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Meet the Members of SCC: David La Vanne

David La Vanne

David La Vanne

Year: Junior

Major: Supply Chain Management Technology, Industrial Systems Technology, Theatre Design & Production

Position in SCC: President

Hometown: Lake Zurich, IL

Favorite SCC Memory: The opportunity to spray the crowd with gallons of paint at Life In Color 2014 remains my favorite SCC memory. Seeing the countless smiles amongst the sea of people and feeling the incredible energy at an SCC event gave me a whole new appreciation for live entertainment. It also reminded me of the huge impact the Student Concert Committee can have on Purdue’s campus.

Favorite concert you’ve been to: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Purdue University

Favorite Musician: This question is not fair because I listen to everything.. but if I had to choose- Akon.
Favorite Song: “Same Love”- Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Mary Lambert

David La VanneWhat do you love about SCC: It is a great liberty and responsibility to represent the musical tastes of the entire student body, but I have the pleasure of working with an incredible committee of fellow devoted students to achieve this common goal. The endless hours of work for each concert are immediately blotted out when I witness a singular event bring the Purdue community together. The people I have met, experiences I have gained, and outrageous amounts of fun I have had is what I love about SCC.

What is one of your favorite songs to jam out to that you wouldn’t want other people knowing about?: The entire Lion King soundtrack… that’s not much of a secret though..


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Numerous 2015 Grammy award winners have performed at Purdue

57th Grammy Awards The winners of this year’s Grammy awards were announced on Sunday, February 8th. Newcomer Sam Smith took home 4 awards, Beyoncé won 3, and Beck surprised everyone with his win for “Album of the Year.” While a few new faces won some awards, there were also some familiar artists that won Grammys, including some that have performed at Purdue in the past. These artists include Lady Gaga, The Band Perry, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Pentatonix, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Buddy Guy.

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett at the 2015 GrammysGaga won her 6th Grammy alongside Tony Bennett (his 18th) for “Best Pop Vocal Album.” “Cheek to Cheek,” their compilation album, was released in September of 2014 and consists of jazz standards from composers such as George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, and Irving Berlin. Lady Gaga performed at Elliott Hall of Music in January of 2010 and has since gone on to have 3 number 1 albums and multiple chart-topping singles.

The Band Perry

The Band Perry at PurdueThis group received their 3rd Grammy nomination and 1st win in the “Best Country Duo/Group Performance” category for their song “Gentle on My Mind.” This song was featured on the soundtrack for the Glen Campbell documentary “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me.” Since performing at Purdue in 2012, the group has released a number 1 selling album and 3 top 10 singles.

“Weird Al” Yankovic

Weird Al Yankovic at PurdueFor the 2nd time in his nearly 40 year career, “Weird Al” won the Grammy for “Best Comedy Album” for “Mandatory Fun.” The master of parody, “Weird Al’s” decades-spanning career has seen him parody more than 150 songs, release over 50 music videos, and release 14 studio albums, including “Mandatory Fun,” his first number 1 on the Billboard 200. Yankovic has also played over 1000 live shows, one of which happened at Elliott Hall of Music in October of 2013.


2015 Grammy award winners have performed at PurdueOriginating from Arlington, Texas, this a cappella group won the third season of NBC’s “The Sing-Off.” Since claiming the show’s top prize the 5 members have covered a range of artists including Imagine Dragons, Lorde, Gotye, and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. They’ve also released multiple extended play albums, as well as a full-length and a Christmas album and won the Grammy for “Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella.” Using no instruments and only their voices makes for an interesting concert experience, especially for a venue the size of Elliott Hall of Music.

Old Crow Medicine Show

This Americana string band from Nashville, Tennessee won the Grammy award for “Best Folk Album” for 2014’s “Remedy.” Originating in 1998, this group has influenced acts such as “Mumford & Sons” and has also contributed to banjo-picking string bands to revive the playing of Americana music. The group came to Purdue in 2012 with Garrison Keillor as a part of “A Prairie Home Companion.”

Buddy Guy

Buddy Guy at Purdue UniversityHe received a “Lifetime Achievement” Grammy this year, make his total number of Grammys 6. Considered one of the greatest guitar players of all time, his career spans more than 60 years, and he helped to build the bridge between blues and rock ‘n’ roll. He is also a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and has influenced musical legends such as Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Jimi Hendrix. Guy performed in October of 2012 at Loeb Playhouse .

Convocations Soirée Brightens Winter Spirits


In the dark of winter, bright spots of good food, good friends, and good theater go a long way toward creating warmth when the temperatures outside are anything but!ConvosSoiree2015-29

The Friends of Convocations annual Soirée managed this on a cold Tuesday evening last month, with a catered dinner and a private performance downtown Lafayette. The location varies each year and our choice of the Lafayette Theater was a new experience for a lot of guests. Everyone loved the chance to see this historic Lafayette landmark all dressed for the occasion, with shining linens mimicking the colors of the sea, centerpieces from Rubia Flower Market, and lighting designed by the Hall of Music.

ConvosSoiree2015-5ConvosSoiree2015-47Guests gathered for appetizers and drinks before viewing Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer – the first performance of the week-long Three Stories High Theatre Festival. Afterward, the conversation and coffee flowed freely as everyone gathered to discuss the show (great!) and the meal (superb!). Jane’s Gourmet exceeded expectations with a delicious meal including a smoked salmon appetizer, plated dinner, and sumptuous mini dessert buffet.

It was the perfect kick-off to a week of theater. Guests left on a high note knowing they’d just had an invigorating Tuesday evening of food, fun, and culture.

To learn how you can receive an invitation to the Soirée, call (765) 494-9712 to speak with the Development Associate. Photo credits: Michael Dick/IS Photographic.

Johannes Brahms in 1853

Why does Brahms’ Piano Trio in B Major list two dates?

Johannes Brahms in 1853

Brahms at age 20 in 1853

At the dawn of 1854, after his soaring fortunes at age 21, Johannes Brahms set out to write Trio in B major for Piano, Violin and Cello. The trio was originally issued in November 1854 after the young Brahms experienced a series of emotional highs and personal tragedy.

Thirty five years later:

Brahms wrote to Clara (Schumann) on September 3, 1889, “With what childish amusement I whiled away the beautiful summer days you will never guess. I have rewritten my B major Trio…. It will not be as wild as before – but will it be better?” Simrock issued the revised score in February 1891, but Brahms did not formally withdraw the original, allowing both versions to exist, thereby providing a rare glimpse into the compositional workshop of one of the most secretive of all the great composers.

