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2012-2013

SEPTEMBER 01-02 American Idiot

Sa 8 PM Su 3 PM

20 Cantus +

Th 7:30 PM St. Tom’s

OCTOBER 05 Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio + 16 Rock of Ages 20 Buddy Guy 21 Jack Hanna + 27 A Prairie Home Companion

NOVEMBER 01 Naomi O’Connell 06-10 The Strange Undoing

Elliott

of Prudencia Hart

Fr 8 PM

Long Center

Tu 7:30 PM Elliott Sa 8 PM

Loeb

Su 3 PM

Loeb

Sa 5:45 PM Elliott

Th 7:30 PM Loeb Tu W Th F Sa Sa

7:30 PM Duncan Hall 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 8 PM 3 PM 8 PM

11 The True Story of the

Su 3 PM

15 Anderson & Roe

Th 7:30 PM Loeb

Three Little Pigs

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DECEMBER 05 Preservation Hall Jazz JANUARY 11 Shrek the Musical 18 Delfeayo Marsalis Octet + 27 How I Became a Pirate + FEBRUARY 12 The Knights

W 7:30 pm Long Center

F 7 PM

Elliott

F 8 PM

Loeb

Su 3 PM

Loeb

Tu 7:30 PM Loeb

w/ Wu Man

24 Click, Clack, Moo + 28 Joffrey Ballet + MARCH 03 Circus Oz

Loeb

Su 3 PM

Loeb

Th 7:30 PM Elliott

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APRIL 05 Vijay Iyer Trio + 11 Brentano String Quartet +

Su 4 PM

Elliott

F 8 PM

Loeb

Th 7:30 PM Loeb

LEGEND

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Experience+

(Pre- and post-show events for ticketholders)

Friends Intermission Club

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ELLIOTT DUNCAN HALL LOEB LONG CENTER ST. TOM’S

TEAR AND SHARE WITH A FRIEND

Elliott Hall of Music Duncan Hall (Downtown Lafayette) Loeb Playhouse Long Center for the Performing Arts St. Thomas Aquinas Church


Founded in 1902, Purdue Convocations is among the oldest collegiate performing arts presenters in the United States. Each year, Convocations offers the region 20 to 30 performances of widely varying genres: Broadway-style shows, theatre, dance, children’s theatre, world music, jazz, and chamber music, along with rock, pop, country, and comedy attractions.


HELP US CREATE THE MOMENT


IMPACT

OF FRIENDS IN 2011-12, gifts from the

Friends of Convocations made it possible to bring to our community 35 performances that represented a variety of art forms, genres, and cultures and provided a host of educational opportunities through the Curricular Connections program. Because revenue from ticket sales covers only 60% of the costs of these programs, and because Purdue Convocations does not receive state funding, our work is only possible thanks to the support of these generous individuals and corporate partners.

YOU CAN JOIN the Friends

of Convocations today, using the form by Page 23 to help this important programming continue and to share it with others. In return, you will earn privileges, such as priority seating or opportunities to purchase tickets before the general public, to enhance your Purdue Convocations experience.

TO LEARN MORE about

the Friends, see pages 41-42 in this book, call (765) 494-9712, or visit convocations.org and click on “Support.”

HOW YOU CAN HELP

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Send 10 students to a P-12 matinee

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Send a classroom of students to a P-12 matinee

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Send an artist to a local school

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Help pay for a live performance

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Bring a weeklong artist residency to Purdue

On September 21, 2011, Convocations presented The Three Belles by Australia’s Strange Fruit. This free community arts experience honored the generous support of the Friends of Convocations.

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the groundbreaking BROADWAY musical SEPTEMBER 1 SAT 8 PM 2 SUN 3 PM ELLIOTT TIX $22-52

Direct from Broadway, the smash-hit musical American Idiot tells the story of three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. Based on Green Day’s Grammy® Award-winning multiplatinum album and featuring the hits “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “21 Guns,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,”

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“Holiday” and the blockbuster title track, American Idiot boldly takes the American musical where it’s never gone before. With direction by Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening), choreography by Steven Hoggett (Black Watch) and orchestrations and arrangements by Tom Kitt (Next to Normal), the result is an experience Charles Isherwood of The New York Times declared “thrilling, emotionally charged, and as moving as any Broadway musical I’ve seen this year!” Audience Advisory: Contains adult content and strong language.

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PHOTO: JEREMY DANIEL

ALT-ROCK BROADWAY

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CHORAL TRANSCENDENCE

CANTUS “The premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States.” —Fanfare

The award-winning vocal ensemble Cantus enjoys a vigorous schedule of national tours, concerts in its home of MinneapolisSt. Paul, educational outreach programs, and recording. The Washington Post hails the ensemble’s sound as having both “exalting finesse” and “expressive power.” The Cantus sound is powerful yet intimate, its nine voices melding in an exquisite blend. The ensemble is known for adventurous programming that spans many periods and genres, including chant, Renaissance music, contemporary works, art song, folk, spirituals, world music, and pop. In their program On the Shoulders of Giants, Cantus considers musical giants within many traditions and genres—featuring masterworks by Randall Thompson, Franz Schubert, and Felix Mendelssohn, as well as arrangements by songwriting giants John Lennon and Paul McCartney. General admission seating.

