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2019/20

CULTURE AND IDEAS GUIDE


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

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

FRONT COVER: DÖKK by fuse* pg. 70 THIS PAGE: Guangdong Modern Dance Company pg. 54


BROADWAY

PLUS

2019/20 CALENDAR

See pg. 44 for more info!

117TH SEASON

SEPTEMBER

19 Margo Price pg. 8 21 Global Fest pg. 10 24-25 Dawn or Doom pg. 12 26 Cameron Graves pg. 14 29 Los Angeles Guitar Quartet

OCTOBER

JANUARY

pg. 16

9 Condoleezza Rice pg. 18 13 RENT pg. 20 15 The Odyssey pg. 22 16-17 1984 pg. 24 24 Camille Thomas, cello pg. 26

NOVEMBER

1 Harlem 100 pg. 28 3 The Color Purple pg. 30 5,7-9 One Small Step pg. 32 14 Yi-Nuo Wang, piano pg. 34 15 Novalima pg. 36 19-23 NASSIM pg. 38 24 Very Hungry Caterpillar Show pg. 40

17 Purdue Jazz Fest: Artemis 23 Neyla Pekarek pg. 50 26 Alice in Wonderland pg. 52

pg. 48

FEBRUARY

8 Guangdong Modern Dance Company pg. 54 9 Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium pg. 56 12 Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin pg. 58 20 Blue Man Group pg. 60 22 TEDxPurdueU pg. 62 27-28 The Brother Brothers pg. 64

MARCH

1 Walk On: The Story of Rosa Parks 6 Third Coast Percussion pg. 68 26 DÖKK by fuse* pg. 70

pg. 66

APRIL

1 A Bronx Tale pg. 72 2 Soyeon Kate Lee and Ran Dank 23 Waitress pg. 76

pg. 74

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PURDUE CONVOCATIONS:

LAUNCHING INTO OUR NEXT 150 YEARS! Throughout the fall of 2019, Purdue University will continue the dynamic celebration of its sesquicentennial. Since 1869, Purdue has made giant leaps in world-renowned research, education and outreach—and shaped the culture and inquiry of our city, state, nation and world! Purdue Convocations became a formative part of our great institution’s history in 1902, so this season marks our 117th year of infusing arts, discourse and curricular engagement into Purdue’s rich traditions. This season features our usual immersive approach to broad-scale collaborations designed to bring expansive scope and scale to our programmatic offerings. This year, we are proud to have developed ambitious goals and projects with 33 campus and community partners (see facing page). Many of these partnerships celebrate the global perspectives and diversity that are a natural expression of the incredible reach we possess as a global educational force. Our season features artists from 13 countries; myriad vantage points and expressions; and signature events such as Global Fest, a free-admission, family-friendly street festival in downtown West Lafayette that features music, dance, crafts, displays, craft beer and international food (see pages 10-11). Convocations’ long tradition of curricular integration continues with immersive experiences for students across the university with stimulating performances, including compelling stage adaptations of Homer’s Odyssey and George Orwell’s 1984 (see pages 22-25). Accompanying these works is our nation-leading research agenda that assesses the effectiveness of these integration strategies. Innovation is a hallmark of Purdue’s DNA, so we actively search the world for groundbreaking expression to activate dialogue in the arts as well. We return with our Innovator-In-Residence platform this season, featuring DÖKK, the latest immersive inquiry into the intersection of humans and technology from fuse* studios (see pages 70-71). Of course, our full season is jam-packed with our exciting Broadway Plus series and an electrifying slate of extraordinary dance, music and theatre. Take a giant leap into our season and make history with us as we launch Purdue’s next 150 years! Todd E. Wetzel Assistant Vice Provost, Student Life Executive Director, Purdue Convocations 4 / CONVOCATIONS.ORG / (800) 914-SHOW


PARTNER LIST American Pianists Association Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center Brian Lamb School of Communication Chinese Language and Literature Program and the School of Languages and Cultures City of West Lafayette Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette College of Engineering College of Liberal Arts Convocations Volunteer Network Cornerstone Integrated Liberal Arts Department of English Department of Entomology Elliott Hall of Music Girl Scouts of Central Indiana Greyhouse Coffee & Supply Co. Indiana Space Grant Consortium International Center of West Lafayette Krannert School of Management Office of the President Office of the System Chief Information Officer/ITaP Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity & Inclusion Office of the Vice Provost for Student Life Purdue Bands and Orchestras Purdue Black Cultural Center Purdue Dining & Culinary Purdue Galleries Purdue Honors College Purdue LGBTQ Center Purdue Student Concert Committee Purdue Student Fee Advisory Board Purdue University Residences TEDxPurdueU Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society West Lafayette Parks & Recreation

TODD WETZEL

Assistant Vice Provost, Student Life Executive Director, Purdue Convocations

MIKE ARMINTROUT

Associate Director for Programming SCC Advisor / TEDxPurdueU Advisor

MARKETING ABBY EDDY

Director of Marketing

MOLLIE SIU-CHONG

Art Director / Graphic Designer

LAUREN MILTENBERGER Marketing Associate

CHRISTY McCARTER CVN Graduate Advisor

ALEXA BINCKES KRISTEN DAY JORDAN HOWARD Marketing Interns

JANNAE ALLEN

Graphic Design Intern

EDUCATION DR. AMANDA MAYES Manager of Education

ELIZABETH COPPOLA

Graduate Research Assistant

DEVELOPMENT BRYCE SHAFFER

Director of Development

PRODUCTION KATHY DIETZ

Director of Artist Relations & Operations

ERIN DIENER MATTULL

Production & Education Assistant

BUSINESS DEBBIE SICILIANO

Assistant Director of Financial Affairs, VPSL

MARIETTA TAYLOR Business Manager

JAMIE VANDERIPE Business Assistant

CONTRIBUTOR NICK ROGERS

Copy Editor / Writer

STUDENT GROUPS KATE BAGOSY EMILY JEROME CVN President

SCC President

JUSTIN MAMARIL

TEDxPurdueU Executive Director


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

Theatregoers whose combined contributions make

WORLD-CLASS PERFORMING ARTS

INNOVATIVE PERFORMANCES

Patrons who support one of the longest-running collegiate performing arts presenters in the country –

An important, influential group that helps us

ESTABLISHED IN 1902

for individuals of all ages

experiences in their own community

a reality

CREATE POWERFUL EXPERIENCES

WHAT DO THE FRIENDS DO? Provide artistic experiences for

40,000 – 50,000 PATRONS A YEAR 75% OF OUR EDUCATION PROGRAMS are made possible by Friends of Convocations Provide annual ticket and transportation scholarships for more than

5,000 P-12 STUDENTS MAKE PURDUE UNIVERSITY A HUB FOR CULTURAL GROWTH, OPEN DISCOURSE AND ARTISTIC DIVERSITY

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FRIENDS OF CONVOS BENEFITS Benefits begin at $50 annually and increase by contribution level.

