VAPA showcase: student, faculty performances in November

Kate Marlett 

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     Attending student performances at UCCS is one way to get involved and support the Visual and Performing Arts department. Taking the time to visit a performance is also a worthwhile endeavor for many students, especially for those who enjoy performing arts. 

     VAPA already presented a senior recital on Nov. 7 and junior recital on Nov. 12, and are set to showcase a variety of other performances this month. Read on to learn more about upcoming performances, which are free for UCCS students to attend and will primarily be hosted at the Ent Center for the Arts. 

Peak FreQuency Presents: SonLingua Ensemble, “Fertile Worlds,” Nov. 13 

     The debut of the SonLingua Ensemble will feature Jane Rigler, flute; Colin McAllister, guitar; Haleh Abghari, voice; and Andrés Carrizo, piano and composition. The ensemble is based in Colorado Springs and collaborates with Indigenous American poets who write in their native languages. 

     According to the VAPA events website, the ensemble is focused on raising the voices of Indigenous Americans. “Many Indigenous languages are endangered, due to the lack of educational opportunities afforded these groups in their native tongues. In light of this, there are several Indigenous American poets who write poetry in their native language, as both a gesture of defiance and a means of preservation,” the website reads. 

     The performance will feature works by György Kurtág, George Benjamin, Iddo Aharony (assistant professor of composition at Colorado College), Stuart Saunders Smith and Raven Chacon, a Navajo Nation member and sound artist/composer. 

     The SonLingua Ensemble will perform at Chapman Foundations Recital Hall in the Ent Center on Nov. 13 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.  

     UCCS students can attend this performance for free. General admission is $10 and senior and military admission costs are $8. Ticket reservations can be made at [email protected] or by visiting the Ent Center ticketing page.  

Glen Whitehead, director, Jazz Ensemble, Nov. 16 

     The Jazz Ensemble course focuses on jazz in the 21st century. Glen Whitehead will direct the Jazz Ensemble on Nov. 16 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Shockley-Zalabak Theater at the Ent Center. 

     UCCS students receive free admission to this student ensemble performance. General admission for this event is $7, while senior and military admission is $5. 

Solveig Olsen, director, University Choir, Nov. 17 

     The University Choir, directed by Solveig Olsen, focuses on a broad range of choral music from around the world. The University Choir will perform on Wednesday, Nov. 17 in Chapmen Recital Hall located in the Ent Center. This event takes place from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. 

     UCCS students can attend this performance for free. General admission to this performance is $7, while senior and military tickets are $5. 

Glen Whitehead, director, Symphony 21: UCCS Symphony Orchestra, Nov. 20 

     The Symphony 21: UCCS Symphony Orchestra features expanded brass, woodwind and percussion sections. The orchestra, directed by Glen Whitehead, is set to perform on Saturday, Nov. 20 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Shockley-Zalabak Theater in the Ent Center. 

     UCCS students can attend this performance for free. General admission to this performance is $7, while senior and military tickets are $5. Tickets can be reserved by visiting the Ent Center ticketing page.   

Lauren Rosenthal McManus, FEARS: Female Emerging Artists Residency Series “Headwaters to Heartlands,” Nov. 5 to Dec. 3 

     Lauren Rosenthal is a New Jersey based artist who is the VAPA Female Emerging Artist Residency Series resident for the fall semester. Focusing on map-making and cartography in her work, she creates art that focuses on the boundaries of natural watersheds. 

     According to the UCCS VAPA events website, “Her practice is centered on creating large, site-specific, temporary wall drawing murals of regional watersheds using pigments made from rocks and soil collected along their banks.” 

     Some of the works on display will include prints, a drawing of the Fountain Creek watershed and a folio titled “Political / Hydrological: A Watershed Remapping of the Contiguous United States.” This folio reimagines the state boundaries of the continental United States based on their natural watershed boundaries. 

     The FEARS “Headwaters to Heartlands” exhibit is located at GOCA Downtown, 121 S. Tejon Street, Suite 100. Gallery hours are 12 to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday. For more information on this event, visit this link. 

A piano in the Ent Center. Photo courtesy of Chuck Bigger / UCCS Photography Database.