SEPTEMBER 20 THU ST. TOM’S 7:30 PM TIX $15-20 PRE-SHOW 6:30 PM

Join a member of Cantus for a discussion about the program / St. Thomas Aquinas Church

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GROOVIN’ SOUL JAZZ

DR. LONNIE SMITH TRIO DR. LONNIE SMITH Organ

JONATHAN KREISBERG Guitar

JAMIRE WILLIAMS Drums

OCTOBER 5 FRI LONG CENTER 8 PM TIX $19-26 PRE-SHOW 6:45 PM

Don Seybold, host of “Inside Jazz” on WBAA, and organist Jamie Newman will discuss the art of the jazz organ trio / Long Center

FRIENDS SUPPORT FROM:

DR. NANCY DIMARTINO & STEPHEN BORGHI

Simultaneously legendary and enigmatic, Dr. Lonnie Smith is one of the most original voices on the Hammond B3 organ—the classic instrument heard throughout jazz, rock, and gospel music. He arrived on the scene in the 1950s during the heyday of the jazz organ trio format, in which the organ is joined by guitar and drums. Now, at 70, Smith remains an innovative and influential force in modern music, especially as he finds his deeply grooving, soul-laden riffs sampled and remixed by rap, house mix, acid jazz, and dance artists today. No genre is safe from his own transformative touch, as Lonnie has reimagined the music of The Beatles, John Coltrane, Beck, and Eurythmics, and even released a tribute album to Jimi Hendrix. Stellar colleagues Jonathan Kreisberg and Jamire Williams seal the deal for a nonstop groove party.

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PHOTOS: SCOTT SUCHMAN

“ROCK OF AGES

AINT NOTHIN’ BUT A GOOD TIME!”

­—Alissa Norby, HollywoodChicago

OCTOBER 16 TUE ELLIOTT 7:30 PM TIX $22-52

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In 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a smalltown girl met a big-city dreamer, and in L.A.’s most legendary rock club, they fell in love to the greatest songs of the ’80s. It’s the five-time Tony® Award-nominated smash hit Rock of Ages, a hilarious, feel-good love story told through the hit songs of iconic rockers Journey, Night Ranger, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Asia, Whitesnake, and many more. Don’t miss this awesomely good time where big hair meets big dreams and the result totally wails!

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BROADWAY ROCKS, DUDE!

Audience Advisory: This show features sexy costumes, hot dancing, bad-boy language, sexual references, lots of spandex, and, yes, really big hair. In other words, it’s sort of like a music video brought to life. Some of you may not feel comfortable having your kids aged 14 and under see how you really acted in the ’80s. FRIENDS SUPPORT FROM:

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PHOTO: CHRISTIAN LANTRY

CHICAGO BLUES

BUDDY GUY An Evening with a Living Legend of Blues

The guitarist who built the bridge between blues and rock ‘n’ roll comes to Loeb Playhouse for one intimate, electrifying night. Born and bred in Louisiana, Buddy Guy brought his blazing bayou style north to Muddy Waters in 1957 and pioneered a second wave of Chicago blues. Along the way, this guitar god of amped-up blues influenced disciples like Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. And since Guy’s resurgence in the late 1980s, he has earned six Grammys™, a 2003 National Medal of Arts, and a 2005 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. One of the greatest to ever sling a Stratocaster, Guy combines technical gifts, thunderous riffs, and energetic showmanship. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear quintessential blues in Guy’s unmistakable, unforgettable mixture of finesse and fire!

OCTOBER 20 SAT LOEB 8 PM TIX $35-65

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH:

PURDUE BLACK CULTURAL CENTER FRIENDS SUPPORT FROM:

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DAVIS FAMILY ENDOWMENT


FURRY & FEATHERED FUN

Renowned animal expert and host of TV’s Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild and Jack Hanna’s Wild Countdown, Jack Hanna showcases some of his unique and exotic, furry and feathered animal friends from all parts of the world live onstage! See video clips and hilarious bloopers from his TV shows, hear about his amazing adventures, and listen to touching stories about endangered animals from around the world. Through his nationally syndicated TV show, Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures, and hundreds of appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman, Good Morning America and Larry King Live, Hanna has become a household name. Recommended for the whole family! FRIENDS SUPPORT FROM:

OCTOBER 21 SUN LOEB 3 PM TIX $15-25 PRE-SHOW 2 PM

The Columbian Park Zoo will bring animal friends to meet you / Stewart Center West Lobby PURDUE CONVOCATIONS • 110TH SEASON

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NORTH WOODS WIT

Presented by Purdue Convocations and WBAA AM/FM

OCTOBER 27 SAT ELLIOTT 5:45 PM TIX $25-100

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH:

Humorist, author, and storyteller Garrison Keillor returns to Elliott Hall of Music as part of WBAA’s 90th anniversary celebration. This special live recording of Keillor’s radio show, A Prairie Home Companion, will feature an ensemble cast, special guest appearances, comedy sketches, musical interludes, and Keillor’s signature monologue, The News from Lake Wobegon. From humble Minnesota beginnings in 1974, A Prairie Home Companion has grown into one of radio’s most popular shows, with four million weekly listeners on more than 600 public radio stations. Keillor also hosts The Writer’s Almanac on public radio, and his books include Lake Wobegon Days, The Book of Guys, Love Me, and Homegrown Democrat. So bake up some Powdermilk Biscuits, take up temporary residency in Lake Wobegon, and join us for this iconic American variety show!

This is a joint celebration of WBAA’s 90th anniversary. The Zone A ticket price includes a $47 contribution to support Purdue Convocations and WBAA.

SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING THE STARTING TIME: As this performance is part of a live broadcast, all audience members are required to be in their seats by 5:45 p.m., and we will not be able to seat latecomers. Please plan your arrival accordingly.

