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Welcome to Newman Center Presents and thank you for coming! I am delighted to begin my tenure as executive director of the Newman Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Denver. It is a privilege to join the Newman Center team, bringing world-class performing arts programs to the University of Denver and the Denver community. I follow in the footsteps of Stephen Seifert, who has served as executive director of the Newman Center since its opening in 2003 and has recently retired. Stephen has done a tremendous job curating season after season of high quality, thought-provoking and inspiring programs. I am grateful to Stephen for building the extraordinary tradition of Newman Center Presents and wish him the best in his retirement. The 2016-17 season launches with the ever-inventive MOMIX, featuring their work Opus Cactus, which celebrates the American Southwest. Contemporary dance makes appearances later in the season as well, starting with the Denver premiere of Bridgman | Packer Dance. Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer may be the only two dancers on the stage, but their creative use of projected images populates the stage in magical ways. Newman Center favorite Aspen Santa Fe Ballet returns in February, this time with a new work created by Spanish choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo. Dance programming is rounded out in April with the regional premiere of New Zealand’s powerful Black Grace. The Newman Center has been dedicated to presenting artists new to Denver and to supporting the creation of new works. This season has some stellar examples of both. The brilliant young jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant makes her Denver debut in November. The world music group from Ukraine, DakhaBrakha, makes its Denver debut in March. In April, a vocalist and bass player from Italy, calling their small ensemble Musica Nuda, join Norwegian jazz saxophonist and vocalist Hakon Kornstad, in a regional premiere in a show we’re calling “Nude Music.” As to new music, in October the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet will give the world premiere of a new work by the legendary Pat Metheny, co-commissioned by the Newman Center. Vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth returns in January with a program that includes a new work by ensemble member and Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw. This work was cocommissioned by Denver’s own The Playground Ensemble, who will join Roomful of Teeth for the performance of this work. In March, yMusic returns, performing new works by Chris Thile and Caroline Shaw, both co-commissioned by the Newman Center and Carnegie Hall. It is, of course, a general election year, so we welcome back Capitol Steps for their bipartisan humor. Throughout the rest of the season, we have a broad variety of performers, from The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center performing all six of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti, to bassists Edgar Meyer and Christian McBride mixing it up with jazz, classical, bluegrass, and more, to the world famous Taiko ensemble from Japan, Kodo, co-presented by the Sakura Foundation. The season finale performance features the Branford Marsalis Quartet and special guest vocalist Kurt Elling. My tenure officially begins on November 1 and I’m very much looking forward to getting to know the Denver community. Thank you for your support of Newman Center Presents and enjoy the season!

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NEWMAN CENTER’S VISION STATEMENT At the Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts, our responsibility, our purpose and our vision are to: •C  elebrate, entertain, inspire and feed the imagination • Give voice to the innate human need for expression through performance •E  ducate and prepare better citizens of our community • Begin conversations of ideas • F oster an eagerness for and habits of curiosity and learning •M  ake the major sources of our own and other cultures accessible to our community • Embrace our differences; celebrate diversity of forms, attitudes, traditions and populations •C  hallenge assumptions and encourage creativity and new work, even at the risk of failure • Help teach our cultural heritage through the performance of great works from the past and support creativity by contemporary artists whose new voices will be remembered in the future •D  emand excellence and integrity without avoiding controversy  emind our community that the performing •R arts have value to our society because they: •C  reate self-esteem, which is earned by striving to achieve high standards • Integrate with other disciplines such as language, history, math and science • F oster communication and interpersonal skills


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FROM THE CHANCELLOR Welcome to another remarkable evening at the Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts. With its beautiful concert halls and theaters designed specifically to showcase human creativity, the Newman Center is a crown jewel of Denver’s arts scene. There is no other complex like it anywhere in the state. Over the years, Denver audiences have come to count on the Newman Center and its acclaimed performing arts series. Night after night, the curtain rises on cutting-edge dance troupes, avant-garde music ensembles, or theatrical companies with an experimental bent. By helping us explore our common humanity and look at life from differing perspectives, these productions foster thought, appreciation, delight and community. This is just one of the many ways in which the University of Denver lives its vision of serving the public good. The Newman Center’s stages also enable our students to demonstrate their remarkable talent. This building helps us to attract some of the most promising and talented young people in the nation, and every production by students in our Lamont School of Music and Department of Theatre showcases their energy, enthusiasm and dedication. Here at the Newman Center, our students pursue their passions and discover their capacity to collaborate and create. To which the rest of us can only say, encore. Enjoy tonight’s performance. May it be just one of many offerings you enjoy with us this season!

Rebecca Chopp Chancellor, University of Denver


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2016-2017 SEASON All performances take place in June Swaner Gates Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted, and include a free Behind the Curtain discussion one hour before curtain with guest lecturers. Check for additional details. Artists and programs are subject to change. MOMIX Opus Cactus Thu and Fri, Sep 29 and 30, 2016 / 7:30 p.m. MOMIX, the whimsical hybrid of contemporary dance, circus and multimedia visual spectacle, returns to the Newman Center with Opus Cactus. Artistic Director Moses Pendleton brings the American Southwest to life through his signature illusionistic style to create scenes and images that explode with a sense of magic, danger, sensuality, humor, and grace. Newman Center Presenting Sponsor-Creative Instinct Inc. Capitol Steps Thu, Oct 6, 2016 / 7:30 p.m. If it’s a general election year, it must be Capitol Steps. Pennsylvania Avenue meets Broadway in a satirical revue set to the music of classic pop hits and show tunes. The Capitol Steps poke fun at all sides and are the one thing sure to earn bipartisan support. Watch them take the governing class to task with wit and glee. Born out of a desperate attempt to put on Christmas entertainment for a staffer’s party in 1981, the complete lack of three wise men led them to put on a series of satirical skits. Since those early days, many of the “Steps” have given up their day jobs and turned satirical comedy into their livelihoods. Put together, the performers have worked in 18 Congressional offices


