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2015-16 CULTURE&IDEAS GUIDE

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2015 2016

EVENTS

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113th SEASON

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

CONTENTS

OCT

IN DEPTH JOIN IN THE FUN

11 Piano Dedication Recital 18 Rising Stars of Metropolitan Opera in Concert 24-25 Dawn or Doom 2 25 Cumbia All Stars

8 Huang Yi & KUKA 16 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat 17 One Man Breaking Bad 22 Cécile McLorin Salvant

Learn about the Friends of Convocations Intermission Club.

NOV

75th ANNIVERSARY OF ELLIOTT HALL OF MUSIC Celebrating 75 years of history.

IMMERSION

A collection of thought-provoking lectures and performances.

JAN

PIANO DEDICATION

New piano creates grand opportunities.

ARTS IMPACT IN THE CLASSROOM

Discover how one professor makes curricular connections.

STUDENT GROUPS CELEBRATE ANNIVERSARIES

40th anniversary of SCC and 30th anniversary of CVN.

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

HUANG YI & KUKA pg. 20 This page: MEKLIT pg. 48 Photo credit: Cody Perkins

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

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8 The Lightning Thief 13 In Mo Yang, violin 22 Peter Rabbit™ Tales 22 DIVA Jazz Orchestra (Purdue Jazz Festival) 30 Tian Jianan, bayan (chromatic accordion)

6 Harpeth Rising 11 Annie 14 Junie B.’s Essential Survival Guide to School 18 A Moon for the Misbegotten 20 Philip Glass: The Complete Piano Etudes 27 Meklit

3 42nd Street 5 Manual Cinema: Lula del Ray 2 Mark Morris Dance Group: Dido and Aeneas

7 SFJAZZ Collective: The Michael Jackson Project 9 TEDxPurdueU 16 Les Violons du Roy with Alexandre Tharaud, piano 21 Once 27 The Illusionists

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Todd Wetzel DIRECTOR

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Todd Wetzel The concept of immersion is both a platform for this year’s curricular integration activity and an apt metaphor for our entire season. Here, you can plunge into world-class performances. Dive deeply into engrossing discourse. Participate in powerful activities to learn how artists and thinkers illuminate the world around us. And you can also immerse yourself in these encounters regularly by weaving the power of creative human expression and intellectual inquiry into your daily and weekly calendar. We’ll ring in the 75th anniversary of Elliott Hall of Music this year with a concentrated slate of five Broadway productions. Be sure to see our special tribute to Elliott Hall on page 8. But we haven’t stopped there: this season’s Signature Events feature two of the greatest performing artists and companies of our time. The internationally renowned Mark Morris Dance Group will further burnish Elliott Hall’s legacy of world-class performances with its full-scale production of their landmark Dido and Aeneas—featuring Purcell’s opera performed with live orchestra and soloists. We’ll also embark upon a deep investigation of a composer’s relationship to his instrument in Loeb Playhouse with one of the most influential composers of the last 50 years, Philip Glass. The performance of The Complete Piano Etudes features Glass and four additional exhilarating pianists for a specially created engagement in which Glass’s 20 etudes form a compelling, 30-year portrait of his aesthetic evolution. A generous gift will help surround Convocations audiences with beautiful music for many years to come. Janet and John Nine (BS ‘63, HonD ‘83) have opened the door for all of us to more fully immerse ourselves in the extraordinary artistry of pianists, thanks to their gift of a spectacular new Steinway D Concert Grand piano to Purdue. Fitting, then,

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James Britton

MARKETING ASSOCIATE/CVN ADVISOR

that we’ve planned a three-concert gateway to season upon season of deeper immersion in the profoundly rich repertoire and history of the piano. See page 12 for the full story. In the context of a great university, offering immersive experiences for the artists, creators, and catalysts is a natural part of our work. This year, we’ll have two Artist-In-Residence opportunities: Taiwanese choreographer, dancer, and programmer Huang Yi will bring his innovative dance and robotics performance in the fall while global musical phenomenon Meklit will share her music and social advocacy perspectives in the spring. We’re also proud to announce Dawn or Doom 2, which features a robust exploration of digital privacy issues, as well as an evolving slate of lectures and discourse via the Presidential Lecture Series and other platforms to be added into the flow of our season. Stay tuned! It would be fair to say, however, that this entire season of incredible, immersive experiences would not be possible without you, our engaged audiences and contributors. Your focused support for the Friends of Convocations gives us the capacity to create and deliver these remarkable performances, residencies, and opportunities because ticket sales cover only 60% of our expenses. We thank you for this support! Also, we thank all of the Purdue faculty who have so creatively integrated the world-class artists and thinkers whom we host on campus into their academic syllabi. Your desire to create meaningful learning encounters for your students deepens the experience— and the value—of a Purdue education.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU OFTEN THIS SEASON— IMMERSE YOURSELF WITH US!

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Samantha Batkin SOCIAL MEDIA INTERN

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Stephanie Morales

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DEVELOPMENT Amanda Dunkle

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

Kate Spanke

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Diane Carlson

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT FOR DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION

PRODUCTION Kathy Dietz

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The Lomax Project Collaboratory March 27, 2015 / Tippecanoe Arts Federation

PRE- AND POST-SHOW DISCUSSIONS: For those who

Like to dig deeper into the arts? Convocations offers pre- and post-show discussions throughout the season. Discussions run the gamut from talks with a company’s artistic director, a choreographer, or a playwright to sessions that highlight historical background on music or performance style. These events are free to ticket holders.

PROGRAM NOTES:

Within 4 weeks of a performance Visit convocations.org for access to detailed program notes!

Pre-show Cumbia lessons at La Yegros September 12, 2014/ Four Points Ballroom

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CONTRIBUTORS Nick Rogers

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Stacey Mickelbart

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WRITER

Amy Long WRITER

STUDENT GROUPS Jamie Reed CVN PRESIDENT

Manual Cinema: Lula del Ray pg. 52

Keenan Feller SCC PRESIDENT

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Maybe all you want is a quick bite to eat. Maybe you’d like a glass of wine with some friends. Or maybe you’re just headed for the private restrooms. Whatever the reason, the Friends of Convocations Intermission Club has it! It’s a place to see and be seen, and get the full experience of a night out at the theater. At no extra cost, it’s also the best value.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Fri, October 16, 2015 Annie / Thurs, February 11, 2016 42nd Street / Thurs, March 3, 2016 Dido and Aeneas / Mark Morris Dance Group Sat, April 2, 2016 Once / Thurs, April 21, 2016 The Illusionists / Wed, April 27, 2016 Pre-show Intermission Club service begins 45 minutes prior to curtain. If a performance has an intermission, the Club is also open at that time.

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2014 Soirée with private performance of The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer

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1940-2015 By AMY LONG

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imagine a building; they conceived of a place where students could gather, engage, listen, learn, communicate, and celebrate.

While Elliott Hall of Music’s physical size is notable—the 6,000-seat theater is one of the nation’s largest proscenium auditoriums, according to Purdue Convocations director Todd Wetzel—the larger-scale productions it hosts make Elliott Hall exceptional, from world-class ballet to grand-scale Broadway shows, discourses led by renowned dignitaries to electrifying rock concerts. The Hall of Music was the vision of Edward Charles Elliott, Purdue’s sixth president, who wanted a state-of-theart facility large enough to house growing commencement exercises and to also give the student body a gathering place for convocations. About half of the project’s $1.2 million price tag came from a Public Works Administration grant; Elliott himself lobbied the Indiana state legislature for necessary matching funds. New construction expenses for a similar building today would easily reach nine figures. Longtime local architect Walter Scholer designed the building, with J. André Fouilhoux, designer of New York’s Radio City Music Hall, serving as consulting architect. These visionaries didn’t just

Most Purdue students pass through Elliott’s doors at some point. The hall hosts about 200 events each year—from freshman orientation to commencement exercises—and almost every student leaves Purdue with indelible memories from Elliott Hall of Music. Those unforgettable moments extend to Greater Lafayette audiences and beyond. They’ve enjoyed student talents in the PMO Christmas Show or Purdue Bands showcases, rocked with such artists as Bruce Springsteen, Sting, and Lady Gaga, been captivated by the New York City Opera and the Joffrey Ballet Company, and drawn inspiration from international figures like the Dalai Lama, Toni Morrison, and Neil deGrasse Tyson. Rather than trek to Indianapolis or Chicago for first-rate experiences, area residents find them at Elliott Hall of Music. “If you take all that away, we would be removing that dynamism from our community’s identity and vocabulary,” Wetzel says. “Elliott Hall of Music has had a profound influence on shaping the energy of this university, as well as the Greater Lafayette community.” A Purdue Convocations staff member for 36 years, Lois Harth recalls many important shows at Elliott over the years: the first show she saw there (a 1973 John Denver concert), the Iron Curtain intrigue of Russian pianist Emil

Gilels in 1979, and a packed house for Elton John in 1980. “It was amazing,” Harth says of John’s show. “People were on their feet singing along, and you could tell they knew all the words.” Harth’s words are the sort of testimony Steve Hall has come to expect.

