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2017-18 CULTURE&IDEAS GUIDE


MISSION Purdue Convocations catalyzes the curriculum, energizes the community, and distinguishes Purdue through powerful performances, illuminating discourse, and extraordinary learning encounters.

HISTORY Purdue University has a rich history of bringing concerts, lectures, and performances to campus. In 1902, the “Lecture and Concert Course” was first offered, creating the earliest evidence of what is now Purdue Convocations. Over the years, the names and formats have changed, but one thing has remained constant: the desire to expand the Purdue experience beyond the classroom. DAYMÉ AROCENA pg. 30 DIAVOLO pg. 16

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2017/18 CALENDAR SEASON 115

SEPT 15/16 Global Fest pg. 8 15 Rhiannon Giddens pg. 10 23 Pat McAfee pg. 12 26/27 Dawn or Doom ’17 pg. 14 28 Diavolo L.O.S.T. pg. 16 OCT 4 ensemble 4.1 pg. 18 14 The Joey Alexander Trio pg. 20 15 Orpheus Chamber Orchestra with André Watts pg. 22 22 Alton Brown: Eat Your Science

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NOV 3 The Illusionists present Adam Trent pg. 26 10 Christina & Michelle Naughton pg. 28 11 Daymé Arocena pg. 30 12 My Father’s Dragon pg. 32 DEC 7 The Steel Wheels

pg. 34

JAN 11 Cabaret pg. 36 19 MONK’estra pg. 38 26 Jiji pg. 40 28 Freedom Riders pg. 48 FEB 2 Troker pg. 50 8 wild Up: Future Folk pg. 52 13-18 At the Illusionist’s Table pg. 54 20/21 PostSecret: The Show pg. 56 23 Orlando Consort: Voices Appeared 28 Jersey Boys pg. 60

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MAR 3 TEDxPurdueU pg. 62 4 Curious George: The Golden Meatball 23/24 Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra pg. 66

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APR 5 Songs of Freedom pg. 68 6 Drew Petersen pg. 70 12 A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder 13/14 World Without Us pg. 74 28 The Wizard of Oz pg. 76

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WHAT WOULD YOU MISS?

World Without Us

Here’s a rangy philosophical question for you: If a major cataclysm collapsed our global society—and you were among the few survivors in a dramatically altered future—what aspects of today’s society would you miss? And what about flipping the question: What if the planet spun on without humans? Would the world miss you? These are loaded questions, to be sure. Fortunately, the longstanding creative tradition of imagined dystopias provides an intellectual—and safe—space in which to hypothesize challenging ideas of the future and test our assumptions about cultures, technologies, policies, and beliefs. Perhaps the primary goal of dystopian fiction is that, by considering the future state of things, we may consider our current places, roles, and choices differently.

This season, we’ll put our vision into action through a powerful collaboration with the Department of English across the Introduction to Composition curriculum. Here, students and audiences will have the opportunity to consider both our priorities in a presumably altered future and what mankind would leave behind if our earthly presence were to suddenly end. See the project description at right and on page 74.

As stewards of Purdue Convocations—and befitting our inherent curiosity as humans—we believe our cultural imprint on Earth does matter. More than a century of considerable community and campus support shows that you do, too. For us, it’s a daily mission, as we collaborate to create signature components of a Purdue education. To that end, we depend on generous partners and individuals like you to make it happen. Here’s our vision for what we do:

We hope you’ll join us this year for all of our world-class performances, discussions, and special experiences. At the same time, we also hope you’ll help us continue to make this community the special place it is through your support of Convocations. We are deeply appreciative that you value culture and inquiry in your world!

• Catalyze the Curriculum Transformative learning experiences

• Energize the Community Incomparable performing artists • Distinguish the Institution Nation-leading programmatic design 4

It’s my pleasure to welcome you to our 2017-18 season…and our creative community!

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Todd Wetzel Executive Director, Purdue Convocations Assistant Vice Provost for Student Life


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Curricular Immersion This project contains public theatrical performances, a pre- or post-show discussion, a shared reading for students in English 106/108, and an opportunity to hear a public reading by the author (details forthcoming and available separately). The public is invited to read in parallel with Purdue students and participate in the public discussions and activities.

Todd Wetzel

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Mike Armintrout

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR FOR PROGRAMMING/SCC ADVISOR

MARKETING Abby Eddy

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING

James Britton

MARKETING ASSOCIATE

Mollie Siu-Chong

ART DIRECTOR/GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Amanda Hassman

THEATRICAL PRESENTATION

CVN GRADUATE ADVISOR

World Without Us

Samantha Ayres

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ONTROEREND GOED, PLYMOUTH THEATRE, RICHARD JORDAN PRODUCTIONS

Patrick Rewers

MARKETING INTERN

Intrepid Belgian theatre troupe Ontroerend Goed has crafted a remarkable theatrical journey of the mind into a world where the human presence—and the evidence of it—is altered with every passing moment.

EDUCATION Dr. Amanda Mayes

ENGLISH 106/108 SHARED READING

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

Station Eleven

Join Purdue students across multiple sections of Introduction to Composition as they contemplate Mandel’s haunting-yet-hopeful exploration of what matters most in a dramatically altered world. (See page 74 for more information.)

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COLLEGE OF EDUCATION — MUSIC EDUCATION STUDENTS

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PRODUCTION Kathy Dietz

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PURDUE DINING & CATERING

HONORS COLLEGE

Cory Brenner

New Person

AMERICAN PIANISTS ASSOCIATION

ELLIOTT HALL OF MUSIC

Mary Ann Bobillo

DIRECTOR OF ARTIST RELATIONS AND OPERATIONS

PARTNER LIST

DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH

DEVELOPMENT Kendra Illingworth

MANAGER OF STEWARDSHIP AND DONOR RELATIONS

BY EMILY ST. JOHN MANDEL

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MANAGER OF EDUCATION

PURDUE LGBTQ CENTER PURDUE STUDENT SUCCESS PROGRAMS RECREATION & WELLNESS

BUSINESS Debbie Siciliano

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF FINANCIAL AFFAIRS, VPSL

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SCHOOL OF HOSPITALITY & TOURISM MANAGEMENT

CONTRIBUTORS Nick Rogers

WEST LAFAYETTE PARKS & RECREATION/ MORTON CENTER

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COPY EDITOR/WRITER WRITER

STUDENT GROUPS Adam Cullers CVN PRESIDENT

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TEDxPurdueU DIRECTOR

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Who are the Friends of Convos? Arts supporters who appreciate access to WORLD-CLASS PERFORMING ARTS experiences in their own community Arts-minded people who want to ensure students of all ages have ACCESS TO THE

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An important, influential group that helps us CREATE POWERFUL EXPERIENCES for individuals of all ages, right in the community where we live

What do the Friends do? Provide annual ticket and transportation scholarships for more than

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Exclusive dinner and performance with Ashley Bathgate, 2017

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PRESENTED BY THE CITY OF WEST LAFAYETTE and THE INTERNATIONAL CENTER with WEST LAFAYETTE PARKS & RECREATION

22nd Annual Global Fest

Join us for Global Fest 2017 on September 15-16. This year, Global Fest continues its transformation into a street festival with Columbia Street and Chauncey Avenue as the backdrop for the celebration and expanded entertainment lineup! Enjoy and explore world cultures through music, dance, crafts, displays, and international food. Continuous stage entertainment, cultural displays, and children’s activities are among the free activities.

MORTON COMMUNITY CENTER WEST LAFAYETTE PUBLIC LIBRARY PURDUE CONVOCATIONS PURDUE BLACK CULTURAL CENTER PURDUE INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS SUPPORT FROM FRIENDS OF BOB

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NATURALIZATION CEREMONY SEPT. 15 | 3PM | WHITE HORSE CHRISTIAN CENTER 1780 CUMBERLAND AVE. | FREE The naturalization ceremony is a pivotal milestone in the naturalization process where soon-to-be citizens swear an oath to the United States and receive their official certificates. The ceremony will feature special guests and a performance by the Purduettes.


SEPT Delgres

Pascuala Ilabaca y Fauna

Global Fest Main Stage

Join us for events that celebrate our diverse community and world cultures through music, dance, crafts, displays, and international food.

PASCUALA ILABACA Y FAUNA 7:30PM EXACT TIME SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Armed with her accordion and her formidable band, Fauna, Pascuala Ilabaca leads the charge of a new generation of Chilean musicians. Inspired by Violetta Parra (the mother of Latin American folk) and influences as far-flung as Mexico and India (where she studied music for a year), Ilabaca’s bass-slapping funk, slow-burn boleros, buoyant cumbias, and more illustrate why Rolling Stone says “she just doesn’t sound like anybody else.”

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FREE ADMISSION AND ENTERTAINMENT

DELGRES

9PM EXACT TIME SUBJECT TO CHANGE An eternal harbor for nomadic souls, New Orleans became the haven to which many Caribbean people of Guadaloupe fled at the turn of the 19th century— escaping Napoleon’s declaration of slavery or the revolution that followed. Based in Guadaloupe today, Delgres channels those ancestral feelings of repression and exile—bridging the gap between Caribbean lament and Delta blues with music that captures both cultures in all their bittersweet buoyancy. CONVOCATIONS.ORG

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Giddens shows us that while America was never as innocent as some nostalgists want to believe, its young spirit still lives within, leading those who can hear its voice toward a better place down the road.”

