CULTURE & IDEAS GUIDE
Live in the moment.
There is nothing like a live performance. Artists leap beyond the possibilities that we mere mortals consider possible, transforming the way that we see the world–and each other. And this only happens in the moment. There is no rewind or replay. You have to be there to witness the magic. Purdue Convocations welcomes you back to a full season filled with those magical moments in the theater, in classrooms, and outdoors. It is a fact that your support for Convos is what sustained us over the last two years–thank you for that! So now, celebrate what you’ve supported by getting your tickets and making a gift so you can experience it live, in the moment.
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The Book of Mormon pg. 10 Legally Blonde: The Musical pg. 12 Grace for President pg. 14
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R.E.S.P.E.C.T. pg. 15 Aquila Theatre: Pride and Prejudice pg. 16 Aquila Theatre: Julius Caesar pg. 17 The Secret Agency pg. 18 Kenny Broberg, piano pg. 19
Todd E. Wetzel Assistant Vice Provost, Student Life Executive Director, Purdue Convocations/Hall of Music Productions
tenThing: A Feeling of Norwegian Christmas pg. 20
Sway Company presents BLOOM! pg. 6 Larry Fleet pg. 7 West Lafayette Global Fest pg. 8 Cécile McLorin Salvant pg. 9
Purdue Jazz Fest: Sean Jones' Dizzy Spellz pg. 24
TEDxPurdueU: Terrarium pg. 25 CATS pg. 26 21-26 The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart pg. 28 26 Danny Carmo's Mathematical Mysteries pg. 30 18 19
Purdue Convocations catalyzes the curriculum, energizes the community and distinguishes Purdue through powerful performances, illuminating discourse and extraordinary learning encounters.
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 iteration 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.
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FRONT COVER: Sean Jones' Dizzy Spellz, pg. 19 THIS PAGE: Riverdance, pg. 28 Photo by Jack Hartin
Memphis Jookin': The Show pg. 31 Riverdance pg. 32 ATLYS pg. 34 Jesus Christ Superstar pg. 36 Les Violons du Roy w/Inon Barnatan pg. 38
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BEST SEATS for the Friends of Convos! To learn more about the benefits of becoming a Friend, or to join now and start supporting Convos' Staging Our Future campaign, visit convocations.org/support.
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StairWELL: Art+Tech+Wellness Building wellness through interactive art and tech Days filled with deadlines and challenging goals are the new normal–or perhaps the pressure just feels more intense now. In a groundbreaking new project, a talented collection of Purdue experts have banded together to design a relief valve. Using a novel combination of art, technology, and clinical psychology, the StairWELL project will produce an interactive sculptural installation to create a sense of beauty, respite, and play via an inventive user interface. Viewers become participants in an expressive journey that creates community while also delivering powerful supportive connections where they may be needed. In short, StairWELL builds wellness through interactive art and technology. StairWELL will be in development throughout the 2022-23 academic year with an installation targeted for Fall 2023. The project team, along with associated guest artists (see sidebar), will make the development process visible to the community with work-in-progress showings, interface testing, assessment design, and public engagements. StairWELL was founded by faculty in Purdue Polytechnic Institute and the creative teams at Purdue Convocations and Hall of Music Productions. The team was joined by clinical staff from Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), staff from the Steps to Leaps initiative, and faculty and graduate students in Psychology, Technology, and more. StairWELL is a powerful project Built at Purdue.
Conceptual models and sketches of the StairWELL sculpture created by Prof. Esteban Garcia Bravo of the Purdue Polytechnic Institute, alongside the Plutchik Wheel of Emotion which has inspired the association of emotions and colors in the project.
LARGE-SCALE, YEAR-LONG COLLABORATIVE PROJECT
INNOVATOR -IN-RESIDENCE COLLABORATING ARTIST
CHROMIC DUO Join us for in-progress events, showings, and experiences as StairWELL is developed throughout the year. Watch convocations.org/StairWELL for details.
