THE ARTS AT REDLANDS

At the University of Redlands, students receive a personalized education. 

With accessible faculty who encourage students to learn by doing, students have countless opportunities to perform, showcase, and collaborate year-round. Explore how students develop talents in Music, Studio Art, Theatre Arts, and Creative Writing

Music

School of Music students learn to perform, interpret, and teach music in a rich learning environment that provides a broad education and intense training. With expert faculty guidance from some of the finest musicians in Southern California, both undergraduate and graduate students go beyond technical mastery to gain a sense of history, society, culture, and artistic expression. 

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Studio Art

Studio art students are challenged by accomplished faculty members to think critically and follow their creative inspiration. State-of-the-art studios provide the resources needed to learn the conceptual and hands-on processes of creating original works in drawing, painting, photography, graphic design, printmaking, ceramics, and sculpture.

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Theatre Arts

In the Theatre Arts program, students participate in a collaborative creative process, with many production and performance opportunities. Whether reading a play in class, performing a role on stage, or working behind the scenes, students are introduced to a provocative range of human experiences, passions, and ideas, guided by accomplished professors.

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Creative Writing

Students in the creative writing program learn from talented professors in the historic Hall of Letters. In this intensive undergraduate major, students concentrate on the creative process; receive a grounding in literature; and explore poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction in focused workshops.

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Visual Arts Events

Divisive Landscapes

January 9 - February 4
University Art Gallery
Gallery hours: 1 – 5 pm Tuesday through Friday
2 – 5 pm Saturdays and Sundays
Gallery is closed on Mondays

Opening Reception January 10
University Art Gallery, 4:30-6:30 pm

Features the work of Sandy Brenvand depicting graphic work responding to the current political climate.

Hypnagogia

February 13 – March 22
University Art Gallery
Gallery hours: 1 – 5 pm Tuesday through Friday
2 – 5 pm Saturdays and Sundays
Gallery is closed on Mondays and during Spring Break (February 25-March 4)

Opening Reception February 14
University Art Gallery, 4:30-6:30 pm

A photo series about dreams, nightmares, and slumber party stories.

Senior Student Art Show

April 3-19
University Art Gallery
Gallery hours: 1 – 5 pm Tuesday through Friday
2 – 5 pm Saturdays and Sundays
Gallery is closed on Mondays

Opening Reception April 19
University Art Gallery, 4:30-6:30 pm

Contact for further information:
Janet Thorson
Janet_Thorson@redlands.edu
(909) 748-8508

Theatre Arts Events

Student Directed Production: The Laramie Project
by Moises Kaufman and the Members of the Tectonic Theater Project
Directed by Noah Sylvester

February 16 & 17
Frederick Loewe Theatre, Theatre Arts Building (Between Colton and Citrus Avenues), 8 pm

February 17 & 18
Frederick Loewe Theatre, Theatre Arts Building (Between Colton and Citrus Avenues), 2 pm

General Admission $12*, University of Redlands Students, Faculty and Staff $8*, Seniors $8*
* Plus applicable fees

Almost twenty years ago a group of theatre artists traveled to Laramie, Wyoming to uncover the story behind the brutal torture and murder of a twenty-one year old, gay student at the University of Wyoming—Matthew Shepard.  Over the course of a year and a half they conducted over 200 interviews with people of the town.  The Laramie Project is a breathtaking theatrical collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable.  What can the play tell us in 2018?

Top Girls
by Caryl Churchill
Directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg

March 16, 17, 23 & 24
Glenn Wallichs Theatre, Theatre Arts Building (Between Colton and Citrus Avenues), 8 pm

March 16, 17, 23 & 24
Glenn Wallichs Theatre, Theatre Arts Building (Between Colton and Citrus Avenues), 8 pm

General Admission $12*, University of Redlands Students, Faculty and Staff $8*, Seniors $8*
* Plus applicable fees

We’re in a London restaurant in the modern day and Marlene is celebrating her promotion to Managing Director of the Top Girls Employment agency.  Marlene is joined by the 11th century Pope Joan; the Victorian Traveler Isabella Bird; and the 13th century courtesan turned Buddhist nun, Lady Nijo. Considered by many one of the finest plays of post WWII Britain, this clever, deceptively light entertainment, explores what price women pay for success.  Brilliantly theatrical, Top Girls, written during the Thatcher years in Britain, seems written for today.

