KU PRESENTS! 2013-2014 SEASON ANNOUNCED
June 4, 2013
KUTZTOWN, Pa. - From passionate flamenco to New Orleans jazz, KU Presents!, the cultural performing arts presenter on Kutztown University's campus, announces its winning lineup of diverse performing artists, which include a 20-time Grammy Award winner, Tony Award-winning Broadway and the winners of the NBC show "The Sing Off." KU Presents!, now in its 25th year of arts presenting, will celebrate the re-opening of Schaeffer Auditorium, along with the opening of its 2013 - 2014 season, on Tuesday, September 10, with international dance illusionists MOMIX performing Botanica - a dreamlike exploration of the four seasons using colorful costuming, unique puppetry and the extraordinary MOMIX dancers.
"Kutztown University is experiencing a metamorphosis of Schaeffer Auditorium, and Botanica is the perfect show to exemplify the beautiful and exciting transformation that is occurring there," said Robin Zaremski, director of KU Presents! "We look forward to welcoming back all those who enjoyed cultural arts performances here at Kutztown, as well as live arts enthusiasts who may be new to Schaeffer. Our upcoming season at our state-of-the-art facility will offer something for everyone."
KU Presents! invites these world-renowned artists to Kutztown's campus not only for a live performance, but also for educational involvement in Berks County at both the college and grade school levels. These academic engagements will include the Ahn Trio conducting a strings master class and Ensemble Español Dance Theatre hosting a flamenco workshop.
"Our 2013 - 2014 season's diverse and innovative line-up of award-winning music, theatre and dance reflects KU Presents!' continued dedication to its mission to be the center of cultural life at Kutztown University and the regional community," Zaremski said.
Tickets for KU Presents! are available via mail and phone, at 610-683-4092, starting Thursday, August 1. Online sales will start Thursday, August 15, and are available at www.KutztownPresents.org. Renewing and new subscriptions are available starting Monday, July 22.
For complete information on the artists, including video and audio recording, as well as ticket purchase details, please visit their website at www.KutztownPresents.org.
PERFORMING ARTS SERIES
Tuesday, September 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Schaeffer Auditorium
Led by genius stage crafter and choreographer Moses Pendleton, MOMIX is known internationally for presenting work of exceptional inventiveness and physical beauty. This company of dance-illusionists has astonished audiences for over 25 years using light, shadow, props and the human body. Botanica, a dream-like journey through the four seasons, showcases vibrant costumes, surreal puppetry, innovative projections, custom-made props and an eclectic score, revealing nature's changing imagery as presented through the endless renewable energy of the superb MOMIX performers. It is dance at its most organic.
Monday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Schaeffer Auditorium
Broadway comes to Kutztown in a spectacular night of music! Kutztown alumnus and founder of Arlington, Virginia's Tony-award winning Signature Theatre, Eric Schaeffer '84 directs an evening of Broadway showstoppers featuring some of its greatest stars - 3-time Tony nominee Rebecca Luker (Mary Poppins, The Music Man, Showboat), Tony nominee Christiane Noll (Ragtime), Tony nominee Ron Rains (Follies), and Broadway and West End veteran Jason Daniely (The Full Monty) - along with a 23-piece backing orchestra.
THE TIME JUMPERS
Thursday, November 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Schaeffer Auditorium
The Time Jumpers, featuring Vince Gill, 20-time Grammy winner and member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and "Ranger Doug" Green, front man for Riders in the Sky, are a supergroup of Nashville studio musicians. The group gained renown with jam sessions at The Station Inn bluegrass club, where they have been joined onstage by esteemed and diverse artists, including Bonnie Raitt, Reba McEntire, Norah Jones, Robert Plant, The White Stripes, Kings of Leon, Jimmy Buffet and Kelly Clarkson. Nominated this year for Best Country Album and Best Vocal Performance by a Country Duo or Group, these "first call" session players have earned a large and loyal following for their lively take on classic Western Swing and old-school country, which features not only one but three fiddle players. Daryl Addison of Great American Country says "With a style that's unique in today's country landscape, The Time Jumpers deliver a gem with their timeless collection." Frequent guests on A Prairie Home Companion, The Time Jumpers have played on iconic stages from The Grand Ole Opry to Carnegie Hall.
PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND - CREOLE CHRISTMAS
Tuesday, December 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Schaeffer Auditorium
The world-renowned Preservation Hall Jazz Band continues to spread their mission of perpetuating and nurturing New Orleans Jazz, with this seasonal celebration of the winter holidays. Deriving its name from Preservation Hall, the venerable music venue located in the heart of New Orleans' French Quarter, their music embodies a joyful, timeless spirit. This special holiday performance will include "Blue Christmas," "Swinging in a Winter Wonderland," "Bells will be Ringin'" and "The Dreydel Song" performed New Orleans-style.
ENSEMBLE ESPAÑOL SPANISH DANCE THEATRE - FLAMENCO PASSION
Saturday, February 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Schaeffer Auditorium
Described as "magnificent," "beautiful," and "scorching," Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theatre, the premiere Spanish dance company in the United States, fully illustrates the passions of Spain. The company is led by artistic director Dame Libby, the founder and originator of the first academic program and center for Spanish dance in America at Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago. The ensemble's rich history and commitment to its mission of the preservation, presentation and promotion of classical, folkloric, flamenco, and contemporary dance and music traditions of Spain have been praised by educators, social and arts agencies, journalists and Hispanic world governments. Sid Smith of the Chicago Tribune called their dancing "exciting, sensual and breath-taking." Love, rage, abandonment and emotional intensity will sizzle on the stage during their performance of Flamenco Passion.
