UT, Tampa Museum of Arts partner for performing arts series

By Katelyn Massarelli

UT’s College of Arts and Letters and the Tampa Museum of Art teamed up for the school year to host a performing arts series that started this past Wednesday, Sept. 5. These events take place at noon on every first Wednesday of the month at the Tampa Museum of Arts located at 120 W Gasparilla Plaza in downtown Tampa.

They’re bridging the river with this new collaboration called UT/TMA performing arts series. Both students and faculty will perform and the performances will span many of the musical and performing arts genres that students come to study and practice at UT.

David Gudelunas, dean of UT’s College of Arts and Letters, said the performing art series is an opportunity to showcase the talent and creativity of the College of Arts and Letters and also bring entertainment to the downtown crowd.

“The Tampa Museum of Art is our neighbor and it makes sense that we leverage each other’s strengths to better promote the arts in Tampa Bay,” Gudelunas said. “ I think this series gives our amazing students and faculty a chance to reach diverse audiences and to stake our ground as an arts leader in downtown Tampa.”

Michael Tomor, executive director at the Tampa Museum of Art, said the launch of the UT/TMA performing arts series is a thrill for the museum. “It is a great opportunity to understand the interrelationships between music and the performing arts and the visual arts, and we are looking forward to furthering that conversation with our community.”

The College of Arts and Letters features some of the next generation of performers, artists and thinkers, which is why Gudelunas said the partnership felt right for the college.

“Having such amazing resources as the Tampa Museum of Art just a very short (and scenic) stroll from campus is one of those things that sets the UT experience apart,” Gudelunas said. “I want students to take advantage of this resource.”

Though the series started yesterday, attendees can still come for seven more performances within the series. The series is open to the public and college students receive free admission to the Tampa Museum of Art.

“Our classroom is all of Tampa Bay and this is experiential education that really matters,” Gudelunas said.

For more information on the Tampa Museum of Art or the College of Arts and Letter, visit tampamuseum.org or ut.edu/cal.

The UT/TMA Performing Arts Series will continue next month at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Tampa Museum of Art. The public is invited to attend the rest of the performances that will also be held at noon each first Monday of the month until May 2019. Each event will feature a different form of performing arts that students at UT are learning and practicing each day. Here’s a schedule below.

Oct. 3: UT Dancers will perform under the direction of Susannah LeMarquand, assistant professor of dance.
Nov. 7: The theatre department will preview their performance of Pirates of Penzanze, which will be directed by Paul Finocchiaro, associate professor of theatre.
Dec. 5: Vocal students will sing alongside Hein Jung and Grigorios Zamparas, associate professor of music.
Feb. 6: The UT Jazz Ensemble will perform. Brandon McDonald, assistant professor of music, will conduct the performance.
March 6: Ryan Hebert, associate professor of music, will conduct alongside Rodney Shores for UT Choirs Sing.
April 3: Jung and Zamparas will return to the Tampa Museum of Arts again for Midday Opera alongside their vocal students.
May 1: Under the director of Tara Swartzbaugh, the musical theatre show choir will perform OPUS: Forever Young

Katelyn Massarelli can be reached at katelyn.massarelli@theminaretonline.com

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