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Drake Chorale celebrates women in music with “In Praise of Women” concert

Drake Chorale celebrates women in music with “In Praise of Women” concert

On Sunday, March 3, the Drake Chorale, a select women’s ensemble, will perform a concert to celebrate female composers and musicians. The concert, “In Praise of Women,” will begin at 3 p.m. in Sheslow Auditorium, 2507 University Ave. Torina Gedler, AS ‘16, will address the audience at the beginning of the concert with an inspirational...

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Drake Opera Theater presents “Falstaff” from Feb. 22-24

The Drake Opera Theater will present Giuseppe Verdi’s famous comedic opera, Falstaff, on Feb. 22-23 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. in the Harmon Fine Arts Center. Conducted by newly appointed director Stefano Vignati, the Drake Opera Theater staff are thrilled to bring opera to the University and Des Moines community. “It is...

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Drake Theatre presents two full-length mainstage productions, Feb. 21-25

Drake University Theatre’s upcoming repertory showcase features two shows that vary greatly in both style and message. The showcase begins Thursday, Feb. 21, and runs through Sunday, Feb. 24, in the William S.E. Coleman Studio Theatre in the Harmon Fine Arts Center, 2505 Carpenter Ave, with shows playing on alternating days. This Is Our Youth...

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Dr. Eric Barnum announced as new Drake choral director

Drake is thrilled to announce that Dr. Eric Barnum will become Drake’s director of choral studies beginning in fall 2019. Dr. Barnum currently serves as director of choral music at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. He earned his bachelor of arts degrees in composition and vocal performance at Bemidji State University (MN-2002), a master’s degree in choral...

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Jordan Concert Series hosts legendary Georgian pianist Elisso Virsaladze

Jordan Concert Series hosts legendary Georgian pianist Elisso Virsaladze

Drake University is proud to present world-renowned pianist Elisso Virsaladze as the next artist of Jordan Concert Series. The concert will take place Friday, March 1, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in Sheslow Auditorium, 2507 University Avenue. Admission is free. The Jordan Concert Series is named in honor of Alice and Frank B. Jordan, a prominent...

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Anderson Gallery hosts 48th annual Juried Student Art Exhibition

The Anderson Gallery will host the 48th annual Juried Student Exhibition March 10–April 5. Drake University students have a chance to show their work in the Gallery, win a cash prize, and sell their work. Students may submit up to four total works (maximum of three in one category) including drawings, paintings, graphic design, sculpture,...

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Griff joins Drake Choir for Singing Valentines fundraiser

Griff joins Drake Choir for Singing Valentines fundraiser

This Valentine’s Day, the Drake Choir has an offer that turns any romance into puppy love. Drake University’s live bulldog mascot, Griff, plans to turn on the charm for the choir’s annual Singing Valentines fundraiser. Lovebirds can treat their significant others with a song, roses, and—back by popular demand—a dapper bulldog, at any location in...

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Keys to Excellence series continues with Quentin Kim

Keys to Excellence series continues with Quentin Kim

Quentin Kim, professor of piano at Pusan National University, will present the next concert in Drake University’s 2018–2019 Keys to Excellence Piano Series on Monday, Feb. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Sheslow Auditorium. Admission is free. The performance will feature the following works: Brahms: Variations on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 35 (Books 1 &...

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Drake alumnus reflects on diversity in Des Moines community through new mural

Drake alumnus reflects on diversity in Des Moines community through new mural

When Drake University alumnus Ryan Topete was commissioned by community resource and art center Third Space DSM to create a mural on the east side of Des Moines, he set out to evoke the culture of the neighborhood in a way that the whole community could enjoy. “The Capitol Park neighborhood is roughly 40% Hispanic,” says...

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Celebrate the holidays with Drake’s Madrigal Dinners

Drake University’s Chamber Choir will present their annual Madrigal Dinners on Saturday, Dec. 1, and Sunday, Dec. 2. This interactive, holiday celebration is the perfect way to share an evening of great food, drink, music, and laughter with friends and family. The dinner will start at 7 p.m. on Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday...