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

OUR 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. FRONT COVER: STEFON HARRIS pg. 50 THIS PAGE: MAHAN ESFAHANI pg. 78

Purdue Convocations is proud to be in the Division of Student Life.

Photo by Kaja Smith


2018/19 CALENDAR

NEW!

116TH SEASON

SEPTEMBER

JANUARY

OCTOBER

FEBRUARY

3 Frankenstein pg. 18 14 Jeremy Camp pg. 20 21 Les Violons du Roy pg. 22 26-27 Circa: Humans pg. 24 1 I’m With Her pg. 26 5-6 Dawn or Doom pg. 28 9 The Westerlies pg. 30 11 Danny Carmo’s Mathematical Mysteries pg. 32 14-15 Gabriel Royal, cello pg. 34

DECEMBER

6 Flor de Toloache pg. 36

PLUS See pg. 42 for more info!

12 Cinderella pg. 38 17 Kinky Boots pg. 40 18 Stefon Harris and Blackout pg. 50 23-27 Two Pints pg. 52 27 Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live! pg. 54

13 Guerrilla Girls pg. 8 15 Global Fest pg. 10 20 Argus Quartet pg. 12 23 Something Rotten! pg. 14 28 Alfredo Rodríguez Trio pg. 16

NOVEMBER

BROADWAY

1 Banda Magda pg. 56 8 Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn 10 Richard Goode, piano pg. 60 21 David Finckel & Wu Han pg. 62 22 STOMP pg. 64 24 Call of the Wild pg. 66 28 Black Violin pg. 68

pg. 58

MARCH

3 Peg + Cat Live! 23 Sin Salida pg. 72 28 Spamalot pg. 74

pg. 70

APRIL

11 Veronica Swift Trio pg. 76 25-26 Mahan Esfahani, harpsichord

pg. 78

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PURDUE CONVOCATIONS:

A CENTURY-PLUS OF CULTURAL IMPACT

This year, Purdue University will kick off its sesquicentennial

celebration as we head into 2019. That’s 150 years of giant leaps forward in worldrenowned research, education, and outreach— achievements in which Purdue Convocations has been an integral component since 1902. We have been honored to contribute to and expand Purdue’s cultural legacy through thoughtful, inspiring, and communityminded programming—across thousands of performances for tens of thousands of patrons, sparking millions of memories. Throughout our 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons, Convos will continue to present a wide array of offerings, but we will also weave select performances into programmatic themes that emerge from Purdue’s celebration of 150 years. This season, those include:

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SOMETHING ROTTEN! Sunday, September 23

The Purdue sesquicentennial celebration officially kicks off on this fall weekend, so join in the fun with this Broadway musical-comedy that New York Magazine called “The Producers + Spamalot + The Book of Mormon. Squared!”

FRANKENSTEIN Wednesday, October 3

Written 200 years ago, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus has inspired countless adaptations and an essential question about the nature of innovation: It can be done, but should it be done? This Aquila Theatre Company production reinvigorates the tale’s timeless thesis for a modern audience. This performance will be incorporated into select sections of Krannert School of Management’s Business Ethics course and the Cornerstone Integrated Liberal Arts Transformative Text course and also addresses one signature theme of the Purdue sesquicentennial: “Giant Leaps in Health, Longevity and Quality of Life.”


PARTNER LIST American Pianists Association Civic Engagement & Leadership Development College of Education — Math Education students College of Liberal Arts College of Veterinary Medicine Cornerstone Integrated Liberal Arts Department of English Elliott Hall of Music Honors College International Center Krannert School of Management Office of the President Office of the System Chief Information Officer/ITaP Office of the Vice Provost for Student Life

Pets for People Club Purdue Bands and Orchestras Purdue Black Cultural Center Purdue Counseling and Psychological Services Purdue Dining & Catering Purdue Galleries Purdue International Programs Purdue LGBTQ Center Purdue Student Concert Committee Purdue Student Fee Advisory Board Purdue Student Success Programs Recreation & Wellness West Lafayette Parks & Recreation/ Morton Center West Lafayette Public Library

BLACK VIOLIN Thursday, February 28

Purdue University stands alone in so many regards, but some of our greatest achievements over the last 150 years are the result of strong partnerships. Convos is proud to once again partner with Purdue’s Black Cultural Center to present Black Violin—an upending of cultural and musical stereotypes. There is no one convenient word to specifically denote 116 years of excellence. But in our own 116 seasons of arts impact, we have catalyzed the curriculum on campus, energized the cities and towns that our audiences call home, and distinguished Purdue’s prominence through powerful performances, illuminating discourse, and extraordinary learning encounters. We hope you’ll join us this season in our celebration not only of Purdue University, but the communities it creates, the ideas it inspires, and those indelible moments you can only find right here.

Todd Wetzel

ASST. VICE PROVOST, STUDENT LIFE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, PURDUE CONVOCATIONS

Mike Armintrout

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR FOR PROGRAMMING SCC ADVISOR / TEDxPurdueU ADVISOR

MARKETING Abby Eddy

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING

Mollie Siu-Chong

ART DIRECTOR/GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Christy McCarter

CVN GRADUATE ADVISOR

Samantha Ayres Jake Jenkins Dannah Williams

MARKETING INTERNS

Tressa Janes

GRAPHIC DESIGN INTERN

EDUCATION Dr. Amanda Mayes

MANAGER OF EDUCATION

Bingxin Fa

GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT

DEVELOPMENT Kendra Illingworth

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

Cory Brenner

ASSISTANT TO EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR/ DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANT

PRODUCTION Kathy Dietz

DIRECTOR OF ARTIST RELATIONS & OPERATIONS

Matthew Parr

PRODUCTION & EDUCATION ASSISTANT

BUSINESS Debbie Siciliano

ASST. DIRECTOR OF FINANCIAL AFFAIRS, VPSL

Marietta Taylor

BUSINESS MANAGER

Jamie Vanderipe

BUSINESS ASSISTANT

CONTRIBUTORS Nick Rogers

COPY EDITOR/WRITER

Stacey Mickelbart Sam Watermeier WRITERS

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

STUDENT GROUPS Sami King CVN PRESIDENT

Harsh Jain

SCC PRESIDENT

Connor Chambers

TEDxPurdueU EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR


WHO ARE THE FRIENDS OF CONVOS? Arts supporters who appreciate access to

WORLD-CLASS PERFORMING ARTS

Theatregoers whose combined contributions make

INNOVATIVE PERFORMANCES

experiences in their own community

Arts-minded people who want to ensure that the community has

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ACCESS TO THE

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ARTS Patrons who support one of the oldest collegiate performing arts presenters in the country (est. 1902)

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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5,000 P-12 students

Provide artistic experiences for

40,000-50,000 patrons each year

Make Purdue University a hub for cultural growth, open discourse, & artistic diversity

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of our education programs are made possible by Friends of Convocations

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Exclusive dinner and performance with Jiji, 2017

S IT F E N E B S O V N O C F O S D FRIEN Benefits begin at $50 annually and increase by contribution level.

