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February 24, 2019 | Cheng Hall This performance will include a 15-minute intermission.


Iryna Krechkovsky

Ross Gasworth

Kevin Kwan Loucks

Violin Cello Piano SPECIAL GUEST

Philippe Graffin Violin


Iryna Krechkovsky Violin Brandon Chong Viola

Megan Martono Violin Ross Gasworth Cello

April Kim Violin

Ivan Wang Cello

Antony Karacic Violin Brandon Shin Cello

Julia Im Viola

Ivette Chen Cello



Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor, L. 148 III. Allegro vivo III. Intermède: Fantastique et léger III. Finale: Très animé

Philippe Graffin, violin Kevin Kwan Loucks, piano

Sonate Posthume, Op. 27, No. 6 bis

(North American Premiere)

III. Allegro molto moderato ma con brio III. Canzona, lento e mesto III. Finale giocoso

Poème, Op. 25

Philippe Graffin, violin Philippe Graffin, violin

Claude Debussy (1862–1918)

Eugène Ysaÿe (1858–1931)

Ernest Chausson (1855–1899)


Iryna Krechkovsky, violin; Megan Martono, violin; April Kim, violin; Antony Karacic, violin Julia Im, viola; Brandon Chong, viola Ross Gasworth, cello; Ivan Wang, cello; Brandon Shin, cello; Ivette Chen, cello INTERMISSION

Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 66 III. Allegro energico e con fuoco III. Andante espressivo III. Scherzo: Molto allegro quasi presto IV. Finale: Allegro appassionato 


Felix Mendelssohn (1809–1847)

Iryna Krechkovsky, violin; Ross Gasworth, cello; Kevin Kwan Loucks, piano




Chamber Music | OC

Philippe Graffin

Launched in 2012 by pianist Dr. Kevin Kwan Loucks and violinist Dr. Iryna Krechkovsky, Chamber Music | OC has established itself as one of the most dynamic classical music organizations in the country dedicated to advancing the art of chamber music through performance, education and community outreach.

Trio Céleste

Hailed as “a first-class ensemble” (Orange County Register), “unfailingly stylish” (The Strad), “technically dazzling” (Long Beach Gazette), “flawless” (New York Concert Review) and “the epitome of what chamber musicians should be” (Palm Beach Daily News), Trio Céleste (Iryna Krechkovsky, violin; Ross Gasworth, cello; Kevin Kwan Loucks, piano) has firmly established itself as one of the most dynamic chamber music ensembles on the classical music scene today.

Philippe Graffin has established a reputation for his interpretations of Romantic French repertoire, befitting one of the few pupils of Josef Gingold, himself a pupil of Ysaÿe, for whom much of the violin repertoire of this era was written. His recordings, including many premieres, bear witness to a questing mind. His acclaimed recording of the three Saint-Saëns concertos is the first volume in Hyperion’s Romantic Violin Concerto series; he has also recorded concertos by Frederic Cliffe and Frédéric d’Erlanger (Volume 10). He is a champion of the forgotten concertos of Fauré and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and has performed the latter at the BBC Proms.

Recent highlights include recital debuts at the Chicago Cultural Center, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, New York’s Carnegie Hall, Seoul Art Center in South Korea, and the world premiere of Paul Dooley’s Concerto Grosso for Piano Trio and Strings co-commissioned by Trio Céleste and Chamber Music | OC. Winners of the prestigious Beverly Hills Auditions and the recipients of the 2017 Emerging Artist Award from Arts Orange County, the ensemble has performed hundreds of recitals worldwide, also appearing in master classes, entrepreneurship seminars and performance residencies at some of the nation’s top academic institutions and centers for arts and culture. In 2014, the ensemble was selected from over 500 applicants to be artists-in-residence at the Grand Canyon National Park.

As soloist, Philippe has performed with orchestras including the Philharmonia, BBC Symphony, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Saarbrücken Philharmonie, the Residentie Orkest, Gothenburg Symphony, Czech Philharmonic, Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. He performs works by many modern composers, including Dutilleux and Saariaho, and has had works written for him by Vytautas Barkauskas, Philippe Hersant, David Matthews, Yves Prin and Rodion Shchedrin. Philippe is the founder and artistic director of the Consonances International Chamber Music Festival of Saint-Nazaire, France, and has been artistic director of several other festivals. Philippe Graffin plays a Domenico Busano violin, made in Venice in 1730, and is guest professor at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels.

The ensemble was inspired to take its name after their very first meeting in New York City, where a rare celestial occurrence—the largest harvest moon in two decades— marked the beginning of their tenure together.

Pianist Kevin Kwan Loucks enjoys a multifaceted career as international concert artist, educator and arts entrepreneur. He has been described as “impeccable” (La Presse, Montréal), “a shining talent” (Völser Zeitung, Italy), and “a pianist of exhilarating polish, unity and engagement” (Orange County Register). He has earned ovations from Weill Recital Hall and Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, to Prösels Castle in Italy, The Kennedy Center, Kumho Art Hall and Seoul Arts Center in South Korea, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, and Prague’s Lichtenstein Palace. He has been featured on National Public Radio, CBC Radio 2, Classical KUSC, the Public Broadcasting Service, KABC-TV Los Angeles, and the Korean Broadcasting System, and was a top prize winner at the Schlern International Competition in Italy, the International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition in Boston, the Beverly Hills International Auditions in Los Angeles, and the American Prize in Piano Performance.

Trio Céleste is currently ensemble-in-residence at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UC Irvine and directors of the acclaimed arts organization Chamber Music | OC, where they have been featured in collaborations with violist Paul Coletti, the Emerson String Quartet violinist Philip Setzer, and principal players of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. During the 2015/2016 season, the Trio commissioned new music from composers Samuel Adler, Mike Block, Christopher Dobrian, Paul Dooley, Eugene Drucker, Peter Erskine, Eric Guinivan, Fred Hersch, Pierre Jalbert, Nicole Mitchell, Jim Scully, and Cristina Spinei, and released their debut album on the Navona label, which debuted at No.5 on iTunes Best-Selling New Releases chart and at No. 20 on Amazon’s Chamber Music Albums.

Kevin Kwan Loucks


As a collaborative artist, Kevin Kwan Loucks has appeared in recitals with Rachel Barton Pine, Colin Carr, Paul Coletti, Robert deMaine, Glenn Dicterow, Karen Dreyfus, Eugene Drucker, Edgar Meyer, Johannes Moser, Kyung Sun Lee and Carol Wincenc. He has been featured in collaborations with the Afiara, Arneis, Cecilia, Jupiter, Lyris, and Rus String Quartets, and has performed and recorded as a member of Gruppo Montebello, an all-star ensemble of acclaimed Banff Centre faculty and alumni based in Canada. Loucks has performed in hundreds of recitals throughout North America, Europe and Asia with his wife, violinist Iryna Krechkovsky, as part of the award-winning Krechkovsky/ Loucks Duo. In 2012, the Duo formed Trio Céleste with cellist Ross Gasworth and served as ensemble-in-residence at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UC Irvine, where they also directed the annual Trio Céleste Summer Chamber Music Festival. A Korean-American adoptee and graduate of The Juilliard School in New York City, Kevin Kwan Loucks was mentored by Julian Martin. He is an alumnus of programs at the Aspen Music Festival, Music@Menlo, and The Banff Centre, and holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University, where he served as Head of Piano for the PreCollege Division and a teaching assistant for the Emerson

String Quartet. A co-founder of Chamber Music | OC, Loucks earned recognition from the Orange County Business Journal and OC Weekly, which named him one of southern California’s most influential people. In 2018, Loucks joined the Music Academy of the West as Director of Innovation and Program Development, and is responsible for introducing and managing new outreach and impact programs. In addition to his artistic training, Loucks holds an Executive Master of Business Administration degree from the Argyros School of Business and Economics at Chapman University, where he studied entrepreneurship, finance, management and strategy. He completed his executive education at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Chamber Music | OC Camerata

The Chamber Music | OC Camerata is the newest musical force in southern California’s vibrant arts scene. Led by violinist Iryna Krechkovsky, who’s playing has been called “lively, sensational, and impeccable” by Montreal’s Arts & Opinion, the CMOC Camerata is made up of the best young players in Orange County. This all-string chamber orchestra made its highly-anticipated performance debut at Irvine Barclay Theatre in April 2018.

March 8, 2019 8:00 pm

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February 27, 2019 | Cheng Hall This performance will include a 15-minute intermission.

