Purdue Convocations announces its 2015-16 season

May 22, 2015  


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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue Convocations' 2015-16 season will feature more than 25 events, including an array of Broadway musicals, lectures, opera, theatre, music and concerts.

Highlights of the season include six performances in Elliott Hall of Music to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Elliott Hall of Music, including "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," "Annie," "42nd Street," "Once," "The Illusionists" and Mark Morris Dance Group's "Dido and Aeneas." 

 "The internationally renowned Mark Morris Dance Group will celebrate Elliott Hall's legacy of world-class performances with its production of their Dido and Aeneas,' featuring Purcell's opera performed with a live orchestra and soloists conducted by Mark Morris," said Todd Wetzel, director of Convocations.

The 2015-16 season includes a wide range in programming, including three performances to showcase Purdue's new Steinway D Concert Grand piano: piano dedication recital with pianists Sean Chen and Eric Zuber; Philip Glass performing "The Complete Piano Etudes;" and the chamber ensemble Les Violons du Roy, with Alexandre Tharaud.

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The season will also include artists-in-residence "Huang Yi & KUKA" and Meklit, "Dawn or Doom 2" and family matinee performances.

In addition to scheduled public performances, thousands of students from preschool through high school also will attend a series of matinees and artist-in-residence activities that will be brought to schools. These events are open to all schools, and a complete list can be found at www.convocations.org.

Complete ticket pricing information and details on all performances are available at www.convocations.org, in the 2015-16 Convocations brochure, or by calling 765-494-9712. Tickets can also be ordered at the campus box offices, by phone at 765-494-3933, or at www.convocations.org/tickets.

Buying Schedule

May 21-June 12: Friends of Convocations Presale: Friends of Convocations are seated before the general public with the Priority Points System. Orders must be received by June 12 for both PICK5 and single tickets. Visit https://www.purdue.edu/convocations/donate/ to join or call 765-494-9712.

July 1-10: PICK5 Presale

Buy five shows or more and save an average of 15 percent off single ticket prices. If you're not a Friend of Convocations, you can place your PICK5 order beginning at 10 a.m. on July 1.

July 13 at 10 a.m.: All Tickets On Sale

If you're not a Friend of Convocations or a PICK5 buyer, you can place your single ticket order beginning at 10 a.m. on July 13. Discounted tickets also are available for groups of 10 or more.

The Purdue Convocations 2015-16 season schedule includes:

* Piano Dedication Recital, with Sean Chen & Eric Zuber - Sept. 11, 8 p.m., Loeb Playhouse, Tickets: $22-$28. Pre-show discussion at 7 p.m. in Stewart Center, Room 31. Joel Harrison, CEO and artistic director of the American Pianists Association, will discuss the program.

* Rising Stars of Metropolitan Opera in Concert - Friday, Sept. 18, 8 p.m., Loeb Playhouse. Tickets: $22-$28. Pre-show discussion at 7 p.m. in Stewart Center, Room 310. A guest speaker will discuss the musicians and repertoire in the program.

* Dawn or Doom 2: The New Technology Explosion - A summit curated by the Office of the System Chief Information Officer. Sept. 24-25, Stewart Center, general admission seating, free admission.

* Cumbia All-Stars and Cumbia Dance Party – Sept. 25, 8 p.m., Purdue Memorial Union Ballrooms. Tickets: $15-$20. General admission seating. Pre-show at 7 p.m. will feature a cumbia dance lesson.

* "Huang Yi & KUKA" - Fall 2015 artist-in-residence. Oct. 8, 7:30 p.m., Loeb Playhouse. Tickets: $22-$30. Pre-show discussion at 6:30 p.m. in Stewart Center, Room 206. A panel of Purdue faculty in robotics, engineering, and time-based arts will discuss the issues, challenges and opportunities of human-machine interaction. Post-show: Join the choreographer and artists for a discussion immediately following the performance in Loeb Playhouse.

* "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" – Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m., Elliott Hall of Music. Tickets: $24-$54.

* "One Man Breaking Bad" - Oct. 17, 2015, 7 p.m., Loeb Playhouse. Tickets: $22-$28. Language Advisory: Recommended for audiences age 15 and over.

* Cécile McLorin-Salvant – Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m., Loeb Playhouse. Tickets: $20-$26. Pre-show discussion at 6:30 p.m. in Stewart Center, Room 310. Don Seybold, host of Inside Jazz on WBAA, and pianist Judd Danby will discuss Cécile McLorin Salvant's music.

