Iowa State Center News And Press Releases

by ISC Staff. News
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

The world’s finest jazz big band will bring down the house at Stephens when the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO) comes to Ames on Wednesday, Mar. 26, led by trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. Sponsored by WebFilings Marsalis is likely the most famous jazz musician alive, an iconic figure in the evolution of the art form… Read more »

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ACO

One of the world’s most lauded chamber ensembles, the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) is performing at Stephens Auditorium with unrivalled virtuosity, energy and individuality on Monday, Mar. 24. The orchestra’s performance at Stephens Auditorium will include works from Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky, with Finnish pianist Olli Mustonen playing the Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 1. Mustonen… Read more »

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Kate Greder cleaning Silver Code

By Claire Kruesel Imagine you’ll never lie down — even sit — ever again; you’ll stand upright for the rest of your life, with perfect posture, only allowed to jump straight up and down. This is the life of Stephens Auditorium’s stage curtain, Silver Code. Through 45 years and over 3,000 performances, the textile has… Read more »

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Silver Code Open House

The public joined us at Stephens Auditorium on Sunday, Mar. 2 to see our historic stage curtain, Silver Code, up-close. Conservation fellow Kate Greder and University Museums’ and Stephens Auditorium’s staff led an open house tour of the conservation work on Silver Code ABOUT THE PROJECT In the autumn of 2013, Iowa State initiated an… Read more »

by David Derong. News
The Addams Family Musical

The Addams Family Musical gave a tremendous Broadway performance to an animated audience. Before the show, cast members Shaun Rice (Uncle Fester), Jenn Fogarty (Wednesday) and Connor Barth (Pugsley Addams) joined audience members in the Celebrity Cafe for a quick Q&A session. Photos taken on Jan. 28, 2014 by David Derong/Iowa State Center View More… Read more »

by David Derong. News
Moscow Festival Ballet: Cinderella

Moscow Festival Ballet brought new life to the classic fairytale story. Before the show, Valerie Williams of Co’Motion Dance Theater spoke about her lifetime of experience in modern dance, musical theater, commercial dance and opera. At the same time, Beth Clarke of Beth Clarke Studio of Dance gave our C.Y.’s Kids Club a few pointers… Read more »

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Winners of the 2014 Iowa District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (l-r): Alec Carlson, Alexandra Nowakowski, Zachary Owen, Katherine Carroll, Holly Flack, Jessica Faselt

The Iowa District Committee is pleased to announce the winners of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Iowa District) which were held at the Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall in Ames on Saturday, January 11. The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions are designed to discover exceptional young talent and assist in their development by providing an… Read more »

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cySTEPHENsCURTAIN-3

After 45 years, the Stephens Auditorium curtain, named Sliver Code, is undergoing a meticulous restoration. Video: Alex Murphy/ISU News Service The renowned curtain was commissioned in 1969 by Bill and Dorothy Fisher and in December 2013 was commissioned into the university’s art collection. Rigging experts from New York’s Metropolitan Opera paid a visit weeks ago… Read more »

by ISC Staff. News

The public is invited to attend the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions – Iowa District on Saturday, January 11, 2014 beginning at noon in the Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall on the campus of Iowa State University at Ames. The auditions offer a unique opportunity for opera enthusiasts to see and hear 30 talented artists while… Read more »