All Friends of Convocations enjoy the benefits of early access to ticket sales, the best seat selection, and the accumulation of Friends Priority Points*. Additional benefits are added at each contribution level. SPONSOR $100+ Your name printed in the program book BENEFACTOR $250+ Access to the Intermission Club at Broadway shows FOUNDER $500+ Access to Friends parking at Broadway shows DIRECTOR’S COUNCIL $1,000+ Invitation to the annual Convocations Soirée AMBASSADOR $2,500+ Exclusive reception with an artist COLLABORATOR $5,000+ Invitation to the annual Convocations Director’s Event VISIONARY $10,000+ Customized benefits *To learn more about Priority Points, visit convocations.org/priority-points

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or contact us at friendsofconvos@purdue.edu or (765) 494-9712


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 LOEB PLAYHOUSE | 7:30PM FREE LECTURE VISIT CONVOCATIONS.ORG/GUERRILLAGIRLS ON OR AFTER JULY 27 TO RESERVE A SEATING PASS We are the Guerrilla Girls. We are feminist activist artists. In public, we wear gorilla masks and use facts, humor, and outrageous visuals to expose gender and ethnic bias and corruption in politics, art, film, and pop culture. Our anonymity keeps you focused on issues over identities. We undermine mainstream narratives to reveal understories, subtexts, the overlooked, and the downright unfair. We believe in intersectional feminism, fighting discrimination, and human rights for all people and genders. We have done over 100 street projects, posters, and stickers worldwide: New York, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Bilbao, Shanghai, and more. We also create exhibitions attacking museums for bad behavior and discriminatory practices right on their own walls. We could be anyone. We are everywhere. What’s next? More creative complaining! Support from

MEETUP

6:30PM 1869 TAP ROOM

LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER AND QUEER CENTER

Join us for a pre-show meetup.

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PURDUE GALLERIES EXHIBIT

AUG 20-SEPT 22 / RINGEL GALLERY An exhibition featuring selections from more than 30 years of posters and projects by the Guerrilla Girls will be on display. Opening reception on August 29 at 5:30 PM.


Photo by Andrew Hinderaker

GUERRILLA GIRLS More info at

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23RD ANNUAL

GLOBAL FEST

Presented by the City of West Lafayette, Purdue Convocations, and the West Lafayette International Center

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 AND SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 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. New to the festival this year—the inclusion of the 43rd International Food Bazaar, featuring delicacies from all around the world. The beer garden opens at 5pm.

NATURALIZATION CEREMONY

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 | 3PM | White Horse Christian Center | 1780 Cumberland Ave. | FREE

The naturalization ceremony is a pivotal milestone in the naturalization process, where soonto-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.

GLOBAL FEST MAIN STAGE

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 | 11AM-10PM | Columbia St. and Chauncey Ave. | FREE

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

CONVOCATIONS.ORG/GLOBALFEST

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With support from: The Morton Community Center The West Lafayette Public Library West Lafayette Parks & Recreation


SATURDAY | 7PM | FREE Columbia St. and Chauncey Ave.

SÉAMUS EGAN PROJECT ORQUESTA EL MACABEO

Séamus Egan is among contemporary Irish music’s most prolific torchbearers. By the time he was 14, he had won the All-Ireland Fleadh competition on four different instruments. A little more than a decade later, he had co-written Sarah McLachlan’s anthemic “I Will Remember You” and co-founded the globally iconic band Solas. Now, this masterful multi-instrumentalist is bringing friends and musical guests on the road with him for the Séamus Egan Project—which spans his immense, influential catalog as well as new music never before recorded or performed live. It’s Egan’s latest exploration to the further reaches of the Irish tradition and beyond.

SATURDAY | 9PM | FREE Columbia St. and Chauncey Ave. When your musicians hail from ska, reggae, and punk bands, it’s a detail you must embrace. Orquesta El Macabeo does so openly, referring to themselves as Puerto Rican rockers who just so happen to play salsa. This infusion of new ideas pushes the salsa gorda sound into new planes of psychedelia while also adhering to the afinque, or mellow subtleties, of the groove. Formed in 2008, Orquesta El Macabeo’s most recent studio album, La Maldición del Timbal (The Curse of the Timbal), boasts danceable energy and socially conscious lyrics. This Puerto Rican salsa sensation “revindicates” traditional sounds with stories to which anyone can relate… and move their feet.


ARGUS QUARTET THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 LOEB PLAYHOUSE | 7:30PM TICKETS: $15-20 | PICK5/GROUPS: $15-20

...finding fresh, thrillingly expressive possibilities and adding bold new colors to a canvas that has their clear PROGRAM signature on it.”

— David Harrington, Kronos Quartet

The legendary Argo and its crew sailed in pursuit of the Golden Fleece, according to Greek mythology. Athena planned the ship’s construction. Hera protected its sailors. But it was built under the steady hand and sturdy vision of Argus—in whose name and exploratory spirit the Argus Quartet has become one of today’s most dynamic, versatile young chamber ensembles. Praised for their “supreme melodic control and total authority” (Calgary Herald), the quartet recently won top prizes at 2017’s Victor Elmaleh Concert Artists Guild and M-Prize Chamber Arts competitions. Blending canonical staples with contemporary trailblazers, the Argus Quartet’s diverse, innovative repertoire speaks to a sonic wanderlust…and a journey worth taking. Support from

MIKE & PAM LUENZ

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Haydn String Quartet in B Minor, Op. 33, No. 1 Juri Seo Respiri Chris Theofanidis Visions and Miracles Chris Cerrone Can’t and Won’t Mendelssohn String Quartet No. 1 in E-flat Major, Opus 12

PRE-SHOW

6:30PM / 1869 TAP ROOM

Join WBAA’s John Clare for a disc ussion about the evening’s performance.

Photo by Ben Gibbs


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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 ELLIOTT HALL OF MUSIC | 7PM TICKETS: $28-60 | PICK5/GROUPS: $28-51 Welcome to the Renaissance and “Broadway’s big, fat hit!” (New York Post). Set in South London circa 1595, this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom—two brothers desperate to get on top by writing a hit play that outdoes the overbearing William Shakespeare. (Maybe you’ve heard of him?) When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing, and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical! With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, Something Rotten! is “The Producers + Spamalot + The Book of Mormon. Squared!” (New York Magazine). More info, music, and more

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BROADWAY

BROADWAY

COMEDY RENAISSANCE

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PLUS

See pg. 42 for more info!


Broadway’s big, fat hit!”

