DU Field Notes: 2019 Fall Arts Preview
In this series the DU Newsroom introduces readers to life outside the classroom by exploring Denver and the near beyond.
It’s not only the classrooms that come to life when classes start each fall—DU’s theaters, live-music stages and art galleries come alive as well, offering the campus community a variety of arts options.
The Lamont School of Music has a fall schedule bursting with performances by students and faculty. Highlights include faculty bassoonist Martin Kuuskmann and bassoonist Frank Morelli on Oct. 6; the Lamont Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Colorado Symphony music director Brett Mitchell, on Oct. 8; a faculty recital by violinist Yumi Hwang-Williams, concertmaster of the Colorado Symphony, on Oct. 23; a gala concert uniting the Lamont Symphony with Lamont Opera Theatre singers on Nov. 1 and 3; a faculty recital by clarinetist Jeremy Reynolds on Nov. 4; and the Lamont Jazz Orchestra on Nov. 4.
Newman Center Presents, the concert series that brings nationally touring artists to the University’s flagship venue, kicks off its 2019–20 season Sept. 27 and 28 with Latin rock group Ozomatli; that’s followed by Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra on Oct. 3, singer-songwriter Martin Sexton on Oct. 12 and jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater on Nov. 9. (The Newman Center has set aside a number of free tickets for the Arturo O’Farrill concert; visit the venue’s box office to check availability.)
The Newman Center also hosts performances outside of its official series; this fall those include comedian Ryan Hamilton on Oct. 4, a live taping of the podcast “Lore” on Oct. 11 and a live taping of the podcast “Stay Tuned With Preet” on Oct. 24. Visit newmantix.com for more info.
DU has several venues for visual arts, but the biggest is the Vicki Myhren Gallery in the Shwayder Art Building. Its fall exhibit, “The Unbearable Impermanence of Things,” features work by contemporary artists who are inspired by the 19th-century naturalism movement. At the Museum of Anthropology, meanwhile, an exhibit mounted in conjunction with the Denver Indigenous Film Festival offers a selection of drums from the Osage Nation Foundation’s Voices From the Drum exhibit. It will be open Oct 11–25, with a reception featuring several of the artists on Oct. 11 and a film screening on Oct. 12.
Theater lovers have a few shows to choose from this fall, thanks to DU’s Department of Theatre: A staged reading of Paula Vogel’s play “How I Learned to Drive” on Sept. 27 in Hamilton Hall (admission is free); David Mamet’s “Oleanna” Oct. 10–20 in JMAC Studios; and Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” Oct. 31–Nov. 10 in the Newman Center’s Byron Theatre.