Chromic Duo blends classical music, toy piano, and electronics into genre-fluid performances and installations. Musicians Lucy Yao and Dorothy Chan, inspired by the small wonders of the everyday, compose soundworlds inspired by the multitudes as Third-Culture-Kids discovering their voice within the vast Asian American diaspora. Their output is hybrid and tech-driven, blending visuals, film, virtual reality, and augmented reality, but the heart of their work remains rooted in human connection. Driven by a sense of wonder, Chromic Duo connects the dots between belonging and displacement to create powerful shared experiences. These grand prize-winners from the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) and Concert Artists Guild (CAG) Competition will spend the coming year as Innovators-In-Residence, collaborating with the Purdue team to develop the StairWELL project.
Support for the StairWELL Project provided by
FLORA ROBERTS FUND
Polytechnic Institute Hall of Music Productions Steps to Leaps Counseling and Psychological Services
Like this project? Step on board to help us make this a reality with your support and participation. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Swaypresents Company Thursday, September 8 Friday, September 9
12:30pm / 5:15pm / 6:30pm each day Purdue Memorial Union south lawn Admission FREE Presented with
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WEEKS of WELCOME
After turning thousands of heads on Purdue’s campus in 2011, Sway, then known as Australia's Strange Fruit, returns for a series of outdoor performances on the lawn of the Purdue Memorial Union. The collective of acrobatic performance artists is known for its stunts atop 14-foot sway poles. The performers arc high in the sky with such force that they can almost touch the seated audience members below before shooting off in the opposite direction. Sway’s new show, Bloom!, is a 20-minute, vibrant experience inspired by the brilliant colors of Smoky Mountain wildflowers. The show debuted in April at Dollywood Theme Park—and if it’s Dolly Parton-approved, you know it’s worth a look. Suitable for all ages. Bring your own chair. Support from
" ...will make hearts go pitter-pat no matter how old the viewer.” — Chicago Sun Times Photo by Alex Lambert
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" Easy going, passionate and hard working, with a sound reminiscent of 70s country and late 60s soul music”
— American Songwriter
Getting discovered at a “redneck barn party” by country superstar Jake Owen makes for a heckuva story, just like the raucous tales that make for good country music. Larry Fleet, who opened for Owen at Purdue in February 2020, is back—this time as a headliner. Soulful, heartfelt, and humorous—Fleet’s music represents his blue-collar, smalltown upbringing with pride. On his new album, Stack of Records, Fleet appeals to fans of modern country. But he’s got one boot firmly planted in the roots of outlaw country, since he counts Willie Nelson as one of his idols and named his son, Waylon, after the one and only Waylon Jennings.
Thursday, September 8 7:30pm / Loeb Playhouse Tickets: $15-25 / PICK5+Group: $15-22 Support from
DAVIS FAMILY ENDOWMENT
FREE STREET FESTIVAL
27th Annual West Lafayette
The annual West Lafayette Global Fest returns with its street festival concept—dozens of booths and multiple stages lining Northwestern Avenue and Columbia Street full of delectable delights, craft beer, cultural merchandise, and world music performances from every corner of the planet. The outdoor celebration of what this blue marble we call home can offer has been a cherished event in West Lafayette for decades. Headlining the live music stage will be Gili Yalo, a musician who blends funk, jazz, and soul with traditional sounds from his Jewish-Ethiopian roots. Also slated to perform are Chicago’s Tuvergen Band, a Mongolian folk-fusion trio, and Lone Piñon, a New Mexican string band or “orquesta típica.” This international mixtape pairs well with the cultural sights, smells, and flavors that help make Purdue and West Lafayette exciting and diverse.