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— NPR

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15 8PM / FRI

LOEB PLAYHOUSE

Rhiannon Giddens

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THE FREEDOM HIGHWAY TOUR

Rhiannon Giddens is an American original—culling the music and lyrics of our nation’s past to point the way to a brighter future, with a voice that is emotionally fearless, unforgettably dexterous, and “a perpetually soulful marvel” (The New York Times). Raised amid the rich old-time traditions of North Carolina’s Piedmont region, Giddens pivoted from an Oberlin-curated career in opera to American roots and R&B music—first as co-founder of the Grammy®winning Carolina Chocolate Drops (who graced Purdue’s stage in 2011) and now as an acclaimed solo vocalist, banjoist, and fiddler. Giddens also recently dueted with country sensation Eric Church on his hit single “Kill a Word,” joined T Bone Burnett and Elvis Costello in adding music to newly discovered Bob Dylan lyrics in the New Basement Tapes project, and performed a recurring role on the CMT series Nashville. Giddens’ latest album, 2017’s Freedom Highway, is a sonically diverse, 200-year journey through the power of AfricanAmerican songcraft. The struggles and successes showcased in this mixture of original and traditional works reverberate across generations, as musically at home in 1817 as it is in 2017. Drawing on slave narratives from the 1800s, the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, and contemporary African-American experiences, Giddens captures, in her words, “voices demanding to be heard, to impart the hard-earned wisdom of a tangled, difficult, complicated history.” Freedom Highway is by turns buoyantly playful (“Hey Bébé”), gently poignant (“We Could Fly”), tearfully heartbreaking (“At the Purchaser’s Option”), and powerfully polemic (“Better Get it Right the First Time”). Simultaneously horrified and inspired by history, Giddens understands our nation is only as strong as all of its people and no true prosperity can be found if any voice is left unheard.

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SEPT

23 HOMECOMING SPECIAL 8PM / SAT ELLIOTT HALL OF MUSIC

AN EVENING WITH

Pat McAfee It’s easy to say no one expected Pat McAfee—the most successful punter in Indianapolis Colts history—to retire from the NFL in 2017 and focus full-time on a burgeoning comedy career. But defying expectations with disarming humor and brutal honesty has always been the McAfee way, whether he’s splitting uprights or splitting sides. In high school, McAfee turned a friend’s $100 loan into a $1,400 poker payout—using the winnings to travel to Miami and compete in a national field goal-kicking competition. After nailing nine consecutive field goals (and missing a 70-yard attempt by inches), McAfee was off to West Virginia University. Drafted by the Colts in 2009, McAfee became a two-time Pro Bowl selection and ended his NFL career after his best season yet. A longtime regular guest on Indiana’s iconic radio program The Bob & Tom Show, McAfee tried his hand at standup comedy in 2015. His frank, forthcoming set was an immediate hit, and McAfee has since toured across Indiana—commanding stages and sharing stories about the nervousness of the NFL draft process, adjusting to professional sports, and life in the Hoosier State. McAfee is now a contributor to the satirical blog Barstool Sports—for which he’s a podcast host of The Pat McAfee Show—and also a philanthropist, providing assistance to sons and daughters of military personnel. Relatable and ridiculously funny—and with zero filter—McAfee has now turned his obsessive mind toward humor in hopes of “making the world a happier place.”

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FREE TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE AND EVENT SEPT. 26-27, 2017

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Dawn or Doom

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IS TECHNOLOGY MOVING FASTER THAN OUR ABILITY TO UNDERSTAND? KEYNOTE SPEAKERS Dr. Michael Bess The Chancellor’s Professor of History at Vanderbilt University and author of Our Grandchildren Redesigned, Dr. Bess will discuss emerging biotechnologies and the powerful impact they will have on our bodies and minds.

STEWART CENTER

FREE ADMISSION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Dr. Robb Fraley The Chief Technology Officer at Monsanto, a Ph.D. in microbiology and biochemistry, and a World Food Prize Laureate, Dr. Fraley will discuss the valuable role of innovation for farmers as well as innovation’s role in supporting food security and agriculture sustainability around the globe. PLANNED DAWN OR DOOM ’17 TRACKS DESIGNING HUMANS Bioengineering and human design

DESIGNING CITIES Smart cities, homes, and autonomous vehicles

DESIGNING FOOD Plant engineering and gene editing

DESIGNING INFORMATION Fake news and virtual reality

DESIGNING THE WORKFORCE Artificial intelligence & robotics

DAWN OR DOOM ’17 includes these concurrent events: An art exhibit from the Dublin Institute of Technology featuring innovative art and design informed by vision and sensibility to help individuals and society see the world in new and different ways. (Patti and Rusty Rueff Galleries) A student design exhibit, Design Good Now Worldwide Challenge, redesigns objects, products, and environments for people with disabilities to make them more accessible and approachable for everyday use in life. (Patti and Rusty Rueff Galleries) Student research symposium (Stewart Center) Virtual reality interactive exhibits (The Envision Center for Data Perceptualization) A student writing contest featuring journalistic nonfiction or pieces related to a Dawn or Doom presentation. Register now to receive event updates:

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Will blow your mind (and) explode your stereotypes of dance.”

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— Portland Monthly

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28 7:30PM / THUR LOEB PLAYHOUSE

TICKETS: $22-30 PICK5/GROUPS: $19-26

Diavolo L.O.S.T. Each waking moment marks a chance to chase time, achieve goals, or discover the unknown. But are we truly the captains of our own destinies...or simply a collective, caged by social constructs larger than us? Pursuing the answers with astounding athleticism and infinite grace, Diavolo defies traditional definitions of dance and gravity. Company members leap, roll, slide, and fly through space, navigating two-ton, stage-spanning pieces of specially commissioned architecture. For 25 years, Diavolo’s “architecture in motion” has explored the relationship between the human body and its environment—revealing how the spaces we inhabit both inhibit and inspire our triumphs over challenge or adversity. L.O.S.T. (Losing One’s Self Temporarily) is a two-part piece that examines the push-and-pull of control and vulnerability in everyday rituals of commuting and working. Taking place in, around, and atop a train that transforms into both staircase and ark, Passengers is a wild mind trip through shifting consciousness—where dancers negotiate a tenuous balance of being along for the ride, or driving with purpose, on the adventure of life. Set in a grey-bathed business office, Cubicle explores how cramped conditions and monotonous tasks affect the human condition—depicting the struggle to maintain individuality while ascending the corporate ladder. In its return to Purdue after dazzling audiences in a sold-out engagement in 2007, Diavolo uses vigorous choreography and emotional intensity to find drama and danger in the everyday...and uncover aspects of humanity that both divide and unite us.

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The ‘Easy Riders’ of Viennese classics.”

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— DeWeZet


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7:30PM / WED LOEB PLAYHOUSE

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ensemble 4.1 Chamber ensembles come in all shapes and sizes—string quartet, piano trio, brass quintet. Piano windtet? That represents the oneof-a-kind configuration for ensemble 4.1, a chamber group featuring oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, and piano from Germany’s top orchestras. Founded in 2013 and facilitated by Germany’s Goethe Institute, ensemble 4.1 pays tribute to the timeless masterpieces of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven and rediscovers rarely performed 19th- and 20th-century works by such composers as Walter Gieseking, Theodor Verhey, Herrman Zilcher, and David Stephen. ensemble 4.1 has brought its singular sound to audiences around the world—including engagements in Berlin, Istanbul, New York, Toronto, and Shanghai and acclaimed festival stops in Denmark, Malta, and the Kotor Festival in Montenegro. The ensemble’s unique rapport and stage presence prompted the German publication DeWeZet to praise the “absolutely evident...joy these musicians of 4.1 experience when they perform. ensemble 4.1 not only plays in total harmony together, but their dedication to the music and the performance is shining through every note.” JÖRG SCHNEIDER, oboe ALEXANDER GLÜCKSMANN, clarinet CHRISTOPH KNITT, bassoon FRITZ PAHLMANN, horn THOMAS HOPPE, piano

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There has never been anyone that you can think of who could play like that at his age. I love everything about his playing—his rhythm, his confidence, his understanding of the music.”

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— Wynton Marsalis

Photo by Carol Friedman


OCT

Saratoga Jazz Festival, 2016

14 8PM / SAT LOEB PLAYHOUSE

The Joey Alexander Trio

Prodigy. Wunderkind. Genius. Words intended as praise and ripe with opportunity, but often freighted by expectations and fraught with pitfalls. However, through his preternatural jazz-piano virtuosity, 13-yearold Joey Alexander has found all that matters musically: the sweet freedom of evolving expression. Hailing from Indonesia—where his parents exposed him to jazz greats in the womb and his aunt is a pop star—Alexander took up piano as a creative outlet for childhood energy. By age 6, he says, he had “found the keys and felt the sound” of jazz. In 2013, he won the Grand Prix at Master-Jam Fest, an all-ages competition in Ukraine. The next year, a then 10-year-old Alexander performed a Jazz at Lincoln Center gala—on personal invitation from Wynton Marsalis and receiving a standing ovation that The New York Times said made Alexander “an overnight sensation.” Alexander and his family then moved to New York, a home base from which he has performed at jazz festivals in Montreal, Newport, and Copenhagen, in the Apollo Theater, on The Today Show and 60 Minutes, and for Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Alexander is also the youngest-ever Grammy® nominee in a jazz category, with a total of three behind his 2015 debut album on Motéma Music, My Favorite Things, and 2016’s Countdown (named after a track by one of his many “teachers,” John Coltrane). As with most aspects of teen life, Alexander’s technique continues to mature— expanding on the elocution and expression of his hard-bop heroes with “soft, watercolor chords in the right hand and punchy bass lines in the left” (Down Beat). Through a sound and soul older than him, Alexander holds court with the greats and continues to refine his own musical perspective—a declarative, delightful voice poised to join the greats in the next generation of jazz.

