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SOCIETY FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS Bringing The World’s Best To Houston


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15 ODC/DANCE 10 DAVID SEDARIS VELVETEEN RABBIT Mon., Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m. Fri., Sept. 22, 7:30 p.m. 11 A WYNONNA & 13 THE ILLUSIONISTS PRESENT: THE BIG NOISE ADAM TRENT CHRISTMAS

Sat., Feb. 10, 4 p.m.

Thurs., Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m.

18 TAO: DRUM HEART 11 KINKY BOOTS Sat., Apr. 14, 7:30 p.m.

19 FEATHERS OF FIRE

Fri., Apr. 20, 7:30 p.m.

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Sat., Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m.

9 TANGO BUENOS AIRES

Fri., Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m.

14 globalFEST

Sat., Mar. 3, 7:30 p.m.

19 PEDRITO MARTINEZ

Sat., May 5, 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m.

21 THE SOUND OF MUSIC

Fri., Jun. 1, 7:30 p.m.

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4 MOMIX OPUS CACTUS

Fri., Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m.

15 COMPAÑÍA NACIONAL DE DANZA’S

CARMEN

Sat., Mar. 10, 7:30 p.m.

16 ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER

Fri., Mar. 16, 7:30 p.m.

17 HUBBARD STREET DANCE CHICAGO

Fri., Apr. 13, 7:30 p.m

20 BALLET HISPÁNICO

Sat., May 19, 7:30 p.m.

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5 VAN CLIBURN PIANO COMPETITION

Thurs., Sept, 28, 7:30 p.m.

7 ALISA WEILERSTEIN AND INON BARNATAN

Sat., Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m.

9 RENÉE FLEMING

Sat., Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m.

17 BRIA SKONBERG

Fri., Mar. 23, 7:30 p.m.

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6 PENN AND TELLER

Fri., Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m.

12 PIANO BATTLE

Sat., Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m.

13 NUFONIA MUST FALL

Fri., Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m.

20 IRA GLASS

Sat., May 12, 7:30 p.m.

PERFORMANCE PHOTO: JOHN DOE

ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER'S JACQUELINE GREEN AND JAMAR ROBERTS. PHOTO: ANDREW ECCLES


Welcome to a new Society for the Performing Arts season! Dear Friends,

PIANO BATTLE PHOTO: ©MATHIAS BOTHOR

For over 50 years, SPA has been “bringing the world’s best to Houston!”, and I am so pleased to announce that this season is no exception. The 2017-2018 season features a wide variety of performances. Whether you want to see a Broadway hit or you favor an evening of the best classical music, SPA has a wonderful season in store for you. The unique season will captivate audiences of all ages from start to finish from season opener, MOMIX Opus Cactus and Kinky Boots direct from Broadway, to everything in between, such as The Illusionists Present: Adam Trent and the return of the beloved national sensation, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. SPA welcomes back Ira Glass, host of NPR’s “This American Life,” and perennial favorite, author David Sedaris, with readings from new and unpublished works. SPA has long been an advocate for dance, presenting countless companies over the years, and this season is no different. The Tudor Family Dance Series will include performances by Compañía Nacional de Danza from Madrid, Spain, Ballet Hispánico and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago who is celebrating their 40th Anniversary. Each of these shows will have exclusive master class opportunities and community engagement events that allow Houstonians to learn from the best dancers in the world. The 2017-2018 New Now Series will showcase truly fascinating performances. The comedic duo Penn and Teller will have you laughing the night away and the Houston debut of Nufonia Must Fall will charm you with a multi-disciplinary performance about a robot who falls in love.

BALLET HISPÁNICO CLUB HAVANAH PHOTO: PAULA LOBO

As always, there will be a few exciting additions in store, so stay tuned for surprises throughout the season. As you browse these pages, please keep in mind that it would be impossible for SPA to bring such talent from around the world without the generous support of our donors, especially those who sit on our Board and the many corporations who support the arts in Houston. It is through their continued support that we are also able to fulfill an equally important piece of our mission: to provide Education and Outreach to the community. SPA is focused on ensuring that those who may not typically be able to experience this caliber of performing arts have an opportunity to do so. I invite you to take a moment to look at all we are offering in 2017-2018, and I hope to see you at many of our performances next season!