— New York Post

PURDUE SESQUICENTENNIAL KICKOFF WEEKEND


Photo by Anna Webber


Z E U G Í R D O R O D E R F AL TRIO FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 LOEB PLAYHOUSE | 8PM

TICKETS: $20-26 | PICK5/GROUPS: $18-22

Elegant yet explosive technique and command for an array of musical idioms”

— The Los Angeles Times

“A grain of poetry suffices to season a century.” Cuban hero José Martí commemorated the Statue of Liberty’s dedication with those words. That notion lives on in the musical freedom of Grammy®-nominated jazz pianist Alfredo Rodríguez. The Little Dream, Rodríguez’s latest album, was inspired by Martí’s work and reflects Rodríguez’s own journey—from humble Cuban beginnings to mentorship from the inimitable Quincy Jones and immigration to the United States. Backed by longtime colleagues Michael Olivera (drums) and Munir Hossn (bass/guitar), Rodríguez embraces a global panoply of sound spanning African Highlife influences to Middle Eastern flourishes. Under his hands, as Martí said, “All is beautiful and unceasing, all is music and reason.” More info, music, and more

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MEETUP

7PM / 1869 TAP ROOM

Join us for a pre-show meetup. Support from

Piano Giving Circle

JAZZ

PIANO CUBAN

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More info at

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AQUILA THEATRE COMPANY presents

Adaptation and direction by DESIREE SANCHEZ Based on the novel by MARY SHELLEY

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3 LOEB PLAYHOUSE | 7:30PM

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

Written 200 years ago, Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus wrestled with fundamental questions of innovation: “Just because we can do it, should we?” and “If we succeed, what now?” Dr. Victor Frankenstein’s creation of an artificial human simultaneously yields extraordinary and terrifying results—a remarkable living being and a host of unintended consequences for creature, creator, and society. Years ahead of its time, Frankenstein and its questions persist amid contemporary exploration of invention’s deep, pervasive promises as the story also debates ethical boundaries and human dilemmas. The lauded classicists at Aquila Theatre return to Purdue after stellar productions of Julius Caesar, The Spy, and Henry V— deepening on-campus discussions about the promise and peril of technological advancement. This performance will be integrated into select sections of Krannert School of Management’s Business Ethics course and the Cornerstone Integrated Liberal Arts Transformative Text course. Support from

LEONORA & HAROLD WOODMAN ENDOWMENT FOR THEATRE Drs. HENRY & SHARON KRAEBBER OFFICE OF THE VICE PROVOST FOR STUDENT LIFE KRANNERT SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT HONORS COLLEGE CORNERSTONE INTEGRATED LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS

PRE-SHOW

6:30PM / ANNIVERSARY DRAWING ROOM

Faculty experts will discuss the ethical questions posed about the nature of innovation and the continued relevance of Frankenstein.

MEETUP

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JEREMY CAMP and MATTHEW WEST SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14 ELLIOTT HALL OF MUSIC | 7PM

TICKETS: $22.50-75 | PICK5/GROUPS: $22.50-75 After more than a decade of international success, a whopping 41 #1 hits, and a Grammy® nomination, Jeremy Camp continues to inspire audiences around the world. The Lafayette native’s 2017 album, The Answer, is his 15th in as many years, following four RIAA-certified Gold albums and more than 4.5 million total albums sold. Camp has also toured the world, sharing his music in more than 36 countries, and his organization, Speaking Louder Ministries, has allowed him to travel to Brazil, Guatemala, Ukraine, Japan, and Kyrgyzstan. Fusing rock ‘n’ roll with pop, and praise with poignancy, Camp finds himself—now more than ever—truly living in the moment. Joining Camp on this tour is four-time Grammy® nominee Matthew West. With an American Music Award and Billboard Music Award to his name, this prolific singer-songwriter has crafted such hits of his own as “More,” “You Are Everything,” and “Hello My Name Is,” along with writing popular tracks for Rascal Flatts, Casting Crowns, Amy Grant, Scotty McCreery, and Michael W. Smith. More info, music, and more

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Photo by Marco Borggreve

LES VIOLONS DU ROY with

JONATHAN COHEN, MUSIC DIRECTOR ANTHONY ROTH COSTANZO, COUNTERTENOR

This was not just perfectly laced vocalism, it was edge-ofyour-seat drama, the kind of high-voltage, high-register male singing that comes once in a generation.”

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— Musical America of Anthony Roth Costanzo


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21

LOEB PLAYHOUSE | 3PM | TICKETS: $22-28 | PICK5/GROUPS: $19-24 Chamber music echoes readily reverberate among today’s composers, arrangers, and performers. Philip Glass has credited George Frideric Handel with teaching him more about “exercising the voice” than any other composer for the human instrument. A natural fit, then, to place Handel and Glass parallel on the program for Juno Award® winners Les Violons du Roy in their return engagement to Purdue Convocations. This ensemble gives contemporary audiences their most authentic comparison to chamber music as initially heard by monarchs and their courtiers. Here, they are joined by acclaimed countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo— performing Handel arias and Glass songs in a collaboration Le Soleil described as “a unique, refined, and explosive concert.” HANDEL Tolomeo, HWV 25: “Inumano fratel … Stille amare” Flavio, Rè dé Longobardi, HWV 16: “Rompo i lacci” Concerto grosso in D minor, Op 6 No 10, HWV 328 Amadigi di Gaula, HWV 11: “Pena tiranna” Rodelinda, Regina dé Longobardi, HWV 19: “Vivi tiranno”

GLASS Akhnaten: “Hymn” 1000 Airplanes on the Roof: “The Encounter” Monsters of Grace: “In the Arc of Your Mallet” Songs from Liquid Days: Liquid Days, Part 1 Fall of the House of Usher: “How All Living Things Breathe”

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Dr. MICHAEL L. SERETNY

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Join WBAA’s Greg ’s discussion about the afternoon performance.

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CREATED BY YARON LIFSCHITZ AND THE CIRCA ENSEMBLE

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26 AND 27 LOEB PLAYHOUSE | 8PM

TICKETS: $22-36 | PICK5/GROUPS: $19-31 How much of life’s weight can the human body bear? Who can we trust to support us? Circa—one of Australia’s most indemand circus arts companies—tests these limits in Humans. With their vulnerabilities exposed on a bare stage in the intimate confines of Loeb Playhouse, 10 acrobats explore what it means to be human—discovering rousing, redemptive power in strength and learning how bodies, connections, and aspirations form who we are. Humans inspires introspection about our own lives and loved ones, the burdens we carry, and the physical or emotional strength required to overcome them. With fearless, thrilling movements that push boundaries and quicken pulses, Circa combines expressive humanism and physical virtuosity. Support from

DINING & CATERING

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Dr. NANCY DiMARTINO & STEPHEN BORGHI

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Stunning athleticism and heart-stopping acrobatics in this innovative circus work of the highest calibre.” — ArtsHub

MEETUPS

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POST-SHOW

Join us in 1869 immediately following the performance for a post-show meetup.