Artistic Director

Janet Eilber

Lloyd Knight

Executive Director

LaRue Allen


Ben Schultz

Xin Ying

Natasha M. Diamond-Walker Charlotte Landreau Lloyd Mayor Lorenzo Pagano Anne Souder

So Young An Laurel Dalley Smith Jacob Larsen Marzia Memoli Anne O’Donnell Leslie Andrea Williams Alessio Crognale

Senior Artistic Associate

Denise Vale

Major support for the Martha Graham Dance Company is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Howard Gilman Foundation National Endowment for the Arts New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature Special thanks to our Season Sponsor Eileen Fisher

The Artists employed in this production are members of the American Guild of Musical Artists AFL-CIO. Copyright to all Martha Graham dances presented held by the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, Inc. All rights reserved.


The Couple in White

Leslie Andrea Williams, Lorenzo Pagano

The Couple in Yellow

Laurel Dalley Smith, Jacob Larsen

The Couple in Red

Anne O’Donnell, Lloyd Mayor

So Young An Charlotte Landreau Marzia Memoli Anne Souder Alessio Crognale

Used by arrangement with Carl Fischer, Inc., publisher and copyright owner.


Xin Ying and Lloyd Knight in Pontus Lidberg’s Woodland © Hibbard Nash Photography.


The EVE Project Celebrating Women and the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment

Choreography by Martha Graham, Reimagined by Virginie Mécène Costume by Martha Graham Original Music by Lehman Engel Music for reimagined Ekstasis by Ramon Humet † Lighting by Nick Hung

Premiere: May 4, 1933, Guild Theatre, New York City

Ekstasis (reimagined): February 14, 2017, The Joyce Theater, New York City

The body is a sacred garment. — Martha Graham

First we have to believe and then we believe.

Natasha M. Diamond-Walker

Diversion of Angels

Lamentation Variations

Choreography and Costumes by Martha Graham Music by Norman Dello Joio† Original Lighting by Jean Rosenthal Adapted by Beverly Emmons

Choreography by Bulareyaung Pagarlava, Nicolas Paul

Martha Graham once described Diversion of Angels as three aspects of love: the couple in white represents mature love in perfect balance; red, erotic love; and yellow, adolescent love. The dance follows no story. Its action takes place in the imaginary garden love creates for itself. The ballet was originally called Wilderness Stair.

Premiere: September 11, 2007, Joyce Theater, New York City

— Martha Graham

Premiere: August 13, 1948, Palmer Auditorium, New London, CT.

“It is the place of the Rock and the Ladder, the raven, the blessing, the tempter, the rose. It is the wish of the singlehearted, the undivided; play after the spirit’s labor; games, flights, fancies, configurations of the lover’s intention; the believed Possibility, at once strenuous and tender; humors of innocence, garlands, evangels, Joy on the Wilderness Stair, diversion of angels.” – Ben Belitt 10 | IRVINE BARCLAY THEATRE

“Interludi meditatiu VII” from Homenaje a Martha Graham, © Neu Records 2016, used by arrangement with the copyright owner.

and Larry Keigwin

Music by Gustav Mahler, John Dowland and Frédéric Chopin† Lighting (Pagarlava, Keigwin) by Beverly Emmons Lighting (Paul) by Yi-Chung Chen Costumes by Jennifer O’Donnell Conceived by Janet Eilber

Pagarlava Variation

So Young An, Jacob Larsen, Lorenzo Pagano, Ben Schultz

Keigwin Variation

Full Company

Paul Variation

Marzia Memoli, Anne Souder, Leslie Andrea Williams

The Lamentation Variations is an event that was conceived in 2007 to commemorate the anniversary of 9/11. The work is based on a film from the early 1940s of Martha Graham dancing movements from her then new, and now iconic, solo, Lamentation. The choreographers were each invited

to create a movement study in reaction to the Graham film for the current company of Graham dancers. The Lamentation Variations was commissioned by the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, Inc. with support from Francis Mason. Paul Variation was commissioned for the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, Inc. by the Opéra National de Paris.

Mahler (Pagarlava): “Die zwei blauen Augen von meinem Schatz,” from Lieder eienes fahrenden Gesellen; Dowland (Paul): Lachrimae Antiquae; Chopin (Keigwin): Nocturne in F Sharp, Op.15 No.2.


Errand into the Maze Choreography by Martha Graham Music by Gian Carlo Menotti† Lighting by Lauren Libretti Costumes by Maria Garcia

Premiere: February 28, 1947, Ziegfeld Theatre, New York City

There is an errand into the maze of the heart’s darkness in order to face and do battle with the Creature of Fear. There is the accomplishment of the errand, the instant of triumph, and the emergence from the dark. Charlotte Landreau

Lloyd Mayor

Used by arrangement with G. Schirmer, Inc., publisher and copyright owner.

Woodland Choreography by Pontus Lidberg Music by Irving Fine† Costumes by Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung Mask Patterns by Wintercroft Designs Lighting by Nick Hung

Premiere: April 1, 2016, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Xin Ying

Laurel Dalley Smith Lloyd Knight Jacob Larsen Anne O’Donnell Lorenzo Pagano Ben Schultz Anne Souder Leslie Andrea Williams

Co-commissioned by the Verna and Irving Fine Fund in the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. and the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, Inc.

Woodland is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Notturno for Strings and Harp

NOTES ON THE REPERTORY Diversion of Angels (1948)

Diversion of Angels, originally titled Wilderness Stair, premiered at the Palmer Auditorium of Connecticut College on August 13, 1948. The title, as well as a set piece designed by Isamu Noguchi, suggestive of desert terrain, was discarded after the first performance, and the dance was reconceived as a plotless ballet. Diversion of Angels is set to a romantic score by Norman Dello Joio and takes its themes from the infinite aspects of love. The Couple in Red embodies romantic love and “the ecstasy of the contraction”; the Couple in White, mature love; and the Couple in Yellow, a flirtatious and adolescent love.

Martha Graham recalled that when she first saw the work of the modern artist Wassily Kandinsky, she was astonished by his use of color, a bold slash of red across a blue background. She determined to make a dance that would express this. Diversion of Angels is that dance, and the Girl in Red, dashing across the stage, is the streak of red paint bisecting the Kandinsky canvas. —Ellen Graff

Ekstasis (1933)

Ekstasis is thought to be the 37th creation by Graham. In a 1980 interview, Graham explained that the genesis of this dance came from a pelvic thrust gesture that she discovered one day. This led her to explore “a cycle of distortion” that she found deeply meaningful. “Before Ekstasis, I had been using a more static form, trying to find a ritualist working of the body,” she concluded. Virginie Mécène reimagined this version of Ekstasis based on the sparse documentation of this original solo, which included a few photos by Soichi Sunami and Barbara Morgan.

Lamentation Variations (2007)

The Lamentation Variations premiered in 2007 to commemorate the anniversary of 9/11. Three choreographers were asked to create a spontaneous choreographic sketch of their reaction to a film of Martha Graham dancing her iconic solo, Lamentation. The artists were required to adhere to the following conditions: 10 hours of rehearsal, public domain music or silence, no longer than four minutes, no sets or props, basic costumes and lighting design. Though it was planned to be performed on only one occasion, the audience reception for the Lamentation Variations was such that it has become an ongoing creative project for the Company.  In the years since its premiere, a total of fifteen variations have been commissioned from a great range of today’s top artists such as Yvonne Rainer, Lar Lubovitch, Sonya Tayeh, Kyle Abraham, Michelle Dorrance and many more. 

Errand into the Maze (1947)

Errand into the Maze premiered in 1947 with a score by Gian Carlo Menotti, set design by Isamu Noguchi and starring Martha Graham.  The duet is loosely derived from the myth of Theseus, who journeys into the labyrinth to confront the Minotaur, a creature who is half man and half beast.  Martha Graham retells


the tale from the perspective of Ariadne, who descends into the labyrinth to conquer the Minotaur. The current production of Errand into the Maze was created in reaction to the damage done to the sets and costumes by Hurricane Sandy. This version, stripped of the classic production elements, is meant to intensify our focus on the dramatic, physical journey of the choreography itself. 

Woodland (2016)

Using Irving Fine’s music as my point of departure, rather than using a concept, I heard structure as well as possible imagery: woodland, moonlight and wandering creatures. I wanted to interact with the music, not just impose choreography on it, so I chose to reorder the movements and add a repeat, turning a linear work into one that is almost cyclical—a structure that I’ve explored continuously in my compositions. I also often take inspiration and impetus from the dancers, and the Graham dancers have been a generous and inspiring group of collaborators. Woodland was developed in collaboration with these dancers. In the end, as in many of my works, the individual is a counterpoint to the group—somewhat isolated and looking for the means to connect with others, all the while remaining separated on a singular trajectory. —Pontus Lidberg


Martha Graham has had a deep and lasting impact on American art and culture. She single-handedly defined contemporary dance as a uniquely American art form, which the nation has in turn shared with the world. Crossing artistic boundaries, she collaborated with and commissioned work from the leading visual artists, musicians and designers of her day, including sculptor Isamu Noguchi and composers Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber and Gian Carlo Menotti. Graham’s groundbreaking style grew from her experimentation with the elemental movements of contraction and release. By focusing on the basic activities of the human form, she enlivened the body with raw, electric emotion. The sharp, angular, and direct movements of her technique were a dramatic departure from the predominant style of the time. Graham influenced generations of choreographers that included Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor and Twyla Tharp, altering the scope of dance. Classical ballet dancers Margot Fonteyn, Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov sought her out to broaden their artistry. Artists of all genres were eager to study and work with Graham—she taught actors, including Bette Davis, Kirk Douglas, Madonna, Liza Minnelli, Gregory Peck, Tony Randall, Eli Wallach, Anne Jackson and Joanne Woodward to utilize their bodies as expressive instruments.

