Arts & Humanities

The Arts at USU: March 2024 Events Preview

By Carter Ottley |

March at the Caine College of the Arts promises a symphony of sensational experiences. From captivating recitals to dynamic masterclasses and lively festivals, Utah State University's musical lineup spans the spectrum from classical piano to the syncopated rhythms of jazz combos.

Visit one of the various art exhibitions highlighting students, faculty and local artists. Learn about Latinx culture and experiences at the Latinx Art Exhibition or visit the Nationally Juried Paper & Clay Exhibition. Other exhibitions offer historical fashion, highlights of student work, and other compelling pieces. Musicals, shows, and other offerings are what March has to offer. Read below for more details about each one.

Latinx Art Exhibition

March 1-15, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

19 W. Center Street, Logan UT 84321

Curated by Álvaro Ibarra, assistant professor of art history at Utah State University, the exhibition features local and regional artists working in an array of media and dynamic styles. Latinx is an emergent term Latin Americans and Americans of Latin American descent use to self-identify.

Latinx embraces diversity in race, gender, sexuality, and creed. Latinx labors toward achieving equity for all, including those that don’t self-identify as Latinx. Latinx artists draw on visual traditions found in Latin American art. Latinx artists communicate the American experience.

Their art engages issues like marginalization, migration, exploitation, exclusion, discrimination, and alienation. Everyone living in the Western Hemisphere shares varying aspects of this American experience.

Paper & Clay National Juried Exhibition

March 1, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tippetts & Eccles Art Galleries

The Department of Art + Design in conjunction with the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University is sponsoring a national juried exhibition for current BFA & MFA students. Ceramics and Printmaking works are on display. Gallery information available online.

World Music Therapy Day

March 1, 7-9 p.m.

Russell/Wanlass Performance Hall

Win raffle prizes as we celebrate a world-wide awareness event for music therapy. Enjoy the sounds of music and learn more about what this world has to offer that may change your perception of music altogether.

UST Floyd Collins

March 1-2, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Chase Fine Arts Center, Morgan Theatre

This haunting musical, featuring a glorious folk and bluegrass-inspired score, tells the transcendent tale of a true American dreamer. In 1925, while chasing fame and fortune by turning a Kentucky cave into a tourist attraction, Floyd Collins himself becomes the attraction when he is trapped 200 feet underground. Tickets available online.

Music Honors Recital

March 5, 6-9 p.m.

Family Life Building

A showcase of students in music who are pursuing Honors.

Guitar, Bass and Drums Festival: Bass Masterclass with Bradon Rose

March 6, 9-10:30 a.m.

Fine Arts Center 123

The USU Guitar, Bass and Drums Festival is an annual event that features some of the top guitar, bass, and drum musicians in the country. This year’s festival will feature the Dan Wilson Trio with Dan Wilson (guitar), Brandon Rose (bass), and David Throckmorton (drums).

Guitar, Bass and Drums Festival: Bass Masterclass with David Throckmorton

March 6, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Fine Arts Center 104

The USU Guitar, Bass and Drums Festival is an annual event that features some of the top guitar, bass, and drum musicians in the country. This year’s festival will feature the Dan Wilson Trio with Dan Wilson (guitar), Brandon Rose (bass), and David Throckmorton (drums).

Guitar, Bass and Drums Festival: Bass Masterclass with Dan Wilson

March 6, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Russell/Wanlass Performance Hall

The USU Guitar, Bass and Drums Festival is an annual event that features some of the top guitar, bass, and drum musicians in the country. This year’s festival will feature the Dan Wilson Trio with Dan Wilson (guitar), Brandon Rose (bass), and David Throckmorton (drums).

Guitar, Bass and Drums Festival: Dan Wilson Trio Performance

March 6, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Russell/Wanlass Performance Hall

The USU Guitar, Bass and Drums Festival is an annual event that features some of the top guitar, bass, and drum musicians in the country. This year’s festival will feature the Dan Wilson Trio with Dan Wilson (guitar), Brandon Rose (bass), and David Throckmorton (drums). Tickets available online.

UST The Boy At The Edge of Everything

March 7-8, 7-9 p.m.March 9, 1-3 p.m

Chase Fine Arts Center, Black Box Theatre

In the middle of his over-scheduled 12-and-a-bit-year-old life, Simon Ives dreams of a place where he can just stop and be. Meanwhile, at the farthest point in the universe, The Boy at the Edge of Everything lives by himself, lonely and bored. When Simon is rocketed into space (through an unlikely series of events involving "lots and lots of fireworks"), their world collides and will never be the same. Tickets available online.

Campbell Organ Festival

March 7, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Chase Fine Arts Center, Daines Concert Hall

The 2024 Campbell Organ Festival will feature Dr. Daniel Kerr as our guest artist. On Thursday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m. Kerr will present a one-hour solo organ recital on the Holtkamp Organ in the Daines Concert Hall. Both events are free of charge and open to the public.

BYU-Idaho Concert: Sacred Music Series

March 15, 7:30 p.m.

Chase Fine Arts Center, Black Box Theatre

BYU-Idaho invites you to their performances of That They Might Have Joy, a new Sacred Music Series work. Featuring more than 300 student performers, this original work was commissioned by BYU-Idaho and written by renowned composer, Dr. Ethan Wickman. This newest Sacred Music Series will be performed by the BYU-Idaho Symphony Orchestra, Concert Choir, Bella Voce, Men’s Chorus, and Women’s Chorus. Tickets available online.

