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Abby Eddy, director of marketing, 765-494-9712 or aeeddy@purdue.edu.

Dirty Dancing

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Dirty Dancing
brings the classic story to the stage in an unprecedented live experience exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance, and sensational dancing. Enjoyed by millions across the globe, this worldwide smash hit features the hit songs “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?” and the heart-stopping “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.” London’s Sunday Express says, “This crowd-pleasing stage adaptation hits the jackpot!” more…

Red Baraat

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Famously dubbed “The best party band in years” by NPR, Red Baraat is a pioneering eight-piece band from Brooklyn, New York. Conceived by dhol player Sunny Jain, the group has drawn worldwide praise for its singular sound — a merging of hard driving North Indian Bhangra with elements of go-go, rock and jazz — fueled by 3 master rhythm makers, the muscle of horns, a raucous guitar and a booming sousaphone. Created with no less a purposeful agenda than manifesting joy and unity in all people, Red Baraat’s spirit is worn brightly on its sweaty and hard-worked sleeve. And is being returned to them in cities all over the world, as word spreads of the band’s incredibly powerful live performances. more…

This performance is a Purdue Convocations contribution to the expanded 2016 Global Fest lineup.

The Triplets of Belleville

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Drawing for Disney sounds like the dream of any aspiring animator. But iconoclastic French illustrator Sylvain Chomet’s dispiriting tenure there taught him more about commercial compromise than artistic creativity. In 2003, five years after leaving Disney, Chomet delivered his radically visionary feature-film debut with The Triplets of Belleville, an Oscar nominee for Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Song. Critics and audiences worldwide delighted at Chomet’s kaleidoscopic swirl of unconventional images, outsized comic caricatures, and sly cultural satire—underscored by the scintillating Le Jazz Hot sounds of Roaring Twenties Paris. more…

This film is a Purdue Convocations contribution to the expanded 2016 Global Fest lineup.

Ken Burns: The American Experience

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Since 1981, Ken Burns has been among America’s most compelling storytellers and influential filmmakers—directing and producing some of the most richly acclaimed historical documentaries ever made. Honored with multiple Emmy Awards and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ News & Documentary Emmy Awards, Burns regularly creates “heroic television” (The Washington Post). His diverse stories of suffering and triumph, perseverance and folly, and what it means to be American provide rapturous portrayals of history’s human dimensions while displaying an encyclopedic breadth of knowledge. more…

The Revenge of Prince Zi Dan (Hamlet)

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No matter our heritage, the appeal of epic tales endures. We recoil at outsized villains and root for conflicted heroes. Through solemn tragedies, comic twists, and rich allegory, dramatic devices bind us together across cultures and continents. Working within this classical ideal, the Shanghai Jingju (Peking Opera) has been among China’s most influential art troupes and cultural ambassadors since its 1985 inception. With The Revenge of Prince Zi Dan—a reimagining of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet—the troupe transforms memorable meter into its own unforgettable poetry of motion, music, mime, dance, and acrobatics. more…

Dawn or Doom 2016

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This two day conference features Dave Eggers, acclaimed writer; Marcus Shingles, CEO of the X-Prize Foundation; and Jorge Cham, creator of PhD Comics. more…

L.A. Theatre Works’ Judgement at Nuremberg – Oct. 18-19

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On the heels of World War II, the Allied powers conducted military tribunals to prosecute those accused of committing crimes against humanity under the Nazi regime. These tribunals were a necessary salve for the wounds of war…or at least that was the intent, as the immediate rise of the Cold War challenged the political landscape surrounding the trials.Judgment at Nuremberg captures this very moment as American Judge Dan Haywood leads the trial of four German judges. more…

The REPRESENT TOUR with Waka Flocka Flame, TOKiMONSTA, and D.R.A.M

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Waka Flocka Flame, TOKiMONSTA, and D.R.A.M will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21 at Purdue University’s Elliott Hall of Music.

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. August 31 at the Stewart Center box office or at 765-494-3933. Tickets for the general public go on sale at 10 a.m. September 2. through convocations.org/tickets or by phone at 765-494-3933. more…

Sullivan Fortner and Friends

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Pianists face tough odds…specifically 88 to 10. That’s what jazz luminary Larry Willis once told Sullivan Fortner, a New Orleans native and rising jazz-piano star. Equally adept as a sideman or shot-caller, and not yet 30, Fortner has played those odds with big payoffs—culminating with the American Pianists Association’s (APA) 2015 Cole Porter Fellowship in Jazz. Joined by three of the hottest players on the Indy scene, Fortner will give the inaugural jazz performance in Purdue Convocations’ continuing presentation of APA winners on the recently gifted Steinway D (dedicated in 2015 by fellow APA winners Eric Zuber and Sean Chen). more…

Mavis Staples

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From the beginning, there was her voice—uncannily mature and effortlessly sliding between gospel, blues, soul, and R&B. Alongside her sisters and father, gospel luminary Roebuck “Pops” Staples, Mavis Staples propelled the Staple Singers to their first hit before she even graduated from high school. A 1963 meeting with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. inspired them to advance the Civil Rights Movement through resilient, rallying anthems like “Freedom’s Highway” and “Why (Am I Treated So Bad)?” and spread, as Pops said, “a ray of light on the world.” more…