During her long and illustrious career, Graham created 181 dance compositions. During the Bicentennial, she was granted the United States’ highest civilian honor, The Medal of Freedom. In 1998, TIME magazine named her the “Dancer of the Century.” The first dancer to perform at the White House and to act as a cultural ambassador abroad, she captured the spirit of a nation. “No artist is ahead of his time,” she said. “He is his time. It is just that the others are behind the time.” 12 | IRVINE BARCLAY THEATRE

ABOUT THE COMPANY The Martha Graham Dance Company has been a world leader in the development of contemporary dance since its founding in 1926. Today, under the direction of Artistic Director Janet Eilber, the Company is embracing a new programming vision that showcases masterpieces by Graham alongside newly commissioned works by contemporary artists. With programs that offer a rich thematic narrative, the Company creates new platforms for contemporary dance and multiple points of access for audiences. Since its inception, the Company has received international acclaim from audiences in over 50 countries throughout North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The Company has performed at such illustrious venues as the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, the Paris Opera House and Covent Garden, as well as at the base of the Great Pyramids of Egypt and in the ancient Herod Atticus Theatre on the Acropolis in Athens. In addition, the Company has also produced several award-winning films broadcast on PBS and around the world. Though Martha Graham herself is the best-known alumna of her company, the Company has provided a training ground for some of modern dance’s most celebrated performers and choreographers. Former members of the Company include Merce Cunningham, Erick Hawkins, Paul Taylor, John Butler and Glen Tetley. Among celebrities who have joined the Company in performance are Mikhail Baryshnikov, Margot Fonteyn, Rudolf Nureyev, Maya Plisetskaya, Tiler Peck, Misty Copeland, Herman Cornejo and Aurelie Dupont. In recent years, the Company has challenged expectations and experimented with a wide range of offerings beyond its mainstage performances. It has created a series of intimate in-studio events, forged unusual creative partnerships with the likes of SITI Company, Performa, the New Museum, Barney’s, and Siracusa Greek Theater Festival (to name a few); created substantial digital offerings with Google Arts and Culture, YouTube, and Cennarium; and created a model for reaching new audiences through social media. The astonishing list of artists who have created works for the Graham dancers in the last decade reads like a catalog of must-see choreographers:

Kyle Abraham, Aszure Barton, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Lucinda Childs, Marie Chouinard, Michelle Dorrance, Nacho Duato, Mats Ek, Andonis Foniadakis, Liz Gerring, Larry Keigwin, Michael Kliën, Pontus Lidberg, Lil Buck, Lar Lubovitch, Josie Moseley, Richard Move, Bulareyaung Pagarlava, Annie-B Parson, Yvonne Rainer, Sonya Tayeh, Doug Varone, Luca Vegetti, Gwen Welliver and Robert Wilson.

The current company dancers hail from around the world and, while grounded in their Graham core training, can also slip into the style of contemporary choreographers like a second skin, bringing technical brilliance and artistic nuance to all they do— from brand new works to Graham classics and those from early pioneers such as Isadora Duncan, Jane Dudley, Anna Sokolow and Mary Wigman. “Some of the most skilled and powerful dancers you can ever hope to see,” according to The Washington Post last year. “One of the great companies of the world,” says The New York Times, while Los Angeles Times notes, “They seem able to do anything, and to make it look easy as well as poetic.”

Janet Eilber (Artistic Director) has been the Company’s artistic director since 2005. Her direction has focused on creating new forms of audience access to Martha Graham’s masterworks. These initiatives include contextual programming, educational and community partnerships, use of new media, commissions from today’s top choreographers and creative events such as the Lamentation Variations. Earlier in her career, as a principal dancer with the Company, Ms. Eilber worked closely with Martha Graham. She danced many of Graham’s greatest roles, had roles created for her by Graham, and was directed by Graham in most of the major roles of the repertory. She soloed at the White House, was partnered by Rudolf Nureyev, starred in three segments of Dance in America, and has since taught, lectured and directed Graham ballets internationally. Apart from her work with Graham, Ms. Eilber has performed in films, on television, and on Broadway directed by such greats as Agnes de Mille and Bob Fosse and has received four Lester Horton Awards for her reconstruction and performance of seminal American modern dance. She has served as Director of Arts Education for the Dana Foundation, guiding the Foundation’s support for Teaching Artist training and contributing regularly to its arts education publications. Ms. Eilber is a Trustee Emeritus of the Interlochen Center for the Arts. She is married to screenwriter/director John Warren, with whom she has two daughters, Madeline and Eva.

Denise Vale (Senior Artistic Associate) joined the Martha Graham Dance Company in 1985, attaining the rank of principal dancer. Roles performed include The Pioneering Woman in Appalachian Spring, Woman in White in Diversion of Angels, Chorus Leader in Night Journey, Chorus in Cave of the Heart, the Attendant in Hérodiade, Leader in the 1980s reconstruction of Steps in the Street and Night Chant, a ballet created for Ms. Vale by Martha Graham in 1989. Graham solos performed include Lamentation, Frontier, Satyric Festival Song and Serenata Morisca. Lloyd Knight (Principal) joined the Company in 2005 and performs lead roles in Appalachian Spring, Embattled Garden, Errand into the Maze and others. Born in England and raised in Miami, he trained at Miami Conservatory of Ballet and graduated from New World School of the Arts, under the direction of Daniel Lewis. There he worked with choreographers Donald McKayle, Robert Battle and Michael Uthoff. He received scholarships to The Ailey School and Dance Theatre of Harlem. Dance Magazine named him one of the “Top 25 Dancers to Watch” in 2010. Recently, he partnered Wendy Whelan in Moon and Misty Copeland in At Summer’s Full. Ben Schultz (Principal) joined the Company in 2009 and dances lead roles, including King Hades in Clytemnestra and Jason in Cave of the Heart. He premiered Martha Graham’s work in Russia, performing Errand into the Maze with prima ballerina Diana Vishneva at the Mariinsky Theatre, Saint Petersburg. Earlier dance credits include the Tony Awardwinning Blast!, the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, and Hannah Kahn Contemporary Dance. Mr. Schultz has served as faculty and resident choreographer for the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities. Mr. Schultz starred in the world premiere of AXE, a work created by Mats Ek for the Company.

Xin Ying (Principal) joined the Company in 2011 and performs lead roles in Cave of the Heart, Chronicle, Diversion of Angels, Clytemnestra, Woodland and I used to love you, among others. In 2008, she received the China Dance Lotus Award. She was the director of the Dance Department at Sichuan College of Arts & Culture and a guest teacher at The Graham School, the Beijing Dance Academy and Nanjing University of Arts. She was awarded a full scholarship to The Graham School, and was a member of Graham 2.  Natasha M. Diamond-Walker (Soloist), from Los Angeles, California, joined the Company in 2011 and performs lead roles in Graham’s Appalachian Spring (The Pioneering Woman), Diversion of Angels (Woman in White), Cave of the Heart (The Chorus), Embattled Garden (Lilith) and Ekstasis. She has originated roles in collaboration with Annie-B Parson, Kyle Abraham, Sonya Tayeh, Liz Gerring and Nacho Duato. Ms. Diamond-Walker is also a freelance writer, and works in TV/ Film as an actress and model. She holds a BFA degree from Fordham University.

Charlotte Landreau (Soloist), a native of France, joined the Company in 2013. She dances lead roles in Graham’s Appalachian Spring (The Bride), Errand into the Maze, The Rite of Spring (The Chosen One) and Maple Leaf Rag. She trained as a rhythmic gymnast and studied ballet, circus, acting and modern dance at the Maurice Béjart School (Switzerland). In 2012, she received a scholarship to study at The Martha Graham School. Ms. Landreau danced with Graham 2 and was honored with the Pearl Lang Award.