“You see people entertained, ch allenged, motivated,” says Hall, who has worked at Elliott Hall of Music since 1981 an d is

now its director. “You see them driven in a way that they weren’t before. That’s pretty significant.” “In the 30 years I’ve been here, I’ve seen the difference this facility can make. I see the life it breathes into the University’s day-to-day business. Without it, Purdue would be such a barren place.” In all, Elliott Hall of Music isn’t just a remarkable facility. For 75 years, and counting, it has represented Purdue’s conversation about the power of creative human expression, the exchange of ideas, the triumph of virtuosity, the meaning of shared experiences, and the value of intellectual achievement. That some of the world’s greatest talents and thinkers have crossed its stage— whether to make an entrance or receive a diploma—is no small tribute to the vision of the building’s namesake. That’s a performance worthy of a standing ovation.

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PURDUE CONVOCATIONS

IMMERSION

THE OFFICE OF THE PROVOST

Bucking the trend of sound bites, computer-generated news digests, and 140-character chatter, our IMMERSION platform honors the inclination to dig for nuance, participate in discourse, and examine issues more deeply. Few topics lend themselves to tidy summation, and the places where society, technology, and culture intersect are decidedly not the place to skimp on the details. This year, we’ll immerse ourselves in several questions where digging into the issues will yield deeper insights and more powerful experiences.

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IMMERSION

With support from

OFFICE OF THE SYSTEM CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING COLLEGE OF SCIENCE DISCOVERY LECTURE SERIES and additional support from COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS HONORS COLLEGE

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Distinguished guests, artists-in-residence, and faculty experts will lead dynamic symposia, in-class discussions, lecture-demonstrations, master classes, interdisciplinary panel discussions, and presentations while journaling, digital galleries, and other participant forums will serve as immersive catalysts for students and community alike.

DAWN OR DOOM 2

HUANG YI & KUKA

MEKLIT

FALL ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE

SPRING ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE

THE NEW TECHNOLOGY EXPLOSION

The highly vaunted symposium returns for a second edition to investigate the pervasive questions surrounding our digital privacy, space travel, and more. See page 74.

Through his stunning dance work with a robot called KUKA, choreographer and programmer Huang Yi raises fundamental social and philosophical questions about the intersection of humans and robots. See page 20.

Meklit, a musician and TED Global Fellow who was born in Ethiopia and raised in the U.S., is a powerful voice for the role of the thinking artist to explore cultural identity, empower communities, and effect positive social change. See page 48. BOX OFFICE: (800) 914-SHOW / 494-3933 11


A NEW PIANO CREATES GRAND OPPORTUNITIES By Stacey Mickelbart

This year, Convocations will debut a new star with multiple appearances throughout the season. Dressed in shiny black, with a voice that ranges from clear as a bell to a visceral growl, and exhibiting a range that covers classical, opera, jazz, and experimental music, a brand new Steinway D Concert Grand piano will be welcomed to Purdue University. A gift from Janet and John Nine, who donated the instrument, will also help Convocations host performances of the American Pianists Association (APA) Classical and Jazz Fellowship Award winners every other year for the next 10 years. In addition, student artists and ensembles will also benefit from the opportunity to learn and play on an instrument with the Steinway D’s capability.

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It takes a year to build... the entire instrument is built and adjusted by hand. How does one select a concert grand when its impact at Purdue looms so large—both literally and figuratively? A team comprised of the Nines; Convocations director Todd Wetzel; Meridian Music (Carmel, IN) owner Craig Gigax; President/CEO and Artistic Director of the APA, Joel Harrison; and pianist and APA Classical Fellowship laureate Eric Zuber traveled to the Steinway factory in Astoria, Queens, NY, to see how Steinways are built and to choose the right instrument.

The nine-foot Model D is the standard for concert grands worldwide, and the one on which many students of North American conservatories learn to play. It takes a year to build, and beyond a few wooden parts in the piano’s action that are initially shaped by a computer-controlled milling machine, the entire instrument is built and adjusted by hand. Wetzel and the team were able to see several steps in a concert grand’s production, including how the rims are glued, bent to the proper form, inserted in a press, and then cured to retain their shape.

With five Concert Ds in the selection room, Zuber played a cross-section of composers, including Bach, Chopin, and Rachmaninoff, to test the character, tone, and dynamics of the pianos. Each instrument has its own personality, and the way the hammers are voiced, among many other variables, can make a huge difference in its sound. The action (the mechanism by which pressing a key causes a hammer to strike the strings) must allow for both repetition and expressiveness when playing pianissimo (very soft) as well as fortissimo (very loud) without sounding too harsh or too dark. It should allow for the bright, clear bell tones of higher notes as well as the rich, warm resonance of lower notes.

Audiences will have several opportunities to hear the range of the new concert grand, including the seasonopening performance by Zuber and APA Classical Fellow Sean Chen. The piano will play an orchestral role for the Rising Stars of the Metropolitan Opera, feature in chamber concerts, and show its jazz chops alongside vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant, the DIVA Jazz Orchestra, and the SFJAZZ Collective. Philip Glass and four other pianists will play all 20 of his études, and to round out the season, pianist Alexandre Tharaud will accompany Les Violons du Roy.

Of course, a grand piano creates grand opportunities. Thus, the Steinway D is a gift that will keep on giving for many exciting seasons to come. “Now that we have a world-class instrument, we will be able to transform the range of artists and performances we can host at Purdue,” Wetzel says. “Great artists require great instruments. Thanks to Janet and John, we’ll be able to raise the bar musically in countless ways over the next several years.” Photos: Scenes from the selection room and factory tour. The selection party (top left) included (L to R) Joel Harrison, John Nine, Todd Wetzel, Eric Zuber, Janet Nine, and Craig Gigax.

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“CHEN HAS THE RARE ABILITY TO COMBINE POETIC MUSICAL SENSIBILITIES AND DAZZLING TECHNICAL PROWESS.”

ERIC ZUBER

SEAN CHEN

PIANO DEDICATION RECITAL SEAN CHEN & ERIC ZUBER SEPTEMBER 11 / 8PM FRI / LOEB PLAYHOUSE $22-28 PRE-SHOW / 7PM / STEW 310

Joel Harrison, President/CEO and Artistic Director of the American Pianists Association, will discuss the program.

READ THE STORY about the gift of the new Steinway D and how Purdue Convocations will proudly spotlight its new Steinway D piano in a wide variety of musical contexts throughout the 2015-16 season. See page 12. This performance has been underwritten by:

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PIANO DEDICATION RECITAL Instrument makers practice a special art. They possess the skills of a designer, an engineer, and an artist—all at once. The names of the world’s most storied instrument makers are legendary: Stradivarius violins, Martin guitars, Bach trumpets, Zildjian cymbals, to name but a few. And, of course, there are Steinway pianos. But there are Steinways, and then there are Steinways. A 9-foot Steinway concert grand piano—known as the model D—is the global gold standard for concert pianos. Spectacular works of art in themselves, they are handbuilt machines of extraordinary complexity that, under the fingers of an accomplished artist, allow for a nuanced, whisper-like delicacy as well as a roaring, orchestral crescendo. The expressive power, beauty, and versatility of the instrument become far more than the sum of its 12,000 parts.

Now, with Purdue’s new Steinway D on campus—courtesy of a generous gift by Janet and John Nine—this dedicatory concert presents a way to collectively celebrate the artistic transformation it will allow. There is no better way to hear an instrument of this potential than to have pianists of significance lead the way, and looking to the American Pianists Association (APA) Fellows is a natural way to begin. Based in Indianapolis for over three decades, the APA is one of the world’s foremost performing arts organizations, and its artistically inclined Classical and Jazz Fellowship awards are among the most prestigious, lucrative, and coveted in the field. This very special seasonopening performance will feature the 2013 APA Classical Fellowship laureate Eric Zuber and 2013 APA DeHaan Classical Fellow Sean Chen.

—Los Angeles Music Examiner

ERIC ZUBER

The New York Times has praised Eric Zuber as an “irresistibly fluid” performer with “vividly crisp articulation” and “solid technique.” One of his era’s most decorated American pianists, Zuber holds an astonishing nine major prizes from some of the world’s most important piano competitions: Honens, Cleveland, Arthur Rubinstein, Seoul, Sydney, Dublin, and Minnesota, as well as Gold Medal performances at Bösendorfer and Hilton Head. After making his orchestral debut at age 12 with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Zuber has performed with orchestras in Cleveland, Israel, Minnesota, Calgary, South Korea, and Ireland. He has also performed at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, the Sydney Opera House, and Severance Hall. Studying under such luminaries as Boris Slutsky, Leon Fleisher, Claude Frank, and Robert McDonald, Zuber holds a bachelor’s degree from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University and a master’s from the Juilliard School.

SEAN CHEN

Hailed by the Dallas Morning News as a rising star with a “million-volt smile” and a “formidable set of fingers,” Sean Chen became America’s first pianist to reach the finals of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in nearly 20 years (at the 14th competition). Chen was a prize-winning pianist long before earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Juilliard, where he also took first prize in the 2008 Juilliard Concerto Competition. He went on to receive his Artist Diploma at the Yale School of Music in 2014, studying under pedagogues Hung-Kuan Chen and Tema Blackstone, and in March 2014, he was awarded the prestigious Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing and Visual Arts. Chen’s vast performance repertoire includes symphony engagements in Philadelphia, Indianapolis, and South Korea, as well as an international roster of recitals. He has also released several recordings, including a live session from the Cliburn competition on the Harmonia Mundi label and La Valse, a Steinway-label solo recording as part of his APA prize.

What better way to kick off a Purdue Convocations season, and inaugurate the new Steinway D, than with this true “grand opening” celebration of superlative sound and invigorating expression?