-Richard Rodda, The Kennedy Center

Read the rest of Brahms’ story in Rodda’s Program Notes on Brahms’ Piano Trio No. 1 in B major, Op. 8 (1854/1889)

Trio Voce at Purdue University

triovoice_2Trio Voce will perform Brahms’ piano trio along with Arvo Pärt’s Mozart-Adagio, and Rebecca Clarke’s Trio at Loeb Playhouse on February 12, 7:30PM.

Peter and the Starcatcher: Peter and Molly

Peter Pan Prequel Has Heart and Humor

Peter and the Starcatcher

Peter and Molly: Peter and the StarcatcherFor 12 actors to be able to portray 100 different characters and conjure spectacular locales with low-tech sets and props, it takes enormous talent, ingenious stagecraft, the limitless possibilities of imagination—and a trunkload of pixie dust.

So it is with Peter and the Starcatcher, the Tony Award-winning Broadway show based on the 2004 children’s novel by humorist Dave Barry and suspense writer Ridley Pearson.

Just as the hit musical Wicked provides a prequel to The Wizard of Oz, Peter and the Starcatcher imagines a backstory to J.M Barrie’s classic Peter Pan, and explains how Peter ended up on an island, where he got his name, how Hook lost his hand and how the croc swallowed a clock. But while Wicked is all about the slick and showy special effects, the cast of Peter and the Starcatcher needs only spirit and spunk to share this story.

As the curtain rises, 13-year-old Molly and her father, Lord Aster, set sail for the exotic island of Rundoon with a trunk containing a mysterious and precious cargo. Lord Aster will sail on the Wasp on a perilous secret mission for Queen Victoria to dispose of whatever is in the trunk; for her safety, Molly must travel on a different ship, the Never Land.

Black Stache and Peter in Peter and the StarcatcherAt sea, pirates led by the outrageous Black Stache (so named for his prominent facial hair) hijack the Wasp; meanwhile, Molly encounters a trio of orphans destined for slavery in Rundoon, then discovers that her father’s precious trunk was mistakenly loaded onto her ship. It is Molly and her new friends who must look after its contents through all the madcap adventures that ensue.

Combining elements of Vaudeville, British “Panto,” and old-timey musical theater, including slapstick comedy, knee-slapping wordplay, tongue twisters, and droll anachronisms, the show careens along at a breakneck pace while a dozen actors portray squadrons of salty sailors, cross-dressing mermaids, rag-tag orphans, and restless island natives, and, using simple props and innovative theatrics, summon such magical locations as a tempest-tossed tropical island and the dungeon of a Victorian-era frigate.
The result is at once hilarious and heartwarming—a visually stunning celebration of imagination that is silly, snarky, and screwball, and yet sincerely, sweetly sentimental, with plenty to please kids (the show is geared toward age 10 and up) and the kids-who-won’t-grow-up in all of us.

-Amy Long


Peter and the Starcatcher
April 9, 2015, 7PM
Elliott Hall of Music
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Three Stories High Downtown Theatre Festival, Lafayette

Three Stories High Festival Program Notes

Three Stories High Theatre Festival


Let me explain. We’re always looking for fascinating artists to bring into our community. Each time we’ve thrown the range of possible experiences even wider, you’ve rushed right in and made it a success. We hosted a brilliant, surreal outdoor spectacle with Australia’s Strange Fruit, and you clamored for more. We’ve ventured into both new and non-traditional spaces with two productions from the National Theatre of Scotland (Long Gone Lonesome and The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart), and you were deliriously enthralled. We delved into non-verbal physical theatre with LEO, and you were mesmerized. We launched into comically low-tech, devised theatre with Oxford Playhouse’s One Small Step, and you were over (and on) the moon. Truth be told, we’re all hooked.

This year, let’s venture further into this realm by examining a key quality of the world’s great festivals—immersion. Regardless of genre, festivals are places to push back everyday life’s boundaries and concerns to dive into a new, alternate world. Ultimately, time is one of our most precious commodities—a true luxury through which you can encounter more than one artist in a day and that you can fill time between performances with friends, lively discussion, food, and drink. In other words, it’s a conscious choice to merge so many of your favorite pastimes into one experience. It’s the freedom of giving yourself permission to leave other things behind and the fraternity of others who have joined you.

With Three Stories High, we’re adding to the already-growing energy of downtown Lafayette. This collection of festival-length shows have shorter running times (60 to 90 minutes), so put on your coat, come on down, and see the shows all on one night, or see them on successive nights. Hit your favorite restaurants and pubs. Bring your friends. Join the scene. Because, after all, this really is all your fault.

—Todd Wetzel, Director



The Cardinals: Stan's CafeDEVISED AND PERFORMED BY
Gerard Bell, Rochi Rampal, Graeme Rose and Craig Stephens with additional devising by Alia Alzougbi.
Direction: James Yarker
Scenic Design: Miguel Angel Bravo
Prop Making, sourcing and Stage Management: Harry Trow Costumes: Kay Wilton
Lighting Design: Paul Arvidson
Photography: Graeme Braidwood
Graphic Design: Simon Ford
Video Documentation: Oliver Clark
Set Construction: A E Harris & Co. (Birmingham) Ltd Production Assistant: Danni Leppier
General Manager: Charlotte Martin Administrator: Rowena Wilding Advisory Producer: Nick Sweeting

Text: Douay Bible – Matthew Chapter 6 verses 25-34

The Cardinals was been commissioned by: domain d’O, Montpellier and Warwick Arts Centre with International Partnership funding from Birmingham City Council.
Stan’s Cafe is supported by Arts Council England.
With special thanks to: Chuck Helm, Tina Rasmussen and Billy Wolf.


Sacrum Sacrificium, The Cardinals play performance imageStan’s Cafe have been twisting theatre out of shape for audiences since 1991. Working from a base in Birmingham, England the company is an evolving ensemble led by Artistic Director James Yarker. The company are interested in combining wit and intelligence to devising theatrical forms that most elegantly match the content of each new production.

This is the company’s second visit to WorldStages having presented The Cleansing of Constance Brown the performance installation Of All The People In All The World at the Harbourfront Centre in 2009. www.stanscafe.

GERARD BELL: Gerard has worked with Chris Goode, David Gale, Stacked Wonky, Improbable, Athina Vahla, Graeme Miller, Jonathan Burrows, Pina Bausch, A2, dreamthinkspeak and Punchdrunk; performed at Sheffield Crucible, National Theatre, National Theatre Wales and has made a series of films and video pieces with Lucy Cash, Magali Charrier, Shelly Love and Adam Roberts, as well as his own work and solo performances. Last year he made for the Siobhan Davies Studios and So Below with Karen Christopher premiered in Sacred at the Chelsea Theatre.

