MANY SPECIAL EVENTS PART OF UCCC ANNIVERSARY SEASON
To mark its 25th Anniversary, the Union Colony Civic Center not only has an outstanding lineup of entertainment this season, but has also planned some special events throughout the year.
First to happen is the 25th Anniversary Gala on Sunday, September 8, from 3-6 p.m. at the Union Colony Civic Center. There will be a brief program in Monfort Concert Hall at 3 p.m., recognizing those people who were vital to making the UCCC a reality. Following that, in addition to cake and punch in the lobby, residents will have the opportunity to tour the entire facility, including the back stage and stage areas. There will be entertainment throughout the facility featuring local performers, as well as an instrument “petting zoo” and Kids’ Karaoke on stage in Monfort Concert Hall. This event is free and open to the public.
The Greeley Chamber of Commerce will host a special Business After Hours at the UCCC on Thursday, October 10, from 5-7 p.m. “The Chamber usually has their Business After Hours the last Thursday of each month,” explained Mark Briemhorst, Culture Superintendent, “but this is a special one to recognize the 25th Anniversary.” Chamber members are admitted free; there is a $20 charge for non-members.
Saturday, October 19 brings a very special event to the UCCC. Renowned photographer John Fielder will open an exhibition at the Tointon Gallery for the Visual Arts entitled “Colorado’s Great Outdoors: Celebrating 20 Years of Lottery Funded Lands”. This exhibit is sponsored by Great Outdoors Colorado, and will run until Saturday, December 14. “In addition to this exhibit, which is traveling around the state, the Tointon Gallery commissioned Mr. Fielder to shoot new photos in Greeley, to add to and “localize” the show,” said Greeley Public Art Coordinator Kim Snyder. The local photos will become part of the touring exhibit.
As part of the exhibit opening, there is a reception at 5 p.m. on October 19, in conjunction with a Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra concert later that evening. All 13 of Fielder’s books, calendars and publications will be available for purchase at the reception, and Fielder will be in attendance to sign them. The concert, “A Tour of Eastern Europe," is set for 7:30 p.m. and will include a slide show highlighting some of Fielder’s photography. Also in the Tointon Gallery from October 19 to December 14 will be an exhibit featuring historical photos and memorabilia from Greeley’s past, as well as items from Greeley’s sister city, Moriya, Japan. The Tointon Gallery is open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., accessible through the Greeley Recreation Center entrance, and is also open via the UCCC lobby during performances.
In addition, four special events geared toward Northern Colorado youth will be on stage this season. The Spotlight on Youth series will begin on Monday, November 11 at 6:30 p.m. with a special collaboration of the UCCC, Greeley/Weld School District 6 and the University of Northern Colorado. This Spotlight on Youth Choir Concert features the ‘N Tune middle school choir from Chappelow K-8 Arts Magnet Middle School, the Greeley Central High School Chamber Choir, and the UNC Concert Choir, performing individually and combined on the Monfort Concert Hall stage.
In the second of three collaborations, the Union Colony Civic Center presents the Spotlight on Youth Band Concert on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. Instrumentalists from the Chappelow K-8 Arts Magnet Middle School Advanced Band, the Greeley Central Band and the UNC Concert Band will join forces for an evening of music you’ll definitely want to see and hear! Tickets for both of these events are $5 for all seats.
On Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 4 p.m., the Greeley Philharmonic revives its popular Children’s and Family Concert with a performance of “The Planets” by Gustav Holst. The concert will be narrated by an astronaut from NASA. This musical journey through the galaxy is sponsored by Thrivent Financial.
The final Spotlight on Youth event is Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 4 p.m., when the UCCC hosts the Greeley Children’s Chorale for their “Spring Sing”. The Children’s Chorale’s concert repertoire spans a variety of styles, from classical to jazz, pop to foreign language texts. This will be the final concert of the Greeley Children’s Chorale season, before they head to Boston on concert tour. Tickets for this concert are $5 for Children, $10 for adults.
Tickets for all concert events are available now through the UCCC Ticket Office, 970-356-5000, 1-800-315-ARTS or online at ucstars.com. The UCCC's 25th Anniversary is the season to Come See The Stars!
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