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Cécile McLorin Salvant and the Aaron Diehl Trio Wed, Nov 30, 2016 / 7:30 p.m. Cécile McLorin Salvant Sponsored by Newman Center Founding was born and raised Partner The Denver Post in Miami of a French mother and a Haitian Los Angeles Guitar Quartet father. She started Thu, Oct 20, 2016 / 7:30 p.m. Including world premiere of a new work by classical piano and choral studies as a child Pat Metheny and began working with The Grammy Awardimprovisation, instrumental and solo vocal winning LAGQ is repertoire when she moved to France in comprised of four 2007. In 2009, after a series of concerts uniquely accomplished in Paris, she recorded her first album and musicians who bring a year later won the Thelonious Monk great energy to the competition in Washington, D.C. She won concert stage with programs ranging from bluegrass to Bach. four categories in the 2014 Down Beat They return to the Newman Center with a Critics Poll and also received two Grammy program that includes the world premiere nominations that same year for her second of a work written for LAGQ by the legendary album WomanChild. Pat Metheny, co-commissioned by the Newman Center, along with transcriptions of Winner of the 2016 Grammy Award for concert masterworks and interpretations of Best Jazz Vocal Album (For One To Love), contemporary and world music. 26-year-old vocal wonder Cécile has risen   with lightning speed to international Sponsored by Newman Center Members acclaim. She is an innovative singer with extraordinary soul, intuition, and deep Bridgman | Packer Dance character, performing unique interpretations Sat, Nov 19, 2016 / 7:30 p.m. of jazz and blues standards, as well as Art Bridgman and composing her own music and lyrics. Myrna Packer, Guggenheim Fellows Sponsored by Newman Center Members in Choreography, are acclaimed for their The Chamber Music Society innovative integration of Lincoln Center of live dance, live Brandenburg Concertos, J.S. Bach video capture of the performance, and Mon, Dec 12, 2016 / 7:30 p.m. previously recorded film footage. Their Since 1969, the pioneering techniques have been acclaimed Chamber Music Society for expanding the partnering of dancers, of Lincoln Center has multiplying, transforming and manipulating been the nation’s their own life-size video images and premier repertory cinematic imagery into a magically populated company for chamber stage where image and reality collide. music. Its evolving, multiand represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience!

generational and international selection of expert musicians are capable of tackling chamber music of every instrumentation, style, and historical period. In this special program they perform all six of Bach’s celebrated Brandenburg Concertos. Sponsored by Newman Center Members Roomful of Teeth Featuring “Coloring Book,” a new work by composer Ted Hearne Wed, Jan 18, 2017 / 7:30 p.m. Roomful of Teeth is a Grammy Awardwinning ensemble of eight classically trained singers who mine the expressive potential of the human voice. Studying with masters of singing traditions the world over, the group continually expands its singing techniques, incorporating, for instance, Tuvan throat singing, Appalachian yodeling, operatic trills, rhythmic exhalations and whispered speech into music written by some of the most exciting young composers of the 21st century. On this return visit to Newman Center Presents, RoT will perform “Coloring Book” by Ted Hearne and will be joined by Denver’s own The Playground Ensemble in a new work by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and member of the ensemble Caroline Shaw, cocommissioned by The Playground. This project received support from WESTAF, the Western States Arts Federation, and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as Newman Center Members. Edgar Meyer and Christian McBride Thu, Jan 26, 2017 / 7:30 p.m. 2016 Grammy Award winner, and newly named artistic director of the Newport Jazz Festival, jazz bassist Christian McBride has

been likened to a force of nature on stage. Genre-defying bassist Edgar Meyer has been called “the most remarkable virtuoso in the relatively unchronicled history of his instrument” (The New Yorker). These two masters have nine Grammys between them and are renowned and respected by artists and critics across the musical spectrum. For this show they join forces for an evening of music not to be missed, blending jazz, classical and bluegrass. Sponsored by Newman Center Members Kodo Co-Presented by the Sakura Foundation Tue and Wed, Feb 14 and 15, 2017 / 7:30 p.m. Kodo is the most wellknown and respected taiko group worldwide. Kodo celebrates its 35th anniversary by bringing DADAN 2017 to North America. The latest work by Kodo’s renowned Artistic Director Tamasaburo Bando offers a bold new exploration of Japanese drumming traditions. Kodo explores the limitless possibilities of the traditional Japanese drum, the taiko, while forging new directions for a vibrant, living art form. Kodo has given over 5,600 performances in 47 countries on five continents, creating mesmerizing, riveting and spiritual experiences enjoyed by millions.

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Sat, Feb 25, 2017 / 7:30 p.m. Sun, Feb 26, 2017 / 2:00 p.m. Newman Center Presents is proud to welcome Aspen Santa Fe Ballet back to the stage for its seventh appearance. Each performance is an exciting new discovery because the company’s virtuosic dancers perform new works by a wide variety of choreographers. A European choreographic sensibility, matched by American athleticism, joy, and grace, forges ASFB’s pioneering creative aesthetic in the field of contemporary dance. This program includes a new work, “Silent Ghost,” by Spanish choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo, his second for the company. Sponsored by the Porter Adventist Hospital Endowment for the Performing Arts DakhaBrakha Thu, Mar 9, 2017 / 7:30 p.m. DakhaBrakha means “give-take” in old Slavonic. This breathtaking and mesmerizing band from Ukraine draws on folk melodies and rhythms, and combines voice, cello, accordion, and drums in a refreshingly novel vision of Eastern European roots music. They craft stunningly beautiful and exciting sonic worlds from traditional songs, reinventing their heritage with a keen ear for contemporary, international tastes. They have become a cult phenomenon around the world. Sponsored by Newman Center Members

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2016-2017 SEASON yMusic Thu, Mar 23, 2017 / 7:30 p.m. Hamilton Recital Hall Hailed by NPR’s Fred Child as “one of the groups that has really helped to shape the future of classical music,” yMusic’s six New York City instrumentalists flourish in the overlap between the pop and classical worlds. Its members have individually toured and recorded with artists such as Paul Simon, Bjork, Bon Iver, The National, Meredith Monk, David Byrne, The New York Philharmonic and Sufjan Stevens. Their virtuosic execution and unique configuration (string trio, flute, clarinet, and trumpet) has attracted the attention of some of today’s foremost composers. Their performance for us will include new works by Chris Thile and Pultizer Prize winner Caroline Shaw, co-commissioned by the Newman Center with Carnegie Hall. The new work by Caroline Shaw was cocommissioned by the Newman Center for the Performing Arts with the support of The Antonia & Vladimer Kulaev Cultural Heritage Fund. Black Grace Wed, Apr 5, 2017 / 7:30 p.m. Black Grace hails from New Zealand. With their distinctive dynamism sparked by Samoan and New Zealand heritage, the Black Grace dancers take possession of the stage— and own the audience—from the first moment. And they never let go. Eloquent yet elemental, athletic yet spiritual, they mix their cultural heritage with the contemporary choreography of Artistic Director Neil Ieremia


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to conquer the stage. Expect a highly physical performance, rich in the storytelling traditions of the South Pacific and expressed with raw power, unique beauty, and finesse. This project received a grant from the Antonia & Vladimer Kulaev Cultural Heritage Fund. Nude Music Featuring Musica Nuda from Italy and Håkon Kornstad from Norway Thu, Apr 27, 2017 / 7:30 p.m.

