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Touhill Performing Arts Center | University of Missouri–St. Louis

Fall/Winter 2011

Chemistry of a Quartet Arianna String Quartet p. 6

Unscripted Puppetry

Stuffed & Unstrung p. 9

Guitar Man

George Benson p. 10

Juxtaposition

Modern American Dance Company p. 14

Celtic Festival

CREATIVE MINDS Touhill resident artists and partners p. 8

Dennis Hayes & Martin Cahill p. 22

Miner’s Daughter Kathy Mattea p. 26

arts@play p. 30

Behind the Scenes p. 37


TOUHILL PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

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Table of Contents Cover Story

Presenting Partners & Resident Companies

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Arianna String Quartet THEATer & OPERA

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The Improvised Shakespeare Company Stuffed and Unstrung

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D Jazz 10. 11. 12. 13.

George Benson Double Bill: Dianne Reeves & Ahmad Jamal Jazz Festival Consortium St. Louis Jazz Orchestra

E Dance 14. MADCO: Juxtaposition 16. Martha Graham Dance Company

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2011 Holiday Season F WORLD MUSIC & DANCE 22. Celtic Festival: Dennis Hayes & Martin Cahill 24. Zheng Xulan: Songs of China

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Kathy Mattea In the Mood Wizard of Oz Joshua’s Boots

FAMILY

30. Arts@Play –Ed Reggi’s Instant Paper Slip Theatre –MADCO: Exercise Imagination –Muny4U

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32. Academic Concerts and Performances 37. Behind the Scenes

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Writers & editors Cary Goldwasser, Carla Gibson, Julia Gleason, Kimberly Klearman Michael Sieveking Design & Production Marty Baragiola Performers Photography: Charles Barnes (cover, center spread) Carol Rosegg (photo of Stuffed and Unstrung) Vince Ricardel (Photo of George Benson) John Deane (photos of Martha Graham Dance Company) Rosalie O’Connor (photo of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet) Max Pucciariello (photo of MOMIX) Herbert Migdoll (photo of The Joffrey Ballet) James Minchin (photos of Kathy Mattea) Marty Baragiola (Touhill Photography)

The Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center is a not-for-profit organization.

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One of the pleasures of my job is working with the many talented artists who come through this building. We have our share of outstanding national touring performances that make a relatively brief stop at the Touhill. Still, other artists are here so routinely they form a special group of colleagues. These artists and arts professionals are our resident artists and presenting partners. The Touhill staff has varied relationships with each organization. For some, we bolster the public awareness for a performance. For others, we become intimately involved with solving complicated technical feats. We rise to meet the needs of these groups on an individual basis. And they often help each other. The result is a community of artists and advocates that brings new and innovative programs, as well as forgotten treasures, back to the live performance stage. This community is represented on the cover of this magazine. The day the photo was taken proved to be an interesting collision of time and space. I work with each representative on a regular basis, so everyone seemed in their place. Many greeted each other as old friends and respected colleagues. However, I quickly discovered several did not know each other, though they share the same performance home. Some introductions were made, new connections were born, and the Touhill community grew a little tighter. Just as they strengthen their relationships with each other, I hope you take the time meet another member of the “Touhill community.” Whether that’s a fellow patron seated nearby, someone you meet at one of many post-show gatherings or experience a performance in a genre that is new to you. At the Touhill we strive to make new experiences accessible and rewarding. Our presenting partners and resident companies help make this possible, and they would be thrilled to welcome you into their neighborhood of the “Touhill community.”

–John Cattanach


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Many events at the Touhill have pre-performance activities. Dance St. Louis hosts “Speaking of Dance” in the Terrace Lobby. Our E3! “Explore” discussions give artists the opportunity to give background and insight to the program to follow. Sometimes there is live music in the lobby to help set the tone for the evening. There is also opportunity to stay later to interact with artists and fellow patrons at the E3! “Engage” receptions and Student Spotlight performances. The University Theatre department also conducts post-show discussions following its productions. These opportunities to learn more about the performing arts are so popular with adults that we expanded the program to create an engaging performing arts learning environment for children. Information, activity and performance combine to create a dynamic experience for school-age participants. See more on page 30. Look for to indicate which performances are part of the Explore - Experience - Engage program. Look for

to indicate which performances are part of the Student Spotlight program.

SMOKE-FREE The UMSL campus is now tobacco-free. Please refrain from smoking when you visit the Touhill. Thank you.

NEW TICKET OFFICE HOURS Regular Ticket Office hours have changed to include extended evening hours for your convenience. As always, the Ticket Office will be open at least two hours prior to ticketed events for last minute purchases and questions. On non-performance days, call 314-516-4949 or visit us:

Monday 10 am - 7 pm Tuesday 10 am - 4 pm Wednesday 10 am - 4 pm Thursday 10 am - 7 pm Friday 10 am - 4 pm

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The Touhill provides the incubation spot for our creative ideas, fully supporting the growth and development of our work. The staff, technicians, and resident artists work together to provide a daily pulse in the Touhill that is unlike any other venue in St. Louis. When performances finally hit the stage and the patrons join us in the journey then life is breathed into the art. It’s a magical –Stacy West, MADCO process!

The Arianna Quartet is thrilled to call the Touhill Performing Arts Center our home, and to have the two splendid concert halls as our “home court” performance venues in St. Louis. The ultimate success of any performing arts organization hinges on its ability to be on stage in a world-class performance space, such as the Touhill, as much as possible. The Touhill is where our real creative work is done, where we get to test the analytic and technical work that we do in rehearsal, and where we measure the effectiveness of our final product in performance. Most importantly, the Arianna Quartet is fortunate to be part of the Touhill team, a group comprised of savvy technicians, creative marketers, and visionary leadership, who works together to cultivate opportunities for audiences and performers to meet and experience a fusion of culture, education, and imagination all under one roof. The Arianna Quartet loves our audience, loves the Touhill, and loves St. Louis. There’s no place like home!

–Kurt Baldwin, Arianna String Quartet

The St. Louis Jazz Orchestra is proud to call the Touhill Performing Arts Center “home.” Performing in a world-class venue supported by a world-class staff is something most artists can only dream of.

–Jim Widner, ST. Louis Jazz Orchestra

Working with the Touhill has given Jazz St. Louis the opportunity to expand the scope of our presentations and reach more of our patrons than ever before. The venue gives our audience the opportunity to experience legendary artists such as Sonny Rollins, Al Jarreau and George Benson in an inviting, intimate –Bob Bennett, Jazz St. Louis space.

The unique partnership between Dance St. Louis and The Touhill offers both of us to become leaders in the presentation of dance nationwide as we are able to look for the best instead of waiting to see what is passing by. It also offers us an opportunity to challenge the local dance scene to raise their standards and –Michael Uthoff, Dance St. Louis enhance the community.


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Presenting partners are the organizations that arrange for artists from around the world to perform in St. Louis. These groups continually seek the most intriguing performers in the genre, then bring them to the Touhill stages. These organizations are backed by support staff who collaborate with the Touhill staff on technical, marketing and audience-development efforts. It is no coincidence the combination of resident and presenting groups reflect the spectrum of performing arts genres audiences expect from the Touhill. Their collective expertise allows the Touhill, as a venue, to rely on their input as artistic directors. The organizations, in turn, depend on our expertise to facilitate the venue-specific aspects of performance. The Touhill staff handles ticketing, technical management and day-ofshow audience interaction, among others.