June Christensen, Chief Executive Officer/President RENÉE FLEMING PHOTO: ANDREW ECCLES


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MOMIX OPUS CACTUS

Jones Hall Fri., Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m.

The internationally-acclaimed dance company, MOMIX, launches Society for the Performing Arts’ 2017-2018 season. Having thrilled fans in over 22 countries, MOMIX will delight Houston audiences through its trademark use of magical lighting and imagery. Artistic Director Moses Pendleton pushes boundaries by combining athletic dance, riveting music, outrageous costumes, inventive props and pure talent to create an entertaining multimedia experience. MOMIX’s revitalized version of Opus Cactus brings the landscape of the American Southwest to life with a signature illusionistic style, creating images of cactuses, slithering lizards and fire dancers. MOMIX JCC Master Class: Thurs., Sept. 14, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

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ODC/DANCE VELVETEEN RABBIT Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center Fri., Sept. 22, 7:30 p.m.

Velveteen Rabbit Sensory-Friendly Performance: Thurs., Sept. 21 at 1:00 p.m. Velveteen Rabbit Student Matinee: Fri., Sept. 22 at 10:00 a.m.

For 30 years, ODC has captivated audiences with their production of The Velveteen Rabbit. The San Francisco-based dance company brings a Bay Area tradition to Houston to share the Margery Williams’ classic tale of a well-worn nursery rabbit that becomes real. The Velveteen Rabbit is a heartwarming story that celebrates the relationship between a little boy and his stuffed rabbit, and the enduring power of love. ODC’s exciting production is filled with wit, elaborate costumes and madcap characters that will charm everyone.

PHOTO: ANDREW WEEKS

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VAN CLIBURN INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION GOLD MEDAL WINNER

Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center Thurs., Sept, 28, 7:30 p.m. Established in 1962, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is widely-recognized as “one of the world’s highest-visibility classical music contests” and remains committed to its original ideals of supporting, launching the careers of young pianists and sharing the transformative powers of music with a wide global audience. For over 50 years, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition has identified and ushered a host of exceptional artists to international prominence.

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PENN AND TELLER Jones Hall Fri., Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m.

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Penn and Teller have redefined the genre of magic while inventing their own distinct niche of comedy for nearly 40 years. From sold out runs on Broadway to Emmy-winning TV specials, Penn and Teller show no signs of slowing down with their comedic acts. As individuals, they are just as prolific.  Teller directed a version of Macbeth that toured the East Coast to raves from The New York Times and Wall Street Journal and co-wrote and directed the OffBroadway thriller “Play Dead.” Penn has written three books, including the 2011 New York Times Best Seller, “God No!”, hosted the NBC game show Identity and donned his ballroom shoes for the 2008 season of ABC’s hit Dancing With The Stars. The comical duo will have the audience laughing the night away in Jones Hall.


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U-THEATRE:

SWORD OF WISDOM Jones Hall Sat., Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m.

Based in Taiwan, U-Theatre is a unique theatre company that utilizes drumming, meditation and theatrics to portray stories. In 1988, Liu Ruo-Yu founded U-Theatre to create a group that explores their bodies and minds through performance. Liu Ruo-Yu collaborated with Huang Chih-Chun, a professional traditional Chinese percussionist, to teach U-Theatre company members drumming. The result is a visually brilliant and unique mode of contemporary theatre that is process-based, finely-tuned and performer-dependent. U-Theatre is grounded in a collective experience based on each member’s personal search for enlightenment and inner balance.