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

Learn more at

CONVOCATIONS.ORG/SUPPORT or contact us at friendsofconvos@purdue.edu or (765) 494-9712


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“One of the most compelling country talents to come out of Nashville in recent memory.”

― Vulture

PRICE THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 LOEB PLAYHOUSE / 7:30PM

Tickets: $24-30 / PICK5+Group: $21-26

In 2015, Margo Price called it a win if she had enough gas in the tank to make her next gig. By 2016, she was among country music’s most celebrated new artists. Price’s debut album, Midwest Farmer’s Daughter, made numerous top-10 lists; NPR called it “the hard-won arrival of an artist who feels like she’s always been here.” Her 2017 follow-up, All American Made, earned widespread acclaim and a 2019 Grammy® nomination for Best New Artist. Price’s voice is a brassy, sassy clarion call to wry, weary and wise stories of heartache and determination. Fusing Nashville country, Memphis soul and Texas twang, she tips her cap to Waylon, Willie, Loretta and Dolly while challenging country conventions through brutally honest, beautifully poetic portraits of everyday life.

PRE-SHOW / 6:30PM / PMU WEST FACULTY LOUNGE Join McKenzie Isom, a Ph.D. student in the Department of History, for a discussion about the evening’s performance. SUPPORT FROM

DAVIS FAMILY ENDOWMENT ENDOWMENT

MUSIC TRAILBLAZER COUNTRY HEART


The CITY of WEST LAFAYETTE, PURDUE CONVOCATIONS and the INTERNATIONAL CENTER of WEST LAFAYETTE present

THE 24TH ANNUAL

GLOBAL

Join us for Global Fest 2019 on September 21. Once again, Global Fest will be presented as a street festival, with Northwestern Avenue, South Street and Columbia Street as the backdrop for the celebration! Enjoy and explore world cultures through music, dance, crafts, displays and international food. Continuous stage entertainment, cultural displays and children's activities are among the free events. The festival also will include the International Night Market, featuring delicacies from all over the world and local craft beer.

Photo by Jimmy Träskelin

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20

NATURALIZATION CEREMONY / White Horse Christian Center 1780 Cumberland Ave. / 3PM / FREE

The naturalization ceremony is a pivotal milestone in the naturalization process, where soon-to-be citizens swear an oath to the United States and receive their official certificates. The ceremony will feature special guests and a performance by the Purduettes.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

GLOBAL FEST MAIN STAGE / Northwestern Ave. / 2PM-10PM / FREE Join us for events that celebrate our diverse community and world cultures through music, dance, crafts, displays, international food and craft beer. The entertainment starts at 2PM and continues into the evening with these headliners (opposite page) starting at 6PM.

INTERNATIONAL NIGHT MARKET / 6PM-10PM / Food prices vary Discover food from around the world in this all-new evening food market.

SUPPORT FROM

PURDUE FEDERAL CREDIT UNION GARMONG CONSTRUCTION SERVICES O.W. KROHN & ASSOCIATES BUTLER, FAIRMAN & SEUFERT, INC. WEST LAFAYETTE PARKS & RECREATION SUNBELT RENTALS WEST LAFAYETTE PUBLIC LIBRARY Bowen Engineering Westminster Village Comcast HWC Engineering Indiana American Water Company Purdue Research Foundation Purdue Black Cultural Center Friends of Convocations Endowment

STREET FESTIVAL

COMMUNITY HANG NIGHT MARKET

Photo by Peter Rakosy


KARDEMIMMIT / 6PM Kardemimmit is an all-woman band that focuses on the Finnish national instrument, the kantele. Alongside 15and 38-string kanteles, singing is at the core of Kardemimmit’s musical universe–where original pieces with a modern approach still have a strong foundation in Finnish, Eastern European and Scandinavian traditions.

FRONTERA BUGALÚ / 7:30PM Frontera Bugalú is a musical project founded by accordionist and composer Kiko Rodriguez in El Paso, Texas, in 2011. The band made its name by performing an energetic fusion of border folk and cumbia music.

THE GARIFUNA COLLECTIVE / 9PM The Garifuna Collective continues to push the boundaries of its dynamic, centuries-old musical traditions, breaking new ground with performances that show why UNESCO has proclaimed the language, dance and music of the Garifuna people of Central America as a “masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity.” (800) 914-SHOW / CONVOCATIONS.ORG / 11


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EMERGING TECHNOLOGY―RISKS AND REWARDS TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 STEWART CENTER / PURDUE UNIVERSITY Free and Open to the Public SUPPORT FROM

Purdue University’s Dawn or Doom technology conference explores the effects of rapidly emerging technologies through interactive presentations and events. Each talk is led by a leading national expert or prominent Purdue researcher―all visualized by a graphic artist in real time. What is the future of work if AIs and robots can do it all for us? Is the internet affecting our mental health? What will it mean when networked vehicles, appliances and other devices surround us pervasively and persistently? Why should we care? Given that learning doesn’t just apply to the living any longer, these questions are integral to human lives and livelihoods. Dawn or Doom ’19 is part of Purdue’s 150th anniversary celebration―a yearlong festival of ideas aimed at making giant leaps to advance some of today’s most important issues and enjoy a future that we would all prefer to be more dawn than doom.

DISCUSSION TRACKS FOR THIS YEAR’S CONFERENCE: MACHINES: Artificial intelligence, robotics, autonomous vehicles and drones MIND: Internet and social media effects BODY: Bioengineering and human design SPACE: Exploration and Mars habitats DATA: Internet of Things, privacy and cybersecurity The conference setup allows attendees to attend as many (or as few) talks as they like while engaging with the speakers and participating in a wide variety of related activities, from technology-themed art exhibits to interactive virtual- and augmented-reality tours. Complete information about speakers and events is available on the Dawn or Doom website and social media channels. For more information, please visit www.purdue.edu/dawnordoom.

TECH AI BIOENGINEERING


“His contrastingly romantic and ardent chord-work suggest what Rachmaninoff might have sounded like if he’d played in a contemporary fusion band.” ― The Guardian

GRAVES THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 LOEB PLAYHOUSE / 7:30PM

Tickets: $20-26 / PICK5+Group: $18-22 Hailed by Rolling Stone as “the house pianist for the party at the end of the universe,” Cameron Graves is revitalizing funk, jazz, soul and fusion with kaleidoscopic, kinetic energy. After cutting his teeth on Chopin, Coltrane and Van Halen, Graves co-founded L.A.’s West Coast Get Down (WCGD) alongside the supernova saxophone of Kamasi Washington. Known as the Wu-Tang Clan of jazz, the WCGD collective is prolific when united or untethered. Graves’ 2017 debut album, Planetary Prince, emerged from a marathon WCGD recording session. Whether turning Ellington on its ear or achieving supersonic speeds typically reserved for prog rock and metal, Graves transposes a fretboard ferocity and fluidity to 88 keys―music to quicken your pulse as easily as it broadens your consciousness.