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I’M WITH HER THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1 LOEB PLAYHOUSE | 7:30PM TICKETS: $22-32 | PICK5/GROUPS: $19-27 A last-minute text request to play an off-the-cuff Telluride Bluegrass Festival show. Several songs workshopped in a bathroom on the fly. A late-night crowd immediately energized by the combined virtuosity of multi-instrumentalists Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O’Donovan. This is how folk supergroup I’m With Her began, but the path was laid years before through numerous Grammy® wins, two seminal modern Americana bands (Watkins’ Nickel Creek and O’Donovan’s Crooked Still), and contributions to numerous acclaimed albums. By turns plaintive, warm, and bluesy, I’m With Her delivers indelibly pure vocal harmony, familial chemistry, and nimble instrumental interplay for music that The New York Times says “radiates togetherness.” Support from

KEVIN & JANENE DAVIS

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Aoife O’Donovan


...a beautiful cohesion of tight harmonies, acoustic brilliance, and fresh songwriting.” — PopMatters

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Sara Watkins

PRE-SHOW

6:30PM / 1869 TAP ROOM

Sarah Jarosz

Join musicologist Daniel Guberman for a discussion about the evening’s performance. Photo by Shervin Lainez


MONDAY AND TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5 AND 6 STEWART CENTER

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC | TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE AND EVENT Purdue University’s Dawn or Doom conference explores the effects of rapidly emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence and genetic engineering, by bringing together leading national experts and stars from Purdue’s large constellation of researchers. What is the future of work if AIs and robots can do it all for us? Is the internet affecting my mental health? What will it mean when networked vehicles, appliances, and other devices surround us pervasively and persistently? Will bioengineering allow us to live longer but change the nature of what it is to be human? Dawn or Doom ’18 is part of Purdue’s 150th anniversary celebration, a yearlong festival of ideas aimed at making “giant leaps” in addressing some of the most important issues today and in a future that we’d all prefer was more Dawn than Doom. The conference setup allows attendees to attend as many talks as they like while engaging with the speakers and taking part in a wide variety of related activities, from technology-themed art exhibits to interactive virtual and augmented reality tours. Complete information about speakers and events are available on the Dawn or Doom website and social media channels.

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DISCUSSION TRACKS: • MACHINES: artificial intelligence, robotics, autonomous vehicles, and drones • MIND: internet and social media effects • BODY: bioengineering and human design • UNIVERSE: space and Mars habitats • DATA: Internet of Things, privacy, and cybersecurity


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9 LOEB PLAYHOUSE | 8PM

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

Blown eastward from Seattle into New York City like their eponymous prevailing wind, the Westerlies are a force of nature. The self-described “accidental brass quartet” features childhood friends who moved from Seattle to New York to study music. In 2011, trombonists Andy Clausen and Willem de Koch and trumpeters Riley Mulherkar and Zubin Hensler formed their unorthodox brass quartet that has blown up a storm. Their latest, self-titled album is an expansive collection of jazz, roots, rock, and chamber music that NPR called “folk-like and composerly, lovely and intellectually rigorous.” With classical precision, rock audacity, and familial charm, the Westerlies joyously throw cautions of classification to the wind.

PRE-SHOW

7PM / 1869 TAP ROOM

Join composer, jazz pianist, and music educator Judd Danby for a discussion about the evening’s performance.

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THE

WESTERLIES “

Skilled interpreters who are also adept improvisers.”

— Fresh Air, NPR

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DANNY CARMO’S

MATHEMATICAL MYSTERIES SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11 LOEB PLAYHOUSE | 3PM

TICKETS: $10-15 | PICK5/GROUPS: $10-15

FAMILY MATINEE AGES 6+

Meet Danny Carmo. He thinks school isn’t for him—math in particular. Danny dreams of a future as a world-famous magician. But as he learns the tricks of the trade, Danny realizes math is not only essential to learning...but the secret to unlocking magic unlike any the world has ever seen! Theatre, digital technology, and mathematics come together in this fun, interactive performance from Cahoots NI, Northern Ireland’s premier children’s theatre company. Prepare to be amazed, bewildered, and dazzled right along with Danny in a spectacular show that proves understanding math can be fun! More info at

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PRE-SHOW FUNLO! BBY NTER 2PM / STEWART CE activities. Enjoy math and magic

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WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14 AND 15 TIMES VARY

FREE | NO TICKET REQUIRED

GABRIEL ROYAL In 2011, singer-songwriter Gabriel Royal had a cello, a dollar, and a dream. He began performing in New York’s subways—bringing serenity to the surliest commuters and earning the title of “Brooklyn’s best busker” from the Huffington Post. As the L train links Manhattan to Royal’s home borough of Brooklyn, Royal’s music connects to human hustle and bustle. Influenced by Stevie Wonder’s gracious grooves and Burt Bacharach’s jazz-pop, Royal has collaborated with contemporary powerhouses like John Legend, Flying Lotus, James Blake, and Janelle Monáe, and released a critically acclaimed debut album. At Purdue, Royal will inspire our students and community with performances and workshops in unexpected places as our Outreach Artist-In-Residence. Watch our website for details! Support from

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Remarkable...optimistic and sunny.”

— Austin Chronicle


...Not ‘your fav mariachi band’ or ‘your new fav girl group.’ Nah….so beyond that, man.”

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— Questlove, The Roots


FLOR DE TOLOACHE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6 PMU BALLROOMS | 7:30PM TICKETS: $15-20 | PICK5/GROUPS: $15-20 Just one drop, and the one you love is yours forever. So go tall tales about the power of Mexico’s toloache flower. When it comes to the sound of Latin Grammy® winners Flor de Toloache—New York’s first, and only, all-woman mariachi group— tastemakers like Questlove, Café Tacvba, Dan Auerbach, and Jools Holland were among the instantly smitten. Founded as a trio in 2008, Flor de Toloache now encompasses a full mariachi ensemble hailing from all the Americas, Europe, and Australia. This multicultural bouquet pushes the mariachi sound into an edgy, versatile, and fresh take on tradition. One dose, and you too will be eternally hooked. Support from

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 12 ELLIOTT HALL OF MUSIC | 7PM TICKETS: $28-60 | PICK5/GROUPS: $28-51 Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella is the Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jawdropping transformations, and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists! Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/ It’s Possible,” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” in this hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream...or a really great pair of shoes. Support from

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Pure magic! Broadway’s new Cinderella crackles with sweetness and freshness.”

— Associated Press

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There is no show hotter than Kinky Boots!”

