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2013-14 CULTURE&IDEAS GUIDE

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Founded in 1902, Purdue Convocations is among the oldest collegiate performing arts presenting organizations in the United States. With an artistic eye and entrepreneurial flair, Convocations brings a diverse array of world-class performances and intellectual encounters—including collaborations with an ever-widening circle of partners—fulfilling our mission by connecting them to our academic, local, and regional audiences through engaging educational opportunities.

CULTURE

&IDEAS GUIDE

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Dance theater company gets real with Cinderbox 2.0

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LEGEND 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 a company’s artistic director, a choreographer, or a playwright to sessions that highlight historical background on music or performance style.

FRIENDS INTERMISSION CLUB

Friends of Convocations at the Founder level ($500) and above can enjoy a private hospitality area during Elliott Hall of Music shows. Learn more about Friends on pages 68-73 or visit convocations.org/support.


EVENTS 111th SEASON

That’s more than a century of world-class inspiration. Experience large-scale spectacles, thought-provoking lectures, and moving recitals.

IN DEPTH WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

The Acting Company continues to cultivate up-and-coming actors.

SUN STUDIO: THE BIRTHPLACE OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL

How a little Memphis studio became a National Historic Landmark.

ST. PETERSBURG PHILHARMONIC More than 130 years of revered recordings.

TRADITION & TRANSFORMATION What defines jazz?

FESTIVAL FRINGE 22,457 performers + 42,096 performances = one huge festival.

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JAN

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MAR

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CALENDAR Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson MOMIX Botanica Lionel Loueke Trio + Blue Man Group Madeleine Albright The Little Engine That Could + Potted Potter LEO Bishop Gene Robinson

Martha Redbone Roots Project Abhishek Raghuram + Yo-Yo Ma & Kathryn Stott Estonian Philharmonic Ch. Choir Doktor Kaboom! + Snarky Puppy Lysander Piano Trio Million Dollar Quartet Lucky Plush + Fatoumata Diawara Charlotte’s Web + St. Petersburg Philharmonic Simone Dinnerstein Popovich Comedy Pet Theater + Hugo Wolf Quartett TEDxPurdueU Hamlet + Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

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DIRECTOR’S NOTE Todd Wetzel

Todd Wetzel Director

Laura Clavio Assistant director/scc advisor

MARKETING Abby Eddy

Director of Marketing

collectively immerse ourselves to imagine and reflect. And then we act from the springboard of these possibilities, going forward to create, uplift, serve, invent, and define where we live—this blue planet called home. This year brings the amplification of even more ideas. Our performances have always been rich with ideas, but we’ve reached back into our history to revivify the way performance and discourse define our organization by bringing lectures by renowned leadYou have found a ers and thinkers back into our midst. special place. It’s Purdue Born of broad-scale collaborations Convocations. This is with academic departments, faculty, the place where ideas live. and students, these are multifaceted It’s history brought to life. and absorbing visits designed to It’s architecture in motion. deepen our connection to It’s abstract reasoning set to harmony. making a difference in the It’s truth conveyed from the heart. world. It’s the Purdue “one It’s fact delivered with skill. brick higher” way. It’s vision for our future. And we call it Convos. It’s Purdue’s forum for bringing thinkers, dreamers, visionaries, and their ideas into the public sphere. Your presence completes the exchange—that one moment in time where we

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Consider this year a signal of our future, where great ideas know no boundary and the ways in which our contributions to academic inquiry and public connection will only increase. Come join us. Convos. Ideas—amplified.

Joshua Lowe

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Kate Mane Marketing Assistant/CVN Advisor

Johnny Lee

Graphic design intern/COURIER

Sarah Karr

Group Sales Intern

DEVELOPMENT Amanda Dunkle

Director of Development

Kate Spanke

development associate

Production Kathy Dietz

Manager of production

Matthew Parr

production intern

Business Debbie Siciliano business manager

Lois Harth

business assistant

Administration Diane Carlson receptionist

Contributors Nick Rogers

copy Editor/writer

Stacey Mickelbart writer

STUDENT GROUPS Jamie Reed CVN PRESIDENT

Nigel Agboh

SCC PRESIDENT


Thanks for all of the CONVOS

“Lots of awesome concerts!!!” “Some of the best theatre shows and events for great prices for Purdue students. I’ve loved every show I’ve ever been to.” “What a spectacular show tonight! Perhaps the best concert I have ever seen.” “Purdue Convos sponsors great shows—always enjoyable!” “Purdue Convocations offers world-class live performances for a reasonable price to Purdue students.” —As seen on Twitter and Facebook

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Botanica “…is the IMAX version of dance theater…a savvy mix of puppetry, strobe lights and multi-media.” —The Star-Ledger

MOMIX BOTANICA

SAT SEPTEMBER 21 / 8PM SUN SEPTEMBER 22 / 3PM LOEB PLAYHOUSE $20-28 FRIENDS SUPPORT FROM:

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With the change of each season, there is both calming serenity and calamitous violence—storms lead to sunshine, ice yields to inevitable thaw, leaves perpetually grow and shed. In Botanica, MOMIX illuminates the wonders of nature, as well as its own uniquely whimsical, magical, and mysterious brand of dance. For more than thirty years, MOMIX has thrilled audiences worldwide with fantastical sights and fluid movements, using only lighting, imagery, shadow, props, puppets, and, of course, human athleticism. Botanica finds dancers embodying all variety of flora, fauna,

and meteorological phenomena—scurrying bugs and soaring birds, windblown leaves and rigid twigs, towering triceratops and mighty tornadoes. Set to the music of Peter Gabriel, Antonio Vivaldi, Lisa Gerrard, Celtic Woman, and more, it’s a lushly orchestrated, lavishly produced depiction of nature’s majesty and malleability. You may never look at the seasons the same way again.

With performances on PBS’s Dance in America series, France’s Antenne 2, and Italian RAI television, the company’s repertory has been broadcast to 55 countries.

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GLOBAL JAZZ PASSPORT SEPTEMBER 26 / 7:30PM

THURS / LOEB PLAYHOUSE $19-26 PRE-SHOW / 6:30PM

Don Seybold, host of Inside Jazz on WBAA, and guitarist Scott Pazera will discuss Lionel Loueke’s approach to music-making / Stewart Center, room 320

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By the standards of modern musical prodigies, starting an instrument at age 17 is relatively late, but for Lionel Loueke (LEE-oh-NEL loo-ECK-ee), this was no barrier to success. Born in the African nation of Benin to creative parents with meager means, Loueke had to save for more than a year to buy his first $50 guitar, and when his strings snapped, he replaced them with bicycle brake cables. Although Loueke’s spontaneity was born of hardship, it inspired his instrumental ingenuity. Soon, he was studying jazz in Paris and Boston, playing as a sideman alongside such luminaries as Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Sting, Santana, Esperanza Spalding, and Terence Blanchard, and, eventually, fronting his own trio. A guitarist whom Hancock has dubbed “a musical painter,” Loueke creates soaring melodies—which he often sings in unison with his guitar—and complex harmonies while interweaving his deep knowledge of African folk forms. On the Blue Note label, Loueke has released three albums. His latest, 2012’s Heritage, is a powerful summation and contemplation of his native land’s tumults and treasures. From his humble beginnings to his impressive ascent, Loueke has internalized the international language of jazz while soulfully sharing his tradition with the world in return.


LIONEL LOUEKE TRIO Lionel Loueke guitar

John Davis drums

Michael Olatuja bass

Lionel Loueke Trio

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Although Lionel Loueke began playing percussion instruments at age 9, he didn’t begin playing the guitar until he was 17.

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“One of the most delightful performance pieces ever staged.” —The New York Times

OCTOBER 2 / 7:30PM WED / ELLIOTT HALL $22-52

Blue Man Group is best

known for its wildly popular theatrical shows and concerts that combine comedy, music, and technology to produce a totally unique form of entertainment. E! Entertainment News exclaims, “Blue Man Group is what every live performance aspires to be.” Although it is impossible to describe, people of all ages agree that Blue Man Group is an intensely exciting and wildly outrageous show that leaves the entire audience in a blissful, euphoric state.

