2018 is a milestone for the visual and performing arts at Colorado State University, marking the tenth anniversary of the official opening of the University Center for the Arts.
It was a classic Colorado fall day when the University Center for the Arts celebrated its grand opening a decade ago. Since then, the world-class facility, which houses the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art, and the Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising, has provided the space forthese CSU entities and students to reachnew levels of creativity, excellence, and recognition. The UCA has also become acherished cultural center for Northern Colorado, presenting more than 200 events each year; this year, CSU student tickets remain free, adult tickets are just $10, and the museums are always free.
After a successful decade in the state-of-the-art building, there is much to celebrate and the festivities kick off with a 10th Anniversary Celebration and Open House on Sunday, Sept. 23, 1-3 p.m. The open house is free and open to the public, however, registration is appreciated: advancing.colostate.edu/UCAOPENHOUSE2018
The event features the University Center for the Arts (UCA) in action, showcasing performance, studio, exhibition, classroom, design, and clinical spaces. Guests will have the opportunity to experience CSU music ensembles, dance classes, theatrical rehearsals, museum programing, technical production workshops, costume fittings, and many other hands-on activities throughout the afternoon.
Attendees are encouraged to enjoy the gardens, bring a blanket and sit on the lawn, and purchase fare from local food trucks parked on site.
“Thousands of patrons attend our events each year, but the open house is intended to give the public an inside look at how the UCA provides a professional environment for our students each and every day,” said Dan Goble, director of the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. “This ‘day in the life’ view of the UCA features students engaged in the creative process…from dance to costume construction to jazz to orchestral performance. This is a day not to be missed!”
Open house activities
Music: The University Symphony Orchestra and Wind Symphony take the stage in Griffin Concert Hall and the Chamber Choir raises their collective voice in Runyon Rehearsal Hall. The jazz students host a jam session in the Instrumental Rehearsal Hall…bring your instrument and sit in! Wish the Casavant Organ a happy 50th with performances by Joel Bacon and organ students in the Organ Recital Hall. The music therapy clinic hosts demonstration sessions and the music technology lab gives guests a chance to create a piece of music on the spot.
Theatre: See a live rehearsal of CSU Theatre’s upcoming production of The Laramie Projectin the University Theatre, then go across the hall to the Studio Theatre for a reprise performance of Eh, Joeby Samuel Beckett. Stop by the scene shop where students build the set for the next show, then try on a costume in the costume shop (be sure to take a selfie). Design a set in the CAD lab, join an improvisation techniques workshop, and don’t miss the musical theatre workshop led by Broadway veterans Noah Racey and Patty Goble.
Dance: In the University Theatre, take a behind the scenes look at the making of our Fall Dance Concert with CSU faculty artists Madeline and Matthew Harvey. In the studios, experience the joy of movement in open technique classes led by Judy Bejarano and Amber Mazurana, with live accompaniment by David McArthur, and join Lisa Morgan for a presentation on how CSU Dance engages with our community. Finally, treat yourself to a stretch and strengthen class with Dance Professor Chung-Fu Chang.
The Gregory Allicar Museum of Art presents examples of two popular program series. The Music in the Museum Concert Series, presented in The Hartford-Tandstad Galleries, explores the cross-fertilization between music and the visual arts, offering free concerts by CSU music faculty, accompanied by brief historical background given by faculty from the Department of Art and Art History. Story & Studio at the Museum, a program series for children presented in the Robert W. Hoffert Learning Center, begins with a storybook reading, the book chosen to connect with works of art on display in the museum. A hands-on art activity follows, led by art education students.
The Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising: Celebrate the museum’s historic apparel and textiles and see how closely they link to the realms of music, theatre, dance, and the fine arts. Try your hand at textile skills such as weaving, stitching, and sewing, and enjoy a fascinating, event-only display of the many different types of mannequins the museum uses in its presentation of historic clothing and textiles of many cultures. For example, the body shape of 1850 is very different from 1950, and Peru is a long, long way from Uzbekistan — we’ll explain how and why the mannequin matters!
Celebrate by naming a seat
In celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the University Center for the Arts, those with a passion for CSU and the performing arts are invited to become part of CSU history by naming a seat in the UCA. With a gift of $250 to a music, theatre, or dance scholarship, the donor’s name will be placed on a seat in the theatre of their choice. Through Name a Seatgifts, the next generation of CSU students can pursue their dreams of artistic and academic excellence. Name a Seat online now at nameaseat.colostate.edu.