Branford Marsalis Quartet with special guest Kurt Elling Sat, May 13, 2017 / 7:30 p.m. Branford Marsalis, one of the most highly regarded jazz saxophonists of his era, brings his quartet together with world-renowned vocalist Kurt Elling. The Quartet rarely invites other musicians into the folds of its nearly telepathically cohesive unit, but Elling’s deep jazz vocabulary, technical versatility, and outstanding intonation make this a perfect fit. Newman Center Presenting Sponsor-Val-U-Ads®

The boldest of artists sometimes express themselves by stripping away all but the essential. Italy’s Musica Nuda is a brave project, independent and free, a modern version of voice with bass accompaniment in use since the Renaissance. Norwegian tenor saxophonist and operatic tenor Håkon Kornstad uses his imagination and a simple electronic device to unite the lyricism of jazz saxophone and operatic aria to realize in concert the symphonies that he hears in his dreams.  They trace music back to its core to find the meaning of each piece whether classical, jazz, pop or soul.  This Western regional premiere will be an evening of excitement and wonder at what is possible when the music is “nude.” Supported by Newman Center Members

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COMMISSIONED WORKS The Newman Center is committed to bringing new works of music and dance to life. We are excited to have commissioned or cocommissioned the following works:

Co-commissioner, “Foreign Bodies,” by Diavolo Dance Theater, commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Esa Pekka Salonen, Music Director, and cocommissioned by the Carpenter Performing Arts Center, Cal State Long Beach (2007) Co-commissioner, “Reign Forest,” by Robert Moses, co-commissioned by EcoArts Connections and Lincoln Center Fort Collins, performed by Robert Moses’ Kin Dance Company (2008) Co-commissioner, “Provenance,” by Maya Beiser with composers from Israel, Palestine, Algeria, Morocco, Iran and the US, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall, The International Festival of Arts and Ideas, The Jerome Foundation, The Kathy Abelson Foundation, Ronald P. Stanton, NYFA, and NYSCA. Performed by Maya Beiser, cello, Jamey Haddad, percussion, Shane Shanahan, percussion, Bassam Saba, oud, and Shahrokh Yadegari, live electronics (2009) Co-commissioner, “Bolero Colorado,” by Larry Keigwin, co-commissioned by EcoArts Connections and the Denver School of the Arts, performed by Keigwin + Company and Denver community performers (2009) Co-commissioner, “Imaginary City,” by SoPercussion, co-commissioned by Myrna Loy Center/Helena Presents, Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, The Cleveland Museum of Art, DiverseWorks, and National Performance Network, performed by SoPercussion during the Newman Center’s Mile High Voltage Festival (2010)

Co-commissioner, “Kites Over Havana,” by Paquito D’Rivera, performed by the composer with Imani Winds (2005)

Commissioner, “NO one To kNOW one,” by Andy Akiho, performed by the composer and The Playground during the Newman Center’s Mile High Voltage Festival (2010)

Commissioner, “WE MARCH,” Concerto for Guitar and String Orchestra, by Daniel Bernard Roumain, performed by Eliot Fisk, guitar, and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra (2007)

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Co-commissioner, “Lifeboat No. 6,” by Payton MacDonald, co-commissioned by Friends of Chamber Music, Denver, and Historic Denver, Inc., performed by JACK Quartet, the composer and Young Voices of Colorado (2012) Co-commissioner, “From Darkness to Light,” choreography by Garrett Ammon, music by Ofer Ben-Amots, co-commissioned by Ballet Nouveau Colorado, Central City Opera, Colorado Symphony, and Mizel Arts & Culture Center at the JCC, performed as part of the coproduction of “A Journey of the Human Spirit,” including Viktor Ullmann’s opera Der Kaiser von Atlantis (2013) Commissioner, solo acoustical guitar version of Derek Bermel’s original work titled “Ritornello,” performed by Mak Grgi´c (2013) Co-commissioner, with the support of The Grynberg Family Endowment for Dance Programming and The Antonia & Vladimer Kulaev Cultural Heritage Fund, “Dilly Dilly,” by Paul Taylor, co-commissioned by Marjorie S. Isaac with additional support provided by the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, performed in its world premiere in the Newman Center by Paul Taylor Dance Company (2016) Co-commissoner, musical work for voice and piano to be named by Timo Andres, cocommissioned by Carnegie Hall, The Schubert Club, and Van Cliburn Foundation, performed by the composer and Gabriel Kahane (2016) Co-commissoner, musical work for voice and piano to be named by Gabriel Kahane, cocommissioned by Carnegie Hall, The Schubert Club, and Van Cliburn Foundation, performed by the composer and Timo Andres (2016)


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THE LAMONT SCHOOL OF MUSIC AND DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE The University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music presents more than 300 concerts a year, many of them free. Complimentary performances include concerts by the symphony orchestra, choirs, wind ensemble, soloists, jazz ensembles, and steel drum ensemble. Some of these concerts require free tickets. FREE, but tickets are required: Complimentary tickets are available in person only at the Newman Center Box Office. Tickets may be reserved online for a small service charge at Again this season, $5 reserved seats in the Parterre section may be purchased for Lamont Symphony Orchestra concerts. In addition to free concerts, faculty recitals and guest artist performances are presented with a $10 ticket price. DU students, Pioneer Card holders, and other students and teachers with valid ID are complimentary. Spring Lamont Opera is reserved seating ranging from $11 to $30. Summer and holiday carillon concerts are presented on the Ritchie Center lawn by artists from around the nation. For information, visit or call the concert line at 303.871.6412. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.


DU’s Department of Theatre offers students the ability to take part in numerous productions throughout the academic year, including a full slate of student-created productions, all of which are open to the public. For the 2016-17 season, The Department of Theatre will present: • A staged reading of Sunday on the Rocks by Theresa Rebeck (September 2016, Byron Theatre) • Fall Quarter’s mainstage productions of Exiled by Laurence Curry (October 2016, White Box Theatre at J-MAC) and Art by Yasmina Reza (November 2016, Byron Theatre) • A staged reading of True West by Sam Shepard (January 2017, Byron Theatre) • Winter Quarter’s main stage productions of The Spitfire Grill by Samuel Beckett (February 2017, Byron Studio in the Newman Center) and Pericles by William Shakespeare and George Wilkins (February and March 2017, Byron Theatre) • A staged reading of 8 by Dustin Lance Black (April 2017, Byron Theatre) • Spring Capstone Cycle – Cycles 1, 2, and 3: Senior Capstone Productions (April and May 2017, J-MAC Studios) • Independent student productions throughout the year. • Call 303.871.2518 or visit for information about all Department of Theatre events.


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Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

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There will be two intermissions this evening.

No portion of this performance may be photographed, recorded, filmed, or videotaped.