Lloyd Mayor (Soloist) joined the Company in 2012 and performs lead roles in Appalachian Spring, Diversion of Angels, Embattled Garden, Andonis Foniadakis’s Echo and Richard Move’s The Show (Achilles Heels), first danced by Mikhail Baryshnikov. In 2014, Mr. Mayor was honored with the Clive Barnes Dance Award and is now a board member of the Foundation. For the Company’s 90th anniversary in April 2016, Mr. Mayor danced an excerpt of Appalachian Spring with former Étoile and artistic director of the Paris Opera Ballet, Aurélie Dupont. Lorenzo Pagano (Soloist) joined the Company in 2012 and dances lead roles in Graham’s Appalachian Spring, Embattled Garden, Night Journey and Diversion of Angels and in contemporary works by Andonis Foniadakis, Lucinda Childs, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Nacho Duato, Pontus Lidberg and Lar Lubovitch. A native of Torino, Italy, he moved to the U.S. and trained as a scholarship student at The School at Jacob’s Pillow and The Martha Graham School. In 2016, Mr. Pagano received the Italian International Dance Award for Male Rising Star.

Anne Souder (Soloist) joined the Company in 2015 and performs lead roles in Graham’s Dark Meadow Suite, Steps in the Street and Deep Song and works by Marie Chouinard and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. Ms. Souder began her training in Maryville, Tennessee and continued to earn her degree in the Ailey/ Fordham BFA program, graduating with a double major in dance and theology. There she performed works by Alvin Ailey, Ron K. Brown, Dwight Rhoden, and more. Upon graduation, she joined Graham 2 and was awarded a Dizzy Feet Foundation Scholarship. IRVINE BARCLAY THEATRE | 13

So Young An (Dancer) joined the Company in 2016. Ms. An received a BFA from Dong-Ah University in Korea. She is the recipient of the 1995 International Arts Award and the Grand Prize at the Korea National Ballet Grand Prix in 2001. She has danced with Korea National Ballet Company and Buglisi Dance Theatre and has also performed works by Yuri Grigorovich, Jean-Christophe Maillot, Mats Ek, Patricia Ruanne and Samantha Dunster.

Anne O’Donnell (Dancer) joined the Company in 2014 and performs lead roles in Graham’s Appalachian Spring and Dark Meadow Suite and in new works by Marie Chouinard, Mats Ek, Pontus Lidberg, Annie-B Parson and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. She danced with Ailey II and Buglisi Dance Theatre and attended Jacob’s Pillow Contemporary Program, Glimmerglass Opera Festival and Springboard Danse Montréal. She appeared on the cover of Dance Spirit’s February 2016 issue, “Young and Modern.”

Jacob Larsen (Dancer) received his BFA from Marymount Manhattan College, where he performed works by Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Aszure Barton, Loni Landon and Ray Mercer. At Springboard Danse Montréal 2015, he performed works by Alexander Ekman and Banning Boulding. Mr. Larsen trained at The Graham School and was a member of Graham 2.

Alessio Crognale (New Dancer) is from Abruzzo, Italy. He began his training in his home town and then pursued his major in ballet at the Academy of Teatro Carcano in Milan. Mr. Crognale trained at The Martha Graham School, from which he graduated in 2016 and was a member of Graham 2. He danced with Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company in 2016 and 2017. This is his first season with the Company.

Laurel Dalley Smith (Dancer), from England, joined the Company in 2015. She performs lead roles in Graham’s Errand into the Maze, Maple Leaf Rag and Diversion of Angels, and roles in contemporary works by Marie Chouinard, Pontus Lidberg and Annie-B Parson. Ms. Dalley Smith graduated from Central School of Ballet with 1st class honors. Before joining Graham, she performed with the UK tour of West Side Story, Joss Arnott Dance and Yorke Dance Project, creating roles in Robert Cohan’s 2014 Lingua Franca and Lacrymosa.

Marzia Memoli (Dancer), from Palermo, Italy, joined the Company in 2016 and performs lead roles in works by Pontus Lidberg, Lucinda Childs, Lar Lubovitch and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. In January 2018, Dance Spirit said she “may be the...Company’s newest dancer, but her classical lines and easy grace are already turning heads.” She graduated with high honors from the Academy of Teatro Carcano in Milan and studied at the Béjart School, where she performed with the Béjart Ballet Lausanne.

Leslie Andrea Williams (Dancer) was born in Newport News, Virginia, and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. Ms. Williams joined the Company just two months after graduating from The Juilliard School in May 2015. Since then, she has performed numerous featured roles in iconic Graham ballets, such as Chronicle, Appalachian Spring, Diversion of Angels and Embattled Garden. She was recently featured in Dance Magazine as a dancer “On the Rise.”   

MARTHA GRAHAM CENTER OF CONTEMPORARY DANCE STAFF LaRue Allen Executive Director Janet Eilber Artistic Director Denise Vale Senior Artistic Associate Faye Rosenbaum General Manager Simona Ferrara Company Manager Fran Kirmser Director of Development A. Apostol Development Officer Charley Harris Development Associate Jordan Ryder Assistant to the Executive Director Oliver Tobin Director of Martha Graham Resources

Melissa Sherwood Marketing Manager

Lone Larsen Program Director

Amber Schmiesing Media and Archives Assistant

Tadej Brdnik Director of Teens@Graham

Angelica Gorga Administrative Assistant

Calla Lichtenwalter School Receptionist

Haejin Han Production Supervisor

Janet Stapleton Press Agent

Yi-Chung Chen Lighting Supervisor

Regisseurs Amélie Bénard, Tadej Brdnik, Susan Kikuchi, Lone Larsen, Peggy Lyman, Virginie Mécène, Miki Orihara, Marni Thomas, Oliver Tobin, Ken Topping, Denise Vale, Blakeley WhiteMcGuire

Karen Young Costume Consultant Jennifer O’Donnell Costume Supervisor Anne Posluszny Theatrical Property Restorer Jennifer Patten Head of School Tami Alesson Dean of Student and Government Affairs Virginie Mécène Program Director / Director of Graham 2


North American Representation Rena Shagan Associates, Inc. International Representation LaRue Allen Executive Director

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DIEGO EL CIGALA March 1, 2019 | Cheng Hall This performance is presented without an intermission.

Sponsored by: Drs. Francisco & Hana Ayala

Diego el Cigala Vocals

Jaime Calabuch Piano


ABOUT THE SHOW There are key moments in an artist’s life, experiences that leave an indelible mark and determine his/her future. Some say that they are but a conduit, expressing something bigger than themselves that has possessed them and defines their work. Diego el Cigala is one of those chosen artists for whom music is a calling.

Throughout his life, he has had many experiences that have shaped him as an artist. But in the year 2000, he experienced an epiphany that took hold of him and changed his artistic future forever. Without warning, a person and an instrument came into his life and revolutionized his musical worldview. There was no turning back.

This person was the late maestro Bebo Valdés. The instrument was the piano. With this encounter, Diego was catapulted beyond his geographic, cultural and human frontiers, beyond flamenco and the guitar accompaniment he was so used to. Cigala has always said that getting to know Bebo was the most important part of the album Lágrimas Negras, an invaluable experience both musically and personally. But what happened with the piano was also love at first sight. And from that moment on, he could never leave it behind. After the great maestro Bebo, Cigala went on to work with Chucho Valdés and later with Caramelo de Cuba. But in 2005, he met Jaime Calabuch, “Jumitus,” a Gypsy with a Latin soul, born in Barcelona’s Barrio de Gracia. He has been his pianist ever since, giving life to the instrument that has continued to occupy a very special place for Cigala. This deep love for the piano has led Diego to develop a new and profoundly intimate project. We are invited to delve into another facet of Cigala’s work with a repertory of classic favorites.

DIEGO EL CIGALA Spain has produced many thrilling flamenco singers, but none so brilliant or innovative as Diego el Cigala. He was born in 1968, on Provisiones Street near Madrid’s famed flea market, El Rastro. Diego’s mother, Aurora Salazar Motos, sister of the great musician Rafael Farina from the Spanish city of Salamanca, did not pursue a professional career as a flamenco singer despite her great talent. His Andalusian father, José de Córdoba, made a living at popular tablaos (flamenco clubs) such as Torres Bermejas, El Corral de la Pacheca, and Arco de Cuchilleros.

Ramón Jiménez Salazar is the name that appears on Cigala’s passport. His commonly used name of “Diego” is the result of a family dispute while at the baptismal font. “El Cigala” was a nickname given to him by gypsy guitarists, the Losada brothers—and not, as it is often said, by famed flamenco singer Camarón during one of their first tours together.