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Orpheus demonstrated its conductorless ability to render the complex scores with taut precision and feverish excitement.”

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— The New York Times Photo by Larry Fink


OCT

15 4PM / SUN LOEB PLAYHOUSE

André Watts, piano

Photo by Steve J. Sherman

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra WITH ANDRÉ WATTS, PIANO

For several decades, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and pianist André Watts have been standard-bearers for artistic excellence. Now, these indelible icons of classical music will unite onstage for a centuriesspanning program evocative of their respective trailblazing spirits. Founded in 1972, the Grammy®-winning Orpheus is the world’s foremost chamber orchestra—with more than 70 albums, 40 commissioned works, and a musically democratic process that has also inspired business leaders. Just 10 years earlier and handpicked by Leonard Bernstein, Watts debuted at age 16 with the New York Philharmonic on a CBS broadcast—a mixture of technical mastery, artistic nuance, and televisual reach with which Watts became a globally beloved superstar. The Grammy®-winning Watts remains a regular guest at Ravinia, the Hollywood Bowl, Saratoga, and Tanglewood, received the National Medal of Arts in 2011, holds an endowed chair at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and, as the Los Angeles Times recently raved, “continues to play like a teenage phenom.” The program, From Piano to Pen, shows what happens when fearless improvisers—from Viennese symphonists to jazz polymaths—wrestle with orchestral scores. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 changed then-contemporary definitions of the symphonic form. Charles Rosen called Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9 (“Jeunehomme”) “perhaps the first unequivocal masterpiece of the classical style.” Continuing its legacy of innovative commissioned works, Orpheus and Watts will debut Asunder—an orchestral work from jazz visionary Vijay Iyer, who performed at Purdue with his trio in 2013.

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PROGRAM BEETHOVEN: SYMPHONY NO. 1 VIJAY IYER: ASUNDER MOZART: PIANO CONCERTO NO. 9

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22 4PM / SUN ELLIOTT HALL OF MUSIC

TICKETS: $34-99

Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science Alton Brown—that impish icon of contemporary culinary culture— serves up a family-friendly evening of comedy, cooking, chemistry, and more with Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science. Following an acclaimed Broadway run and Brown’s Edible Inevitable stage production, Eat Your Science promises more of what TV would never allow him to do. That means more “therapy-inducing” audience interaction, larger puppets, and bigger, better, “more potentially dangerous” experiments. (Don’t worry. He’s ready for cleanup just in case things get messy…again.) For nearly two decades, Brown has been a fixture in American food culture as a TV personality and author. Dissatisfied with the quality of televised cooking shows in the late 1990s, Brown enrolled in the New England Culinary Institute and set out to produce his own. Ever since, he has creatively tinkered with gastronomic processes across 14 seasons of the Peabody Award-winning Food Network series Good Eats, gleefully toyed with contestants as the “evilicious” host of Cutthroat Kitchen, and authored such books as the James Beard Award-winning I’m Just Here for the Food. Fast-paced, funny, and fiendishly inventive, Eat Your Science again proves that Alton Brown is “a know-it-all who just might know it all” (The New York Times).

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FAMILY WEEKEND SPECIAL 8PM / FRI ELLIOTT HALL OF MUSIC

THE ILLUSIONISTS PRESENT

TICKETS: $26-58 PICK5/GROUPS: $26-50

Adam Trent Direct from Broadway, Adam Trent—the breakout star of the world’s best-selling magic show, The Illusionists (as seen at Purdue in 2016)—brings his signature brand of magic, comedy, and music to this 90-minute spectacle. Self-taught as an illusionist, singer, and dancer, Trent can’t recall a time in his life when he wasn’t performing—at birthday parties by age 9, at corporate events by 13, and as a street performer by 14. There, he earned a crash-course in drawing—and dazzling—crowds of all ages and under any number of circumstances. He became the youngest illusionist to ever win a medal in the Pacific Coast Association of Magicians’ Pro Magic Challenge—and the only one to win medals in consecutive years. U.S. News & World Report also named Trent one of the nation’s 10 most influential youths for his philanthropic efforts. Today, Trent headlines more than 300 shows a year and has appeared on the Disney, Travel, and SyFy channels. From the same creative minds as The Illusionists, Trent’s all-new show mixes traditional illusions, daring stunts, multimedia technology, dance, and comedy into an extravaganza perfect for the whole family. Think Justin Timberlake meets David Copperfield...and don’t miss Adam Trent—the next generation in magic!

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They have to be heard to be believed.”

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— The Washington Post


NOV

10 8PM / FRI LOEB PLAYHOUSE

Christina & Michelle Naughton

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PIANO DUO

Twins are longstanding cornerstones of theatre and literature, farcically swapping identities or dramatically representing extremes of the personality spectrum. But in the real world, this extraordinary, singular sibling bond never fails to fascinate us. For pianists and twin sisters Christina and Michelle Naughton, that curious connection expresses itself in a musical symbiosis of worldwide distinction— ”paired to perfection” (Philadelphia Inquirer) as two players at two pianos who nevertheless speak in one beautiful voice. Pianists since age 4 and performers of individual renown before they paired up at age 18, the Naughtons graduated from The Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music. At the latter, each earned the prestigious Festorazzi Prize for piano performance. Highlights from recent seasons include performances presented by the New World Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Hall, The Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and the Grand Teton Music Festival. In addition to recitals throughout Europe and tours of Latin America and China, the sisters’ U.S. recital venues include the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater, the Historic Naumberg Bandshell in Central Park, Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Wharton Center. Christina and Michelle are Steinway Artists who recently signed an exclusive contract with Warner Classics—which released their second album, Visions, in 2016. Hailed as “one of the most satisfying duo piano recordings in recent memory” (AllMusic), Visions was named “Editor’s Choice” in May 2016 by Gramophone magazine. Performing on two Steinways in the intimate Loeb Playhouse, Christina and Michelle Naughton combine charisma and conviction in a musical communion unlike any other.

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A warm, dynamic voice and a personality to match.”

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Daymé Arocena To be fearless of failure is to be a force for forward momentum. In the nexus of can-do creativity and cultural vibrancy that is her native Cuba, vocalist Daymé Arocena is leading a charge of musicians who reimagine rumba, bolero, bachata, and changüí by incorporating contemporary jazz, soul, salsa, hip-hop, and funk. Blending the rhythmic nuances of Celia Cruz, the emotional heft of Aretha Franklin, and the social conscience of Nina Simone, Arocena performs with “the expression of a virtuoso…pushing each song toward gleefully unexpected places” (The New York Times). Raised in Havana, Arocena began singing at age 8 and, by 14, was performing in clubs across Havana as frontwoman for the band Los Primos. The title of Arocena’s solo debut album, 2015’s Nueva Era, symbolically represented a resumption of normalized relationships with the nearby United States. Her latest album, Cubafonía, pens a love letter to the numerous cultures on which, and singular country in which, she was raised—everything from a crescendo of Crescent City horns and Cuban polyrhythms on “Mambo Na’ Ma” to pop that Pitchfork said “sits between Sade and Selena” on the soulful ballad “Como.” As an initiate of the Santería religion, Arocena also thoughtfully explores inseparable connections between her creative output and her faith, and the increasing confidence it gives her as a performer. By following la musa wherever it may take her, Arocena has quickly become one of Cuba’s most inviting cultural ambassadors.

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My Father’s Dragon Embark on a visionary adventure that features flying dragons, talking animals, buried treasure, and so much more with My Father’s Dragon— the Enchantment Theatre Company’s adaptation of author Ruth Stiles Gannett’s series of classic children’s novels. When 9-year-old Elmer Elevator learns the ferocious animals of Wild Island have stolen Boris, a baby dragon, Elmer heroically sets off to save the day. Accompanied by his friend the Alley Cat, this compassionate and courageous boy will need pluck and ingenuity—along with chewing gum, lollipops, hair ribbons, and rubber bands—to help Boris and return home safely. The Enchantment Theatre Company awakens imaginations of every age with its whimsical tellings of new and classic fables, myths, and legends. Using life-sized puppets, expressive masks, inventive staging, and original music, they bring to vivid life a story that has been honored by Newbery and the American Library Association, named among the top 100 books for children by the School Library Journal, and celebrating its 70th anniversary of publication in 2018. With “delightfully logical nonsense, appealing characters, and irrepressible humor” (The New York Times), My Father’s Dragon is a tale of derring-do and laughter, too. This performance is a Purdue Convocations Family Matinee. Area students also will have the opportunity to see this performance on Monday, November 13, 2017. For more information about the Purdue Convocations Youth Series, visit convocations.org/education.

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Get your picture taken with a dragon and enjoy dragon activities. The Columbian Park Zoo will present animals from the story.