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SEPTEMBER 18 / 8PM FRI / LOEB PLAYHOUSE $22-28

PRE-SHOW / 7PM / STEW 310

A guest speaker will discuss the musicians and repertoire on the program.

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The celebrated Metropolitan Opera (New York City) has been the artistic home to some of the world’s greatest singers for over 125 years. Combined with larger-than-life stories and spectacular sets, opera marries the art of singing with the art of theatre like no other, and the Met has long been one of the standard bearers in the world. So when a young singer is selected into the Met’s young artist program or seizes the attention of one of the Met’s talent scouts, it can be the career break that launches a singer into the operatic stratosphere. Stephanie Blythe, Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Deborah Voigt, Thomas Hampson, and Mariusz Kwiecień are just a few of the major artists to have risen through the ranks of the Met. Now, the new Metropolitan Opera Rising Stars Concert Series offers a rare opportunity for opera fans nationwide to hear a truly remarkable roster of young artists on the cusp of extraordinary careers. In this concert, you will be among the first to hear popular arias, duets, and ensembles by opera’s greatest composers, as performed by the Met’s next generation of unforgettable voices in an intimate recital setting. Just like the major stars that have preceded them, these young singers are dynamic, highly skilled, and poised for greatness, and you’ll be able to thrill to their imminent career ascent. While the roster of singers and the specific program for this concert will be announced in the summer of 2015, you can count on the Met’s legendary artistic direction as they select the superb young singers and a memorable program just for us.

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CUMBIA DANCE PARTY SEPTEMBER 25 / 8PM

FRI / PMU BALLROOMS $15-20 GENERAL ADMISSION / ALL AGES CASH BAR AVAILABLE PRE-SHOW / 7PM

Come early for a cumbia dance lesson to warm up your shoes!

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The cumbia causes dancers to rush to the dance floor nearly everywhere it is heard. With an infectious beat and beckoning vocals, the cumbia was born from a diverse collection of African, Spanish, and Central American Indian influences as it merged and morphed its way through the Caribbean and Central America in the late 1800s. As with any folkloric tradition, each nation infused its own identity into the cumbia sound. In 1960s and ’70s Peru, the “golden age” of cumbia distinctly evolved to embrace a wide swath of musical history and heritage—from colonial-era huayno dance to contemporary surf-rock with psychedelic flourishes. The Cumbia All Stars, a supergroup comprised of luminaries from Peru’s legendary cumbia bands, majestically resurrect the classics of their heyday and honor that legacy with innovative new compositions. With a propulsive beat driven by sparkling guitars and bold

percussion, these then-teenaged musicians planted the roots of their sound in Lima’s urban bustle and saw it spread to remote cities of the Amazonian Jungle. As the Cumbia All Stars, they’ve reunited to resurrect an important piece of Peru’s sonic soul, and their performance will have you moving all night on the Purdue Memorial Union Ballrooms’ big dance floor to their transfixing, transcendent grooves!

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“The (Cumbia All Stars’) music is just so uplifting, with its compelling, propelling rhythms, catchy choruses (whether instrumental or sung) and genius guitar work.”

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FALL 2015 ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE PURDUE CONVOCATIONS and

THE OFFICE OF THE PROVOST present

IMMERSION

With support from

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HUANG YI & KUKA OCTOBER 8 / 7:30PM

THURS / LOEB PLAYHOUSE $22-30 RUNTIME: 70 MIN PRE-SHOW / 6:30PM / STEW 206 A panel of Purdue faculty in robotics, engineering, and timebased arts will discuss the issues, challenges, and opportunities of human-machine interaction.

POST-SHOW

Join the choreographer and artists for a discussion immediately following the performance in Loeb Playhouse.

PURDUE FACULTY: If you wish to engage your students in the residency week activities (Oct. 4-9) and/or the public performance, contact Laura Clavio at 494-9712 or lzclavio@purdue.edu.

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Developing an art form requires mastery of a medium, and for dance, the medium is the entire range of possible motion that a human can produce. For Huang Yi, the innovative rising-star choreographer from Taiwan, mastering human motion is still only half of the challenge. Born from his childhood desire for a robot companion, Huang has created a pioneering partnership of humans and robots in dance. To do this, he also had to master the computer-programming vocabulary of his robot dancer, KUKA, which happens to be a massive, articulated arm-style robot frequently found in modern assembly-line duty. With Huang’s coding skills and his artistic eye, however, the typically routinized KUKA workhorse springs into a comprehensive range of motion and assumes a “personality” that becomes as curious as the mind that programmed it. Using razor-sharp precision and stunning artistry, Huang Yi & KUKA is a poignant, playful, and poetic pas de deux of man and machine that combines

modern dance, multimedia, and mechanical engineering. Named by Dance Magazine as one of its “25 to Watch,” Huang has earned international accolades across Europe, Asia, and North America. Now, in a weeklong intensive and interdisciplinary residency during which Huang will work with students, the larger questions of how humans envision their future with machines will stimulate an expansive discussion about the future of life, work, and play. With the award-winning Huang Yi & KUKA as the culminating performance, limbs of muscle and metal unite in a beautiful, balletic fusion of continuous movement—forging a form of dance that flows with the fluidity of data.

DID YOU KNOW? Huang Yi programs KUKA’s choreography himself, and it requires 10 hours of work to produce just one minute of the robot’s movement.

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COAT OF MANY COLORS... CLASSIC OF MANY YEARS Audiences worldwide have enjoyed Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat across six distinct decades and in various incarnations. Here’s a snapshot of its history from its beginnings as a school-choir project to its present status as a Broadway showstopper!

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT OCTOBER 16 / 7:30PM

FRI / ELLIOTT HALL OF MUSIC $24-54

One of the most enduring shows of all time, Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son. Directed and choreographed by Tony Award® winner Andy Blankenbuehler, this new production is a reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his 11 brothers, and the coat of many colors. The magical musical is full of unforgettable songs, including “Go, Go, Go Joseph,” “Any Dream Will Do,” and “Close Every Door.”

DID YOU KNOW?

Andrew Lloyd Webber has been involved in more than a dozen Broadway productions, including Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, The Phantom of the Opera, Sunset Boulevard, Chess, and more.

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IN THE BEGINNING In the summer of 1967, Alan Doggett served as head of the music department at London’s Colet Court preparatory school, where Andrew Lloyd Webber’s younger brother, Julian, was Doggett’s student. Doggett asked Andrew (then only 19 years old) and his musical partner Tim Rice (himself just 22) to write a 15-minute “pop cantata” for the school choir to sing during its end-of-term Easter concert. After the work received a favorable review from The Times upon a second staging, Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber began to broaden its scope. STAGES SMALL...AND BIG Rice and Lloyd Webber then oversaw the recording of a concept album, and the first amateur production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in the United States occurred at the College of the Immaculate Conception in New York, in May 1970. From there, a flood of colleges and schools showed huge interest. Although many professional productions followed—including two in New York City—Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat made its move to the Royale Theatre on Broadway on January 27, 1982.

JOSEPH IN LONDON There have been about 40,000 stock and amateur productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat since it was first written and performed in 1968. Although professional and amateur companies all over the world have brought this vibrant, joyous tale to life, London’s was the first such staging to incorporate a children’s choir as an integral part of the production. In 1991, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat was restaged at London’s Palladium Theatre, with Jason Donovan as Joseph and Steven Pimlott directing. This production’s cast album hit No. 1 on the United Kingdom charts for two weeks, as did its single, “Any Dream Will Do.” In 1992, the production won a prestigious Olivier Award for set design. ON THE CHARTS, ON BROADWAY, AND IN FILM Upon its Broadway debut in the United States, that production’s cast album stayed on the nation’s bestselling chart for three months. A 1993 Broadway revival at the Minskoff Theatre— featuring Michael Damian as Joseph and Clifford David as Jacob—ran for 231 performances. A year earlier, in Canada, a production starring Donny Osmond as Joseph opened at the Elgin Theatre in Toronto. Osmond famously reprised his title role in a 1999 film version of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat—shot at the legendary Pinewood Studios, which are just outside London and also notably serve as home to James Bond film productions.

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“ LAUGH OUT LOUD, BEAUTIFULLY EXECUTED HOMAGE!” —What’s on Stage

“PURE GENIUS.” —Herald Sun

OCTOBER 17 / 7PM SAT / LOEB PLAYHOUSE $22-28 LANGUAGE ADVISORY RECOMMENDED FOR AUDIENCES 15+ How do you distill six incredible seasons of Breaking Bad into 60 minutes and keep it 99 percent pure? It’s all in the chemistry, yo! After his impressions of Breaking Bad characters exploded on YouTube, L.A. actor Miles Allen developed this super-charged,

breathlessly paced one-man show that enjoyed sell-out runs at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He’ll smack your senses with his hilariously accurate renditions of the series’ iconic characters, including Walter White, Jesse Pinkman, Saul Goodman, Skyler White, Hank Schrader, Walt Junior, Mike Ehrmantraut, and Gus Fring. By breaking all six seasons down into one exhilarating, uproarious tour-de-force parody performance, Allen proves he is the one who knocks you over with laughter!

