Brie Bevans in Hancher Auditorium in hall by windows on the second floor wearing a white blouse and blue jeans

Brie Bevans takes center stage in the Hancher premiere of Fierce

Tuesday, April 23, 2024
Promotional image for Fierce featuring four young girls with their backs turned all wearing the same jean jacket with a blue fist, the power symbol, on the back and there is a multicolored design emanating from their jackets into the background

UI students shine on the Hancher stage in Fierce

Thursday, April 18, 2024
The School of Music’s spring opera—composed by a Jazz Studies professor—features UI students from across the Performing Arts At Iowa and beyond
Dr. William Menefield

Opera channels creativity of jazz studies professor William Menefield

Monday, April 15, 2024
Fierce, written by librettist Sheila Williams and composed by UI jazz studies and piano professor William Menefield, truly is an opera for the 21st century. The 90-minute, one-act opera, performed at Hancher on April 26 and 27, 2024, follows four teenage girls finding identity and purpose in the world as they write their college essays in a high school writers’ workshop. Directed by William Menefield, the Hancher performances feature an ensemble of UI singers, musicians, and dancers, with production support from the UI School of Music, the Performing Arts Production Unit, and Hancher Auditorium.