FAMILY MATINEE

We believe the performing arts are capable of amazing things. Specifically, theatre is a universal phenomenon that cuts across cultures and societies. Theatre teaches us lessons about expression, ourselves, history, cultures other than our own, social change, and creativity. Theatre is an excellent way to learn. Even though we believe theatre is a powerful tool, arts organizations have done little to understand the impact of live performances in the way of objectively researched data. Based on a small study discussed in the article Learning from Live Theater authored by Greene, Hitt, Kraybill, and Bogulski, Purdue Convocations has developed a plan for a larger study to examine the impact of a live performance of Enchantment Theatre Company’s My Father’s Dragon on the literacy skills of some of our youngest patrons. This potentially field-defining work will include the students who attend school matinees of our performances as well as an additional 20,000 to 30,000 students nationwide. For more information on this study, contact Dr. Amanda Mayes, Manager of Education, at asmayes@purdue.edu. CONVOCATIONS.ORG

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The Steel Wheels Sometimes referred to as a “museum of the managed American countryside,” Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains represent a balance of unspoiled nature and necessary industry. And though known for hazes tinted with their titular hue, this majestic range has inspired creative clarity for musicians from Townes van Zandt and Jerry Garcia to Fleet Foxes and The Killers. This notion of forward cultural motion has inspired The Steel Wheels to spin a singular brand of string-folk Americana for more than a decade. Hailing from the region, the band interweaves bluegrass, folk, and oldtime music with singer-songwriter poetry, and its name tips a hat to steam-powered trains, industrial progress, and buggies of the members’ Mennonite lineage. Trent Wagler (vocals, guitar, banjo), Eric Brubaker (fiddle), Brian Dickel (upright bass), and Jay Lapp (mandolin) formed the band in 2004 while studying at Eastern Mennonite University near Charlottesville. Their debut album, 2010’s Red Wing, spawned the single “Nothing You Can’t Lose,” the Independent Music Awards’ winner for Best Country Song. Their latest, 2017’s Wild As We Came Here, adds new sonic textures and experimental flourishes to steadfast folk traditions—recorded at a renovated 18th-century farmhouse in rural Maine owned by producer Sam Kassirer (Lake Street Dive, Josh Ritter). Lyrically inspired by news stories about everyday people’s passions, Anthony Doerr’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel All the Light We Cannot See, and more, Wild represents the band’s most ambitious album yet. “These mountains have been here for centuries,” says the band’s song “Valley.” “There’s stories in the water, something if you’re listening.” Through stellar instrumentals and strong harmonies, the Steel Wheels tell timeless, toe-tapping tales.

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Sets up the lines between delusion and self-knowledge and lets us see the human costs of confusing the two.”

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Cabaret Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome…to Cabaret. More than a half-century after its Broadway debut, John Kander, Fred Ebb and Joe Masteroff’s Tony®-winning musical endures as a force of unforgettable songcraft and scintillating social commentary. At the infamous Kit Kat Club—in pre-World War II Germany—the Emcee, Sally Bowles, and a raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalize crowds...and leave their troubles outside. But as life and politics grow increasingly uncertain and unstable, will the decadent allure of Berlin’s nightlife be enough for all of them to survive dangerous times? This touring production is based on the Roundabout Theatre Company’s Tony® Award-winning revival, creatively shepherded by stage-and-screen legends Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) and Rob Marshall (Into the Woods, Chicago). Through some of musical theatre’s most memorable numbers—including “Cabaret,” “Willkommen,” and “Maybe This Time”—Cabaret explores the costs and consequences of following your heart as the world loses its way.

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Spectacular!... Ultra-hip, ultra-cool, ultra-swinging.” — Examiner.com

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19 8PM / FRI LOEB PLAYHOUSE

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JOHN BEASLEY’S

MONK’estra Thelonious Monk is a monolithic monument to modern jazz, keeping guard over it for eternity. Honed at Harlem’s Minton Playhouse in the 1940s, Monk’s angular chords, spacious riffs, and explosive technique shifted cultural tastes from big band swing toward bebop’s mesmerizing dissonance and breakneck improvisation. For the 2017 Purdue Jazz Fest, it is an honor to celebrate Monk’s centennial birth and his undying influence on the form by welcoming John Beasley’s MONK’estra. This ensemble brings jazz full circle, translating Monk’s work into the big band format with fresh, buoyant arrangements. Led by Beasley on piano, the MONK’estra evokes its namesake’s singular spirit: the offbeat melodies and humor, strange beauty, and unbounded swing, now infused with New Orleans spirit, hip-hop, Afro-Cuban rhythms, and other atmospheric colors. Their sound reflects the far-ranging travels of Beasley, a Grammy® and Emmy Award-nominated pianist, composer, and arranger who has shared stages with Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Dianne Reeves, Herbie Hancock, Chaka Khan, and James Brown. He is also the music director for the Thelonious Monk Institute, where he oversees UNESCO’s International Jazz Day global concerts and annual competition galas. In 2016, Mack Avenue Records released the MONK’estra’s debut album, MONK’estra, Volume 1. By retaining Monk’s nimble, sometimes jarring syncopation and adding big band playfulness and exuberance, Beasley’s MONK’estra casts appreciative upward glances at the man who made it possible while making its own mark on his material.

This performance serves as Purdue Convocations’ annual contribution to the Purdue Jazz Festival, a Purdue University Bands event that brings more than 2,500 middle- and highschool students to campus for clinics and concerts with noted jazz artists and clinicians. See details at purdue.edu/bands.

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A graceful and nuanced player.”

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Jiji

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GUITAR Rare is the classically trained guitarist who is equally at home strumming Segovia as spinning DJ sets of happy hardcore electronica. Or one inclined toward experimental works that incorporate virtual reality headsets. Or one who can spark a jam session on a moving trolley while touring in Hong Kong. From tango to trance and everything in between, Jiji is a guitarist of adventurous tone and texture. Jiji’s repertoire includes sonata staples of the classical canon and electronically tinged soundscapes from her own works as a performer and DJ and LINÜ, a collective formed with Icelandic cohort Gulli Bjornsson. Hailing from South Korea, Jiji (Jiyeon Kim) was accepted to the Korea National University of Arts at age 14, later attended the Cleveland Institute of Music, and was accepted as one of the first two guitarists at the Curtis Institute of Music. Jiji’s impeccable musicianship earned her First Prize at the 2016 Concert Artists Guild International Competition—a prestigious calling card for rising-star talent you may recall from past Convocations performances by the Brasil Guitar Duo, Donald Sinta Quartet, and Naomi O’Connell. Her recital venues include Carnegie Hall, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and she has performed chamber music with Eighth Blackbird, members of the Bang on a Can All-Stars, and the Tanglewood Chamber Orchestra. Currently pursuing a Master of Music degree at Yale, Jiji also works as a composer with Yale’s Repertory Theater, Cabaret, and School of Art. After a recent guest-solo performance with the Kansas City Symphony, The Kansas City Star called Jiji “a graceful and nuanced player…(presenting) an intimate, captivating performance.” Don’t miss an artist expanding her instrument’s boundaries to deliver voices you may not have thought possible.

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A LEGACY ENDURES

Arts and entertainment are a gift and not a given.”

— Jeanne Compton

Dale and Jeanne Compton with members of the National Theatre of Scotland after The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart

JEANNE AND DALE COMPTON, SUPPORTERS OF THE ARTS AT PURDUE, LEAVE A STRONG LEGACY Jeanne and Dale Compton founded the Jeanne Compton Endowment for Artistic Excellence in 2002 during the Purdue Convocations Centennial Celebration as a way to inspire others in the community to support Convocations—enhancing and perpetuating the presence of worldclass performances at Purdue. The Comptons arrived in West Lafayette in 1988 when Dale joined the Purdue faculty. Jeanne was a member of the Friends of Convos Board from 1995 to 2005 and became a Friends Legacy Member in 2011 and a Lifetime Collaborator in 2012. Dale and Jeanne were part of the Convocations family, so we are sad 46

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to share that both have passed away recently—Jeanne on September 19, 2016, and Dale on February 7, 2017. But their legacy endures. Jeanne’s endowment is used to cover artist fees for performances like the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and a broad cross-section of shows over the years, including the Martha Graham Dance Company, the Joffrey Ballet, and the National Theatre of Scotland. Jeanne had discriminating taste but also valued having an array of arts offerings present in our community, says Assistant Vice Provost for Student Life Todd Wetzel, who oversees Purdue Convocations.

“Her life was lived so fully that she encountered many things, saw the richness of the cultural landscape in other major cities, saw that this was really powerful, and knew that Convocations was the organization through which that power could be brought here,” says Wetzel. Jeanne and Dale strongly believed that engagement in the arts improves our community’s quality of life and directly supports Purdue’s mission to become a world-class institution. As Jeanne often said, “Arts and entertainment are a gift and not a given.”


You, too, can leave a legacy.

Endowment funds provided

$115,000 OF SUPPORT for the 2016-17 season.

ENDOWMENTS HELP ESTABLISH PERMANENT FINANCIAL FOUNDATIONS FOR THE FUTURE OF CONVOCATIONS—A LEGACY OF SELF-RENEWING FUNDS THAT LIVE FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. In an endowment, the principal of the gift is invested in perpetuity, and only a portion of the interest is spent each year. New endowments can be created at any time with assistance from the Convocations staff. When the principal balance of the fund reaches $25,000, the interest earnings will be used to support the donor’s wishes. Additional funds can be added at any time to increase the principal amount and generate greater revenue from interest. In this way, the endowment becomes a long-term source of funding to help donors realize their philanthropic wishes. Endowments may be either restricted or unrestricted, contingent on donors placing purpose restrictions on the use of the income. Verona String Quartet, supported by Mike and Pam Luenz

Donors who make a one-time gift or pledge of $10,000 or more to an endowment qualify for

LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP status as a Friend of Convos.