Little Diego spent his time running after a soccer ball; but whenever he heard flamenco, he would drop everything just 16 | IRVINE BARCLAY THEATRE

to listen. Soon he started to sing for dancers, invited by wellknown artists such as Cristóbal Reyes, Mario Maya, Manolete, Farrruco, Manuel Camacho and El Güito, among others. Musicians such as Camarón, Tomatito, Gerardo Nuñez and Vicente Amigo began to collaborate with him on their recordings. Cigala began his solo career in 1997 with the album Undebel, produced by David Amaya and featuring guitarists Antón Jiménez, David Amaya, Paquete, and Tomatito. In 2000, he released his second album, Entre Vareta y Canasta.

Everything began to change in 2001 with the release of Corren Tiempos de Alegría, which was nominated for Best Flamenco Album at the Latin Grammys. Fernando Trueba, the awardwinning Spanish director, was editing his music documentary, Calle 54, and Diego was blown away by Cuban pianist Bebo Valdés performing the song “Lágrimas Negras” with a fellow countryman, Cachao Lopez. Diego declared that he had to meet Valdés and play with him. They began with “Amar y Vivir,” written by Consuelo Velásquez. Por qué no han de saber, que yo te amo vida mía… (Why shouldn’t they know that I love you, my darling?), sang Diego, on what would become the first studio track that he recorded with Bebo, and destined to appear on the album Corren Tiempos de Alegría. “I still remember the excitement of that Sunday morning in which Bebo and Diego recorded together for the first time,” recalled Fernando Trueba. “Everybody cried.”

That same year, Cigala recorded the album Piratas del Flamenco with celebrated Latino jazz trumpeter and percussionist Jerry González. They both toured throughout Mexico and Spain with a breathtaking live show. Months later, Cigala performed at one of the most coveted stages: the Teatro Real in Madrid. The recording of this concert, including a collaboration with Niño Josele, became a monumental flamenco manifesto of Cigala. Both Bebo and Diego felt that their initial collaboration was just the beginning, and that they needed to take their musical encounter further. In 2003, Cigala and Valdés delivered Lágrimas Negras (Black Tears) at the Gusman Theatre in Miami. The next morning, the press described the pianist as “a living classic of the Cuban music” and the flamenco singer as the “Sinatra of flamenco.”

Lágrimas Negras went from an intimate, spontaneous project to an unstoppable superhit that went far beyond the borders of flamenco and Latin music to win over hundreds of thousands of mainstream music fans all over the world. The excellent reviews, the brilliant live performances and fantastic word of mouth all worked together to keep this album at the top of the charts for the next two years. Aside from winning numerous awards, including the Ondas Award, the Micrófono de Oro, five Amigo Awards, three Musica Awards, two

Grammy and five Latin Grammy nominations, it was hailed as album of the year by critic Ben Ratliff of The New York Times.

In 2005, Diego decided to pay homage to one of the greatest painters of all times, Pablo Picasso. Cigala won his second Latin Grammy in 2006 for Picasso en mis ojos (Picasso in My Eyes), which also became a bestseller. In 2006, Cigala released a collection of his work in a 5-CD set. In addition, at the Bienal de Sevilla, Diego shared the stage with Salif Keïta, considered the golden voice of African music. The occasion only served to confirm Cigala’s ease in adapting his art to great popular songs rooted in diverse cultures.

In 2010, Diego traveled to Argentina to record Cigala & Tango, a live recording at the Teatro Gran Rex in Buenos Aires, with repertoire based on the Argentine tango. After merging his own band with two of Argentina’s tango masters— bandoneonist Néstor Marconi and guitarist Juanjo Dominguez —the results were, once again, musical magic. In the background, we have two additional well-known Argentine musicians: Pablo Agri on the violin and Diego Sanchez on the cello. The rocker Andrés Calamaro also put his unique stamp on this project. Cigala & Tango won a Latin Grammy for Best Tango Album, and went on to generate fantastic sales, great reviews, and a sold-out tour that played to more than 160,000 awed fans.

Cigala’s recording of Romance de la luna Tucuman in 2013, offers a fresh take on the Argentine repertoire, this time focusing on folkloric aspects. Key to some of the excitement generated by this CD was the participation of Mexico’s famed electric guitarist Diego Garcia, known as “The Twanguero,” who brought a totally new sound to Diego. Also critical to the success of this unique collaboration was the influence of two Argentine singers: Adriana Varela and the legendary Mercedes Sosa. The album quickly became a huge sensation in Spain, reaching gold record status in its debut week. Romance de la luna Tucuman went on to triumph at the 2013 Latin Grammys, winning Cigala his second Latin Grammy for Best Tango Album. Cigala released Indestructible in 2016. Conceived in six different studios—Cali, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Havana, New York and Miami, Indestructible is Cigala’s first salsa album. Artist Representation: IMG Artists Toby Tumarkin


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March 3, 2019 | Cheng Hall

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This program is presented without an intermission.


HILAREE NELSON For Hilaree Nelson, skiing is the gateway to possibility. She started skiing at age three at Stevens Pass in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State. She took a leap of faith shortly after graduating from Colorado College and moved to Chamonix, France. In many ways, her five years in Chamonix served as a second round of college in that this was where she was introduced to the world of big mountain skiing and climbing. From there, the place for Hilaree was anywhere she could cut turns on mountain slopes: volcanoes in the Kamchatka Peninsula of Russia, mountains in Mongolia, India, Lebanon, and first descents of the tight couloirs of Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic. Her mountain adventures led Outside magazine to name Hilaree one of the most adventurous women in the world of sports. She has repeatedly made a mark in the Himalayas. In 2005, climbing the 8,000-meter peak, Cho Oyu, in Tibet, she made the 2nd female oxygenless ski descent. In 2008, she attempted to climb and ski Gasherbrum II in Pakistan. In 2012, surrounded by team members she would mentor, and alpinists who would mentor her, she climbed both Everest and its neighbor, Lhotse, making her the first woman to climb consecutive 8000m peaks in a single day.

As the recipient of a National Geographic Explorer’s Grant, Hilaree led a team of alpinists to attempt a first ascent on a remote peak in northern Myanmar in 2014. The film about


the adventure, Down to Nothing, won the Best Cinematography award at the Telluride Mountainfilm Festival in 2015.

Most recently, Hilaree attempted another Himalayan giant, Makalu, which was named by Outside magazine as one of the “Most Badass Adventures of 2015.” Hilaree has entered the record books for high-altitude innovation and prowess.

Between expeditions, Hilaree spends her time as a mother, adventuring with her two sons, ages six and eight. In addition, her writing has been published in National Geographic Adventure, National Geographic’s The Call of Everest, the Ski Journal, Outside online magazine, the Outdoor Journal, and several other publications. Hilaree also shares her stories through motivational speaking engagements across the country. Hilaree continues to travel the globe, always looking for new ski objectives and honest sufferfests. Artist Representation: IMG Artists Toby Tumarkin


March 14, 2019 | Cheng Hall This performance is presented without an intermission.

Series Sponsor: Ken and Helene Rohl Media Sponsor:

Dee Dee Bridgewater Vocals

Barry Campbell Bass

Curtis Pulliam Trumpet

Bryant Lockhart Sax

Charlton Johnson Guitar

Skyler Jordan

Background Vocals

Monet Owens

Background Vocals

Carlos Sargent Drums

Farindell “Dell” Smith Piano/Organ

Photo: Mark Higashino



MEMPHIS...YES, I’M READY Memphis, Tennessee. Every picture tells a story; every journey begins differently. The story of Dee Dee Bridgewater’s stunning new album, Memphis...Yes, I’m Ready, begins in that city, where she was born at Collins Chapel Hospital located not far from where the album was recorded at producer Willie Mitchell’s historic Royal Studios. Dee Dee’s father, a trumpet player affectionately known as “Matt the Platter Cat,” was a DJ at WDIA, the top Memphis radio station. When the family moved to neighboring Flint, Michigan, as a young girl Dee Dee would listen to the great sounds of the Memphis music scene by tuning in late at night from across state lines. And oh, what a music scene it was! “Even as a young girl, the music moved me, inspired me, made me dance with joy and cry with emotion. My life journey may have started in Mali, West Africa, as a descendent of the Peul tribe and the Fulani of Nigeria (explored on her 2007 album, Red Earth, recorded in Mali), but it certainly was nurtured by my childhood in the South and all of the amazing music that I was being exposed to,” says Bridgewater.

To honor the city and her roots, Dee Dee, the three-time Grammy and Tony award winner, knew that she would have to come back home to do it right. She co-produced the album in tandem with Memphis native and Grammy-winning musician Kirk Whalum, as well as Willie Mitchell’s son, the Grammy-winning engineer Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell and Bridgewater’s daughter/manager, Tulani Bridgewater. Memphis...Yes, I’m Ready was recorded at the Royal Studios in the fall of 2016 after multiple visits to the city over a period of several years, visits during which Bridgewater absorbed as much of the music and culture and heart and soul of the city as she could possibly consume. “Working in Memphis at Royal Studios is like magic,” says Bridgewater. “There’s so much history that has been recorded in those walls. I just felt I could take this journey in that city with Kirk and Boo. They are my two kingpins, and the two helped me realize this project and bring it to fruition.”