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ALISA WEILERSTEIN AND INON BARNATAN

Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center Sat., Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m. Alisa Weilerstein and Inon Barnatan bring their captivating duet to Houston. Cellist Weilerstein’s passion, commitment and breathtaking technique combined with undeniable musicianship make her one of today’s most exciting artists. Barnatan is a true poet of the keyboard: refined, searching and unfailingly communicative. His sincerity and expressiveness brings audiences into each phrase as if hearing them for the first time, rivaling his technical abilities and sensitive phrasing. Together, these two artists offer an alluring and passionate musical event not to be missed with works by Beethoven, Rachmaninoff and more. Join us for a Master Class on Sat. Oct. 21.

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2CELLOS Jones Hall Thurs., Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m.

In November 2013, SPA presented 2CELLOS in their sold-out HoustonSingle debut. Ticket Since then, the international sensation has soared in popularity and will make Pricescellists their much-anticipated return. Luka Sulic and Stjepan, the young Croatian $33-$113 behind 2CELLOS, rose to fame in 2011 when their version of Michael Jackson’s Subscriber “Smooth Criminal” took the world by storm. The YouTube video became a massive viral sensation leading to a record deal with Sony Masterworks, soldTicket out world tours and appearances on major T.V. shows. 2CELLOS have no limits Prices when it comes $24-$102 to performing live and are equally as impressive when playing Bach and Vivaldi as they are when rocking out AC/DC. Watch 2CELLOS in an intimate performance experience at Jones Hall. Join us for a Master Class on Wed. Nov. 1.

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TANGO BUENOS AIRES Jones Hall Fri., Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m.

One of Argentina’s great cultural exports and a SPA fan favorite, Tango Buenos Aires, returns to Houston for one night only. The company has gained international Single recognition for its key elements of love, passion and Ticket romance, with the precise movement of its dancers Prices and live music. Tango Buenos Aires has toured throughout $33-$113 the U.S. and will bring a brand-new program entitled Subscriber “The Spirit of Argentina” to Jones Hall. Ticket Prices Back by popular demand, SPA will host a tango festival with $24-$102 activities leading up to the performance.

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RENÉE FLEMING Jones Hall Sat., Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m.

Four-time Grammy winner Renée Fleming will captivate Houston with her sumptuous voice, consummate artistry and compelling stage presence. From the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony to performances in Beijing during the 2008 Olympic Games, Fleming is one of the most sought after voices around the world. In 2013, President Obama awarded her the National Medal of Arts, America’s highest honor for an individual artist. Fleming continues to grace the world’s greatest opera stages and concert halls, such as Jones Hall, with her award-winning soprano voice. Fleming will be accompanied by Richard Bado, a chorus master in the Houston Grand Opera for over 30 seasons, who has been collaborating with Fleming for over 35 years since their college days in recitals, concerts and operas. Join us for a Master Class on Fri. Nov. 3.

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DAVID SEDARIS Jones Hall Mon., Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m.

David Sedaris has become one of America’s preeminent humor writers with his sardonic wit and incisive social critiques. Sedaris has mastered satire by using cultural euphemisms and political correctness to address the human condition today. With a NYT-bestselling collection of fables and multiple awardwinning essays, he is admired for his intelligence around the world. Sedaris’ new book will be released in Summer 2017 and is a collection of his diaries, entitled Theft By Finding Diaries (1977-2002), which will be the focus of yet another entertaining evening with him in Houston.

NEW BOOK

Theft By Finding: Diaries (1977-2002)

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A& THEWYNONNA BIG NOISE CHRISTMAS Jones Hall Thurs., Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m.

Wynonna Judd - along with her band, The Big Noise - will bring “A Wynonna & The Big Noise Christmas” to Jones Hall. The show will feature incomparable musical arrangements from The Big Noise, putting Wynonna’s voice front and center for what promises to be a truly memorable evening of music and holiday magic. Respected by the millions of fans who are drawn to her music and her undeniable talent, Wynonna’s rich and commanding voice has sold over 30 million albums worldwide spanning a remarkable 33-year career. Charting countless singles, including 20 #1 hits and over 60 industry awards, the iconic performer was dubbed by Rolling Stone as “the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline.”

