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Events & Programs

View all upcoming live concerts, literature/poetry readings,

exhibition openings, and more below.

Email Programs Coordinator to propose an event at the Hearst Center.

Red House Studios:  Located next door to the Hearst Center, this facility offers studio space to artists.  We announce open lease opportunities on this site and our social media.  Thanks to the UNI Art Department for their continued partnership in awarding a recent graduate a sponsored space at the Red House.

Upcoming

All events listed below are free, unless otherwise noted requiring pre registration via Civic Rec

SEPTEMBER

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HYBRID! FINAL THURSDAY READING SERIES
Thursday, September 28

Open mic starts at 7:00 p.m. & featured author talk begins at 7:30 p.m. Visit finalthursdaypress.com for link to attend virtually.   

Join us for a community open mic followed by a discussion with a featured author. The Final Thursday Reading Series is a collaboration of Final Thursday Press, the Hearst Center, the UNI College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences, and the UNI Department of Languages and Literatures. This event takes place on the final Thursday of each month in Mae Latta Hall.

September 28 (*in person only): Darcie Little Badger Darcie is a Lipan Apache writer with a PhD in oceanography. Her critically acclaimed debut novel, Elatsoe, was featured in Time Magazine as one of the best 100 fantasy books of all time. Her newest book, A Snake Falls to Earth, is a breathtaking work of Indigenous futurism. Darcie draws on traditional Lipan Apache storytelling structure to weave another unforgettable tale of monsters, magic, and family. This event is made possible by the Ila M. Hemm Visiting Author Program.

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MID-AUTUMN MOON FESTIVAL
Wednesday, September 27 from 5-7 p.m.

The Hearst Center, in collaboration with UNI’s International Engagement Office, is celebrating the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival; a celebration of the moon and the beginning of Fall. Join us for moon cake making, lantern painting, delicious food, and more. Additional events during the week of November 13 for International Education Week are being planned, check thehearst.org for updates

OCTOBER

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INTERRO QUARTET CONCERT
Tuesday, October 3 at 7:00 p.m. 

Interro Quartet combines passionate performances with a commitment to arts education and accessibility. Featuring violinists Eric Kim-Fujita and Dr. Sang Kyun Koh, violist Maxime Despax, and cellist Sebastian Ostertag, The quartet features works by Fanny Mendelssohn, Grażyna Bacewicz, Hildegard von Bingen, and Rebecca Clarke. A real treat for our local music community, don’t miss out on this beautiful evening!

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MIDDAY MELODIES
Friday, October 13 at 12:00 p.m.

Enjoy classics performed by the UNI School of Music Department with special guest, Stephanie Ycaza directing the UNI Tuba Students. 

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CONCERTS WITH SONGBOOK TRIO
Second Thursdays of the month at 7 p.m.

Join us in Mae Latta Hall for live music from the American Songbook featuring Tom Tritle on piano, Al Jacobson on drums, and Stephanie Althof on vocals.

October 12: From Distant Shores, The Songbook’s Hits from Abroad
November 9: Broadway’s Contribution, Immortal Tunes from the American Musical

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HYBRID! FINAL THURSDAY READING SERIES
Thursday, October 26

Open mic starts at 7:00 p.m. & featured author talk begins at 7:30 p.m. Visit finalthursdaypress.com for link to attend virtually.   

Join us for a community open mic followed by a discussion with a featured author. The Final Thursday Reading Series is a collaboration of Final Thursday Press, the Hearst Center, the UNI College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences, and the UNI Department of Languages and Literatures. This event takes place on the final Thursday of each month in Mae Latta Hall.

October 26: Cherie Dargan Cherie is the author of the novel, The Gift. She retired in 2016 from teaching at Hawkeye Community College. Coming soon in the Grandmother’s Treasures series are The Legacy and The Promise.

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FREE! MEMOIR WRITING WORKSHOP
Sunday, October 29 from 1:00-4:00 p.m.

This three-hour workshop with writer and food expert Beth Hoffman is designed to get you moving on your memoir and help you explore ways to make your story more relevant to readers. In a mixture of discussions and handson writing time, you will come away with tangible ideas as how to structure your story and craft it in a way that allows people from all walks of life to connect with it and learn about the past. This workshop is free with pre-registration required Civic Rec

NOVEMBER

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MIDDAY MELODIES
Friday, November 10 at 12:00 p.m.

Enjoy classics performed by the UNI School of Music Department with special guest, Alex Pershounin directing the UNI Bass Students. 

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CONCERTS WITH SONGBOOK TRIO
Second Thursdays of the month at 7 p.m.

Join us in Mae Latta Hall for live music from the American Songbook featuring Tom Tritle on piano, Al Jacobson on drums, and Stephanie Althof on vocals.

November 9: Broadway’s Contribution, Immortal Tunes from the American Musical

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IOWA CHAMBER MUSIC COLLECTIVE: QUINTET AND TRIO CONCERT
Tuesday, November 14 at 7:00 p.m.

Experience live music featuring compositions by G. Rossini, C. Saint-Saens, F. Mendelsohn and G. Faure. This diverse group of talented friends founded the Iowa Chamber Music Collective in 2022 as a nonprofit organization. Performers include violinists Daniel Kaplunas & Bethany Washington, concert pianists Camille Balleza and Dan Reynolds, violist John Chiles, Dmitri Vasilistov playing double bass, Ranee Yang on clarinet, and cellist Liudmila Lebedeva. Come out and support this power-packed ensemble!

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HYBRID! FINAL THURSDAY READING SERIES
Thursday, November 30 

Open mic starts at 7:00 p.m. & featured author talk begins at 7:30 p.m. Visit finalthursdaypress.com for link to attend virtually.   

Join us for a community open mic followed by a discussion with a featured author. The Final Thursday Reading Series is a collaboration of Final Thursday Press, the Hearst Center, the UNI College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences, and the UNI Department of Languages and Literatures. This event takes place on the final Thursday of each month in Mae Latta Hall.

November 30: Monica Leo is the author of Hand, Shadow, Rod: the Story of Eulenspiegal Puppet Theatre. She is a first-generation American, born to German refugees in the waning days of World War II. After the war, her parents ordered a set of Kasperle hand puppets from a German craftswoman, and Monica was hooked. Since 1975, she has been creating and performing as founder and principal puppeteer of Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre in West Liberty, Iowa.

DECEMBER

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HEARST CENTER ANNUAL HOLIDAY CONCERT WITH BEL CANTO CEDAR VALLEY Sunday, December 17 at 2:00 p.m. 

Join us in Mae Latta Hall for our annual holiday concert. Bel Canto Cedar Valley (BCCV) is a premiere community chamber choir serving Cedar Falls, Waterloo, Waverly, and surrounding communities. Bel Canto Cedar Valley contributes to the cultural enrichment of the community by promoting quality choral music, exploring vast and varied choral repertoire, and encouraging music as a life-long passion.
 

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