ROCHI RAMPAL: Rochi has performed with The Play House, Women & Theatre, Black Country Touring and Birmingham REP. She has also performed in Hearth’s Match for Shout Festival and in Theatre Writing Partnerships Momentum Festivals, has appeared in Kali Theatre’s Shared Memories and Rasa’s Handful of Henna. Her writing includes Reliable Witness (Birmingham Book Festival), scripting both The Corner Shop (Foursight Theatre and Black Country Touring), and EAT! (BCT, Foursight Theatre, Birmingham REP).

GRAEME ROSE: Co-founder of Stan’s Cafe and The Resurrectionists; Graeme works regularly with theatre companies Bodies in Flight, Talking Birds, Red Shift and Various People Inc. (Adelaide). He has also devised shows with Insomniac Productions and Imitating the Dog. Current ongoing projects outside of Stan’s Cafe include The Furies for Kiln Theatre and EAT! for Black Country Touring/ Birmingham REP.

CRAIG STEPHENS: Craig is Stan’s Cafe’s Associate Director, and has worked with the company for over 15 years. He has performed with a number of other companies including Insomniac Productions, Plane Performance, Talking Birds and The Playhouse. He has written for BBC Radio 4, Talking Birds, Hamfisted!, and Ludlow Assembly Rooms.

JAMES YARKER: James co-founded Stan’s Cafe in 1991 with Graeme Rose, since then he has directed all the company’s major productions and occasionally written some text. Last year he was asked to deliver workshops for professional theatre makers in Tokyo and Calgary.


The Cardinals is the third show in a series Stan’s Cafe have made that combine the use of a tightly framed stage and storytelling without words. The first It’s Your Film (1998) was a 4 minutes 30 seconds long live film noir performed for an audience of 1. It was the company’s first major international hit. The Cleansing of Constanace Brown (1997) was performed on a stage 7 foot wide and 42 foot deep for an audience of 50. Inviting audiences to watch Constance Brown backstage proved part of the inspiration for The Cardinals, which was also inspired by The Crusades and ideas faith and ‘suspending your disbelief.’



Alvin Sputnik holding red glowing ballCreator: Tim Watts
Performer: St John Cowcher
Production and Touring Manager: Sam Longley
Creative Advisor: Arielle Gray
Technical Advisor: Chris Isaacs
Producer: Sarah Weber / The Last Great Hunt
Exclusive Representation in North America: Elsie Management, Laura Colby, Director
This performance is approximately 50 minutes in length. No intermission.


The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik drawing of the Sputnik HouseAlvin began in a puppetry workshop with ‘Spare Parts Puppet Theatre’ in Fremantle, Australia, in 2007. He was a humble little puppet, just a buoy and a white glove that I instantly had a fondness for. His big head, wide eye, and funny little body—he couldn’t be anything but a curious deep sea diver. Friends who saw the little guy in the workshop encouraged me to make a show with him. So with that, and a desire to make a highly tour able, yet still visually interesting show, I created The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer for a slot at the Blue Room Theatre program in Perth, Australia, in May 2009.

It was a thrilling and exhausting process. I collaborated with Arielle Gray, did lots of experiments and little shows for friends, trying to get as much feedback and ideas as possible as to what was fun and what worked. I got my dad, Anthony Watts, to build the set and all the gadgets and just managed to pull the whole thing off in time. We got rave reviews, performed to sell-out crowds and won awards for ‘Best Production,’ ‘Best Production Team,’ and ‘Member’s Choice.’

Since then, with the assistance of Perth Theatre Company and The Last Great Hunt as producers, Alvin Sputnik has toured all over the world, experiencing more sold-out shows, winning more awards, and getting overwhelming responses from audiences and reviewers alike. The show won ‘Outstanding Solo Show’ at the New York International Fringe Festival in 2009, ‘Best Puppetry’ at the 2010 Adelaide Fringe Awards, ‘Best Theatre’ at the Auckland Fringe in 2011, ‘Best Male Performer’ at the Dublin Fringe, and was nominated for Australia’s top performance prize, the Helpmann Award, in 2012.

So far, Alvin Sputnik has been performed in the USA, New Zealand, India, South Korea, the UK, Denmark, Scotland, Hong Kong, Malta, Taiwan, Japan and all over Australia. It has been a long journey – and we still continue to develop and improve the show as we tour. I am determined to keep it a continual, creative process. If you have any thoughts or feedback, I would love to hear them. Just shoot me an email: tim@thelastgreathunt. com. Thank you for coming, and I hope you enjoy the show.

-Tim Watts, creator

THE LAST GREAT HUNT is a collective of artists that create, produce and tour new innovative theatre. The Last Great Hunt artists have a combined 52 years of experience in making theatre and have received critical acclaim both at home and abroad. Operating out of Perth, Western Australia, these artists prove that living in the most isolated capital city in the world is no limit to creating great theatre.

ST JOHN COWCHER (PERFORMER): St John Cowcher is an actor, writer and theatre practitioner. A Contemporary Performance graduate (ECU ’09), founding member of performance company The Wet Weather Ensemble and Spare Parts Puppet Theatre associate artist. Theatre: The Velveteen Rabbit (SPPT’12) Hachiko (SPPT’12) Adam and Eve (BR’11),
The Bearskinner (TW’11), Spellbound (SPPT’10), A Reptile Dreamed (BR ’09), The Human Voice (MC’09), Happy Buddha (UNIMA World Puppetry Festival ’08) Film: The Road to the Sandman (CU’10), Alice (Remix) (NSP‘10), Awards: Blue Room Theatre Audience Award (The Bearskinner) St John performs in improvised comedy group The Big HOO-HAA. St John has been performing The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik since early 2013, and toured the show to Singapore, Canada, the US and Spain.

SAM LONGLEY (PRODUCTION AND TOURING MANAGER): Sam has been working as an actor, comedian, writer, director and tour manager since the mid-nineties. He studied improv comedy at The Second City, Improv Olympic and Comedy Sportz in Chicago, IL. He has performed everything from a Shakespearian drunkard to an eight year old delinquent. Some of his high lights include Horse Head at the Blue Room Theatre, DIY: Disaster Movie at The Awesome Arts Festival, Thisbe at the new Heath Ledger Theatre in Perth, WA, Not Like Beckett for Deck Chair Theatre, Bindjareb Pinjarra, a comedy about a massacre. In 2006 Sam filmed Where The Wild Things Are, a Warner Brothers Feature Film directed by Spike Jonze. Sam once again used his height to full effect in playing the largest of the Wild Things, IRA. Sam has written plays, hosted TV shows and is the creator of the improv comedy show The Big Hoo- Haa that is now in its 12th sell-out season. Sam has been involved with The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik since early 2013 and has toured to Japan, Canada and the US.