Sponsor The Porter Adventist Hospital Endowment for the Performing Arts

This production also received support from the Newman Center Endowed Fund for Experiential and Cultural Learning and The Grynberg Family Endowment for Dance Programming

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TONIGHT’S PROGRAM Sleepless Choreography: Jirí Kylián Music: Dirk Haubrich, composition based on Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Glass Harmonica + Quartet, Adagio K 617 (1791) Costume Design: Joke Visser Stage Design: Jirí Kylián Lighting Design: Kees Tjebbes Staged by: Urtzi Aranburu   February 25 Craig Black, Katherine Bolaños, Jenelle Figgins, Anna Gerberich, Anthony Tiedeman, Pete Leo Walker February 26 Craig Black, Sadie Brown, Emily Proctor, Seia Rassenti Watson, Evan Supple, Joseph Watson Premiere: November 11, 2004, Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT II), Den Haag. Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s production of Sleepless is made possible through the generosity of Toby Devan Lewis. Intermission

Eudaemonia ASFB Commissioned Work Happiness is simple. The way in which we seek it is complicated. Choreography: Cherice Barton Music: Various artists* Lighting Design: Seah Johnson Costume Design: Daniela Gschwendtner Sound Editing and Sound Design: Jeremy Jurin   Pete Leo Walker Craig Black, Sadie Brown, Jenelle Figgins, Anna Gerberich, Emily Proctor, Seia Rassenti Watson, Anthony Tiedeman, Joseph Watson Premiere:  February 18, 2017, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Aspen, CO.   Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s production of Eudaemonia is made possible through the generosity of Valley Performing Arts Center and Toni and James Kaplan.


*Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, Jimmy Durante, Michael Jurin, Chronomad, Diana Kazakova, David Darling    Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

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Little mortal jump Choreography and Set Design: Alejandro Cerrudo Music: Various Artists* Lighting Design: Michael Korsch Costume Design: Branimira Ivanova   Craig Black, Sadie Brown, Jenelle Figgins, Anna Gerberich, Emily Proctor, Evan Supple, Seia Rassenti Watson, Anthony Tiedeman, Pete Leo Walker, Joseph Watson   Premiere: March 15, 2012, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Chicago IL.   Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s production of Little mortal jump is made possible through the generosity of Maja and Nicholas DuBrul.   *Music by Beirut: “A Call to Arms” and “La Banlieue,” from the album The Flying Club Cup, courtesy of Ba Da Bing! Records. Used by permission of EMI Music Publishing. Music by Andrew Bird’s Bowl of Fire: “Beware,” from the album Oh! The Grandeur, courtesy of Warner Music Group. Music by Alexandre Desplat: “See How They Fall – Dans Les Champs De Ble” and “A Self-made Hero – Theme De Heroes,” from the album Alexandre Desplat – Jacques Audiard’s Films, courtesy of Silva Screen Records. Music by Philip Glass: “Closing from Mishima,” from the album Philip on Film, as recorded by Kronos Quartet for Nonesuch Records. Used by permission of Dungaven Music Publishing. Music by Hans Otte: “Wassermannmusik,” from the album Aquarian Music. Amiata Records ARNR 0496 and ARNR 0394. Used by permission of Amiata Records. Music by Max Richter: “The Haunted Ocean 5,” from the album Waltz With Bashir, courtesy of Caroline World Service. Used by permission of Embassy Music Corp/LT Music Publishing. “November,” from the album Memoryhouse, courtesy of BBC Worldwide. Used by permission of Universal Music Publishing Group. Music by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan: “Fawn,” from the album Alice, courtesy of Anti Records. Used by permission of Jalma Music.

ABOUT THE COMPANY Ballet’s dynamic story in the American west In 1996 Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Founder Bebe Schweppe invited Tom Mossbrucker and Jean-Philippe Malaty to create a ballet company in Aspen. A unique multidimensional arts organization developed rapidly from the ballet school Schweppe had established in the Rocky Mountains. “Bebe’s vision for Aspen to have its own ballet company was the project of a lifetime,” says Malaty, ASFB’s executive director. “We embarked together on a serendipitous adventure. Twenty years later, the connection between the dancers and our two communities is deep and inextricable.” Forging a new frontier The company began modestly with six dancers. Growth was organic. Friends in the field – Gerald Arpino, Trey McIntyre, Septime Webre, Dwight Rhoden – offered start-up repertoire. Moses Pendleton’s highly popular Noir Blanc was a seminal event for the young ASFB.

It launched a tradition of commissioning new works. An open, exploratory style emerged as Mossbrucker and Malaty tapped the creative scene in Europe where classical ballet was breaking from its boundaries. The athletic and adventurous American dancers found themselves at a crossroads of dance history. The divide between ballet and modern dance was dissolving. Innovative business model In 2000 the Aspen, Colorado-based ballet company forged a dualcity relationship with Santa Fe, New Mexico, broadening its scope and lending crucial revenue diversification. Under this hybrid business model, a roster of arts activities takes wing, year-round, in both cities. Performance, education, presentation and community outreach all join in the mix. Within this innovative structure, ASFB approached its 20th anniversary season in 2015-16.

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ABOUT THE COMPANY (continued) BIOGRAPHIES Bebe Schweppe, founder, grew up in Augusta, Georgia, and started dancing at the Georgia Dance Theatre, under Frankie Levy at the age of seven. She was invited by Robert Joffrey to study at his school in New York on a full scholarship at age eleven. Bebe moved to Aspen in 1975 and fifteen years later founded the Aspen Ballet School. Her presence was a catalyst in the region. In 1996, she invited Jean-Philippe Malaty and Tom Mossbrucker to develop a small professional company in Aspen. Through their combined energies, the Aspen Ballet Company was born a year later. Shortly after, new performing opportunities beckoned in Santa Fe, upon which the company was renamed Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. Bebe speaks with pride when she considers the changes that have occurred over the years to her “baby.” “The Company has evolved to having earned a name of its own - ASFB. What a treat! It is recognized by other artists and respected by all. This is of course due in large part to Jean-Philippe and Tom.” She cites that “their strength has been in their unique ability to perceive and design a repertoire that entertains all parts, whether it’s the audience or the dancer.” Tom and Jean-Philippe have “greatly succeeded” in realizing her dreams for the company, she says. “I am thankful that I had the dream and was lucky and persistent enough to convince JP and Tom to relocate from New York City. Never did I imagine that one day the company would be performing nationally and internationally and never did I imagine that one day they would be performing works by internationally famous choreographers. Although I had the dream, I never imagined so much. I feel very lucky.” Jean-Philippe Malaty, executive director, was born in the Basque region of France. After receiving his baccalaureate in dance, he accepted scholarships to study at Mudra, Maurice Béjart’s school in Brussels, and at John Cranko’s ballet academy in Stuttgart. Invited by acclaimed instructor David Howard to study in New York, Jean-Philippe traveled to America under Howard’s tutelage. JeanPhilippe’s performance career began with Joffrey II. He also danced as a guest artist with Los Angeles Classical Ballet, Ballet Hispanico, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Jean-Philippe segued from the stage to an administrator role while still in his twenties. A key member of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s start-up team, Jean-Philippe has been central to developing the company’s unique dual-city-based hybrid business model. He directs operations in two locations, overseeing a $4 million budget that he allocates to the company, two schools, an esteemed presenting series, and an award-winning folkloric outreach program. Jean-Philippe’s first love is teaching and when his schedule permits, he conducts master classes at schools and universities. In 2013, Jean-Philippe shared an honor with Artistic Director Tom Mossbrucker when the Santa Fe Community Foundation 4

