Performing Arts Live
The region's premier concert series -- featuring an eclectic mix of jazz, classical music, world music, and dance.
Courtney Reilly, Artistic Director
Performing Arts Live Subscription Package (4 Concerts)
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Sunday, October 5 at 3 p.m.
Armstrong Concert Hall
Photo by Dario Acosta
Anonymous 4, the internationally acclaimed female a cappella ensemble, kicks off our series with Grace and Glory, a historically rich program of 13th century French motets, American shape note tunes, gospel songs, and folk hymns. After 30 years of touring and recording 20 albums (with more than 200 million sold), Anonymous 4 has announced that 2015-2016 will be their final season, so don’t miss this unique performance opportunity!
"The ensemble's curiosity ranges wide, a millennium's worth of repertoire. But no matter the style, the group has a knack for bringing out music's ritual, comforting in its formality while intriguing in its mystery." Boston Globe
“...Anonymous 4 stirs the human spirit as few musical experiences can ... the quartet summons an amazingly richly textured sound.” Pop Culture Classics
Thursday, October 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Armstrong Concert Hall
Photo by Bernard Martinez
Talich Quartet has been recognized internationally as one of Europe’s finest chamber ensembles, and as the embodiment of the great Czech musical tradition. The Quartet frequently performs in such venues as Carnegie Hall, le Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, and London’s Wigmore Halll.
Dvorák Quartet in E-flat Major, op. 51, Slavonic
Janáček Quartet No. 1, Kreutzer Sonata
Smetana Quartet No. 1, From My Life
“What struck one most, though, was the sheer beauty of the Talich's playing. ...their razor-sharp articulation, tight ensemble and caressing tone…” The Classical Beat
Newspeak with Rebecca Lazier
Thursday, February 19 at 7 p.m.
Friday, February 20 at 7 p.m.
Glaize Studio Theatre
Photo by Stephen Taylor
Under the direction of Shenandoah Conservatory’s David T. Little, new music ensemble Newspeak with Rebecca Lazier join forces to present composer Frederic Rzewski’s powerful Coming Together and Attica. Written in response to the 1971 prison uprising in Attica, New York, choreographer Rebecca Lazier takes Rzewski’s piece as the starting point for a kinetic meditation on isolation and collision, order and chaos.
“…Newspeak pretty much rules. Driving rhythms, sophisticated compositions by cutting-edge composers, virtuosic playing on electrified instruments — there’s little not to like about the New York-based ensemble…” The Washington Post
“A response to the 1971 Attica Prison riot, the stark but exuberant music layers text from an inmate’s letter… The collective presence of Ms. Lazier’s excellent dancers is enough to electrify any space.” The New York Times
Friday, March 20 at 8 p.m.
Combining the fluidity of modern dance with the excitement and energy of jazz dance, LehrerDance creates an expressive, electric style of movement. LehrerDance returns for one night only for a captivating and daring performance that’s not to be missed!
"LehrerDance took the house not so much by storm as by quantum physics. Jon Lehrer's strikingly original choreography transformed the stage into an energy field of super-charged particles." - Dance Magazine
“funny and brilliant at the same time”- Chicago Sun-Times