TIM WATTS (CREATOR): Tim is a performer, deviser, director, producer, puppeteer and animator. He is a founding member of Weeping Spoon Productions. He has created and has toured theatre all around Australia and internationally, winning numerous awards and critical acclaim along the way. Since graduating from Notre Dame University, Fremantle with a Bachelor of Performing Arts in 2005, he has participated in numerous workshops, including studying clown and physical comedy with Dell’Arte International in Blue Lake California, as well as Puppetry workshops with Spare Parts Puppet Theatre in Fremantle, Western Australia, and Blind Summit in the UK. In 2009 he created The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer, which has since toured all over the world. In 2012 he co-created It’s Dark Outside, which was commissioned by Perth Theatre Company and was also the inaugural artist in residence for Perth Theatre Company. Presented at the 2013 Sydney Festival, It’s Dark Outside received its US premiere in Pittsburgh at the Festival of Firsts in 2013. Other creative credits include co-creating and performing in The Wives of Hemingway (Fringe World 2013), Deathtrap (PICA, Perth) The World Inspite of Itself (China), Greed (Canada Fringe), Hope is the saddest (Brisbane Festival), Duck Duck Goose (The Blue Room, Perth), Oscar (Perth) and Heart of Gold (PICA, Perth), as well as directing Pollyanna (Fringe World 2012) and Red Lashes (UNIMA 2008). Tim is currently working on the creation of a new show, due to premiere in Perth, Western Australia in September 2014.When he is not on tour, Tim lives and makes theatre in Perth, Western Australia. @halhawker

ARIELLE GRAY (CREATIVE ADVISOR): Arielle Gray graduated in 2005 with a BA (Contemporary Performance) in Perth. She is a performer/ theatre-maker/puppeteer/improviser. Arielle’s theatre credits include creating and performing in It’s Dark Outside in Perth 2012 and at Sydney Festival in 2013, devising and performing in Pollyanna, a large scale interactive, promenade work first performed at FringeWorld 2012, performing in They Ran ‘Til They Stopped with The Duck House, Black Swan State Theatre Company’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Kate Cherry, Hope Is The Saddest for Mythophobic Productions at the Brisbane Festival ‘Under the Radar’, Duck, Duck, Goose! (Winner ‘Member’s Choice’ at The Blue Room Theatre Awards), & solo show Nobody Cares
But You at The Blue Room Theatre & Adelaide Fringe Festival (for which she was nominated ‘Best Actress’ at The Actor’s Equity Guild Awards). Arielle also assisted in the creation of The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer with Tim Watts. In 2009, Arielle was a part of The Black Swan State Theatre Company’s HOTBED program, performing in Pool [No Water] by Mark Ravenhill & The Darkroom by Angela Betzien (nominated ‘Best Supporting Actress’ for both shows at the Actors Equity Guild Awards). Arielle is also a member of THE BIG HOO HAA improvised comedy group, and has been a proud member of equity since 2007. Arielle lives in Perth, Western Australia. @ArielleGray

CHRIS ISAACS (TECHNICAL ADVISOR): Chris graduated with a BA Double Major in English and Writing from Edith Cowan University in Perth in 2006. Since then he has worked in independent and professional theatre as a writer/devisor/performer/lighting designer and stage manager. In 2012 he co-created It’s Dark Outside, commissioned by Perth Theatre Company, which won the Arts Hub Critics’ Choice Award for ‘Innovation’. From 2009-2013, he was the touring & technical manager of The Adventures Of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer. As stage manager; Barking Gecko Theatre Company’s Driving Into Walls (2012), Perth Theatre Company’s The Removalists (2010), Black Swan State Theatre Company & HotHouse Theatre The Web (Albury/Wodonga & Perth Seasons 2009). Chris has been lighting designer for multiple shows at The Blue Room, Yirra Yaakin, ARTrage, Rechabites’ Hall & for the 2008 UNIMA International Puppet Festival. In 2010 he received a JUMP mentorship as a writer, which he undertook with Kate Mulvany & he is a member of the Black Swan State Theatre Companies Young Writer Program. As part of this program, in 2014 his play Flood was presented by the Black Swan Theatre Company and received critical acclaim. Chris has been a performer/musician in the comedy troupe THE BIG HOOHAA for five years now, & contributed to The Blue Room as a board member for five years including the roles of Artistic Sub-Committee member & acting Board Chair. @Chris_Isaacs

SARAH WEBER (PRODUCER): Sarah obtained a Master of Arts in Zurich, Switzerland and now lives in Perth, Australia, where she works
as an arts manager. From 2010-2013, she worked as Operations Manager for Perth Theatre Company, where she was responsible for philanthropy, fundraising and touring. In 2013, Sarah spent three months in New York, with the artist representative company Elsie Management, to learn all about international producing and the performing arts industry in the US. Since July 2013 Sarah is also working as producer for the newly founded artist collective The Last Great Hunt.


Alvin Sputnik's housePlease don’t leave me tonight, written by Tim Watts

Welcome song, written by Tim Watts

Down and Down, written by Tim Watts

Aquatic Dance by Vangelis, courtesy of Emi Music Publishing Australia

Rachel’s Song by Vangelis, courtesy of Warner Chappell Music Australia

Story Time by Daniel Elfman, courtesy of Emi Music Publishing Australia

Ain’t No Stopping Us Now by J. Cohen, G. McFadden & J. Whitehead, courtesy of Warner Chappell Music Australia

Together in Electric Dreams by P. Oakey & G. Moroder, courtesy of Emi / Warner Chappell Music Australia

Happy Ending by Mika, courtesy of Rondor Music Australia

THANK YOU to Todd Wetzel and the staff and crew at Purdue Convocations for making these performances possible!

THANK YOU to Laura Colby, Katie Diamond and Anna Amadei, the amazing team at Elsie Management, Perth Theatre Company for all their support, The Australia Council for the Arts, The Department of Culture and the Arts, The Blue Room Theatre, The City of Perth, ARTRAGE, FringeNYC, HERE Arts Centre, Ron Lasko at Spin Cycle, Sam Longley and Lazy Suzans, terraNOVA and the undergroundzero festival, Phillip Mitchel and Michael Barlow at Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, Fi McCurdy and Ed Bartlam from Underbelly in the UK, and everywhere we have toured so far.




No Place To Go: Ethan Lipton and His OrchestraEthan Lipton & his Orchestra has been a band since 2005, playing around New York (Joe’s Pub, Barbes, Rockwood, Celebrate Brooklyn) and beyond (MASS MoCA, Camden Opera House, Grand Performances). The band includes Ethan Lipton (vocals), Eben Levy (guitar), Ian M. Riggs (standup bass) and Vito Dieterle (sax). Ethan writes the lyrics and melody, and the quartet arranges the songs together.

