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Drake piano professor and students to kick off concert series

Nicholas Roth, associate professor of piano, and Drake piano students will present the inaugural concert in the Keys to Excellence Piano Concert Series 2013-2014 on Dec. 2.
November 26, 2013

Drake Jazz Ensemble One to hold CD release concert

On Nov. 21, the Drake Jazz Program will host a concert in the Turner Jazz Center for the release of its new CD.
November 19, 2013

Drake Theatre Arts presents Sweeney Todd

On Nov. 14–17, Drake University’s Department of Theatre Arts will present Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in the Performing Arts Hall of the Harmon Fine Arts Center. The performances will start at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 14, 15, and 16, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 17. Sweeney Todd, set in […]
November 11, 2013

Drake’s Department of Music presents Hodie, a Christmas cantata

On Nov. 23 and 24, Drake University's Department of Music will present Hodie, a Christmas cantata, by the great English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. The concerts will feature nearly 300 performers, including all four Drake choruses (Drake Choir, Chamber Choir, Chorale, Drake University/Community Chorus), a student/faculty orchestra, student soloists, and the Heartland Youth Choir, conducted […]
November 11, 2013

Gallery Talk featuring Brian Duffy: Civil War era cartoons from Harper's Weekly

An exhibition at Drake University’s Anderson Gallery offers a fresh perspective on the American Civil War through the display of selected editorial cartoons from Harper’s Weekly, a popular illustrated publication from that time. “Draw Your Weapons: Civil War Cartoons from Harper’s Weekly” is running through January 24, 2014. First launched in 1857, Harper’s Weekly reached […]
October 28, 2013

Drake hosts the Chiara String Quartet

The Chiara String Quartet will perform at Drake University on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. The concerts will take place in Sheslow Auditorium, 2507 University Ave., and feature music selections from Béla Bartók. The quartet’s four members, Rebecca Fischer, Hyeyung Julie Yoon, Jonah Sirota, and Gregory Beaver, have been performing together for […]
October 23, 2013

The Comparison Project to discuss the fine art and neuroscience of visual awareness

On Oct. 24, The Comparison Project is hosting Barbara Stafford, Distinguished University Visiting Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology School of Architecture, to speak on finding precise ways of bringing neurobiology, cognitive science, and the new philosophy of mind together. Following the lecture, Lenore Metrick-Chen, associate professor of art history at Drake University, will give […]
October 18, 2013

Drake Symphony Orchestra to perform first concert of the season, Oct. 6

On Oct. 6, the Drake Symphony Orchestra will present its first concert of the season in Sheslow Auditorium on Drake University’s campus. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. The concert will feature Mozart's Symphony No. 38, "Prague," and selections from Tchaikovsky's “Swan Lake.” Drake students audition […]
October 3, 2013

Maura Lyons receives $9,500 in grants for exhibit at the Anderson Gallery

Lyons received two separate grants on behalf of the Anderson Gallery—one in the amount of $4,500 from the State Historical Society, Inc., and another in the amount of $5,000 from Humanities Iowa
October 1, 2013

Professor William P. Dougherty to deliver 29th Stalnaker Lecture

William P. Dougherty, Ellis and Nelle Levitt Professor of Music at Drake University, will deliver the 29th Luther W. Stalnaker lecture on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. in Sheslow Auditorium at Drake University, 2507 University Ave. His lecture, “Signs in Song,” will discuss the relationship between music and text. After an examination of intermediality […]
September 25, 2013

Drake Theatre Arts to present “If We Were Birds”

The Drake University Department of Theatre Arts will present “If We Were Birds” by Erin Shields beginning Thursday, Oct. 3 in the Studio Theatre of the Harmon Fine Arts Center. Performances start at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 3–5 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6. “When I first read the play it was an emotional […]
September 19, 2013

Drake hosts Kodaly Certification Course at Summer Music Institute

Over 40 adults participated in a two-week intensive course as part of the Summer Music Institute, which ended July 19 on the Drake campus. The Kodály Certification Course, led by Thomas Sletto, assistant professor of music education, is endorsed by the National Organization of American Kodály Educators. The Kodály Method, also referred to as the […]
July 23, 2013

First-year student receives top awards at educational theatre festival

Marissa Schuster, an entering first-year student at Drake University, won the top scholarship and first place in the monologue competition at the Educational Theatre Association’s Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Neb. More than 2,500 students and teachers gathered on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s campus in June for the Thespian Festival, a weeklong celebration of theatre that […]
July 9, 2013

Winners of 2013 Concerto Competition to perform with Drake Symphony

On May 7, the winners of the 2013 Concerto Competition will perform with the Drake Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. in Sheslow Auditorium, 2507 University Ave. This event is free and open to the public. Several student soloists will be featured in the concert. Eric Ferring, tenor, will sing two opera arias of Mozart and […]
April 26, 2013