DAVIS FAMILY ENDOWMENT Established by Kevin and Janene Davis to provide performance support JEANNE COMPTON ENDOWMENT FOR ARTISTIC EXCELLENCE Established by Jeanne and Dale Compton to provide performance support and ensure performance variety ROBERT B. AND PATRICIA PEYTON TRUITT PIANO PERFORMANCE ENDOWMENT Established to provide performance support, with emphasis on piano-based soloists or small-ensemble classical and jazz music ALL ABOARD FOR THE ARTS Established by Mary Seyfried to provide tickets and bus transportation for students from schools with high economic need CHRISTIANE E. KECK AND DAVID L. FILMER ENDOWMENT Established to underwrite discounted tickets for Purdue students

MIKE AND PAM LUENZ CLASSICAL MUSIC ENDOWMENT Established to provide support for classical music, with emphasis on Discovery Artists COMMUNITY ACCESS TO THE ARTS ENDOWMENT Established by Mary Seyfried to provide tickets for fixed-income seniors BILL EDWARD WILBURN ENDOWMENT Established by Janet G. Wilburn to provide support for in-school artist residencies and workshops MARY SEYFRIED ENDOWMENT FOR ARTS OUTREACH AND ENGAGEMENT Established to provide support for in-school artist residencies and workshops

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Freedom Riders

TICKETS: $10-15

MAD RIVER THEATER WORKS

Freedom Riders—a new play with original songs and music presented by Mad River Theater Works—celebrates the valiant, courageous personalities behind one of the American Civil Rights Movement’s most critical chapters. In 1961, a full 15 years after the United States Supreme Court outlawed segregation, bus lines and Southern cities continued to rigidly enforce the separation of black and white citizens. The Freedom Riders were a group of everyday heroes—black and white, North and South—who bravely banded together in defiance of this status quo. They traveled together on buses, across state lines, to stand against discrimination and throw a national spotlight on racial violence. Freedom Riders is the latest addition to the canon of American history plays for Mad River, a company that illuminates stories from America’s backroads and small towns and examines the complex choices Americans face as a collective culture and community. Freedom Riders thoughtfully demonstrates the importance of collaboration to effect change and how non-violent protests focused the nation’s mind on intolerable cruelties of segregation. The timeless, inspiring story of these unforgettable heroes and their achievements is essential to fully understanding the Civil Rights Era and American history itself. This performance is a Purdue Convocations Family Matinee. Area students also will have the opportunity to see this performance on Monday, January 29, 2018. For more information about the Purdue Convocations Youth Series, visit convocations.org/education.

PRE-SHOW 2PM STEWART CENTER LOBBY Learn more about the Freedom Riders and peaceful protests through displays and activities presented by the Purdue Black Cultural Center.

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Immediately infectious tunes and an energetic live show.”

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— The Huffington Post

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DANCE PARTY! 8PM / FRI PMU BALLROOMS

TICKETS: $15-20 PICK5/GROUPS: $15-20

Troker If Salvador Dali had ever made a heist movie, Troker would have provided the soundtrack—with a style that careens between the sublime and dangerous. Metal riffs meet fatback grooves. DJ scratches trade lines with horns. Befitting their name—derived from a northern Mexico word for pickup trucks and trailers—Troker does not perform jazz for elevators. Their music rides the line with high horsepower and both greased-up hands on the wheel. Perhaps the most important export from Mexico since tequila, Troker burst onto Guadalajara’s jazz scene in 2004, seized the lapels of the jazz and world music scenes with its debut album, 2007’s Jazz Vinil, and continued its crazily creative evolution on 2010’s El Rey Del Camino, 2014’s Crimen Sonoro, and 2016’s 1919 Música para Cine. The muscular, mysterious sound of these cultural messengers has since been heard at South by Southwest, Glastonbury, and the Monterey Jazz Festival in California. Troker is also the only Mexican band officially selected to perform at both the World Music Expo (WOMEX) and Germany’s Jazzahead festival. Theirs is a sound influenced by Zappa and Zapata, Miles Davis and the Mars Volta, Pink Floyd and Perez Prado. Inside Troker’s psychedelic headspace, jazz, rock, klezmer, funk, cumbia, and mariachi music all knock back a few shots together—for a long, wild night where you’ll be pulled out of your comfort zone and onto the dance floor.

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...A raucous, grungy, irresistibly exuberant...fun-loving, exceptionally virtuosic family.”

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— The New York Times


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wild Up: Future Folk

CHAMBER ORCHESTRA The rush of live music allows us to summon both cherished memories and the charged urgency of right now—swirling them together in a shared, collective consciousness of yours, mine, and ours. It blurs lines between modern moments and past recollections, and in wild Up’s Future Folk, it rewrites the rules of chamber music. New. Old. wild Up plays it...as long as they love it. In Future Folk, this Los Angeles musical collective explores innovation through the sounds of the Velvet Underground and the Shaggs, post-war New York, ancient India, and contemporary California. Founded in 2010 and led by artistic director and conductor Christopher Rountree, wild Up has collaborated with orchestras, composers, rock bands, and cultural collectives around the globe—embracing unusual venues, programs, and repertoire. They’ve recorded with Björk’s preferred backup choir in Iceland, jammed with chamber-pop band San Fermin beneath a Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton, performed scores by Oscar-nominated composer Mica Levi, collaborated with members of Jane’s Addiction, and recorded an afrobeat opera about the end of the Mayan calendar. Wild and wildly successful, the ensemble was named the Best Classical Music of 2012 by the Los Angeles Times. wild Up also was the first-ever Ensemble in Residence at UCLA’s Hammer Museum and has since filled the same role with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra—as comfortable teaching a class on composition as they are a class about creativity and consciousness. In wild Up’s Future Folk, “we” becomes “one.”

TICKETS: $21-30 PICK5/GROUPS: $18-26

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(Scott) Silven is a phenomenon.”

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— The Herald (Scotland)


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13-18 At the Illusionist’s Table

FEB 13-16 / 6PM FEB 17 / 5PM + 9PM FEB 18 / 6PM

Candles flicker. Wine pours. Conversation stirs. The dinner party takes its seats. And then, instantaneously, you can feel the atmosphere shift. A late-arriving guest enters the room and introduces himself. Before the night is over, thoughts will transcend, mysteries will materialize, and dreams shall be revealed. Straight from several years of sold-out runs, At the Illusionist’s Table is the latest revelatory marvel curated by Convocations from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival—an unforgettably exquisite sensory experience combining food, wine, conversation, and wonder that Glasgow’s The Evening Times said “transcends art and performance.” A childhood fascination with life’s most inexplicable enigmas guided Scott Silven to a career of illusion—studying hypnosis in Milan at age 15, gaining recognition from David Blaine at 19, and headlining one of the United Kingdom’s most prestigious theaters at 21 with stylish, smart, and critically acclaimed performances. At the Illusionist’s Table is a modern-day marvel unlike any other in the world of magic—an opportunity to savor a customized menu prepared by Culinary Olympics Silver Medalist Chef Ambarish Lulay and the students in the HTM 29101 & 49200 courses at Marriott Hall, sample delicious wine, strike up conversation, and enjoy the most intimate, mind-bending illusion and culinary immersion you’ve ever experienced. Exceedingly smart and sophisticated, At the Illusionist’s Table delivers what SGFringe.com called “the ultimate sparkling diamond of the Fringe.”

ATTENDEES MUST BE 21+

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LOBBY BAR SERVICE AVAILABLE 60 MINUTES PRIOR TO EACH PERFORMANCE

TICKETS: $45-95 PICK5/GROUPS: $45-85

A LIMITED NUMBER OF PURDUE STUDENT TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE BEGINNING ON AUGUST 1.

At The Illusionist’s Table is an extraordinarily special and limited engagement with only seven seatings of 22 guests each during its run. To help accommodate the demand for seating, there is a limit of four tickets per household, and ticket requests will be filled in Friends Priority Points order. Each ticket includes a bespoke, gourmet threecourse dinner replete with wine pairings. A cash bar for pre-dinner drinks and bottle service during dinner will be available. CONVOCATIONS.ORG

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PostSecret: The Show Secret desires. Unspoken apologies. Embarrassing habits. Unrealized dreams. Lifelong regrets. High hopes. Under a cover of anonymity, people across the globe have made their private feelings public through PostSecret—a project that has spawned art exhibits, books, exhibits, blogs, apps, and more since its launch in 2005. PostSecret: The Show offers an immersive, poignant journey through the humor and humanity of the personal stories we keep to ourselves and, on rare occasions, share with others. Projected images, videos, three actors, and a guitarist work together to share crowd-sourced narratives and reveal true stories behind the secrets. See the hopeful, shocking, painful, sexual, and amusing secrets that have brought hundreds of millions to the PostSecret blog, spawned six bestselling books, and an exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution. Frank Warren—the creator of PostSecret, Internet phenomenon, and recipient of the Mental Health Advocacy Lifetime Achievement Award—collaborated with an award-winning team of theatre professionals to bring PostSecret to theatrical life for the first time. Blending the bravery of Rent and the bracing honesty of The Vagina Monologues, PostSecret: The Show represents a breakthrough in audience-sourced storytelling to reach beyond the confines of the stage...and remind audiences that secrets can serve as both walls and bridges.