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VOCAL ELEGANCE

NAOMI O’CONNELL MEZZO-SOPRANO

BRENT FUNDERBURK PIANO

NOVEMBER 1 THU LOEB 7:30 PM TIX $14

With a voice hailed by The New York Times as “radiant” and “expressively rendered,” Irish mezzo-soprano Naomi O’Connell was awarded first prize in the 2011 Concert Artists Guild International Competition and also recently starred, opposite Tyne Daly, as the aspiring opera singer Sharon Graham in Terrence McNally’s Master Class both on Broadway and London’s West End. O’Connell began voice training at age 13 and went on to graduate from The Juilliard School. Her numerous operatic roles include Bizet’s Carmen and Mozart’s Cherubino, and she’s equally at home in recitals, having debuted at Lincoln Center in 2010. You won’t want to miss this lovely, lyrical talent performing a program entitled Words to Love and Live By, which explores life’s lessons, big decisions, and small wonders with works by Samuel Barber, Leonard Bernstein, Erik Satie, Hugo Wolf, William Bolcom, and more.

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Written by David Greig Directed by Wils Wilson

NOVEMBER 6 TUE 7:30 PM SPECIAL 7 WED 7:30 PM “ELECTION NIGHT” 8 THU 7:30 PM PREVIEW 9 FRI 8 PM 10 SAT 3 PM 10 SAT 8 PM DUNCAN HALL TIX $22-30 PRE-SHOW NOV. 8, 6:30 PM Members of the artistic team will discuss the production and the tradition of Scottish Border Ballads / Duncan Hall FRIENDS SUPPORT FROM:

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Sit a spell, sip a pint, and be spirited away to bewitching borderlands by this moving and magical comic fantasy. After worldwide acclaim with Black Watch and the stirring success of Long Gone Lonesome, the National Theatre of Scotland returns with the runaway hit of the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart. Inspired by Scottish Border Ballads—centuries-old songs speaking of supernatural occurrences along the England-Scotland border— the tale finds uptight academic Prudencia Hart departing one wintry morning for a conference in the borderlands. What awaits her is an amusing, enchanting, and suspenseful journey of devilish encounters, wittily wild karaoke, and dreamlike self-discovery. As performers madly traverse the historic Duncan Hall—atmospherically transformed into a Scottish pub—Prudencia takes you on an epic journey of vivid imagination.

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MADCAP THEATRICS

DIRECTOR’S NOTE In storytelling— that most misused of arts— horses absolutely must not go in front of carts. A ballad starts where a ballad starts and this is the start of Prudencia Hart’s.

“You shouldn’t miss this show for the world …rambunctiously life-affirming and touchingly beautiful!” —The Herald (Glasgow)

Recommended for ages 14 and up. Contains moments of mild profanity and adult references deliciously delivered in rhymed verse with a Scottish accent.

Very important note: Due to the

nature of the performance, latecomers cannot be seated, so come early and enjoy some Scottish craic—the grand Celtic tradition of good times, good friends, and aye, yes, the fruits of the pub (beginning 30 minutes prior to curtain).

The National Theatre of Scotland (NTS) lives in a curious place. They have no physical theatre in their home base of Glasgow. Rather, they make it their business to take their performances to the whole of Scotland, performing in town halls, pubs, and gathering places. But they haven’t stopped at the Scottish border. From Europe to America, Asia to Australia, NTS has been perfecting the art of border crossings with critically acclaimed performances around the globe. In fact, many of you joined us in January 2012 when they invaded Purdue with Long Gone Lonesome. And now with Prudencia, we’ll host them in the intimate confines of Duncan Hall, our own community’s connection to Scottish heritage. David Greig is one of the leading playwrights of Scotland and beyond. In Prudencia, Greig connects the dots between contemporary themes, Scottish cultural identity, and the grand tradition of writing for the stage by weaving a tale set in the current time but using largely rhymed verse. Using razor-sharp turns, Prudencia is manically funny and soul-searching, often within the same stanza. In Duncan Hall, you’ll delight in an immersive theatrical experience as the rip-roaring action happens all around you. —Todd Wetzel, Purdue Convocations 16


ILLUSTRATION: LANE SMITH

FRACTURED FAIRY TALE

DALLAS CHILDREN’S THEATER

NOVEMBER 11 SUN LOEB 3 PM TIX $10-15 PRE-SHOW 2 PM

Join us for pre-show activities with the Women in Engineering Program / Stewart Center West Lobby

Recommended for ages 5-11.

This play begins where the hilarious, popular book leaves off, with Alexander T. Wolf on trial for the murder of two of the three little pigs. Fast-talking reporter pig Lillian Magill claims nobody has ever heard the Wolf’s side of the story, and she is hungry for the truth. The Honorable Prudence Pig, a tough-as-nails judge with a weakness for musical theatre, presides over the case. A sharp, smooth-talking lawyer pig named Julia is the prosecuting attorney, and she always gets her way. Al is a soulful charmer with a love of gourmet cooking and the fine arts. He takes the stand in his own defense, but it looks as though the piggy world is against him. Will Magill get her journalistic glory? Guilty or not guilty? When all the witness statements are in, the audience piglets become the jury and determine Al’s fate! Are YOU afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf? What really happened? YOU decide!