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Kinky Boots is Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by Grammy®- and Tony®winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos. Featuring direction and choreography by two-time Tony® Award-winner Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde, Hairspray) and a book by Broadway legend and four-time Tony® Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (La Cage Aux Folles), Kinky Boots is the winner of six Tony® Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Choreography. Take a step in the right direction and discover that sometimes the best way to fit in is to stand out. Support from

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INSPIRED GIVING

Live performance is a gift that keeps on giving. It lingers in people’s hearts and minds, inspiring them to come back for more and to share their experiences with others. Purdue Convocations is grateful to welcome the Friends of Convocations, a group of arts supporters who ensure that gift keeps giving year-round. Here are a few of the many generous donors helping Convos continue to enchant audiences of all ages.

EYAL AND GABRIELLE BARASH ARE INSPIRED BY EDUCATION INITIATIVES. Gabrielle Cramer Barash has been attending Convos performances since she was a little girl. Now, she helps bring the gift of live performance to hundreds of children across Lafayette and beyond. Through their company, Barash Law, Gabrielle and her husband, Eyal, participate as corporate sponsors of Convos’ Education and Outreach Initiative, which funds family-friendly shows as well as groundbreaking performingarts research.

Students arrive for My Father’s Dragon, performed at Purdue during the 2017-18 season.

Gabrielle and Eyal’s own children participated in a research study revolving around last season’s performance of My Father’s Dragon, which gave their son Zachary a newfound love of reading and storytelling.


INNOVATIVE

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PERFORMANCE FUND

ALAN AND GAIL BECK ARE INSPIRED BY INNOVATIVE PERFORMANCES. Alan and Gail Beck have been staunch supporters of Purdue Convocations for the past 20 years. Their generous donations benefit the Innovative Performance Fund, which brings experimental performances and unique artists to the stage—such as Shimon, the marimba-playing robot, in 2017.

The Abbey Theatre’s Two Pints will be presented during the 2018-19 season.

Alan and Gail were inspired to give to this fund after seeing such immersive shows as 2012’s The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart, which transported audience members to a Scottish pub, as well as unique theatricals such as The Cardinals by Stan’s Cafe and No Place To Go by Ethan Lipton and His Orchestra.

FLOYD AND PATRICIA GARROTT ARE INSPIRED BY STUDENT EXPERIENCES. Inspired by the ways live performance can help young people grow, Floyd and Patricia Garrott established an endowment to provide discounted tickets to Purdue students attending performances tied to their course material.

“The idea of having what is studied in the classroom come alive through live performance was very appealing to us,” Floyd and Patricia say. “We hope the endowment will make an impact on students’ lives by encouraging them to experience something new and different that will open their minds to a wider world.”

Diavolo masterclass with Jefferson High School dance students

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The Steinway D Concert Grand Piano gifted to Convocations by John and Janet

Nine in 2015 continues to inspire pianists and audience members alike. The enthusiasm for this great instrument led to the February 2018 announcement of the new Convos Piano Giving Circle. Convos established a first-year goal of raising $100,000 in dedicated support to enable the presentation of world-class piano performances at affordable ticket prices for many seasons to come. With special thanks to Robert B. and Patricia Peyton Truitt, who provided the Truitt Matching Gift Challenge, the Piano Giving Circle achieved the ambitious goal in less than two months. John and Elizabeth Schneider, longtime Friends of Convos, were so inspired by this initiative that they offered the Schneider Matching Gift Challenge and a new $130,000 goal was set.

Robert B. and Patricia Peyton Truitt


“The leadership giving from the Truitts and the Schneiders clearly captured our community’s imagination, and generous contributions from many of our Friends rapidly followed, capitalizing upon the power of the matching gifts,” says Todd Wetzel, Assistant Vice Provost for Student Life & Executive Director, Purdue Convocations.

We’re thrilled by this new artistic leverage and the opportunities it creates for us all.” — Todd Wetzel Indeed, the results of the Piano Giving Circle have been immediate—with 2018-19 performances from Cuban jazz artists the Alfredo Rodríguez Trio, renowned recitalist Richard Goode, and chamber music power couple David Finckel and Wu Han (cello & piano) directly attributable to the success and generosity of the Piano Giving Circle.

Are you inspired, too? Let’s discuss how you can get involved with Purdue Convocations. Contact us at (765) 494-9712.

Piano Giving Circle supporters attend a special performance in February 2018.

Piano Giving Circle 2018-19 MEMBERS Virgil Barnes Al and Rebecca Benham Claire Chandler Gordon and Harriet Coppoc Marshall and Joyce Deutelbaum David and Janet Elmore John and Jocelyn Grutzner Harsh and Suman Harshvardhan Jurgen and Josephine Honig Charles Jones Susan Jones and Matt Huffine Mike and Pam Luenz Don Nead and Caryl Matthews Betty and Dick Nelson John and Janet Nine John and Elizabeth Schneider Michael L. Seretny Bob and Patti Truitt Ginny Tyler Additional support from: Karl and Nancy Brandt Charlotte Erdmann Vic and Grayce Lechtenberg


His music needs no labels like ‘postmodern’ or ‘cutting edge’. It is Stefon Harris music, as Charles Mingus, he insisted, was Mingus music.”

— JazzTimes

STEFON HARRIS +BLACKOUT FRIDAY, JANUARY 18 LOEB PLAYHOUSE | 8PM

TICKETS: $24-34 | PICK5/GROUPS: $21-30 Lauded by the Los Angeles Times as “one of the most important artists in jazz,” vibraphonist Stefon Harris returns to Purdue Convocations—this time with his ensemble, Blackout. So named for their rejection of traditional jazz definitions, Blackout embraces sleek, slinky soul, funk, hip-hop, and go-go—like Stevie Wonder rubbing elbows with George Gershwin and bop icons. It’s among many projects for Harris, in demand as a bandleader, sideman (for Wynton Marsalis, Diana Krall, Ry Cooder, and Common, among others), teacher, and TED Talk thought leader. Enjoy this energetic kickoff to the 2019 Purdue Jazz Festival, with a performer The New Yorker called “the standout vibraphonist of his generation.” More info, music, and more

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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 high-school students to campus for clinics and concerts with noted jazz artists and clinicians. See details at purdue.edu/bands.


PRE-SHOW

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It started as Facebook conversation. Now it’s a play at a pub. Two Pints is a hilarious, bittersweet work from Dublin’s celebrated Abbey Theatre and Roddy Doyle, the poet laureate of Ireland’s working class behind The Commitments, The Snapper, and The Van. Two men meet to chew the fat about their “Da’s,” death, Nigella Lawson, North Korea, and the afterlife. Don’t crane your ear for their craic. Pull up a stool beside them for an immersive, limited-seating dinner and performance at Nine Irish Brothers, Lafayette. In the vein of The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart and At the Illusionist’s Table, Convocations is thrilled to again transform a beloved everyday environment into an unforgettable theatrical experience. TWO PINTS is a special, limited engagement with only six seatings of 60 guests each during its run. To accommodate the seating demand, there is a limit of four tickets per household, and ticket requests will be filled in Friends Priority Point order. Each general-admission ticket includes a traditional Irish dinner specially developed by our friends at Nine Irish Brothers. A cash bar will be available for dinner service and at intermission.