KINKY BOOTS Jones Hall Jan., 19 - 21, 5 shows

”Kinky Boots” is Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit that will step into hearts of Houston. With songs by Grammy and Tony-winning pop icon, Cyndi Lauper, ”Kinky Boots” will take you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. With direction and choreography by two-time Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell (“Legally Blonde”, “Hairspray”) and a book by Broadway legend and four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (“La Cage Aux Folles”), ”Kinky Boots” is the winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Choreography. Take a step in the right direction and discover that sometimes the best way to fit in is to stand out. Technical theatre workshops available.

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PIANO BATTLE Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center Sat., Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m.

Direct from Germany, Piano Battle is a grueling musical duel that has captivated international audiences. The masterminds behind Piano Battle are pianists Paul Cibis and Andreas Kern. Both Cibis and Kern have performed around the world with their distinct, unique performance styles that will be showcased. The two artists will take turns performing pieces by composers such as Chopin, Liszt and Debussy. The performance is divided into several rounds where their talents will be put to the test in Cullen Theater. At the end of each round, the audience will have an opportunity to vote for the winner and ultimately decide the winner of Piano Battle. Join us for a Master Class on Fri. Feb. 2.

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Join us on Fri. Feb. 8 for a puppetry workshop.

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NUFONIA MUST FALL Jones Hall Fri., Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m.

Montreal-based scratch DJ and music producer Kid Koala under the direction of Oscar-nominated K.K. Barrett presents a magical, multi-disciplinary and theatrical adaptation of his graphic novel and soundtrack, Nufonia Must Fall. Nufonia Must Fall’s charming story centers around a headphones-sporting robot, who falls in love. This live adaptation unfolds via realtime filming of miniature stages and a cast of puppets, while Kid Koala and the dynamic Afiara Quartet provide original live scoring on piano, strings and turntables. The result of which is that the audience seems to be watching an animated film, but simultaneously sees puppets being filmed in real time.

ELEVATOR AJ KORKIDAKIS

THE ILLUSIONISTS PRESENT:

ADAM

TRENT

Jones Hall Sat., Feb. 10, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Adam Trent is an internationally-recognized magician who fuses magic, comedy and music to create a one-of-a-kind show. He began street performing at the age of 14 and then went to college in Los Angeles to study finance and entertainment marketing. The skills he gained over the years combined with his creativity have led him to become a global sensation. The Illusionists Present: Adam Trent is an immersive entertainment extravaganza of magic, comedy and music perfect for the entire family! Adam Trent’s jaw-dropping illusions and unparalleled talents will have Houston audiences on the edge of their seats.

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ORKESTA MENDOZA

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Warehouse Live - Ballroom Sat., Mar. 3, 7:30 p.m.

Over the last decade, globalFEST has become one of the most dynamic global music platforms in North America, growing from an acclaimed festival into a catalytic non-profit service organization for curators, artists and the performing arts field. Through its work, globalFEST encourages networking and cultural diplomacy; deepens cultural understanding among its

constituents; builds audiences for international music and creates new opportunities for artists leading to a more robust and sustainable ecosystem for world music in the United States. globalFEST will bring Las Cafeteras and Orkesta Mendoza to Warehouse Live for a night of infectious Latin style music. Las Cafeteras are children of immigrants who are remixing roots music and telling modern day stories with what LA Times has called a “uniquely Angeleno mishmash of punk, hip-hop, beat music, cumbia and rock…Live, they’re magnetic.” NPR describes Orkesta Mendoza as “a gorgeous, high-energy combination of mambo, cumbia, psych and rock.” Join us for a Master Class on Fri. Mar. 2.

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COMPAÑÍA NACIONAL DE DANZA

CARMEN Jones Hall Sat., Mar. 10, 7:30 p.m.

Hailing from Madrid, Compañía Nacional de Danza is led by Artistic Director José Carlos Martínez and it embraces both new and international creations, drawing in new audiences and boosting the company’s national and international projection. Compañía Nacional de Danza in collaboration with award-winning choreographer, Johan Inger, bring the mesmerizing masterpiece, Carmen, to Houston. The story witnessed through the eyes of a young watcher reveals the tale stripped to its mythic and universal elements of passion and violence. He opted to have a minimalistic version Carmen that centers on a plain and open stage, with clear-cut, solid and honest visuals and forms. Inger’s fresh take on Carmen allows the audience to interpret the story using their own imagination. CND JCC Master Class: Thurs., Mar. 9 at 7:30 p.m.