“… children’s theatre done the way children’s theatre needs to be done. It was light, fun, fast-paced, full of puns for the grown-ups and silliness for the kids. The music was engaging and memorable. S-Ankh Rasa created a score just for this DCT production that will have you humming all the way home.” —Sten-Erik Armitage, Pegasus News

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ANDERSON & ROE

PIANISTIC DYNAMISM

PIANO DUO

NOVEMBER 15 THU

PHOTO: BRENT CLINE

LOEB 7:30 PM TIX $14

PHOTO: SCOTT GORDON BLEICHER

Known for their adrenalized performances, inventive programming, original compositions, and refined artistry, Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe have been described as “Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers transposed from the dance floor to the keyboard” (Southampton Press). Together, they bring a fresh, visionary approach to the concert stage, dazzling audiences around the world as a four-hand, two-piano team. The duo has appeared on MTV and NPR, as part of the Cliburn Concert Series, and at dozens of summer chamber music festivals. With vivid adaptations of opera arias by Bizet, Mozart, and Vivaldi, tales of unrequited love in songs by Jacques Brel, and delirious impressions of songs by Michael Jackson and Radiohead, an Anderson & Roe concert is a journey into the power of the piano as a potent and relevant instrument for our time. FRIENDS SUPPORT FROM:

Jeanne Compton Endowment for Artistic Excellence

MIKE & PAM LUENZ

Anderson & Roe’s recital appearance is part of a weeklong residency that also includes a concerto performance with the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, November 17, 2012. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear the duo in both recital and orchestral engagements! For more information on Anderson & Roe’s concerto appearance, visit lafayettesymphony.org or call (765) 742-6463. PURDUE CONVOCATIONS • 110TH SEASON

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PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND CREOLE CHRISTMAS

“Preservation Hall. Now that’s where you’ll find all of the greats.”—Louis Armstrong DECEMBER 5 WED LONG CENTER 7:30 PM TIX $20-28

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NEW ORLEANS JAZZ/HOLIDAY

Spice up the holidays

with the traditional New Orleans style of the world-renowned Preservation Hall Jazz Band, back by popular demand. “Preservation Hall keeps its jazz hot” (The Los Angeles Times), and this winter, they bring the gift of Creole Christmas—an irresistible gumbo of holiday classics, filled with blues, jazz, and ragtime flair. With its direct connection to Louis Armstrong and Jelly Roll Morton, the band buoyantly carries the torch of

traditional New Orleans jazz, so you’ll hear timeless jazz favorites along with their trademark takes on holiday favorites such as “Swinging in a Winter Wonderland,” “White Christmas,” “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” and more. Our 2006 engagement with PHJB sold out faster than you can say “French Quarter,” so march right in to book your ticket for the good times of a New Orleans celebration of the season.

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Based on the Oscar®winning DreamWorks film that started it all, Shrek the Musical brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to life onstage. In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre— not a handsome prince—shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won’t shut up, a villain with a “short” temper, a cookie with an attitude, and more than a dozen other fairy-tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand …and his name is Shrek. 


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Featuring a terrific score of 19 all-new songs, big laughs, great dancing, and breathtaking scenery, WWOR-TV proclaims Shrek the Musical, “Far, far and away the funniest new musical on Broadway!” Shrek the Musical is part romance, part twisted fairy tale and all irreverent fun for everyone!

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OGRES ON BROADWAY

“Shrek the Musical, in all its gassy, green glory, captivated the audience from start to finish. Hilariously funny and heartwarming, Shrek’s unconventional quirkiness soared.” —Broadwayworld.com JANUARY 11 FRI ELLIOTT 7 PM TIX $22-52

FRIENDS SUPPORT FROM:

Check out Convocations.org for a time-lapse video of Shrek going green.

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SEE 5 SHOWS FOR AS LITTLE AS $78 PER PERSON!

As a PICK 5 buyer, you can choose five shows or more to create your own series and enjoy an average of 15% off the single-ticket prices. Experience the flexibility of designing your own package!

As indicated on the order form, some shows do not have a discounted price but do count toward the five-show minimum needed to qualify for PICK 5 prices. You do not need to order the same number of tickets for each of the five shows. All PICK 5 tickets must be purchased at the same time to qualify for PICK 5 prices. Additional tickets purchased later in the same season will be at the single-ticket price.

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MEET UP HAVE FUN LIVE MOMENTS SAVE ARE MOREMONEY FUN WITH FRIENDS! GROUPS OF ALL KINDS AND SIZES ARE WELCOME

at Convocations performances. And if you have 10 or more in your group, you’ll receive a discount on your tickets as well as bonus tickets for tour organizers, chaperones, or bus drivers (for qualifying performances only). GROUP BENEFITS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST: • Step-on guide to greet your bus group, orient them to the facility, and provide key information about the performance. • Bus drop-off and pick-up access (as well as parking!). • Planning packet with local attractions, restaurants, and parking information. • Promotional materials and/or background information to assist you in publicizing the event to your group. Please note that group tickets are not available for all Convocations events. GROUP TICKET POLICIES: • Contact the Purdue box office at (765) 496-1977 for ticket reservation and payment information. • Group orders require a 10% non-refundable deposit, and final payment is due four weeks before the performance. • You will receive one complimentary ticket per 10 or 20 tickets purchased. (See order form for details.) • Tickets may be purchased via cash, MasterCard, Visa, Discover, or check made payable to Purdue University. • No refunds or exchanges are given once tickets are purchased. QUESTIONS? Group Sales Manager Purdue Box Office (765) 496-1977 PURDUE CONVOCATIONS • 110TH SEASON