Saturday, September 17
Downtown West Lafayette Festivities start at 3pm Admission FREE
GILI YALO Main Stage / 9pm Ethiopian roots combined with funk, psychedelia, and soul
TUVERGEN BAND Main Stage / 5pm High-energy Mongolian folk-fusion trio
˜ Main Stage / 7pm LONE PINON
Traditional New Mexican string band
Purdue Chinese Performing Arts Troupe, Chicago Samba, McGovern Irish Dancers, Okinawa Yuyukai and more to be announced!
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WEEKS of WELCOME
presented by the City of West Lafayette,
Purdue Convocations and the International Center of West Lafayette
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with support from Indiana Arts Commission, West Lafayette Parks and Recreation, Effectv, Southwire, Veridus Group, Purdue Federal Credit Union, Purdue University Honors College, Friends of Convocations Endowment, West Lafayette Public Library, Bowen Engineering, Cook Research, O.W. Krohn and Associates, Wessler Engineering, Purdue Black Cultural Center, Purdue Latino Cultural Center, and Purdue Asian American and Asian Resource Cultural Center
JAZZ VOCAL VELVET
Thursday, September 29 7:30pm / Loeb Playhouse Tickets: $21-26 / PICK5+Group: $17-22
CÉCILE McLORIN SALVANT A tuneful way to prepare for Halloween would be spinning Cécile McLorin Salvant’s new album, Ghost Song. The New York-based jazz singer wrote, recorded, and released the work all during the COVID-19 pandemic, exploring not only the metaphor of the creepy ghost story but also ghosts of her past and present while feeling ghosted during pandemic lockdown. A French-Haitian phenom, she returns to Convos as a multiple Grammy Award winner, living up to the promise of her early career when she released her first record backed by Jean-François Bonnel and his Paris Quintet a year before she won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition.
"Salvant, regularly and rightly, is considered one of the greatest jazz singers of her generation, but that label sells her short.” — Rolling Stone
LOU & DEBRA
Photo by Shawn Michael Jones
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Sunday, October 16 7pm / Elliott Hall of Music Tickets: $32-72 / PICK5+Group: $32-62
The New York Times calls it “the best musical of this century.” The Washington Post says, “It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals.” And Entertainment Weekly says, “Grade A: the funniest musical of all time.” Jimmy Fallon of The Tonight Show calls it "Genius. Brilliant. Phenomenal." It’s The Book of Mormon, the nine-time Tony Awardwinning musical. Contains explicit language. Support from MatchBOX Coworking Studio
Wednesday, October 26 7:30pm / Elliott Hall of Music Tickets: $32-72 / PICK5+Group: $32-62
OMG you guys!!! Legally Blonde - The Musical is coming to Elliott Hall of Music! Fabulously fun and international award-winning Legally Blonde - The Musical is the ultimate Broadway tribute to girl power! The story follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, sexism, snobbery, and scandal in pursuit of her dreams, and proves that you can be legally blonde and STILL the smartest person in the room. This contemporary, spirited musical moves at a breakneck pace driven by memorable songs and explosive dances. Legally Blonde - The Musical warms the heart by proving that self-discovery can be way too much fun and hilarious to boot. Support from
"The nonstop sugar rush of a show!”
— The New York Times
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Based on the Best-Selling Book
Saturday, October 29 3pm / Loeb Playhouse
Tickets: $15-20 / PICK5+Group: $15-20
When Grace's teacher reveals that the U.S. has never had a female president, Grace asks, "Where are the girls?" Smart, precocious and tuneful, Grace decides to run for class president while questioning the lack of women in the Oval Office in this family-friendly musical produced by Casa Mañana Theatre. A diverse, adult cast plays Grace and her classmates as they learn about presidents and what it takes to be a leader, whether of the free world or in their elementary school. It only takes a spark of inspiration to begin the journey of someday sitting in the White House, imagined with catchy songs and energetic performances. Support from
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CHAIN OF HITS
Saturday, November 5 8pm / Loeb Playhouse
Tickets: $30-54 / PICK5+Group: $26-46
R.E.S.P.E.C.T. is the ultimate tribute to the legendary Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. The elevated concert experience brings a community together with timeless music that speaks to the complicated human condition, honoring the impassioned and transcendent music of one of America’s most beloved singer-songwriters. Rejoice while you are taken on an intimate musical odyssey guaranteed to get you up and out of your seat and dancing! The production journeys through Aretha Franklin’s courageous life of love, tragedy and triumph starring a live band, supreme vocalists and a night full of music by one of the greatest artists of all time."Natural Woman,” “Think,” “I Knew You Were Waiting for Me,” “Chain of Fools,”“Respect”—all your favorite hits in one evening celebrating the iconic songstress!