With no spoken language, Blue Man Group is perfect for people of all ages, languages, and cultures. This unique experience is a form of entertainment like nothing else. Whether it’s your first time or tenth time, it’s guaranteed to be an outing you will never forget! FRIENDS SUPPORT FROM:

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Where are they now? By Nick Rogers

Founded in 1972 as a troupe for Juilliard-trained actors, the Acting Company has since become a fertile proving ground for household names and familiar faces. Among its Oscar®, Tony® and Golden Globe® award-winning alums are Kevin Kline, Patti LuPone, Frances Conroy, and Harriet

Muddy Waters, Colin Powell, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Well before they were stars, Wilson and Wright shared the stage in the Acting Company’s touring productions of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters.

In Dream, Wilson played star-crossed in lover Demetrius, William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. while, in Sisters, Performed at Purdue in 1991. he played Tusenbach, a Russian Sansom Harris. Meanwhile, such army lieutenant spoken of as “not versatile character actors as Jesse at all good-looking.” L. Martin, Keith David, and David Before his three Emmy® nomiOgden Stiers have carved out nations for The Office, Wilson careers of note on stage and applied his distinctive touch on screens large and small. inveterate crime shows (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) and alongside fellow Acting Company alum Conroy (Six Feet Under).

Rainn Wilson

But did you know two of The Acting Company’s most famous alumni appeared at Purdue on November 7, 1991?

Rainn Wilson is best known as irascible egomaniac Dwight Schrute on NBC’s sitcom The Office, which recently ended its run of nine seasons and 200-plus episodes. And Jeffrey Wright has won an Emmy®, Tony®, and Golden Globe® over a long career in which he’s played

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Wilson has also contributed to a variety of films, encompassing offbeat independent endeavors (Super and Hesher), Oscar® winners (Almost Famous and Juno), and action blockbusters (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Monsters vs. Aliens). Wright, meanwhile, played Puck, “that merry wanderer of the

Returns to Purdue (see pages 54-55)

night” who sets Dream asunder, and Rode, a sub-lieutenant, in Sisters. Just three years later, Wright was on Broadway in Tony Kushner’s magnum opus, Angels in America, as Belize—a role he recreated in an HBO miniseries and for which he won the three aforementioned awards. Wright has also appeared in a plethora of prestigious films— from supporting turns in such Oscar® nominees and winners as Syriana, The Ides of March, and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close to playing James Bond’s CIA counterpart, Felix Leiter, in Casino Royale (2006) and Quantum of Solace. He’ll next be seen as Beetee in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. With the Acting Company’s track record, odds are good you’ll see another star-in-the-making in Hamlet and Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead—one whom you can say you saw when!

Jeffrey Wright


THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD TM

EARNS HER WHISTLE OCTOBER 13 / 3PM

SUN / LONG CENTER $12-20 PRE-SHOW / 2PM

A small exhibit on local railroad history will be provided by the Tippecanoe County Historical Association. Also, the Boilermaker Xtra Special will be on hand for photos / Long Center

ArtsPower

All aboard for family fun in this upbeat musical about a classic can-do character! Little Blue Engine dreams of someday leaving the train yard to pull the big cars on the mainline track. But can she convince Big Silver that she is worthy of being a mainline engine? ArtsPower’s dynamic, song-filled adventure portrays Watty Piper’s timeless tale about hard work, determination, and the importance of working together. This performance will last approximately 55 minutes. AGES

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The Little Engine That Could was first published in the U.S. in 1930.

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and Jefferson Since 2006, actors Daniel Clarkson more than ter Pot ted Turner have performed Pot ld! wor 1,000 times all around the

CALLING ALL MUGGLES! OCTOBER 17 / 7PM OCTOBER 17 / 9:30PM

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IT’s The single funniest thing I have seen in ages. You’re gonna love this show!”

—Toronto Star

Come experience all seven Harry Potter books in 70 minutes! Potted Potter–The Unauthorized Harry Experience—the smashhit parody by Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner—condenses all seven Harry Potter books (and a real-life game of Quidditch) into 70 hilarious minutes of loving irreverence. Even if you don’t know the difference between a Horcrux and a Hufflepuff, Potted Potter will take you on an uproarious adventure and is perfect for ages 6 to Dumbledore (who is very old indeed).

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Photo Credit: Andy Phillips

MIND-BENDING PHYSICAL THEATre

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Utterly delightful. You’re likely to find yourself grinning like a fool while watching LEO.” —TheaterMania

BREAKING THE LAW OF GRAVITY THURS OCTOBER 24 / 7:30PM FRI OCTOBER 25 / 3PM* FRI OCTOBER 25 / 7:30PM SAT OCTOBER 26 / 7:30PM

LOEB PLAYHOUSE $20-28 *Make Fall Break Great! This matinee is an ideal activity for families on Fall Break Friday.

What would happen if the law of gravity were to suddenly change? LEO defies this law in funny, surprising, surreal, and unexpectedly touching ways—a theatrical marvel guaranteed to thrill the inner child in all of us. Tobias Wegner stars in this one-man piece of physical/acrobatic theatre, based on his original idea and directed by Daniel Briére. Thanks to its groundbreaking concept and ingenious video projections, LEO won several major awards at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, including the Scotsman Fringe First Award. Since its astonishing breakthrough, LEO has delighted and dazzled audiences around the world. To make your experience all the more magical and immersive, we’ll limit seating to the main floor for these four very special performances. Challenge your senses, test your perception of reality, and be left wondering which way is up and which way is down in this truly fantastic adventure! Suitable for all ages. Each performance will last approximately 65 minutes.

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MARTHA REDBONE ROOTS PROJECT NOVEMBER 8 / 8PM

FRI / LAFAYETTE THEATER $16-24

“Poised to be Americana’s next superstar.” –The Village Voice

CAMPUS PARTNER:

Purdue Native American

Educational and Cultural Center

Martha Redbone’s mentor was Walter “Junie” Morrison, musical director of George Clinton’s Parliament-Funkadelic. As his protégé, she sang background vocals on 1996’s The Awesome Power of a Fully Operational Mothership—considered the Parliament reunion record.

APPALACHIA REMIXED Raised in both the borough of Brooklyn and the Bluegrass State of Kentucky, Martha Redbone calls herself a “Hoodalachia Country Mama.” She’s also one of the leading contemporary voices in Native American music— fusing her Cherokee and Choctaw heritage to her African-American legacy in vibrant funk and R&B. On her latest, The Garden of Love: Songs of William Blake, Redbone plunges her hands deep into both the fertile soil of American roots music and the late18th century mystical and romantic realm of the British bard’s poetry. Although separated by centuries and cultures, Redbone and Blake are a remarkable match. Redbone vocally communes with Blake’s evocative words, setting them to the soundtrack of Appalachia: driving bluegrass, Piedmont blues, plaintive field hollers, Seminole chants, and spirited gospel rave-ups. Gathering critical attention and accolades throughout the Americana/roots and Native American communities, The Garden of Love was guided in production by John McEuen (of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band fame) with a stellar cast of Nashville’s top session artists. Throughout, Redbone infuses Blake’s iconic poetry with both a reverence for old-time music and a modern-day edge. These are tales of youthful promise, lost innocence, wondrous beauty, deep sorrow, nurtured jealousy, and regained hope. And in the context of Redbone’s own distinct ancestry, her music is filled with spellbinding stories of America’s past and promise. General admission seating. Box Office: (800) 914-SHOW / 494-3933

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Abhishek Raghuram

Carnatic Singer

NOVEMBER 10 / 3PM

SUN / FOWLER HALL $12-20

Presented in association with Indian Classical Music Association of Purdue PRE-SHOW / 2PM