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ELLINGTON REVISITED

THE DELFEAYO

MARSALIS OCTET SWEET THUNDER new orchestrations by

DELFEAYO MARSALIS

JANUARY 18 FRI LOEB 8 PM TIX $22-30 PRE-SHOW 7 PM

inspired by

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE originally composed by

DUKE ELLINGTON & BILLY STRAYHORN

More than 50 years after Duke Ellington conceived and composed Such Sweet Thunder as a long-form exploration of the larger-than-life characters devised by William Shakespeare, the renowned trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis has revisited Ellington’s classic suite and recast it for a stellar octet. Nonetheless, Marsalis’ Sweet Thunder still features everything from sonnets and star-crossed lovers to madness and moors. And just as in the Bard’s famous soliloquies, soloists take on every part, often playing in the sweet lilt of iambic pentameter. Marsalis is indeed from the legendary musical family, but as one of the most accomplished trombonists of his generation, he has blazed his own path, having toured with Art Blakey, Abdullah Ibrahim, Slide Hampton, Max Roach, and Elvin Jones. Now, he’ll kick off the Purdue Jazz Festival with a midwinter night’s dream of an octet!

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MUSICAL THEAT-ARRR!

HOW I BECAME

A PIRATE

OMAHA THEATER COMPANY

Recommended for ages 5-10.

JANUARY 27 SUN

Adapted for the stage by

Create and color your own pirate hat / Stewart Center West Lobby

Based on the best-selling children’s book Written by MELINDA LONG Illustrated by DAVID SHANNON

LOEB 3 PM TIX $10-15 PRE-SHOW 2 PM

JANET YATES VOGT MARK FRIEDMAN

SHIVER ME TIMBERS! Young Jeremy Jacob is digging in the

sand at North Beach when he is greeted by Captain Braid Beard and his mates and recruited to help find the perfect digging spot for their treasure. Boarding the ship, the Captain introduces the boy to his pirate crew—who share with him the ins and outs of a pirate’s life at sea. Jeremy learns how to talk like a pirate and is schooled in pirate manners and etiquette (or the lack thereof ). In turn, Jeremy shares with them what a typical kid’s day is like and the wondrous game of soccer. The pirate world proves to have many surprises for Jeremy Jacob and his new pirate friends! This musical adventure is based on the best-selling children’s book written by Melinda Long.

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THE

KNIGHTS WITH WU MAN

CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

PIPA

FEBRUARY 12 TUE

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PHOTO: CHAD BATKA

LOEB 7:30 PM TIX $19-26

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PHOTO: KEITH LEW

CLASSICAL ADVENTURES

A vibrant young chamber orchestra, The Knights brings the spirit of late-night chamber music-reading parties from a Brooklyn home to Loeb Playhouse. Violinist Colin Jacobsen and cellist Eric Jacobsen— of breakout string quartet Brooklyn Rider—are also composers, arrangers, and singer-songwriters from whose gatherings The Knights evolved. Joining them for a unique sonic counterpoint is Wu Man, the world’s best-known player of the pipa—the four-stringed, pearshaped Chinese instrument with a 2,000-year history. This fascinating program includes Lou Harrison’s Concerto for Pipa and Orchestra, works by French masters Debussy and Milhaud, Stravinsky’s Dumbarton Oaks, and a new work written and arranged by Wu Man. The Knights are serious about expanding the orchestra concert experience but zesty enough to convey the effervescent joy of their musical exploration.

“No dreamy dawdling here, just an oxygenfueled romp painted in vivid hues.” —The New York Times Lead support from:

NANSHAN AMERICA ADVANCED ALUMINUM TECHNOLOGIES, LLC.

In partnership with:

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CLICK, CLACK,

MOO THEATREWORKS USA Recommended for ages 5-10.

FEBRUARY 24 SUN LOEB 3 PM TIX $10-15 PRE-SHOW 2 PM

Join us for pre-show activities about farm animals / Stewart Center West Lobby

“Cows that type? Hens on strike! Whoever heard of such a thing?” Farmer Brown cries. When his granddaughter Jenny comes for a visit, Farmer Brown declares the farm a “tech-free zone.”

He puts her laptop in the cold barn along with the shivering cows, who use her computer to type messages requesting blankets. “No way,” replies Farmer Brown. “No blankets!” So the cows go on strike, and the chickens join the cows in solidarity. No blankets? No milk and no eggs! Will Farmer Brown give in to the animals’ demands? Will Jenny get her computer back? Find out in a hilariously “mooooo-ving” new musical about negotiation and compromise, based on the Caldecott Honor Book by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin.

“Udderly fabulous!” —Time Out New York Kids

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ILLUSTRATION: BETSY LEWIN

MOO-SICAL THEATRE

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JOFFREY BALLET THE RITE OF SPRING Le SACRE du PRINTEMPS 100th ANNIVERSARY

Age of Innocence

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BALLET/CONTEMPORARY BALLET

FEBRUARY 28 THU

choreography by

VASLAV NIJINSKY

ELLIOTT 7:30 PM TIX $20-45 PRE-SHOW 6:30 PM

music by

IGOR STRAVINSKY

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new works by

EDWAARD LIANG CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON

The Rite of Spring

The Rite of Spring’s 1913 premiere incited legendary rioting, as Igor Stravinsky’s revolutionary score and Vaslav Nijinsky’s staccato choreography served a shock wave to the prevailing balletic standards of grace. Over the last century, however, its once-divisive distinctions have helped shape modern ballet. To celebrate its centennial, the Joffrey Ballet— one of America’s premier companies—has resurrected Nijinsky’s original choreography in a handsomely remounted

production with lavish sets and luxurious costuming. The Joffrey linkage to great composers goes further with two stunning new works. Inspired by the novels of Jane Austen, Edwaard Liang’s Age of Innocence features music by Philip Glass and Thomas Newman, and Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain is a sensual exploration of relationships set to music by modern minimalist icon Arvo Pärt. Hailed as “mavericks of American dance,” the Joffrey Ballet presents an evening of influential and ideologically invigorating human movement.