EL&hO has released five albums (three studio, two live) and been named the city’s “Best Lounge Act” by New York Magazine. In 2012, the band won an Obie Award for “No Place to Go,” a theatrical song cycle written by Ethan about a man who loses his job, which was produced by the Public Theater at Joe’s Pub. The show earned rave reviews and has since been produced theatrically at Two River Theatre in New Jersey, and in concert venues in LA, Connecticut, Virginia, Vermont, and at the ATP music fest in East Sussex, UK.

The band has been featured on radio shows such as Weekend Edition, The World, Word of Mouth, and Soundcheck, and contributed to the Clash cover album Sandinista. They also play songs on and appear in the film The Shift.

Ethan Lipton and His OrchestraETHAN LIPTON (VOCALS): As a playwright, Ethan Liptons work has been seen and heard in NYC, LA, Boston, Chicago, Seattle, Edinburgh, and Berne. He is the 2012-13 Playwright’s Realm’s Page One resident playwright, an alumni of the Public Theater’s emerging writers group and a Clubbed Thumb affiliated artist. Ethan has received playwriting grants from NYFA, NYSCA and the NEA, as well as commissions from Playwrights Horizons, Clubbed Thumb and True Love. He has received an Obie Award and a Drama-Logue Award, been a Kesselring nominee, an O’Neill Conference finalist, a Kleban Award finalist and a resident playwright at New York Stage & Film. His play Luther was published in THEATER magazine in April 2013. The script of No Place to Go was published by Ugly Duckling Presse in 2014. As a performer, Ethan has backed up Laurie Anderson on The Late Show with David Letterman, originated the role of Klipspringer in the Elevator Repair Service production on Gatz, and sung with Matt Berninger of The National and Cynthia Hopkins.

EBEN LEVY (GUITAR): Levy was co-leader of the 90s cult-favorite funk band Chucklehead and was the group’s guitarist, emcee and a principal songwriter. Eben later led the organic/electronic funk band Ejectrode, releasing Accident Theory in ’02.Eben writes music for film and television. More at Eben grew up in sunny New York City and just moved to frickin’ Jersey with his wife, children and dog. Go frickin’ Jersey!

IAN RIGGS (BASS): Ian is a bassist, composer, singer and guitarist who performs and records in and out of New York City with a wide range of artists. Among them are Howard Fishman, One Ring Zero, Blarvuster, Hilary Hawke, Likeness to Lily, The Lonesome Trio, Giancarlo Vulcano, and David Eggar. As a composer he has provided music for Adrian Muys’ films, Iris and Hands of Harvest as well as for Gabriella Barnstone’s dance/ theatre piece, The Dinner Party. In 2009 he was accepted as an artist-in- residence at The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild.

VITO DIETERLE (SAXOPHONE): Vito began playing live around Chicago at the age of 14. He has been a featured soloist at the Burlington and Chicago Jazz Festivals, and in venues around the country. In New
York, he is a frequent player with composer-pianist Joel Forrester’s band People Like Us, and he leads his own trio every Sunday at Little Branch.Vito studied at the New School with jazz greats such as Arnie Lawrence, Barry Harris, Benny Powell, Lee Konitz, Reggie Workman, Junior Mance and Chico Hamilton. He’s a maniac for leftovers.


Three Stories High: A Downtown Theatre FestivalEAT LOCAL: The following downtown Lafayette businesses are offering Three Stories High festival goers food and drink specials. Present your festival tickets to receive special offers! (Partners subject to change.)

Adelino’s / D.T. Kirby’s / Fuel Coffee / Kathy’s Homemade Kandies & Chocolate Lounge / Lafayette Brewing Company

DOORS will open and hour prior to all Three Stories High performances. VOLUNTEERS are available to assist you! Got a question? Please feel free to ask and we’ll be happy to help!

CASH BARS will be available at all performances during Three Stories High. Ask a volunteer and we’ll point you in the right direction!

PHOTO / VIDEO: Cameras and recording equipment are prohibited unless by special permission of Convocations and the artist. Flash photography is prohibited at all times.

CHILDREN: While we encourage early introduction to the arts, we also wish to provide the best environment for all of our patrons. Children of all ages are welcome to Family Adventures shows. We request that children under 6 years of age not be brought to most performances, and infants on laps are only permitted at Family Adventures shows. All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket.

BUILDING EMERGENCIES will be announced and directions given from the stage.


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Three Stories High: Ethan Lipton, The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik, The Cardinals

What is Three Stories High Theatre Festival?

Purdue Convocations director Todd Wetzel recently discussed the Three Stories High Theatre Festival with the Purdue Exponent.

Three Stories High Theatre FestivalCan you describe in your own words what this festival is?

Todd Wetzel: This is a deliberate effort to do two things: continue our efforts to bring notable and innovative world-class theatre projects to our community and to also create a special energy in downtown Lafayette. The work of animating our community takes dedicated effort and we want live performance to be part of the solution. Like many of the other good people working on this, we are willing to lay it on the line to make it happen.

How did the three shows get chosen?

TW: First of all, I think each show is terrific–that’s the first goal. But, the magical thing about theatre is that the possibilities of the form are vast. Each show is individually quite powerful and they use different conceptual approaches, including not being designed for presentation in a traditional theatre context. And then, together, these three shows also help us accomplish the goal creating the vibe of a theatre festival downtown.


Three Stories High Theatre Festival CalendarWhy do you think should people come see the shows?

TW: The first point of entry into all of the shows is that they’re fun, full of energy, and, like theatre at its best, it will take you on a journey into new worlds. Come for the adventure! Also, a social scene is created by people, so we’re inviting folks to help create a social dynamism around these shows by coming downtown and hanging out in the many fine establishments there, some of which have special offers for ticket holders!

Do tickets have to be purchased in advance?

TW: Some performances are selling quite well, so advance purchase may be recommended, but we’ll also sell tickets at the door (while they last). To be safe, get tickets in advance: call the Stewart Center Box Office 10AM-6PM at (765)494-3933 or (800) 914-SHOW; or go online:


Stan's Cafe: The Cardinals

The Cardinals by Stan’s Cafe trades fire and brimstone for humor and humanity

The Cardinals at Greyfriars Kirk in Edinburgh

During the
2013 edition of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, The Cardinals was performed in the Greyfriars Kirk, a church that has stood in Edinburgh’s old town since 1620 and is home to a congregation of the Church of Scotland.

Three British Catholic Cardinals in crimson robes are on a mission of evangelism — touring with a puppet show of their own making that presents abbreviated, extrapolated readings of The Bible. At least that’s how it starts — in Genesis, of course — but the Cardinals’ stories eventually extend beyond the literal end of the New Testament to depict elements of contemporary history. As it turns out, this task calls for increasingly more skill and technique than they possess. Despite their naïve best intentions, only a dependence on their stage manager will get them through—a young, female, Muslim stage manager.