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Based on the #1 PBS Kids series, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE! has delighted audiences nationwide for years. Now, this grrrr-ific musical for little tigers and grown-ups alike is back with an all-new show featuring your favorite characters! In King for a Day, Daniel learns just what it takes to be the King of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. In this event filled with tiger-tastic fun, Daniel Tiger learns the importance of being a kind and helpful friend. Meanwhile, you can sing along to new songs, enjoy magical moments, and meet some surprise guests! Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE!: King for a Day is a royally great time! Support from

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BANDA MAGDA FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1 CARNAHAN HALL | 8PM TICKETS: $15-20 PICK5/GROUPS: $15-20

MEETUP

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Banda Magda has yet to meet a musical style into which it can’t slide with seamless skills. A samba groove gives way to beautifully polyphonic French chansons, with journeys into lively Greek folk, percussive Afro-Peruvian landó, and more. Founded in 2010 by Greek-born composer, orchestrator, singer, and accordionist Magda Giannikou, Banda Magda has toured in more than 22 countries. Hailing from Argentina, Japan, Colombia, and the United States, this ensemble’s engaging romps earned them a spot on the Grammy®-winning album Family Dinner Vol. 1 from past Convos standouts Snarky Puppy. Jazz improvisations, cinematic arrangements, mid-century classics, and ballads in six different languages—it’s a big world, and Banda Magda brings it all to one stage. More info, music, and more

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Of all the vocal-driven ensembles in the world of contemporary music, there is none as compelling or beckoning as Banda Magda.”

— World Music Report Photo by Shervin Lainez


...the king and queen of the banjo.”

— Paste Magazine

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+ K C E L BÉLA F ABIGAIL WASHBURN FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8 LOEB PLAYHOUSE | 8PM

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All hail Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, “king and queen of the banjo” (Paste Magazine). Fleck is a 15-time Grammy®-winning virtuoso of experimentation and Washburn is a singer-songwriter and clawhammer banjo player inspired by Far East culture. They met at a square dance (him pickin’, her dancin’) before collaborations, courtship, and coupling. Together, they’ll perform pieces from their 2016 Grammy®-winning self-titled debut and 2017’s Echo in the Valley, which AllMusic called “kinetic, creative and deeply satisfying.” With one collective eye on showcasing banjo heritage and the other on new, unique musical realms, Fleck and Washburn’s sound feels both wildly innovative and warmly familiar—a pickin’ partnership unlike any other. Support from

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PRE-SHOW

7PM / 1869 TAP ROOM

Join musicologist Daniel Guberman for a discussion about the evening’s performance.

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10 LOEB PLAYHOUSE | 3PM

TICKETS: $20-28 | PICK5/GROUPS: $17-24

RICHARD GOODE,PIANO “

For nearly 60 years, Richard Goode has been one of the world’s most dynamic, expressive pianists, “surprising us, surpassing our expectations and communicating perceptions that stay in the mind” (Gramophone). At the height of his interpretive powers, this Grammy®-winning pianist will illuminate canonical works of Classical masters Haydn and Mozart, and Romantic works by Beethoven, Chopin, and Janáčzek (program details online). His appearance also marks the inaugural classical performance sponsorship of the Convos Piano Giving Circle, which helps bring world-class piano performances to Purdue. Following the 2015 gift of a new Steinway Concert Grand by Janet and John Nine, Convos has reignited its piano-based repertoire with the visionary support of the Piano Giving Circle and generous Friends.

It is virtually impossible to walk away from one of Mr. Goode’s recitals without the sense of having gained some new insight, subtle or otherwise, into the works he played or about pianism itself.”

— The New York Times

Support from

Piano Giving Circle

TRUITT PIANO PERFORMANCE ENDOWMENT

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MARSHALL & JOYCE DEUTELBAUM

GINNY TYLER


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PRE-SHOW 2PM / STEW 310

Join WBAA’s John Clare for a discussion about the afternoon’s performance.

Photo by Steve Riskind


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21 LOEB PLAYHOUSE | 7:30PM TICKETS: $22-28 | PICK5/GROUPS: $19-24 At any given time, David Finckel and Wu Han collaborate on about 20 projects—not the least of which is their multi-decade marriage. They met in 1981 when pianist Wu Han performed alongside the Emerson String Quartet, with which Finckel performed as cellist for 34 seasons. Together, Finckel and Wu Han have created a global network of residencies, festivals, and record labels, chamber-music momentum as artistic directors at Lincoln Center, and a live repertoire that earned them Musical America’s “2012 Classical Musicians of the Year” honors. Among their genre’s top “artrepreneurs,” Finckel and Wu Han capitalize on chemistry in both romance and in their “deep, life-giving music” (Chicago Tribune). More info, music, and more

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GINNY TYLER

DAVID & JANET ELMORE

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PRE-SHOW

6:30PM / 1869 TAP ROOM Join WBAA’s Greg Kostraba for a discussion about the evening’s performance.


DAVID FINCKEL CELLO +WU HAN PIANO “

In the chamber music world they are rock stars.” — Chamber Music America

Photo by Lisa-Marie Mazzucco


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22 ELLIOTT HALL OF MUSIC | 8PM TICKETS: $25-45 | PICK5/GROUPS: $21-38 More info, music, and more

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DINING & CATERING

BROADWAY

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PLUS

See pg. 42 for more info!


Explosive, inventive, provocative, witty, utterly unique—STOMP is an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages. This international percussion sensation has garnered armfuls of awards, rave reviews, and appearances on numerous national TV shows. An eight-member troupe uses everything but traditional percussion instruments to enjoyably crash, bang, and boom—filling the room with magnificent rhythms using matchboxes, poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps, and more. Whether you’re new to the STOMP phenomenon or revisiting these boisterous booms, bangs, and crashes, it’s time to see what all the noise is about.

STOMP is sheer joy. The execution is astounding. Absurd and fascinating.”

