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Lucinda Williams

After 11 highly acclaimed studio albums, Lucinda Williams is in the most prolific period of her nearly four-decade career, as she continues to challenge herself creatively. “The Ghosts of Highway 20” finds Williams exploring new territory personally, sonically and vocally like never before. more… Photos courtesy of the artist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kweku Collins & Malcolm London

Kweku Collins & Malcolm London—who have played at festivals such as Lollapalooza and Bonaroo—perform in the exciting new general admission venue, The Anvil at Purdue. more… Photos courtesy of the artists.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rhiannon Giddens: The Freedom Highway Tour

Acclaimed vocalist, banjoist, and fiddler—Rhiannon Giddens—has a background in American roots and R&B music and was co-founder of the Grammy®-winning group the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Giddens’ latest album, Freedom Highway, is a sonically diverse, 200-year journey through the power of African-American and Appalachian songcraft. more… Left photo by Tanya Rosen-Jones, right photo courtesy of the artist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

22nd Annual Global Fest

Join us for a full day of events to celebrate our diverse community and world cultures through music, dance, crafts, displays, and international food. more… Photos courtesy of the artists.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Evening with Pat McAfee

It’s easy to say no one expected Pat McAfee—the most successful punter in Indianapolis Colts history—to retire from the NFL in 2017 and focus full-time on a burgeoning comedy career. But defying expectations with disarming humor and brutal honesty has always been the McAfee way… more… Photo courtesy of the artist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diavolo: L.O.S.T.

For 25 years, Diavolo has defied traditional definitions of dance and gravity. In their new work, L.O.S.T., company members leap, roll, slide, and fly through space, navigating two-ton, stage-spanning pieces of commissioned architecture. more… Photos courtesy of the artists.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ensemble 4.1

ensemble 4.1 is a one-of-a kind chamber group featuring oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn and piano with musicians from Germany’s top orchestras. ensemble 4.1 pays tribute to the timeless masterpieces of Mozart and Beethoven and rediscovers rarely performed 19th- and 20th-century works. more… Photos courtesy of the artists.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Joey Alexander Trio

At just 13 years old, jazz piano prodigy Joey Alexander has performed on The Today Show, 60 Minutes, and for Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Alexander is also the youngest-ever Grammy® nominee in a jazz category. Through a sound and soul older than him, Alexander holds court with the greats and continues to refine his own musical perspective. more… Photos by Carol Friedman.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra with André Watts, piano

For several decades, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and pianist André Watts have been standard-bearers for artistic excellence. Now, these icons of classical music will unite onstage for a special engagement at Purdue that features Mozart’s piano concerto No. 9 and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1. more… Left photo by Larry Fink, right photo by Steve J. Sherman.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science

Alton Brown—that impish icon of contemporary culinary culture—serves up a family-friendly evening of comedy, cooking, chemistry, and more with Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science. more… Photos courtesy of the artist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Evening with Coaches Bob Knight and Gene Keady

Coaches Bob Knight and Gene Keady will chat with author-sportswriter Bob Hammel, based on his insider knowledge of the men and the game. more… Keady photo courtesy of Ed Lausch Photography.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Illusionists present Adam Trent

Direct from Broadway, Adam Trent—the breakout star of the world’s best-selling magic show, The Illusionists—brings his signature brand of magic, comedy, and music to this 90-minute spectacle. more… Photos courtesy of the artist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christina & Michelle Naughton, piano duo

Christina and Michelle Naughton are an award-winning piano duo who have been described by the Philadelphia Inquirer as “paired to perfection.” Pianists since age 4 and performers of individual renown before they paired up at age 18, the identical twin Naughtons, now graduates of The Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music, are blazing their paths together. more… Photos courtesy of the artists.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daymé Arocena

Cuban vocalist Daymé Arocena is leading a charge of musicians who reimagine rumba, bolero, and bachata by incorporating contemporary jazz, soul, salsa, hip-hop, and funk. She blends the rhythmic nuances of Celia Cruz, the emotional heft of Aretha Franklin, and the social conscience of Nina Simone. more… Photos courtesy of the artist. Right photo by Emma Marshall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Father’s Dragon

Embark on an adventure that features flying dragons, talking animals, and more with My Father’s Dragon—the Enchantment Theatre Company’s adaptation of the classic children’s series. more… Photos courtesy of the production.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Steel Wheels

The Steel Wheels have spun a singular brand of string-folk Americana for more than a decade. The band’s music interweaves bluegrass, folk, and old-time music with singer-songwriter poetry. Their latest album, Wild As We Came Here, adds new sonic textures and experimental flourishes to steadfast folk traditions. more… Photos courtesy of the artists. Right photo by Sandlin Gaither.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cabaret

Cabaret—based on the Roundabout Theatre Company’s TONY Award-winning Broadway revival and creatively shepherded by screen legends Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall. more… Photos courtesy of the production.