This means, even for the arts professionals who run established presenting organizations, specific responsibilities can fall to the venue staff who handle them daily. They remain lean, efficient and focused on the art. And as a “hub of information,” the Touhill staff has the ability to foster collaboraive relationships between groups. In 2011, for example, MADCO and the Arianna String Quartet paired up for a Youth Engagement activity that promises to be the start of many outstanding new creative endeavors for adults and children. On all counts – creative cooperation, marketing, logistics and technical support – such collaborations help build St. Louis’ cultural community. Sometimes it is as simple as knowing they have a home, a place to hang their hat. Or instrument, as the case may be. H

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A resident company is a group of artists that call the Touhill “home.” The Arianna String Quartet, MADCO and St. Louis Jazz Orchestra practice in our rehearsal space, teach and perform on our stages – and depend on the Touhill’s infrastructure to conduct the business side of its performances.

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Resident companies and presenting partners collaborate with the Touhill to showcase the best in performing arts in St. Louis. Without such relationships, the Touhill would be just another venue.

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Like a family, a quartet has a unique relationship all its own.

“It’s a joy to hear the ASQ … They breathe together, they listen to each other and they’re generous with one another,” wrote Sarah Bryan Miller of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Violist Joanna Mendoza, who joined the Arianna String Quartet in 2008, expounds on the quartet’s chemistry. “When we’re playing, we’re constantly responding to one another: the quality of our sounds, the direction of the phrasing, the energy that the others bring to their playing. In a sense, at any moment, each can be a catalyst to make something happen in the music.”

Mendoza feels the chemistry in the Arianna String Quartet comes easy. “But I think that has more to do with each of us being comfortable in our own skin and knowing that our primary concern is the health of the quartet – as a fulfilling endeavor, as a business, our work with the university. Kurt Baldwin, cellist and founding member of ASQ, feels a quartet can only work when everyone feels like a vital part of the ensemble: “We make decisions equally. We know the music is the most important thing – bigger than all of us.” Another vital component is a good sense of humor. The ASQ’s humor is evident as they interact with the crowd and especially during the E3! pre-performance discussions. This is a virtue in every happy family. H


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ARIANNA STRING QUARTET 2011-2012 SEASON

FRIDAY September 9 8 PM Commemorating the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the quartet performs powerful and uplifting pieces that illuminate the human spirit, expression and emotion. For the last piece, ASQ shares the stage with pianist Alla Voskoboynikova. BEETHOVEN: E-flat Major, Op.74 Joan Tower: Second String Quartet “In Memory” (2002) BRAHMS: Piano Quartet in C minor, Op.60

PRO ARTE QUARTET The Legendary Pro Arte Quartet, is the oldest string quartet in continuous existence, celebrating a centennial in 2012. For the quartet’s rich anniversary season, Pro Arte has commissioned many works, will release a CD, a book and, of course, tour extensively nationally and internationally. Renowned for championing new music while embracing standard classical repertoire, the quartet was the first artist ensemble residency ever in a major American university (Wisconsin). A model since emulated by most major string quartets.

Funded by The James and Vera Olson Fund for the Arts. FRIDAY FEBRUARY 10 8 PM

Razumovsky Gala

FRIDAY OCTOBER 28 7 PM The Arianna Quartet continues its tradition of gala concerts with an unforgettable evening traversing three masterpieces. BEETHOVEN: three Op.59 “Razumovsky” Quartets

World Premiere

Janet Sung

Welcomed by the Arianna String Quartet Violinist Janet Sung enjoys an acclaimed international career as a virtuoso soloist, praised for her lustrous tone and impassioned, bravura performances.

Thursday September 29 7:30 pm

FRIDAY MARCH 2 8 PM The centerpiece of the evening is award-winning composer David Stock’s world premiere of a work written especially for the Arianna String Quartet.

Gateway to Hope Concert

BEETHOVEN: Quartet in F minor, Op.95, “Serioso,” STOCK: Quartet No.9 TCHAIKOVSKY: Quartet No.3 in E-flat minor

When a 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck Tohoku, Japan, in March 2011, the devastation was just beginning. The largest quake in modern Japanese history caused a massive Tsunami that washed away much of the country’s Pacific coastline and instigated meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant.

Famous Last Words

As of early June, more than 15,000 people were reported dead, nearly 9,000 still missing. Thousands more are forced to live in shelters.

FRIDAY MAY 4 8 PM

The Arianna closes the season with a musical odyssey through final works for string quartet written by three leviathans of the quartet repertoire. MENDELSSOHN: Andante and Scherzo, Op.81 BARTOK: Quartet No.6 BEETHOVEN: Quartet in F Major, Op.135

This special concert, featuring the Ambassadors of Harmony, MADCO (Modern American Dance Company), the Arianna String Quartet and the St. Louis Osuwa Taiko group, will raise money for Junior Chamber International’s Operation Hope for Japan, the permanent fund for the organization to help victims and assist the nation’s recovery from the tragedy.

THURSDAY OCTOBER 27 7:30 PM

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Just one title suggestion from the audience and this Shakespearean improv ensemble goes to work wielding swords and spewing comedic, Elizabethan drama. In the styles, themes and language of William Shakespeare, The Improvised Shaksepeare Company takes audiences for a ride through power struggles, star-crossed lovers, kings, princesses, sword-play, rhyming couplets, insults and persons in disguise. It’s a mash up of all we’ve come to expect from the pen of the great Bard, with spontaneous comedy that keeps us rolling in the aisles.

This combination has proven successful for The Improvised Shakespeare Company, which has been performing its critically acclaimed show every Friday night at the world famous iO Theater in Chicago for more than four years and continues to entertain audiences around the globe with its touring company. “Everybody has some experience with Shakespeare, whether they love him or hate him,” explains Blaine Swen, the creator and director of the Improvised Shakespeare Company, about his troupe’s appeal. “He is constantly performed and everybody has read a least a little of ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ or maybe just the CliffsNotes to get by in high school.” As the troupe boldly creates complete acts, the company’s real affection for Shakespeare shines through. “With our character archetypes,” Swen says, “we aim to make them very Shakespearean in that they feel very richly, deeply, passionately, and they aspire to things like deep love or ambitions to a throne.” So Swen urges thee to try some saucy Bard. It’s not your typical improv. H

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R e b e l l i o u s , b a w d y p u pp e t s o n t o u r

These puppeteers are the stars of Stuffed and Unstrung, an adults-only, improv show from Henson Alternative, the edgy branch of the

Jim Henson Company. (You won’t find Miss Piggy or Kermit here.) It was created by Brian Henson, the son of legendary Muppet patriarch Jim, and improv master Patrick Bristow, who hosts and directs the show. Stuffed and Unstrung has been touring the world since its inception in 2005 and played Off-Broadway at Union Square Theater for a 10-week run spring 2010. This will be its first time in St. Louis.

THEATER & O PERA

There’s a new band of puppeteers on the block. A band whose comedic timing and adlibbing skills are tested every show, and keep winning over audiences across the country with off-the-cuff and sometimes bawdy humor.