Dee Dee was also determined to recapture the same magic and history of the blues, R&B and soul classics that she takes on as repertoire, and that were originally made in and associated with Memphis. “I wanted people to be able to recall the original versions, but I also wanted them to have a more modern feeling while respecting those originals. I’m doing B.B. King’s “Thrill Is Gone,” “Going Down Slow” by Bobby Blue Bland, Otis Redding’s “Try a Little Tenderness,” “Can’t Get Next to You” by Al Green, “I Can’t Stand the Rain” by Ann Peebles and “Why? (Am I Treated So Bad)” by The Staple Singers — it just doesn’t get any better than this in terms of material, and the opportunity to make them my own was an opportunity and a challenge I felt honored to take on.” 22 | IRVINE BARCLAY THEATRE

In reality, Bridgewater even prayed her project was on the right path. She said her prayers were answered when out of the blue, Memphis’ own Stax Records singing legend, Carla Thomas, dropped by the Royal Studios just after Dee Dee had finished mixing Thomas’ hit, “B.A.B.Y.”

“Carla Thomas walking in after we finished mixing ‘B.A.B.Y.’ and coming in the studio and us playing it for her, and her sharing stories about my father playing with her father, Rufus Thomas, and just sharing about life in Memphis in general, was the final affirmation that I needed for the project, the icing on the cake.”

The result of this recording is an album that sounds like Memphis and feels like Memphis, but also sounds and feels as only a Dee Dee Bridgewater album can, imbibed with her own fierce passion, originality and an incredibly dynamic take on the tracks.

“I want to honor this city, Memphis, which we call Soulsville, which has brought so much joy to so many people around the world. It has always been a part of me, and the proof is the more I come back, the more at home I feel, and the more logical it begins to feel that eventually I will move back here. Much of my heart and soul are here.”

DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER Over the course of a multifaceted career spanning four decades, Grammy and Tony Award-winning jazz giant Dee Dee Bridgewater has ascended to the upper echelon of vocalists, putting her unique spin on standards, as well as taking intrepid leaps of faith in re-envisioning jazz classics.

Ever the fearless voyager, explorer, pioneer and keeper of tradition, the three-time Grammy winner most recently won the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album for Eleanora Fagan (1915–1959): To Billie With Love From Dee Dee. Bridgewater’s career has always bridged musical genres. She earned her first professional experience as a member of the legendary Thad Jones/Mel Louis Big Band, and throughout the 70s, she performed with such jazz notables as Max Roach, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon and Dizzy Gillespie. After a foray into the pop world during the 1980s, she relocated to Paris and began to turn her attention back to jazz. Bridgewater began self-producing with her 1993 album Keeping Tradition (Polydor/Verve) and created DDB Records in 2006 when she signed with the Universal Music Group as a producer (Bridgewater produces all of her own CDs). Releasing a series of critically acclaimed CDs, all but one, including her wildly successful double Grammy Award-winning tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, Dear Ella, have received Grammy nominations. Artists Theo Croker and Irvin Mayfield are signed to DDB Records, and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra also recorded a project with Dee Dee, released by her label in 2014.

Bridgewater also pursued a parallel career in musical theater, winning a Tony Award for her role as Glinda in The Wiz in 1975. Having recently completed a run in the lead role of Billie Holiday in the Off-Broadway production of Lady Day, her other theatrical credits include Sophisticated Ladies, Black Ballad, Carmen, Cabaret and the Off-Broadway and West End productions of Lady Day, for which Bridgewater received the British Laurence Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical. As a goodwill ambassador to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Bridgewater continues to appeal for international solidarity to finance global grassroots projects in the fight against world hunger. In April 2017, she was the recipient of an NEA Jazz Masters Fellows Award with honors bestowed at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. She is currently on tour worldwide in support of Memphis, her new CD. Artist Representation: The Kurland Agency Jack Randall

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March 16, 2019 | Cheng Hall This performance will include a 15-minute intermission.


Maureen McGovern Donna McKechnie Faith Prince Lillias White MUSIC DIRECTION BY

Billy Stritch Production Manager

Patrick Rinn Produced by


ABOUT THE ARTISTS Maureen McGovern Elegantly sophisticated one moment, powerfully gutsy the next and always translucently pitch perfect, Maureen McGovern is a superstar with a lifetime of music that spans Broadway, Grammy nominations and an Oscar-winning international No. 1 gold record. Her concerts offer fresh insight into trademark tunes, showcasing her skillful play on rhythm, meter and beautifully extended phrasing. A storyteller at heart, she offers introspections and humor about love, life, and her own experiences through a very long and winding career. 

Maureen’s voice speaks for itself as she takes audiences on a nostalgic musical journey. With her own recipe of panache and artistry, she captivates audiences across the country with her wide vocal range and intimate reinvention of classics from the Great American and American Pop songbooks, film, theater, jazz and inspirational music. A multi-Grammy nominee, recording artist, Broadway performer and superb songstress, Maureen first came to fame with her Oscar-winning hit song, “The Morning After,” from The Poseidon Adventure that garnered her first Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. Her solo album, The Pleasure of His Company, with Emmy/Grammy-winning jazz pianist Mike Renzi, earned her a second Grammy nomination for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. She was also a featured guest artist on the Grammy Award-winning Songs From the Neighborhood: The Music of Mister Rogers. Other hits include “Can You Read My Mind” from Superman, the Oscar-winning “We May Never Love Like This Again” from The Towering Inferno and “Different Worlds” from the TV series Angie. In addition to hearing her music in films and television, McGovern played the role of Sr. Angelina in the iconic comedy films Airplane! and Airplane II: The Sequel and Rachel in Joseph: King of Dreams with Ben Affleck. Her Broadway credits include  The Pirates of Penzance, Threepenny Opera with Sting, and Little Women, among others. Her P.S. Classics CD, A Long and Winding Road, has been praised by The New York Times.  Her current release,  You Raise Me Up: A Spiritual Journey, is an intimate yet powerful recording.

For over 35 years, Maureen has served the Muscular Dystrophy Association as a board member, vice president, and chairperson of the record-breaking Shamrocks Against

Dystrophy Campaign. An equally passionate supporter of music therapy, Maureen has been an artist spokesperson for the American Music Therapy Association since 2001. She is currently a board member of Medicine and the Arts/ Humanism in Medicine at the Ohio State University College of Medicine.

Donna McKechnie

Donna McKechnie, who received a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for the original production of A Chorus Line, is regarded internationally as one of Broadway’s foremost singing and dancing leading ladies. She recently returned from starring in a highly acclaimed production of The Pajama Game at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. Ms. McKechnie was seen in the Broadway-bound new musical, Half Time, which was presented at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey, this past spring. Other Broadway shows include: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; The Education of Hyman Kaplan; Sondheim: A Musical Tribute (which she also choreographed); PromisesPromises; Company; On the Town; State Fair (Fred Astaire Award); The Visit and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (national tour).    Donna was invited by Bob Fosse to play the lead in his last production, a national tour of Sweet Charity (Helen Hayes Award nomination). Other regional productions include: Follies; Mack and Mabel; Gypsy; The Glass Menagerie; Annie Get Your Gun; I Do –I Do; Cabaret; The Threepenny Opera; Chris Gattelli’s In Your Arms; Warren Carlyle’s Carefree; and John Doyle’s Ten Cents a Dance. Donna was also featured in New York productions of Annie Warbucks; and Love, Loss, and What I Wore.   Donna has starred in numerous productions in London’s West End, including Promises-Promises; Company; No Way to Treat a Lady (which she also choreographed); Cole Porter’s Can-Can; Stephen Sondheim’s Follies; and Michael John LaChuisa’s The Wild Party. A few seasons ago, she choreographed Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, starring Leslie Caron; and Guys and Dolls at the Hollywood Bowl. Donna has appeared at 54 Below with her cabaret show, Same Place: Another Time and at London’s The Crazy Coqs. A live recording of the show was produced by Jay Records.


Donna has performed extensively on the concert stage and with symphony orchestras throughout the country. She has appeared as guest star in numerous television specials and dramatic series, including HBO’s Showstoppers; Fame; Cheers; Family Ties; Hullabaloo; Twirl; and Dark Shadows. Ms. McKechnie’s memoir, TIME STEPS: My Musical Comedy Life, was published by Simon & Schuster. Donna was featured in the documentary film Every Little Step and played the Rose in the film The Little Prince.

