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May 22, 2003

Purdue Convocations announces 2003-04 performance season

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue Convocations today (Thursday, 5/22) released the lineup of performing arts events for the 2003-04 season.

"As we begin our second century of bringing compelling performances to the Purdue and the Greater Lafayette community, we're thrilled to be able to proffer such a diverse range of exciting performances," said Convocations director Todd Wetzel. "From celebrity performers and cutting-edge musicians to innovative dance ensembles and exciting family shows, I think everyone will find something to love this season."

Wetzel said he is particularly excited about a set of performances that combine artistic performance with the use of cutting-edge technology. These performances are Karsh Kale, Kronos Quartet and New Century Saxophone Quartet.

"Few ideas have influenced us as comprehensively as the infusion of technology into our lives," Wetzel said. "That's why I've booked three shows which begin to investigate the uncertain and uncharted territory at the point where creative human expression and technology intersect. With performances that evade categorization and artists that explore the new, we'll begin a journey beyond experimentalism into a new hybrid language."

Series ticket prices range from $30 for the Discovery Concert series to $116 for the full Lively Arts Package. Discounted prices on series subscriptions are available to Purdue retirees and their spouses, as well as other senior citizens and all students. Subscriber benefits include:

• Savings over single ticket prices. For example, subscribers to the Lively Arts package will save $36, or 19 percent, over the cost of buying single tickets for the same shows individually.

• Priority seating and the option to retain the same seats from season to season.

Purdue students also can receive substantial discounts to most Convocations offerings.

Series packages are available until the first event of that particular series. For complete ticket pricing information and details on all performances, call the box office for a free season brochure at (765) 494-3933 or 800-914-SHOW. Patrons also may charge series or single tickets by phone. Complete information can be found at the Purdue Convocations Web site.

All dates and performances are subject to change.

 

SPECIAL EVENT

• David Copperfield: "An Intimate Evening of Grand Illusion." Thursday, Jan. 22. 7:30 p.m. Elliott Hall of Music. Witty, engaging and entertaining, Copperfield has transformed the way the world looks at magic, combining spellbinding illusions with theatricality.

 

THE LIVELY ARTS SERIES

• "Kiss Me, Kate." Friday, Oct. 17. 7 p.m. Elliott Hall of Music. Cole Porter's musical masterpiece brings the battle of the sexes to the stage as two formerly-married stars try to mount a production of Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew!"

• "Lucia di Lammermoor," presented by Opera Verdi Europa. Wednesday, Oct. 22. 7:30 p.m. Elliott Hall of Music. In the bleak, windswept moors of the Scottish highlands, Lucia's love for her family's sworn enemy drives Donizetti's tale of rival clans, strategic alliances, madness and murder. Presented in Italian with English supertitles.

• Moscow State Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, featuring guest pianist Navah Perlman. Friday, Feb. 20. 8 p.m. Elliott Hall of Music. This world-class orchestra is known for its clarity and enthusiasm and ranks among Russia's jewels. The program will include Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor.

• Cirque Éloize in Nomade. Friday, April 2. 8 p.m. Elliott Hall of Music. In an evening filled with song, dance, music, juggling and acrobatic feats, this troupe transports audiences to a place that's strangely familiar, boisterous and lyrical.

 

MUSIC & MOTION SERIES

• Dayton Contemporary Dance Company: "The Flight Project." Friday, Sept. 26. 8 p.m. Loeb Playhouse, Stewart Center. In honor of the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers' historic flight and to celebrate Purdue's contributions to flight, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company brings an evening of works put together by five choreographers – all centered around the magic and mystery of taking wing.

• "Cinderella," presented by Moscow Festival Ballet. Sunday, Jan. 25. 3 p.m. Elliott Hall of Music. Under the direction of artistic director Sergei Radchenko, the Moscow Festival Ballet presents a soaring new version of the original rags-to-riches story.

• Karsh Kale. Friday, March 5. 8 p.m. Loeb Playhouse, Stewart Center. Karsh Kale's (pronounced kursh kah-LAY) work is an expedition into the uncharted sound of South Asian American Electronica. Being an Indian born in the United Kingdom, and brought up in the United States, the fundamentals of drum and bass, trance, trip-hop and ambient electronica play as much a role in Kale's sound construction as do Indian classical and folk music.

• "The Hills of Home," with Doc Watson, David Holt and Richard Watson. Friday, March 26. 8 p.m. Loeb Playhouse, Stewart Center. In this rare performance by one of America's folk music legends, Doc Watson will be joined by his grandson, Richard, and Grammy-winning storyteller/musician, Holt. Together, this talented trio will take the audience on a sentimental journey down the dirt roads of Americana.

 

CENTER STAGE SERIES

• "Vicki Lawrence and Mama: A Two-Woman Show." ( TWO PERFORMANCES.) Friday, Sept. 19. 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Loeb Playhouse, Stewart Center. Lawrence says her time on "The Carol Burnett Show" was like attending the "Harvard School of Comedy."  She'll put that training to good use as she offers up a mix of comedy, music, personal reflections on her career – and a healthy dose of that irascible, old, dear "Mama."