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AUSSIE CIRCUS SPECTACULAR

CIRCU FROM THE

GROUND UP MARCH 3 SUN ELLIOTT 4 PM TIX $22-52 PRE-SHOW 3 PM

A member of the artistic team will discuss the performance / Location TBD

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Direct from Melbourne, Australia, Circus Oz is a rocking, rolling, animal-free circus filled with death-defying stunts, amazing acrobatics, and irreverent comedy—all backed by a killer live band and infused with outlandish Aussie wit. Founded in 1977 out of a desire to reinvent the dynamism of the traditional circus while displaying a signature Aussie voice, these acrobats, trapeze artists, hoop dancers, jugglers, musicians, and comedians have put a fresh face on highly skilled stunts infused with a healthy dose of satire and sauciness for audiences across 26 countries on five continents. Take the whole family “Down Under” the big top for the audacious spectacle of Circus Oz.

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PHOTO: ROB BLACKBURN

US OZ “Simultaneously laid back, satirical, funny, slightly naughty, chaotic and richly musical.”

—The New York Times

DIRECTOR’S NOTE Convocations had the pleasure of transforming both the front lawn of the Purdue Memorial Union and your expectations when we brought Australia’s Strange Fruit for a free community performance in September 2011. More than 2,500 of you were transfixed by the serene, surreal nature of the seemingly gravity-defying performance, and tens of thousands of you saw the incredible news coverage of their visit. However, that performance only revealed the tip of the iceberg of the vibrant and wildly iconoclastic approach to live performance found Down Under. So now, as a wicked-good follow-up, we’re bringing you Circus Oz. They’ll turn your world upside down. —Todd Wetzel, Purdue Convocations PURDUE CONVOCATIONS • 110TH SEASON

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CONTEMPORARY JAZZ

VIJAY IYER TRIO VIJAY IYER Piano

MARCUS GILMORE Drums

STEPHAN CRUMP Bass

APRIL 5 FRI LOEB 8 PM TIX $19-26 PRE-SHOW 7 PM

Don Seybold, host of “Inside Jazz” on WBAA, and pianist Judd Danby will discuss the art of the jazz piano trio / Stewart Center, room 202

The title track of Vijay Iyer’s most recent release, Accelerando, is a continuously accelerating whirlwind that could easily be the metaphor for the pace of critical acclaim mounting behind his output. “By now, there can be no doubt that pianist-composer Iyer stands among the most daringly original jazz artists of [his] generation,” writes Howard Reich (Chicago Tribune). For more than a decade, Vijay Iyer (pronounced VID-jay EYE-yer), the American-born son of Indian immigrants, has pursued a musical vision grounded in a groove that is powerful and rhythmically intricate, with an incredible improvisational fluidity. In his ear, Thelonious Monk, classical music, dub and electronica, African drumming, and Indian music merge as dazzling catalysts for his highly interactive trio explorations. Ever the polymath, Iyer holds a master’s degree in physics and a Ph.D. in technology and the arts from the University of California, Berkeley. FRIENDS SUPPORT FROM:

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DR. NANCY DIMARTINO & STEPHEN BORGHI


CLASSICAL INVESTIGATIONS

BRENTANO

STRING QUARTET Fragments: Connecting Past and Present

We may never truly know why Bach, Mozart, or Schubert abandoned certain compositions-in-progress, never to return to them. Are these works revealing portraits of the artist poised in midthought? Are they time capsules from the past? Were they ahead of their time, out of context in their surroundings? As the revered Brentano String Quartet celebrates its 20th year of global acclaim, these are the questions posed in Fragments: Connecting Past and Present. Specifically inspired by Schubert’s highly regarded, but unfinished, quartet Quartettsatz, the Quartet commissioned six composers to respond to—rather than “finish”—six unfinished works by the aforementioned masters, along with greats Haydn, Schoenberg, and Shostakovich. Side by side, the inspiring fragments and the works they inspired provide an auditory exploration of the history and memory behind some of the finest unfinished works in classical music history.

APRIL 11 THU

LOEB 7:30 PM TIX $19-26 PRE-SHOW 6:30 PM

“Passionate, uninhibited

spellbinding ”

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—The Independent (London)

A member of Brentano String Quartet will discuss the program / Stewart Center, room 202

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CURRICULAR CONNECTIONS

COLLEGE-LEVEL ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:

Providing interaction between students and artists both in and beyond the theatre is an important part of our mission. The Purdue Convocations Curricular Connections program offers opportunities for preschool through grade 12 (P-12) and college-level students to experience performances and learn more about artists in the classroom. Annually, more than $28,000 in gifts from the Friends of Convocations and Corporate Partners provide major support for these outreach activities.

• Subsidized tickets to performances for as little as $10, when a faculty member connects a performance to curriculum. • On-campus artist residencies. • Master classes on special topics.