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ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: ROBERT BATTLE Jones Hall Mar., 16 – 17, 3 Shows

A Houston favorite returns! Experience the power of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and see for yourself why this extraordinary company is hailed as America’s cultural ambassador to the world. From the pulse-racing thrill of contemporary favorites to the spirit-lifting joy of beloved classics, these magnificent dancers offer something for every taste. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater JCC Master Class: Thurs., March 15 at 7:30 p.m.

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BRIA SKONBERG

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Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center Fri., Mar. 23, 7:30 p.m.

Canadian singer, trumpeter and songwriter Bria Skonberg wields a unique blend of modern-day pop sensibility and sizzling musicianship. Her elite jazz chops, artfully mixed with worldly rhythms and contemporary songwriting, result in a sophisticated pop sound. Bria has performed at some 100 festivals worldwide, co-founded the New York Hot Jazz Camp and New York Hot Jazz Festival, and has earned several awards for her talents. Skonberg signed to Sony Music Masterworks’ OKeh Records and released her debut LP, simply titled BRIA, in September 2016.

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Join us for a masterclass on Thurs. Mar. 22.

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HUBBARD STREET DANCE CHICAGO Jones Hall Fri., Apr. 13, 7:30 p.m.

Celebrating 40 years in the 2017-2018 season as one of the most original forces in contemporary dance, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago has long been known for its exceptionally talented dancers and a diverse repertoire of adventurous choreography. Under the artistic direction of Glenn Edgerton, this contemporary ballet company that “is going to take your breath away” (The Washington Post) is arguably at the top of its game. Today, the main company is comprised of 18 dancers with unparalleled versatility and virtuosity that will be on full display as they perform works from choreographers such as Twyla Tharp, William Forsythe, Crystal Pite and Nacho Duato. One of the only U.S. dance companies to operate year-round, Hubbard Street continues to produce bold and passionate performances in Chicago and tour domestically as well as internationally. Hubbard Street JCC Master Class:  Thurs., Apr.12 at 7:30 p.m.

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TAO

: DRUM HEART Jones Hall Sat., Apr. 14, 7:30 p.m.

“ Extraordinarily talented percussion artists… The crowd was unmistakably wowed.” CHICAGO TRIBUNE

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In 2004, TAO attended the world’s largest festival of the arts – the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and made number one box-office smash hit of the festival in spite of their first participation. TAO has started spreading into the overseas after their success at the Festival Fringe and three month long-run show in Germany and Australia tour were made as their first world tour career. After invited to perform at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010, every single show was sold-out on their first North American tour visiting 44 cities totaling 50 shows throughout the U.S. Drum Heart is the newest production from TAO and has critics raving about TAO’s extraordinary precision, energy, and stamina. With hundreds of sold-out shows and more than 6.5 million spectators worldwide, TAO has proven that modern entertainment based on the timeless, traditional art of Japanese drumming, entertains international audiences again and again. Join us for a Master Class on Fri. Apr. 13.


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FEATHERS OF FIRE: A PERSIAN EPIC

Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center Fri., Apr. 20, 7:30 p.m.

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PEDRITO

MARTINEZ Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center Sat., May 5, 7:30 p.m.

