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Spotlight Series Concerts

Spotlight Series

Each year, the UNI School of Music proudly showcases a variety of ensembles and individual performances in our Spotlight Series. These performances consistently offer the highest quality musical performances featuring student, faculty and guest performers. From orchestral to jazz, opera to bands, join us for the series and experience something for everyone! All Spotlight Series concerts are ticketed. For tickets, call (319) 273-4TIX or click here


Ticket prices for the 2018-19 Spotlight series are:
Jazz events in Bengtson Auditorium: $15-$25 for adults, $5 for non-UNI students. UNI students are admitted for FREE with their UNI ID card. All other Spotlight Series events: $15 for adults, $5 for non-UNI students. UNI students are admitted for FREE with their UNI ID card. 


For more information, call (319) 273-2028.

Spotlight Series Concert: Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band

Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. 
Great Hall, GBPAC

Two of the School of Music’s finest ensembles will join together to offer an evening of exciting and engaging music. Conductors Danny Galyen and Justin Mertz will lead the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band in a shared concert, the first Spotlight Series concert of the season.

Spotlight Series Concert: Jazz Band One & Jazz Band Two

Friday, October 5, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. 
Bengtson Auditorium, Russell Hall

UNI Jazz Band One, under the direction of Christopher Merz will offer a shared fall concert with Jazz Band Two, led by Michael Conrad. Repertoire for the concert is sure to include a vibrant collection of both modern jazz and fresh interpretations on well-loved standards. 

Due Gala: Dinner and Two Shows, part I - Opera Scenes

Friday, November 2, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.
Great Hall, GBPAC

UNI Opera students, under the direction of Mitra Sadeghpour and vocal coach Korey Barrett, will present an opera scenes performance as part of a three-act evening of opera, orchestra and dining. Discounted ticket bundles are available for guests wishing to attend two or three of the evening’s Due Gala events. . 

Due Gala: Dinner and Two Shows, part III – Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra

Friday, November 2, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.
Great Hall, GBPAC

The Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Rebecca Burkhardt, will present a concert performance as the grand finale of a three-act evening of opera, orchestra and dining. Discounted ticket bundles are available for guests wishing to attend two or three of the evening’s Due Gala events. 

Spotlight Series Concert: Fall Opera Scenes Performances

Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. 
Bengtson Auditorium, Russell Hall

UNI Opera students, under the direction of Mitra Sadeghpour and vocal coach Korey Barrett, will present an opera performance as part of the Spotlight Series. 

Spotlight Series Concert: Concert Chorale

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. 
Great Hall, GBPAC

Concert Chorale, a group with a rich tradition of excellence, will offer a shared fall concert under the baton of conductor John Len Wiles. This performance will be held as the group prepares for their upcoming spring break international tour. Come join us!

Spotlight Series Concert: UNI Holiday Concert 

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. 
Great Hall, GBPAC

A perfect way to celebrate the holidays! Come join UNI School of Music ensembles in celebrating the joys of the season. Come join the UNI School of Music ensembles in celebrating the joys of the season. Enjoy holiday favorites, majestic, winter-inspired works, and more. Bring your family and friends and celebrate with us!

Spotlight Series Concert: Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. 
Great Hall, GBPAC

The Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra will present its second appearance on the Spotlight Series. Conductor Rebecca Burkhardt returns to the podium for the first Spotlight Series concert of the spring 2019 term. 

Spotlight Series Concert: UNI Choirs Concert

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. 
Great Hall, GBPAC

Student musicians from UNI choirs will appear in this spring Spotlight Series performance. Conductors John Len Wiles and Amy Kotsonis will lead the choirs. Choral music enthusiasts are in for an exciting evening! 

Spotlight Series Concert: Jazz Band One

Friday, April 5, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. 
Bengtson Auditorium, Russell Hall

Jazz up your spring! Christopher Merz will lead UNI's premiere jazz ensemble Jazz Band One in their spring concert, with repertoire and soloists to be announced. 

Spotlight Series Concert: Symphonic Band & Concert Band

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. 
Great Hall, GBPAC

Conductor Justin Mertz will lead the UNI Symphonic Band and Concert Band in a shared spring performance on the Spotlight Series. The performance literature for Symphonic Band and Concert Band includes the standard repertoire for wind band as well as new and contemporary compositions. Come and enjoy! 

Spotlight Series Concert: Wind Ensemble

Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. 
Great Hall, GBPAC

Conductor Danny Galyen will lead the Wind Ensemble in the grand finale performance of the 2018-19 Spotlight Series. You won't want to miss it!