Performing Arts Series

2007 - 2008 Season

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The President's Music Series

The Muir String Quartet

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

When: Monday, November 19, 2007, 8:00 PM
Where: Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
  • Haydn: String Quartet in G Major, Op.77, No.1
  • Tower: String Quartet #3 "Incandescent"
  • Schubert: String Quartet in D minor, D. 108 "Death and the Maiden"
When: Monday, February 4, 2008, 8:00 PM
Where: Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
  • With special guest Edwin Barker, bass
  • Mozart: String Quartet in F Major, K. 168
  • Mendelssohn: String Quartet in A minor, Op. 13
  • Dvorak: Bass String Quintet in G Major, Op. 77
When: Monday, March 31, 2008, 8:00 PM
Where: Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
  • With special guest David Deveau, piano
  • Dvorak: String Quartet in F Major, Op. 96 "American"
  • Franck: Andean Walkabout
  • Dvorak: Piano Quintet, Op. 81

The Beaux Arts Trio

Manahem Pressler, piano
Daniel Hope, violin
Antonio Meneses, cello

When: Monday, April 14, 2008, 8:00 PM
Where: Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts

Back by popular demand!
Program to be announced

The Performing Arts Series is pleased to be presenting one of the final performances of The Beaux Arts Trio, who will cease touring after 53 seasons following their April, 2008 engagements. The Trio set the standard for performance of piano trio literature which began with its public debut on July 13, 1955 at the Berkshire Music Festival, known today as the Tanglewood Music Center.

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Potpourri Series

Ballet Folklórico de México – The Pulse of Mexico

Where: The Auditorium in Roberts Hall
When: Wednesday, October 17, 2007, 8:00 PM
Dancer and Choreographer Amalia Hernandez founded Ballet Folklórico de México as part of her never-ending quest to rescue the dancing traditions of Mexico. One of the most celebrated folkloric ballet troupes in the world, Ballet Folklórico de México has gathered dances and music from various regions of Mexico for over 50 years. Celebrate the rich traditions of Mexico in this colorful performance featuring music, folklore, stunning costumes and original choreographies from our neighbors to the south.

A visual spectacle! Passionate… impeccable… an unequaled point of entry to the riches of a fabulous culture. Los Angeles Times

The Salzburg Marionette Theatre – The Sound of Music with Strings Attached

Where: The Auditorium in Roberts Hall
When: Monday, December 3, 2007, 7:30 PM
Founded in 1913, The Salzburg Marionette Theatre, with their master-crafted puppets, has cast a spell around the globe with entrancing performances of legendary operas, magical fairy tales and intricate ballets. Now they return to Rhode Island College to enchant you with Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic The Sound of Music, set in the Marionette Theatre's hometown, Salzburg.

The lifelike movement of these dolls is based on a keen observation of human habit that is contemporary and very funny. Imagination pours through the production. The Star Ledger

The Parsons Dance Company – A Lot Harder Than it Looks

Where: The Auditorium in Roberts Hall
When: Thursday, February 7, 2008, 8:00 PM
David Parsons, former lead dancer with The Paul Taylor Dance Company, founded Parsons Dance Company with lighting designer Howell Binkley in 1987. The Company has thrilled audiences around the world with an abundance of new, high-energy, high-leaping works and original, commissioned musical scores and theatrical designs. The Parsons Dance Company offers huge helpings of personality and New York energy and promises to entertain you as no other modern dance company can.

Parsons Dance has found a recipe for thrilling audiences: Mix a variegated array of pleasing music; springy, athletic movement; traces of mischievous wit; and go-for-broke dancers. Stir into legible, well-crafted structure. Spice sparingly. The Village Voice

Garth Fagan Dance – Celebrate Black History Month

Where: The Auditorium in Roberts Hall
When: Wednesday, February 20, 2008, 8:00 PM

Photo: Basil Childers
Featuring: N. Pennewell and
N. Depass
For over 35 years Garth Fagan Dance has dazzled audiences around the world with some of the most dynamic and intensely physical dancing on stage today. The Tony Award-winning choreographer of Broadway's The Lion King, Garth Fagan has been called "a true dance original" (New York Post) and his dancers have been described as "unforgettable...soaring through space with demonic energy" (New York Magazine). Audiences are held in thrall by Fagan’s groundbreaking technique: a mix of modern dance, Afro-Caribbean forms, balletic speed and precision, and jazz.