SUPPORT FROM

Piano Giving Circle

Dr. NANCY DiMARTINO & STEPHEN BORGHI JAZZ

PROG ROCK

FUSION


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LOS ANGELES GUITAR QUARTET American Guitar Masters MUSIC

ADVENTURE EXUBERANT

Photo by Jiro Schneider


“The world’s hottest classical ensemble or its tightest pop band? However it helps you to think about the LAGQ, keep the emphasis on superlatives for its unrivaled joy, technical elan and questing spirits.”

― Los Angeles Times

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 LOEB PLAYHOUSE / 3PM

Tickets: $22-28 / PICK5+Group: $19-24 Guitar virtuoso Andrés Segovia likened his instrument to a small orchestra, “every string a different color, a different voice.” Since 1980, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (LAGQ) has embraced that diverse, adventurous spirit—infusing new vigor into canonical classics while bridging classical, jazz, rock and pop in contemporary explorations. For its American Guitar Masters program, the LAGQ celebrates U.S. guitar innovators, including selections from Chet Atkins, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, and Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs, guitar settings of Sousa and Copland, chorales and chaconnes, and the centerpiece “Road to the Sun.” Jazz legend Pat Metheny wrote this melodic, groove-filled tone poem specifically for the LAGQ, whom the Los Angeles Times hailed as “one of the wonders of the chamber music scene rooted in the West.”

PRE-SHOW / 2PM / STEWART CENTER 310 Join Los Angeles Guitar Quartet member Bill Kanengiser and composer, jazz pianist and music educator Dr. Judd Danby for a pre-show discussion. SUPPORT FROM

ENDOWMENT

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GIANT LEAPS

SERIES FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE

RICE WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9

AND PURDUE PRESIDENT MITCH DANIELS

ELLIOTT HALL OF MUSIC / 6:30PM Free and Open to the Public

Condoleezza Rice—the U.S. Secretary of State from 2005 to 2009—became the first African-American woman in the post. Immediately prior, she was President George W. Bush’s Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs—the first woman to hold that position. A Birmingham, Alabama native, Rice also held several roles on President George H.W. Bush’s National Security Council. Since 1981, she has been an award-winning political science professor at Stanford University (and was provost from 1993 to 1999). Rice is also a bestselling author; founding partner of international strategic consulting firm RiceHadleyGates, LLC; vice chair of the board of governors of the Boys and Girls Club of America; a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; and a recipient of 15 honorary doctorates. Ticket information will be available through takegiantleaps.com.

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DISCOURSE

POLICY TRAILBLAZER


BROADWAY

PLUS

See pg. 44 for more info!

BROADWAY

LA BOHÈME

LOVE

Photo by Carol Rosegg


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13 ELLIOTT HALL OF MUSIC / 7PM

Tickets: $29-62 / PICK5+Group: $29-53 In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway…and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s Rent continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. A Pulitzer Prize and Tony® Award-winning reimagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, Rent follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives through the only thing that truly matters—love. SUPPORT FROM

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Center

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THE ODYSSEY AQUILA THEATRE COMPANY TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15 LOEB PLAYHOUSE / 7:30PM

Tickets: $22-28 / PICK5+Group: $19-24 “Of the many things hidden from the knowledge of man, nothing is more unintelligible than the human heart.” Legendary poet Homer uttered those words, even as his literary works disproved them. Across centuries and civilizations, his epic poem The Odyssey became one of the world’s most famous tales. This mighty, moving story follows Odysseus on his decade-long journey home from war—using skill, strength and intellect to survive a fantastical array of creatures, sorcerers, monsters and divine forces. In the tradition of oral performance by skilled bards across the Mediterranean, Aquila Theatre brings The Odyssey to life onstage. A tree of life from which Western fiction grew, The Odyssey remains a testament to the human spirit, the will to wander and the yearning for home.

This performance is part of a two-production mini-residency with Aquila Theatre Company. Following Aquila’s dynamic production of Frankenstein last season, Convocations will again engender deep curricular engagement across campus with stage adaptations of this iconic literary work, as well as George Orwell’s 1984. See pages 24-25 for more information on the production of 1984.

PRE-SHOW / 6:30PM / STEWART CENTER 279

Join Dr. Mike Johnston, an Associate Professor in the Department of English, for a discussion about the evening’s performance. SUPPORT FROM

Vice Provost for Student Life

Honors College

Department of English

LEONORA & HAROLD WOODMAN ENDOWMENT FOR THEATRE

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THEATRE FANTASTICAL EPIC


THEATRE BIG BROTHER

DYSTOPIA


1984 AQUILA THEATRE COMPANY ADAPTATION BY MICHAEL GENE SULLIVAN

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16 THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17 LOEB PLAYHOUSE / 7:30PM

Tickets: $22-28 / PICK5+Group: $19-24 For 70 years, George Orwell’s uneasily prescient novel 1984 has both unmoored readers from recognizable reality and helped them ruminate on the society they see. An influential, evocative work of fiction that’s timeless and timely, 1984 finds everyman Winston Smith unexpectedly challenging a world in which totalitarian government reigns supreme, technology is a weapon of propaganda and control, and Big Brother is always watching. It’s a story suited to the bold, ensemble-driven physicality of Aquila Theatre, which will stage a ferocious, provocative and critically praised adaptation of Orwell’s work from award-winning playwright Michael Gene Sullivan. As does the novel, the Aquila Theatre’s production forces its audience to consider: How far are we from Orwell’s dystopian nightmare…or in what ways are we already there?

These performances are part of a two-production mini-residency with Aquila Theatre Company. Following Aquila’s dynamic production of Frankenstein last season, Convocations will again engender deep curricular engagement across campus with stage adaptations of this iconic literary work, as well as Homer’s The Odyssey. See pages 22-23 for more information on the production of The Odyssey.

PRE-SHOW / 6:30PM / BOTH NIGHTS / STEWART CENTER 310 Join Dr. Swati Srivastava, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science, for a discussion about the evening’s performance. SUPPORT FROM

Vice Provost for Student Life Honors College

Krannert School of Management College of Liberal Arts

LEONORA & HAROLD WOODMAN ENDOWMENT FOR THEATRE

Brian Lamb School of Communication

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“Camille Thomas...has all the requisite technique and produces a sound I can only liken to drinking hot chocolate: delicious, warming, full of flavour.”

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― Gramophone Magazine

Photo by Dan Carabas


THOMAS JULIEN

CELLO

PIANO

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24 LOEB PLAYHOUSE / 7:30PM

Tickets: $15-20 / PICK5+Group: $15-20 From nature’s unpredictable whims to impeccable human craftsmanship, the creation of a fine wine and a timeless cello have much in common. When the alchemy is just right, the results are warm, vibrant, life-affirming. Such are the commanding sounds of Paris-born Camille Thomas, a rising-star cellist delivering dynamic virtuosity on her 18th-century Gagliano cello, nicknamed the Château Pape-Clément after Bordeaux’s oldest wine estate. Thomas earned a first-prize finish at 2014’s European Broadcasting Union Competition and a spot on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list. Here, she’ll let breathe her blend of verve, intimacy and tenderness on a Brahms sonata with otherworldly overtones, Beethoven’s variations on music from The Magic Flute, a movement from Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, and a soulful, radiant Franck cello sonata.

