Experience the Cosmos: From Spiders to Fire!

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: Toland Theatre,  Center for the Arts

Guest Artists: Susan Botti and Roland Vazquez

Featuring: Cosmosis for Sporano, Women's Choir and Wind Ensemble by Susan Botti with the UWL Women's Choir and Wind Ensembles; Jabberwocky by Susan Botti with Roland Vazquez; Latin Jazz Selections by Roland Vazquez with members of the UWL Music Faculty including the songs PireDance for LouisNo Place to Hide This Heart, and Sevilla.

Master Class 

Composition Master Class with Susan Botti 

Time: 8:50 AM - 9:45 AM

Location: Annett Recital Hall, Center for the Arts

As composer and performer, Susan Botti's electric background and experiences are reflected in her music. Theatre and the visual arts play a formative role in the aesthetic of her work. Her musical explorations have encompassed traditional, improvisational, and non-classic composition and singing styles. Samples from her works (including commissions from the New York Philharmonic, and The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra) will be presented. 

Public Lecture

Intro to Afro Latin Music

Time: 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Location: Hall of Nations, 1300 Centennial Hall

Guest Artist: Roland Vazquez

This public lecture will address the roles of geography, economy, literacy, technology, and individuality in the music of the Afro Latin diaspora.

Public Lecture and Salon

The Interconnection of the Arts, Innovation, and Economic Well-Being

Time: 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Location: Room 1400, Centennial Hall 

Keynote Speaker: Harvey White

Salon Panelists: George Tzougros, National Creativity Network and Wisconsin Arts Board; Anne Katz, Arts Wisconsin, Sheryl White

It is easy to say that creativity is important, but what does that really mean? Business leader, arts patron, and arts advocate Harvey White, who coined the term "STEAM" offers his thoughts on the crucial role of creativity in our world. After his remarks he will be joined by a panel of guests to expand the conversation and answer question from the audience.


The Research and Creative Work of the Students in the School of Arts and Communication

Time: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Location: Hall of Nations, 1300 Centennial Hall

Students in the departments of Art, Communication Studies, Music, and Theatre Arts regularly engage in research and creative work as part of their courses. Students also have the opportunity to take on special projects funded through undergraduate research grants, facilitating further education and exploration - often including travel to a different state or country. Meet several of these students and hear them discuss their work. This session will also feature displays of student artwork. 

Master Class

Vocal Technique 

Time: 2:15 PM - 3:10 PM

Location: Annett Recital Hall, Center for the Arts

Guest Artist: Susan Botti 

"Reflecting life experiences... my voice channels the wide range of emotions and ideas inherent in the words and music I sing or speak. My acting training is as vital to me as my diverse vocal experiences towards this end. I bring the same wide spectrum of possibilities to each vocal experience whether a simple song, operatic aria, narration, jingle, jazz standard... whatever the work to be spoken or sung, I invoked all of my experience and complete vocal palette." As described by the Nashville Public Radio, "Botti loves that beautiful, classical bel canto singing, but she's not afraid to throw some Jimi Hendrix-style distortion into the mix." Botti has sung in concert halls world wide, from Carnegie Hall to Disney Hall to Suntory Hall in Tokyo, in theatres, clubs, and on the airwaves in soundtracks and jingles. 

Root Note Performances

3rd Relation Quartet 

Time: 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Location: The Root Note, Downtown La Crosse, 115 4th St S, La Crosse, WI

The Root Note Organic Cafe and Music Venue is a popular "all ages" venue in downtown La Crosse. The group "3rd Relation Quartet" comprised of the rhythm section of UW-La Crosse's Jazz Ensemble I performs there each Tuesday evening. The group beings with a solid set with just the quartet, then opens the performance to jammers! 

*Also on display at the Root Note, "Printfools - Under Pressure," an exhibition of etchings, lithographs, and woodcuts produced by UWL students (on display April 7 - April 30).


Arts and Communication Mashup

Time: 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM

Location: First Floor, Cartwright Center 

Part 1--Main Floor, Cartwright Center: In this culminating festival event, faculty, staff, and students from Art, Communication Studies, Music, and Theatre Arts come together to share theatre, music, art, digital media, and storytelling to create a feast for the senses.  Join us and wander through the main floor of the Cartwright Center.

Part 2:  Closing Reception -- Join us for student awards, hors d'oeuvres, and celebration as we conclude Creative Imperatives 2014.