Pedro Pablo “Pedrito” Martinez began his musical career at the age of 11, performing as a vocalist and percussionist with Cuban legends Tata Guines and Yoruba Andabo. His perfectly intoned tenor voice seamlessly combines popular and folkloric

Feathers of Fire: A Persian Epic is a visually breathtaking cinematic shadow play for all ages, created by Hamid Rahmanian, a 2014 Guggenheim fellowship-winning filmmaker/visual artist.  The play unfolds an actionpacked magical tale of star-crossed lovers from the 10thcentury Persian epic Shahnameh (‘The Book of Kings’), – Zaul and Rudabeh, who triumph at the end against all odds. Rahmanian’s graphics, derived from the visual tradition of the region, will be rendered as puppets, costumes, masks, scenography and digital animation, all of which will come to life in a “live animation” shadow casting technique perfected by shadow master Larry Reed on a cinema-size screen. The play also features an original score by the acclaimed musical team, Loga Ramin Torkian and Azam Ali. Feathers of Fire had its world premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2016.   Join us for a week-long celebration of Persian culture with exciting events at various venues around Houston.

influences. A consummate master of Afro-Cuban folkoric music, Pedrito doesn’t just play a handful of standard batá rhythms – he plays the monumentally complex “Oru seco” exquisitely on each drum or on all three at once. Pedrito will captivate Cullen Theater with his infectious energy, humor, charisma and dance moves that make him a formidable front man and percussionist. A portion of the proceeds from this performance will benefit The MusicLink Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing private music lessons to children in need. Join us for a Master Class on Fri., May 4.

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IRA GLASS Jones Hall Sat., May 12, 7:30 p.m.

Ira Glass brings an all-new show to Houston! Go behind the scenes of the public radio broadcast, This American Life, with its incredibly talented host, Ira Glass. He is also the creative producer of the show, contributing much more than just his distinct and entirely unusual radio voice. Glass is returning to demonstrate the creative processes in making the show, dissecting raw materials such as monologues, interviews and recorded events to craft compelling narratives with careful editing and music. Come and see the creative wonders behind the radio show that is heard each week by over 2.2 million listeners.

BALLET HISPÁNICO

Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center Sat., May 19, 7:30 p.m.

Ballet Hispánico, a “strong ambassador of not just Latino culture but of dance itself” (Broadway World), brings its bold and eclectic brand of contemporary dance with an all-Latina choreographer program for the 2017-2018 season. The engagement features Michelle Manzanales’s Con Brazos Abiertos, an exploration of iconic Mexican symbols that Manzanales was reluctant to embrace as a Mexican-American child growing up in Texas; Línea Recta by BelgoColombian Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, a work pairing the hallmark passion of flamenco dance with highly inventive and intricate partnering, set to music by flamenco guitarist Eric Vaarzon Morel; and Catorce Dieciséis by Tania Pérez-Salas, one of Mexico’s most noted contemporary choreographers. This program draws upon the innovation and versatility of one of the world’s premier dance companies to capture contemporary Latino culture through movement. Ballet Hispánico JCC Master Class: Thurs., May 17 at 7:30pm

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THE

SOUND OF MUSIC Jones Hall Jun., 1 - 3, 5 shows

The Hills Are Alive! A brand-new production of “The Sound of Music”, directed by three-time Tony Award® winner Jack O’Brien, is coming to Jones Hall. The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award® winning Best Score, including My Favorite Things, Do-Re-Mi, Climb Ev’ry Mountain, Edelweiss and the title song. “The Sound of Music” features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, suggested by “The Trapp Family Singers” by Maria Augusta Trapp.

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SOCIETY FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

Education And Community Engagement

SPA’s Education and Community Engagement Department creates affordable opportunities for the discovery, development and celebration of creativity on and off stage by engaging all people in the Houston area through diverse programs and cultural partnerships. • From professional development for teachers to pre-performance activities for the whole family, SPA’s education and community engagement programs offer something for everyone.

A R T S TA L K

ARTIST RESIDENCIES

CAST

Arts Talks are pre- or post-performance discussions led by touring artists, artistic directors or local experts. These short lectures provide insight and context for SPA’s main stage presentations.

Artist Residencies give students personal access to SPA’s touring artists from around the globe. Artists visiting Houston as a part of an extended residency engage students through master classes, demonstrations and conversations over several days. See website for details.

CAST (“Collecting All Surplus Tickets”) delivers meaningful artistic experiences to several deserving human service organizations in the Houston area. Through the program, SPA patrons donate unused tickets to provide individuals who may not otherwise be able to attend an SPA presentation the opportunity to experience the power of the performing arts.