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Chunky Move master class with Purdue Dance students

“Letting students notice that visual design ideas (i.e. harmony, balance, movement, contrast, dominance, repetition, etc.) are important in the performing arts extends Art Appreciation education beyond class and into life.” —Linda Vanderkolk, Purdue Faculty

PRESCHOOL THROUGH GRADE 12 ACTIVITIES INCLUDE: • Weekday P-12 matinee performances on Purdue’s campus and in local theatres. • Need-based ticket and transportation scholarships to help students and schools attend matinee performances. Last season, more than 6,600 P-12 students attended a school matinee, with 2,350 receiving a subsidized or free ticket. More than $2,200 in transportation scholarship assistance was distributed. • Artist residencies in area schools. • Professional development workshops in arts integration for area teachers through the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Partners in Education program.

YOU

can help create wonderful opportunities for students and teachers to have meaningful interaction with the arts by donating to any of three endowments or three designated funds available through Purdue Convocations that support the Curricular Connections program. For more information about these educational programs or to make a gift, visit convocations.org or call (765) 494-9712.

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The audience dances during Long Gone Lonesome.

EXPERIENCE+ For those who like to dig deeper into the arts, Experience+ programs give community members an opportunity to find out more. Programs run the gamut from talks with the company’s artistic director, a choreographer, or a playwright to sessions that highlight historical background on the music or performance style. Look for the Experience+ listings on the performance pages and participate in:

PRE-SHOW DISCUSSIONS Pre-show discussions with an artist or expert in an art form

PRE-SHOW ACTIVITIES Pre-show lobby activities for families

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STUDENT GROUPS

Established in 1975, the Student Concert Committee (SCC) accepts eight students each year for a two-year term. Undergoing the equivalent of an internship in the music business, SCC members help select, market, and work SCCsponsored concerts. They get real-life experience in the concert business, and several have gone on to work in the industry. But, more importantly, they learn business and life skills that will serve them in whatever profession they choose. Founded in 1985, Convocations Voice Network (CVN) is a student group that helps to support and promote Convocations performing arts events. More than 300 students strong, this group ushers, sells merchandise and concessions, and helps in many other ways with performances and other Friends of Convocations and outreach events. In exchange, members can stay and see the show for free, not to mention make a lot of new friends. They have become an essential and important volunteer group that has also given generously to support our P-12 outreach program. We are happy to see students so involved in the arts! PURDUE CONVOCATIONS • 110TH SEASON

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FRIENDS ALSO RECEIVE

SPECIAL PRIVILEGES Sponsor level or higher: program book recognition. Founder level or higher: preferred parking in a convenient Friends lot and access to the Friends Intermission Club at Elliott Hall of Music performances.

ALL FRIENDS RECEIVE: Advance notice of performances and pre-sale ticket opportunities via email. Personalized ticket assistance, including priority seating for performances. (Student Concert Committee concerts are not included.) Special event invitations to select Friends events designed for each giving level. LIFETIME AND LEGACY GIFTS: Major gifts of $10,000 or more may provide lifetime Friends privileges when designated to an endowment. Planned giving options are also available and provide membership in the Purdue Convocations Legacy Society. FRIENDS OF CONVOCATIONS ARE SEATED for all Convocations performances using the Priority Point System. The Priority Point System acknowledges Friends for loyalty and financial support. Each year, Friends receive credit in the form of points for cumulative giving, consecutive years of membership, and PICK 5 purchases. For more information about the Priority Point System and seating process, visit convocations.org and click on “Support”.

FRIENDS 2012-2013

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS FRIENDS SOIRÉE

(Director’s Council level and higher)

with WU MAN and members of THE KNIGHTS Celebrate Chinese New Year with dinner and a private performance by Wu Man, a world-renowned pipa player, along with members of The Knights. In partnership with Purdue International Programs and the Confucius Institute.

PARTY OF THE SEASON

(Patron level and higher)

An exciting opportunity to mingle with Friends and discover the upcoming season lineup before the general public announcement! Spring 2013

INTERMISSION CLUB + PREFERRED PARKING (Founder level or higher)

Enjoy convenient parking and access to the Intermission Club—a private, Friends-only reception area—during the following Elliott Hall of Music performances: AMERICAN IDIOT 9/1 & 9/2/2012 ROCK OF AGES 10/16/2012 A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION 10/27/2012 SHREK THE MUSICAL 1/11/2013 JOFFREY BALLET 2/28/2013 CIRCUS OZ 3/3/2013

NOTE: Intermission Club is open 30 minutes prior to each performance as well as during intermission.

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INFO TO KNOW HOW TO ORDER TICKETS All tickets are on sale now. You can purchase tickets in the following ways:

At Purdue campus box offices in Elliott Hall of Music (M–F 10 am– 4:30 pm) and Stewart Center (M–F 10 am–6 pm). The box offices open two hours before each performance. During the summer, the Stewart Center box office is open 10 am to 4 pm.

By phone through campus box offices at (765) 494-3933 or (800) 914-SHOW

Via Ticketmaster outlets and convocations.org starting Monday, August 6

Return your order form and payment to: Purdue Convocations ENAD 112, 400 Centennial Mall Dr. West Lafayette, IN 47907-2016 Confirmation of your orders received by mail will be sent by email (if you provide an email address) or by mail. If you and another ticket buyer want to be seated together, make a note on your order forms and submit your orders together. For orders received before August 6, seats will be reserved and tickets will be mailed by the first week in August.

