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UT Dallas School of Arts and Humanities announces fall season

Raul and Daniel Olmos
Father-son duo Raul and Daniel Olmos

Richardson, Texas (August 17, 2009) - As students return to UT Dallas ready for the fall semester, the School of Arts and Humanities readies its venues and performers for an eventful fall season.

Fall season highlights include:

  • Theatre series opening with The Book of Liz, Oct. 1-10, written by Amy and David Sedaris, directed by Kathy Lingo.
  • SOLI Ensembles Oct. 2 performance of Olivier Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time and the UT Dallas debut of Professor Robert Xavier Rodriguez' Les Niais Amoureux and Musica, por un tiempo.
  • Father-son classical guitar duo Raul and Daniel Olmos on Oct. 16.
  • Jazz trombonist John Fedchock with the UT Dallas Jazz band on Nov. 20.
  • Israeli choreographer Renana Raz in an 11-week residency, which culminates in performances Dec. 4 and 5.
Renana Raz
Israeli choreographer Renana Raz

The season includes the inaugural Arts and Humanities lecture series, with author Rick Bass Tues., Sept. 22. Bass' latest work, ‘The Wild Marsh,’ was recently described by The Dallas Morning News as “...a book for those who love the idea of a wilderness, even without ever seeing one.”

“This year's series, especially the increase in lectures, both reflects and advances our intention to make UT Dallas a major cultural force in the greater Dallas region,” said Dennis Kratz, dean of the School of Arts and Humanities.

Those familiar with the Arts and Humanities season can look forward to annual traditions, such as:

UT Dallas students are a major part of each events season. Students will be practicing their art and exhibiting at least once a month during the fall semester at Say Anything exhibition and the Best of Broadway II choral concert.

“You won't want to miss our great student performances this fall,” said Kathryn Evans, associate dean for the arts. “From Broadway tunes to jazz standards to modern dance to impressive art exhibitions, our series also give our students a chance to shine.”

The School of Arts and Humanities hosts events throughout the year to give students access to the arts, no matter what their major, and to promote the arts and humanities in the Dallas area. To view the full schedule of 2009-10 Arts and Humanities season events, visit the School's newly redesigned Web site or call 972-UTD-ARTS (972-883-2787). Persons with disabilities needing special accommodations may call 972-883-2982, Texas Relay Operator: 1-800-RELAYVV.

Most events held on the UT Dallas campus are accessible by DART bus public transportation. Take the DART Light Rail Red Line to the Bush Turnpike Station. Transfer to the UT Dallas Comet Cruiser, DART Route 883, for the nine-minute ride to campus during the hours of 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday. Check the Route 883 schedule for limited Saturday service hours.