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Performance Preludes highlight local performing arts groups within the Houston community by offering performance opportunities in front of SPA audiences prior to each main stage presentation. Performance Preludes are generously sponsored by H-E-B.

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S T U D E N T M AT I N E E S

Student Matinees introduce thousands of students to the performing arts through discounted daytime performances geared specifically for K-8 audiences. TEKS-aligned study guides that focus on STEM and arts integration are provided for each matinee performance. Sensory-friendly performances are available; see website for details. n

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Teacher Workshops are professional development opportunities for K–12 educators. Whether a dance teacher is looking for new techniques or a science teacher wants to integrate the arts into the core curriculum, SPA provides workshops with teaching tools and strategies that work. CPE hours available. Teacher Workshops are generously sponsored by ConocoPhillips. n

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Movement Toward Literacy explores the connections English Language Arts and movement to support learning, creativity, and personal empowerment in the classroom. Movement Toward Literacy is generously sponsored by Phillips 66 and BBVA Compass Bank. n

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BALLET HISPÁNICO, INTENSIVE CLASSES PHOTO: LYNN LANE

Storytellers: The 20th Annual Wells Fargo Student Art Contest

“The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.” – Neil Gaiman, author For the last 20 years, students in Houston have told their stories through thousands of works of art submitted to the Wells Fargo Student Art Contest. Their personal tastes, family histories and cultural background reflect the diversity of Houston.  Stories break boundaries. The cinematic shadow play Feathers of Fire takes its story from the Shahnameh, the great Persian epic. More than 1,000 years after its creation, these ancient tragedies and love stories still resonate with modern audiences.  Inspired by Feathers of Fire, the 20th Annual Wells Fargo Student Art Contest, Storytellers, encourages students to tell their personal story through their submission. What’s your story? Submission Deadline: Friday, March 9, 2018

SPA at the J Dance Master Class Series

Society for the Performing Arts, in partnership with the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, presents the 2017-2018 SPA at the J Dance Master Class Series. These master classes bring the expertise of world-renowned dancers, choreographers, and teaching artists from around the world directly to Houston. Classes are open to the public for intermediate dancers and up. All classes cost $20 per participant. For more information or to sign up, visit spahouston.org/masterclasses or email education@spahouston.org.

MICHELLE EULENE, HOLD STILL MEDIA

VISIT SPAHOUSTON.ORG OR CALL 713.227.4772

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Thanks To Our Season Sponsors! HOUSTON ENDOWMENT INC.

THE WORTHAM FOUNDATION

CULLEN TRUST FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

MD ANDERSON FOUNDATION

THE BROWN FOUNDATION

VAUGHN FOUNDATION

THE FRIEDKIN GROUP

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KAYSER FOUNDATION

CURT KARGES

SCOTIABANK/ARCADIUS CAPITAL

GEORGE AND MARY JOSEPHINE HAMMAN FOUNDATION

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Can’t Buy Experiences Exclusive Events with the Artists

Visibility and Brand Recognition in the iconic Jones Hall and Wortham Center

Cross-Marketing Opportunities Reach over 100,000 Houstonians and visitors

For More Information, Call 713.632.8104 or Email development@spahouston.org


Support SPA! DEFINING MOMENTS

Each season is full of ‘first moments’ – of artists making their Houston debuts and of children attending a performance at Jones Hall or The Wortham Center for the first time. For more than 50 years, Society for the Performing Arts has brought the world’s best performing artists to Houston audiences. Thanks to the support of our patrons, we are able to bring a dynamic roster of performances year after year and offer more than 100 education programs throughout the greater Houston area. Please join us in creating moments that define us, inspire us and bring us together.

TASTE OF SPA 2016 (MICHAEL CHU AND EMILY KUO)

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Your contribution to SPA’s Annual Fund allows us to provide arts education programs to thousands of local children who would otherwise not experience the performing arts. By making a donation of $1,000 or more, you will join the group of SPA Visionaries who propel the organization forward through their constant dedication and participation.