Contact for Further Information and Tickets
University of Redlands Theatre Arts Department
(909) 748-8028
Theatre Arts website

To order tickets for any production, visit www.redlands.edu/currentproductions

Music Events

Opera Workshop Gritty Salon: The Mahagonny Songspiel

January 26
Frederick Loewe Performance Hall, 7 pm

The Mahagonny Songspiel, by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht, is a theatrical song cycle set in a fictional Sodom and Gemorrah of the Old American West.  The evening will feature vocalists from the University of Redlands Opera, in collaboration with The Vile Players conducted by Dr. Joseph Modica, and will be part of a literary salon, featuring writers who have been invited to respond to the Songspiel with stories, essays, poems, and commentary.  Participants include Gary Amdahl, Dr. Katherine Baber, Youna Kwak, Marco Schindelmann, Alisa Slaughter, and Dwight Yates.

Choral Concert

February 2
Memorial Chapel, 8 pm

Zoe Petersen & Stephanie Shepson, Graduate Student Conductors

University of Redlands Choirs will present a Choral Concert under the direction of Graduate Choral Conducting students Zoe Petersen and Stephanie Shepson with Hyunju Hwang, piano.  Featured composers include: Johann Sebastian Bach, Gustav Holst, Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Randall Thompson, and many more.  Please join us in supporting two of our Graduate Choral Conducting Students as they conduct all three of the University’s choirs.

Faculty Recital featuring Guest Artist Michael Heald, violin

February 9
Frederick Loewe Performance Hall, 8 pm

Guest violinist Michael Heald, Associate Professor of Violin at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia, will be joined by University of Redlands Faculty members Kira Blumberg (viola), Kyle Champion (cello) and Stephanie Lovell (piano) in a program of Mozart and Mendelssohn.  Works to be performed include Mozart's Piano Quartet in G minor and Mendelssohn's Piano Trio in D minor.

Jazz Improvisation Ensemble

February 12
Frederick Loewe Performance Hall, 8 pm

Dr. Daniel Murphy, director

Studio Big Band

February 13
Casa Loma Room, 8 pm

Dr. David Scott, director

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 “Ode to Joy”

February 14
Memorial Chapel, 8 pm

Blythe Cates, soprano
Olga Perez Flora, mezzo-soprano
Jamie Flora, tenor
Marty Schaefer, bass
Co Boi Nguyen, conductor

All musicians know that love and music are inseparable. The University of Redlands Orchestra will celebrate Valentine’s Day with a special performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 “Ode to Joy." The performance will feature guest soloists Blythe Cates (soprano), Olga Perez Flora (mezzo soprano), Jamie Flora (tenor), and bass Marty Schaefer (bass). Members of the University Choir, Chapel Singers, Bel Canto, and Inland Master Chorale will join the University Orchestra in this historic performance.

Symphony No. 9 premiered in Vienna in 1824. It is considered Beethoven’s greatest and most popular orchestral work. Its timeless melody in the Finale, set to a text taken from Friedrich Schiller’s poem “Ode to Joy," is a hymn to universal brotherhood and a celebration of humanity.

Singers’ Showcase

February 16
Frederick Loewe Performance Hall, 7 pm

Art Songs and Arias sung by University of Redlands Voice Majors

NOW Ensemble in Residence

NOW Ensemble is an innovative collective of composers and performers working to create a new approach and new sound for chamber music in the 21st Century.  With a unique instrumentation of flute, clarinet, electric guitar (U of R Assistant Professor Mark Dancigers), double bass, and piano, they have brought some of the most exciting composers of their generation to national and international recognition.

February 19: Composer Workshop
Frederick Loewe Performance Hall, 6-8 pm
NOW Ensemble composer workshop and readings of student composer works.

February 20: Music Theory Class
Watchorn Hall, Room 103, 1-2:20 pmNOW Ensemble presents on contemporary chamber music techniques in an open music theory class.

February 21: NOW Ensemble In Concert
Frederick Loewe Performance Hall, 2:30-3:50 pm
NOW Ensemble will perform a selection of contemporary works written for the group.

Wind Ensemble

February 20
Memorial Chapel, 8 pm

Dr. Eddie Smith, conductor

Symphonic Band

February 21
Memorial Chapel, 8 pm

Dr. David Scott, conductor

Guest Artist Masterclass: Gene Pokorny, tuba

March 4
University Hall, noon

President’s Honor Recital

March 4
Memorial Chapel, 4 pm

Since 1983 the President’s Honor Recital has provided a public showcase for outstanding performers in the University of Redlands School of Music.  The students performing in this prestigious concert are the winners of the 2017-2018 University of Redlands School of Music Auditions which were held in December 2017.

