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AU Arts Close Out 2021 With Multiple Performances and Programming

Mark your calendars! The holiday season at American University is filled with a variety of in-person and virtual performances and programming in art, music, theatre, and dance.

Interference New Music Collective

Interference Concert 

December 2, 7:30-9 p.m. 

Interference new music collective, ensemble in residence at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, returns with a livestreamed concert with an eclectic selection of contemporary works exploring a wide range of sound environments. 

Composers Antonio Forte, the Interference emerging composer artist, Jeffrey Mumford, and Steve Antosca will be joined by ensemble performers for a post-concert discussion. Featuring performers Antonio Forte, Noah Getz, Nobue Matsuoka, and Nancy Jo Snider.  

This event will be held virtually. Watch the Interference livestream.

Gallery 2021 Dancers in the Katzen Arts Center

Gallery 2021

December 4 at 1 p.m., 1:40 p.m., 2:20 p.m., 3 p.m., and 3:40 p.m. 

AU Dance Program’s graduating Dance Majors present an installation of three creative research projects within the galleries of the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center. 
Simultaneous performances of the three projects will occur every 40 minutes. Audiences are invited to choose their own progression through the afternoon to experience all three - exploring the museum, talking with docents and artists, considering how the performances are in conversation with the exhibitions. 
Learn more about Gallery 2021.

AU Chorus in performance

AU Chorus

December 4 at 7:30 p.m. and December 5 at 3 p.m. 
In-person: Katzen Arts Center 

As AU Chorus returns to in-person performances after a year of virtual singing, they discovered that what they missed most was the feeling of togetherness. To bring us back together, the American University Chorus has adopted a Danish loan-word: hygge. An almost untranslatable concept, “hygge” is a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment. With that in mind, AU Chorus has put together a program of some of our favorite choral gems to provide some much needed hygge.  
Buy tickets for AU Chorus.

Alma Thomas, Still Life with Chrysanthemums, 1954.

Gallery Talk: Inside Out 

December 7, 6-7 p.m. 

Curator Sarah Leary discusses her exhibition Inside Out: Artists in the Studio, which features paintings, prints, and photographs by women artists drawn from the American University Museum’s permanent collection.  

Register for the Inside Out Gallery Talk.

[Working Title] Senior Capstone

[Working Title]: Theatre Capstone 

December 9-11 
In-person: Katzen Arts Center 

The Senior Capstone for the Theatre/Musical Theatre Program brings together and showcases the four years of training and studying the craft of theatre in the broader context of a liberal arts education. Students will devise a new theatre piece by researching historical and current events and use these ideas to create dynamic characters, strong visual designs, and dramatic moments on stage. This year's Senior Capstone is focused on work and labor in America today. This production is written, directed, choreographed, and performed by the Theatre/Musical Theatre Program Senior Class of 2022. 
Purchase Theatre Capstone tickets.

Bridging Ties: Like Lavender is to Purple

Bridging Ties: Like Lavender is to Purple 

December 9, 6-7 p.m.

This virtual discussion featuring AU Professorial Lecturer Andrew Wasserman, PhD, and visual artist Amber-Robles-Gordon will explore the Womanist/Feminist nature and symbolic threads featured throughout Robles-Gordon's current exhibition Successions: Traversing US Colonialism. 

Register for Bridging Ties.

Au Jazz band performing

AU Jazz: Fall for Jazz 2021

December 10 at 7:30 p.m. 
In-person: Katzen Arts Center 

The AU Jazz Orchestra will return to the Recital Hall bringing the hard work of rehearsals, rhythm, and resilience to life in their first live ensemble performance since returning to campus in the Fall! Join the AUJO and AUJC as they welcome special guest Herb Scott for a night of Big Band swing, funk, and straight-ahead Jazz! 

Purchase tickets to AU Jazz