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And since Stuffed and Unstrung gives a real “look behind the curtain” with the puppeteers visible throughout the show, the audience can watch the mechanics of the art and see the tricks of the trade. The show also has two large screens that allow the audience to see the production without the puppeteers, as if it were a traditional puppet show. While there’s nothing traditional about Stuffed and Unstrung’s content, Henson believes that “Perhaps what has been the most rewarding for us has been how much our audiences have embraced the rebellious anarchic energy that gets unleashed with this show.” Let the anarchy begin. H

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“Without question, Stuffed and Unstrung is amusingly ribald and a tad controversial. It’s nearly impossible to spend the show’s two hours doing anything but laugh.” -Entertainment Weekly

THE SECOND CITY: Laugh Out Loud Tour THURSDAY & FRIDAY APRIL 26 & 27 8PM SATURDAY APRIL 28 5 & 9pm

A Touhill tradition! For the eighth consecutive season, The Second City’s trademark improvisation will be on full display in the Lee Theater cabaret with its one-of-a-kind Laugh Out Loud Tour. From the company that launched the careers of Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray and more, comes the next generation of the comedy world’s best and brightest in an evening of hilarious sketch comedy. H


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T H E NEA J AZZ MA S TER IN C ON C ERT Appreciated as both a musician and performer by millions, George Benson has always had the dual role of expert improviser and vibrant entertainer. He has consistently placed his keenly discerning art in the service of a rousing good time. Rounding out his singular approach with sly, seductive rhythm and blues, he’s earned himself an impeccable reputation as one of music’s most enterprising and engaging stars. “I was an entertainer first,” Benson says proudly. “As a kid I sang, danced and played the ukulele in a nightclub. As my career has progressed, I’ve had the pleasure of playing with the baddest jazz cats on the planet. But that doesn’t change my desire to entertain folks. That’s really who I am.” The 10-time Grammy-award winner built a reputation as one of jazz’s finest instrumentalists. Afficionados and industry insiders delighted in his pure jazz aesthetic.

GEORGE BENSON

PRESENTED BY JAZZ ST. LOUIS

SUNDAY OCTOBER 2 7:30 PM

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Amidst the acclaim from purists, mid-career Benson went in an entirely different direction– right toward pop. His 1976 release Breezin’ was the first jazz record to reach platinum status. The instrumental title track was huge on jazz radio, but “This Masquerade” featured Benson scatting, and he became a pop superstar. He followed up with “On Broadway,” still a playlist mainstay, and the irresistible “Give Me The Night.” Benson was a huge crossover success. Of the new audience and newly critical jazz loyalists, Benson says, “nobody can stay one way for 30 years. I’ve always tried to let my experience show itself. You learn, you change. The door opened and I walked through it.” H

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Dianne Reeves

Ahmad Jamal

Dianne Reeves is the pre-eminent jazz vocalist in the world today. As a result of her virtuosity, improvisational prowess and unique jazz and R&B stylings, Reeves received the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Performance for three consecutive recordings—a Grammy first in any vocal category.

To say that Ahmad Jamal has been an influence on modern music would be an understatement. Every pianist of the last 50 years cites him as an inspiration. Jamal has mastered the art of giving a small group the sweeping feel of an orchestra. He continues to create some of the most exciting, vibrant music being recorded today.

“A natural story teller, (Dianne Reeves) used her timing and phrasing to bring novel insights to everything she sang.” – Los Angeles Times

“When people say Jamal influenced me a lot, they’re right...” – Miles Davis

Each performer is a standout. Reeves, a four-time Grammy-winning vocalist—the only singer to win the vocal category for three consecutive recordings in any singing category. Jamal, the innovative pianist and a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts American Jazz Masters award. And Jazz St. Louis brings each to the stage for the concert equivalent of a double feature. One night, one stage. Each with their own ensembles. Two completely separate concerts.

No reason to miss it. DOUBLE BILL:

DIANNE REEVES & AHMAD JAMAL

Sponsored by World Wide Technology, Inc.

PRESENTED BY JAZZ ST. LOUIS

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HERBIE HANCOCK PRESENTED BY JAZZ ST. LOUIS

SUNDAY MARCH 18 7:30 PM Throughout his explorations, Herbie Hancock has transcended limitations and genres, all while maintaining his unmistakable voice. With an illustrious career spanning five decades and 14 Grammy Awards, including the 2008 Album Of The Year for River: The Joni Letters, he continues to amaze audiences. Hancock’s latest album, The Imagine Project, features vocals from John Legend, India Arie, Pink, Seal and guitar work from Jeff Beck. Sponsored by World Wide Technology, Inc.

performances and a headliner performance at their mainstay venue, The Bistro in Grand Center. They will also present the opening headliner concert at the Touhill on Friday night. The Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival is a standout in the jazz community – an annual celebration of education and performance. Now, a newly formed consortium comprised of some of the most respected jazz producers in the St. Louis area combine resources for an enhanced 2012 festival. It is a trifecta of presenting power, lead by Jim Widner, director of the University of Missouri– St. Louis Jazz Studies program and Director of the Festival. He and the UMSL Jazz Studies Program continue to provide boundless expertise and tireless dedication to the festival Widner originated almost a decade ago. The Touhill continues to support the Festival with exceptional venue services for students, professionals and patrons, as well as presenting the Saturday night headliner. Jazz St. Louis joins the consortium with its outstanding reputation and considerable presenting power, broadening the physical scope of the festival to include academic

The consortium is pleased to announce the lineup for The University of Missouri–St. Louis Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival 2012, presented by the University of Missour–St. Louis, the Touhill Performing Arts Center and Jazz St. Louis. H 2012 FESTIVAL SCHEDULE Academic Performances and Adjudication free and open to the public. April 18 & 19 Jazz Combos at The Bistro in Grand Center April 19 & 20 Jazz Big Bands at the Touhill on the UMSL campus APRIL 19 Jazz St. Louis presents Stefon Harris and Sean Jones at The Bistro in Grand Center April 20 Jazz St. Louis presents Cubano Be, Cubano Bop: Poncho Sanchez & his Latin Jazz Band featuring Terence Blanchard with opening set by the UMSL Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Jim Widner at the Touhill April 21 Touhill Performing Arts Center presents the Christian McBride Big Band with opening set by the UMSL Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Jim Widner at the Touhill


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Bassist/Band Leader Jim Widner, alongside 16 of the finest jazz musicians in all of St. Louis, take to the Touhill’s Lee Theater, where cabaret-style seating exudes an authentic jazz club feel, to do what they do best – perform music from the quintessential American songbook.

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St. Louis Jazz Orchestra TUESDAY OCTOBER 4 7 PM

St. Louis Jazz Orchestra TUESDAY MARCH 6 7 PM

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Through the genre, legendary American musicians like Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman helped develop the sound of a generation. And when audiences experience big band jazz by the St. Louis Jazz Orchestra, they get a true sense of the sound of such greats. This October, the St. Louis Jazz Orchestra plays these and other American composers who helped define the big band sound.

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Versatility and innovation are trademarks of MADCO (Modern American Dance Company). A repertory company, MADCO performs work created especially for it by choreographers from across the country. Pieces in a repertoire can be radically different from one another; MADCO dancers have the talent to bring out the nuances of each. This year marks MADCO’s 35th anniversary. Known for its fresh, athletic style, MADCO radiates the energy of a much younger organization. “It surprises our audiences when they hear the company has been around that long,” says MADCO’s Artistic Director Stacy West. There is good reason for that. West’s primary concern is that audiences are entertained. So while the dance in MADCO’s repertory may

madco: pULSE! FRIDAY OCTOBER 7 8 PM SATURDAY OCTOBER 8 8 PM MADCO opens its 35th season with dynamic pieces by American choreographers – then amps it up with live music direction by St. Louisbased percussionist Matt Henry. MADCO’s fresh and innovative performances are always “bright, witty, theatrical and unabashedly entertaining…” says the Kansas City Times.

in fact be older than some of the performers, West and the entire company work diligently to keep movement and messages relevant. For a little perspective, bell bottoms were the hottest rage when MADCO launched. Just as clothing designers update the iconic bell bottom trend, so does MADCO. The original is transformed as necessary to reflect more contemporary sensibilities. The result is a seamless transition between older and newer choreography.