Join a member of the ICMAP community for a musical and historical introduction to the Carnatic music tradition / Stewart Center, room 310

Hailing from southern India, Abhishek Raghuram (ah-BEE-shake ra-GOO-ram) is a leading vocalist in the Carnatic music tradition of southern India. Long ago, Indian classical music split into two major divisions along geographic lines, with the north being more closely related to the music of Persia while music of the south became among the most rhythmically complex musical forms in the world. Raghuram, a child prodigy in a legendary musical family, took up the quintessential two-headed drum known as the mridangam and began winning accolades as early as age 7. Just two years later, awards for vocal performance began to follow, and his reputation has grown rapidly ever since. Now, as a renowned and experienced international touring artist,

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his music has been called food for the intellect, mind, heart, and soul. While tradition and training have been central to Raghuram’s musical development, he has nonetheless developed his own stylistic voice within the form, and with the clout of his talented heritage behind him, he may well be on his way to creating a new bani, or school of style, for the world of Indian classical music. Just as in many early forms of Western classical music and the ongoing tradition of jazz, improvisation on a theme or scale—or, in this case, a raga—is where the discipline of training meets artistry in the moment. Joining Raghuram to set his harmonic and rhythmic world in motion will be B.U. Ganesh Prasad on the violin and Neyveli Narayanan on the mridangam.

The Indian Classical Music Association of Purdue (ICMAP), a student organization formed to promote eminent Indian classical music performers for Purdue and the surrounding community, will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2014.


Abhishek Raghuram Carnatic Singer

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Photo Credit: Michael O’Neill

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…these two musicians are like champion dancers who anticipate each other's moves: the slightest bends and turns or dramatic leaps. They listen LIMITED and respond, shape and give way. Their playing is elegant and from the heart.” U.S. Recital Engagement

Visit convocations.org for full program details.

YO-YO Cello MA KATHRYN STOTT PIANO NOVEMBER 17 / 3PM SUN / LOEB PLAYHOUSE $35-125 LEAD SUPPORT FROM:

NANSHAN AMERICA ADVANCED ALUMINUM TECHNOLOGIES, LLC.

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—The Washington Post

Cello virtuoso Yo-Yo Ma’s masterful, multifaceted career is a testament to his continual search for innovative ways to communicate, and connect, with new audiences. From his base in the classical canon, Ma’s journeys from minimalism to McFerrin, from Baroque to bluegrass, and more have yielded more than 75 albums, more than 15 Grammys®, and status as one of the world’s best-selling recording artists. Additionally, Ma has performed for eight U.S. presidents, serves as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, and has received such prestigious awards as the Avery Fisher Prize, the National Medal of the Arts, and Kennedy Center Honors. Joining Ma for this extraordinary Purdue performance is Kathryn Stott, his collaborator of nearly 30 years

and one of Britain’s most versatile, imaginative pianists. Hailed by The Washington Post as “every bit Ma’s equal, playing… with striking individuality.” Stott, a versatile performer of standard repertoire as well as new music, is also a remarkable exponent of tango and other Latin dance music, reflected in her collaboration with Ma and leading South American musicians on the Grammy®-winning album Soul of the Tango. Together, the duo will perform a program featuring Manuel de Falla, Heitor VillaLobos, Johannes Brahms, and more. Seize this rare opportunity to hear two of our time’s greatest musicians performing together!

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ESTONIAN PHILHARMONIC CHAMBER CHOIR Daniel Reuss

Artistic Director/Chief Conductor

NOTED RELEASE:

Da Pacem (Grammy速 Winner, Best Choral Performance, 2006)

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PRISTINE VOCALS NOVEMBER 20 / 7:30PM

WED / ST. THOMAS AQUINAS $15-20

“…balance between the voices was sublime, as was the sense of phrasing and, crucially, space; timings were perfectly judged to let the sound fill and fade naturally in the acoustic.” —The Guardian

Choral performance is a binding thread in Estonia’s tapestry of cultural and political history. Laulupidu—an amateur choral event in Tallinn, Estonia, that draws more than 25,000 singers—had its formative roots in Estonia’s 19th-century crusade toward selfgovernment. More than a century later, the Singing Revolution’s choral protests helped the nation regain independence from the Soviet Union. Founded in 1981 by Tõnu Kaljuste and now conducted by Daniel Reuss, the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir is a premier ensemble formed from this proud tradition. With voices of almost otherworldly intonation and gravitas, the powerhouse group has earned a Grammy® award and many nominations for its pristine and evocative recordings on the ECM, Harmonia Mundi, and Virgin labels, and has been lauded during its frequent and extensive tours through Europe, Canada, Japan, and the United States. Its Purdue program will center upon works from the highly celebrated Estonian composers Arvo Pärt, Veljo Tormis, Cyrillus Kreek, and Mart Saar, along with a work by Ukrainian composer Galina Grigorjeva. This program of sacred and liturgical works will be especially well-suited to the resonant acoustics of the St. Thomas Aquinas sanctuary.

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IT’S JUST ROCKET SCIENCE! NOVEMBER 24 / 3PM

SUN / LOEB PLAYHOUSE $10-15 PRE-SHOW / 2PM Explore Space Day student displays and crafts / Stewart Center West Lobby

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Doktor Kaboom! + returns with an allnew show that explores the real problems associated with rocket science— centrifugal force, gravity, inertia, momentum, and…yes...math! A spiky-haired German scientist and sometimes rapper, Doktor Kaboom! turns the stage into his own personal laboratory and the audience into his assistants. The boisterous brainchild of scientist/comedian David Epley, Doktor Kaboom! explores the unpredictable, entertaining possibilities of scientific exploration. This sidesplitting improvisational, innovative journey into scientific method and application is an experiment in fun that families won’t want to miss! This performance will last approximately 60 minutes. AGES

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Because the absence of gravity causes cartilage in the spine to expand, an astronaut can return from space up to two inches taller.

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Left to Right:

Lewis, Perkins, Presley, Cash

Discover the backstory of

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET (Show info on page 33)

Sun Studio:

The Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll by Nick Rogers

It was on a tiny corner in Memphis, Tennessee, that Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis came together for a legendary impromptu jam on December 4, 1956, at Sun Studio. When owner Sam Phillips called the media, the iconic photo and nickname that inspired the musical were born. But Sun Studio gave birth to something bigger: rock ‘n’ roll. Phillips, a radio engineer, opened this postage stamp-sized studio in 1950. Just one year later, “Rocket 88,” considered the first-ever rock ‘n’ roll song, was recorded there. It’s also where Presley cut his first-ever recording (“My Happiness”).

After Phillips sold the studio in 1969, no recordings were made there until 1985, when Perkins, Cash, and Lewis reunited along with Roy Orbison for their Class of ’55 album. Reopened as Sun Studio in 1987 and now a National Historic Landmark, it’s open both to the public for tours and artists for recording.

John Mellencamp cut a majority of his most recent studio album, No Better Than This, at Sun, praising the acoustical aptitude literally marked by Phillips’s X’s on the floor. In 2011, Chris Isaak recorded covers of Sun Studio classics there for Beyond the Sun—including “Ring of Fire,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “It’s Now or Never,” “Oh, Pretty Woman,” and more.

Artists and acts such as Ringo Starr, Def Leppard, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Petty, Beck, John Fogerty, Matchbox 20, and Maroon 5 have recorded there.

Plus, the PBS broadcast Sun Studio Sessions features intimate studio footage of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Jakob Dylan, Justin Townes Earle, the Walkmen, Ryan Bingham, and more.

U2 recorded three songs for Rattle and Hum there, including radio hits “Angel of Harlem” and “When Love Comes to Town”— cramming the band, a horn section, background vocalists, and a film crew into the small studio.

Before or after Million Dollar Quartet, be sure to make a pilgrimage to this musical mecca—a day’s drive down the road from West Lafayette— and walk the same floor as these legends! Box Office: (800) 914-SHOW / 494-3933

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Snarky Puppy’s 2012 album, groundUP, was named among the best jazz albums of 2012 on iTunes.