TICKETS: $6-10 PICK5/GROUPS: $6-10

PRE-SHOW 6:15PM STEWART CENTER LOBBY Learn more about the PostSecret project and create your own postcard.

Purdue’s Student Success Programs is helping to support this event by providing tickets to student leaders and staff in the following programs: Academic Success Center, Disability Resource Center, Horizons, Orientation and Transition, Purdue Promise, Supplemental Instruction, Span Plan Nontraditional Student Services, Purdue Testing Center, and the Veterans Success Center.

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RenĂŠe Maria Falconetti as Joan of Arc in The Passion of Joan of Arc


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Orlando Consort: Voices Appeared

TICKETS: $22-28 PICK5/GROUPS: $19-24

SILENT CINEMA AND MEDIEVAL MUSIC Condemned in France and banned in England upon its release in 1928, The Passion of Joan of Arc has since earned universal coronation as one of the greatest films ever made. With a documentarian’s authenticity and a disruptor’s aesthetic, director Carl Theodor Dreyer chronicles the 15th-century interrogation, trial, and execution of a “simple shepherdess” turned Catholic saint. Inspired by visions of angels and saints, Joan posed as a boy to help France defeat British occupation forces in the Hundred Years’ War—all before age 19. Dreyer lends intense isolation to the often outsized, crowd-pleasing medium of silent film—using discomforting close-ups, disquieting editorial rhythms, and a dynamic turn from actress Renée Maria Falconetti that film critic Pauline Kael said “may be the finest performance ever recorded on film.” Now, in Voices Appeared: Silent Cinema and Medieval Music, Dreyer’s magnum opus is accompanied for the first time by an a cappella score. Curated and performed by one of Europe’s most expert vocal quartets, Britain’s Orlando Consort, the score masterfully uses French sacred and secular music from 1050 to 1550 to illuminate the emotional arc of the film, featuring hymns, chansons, chants, Kyries, and motets that Joan likely heard during her brief, remarkable life. Paired with the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center’s impeccable acoustics, Voices Appeared offers an emotionally enveloping blend of choral music and cinematic marvels “so intimate we fear we will discover more secrets than we desire” (Roger Ebert). CONVOCATIONS.ORG

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The most exciting musical Broadway has seen in years.”

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— Chicago Tribune


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28 7:30PM / WED ELLIOTT HALL OF MUSIC

TICKETS: $26-58 PICK5/GROUPS: $26-50

Jersey Boys They invented their own sound, wrote their own songs, and sold 175 million records worldwide—all before they were 30! The Tony-, Grammy®-, and Olivier Award-winning Jersey Boys tells the true story of The Four Seasons and features such unforgettable classics as “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “December 1963 (Oh, What a Night),” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” Watch the meteoric rise of Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito, and Nick Massi—four blue-collar kids who became one of the greatest successes in pop-music history. From the creative team of two-time Tony Awardwinning director Des McAnuff, book writers Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, composer Bob Gaudio, lyricist Bob Crewe, and choreographer Sergio Trujillo comes a showstopping production that the Chicago Tribune called “the most exciting musical Broadway has seen in years”!

Jersey Boys contains authentic “profane Jersey language” and is recommended for ages 12+.

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TIME TBA / SAT LOEB PLAYHOUSE

TICKETS: $15-25

TEDxPurdueU TEDxPurdueU, an independently organized TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) event, uses storytelling to nurture a culture of innovation through 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, education, the arts, engineering, business, and technology, will combine to spark deep discussion and interconnection among our community of lifelong learners. The daylong format will allow attendees to receive even more engaging programming, exquisite conference gifts, and exclusive networking opportunities. In addition to their annual flagship conference, TEDxPurdueU hosts multiple breakout sessions yearround, fostering an environment for collaborative, interdisciplinary progress around the unique and thought-provoking stories in the Purdue and Greater Lafayette community. For a complete 2017-18 TEDxPurdueU series of events, please visit TEDxPurdueU.com. TEDxPurdueU is proud to be a student organization under the Purdue Convocations umbrella.

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3PM / SUN LOEB PLAYHOUSE

TICKETS: $10-15

Curious George:

The Golden Meatball Curious George—that lovably inquisitive little monkey and icon of books, movies, and an Emmy Award-winning PBS TV series—comes to the stage in a delightful new musical from TheatreWorks USA. Each year, George eagerly awaits the only day more important than his birthday: All-You-Can-Eat Meatball Day, when he helps his friend Chef Pisghetti cook and serve delicious meatballs to a hungry crowd. But this year, the crowd has vanished—lured away by Phineas T. Lightspeed and his Meatballs O’Matic 9000 machine. In despair, Chef Pisghetti vows to cook no more. However, his buddy George decides to enter the chef’s meatballs in the world-famous Golden Meatball Contest to prove they’re the best. Can a determined little monkey make it all the way to Rome and win the big prize? With every swing and flip, George leads the audience through a fun-filled adventure in which he learns more about Italy’s capital, friendship, and the “secret ingredient” to cooking! Curious George: The Golden Meatball delivers a can’t-miss recipe the whole family will enjoy.

PRE-SHOW 2PM STEWART CENTER LOBBY Get your picture taken with Curious George and enjoy Curious George activities. College of Education music education students will present monkeyand music-related activities.

FAMILY MATINEE

This performance is a Purdue Convocations Family Matinee. Area students also will have the opportunity to see this performance on Monday, March 5, 2018. For more information about the Purdue Convocations Youth Series, visit convocations.org/education.

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23 REPRISE! 8PM / FRI CARNAHAN HALL

TICKETS: $20-25 PICK5/GROUPS: $17-22

BOOK AND LYRICS BY ETHAN LIPTON MUSIC COMPOSED AND PERFORMED BY ETHAN LIPTON, VITO DIETERLE, EBEN LEVY, AND IAN RIGGS

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Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra No Place to Go

Ethan Lipton is looking for an upside to the downturn—the economic downturn, that is. His character is the classic everyman that could easily be that guy in the cubicle next to you. You’ve probably had a half-hearted Monday morning chat about “them lousy bums” on the Sunday sports channel with someone like him, yet now you’ve learned that his job’s been outsourced to some distant locale and he’s trying to make the best of it, brave face and all. But you know the truth: There might not be much “best” to be found. In No Place to Go, the OBIE award-winning playwright, actor, and singer Ethan Lipton, with his fine three-piece group, has created a comedic new cabaret theatre gem that mines the anxieties of the middle-class workplace, bagel carry-ins and all. Yes, there’s plenty of office camaraderie and water cooler yuks, but there’s also plenty of universally understood pain emerging in the newly “permanent part-time” future. Lipton expertly guides the whole affair through stories and songs that, in the hands of his band, become a theatrical song cycle of sublime jazz, blues, and folk music.


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The Outer Space

4PM + 8PM / SAT

This special multi-day engagement with Ethan Lipton and His Orchestra includes a reprise of the runaway hit of Convos’ Three Stories High Theatre Festival from 2015 and Lipton’s newest work. Come to one—or see them both! All performances will be held in the comfortable confines of the new Carnahan Hall with general admission, club-style seating, and available cash bar. All ages.

Incessant noise. Inescapable pollution. Occupational woes. Overpriced real estate. Trading the cramped confines of Earth for the quiet expanse of the cosmos doesn’t sound so bad. But as Ethan Lipton learns, there is still much to weigh you down...even after you relocate to a place with zero gravity (and cheaper rent). Lipton’s all-new production, The Outer Space, is his companion piece to No Place to Go—the comedic cabaret theatre gem presented by the OBIE Award-winning playwright, actor, and singer at Convos’ Three Stories High Theatre Festival in downtown Lafayette in 2015. Purdue Convocations is pleased to welcome back Lipton and his fine three-piece band for an all-new adventure in bittersweet, hilariously off-kilter storytelling. Fed up with a harried existence on this pale blue dot, a married couple buys an old spaceship and leaves Earth behind for the vast beauty and treacherous terrain of the final frontier. But will they, or their marriage, survive the mission? Through a science-fiction song cycle of jazz, soul, funk, and pop, Lipton explores the dreams and doubts of this escape plan, the impossible quest to create a sustainable life, and the notion that changing your address doesn’t necessarily mean you can change your stars. It’s an out-of-this-world look at earthbound concerns from a performer whom The New York Times calls “an expert at keeping music, jokes and... narrative tightly knitted together into one consistent human package.”

CARNAHAN HALL TICKETS: $20-25 PICK5/GROUPS: $17-22

BOOK AND LYRICS BY ETHAN LIPTON MUSIC COMPOSED AND PERFORMED BY ETHAN LIPTON, VITO DIETERLE, EBEN LEVY, AND IAN RIGGS DIRECTED BY LEIGH SILVERMAN

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Joanna Majoko

Ulysses Owens Jr.