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MADCO: 35TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT FRIDAY march 30 8 pm saturday march 31 8 pm

MADCO has big things in store for its anniversary celebration. Whether you are a longtime fan or new to the company, save the date! This concert promises an outstanding snapshot of MADCO’s history, repertoire and, above all, talent.


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MADCO is a great company for people who love theatre and music but aren’t sure if they like dance, says West.


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“Martha Graham is the mother of modern dance,” says Michael Uthoff, artistic and executive director of Dance St. Louis. Her avant-garde choreography has made her a household name, but why is Martha Graham considered one of the great creative minds of the 20th-century? For starters, Graham never played by the rules. Her choreography was intended to express primal human emotion, rather than merely graceful beauty. Graham said, “I did not want it to be beautiful or fluid. I wanted it to be fraught with inner meaning, excitement and surge.” Graham’s most illustrious contribution to movement is the contraction and release of muscle spasms centered in the dancer’s pelvis to portray the sexual tension featured in many of her works. No stranger to controversy, Graham pushed the boundaries of her time with cutting-edge choreography that made her into the renowned artist she is remembered as today. The legacy of the dance pioneer lives on in the Martha Graham Dance Company, which will open the Dance St. Louis 2011-2012 season. By embracing a new programming vision that showcases masterpieces by Graham and her contemporaries alongside works by contemporary artists, the programs unite the work of choreographers across time. In the company’s 85th Anniversary Season tour, the Martha Graham Dance Company will perform an opulent production at the Touhill that will include pieces such as the beloved classic Appalachian Spring set to Aaron Copeland’s transcendent music and Lamentation Variations, commissioned to commemorate the September 11 attacks. The program is proof that Martha Graham will always be a dance legend and revolutionary.

MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY

PRESENTED BY DANCE ST. LOUIS and Centene Corporation FRIDAY OCTOBER 14 8 PM

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PRESENTED BY DANCE ST. LOUIS & The Touhill in cooperation with the st. louis college of pharmacy TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 7:30 PM

FRIDAY January 27 8 PM SATURDAY JANUARY 28 2 & 8 PM With passion, power and spectacle, these 40 dancers, singers and musicians highlight a mosaic of Hispanic cultures from around the world. Their program of folkloric and classical Spanish dances will climax in their smoldering flamenco rendition of Ravel’s Bolero.

the JOFFREY BALLET

PRESENTED BY DANCE ST. LOUIS FRIDAY MARCH 9 8PM SATURDAY MARCH 10 2 & 8 PM One of the world’s great dance companies flexes its muscles in a stunning contemporary program by James Kudelka, William Forsythe and Edwaard Liang, whose Age of Innocence is inspired by the passionate undercurrents of Jane Austen’s novels.

ASPEN SANTA FE ballet

PRESENTED BY DANCE ST. LOUIS & NOVUS INTERNATIONAL, INC. FRIDAY APRIL 13 8 PM SATURDAY APRIL 14 2 & 8 PM Top-flight dancers perform works by veteran and up-and-coming European and American choreographers. Boasting dual citizenship in two chic and lively cities, this Western wonder with a skyrocketing national reputation combines rugged athleticism with liquid grace.

5th Annual Emerson SPRING TO DANCE® FESTIVAL 2012 PRESENTED BY DANCE ST. LOUIS & THE TOUHILL

THURSDAY-SATURDAY MAY 24-26 This annual feast of the best in the Midwest and beyond has become a Memorial Day Weekend phenomenon! The 2012 edition returns with the same winning trifecta: 30 dance companies, three unique nights, still only $10 a night.

Dance St. Louis 2011-2012 Season Presenting Sponsor – Ameren Dance St. Louis is supported by the Arts and Education Council, Missouri Arts Council, Regional Arts Commission, Mid-America Arts Alliance, National Endowment for the Arts, and New England Foundation for the Arts. American Airlines is the official airline.

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The dancer-illusionists of MOMIX wowed St. Louis audiences when Dance St. Louis presented Botanica in April. Now this fantasy spectacle returns in a one-night-only encore performance. With a parade of hypnotic images that flow across the stage in scene after dazzling scene, Botanica celebrates the glory and mystery of Nature.

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MOMIX in botanica - ENCORE PRESENTATION!


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Jim Brickman’s A Christmas Celebration tour will roll into St. Louis this November, wrapping the Touhill in a blanket of holiday warmth.

For many, The Nutcracker is the first experience with live performance, for others, the first foray into ballet. But for all who attend, it’s a beloved holiday tradition.

In a spectacular concert, Brickman and special guests will present an evening of dazzling solo piano, vibrant vocals, plus warmth and humor. They weave together new and traditional holiday favorites for a musical celebration the whole family will enjoy.

Artists performing this classic recognize their contribution to the audience’s treasured memories. Few are as mindful of this as Saint Louis Ballet Artistic Director Gen Horiuchi.

Beginning in 1994 with his debut album No Words, this two-time Grammy-nominated, platinum-selling artist has revolutionized the sound of solo piano with his pop-style instrumentals and star-studded vocal collaborations. Brickman’s romantic piano sound has defined him as a marquis among contemporary instrumental hit makers. His latest albums include the 2010 Home, which debuted at number two on Billboard Magazine’s New Age Album chart, and last fall’s A Christmas Celebration: 15th Anniversary Collection, which launched his multi-city holiday tour. His touring has been especially well received by both audiences and reviewers. The Boston Herald review stated, “A crowd pleaser... His rhapsodic melodies coupled with considerable stage charm has made him a phenomenon!”

JIM BRICKMAN: A CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION SATURDAY NOVEMBER 26 8 PM

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CELEBRATIONS Unviersity of Missouri–St. Louis and the Department of Music are thrilled to present two holiday concerts.

Both FREE and OPEN to the public. As front man to the 160-voice Ambassadors of Harmony, Musical and Artistic Director Jim Henry is used to garnering awards. But the most recent holds a special place in his heart. Henry was awarded the 2011 Dare to Lead Award by the International Leadership Network for his work leading choruses as big as Ambassadors of Harmony and as small as UMSL’s a capella group Vocal Point. The award recognizes adult leaders who have made significant contributions to help young people achieve, and Henry is the first performer to receive the award. Past recipients include NFL quarterback Kurt Warner and his wife; Millstone Construction Founder I.E. Millstone; and the Danforth family. “Given what it represents and having seen the list of past recipients, I must say I find this recognition extremely humbling,” said Henry. Through his work with large and small choruses, Henry has seen the emotional power of music and its ability to touch people in life-changing ways. St. Louis audiences are also humbled each December as Henry leads the Ambassadors of Harmony in its holiday concert Sounds of the Season. The Ambassadors will be joined by quartets Crossroads and Vocal Spectrum for an uplifting evening of both light-hearted and traditional carols – augmented by the chorus’ clever choreography.

AMBASSADORS OF HARMONY: SOUNDS OF THE SEASON FRIDAY DECEMBER 9 8 PM SATURDAY DECEMBER 10 2 & 8 PM SUNDAY DECEMBER 11 2 & 7 PM

The St. Louis community is invited to join us for these special concerts! Stay for refreshments after the show to share holiday cheer with the performers and your neighbors.

JAZZ HOLIDAY CONCERT Sunday December 4 3pm

This event has become one of the most anticipated concerts of the holiday season. It features the combined sound of UMSL’s Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Jim Widner; Vocal Point, under the direction of Dr. Jim Henry; and the University Orchestra, under the direction of Dan Presgrave. Whether you are a fan of the “Boston Pops,” Henry Mancini or Count Basie, you’ll get a “swinging” start to the holiday. Complete with special guest artists and spectacular stage lighting, this holiday concert is not to be missed.