In the genealogy of modern dance, [Garth Fagan] has started a whole new branch of the family tree. The New York Times

Salvage Vanguard Theatre – The Intergalactic Nemesis – Prepare for Impact

Where: The Auditorium in Roberts Hall
When: Friday, March 7, 2008, 8:00 PM
Winners of dozens of awards for their creative work, Salvage Vanguard Theatre has created a family-friendly, hip/geek live radio serial that wows audiences of all ages. It's called The Intergalactic Nemesis. The story is set in 1933, when Ben Wilcott has traveled back in time from 2115 to warn the world of impending disaster. Ben solicits the help of ace reporter Molly Sloan and, together, they travel across the globe to save the day. It's Star Wars meets Raiders of the Lost Ark with a little of The Incredibles thrown in for good measure. See a live radio play come to life (circa 1940) with script-reading actors and the magical sound effects laboratory of two foley artists in this clever spin on those old serialized radio mysteries.

Weird, witty and irreverent, this company likes to convert nay-sayers to traditional theatre by sweeping them up in productions of swollen excitement... The Austin Chronicle

The Carpetbag Brigade Physical Theatre Company – The Vanishing Point – Walking Tall

Where: The Auditorium in Roberts Hall
When: Wednesday, March 19, 2008, 8:00 PM
The Carpetbag Brigade has engaged and dazzled crowds from BC, Canada to Bogotá, Columbia. Their work transcends genre, and is distinctive for a dreamlike, surreal and poetic evocation of environmental themes and imagery. In a performance merging breathtaking acrobatic stilt work, physical theatre, Butoh, modern dance and otherworldly costuming, The Vanishing Point takes audiences on a journey through time in which a cast of creatures both evolves and descends towards an apparently human existence. By mixing the social mission of theatre with high quality performance, The Carpetbag Brigade brings cutting edge, original work to audiences of all ages, backgrounds and locales.

They do on stilts what most of us can't do with feet planted firmly on the ground!. La Crosse Tribune

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Jeffrey Siegel's Keyboard Conversations® Series

Jeffrey Siegel's KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS® will return for a sixth season with three new "concerts with commentary." The virtuosity and poetry of a world-class pianist combined with entertaining commentary create a concert experience that is magical. Each program begins with an insightful and entertaining prologue on the music and its composer, followed by a full performance of the works, and ends with a lively question and answer session.

When: Wednesday, November 7, 2007, 7:30 PM
Where: Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
An American Salute
From Gottschalk to Gershwin, with music of Bernstein, Copland, Joplin, MacDowell and others.

When: Tuesday, February 26, 2008 at 7:30 PM
Where: Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
Russia: Rebels on the Red Carpet
From the passionate etudes of Rachmaninoff to the biting sarcasms of Prokofieff, with the music of Shostakovich and Stravinsky.

When: Tuesday, April 29, 2008 at 7:30 PM
Where: Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
Austria-Hungary: Captivating Continentals
From elegant Strauss waltzes to saucy Liszt rhapsodies, with music of Dvorak and Bartok.

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The Adams Foundation Piano Recital Series

The Adams Foundation Piano Recital Series returns for its third consecutive season with two new outstanding performers. On Sunday, September 30, 2007 at 2:30 PM, James Tocco will demonstrate his prize-winning talent as one of the great interpreters of American masterworks and on Sunday, January 27, 2008 at 2:30 PM, Jeanne Stark-Iochmans will prove her renown as an interpreter of classical music's most challenging repertoire for the piano. Programs to be announced.

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