Performing Arts Series

2008 - 2009 Season

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Potpourri Series


The National Acrobats of China

THIS PERFORMANCE IS SOLD OUT.

Where: The Auditorium in Roberts Hall
When: Tuesday, March 24, 2009 7:30 p.m.


Photo © Columbia Artists
Management Inc.
The National Acrobats of China return in a unique, family-friendly performance. Skillful performers, using every day objects, perform eye-popping acrobatics and heart-stopping balancing acts showcasing their perfect movements and flexible showmanship. A dazzling company including martial arts, music, acrobatics and illusion - as well as sheer strength and courage - The National Acrobats of China cross boundaries of age, language, and culture to totally entertain and amuse.

Off the Beaten Path: A Jazz & Tap Odyssey

Where: The Auditorium in Roberts Hall
When: Saturday, February 21, 2009 7:30 p.m.


Photo © Jay Reiter
Off the Beaten Path: A Jazz & Tap Odyssey was created under the direction of award-winning choreographer Drika Overton and composer Paul Arslanian, in collaboration with renowned tap dancers Brenda Bufalino and Josh Hilberman. Inspired by the nature writings of Rachel Carson, pioneer of the modern environmental movement, the performance presents an artist's vision of our human connection to the natural world by weaving together music and dance from around the world through the art of jazz music and tap dance. This event will have workshops available to the public, for more information call 456-8194. Jazz & Tap Odyssey will bring you to your feet in this exhilarating celebration accompanied by a live jazz quartet.

The Song and Dance Ensemble of West Africa

Where: The Auditorium in Roberts Hall
When: Wednesday, October 1, 2008 7:30 p.m.


Photo © Columbia Artists
Management Inc.
The Song and Dance Ensemble of West Africa combines traditional rhythms, instruments, folklore and mythology of West African nations to paint a colorful and exciting picture of the oral and musical rites of these diverse peoples. This ensemble of musicians, singers and dancers will perform traditional Malian music mainly from Peuhl, Bambara and Mandingo. This group's notoriety was achieved by their unique blending of traditional folklore, song and dance with contemporary themes which continue to shape these amazing cultures. While the style is West African authentic, a modern edge makes them as hip as any international big band. It's rhumba meets reggae in an explosion of sound!

Compañia Flamenco José Porcel

Where: The Auditorium in Roberts Hall
When: Wednesday, October 29, 2008 7:30 p.m.


Photo © Jesus Vallinas
A company of dancers and musicians performing live on stage, Compañia Flamenco José Porcel is celebrated throughout the world as the greatest export of the new flamenco. From Seville, Spain, fiery flamenco star José Porcel brings his company to Rhode Island College with an explosion of dance, music, and passion that exudes the spirit of the Spanish people. This folk dance, with the indispensable accompani- ment by guitars, is deeply bound to the Gypsy spirit as evidenced by spectacular costumes and intense and passionate expression. It is a folkloric celebration with irresistible sex appeal and irrepressible energy that will leave you with an overwhelming sensation of happiness!

Soweto Gospel Choir

Where: The Auditorium in Roberts Hall
When: Sunday, December 7, 2008 7:30 p.m.


Photo © Oliver Neubert
Back by popular demand following their 2005 and 2006 sold-out concerts, direct from South Africa, the 25-member Soweto Gospel Choir is an awe-inspiring vocal ensemble, performing in 8 different languages in an inspirational programme of tribal, traditional and popular African gospel. Earthy rhythms, rich harmonies, a capella and charismatic performances combine to uplift the soul and express South Africa's great hopes for the future. The concert also features traditional dancers and drummers and a dynamic four-piece band. The Soweto Gospel Choir delivers an inspirational hand-clapping, foot-stomping performance, heightened by musicians and drummers, spirited dancing and spectacu- larly colorful costumes. Whether you missed them last time or can't wait to hear them again, be here for their new concert featuring holiday music from around the world!

Complexions Contemporary Ballet

Where: The Auditorium in Roberts Hall
When: Friday, May 1, 2009 7:30 p.m.