2016 GALA (KASE AND EILEEN LAWAL)

F O R M O R E I N F O R M AT I O N

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2017 GALA KICKOFF PARTY(JEFF BALL AND RACHELLE WILLIS)

BENEFITS AND RECOGNITION $100+

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Friday, Sep. 15, 2017

7:30 PM Jones

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Friday, Sep. 22, 2017

7:30 PM Cullen

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Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017

7:30 PM Cullen

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7:30 PM Jones

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Tango Buenos Aires

Friday, Nov. 3, 2017

7:30 PM Jones

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Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017

7:30 PM Jones

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Monday, Nov. 6, 2017

7:30 PM Jones

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Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017

7:30 PM Jones

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Friday, Jan. 19, 2018

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1:00 PM Jones

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Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018

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Friday, Feb. 9, 2018

7:30 PM Jones

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Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018

4:00 PM Jones

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Friday, Mar. 16, 2018

7:30 PM Jones

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Saturday, Mar. 17, 2018

2:00 PM Jones

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7:30 PM Jones

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Friday, Mar. 23, 2018

7:30 PM Cullen

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Friday, Apr. 13, 2018

7:30 PM Jones

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Tao: Drum Heart

Saturday, Apr. 14, 2018

7:30 PM Jones

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Feathers Of Fire

Friday, Apr. 20, 2018

7:30 PM Cullen

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Saturday, May 5, 2018

7:30 PM Cullen

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

7:30 PM Jones

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

7:30 PM Cullen

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Friday, Jun. 1, 2018

7:30 PM Jones

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2:00 PM Jones

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SOCIETY FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS Bringing The World’s Best To Houston

Jesse H. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St., Suite 100, Houston, Texas 77002

MOMIX OPUS CACTUS

Jones Hall Fri., Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m.

ODC/DANCE

VELVETEEN RABBIT Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center Fri., Sept. 22, 7:30 p.m.

ALISA WEILERSTEIN AND INON BARNATAN Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center Sat., Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m.

2CELLOS

Jones Hall Thurs., Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m.

VAN CLIBURN TANGO BUENOS INTERNATIONAL AIRES PIANO COMPETITION Jones Hall Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center Thurs., Sept, 28, 7:30 p.m.

PENN AND TELLER Jones Hall Fri., Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m.

U-THEATRE: SWORD OF WISDOM Jones Hall Sat., Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m.

RENÉE FLEMING Jones Hall Sat., Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m.

DAVID SEDARIS

Jones Hall Mon., Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m.

A WYNONNA & THE BIG NOISE CHRISTMAS Jones Hall Thurs., Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m.

KINKY BOOTS

Jones Hall Jan., 19 – 21, 5 shows

PIANO BATTLE

Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center Sat., Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m.

NUFONIA MUST FALL Jones Hall Fri., Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m.

THE ILLUSIONISTS PRESENT:

ADAM TRENT

Jones Hall Sat., Feb. 10, 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

globalFEST

TAO: DRUM HEART

COMPAÑÍA NACIONAL DE DANZA, CARMEN

FEATHERS OF FIRE: A PERSIAN EPIC

ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER

PEDRITO MARTINEZ

Warehouse Live - Ballroom Sat., Mar. 3, 7:30 p.m.

Jones Hall Sat., Mar. 10, 7:30 p.m.

Jones Hall Mar., 16 – 17, 3 Shows

BRIA SKONBERG

Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center Fri., Mar. 23, 7:30 p.m.

HUBBARD STREET DANCE CHICAGO Jones Hall Fri., Apr. 13, 7:30 p.m.

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Jones Hall Sat., Apr. 14, 7:30 p.m.

Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center Fri., Apr. 20, 7:30 p.m.

Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center Sat., May 5, 7:30 p.m.

IRA GLASS

Jones Hall Sat., May 12, 7:30 p.m.

BALLET HISPÁNICO Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center Sat., May 19, 7:30 p.m.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC

Jones Hall Jun., 1 – 3, 5 shows

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