So, far from mocking faith, I believe that this play got to the nub of what it is all about. It was a moving and powerful piece of theatre and I would recommend any thinking congregation to welcome it as a piece to be performed in a church. I would recommend it, too, to anyone who thinks that religion is pure delusion. Beyond the mythology and the alternative paradigms that constitute a Biblical worldview, the themes at the heart of the Biblical narrative, and at the heart of The Cardinals, go to the very nub of what it means to be a human being today.

-Richard Frazer, Minister, Greyfriars Kirk Edinburgh

Renowned for spectacular visual flair and superb comic inventiveness, Stan’s Cafe, a theatre collective from Brighton, England, stages a spectacular play-within-a-play. We watch the Cardinals perform to their imagined audience while we, all the wiser, enjoy the startlingly funny, strangely touching theatrical conceits. The Cardinals builds from a history of mystery plays in the early church, during which Bible stories were acted out for the uneducated masses. Simultaneously, it also embraces and reflects the complexities of faith in today’s world — regardless of religion or tradition. As remarkably elegant as it is simple, The Cardinals offers a modern meditation on belief that trades fire and brimstone for humor and humanity.

cardinalsThe Cardinals: Stan’s Cafe (England)

Part of Three Stories High Downtown Theatre Festival

JAN 28 / 7:30PM
JAN 29 / 7:45PM
JAN 30 / 9:30PM
JAN 31 / 2PM / 7:30PM
Long Center for the Performing Arts

ETHEL performing with illuminated screens behind them

ETHEL’s Documerica transforms EPA photo project into multimedia feast

About Documerica

ETHEL's DOCUMERICAIn 1971, a hundred photographers commissioned by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Project Documerica fanned out across the country to capture America’s sometimes fabled, sometimes fraught relationship to its land. The result was an archive of thousands of photographs amassed over nearly a decade, an enormous artistic project that had been largely forgotten until recent digitalization. The imagery of Project Documerica is the inspiration for ETHEL’s Documerica, which taps the archive’s rich evocation of time and place and brings its visual and emotional impact into dialogue with the 21st century.
With Documerica, ETHEL invites audiences to contemplate individual and collective connections, action, and responsiveness to environmental and social challenges revealed through the repurposing of this distinctly American archive through the unifying language of art.

If you go

ETHEL’s Documerica
Saturday, January 24 / 8:00 PM
Loeb Playhouse
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6:30PM / A panel of Purdue experts will present a survey of current climatological and environmental issues for discussion / Stewart Center, room 214ABC


A moderated discussion including the artists and experts from the pre-show talk / Loeb Playhouse


Robert L. Ringel Gallery / Stewart Center / January 12 – February 21

Visit the Ringel Gallery for an exhibition of photos commissioned by EPA during the 1970s that documented the state of the environment and its impact on society. Todd Wetzel, director of Purdue Convocations, will offer comments during the opening reception on January 22 at 5:30 PM


ETHEL logoCorrin Lee, violin
Kip Jones, violin
Ralph Farris, viola
Dorothy Lawson, cello

Acclaimed as “unfailingly vital” (The New York Times), “brilliant,” “downtown’s reigning string quartet” (The New Yorker), and “one of the most exciting quartets around” (Strad Magazine), ETHEL invigorates the contemporary music scene with exuberance, intensity, imaginative programming, and exceptional artistry.

At the heart of ETHEL is a quest for a common creative expression that is forged in the celebration of community. As cultural and musical “pollinators,” the quartet brings its collaborative discoveries to audiences through multi-dimensional musical repertoire and community engagement.

ETHEL’s 2014-‘15 season celebrates the diversity of regional American music, anchored by a national tour of the evening-length ETHEL’s Documerica. Described by The New York Times as “new music bonding with old images in rich, provocative and moving ways,” this program directed by Steve Cosson features montages by acclaimed projection artist Deborah Johnson in concert with commissioned work by Mary Ellen Childs, Ulysses Owens Jr., Jared Impichchaachaaha’ Tate and James “Kimo” Williams and new music by the members of ETHEL.

Throughout the season ETHEL tours several critically-acclaimed signature programs, ranging from a collaboration with guitar virtuoso Kaki King, to the Music of the Sun concerts with Robert Mirabal, to an introspective program Grace, featuring ETHEL’s arrangements of music by Ennio Morricone and Jeff Buckley. Other highlights include: a “Composer Portrait” of Missy Mazzoli featuring a premiere of her new quartet commissioned by ETHEL at Miller Theater; performances as the Resident Ensemble at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Balcony Bar; and a residency at Denison University culminating in a performance at the Tutti Contemporary Music Festival.

Always striving to demonstrate the unifying power of music, ETHEL has initiated innovative collaborations with an extraordinary community of international artists including David Byrne, Bang on a Can, Todd Rundgren, Carlo Mombelli, Ursula Oppens, Loudon Wainwright III, STEW, Ensemble Modern, Jill Sobule, Dean Osborne, Howard Levy, Simone Sou, Andrew Bird, Iva Bittová, Colin Currie, Thomas Dolby, Jeff Peterson, Oleg Fateev, Stephen Gosling, Jake Shimabukuro, Polygraph Lounge and Vijay Iyer.

For ten consecutive years, ETHEL has served as the Ensemble-in-Residence at the Grand Canyon Music Festival’s Native American Composers Apprenticeship Project. The group’s ongoing dedication to working with indigenous people and music culminated in the 2010 release of Oshtali: Music for String Quartet (Thunderbird Records), the first commercial recording of American Indian student works. ETHEL is also the 2014-2015 Ensemble-in-Residency at Denison University.

ETHEL’s debut eponymous CD was a Billboard Magazine “Best Recording of 2003.” Its second CD, Light, ranked #3 on’s “Best of 2006” and #5 on WYNC’s “Best of 2006 Listener Poll.” The group’s most recent CD, Heavy, was released in 2012 to great critical acclaim. ETHEL has appeared as a guest artist on many albums, including The Paha Sapa Give-Back by Jerome Kitzke, (Innova, 2014), Cold Blue Two (Cold Blue Music, 2012), Glow by Kaki King (Velour Recordings, 2012); Blue Moth by Anna Clyne (Tzadik, 2012); A Map of the Floating City by Thomas Dolby (Redeye Label, 2012); The Duke by Joe Jackson (Razor & Tie, 2012); John the Revelator: A Mass for Six Voices by Phil Kline (Cantaloupe Music, 2008) with vocal group Lionheart; and the GRAMMY® Award-winning Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman (Concord Records, 2009) 