* "The Lightning Thief" - Nov. 8, 3 p.m., Loeb Playhouse. Tickets: $10-$15. Pre-show activity at 2 p.m. in Stewart Center West Lobby. Learn facts and myths about lightning.

* In Mo Yang - Nov. 13, 8 p.m., Loeb Playhouse. Tickets: $15-$20.

* Peter Rabbit Tales - Nov. 22, 3 p.m., Loeb Playhouse. Tickets: $10-$15. Pre-show activity at 2 p.m. in Stewart Center West Lobby. Make a Peter Rabbit candy cane sled or ornament.

* DIVA Jazz Orchestra - Purdue Jazz Festival, Jan. 22, 8 p.m., Loeb Playhouse. Tickets: $20-$28. Pre-show discussion at 7 p.m. in Stewart Center, Room 310. Don Seybold, host of Inside Jazz on WBAA, and pianist Judd Danby will discuss DIVA's approach to big-band music.

* Tian Jianan, bayan (chromatic accordion) - Jan. 30, 8 p.m., Purdue Memorial Union South Ballroom. Tickets: $15-$20. General admission seating

* Harpeth Rising - Feb. 6, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Carnahan Hall. Tickets: $15-$20. General admission seating.

* "Annie" - Feb. 11, 7 p.m., Elliott Hall of Music. Tickets: $24-$54.

* "Junie B.'s Essential Survival Guide to School" - Feb. 14, 3 p.m., Loeb Playhouse. Tickets: $10-$15. Pre-show activity at 2 p.m. in Stewart Center West Lobby. Celebrate loving someone with a Valentine's Day craft project.

* "A Moon for the Misbegotten," Walnut Street Theatre - Feb. 18, 7:30 p.m., Loeb Playhouse. Tickets: $22-$30. Pre-show discussion at 6:30 p.m. in Stewart Center, Room 310. Tom Adler, professor emeritus of English, will discuss "A Moon for the Misbegotten."

* Phillip Glass, "The Complete Piano Etudes," with Timo Andres, Aaron Diehl, Lisa Kaplan and Maki Namekawa - Feb. 20, 7 p.m., Loeb Playhouse. Tickets: $35-$75. Pre-show discussion at 6 p.m. in Stewart Center, Room 279. Pianist and composer Judd Danby will discuss Philip Glass's compositional approach and "The Complete Piano Etudes."

* Meklit, spring 2016 artist-in-residence – Feb. 27, 8 p.m., Lafayette Theater. Tickets: $18-$25. General admission seating

* "42nd Street" - March 3, 7:30 p.m., Elliott Hall of Music. Tickets: $24-$54.

* Manual Cinema. "Lula del Ray" - March 5, 4 and 8 p.m., Lafayette Theater. Tickets: $20-$25. General admission seating.

* Mark Morris Dance Group, "Dido and Aeneas," featuring a live chamber orchestra and vocalists conducted by Mark Morris. April 2, 8 p.m., Elliott Hall of Music. Tickets: $24-$49. Pre-show discussion at 7 p.m. A member of the Mark Morris Dance Group artistic team will discuss Dido and Aeneas and the company's aesthetic. Location to be announced.

* SFJAZZ Collective, "The Michael Jackson Project" - April 7, 7:30 p.m., Loeb Playhouse. Tickets: $20-$28. Pre-show discussion at 6 p.m. in Stewart Center, Room 310. Don Seybold, host of "Inside Jazz" on WBAA, and pianist Judd Danby will discuss SFJAZZ Collective.

* TEDxPurdueU - April 9, Loeb Playhouse. Tickets: $15-$25. Purdue Convocations is among the sponsors of TEDxPurdueU.

* Les Violons du Roy with Alexandre Tharaud, piano - April 16, 8 p.m., Loeb Playhouse. Tickets: $22-$28.

* "Once" - April 21, 7:30 p.m., Elliott Hall of Music. Tickets: $24-$54.

* "The Illusionists" - April 27, 7:30 p.m., Elliott Hall of Music. Tickets: $24-$54

Sources: Abby Eddy, Purdue Convocations director of marketing, 765-494-5045, aeeddy@purdue.edu

Todd Wetzel, Purdue Convocations director, 765-494-9712, tewetzel@purdue.edu 

Note to Journalists: Publication-quality photographs are available by contacting Abby Eddy, Purdue Convocations director of marketing, 765-494-5045, aeeddy@purdue.edu 

 

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