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“ The Lysander Piano Trio

course of

true love never did run smooth. ”

–Lysander, William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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In William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lysander is a devoted romantic. Inspired by epics of old, he utters idylls about love’s ideals while courting his beloved Hermia. And similarly, this namesake trio embraces the chamber music tradition with equal devotion. The Lysander Piano Trio was founded in 2009 while its players— Itamar Zorman, violin; Michael Katz, cello; and Liza Stepanova, piano—were graduate students at The Juilliard School. Since that time, the trio has performed at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and David Rubenstein Atrium, Merkin Concert Hall (for the 2012 ASCAP Awards), Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and the Terrace Theater at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. This versatile trio continues to be an immediate standout at chamber music competitions, having won 2012’s Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition. At Purdue, this ensemble called “a trio with brio” (The New York Daily News) will perform a program titled The Call of the Exotic, featuring works by Ernest Bloch, Franz Joseph Haydn, and Maurice Ravel.

PROGRAM

Ernest Bloch Three Nocturnes (1924) Franz Joseph Haydn Keyboard Trio in E Major, Hob, XV:28 Bright Sheng Four Movements for Piano Trio (1990) Maurice Ravel Piano Trio in A Minor Moshe Zorman Yemenite Fantasy (1992)

JANUARY 23 / 7:30PM

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Million Dollar Quartet is the Tony® award-winning Broadway musical inspired by the electrifying true story of the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins for the first and only time.

“They came together to do what they loved most; express the riotous joy and beauty of life in songs that shoot straight for the soul.”

—The New York Times

JANUARY 30 / 7:30 PM

THURS / ELLIOTT HALL $22-52 FRIENDS SUPPORT FROM:

Dr. Nancy Dimartino & Stephen Borghi

On December 4, 1956, these four young musicians were gathered together by Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll” at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions of all time. Million Dollar Quartet brings that legendary night to life with an irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayal, and celebrations, featuring such timeless hits as “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “That’s All Right,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the Line,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Matchbox,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Hound Dog,” and more. This thrilling musical brings you inside the recording studio with four major talents who came together as a red-hot rock ‘n’ roll band for one unforgettable night. Don’t miss your chance to be a fly on the wall of fame...at Million Dollar Quartet! Learn more about the Sun Studio story on page 27.

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LUCKY PRE-SHOW / 7PM

Prof. Bonnie Brooks, Columbia College Chicago, will discuss Lucky Plush’s work and aesthetic approach / Stewart Center, room 322

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Lucky Plush company members and Prof. Brooks will discuss the evening’s performance / Loeb Playhouse


Cinderbox 2.0

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Is “reality TV” really real? How much is scripted? How much is truly spontaneous? How can you tell? Chicago-based dance theatre company Lucky Plush dives headlong into the question with Cinderbox 2.0, “a visually, kinetically, sonically and intellectually dazzling piece of dance theater” (Chicago Sun Times). In 2007, Lucky Plush artistic director Julia Rhoads created the distinctive and critically acclaimed world of Cinderbox 18 to explore the comedy and anxiety created by our media’s voyeuristic approach to “reality.” Now, fast-forward to 2013, where such shows haven’t faded away but rather multiplied, so Rhoads has rebooted her investigations with

Cinderbox 2.0. In a performance that blurs the distinctions of dance and theatre, the observer and the observed, and the scripted and the offthe-cuff, Rhoads has created a fresh and unflinching, yet deeply comical, view of the virtuosity and failure we simultaneously love and hate. Hailed as one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” (2010), NewCity’s “Top 5 of Everything 2011: Stage,” and TimeOut Chicago’s “The Decade’s 10 Best Original Dance Works,” among a growing list of accolades, the plucky Lucky Plush is wickedly smart and funny.

Photo Credit: Benjamin Wardell

Lucky Plush

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SENSITIVE Vocals with a Social Conscience FEBRUARY 8 / 8PM

SAT / LAFAYETTE THEATER $16-24

“The most beguiling talent to hit the world music scene in some time…” –The Telegraph

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PURDUE BLACK CULTURAL CENTER

Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, and Joan Baez. Bob Marley, Miriam Makeba, and Fela. These legendary musicians—among scores of others—all harnessed the power of song to promote political change and human rights. The power of “three chords and a guitar” has long been celebrated for its persuasive potential, and 31-yearold singer and guitarist Fatoumata Diawara (or “Fatou,” for short) joins that great tradition, lifting the human spirit out of war-torn Mali. Singing in Bambara, the principal dialect of southern Mali, Fatou wraps messages of support for women, orphaned children, and the cessation of war inside songs of extraordinary beauty and rhythmic delight that easily transcend worldwide language barriers.

Diawara carries the torch for a proud tradition of Wassoulou— the culturally vibrant area of Mali from which she hails—that strong female voices have the power to speak to and change the world around them. Indeed, on Fatou, her debut on Nonesuch Records, Diawara’s warm, affecting voice winds its way around her intricate guitar and percussion arrangements. Now, with audiences growing around the world (including the 2013 edition of Bonnaroo), and with an agenda as resonant as her vocals, Diawara is driven by what’s always been at the center of socially conscious folk—hope that, with persistence, change can come. General admission seating.

Numerous ethnomusicologists have identified Wassoulou music as one of Africa’s sources for American blues.

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MEET UP HAVE FUN SAVE MONEY

Group benefits available upon request:

Groups of all kinds and sizes

• Planning packet with local attractions, restaurants, and parking information

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). Just fill out the Group Order form and drop it in the mail, or call (765) 496-1977.

• Step-on guide to greet your bus group and orient them to the facility and to key information about the performance • Bus drop-off and pick-up access (as well as parking!)

• Promotional material 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? President’s Council members wave hello before the Joffrey Ballet in February 2013.

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There are two movie adaptations of Charlotte’s Web—an animated film from 1973 and a live-action film from 2006.

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Charlotte’s Web is based on E.B. White’s loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a spider named Charlotte—who together work to take charge of Wilbur’s destiny. Charlotte, a fine writer and true friend, hits on a plan to fool Farmer Zuckerman; she will create a “miracle.” Spinning the words “some pig” in her web, Charlotte weaves a solution, which not only makes Wilbur a prize pig but also ensures his place on the farm forever. Featuring farm animals both madcap and endearing, this treasured tale explores bravery, selfless love, and the true meaning of friendship. This performance will last approximately 60 minutes.

AGES 5+

Illustrations renewed 1980 by Estate of Garth Williams. Reprinted with permission from HarperCollins Publishers

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Orchestra The regal history of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra began in 1882, but its legacy continues to this day with one of the most enviable recorded catalogs in existence. Turn the page to learn more about this legendary ensembleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s upcoming performance at Purdue.

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PETERSBURG PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

Program: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36 Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh (excerpts) Tchaikovsky, Piano Concerto in B-flat Minor, Op. 23

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“ the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Alexeev

Orchestra spilled forth music in the purest form possible— straight from each score’s soul and into the hearts of listeners.” –The Washington Post

Kozhukhin

RUSSIAN CULTURAL TREASURE FEBRUARY 21 / 8PM

FRIDAY / ELLIOTT HALL $22-45

YURI TEMIRKANOV

Music Director & Principal Conductor

NIKOLAI ALEXEEV

Conductor

DENIS KOZHUKHIN

Piano

Few ensembles over the past 130 years have created a crescendo of classical music history quite like the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. What began as a private ensemble commissioned by Alexander III in 1882 has grown into a showcase for preeminent Russian soloists (Sergei Prokofiev), fiery conductors (Richard Strauss), and the preferred performers of world premieres from such legendary composers as Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Dmitri Shostakovich. Now, Russia’s longest-running orchestra will make its Purdue debut during an exclusive U.S. tour that features a program of Russian masterpieces. Joining the orchestra onstage for this electrifying evening is Russian pianist Denis Kozhukhin, whose performance BBC Music Magazine called “a stunning tour de force.” Kozhukhin will perform Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto in B-flat minor, which is among the world’s most beloved concerti in the canon. The program will also feature: Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, which transcended its initially indifferent reception to become a towering icon within orchestral repertoire; and excerpts from Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh, a fantastical tale of love, war, betrayal, and redemption.