Dressed in White

March 18-27, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tippetts & Eccles Art Galleries

Prepare to step into the grand finale of a series of exquisite exhibitions as we present "Dressed in White," curated by the esteemed award-winning Nancy Hills. This captivating showcase marks the culmination of Nancy's illustrious journey, which has seen numerous exhibitions and tours across the United States and England, guided by the insightful retired curator Althea MacKenzie.

Styled after the opulence of the 18th century, this exhibition promises to be a fitting conclusion to Nancy's legacy of bringing historical fashion to life. Following in the footsteps of Janet Arnold to admiring styles-of-the-time garments in London, Nancy has meticulously crafted 35-40 dresses spanning from the 1700s to 1954.

Among them, Mary Bufton's iconic wedding gown, gracing the cover of Nancy's forthcoming book, awaits to mesmerize audiences. Each dress, meticulously researched and recreated by Nancy (and her dedicated students under Nancy’s direction), serves as a testament to the enduring allure of fashion history. Join us for this unforgettable journey through time, where Nancy's passion and expertise shine in every intricate detail of "Dressed in White."

Piano Area Concert

March 19, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Russell/Wanlass Performance Hall

(Check online for updated descriptions of this event.) Tickets available online.

Jazz Combos

March 20, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Russell/Wanlass Performance Hall

This concert will feature student jazz combos directed by USU professors and graduate assistants. Students will perform classic tunes from the jazz tradition and contemporary tunes from today’s jazz masters. Tickets available online.

Chamber Music Society of Logan Viano Quartet Clinic

March 21, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Russell/Wanlass Performance Hall

Praised for their "virtuosity, visceral expression, and rare unity of intention" (Boston Globe), the Viano Quartet are one of the most sought-after performing young ensembles: Lucy Wang, Violin; Hao Zhou, Violin; Aiden Kane, Viola; and Tate Zawadiuk, Cello.

Communitas Lecture Series–Nicholas Galanin

March 21, 5-6 p.m.

Chase Fine Arts Center, Daine Concert Hall

Nicholas Galanin is a Tlingit and Unangax^ multi-disciplinary artist and musician from Alaska. His work often explores a dialogue of change and identity between Native and non-Native communities. The Communitas Lecture Series is a set of visiting artists, scholars, and design series. This series is free and open to the public.

Chamber Music Society of Logan Viano Quartet

March 21, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Russell/Wanlass Performance Hall

Praised for their "virtuosity, visceral expression, and rare unity of intention" (Boston Globe), the Viano Quartet are one of the most sought-after performing young ensembles: Lucy Wang, Violin; Hao Zhou, Violin; Aiden Kane, Viola; and Tate Zawadiuk, Cello. Tickets available online.

PianoFest

March 23, 9 a.m.

Newel and Jean Daines Concert Hall

The USU Piano area and Youth Conservatory are excited to announce this year's PianoFest, an educational and competitive event designed to give piano students the opportunity to set repertoire goals, to receive constructive feedback for their performances, and earn opportunities for prizes and other awards.

Music Department Showcase

March 23, 7-9 p.m.

Russell/Wanlass Performance Hall

Join the faculty and students in a chamber recital showcasing the Caine College of the Arts’ Music Department. Tickets available online.

Jazz Kicks

March 26, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Russell/Wanlass Performance Hall

(Check online for updated descriptions of this event.) Tickets available online.

Jr High Band Festival

March 27, 8 a.m.

Newel and Jean Daines Concert Hall

Local Jr. High School bands perform at USU in front of a judged panel.

Jazz Jams

March 27, 7-9 p.m.

TSC Hub

This concert will feature the Caine Jazz Combo along with a guest artist and jazz students from the Music Department performing standard jazz tunes. The jam session is open to all, and people are encouraged to bring their instruments and join in.

Utah Symphony, Anna Rakitina conduction

March 28, 8-10 p.m.

Chase Fine Arts Center, Daines Concert Hall

The Utah Symphony, known for their musical expertise and deep connection with students and education, comes to the USU campus to perform a program selected by conductor Anna Rakitina. The Utah Symphony has collaborated with renowned artists, royalty, and other major public figures while performing a collection of masterpiece music, supporting important causes, and impacting communities.

American Festival Chorus & Orchestra

March 30, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Newel and Jean Daines Concert Hall

Experience the spiritual splendor of Easter with GENTRI's "King of Kings" concert at the Daines Concert Hall on the campus of Utah State University in Logan. This Spring, transform your Easter into an occasion as festive and heartwarming as Christmas. For truly, "There would be no Christmas if there had not been Easter."

Revel in the exquisite harmonies of GENTRI's beloved collection of sacred music and be among the first to hear their new hymns album, set to release in Spring 2024. The evening promises an ethereal blend of rich harmonies and uplifting melodies, accompanied by the magnificent American Festival Orchestra and Choir.

Under the baton of the renowned Craig Jessop, prepare for an unforgettable night that encapsulates the essence of Easter's joy and reverence. Each note, each harmony, is a step towards a spiritual awakening, making this event more than just a concert — it's an Easter celebration for the soul. Don't miss this opportunity to be part of an Easter experience that blends reverence, joy, and the power of music to uplift and inspire.

WRITER

Carter Ottley
Communications Specialist
Caine College of the Arts
carter.ottley@usu.edu

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