SHERRI & VINCE
ROMANCE + SOCIAL SATIRE
“... a classically trained, modernly hip troupe..." — The New York Times
PRIDE and PREJUDICE Aquila Theatre
REPERTORY RESIDENCY The supply chain of English classical theatre to Purdue remains strong thanks to New York City’s Aquila Theatre. Following its take on Macbeth and The Great Gatsby last spring, Aquila will present Jane Austen’s fan-favorite Pride and Prejudice. For more than 200 years, the romance between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy has captivated audiences in novel form and the 2005 film version starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen. This performance gives Austen fans a chance to see the love affair full of delightful and romantic misunderstandings, class satire, and English country dances come to life thanks to her beloved rom com.
Thursday, November 10 7:30pm / Loeb Playhouse Tickets: $24-32 / PICK5+Group: $21-27
CORNERSTONE INTEGRATED LIBERAL ARTS
LEONORA & HAROLD
ENDOWMENT FOR THEATRE
CONSPIRACY + INTRIGUE
"Takes the classics off their pedestals and presents them as live action, flesh and blood adventures.”
— Dramatics Magazine
REPERTORY RESIDENCY After its evocative production of Macbeth last spring, New York’s Aquila Theatre returns to Purdue to breathe new life into The Bard once again with its take on Julius Caesar. A classic tale of the machinations of power in political institutions, William Shakespeare’s beautiful language combined with Aquila artistic director Desiree Sanchez’s striking imagery is a must-see for classical theatre fans. The story picks up with a victorious Caesar returning from battle, but senators Cassius, Brutus, and dozens of others are conflicted about how much authority one man should hold. See the drama and turmoil that led to the most famous backstabbing in ancient history.
Friday, November 11 8pm / Loeb Playhouse
Tickets: $24-32 / PICK5+Group: $21-27
CORNERSTONE INTEGRATED LIBERAL ARTS
LEONORA & HAROLD
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"Nobody is making better 'Kid-Hop' than Secret Agent 23 Skidoo.” — NPR
SECRET AGENCY Friday, November 18
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Old school hip hop, funk, and breakdancing meets new school audiences when The Secret Agency hits the stage and classroom. This family-friendly show aimed at children in grades 5-8 is led by emcee, producer, and Grammy-winner Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, who is rarely seen without a mic in hand and a purple tuxedo on his frame. The Secret Agency offers songs that radiate positive vibes like “Wake Up the Dream.” The longtime children’s artist is a firm believer that kids can make “life what you want it to be, but you have to dream it first.” Before the concert, Skidoo and his crew will visit area schools all week. Support from
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2021 American Pianists Association award winner
KENNY BROBERG A masterful musician with Midwestern roots, Kenny Broberg can thank the Hoosier State for a career boost. The pianist from Minneapolis, Minnesota, now living in Kansas City, Missouri, received the Christel DeHaan Classical Fellowship and the 2021 American Pianists Award in Indianapolis. He also inspires young music students as an artist-inresidence at the University of Indianapolis.