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SIMONE DINNERSTEIN “An utterly distinctive voice in the forest of Bach interpretation, Ms. Dinnerstein brings her own pianistic expressivity to the ‘Goldberg’ Variations, probing each variation as if it were something completely new.”

—The New York Times

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and subtlety” (NPR), Juilliard-trained pianist Simone Dinnerstein internalizes her interpretations—every note, pause, and dynamic is filled with emotion and intentionality. In 2005, she blazed her own trail by self-financing her critically lauded debut in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. Then, in 2007, she self-financed her now legendary recording of Bach’s “Goldberg” Variations, which zoomed to No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Classical chart when Telarc released it. Now, following three powerful albums mining the counterpoint of Bach, Beethoven,

and Schubert, she has demonstrated her ability to hop genres with Night, her recently released song cycle of Americana arias alongside singer-songwriter Tift Merritt. Her Purdue program will play to her diverse strengths. Dinnerstein will offer her vantage point on Bach’s Two-Part Inventions; investigate George Crumb’s refraction of tunes by Thelonious Monk and W.A. Mozart in the kaleidoscopic Eine Kleine Mitternacht Musik; contemplate a marriage of minimalism and neo-classical from contemporary composer Nico Muhly; and perform Beethoven’s final piano sonata, No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111. Box Office: (800) 914-SHOW / 494-3933

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With “arresting freshness

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P O P OV I C H POPOVICH COMEDY PET THEATER PET PARADE! The world famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theater is a familyoriented blend of Gregory Popovich’s unique comedy, European-style clowns, and the extraordinary talents of his performing pets. Rescued from animal shelters, each of the show’s 15 cats and 10 dogs once were strays. Now, they love to show off onstage—by performing a variety of stunts and skits!

ALL AGES

Bring the whole family, and be delighted by the extravaganza of amazing juggling and balancing acts, and, of course, very talented performing pets. This performance will last approximately 65 minutes.

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Gregory Popovich, winner of many international circus competitions, and his furry friends have performed in more than 20 countries.

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MARCH 2 / 3PM SUN / LOEB PLAYHOUSE $12-20 PRE-SHOW / 2PM

Visit some furry friends from the Almost Home Humane Society / Stewart Center West Lobby


Tradition & Transformation By Todd Wetzel

What is jazz? Ask a record label executive, a musicologist, and a working jazz musician, and you’ll get a wide variety of answers. Even if you asked three jazz musicians, you’d likely get three different answers. In some circles, even the word “jazz” itself has been branded as outmoded and anachronistic. Debates as to the historical, cultural, and sociological forces surrounding jazz music loom as large as the musical ones once the discussions get rolling. Trumpet player Nicolas Payton (who has played at Purdue on numerous occasions) has been an advocate for the use of the term Black American Music, or BAM, to give this music a name—a clear reference to the distinct cultural significance of the musical antecedents and the originating, inventive, and perpetuating role that Black Americans have clearly played in the genre.

Regardless of the discussion of its origins, however, jazz today is clearly a global force, studied and performed throughout the world with an incredibly diverse array of aesthetic approaches.

So, how is it that the word “jazz” can still contain all of this disparate music? Is it still, well, jazz? Look to the core of the form for guidance. Jazz has consistently called upon disciplined and accomplished musicianship and a capability to transform melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic ideas, but these points aren’t the distinguishing factors. It’s that these very aspects are happening in real time through the power of improvisation. And it’s usually involving several artists who have the capability to do these things simultaneously. It’s here that

you’ll find immensely creative linkage through an incredibly broad and ever-expanding musical practice. This season, we’ll be demonstrating this range (yet again!) from three extraordinary vantage points. Lionel Loueke (Sept. 26) taps the inspiration of his roots in Benin, Africa, to shape his harmonic and rhythmic core. Snarky Puppy (Jan. 17) mines the backbeat of funk and rock to lay down improvisation fused to a groove. And Brad Mehldau (April 17) channels the power of his imagination to transform any melodic material into a masterclass in thematic exposition. All have a strong connection to that traditional lineage of jazz yet all are transforming the music to make distinctly personal statements. And yes, it’s still jazz. Box Office: (800) 914-SHOW / 494-3933

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HUGO VIENNESE VIRTUOSOS MARCH 6 / 7:30PM THURS / LOEB PLAYHOUSE $19-26

Program:

Hailing from the musical haven of Vienna, Austria, the Hugo Wolf Quartett revels in the adventurous and refreshing spirit of its muse, Austrian composer Hugo Wolf, who was often referred to as “Wild Wolf.” By immersing itself in revered classics, rare repertoire, and specially commissioned works, the quartet mixes Viennese grace and refinement with profound energy and artistic curiosity. Founded in Vienna in 1993, the quartet quickly won such coveted awards as the Special Prize of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the European Chamber Music Prize. Together,

Sebastian Gürtler and Régis Bringolf on violin, Gertrud Weinmeister on viola, and Florian Berner on cello convey a passionate and extraordinary unity of expression. The group’s Purdue program includes: a quartet by Franz Joseph Haydn, Opus 33, No. 1, composed in the infrequently used key of B minor; a quartet from acclaimed Austrian romantic composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold; and Johannes Brahms’ String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 51, No. 2, the final movement of which centers around a dynamic Hungarian folk dance.

Franz Joseph Haydn, String Quartet in B Minor, Op. 33, No. 1 Erich Wolfgang Korngold, String Quartet in E Flat Major, Op. 26, No. 2 Johannes Brahms, String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 51, No. 2

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NOTABLE ALBUM: Hugo Wolf: Complete Works for String Quartet


WOLF Quartett

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THE ACTING

COMPANY

“The Acting Company…is the closest relative to a national theatre that this country possesses.” —St. Louis Post Dispatch

Make it a double play weekend! For more than four decades, the Acting Company has been America’s foremost touring repertory-theatre company. In 2009, audiences at Purdue were thrilled with a two-performance engagement that featured a world-premiere performance of James Fenimore Cooper’s The Spy in

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HAMLET ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE ARE DEAD PRESENTED BY THE ACTING COMPANY BY TOM STOPPARD PRESENTED BY THE GUTHRIE THEATRE MARCH 29 / 8PM AND THE ACTING COMPANY

SAT / LOEB PLAYHOUSE $22-30

PRE-SHOW / 7PM

Dr. Thomas Adler will discuss Hamlet / Stewart Center, room 322

“Madness in great ones must not unwatched go.” And that is why, for the first time in its storied history, the Acting Company will present William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Arguably the Bard’s magnum opus, this tale of Prince Hamlet’s pursuit of revenge for his father’s murder plumbs the depths of grief, rage, retribution, danger, and moral corruption. With human themes that span time immemorial, Hamlet is one of the world’s most retold tales. Plus, the global lexicon has absorbed its rich rhetoric—which the Acting Company’s expert performers will bring to riveting, vivid life at Purdue. Don’t “protest too much.” Simply witness “something rotten in the state of Denmark.”