Alicia Olatuja

Theo Bleckmann

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7:30PM / THURS LOEB PLAYHOUSE

Songs of Freedom Joni Mitchell’s environmentally and emotionally resonant folk, Abbey Lincoln’s haunting political protests through jazz, and Nina Simone’s vocally dexterous and declarative stands against racism may seem strange bedfellows. But in their own way, each of these iconic, influential musicians demanded freedom—Mitchell to feel conflicted about love’s complexities, Lincoln to gain political ground through potent expression, and Simone to use success and influence to confront and challenge racial rancor. Developed for Jazz at Lincoln Center by producer, composer, and Grammy®-winning drummer Ulysses Owens Jr., Songs of Freedom explores three indelible voices of the 1960s and the complex ways in which they call out to each other. Mitchell’s “Borderline” laments ideological lines drawn in sands of everyday conversation, Lincoln’s “Wholly Earth” praises human collaboration as a way to “keep ghosts appearing through the sound,” and Simone’s rendition of “Everything Must Change” laments both fleeing time and the urgency of America’s Civil Rights Era. Backed by Owens and masterful jazz musicians, three vocalists will interchangeably deliver the program’s vast repertoire: Alicia Olatuja, a classical, gospel, and jazz singer hailed for “strong and luscious tone” by The New York Times and a collaborator with Chaka Khan, BeBe Winans, and Dr. Lonnie Smith; Theo Bleckmann, a Grammy®-nominated jazz singer and composer whom Village Voice called “the most startlingly original male vocalist since Bobby McFerrin”; and Joanna Majoko, a Canadian jazz singer by way of Germany and Zimbabwe who has performed with Vijay Iyer and Blue Note recording artist Otis Brown III. Through their music and activism, Mitchell, Lincoln, and Simone understood the exhilaration of freedom was only possible after facing crucibles of fear and doubt. Songs of Freedom celebrates the contemplation and compassion of their voices and hearts.

TICKETS: $20-26 PICK5/GROUPS: $17-22

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8PM / FRI LOEB PLAYHOUSE

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Drew Petersen PIANO

After nearly two decades of professional performance, Drew Petersen has played piano since he could barely reach the pedals. It is unsurprising, then, that no aspects of artistry exceed Petersen’s grasp— his intelligence, maturity, and depth featured on the PBS special From the Top at Carnegie Hall at age 12 and since enjoyed by audiences worldwide. As the 2017 winner of the American Pianists Association’s Classical Fellowship, Petersen becomes the APA’s latest rising star to perform at Purdue, joining such contemporaries as Sean Chen, Eric Zuber, and Sullivan Fortner. Based in Indianapolis for more than three decades, the APA is one of the world’s most foremost performing arts organizations, and its Classical and Jazz Fellowship awards are among the field’s most prestigious, lucrative, and coveted—the champions earning cash prizes, concert opportunities, career guidance, and a recording contract with Steinway & Sons. This is the latest honor for Petersen, who has also been a prizewinner at competitions in Leeds, Tel Aviv, and Hilton Head, as well as New York, where he has performed at Carnegie’s Weill Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Rose Theater in Lincoln Center, and more. Petersen graduated cum laude from Harvard University as a bachelor of liberal arts in social science and completed undergraduate music studies at the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Jerome Lowenthal. He is currently pursuing a master’s of music there with Robert McDonald as a recipient of the prestigious Kovner Fellowship. Under Petersen’s hands, this is an evening of piano classics performed with “perfectly captured…youthful ebullience and glitter” (The Guardian). CONVOCATIONS.ORG

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Puts the ‘fun’ back in ‘funeral.’ ”

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TICKETS: $26-58 PICK5/GROUPS: $26-50

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder Getting away with murder can be so much fun. What better proof than the knock-’em-dead hit show that earned unanimous raves and won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Musical? Coming direct from New York, where a most gentlemanly NPR critic said he’d “never laughed so hard at a Broadway musical,” A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder is the uproarious story of Monty Navarro—a distant heir to a family fortune who plots to jump the line of succession by (you guessed it) eliminating the eight pesky relatives (all played by one fearless man) standing in his way. All the while, Monty juggles his mistress (who’s after more than just love), his fiancée (also his cousin, but who’s keeping track?), and the constant threat of prison. Of course, everything will be worth it if Monty can slay his way to the inheritance...and be done in time for tea. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder “restores our faith in musical comedy” (The Hollywood Reporter).

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It will lift the hearts of all those who’ve been pining for what sometimes seems a lost art form.” — The New York Times CONVOCATIONS.ORG

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Hushed, graceful, almost wonder-filled.”

— TimeOut

Emily St. John Mandel, author of STATION ELEVEN April 5 / 8PM / Fowler Hall FREE and open to the public

Emily St. John Mandel is the author of four novels, most recently Station Eleven, which was a finalist for a National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner award, and won the 2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award. Station Eleven follows a traveling Shakespearean theatre company in a post-apocalyptic North America. It is a beautiful novel that asks us to question the value of art, fame, and the relationships that can sustain us through anything.

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World Without Us ONTROEREND GOED

PLYMOUTH THEATRE, RICHARD JORDAN PRODUCTIONS We can hardly imagine it. No mortgages. No knitted scarves. No butterfly strokes. No swimming pools. No new totems to our humanity, from the soft solace of stuffed animals to the declarative confidence of steel-and-glass skyscrapers. Humanity’s end would not be the world’s end. It would be a chrysalis from which Earth emerged in its own image, not ours. What would that entail? How would it sound...or not sound? How would our human-free planet play out its role in a larger galactic endgame? World Without Us—an elegiac, exhilarating monologue—is the latest visionary work from Belgian collective Ontroerend Goed (pronounced ahnt-ROE-ent HOED), whose comfort-challenging pieces have stunned Edinburgh Fringe Festival audiences for years. In World WIthout Us, humans have suddenly, inexplicably vanished—freeing the planet from traditional rules and orders and prompting eons of biological change. As relayed by performer Valentijn Dhaenens, smartphones will go supernova with one final beep, mankind’s monuments will crumble in disrepair, and beasts and vegetation will come to reign the landscape. Neither a political polemic nor a parable meant to petrify us, World Without Us instead muses on a profound ode to human consciousness. It exposes what we take for granted in daily miracles of perception and progress and celebrates the awe-inspiring marvel that the legacy of all our achievements may outlive the planet on which we pursued them.

TICKETS: $22-30 PICK5/GROUPS: $19-26

POST-SHOW LOEB PLAYHOUSE Join the cast and artistic team behind the show immediately following the performance.

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28 7PM / SAT ELLIOTT HALL OF MUSIC

TICKETS: $26-58 PICK5/GROUPS: $26-50

The Wizard of Oz

BROADWAY MUSICAL FEATURES NEW SONGS BY TIM RICE AND ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER There truly is no place like home, as the greatest family musical of all time—the wonderful Wizard of Oz—twists its way onto the Elliott Hall stage with breathtaking special effects, dazzling choreography, and classic songs! Sing along to the favorites you know from the indelible 1939 MGM film—like “If I Only Had a Brain,” “We’re Off to See the Wizard,” and “Over the Rainbow”—and delight at six new songs written exclusively for this production by musical-theatre legends Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. In this fantastic musical treat for the whole family, Dorothy Gale and her little dog, Toto, join the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion on a journey through the magical Land of Oz to meet the Wizard and obtain their hearts’ desires…if they can avoid the Wicked Witch of the West and her flying monkeys. With astonishing new visions of Munchkinland, the Emerald City, and more, The Wizard of Oz is a spectacular celebration of L. Frank Baum’s masterpiece. So click your heels together and follow the Yellow Brick Road for an evening you’ll never forget!

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A community of scholars like ours cannot have too rich or varied a flow of interesting and illuminating visitors. I hope this series will augment the intellectual traffic already coming through campus in a way that

enhances its breadth of content as well as its frequency and reach among our students and faculty.”

— President Mitch Daniels

J.D. VANCE : 1/30/17 Political commentator and New York Times best-selling author

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CATHERINE BERTINI : 11/02/16 2003 World Food Prize Laureate

THE PRESIDENTIAL LECTURE SERIES

Launched in 2014, the Presidential Lecture Series is a diverse series of lectures that examines policy, leadership, culture, and society. All lectures are free and open to the general public. The 2017-18 lectures will be announced throughout the year. VISIT PURDUE.EDU/PLS FOR MORE INFORMATION. RON CHERNOW : 11/15/16 Alexander Hamilton biographer and consultant for the musical Hamilton

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Education Objectives

Purdue University has a rich history of bringing concerts, lectures, and performances

to campus. In 1902, the “Lecture and Concert Course” was first offered, creating the earliest evidence of what is now known as Purdue Convocations. Names and formats have changed across the years and decades, but one initiative remains constant: a desire to expand the Purdue experience beyond its classroom and into the community.

OUR MISSION

Purdue Convocations catalyzes the curriculum, energizes the community, and distinguishes Purdue through powerful performances, illuminating discourse, and extraordinary learning encounters.

YOUTH SERIES

Purdue Convocations establishes powerful, positive connections to the performing arts for area youth by offering a wide array of programming appropriate for a variety of learner needs. Our Youth Series for the 2017-18 season features in-school residencies that will teach students to turn their own writing into a sketch-comedy musical, introduce them to amazing puppeteers, inform them about historic peaceful protests, and acquaint them with a delightfully musical monkey. Our Youth Series shows include hands-on pre-show activities everyone in the family will enjoy.