PRE-SHOW / 6:30PM / STEWART CENTER 310

Join cellist and executive director of the Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society Margot Marlatt for a discussion about the evening’s performance. SUPPORT FROM

ENDOWMENT

MIKE & PAM LUENZ CLASSICAL MUSIC ENDOWMENT

PROGRAM Brahms: Cello Sonata No. 1 in E minor, Op. 38 Beethoven: 7 Variations on Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen Messiaen: Louange à l’éternité de Jésus Franck: Cello Sonata in A Major, M. 8

MUSIC CHAMBER VERVE


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HARLEM

CELEBRATING THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1 LOEB PLAYHOUSE / 8PM

Tickets: $24-30 / PICK5+Group: $21-26

featuring MWENSO & THE SHAKES

with special guests Brianna Thomas, Michela Marino Lerman and Vuyo Sotashe The Harlem Renaissance represented an explosively creative, resolutely empowering era—a cornucopia of expression and entertainment that formed America’s music and pursuit for Civil Rights. Today’s performers stoke this wildfire’s embers to spark new innovation in the iconic neighborhood. Created in collaboration with the National Jazz Museum, Harlem 100 presents sounds and ideas from Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Langston Hughes, Billie Holiday and more in a modern-day varietyshow homage to evenings at the Apollo, Cotton Club or Alhambra. Dubbed a “full-bore entertainer” by The New York Times, Michael Mwenso and his backing band, the Shakes, are joined by special-guest vocalists Vuyo Sotashe and Brianna Thomas and tap dancer Michela Marino Lerman. Harlem 100 is certain to satisfy your soul and let the good times roll.

PRE-SHOW / 7PM / STEWART CENTER 310

Join Dr. Cornelius Bynum, an Associate Professor in the Department of History, for a discussion about the evening’s performance. SUPPORT FROM

ENDOWMENT

Purdue Black Cultural Center

JAZZ

QUINTESSENTIAL VARIETY SHOW


SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3 ELLIOTT HALL OF MUSIC / 7:30PM

Tickets: $29-62 / PICK5+Group: $29-53 The 2016 Tony® Award winner for Best Musical Revival, The Color Purple conquered Broadway with a show The New York Times declared a “ravishingly reconceived production that is a glory to behold.” The Color Purple tells the story of Celie Harris Johnson, a young African-American woman who undertakes an epic journey toward love, liberation, triumph and self-confidence during the 1930s in the American South. Through a soul-raising, Grammy®-winning score of jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues, The Color Purple lends an exhilarating new spirit to this Pulitzer Prize-winning story. Hailed as “one of the greatest revivals ever” by New York Magazine, this stunningly reimagined adaptation of Alice Walker’s American classic reinforces the power of perseverance and hope.

SUPPORT FROM

Purdue Black Cultural Center

BROADWAY JOURNEY

HOPE

Photo by Matthew Murphy


“One of the greatest revivals ever.”

― New York Magazine

BROADWAY

PLUS

See pg. 44 for more info!

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ONE SMALL STEP OXFORD PLAYHOUSE WRITTEN BY DAVID HASTINGS

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5 / 7:30PM THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7 / 7:30PM FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8 / 8PM SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9 / 4PM & 8PM LOEB PLAYHOUSE

Tickets: $15-20 / PICK5+Group: $13-17

The “space race” between the United States and the Soviet Union to send the first man to the moon captured the world’s imagination and attention. Experience the 20th century’s most epic adventure in One Small Step, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe smash hit from Oxford Playhouse in England. This action-packed tale includes dozens of characters—from German scientists, Russian cosmonauts and American astronauts (including plenty of Purdue’s own) to JFK and Walter Cronkite—all played by two extraordinary actors. Surrounded by vintage electronics and flea-market finds, they deliver inventive visual theatre as comically low-tech as Apollo 11 was high-tech—all while celebrating mankind’s unbridled creativity. Check your oxygen, adjust your space suit and buckle up for the biggest mission of all time!

Purdue Convocations is pleased to welcome back Oxford Playhouse after its successful run of One Small Step in October 2010! SUPPORT FROM

INNOVATIVE

PERFORMANCE FUND

College of Engineering THE MICHAEL & LORETTA PIGGOTT FUND

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“It’s hard to imagine a play fueled by a more profound and spellbinding sense of sheer wonder.” ― The Scotsman

SPECIAL EVENT

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing in July 2019! Info at purdue.edu/apollo11 Photo by Geraint Lewis

THEATRE SPACE RACE

GIANT LEAPS


WANG PIANO

PIANO POETIC VIRTUOSITY


“She embodies the rare combination of humble devotion to the score, great individual artistry and a special electrifying quality in her playing, all coexisting in perfect harmony.” ― Alessio Bax, pianist

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14 LOEB PLAYHOUSE / 7:30PM

Tickets: $15-20 / PICK5+Group: $15-20 Purdue Convocations has long been honored to present classical artists as their careers accelerate under auspices of the Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition. Fresh from her first-place finish in 2018, Chinese pianist Yi-Nuo Wang continues that tradition, as well as the continued animation of Convocations' exploration of piano repetoire on a Steinway Concert Grand Piano gifted by Janet and John Nine. Wang began playing at age 4 in Beijing, won her first competition at age 5 and studied at Beijing’s prestigious Central Conservatory of Music. Now an active performer alongside ensembles in Asia, Europe and the United States, Wang lives in New York—where she is pursuing her undergraduate degree at The Juilliard School and making her New York recital debut this season at Carnegie Hall.

SUPPORT FROM

Piano Giving Circle

Photo by Yujun Ma

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MUSIC LATINX GROOVING

Photo by Daniel Azoulay


NOVALIMA LIMITED CLUB ENGAGEMENT!

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15 CARNAHAN HALL / 8PM

Tickets: $20-25 / PICK5+Group: $17-22 Blending electronica beats with traditional instruments and tempos of Afro-Peruvian folk, Novalima conjures the soundtrack to both contemporary midnight mysteries and cultures that have endured for hundreds of years. Formed by four friends from Lima, Peru after their emergence from the city’s punk and psychedelic scenes, Novalima reckons with the nation’s legacy of slavery through music. Their work merges three centuries’ worth of sound into a creative confection NPR likened to “a three-layer cake of time.” Here, the paths of computer samples and percussive cajon slaps intersect in sleek, sonically seductive grooves that incorporate aspects of reggae, dub, salsa, hip-hop, afrobeat and pan-Latin inflection. No matter the style, Novalima understands that cultural divisions easily drop away on the common ground of a crowded dance floor. SUPPORT FROM

ENDOWMENT

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“A tantalizing theatrical provocation that breaks down all walls between stage and audience.” – The Stage

NASSIM TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19 / 7:30PM WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20 / 7:30PM THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21 / 7:30PM FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22 / 7PM & 9:30PM SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23 / 4PM & 8PM CIVIC THEATRE OF GREATER LAFAYETTE / 313 N 5TH ST, LAFAYETTE Tickets: $20-25 / PICK5+Group: $20-25

A sealed envelope. A new actor every night. Perhaps some unexpected guests. No rehearsals. Numerous surprises. Hailed by The New York Times as “an affectionate play about friendship,” Nassim is Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour’s latest audacious theatrical experiment, which premiered in Edinburgh in 2017 and has since played to sold-out audiences worldwide. It’s Soleimanpour’s follow-up to White Rabbit Red Rabbit, a one-performer mystery unspooled by an array of A-listers such as Nathan Lane, Whoopi Goldberg, Cynthia Nixon and Darren Criss. Nassim explores how language, humanity and culture unite people during uncertain times. No two friendships are the same. Neither are any two nights of Nassim—an exhilarating, playful and soulful work about how an open mind for spontaneity and camaraderie keeps us human.