Utah Symphony, Cincinnati Pops, and Philly Pops, and starred in the Orlando Philharmonic’s concert version of Sweeney Todd. Faith toured her original show, Moving On, in Australia to rave reviews, and has also toured with Over the Rainbow, a concert celebrating the centennial of Harold Arlen. Faith’s new album, Total Faith, was recorded at the Royal Room in the Colony Hotel in Palm Beach and was released by Broadway Records. Her award-winning album, A Leap of Faith, was recorded at Joe’s Pub.

Faith Prince has been dazzling Broadway audiences since winning the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her performance as Ms. Adelaide in Guys and Dolls. As one of Broadway’s best loved leading ladies, Faith most recently starred on Broadway in Disaster! the musical for which she received rave reviews. In a role she was born to play, she also starred as the scheming, irascible Miss Hannigan in the Broadway revival of Annie. In 2008, she was nominated for a Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for A Catered Affair. Other Broadway credits include The Little Mermaid; Bells Are Ringing (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations); Nick & Nora (Outer Critics Circle Award); Jerome Robbins’ Broadway (Tony, Drama Desk nomination); Little Me; The Dead; and Noises Off. She also starred in the world premiere of Terrence McNally’s Unusual Acts of Devotion and in the national tour of the Broadway hit Billy Elliott. Chicago audiences had the opportunity to see Faith on stage in the iconic role of Brenda in the new musical version of the hit movie First Wives Club.

Lillias White, a native New Yorker, made her Broadway debut in Barnum. She has also appeared on Broadway in Cats; Carrie; Dreamgirls; Once on This Island; How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying; Chicago; and Fela! (Tony Award nomination). In Cy Coleman’s and Ira Gasman’s The Life, she won the Tony Award, Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for her portrayal of a world-weary, no nonsense hooker named Sonya. Lillias was recently seen in the world premiere of Half Time at the Paper Mill Playhouse and has performed at the Public Theater in the production of William Finn’s Romance in Hard Times (Obie Award), Dinah Was at the Gramercy Theatre, the world premiere of Crowns at the Second Stage (Audelco Award), and Texas In Paris at The York Theatre Company.

Faith Prince

Faith currently recurs on the ABC hit series Modern Family. She also recurred as Joey Lawrence’s mother on ABC Family’s long-running series Melissa & Joey and wrapped her 5-season run as Brooke Elliott’s mother on Lifetime’s popular series Drop Dead Diva. She was a series regular on Showtime’s Huff starring as Kelly Knippers, the love interest of Oliver Platt, and recurred for five seasons on Spin City. Other television credits include Scream Queens; Galavant; Angel from Hell; A Gifted Man; Happy Endings; Ugly Betty; Grey’s Anatomy; CSI; Faith; House; Medium; Sweet Potato Queens; Monk; Now and Again; Welcome to New York; and Law and Order. Film credits include Our Very Own; Picture Perfect; Dave; and My Father the Hero. Faith recently travelled to Australia for a concert tour with her Annie co-star Anthony Warlow, which included performances at the Sydney Opera House and the Adelaide Music Festival. She works often with the Boston Pops, 26 | IRVINE BARCLAY THEATRE

Lillias White

Lillias White’s concert appearances include the critically acclaimed cabaret show at Feinstein’s 54 Below, entitled The Lillias White Effect (Bistro Award) and for the Actors Fund in Funny Girl, Hair and the 25th Anniversary concert of Dreamgirls. She was Bloody Mary in the PBS Great Performances broadcast of South Pacific. Lillias has toured internationally with her one-woman show, From Brooklyn To Broadway, and she’s graced the stages at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Sydney Opera House, the Singapore Opera House and the Palm Beach Pops. 

Lillias’ television appearances include a regular role on Sesame Street for which she won an Emmy Award, a current role on Netflix in The Get Down; Gotham; Person of Interest; Law and Order SVU; Law and Order; and NYPD Blue. Her film credits include the lead muse in Disney’s Hercules; Anastasia; How the Grinch Stole Christmas with Jim Carrey; Game Six with Michael Keaton; Pieces of April with Katie Holmes; Nasty Baby with Kristen Wiig; and Then She Found Me. Lillias holds an honorary Ph.D. in Fine Arts from The City University of New York.

Billy Stritch (Music Director)

is one of the premier singerpianists on the New York and national jazz and cabaret scene. He began his career in Houston, Texas, where he formed the vocal trio Montgomery, Plant and Stritch. The trio performed all over New York and Europe from 1983 until they disbanded in 1990. A chance meeting with Liza Minnelli in March of 1991 resulted in her asking him to create a vocal arrangement for the record-breaking extravaganza, Liza Stepping Out, at radio City Music Hall. In addition to his 25-year collaboration with Liza, Billy recently toured with the legendary Tony Bennett as Tony’s pianist and musical director. A solo entertainer in his own right, he has performed his own shows (including tributes to Mel Tormé and Cy Coleman) in concert halls and nightclubs across the country. Billy also serves as music director for such leading vocalists as Linda Lavin, Christine Ebersole, Paulo Szot and Marilyn Maye. He is also the co-writer of the Grammy-winning song “Does He Love You,” recorded by Reba McEntire and Linda Davis. When he is not on the road, he is the pianist for Jim Caruso’s Cast Party

open mic night every Monday at New York’s legendary Birdland jazz club; and he and Jim hold court Sunday nights at Bemelmans Bar in Manhattan’s fabled Carlyle Hotel.

Patrick Rinn (Production Manager/Lighting Design).

Production manager for Tommy Tune’s Taps, Tunes and Tall Tales; and Steps in Time —An Autobiography in Song and Dance. In addition to his work with Mr. Tune, Patrick has worked as production supervisor for concerts with: Prince, Diana Ross, Dave Mathews, Patti LaBelle, Dionne Warwick, Chic, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Tom Petty, the B-52’s and Adam Lambert. He has also worked as lighting designer for Steps in Time; Taps, Tunes and Tall Tales; On the Boulevard starring Liliane Montevecchi; Sittin’ on Top of the World at Feinstein’s at Loews Regency with Amra-Faye Wright; Night of 1000 Gowns; and several Off-Broadway productions. He is honored to be working with these amazing iconic ladies of song. Artist Representation: Think Iconic Artists Agency, LLC Wayne Gmitter

The City of Irvine plays an invaluable role in the successful operation of Irvine Barclay Theatre. We thank the City for its generous support.


Annual Fund for




Irvine Barclay Theatre gratefully acknowledges the generous contributions of our donors who help support the “big talent” in our “small hall.” Gifts to the Annual Fund for Excellence assist the Barclay in presenting an international roster of performers while keeping tickets reasonably priced. They also support our ArtsReach programs provided to the schools at little or no cost and “family-friendly” programming on stage. The Barclay’s mission also embraces making its beautiful facilities available to diverse community organizations, UCI, and other educational institutions. Thank you to all of our generous donors listed here for their contributions during the previous 12 months! If you would like to join the ranks of those who make it all possible at the Barclay, you may make a donation online at or call 949.854.4607. PUBLIC PARTNERS

City of Irvine University of California, Irvine SEASON SPONSOR

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An Anonymous Fund of the Orange County Community Foundation Drs. Francisco and Hana Ayala Bruce and Karen Cahill Haskell & White LLP The Hiland Foundation HumanKind Philanthropic Fund Bill and Carolyn Klein Jennifer Klein Liza and Stuart Krassner Toni and Terry McDonald National Endowment for the Arts Danielle Oakley William and Janice Parker Family Fund Penelope Parmes Gregory and Mishel Rohl 28 | IRVINE BARCLAY THEATRE

Rohl LLC – Kenneth and Helene Rohl Venus Soltan Richard and Elizabeth Steele Fund Frank Wagner and Lynn O’Hearn Wagner Worah Family Foundation BRAVO BARCLAY PARTNER $5,000 – $9,999

Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine and Cocktails Roland and Jacquelynn Beverly Carol and Les Elliott Gartley Charitable Foundation Fund Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa Jewish Federation and Family Services, Orange County Lugano Jewelers Jerry and Whitney Mandel Salwa and Sabri Rizkalla Western States Arts Federation Judy and Wes Whitmore Charlie and Ling Zhang


Anonymous Chuck and Janet Henze Heritage Pointe Tom Nielsen Chiyo and Stanton Rowe Gary and Melanie Singer Linda I. Smith Foundation

BRAVO BARCLAY PATRON $1,000 – $2,499 Richard and Eva Bergstrom Reynolds C. Bish Douglas Bradley Tom and Paula DeMars Gary Fabian and Deb Solon Arlene and Steven Fienberg Bill and Marjorie Fleming Douglas and Kathleen Forde Eleanor Jaffy Ken and Patricia Janda Yvonne and Damien Jordan Jack and Joy Kayajanian Robert Kazer and Jill Richter Jeffrey Lewis and Susan Sutter Music & Arts Peter and Alexandra Neptune Christopher and Lynne Ramsey Frank and Deborah Rugani Nancy Smith Diane Stovall Gayle Widyolar