Choral Concert

March 9
Memorial Chapel, 8 pm

University Choir and Inland Master Chorale

March 10
Memorial Chapel, 8 pm

Adult $18*; Student/Child $10*, University of Redlands Students and Employees (w/ID) Free
*Plus Applicable Fees

Joseph Modica, conductor

Contact for tickets:
http://inlandmasterchorale.org/tickets/

Compline

March 11
Memorial Chapel, 7:30 pm

The Office of Compline is rooted in the daily cycle of prayer observed by the early Christian monastic communities. By the 6th century, St. Benedict had codified the rule for his followers, setting forth a formula for the recitation of psalms, hymns, prayers, and readings seven times a day. Compline was the final prayer hour before retiring for the evening.

The service incorporates plainsong and diverse choral styles and genres creating  a unique blend of new and older musical traditions. As was customary in medieval chapels, Compline is offered by candlelight and much of the music is unaccompanied. The unifying thread throughout the Compline service is quiet meditation and reflection led and inspired by music.

Guest Artist Recital: Jason Bonham, viola

March 13
Frederick Loewe Performance Hall, 8 pm

Studio Big Band

March 21
Casa Loma Room, 8 pm

Dr. David Scott, director

Green Orange Concert Series

March 23
Frederick Loewe Performance Hall, 8 pm

The Green Orange Concert Series offers up the freshest new music by Redlands composers. The School of Music community collaborates to perform a whole evening of chamber music world premieres. Diverse, eclectic, interesting, and entertaining—Green Orange is our 21st century music series.

Jazz Guitar Night

March 26
Frederick Loewe Performance Hall, 8 pm

Jody Fisher, director

Wind Ensemble

March 28
Memorial Chapel, 8 pm

Dr. Eddie Smith, conductor

Jazz Improvisation Ensemble


March 29
Frederick Loewe Performance Hall, 8 pm

Dr. Daniel Murphy, director

Classical Guitar Night

March 30
Frederick Loewe Performance Hall, 8 pm

Stuart Green, director

Percussion Ensemble

April 5
University Hall, 8 pm

Bill Schlitt, director

The Spring Semester "Night of Percussion" features the University of Redlands Percussion Ensemble. Music performed will include traditional to contemporary compositions for percussion.

Dido and Aeneas
By Henry Purcell

April 6 & 7
Memorial Chapel, 7 pm

General Admission $12; Seniors $8, Students & University of Redlands Employees (w/ID) $5

Marco Schindelmann, director
Co Boi Nguyen, conductor
MLuM, video

Based on Virgil’s epic poem The Aeneid, Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas tells the doomed love story of Dido, the widowed queen of Carthage, and the Trojan prince Aeneas. As a result of the machinations of an evil witch, Aeneas must abandon Dido, who chooses death over regret.

Contact for tickets:
www.redlands.edu/events/didoandaeneas
(909) 748-8116

Guest Artists: The King’s Singers

April 8
Memorial Chapel, 3 pm

General Admission $40*, Students (w/ID) $20*, Groups of 15 or more $35*
* Plus applicable fees

Acclaimed for their life-affirming virtuosity and irresistible charm, The King’s Singers are in global demand.  Their work—synonymous with the best in vocal ensemble performance—appeals to a vast international audience. This concert is a musical adventure to celebrate their 50th birthday. It’s an adventure that gives thanks for all the music that’s defined their first 50 years, inspired by the unique maverick spirit that guided the original six King’s Singers to keep every performance as fresh and varied as possible. They share their mission today: the future of music deserves to shine as brightly as it can. Come and join us for the ride. THIS IS GOLD.

Be sure not to miss this extra-special event at the University of Redlands!

Contact for tickets:
www.redlands.edu/events/thekingssingers
(909) 748-8116

String Chamber Ensembles

April 9
Frederick Loewe Performance Hall, 8 pm

Samuel Fischer, director

Symphonic Band

April 10
Memorial Chapel, 8 pm

Dr. David Scott, conductor

Frederick Loewe Symposium in American Music

April 9-14

Composer in Residence: Christopher Theofanidis
Scholar in Residence: Susan Key

April 11: Chamber Music Concert
Frederick Loewe Performance Hall, 8 pm

April 12: Large Ensemble Concert
Memorial Chapel, 8 pm

Choral Concert

April 13
Memorial Chapel, 8 pm

Dr. Nicholle Andrews & Dr. Joseph Modica, conductors

Contact for further information:
musicoffice@redlands.edu
(909) 748-8700