— Esquire Magazine

Photo by Steve McNicholas


Gaulin is...a force of nature in Austin theatre.” — Central Texas Live Theatre

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24 LOEB PLAYHOUSE | 3PM

FAMILY MATINEE AGES 8+

TICKETS: $10-15 | PICK5/GROUPS: $10-15 Jack London’s thrilling tale of courage and survival becomes a multimedia adventure of performance, storytelling, and projected images. Buck—the offspring of a St. Bernard and Scottish Collie—is kidnapped and put to work as a sled dog in Canada’s Klondike Gold Rush of the 1800s. As the call of his wild ancestors courses through his blood, Buck discovers his own endurance and strength to become the most famous dog in the northland’s history. Using 180° projection for scenic, artistic, and historical context, Call of the Wild is a solo tour de force from Noel Gaulin—showcasing Philip R. Goodwin’s classic first-edition-book illustrations, period photographs, and original drawings and animations from artist Michael Rae. Learn more about Convocations’ arts research for the 2018-19 season on page 82. Support from

MICHAEL & LORETTA PIGGOTT FUND

PRE-SHOW ACTIVITIES 2PM / STEWART CENTER LOBBY

Learn more about Call of the Wild and meet trained service dogs through the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Pets for People club.

More info at

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28 LOEB PLAYHOUSE | 7:30PM TICKETS: $22-28 | PICK5/GROUPS: $19-24

BLACK VIOLIN Hip-hop on strings? Classical training remixed with contemporary beats? Don’t bother pinning down the ingenious sound of Black Violin. Redefinition has always been the goal for Kevin Sylvester (violin) and Wilner Baptiste (viola). After all, Baptiste meant to study saxophone at the performing arts school where he met Sylvester... but Baptiste stuck with classes he was given. Since 2004, Black Violin has collaborated with Kanye West, Tom Petty, Wu-Tang Clan, Wyclef Jean, Alicia Keys, and more. Their latest album, Stereotypes, topped Billboard’s Classical Crossover chart while reaching #4 on Billboard’s R&B chart. Alongside DJ SPS and drummer Nat Stokes, Black Violin creates its own distinctive kaleidoscope of sound, style, and swagger. Support from

PURDUE BLACK CULTURAL CENTER

BARRETT S. CALDWELL, PhD

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...an unexpected blend of classically trained musicianship and hip-hop beats and inventiveness.” — The Miami Herald

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CONVOCATIONS.ORG/BLACKVIOLIN

PRE-SHOW

ROOM 6:30PM / 1869 TAP re for a Join WBAA’s John Cla discussion about the evening’s performance.


THE BIG DOG PROBLEM

More info at

CONVOCATIONS.ORG/PEGPLUSCAT


SUNDAY, MARCH 3 LOEB PLAYHOUSE | 3PM

TICKETS: $10-15 | PICK5/GROUPS: $10-15

FAMILY MATINEE

S

ALL AGE

Are you excited for a totally awesome musical with wild comedy, fun songs, and an appearance from Ramone, one of the supercoolest pals ever? Then get ready, as the Emmy-winning PBS Kids series Peg + Cat comes to the stage! When Peg’s mom asks Peg and Cat to mail some really important letters for her, they come face to face with a really big dog that becomes a Really Big Problem! To solve it, they’ll need math—bar graphs, size comparison, position words, fair sharing, and a whole lot of counting. They’ll also need to rely on each other—and the audience, too—to solve their problem! Learn more about Convocations’ arts research for the 2018-19 season on page 82.

PRE-SHOW FUN!

2PM / STEWART CENTER LOBBY

The College of Education’s math edu cation students will present creative problem solving activities. Support from

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UNION TANGUERA AND KATE WEARE COMPANY

SIN SALIDA SATURDAY, MARCH 23 LOEB PLAYHOUSE | 8PM

TICKETS: $22-30 | PICK5/GROUPS: $19-26 Built around an embrace in motion, tango demands a continuous connection between partners. By contrast, contemporary dance exalts the meaning of individual movement. These disparate forms converse, grapple, and meld with emotion in Sin Salida, a dynamic collaboration between French-Argentinian tango company Union Tanguera and the namesake company founded by choreographer and 2014 Guggenheim grant awardee Kate Weare. Inspired by philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, Sin Salida (literally, No Exit) explores a common human predicament: One needs another to perceive one’s self. With the dynamism of live musicians and crosscontinental vision, this work faces a moment when cultures, countries, and identities can drift apart, but insists that we can only hold onto ourselves by listening to each other. The presentation of Sin Salida was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Support from

MEETUPS

7PM / 1869 TAP ROOM

Join us for a pre-show meetup.

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POST-SHOW / 1869 TAP ROOM

Join us in 1869 immediately following the performance.


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Photo by Keira Heu-Jwyn Chang


THURSDAY, MARCH 28 ELLIOTT HALL OF MUSIC | 7:30PM TICKETS: $28-60 | PICK5/GROUPS: $28-51 Lovingly ripped off from the comedy classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the Tony Award®-winning Monty Python’s Spamalot is an outrageous musical comedy with a book by Eric Idle and music and lyrics from the Grammy®winning team of Idle and John Du Prez! Spamalot follows Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table on their quest to find the Holy Grail somewhere in England (not Finland). Flying cows, killer rabbits, taunting Frenchmen, and show-stopping musical numbers are just a few of the reasons audiences worldwide continue to eat up Spamalot! Now, go see it or we shall taunt you a second time! Support from

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Dr. NANCY DiMARTINO & STEPHEN BORGHI

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BROADWAY

BROADWAY

COMEDY FLYING COWS

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PLUS

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...raises silliness to an art form...”

— The Sunday Times


THURSDAY, APRIL 11 LOEB PLAYHOUSE | 7:30PM TICKETS: $15-20 | PICK5/GROUPS: $15-20

VERONICA SWIFT TRIO Not all jazz vocalists find the intersection of verve and vulnerability, where playful, toe-tapping snap meets heart-melting, four-alarm torch songs. At age 23, Veronica Swift has already arrived there, encompassing the blues, bebop, Broadway, scat, swing, and the Songbook. Since her second-place finish at 2015’s Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition, Swift has performed alongside Michael Feinstein, Chris Botti, Esperanza Spalding, and Danilo Pérez. The daughter of pianist Hod O’Brien and vocalist Stephanie Nakasian, she grew up gigging and now holds court with her own Birdland residencies. “Swift” is her father’s biological last name, but it’s doubly defined as the speed at which she’s becoming the next face of jazz vocals. Support from

Dr. NANCY DiMARTINO & STEPHEN BORGHI

A master class on space and dynamics... an adept lyrical interpreter...tremendous tonal command.” — JazzTimes

PRE-SHOW

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CONVOCATIONS.ORG/VERONICASWIFT

6:30PM / 1869 TAP ROOM

Join Don Seybold, host of WBAA’s Inside Jazz, for a discussion about the evening’s performance.

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CHAMBER RACONTEUR

SALON

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Photo by Bernhard Musil, featuring the Deutsche Grammophon


Esfahani, in total control technically, clearly delights in exploiting the expressive possibilities of the harpsichord and its sheer variety of sounds.”