Purdue Convocations is pleased to present Nassim in the intimate confines of the Historic Monon Depot Theatre thanks to a special partnership with our friends at the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. Each night of the run will feature a different talented local cast member flying without a net! Seating is reserved and a cash bar will be available. SUPPORT FROM

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24 LOEB PLAYHOUSE / 3PM

Tickets: $12-17 / PICK5+Group: $12-17 The Very Hungry Caterpillar has delighted children around the world for a half-century. Now, he’s bringing his best animal friends with him in an all-new show that features a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets live on stage! Created by Jonathan Rockefeller, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show brings to life four of author-illustrator Eric Carle’s timeless tales: Brown Bear, Brown Bear; 10 Little Rubber Ducks; The Very Lonely Firefly; and, of course, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Following extended runs in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and New York, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show is ready to wriggle its way into your heart with a sweet and gentle show that the Huffington Post praised as a “colorful, engaging and charming production.”

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KRAEBBER WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR MOST MEMORABLE CONVOS EXPERIENCES? There are many for us, and they go as far back as when we were undergraduate students. We had the opportunity to see great entertainers, many in the Elliott Hall of Music. Some of the firsts for us included the Temptations, the 5th Dimension and Gordon Lightfoot. Since returning to West Lafayette, we have taken advantage of Convos’ diverse programming, including Broadway shows, concerts with popular singers and bands, jazz and bluegrass musicians, and piano artists.

WHAT FRIENDS OF CONVOCATIONS EXPERIENCE HAVE YOU ENJOYED THE MOST? A special event for Friends that featured the Brasil Guitar Duo of João Luiz and Douglas Lora in an intimate loft setting in Lafayette offering a preview of their show. It was amazing to be just a few feet from the artists and hear their additional commentary on the music they performed.

“Year-round, Convos provides a great opportunity for audiences to experience live performances from some of the world’s great artists.” Recently we heard Béla Fleck, noted as one of the best banjo players in the world and a master of the technique developed by Earl Scruggs. His performance was amazing. That is just one example. There are many like him each year.

HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED AN UNEXPECTED INTERACTION AT A CONVOS PERFORMANCE? Black Violin offered a great example of the power in a Convos performance. The artists in the group had a special interaction with string players from Lafayette Jefferson High School. The members of Black Violin rehearsed with the ensemble and invited the students on stage to close out the show. It was a special time for these students and the audience.

HOW HAS BELONGING TO THE FRIENDS ENRICHED YOUR LIFE? The exciting blend of education research and artistic endeavors is of great interest to us. Live performances can have a big impact on people of all ages. Studying the impact of live theatre on student learning is an area we are happy to support. The 2018 presentation of Frankenstein was special for us. Our gift to Convos directly supported the research of Dr. Amanda Mayes and her look at how the performance affected class discussions and learning related to ethics and behavior. The question of can it be done—and, if so, should it be done—is as relevant now as when Mary Shelley wrote the initial story. This performance helped bring the tale’s ethical issues to life and open a discussion about their timeliness in today’s world.

WHAT LEGACY TO YOU HOPE TO LEAVE THROUGH BEING FRIENDS OF CONVOCATIONS? We hope our contributions help students appreciate the value of live performance in many different genres.

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“Their set played like an expertly crafted mixtape, moving from a knotty version of Thelonious Monk’s ‘Brilliant Corners’ to a surprisingly dramatic arrangement of the Beatles’ ‘Fool on the Hill.’ ”

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ARTEMIS FRIDAY, JANUARY 17 LOEB PLAYHOUSE / 8PM

Tickets: $24-30 / PICK5+Group: $21-26 True to its Greek goddess namesake, the all-star jazz supergroup Artemis draws back its bow and strikes true at high-wire interplay and pure joy. Hailing from America, Canada, Israel, Chile and Japan, the sextet features Renee Rosnes (piano/musical director), Ingrid Jensen (trumpet), Anat Cohen (clarinet), Noriko Ueda (bass), Allison Miller (drums) and tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana, the latter of whom Convocations presented to sold-out Carnahan Hall crowds in 2014. Regularly leading their own bands, the artists of Artemis gather their genius for selections spanning Thelonious Monk to the Beatlesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;presented with passion, power and sensitivity. This performance represents Convocationsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; kick-off contribution to the 30th annual Purdue Jazz Festival, a Purdue University Bands event bringing more than 2,500 middle- and high-school students to campus for clinics and concerts.

PRE-SHOW / 7PM / STEWART CENTER 310 Join composer, jazz pianist and music educator Dr. Judd Danby for a pre-show discussion. SUPPORT FROM

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PEKAREK Formerly of the Lumineers

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 23 LOEB PLAYHOUSE / 7:30PM

Tickets: $20-25 / PICK5+Group: $17-22 Cellist/vocalist Neyla Pekarek—formerly of the Grammy®-nominated indie-folk band the Lumineers—certainly chose a compelling muse for her 2019 solo debut, Rattlesnake. While on horseback with her son in 1925, Kate Slaughterback confronted a sudden, terrifying advance of rattlesnakes. First, she used her gun to fend them off. When the bullets ran out? She fashioned a makeshift club. After two hours, 140 snakes were dead and the Rattlesnake Kate legend was forged. Pekarek envisions Kate’s life surrounding this incident through a rollicking, expansive song cycle of Americana, blues, ’60s pop, Tin Pan Alley and doo-wop. From Kate’s story, Pekarek has created a cathartic battle cry about asserting identity, refusing to capitulate and defying expectations. Sometimes you need to show them all the poison you possess inside.

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A PRODUCTION OF TOUT À TRAC Written and directed by Hugo Bélanger Translated by Maureen Labonté

FAMILY THEATRE MAGICAL


SUNDAY, JANUARY 26 LOEB PLAYHOUSE / 3PM

Tickets: $12-17 / PICK5+Group: $12-17 While hiding in her father’s study one day, Alice encounters a strange rabbit who loves to eat books. After chasing him into his hole, Alice discovers Wonderland—a world of strange creatures both friend and foe. Experience Alice in Wonderland with a unique new twist—set in a library full of pop-up books, where each new title unlocks a door to exciting adventure! Since 1998, the Montréal-based Tout à Trec has dazzled nearly a half-million audience members across North America, Europe and Asia with its creative use of masks, storytelling and puppetry. This innovative interpretation of the beloved classic remains faithful to Lewis Carroll’s lively humor while springing several surprises of its own. Join Alice at the gateway to imagination. Will you follow the White Rabbit?