Kristi Willette Charles and Marilyn Wright Majid and Sohaila Zarrinkelk

ENCORE CIRCLE ENTHUSIAST $250 – $999 Oscar R. Aguirre Richard Alexander AmazonSmile Foundation Scott Arbuckle Diane and Dennis Baker John W. Ballantyne Robert and Delphi Ballinger Lindy Balmer Betty Barry Linda Berquist Scott and Cheryl Berry Suzanne Boras Leia Bowers Ellen Breitman and Brien Amspoker Clifford and Jennifer Cheng Karen and Bruce Clark Susan De La Parra Bob and Burnetta Denham Joan M. Donahue Don and Debra Drysdale Jonathan Franklin Julie Garn Ramya Harishankar and Harish Murthy Dave and Peggy Kelleher Vicki and Richard Lee Leslie Levine Pablo Martinez

Duane and Kathleen Mauzey Nancy and Mike Meyer Greg and Laura Mickelson Julie Nakata Orange County Community Foundation PayPal Giving Fund Yvette Pergola Melissa Pietenpol Dorcas Preston William Redmond Stephen M. Rochford Joel B. Rothman Nancy Lee Ruyter Jeff and Linda Schulein Dorothy J. Solinger Thomas and Marilyn Sutton Sally Kurnick The Saywitz Company Angelo and Marilyn Vassos Kathy Vickers and Jeremy Freimund John and Judy Vinke Michael Voronel Mary Watson-Bruce Kurt and Ellen Youngs

Cathy Chang Nancy Chase Cyndie Chen Denise Chilcote Susie Clausen Mary Cobb Richard and Jewel Colfer Michael and Diane Coon Alice C. Coons Kathleena Cordano Josef Cowan Anahid Crecelius Madeleine and Alan Crivaro Toby Curry Vivian Daniel Charles Davison Pamela Deily Donald Delaney In Memory of Irene DeNoia Nancy Dewsbury Steve Dickler Maria Dona Ann Donat Don and Linda Dressler Roger du Plessis Scott and Monica Duggan Lenore Duncan Toni Dwyer Penny Emmons Peggie Fariss Byron Fennema Cathie Fields Ruby Foo Roberta Fox Mark A. Franzen Keri Fujii Margaret Gates Michael Gelormino Conrad and Linda Giedt S. Glass Family Anneke Glore Ben and Sandie Goelman Kevin Gomez Kathleen Green Sanjiv and Geeta Grover Cary Hairabedian Ilene Harker Carole S. Harrison Ken Hartline Karl and Doretta Haushalter Richard and Sara Hess Matt Hoffman Dan and Nicole Honigman Michael Hornyak Charles Hunter

Robert Ingold Laurie Jacobsen Karen Kewell Jacoby Kimo Jarrett Christine Johnson Gail Judd Arlene Kato Judy Kaufman and George Farkas Bruce Kerr and Ann Patterson Paul Kuliev Dr. and Mrs. John LaGourgue In Memory of Dr. Martin Langer Robert Langer Tracy Laulhere Dean Laws Kim Smith Lazarus Robert E. Lee Sue Anne Lee Vicki Lee Hilary Lemansky Michael Leon Scott Lewis Neal Littlejohn Anne Llewellyn Lorraine Lopez Claire Mackay Bart Maeda Cory Mann Greg McCaffrey Michael and Susan McGuire Lauri and Mike Mendenhall Vivian Mendoza Tom Miller William Miller Jeff and Gail Mitzner David Moehring Lisa Monette Hiroko and Yoshiharu Moriwaki John and Margi Murray June Nelson Steven Nelson Gregory Newland John Newlander Rowell and Daisy Nueva Jane Olin In memory of Vera Ostroff Randall Pacheco Arneld Parker Mary Phillips Judith Posnikoff Lois Rake Elaine Ramsay Brad Rawlins Claudia Redfern Shane Reyna

Susan Rhodes and Goran Matijasevic Joe Risser Paul Ruiz Margaret Rumsfeld Keitha Russell Irene A. Sakioka Kazuhiko Sato Walter Scacchi and Christine Fluor-Schacci Louise Schwennesen Thelma Seki Trudy Vermeer Selleck Tully Seymour Joyce Shadburn Gordon Sheldall Robert Shephard Megan Silveira Cheryl Simpson Alison Singer Paul Spas Craig Springer William Spurgeon Steve Stauff Hugh Stevenson and Jan Burns Barbara Stirrat Robert Stopher Arthur Strauss – Neonatal Associates, Long Beach, CA Ingrid Strayer Richard and Jane Sungaila Rene Suzuki Janet Hennes Tapley Cindy Thomas Earleen Thomas Johanna Tilley Gary and Peranza Topjon Winnie Tse Tony and Nancy Vasek Emily Vogler and Daniel Flynn John Walker Robert Walters Mark and Lou-Ann Weltman Brian West Justin White Daphne Wong Valerie Wong George and Flo-Ree Woodruff Anu Worah Yata Household Patricia Yeckel Susan Yee Richard and Mary Yoo Andy Yurcho


David and Beverly Carmichael Cheng Family Foundation Concierge Podiatry Newport Beach Bobbi Cox Sophia and Larry Cripe Bronwynn Daniels Diane Diefenderfer Hanlon and David Hanlon Roger du Plessis Gale Edelberg and Bob Butnik Henry and Janet Eggers David Emmes and Paula Tomei Fran Farrer Cliff Faulkner and Shigeru Yaji Gilian Finley and Robert Labaree Roberta Fox Mary and Andrew Franklin Sandy and Don French Judith A. Gorski Gale A. Granger and Barbara S. Granger Dr. and Mrs. Denis Gray Dana Huff

Dr. Burton L. Karson Joanne and Dennis Keith Michael Kerr Robert Labaree and Gillian Finley Don and Grace Laffoon Dr. Martin G. Langer Kathryn Lynch and Robert McDonnell Molly Lynch and Alan Andrews Sharon McNalley Britt Meyer Nancy Meyer John Miller Ed Moen and Janek Schergen John and Marjorie Murray Mr. and Mrs. Mitsuhiko Nakano Carl Neisser Tom and Marilyn Nielsen Anne B. Nutt John and Charlene Pasko James Penrod Janice and Richard Plastino Dolly A. Platt, Ph.D.

Edward and Diana Putz Salwa Rizkalla, Festival Ballet Theatre Barbara Roberts Robinson Foundation Michelle Rohe Andrew Rose Geoffrey and Debbie Sampson Jack and Katy Schellerman Sally Anne and Don Sheridan Igal and Diane Silber Ann Sim Jackie Smiley Elizabeth Stahr Richard and Elizabeth Steele Fund Olivia Stroud Jennifer Szabo Karen and Gary Thorne Barbara and Jack Tingley Lynn Weiser Max and Peggy Weismair Mary Vensel White William Gillespie Foundation

ENCORE CIRCLE SUPPORTER $100 – $249 Michele and Richard Africano Ramona Agrela Steven and Alexandria Allan Debbie Aslanian Carol Bardia Stuart Baron George and Linda Bauer Vickie Becker Matthew Bell Scott and Gwen Beltran Sally and Paul Bender Richard H. Bigelow Stephen Biskar Annette Blaney Christopher Blank Scott Brinkerhoff Margaret and James Brumm Douglas T. Burch, Jr. Roland and Linda Bye James Byrne Harold and Eleanor Carpenter Natividad Castillo Terry Causey Keali’i Ceballos Joe and Barbara Chamberlain

As a partner in the annual National Choreographers Initiative, Irvine Barclay Theatre is also pleased to acknowledge all those who support this important contribution to American dance.

Betty B. and Roy Anderson Betsy Andrews and Alex Moad David Anderson Mrs. Alan V. Andrews Diane and Dennis Baker Ballet Barres West William H. Bardens Dr. Michael Bear Beau Corps Studio Helene Belisle Paul Blank Stacie Brandt Laurie and Bart Brown


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Restrooms Restrooms are located on the main lobby level near the box office. For your convenience, diaper changing stations are located in both the men’s and women’s restrooms. Drinking fountains are located on either side of the main lobby staircase and on the second level. Listening Devices Listening devices for amplifying stage sound are available at the concessions bar free of charge.


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Trio Celeste: Notte Vivace: 2/24/2019; Martha Graham Dance Company - 2/27/2019; Diego el Cigala - 3/1/2019; Hilaree Nelson: Point of No Retu...

Program Book  

Trio Celeste: Notte Vivace: 2/24/2019; Martha Graham Dance Company - 2/27/2019; Diego el Cigala - 3/1/2019; Hilaree Nelson: Point of No Retu...