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This ever-popular annual holiday concert is a mixed presentation by UMSL’s choirs and orchestras, pulling from an extensive catalog of classic holiday music, including many traditional favorites. Participating ensembles are the University Orchestra, directed by Dan Presgrave, the University Singers and Vocal Point, directed by James Henry, and the University-Community Chorus, directed by John Smith. The orchestra and both choruses join to perform the grand finale Christmas Flourish by Randol Bass.

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While Hayes was in Chicago in the 1980s, he met master guitarist Dennis Cahill. The two formed Midnight Court, a jazz/rock/fusion band. Hayes reclaimed his Irish roots in the 1990s and recorded two solo albums.

Hayes and Cahill possess a rare musical kinship. “I couldn’t play this sort of music if Dennis wasn’t playing with me,” Hayes said. “We’re like two hands on a piano.” Cahill’s innovative accompaniment is acknowledged as being a major breakthrough for guitar in the Irish tradition. And Hayes, an All-Ireland Fiddle Champion six times over, continues the tradition of enthusiastically passing down the art through performance and teaching. H

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Opening for Hayes and Cahill is St. Louis Irish Arts, a local example of preservation, generational development and infusion of Irish performing arts into a community. Beginning with very young children, St. Louis Irish Arts teaches the penny whistle, simple dance steps and provides exposure to the Irish language. From there, the students progress through various instruments and/or more complicated dance and recitations of Irish poetry. Once proficient, the students in turn teach the younger ones who follow them. “It’s a beautiful process that has led to many gifted and award-winning performers,” said Terry Marshall with the Center for International Studies at UMSL.

Arrive early FOR the Celtic Festival atmosphere! Llywelyn’s Pub will bring its finest to the Touhill Lobby – start the evening with Irish food tasting and samples of Guinness, Smithwicks and Harp beers. [7 PM] THEN STAY AFTER for the Llywelyn’s Pub VIP Experience. Upgrade your ticket and join us as Llywelyn’s hosts an intimate post-performance gathering, featuring backstage meet & greet with Hayes and Cahill, open bar and buffet. Call or visit the Ticket Office to purchase the VIP Package!

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Martin Hayes is glowing example of what such a system produces. This County Clare, Ireland native is regarded as one of the most extraordinary talents to emerge in the world of Irish traditional music. His acknowledgement of the past and shaping of the future of the music combine to create an astonishing and formidable artistic intelligence.

And in 1995, Hayes and Cahill began playing as a duet. They have since toured extensively and recorded three albums together. The latest is the 2008 Welcome Here Again.

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The Many Titles of Zheng Xulan While revered in China for her chart-topping songs, pop singer is not the only defining title for Zheng Xulan. But it’s where her acclaim began. Her hit single “On the Sun Island” from the soundtrack of the 1979 film Summer in Harbin became an immediate sensation and secured her status as one of the most popular singers in China. Throughout her remarkable and longstanding career, Xulan has continued to mesmerize audiences with delightful folk songs from various regions of China. And it’s the rare few musicians who make such a cultural impact they are selected as the international ambassador for humanitarian causes. Xulan serves as the first HIV/AIDS Ambassador for the US-China AIDS Alliance. H Presented by E. Desmond Lee Global Ethnic Collaborative and Dr. Y. S. Tsiang Professorship in Chinese Studies, Center for International Studies, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center, St. Louis Chinese Association, with the support of The Regional Arts Commission, St. Louis

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SYN-AULOIS: REMBETIKA TO MODERN SATURDAY MARCH 10 8PM The Boston-based ensemble Syn-Aulois performs a wide range of 20th century Greek art music, rembetika and contemporary popular music. The name Syn-Aulois (pronounced “Sin-Avlis”) comes from the ancient Greek words “syn” (together) and the plural form of the ancient flute or “aulos,” and references the modern Greek word for “concert”: “synaulia,” a coming together of musical voices. The three musicians who make up the group come from a rich variety of musical backgrounds, including jazz, classical music, avant-garde, rock and Latin music, as well as various styles of folkloric and urban Greek music. They perform on bouzouki, violin, guitar, piano, accordion and percussion, and are accompanied by the extraordinary voice of Panayota Haloulakou. Presented by E. Desmond Lee Global Ethnic Collaborative and Karakas Family Foundation Alliance for the Advancement of Hellenic Studies, Hellenic Government-Karakas Family Foundation Professorship in Greek Studies, Center for International Studies, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center, with the support of The Regional Arts Commission, St. Louis

CHEIKH Lô THURSDAY APRIL 12 8PM Cheikh Lô is one of the great mavericks of African music. A superb singer and songwriter as well as a distinctive guitarist, percussionist and drummer, Cheikh Lô has been influenced by the music of West and Central Africa and created a style uniquely his own. His signature blend of semi-acoustic flavors – West and Central African, Cuban, flamenco – renders a focused and diverse statement of musical and cultural experience. Presented by E. Desmond Lee Global Ethnic Collaborative and E. Desmond Lee Professorship in African/African American Studies, Center for International Studies, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center, with the support of The Regional Arts Commission, St. Louis

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SATURDAY FEBRUARY 18 8PM An intersection of Japanese music and the Western World, this performance showcases classical and traditional music from both hemispheres, as well as original works for violin, flute, cello, voice and dance.

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As a young adult, Mattea began a mental collection of mining and mountain songs. Throughout her career, the Grammy Award winner gravitated toward songs with emotionally engaging lyrics. And as a country music star, Mattea utilized the power of her fame to draw attention to social issues dear to her. So touched by the Sago disaster, Mattea combined these pursuits and recorded COAL. The 2008 release has a decidedly bluegrass sound with folk music arrangements “perfectly suited to the material that Mattea has collected,” according to Jonathan Keefe of Slant magazine.

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“This record reached out and took me. It called to meto be made,”Mattea says. The album is complete, but Mattea’s social activism has hardly waned. In June 2011, she joined local residents of her native Blair Mountain, West Virginia, to rally against the threat of strip mining. She gave an inspirational speech urging the crowd to “keep showing up and telling this story, and swelling our ranks, until the rest of the world HEARS US.” H


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Ce l e b r a t i o n o f t h e G r e a t e s t G e n e r a t i o n A sentimental trip into the 1940s, In the Mood is as authentic as it gets. In the 1940s, Americans suffered a weariness stemming from the Great Depression and compounded by World War II. Yet the popular music of the day was decidedly upbeat. The boisterous, big-band sound and wildly carefree style of swing dance provided a much-needed escape from harsh realities of wartime existence. So as Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, The Dorsey Brothers, Glenn Miller and the Andrews Sisters defined the sound of the era, they ultimately helped inspire a new future filled with promise and prosperity.

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There’s no place like home. The Wizard of Oz is Variety Chidren’s Theatre’s next production, marking the third annual Broadway musical it’s staged at the Touhill. For Variety Children’s Theatre, the familiar line “There’s no place like home” resonates deeply. Variety is “home” to thousands of children with disabilities, as they provide vital medical equipment, as well as educational, therapeutic and recreation programs, such as the Children’s Theatre. And with its Children’s Theatre, it offers a stage “home” for Variety children with physical and mental disabilities in the ensemble and production staff of its annual show. It’s an inclusive setting, so they perform on and off-stage alongside St. Louis’ most talented children and with adult actors (both members of Actors’ Equity Association and non-Equity performers).

