Anna in the Tropics
"Anna in the Tropics" runs Feb. 11–13 in the Mesa Experimental Theatre.


Coming soon from CMU performing arts

Anna and the Tropics and the Mesa Experimental Theatre

This month, the Colorado Mesa University Department of Theatre Arts presents the second Mesa Experimental Theatre play of the 2015-16 season. Anna in the Tropics, written by Nilo Cruz, runs in the MET Feb. 11–13 at 7:30pm.

Set in southern Florida during the late 1920s, Anna in the Tropics describes the life and situations of a set of Cuban-Americans working at a cigar factory. The owners and employees spend their time reveling in the memory of their native Cuba, discussing fine literature and creating their own real-life dramatics. The 2003 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Anna in the Tropics explores the complex nature of immigration, a poignant topic for our time.

The play is directed by theatre major Ellie Carrillo and rated PG-13. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, faculty/staff, and $6 for students. Tickets are available online or by calling the CMU Box Office at 970.248.1604.


Music at Mesa presents tenor Derek Chester

Tenor Derek Chester is the latest guest artist to perform in Colorado Mesa University’s Moss Performing Arts Center. At 7:30pm on Feb. 11, Music at Mesa presents Chester will perform a concert featuring songs by Robert Schumann, Wolfgang Mozart, Gabriel Fauré and Benjamin Britten, among others.

Praised by the New York Times for his "beautifully shaped and carefully nuanced singing," Chester is steadily making a name for himself in the world of classical music. Trained at the University of Georgia, he was a Fulbright Scholar and spent a year in Germany furthering his training. While maintaining an active performing career, Chester received his doctorate from the University of North Texas.

Chester will perform with CMU pianist and music professor Arthur Houle and local mezzo-soprano Danielle Greiner, who was most recently seen in High Desert Opera’s production of Hansel and Gretel as Hansel.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, faculty/staff and $5 for students.

Faculty clarinetist presents collaborative concert

Music at Mesa invites audiences to enjoy a faculty concert on March 4 in the Love Recital Hall. At 7:30pm, assistant professor of music Jun Watabe, clarinetist and saxophonist, will perform alongside colleagues Kristen Yeon-Ji Yun, on cello, and Arthur Houle, on piano.

Watabe has appeared as featured soloist in many national and international scenes to rave reviews. He travels across the country for concerts and lectures at conferences and universities. The diverse natures of the clarinet and saxophone serve to elevate his artistry and enhance his musical common sense. At the same time, they make his musical interpretations and performances unique. Watabe is the principal clarinetist for the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra and the founder of the CMU faculty wind quintet Mesa Winds.

Tickets for the concert are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students.


Central High School Jazz Band teams up with CMU Jazz Ensemble

The Central High School Jazz Band will open for the Colorado Mesa University Jazz ensemble in a March 7 concert in Robinson Theatre. The performance begins at 7:30pm.

CMU’s Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of associate professor of music Darin Kamstra, DMA, will perform selections such as “Give it One” by Maynard Ferguson and Alan Downey, featuring the trumpet section, and “On the Sunny Side of the Street,” as arranged by John Clayton and featuring the trombone section. Other selections are the well-known “So What” by Miles Davis, “Channel One Suite” as performed by the Buddy Rich Big Band and “Struggle Bus,” a composition by student composer and jazz ensemble pianist Hans Snell.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students.

Tickets for all three upcoming music performances are available at the CMU Box Office by calling 970.248.1604.​


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