Where else can you get a taste of opera, dance, jazz and percussion all in one evening?
The annual Collage Concert showcases performances by a variety of groups in the School of Music, Theatre and Dance, such as the Symphony Orchestra, Old Time Ensemble, University Chorale and Chamber Singers, just to name a few.
This year, the performance will be Sept. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Aycock Auditorium. But the planning began back in January.
Dr. Kevin Geraldi, associate professor of conducting, and Dr. Carole Ott, assistant professor of choral music, contacted faculty to see who would be interested in participating and what they would like to perform. They have the latitude to choose whatever pieces they like as long as they're short.
Then Geraldi and Ott spent the summer working on logistics and lighting design.
It's a total jigsaw puzzle, Geraldi says. We figure out the order of the pieces to work.
Five years ago, Collage was born out of necessity. Aycock Auditorium had been remodeled and the then-School of Music decided to put together a performance where all groups within the school could showcase their work.
We could never have selected just one group to perform the inaugural concert in the new Aycock Auditorium, Geraldi says. A special, joint concert was the best way to represent the whole school.
Now the annual performance has taken on a life of its own. And ticket sales are robust. In fact, it's a good idea to buy tickets early.
The last two years were sold out, he says. We turned people away last year.
All seating is reserved and all proceeds benefit student scholarships in the School of Music, Theatre and Dance.
Tickets are available at boxoffice.uncg.edu or (336) 334-5372 before Aug. 19 and (336) 334-4TIX after Aug. 20. Depending on seating, costs range from $11-$21 for adults, $7-$17 for seniors and $4-$14 for students.
For more information about the performance, visit http://performingarts.uncg.edu/collage.