FRIENDS OF CONVOCATIONS PRIORITY SEATING DEADLINE: FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2012

Friends of Convocations are seated by the Priority Point System. Orders must be received by June 15, 2012, in order to qualify for priority seating. Not a Friend of Convocations? See page 42 for details on joining Friends of Convocations and taking advantage of priority seating.

CHILDREN

While we encourage early introduction to the arts, we also wish to provide the best environment for all of our patrons. Our child policy is as follows:

• We request that children under 6

years of age not be brought to performances, except those that list an age recommendation for children in our brochure or on our website.

• Infants on laps are only permitted at shows recommended for children. All patrons, including infants on laps, must have a ticket due to fire marshal requirements.

CONTENT DISCLAIMERS

If you have questions about a show’s content or age appropriateness, see our website, convocations.org, for additional information, including audio and video samples for most shows. Staff members can provide more information; however, you are ultimately responsible for deciding whether a show’s content is appropriate for you and your family.

GIFT CARDS

Gift cards are available in any denomination and are valid for all Convocations and Student Concert Committee shows. Gift certificates can be purchased at campus box offices or by calling (765) 494-3933.

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STUDENT TICKET DISCOUNTS

DOORS

Discounted student tickets (as listed in this book) are available for Purdue and Ivy Tech Lafayette students. Each person using a student ticket must be a student and be able to present a current student ID.

TICKET FEES

Prices shown in this book include a service fee in the ticket price. Single tickets purchased by phone or at the Purdue box office after August 6 will be subject to a $2 per ticket convenience fee. Tickets purchased online are subject to Ticketmaster fees.

Doors generally open 30 minutes prior to showtime. Late arrivals might not be seated immediately.

ACCESSIBLE SEATING

Wheelchair seating is available in all venues with companion seating nearby. Extra-wide seats are available in Zone A in Elliott Hall of Music. Please inform the box office of special seating needs when ordering.

AUDIO ENHANCEMENT

REFUNDS & EXCHANGES

We are unable to issue refunds or exchange tickets. If you are unable to attend a show, consider one of the following options:

Audio enhancement is available. See an usher for the easy-to-use earphone system. Sign language interpretation is available with sufficient advance notice and conditional upon the availability of qualified service providers. Pleae request this service at least one month prior to the performance.

Give or sell your ticket to someone else.

LARGE-PRINT PROGRAMS

Return your ticket to the box office any time prior to the show and it will be offered to a student free of charge.

SERVICE ANIMALS

Large-print programs are available upon request. See an usher for a copy.

If you have a PICK 5 ticket, return it to the box office 48 hours prior to the show and receive credit for a tax-deductible donation.

Service animals are welcome. Special seating is required. When ordering, request an aisle seat and please inform the box office that a service animal will be with you.

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CAMPUS BOX OFFICES ENAD 112 Stewart Center–Loeb Playhouse 400 Centennial Mall Dr. (M–F 10 am–6 pm) West Lafayette, IN 47907-2016 Elliott Hall of Music (M–F 10 am–4:30 pm) (765) 494-9712 Fax: (765) 494-0540 (765) 494-3933 convocations@purdue.edu (800) 914-SHOW TDD Relay: (765) 496-1343 PURDUE CONVOCATIONS • 110th SEASON

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GETTING HERE LOEB 128 Memorial Mall West Lafayette, IN 47907

ELLIOTT 712 3rd St. West Lafayette, IN 47907

EL LI O TT

ST. TOM’S 535 W. State St. West Lafayette, IN 47906

DUNCAN HALL 619 Ferry St. Lafayette, IN 47901

LONG CENTER

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DIRECTIONS

111 N. 6th St. Lafayette, IN 47901

ST. TOM’S

DIRECTIONS TO CAMPUS From the North • Take I-65 South to State Road 43 South (Exit 178) • Follow State Road 43 South to State Road 26 West (State St.) • Follow State Road 26 West (State St.) to campus From the South • Take I-65 North to State Road 26 West (Exit 172) • Take State Road 26 West through Lafayette to campus

PARKING Parking is free in campus garages on weekends and after 5 pm on weeknights. Campus garages are available for general campus use and can fill quickly. Parking is also free in A, B, and C areas after 5 pm on weekdays and all day on weekends, unless otherwise posted. In addition to the wheelchairaccessible parking noted on this map, handicap spaces are available in the parking garages.

Campus maps are also available at http://www.purdue.edu/campus_map/

DIRECTIONS TO DOWNTOWN LAFAYETTE From the North or South • Take I-65 to State Road 26 West • Follow State Road 26 West to downtown Lafayette

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CORPORATE PARTNERS Thank you to the following LEAD CORPORATE PARTNERS, who have generously contributed the highest level of corporate support for the 2012-2013 performance season.

NANSHAN AMERICA ADVANCED ALUMINUM TECHNOLOGIES, LLC.

Thank you for your support! Corporate support provides Purdue Convocations the ability to bring quality, professional arts performances to our community at affordable ticket prices. A variety of partnership options are available and can be tailor-made to meet your company’s goals. PERFORMANCE PARTNERS help pay the artist fees and production

expenses associated with bringing a specific performance to our community.

BEHIND-THE-SCENES PARTNERS provide goods and services such as hospitality, transportation, and accommodations for visiting artists.

EDUCATION PARTNERS make ticket and transportation scholarships available to help needy students and schools attend performances on Purdue’s campus.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE YOUR LOGO HERE? For more information, call the Director of Development at (765) 494-9712 or visit convocations.org and click on “Support.” PURDUE CONVOCATIONS • 110TH SEASON

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