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CÉCILE McLORIN SALVANT SHOW 7

OCTOBER 22 / 7:30PM

THURS / LOEB PLAYHOUSE $20-26

Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Sarah Vaughan tower over the jazz vocalist landscape, and rightly so. Young singers face the daunting challenge of simultaneously absorbing and honoring these traditions while growing their own artistic voices. Enter Cécile McLorin Salvant, a singer who has burst onto the scene with a sensibility at once as familiar and singular as one could hope. Born to a French mother and Haitian father, McLorin Salvant walked a long, winding path to jazz and blues—curving through stateside childhood choral singing and classical voice study. After moving to France to study further, she met reedist/teacher Jean-François Bonnel, who introduced her to improvisation, instrumental works, and 20th-century vocal repertoire. She recorded her debut album with his Paris Quintet in 2009, but it was her surprise win at the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in Washington, D.C. that captured the jazz world’s attention since her

musical arrival had developed outside of the U.S. scene’s usual crucibles. Her immersion in songs from the 1900s through the 1930s, including works by Fats Waller and Bessie Smith, allow her to showcase her innate ability for exceptional vocal shadings and a keen attention to detail. The flurry around her Grammy®-nominated 2014 album, WomanChild, was nothing short of explosive. Like her albums, McLorin Salvant’s concerts showcase her idiosyncratic, virtuosic force for jazz standards and her vantage point as a global citizen with originals in French, English, and Spanish. Employing effortless command and clear tones, she draws listeners into the depth of her delivery—a twentysomething blazing her own trail with a signature combination of cultural insight, youthful confidence, and unusually mature artistry.

PRE-SHOW / 6:30PM / STEW 310 / Don Seybold,

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host of Inside Jazz on WBAA, and pianist Judd Danby will discuss Cécile McLorin Salvant’s music.

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FROM HIS FIRST ENTRANCE ONWARD, YANG WAS AN ARRESTING PERFORMER: NOW SWEET, NOW EXCITABLE, NOW CHASTE, NOW FLORID, AND ALWAYS, EVERYWHERE, IN COMMAND.” NOVEMBER 13 / 8PM

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With a heartfelt desire to communicate through his music— whether in a fiery, passionately rendered passage or in a soaringyet-tender lyrical turn, Korean violinist In Mo Yang reaches for the most expressive dimensions of the human spirit. Hailed as “one of the new generation’s most talented young string virtuosi” (The Violin Channel), the 20-year-old earned First Prize at Italy’s 54th International Violin Competition “Premio Paganini”—the only First Prize awarded by the competition’s jury in nearly a decade. It’s Yang’s latest accolade on the competitive circuit, having taken First Prize in the 2014 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition and Second Prize in the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition the same year. He also won the Boston Classical Orchestra’s inaugural Young Artists Competition in 2014, after which one of the initiative’s supporters exclaimed, “I think we’ve found our next Joshua Bell.” Born in Indonesia of South Korean parents, Yang moved to Seoul at age 2, picked up the violin at 5, and gave his debut recital just six years later. After graduating from the Korean National University of Arts as a prodigy in music, Yang came to the United States in August 2013. Studying under preeminent performer and pedagogue Miriam Fried, Yang is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree at the New England Conservatory. His soloist engagements have paired him with world-renowned orchestras in Germany, Russia, South Korea, and Switzerland, and he’s scheduled to make his Carnegie Hall debut on this tour. Boasting technical command and tonal refinement, Yang explores the violin’s extremes of expressiveness with precision, passion, maturity, vigor, and soul. BOX OFFICE: (800) 914-SHOW / 494-3933

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DIVA JAZZ ORCHESTRA

JANUARY 22 / 8PM / FRI / LOEB PLAYHOUSE / $20-28 PRE-SHOW / 7PM / STEW 310

Don Seybold, host of Inside Jazz on WBAA, and pianist Judd Danby will discuss DIVA’s approach to big-band music.

Let the music speak for itself. That’s the drive behind the DIVA Jazz Orchestra—a 15-woman big band pushing traditional boundaries of jazz and swing to their outermost limits and “transcending boundaries of time and style” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). Led by drummer and music director Dr. Sherrie Maricle—who has kept a brisk pace for the New York City-based ensemble since it was founded in 1992—the DIVA Jazz Orchestra has held court everywhere from clubs to Carnegie Hall, dazzled international crowds in Paris, Rome, and Berlin, fired up audiences at Tanglewood and the Montreal Jazz Festival, and now makes a very special return engagement to the Purdue Jazz Festival. In their own notable history, they’ve shared stages with such luminaries as Dave Brubeck, Nancy Wilson, Diane Schuur, Rosemary Clooney, Clark Terry, Randy Brecker, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and more. The ensemble has also recorded over 12 albums (including the critically acclaimed Johnny Mandel: The Man and His Music) and appeared in the award-winning feature-film documentary The Girls in the Band, which documents the perseverance of female big-band artists from the 1930s to the present day. With its signature blend of musical genius and bold personalities, DIVA is inspiring a new generation of young, female jazz musicians and reconstituting Songbook standards—from a stunning half-time appropriation of “What the World Needs Now” to “76 Trombones,” spun out from a show tune into a showcase for smoking solos. With roaring sound, tight pockets, a sublime swing, and chops for days, the DIVA Jazz Orchestra lets its music do the talking.

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Purdue Convocations is proud to partner with Purdue Bands & Orchestras for the 26th Annual Purdue Jazz Festival

“THE BAND PUNCHED, KICKED, ROARED AND SWUNG

WITH A DISCIPLINED ABANDON AND AN UNAFFECTED JOIE DE VIVRE.” —JazzTimes

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JI JANUARY 30 / 8PM / SAT

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Accordions may be among the most misunderstood and unnecessarily maligned instruments known today. But in the hands of an expert, this instrument of great expressive potential reveals the riches of a highly internationalized collection of artists, composers, and traditions. Tian Jianan, a 21-year-old virtuoso from Beijing, plays the bayan, a special chromatic-button keyboard accordion developed in Russia, and the international instrument of choice for accordionists performing classical or contemporary classical music. Using a free bass accordion allows for full two-handed counterpoint instead of melodies played with the right hand against predetermined push-button chords in the left. Under Tian’s hands, the bayan is transformed into a structurally complex, robustly symphonic, and emotionally engrossing instrument of astonishing possibilities. Still a student at the Central Conservatory of Music, China’s

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leading music school. Tian has nonetheless accumulated no fewer than 31 first-place finishes worldwide at competitions in Italy, Germany, Russia, New Zealand, and Canada. At the 2013 Coupe Mondiale, a premier international accordion competition, Tian took the top prize for Best Original Solo Work. Convocations Director Todd Wetzel encountered Tian during travels in China in November 2014 and immediately began laying plans to introduce her to Purdue audiences with a program that will include a sophisticated, globetrotting collection of new compositions, iconic works, and special traditional surprises. This evening will be a rare opportunity to capture a rising star and challenge your expectations about the expressiveness of an instrument you only thought you knew. This performance is part of a collection of campus activities in celebration of the Chinese New Year at Purdue.

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Flowing through the heart of Tennessee, the Harpeth River carries ancestral culture on its currents—from Native American earthwork mounds of centuries past to anecdotal stories of the antebellum era, from the birth of bluegrass to the contemporary Nashville sound that floats downstream. Like the river for which it’s named, self-styled “chambergrass” trio Harpeth Rising is similarly suffused with unforgettable culture and unexpected dynamics. Jordana Greenberg (violin, vocals), Rebecca Reed-Lunn (banjo, vocals), and Maria Di Meglio (cello, vocals) are three unapologetic genre-benders who met while earning performance degrees at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Inspired by a summer-long musical communion of jamming at campsites and folk festivals (think wandering minstrels with more horsepower), the women formed Harpeth Rising in 2009. They fuse folk, newgrass, classical, and rock (putting their fresh brand of pluck into the rangy, towering heights of “Stairway to Heaven,” for example), unleash expansive three-part harmony like the Andrews Sisters of Americana, and pen soulful, evocative, original song stories such as the haunting battlefield ballad “The Sparrow.” Di Meglio can swiftly switch from bass bedrock to melodic lead, Greenberg alternates between concert violinist and accompanist with equal facility, and Reed-Lunn’s self-taughtby-YouTube claw-hammer technique lends intense, rhythmic energy to their riverside revelry sound. From engagements with the Bath Philharmonia to the Cambridge Folk Festival, Harpeth Rising infuses new life into folk’s veins, and its fifth album, Shifted, is due for release in summer 2015. Just as history converges along the bends and stretches of the Harpeth River, so does folk’s full lineage at the heart of Harpeth Rising.

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FEBRUARY 11 / 7PM

THURS / ELLIOTT HALL OF MUSIC $24-54

Leapin’ Lizards! The world’s best-loved musical returns in time-honored form. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production of Annie will be a brand-new incarnation of the iconic original.

Photo credits: John Marcus

Featuring book and score by Tony Award®winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, Annie includes such unforgettable songs as “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” and the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.”

