump (B.F.A. Acting, 1988) passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, March 2. Crump was part of the SXSW Gaming Team and worked passionately in preparation for this year's SXSW Gaming Expo. His expertise and upbeat attitude will be missed by many in the Austin community. 

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