A Cliburn Competition winner, Broberg’s original composition “Barcarolle” was recently featured on National Public Radio. He has thrilled audiences on four different continents, but with so much time in Indiana, Broberg is a fan of Hoosier hospitality. After one of his recent concerts, The Indianapolis Star proclaimed, “Broberg mastered everything he performed over the weekend, pulling a palette of moods from every register.” Photo by Polina Osherov
Sunday, November 20 3pm / Loeb Playhouse
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MARSHALL & JOYCE
BOB & PATTI
MIKE & PAM
CLASSICAL MUSIC ENDOWMENT
A FEELING of tenThing NORWEGIAN
Heat up the risengrynsgrøt (traditional sweet rice pudding), leave a bowl of porridge on your doorstep to show appreciation for the nisse (farm sprites), and get A Feeling of Norwegian Christmas when tenThing, an all-female brass ensemble from Oslo, Norway, returns to Purdue. Led by trumpeter and group namesake Tine Thing Helseth and anchored by a seated tuba player, trombones and trumpets ring out as the musicians perform in a crescent formation or choreographed stage moves. You’ll hear musical traditions of the Christmas season from Norway to Italy to Ukraine, as well as American Christmas tunes and Disney favorites like never before. Helseth’s arrangements are full of surprise and wonder, just like the Christmas holiday.
Sunday, December 11 3pm / Loeb Playhouse
Tickets: $17-22 / PICK5+Group: $20-26
" Well integrated and technically accomplished, with some especially brilliant trumpet work"
— BBC Music Magazine
INFO TO KNOW
HEALTH & SAFETY
Purdue University will continue its comprehensive plan to keep our campus and community safe, especially regarding matters of public health. Purdue University and Purdue Convocations reserve the right to implement or adjust public assembly policies for campus residents, employees, and visitors at any time in the future. As this environment is ever-evolving, please check protect.purdue.edu, convocations.org and our social media channels for the most up-to-date information before you join us for our events.
We ask that you please use discretion in deciding what is appropriate for a child to ensure a quality experience for all patrons. All patrons, including infants on laps, must have a ticket due to fire marshal requirements. If you have questions about show content or age appropriateness, visit convocations.org for additional information. Staff members can also provide information; however, you are responsible for deciding whether content is appropriate for you and your family.
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STUDENT TICKET DISCOUNTS
Discounted student tickets are available for Purdue University and Ivy Tech Lafayette students. Each person using a student ticket must be a student and be able to present a current student ID.
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Due to the possibility of construction and road changes on campus, some parking lots on campus may be more difficult to access than others. Please visit convocations.org/parking for the most up-to-date parking information.
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To learn more about becoming a Friend of Convocations and get the best seats in the house, visit convocations.org/support.
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STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS powered by Convos
Established in 1975, the Student Concert Committee (SCC) is equivalent to an internship in the music and entertainment business. Members help select, market and produce SCC-sponsored concerts & events. They gain real-life concert industry business experience and learn life skills that can serve them in any profession while powering live music and event culture on campus!
Founded in 1985, Convocations Volunteer Network (CVN) helps to support and promote Convos events. This group ushers and helps in many other ways with performances and other Friends of Convos, education and outreach events. In exchange, members can stay and see shows for free, and make a lot of new friends.
purdue.edu/cvn TEDxPurdueU is a student-run organization standing behind TEDx talks and events held at Purdue University. With the mission to stimulate the curious mind, challenge perspectives and spark discussion, they expose our local community and global audience to “ideas worth spreading.”