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BY EUGENE O’NEILL WALNUT STREET THEATRE FEBRUARY 18 / 7:30PM

THURS / LOEB PLAYHOUSE $22-30

PRE-SHOW / 6:30PM / STEW 310

Tom Adler, Professor Emeritus of English at Purdue University, will discuss A Moon for the Misbegotten

O’NEILL AT THE HEIGHT OF HIS POWERS—

MASTERFULLY EMPLOYING CLASSICAL FUNDAMENTALS TO WRING HAUNTINGLY POETIC TRUTHS ABOUT LOVE AND SELF-DELUSION FROM GRITTY EVERYDAY EXPERIENCE.” — Los Angeles Times

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One of America’s premier dramatists, Eugene O’Neill saw the stage as a canvas for literary complexity, serious ideas, and rich ruminations on the human experience. A Moon for the Misbegotten—O’Neill’s touching, heartbreaking follow-up to his magnum opus, Long Day’s Journey into Night—was his final

play and his only love story. Under an autumn moon on a Connecticut tenant farm in 1923, two lost souls find hope: Josie Hogan, a boisterous Irish woman with a quick tongue and a tarnished reputation; and James Tyrone Jr., a tortured alcoholic and prodigal son drowning his demons in self-pity and remorse. Sparks fly, but can love possibly be enough to overcome lifetimes of disappointment? Moon is yet another major work from a master storyteller. Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theatre—America’s longest-running theatre—makes a dramatic return to Purdue following its highly regarded production of David Auburn’s Proof in 2012 with this unforgettable illumination of turmoil, tragedy, and grace.

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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 SCC-sponsored concerts. They get real-life experience in the concert business, and several have gone on to work in the industry. But more importantly, they learn business and life skills that will serve them in whatever profession they choose. purdue.edu/scc

Founded in 1985, Convocations Voice Network (CVN) is a student group that helps support and promote Convocations performing arts events. More than 300 students strong, this group ushers and helps in many others ways with performances and other Friend of Convocations and outreach events. In exchange, members can stay and see the show for free, not to mention make a lot of new friends. They have become an essential and important volunteer group that has also given generously to support our P-12 outreach program. purdue.edu/cvn

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TIMO ANDRES

PHILIP GLASS

Few living composers today have shaped the landscape of music, opera, film, dance, and stage as formidably as Philip Glass. He continually investigates ways to forge a new musical vocabulary that integrates the melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic in strikingly original ways. And yet even for a modern-day virtuoso and one of our time’s most prolific, traditionshattering composers, there is room for artistic growth. In 1994, Glass resolved to become a better pianist, conceiving his études as a set of 20 solo-piano works to hone his skills and explore textures, tempi, and techniques. Like Frédéric Chopin’s transcendent études, Glass’s lyrical creations elevate far above mere practice exercises. They span a stylistic spectrum from gentle relaxation to aggressive urgency and back again, as if tracing the emotional arc of human life as seen through his deeply personal relationship to his instrument. Inspired by the format of the recent critically acclaimed presentation of The Complete Piano Etudes at the 2014 Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), this revelatory concert will feature Glass and four other pianists taking turns illuminating the 30-year evolution of his musical voice from their own individual vantage points. Joining him for this monumental concert will be: stalwart Glass interpreter Maki Namekawa, whose recently released recording

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THE COMPLETE PIANO ETUDES WITH PHILIP GLASS, TIMO ANDRES, AARON DIEHL, LISA KAPLAN, AND MAKI NAMEKAWA

FEBRUARY 20 / 7PM / SAT / LOEB PLAYHOUSE $35-75 AARON DIEHL

PRE-SHOW / 6 PM / STEW 279

Pianist and composer Judd Danby will discuss Philip Glass’s compositional approach and The Complete Piano Etudes.

“I sometimes hear about work described in terms of “originality,” or “breakthrough,” but my personal experience is quite different. For me music has always been about lineage. The past is reinvented and becomes the future. But the lineage is everything.” —Philip Glass DID YOU KNOW?

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LISA KAPLAN

The Glenn Gould Prize was just bestowed on Glass in April 2015. This award— considered the Nobel Prize of the arts—recognizes unique lifetime contributions that have enriched the human condition through the arts. Glass has collaborated with artists such as Paul Simon, Suzanne Vega, Leonard Cohen, David Byrne, Natalie Merchant, Aphex Twin, Iggy Pop, and Mick Jagger.

MAKI NAMEKAWA

of The Complete Piano Etudes has been widely lauded; jazz prodigy Aaron Diehl; maverick composer Timo Andres; and Lisa Kaplan, founding pianist of the three-time Grammy®-winning contemporary music ensemble Eighth Blackbird. This special Convocations engagement is the second major component of our dedicatory recitals with the new Steinway concert grand piano, as well as Glass’s third visit to Purdue following his appearances with the Philip Glass Ensemble in 1984 and 1,000 Airplanes on the Roof in 1989. FRIENDS SUPPORT FROM:

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PURDUE CONVOCATIONS, THE OFFICE OF THE PROVOST, and

THE BLACK CULTURAL CENTER present

Ethiopian-born, Brooklyn-raised, and Bay Area-nurtured, Meklit Hadero—a folk-jazz-global With support from roots singer, musician, and cultural activist— OFFICE OF THE SYSTEM describes herself as an in-betweener living CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER along musical hyphen lines. She’s as comfortable twisting an Arcade Fire indie-rock anthem COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING into a jangly torch song as she is reversing COLLEGE OF SCIENCE the influences by infusing propulsive rock DISCOVERY LECTURE SERIES undercurrents into interpretations of her naand additional support from tive land’s traditional music. With a honeyed COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS voice that can shift from sinewy to sensuous in an instant, Meklit (muh-kleet) channels HONORS COLLEGE her globally informed musical sensibilities to transform musical genres and styles with facile FEBRUARY 27 / 8PM skill. Meklit’s latest album, 2014’s We Are SAT / LAFAYETTE THEATER Alive, is a deeply fluid commingling of sounds, $18-25 grooves, and styles, from reimagining where the storied musical “A Train” might travel in GENERAL ADMISSION SEATING today’s world to the inspiring assertion of uplift after hardship in its title track. In that ALL AGES spirit, Meklit also has wed her prodigious gifts CASH BAR AVAILABLE for voice and songwriting with her political science studies at Yale to address her passion Residency partners include for social justice and community engagement. the Black Cultural Center, Named a 2009 TED Global Fellow, Meklit cothe Honors College, the founded the Nile Project in 2011—a curated African-American Studcollaboration of musicians from 11 Nile-basin ies program, the Women, countries intended to foster cross-cultural Gender & Sexuality Studies empathy and environmental curiosity to help program, and the Departunite a socially and politically divided region ment of Political Science. of East Africa. It is precisely this combination of talents that has led Convocations to name PURDUE FACULTY: If you wish her an Artist-In-Residence for Spring 2016 to to engage your students in the residency activities (Feb. 22-24) participate in immersive classroom activities and/or the public performance, on campus, as well as to work with student contact Laura Clavio at 494musical ensembles. Her residency culminates 9712 or lzclavio@purdue.edu. in a club-setting performance at the Lafayette Theater in downtown Lafayette.

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MEKLIT

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Spring 2016 Artist-In-Residence

“Meklit is an artistic giant in the early stages… She is ” stunning. —San Francisco Chronicle

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DID YOU KNOW?

The Guinness World Record for the most taps in one minute was 1,163 and was achieved by Anthony Morigerato at Eleanor’s School of Dance in Albany, New York, on June 23, 2011.

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MANUAL CINEMA LULA DEL RAY

Lula, a lonely girl in the desert, grows obsessed with a soulful country music duo that inspires her to run away from home only to find danger, deception, and disappointment. A story NYTheatre.com called “visually stunning, remarkably specific in its storytelling … and surprisingly touching,” Lula del Ray brings handspun cinema to life in a unique, unforgettable experience. Inspired by the music of Hank Williams, Roy Orbison, and Patsy Cline— as well as the imagination of their era—Lula del Ray is a largely dialogue-free coming-of-age story magically delivered by the hands of Manual Cinema. True to their name, this ingenious Chicago-based company creates large-scale cinematic immersions using the most intimate, handmade technologies possible: shadow puppets and overhead projectors. Deceptively simple in concept, however, their vision is deeply rooted in the nascent days of cinema, during which silent films were a limitation of technology, but not the imagination. Just like the earliest filmmakers, Manual Cinema creates wonderment through an artisanal alchemy of images and music. Keeping alive the intrepid and wildly creative spirit of our 2015 Three Stories High Downtown Theatre Festival, this production will animate the Lafayette Theater for two vibrant performances.

“...a talented cast and crew using inventive storytelling techniques elevates this show to being a unique experience that you should not miss.” —Chicago Theatre Beat

MARCH 5 / 4 & 8PM / SAT / LAFAYETTE THEATER

$20-25

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MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP

“A DAZZLING INTERPRETATION OF PURCELL’S SUPERLATIVE WORK. THE MORE CLOSELY YOU FOLLOW IT, THE MORE PACKED ITS MOVEMENT IS WITH MEANINGS.” —The New York Times

MARK MORRIS DANCE GROUP DIDO AND AENEAS

CHOREOGRAPHY BY MARK MORRIS MUSIC BY HENRY PURCELL LIBRETTO BY NAHUM TATE

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APRIL 2 / 8PM

DIDO AND AENEAS

FEATURING A LIVE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA AND VOCALISTS CONDUCTED BY MARK MORRIS

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SAT / ELLIOTT HALL OF MUSIC $24-49 RUNTIME: 55 MINUTES

PRE-SHOW / 7PM / A member of the Mark Morris Dance Group artistic team will discuss Dido and Aeneas and the company’s aesthetic. Location to be announced. FRIENDS SUPPORT FROM:

American choreographer Mark Morris loves music. In fact, there are arguably no other “dancermakers” working today who have so successfully used their musical intellect to illuminate, transform, and even expand the greatness of each masterwork they’ve embraced. Landmark works by Mozart, Handel, Haydn, Vivaldi, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, and more have captured Morris’s imagination and been given revelatory treatment with his singular vision, sprawling energy, and powerful expressions of both the human body and the human condition. Now, in the remounting of Dido and Aeneas— Virgil’s famous tale of Aeneas’s affair with Dido, the Queen of Carthage, en route to founding Rome—Morris has elevated British composer Henry Purcell’s famous 1688 opera into mythic love-story territory. This extraordinary production—which

includes one of the greatest opera arias of all time, the haunting “Dido’s Lament”—brings the full baroque opera to life with a live chamber orchestra and vocalists under Morris’s baton, while the dancers reveal both the humor and the tragedy of the tale with Morris’s signature visual flair. Dido originally premiered in 1989 during Morris’s legendary three-year post at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, in Brussels, Belgium—a period that established him as a larger-than-life creative force capable of drawing new insights from seemingly familiar works. Today, nearly four decades after his debut, Mark Morris remains one of America’s leading artists and storytellers—and Dido and Aeneas one of his most spellbinding works. Read more about Mark Morris on the next page.