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bestowed its Piñon Award on the company. In 2012, Denver’s BonfilsStanton Foundation granted Jean-Philippe a Livingston Fellowship in recognition of his significant leadership role in Colorado’s non-profit sector. In 2010, in recognition of ASFB’s contribution to the field of dance, Jean-Philippe and Tom were honored with the Joyce Theater Foundation Award. A naturalized U.S. citizen, Jean-Philippe is proud to have forged a company alive with American energy, invention, and eclecticism. Tom Mossbrucker has been artistic director of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet since 1996. For the past 17 years Tom has built a prestigious arts organization sharing two homes in Aspen and Santa Fe. In his role as artistic director, Tom cultivates highly sophisticated and challenging works of contemporary ballet. His shining achievement is ASFB’s roster of 27 ballets created on commission by leading global choreographers. Tom began to dance at age four, studying tap in his hometown of Tacoma, Washington. He pursued classical ballet training at the School of American Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet School. His 20 years as a principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet, performing in over 70 ballets under the direct coaching of founders Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino, coincided with a period of high artistic achievement for the company. Tom danced in ballets by great 20th century choreographers: Fredrick Ashton, George Balanchine, Laura Dean, William Forsythe, Jiri Kylián, Mark Morris, Paul Taylor and Twyla Tharp. Signature roles included Iago in Jose Limon’s The Moor’s Pavane; Champion Roper in Agnes DeMille’s Rodeo; Billy in Eugene Loring’s Billy the Kid; and Romeo in John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet. This rich dance background Tom brings to coaching dancers today. In 2013, Tom shared an honor with Executive Director JeanPhilippe Malaty when the Santa Fe Community Foundation bestowed its Piñon Award on the company. In 2010, in recognition of ASFB’s contribution to the field of dance, Tom and Jean-Philippe Malaty were honored with the Joyce Theater Foundation Award. A former board member of Dance USA, Tom currently serves on the board of The Gerald Arpino and Robert Joffrey Foundation.

DANCERS Craig Black is in his sixth season with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. The California native was captain of his San Jose high school’s nationally ranked dance team. Craig received his BFA from The Juilliard School, where he was awarded the 2010 Princess Grace Award in Dance. He won the 2011 Lorna Strassler Award for Student Excellence at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. Craig’s summer programs were at Springboard Danse Montreal, Nederlands Dans Theater, and the Pillow. “We are all super involved. We all love what we do. At first, a new piece is overwhelming. I love the challenge in that. It gives me the push I need to step it up to the next level.”

ABOUT THE COMPANY (continued) Katherine Bolaños, a native of Oklahoma City, is in her 13th season with ASFB. Katherine began her professional career with Ballet Oklahoma where she remained for seven years performing mostly classical roles. As a guest artist with the Los Angeles Ballet Ensemble, she toured extensively in Taiwan and China. “I love the partnering in contemporary work and moving in a way that’s very slow, expressive, and creature-like. I enjoy rehearsing in the studio as much as performing on stage. The studio gives the freedom to grow artistically. On stage I feel like I’m in a different world.” Sadie Brown, now in her fourth season with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, began to dance in her hometown of Evansville, Indiana. She also studied at the Boston Ballet School, The Harid Conservatory, and the Walton School for Girls in Grantham, England. Sadie performed for three seasons with the Grand Rapids Ballet and as a guest artist with Evansville Dance Theater, Evansville Ballet, and Michigan Classic Ballet. Her guesting with Ballet Bratislava took her to Slovakia and Austria. “Dance allows me to explore emotions on such deep levels. When it’s time to perform, all those emotions come out. There is no better feeling than to have such free expression.” Jenelle Figgins joins Aspen Santa Fe Ballet from Dance Theatre of Harlem. The Washington D.C. native began training at the historic Jones-Haywood School of Ballet and Duke Ellington School of the Arts. She then won a full scholarship to Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Kennedy Center residency. After earning a B.F.A. with honors from SUNY Purchase, she attended Springboard Danse Montreal. Jenelle is a 2014 recipient of the Princess Grace Award. “I want to continue to learn by pairing movement with aspects of humanity. There is so much self-discovery in collaboration – and being part of a creation process makes me happy.” Anna Gerberich began her training at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet with Marcia Dale Weary. In 2004, she was invited by JeanPierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride to apprentice with the Charlotte Ballet, and in 2005 she was hired into the company. Within four years, under Bonnefoux she was promoted to Principal. After 11 years with Charlotte Ballet, Anna accepted a position with the Joffrey Ballet. At Joffrey she had the opportunity to work with numerous choreographers including John Numier, among others. Anna received the Pointe Magazine NERDA Award of Promise in 2001 and was awarded the Barbara Weisberger RDA Founders Award of Excellence in 2004. In 2014 Anna had the pleasure to appear in the Kennedy Center Honors, performing Balanchine’s Who Cares in acknowledgment to Patricia McBride.

Emily Proctor, a graduate of The Juilliard School, is marking her tenth season with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. A native of Raleigh, Emily trained at the North Carolina School of the Arts. Prior to joining ASFB, she had the opportunity to tour with Hell’s Kitchen Dance in Aszure Barton’s Come In, which starred Mikhail Baryshnikov. Emily was selected as one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2010. “I had career-saving foot surgery that went well. I’m so grateful to be back doing what I love, which gives my life a wonderful sense of purpose.” Seia Rassenti Watson danced with Flamenco Y Mas as a youngster in Arizona, then trained in classical ballet with Linda Walker at the Tucson Regional Ballet. After graduating from the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, DC, she danced with North Carolina Dance Theater where she worked with Dwight Rhoden. Seia is in her eighth season with ASFB. “I feel most comfortable in the contemporary mode. I trained classically because I knew it would help me become a better dancer. But I really love the freedom and personal expression of the work we do here. I found my niche.” Evan Supple, a native of Toronto, Ontario, trained at Elite Danceworx before moving on to earn a B.F.A. from Marymount Manhattan College, Class of 2016. While at Marymount, he danced in works by Dwight Rhoden, Paul Taylor, Aszure Barton, Desmond Richardson, and Alexandra Damiani. He also toured internationally as a member of the Nikolais-Louis Dance Theatre in 2013. Additionally, Evan was featured soloist in the closing ceremony of the 2015 Pan-Am Games. He spent summers with Complexions, Canada’s National Ballet School, and Springboard Danse Montreal. Anthony Tiedeman, a graduate of The Juilliard School, brings to Aspen Santa Fe Ballet his exposure to works by master choreographers Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, and Jose Limon. Training in Lar Lubovitch’s choreography led Anthony to join Lar Lubovitch Dance Company for its Fall 2014 Joyce Theater season. A New Jersey native, Anthony has traveled abroad for summer intensives at Springboard Danse Montreal and Nederlands Dans Theater. Pete Leo Walker, joins Aspen Santa Fe Ballet following five seasons with Charlotte Ballet, where he performed a diverse repertoire of neoclassical and contemporary works. A native of Jacksonville, FL, Pete began training at Dansations Performing Arts Center and continued at the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts. Pete is a 2011 recipient of the Princess Grace Award. In 2013 he was featured as one of Dance Magazine’s “Top 25 to Watch.”