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GUANGDONG BEYOND CALLIGRAPHY SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8 LOEB PLAYHOUSE / 8PM

Tickets: $22-30 / PICK5+Group: $19-26 Guangdong Province is a bridge to inland China, a gateway through which the world saw China “open up” during economic reforms and one of the nation’s fastest-growing regions. It’s also a thriving hub of modern-dance movement, education and opportunity, led by the 1992 inception of the Guangdong Modern Dance Company as China’s first modern-dance ensemble. Hailed by The New York Times as “a pacesetter with a difference,” GMDC explores China’s modern identity, cultural history and social perspectives through contemporary dance. GMDC’s Beyond Calligraphy is a two-episode work channeling the flowing, detailed grace of Chinese calligraphy as both inspiration and point of departure for dialogue about ancient and modern culture. It’s a performance The Washington Post described as “full of meditative grace (and) sharp, cut-crystal physicality.”

PRE-SHOW / 7PM / STEWART CENTER 310 Join members of Guangdong Modern Dance Company for a discussion about the evening’s performance. SUPPORT FROM

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9 LOEB PLAYHOUSE / 3PM

Tickets: $12-17 / PICK5+Group: $12-17 Bring your whole family on a journey to the bottom of the ocean in Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure. In this immersive production, you’ll jump in and explore unknown depths of the ocean—where prehistoric marine reptiles lived eons ago … and perhaps still exist today! It’s an all-new creation from the minds behind Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live, which delighted audiences of all ages at Purdue in 2017. At the forefront of exciting and educational family entertainment, Erth combines actors, technology, puppets, science and imagination to create an amazing visual experience that connects young audiences to the real-world scientific wonders of paleontology. You won’t want to miss the boat to discover underwater dinosaurs, jellyfish and more!

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“A dose of science, a dash of humor and whole lot of wonder.”

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SECRETS OF THE BAROQUE WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12 LOEB PLAYHOUSE / 7:30PM

Tickets: $22-28 / PICK5+Group: $19-24 Baroque music is a deep, vast treasure chest of astonishing virtuosity. On its sixth tour of the United States, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin—or Akamus—is letting stateside audiences in on Secrets of the Baroque. Founded in 1982, the Grammy®-winning Akamus is among the world’s leading chamber orchestras. This program features lesser-known works by major names like Antonio Vivaldi (an extravagant, bizarre La Stravaganza concerto), George Handel (an operatic, dramatic Concerto Grosso selection), C.P.E. Bach (an oboe concerto) and Georg Philipp Telemann (the internationally influenced Sinfonia Melodica). It also features such nearly forgotten composers as Francesco Maria Veracini, Alessandro Scarlatti and Dutch nobleman Unico Wilhelm von Wassenaer—no end of baroque riches repurposed, ripe for joyous rediscovery.

PRE-SHOW / 6:30PM / STEWART CENTER 310 Join musicologist Dr. Daniel Guberman for a discussion about the evening’s performance. SUPPORT FROM

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PROGRAM Veracini: Overture No. 6 in Gm Van Wassenaer: Concerto Armonico No. 5 in Fm CPE Bach: Oboe Concerto in B-Flat Major, Wq. 164 Telemann: Sinfonia Melodica, TWV 50:2 A. Scarlatti: Concerto Grosso No. 5 in Dm Vivaldi: Concerto for violin in Dm, Op. 4, No. 8, RV 249 Handel: Concerto Grosso in Dm, Op. 3, No. 5, HWV 316

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20 ELLIOTT HALL OF MUSIC / 7:30PM

Tickets: $29-62 / PICK5+Group: $29-53 For nearly 30 years, Blue Man Group has spoken to more than 35 million people worldwide…all without ever uttering a word. Perfect for people of all ages, languages and cultures, Blue Man Group offers a euphoric celebration of art, music, comedy and, of course, non-verbal communication. Since its 1991 New York debut, Blue Man Group has expanded to additional domestic residencies in Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas and Orlando, and multiple world tours. Returning to Elliott Hall for the first time since 2013, this Blue Man Group performance is infused with new music, fresh stories, custom-built instruments, sensory-stimulating graphics and unforgettable entertainment. When you create with others, you build a connection that lasts a lifetime. That’s the experience of Blue Man Group. SUPPORT FROM

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“One of the most delightful performance pieces ever staged.”

– The New York Times

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22 LOEB PLAYHOUSE Tickets: $12-25

TEDxPurdueU, an independently organized TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) event, uses storytelling to nurture a culture of innovation by sharing ideas developed by Purdue students, faculty, alumni and community members with the global TED community. At TEDxPurdueU, several live speakers from diverse fields and schools of thought, such as history, science, education, the arts, engineering, business and technology, will combine to spark deep discussion and interconnection among our community of lifelong learners. The daylong format will allow attendees to receive even more engaging programming, exquisite conference gifts and exclusive networking opportunities. In addition to their annual flagship conference, TEDxPurdueU hosts multiple breakout sessions yearround, fostering an environment for collaborative, interdisciplinary progress around the unique and thought-provoking stories in the Purdue and Greater Lafayette community. For a complete 2019-20 TEDxPurdueU series of events, please visit TEDxPurdueU.com.

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How do we choose the paths we take in life? Is there a better way? Does a balanced life mean a happy life? Join us for a discussion of Ikigai–a Japanese concept that translates to “a reason for being”–and discover how its principles can shape our lives.

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“Intimate acoustic folk anchored by butter-smooth close-harmony vocals and minimalist-yetsophisticated arrangements.”

– Rolling Stone

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28 Times Vary / FREE / No Ticket Required Everyday elation and frustration always sounds sweeter with the sublime vocals, skillful strumming and stunning songcraft of the Brothers Brothers. Opening for the I’m With Her tour at Purdue in 2018, identical twins David and Adam Moss immediately won the crowd over with two-part harmonies evocative of Simon & Garfunkel and a fraternal stage presence. From dark-alley desolation (“The Gambler”) to the lighthearted but lonely (“Banjo Song”) and lamentory ballads (“Angel Island,” “Frankie”), the Brothers Brothers care about the things people know and the world they’re making. Rolling Stone called them one of 10 new country artists you need to know, and Convocations is honored to welcome them as Outreach Artists-in-Residence—inspiring our students and community with free performances in unexpected places. Watch our website for details! SUPPORT FROM

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WALK ON: THE STORY OF ROSA PARKS MAD RIVER THEATER WORKS

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THEATRE INSPIRATIONAL DEFINING

Purdue Black Cultural Center


SUNDAY, MARCH 1 LOEB PLAYHOUSE / 3PM

Tickets: $12-17 / PICK5+Group: $12-17

Photo by Andy Bustin

You could feel tremors rumbling across America as rock ‘n’ roll excited kids and outraged parents. But an even more important transformation awaited in Montgomery, Alabama as Rosa Parks, an African-American woman, refused to give up her seat on a city bus to a white passenger. Her protest ignited America’s Civil Rights movement and forever changed our nation. Through music and drama, this production from Mad River Theater Works—which dramatized the Freedom Riders’ story at Purdue in 2017—recounts Parks’ life while dispelling reductive myths about her protest to paint a complex, comprehensive portrait of her Civil Rights leadership. Exciting and inspirational, Walk On: The Story of Rosa Parks shows how individual determination makes a difference in freedom and equality for all.