COLLEGIATE CONNECTIONS

Purdue Convocations strives to create immersive performing-arts experiences that catalyze the curriculum for students at both Purdue University and Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana. Pre- and post-show discussions, as well as artist residencies, give students of all pursuits, backgrounds, and ages an opportunity to dive deeper into each performance. Artist residencies in the 2017-18 season include classical musicians, a modern music collective, and a movement-based group described as architecture in motion. Convocations continues to advance collaborations with other campus units, like the Office of Student Success at Purdue and the Department of English, to further integrate the performing arts into the core student experience. 80

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COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

Purdue Convocations aims to energize the community through powerful interactions and learning encounters with the artists who join us each season. Community members can become “instant experts” and dig deeper into each show at pre- and post-show discussions. These events are free to all ticket holders.

RESEARCH INITIATIVES

We all know the performing arts to be capable of amazing things—specifically theatre as a universal phenomenon cutting across cultures and societies by offering lessons about:

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Emotional expression Self-expression History People from cultures other than our own Social change and self-reflection Creativity

Theatre is an excellent way to learn, but arts organizations have done little to quantifiably understand the impact of live performance. Purdue Convocations is poised to become a leader in the burgeoning field of performing arts research. We have conducted pilot studies to better understand the academic and community engagement impact of a live performance with our collegiate patrons. In the 2017-18 season, Purdue will lead a nationwide study examining the impact of a live performance of My Father’s Dragon on the literacy skills of some of our youngest patrons. Although research in this field is presently minimal, it can help build an evidentiary case for preserving and promoting the performing arts as a necessary part of every child’s education.


IN OUR 2016/17 SEASON

4,900 P-12 STUDENTS

and their teachers attended Youth Series school matinee performances

3,198

P-12 students were able to attend performances due to ticket and transportation scholarships Doyne Carson performed Abe Lincoln and Hurrah for Hoosiers for

1,909

ELEMENTARY STUDENTS

at in-school residencies

I got a lot of inspiration and a way to change the world with AI. It opened my eyes to an area of engineering that I didn’t know about before. The grad students introduced me to really cool work that I hope to do in the future.” —Callum Gundlach, 10th grade, Harrison Boiler Robotics FIRST Team 1747

Our season artists in residence, Shimon Robot and Friends, drew a crowd of

910

people to their free performance. The pre-show lecture saw 143 attendees, while 246 stayed for the post-show discussion.

During residencies with Native American storyteller and flute player Kevin Locke,

2,637

elementary students enjoyed performances in their schools, and 40 college and adult learners participated in flute-making workshops.

375 Purdue University students

participated in residency and outreach events with the respective casts and crews of Dirty Dancing, the Shanghai Jingju Theatre Company’s The Revenge of Prince Zi Dan, the Seldoms’ Power Goes, and Rent. CONVOCATIONS.ORG

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Dirty Dancing Residency at Purdue In fall 2016, Purdue dance and theatre students enjoyed professional insight, inspiration, and an impromptu Q&A forced by Mother Nature—all thanks to a two-week residency from the cast and crew of Dirty Dancing ahead of the show’s public performance at the Elliott Hall of Music.

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Participating in master classes overseen by Dancing cast members—and observing rehearsals—were highlights of the residency for students in both onstage and backstage roles.

Meanwhile, students from the Purdue University Theatre Design and Production program learned from industry veteran Trinity Wheeler—the show’s production stage manager who had also worked on productions

Led by cast member Michal Kolaczkowski, students in the Jazz Dance 1 course learned a portion of the choreography to the iconic closing number, “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.” Afterward, students had the opportunity to learn more about Kolaczkowski’s dance and theatre career.

“IT IS A PERSONAL CHALLENGE TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO WORK WITH EVERYONE AS AN INDIVIDUAL. THAT’S MY FAVORITE PART,”

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— Trinity Wheeler, production manager

Michal Kolaczkowski teaches Jazz Dance students choreography from the performance

of Les Miserables, Rent, Young Frankenstein, and The Producers. In Wheeler’s master class, students learned about how he chose his career path and got his start in the industry, and received expert insights on life in touring versus Broadway companies. “It is a personal challenge to figure out how to work with everyone as an individual. That’s my favorite part.” Wheeler said when asked about his favorite aspect of being a production manager. “I always say as a manager, you’re a bit like the captain of a ship. Everyone looks to you, and if a storm is coming and you panic, they panic. But if you’re steady and calm, even if things get crazy around you, everyone falls into that same line and chills out.”


Theatre and dance students also were able to view parts of a full-tech dress rehearsal on the Elliott Hall stage—offering a rare glimpse of the backstage processes in a major touring production and the work it takes to bring it to appreciative live audiences. During breaks, crew members would drop by and talk to students about what was happening onstage—such as Christine Peters, associate set designer, who described the technical and scenic elements incorporated into the rehearsal. Peters gave the students a backstage tour of the high level of organization necessary for the show to run efficiently. They saw local crew members working alongside touring crew members, all collaborating and helping each other to learn and perform duties quickly and accurately. When tornado sirens sounded on two separate occasions, and everyone in Elliott Hall of Music was forced to shelter, the

“THE EXPERIENCE WAS INCREDIBLY UNIQUE AND INFORMATIVE. THIS WAS ONE OF THE GREATEST EXPERIENCES I’VE HAD DURING MY TIME AS AN UNDERGRADUATE AT PURDUE!” — Amy Cole, Theatre Design & Production major

students continued to make great use of their access to the cast and crew. During what could have been a frightening situation, the Dancing company opened itself up to an impromptu Q&A.

for the stage production, who based each script largely on her own childhood. Students also received further advice about what it’s like to work on a touring production.

During the downtime, students were able to meet Eleanor Bergstein—writer of both the screenplay for the 1987 film Dirty Dancing and the book

Although inclement weather kept the students from seeing a full rehearsal, their time with the Dirty Dancing cast and crew left an invaluable impression. The Dirty Dancing company presented an impromptu Q&A during a tornado warning

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STUDENT

ORGANIZATIONS

RECENT SCC SHOW CAGE THE ELEPHANT MARCH 4, 2017 Photo by SCC alumnus Chris Costidakis

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. MORE INFO PURDUE.EDU/SCC Founded in 1985, Convocations Volunteer 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 Convos and outreach events. In exchange, members can stay and see shows 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!

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxPurdueU, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxPurdueU event, TED Talks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

MORE INFO PURDUE.EDU/CVN

MORE INFO TEDXPURDUEU.COM

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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: Audiences of any age are welcome to attend performances in our Family Matinee Series. For all other performances, we ask that you please use discretion in deciding what is appropriate for a child to ensure a quality experience for all patrons. 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 also provide more information; however, you are ultimately responsible for deciding whether a show’s content is appropriate for you and your family.

DOORS

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

STUDENT TICKET DISCOUNTS

Discounted student tickets (pg. 44) 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 and on Account Manager at convocations.org/tickets include a service fee; all listed prices are the final prices. Tickets purchased through Ticketmaster are subject to additional fees.

REFUNDS & EXCHANGES

ACCESSIBILITY

• 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 induction hearing loop systems are now available in Loeb Playhouse, Elliott Hall of Music and Fowler Hall. Please switch your hearing aid setting to T-coil. • 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. • 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. • Please visit convocations.org/accessibility for the most current information.

PARKING & DIRECTIONS

Visit convocations.org/directions for detailed driving directions, parking locations, and maps to all venues.

SEATING MAPS

Visit convocations.org/seating-charts to view interactive seating maps.

STATE STREET PROJECT

State Street, the main route to Purdue’s campus, is undergoing transformation from a state highway to a pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly urban street. Many existing one-way routes on campus will be permanently converted to two-way routes. This project is scheduled for completion in December 2018. For the most up-to-date information on road closures and detours, please visit statestreetwl.com. We also advise that you account for extra time when traveling by vehicle to any Convocations performance.

We are unable to issue refunds or exchange tickets. If you are unable to attend a show, consider one of the PURDUE CONVOCATIONS following options: • Give or sell your ticket to someone else. 128 Memorial Mall, STEW 194 West Lafayette, IN 47907-2034 • Return your ticket to the box office at any time prior to the show and it will be offered to a student free of charge. (765) 494-9712 Fax: (765) 494-0540 • If you have a PICK5 ticket, return it to the box office 48 hours prior to the convocations@purdue.edu show and receive credit for a tax- deductible donation.

CONTACT:

CAMPUS BOX OFFICES

Stewart Center–Loeb Playhouse (M–F 10am–6pm) PLEASE NOTE: The Elliott Hall box office is open two hours before a performance in Elliott Hall of Music. TICKETS: (765) 494-3933 | (800) 914-SHOW TDD Relay: (765) 496-1343 CONVOCATIONS.ORG

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CORPORATE PARTNERSHIPS

Each year, corporate, campus, and community partners provide gifts to help pay for artist fees and production expenses associated with presenting live performances and educational opportunities. We applaud and appreciate the generosity of these partners whose support ensures that incredible arts experiences are possible in our community.

GOLD-LEVEL PARTNERS

SILVER-LEVEL PARTNERS

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Photo by SCC alumnus Chris Costidakis

JOIN US!

A corporate partnership with Purdue Convocations will help your

business gain great visibility and offers a wide array of access to tickets, priority seating, and more! Packages are available all year long at every giving level and are customizable to your business needs.

BENEFITS OF PARTNERSHIP INCLUDE:

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Extensive name and logo placement Pre-sales and priority seating Discounted tickets for employees Event invitations Access to special receptions and parking Customized marketing and networking opportunities Enhanced relationship with the arts community And so much more!

Call (765) 494-9712 to speak to the Director of Development today!

Learn more at

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