Gerry Kowarsky, local theater reviewer from KDHX’s “Two on the Aisle,” praised the 2010 show, “The production of OLIVER! by Variety Children’s Theatre reminded me a lot of the shows we see at The Muny. The adults were played by an excellent group of professional actors and the young people in the leading roles of the chorus lived up to the high standards set by their elders.”

Audiences are also impressed. In fact, these performances have an almost palpable level of excitement generated by wide-eyed children watching their peers on stage. It’s as if they can hardly believe they get to experience such wondrous and magical sights and sounds. Just like Dorothy and her first glimpse of Oz. H

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Joshua’s Boots, commissioned in 1998 by Opera Theatre of St. Louis and the Kansas City Opera, was created to give young audiences a positive first experience with opera. With the allure of a cowboy story, Joshua’s Boots illustrates a tale of unexpected heroism amid realities of the American “Wild West” that generally go untold.

JOSHUA’S BOOTS

PRESENTED BY OPERA THEATRE of SAINT LOUIS FRIDAY NOVEMBER 18 7 PM

It’s the story of Joshua, an African-American teenager in the South during the Reconstruction Era following the Civil War. After a narrow escape from a lynch mob, the young man follows his mother’s advice and heads north to Kansas. After several adventures, he winds up on a ranch, where he finds the life of a cowboy irresistible. But first he must convince the Trail Boss, Frederick, son of an ex-Confederate ranch owner, that an African-American deserves to work for him.

Joshua’s Boots, an opera for young people, co-commissioned by Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and Lyric Opera of Kansas City, with generous support from the Fred M. Saigh Endowment Fund, produced and presented by Opera Theatre of Saint Louis in cooperation with the Touhill Performing Arts Center and the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Fine Arts and Communication.

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Interactive Learning for Young Audiences

Many young people think of “culture” as a heaping plate of vegetables – suppose to be good for them, yet not all that enjoyable. While culture and arts are widely recognized as part of a balanced educational diet, it’s often received by children as the lonely broccoli that just doesn’t go down so easy. Here’s where the Touhill’s new youth engagement activity comes in. Arts@Play serves up a healthy plate of culture – disguised as dessert. Arts@Play is a collaboration of Touhill staff and three of St. Louis’ most respected presenters and artists. Ed Reggi’s Instant Paper Slip Theatre, MADCO and The Muny created original work especially for Arts@Play, each a hybrid of interactivity and performance. The goal: Give young people the opportunity to experience the performing arts in an entertaining, comfortable, fun setting. Participants can expect anything but a “kick-the-seat-in-front-of-you-and-count-ceiling-tiles” experience. Those who are so inclined can join artists on stage, give story suggestions, or incorporate their own favorite dance moves into the group’s choreography. Those who prefer to take it all in will enjoy what they see! Arts@Play delivers so much fun, young audiences don’t realize they are being “fed” a healthy diet of fine arts.


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Ed Reggi’s Instant Paper Slip Theatre FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 23

Using audience suggestions, Ed Reggi and his company of actors create a play on the spot in front of a live audience. Neither the audience nor the actors know how the story will turn out. Each performance is filled with unexpected plot twists, creative characters and the magic only found in live theater. In addition to watching the play unfold, audience members may participate in the production by playing necessary props, characters and even scenery, as they experience this interactive improv performance. The talented ensemble of Reggi’s Instant Paper Slip Theatre invites the audience to a performance that is pure spontaneous theater, while reinforcing teamwork, listening skills and school-appropriate messages. This program is suitable for young audiences of all ages.

MADCO: EXERCISE IMAGINATION FRIDAY JANUARY 20

“Exercise Imagination” is designed for interaction between audience members and MADCO artists. MADCO will show off excerpts of its athletic, entertaining and architecturally stunning dances and share behind the scenes tidbits about how artists get their inspiration and what it takes to turn an idea into a dance. Everyone will get their creative juices flowing and work together to create a new dance for the company with special roles for the audience. Who knows? You may even see your creation on the Touhill stage someday! This program is suitable for elementary school students.

Muny 4U

FRIDAY APRIL 13

Muny 4U is an hour-long theatrical experience, designed by The Muny with the middle-school audience in mind. Interactive and lively, the show will involve the audience in different aspects of musical theatre, and demonstrate that they know more about the genre than they might realize. Pulling from different sources, Muny 4U will highlight the integration of musical theatre into popular culture. The grand finale will involve the whole audience in an impromptu flash-mob-style production. This program is suitable for middle-school age students.

ALL PERFORMANCES

school performances 10AM & 12:30PM public performance 7PM ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED!

For more information and to make a reservation, call Emily Horsford at 314-516-4940 or visit touhill.org/artsatplay


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The Touhill Spotlight program highlights three academic performances each semester to build awareness and celebrate academic achievement in the performing arts. Please join us at a post show–reception to congratulate the faculty and students on their hard work.

THE HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS

presented by THE DEPARTMENT OF Theatre, Dance & Media Studies

This epic play, inspired by Isabel Allende’s prize-winning story, evokes the pride, passion and triumph of characters living in turbulent times. Published in 1982, The House of the Spirits quickly became an international best-seller. Set in a fictional Latin American country, the novel spans more than 50 years, dealing with themes of oppression, tyranny, gender and class issues, but also romance, love, healing and forgiveness.

October 14-15 & 19-22, 7:30 pm SUNDAY October 16 3 pm

UNIVERSITY SINGERS & VOCAL POINT presented by THE DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC

Two of the university’s distinguished ensembles share the stage for an evening of breathtaking music. The versatile performance will span many genres and range from traditional to contemporary. University Singers, a 45-voice auditioned concert choir, has traveled both nationally and internationally performing concerts in major, historic halls. Joining the choir on stage is the university’s own Vocal Point. Formed in the fall of 2005, Vocal Point consists of about 20 auditioned singers and has already distinguished itself as one of St. Louis’s premiere a cappella ensembles.

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 9 7:30 PM

UNIVERSITY PIANO STUDIO CONCERT presented by THE DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC

The University Piano Studio presents a wonderful evening of piano music by Sergey Rachmaninov. His Preludes: Etudes–Tableux, the most beautiful Elegie and more – all in one concert! Come enjoy this marvelous, romantic music. The concert features the students of Alla Voskoboynikova, coordinator of Piano Studies.

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All performances are free unless otherwise noted

Marlissa Hudson & Alla Voskoboynikova Concert Sunday September 18 5 pm

Stella Markou Faculty Recital Wednesday October 05 7:30 pm

University Wind Ensemble Wednesday October 12 7:30 pm

The House of the Spirits – UMSL Theatre October 14-22 $5 with student ID / $10 gen admission

UMSL Jazz Combos Concert Thursday, November 17 7:30 pm

University Concerto Competition Final Round Friday November 18 3 pm Genesis Jazz Project Tuesday November 22 7:30 pm

UMSL-SLSO Chamber Concert Wednesday November 30 7:30 pm

Piano Studio Recital Thursday December 1 7:30 pm

University Jazz Holiday Concert Sunday December 4 3 pm

Barbara Harbach Composition Recital Sunday October 30 3 pm

UMSL Acting Showcase Monday December 5 7:30 pm

University Orchestra Concert Wednesday November 2 7:30 pm

University Wind Ensemble & SYMPHONIC BAND Wednesday December 7 7:30 pm

Jazz Ensemble Concert Tuesday November 8 7:30 pm

University Singers & Vocal Point Concert Wednesday November 9 7:30 pm

Sum of Motion – UMSL Dance November 10-12 8 pm $5

University Percussion & Afro-Cuban Ensemble Tuesday November 15 7:30 pm

Student Chamber Music Concert Thursday December 8 7:30 pm University Classic Holiday Concert Monday December 12 7:30 pm MASTER OF FINE ARTS Graduate Readings Friday December 16 7:30 pm Dr. King Holiday Observance Monday January 16 10 am

