By Preston Wittwer


The September 2012 Brigham Young University arts calendar features plays, recitals and concerts with talented guests as well as BYU faculty and student artists.

A calendar of events is available at Tickets can be purchased at the Fine Arts Ticket Office at (801) 422-4322 or online at

7 – With selections from the Freedman Family Collection and the BYU Museum of Art, Think Flat: The Art of Andy Warhol and Takashi Murakami” will open to the public. The works of Andy Warhol epitomize the notion of thinking flat, championing the “everyday” and giving the seemingly low the same consideration as the high. Japanese artist Takashi Murakami has perpetuated this tradition of rejecting society’s dictates of high or low in consumerism, art and culture in order to disempower hierarchies. The exhibition will run until Feb. 18, 2013. Admission is free. For more information, visit or call (801) 422-ARTS.

12-15 – Formerly known as “World of Dance,” eviDANCE will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. There will also be a matinee performance Saturday, Sept. 15, at 2 p.m. eviDANCE brings together BYU’s five celebrated dance companies for a thrilling night of performances from every dance genre. For tickets, see

14 – Guest artist Artem Chikov will give a bass recital at 313 University Parkway Center at 6:00 p.m. This event was previously scheduled to take place at 229 University Parkway Center at 7:30 p.m. This event is free.

14 – Faculty recital featuring 8 Hands Ensemble including Ron Brough, BYU percussion faculty; Jason Nicholson, percussion faculty at Utah State University; Doug Smith, percussion faculty at Utah Valley University; and Jed Blodgett, Juan Diego Catholic High School, Draper, Utah. This concert will be held in the Madsen Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. This event is free.

17 – The Westminster College Classical Greek Theatre will present Antigone” at 5 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. There will also be a free pre-performance lecture at 4 p.m. The play tells the tale of a young woman whose actions are motivated by family, concern for the unwritten law of the gods and the duty to bury her dead brother. For tickets, see

19 – Faculty artist and bassoonist Christian Smith will perform at 7:30 in the Madsen Recital Hall. This event is free.

20 – Guest artists Ken Shifrin and Mike Hall will present The Golden Age of the Solo Baroque Trombone at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall. This event is free.

21-22 – The Fall Choir Showcase will feature the BYU Singers, Concert Choir, Men’s Chorus and Women’s Chorus at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. For tickets, see

25 – The School of Music will sponsor the American Piano Quartet performing at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. For tickets, see

25-28 – The BYU Theatre Season will begin with A Second Birth” playing at 7:30 p.m. in the Margetts Theatre with a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. Directed by George Nelson, the play tells of Nasima, a daughter of poor Afghani parents who has been raised as a boy since age five to improve the family’s economic and social standing in the community. When she must finally give up employment and education in order to relearn to be a girl so she can marry, Nasima must confront the relationships of her past and the traditions of her future to find out who she truly is. For tickets, see

26 – The Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Dixieland Band, Jazz Voices and Synthesis will perform in the Jazz Showcase at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. For tickets, see

27 – The BYU Philharmonic, Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Band will perform at the Instrumental Showcase at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. For tickets, see

27-29 – Scotland’s Puppet State Theatre travels across the world to BYU to present “The Man Who Planted Trees” in the Pardoe Theatre with matinee performances Sept. 28 and 29. The multi-sensory theatrical adaptation of Jean Giono’s environmental classic tells the inspiring story of a shepherd who plants a forest, acorn by acorn, transforming a barren wasteland. For tickets, see

For more information, contact Kenneth Crossley at (801) 422-9348, or visit

All month at the Museum of Art:

  • “In the Shadows of Timpanogos: Photographs by John Telford” through Dec. 1, 2013.
  • “michael whiting: 8-bit modern” through March 23, 2013.
  • “Object of Devotion: Medieval English Alabaster Sculpture from the Victoria and Albert Museum” through Nov. 10, 2012.
  • “e.g. William Lamson” through Oct. 6, 2012.
  • “People in a Hard Land: Iconic Images of Life in the Southwest” through April 13, 2013.
  • “Beauty and Belief: Crossing Bridges with the Arts of Islamic Culture” through Sept. 29, 2012.
  • Beginning Sept. 7: “Think Flat: The Art of Andy Warhol and Takashi Murakami”through Feb. 18, 2013.

Admission to all exhibits is free. Hours are Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Sunday. For more information, visit