Get involved with the arts at Purdue! Visit SCC, CVN and TEDxPurdueU at boilerlink.purdue.edu
GILLESPIE & BEYOND
A cultural and spiritual journey through the music of Dizzy Gillespie
Friday, January 20 8pm / Loeb Playhouse
Tickets: $24-30 / PICK5+Group: $21-26
The headliner for the 2023 Purdue Jazz Festival puts a spin on Diz that you have to hear to believe. Sean Jones’ Dizzy Spellz has wowed New York audiences for years with its interpretation of the late, great Dizzy Gillespie through Jones’ trumpet prowess and his stellar band, which includes a turntablist and the tap dancing style of Brinae Ali. Ali pounds a board in Appalachian style, with her rhythmic feet miked and manipulated to create otherworldly sounds. The turntables give the music a modern edge, inventing new expressions just like Gillespie did as he explored thought-provoking jazz directions, incorporating bebop and later helping introduce Afro-Cuban styles to American jazz audiences. Support from
Drs. MARSHALL & BERDINE
Saturday, February 18 12pm / Loeb Playhouse Tickets: $15-20 / PICK5+Group: $12-17
When we think about a terrarium, it’s usually paired with a visual of a small garden ecosystem in a closed container, but this year TEDxPurdueU seeks to push the boundaries of what constitutes terraria. If our inner mind is an ecosystem, then is a person a terrarium? Or is the earth itself a type of container since it houses the many processes and cycles that help us thrive? Join TEDxPurdueU this year as we explore the variety of ways that technology, entertainment, design, culture, sustainability, and environmentalism interact with each other in the world today. Support from
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Sunday, February 19 6:30pm / Elliott Hall of Music
Tickets: $32-72 / PICK5+Group: $32-62
The first of the megamusicals, CATS pounces on Purdue 42 years after first thrilling Broadway audiences with the triple threat of beautiful songs, athletic choreography, and furry leg warmers. You may have fuzzy “Memories” of first seeing CATS on vacation in New York or in one of the 30-plus countries or 15 different languages in which the show has been staged. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s blockbuster tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn. CATS is a timeless feast for the ears and eyes, guided by strong characters, who share stories about their nine lives based on T.S. Elliott poems. The revised staging makes this a production for a new generation! Support from
"A wickedly joyous mix of music, revelry and enchantment.” — The Guardian
inspired by the original national theatre of scotland commissioned production
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EXCLUSIVE LIMITED ENGAGEMENT! Tuesday, February 21 / 7:30pm Friday, February 24 / 8pm Wednesday, February 22 / 7:30pm Saturday, February 25 / 3pm and 8pm Thursday, February 23 / 7:30pm Sunday, February 26 / 6pm All performances held at Duncan Hall Tickets: $30-42 / PICK5+Group: $30-42
Sit a spell, sip a pint, and be spirited away to bewitching borderlands by this moving and magical comic fantasy. Based on the globallyacclaimed production by the National Theatre of Scotland, the original artistic team of The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart has reunited to bring the runaway hit of the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival back to the stage–and back to Convos where we had a sold-out run in 2012. Inspired by the Scottish Border Ballads–centuries old songs, speaking of supernatural occurrences along the England-Scotland border–the tale finds uptight academic Prudencia Hart departing one wintry morning for a conference in the borderlands. What awaits her is an enchanting and suspenseful journey of devilish encounters, wittily wild karaoke, and dreamlike self-discovery. Renowned Scottish playwright David Greig connects the dots between contemporary themes, Scottish culture and identity, and the grand tradition of writing for the stage, by weaving a tale set in the current time but using largely rhymed verse. With razor-sharp turns, Prudencia is manically funny and soul-searching, often within the same stanza.
Prudencia is a full-tilt immersive theatrical experience. The actors will madly traverse our historic Duncan Hall, magically transformed for the night into a Scottish pub. With action everywhere around you, Prudencia takes you on an epic journey of vivid imagination. Cash bar available. Recommended for ages 14 and up. Contains moments of mild profanity and adult references deliciously delivered in rhymed verse with a Scottish accent. Due to the nature of the performance, latecomers cannot be seated, so come early and enjoy a hooley–the grand Scottish tradition of good times, good friends, and aye, yes, the fruits of the pub (beginning 30 minutes prior to curtain). Support from
INNOVATIVE PERFORMANCE FUND
INNOVATIVE PERFORMANCE FUND The Innovative Performance Fund is an affinity group gathered around a powerful idea to have this work present— here in our community. You can support our work this season and a multi-year supporting gift gives us the confidence to present innovative performances well into the future. Taking audiences on a journey through the landscape of remarkable theatrical experiences is a hallmark of Purdue Convocations. Convos is committed to bringing new and engaging artists to our stages that stretch the imagination and boundaries of audience members of all ages. We are actively seeking projects that go outside the confines of the theatre and transform the everyday spaces of our community. Sustained support will make this initiative a success and help Convos educate and expand our audience members interested in imaginative innovation across all genres. To learn more about the Innovative Performance Fund, visit convocations.org/ipf.