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ABOUT THE COMPANY (continued) Joseph Watson, now in his eighth season with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, began formal dance training at TWIGS (To Work In Gaining Skills), a respected after-school program in his home town of Baltimore. After graduating from the Baltimore School for the Arts, Joseph attended The Juilliard School, earning his BFA in dance. He was a member of North Carolina Dance Theatre prior to joining ASFB.

CHOREOGRAPHERS Cherice Barton. Choreographer, director and creative consultant Cherice Barton possesses a unique eye for transforming dance into emotional and visually stunning work from the stage to the screen. Cherice has worked with George Lucas, choreographing Disney/ Lucasfilm’s ‘Strange Magic’ and was part of the original creative team of the epic Broadway production ‘Spiderman/Turn off the Dark.’ Ms. Barton is proud to have been the resident choreographer & casting evaluator for Franco Dragone’s Cirque Aquatic Spectacle ‘Le Reve’ at the Wynn Resort in Las Vegas and choreographer of the off- Broadway production ‘Wearing Lorca’s Bowtie’ presented at the Duke on 42nd Street. She has also worked as a choreographic associate of America’s Got Talent. An extensive background in the conception and production of live events combined with a recent immersion into television, film and animation has led Ms. Barton to collaborate on numerous notable projects including productions by American Ballet Theater, The Grammy Awards, Disney, Aszure Barton & Artists, Ballet British Columbia, Dragone Entertainment Group, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Chutzpah! Festival, and many more. She is frequently asked to choreograph, lecture and conduct master classes for such distinguished institutions as The Juilliard School, New York University Tisch School of the Arts, Pace University, Marymount Manhattan College, Suny Purchase College, Barnard College at Columbia University, Loyola Marymount University, UCSB and The Banff Center School of Fine Arts. Cherice recently joined forces with her sister Charissa, as they launched their LA-based Creative Production Company BARTON MOVEMENT under the umbrella of which they birthed Axis Connect, a bi-coastal program designed to create opportunities for emerging professional dancers, connecting them with a vast network of their talented associates. Cherice and Charissa also collaborated in choreographing Katy Perry’s critically acclaimed appearance at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles for the 57th Grammy Awards. Cherice Barton’s performance career has spanned more than 20 years in over 30 countries across six continents. Born in Canada, and the eldest of three Barton sisters, all successful artists, she is proud to continue developing the Barton name as a creative force while at the same time devoting her heart to her beautiful daughters, Summer and Willow, and to her beloved husband, Jeremy. 6

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Alejandro Cerrudo was born in Madrid, Spain and trained at the Real Conservatorio Profesional de Danza de Madrid. His professional career began in 1998 and includes work with Victor Ullate Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theater 2. Cerrudo joined Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in 2005, was named Choreographic Fellow in 2008, and became the company’s first Resident Choreographer in 2009. Thirteen works choreographed to date for Hubbard Street include collaborations with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Nederlands Dans Theater. These pieces and additional commissions are in repertory at companies around the U.S. as well as in Australia, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands; touring engagements have brought his work still further abroad, to audiences in Algeria, Canada, Morocco and Spain. In March 2012, Pacific Northwest Ballet invited Cerrudo to choreograph his first work for the company, Memory Glow, upon receiving the Joyce Theater Foundation’s second Rudolf Nureyev Prize for New Dance. Additional honors include an award from the Boomerang Fund for Artists (2011), and a Prince Prize for Commissioning Original Work from the Prince Charitable Trusts (2012) for his acclaimed first evening-length work, One Thousand Pieces. Cerrudo is one of four choreographers invited by New York City Ballet principal Wendy Whelan to create and perform original duets for “Restless Creature,” and he was recently announced the 2014 USA Donnelley Fellow by United States Artists. Jirí Kylián. Hailed as one of the world’s foremost living choreographers, Jirí Kylián was born in Prague, and studied at the city’s Conservatory and London’s Royal Ballet School before joining the Stuttgart Ballet (Germany) under John Cranko in 1968. In 1973 he was invited by the Nederlands Dans Theater in Den Haag as a guest choreographer. By 1975, he was appointed the company’s artistic director. Jirí achieved his international breakthrough with Sinfonietta in 1978, set to music composed by his compatriot Leoš Janáček. His international reputation kept growing with such works as Symphony of Psalms (1978), Forgotten Land (1981), Svadebka (1982), Stamping Ground (1983) and L’Enfant et les Sortilèges (1984). Apart from developing choreographic works, Kylián has also built up a unique organizational structure for and within the Nederlands Dans Theater, adding two new dimensions to the Dutch ballet company. The world-famous Nederlands Dans Theater I has been expanded by Nederlands Dans Theater II (‘The Young and Dynamic Company’ of dancers between the age of 17 and 22) and Nederlands Dans Theater III (dancers/performers beyond the age of 40) – each company with a distinctively individual repertoire. In April 1995 Jiří Kylián celebrated 20 years directing the Nederlands Dans Theater by mounting the large-scale dance production Arcimboldo, which involved all the dancers of Nederlands Dans Theater I, II and III. On that occasion, he received one of the Netherlands’ highest

ABOUT THE COMPANY (continued) honors, becoming Officier in de Orde van Oranje Nassau. In 1999, Kylián passed the artistic direction to the new generation. He stayed connected to the company as a choreographer until December 2009. In the years between 1973 and today he has created 74 ballets for NDT. His entire body of work counts 98 creations to date. Besides creating for NDT, Kylián has made original works for the Stuttgart Ballet, Paris Opera, Swedish Television, Bayerisches Staatsballet

München and the Tokyo Ballet. His creations are danced by more than 100 companies and schools worldwide. Post-Performance talk back Please stay after the performance for a brief Q&A with Jean-Philippe Malaty and Tom Mossbrucker.