PRE-SHOW / 2PM / STEWART CENTER LOBBY Join the Purdue Black Cultural Center and the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana for pre-show activities.

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FILM LIVE SOUNDTRACK JOURNEY

Photo by Saverio Truglia


THIRD COAST PERCUSSION PADDLE TO THE SEA

FRIDAY, MARCH 6 LOEB PLAYHOUSE / 8PM

Tickets: $22-28 / PICK5+Group: $19-24 Whether tranquil or troubled, water is an uncompromising force of nature and indomitable global connector of countries, economies and cultures. Exploring that idea with an “inspirational sense of fun and curiosity” (Minnesota Star-Tribune), Grammy® winners Third Coast Percussion present Paddle to the Sea. Inspired by a children’s book and Oscar®-nominated film, this filmwith-live-soundtrack journey follows a Canadian boy who carves a wooden figure and sets it on an epic journey across lakes, rivers and, eventually, the Atlantic Ocean. Accompanying the film live, Third Coast interweaves original compositions with water-inspired works from Philip Glass, Jacob Druckman and Zimbabwe’s Shona people. Drawing on water’s own dynamics, Paddle is alternately spirited and serene—letting audiences consider mankind’s impact on waterways while contemplating their exuberant majesty and infinite possibility.

PRE-SHOW / 7PM / STEWART CENTER 310 Join ethnomusicologist and percussionist Dr. Nolan Warden for a discussion about the evening’s performance. SUPPORT FROM

Dr. NANCY DiMARTINO & STEPHEN BORGHI

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DÖKK

a live media performance by

INNOVATOR

IN-RESIDENCE THURSDAY, MARCH 26 LOEB PLAYHOUSE / 7:30PM

Tickets: $15-20 / PICK5+Group: $15-20 What if data were a dance partner? DÖKK is a daring, dynamic journey into the subconscious, the latest expression of artistry through emerging digital technology from Italy’s fuse*. Named after the Icelandic word for “darkness,” DÖKK uses software to synthesize real-time data from four simultaneous sources: DÖKK’s musical score; the movement of performer / choreographer Elena Annovi; her heartbeat; and emotional analysis of social media trends at that very moment. This data mashup is then vividly visualized through a stunning 3D projection environment. As each data source shifts, each performance of DÖKK becomes one-of-a-kind—evoking life’s own random, unforeseeable whims. Both experimental and empirical, DÖKK illuminates invisible connections among us all in an intimate, immersive fusion of light, sound, space and movement.

This engagement with fuse* is a continuation of Purdue Convocations’ Innovator-In-Residence platform—a forum for the investigation of new works that examine, question and propose ideas in the fluid nexus where humanity and technology intersect. This production further extends the discussion of real-time interactivity from our previous engagement in this series, the AI-driven musical improvisation of Shimon Robot and Friends.

PRE-SHOW / 6:30PM / STEWART CENTER 278 Join a member of fuse* for a discussion about the evening’s performance. SUPPORT FROM

FLORA ROBERTS DANCE

TECHNOLOGY

INNOVATION

DIGITAL ARTS


“An unexpected synesthesia of pure cognitive escape.” – Exibart

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“Jersey Boys meets West Side Story.”

– amNewYork

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1 ELLIOTT HALL OF MUSIC / 7:30PM

Tickets: $29-62 / PICK5+Group: $29-53 On the streets of the Bronx in the 1960s, a young man finds himself caught between the working-class father he loves and the high-rolling mob boss he’d love to be. Adapted from actor-playwright Chazz Palminteri’s play and a 1993 film directed by Academy Award® winner Robert De Niro, A Bronx Tale is now Broadway’s crowd-pleasing, critically acclaimed hit! Palminteri and De Niro have partnered with Tony® Award-winning director Jerry Zaks (Guys and Dolls) and Tony® Award-nominated choreographer Sergio Trujillo for this streetwise musical. Bursting with high-energy dance numbers and original doo-wop tunes by Academy Award® and Tony® Award winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast) and Tony® Award nominee Glenn Slater (Love Never Dies), A Bronx Tale offers an unforgettable story of loyalty and family.

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DOO-WOP

HIGH-ENERGY


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SOYEON KATE LEE RAN DANK FOUR HANDS, ONE PIANO THURSDAY, APRIL 2 LOEB PLAYHOUSE / 7:30PM

Tickets: $15-20 / PICK5+Group: $15-20 Whether it’s a kitchen pirouette or morning-routine pas de deux, domestic partners continually hone their couples choreography. When prize-winning pianists and spouses Ran Dank and Soyeon Kate Lee perform together, this literally means not stepping on each other’s toes. The Dank / Lee Duo puts four hands on one piano for duets The New York Times praised for “a huge, richly varied sound, a lively imagination and a firm sense of style.” These Juilliard graduates have performed alongside major symphony orchestras worldwide and co-founded Music by the Glass, a concert series bringing together young professionals in New York City. Soyeon Kate Lee and Ran Dank’s touring program features four-handed transcriptions of Felix Mendelssohn and Nikolai Kapustin, as well as a freshly commissioned piece by Grammy®-nominated composer / pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin.

PRE-SHOW / 6:30PM / STEWART CENTER 310

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

Piano Giving Circle

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DAVID & JANET ELMORE ROBERT B. & PATRICIA PEYTON TRUITT PIANO PERFORMANCE ENDOWMENT

ENDOWMENT

PROGRAM Mendelssohn: Octet Marc-Andre Hamelin: New Commission Kapustin: Sinfonietta Op. 49

Photo by Lisa Marie Mazzucco

PIANO

DYNAMIC DUO

INTERLOCKING


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“Waitress is a little slice of heaven!”

– Entertainment Weekly

THURSDAY, APRIL 23 ELLIOTT HALL OF MUSIC / 7:30PM

Tickets: $29-62 / PICK5+Group: $29-53 Meet Jenna, a waitress and expert pie-maker who channels dreams of escaping a small-town life and rocky marriage into such desserts as “The Key (Lime) to Happiness Pie” or the “Betrayed By My Eggs Pie.” After entering a baking contest and enjoying a run-in with someone new, Jenna discovers change is on the menu … if she can create her own recipe for happiness. Brought to life by a groundbreaking, all-female creative team, Waitress is the Tony®-nominated smash-hit musical with original music and lyrics by Grammy®nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles (“Brave,” “Love Song”), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam) and original direction by Tony® winner Diane Paulus (Pippin). Don’t miss the hilarious, uplifting show New York Magazine called “sweet, sassy and passionate.” SUPPORT FROM

BROADWAY

KEVIN & JANENE DAVIS

Dining & Culinary

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MEASURING THE

MAGIC OF THEATRE


Theatre is magical. For a few hours, we sit down and are completely immersed into a different world. The performances we see promote connections with the actors on stage and fellow audience members. Theatre transports us to different places and times—sometimes surrounded by dazzling costumes, breathtaking sets and mood-enhancing lighting—and introduces us to unique perspectives.