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ABOUT MARK MORRIS The Mark Morris Dance Group represents true artistic vision on a grand scale. This is precisely the kind of work that belongs in our community because we collectively value big ideas, world-class intellect, and concepts that aren’t limited by mere popularity or commodity value.

Works such as Dido and Aeneas are created by virtue of an investment in our collective cultural legacy. Funders supported its initial creation, just as they help to perpetuate its lifecycle as a touring production. Similarly, donors can help support Dido’s presence here. At Purdue, we want to create a culture of thoughtful, engaged learners of any age who can access works of this calibre without ticket prices being a barrier.

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You, too, can help support the presence of these dynamic and expansive works in our midst, and there are several ways to help:

Mark Morris was born on August 29, 1956, in Seattle, Washington, where he studied with Verla Flowers and Perry Brunson. In the early years of his career, he performed with the companies of Lar Lubovitch, Hannah Kahn, Laura Dean, Eliot Feld, and the Koleda Balkan Dance Ensemble. He formed the Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) in 1980 and has since created close to 150 works for the company. From 1988 to 1991, he was Director of Dance at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, the national opera house of Belgium. In 1990, he founded the White Oak Dance Project with Mikhail Baryshnikov. Much in demand as a ballet choreographer, Morris has created 18 ballets since 1986 and his work is in the repertory of companies worldwide.

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Noted for musicality, he has been described as “undeviating in his devotion to music” (The New Yorker). He began conducting performances for MMDG in 2006 and has since conducted at The International Festival of Arts and Ideas, Lincoln Center, and Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). Recently, he served as Music Director for the 2013 Ojai Music Festival. Morris also works extensively in opera, directing and choreographing productions for the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, English National Opera and The Royal Opera, Covent Garden, among others. In 1991, he was named a Fellow of the MacArthur Foundation and has received 11 honorary doctorates to date. He has taught at the University of Washington, Princeton University, and

Tanglewood Music Center. He is the subject of a biography, Mark Morris, by Joan Acocella (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), and Marlowe & Company published a volume of photographs and critical essays entitled Mark Morris’ L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato: A Celebration.

Join the crowd by purchasing a ticket. Your presence matters! Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter. Participate in the discourse about this work. Give a new or additional gift to directly support this performance, our accessible pricing strategies, and future grand endeavors. Visit giving.purdue.edu/ConvosDance or give on your ticket order form. To learn more about how you can help call the Development Associate at (765) 494-9712.

Morris is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, and has served as an Advisory Board Member for the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. He has received the Samuel H. Scripps/ American Dance Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Leonard Bernstein Lifetime Achievement Award for the Elevation of Music in Society, the Benjamin Franklin Laureate Prize for Creativity, the Cal Performances Award of Distinction in the Performing Arts, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s Gift of Music Award.

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SFJAZZ COLLECTIVE THE MICHAEL JACKSON PROJECT

APRIL 7 / 7:30PM THURS / LOEB PLAYHOUSE $20-28 PRE-SHOW / 6:30PM / STEW 310

Don Seybold, host of Inside Jazz on WBAA, and pianist Judd Danby will discuss SFJAZZ Collective

AVISHAI COHEN, TRUMPET

An all-star, award-winning jazz octet comprising eight of modern jazz’s most dynamic performers-composers, the SFJAZZ Collective “boasts as much or more collective talent, firepower, and critical acclaim than any other jazz ensemble going” (DownBeat). Launched in 2004 by SFJAZZ, a not-for-profit institution in San Francisco, the Collective has cultivated jazz-education programs for youth and adults while crafting its own innovative approach to repertoire. Each year, the group balances its own originals with the work of post-1960 composers—honoring recent jazz history while championing its in-the-now presence as a living art form. After exploring the works of John Coltrane, Horace Silver,

DAVID SÁNCHEZ, TENOR SAXOPHONE

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and Stevie Wonder, the SFJAZZ Collective continues its foray into popular R&B with The Michael Jackson Project. As the undisputed King of Pop, Jackson forever changed the face of modern music— inspiring and influencing artists in all genres and nations. The SFJAZZ Collective’s fresh arrangements of his timeless music includes such hits as “Rock with You,” “Thriller,” “Smooth Criminal,” and “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’.” Together, these master musicians will peel back these songs’ mainstream appeal to explore and expand upon their rhythms, moods, and grooves. When the King of Pop meets these titans of jazz, it’s a guaranteed evening of “off the wall” excitement!

ROBIN EUBANKS,

TROMBONE

WARREN WOLF, VIBRAPHONE

“A SUPERBRAIN FOR WHAT

SERIOUS JAZZ SOUNDS LIKE NOW.” —The New York Times

EDWARD SIMON, PIANO

OBED CALVAIRE, DRUMS

MIGUEL ZENÓN, ALTO SAXOPHONE

MATT PENMAN, BASS

DID YOU KNOW?

Several SFJAZZ Collective members have already been on Purdue stages over the years: Miguel Zenón headlined a date in 2010, David Sánchez soared on a show in 2000 with the David Holland Octet, and Robin Eubanks held forth with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis in 2008. Welcome back, gents!

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“IT CAN BE A SAFE BET THAT, AT LES VIOLONS DU ROY CONCERTS, WE ARE ALL TREATED LIKE KINGS.”

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—Classical Voice

Les Violons du Roy with Alexandre Tharaud, piano

APRIL 16 / 8PM / SAT / LOEB PLAYHOUSE / $22-28 There is no closer comparison to chamber music as initially heard by monarchs and their courtiers than Les Violons du Roy. Deriving its name from the renowned string orchestra of the court of the French Kings, this 15-piece Québécois ensemble has performed to audiences worldwide for over three decades and boasts a bevy of Juno Award®-winning recordings to its credit. Les Violons du Roy specializes in both a vast chamber music repertoire and painstaking recreations of performance practices from the 17th and 18th centuries. Under founder Bernard Labadie’s artistic direction, the ensemble uses copies of period-specific bows to replicate the precise sound of these pieces’ original performances. How better to celebrate the elegance, crispness, and

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clarity of the Classical movement than with both emotion and sonic detail? The centerpiece of the program will feature Purdue’s new Steinway concert grand piano for the early Mozart concerto, the “Jeunehomme,” performed by the visionary, award-winning French pianist Alexandre Tharaud. The ensemble’s 2014 recording featuring Tharaud was called “sparkling” and praised for its “restless energy and esprit” by The Guardian. The evening also includes the brooding, dramatic overture to Olympie, a Voltaire play, composed by J.M. Kraus, often referred to as “the Swedish Mozart,” along with W.A. Mozart’s own intensely passionate Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K 550. Together, Tharaud and Les Violons du Roy will offer an evening of sound fit for royalty.

PROGRAM

J.M. KRAUS Overture to Olympie W.A. MOZART Piano Concerto No. 9

in E-flat Major, K 271 “Jeunehomme”

W.A. MOZART Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K 550

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BERNARD LABADIE, MUSIC & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR ALEXANDRE THARAUD, PIANO

DID YOU KNOW?

Alexandre Tharaud appeared as himself—and performed on the soundtrack for—the 2012 Academy Award®-winning French film Amour. BOX OFFICE: (800) 914-SHOW / 494-3933

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Original Australian Company Photos by Jeff Busby

APRIL 21 / 7:30PM

THURS / ELLIOTT HALL OF MUSIC $24-54

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The winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, Once is a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, Once tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights...but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, Once draws you in from the very first note and never lets go. It’s an unforgettable story about going for your dreams...not living in fear...and the power of music to connect all of us. BOX OFFICE: (800) 914-SHOW / 494-3933

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THE ILLUSIONISTS APRIL 27 / 7:30PM WED / ELLIOTT HALL OF MUSIC $24-54 Direct from Broadway, the world’s best-selling magic show is coming to Purdue University! This mind-blowing spectacular showcases the jawdropping talents of the most incredible illusionists on Earth. THE ILLUSIONISTS – LIVE FROM BROADWAY™ has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.

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FAMILY

“THE LIGHTNING THIEF IS AN ACTION-PACKED MUSICAL WITH HEROIC BATTLES AND MYTHOLOGICAL BEASTIES.”