MATHEMATICAL MYSTERIES Sunday, February 26 3pm / Loeb Playhouse
Tickets: $15-20 / PICK5+Group: $15-20
If you thought making your remainder disappear when doing long division was magic, factor in a fun time for you and the family when math magician Danny Carmo (played by Caolan McBride) returns to Purdue with his Mathematical Mysteries. The Irish entertainer with a passion for promoting mathematics to young and old sold out his 2018 Purdue show and thrilled Greater Lafayette schools with four shows during his stay. Carmo’s act features traditional, showstopping magic — plenty of small boxes to be stabbed and sawed with assistant Nicola McBride inside — along with multimedia trickery. The audience has to help Carmo with some of his problems, which is exactly what a math-impassioned Boilermaker crowd would love. Support from
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A brilliant combination of math and magic!
STREET TO STAGE
Saturday, March 4
MEMPHIS JOOKIN ' THE SHOW featuring
8pm / Loeb Playhouse
Tickets: $24-32 / PICK5+Group: $21-27
If you think Memphis, Tennessee culture begins and ends on Beale Street, take a deeper dive into the river city’s distinctive flavor of music, art, and dance. In the last decade, artists like Lil Buck have promoted the city’s signature steps — dubbed Memphis Jookin’. In Memphis Jookin’: The Show, Buck choreographed a showcase of the dance style, known for its ankle-bending, gravity-defying, smooth footwork. He performs alongside 10 highly skilled dancers and a DJ to a soundtrack that evokes the energy of the streets, hallways, and clubs where the style was born. Buck first turned heads during his interpretative performance of “The Dying Swan,” accompanied by Yo-Yo Ma, and a memorable spot in Madonna’s 2012 Super Bowl halftime show — and has now taken Memphis Jookin’ all the way to the Kennedy Center. Support from
Photos by Louis "Ziggy" Tucker
Riverdance, as you’ve never seen it before! A powerful and stirring reinvention of this beloved favorite, celebrated the world over for its Grammy award‐winning score and the thrilling energy and passion of its Irish and international dance. Twenty‐five years on, composer Bill Whelan has rerecorded his mesmerizing soundtrack while producer Moya Doherty and director John McColgan have completely reimagined the ground‐ breaking show with innovative and spectacular lighting, projection, stage and costume designs. Immerse yourself in the extraordinary power and grace of its music and dance–beloved by fans of all ages. Fall in love with the magic of Riverdance all over again. For over 25 years, nothing has carried the energy, the sensuality and the spectacle of Riverdance. Support from
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“The original ...the best." — The Irish Times
Sunday, March 26 6pm / Elliott Hall of Music Tickets: $32-72 / PICK5+Group: $32-62
POP MUSIC REMIXED
Wednesday, April 12 Thursday, April 13
Various times and locations / FREE
The repertoire of string quartet ATLYS consists of unique covers of pop and rock hits, striking original compositions, and a dose of classics. The quartet’s energetic musicians are masterful talents—mobile and motivated in the digital age. They are also sought-after studio musicians in their Chicago homebase and beyond. During the pandemic, ATLYS found a niche in providing original string loops and hooks for electronic music producers and hip hop artists alike. The group’s upcoming Convocations residency will be a homecoming for violinist Jinty McTavish, who made her solo debut with the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra at age 10. She will help lead ATLYS through several performances in the Greater Lafayette community, including MatchBOX Coworking Studio, Greyhouse Coffee, Purdue Memorial Union, area high schools, retirement communities, and pop-up outdoor performances on campus. Support from
FLORA ROBERTS FUND
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Photo by Azuree Wiitala
Last season, we were honored to host Sonia De Los Santos
and her ensemble as our Outreach Artist-in-Residence. In this capacity, she visited area schools and shared stories, music and inspiration with P-12 students, connected with Purdue students, and held a series of free public engagements in the Greater Lafayette community—all thanks to gifts from individual and corporate support. Your support of our education programs is crucial to their success, because almost half of their cost is funded by individual and corporate support. Some schools can afford to purchase their matinee field-trip tickets, while your extra support—be it a one-time cash gift, a payroll contribution, or a recurring credit card charge—will directly subsidize ticket and transportation costs for the ones who can’t. An extra $5 is enough to send one elementary student to a Convocations matinee performance. An extra $100 is enough to send a whole class. $500 would be used to bring an artist into a college or elementary classroom. With field trip and arts budgets being routinely cut or lessened, you can have a critical impact on a student’s increased cultural understanding through your donation.