MARCH 30 / 3PM

SUN / LOEB PLAYHOUSE $22-30 One terse line seals the fates of courtiers conspiring against Prince Hamlet in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. But what would happen if these bit players humorously expounded on artistic expression, free will versus determinism, or the impossibility of certainty? American theatre powerhouses the Guthrie Theatre and the Acting Company combine talents to flip Hamlet on its existential ear with Tom Stoppard’s Tony® Award-winning Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead. The three-act play transpires when the titular duo is offstage in Hamlet, with jovial misadventures, playfully philosophical musings, and a clever love for language. John Rando—the Tony® Award-winning director of Urinetown—directs this masterpiece of theatrical invention.

an adaptation by Jeffrey Hatcher alongside an Acting Company and Guthrie Theatre co-production of William Shakespeare’s Henry V. This time, with Hamlet and Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, you’ll see how two sides of the timeless Hamlet story come together, presented by the nation’s finest theatrical touring talent. Make your plans now for a powerful weekend getaway in the theatre! Box Office: (800) 914-SHOW / 494-3933

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“THE EVEL KNIEVEL OF DANCE” Elizabeth Streb has been called a “danger-monger,” the Evel Knievel of dance. She blends a choreographer’s passion for pure motion, a scientist’s impulse to harness invisible forces, a stuntwoman’s fearlessness, and a filmmaker’s instincts to spike an audience’s adrenaline. In Forces, this MacArthur Foundation “Genius” award-winning daredevil presents her biggest blockbuster yet. STREB’s nine “action engineers” court danger live onstage with acts of derring-do guaranteed to thrill audiences of any age. Marvel as these heroes grapple with gravity, wearing counterweights while climbing three-story walls. See them deftly dodge falling bowling

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balls and swiftly spinning steel beams. Watch them narrowly avoid bodies ejected by a giant mechanical machine known as the Whizzing Gizmo. In this exhilarating mix of dance, athletics, boxing, rodeo, circus, and stuntwork, there is no safety net. Set aside whatever traditional definition of dance you’ve heard. Forces is an action-packed spectacle of movement and muscle performed before your very eyes.


STREB FORCES

APRIL 4 / 8PM

FRI / ELLIOTT HALL $22-45 FRIENDS SUPPORT FROM:

Jeanne Compton Endowment for Artistic Excellence GRANT SUPPORT FROM:

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STREB unveiled audacious spectacles, kept secret for months, around London in July 2012 as part of the city’s Olympic Festival—dangling from the Millennium Bridge and crawling about the spokes of the London Eye.

has a “ STREB knack for creating intricate contrapuntal patterns in unlikely spaces. Gravity be damned.” —Los Angeles Times Box Office: (800) 914-SHOW / 494-3933

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Jazz musician Brad Mehldau has performed on more than 50 albums.

UNPARALLELED IMPROVISATION APRIL 17 / 7:30PM

THURS / LOEB PLAYHOUSE $19-26

PRE-SHOW / 6:30PM

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

Brad Mehldau piano

Larry Grenadier

bass

Jeff Ballard drums

FRIENDS SUPPORT FROM:

Dr. Nancy Dimartino & Stephen Borghi

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Recently drawing inspiration from melodies by Sonny Rollins, Brazilian bossa-pop artist Bebel Gilberto, Elvis Costello, and even the ’60s bluespop single “Hey Joe,” Brad Mehldau continues to elevate the art of improvisation to a nearly unparalleled plane with his transformative touch. The celebrated Nonesuch recording artist envisions an ever-expanding body of work as essential for the classic trio format of piano, bass, and drums. With longtime collaborators Larry Grenadier and Jeff Ballard, Mehldau has certainly established himself not only as a deft interpreter but also as a vital composer whose musical intellect is matched by prodigious technical gifts. Enabled by his diverse interests and talents, he has collaborated with such jazz greats as Pat Metheny, Charles Lloyd, Lee Konitz, and Joshua Redman, scored original music for a number of films, toured with the

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and composed classical art songs for soprano Renée Fleming and mezzosoprano Anne Sofie von Otter. In 2010, Mehldau was announced as the holder of the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair at Carnegie Hall— the first jazz artist to hold this position since it was established in 1995. But throughout his impressive output, Mehldau has kept his anchor firmly rooted in the expressive power of the jazz trio, through which he can explore the formal structure of musical composition as well as the endless array of improvisational possibilities. Following Mehldau’s success with Ode and Where Do You Start, his recent releases on Nonesuch, this Purdue engagement is a special opportunity to encounter the art of the trio.


Photo Credit: Michael Wilson

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Photo Credit: Carol Rosegg

“Enthralling & electric.” —The New York Times

APRIL 24 / 7:30PM

THURS / ELLIOTT HALL $22-52 PRE-SHOW / 6:30PM

Dr. Thomas Adler will discuss West Side Story / Location TBA

FRIENDS SUPPORT FROM:

More than 50 years ago, one musical changed theatre forever. Now it’s back and mesmerizing audiences once again. From the first note to the final breath, West Side Story soars as the greatest love story of all time. This revival, based on Tony® Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurents’ Broadway direction, remains as powerful, poignant, and timely as ever. The score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim is

considered to be one of Broadway’s finest and features such classics of the American musical theatre as “Something’s Coming,” “Tonight,” “America,” “I Feel Pretty,” and “Somewhere.” The Associated Press hails that West Side Story “remains Broadway’s best dance-driven musical. Five decades have not dimmed the extraordinary choreography or the score that pulsates throughout.”

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Choosing just the right performances for our audience at Purdue Convocations is a challenge and a privilege we’re always happy to take on. And we can’t deny it— it’s also a lot of fun! But where do we find fresh, innovative, and amusing shows to bring to campus season after season? One great place to look is the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the world’s largest arts festival. For three straight weeks in August, art lovers, including Convocations director Todd Wetzel, flock to Scotland’s capital for around-the-clock performances in all genres and unique acts that defy easy categorization. The Fringe Festival, as it’s casually known, originated in 1947, when the city launched its official Edinburgh International Festival to celebrate and promote the arts in Europe following the devastation of the Second World War. Eight theatre groups who were not on the official program showed up uninvited and decided to stage their shows anyway, wherever they could find space. This fringe element of artists grew each year, until, in 1958, the Fringe Festival

was formalized to promote its performances alongside the more traditional offerings of the International Festival. The Fringe retains its quirky character in part because it remains an open festival, welcoming any performer who has a show to stage and a venue in which to do so. Many other cities, including Indianapolis, now host Fringe Festivals with the same open tradition. The Fringe Festival has far surpassed its progenitor in size, and it’s hard to imagine the festival’s scope if you haven’t attended. In 2012, the numbers were mind-boggling: 22,457 performers staged 42,096 performances of 2,695 different shows in 279 venues. Todd has experienced the rush of the festival firsthand, attending five times since 2005, often to take in a special festival showcase hosted by the British Council. His festival record is seeing 24 shows in seven days, and he has attended performances in the oddest spaces you can imagine. “I’ve seen shows in apartments, catacombs, grottos, galleries, graveyards, and pubs,” Todd says, “plus one that started on a public bus and finished in

Photo: The Edinburgh Castle casts its spell of charm throughout the city, providing scenic views at nearly every turn. Here—looking south down aptly named Castle Street at the Western Defenses.

an apartment; a promenade performance that wandered through a department store after business hours; a one-onone, virtual, 3D goggle-wearing performance; and a realitytheatre mystery work that had me trekking throughout the city receiving instructions via cell phone as well as handoffs from ‘mysterious strangers’ on the streets. The great unifying factor in all of these is the power of theatre to communicate ideas with as few limitations as possible.” Several recent performances hosted by Convocations originated at the Fringe Festival. This season, we are fortunate to bring you two— the all-seven-books-in-70minutes madness of Potted Potter, which must be seen to be believed, and the lighthearted and surreal physical theatre of LEO, which uses video projection to disorient your sense of gravity and space. We hope you’ll join us on the fringe!

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Like Convocations, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe has long had close university ties of its own; the event’s chair for 2013 is Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea, the principal and vice chancellor of the University of Edinburgh.