FAMILY FAMILY MATINEES MATINEES

—New York Post

MATINEES Bring the whole family and join in the fun at Purdue

Convocations Family Matinee performances. Come early to participate in hands-on

THE LIGHTNING THIEF NOVEMBER 8 / 3PM SUN / LOEB PLAYHOUSE $10-15

AGES

7+

Percy Jackson has felt like a misfit for years— as if there were something fundamentally different about him. Percy’s instinct proves thrillingly true after he discovers he’s a descendant of Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea. With help from new friends and unexpected allies, Percy embarks on a quest to settle a battle between the gods that could change life on Earth forever. Imaginatively adapted from author Rick Riordan’s globalsensation book series, The Lightning Thief is a fast-paced, exciting, and funny musical about discovering your potential.

PRE-SHOW / 2PM / STEW WEST LOBBY Learn about lightning in fact and myth!

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FAMILY

FAMILY

MATINEES

MATINEES

PETER RABBIT™ TALES

ENCHANTMENT THEATRE COMPANY NOVEMBER 22 / 3PM

SUN / LOEB PLAYHOUSE $10-15

ALL AGES

PRE-SHOW / 2PM / STEW WEST LOBBY

Make a Peter Rabbit candy cane sled or ornament.

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For over a century, The Tale of Peter Rabbit has enchanted young audiences worldwide with the exploits of a charming rabbit’s adventures (and misadventures). To commemorate the 150th anniversary of author Beatrix Potter’s birth, Enchantment Theatre Company brings her beloved stories to the stage with bustling brilliance. As Peter Rabbit and his cousin, Benjamin Bunny, reminisce about their childhood, they think they’ve had quite enough escapades for a lifetime. But when Benjamin’s children disappear, the duo embarks

on one last quest to escape from Mr. McGregor, outfox Mr. Tod, and rescue the Flopsy Bunnies. Through fantastic masks, whimsical puppets, gorgeous scenery, and original music, Peter Rabbit’s magical, marvelous world comes alive on stage and hops happily into children’s hearts.

DID YOU KNOW?

The Orignal Peter Rabbit Books have been translated into over 35 languages, with over 45 million copies sold.

JUNIE B.’S ESSENTIAL SURVIVAL GUIDE TO SCHOOL THEATREWORKS USA

FEBRUARY 14 / 3PM SUN / LOEB PLAYHOUSE $10-15

AGES

5+

PRE-SHOW / 2PM / STEW WEST LOBBY Celebrate loving someone with a Valentine’s Day craft project.

Junie B. Jones has been in school for a year and a half, so who better to write the book on everything you need to know? From bus rules to bandages and carpools to cookies, Junie B. and her best friends will show you how to thrive and survive with style! With a jillion tips and tricks to get through the trip-ups of a school day, Junie B. shares her hard-won expertise. In TheatreWorks USA’s musical adventure based on Barbara Park’s popular book series, Junie B. shows us how school is sometimes scary, sometimes super-fun, and always something to sing about! BOX OFFICE: (800) 914-SHOW / 494-3933

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APRIL 9 / SAT / LOEB PLAYHOUSE / $15-25 TEDxPurdueU, an independently organized TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) event, uses storytelling to nurture a culture of innovation through sharing ideas developed by Purdue students, faculty, alumni, and community members with the global TED community. At TEDxPurdueU, several live speakers from diverse fields and schools of thought, such as history, science, education, the arts, engineering, business, and technology, will combine to spark deep discussion and interconnection among our community of lifelong learners.

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With the introduction of an expanded, daylong format this season, attendees will receive even more engaging programming, exquisite conference gifts, and exclusive networking opportunities than ever before. In addition to their annual flagship conference, TEDxPurdueU hosts multiple activities year-round, fostering an environment for collaborative, interdisciplinary progress around the unique and thought-provoking stories in the Purdue and Greater Lafayette communities.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

For a complete 2015-16 TEDxPurdueU series of events, please visit TEDxPurdueU.com.


HIGHLIGHTS FROM 2014-15 SEASON Mara Liasson / 10.27.14

THE 2015-16 LECTURES WILL BE ANNOUNCED THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. Sam Allen / 9.29.14

Launched in 2014, the Presidential Lecture Series is a diverse series of lectures that will examine policy, leadership, culture, and society.

“A community of scholars like ours cannot have too rich or varied a flow of interesting and illuminating visitors,” said President Mitch Daniels. “I hope this new 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.” Todd Wetzel, director of Purdue Convocations, who is assisting the Office of the President with the series, says, “This series provides us yet another opportunity to bring programming to the Purdue community that is both thought-provoking and inspiring.”

ALL LECTURES ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC. Paul Eremenko / 10.8.14

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Howard G. Buffett / 3.12.15

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DAWN OR DOOM 2:

THE NEW TECHNOLOGY EXPLOSION THURS, SEPTEMBER 24–FRI, SEPTEMBER 25 PURDUE STEWART CENTER FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

er than our st fa g n vi o m y g lo o n h c te Is ability to understand it? Will technologies such as big data, Internet surveillance, robotics, artificial intelligence, and nanotechnology provide the solutions to society’s largest problems and usher in a new era of security and convenience? Or will these technologies put our jobs or personal well-being at risk?

Is space travel and exploration an expensive luxury or a necessity? Is public policy effectively dealing with new technologies, or are the technologies moving too fast for effective legislation and regulation? These are the questions discussed at the two-day conference Dawn or Doom 2: The New Technology Explosion. Purdue faculty experts and leading national authorities will present their perspectives on the technology explosion, explore conditions that will foster innovation and investment into the next generation, and address the big-picture issues where both optimism and pessimism are warranted.

PLANNED CONFERENCE TRACKS INCLUDE: ● Data science, privacy, and surveillance ● Tech policy and legislation in a giga-speed world ● Advance manufacturing, robotics, and artificial intelligence

● Space travel and exploration

Register to receive speaker updates and event information:

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and try a jazz concert. For many, it was the first time they had even heard jazz. He would buy the tickets, and he asked Seybold to recognize the attendance of his Ag Econ 250 students from the stage so they would feel good about being there, “courtesy of Professor Anonymous.” Given his past courseload, Doering used to gift undergraduate students with tickets; with the classes he teaches today, Doering more regularly extends his generosity to graduate students. Diego Alves Dos Santos of Compagnie Käfig conducts a master class in hip-hop for Purdue Dance students.

ARTS IMPACT IN THE CLASSROOM By Laura Clavio, Assistant Director

In life, there are traditions and tokens that people pass on to one another. Sometimes these heirlooms are treasured material objects, and sometimes Prof. Otto Doering they are intangibly powerful connections, like the love of music that Purdue Professor Otto Doering gained from his mother and uncle. Doering’s mother played the piano, and in the 1950s his uncle took jazz lessons in New York City. What developed was an appreciation and affection for many types of music he might not have otherwise considered.

PRESCHOOL THROUGH GRADE 12 ACTIVITIES LAST SEASON

That love of music is a lineage Doering, a professor in Purdue’s Department of Agricultural Economics, has kept strong among his students. For nearly 30 years, Doering has provided subsidized tickets for undergraduate and graduate students to attend music events presented by Purdue Convocations.

I think, needs to look the student in the eye and say, ‘Look, this is a special opportunity. You really need to do this sort of thing. I’ll help you get tickets or whatever else. This is something you need to experience.’ My impression is that we don’t have many people who do this.”

THE INSTRUCTOR OR PROFESSOR WHO IS INTERESTED, I THINK, NEEDS TO LOOK THE STUDENT IN THE EYE AND SAY, ‘LOOK, THIS IS A SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY.’

“I think the key thing is that you have to push,” Doering says, adding that he thinks more professors should engage in this activity. “It is something that a student—especially a student who may not have been exposed to very much music or music of different kinds—is not likely to voluntarily attend. The instructor or professor who is interested,

It started when Don Seybold, former Assistant Director of Purdue Convocations, started booking the Jazz Set (originally known as the American Music Album). Recalling the rush he felt at experiencing jazz as a young man and recognizing the high quality of artists brought to campus, Doering began encouraging his students to get out there

8 WEEKDAY MATINEE SHOWS ON THE PURDUE CAMPUS OR IN LOCAL THEATERS 4,000+ STUDENTS ATTENDED 2,256 SCHOLARSHIPS PROVIDED $7,200 IN TICKET SCHOLARSHIPS AND $2,225 IN TRANSPORTATION SCHOLARSHIPS WERE DISTRIBUTED THANKS TO GENEROUS INDIVIDUAL DONORS AND CORPORATIONS 700 STUDENTS ATTENDED ARTIST RESIDENCIES IN LOCAL SCHOOLS 330 HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ATTENDED INDIANA SUPREME COURT ON THE ROAD ON THE PURDUE CAMPUS

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The time spent is not in educating students in the arts, Doering says, but to get them to try something new and to see if they like it. “Culturally speaking, this is a broadening skill, and I feel especially strongly about this given that we now have been reduced to 120 credit hours (for graduation),” Doering says. “The result is that students take fewer electives and have fewer chances to really get involved in the social sciences, humanities, and the arts. That translates to reduced opportunities for these students—these leaders of tomorrow—to broaden themselves and be both better and more creative citizens.” For Doering, playing an instrument, singing, or even just attending a performance fits the bill for experiential learning. “I think it enriches your own life if the arts are a part of your background,” he says. “It certainly gives you a breadth of interest that not only stimulates you personally but also gets you in touch

Washington D.C. artist Kevin Reese helps South Newton Middle School students bend metal for the mobiles they created. Students also built a permanent sculpture and saw a theatrical performance during his week-long residency.

