September 2010

Landmarks Presents Animal by David Ellis at the New Visual Arts Center

David Ellis’ motion painting Animal, created in residence at The University of Texas at Austin, was premiered on September 24th at the inauguration of the new Visual Arts Center.

The commission represents the first work of video art to be acquired by the university’s growing public art collection and initiates the only ongoing presentation of artists’ videos on campus.

Butler School of Music Faculty Receive High Accolades

Faculty members from across the Butler School of Music have recently received a host of noteworthy accolades. Those faculty include Lorenzo Candelaria, Andrew Dell’Antonio, Robert Duke, Marianne Gedigian, Judith A. Jellison, and Brian Lewis.

VAC: Grand Opening Celebration Weekend Was a Success!

Jean Claire van Ryzin, from the Austin American-Statesman, wrote a glowing review of the grand opening. To stay updated with the Visual Arts Center, check their website for event postings.

Texas Performing Arts Presents Early-Music Superstar Jordi Savall

“The term ‘early-music superstar’ is surely an oxymoron…but Jordi Savall comes close to being one” – The New York Times

Texas Performing Arts’ 2010-2011 Season is proud to highlight Mexico’s 2010 Bicentennial and Centennial celebrations with performances that emphasize the richness and diversity of Mexican performing arts. Texas Performing Arts’ ArtesAméricas program presents a very special evening with early-music icon Jordi Savall and an assembly of musicians to present his latest offering of historical world music, Sunday, October 3 at Bates Recital Hall.

Butler School of Music Announces the Butler Society Annual Giving Program

The Butler School announced its new annual giving program, The Butler Society, at the third annual Faculty Gala Concert in September. Named for philanthropists Sarah and Ernest Butler, the Butler Society was established this year to recognize and honor individuals, corporations, and foundations who make a philanthropic investment in the Butler School. Members of the Butler Society will be recognized in the school publication Words of Note, on the school’s website, and in the concert programs of Butler Featured Events.

From Classroom to the Real World: Fine Arts Students Put Their Degrees to Work

Nine fine arts students are sharing their internship experiences via the Fine Arts Career Services Blog . The blogs are part of the Fine Arts Internship course. Students enrolled in the course not only reflect on their experiences, but also discuss and analyze the impact of what they learn in their degree programs, gain practical experience at the internship site, and put this in the context of their own professional aspirations.

UT Trumpet Alumni Perform 90th Birthday Tribute for Ray Crisara

Celebrating the 90th birthday of Professor Emeritus of Trumpet Ray Crisara is a grand tribute performance by students and colleagues, taking place at the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music on Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 7:30 PM in Bates Recital Hall.

50th Anniversary of The Fantasticks

On October 15-16, the Department of Theatre and Dance will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of THE FANTASTICKS and its creators, College of Fine Arts alumni Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones. This weekend-long event will include guest artist panel discussions moderated by arts leaders from the Austin community. Austin American-Statesman’s Michael Barnes, The Austin Chronicle’s Robert Faires, and ZACH Theatre’s Dave Steakley will host UT alumni and accomplished professionals in their respective fields, as they head conversations highlighting the impact of new work, the magic of musical theatre and Broadway, the business behind commercial success and careers beyond the stage and screen. Read more about these guest artists and panels at