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The Enrichment Program of University College, DU’s college of professional and continuing studies, connects the intellectually and culturally curious adult to DU’s outstanding faculty, facilities and programming, and Denver’s rich cultural community through noncredit classes. Hand-picked scholars, courses that often include a special experience or event, discerning participants engaged in serious discussions, no grades, exams or admission requirements—these are the ingredients that make the Enrichment Program so popular. The Newman Center proudly partners with the Enrichment Program to bring you creatively designed courses weaving thought-provoking study with world-class artists and performances. Meet with expert faculty, gather with like-minded adults to embark on a unique and meaningful journey, and connect with Denver’s rich cultural community. Check program inserts for upcoming Newman Center-related classes. Fall 2016 registration is available now for classes held September through early-December, and Winter/Spring 2017 offerings, held mid-January through midMay, will be announced in early December. To view and register for courses across a wide range of subjects, please call 303.871.2291 or visit

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This year marks the fourteenth anniversary of the Newman Center for the Performing Arts and the Newman Center Presents Series. Since opening we have been fortunate to have a uniquely qualified individual at the helm to chart the course and begin the journey of programming. This year we will say farewell with much gratitude and sadness to Stephen Seifert, who has been the first and only Executive Director of the Center.  An attorney by education and prior experience with a lifelong avocation in the arts, Steve was the perfect person to start and nurture the Center and the Presents series. We wish him well on his retirement but we will miss him greatly. As we look back, we are thrilled by the long succession of Newman Center popular events.  Audiences and utilization of the facility are far beyond our expectations. The ambiance and wonderful acoustics of our performance venues continue to amaze our patrons.  Much of our programming has been unique in the Rocky Mountains.  Without question, the Center has been a great boon to south Denver, the University, and the many community arts organizations that call the Center home. We attend performances regularly and have been introduced to many performers and art forms.  We look forward to a continuation of artistic achievements and hope, with your help and support, to further bring exciting and uplifting programming to Denver.


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Our mission is to make the best performing arts programming available to our community. To do this, our ticket prices are held at a level that covers less than half of the true costs of our programming, operations, and maintenance. The difference is made up by your generous membership support. Your membership to the Newman Center makes it possible for us to present the best in performing arts from around the world, provide student discounts and master classes for both university and K-12 students, and sustain a landmark facility recognized worldwide for its excellence. Please join the community of members with a fully taxdeductible membership that makes everything we do possible.


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Annual Membership starts for as little as $50, but the more you choose to give, the greater the difference you will make. (See below about the matching grant opportunity to double the value of your gift). A portion of your Membership may be tax deductible. To become a Newman Center Member or for more information about our Membership program, please contact the Newman Center Box Office, Mon – Fri, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Saturday , 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. (Sept – May), or at 303.871.7720. Newman Center Membership Levels* BENEFACTOR- $5,000 All Partner Membership benefits, plus: • Exclusive post-performance “meet the artist” and drinks with one visiting artist during the 2016-17 season (pending artist availability) • Two (2) complimentary Pick-Your-Own 3 guest subscriptions (3 shows total) to Newman Center Presents 2016-17 season shows PARTNER - $1,000 All Sponsor Membership benefits, plus: • Two (2) additional complimentary guest passes to a Newman Center Presents performance of your choice in the 2016-17 season

Igor Butman and the Moscow Jazz Orchestra

Igor Butman and the Moscow Jazz Orchestra October 19 Rhythmic Circus Red and Green November 27

The Hillbenders

The HillBenders TOMMY: A Bluegrass Opry January 19 Muscle Shoals: I’ll Take You There February 2 - 12


Wendy Whelan, Brian Brooks, and Brooklyn Rider

Wendy Whelan, Brian Brooks, and Brooklyn Rider Some of a Thousand Words March 11 Photo Credit: Christopher Duggan


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Playing with Fire

MAR 17, 18

Mozart Among Friends

MAY 19-21


SPONSOR - $500 All Supporter Membership benefits, plus: • Invitation to a backstage tour Two (2) complimentary guest passes to a • Newman Center Presents performance of your choice in the 2016-17 season SUPPORTER - $200  ll Contributor Membership benefits, plus: A Four (4) additional complimentary drink • vouchers for any Newman Center Presents performance in the 2016-17 season • Two (2) Orchestra seats to a Lamont School of Music Opera production (excludes annual musical) or a Theatre Department production of your choice (dates subject to availability) CONTRIBUTOR - $100 All Friend Membership benefits, plus: • Two (2) complimentary drink vouchers for any Newman Center Presents performance in the 2016-17 season

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Thank you to the generous donors who have created permanent endowments to support Newman Center Presents: Beverlee Henry and the Honorable Robert Fullerton (Newman Center

Endowed Fund for Experiential and Cultural Learning), Celeste Grynberg (The Grynberg Family Endowment for Dance Programming), The Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado (The Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado Endowment for Diverse and Innovative Music), and Porter Adventist Hospital (The Porter Adventist Hospital Endowment for the Performing Arts).

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During the 2016-17 season, these funds and other specific gifts and grants noted will help make the following programming a reality: • Educational residency work and master classes with MOMIX, LA Guitar Quartet, Bridgman | Packer Dance, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Roomful of Teeth, Edgar Meyer and Christian McBride, Kodo, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, DakhaBrakha, yMusic, Black Grace, Musica Nuda, Håkon Kornstad, and Branford Marsalis are supported in part by The Newman Center Endowed Fund for Cultural and Experiential Learning.




• MOMIX, Bridgman | Packer Dance, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, and Black Grace are supported in part by The Grynberg Family Endowment for Dance Programming, and a gift from Roger and Meredith Hutson. • The Newman Center’s co-commissioning projects with composers Pat Metheny, Chris Thile and Caroline Shaw, as well as performances by LA Guitar Quartet, Roomful of Teeth, DakhaBrakha, yMusic, Musica Nuda and Håkon Kornstad, are supported in part by The Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado Endowment for Diverse and Innovative Music. • All Newman Center Presents programming is supported in part by The Porter Adventist Hospital Endowment for the Performing Arts. • Roomful of Teeth and Black Grace are supported in part by grants from The Antonia and Vladimer Kulaev Cultural Heritage Fund. If you are interested in supporting Newman Center Presents, please contact Kellyn 2016-2017 Newman Center Presents



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Smith, Senior Director of Development – Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Kellyn. or call 303-871-4472. If you work with a local organization or Denverarea K-12 school and would like to learn more about how Newman Center Presents artists might provide educational activities for your school or group, please contact Amanda Swartzbaugh, Event Manager, at Amanda. or call 303-871-2862. Please include the following: your name and position, name of organization or school, types of activities you may be interested in (e.g. jazz, dance, world music, vocal…), email address and phone number.

THE LASTING DIFFERENCE MADE BY ENDOWMENT GIFTS The construction of the Newman Center and all its public and backstage spaces was only possible because of generous donors, many of whose gifts have been recognized through the naming of spaces. Moreover, continued gifts to and income from the Newman Center Building Endowment help ensure constant care and upkeep of our world-class venues and state-of-the-art systems. To maintain this excellence, the Newman Center Building Endowment needs to grow, and many naming opportunities remain for your gift to the Endowment. Your gift to name a space in the Newman Center offers lasting recognition of your support of the Newman Center’s programming, operations, and facilities. Both current and testamentary gifts to the Newman Center Building Endowment are welcome. If you have already included the Newman Center in your estate, please let us know so that we may appropriately thank you. If you would like more information about how to make a lasting difference to the Newman Center Building Endowment, the Newman Center Presents, or to help the Newman Center continue to make a lasting contribution to the performing arts in our community,