For more information visit touhill.org www.umsl.edu or www.umsl.edu/cofac

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Office of Student Life: Back to School Comedy Show Wednesday September 14 7:30 pm $5 with UMSL ID / $15 gen admission

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Thank You Friends Board Cynthia J. Bambini, Chairperson Janet Conners, Judie A. Courtney, Karla R. Goldstein, Dr. Malaika Horne, Scott J. Lapp, Kathleen Matheny, Molly Rockamann, Darin Slyman

Ensemble Level Bob Bousman and Ernie Rohay, Dr. Peter Weiss

Patron Level Heather Backes, Jaime C. and Jason Bergfeld, Willyetta M. Carter, Donald and Irene Franklin, Tracy A. Gilroy, John B. Hylton, Dixie and Suzanne Kohn, Elizabeth Kurila and Michael Mindlin, Debra Lee, Larry Levin, Jean Lovati, Roy E. Parks, Jean Prokop, Thomas Siler, Marie S. Steinbach, Michael Uthoff

Friend Level Jim and Vicki Ambrose, Wendy Bell, Judith Bender, Rachel Haspiel, Joseph L. Kline, Lewis and Cheryl Levey, Katherine L. Madson, Kevin and Ann Schulte, Howard J. Smith, Cynthia A. Tesdall, Ken and Eve Wilde, Callaway Zuccarello

SPONSORS Emerson and Emerson Charitable Trust Centene Corporation Regional Arts Commission

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Collaborative Programming Fund – The Touhill often partners with other organizations to bring new and unique programming to St. Louis, for example our annual Spring to Dance Festival and special events such as the children’s opera Joshua’s Boots.

Student Access Programs – These programs expose students to cultural programming and educational opportunities for free or at very low participation costs.

HOW TO BECOME A FRIEND Go to touhill.org Call the Touhill at 314.516.4100 In person at the Touhill Ticket Office SIGN up at one of our Friends Gatherings at select performances

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Explore.Experience Engage (E3!) – This program enhances the live performance experience by offering a pre-show discussion and a post-show meet-and-greet opportunity to share ideas and enthusiasm for the performing arts.


TOUHILL VOLUNTEERS Thank you for generously giving your time! We couldn't do what we do without you!

Carole Allen Rita Anokhin Fran Atkins Richard Augustine Ellen Kaye Augustine Rebecca Barnes Tim Barnes Christine Bates Dottie Bates Janet Beasley Della Bibko Duane Bibko Jackie Bishop Dick Blatz Marge Blatz Joan Bohrer Penney Bush-Boyce Willyetta Carter Terri Christian Donald Cole Doris Coleman Catherine Daniels Donna Dannenmaier Galina Dega Jacqueline Dehmer William Dehmer Joe DeLuca Bill Dick Dottie Dick Gail Dieckhaus Loyd Duering Georgia Durfee Gerry Durfee Chuck Ehlert Linda Fiehler Joan Fromme Barbara (BJ) Fuhrmann Paul Fuhrmann Mary Fulmer Angela Gielow Lou Goedeke

Craig Groh Margo Harris Betty Heath Becky Henderson Diane Henderson Don Henning Gloria Herr Bob Herr Garry Hitt Florence Hodge Faye Holdenried Yvonne Holmes Carol Hutchinson Donald Jeffries Gene Jewell Dorothy Kaiser Kathy Keane Angel Keys Donna Kriete Libbie Krumme Roger Krumme Jennifer Krupp Robert Larson Mary Leuchtmann Margie Levinson Mary Lutz Whitt Lynn Kay McFarlane Elsie Meyer Madreen Meyer Norman Meyer Paul Meyer Linda Mitchell Ginni Mittler Janice Mueller Mary Mueller Larry Nenninger Pat Poindexter Kathy Pratte Sharon Preston Tracy Ramsey

Active Volunteer list as of June 1, 2011

Pamela Rice Kathleen Riethmann Tom Riethmann Joe Ritacco Sheryl Rogers Janie Saxe Brenda Schmelzel Betty Schmelzer Ed Schmidt Alvin Schumacher Patricia Scott Carol Simon William Simon Pamela Smith Brad Snead Jo Snead Peggy Stephens Jane Sulze Joe Sulze Tammy Tate John Terry Sheri Lyn Terry Murlene Thayer Barbara Thomas Dawn Tofari Valda Tuetken Michael Ursch Kathleen Vatterott Frank Vullo Jean Vullo Peggy Wald Harold Walters Judith Walters April Webb Steve Webb Martin Wilder Rita Wilhelm Jeanne Yegge


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I wish as many people in St. Louis would go to theater as go to sporting events. They are equally important. What event on the 2011-2012 Touhill calendar do you most look forward to? In the Mood! The music of the 1940s is my favorite music of all time. I saw In the Mood when it was last here, and the swing dancers were incredible. The singers doing the Andrews Sisters were amazing. I suppose it’s the history buff in me, but I really appreciate the attention to detail. Everything about the production is as authentic as possible. What is the group sales process from start to finish? I think of myself more as a group concierge! When someone calls the Ticket Office to ask about bringing a group, I always speak to them personally. Twenty or more people is considered a group. I help the group leader find a performance that the members will enjoy, and find the best seats possible for the group’s preferred price range. Then on the day of the show, I’m always here to greet my groups and meet the buses in the front circle. I make sure they know how to get to their seats. I’ll also stick around until after the show to make sure they get back to the bus, make sure it’s a positive experience for everyone in the group.

What do you think groups are really missing out on? I was surprised to find that we’ve never had a group attend a performance by the Arianna String Quartet. They play all over the world – and we get to be the home of their St. Louis concert series. One of the quartet’s performances would be perfect for a smaller group interested to try classical music but hasn’t taken the step just yet. As part of our E3! Explore– Experience – Engage program, the Arianna leads a pre-concert discussion that really helps everyone enjoy the music that much more, even if they are new to chamber music, And the quartet talks to the audience afterwards. The Arianna members are really approachable and friendly, and happy to answer questions. What’s your favorite part of the job? I love when people call back after the performance and tell me how much they enjoyed it. And I hear from people who thank me for talking them into sitting in the Parterre because they’re great seats they wouldn’t have known to choose without my help. It’s really rewarding to hear that I can help make a person’s night out that much more fun.

Emily Horsford Assistant Ticket Office Manager and Group Sales Coordinator Touhill Performing Arts Center

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So how did someone with a Masters Degree in History choose to work at a performing arts center? I love theater. Theater’s my favorite pastime. I always participated in theater groups in high school – as an actor and director. So I really appreciate working here, because I get to see a lot of behind-the-scenes of professional theater and all it really takes to make a performance happen.

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You may recognize Emily Horsford. An UMSL graduate, she’s worked in the Ticket Office continuously since February 2008 as a student ticket seller. About a year ago, she joined the Touhill staff full time in her current role as Assistant Ticket Office Manager and Group Sales Coordinator.