Jenny Scheinman’s Kannapolis

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Laid low by the Great Depression, portrait photographer H. Lee Waters invested in a movie camera. From 1936 to 1942, he filmed Movies of Local People—a collection of silent vignettes showcasing everyday life across 118 towns in Tennessee, Virginia, and the Carolinas. Waters then screened his footage at local theaters, his subjects sharing silver screens with their matinee idols. In a corner of America largely unaware of what it meant to be filmed, people regarded Waters’ camera guilelessly and truthfully with gazes of hardship and despair, but also joy and determination. more…

ArcAttack: Energy and Electricity

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Blending rock-concert energy and scientific derring-do, ArcAttack delivers high-tech wizardry and super-charged spectacle! As seen on America’s Got Talent and National Geographic’s Known Universe, ArcAttack is a band that loves science as much as music, and the group unveils the fascinating factors that propel its one-of-a-kind performance. Through a stage show as interactive as it is inventive, ArcAttack makes music while exploring concepts of electricity, voltage and current, magnetism, robotics, and what happens when lightning strikes. more…

Inon Barnatan, Piano

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Hailed by the London Evening Standard as “a true poet of the keyboard, refined, searching (and) unfailingly communicative,” Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan performs with sincerity and sensitivity that complement his superior technical mastery. A pianist since the age of 3, Barnatan has studied alongside some of the 20th century’s most illustrious instructors, including Leon Fleisher and Maria Curcio. Barnatan recently became the New York Philharmonic’s first Artist-in-Association—an unprecedented three-season appointment highlighted by multiple concerto and chamber collaborations with the orchestra. more…

Ashley Bathgate: Bach Unwound

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Johann Sebastian Bach’s unaccompanied Cello Suites are arguably the most recognizable, and revered, works ever written for the instrument—essential pieces that embody elegant composition and existential contemplation. In Bach Unwound, Ashley Bathgate, a rising star in cello, will perform these peerless pieces and stunning reinterpretations in an all-new recital experience that includes amplification, electronics, and multimedia. Like Pablo Casals, Mstislav Rostropovich, and Yo-Yo Ma, Bathgate found creative liberation in the pieces’ lack of prescribed dynamics—rediscovering and recalibrating this repertoire. more…

Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra: Purdue Jazz Festival

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Cubop began when conga legend Chano Pozo joined Dizzy Gillespie onstage in 1947, and proliferated through Cuban expats like Machito, Celia Cruz, and bandleader Chico O’Farrill. A Birdland regular with his Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, Chico’s 1950 “Afro-Cuban Jazz Suite” (featuring Charlie “Bird” Parker) became a standard of the Cubop sound. After Fidel Castro rose to power in 1959, Chico never returned to Cuba. Although Chico died in 2001, his spirit and sound live on thanks to his son, pianist and composer Arturo O’Farrill. A longtime soloist for Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis, and Harry Belafonte, Arturo has led the ensemble (rechristened the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra) since 1995, performing worldwide and earning two Grammy® awards. more…

Safety Last! with the Long Center Theatre Organ Society

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Silent film icon Harold Lloyd used physical humor to create awe-inspiring spectacles—truly treacherous feats of derring-do for him and his stuntmen that left audiences gasping in nervous delight. But Lloyd also understood the perils of unrealized potential and the deadliness in disappointing loved ones who so deeply believe in you. So goes the winningly romantic conceit of his 1923 classic Safety Last!, which will be screened at the Long Center for the Performing Arts with live accompaniment from theatre-organist extraordinaire Clark Wilson on the center’s ornate Mighty Wurlitzer organ. more…

Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live

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Get ready for the ultimate playdate —65 million years in the making! Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LIVEguides audiences on a breathtaking tour through prehistoric Australia. Meet, and interact with, an eye-popping array of astonishingly lifelike dinosaurs and creatures, presented in a theatrical performance guaranteed to thrill and entertain kids while stimulating their imaginations in ways that deepen their connection to the world. more…

Calmus: All the World’s a Stage: Shakespeare A Cappella

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If music be the food of love, play on. Duke Orsino’s plea in William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Nighthas also inspired All the World’s a Stage: Shakespeare A Cappella—the latest playfully imaginative program from Calmus, one of Germany’s most successful vocal groups. With arrangements spanning the Baroque era to the 20th century, Calmus pairs its perfect blend of precision, lightness, and wit to the Bard’s mellifluous monologues, sweet sonnets, and dramatic declarations. more…

Shimon Robot and Friends

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Regardless of the genre, an improviser uses the ability to simultaneously listen, create, and respond inside an agreed-upon aesthetic. Like any musician, marimba artist Shimon Robot also taps into this world with remarkable self-expression and creates inspiring interactions with fellow bandmates. But unlike any other, Shimon is, indeed, a robot—investigating jazz using artificial intelligence, creativity algorithms, four arms, and emotive, tai chi-inspired movement. In Musical Robots and Cyborgs from Room 100, Shimon Robot and Friends present original compositions influenced by jazz and hip-hop. more…

The Seldoms: Power Goes

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“Power is where power goes.” These five words were an ethos for Lyndon B. Johnson—one of America’s most contentious presidents but also a champion of progressive change for the public good. Those five words are also a springboard for Power Goes, a dynamic project from Chicago-based dance company the Seldoms that explores power within LBJ’s presidency and among those he governed. Dance theatre and LBJ seem like strange bedfellows until considering how LBJ maneuvered his towering physique to gain or wield power—cajoling and controlling through firm clasps and comforting touches. more…

Mamma Mia!