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COLLEGELEVEL ACTIVITIES INCLUDE

SUBSIDIZED TICKET VOUCHERS FOR AS LITTLE AS $10 WHEN A FACULTY MEMBER CONNECTS A PERFORMANCE TO CURRICULUM ON-CAMPUS ARTIST RESIDENCIES MASTER CLASSES ON SPECIAL TOPICS EXTRA-CREDIT OPPORTUNITIES SPECIAL DISCUSSIONS WITH VISITING SPEAKERS

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HELP US MAKE PERFORMANCES ACCESSIBLE TO ALL STUDENTS Join Professor Doering and others who make it possible for students of all ages to experience the joy of attending live performances at little to no cost.

Students leaving a performance of The Ugly Duckling & The Tortoise and the Hare on February 23, 2015 with other things, other activities, other people. I just think it is a great mistake if you have the opportunity to do these things and don’t take advantage of it. Unless they take a job in a major metropolitan city, students may

“Even if you’re seated and enjoying the artistry, you’re taking ownership of a unique experience,” Doering says. “There’s a direct, participatory interplay between you and the artist on stage. You’re actively engaged in that

THERE’S A DIRECT, PARTICIPATORY INTERPLAY BETWEEN YOU AND THE ARTIST ON STAGE. YOU’RE ACTIVELY ENGAGED IN THAT PERFORMANCE, AND NO ONE CAN TAKE THAT FROM YOU.

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never have events so easily in reach again, and at such reasonable cost.”

performance, and no one can take that from you.”

In an increasingly interconnected world—where we can retrieve almost anything we want electronically and in our pocket—Doering still believes there is no substitute for the concrete connections that can be made between artist and audience in a live setting.

It’s a powerful ideology imparted upon Doering by his mother and his uncle— one he passes along to his students... and that he hopes his Purdue peers will consider doing for others.

Thank-you notes from area student.

EDUCATION SUPPORT FROM:

Your extra support of our education programs—be it a one-time cash gift, a payroll contribution, or a recurring credit card charge—will directly subsidize ticket and transportation costs. 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 give now

Call (765) 494-9712 to make a gift by phone with the Development Associate

Mail a check made payable to “Purdue Foundation” with the memo “Convos Edu & Outreach” to Purdue Foundation, 403 West Wood Street, West Lafayette, IN, 47907

Providing interaction between students and artists both in and beyond the theatre is an important part of our mission. The Purdue Convocations Curricular Connections program offers opportunities for preschool through grade 12 (P-12) and college-level students to experience performances and learn more about the artists in the classroom. Annually, more than $25,000 in gifts from the Friends of Convocations and Corporate Partners provide major support for these outreach activities.

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The original SCC, 1976

CONVOCATIONS VOICE NETWORK CELEBRATES 30 YEARS

SCC with Nick Offerman, 2014

By James Britton, Convocations Marketing Associate and CVN Advisor

The Convocations Voice Network (CVN) was informally formed in the early 1980s as a means for students to market Purdue Convocations events outside of traditional flyer distribution on campus to residence halls, Greek houses, and co-ops. In those early days before social networks, the group consisted of 22 women and 12 men who staffed tables in Stewart Center and Purdue Memorial Union and passed along show information to their friends—who in turn passed it along to their friends—with the goal of reaching the entire campus.

CVN has since evolved from a marketing “street team”—complete with a mascot named Artie the Culture Vulture—into an integral part of the experience for patrons of the arts. According to Lois Harth, a Convocations staff member for over 36 years, it was a challenge to coax students into wearing the Artie costume. “It was heavy and hot, and (CVNs) couldn’t see where they were going, so they always had to have another person go with them, to walk in front so Artie could see his or her feet. I remember serving as guide a few times.”

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Formally recognized by the Office of the Dean of Students as a student organization in 1985, our 300+ student ushering club offers a top-notch patron experience not only at campus venues but around the community as we expand our reach into Greater Lafayette. With an active social media presence, innovative member management website, and 15 yellow-shirted executive board members, these students truly are the student “voice” of Purdue Convocations.

By Laura Clavio, Purdue Convocations Assistant Director

Artie the Culture Vulture, 1985

“IT WAS HEAVY AND HOT, AND (CVNS) COULDN’T SEE WHERE THEY WERE GOING, SO THEY ALWAYS HAD TO HAVE ANOTHER PERSON GO WITH THEM, TO WALK IN FRONT SO ARTIE COULD SEE HIS OR HER FEET. I REMEMBER SERVING AS GUIDE A FEW TIMES.”

The last four decades of popular entertainment have seen countless tastes and trends come, go... and sometimes come back again. Through it all, the Purdue Student Concert Committee (SCC) has been a driving force in bringing the best of the best to West Lafayette. This season, the SCC—a studentorganization branch of Purdue Convocations that helps select performances geared to the student body—proudly celebrates its 40th anniversary. Ever since its beginning, the SCC has been a groundbreaker; it was the first-ever all-student committee to choose concerts for students at Purdue University. SCC’s first booked concert was Fleetwood Mac on Saturday, September 20, 1975, and the season’s other six SCC concerts read like a who’swho of classic-rock luminaries: Jefferson Starship, David Crosby and Graham Nash, Jethro Tull, Joni Mitchell, Kansas, and Dan Fogelberg.

CVN on a show night, 2015

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STUDENT CONCERT COMMITTEE CELEBRATES 40 YEARS OF CONCERTS

SCC

Over the years, SCC has booked many genres—pop, rock, blues, country, comedy, hip-hop, rap, and EDM. Some of the most famous acts SCC has booked to perform at Elliott Hall of Music over the years include Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews, Pearl Jam, Lady Gaga, Neil Young, Elton John, Brad Paisley, John Mayer, Snoop Dogg, Ben Folds, Luke Bryan, Lupe Fiasco, and Avicii. Talented comedians have included George Carlin, Adam Sandler, Bob Saget, Jim Gaffigan, and Nick Offerman.

Gaining knowledge that’s equal to an internship in the music industry, SCC members learn the essentials of all it takes to book talent, present a performance, and navigate the marketing and financial aspects of the business. They take away real-life experiences working backstage as part of the day-of-show crew and enhance their analysis skills by reviewing the results of their performance choices. Through the SCC, Purdue has enjoyed 40 years of unforgettable music, enduring memories, and unrivaled opportunities for Purdue students to gain experience in all it takes to bring a concert to the stage. In honor of the SCC’s anniversary, here’s to 40 more great years!

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“I STILL HAVE VERY FOND MEMORIES OF MY TIME WITH SCC, AND PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS IMPRESSED BY WHAT AN AWESOME OPPORTUNITY THAT PURDUE—AND ESPECIALLY SCC—GAVE ME!” Zachary Christian, SCC 2005-2007 BS, Civil Engineering

“I’ll never forget taking a really hard exam and scrambling to get to Bruce Springsteen’s concert. Coming in backstage, watching from the side...the energy! It was amazing. Then there was a 1976 concert by a slightly under-the-weather Joni Mitchell. When it came time for an encore, a scruffy-looking guy came out, sat down, and started playing his guitar and harmonica. We wondered: ‘Who is this guy? Where’s Joni?’ Suddenly, it sounded familiar. It was her old friend Neil Young. Those are the types of live-music surprises I’m proud to have been a part of at Purdue.” Brian Robinson BSIE ‘79

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CORPORATE PARTNERSHIP JOIN US! A partnership with Purdue Convocations has a direct

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

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

• We request that children under 6 years of

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:

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

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

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

CONTACT:

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

•If you have a PICK5 ticket, return it to

the box office 48 hours prior to the show and receive credit for a tax-deductible donation.

DOORS Doors generally open 30 minutes prior to showtime. Late arrivals might not be seated immediately. ACCESSIBLE SEATING Wheelchair seating is available in all venues with companion seating nearby. Extra-wide seats are available in Zone A in Elliott Hall of Music. Please inform the box office of special seating needs when ordering.

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impact on the quality of life of the community. Plus, your company will gain great visibility and earn extra perks like access to tickets and priority seating! Opportunities are still available for the 2015-16 season. Call the Director of Development at (765) 494-9712 or visit convocations.org/partnership to download our Corporate Partnership brochure. Cumbia All Stars, see pg. 18 AUDIO ENHANCEMENT Audio enhancement is available. See an usher for the easy-to-use earphone system. Sign language interpretation is available with sufficient advance notice and conditional upon the availability of qualified service providers. Please request this service at least 60 days prior to the performance. LARGE-PRINT PROGRAMS Large-print programs are available upon request. See an usher for a copy. SERVICE ANIMALS Service animals are welcome. Special seating is required. When ordering, request an aisle seat and please inform the box office that a service animal will be with you.

LEAD PARTNERS We applaud our lead partners, who have generously contributed the highest level of corporate support for the 2015-16 performance season.

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DIRECTIONS

Visit convocations.org for detailed driving directions and maps to all venues.

SEATING MAPS

Visit convocations.org to view interactive seating maps.

CAMPUS BOX OFFICES Stewart Center–Loeb Playhouse (M–F 10am–6pm)

PLEASE NOTE: The Elliott Hall box office is open two hours before a performance in Elliott Hall of Music. (765) 494-9712 | Fax: (765) 494-0540 (765) 494-3933 | (800) 914-SHOW convocations@purdue.edu TDD Relay: (765) 496-1343

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Yo-Yo Ma at a Friends of Convocations reception

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