Photo © Columbia Artists
Management Inc.
Under the direction of former Alvin Ailey Dance Company principal dancers, Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, the flashy, charismatic Complexions Contemporary Ballet champions diversity as America's original multi-cultural dance company. The company provokes thought and inspires impassioned performances with the finest dancers in a full range of disciplines. In addition to their roster of gifted artists, Complexions has always sought to distinguish itself by grounding their cutting-edge choreography and original music within the roots of classical dance. Inspired by social and political issues, and yet deeply personal, their works have always sought to ponder the human condition and to explore the full-range of human emotions. Return engagement!

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The President's Music Series



Photo © Gene St. Pierre
Muir String Quartet

Peter Zazofsky, violin
Lucia Lin, violin
Steven Ansell, viola
Michael Reynolds, cello

Muir String Quartet, with special guest Marc Johnson, cello

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: Monday, November 17, 2008 8:00 p.m.
Mozart: String Quartet in G Major, K. 387
Tower: String Quartet #1 "Night Fields"
Schubert: String Quintet in C Major, D. 956

Muir String Quartet

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: Monday, February 2, 2009 8:00 p.m.
Lukas Foss: String Quartet #4
Ravel: String Quartet
Brahms: String Quartet in C minor, Op. 51, No. 1

Muir String Quartet, with special guest Menahem Pressler, piano

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: Monday, March 30, 2009 8:00 p.m.
Mozart: Adagio & Fugue in C minor, K. 546
Schulhoff: Five Pieces for String Quartet
Brahms: Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34

The Ahn Trio

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: Monday, April 20, 2009 8:00 p.m.


Photo © RileArts
Lucia Ahn, piano
Angella Ahn, violin
Maria Ahn, cello

Born in Seoul, Korea and educated at Juilliard School in New York City, sisters Maria, Lucia and Angella are redefining the art and architecture of chamber music. The trio breathes new life into the standard piano-trio literature, as well as pushes the boundaries of their craft, commissioning works from visionary composers like Kenji Bunch, Maurice Jarre and Michael Nyman. Possessing an enviable combination of talent and style, they have long been subjects for the international press. In 2003, they were named three of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People. And wait 'til you hear them play! Wherever they go, the Ahn Trio shares their innovative spirit and ever-evolving vision of music.

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Jeffrey Siegel's KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS®



Photo © Steve Sherman
Jeffrey Siegel returns for a seventh season with three new "concerts with commentary." World-class music combined with entertaining commentary creates a magical concert experience. Programs begin with an entertaining prologue on the music, followed by a full performance of the works, and end with a lively question and answer session

Humor and Heartache

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: Tuesday, September 16, 2008 7:30 p.m.
Haydn's boisterous C Major Fantasy, Gypsy Rondo, and the brooding C minor Sonata; Mozart's haunting B minor Adagio and vivacious G Major Sonata.

The Longevity of the Short Piece

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: Wednesday, February 18, 2009 7:30 p.m.
Masterpieces in miniature. Mendelssohn's Song Without Words, Grieg's Lyric Pieces; Brahms' Rhapsodies, and Chopin's Nocturnes.

Musical Pictures

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: Wednesday, April 15, 2009 7:30 p.m.
Inspiring sights in glorious sound! The sonic splendor of Rachmaninoff's Etudes Tableaux, Debussy's Preludes and Mussorgsky's beloved Pictures at an Exhibition.
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Adams Foundation Piano Recital Series


Steven Mayer, pianist

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: Sunday, November 9, 2008 2:30 p.m.


Photo © Christian Steiner
Steven Mayer will share his "clarity of thinking combined with high imagination and articulate fingers." (Dallas Morning News)

Joseph Kalichstein, pianist

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: Sunday, January 25, 2009 2:30 p.m.


Photo © Fred Collins
Joseph Kalichstein will demonstrate his "intelligent programming, eloquent musicianship, brilliant dexterity and beautiful tone." (Miami Herald)

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