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Beasley’s MONK’estra

For the 2018 Purdue Jazz Fest, it is an honor to celebrate jazz legend Thelonius Monk’s centennial birthday and his undying influence on the form by welcoming John Beasley’s MONK’estra. This group brings jazz full circle, translating Monk’s work into the large ensemble format with fresh, buoyant arrangements. more… Left photo by Eric Wolfinger, right photo by Raj Naik.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jiji, guitar

From tango to trance and everything in between, Jiji is an award-winning guitarist of adventurous tone and texture. Hailing from South Korea, Jiji’s repertoire includes sonata staples of the classical canon and electronically tinged soundscapes from her own works as a performer and DJ. more… Photos courtesy of the artist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Freedom Riders, Mad River Theater Works

Freedom Riders—a new play with original songs and music—celebrates the valiant, courageous personalities behind one of the American Civil Rights Movement’s most critical chapters. more… Photo courtesy of the production.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Troker

If Salvador Dali had ever made a heist movie, Troker would have provided the soundtrack with a style that careens between the sublime and dangerous. Troker burst onto Guadalajara’s jazz scene in 2004 and hasn’t looked back. Befitting their name—derived from a word for pickup trucks and trailers—Troker does not perform jazz for elevators. more… Photos courtesy of the artists. Right photo by Calavera Estudio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wild Up: Future Folk

New. Old. wild Up plays it…as long as they love it. In Future Folk, this Los Angeles musical collective, blends traditional chamber music and the sounds of: the Velvet Underground, the Shaggs, post-war New York, ancient India, and contemporary California. more… Photos courtesy of the artists.

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the Illusionist’s Table

Straight from several years of sold-out runs, At the Illusionist’s Table is the latest marvel curated by Convocations from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe—an unforgettably exquisite sensory experience with Illusionist Scott Silven—combining a gourmet dinner, wine, conversation, and wonder that Glasgow’s The Evening Times said “transcends art and performance.” more… Photos courtesy of the artist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PostSecret: The Show

PostSecret: The Show offers an immersive, journey through the humor and humanity of the personal stories we keep to ourselves and, on rare occasions, share with others. more… Photos courtesy of the production.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orlando Consort: Voices Appeared

Condemned in France and banned in England upon its release in 1928, The Passion of Joan of Arc has since earned universal coronation as one of the greatest films ever made. Now, in Voices Appeared: Silent Cinema and Medieval Music, this movie is accompanied for the first time by one of Europe’s most expert vocal quartets, Britain’s Orlando Consort. more… Photos courtesy of the artists.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jersey Boys

The Tony-, Grammy®-, and Olivier Award-winning Jersey Boys tells the true story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. more… Photos courtesy of the production.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curious George: The Golden Meatball

Curious George—that lovably inquisitive little monkey and icon of books, movies, and an Emmy Award-winning PBS TV series—comes to the stage in a delightful new musical from TheatreWorks USA. more… Photos courtesy of the production.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ethan Lipton and His Orchestra: No Place to Go and The Outer Space

This special multi-day engagement with Ethan Lipton and His Orchestra includes a reprise of the runaway hit of Convos’ Three Stories High Theatre Festival from 2015 and Lipton’s newest work. more…  and more… Left photo by Heather Phelps, right photo by Joan Marcus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Songs of Freedom

Songs of Freedom explores three iconic voices of the 1960s—Joni Mitchell, Abbey Lincoln and Nina Simone—and the complex ways in which they call out to each other. Developed for Jazz at Lincoln Center by GRAMMY-winning drummer Ulysses Owens Jr—the performance will include powerful vocal performances by Alicia Olatuja, Joanna Majoko, and Theo Bleckmann. more… Photos courtesy of the artists.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drew Petersen, piano

As the 2017 winner of the American Pianists Awards Classical Fellowship, Petersen becomes the APA’s latest rising star to perform at Purdue, joining such contemporaries as Sean Chen, Eric Zuber, and Sullivan Fortner. Petersen was featured on the PBS special From the Top at Carnegie Hall and since gone on to graduate from Harvard and is currently pursuing a master’s degree from Juilliard. more… Photos courtesy of the artist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

Getting away with murder can be so much fun. What better proof than the knock-’em-dead hit show that earned unanimous raves and won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Musical? more…  Photos courtesy of the production.

 

 

 

 

 

 

World Without Us, Ontroerend Goed, Plymouth Theatre, Richard Jordan Productions

World Without Us—an exhilarating monologue—is the latest visionary work from Belgian theatre collective Ontroerend Goed. In it, humans have suddenly, vanished—freeing the planet from traditional rules and orders, and prompting eons of biological change. Neither a political statement nor a parable meant to petrify us, World Without Us instead muses on a profound ode to human consciousness. more… Left photo by Sarah Eechaut, right photo by Mirjam Devriendt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Wizard of Oz

The wonderful Wizard of Oz—twists its way onto the Elliott Hall stage with breathtaking special effects, dazzling choreography, and classic songs! more…  Photos courtesy of the production.