The BYU Museum of Peoples and Cultures is pleased to announce their newest exhibit, “Nuchu: Voices of the Ute People.”
The exhibit celebrates the rich heritage of the Ute throughout northeastern Utah, including Utah Valley. In the exhibit, their voices tell the story of their vibrant history and life.
The exhibit contains items collected around the Vernal area of Utah during the 1930s and 1940s. The text and labels for this exhibit are taken from interviews with Ute tribal members over the past 15 years, providing an opportunity to hear how the Ute view the items and their own heritage. Helping to fulfil the MPC’s mission to train future museum professionals, “students have combed through hours of interviews and texts, collaborated on the design of the galleries, and built the displays,” Kari Nelson, curator of education, said.
Museum of Peoples and Cultures
Brigham Young University
700 North 100 East, Provo, Utah
The MPC is Brigham Young University’s archaeological and anthropological museum. The University now has four museums – the Paleontology museum, the Museum of Art, the Bean Life Science Museum, and the Museum of Peoples and Cultures (MPC).
Allen Hall was built in the late 1930s as a men’s dormitory. During World War II it became women’s housing. In the 1960s the building was adapted for use as a Language Training Mission (a pre-cursor to the MTC). This varied history is evident in the structure of the building. The galleries are located in what used to be the common and dining rooms when the building was student housing. The classroom was the kitchen, and the majority of offices were dorm rooms. The museum has occupied the building since 1981.
Museum of Peoples and Cultures
Brigham Young University
700 North 100 East
Provo, Utah (801) 422-0020
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On Friday, March 11, and Saturday, March 12, at 6 p.m., BYU’s Museum of Peoples and Cultures (MPC) will host a dinner for couples who come to help solve a mystery.
Each semester, the MPC hosts a Mystery Dinner date night where play out character personalities and work to discover who stole a valuable artifact from the Museum. Identity profiles are assigned to each individual when they purchase tickets and include a brief history of their character along with costume suggestions.
“It’s really fun to see what participants do with their character,” said Anna McKean, promotions manager at the Museum. “Each session is different because of the people that come—the variety makes it a lot of fun.”
“The Disappearance of the Parrot Jar” will begin with a tour of the exhibit “crime scene” where the artifact was stolen. The mystery unfolds over dinner, as clues are revealed and accusations made. Each character is a suspect in the mystery and everyone must prove their innocence to the other participants.
Tickets for the date night are $24 per couple (which includes dinner and dessert*) and will be available at the WSC Information Desk beginning March 7. For more information visit mpc.byu.edu or call 801.422.0020. (*Unfortunately the MPC cannot accommodate gluten or dairy allergies.)
Need to woo your valentine? Bring a date to BYU’s Museum of Peoples and Cultures (MPC) to experience a night of Egyptian culture and cuisine on Friday, February 11th. The Egyptian-themed date night “Sphinxes and Sweethearts” will begin at 7:00 that evening.
“We created this date night as a means to educate participants about ancient Egyptian culture in a relaxed, casual setting,” said Anna McKean, promotions manager at the MPC.
February 11th will be an evening filled with competition, prizes, learning, and food. Couples will have the chance to win prizes through three different activities: a mummy-wrapping race, a set of three different games (Pyramid, Egyptian Balderdash, and “Matching of the Gods”), and painting hieroglyphics. Mediterranean refreshments will also be provided for the couples to enjoy.
“I like ‘Sphinxes and Sweethearts’ because it’s a date night unlike any other,” said McKean. “How often do you hear someone say that they learned to paint hieroglyphics over the weekend?”
Tickets for the date night are $10 per couple and will be available at the WSC Information Desk beginning Monday, February 7th. For more information visit mpc.byu.edu or call 801.422.0020.
The School of Music at Brigham Young University will welcome Utah’s celebrated NOVA Chamber Music Series in a free concert Tuesday, February. 8, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall.
The performance will start with Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber’s “Annunciation” from the Rosary Sonata No. 1, followed by Bach’s Trio Sonata in C major, BWV 1037. The chamber ensemble will continue with a commissioned work by BYU composition faculty member Steven Ricks and will conclude with Brahms’ Sextet in G major, Op. 36.
The performance is directed by the Utah Symphony principal keyboardist Jason Hardink, who performed as a guest artist at BYU in January. NOVA musicians to play at the concert include Gerald Elias and Hasse Borup, violin; Julie Edwards and Carl Johansen, viola; Walter Haman and Kevin Shumway, cello; and Jason Hardink, harpsichord and organ.
According to its website, NOVA’s 2010–2011 concert season, dubbed “10.11,” focuses on the consummate works of the chamber music repertoire. Their programs explore the national musical identities of both Russia and Italy and will feature masterpieces by Bach, Brahms and Schumann, as well as contemporary pieces by local composers.
The NOVA Chamber Music Series was founded in 1977 by Utah Symphony clarinetist Russell Harlow. In 1986, Utah Symphony violinist Barbara Scowcroft was appointed as the group’s artistic director. During her tenure of 18 seasons, the series continued the innovative programming and artistic growth of the previous decade and in 1999 received the Utah Governor’s Award for the Arts.
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Come watch a little pig dream big. Babe, the gentle-spirited piglet that lets nothing get between him and his life’s quest of herding sheep, is now stepping onto the BYU stage. Adapted from the same book that inspired the award-winning motion picture—this play is just as captivating, thrilling, and magical. Bring your whole family to this little show that will inspire everyone to dream a whole lot bigger.
By David Wood
Based on the book by Dick King Smith
Directed by Teresa Dayley Love
$6 Adults, $4 Children age 2-11
Age 2+ admitted to this event with ticket
Run time: approximately one hour
NOTE: This event has two general admission sections–chair seats and floor seats. Floor seats are for children who want to sit on the floor close the action. They will not have chairs.
- BYU Arts Department
Margetts Theatre – Brigham Young University (BYU)
Harris Fine Arts Center, East Campus Drive, Provo, UT 84602 (801) 422-4678
February 2, 2011 – February 12, 2011 7pm with Saturday Matinées