For over 100 years the BYU Performing Arts series has been bringing the most talented artists to perform for the students and community.
This season, the BYU Performing Arts series changed its name to BRAVO! to better reflect the experiences that attendees would have at performances.
This September, for instance, five-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald wowed audiences with a fun-filled evening of classical Broadway songs and her wonderful sense of humor.
“We’re continuing to focus on bringing world-class musicians, dancers, and actors to interact and work with our students,” explained Jeff Martin, BYU Arts manager for the CFAC.
Arranging for these performers to come takes great effort and patience from several staff and faculty members.
“We plan our seasons several years in advance,” Martin said. “I work with the department chairs and faculty of the college to find out who they would like to bring to campus to work with their students and what kinds of disciplines we want to emphasize, so the visiting artists can provide additional insight to their learning.”
The greatest benefit comes as these artists take time to instruct the students.
“All of these guests artists interact with our students by teaching workshops and master classes,” Martin said. “We really try to immerse them as much as possible in our academic programs so that our students can really learn from what they have to offer.”
Joshua Bell, a Grammy Award-winning violinist, visited BYU this November as part of the BRAVO! series.
“He is perhaps one of the most acclaimed violinists active today. He is all over the world all of the time, and we were so thrilled to have him perform here,” Martin said.
Audiences will welcome John Lithgow this February for an evening of storytelling. Lithgow is a Tony Award winner and the former star of the sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun.
“It’s going to be a one man theatrical memoir,” Martin said. “He’ll take two stories that were dear to his family when he was growing up, act them out, and interweave them with his own childhood memories.”
These spiritually strengthening and intellectually enlarging experiences complement BYU’s mission and aims and strengthen the artistic culture in the community.
Enjoy the benefits of the BRAVO! series by purchasing tickets at arts.byu.edu.