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BIG IDEAS Lectures at Purdue

The Discovery Lecture Series and

The Purdue Libraries Distinguished Lecture Series

present

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson This Just In: Latest

Discoveries in the Universe

SEPTEMBER 19 / 7PM THURS / ELLIOTT HALL

FREE ADMISSION

with support from the College of Engineering, Purdue Convocations, and the College of Science and additional support from the Indiana Space Grant Consortium, the Black Cultural Center, the Global Policy Research Institute, and the Vice Provost for Diversity & Inclusion

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Neil deGrasse Tyson is one of America’s foremost authorities on space science. Through his numerous books, various social media outlets, and TV appearances ranging from PBS and the History Channel to The Colbert Report and The Big Bang Theory, this astrophysicist also is one of his field’s most ardent, and playful, ambassadors. Educated in New York’s public school system before embarking into higher education, Tyson has focused his research and professional work on our universe’s structure, the Milky Way galaxy, and the formation of stars. Following myriad academic and presidential appointments, Tyson is currently the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History and a member of NASA’s prestigious Advisory Council. Tyson also curates a Twitter feed (@neiltyson) of more than a million followers, for whom he drops the science 140 characters at a time. As his program’s name implies, Tyson will base his topics of discussion on the most recent, noteworthy, and exciting events in space science. It’s a talk tailored to Tyson’s mission to ensure that science remains a lively, vivid topic in American discourse— communicated in ways that connect with us all.


The 2013-14 Sears Lecture Presented by the Department of History An Evening with

Madeleine Albright OCTOBER 10 / 7PM

THURS / ELLIOTT HALL

FREE ADMISSION Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright speaks with humor, insight, and eloquence about her life as a young refugee who rose to become the highest-ranking woman in the U.S. government at that time. Albright sketches a vivid portrait of her years as Secretary of State and offers candid descriptions of her experiences in Washington, D.C., and overseas. She also discusses Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s global role and the many challenges facing President Barack Obama and other world leaders today on a number of foreign policy issues.

Photo Credit: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

This biennial series is named for the late Purdue historian Louis Martin Sears, who was a faculty member in the then-joint Department of History and Political Science from 1920 until his retirement in 1956. Sears specialized in diplomatic history and biography and was the author of numerous books. The lecture series bearing his name is alternately produced by the History and Political Science departments, in conjunction with Purdue Convocations.

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BIG IDEAS Lectures at Purdue Conversations with

Bishop Gene Robinson OCTOBER 27-28 ALL EVENTS ARE FREE ADMISSION

Presented by the Purdue LGBTQ Center and Purdue Convocations with support from the Purdue Student Union Board, Chapel of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, the Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, and the Vice President for Student Affairs.

Gene Robinson, IX Bishop of the Diocese of New Hampshire in the Episcopal Church (Retired), is the first openly gay person elected to the episcopate and the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading religious spokesperson for gay rights and marriage equality. Robinson has a knack for addressing complex, controversial issues through direct language,

avoiding polemics and ideology, and uniting sacred and secular points of view. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also someone for whom marriage equality is a personal issue. Married to a woman for 14 years, Robinson is a father of two children and has been married to a man for the last four years of a 25-year relationship. Born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, he completed the M.Div. degree at the General Theological Seminary (NY) in 1973, and served as deacon, priest, and bishop before retiring in 2013. Robinson is now a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. His most recent book, God Believes in Love: Straight Talk About Gay Marriage, was published in 2012.

His Purdue visit will feature three public events over two days, along with classroom discussions and meetings with student and community groups, providing broad access to his perspectives and opportunities for community discourse.

Sunday, October 27, 2013 | Elliott Hall of Music 2:30PM A Celebration of Community: All are

invited to a community-wide gathering to lift up and celebrate, through story and song, the goals of diversity, tolerance, love, and commitment. Community and religious leaders, along with community artists and ensembles, will lead a gathering that celebrates inclusion and affirmation for the community at large.

4:30PM Keynote Address: Join Bishop Robinson

Photo Credit: BProud Photography, Philadelphia

for a groundbreaking presentation in which he uses a common-sense, reasoned, and religious argument to present his case for equal rights.

Monday, October 28, 2013 | Fowler Hall 7PM Panel Discussion: Change Makers! Bishop

Robinson and a panel of distinguished campus and community leaders will discuss strategies to promote positive change as well as how to lead and overcome obstacles to become a leader for the change you wish to see in the world.

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TEDxPurdueU MARCH 7

FRI / LOEB PLAYHOUSE

$10-25 Did you know? TEDxPurdueU events are licensed, organized, and implemented by an all-volunteer executive team of about 15 students, 20 committee members, and more than 30 volunteers! Purdue Convocations is among the proud sponsors of TEDxPurdueU.

TEDxPurdueU, an independently organized TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) event, uses storytelling to nurture a culture of innovation by 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, arts, engineering, and technology, and TED talk videos will combine to spark deep discussion and interconnection in the Purdue and Greater Lafayette community. Fostering an environment for collaborative, interdisciplinary progress around the unique and thought-provoking stories in the Purdue and Greater Lafayette community is precisely what TEDxPurdueU aims to achieve. For more information about the 2014 TEDxPurdueU events, please visit www.tedxpurdueu.com. Box Office: (800) 914-SHOW / 494-3933

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WHY I BELONG

YOU BELONG

HERE You are a Friend. You are a loyal, enthusiastic patron of the arts. You support diverse shows. You help bring kids to the theatre for free. You help college students connect ideas to their lives. And you belong here. We’re saving a seat for you.

Check out page 41 to join today.

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ZELDA FLYE Friend since 2002

Can you tell us about a great convos experience you’ve had? The best show you’ve done, to me, was The Opera Show. I sent an email about that one! And I’m not driven to do that usually, but I did. I just said, “What a show.” Number one, I am an opera fan. Now, that does not mean that I’m knowledgeable, but I do enjoy it and have seen a number of operas when they come to Convos. I know you can’t have one every year, so when you have them, I like to see them. This was so neat because it was such a contemporary approach to opera. It was a young company, as I understood it, and they did interpretive scenes of different operas. I can’t explain it. It was just wonderful. It wasn’t like you were seeing a full opera, just pieces. I remember there was a student sitting next to me, and, of course, during intermission, we started talking, and I said, “Have you ever seen an opera?” and she said, “No,” and I said, “Well after seeing this, do you think you’d want to?” and she said, “Yeah, I think I would!” What a great way to expose people to opera if they’ve never seen one! I know for some people, you say the word “opera” and they just shut down. I just wish you would bring that one back because it was terrific.


“ I’ve always been interested in the arts, and donating through Friends is the way I express it. I support it because that’s what I care about.” –Zelda Flye

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“ I love the mixing of the community and the university. That doesn’t always happen, but it does at Convocations.” –Bev Shaw

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WHY I BELONG

BEV SHAW Friend since 1993

What was your first experience with Convos?

IS THERE A FRIENDS EXPERIENCE YOU LIKE THE MOST?

WHAT IS THE BEST CONVOS EXPERIENCE YOU’VE EVER HAD?

I’ve played violin since I was 3. When I saw Itzhak Perlman at Elliott Hall of Music, I think I was the first person to stand up the second the last note played. It was unbelievable. It was absolutely mind-blowing. There weren’t that many people in college that would go to a classical-music performance, but I had friends who were willing to go, so we went and it was just amazing.

This is not why I give my check every year, but one of the most beneficial things is that your seating location just continues to improve, and that really is huge. It’s just wonderful to see the differences in the artists on stage and see their expressions.

When STOMP came, they were pretty popular. So we went and saw this incredible show in Elliott. Afterward, we left and went to the parking garage, where traffic was backed up. We were stuck there for a long time, and everyone started honking and beating on the roofs of their cars. They created this amazing rhythm! It was wonderful! Everybody rolled their windows down

I’ve always felt like if it wasn’t for Purdue Convocations, this would just be any other town in the Midwest. But because we have an organization that brings us top-notch entertainment, this is a great place to live, with an educated population, places to go, and things to do. And I think Convocations is the top of those things to do. That’s why I’ve always been a Friend, even though my donations aren’t large. I do what I can to support performances. I want to have those choices. Even if it’s someone I’ve never heard of, I know Convos staff is scouting top-quality shows to bring to town. Even if it’s a flutist I’ve never heard of, it’s a pretty safe bet it’s going to be someone fantastic.