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Information and Directions touhill ticket office hours Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., with extended hours on Monday and Thursday until 7 p.m., and at least two hours prior to ticketed performances on Saturday and Sunday. The Ticket Office remains open through intermission. Phone: 314.516.4949 Toll-free: 866.516.4949 Online: www.touhill.org All tickets purchased by phone and online must be charged to MasterCard, Visa or Discover; individual tickets will not be held without payment. Checks may be made payable to the University of Missouri–St. Louis or UMSL. Tickets purchased via mail, phone or online will be mailed. Please allow 7-10 business days for delivery. All tickets purchased less than seven days prior to the performance will be held at will call. Patrons must present an ID when picking up tickets. Tickets will only be released to ticket purchaser with ID Call with name changes.

SERVICE F e e s A service fee is added to the price of each ticket for all phone, mail, fax and online purchases. There are no additional fees charged at the window. Fees are not printed on the ticket. Di s c oun t s Local students, seniors, UMSL employees and alumni benefit from discounted ticket prices to many performances at the Touhill. Please ask at the time of purchase if the show you choose to attend is eligible. Students and UMSL employees and alumni must present current I.D. when requesting discounts. Discounts may not be combined. Refr e s hm e n t s The Bar/Concession area located in the Terrace Lobby is open one hour before curtain and during intermission for most performances. Featuring drinks, snacks and light fare, you can pre-order your intermission drinks to avoid lines. No food or drink is permitted in the theater except for Gold Circle and select events. Catered parties are available. Please contact an event manager at 314.516.4100 for information.

Pe r s o n a l A mp l i f i e d L i s t e n e r ( PAL) Don’t miss a note or a word at the Touhill Performing Arts Center. Our state-of-the-art Infraports — lightweight, comfortable and easy to wear hearing augmentation headsets — are available free to patrons at the Touhill’s two coat checks. LAT E SEATING P OLICY Please arrive at the Touhill with enough time to find your seat before the performance begins. Late arrivals will be seated at the discretion of the House Manager, who will determine an appropriate time so as not to interrupt the artists or other audience members. Video monitors are available at each door to ensure that you can partake of the program while waiting to enter the Hall. Late seating points may be significantly into the program. M at u r e A u d i e n c es M A T U R E Indicates performances are suitable for mature audiences due to adult content. AT M An ATM is located in the Parterre Lobby next to the concession area.

Group Di scounts Group discounts may be available for groups of 20 or more. Call 314.516.4940 for information. T i cke t Re se l l e rs Be advised that only tickets printed on Touhill imprinted ticket stock will be honored for admittance to events held at the Touhill. Touhill tickets may be offered through other resellers, however we recommend checking directly with the Touhill Ticket Office for availability and pricing prior to purchasing from these resellers. The Touhill will not be responsible for any transactions between a reseller and patron. Di srupti ve Be havi or P ol i cy In order to preserve the enjoyment and safety of all patrons and performers, the Touhill does not permit disruptive behavior that causes undue attention to any audience members. If a patron displays behavior deemed disruptive by the House Manager, he or she may be asked to leave the facility and will not be allowed a refund. SMOKE -FREE Please note that the UMSL campus is tobacco-free.


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KEY B LANCHE M. TOUHILL PERFORMING ARTS CENTER Parking Handicapped parking

From I-70 to the Main Entrance and MAIN Ticket Office: Take the Florissant Road exit (exit 240) and travel south one-half mile to Arnold B. Grobman Dr. Turn right, continue up the hill and park in the garages to your left or in Parking Lot E to your right. Follow signs for handicapped parking. metrolink Go METRO! The UMSL North Campus MetroLink Station is just steps from the Touhill’s Main Entrance! Parking Touhill patrons enjoy plenty of free parking, found in Parking Garages at the Touhill’s Main Entrance, and Lot K at the Touhill’s Lee Entrance. Handicap accessible parking is also available.

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ASQ: TRIBUTE Friday 9, 8 pm

AMBASSADORS OF HARMONY: SOUNDS OF THE SEASON Friday 9, 8 pm Saturday 10, 2 & 8 pm Sunday 11, 2 & 7 pm

CHEIKH Lô Thursday 12, 7:30 pm

THE NUTCRACKER Friday 16, 7 pm Saturday 17, 2:30 & 7 pm Sunday 18, 2:30 pm Wednesday 21, 7 pm Thursday 22, 2:30 & 7 pm Friday 23, 2:30 & 7 pm

ASPEN SANTA FE BALLET Friday 13, 8 pm Saturday 14, 2 & 8 pm

JANUARY J ANUA R Y

THE CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE BIG BAND Saturday 21, 8 pm

MOMIX in BOTANICA Tuesday 13, 7:30 pm ED REGGI’S INSTANT PAPER SLIP THEATRE Friday 23, 7 pm ZHENG XULAN: SONGS OF CHINA Saturday 24, 8 pm JANET SUNG Thursday 29, 7:30 pm OCTOBER OCTOBER GEORGE BENSON Sunday 2, 7:30 pm ST. LOUIS JAZZ ORCHESTRA Tuesday 4, 7 pm MADCO: PULSE! Friday 7, 8 pm Saturday 8, 8 pm MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY Friday 14, 8 pm Saturday 15, 2 & 8 pm THE WIZARD OF OZ Friday 21, 7:30 pm Saturday 22, 1:30 & 7 pm Sunday 23, 1:30 pm

MADCO: EXERCISE IMAGINATION Friday 20, 7 pm ENSEMBLE ESPAñOL SPANISH DANCE THEATER Friday 27, 8 pm Saturday 28, 2 & 8 pm FEBRUARY FE B R UA R Y

ASQ: FAMOUS LAST WORDS Friday 4, 8 pm

SILVER ROOTS: JAPAN MEETS WORLD Saturday 18, 8 pm

SPRING TO DANCE Thursday 24, 5 pm Friday 25, 5 pm Saturday 26, 5 pm

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ST. LOUIS JAZZ ORCHESTRA Tuesday 6, 7 pm

NO V EM B E R NOVEMBER

THE JOFFREY BALLET Friday 9, 8 pm Saturday 10, 2 & 8 pm

DOUBLE BILL: DIANNE REEVES & AHMAD JAMAL Sunday 6, 7:30 pm

ST. LOUIS BALLET WESTERN SYMPHONY Friday 27, 8 pm Saturday 28, 2:30 & 8 pm

STUFFED AND UNSTRUNG Friday 17, 8 pm

ASQ: RAZUMOVSKY GALA Friday 28, 7 pm

THE IMPROVISED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY Saturday 5, 5 & 9 pm

THE SECOND CITY Thursday 26, 8 pm Friday 27, 8 pm Saturday 28, 5 & 9 pm

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ASQ: WORLD PREMIERE Friday 2, 8 pm

IN THE MOOD Saturday 5, 3 & 7:30 pm

PONCHO SANCHEZ & HIS LATIN BAND Friday 20, 8 pm

PRO ARTE QUARTET Friday 10, 8 pm

GATEWAY TO HOPE CONCERT Thursday 27, 7:30 pm

KATHY MATTEA Friday 4, 8 pm

MUNY 4U Friday 13, 7 pm

SYN-AULOIS: REMBETIKA TO MODERN Saturday 10, 8 pm HERBIE HANCOCK Sunday 18, 7:30 pm

AMBASSADORS OF HARMONY Saturday 23, 2 & 8 pm

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MADCO: 35th SEASON ANNIVERSARY Friday 30, 8 pm Saturday 31, 8 pm

JOSHUA’S BOOTS Friday 18, 7 pm CELTIC FESTIVAL: MARTIN HAYES & DENNIS CAHILL with IRISH ARTS Saturday 19, 8 pm JIM BRICKMAN Saturday 26, 8 pm

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2011-2012 Touhill Experience Magazine (Fall)