THE AHN TRIO AND NAI NI CHEN DANCE COMPANY - TEMPTATION OF THE MUSES
Thursday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Schaeffer Auditorium
Hailed as "exciting musicians" with virtuosity and flair, the three sisters of the Ahn Trio (Lucia on the piano, Angella on the violin and Maria on the cello) have embraced 21st century classical music while redefining the art of chamber music. Born in Seoul, Korea and educated at the Julliard School in New York City, the Ahn Trio brings a new energy and an ever evolving vision of music to the performance stage, whether at Vienna's Musikverein, New York's Lincoln Center, Beijing's Concert Hall or The White House. In this innovative collaboration with Asian-American choreographer, Nai Ni Chen, who compared the performance to "an impressionistic painting, where all the colors mix together," the world-class dance company and trio create a mesmerizing blend of aural and visual beauty.
Friday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Schaeffer Auditorium
Perhaps most well known as leader of The Tonight Show band for ten years, Kevin Eubanks is returning to his east coast roots for a performance that will showcase his broad sense of musicality and unique signature sound. A guitar virtuoso - he received an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music - Eubanks' music style incorporates rhythmic, infectious grooves with soulful reflection, jazz fusion jams with a mixture of Motown. An accomplished film composer, jazz musician, TV theme song writer, and music instructor, his versatile set list includes John Coltrane and Jeff Beck among his own impressive compositions.
Saturday, October 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Schaeffer Auditorium
Vocal sensations and winners of NBC's The Sing Off, Pentatonix are taking instrument-free music to new heights. Pairing their intricate arrangements with cleverly reimagined pop songs, this uniquely talented vocal quintet has transformed one of music's purest and soulful expressions into an exciting pop sound that is undeniably infectious. With more than 960,000 subscribers and 86 million views on the PTX Facebook Channel, Pentatonix will be expressing their "futuristic a cappella" style to audiences worldwide for many years to come.
Co-presented with the Association of Campus Events (ACE)
BROADWAY'S NEXT HIT MUSICAL
Thursday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Schaeffer Auditorium
An improvised musical comedy where every song is fresh, every scene is new, every night is different, The New York Times calls Broadway's Next Hit Musical "hilarious." Master improvisers gather hit song suggestions from the audience and create a spontaneous evening of music, humor and laughter. It's all improvised and it's all funny.
FAMILY SERIES SHOWS
PINKALICIOUS, THE MUSICAL
Sunday, October 6 at 2:00 p.m. in the Schaeffer Auditorium
Be tickled pink by this adorable musical based on the popular children's book "Pinkalicious" by Elizabeth and Victoria Kann. Despite warnings from her parents, the whimsical Pinkalicious can't stop eating pink cupcakes until her pink indulgence lands her in the doctor's office. The diagnosis - Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe - a dream come true for this pink-loving enthusiast - but will her hue go too far? Only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament. The New Theatre Corps called the show "An enjoyable musical romp with rose-colored glasses for all... a sweet slice of children's theatre" and "an enjoyable, uplifting experience." A puppet-making workshop from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for children ages 5 - 12 is included in the price of the ticket. Call for reservations, as seating is limited.
SPENCERS: THEATRE OF ILLUSION
Sunday, November 10 at 2:00 p.m. in the Schaeffer Auditorium
Artistry and theatre converge live on stage with Spencers: Theatre of Illusion. For over a decade, Kevin and Cindy Spencer have captivated the world with their breath-taking illusions, entertaining stage magic, and engaging personalities. Six-time winners of the Performing Arts Entertainers of the Year award, these "Modern Day Houdinis" electrify the audience with mind-bending magicianship, taking the art of illusion to an entirely new level.
MISSOULA CHILDREN'S THEATRE - HANSEL AND GRETEL
Saturday, February 15 at 2 and 4 p.m. in the Schaeffer Auditorium
From Montana to Japan, Missoula Children's Theatre has been touring and entertaining families for more than 30 years. Seeking to teach and develop life skills in children through the participation in the performing arts, the MCT team of directors will arrive in Kutztown with everything needed to put on a show - except the cast! Over 50 local participants, ages 5 - 18, will be cast as performers in this original adaptation of the classic children's fairytale, Hansel and Gretel. The week-long rehearsals and preparation will culminate in two Saturday performances featuring these local "actors and actresses" in training. For audition information and registration, please call 610/683-4092 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE VERVE PIPE - FAMILY SHOW
Sunday, March 9 at 2 p.m. in the Schaeffer Auditorium
Multi-platinum selling artist and 90's rock sensation, The Verve Pipe, is back on the scene bringing family friendly contemporary tunes to life. After contributing to a children's compilation album, founding members, Brian Vander Ark and Donny Brown, dads themselves, were inspired to write the critically acclaimed, A Family Album, a collection of songs with fun and inventive lyrics set to memorable melodies. From "Wake Up" to "Go To Sleep Now," this Verve Pipe show is fun for the entire family and will have you singing along. A sculpture workshop from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for children ages 5 - 12 is included in the price of the ticket. Call for reservations, as seating is limited.
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