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2010–2011 Season

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Sol y Canto Sol y Canto

Tuesday, October 5 • 8:00 p.m.
Gorell Recital Hall, John Sutton Hall
Sol y Canto is a nationally touring and Boston Music Award-winning Pan-Latin ensemble, led by Puerto Rican/Argentine singer Rosi Amador and New Mexican guitarist and composer Brian Amador. Featuring Rosi’s crystalline voice, Brian’s lush Spanish guitar, and virtuoso musicians from Uruguay, Perú, Panamá, and Argentina on piano, winds, bass, and percussion, the sextet has established a reputation for quirky original compositions and unique and driving interpretations of contemporary Latin music. The group has brought audiences to their feet from the Kennedy Center to the White House, from the California World Music Festival to Boston’s Symphony Hall, and from Puerto Rico’s Museo de Arte to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This Caribbean salsa ensemble travels to Indiana for its second visit, performing a spirited concert that is part of International Education Week and presented in collaboration with IUP’s Office of International Education.

Check out our news post about this event, including a free special workshop scheduled with members of Sol y Canto for noon on Tuesday, October 5.

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Pig Iron Theatre Company in Chekhov Lizardbrain

ChekhovTwo Performances!
Wednesday and Thursday, November 10 and 11 • 8:00 p.m.
Waller Hall Mainstage, IUP Performing Arts Center
A professional touring troupe, Pig Iron Theatre Company translates the absurdities of human nature into a series of highly physical vignettes in the 2008 Obie Award-winning Chekhov Lizardbrain. Part laboratory and part vaudeville theater, this performance piece pulls inspiration from doctor/playwright Anton Chekhov and the “Three Brain” theory of Paul D. MacLean to peel back the layers of the human mind. In this unique, ensemble-created work, a lonely, mildly autistic botanist conjures up a parade of unsettling and comic recollections in an attempt to shape his fractured memories into a comforting fiction. Pig Iron’s virtuosic physical performers spin a web of memory and vaudeville and the impossible task of telling a story straight. This production contains situations and language to which some audience members may object and which may not be appropriate for children.

Check out ournews post about this event.

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Adrienne Danrich Adrienne Danrich in
An Evening in the Harlem Renaissance

Formerly titled "I, Too, Sing the Weary Blues"

Thursday, February 10 • 8:00 p.m.
Gorell Recital Hall, John Sutton Hall

World-renowned soprano Adrienne Danrich will perform this live documentary as she and others, including performers from the IUP Department of Music, take you through one of the most exciting times in American History for African-American writers, singers, composers, and virtually all creative souls. The evening will be filled with the sights and sounds of the time, which will be brought to life using pictures, recordings, and songs that were huge hits starting in the 1920s and going into the early 1940s. The music of Billie Holiday, Margaret Bonds, Harold Arlen, and George Gershwin, among others, will be highlighted. The concert will also bridge into the present day as we hear poems by the amazing writer Langston Hughes, set to music by the young New York-based composer Drew Hemenger and co-commissioned by the Lively Arts. The performance is presented in collobration with pianist Djordje Stevan Nesic. This engaging performance is presented as part of Black History Month in cooperation with the IUP African American Cultural Center. Additional support for this project is being provided by the Office of Social Equity.

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evidence_200Evidence: A Dance Company

Created and Directed by Ronald K. Brown
Wednesday, February 23 • 8:00 p.m.
Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center
The Lively Arts, University Museum, and the Pan-African Studies program proudly present one of the world’s foremost contemporary dance companies. Founded by Ronald K. Brown in 1985, Evidence combines traditional African dance with modern choreography. For this special engagement, Evidence will perform two works, including “One Shot: First Glance,” based on the photography of the late Charles “Teenie” Harris, a Pittsburgher whose work will be on display in the University Museum. In a second dance piece, “Two Year-Old Gentleman,” Evidence examines male relationships, particularly those of fathers and sons. The appearance of Evidence is presented as part of Black History Month in cooperation with the IUP African American Cultural Center.

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Pittsburgh SymphonyPittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Tuesday, March 29 • 8:00 p.m.
Fisher Auditorium, IUP Performing Arts Center
Celebrating the tenth anniversary of its partnership with IUP, the full Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra returns in all its glorious splendor, filling Fisher Auditorium with unmatched musical brilliance. With a long and distinguished history of touring both domestically and overseas for over one hundred years, the PSO continues to be critically acclaimed as one of the world’s greatest orchestras. With more than thirty-four international tours, the orchestra has an equally distinguished record of domestic tours that have showcased it in all of America’s major cities, including frequent performances at Carnegie Hall in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The concert will be under the direction of Thomas Hong.

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MunisteriBen Munisteri Dance Projects

Created and Directed by Ben Munisteri
Thursday, April 7 • 8:00 p.m.
Zink Hall Dance Theater

Founded in 1994, this New York-based dance company features contemporary works hailed as “full-bodied choreographic feasts.” According to a recent review by the New York Times, “Munisteri has the ability to suggest both the absurdity and the reassuring potential of the human body.” For its IUP engagement, the six-member troupe will perform three short pieces from its current repertoire, including “Catalog,” “Binary,” and “Tuesday 4 a.m.” A new work, “Know,” will receive its premiere preview performance at IUP and will incorporate selected members of IUP Dance Theater.

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