Over the past five years, ETHEL has premiered 100+ new works by 20th- and 21st-century composers including: Phil Kline’s “SPACE” at the gala reopening of Alice Tully Hall; “RADIO” by Osvaldo Golijov at the debut of WNYC Radio’s Jerome L. Greene Space; ETHEL’s TruckStop®: The Beginning and ETHEL’s Documerica at BAM’s Next Wave Festival; ETHEL Fair: The Songwriters at opening night of Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors; “WAIT FOR GREEN” with choreographer Annie-B Parson commissioned by Arts Brookfield; and “HonBiBaekSan” by Dohee Lee at Meet the Composer’s 3-City Dash Festival. ETHEL’s HomeBaked series has commissioned and premiered works by emerging NYC composers Andy Akiho, Hannis Brown, Anna Clyne, Lainie Fefferman, Dan Friel, Judd Greenstein, Matt Marks, and Ulysses Owens Jr. to date. ETHEL has debuted original scores in combination with new choreography by Aleksandra Vrebalov/Dusan Tynek Dance Company and Son Lux/Gina Gibney Dance; and works by contemporary music luminaries such as Philip Glass, Julia Wolfe, John Zorn, Evan Ziporyn, Steve Reich, John King, Raz Mesinai, John Luther Adams, JacobTV, Hafez Modirzadeh, David Lang, Kenji Bunch, Don Byron and Marcelo Zarvos.

ETHEL group image on the staircase with their instrumentsSteve Cosson is a writer and director. He is the founding Artistic Director of The Civilians. The company has supported the development of 13 original works that have been performed Off-Broadway and in over 40 cities nationally and internationally. Highlights of Cosson’s work for The Civilians include: Anne Washburn’s Mr. Burns (Playwrights Horizons, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, The Washington Post’s #1 play for 2012); Bess Wohl/Michael Friedman’s Pretty Filthy; co-writer/director Paris Commune (BAM Next Wave, The Public Theater, La Jolla Playhouse); co-writer/director The Great Immensity (upcoming Public Theater, Kansas City Rep), The Next Forever created for the 2012 TED Conference; In The Footprint (Top 10 of 2010 in The New York Times, Time Out, New Yorker); This Beautiful City; (I Am) Nobody’s Lunch and Gone Missing (NY Times Top 10 of 2007). Other directing highlights include Spring Awakening (Olney  Theatre); Anne Washburn’s A Devil at Noon (Humana Festival, O’Neill); U.S. premiere of Martin Crimp’s Attempts on Her Life (Soho Rep); Bus Stop (Kansas City Rep). His plays are published by Oberon Books, Dramatists Play Service and an anthology from Playscripts.

Deborah Johnson, aka CandyStations, (projections design) is a show designer based in Brooklyn, NY. She has designed and performed visual projections and lights for music groups including Sufjan Stevens, St. Vincent, Wilco, Calexico, M. Ward, ETHEL, and Lambchop, performing in such venues as Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Fillmore, The Ryman, and Wiener Konzerthaus.

Deborah has also created site-specific projections for events at the Museum of Modern Art, 92Y Tribeca, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Chicago’s Millennium Park, and the Baltimore Museum of Art.  Her music video and animation work has been exhibited worldwide and screened at numerous film festivals. She has completed residencies at Mass MoCA, The Experimental Television Center, and The Atlantic Center for the Arts, where she was one of seven artists selected to work with new media artist Carsten Nicolai.

Deborah most recently designed the visual component for Planetarium, a commissioned work between Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly and Bryce Dessner, which made its US debut at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in March 2013.

Adrian W. Jones (set design) Born and raised in New York City, Adrian’s designs for the stage have been seen on Broadway, across Europe, the UK, Australia, South America, and regionally across the United States. Including: Looped with Valerie Harper: Broadway & National tour,  Sufjan Steven’s Age of Adz world tour, Vision Disturbance with Richard Maxwell, at Under The Radar and European tour, Anna In The Tropics directed by Nilo Cruz, and recently: The Nether at the Kirk Douglas Theater.  Other theater In New York: The Public Theater, LAByrinth Theatre, The New Group, The Cherry Lane, and Synapse Productions. Outside New York: New York Stage & Film, Goodspeed Musicals, Bard Summerscape, Baltimore Centerstage, Pasadena Playhouse, People’s Light and Theater, Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble, Barrington Stage Company, Boise Contemporary Theater, Capital Rep in Albany, Theaterworks Hartford.  His interior design work was published in Dwell Magazine.  He has been a recipient of the Connecticut Critic’s Circle Award, The Carbonell Award, and The Kevin Kline Award. Adrian is a graduate of Occidental College and the Yale School of Drama. He currently divides his time between Los Angeles and Brooklyn.

Christopher Kuhl (lighting design) is a lighting, scenic, installation and conceptual designer for new performance, theatre, dance and opera. Recent work includes ABACUS (Sundance Film Festival, EMPAC, REDCAT); The Elephant Room (St. Ann’s Warehouse, Philly Live Arts, Arena Stage); Quartier Libres by Nadia Beugré (New York Live Arts); Soldier Songs (Prototype Festival); John Cage Song Books with SF Symphony (Carnegie Hall); Motherhood Out Loud (Primary Stages); The Nether (Center Theatre Group); Open Meadow (Hand2Mouth Theatre). Chris has had the pleasure of working and making art at On the Boards, The Kennedy Center, The Walker, YBCA, Hartford Stage, BAM, Jacob’s Pillow, LA Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Beijing Music Festival, Queer Zagreb, KVS Belgium, MAC France, Santiago a Mil Chile, and Duke University. In 2011 Chris was the recipient of the Sherwood, Drammy, Horton, and Ovation Awards. Chris is originally from New Mexico and a graduate of CalArts

DOCUMERICA Commissioned Composers

Mary Ellen Childs, a 2011 USA Friends Fellow, composes concert work, often with a strong visual element. She has received commissions from the Kronos Quartet, Chamber Music America, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, The Kitchen, Walker Art Center, Meet the Composer, and MAP Fund.

Ulysses Owens, Jr., a multi-Grammy Award-winning drummer, composer, and producer, has performed with world-class musicians including Patti Austin, Terence Blanchard, Benny Golson, Russell Malone, Wynton Marsalis, and Kurt Elling. Currently, Ulysses tours as the drummer with the Christian McBride Trio.

Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate, a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, is dedicated to the development of American Indian classical composition. An Emmy Award winner, his works have been performed by the National Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, Colorado Ballet, and the New Mexico Symphony.

James Kimo Williams is a producer and composer, 2007 Fulbright Specialist, and Vietnam veteran. His compositions have been performed by the Atlanta, Philadelphia and Detroit Symphonies. Williams’s work, Buffalo Soldiers, was commissioned by the United States Military Academy at West Point to celebrate its 2002 bicentennial.