Another thing I look forward to is the Party of the Season because we

I’ve always felt like if it wasn’t for Purdue Convocations, this would just be any other town in the Midwest. learn about upcoming shows, get excited for what’s coming, and enjoy fun video clips. I also think the Soirée is so cool because you get a private performance. I had dinner with a cellist, and then he went up on stage, and I said to myself, “That’s my guy! That’s the guy we had dinner with that’s up there playing!” It’s fascinating. It’s so good to talk to them and then have this intimate performance for just a small group.

to listen to it, and finally, once traffic started to move, you could hear the honking and the rhythm all down Third Street. It was the most amazing extension of what happened in the theatre spreading throughout the community.

Become a Friend and start your story. See page 41.

Discover more interviews throughout the year at convocations.org/IBelong.

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JAN WILBURN Friend since 1989

DO YOU REMEMBER YOUR FIRST CONVOS EXPERIENCE? Yes, it was probably in 1988. I came with several friends to see CATS. It was an amazing performance, and I was hooked. DO YOU REMEMBER AT WHAT POINT YOU DECIDED TO JOIN THE FRIENDS? I think it was immediately after CATS. No matter what is going on in your life, live performances can lift you up, make you feel good about yourself and the world, and shut off what is going on in your life at that point in time.

I was again looking for someone to use my tickets. A man approached me and said, “Is your name Jan?” I said, “Yes,” and he told me, “I want you to know I am standing out here giving my ticket away, too, because you had done that for me at a time when I really needed something to cheer me up.” That really touched me. It is nice to know these experiences in giving have been paid forward by someone else. It still gives me chills to know that he was there giving a ticket to someone, too.

DO YOU HAVE FOND MEMORIES OF UNEXPECTED INTERACTIONS AT PERFORMANCES?

YOU LIVE IN INDY—A CITY WITH MANY ARTS OPPORTUNITIES—YET GRACIOUSLY CHOOSE TO SPEND LOTS OF TIME WITH US AT CONVOS. WHAT MAKES YOU GO THE DISTANCE?

One comes to mind right away. I often give tickets away if I’m not using them or stand at the box office and ask students if they’d like to sit with me. One fall, I gave a ticket to a young man named Jim. Several years later,

The Friends organization is like a giant family. Every program that I come to see, I am asked about how I am, asked about my family. I ask about others. It is like a big, musical, performingarts family.

“We can enjoy different things and enjoy them together and respect one another.” WHAT LEGACY DO YOU HOPE TO LEAVE THROUGH BEING A FRIEND OF CONVOS?

I hope that by supporting the endowment, by word of mouth, and by giving tickets to students or whomever, that it lights a spark that will last a lifetime—like a candle lighting another candle, then lighting another candle. When I was growing up, I never had the opportunity to be exposed to theatre and art, and I am so hoping it can make a difference in someone’s life and how they perceive themselves or the world around them, to become open-minded and accepting and know that we are all here but we don’t have to be alike. 72 LEARN MORE AT CONVOCATIONS.ORG


WHY WE BELONG

JAMES & ERIN BRITTON Friends since 2012

“ Definitely the Party of the Season is exciting. It’s nice to get together and meet people that way. You’re the first to the party, so to speak, to see what’s coming for next season.” —James Britton

MORE REASONS FOR YOU TO BELONG

Each year, Friends at the $1,000 level are invited to the Soirée– a private dinner and concert experience. Consider increasing your membership to receive this special privilege!

Top 5 Can’t-Miss Events

FRIENDS GET BETTER SEATS.

of the Season….

5. West Side Story Private event 4. Little Engine that Could family reception 3. Intermission Club at Elliott shows 2. Soirée with martha redbone roots project 1. Party of the Season!

Visit convocations.org/prioritypoints

to learn everything you need to know about Priority Points. Watch our brand-new video showcasing the details and even find out how to check your points online.

Ready to join?

To join Friends or learn more about how Friends gifts support Convocations programming visit convocations.org/support. Box Office: (800) 914-SHOW / 494-3933

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ARTS IMPACT IN THE CLASSROOM Wu Man & The Knights perform for Purdue students in Mandarin language classes.

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CURRICULAR CONNECTIONS 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.

The artists who performed for, and worked with, our middle school truly energized the students and validated the importance that the arts have in our everyday lives, whether it be making music, telling stories, or appreciating a performance. These artists helped underscore the importance that the arts play in our education and shaping of youngsters in the 21st century.”

Preschool through grade 12 activities include: • Weekday P-12 matinees on the Purdue campus or in local theaters. (More than 3,400 students attended artist residencies in area schools.) • Need-based ticket and transportation scholarships for students to attend matinee performances. Last season, 6,391 P-12 students attended a school matinee, with 2,366 receiving a subsidized reduced rate or free tickets. More than $2,800 in transportation scholarship assistance was distributed. • Theatre Arts Day: high school students interested in professional work in the technical side of theatre and audiovideo production have a school-day opportunity to participate in hands-on sessions with the staff of Hall of Music Productions.

College-level activities include: • 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.

–Tansey Mulligan, Principal, Newton Middle School

Friends SUPPORT FROM:

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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Established in 1975, the Student Concert Committee (SCC) accepts eight students each year for a twoyear term. Undergoing the equivalent of an internship in the music business, SCC members help select, market, and work SCC-sponsored 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 is ew L n ya R & e lemor whatever profession SCC with Mack they choose.

STUDENT GROUPS

MAKE A DIFFERENCE

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 LEARN MOR E at convocatio a lot of new friends. They have ns.org/convoca tions-voice-net work/ 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!

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INFO TO Know 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 shows, 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 show 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 cards can be purchased at campus box offices or by calling (765) 494-3933.

CONTACT:

STUDENT TICKET DISCOUNTS

Discounted student tickets (pg. 40) 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

Regular-season shows in this book include a service fee; all listed prices are the final price. Tickets purchased through Ticketmaster are subject to additional fees.

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:

• Give or sell your ticket to someone else.

• Return your ticket to the box

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

• 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.

DOORS

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

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. Please request this service at least 60 days prior to the performance.

LARGE-PRINT PROGRAMS

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

SERVICE ANIMALS

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.

Purdue Convocations

Campus Box Offices ENAD 112, 400 Centennial Mall Dr. Stewart Center–Loeb Playhouse (M–F 10 am–6 pm) Elliott Hall of Music (M–F 10 am–4:30 pm) West Lafayette, IN 47907-2016 (765) 494-3933 | (800) 914-SHOW (765) 494-9712 | Fax: (765) 494-0540 TDD Relay: (765) 496-1343 convocations@purdue.edu Box Office: (800) 914-SHOW / 494-3933

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Getting Here CAMPUS LOCATIONS LOEB PLAYHOUSE

128 Memorial Mall West Lafayette, IN 47907

ELLIOTT HALL OF MUSIC IOTT

712 3rd St. West Lafayette, IN 47907

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ST. THOMAS AQUINAS

535 W. State St. West Lafayette, IN 47906

Campus maps are also available at purdue.edu/campus_map

LOEB

LAFAYETTE LOCATIONS LAFAYETTE THEATER

ST. TOM’S

600 Main St. Lafayette, IN 47901

LONG CENTER

111 N. 6th St. Lafayette, IN 47901

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

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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.

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


CORPORATE

LEAD PARTNERS

PartneRSHIP

JOIN US! A partnership with Purdue Convocations can provide your company great visibility, a meaningful connection to the community, and access to tickets and preferred seating.

NANSHAN AMERICA ADVANCED ALUMINUM TECHNOLOGIES, LLC.

Call us at (765) 494-9712 or visit convocations.org to download our Corporate Partnership brochure.

Thank you for your support!

We applaud our LEAD PARTNERS, who have generously contributed the highest level of corporate support for the 2013-14 performance season.

Performance Partners Mike and Pam Luenz meet the cast of The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart. Box Office: (800) 914-SHOW / 494-3933

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