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DONOR ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS The Newman Center for the Performing Arts would like to express its gratitude to the following individuals and organizations who have given generously in the 2015-16 season (July 2015-June 2016) to support the Newman Center’s membership, programming, operations and endowment funds: NEWMAN CENTER DONORS Anonymous (3) Robert S. Anderson and Susan Schulten Leslie S. Beltrami Meredith Black and L. Roger Hutson Karin Bond Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Mary Brothers Joan Brown Kristi and William Burgert Jane Emily Carter David Charmatz Community First Foundation The Denver Foundation Arlene Belefonte Diaco Betina Grandey Mary B. and Rayfard Guillory Nancy Henderson Theresa and Albert Hernandez Terri Hoopes Cathy Kaufman Robert Keatinge Suzanne Kinney KJ Community Fund of The Denver Foundation Antonia & Vladimer Kulaev Cultural Heritage Fund Bettina Kurowski Alex K. Lambert Carol Jickling Lens and Larry F. Lens MDC/Richmond American Homes Foundation Virginia J. and Joseph E. MacMillan Isabelle Marques Yolanda McAllister Patti Meeks Lori A. and Brian C. Miller Brian A. and Megan Marlene Peagler Andreas and Frank Rechkemmer Thomas Reid Henrietta J. Rollert Paula Roney Terence and Kimberly Root Kathy and Donald Rosenkrans David Rosentrater Sara E. Sachs


Stuart E. Sanks Kathryn Spuhler Carolyn Strand Jeremy A. Ward Matthew P. Wasserman In memory of Fran Seifert Karin Bond In memory of Gladys Monahan Samuel L. Diaz-Munoz Anne R. Hunting Virginia J. and Joseph E. MacMillan Michael D. Meloy In honor of Margot and Allan Frank In honor of Sue Anschutz Rodgers Beverlee Henry and Bob Fullerton In honor of Stephen Seifert Eleanor “Ellie” Caulkins Barbara Neal Janalynn Sau Wong In honor of Robert and Judi Newman Jennifer Newman Kathy and Donald Rosenkrans Alison Mayer Shetter and James David Shetter In honor of Cynthia Secor Adrian Tinsley

2015-2016 MEMBERS Benefactors Robert and Judi Newman Partners Stephen Seifert Sponsors Armin Afsahi and Joe Eklund Diana and Michael Kinsey Gregg Kvistad and Amy R. Oaks Paula J. Meadows Natalie and Sean Raborn William Rauschert and Carolyn A. Agosta Supporters Sarah K. and Thomas W. Faulkner W. Peterson Nelson/Nelson Family Foundation Wayne George and Nyla Jane Nielsen David N. and Helen Rasmussen Sage Family Fund, a fund of the Omaha Community Foundation William A. Stolfus and Andrea G. Richardson Roxanne S. and Frederick A. Vierra Contributors Carole Cantor Adelstein and Robert Adelstein Lisa Allen Husain Mohamed Ahmed H AlQaseer Sybil Barnes

Ms. Helen Bernstein and Bernard Bernstein Family Trust Libby Bortz and Michael Altenberg Joan Brown Thomas Butler Matt and Carmen Chalek Gerald W. Chapman Catherine P. Cole Russell DeWitt Miriam Farrington Zelda Friednash Phyllis Goodman Harry P. and Donna M. Gordon Barbara Jean Hamilton Kathryn Heet and Jeff Kear Andrew Hornbrook Richard and Bonnie R. Kohl Julie W. and Mark M. Laitos Sally A. Lewis and Alan S. Fine David R. and Florence Lynn Linke C. Wills and Patricia J. Long Laura and David Merage Richard and Wendy Moraskie Robert and Ann Morehead Nathan W. and Kerry S. Pearlman Hensley R. and James Peterson Nancy D. Petry Peggy Phannenstiel Judith Plows Sally Plummer Richard K. Replin and Elissa Rae Stein Donovan and Phyllis Rieger David Rosentrater Ruth Elaine Schoening Douglas G. and Mary B. Scrivner Jenene C. and James J. Stookesberry Paul W. and Laura K. Talbot Roger Tate Carol A. Wilson Edith E. and Joseph S. C. Wong

Bruce Nordwall Zachary French Palmquist Sally G. Plummer Aimee Reichmann-Decker and John Decker Ann W. Richards Henrietta J. Rollert Nancy L. Simon Marriott W. and John Smart Nancy K. Van Dyke Rhoda Weinstein Jeffrey Zax (Gifts and memberships received on and after July 1, 2016 are acknowledged in the show insert in the middle of the program.) NEWMAN CENTER PRESENTS GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGES THE FOLLOWING GENEROUS MULTI-YEAR SUPPORT: • The Newman Center Fund for Experiential and Cultural Learning established by Beverlee Henry and Hon. Robert Fullerton—for Newman Center Presents educational activities • The Grynberg Family Endowment for Dance Programming for Newman Center Presents dance programming • The Porter Adventist Hospital Endowment for the Performing Arts for Newman Center Presents programming • The Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado Endowment for Diverse and Innovative Music for Newman Center Presents alternative music programming • The Newman Center for the Performing Arts Endowment with lead funding from the Lewis D. & John J. Gilbert Foundation, the John J. and Margaret R. Gilbert Foundation, the Clinton Family Fund, and Margot Gilbert Frank—for support of special programs and major projects • L. Roger and Meredith Hutson Gift for the expansion and support of Newman Center Presents dance programming

Friends Luc Beaudoin Charlene S. Byers Betty J. Croall and James A. Carney Barbara L. and William Dolan Andrea Elizabeth Faley John A. Helfrich Jessica Rose Hogan and Wayne Clark Litten Anne R. Hunting Roberta Hyman Ann Marie Kaplan Felicia Gayle and William Kyle Keahey Bettina Kurowski Barbara Whiting Lee Sarah Lincoln Joan B. and Richard L. McGee Pamela Metz William Mohrman R. David Monahan

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• The Newman Center for the Performing Arts is fully accessible to patrons in wheelchairs and to those with other special needs. Patrons needing accommodations for a disability should call the Box Office as early as possible at 303.871.7720. • We offer COMPLIMENTARY PARKING for all Newman Center Presents shows in the Newman Center garage, subject to availability. Patrons are advised not to park in the neighborhoods, as most of the side streets have one-hour parking only. Arrive early to ensure a space in the garage. Food and beverages are prohibited in the seating areas of all theatres. • No audio, photographic, or video equipment of any kind is allowed in the performance venues. • Artists and programs are subject to change without notice. • All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges. • Patrons are encouraged to call the Newman Center for information on the suitability of events for children. • The University of Denver is a smoke-free campus. Smoking is permitted only in the designated smoking area on S. York Street, south of the loading dock.

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Newman Center Presents Magazine 2016-2017, Feb. 25-26, 2017  

In theater magazine produced for the Robert and Judi Newman Center at the University of Denver

Newman Center Presents Magazine 2016-2017, Feb. 25-26, 2017  

In theater magazine produced for the Robert and Judi Newman Center at the University of Denver