Those of us who love live performance believe in the magic of theatre. But how do we convince others? What are the measurable benefits of live performances? How do we prove they’re happening? The goal of the Purdue Convocations research agenda is to begin a determination of the impact live performances have on audience members. Thus far, our work has centered on the intrinsic and academic impacts of a live performance, including:

JUDGMENT AT NUREMBERG This research study focused on Purdue University students in a section of History 104—Introduction to the Modern World who attended a performance of this production that dramatizes post-World War II military tribunals. We asked these students to compare the experience of viewing a live show versus classroom coverage of material via textbooks and lectures. Students believed the performance presented information in a more direct and realistic manner that was more easily understood than textbook readings—all while conveying stronger emotions and fostering deeper engagement. Most importantly, students reported a connection to the performers and noted that the show gave them “a person to empathize with rather than just a name in a book.” This pilot study indicates live theatre could enhance traditional collegiate education models and suggests this methodology should be further explored as a potential aid to student success. This study will be published in July as part of the 2019 Symposium on Education in Entertainment and Engineering.

STORY PIRATES This study explores the impact of a novel, interactive performing artsbased program on students’ writing skills. The program features the Story Pirates, a group that teaches children how to write stories and then turns those stories into a musical sketch-comedy show. Written stories from third-grade students in an elementary school were collected before and after a Story Pirates program and then compared to determine the program’s impact. The percentage of students incorporating key elements of writing—settings, main characters, additional characters, motives and challenges—increased from an average of 39.2% to 92.8% after their participation. These findings suggest that theatre-based interventions may strengthen elementary students’ writing skills. This study was accepted for publication pending revision.

MY FATHER’S DRAGON The study for My Father’s Dragon, a stage adaptation of the beloved children’s tale, represented a randomized, controlled trial in which schools throughout the country were blocked based on community-level socioeconomic status. Students read the book and then completed

a reading assessment either before or after exposure to the play. Students who completed the assessment after exposure to the theatrical presentation had higher overall reading, vocabulary and comprehension skills relative to students who completed the assessment before attending the performance, and these gains were consistent across community-level socioeconomic status. These findings suggest that exposure to theatre may produce gains in reading skills that persist after controlling for grade and socioeconomic status.

FRANKENSTEIN This study examined whether a live-theatre performance that focuses on an ethically charged narrative—adapted from Mary Shelley’s novel—can lead business students to make more ethical decisions. We specifically investigated whether attending a performance of Frankenstein could influence student opinions on the 1984 disaster at Union Carbide Corporation’s (UCC) pesticide production facility in Bhopal, India. Results showed support for the notion that live theatre can impact individuals’ ethical decision-making. We found a significant change in what parties students held responsible for a historical disaster scenario in which ethics played an integral role, what actions students think should have been taken and how cultural norms affect students’ perceptions of ethical obligations. We therefore suggest that live theatre has the potential to address gaps between business ethics education commonly assumed to be necessary and the actual education provided by most business schools. Using the aforementioned studies as a springboard, Purdue Convocations will continue to focus on understanding the impacts of live theatre. We intend to conduct data analysis on a performance of Call of the Wild held in February 2019 and plan to launch multiple studies on a stage adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984 in the upcoming season. We have all felt the power of the arts in the extraordinary ways it has transformed our own lives, expanded our views of the world and connected us to each other. Capturing and communicating that impact through validated research design is where Convos is building a platform of leadership.

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STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS 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.

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SCC members with Young the Giant in February 2019

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

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CVN members at Jeremy Camp in October 2018

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

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TEDxPurdueU organizers


INFO TO KNOW CHILDREN

While we encourage early introduction to the arts, we also wish to provide the best environment for all of our patrons. Our child policy is as follows: Audiences of any age are welcome to attend performances in our Family Matinee Series. For all Y IL other performances, we ask that you please use FAM E E discretion in deciding what is appropriate for IN T A M a child to ensure a quality experience for all patrons. Infants on laps are only permitted at shows recommended for children. All patrons, including infants on laps, must have a ticket due to fire marshal requirements.

CONTENT DISCLAIMERS

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

CONCESSIONS

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

STUDENT TICKET DISCOUNTS

Discounted student tickets (pg. 44) are available for Purdue and Ivy Tech Lafayette students. Each person using a student ticket must be a student and be able to present a current student ID.

TICKET FEES

Regular-season shows in this book and on Account Manager at convocations.org/tickets include a service fee; all listed prices are the final prices. Tickets purchased through Ticketmaster are subject to additional fees.

REFUNDS & EXCHANGES

We are unable to issue refunds or exchange tickets. If you are unable to attend a show, consider one of the following options: • Give or sell your ticket to someone else. • Return your ticket to the box office at any time prior to the show and it will be offered to a student free of charge. • If you have a PICK5 ticket, return it to the box office 48 hours prior to the show and receive credit for a tax-deductible donation.

ACCESSIBILITY

• Wheelchair seating is available in all venues with companion seating nearby. • Extra-wide seats are available in Zone A in Elliott Hall of Music. Please inform the box office of special seating needs when ordering. • Audio induction hearing loop systems are now available in Loeb Playhouse and Fowler Hall. Please switch your hearing aid setting to T-coil. • Sign language interpretation is available with advance notice and conditional upon the availability of qualified service providers. Please request this service at least 60 days prior to the performance. • Service animals are welcome. Special seating is required. When ordering, request an aisle seat and please inform the box office that a service animal will be with you. • Please visit convocations.org/accessibility for the most current information.

PARKING

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

CONTACT INFORMATION PURDUE CONVOCATIONS

128 Memorial Mall, STEW 194 West Lafayette, IN 47907-2034 Phone: (765) 494-9712 Fax: (765) 494-0540 convocations@purdue.edu

CAMPUS BOX OFFICES

Stewart Center - Loeb Playhouse M-F 10am-6pm (10am-4pm during university breaks) The Elliott Hall box office is open one hour before a performance in Elliott Hall of Music. (765) 494-3933 | (800) 914-SHOW TDD Relay: (765) 496-1343

SEATING MAPS

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

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

GOLD PARTNERS

Purdue Black Cultural Center

SILVER PARTNERS Dining & Culinary

College of Engineering

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Center

School of Languages and Cultures

Vice Provost for Student Life

BRONZE PARTNERS University Residences

Honors College

IVORY PARTNERS Brian Lamb School of Communication

Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center

Department of English

Bands & Orchestras

Krannert School of Management

College of Liberal Arts


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