Program Notes

Ephemeral Geometry

Mary Ellen Childs

Of the many wonderful photos in the EPA Documerica collection, I gravitated to those that lean to the abstract – an electrical tower with lines in geometric patterns, a bird silhouetted against the big red ball of the setting sun, an extreme close up of a puffy dandelion – each a real thing made to look slightly unreal through the photographer’s eye. By looking so close up, or from an extreme angle, or through dramatic lighting, our sense of reality is altered just enough for us to see something unexpected. I kept these photographs loosely in mind, sort of sitting at the back of my brain below conscious thought. I wanted each of the three movements of Ephemeral Geometry to have a completely different flavor. The photos gave me a place to connect musically where image and sound came from the same impulse, with music capturing the dramatically different energy of lines, dots and arcs – the abstracted sense of the real things in these photos.


Ralph Farris

In exploring the Documerica archive, I was drawn especially to images of pain, of destruction, of decay. So many of the challenges from those times remain with us today, even as the arguments grow in volume. And ever we hold to hope…


Kip Jones

In writing Shout-out, aside from nods to three of my favorite composers (guess all three and you win a prize), I wanted to channel the feeling of “Track 01″ on some of my most-loved records. There’s no thematic undercurrent, other than an effort to frame suspensions creatively; just kick back, put down this program, and enjoy the show!

Epic Soda

Dorothy Lawson

This hard-grooving romp begins as standard blues, interwoven with fragments of pieces ETHEL has performed. Embedded references include Julia Wolfe’s Early that summer, Nizhoni Spencer’s Write the Wrong Not the Right, and Kevin James’s Ainu Inuma. Along the way, there are references to popular hits from the 70’s. My aim is to showcase ETHEL individually, while evoking the joy and energy of our shared experience.

The Simplicity of Life

Ulysses Owens, Jr.

The Simplicity of Life is a musical journey that I hope causes you to reflect and ponder what is most important to you and revel in the beauty of simplicity surrounding those thoughts.

Pisachi (Reveal)

Six Epitomes for String Quartet

Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate

The title and the short epitomes are a bit of play on words that alludes to the fact that the presentation is made of snapshots (epitomes) of larger landscapes. Each epitome has a completely different character. In honor of the Southwest, I have incorporated and developed Pueblo Indian melodies and rhythms throughout.

interludes i & ii

Tema Watstein

While our commissioned composers chose images from the archive to inspire their pieces, Deborah Johnson had a number of transitional images in mind for me: mangroves and exaggerated fish-eye shots of landscapes from above. They’re almost kaleidoscopic. This made me want to create something distant, transitional and transient – a little celestial and a little lonely.

Into the Liquid

James Kimo Williams

As I perused the Documerica Project, I was struck by the images that had water as a central image either as the main subject or peripherally associated. I thought about how a simple photograph can tell so much about a time and place. I realized that many of the significant turns of events in my life (good or bad) also had a connection to water.

For Into the Liquid as with most of my compositions, I want the listener to connect to the music as if viewing a series of photographs depicting an aspect of my life experiences. The work opens with an introductory motif presented in different harmonic and rhythmic variations that reflect the emotional roller coaster of thinking back to specific events in my life.  The last chapter, “A Veterans’ Lament”, is a reflection of my life as I view it through a prism of military service.

ETHEL gratefully acknowledges its supporters

The Board of ETHEL’s Foundation for the Arts; The Aaron Copland Fund for Music; The Amphion Foundation; Bloomberg Philanthropies; Brooklyn Academy of Music; The Carnegie Corporation of New York; CECArtsLink; Chamber Music America; The Cheswatyr Foundation; The Delmas Foundation; The Greenwall Foundation; The Jerome Foundation; LEF Foundation; Meet the Composer; Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation; The Multi-Arts Production Fund, a program of Creative Capital supported by the Rockefeller Foundation; The National Endowment for the Arts; The Netherland-America Foundation; New Music USA; The New York State Council on the Arts; New York Community Trust; The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; OZ Arts; The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation; The Thompson Family Foundation; and The September 11th Fund.

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Timeflies to perform with Truslow at Purdue

TimefliesTimeflies will perform with Truslow at Purdue University’s Elliott Hall of Music on Saturday, March 7 at 8:00 p.m.

This performance is presented by the Purdue Student Concert Committee with support from the Student Fee Activities Board.


“Timeflies” formed in 2010 and is composed of producer Rob “Rez” Resnick and vocalist Cal Shapiro. After a year of releasing singles, the duo released their debut album, “The Scotch Tape,” on September 19, 2011, which rose to #2 on the “iTunes” Pop chart within 24 hours of its release and also peaked at #4 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart.

Timeflies created a YouTube series called “Timeflies Tuesday”. The series is dedicated to interacting with their fans by bringing them new music in the form of remixes, live covers, and freestyled original beats. A new video is released almost every Tuesday on their YouTube channel, which boasts nearly 400,000 subscribers.

The group’s second album, “After Hours,” was released in April 2014, reaching #8 on the Billboard 200. The album, according to, is “full of slick, radio-ready party anthem pop songs.” He goes on to say that vocalist Cal Shapiro “has a resonant voice perfectly suited for moving between swaggering raps and soaring, laser-beam choruses with equal aplomb,” making Timeflies “the type of artists who can imbue their body shot-inspired party anthems with an emotional urgency that borders on the poetic.”


Truslow is an alternative pop/rock band from Columbus, Ohio. Their loyal following has experienced an exponential growth, thanks to the July 2014 release of their second EP “Hurricane.” Having reached #1 with their single “ADHD” on multiple radio stations across the country, selling out a handful of headlining shows, and touring with “Twenty One Pilots,” this band brings a positive energy to their fans that they hope will make them feel like they belong to something bigger than themselves.

Ticket Information

Students: $28 / General public: $38 (Limit 6 tickets per person)

Student Group Presale

Students may place group orders, for groups of 10 or more, by calling (765) 494-3933 by Tuesday, January 27 at 5 p.m. Orders will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis until tickets are unavailable.


Tickets go on sale to Purdue and Ivy Tech Lafayette students and Purdue faculty, staff and retirees with a current identification card at 10 a.m. Thursday, January 29 at the Stewart Center box office or at (765) 494-3933. (Purdue students will receive an email on how to buy tickets online.)

General Public Sale

Tickets for the general public go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, January 30 through or by phone at (765) 494-3933.

About Purdue Convocations

Initiated in 1902, Purdue Convocations is among the oldest collegiate performing arts presenters in the United States. With an artistic eye and entrepreneurial flair, Convocations brings a diverse array of world-class performances and intellectual encounters—including collaborations with an ever-widening circle of partners—fulfilling our mission by connecting them to our academic, local, and regional audiences through engaging educational opportunities.