Enjoy a showcase of student creativity in choreography at the upcoming annual “Afterimages” dance concert at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Pictured are Monica Endres and Jenny Ziebarth perform in “Afterimages 2018.” Photo courtesy Kaitlyn Piette.

“Afterimages 2019” will be performed in the Studio Theatre in the Noel Fine Arts Center, 1800 Portage St., Stevens Point, at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7 and Dec. 11-13. A matinee at 2 p.m. Dec. 8 will be preceded by a talk with the director at 1 p.m. in NFAC Room 221.

Tickets are $26 for adults, $23 for seniors and $16 for age 17 and younger at the UW-Stevens Point Information and Tickets Office in the Dreyfus University Center concourse, by calling 715-346-4100 or at http://tickets.uwsp.edu. Discounts are available for UW-Stevens Point students, faculty and staff.

Fill the holidays with music by attending instrumental and vocal ensemble concerts at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point this December.

Photo courtesy UW-Stevens Point. Enjoy a musical holiday season by attending several UW-Stevens Point Music Department concerts this December, including Tuba Christmas.

The following concerts will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Michelsen Hall in the Noel Fine Arts Center, 1800 Portage St., Stevens Point.

  • Dec. 6, Choir Collage Concert – The Campus Choir, Vocal Jazz Ensemble and Chamber Singers will perform winter-themed music, including the Spanish carol “Riu, Riu, Chiu” as well as a student-created musical of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”
  • Dec. 10, Jazz Ensemble Concert – Guitarist Kelvin Kaspar of Neenah, will be featured in a concert that includes guitar-focused jazz favorites by Bill Frisell, Gil Evans, Wes Montgomery, Jelly Roll Morton and more.
  • Dec. 12, Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony Concert – The Wind Symphony will premiere “In the Shadow of the Mountain” by Larry Tuttle as well as perform a work by an alumna and a collection of folk tunes. The Symphonic Wind Ensemble will perform a blues piece named for a mid-20th century train, a work that honors legendary conductor John Paynter and “Lincolnshire Posy,” one of the most iconic works written for wind band.
  • Dec. 13, Tuba Christmas – Featuring traditional Christmas carols arranged for a low brass ensemble, this ninth annual event invites tuba and euphonium players of all ages to perform. Rehearsal will be from 5-6:30 p.m. in Michelsen. To register as a player or learn more, go to www.uwsp.edu/music/Pages/TubaChristmas or call 715-346-4052. Players and audience members are encouraged to wear festive attire. This concert is free.

Tickets for the choir, jazz and wind ensemble concerts are $15 for adults and $10 for UW-Stevens Point students, faculty and youth and free the day of the concert for students with a UW-Stevens Point I.D. if not sold out. Tickets are available at the University Information and Tickets Office in the Dreyfus University Center, by calling 715-346-4100 or 800-838-3378 or at http://tickets.uwsp.edu. Tickets also may be purchased at the door if available. Proceeds benefit student scholarships.

Photo courtesy UW-Stevens Point.

This December, learn how favorite holiday traditions, such as kissing under the mistletoe and gift giving, originate throughout the world at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s Allen F. Blocher Planetarium.

Two programs will be shown on Sundays, Dec. 8 and 15. “Winter Wonders” will be at 2 p.m., and “Season of Light” will be at 3:15 p.m. Both are free.

“Winter Wonders” looks at Christian and Jewish religious events during the winter season, as well as rituals of cultures that originate from solstice observances. The program also explores the customs of Native Americans, Inuit, Incans and the people of central Africa and China. It closes with a look at monuments built by prehistoric people to celebrate the winter solstice.

“Season of Light” traces the development of many well-known holiday customs including burning of yule logs, hanging Christmas lights and lighting the Menorah and luminaries. The program also explores holiday customs from other cultures and parts of the world. The show features appearances by St. Nicholas, Sinterklaas, Kris Kringle, Father Christmas and Santa Claus while illuminating the lighter side of holiday gift giving, mistletoe and decorations. Finally, “Season of Light” will present possible astronomical explanations for the appearance of the Christmas Star.

On the Monday evenings of Dec. 2 and 9, the “Night Sky” program is offered at 8 p.m. in the planetarium to look in detail at objects in the current night sky.

Planetarium seating is first come, first served for up to 55 people. Groups of 15 or more may schedule a special showing of any planetarium program by calling 715-346-2208 or completing an online request form at www.uwsp.edu/physastr/plan_obs. There is a cost of $25 per group for these presentations.

Through Dec. 11, the Arthur J. Pejsa Observatory telescope is open for free viewings from 8:30-10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday evenings if the skies are clear and the temperature is above 10 degrees Fahrenheit. Call 715-346-2208 for updates.

The planetarium and observatory are on the second and fourth floor of the UW-Stevens Point Science Building at the corner of Reserve Street and Fourth Avenue. Parking is available in Lot D behind the building and is free in all university lots after 7 p.m. and on weekends.