• Tomá_ Kubínek: "Certified Lunatic and Master of the Impossible." Saturday, Oct. 25. 8 p.m. Loeb Playhouse, Stewart Center. Tomá_ Kubínek's one-man show has charmed audiences of all ages around the world. He's a magician, an acrobat, a clown, the world's champion housefly catcher and a truly unforgettable artist.

• "Grease." Saturday, Feb. 14. 8 p.m. Elliott Hall of Music. One of Broadway's longest running musicals, "Grease" takes audiences back to a time when boys in black leather jackets chased girls in white bobby socks and pedal pushers. This revival includes the popular songs added to the movie version.

 

LOEB MUSIC COLLECTION

• Barnabás Kelemen, violin. Friday, Sept. 12. 8 p.m. Loeb Playhouse, Stewart Center. Back by popular demand from his performance last season as the winner of the "Indy" award, Kelemen promises to provide another evening of virtuosic violin performance.

• Lucerne Festival Strings. Thursday, Oct. 30. 7:30 p.m. Loeb Playhouse, Stewart Center. Under the direction of Achim Feidler, the Lucerne Strings will bring a program that explores "The Mozart Inspiration." The evening will be highlighted by the performance of guest pianist Andreas Klein.

• Kronos Quartet: "Sun Rings." Thursday, Nov. 20. 7:30 p.m. Loeb Playhouse, Stewart Center. The Kronos Quartet returns to Purdue with "Sun Rings," a multimedia extravaganza featuring music by Terry Riley, one of America's most versatile and innovative composers, and visual designs and projections by Willie Williams. Audiences will witness an event that incorporates space sounds and images collected by astrophysicist Donald Gurnett during various unmanned missions into the depths of our solar system.

• New Century Saxophone Quartet: "The Art of Fugue Project." Thursday, Jan. 29. 7:30 p.m. Loeb Playhouse, Stewart Center. This performance will combine J.S. Bach's "Art of Fugue" and a collection of visual works based on the composition created by artist Elizabeth Harington and interpolated into projections by Czech animation house Misha Films.

 

THE JAZZ SET

• Joe Lovano Nonet: "Birth of the Cool Suite." Thursday, Nov. 13. 7:30 p.m. Loeb Playhouse, Stewart Center. Saxophonist Lovano earned a Grammy for his reinvention of the glory days of New York jazz clubs in "52nd Street Themes." His Purdue performance will feature Lovano and his nonet exploring Miles Davis' groundbreaking "Birth of the Cool."

• Sherrie Maricle and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra. Friday, Jan. 23. 8 p.m. Loeb Playhouse, Stewart Center. Shattering the paradigms of big bands from the past, all 14 members of this group are women – playing with all the spontaneity and finesse of the past jazz masters.

• Herbie Hancock Quartet. Saturday, April 10. 8 p.m. Loeb Playhouse, Stewart Center. A true icon of modern music, keyboardist Hancock has explored and expanded the boundaries of jazz with joyful abandon and brilliance.

 

FAMILY ADVENTURES SERIES

• "Miss Nelson is Missing!" Presented by the Omaha Theatre Company for Young People. Thursday, Nov. 6. 7 p.m. Loeb Playhouse, Stewart Center. The kids in Room 207 take advantage of their teacher's good nature until she disappears and they are faced with the mean and mysterious substitute Miss Viola Swamp in this delightful musical adaptation of the well-known children's book.

• "Charlotte's Web," presented by Theatreworks/USA. Sunday, Nov. 23. 3 p.m. Loeb Playhouse, Stewart Center. E.B. White's loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte come to life in this musical retelling of a timeless classic.

• Super Scientific Circus. Friday, March 12. 7 p.m. Loeb Playhouse, Stewart Center. Join Mr. Fish and Trent Arterberry, mime extraordinaire, as they explore the laws of physics as no one else can. Super Scientific Circus helps students realize that science can be fun.

• Tom Chapin and Friends. Friday, April 16. 7 p.m. Loeb Playhouse, Stewart Center. Popular children's folk singer Chapin returns by popular demand to lead the audience in a celebration of story and song.

 

DISCOVERY CONCERTS

• Naoko Takada, marimba. Thursday, Oct. 9. 7:30 p.m. Fowler Hall, Stewart Center. The Washington Post wrote, "Naoko Takada plays a thrilling marimba, moving with speed, grace and extraordinary accuracy. If you have any doubts that a solo mallet instrument can sustain your attention throughout an entire concert, Takada just might make you change your mind."

• Imani Winds. Thursday, Feb. 26. 7:30 p.m. Fowler Hall, Stewart Center. Featuring five outstanding musicians of African-American and Latin heritage, Imani Winds joined forces to create an ensemble to push the boundaries of a traditional wind quintet.

• Angela Jia Kim, piano. Sunday, March 7. 3 p.m. Fowler Hall, Stewart Center. Described as "a superb colorist" with "playing that encompasses the full range of sound from the very delicate to the very powerful," Angela Jia Kim has delighted audiences around the world.

CONTACT: Wetzel, (765) 494-9712, tewetzel@purdue.edu ; Larry Sommers, Convocations marketing, (765) 494-5045, lsommers@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu

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