— Gramophone

MAHAN ESFAHANI

HARPSICHORD THURSDAY, APRIL 25 | 7:30PM FRIDAY, APRIL 26 | 8PM DUNCAN HALL LIMITED SALON ENGAGEMENT TICKETS: $27-38 | PICK5/GROUPS: $23-32

MEETUP

APRIL 25 / 6:30PM APRIL 26 / 7PM DUNCAN HALL Join us for a pre-show meetup before each performance.

For harpsichordists, mere musical mastery isn’t enough. There’s always, as Mahan Esfahani says, “missionary work” to counter centuries of misunderstanding about the piano’s predecessor. Esfahani first heard harpsichord several years after his family moved from Tehran to the United States. Today, as a faculty member at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, he’s a vigorous musicologist, vibrant conversationalist, and adventurous performer—and he’s no Early Music exclusivist, either, spanning Bach to Reich and beyond. The only harpsichordist to become a BBC New Generation Artist, Borletti-Buitoni prizewinner, and Gramophone Artist of the Year nominee, Esfahani will hold forth in the elegant salon setting of Duncan Hall, illuminating the music with his abundant wit and intellect. These performances are limited salon engagements, with the artist and audience seated in close proximity for an exclusive, extraordinary recital experience. Seating is general admission and ticket requests will be filled in Friends Priority Point order. A cash bar of wine and beer will be available.


THE PRESIDENTIAL LECTURE SERIES

Launched in 2014, the Presidential Lecture Series is a diverse collection of lectures that examines policy, leadership, culture, and society. All lectures are free and open to the general public. The 2018-19 lectures will be announced throughout the year.

More info at

PURDUE.EDU/PLS

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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.”

Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina, 2017 World Food Prize Laureate, joined Purdue President Mitch Daniels on October 23, 2017.

— Purdue President Mitch Daniels


LEADING THE WAY IN PERFORMING ARTS RESEARCH

Children attending My Father’s Dragon in November 2017

What happens when you attend a Purdue Convocations performance?

Does it refresh your memory of a novel you read, a favorite lyric, or a historical event? Perhaps you have great discussions about the show with your companions afterward. You know performances have an impact—but what if you could prove it? Quantifying some of these impacts on students is the goal of new research led by Dr. Amanda Mayes, manager of education at Convocations. Before joining the staff, Mayes taught visual art from kindergarten through grade 12 for a decade, then taught at the collegiate level as she earned her PhD in curriculum and instruction. To test her hypothesis on the benefit of arts in the curriculum, she designed a study to

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assess the academic impact of seeing the Convocations performance My Father’s Dragon after students read the novel by Ruth Stiles (or had it read to them). Schools were randomly assigned to two groups, and students who read the book were tested for comprehension either before or after the performance. Questions assessed knowledge of characters, plot, vocabulary, and higher-order thinking, such as the author’s intent and cause and effect. Over 6,694 students at 103 schools participated, with the help of 15 presenting organizations in 14 states. Mayes and graduate student Bingxin Fa will analyze the data during 2018, preparing the findings for publication.


“Research at the kindergarten to grade 12 level can be a really hard sell to get teachers on board,” says Mayes. “They’re swamped and they don’t want anything else on their plates.

The fact that so many schools have been willing to participate shows what teachers know: that the arts matter for kids.” “This is the kind of data about literacy and the arts that we want,” says John Brewington, fine arts coordinator for Virginia Beach City Public Schools, which participated in the study. “It can help us strengthen reading comprehension and develop arts education in a more focused way.” In the upcoming season, Mayes will conduct a similar study from grades 4 to 12 with the Theatre Heroes performance of Call of the Wild, based on the novel by Jack London. Her study groups will also get younger, as she tests students’ understanding of basic math concepts following the performance of Peg + Cat Live!. With no existing research in this area, Mayes is partnering with Drs. Laura Bofferding and Signe Kastberg, faculty in mathematics education at Purdue, to design the evaluation.

Call of the Wild

Mayes is also conducting smaller studies with Purdue students. Preliminary data indicate that students in Dr. Jen Foray’s modern history course who viewed the L.A. Theatre Works performance of Judgement at Nuremberg had a better understanding of the historical events, as well as the concepts and moral implications involved in the trial, after seeing the performance. Other Purdue students read the postapocalyptic novel Station Eleven and attended World Without Us, a performance imagining the globe after humans have disappeared. Their postshow discussion reflected impacts that Convocations patrons have long celebrated: a deeper understanding of multiple viewpoints and a sense of community with fellow audience members.


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.

PURDUE.EDU/SCC

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

SCC members with Ty Dolla $ign in February 2018

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 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.

PURDUE.EDU/CVN

CVN members at MercyMe in February 2018

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.

TEDXPURDUEU.COM

TEDxPurdueU organizers


CHILDREN

INFO TO KNOW

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 FAMILY for a child to ensure a quality experience for MATINEE 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, visit convocations.org for additional information, including audio and video samples for most shows. Staff members can also provide more information; however, you are responsible for deciding whether a show’s content is appropriate for you and your family.

CONCESSIONS

Elliott Hall of Music now features concessions before the show and during intermission at all performances. Cheers!

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

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 at any time prior to the show and it will be offered to a student free of charge. • If you have a PICK5 ticket, return it to the box office 48 hours prior to the show and receive credit for a tax-deductible donation.

SEATING MAPS

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

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 and Fowler Hall. Please switch your hearing aid setting to T-coil. • Sign language interpretation is available with 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 INFORMATION FOR THE 2018-19 SEASON

Due to campus construction, some parking lots on campus may be more difficult to access than others. We understand that this is frustrating and appreciate your patience while Purdue expands its building landscape for student opportunities. Please visit convocations.org/parking for the most up-to-date parking information throughout the season. Thank you for being a loyal patron of Purdue Convocations and for your understanding during this time.

CONVOCATIONS.ORG/PARKING CONTACT INFORMATION

Purdue Convocations 128 Memorial Mall, STEW 194 West Lafayette, IN 47907-2034 Phone: (765) 494-9712 Fax: (765) 494-0540 convocations@purdue.edu Campus Box Offices Stewart Center - Loeb Playhouse M-F 10am-6pm (10am-4pm during university breaks) The Elliott Hall box office is open 75 minutes before a performance in Elliott Hall of Music. (765) 494-3933 | (800) 914-SHOW TDD Relay: (765) 496-1343

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PERFORMANCE PARTNERS

We applaud and appreciate the generosity of these partners whose support ensures that incredible arts experiences are possible in our community.

GOLD PARTNERS

SILVER PARTNERS

PURDUE BLACK CULTURAL CENTER

BRONZE PARTNERS

IVORY PARTNERS

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LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER AND QUEER CENTER


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. Photo by SCC alumnus Chris Costidakis

BENEFITS OF PARTNERSHIP INCLUDE:

• 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!

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CONNECT WITH LIVE EXPERIENCES

128 Memorial Mall Drive, STEW 194 West Lafayette, IN 47907-2034

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