Visit giving.purdue.edu/ConvosEducation to make a gift now. To learn more about playing your part in staging Convos’ future, visit connect.purdue.edu/stagingconvos.
Photo by Hyphen Photography Inc.
Last season’s Outreach Artist-inResidence Sonia De Los Santos
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EPIC ROCK OPERA
Friday, April 14
8pm / Elliott Hall of Music Tickets: $32-72 / PICK5+Group: $32-62
Celebrating its 50th Anniversary, a new mesmerizing production of the iconic musical phenomenon returns to the stage. Originally staged by London’s Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and helmed by the acclaimed director Timothy Sheader (Crazy for You, Into the Woods) and cutting-edge choreographer Drew McOnie (King Kong, Strictly Ballroom), this production won the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival garnering unprecedented reviews and accolades. Appealing to both theatre audiences and concert music fans, this production pays tribute to the historic 1971 Billboard Album of the Year while creating a modern, theatrical world that is uniquely fresh and inspiring. With lyrics and music by Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony winners Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jesus Christ Superstar is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary series of events during the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ as seen through the eyes of Judas. Reflecting the rock roots that defined a generation, the legendary score includes ‘I Don’t Know How to Love Him’, ‘Gethsemane’ and ‘Superstar’. Support from
VIOLONS Inon DU ROY Barnatan
Wednesday, April 26
7:30pm / Loeb Playhouse Tickets: $24-32 / PICK5+Group: $21-27
French-Canadian 15-piece chamber orchestra Les Violons du Roy has been performing baroque and classical music all over North America and beyond for a magnifique 38 years. Led by conductor Jonathan Cohen, the ensemble has released an impressive 36 recordings, racking up several Juno Awards—the Canadian Grammys—along the way. In recent years, le Québécois musiciens have performed master works of Bach, Handel, Haydn, and Mozart along with pieces from living legends like Philip Glass. Les Violons du Roy prides itself on showcasing guest soloists at its concerts and the ensemble’s Purdue engagement will be no different. Pianist Inon Barnatan has wowed audiences from Los Angeles to London, just as he did at Purdue in 2016. The New York Times dubbed him “one of the most admired pianists of his generation.”
Photo by Marco Boreggreve
JEANNE COMPTON ENDOWMENT FOR ARTISTIC EXCELLENCE
GORDON & HARRIET
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ROBERT B. & PATRICIA
PIANO PERFORMANCE ENDOWMENT
PIANO GIVING CIRCLE
Photo by Atwood Photographie
We applaud and appreciate the generosity of these partners whose support ensures that incredible arts experiences are possible in our community.
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: • Extensive name and logo placement • Pre-sales and priority seating • Discounted tickets for employees • Event invitations
• Access to special receptions and parking • Customized marketing opportunities • Enhanced relationship with the arts community • And so much more!
Learn more at convocations.org/partnership or call (765) 494-9712.
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