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Mamma Mia! is the ultimate feel-good show that has audiences coming back again and again to relive the thrill. On this 10th anniversary tour, it’s your turn to have the time of your life at this smash-hit musical that combines ABBA’S greatest hits, including “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “Super Trouper,” “Take a Chance on Me,” and “The Winner Takes it All,” with an enchanting tale of love, laughter, and friendship. more…

Pete the Cat

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Jimmy Biddle never strays from his routine…that is until the groovy, blue Pete the Cat moves in with the Biddles for the summer. Can cat and boy ever be friends? When Jimmy draws a blank during art class, Pete—who never loses his cool—proves the perfect pal to lead a mission to help Jimmy find his inspiration. Join Jimmy and Pete for a fun, fast-paced musical adventure of friendship, all the way to Paris and back again in a VW Bus! more…

St. Petersburg Philharmonic

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The St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra is Russia’s longest-running orchestra and a global ambassador for its rich tapestry of symphonic treasures. Originally commissioned as a private ensemble in 1882 by Alexander III, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra has flourished into a showcase for such esteemed Russian soloists as Sergei Prokofiev, a haven for fiery conductors like Richard Strauss, and the preferred performers of world premieres from such legendary composers as Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Dmitri Shostakovich. After its towering debut performance here in 2013, the orchestra makes its return to Purdue. more…

Taj Express

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A kaleidoscopic, high-energy fusion of film, dance, and music, Taj Express brings the colorful costumes and boisterous beats of Bollywood to life before your eyes. Having entertained billions worldwide for decades, India’s Bollywood film industry is among the most prolific and profitable production hubs of global cinema. The dazzling sights and sounds of Taj Expresstake you on a live cinematic journey of India—evoking Bollywood’s rollicking, contemporary energy while respectfully representing centuries of Indian culture. more…

TEDxPurdueU

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TEDxPurdueU, an independently organized TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) event, uses storytelling to nurture a culture of innovation through sharing ideas developed by Purdue students, faculty, alumni, and community members with the global TED community. At TEDxPurdueU, several live speakers from diverse fields and schools of thought, such as history, science, education, the arts, engineering, business, and technology, will combine to spark deep discussion and interconnection among our community of lifelong learners.
The daylong format will allow attendees to receive even more engaging programming, exquisite conference gifts, and exclusive networking opportunities. more…

Rent

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In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway…and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s Rentcontinues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th-anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, RENTfollows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. more…

tenThing

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Rewriting centuries’ worth of rules in brass repertoire seems a revolutionary undertaking. But the boundless and boisterous stylistic explorations of tenThing, coupled with impeccable tone, technique, and versatility, have transformed this all-female Norwegian brass ensemble into an international sensation. The ensemble takes its name from its erstwhile leader, Norwegian trumpet virtuoso Tine Thing Helseth (pronounced TEE-na Ting HEL-set), whom the BBC dubbed a “Superstar of Tomorrow.” more…

Donny McCaslin Quartet

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Donny McCaslin and his group surged onto the mainstream’s radar in early 2016 with the surprise release of Blackstar—David Bowie’s brilliant, shape-shifting, and sonically mercurial final album, released just two days before his death. After showing up unannounced to hear McCaslin and his quartet play a set, Bowie handpicked them as his backing band for the Blackstar sessions. By turns seductive, somber, and slinky, the Quartet’s music evolves into as deep a symbol of raucous, ruminative transfiguration on Blackstar as Bowie’s evocative lyrics. more…

Pippin

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The enchanting musical Pippin will swing into Elliott Hall of Music with a dazzling new production based on the revival originally directed by Diane Paulus(Waitress, Hair, Porgy and Bess). Pippin won four Drama Desk Awards® and four Tony Awards® in 2013, including Best Revival of a Musical. This is Pippin like you’ve never seen it before. The show incorporates choreography in the style of Bob Fosse and exciting circus acrobatics. The big top set and high-flying acrobats add to the spectacle, along with the knife throwing, hula hooping and gravity-defying balancing acts. more…

Verona String Quartet and Daniel Hsu, piano

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Discipline in digression may sound counterintuitive, but it’s certainly audible in the driving energy of the Verona String Quartet and the poetic exploration of pianist Daniel Hsu—statement-making musicians who follow expression and emotion wherever they lead. Convocations proudly presents these 2015 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition winners for an evening that unites them for César Franck’s Quintette in F Minor—an urgent work with one emotional height after another. Formed at Indiana University in 2013, the Verona String Quartet has become one of chamber music’s most compelling young acts with “sensational, powerhouse performance” (Classical Voice America). more…