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See It Live Here

Texas Performing Arts 2015/2016 Season

Presenting sponsor

cover photo: Autumn DeWilde

Dear donors, subscribers, and patrons, As we have for more than 30 years, Texas Performing Arts delivers a more diverse and prestigious live performance experience than any other venue in Austin. No matter what kind of performances you enjoy—music, dance, theatre, concert tours, or Broadway shows—you can always SEE IT LIVE HERE! Highlights of this season include first-ever TPA performances by ukulele wizard Jake Shimabukuro, Cliburn gold medal winner Vadym Kholodenko, and vocal ensemble New York Polyphony. Returning to Texas Performing Arts are dance favorites Twyla Tharp (celebrating 50 years) and Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, command performances by Dianne Reeves and Billy Childs in a tribute to Laura Nyro, chamber music power duo David Finckel and Wu Han, and a return engagement by Australian contemporary circus, Circa. This season, Texas Performing Arts continues our programming in service to the many veterans and active duty soldiers on campus and in the region by hosting Songwriting With: Soldiers, a national program which pairs returning active duty soldiers and veterans with professional songwriters in a retreat setting to craft songs about personal experiences in combat. Our 2015/2016 Lexus Broadway in Austin series features exciting new titles including the Tony Award-winning Best Musical KINKY BOOTS, the Disney favorite THE LITTLE MERMAID, plus fan favorites like CABARET and THE SOUND OF MUSIC. Even more exciting is the return of Broadway blockbuster THE BOOK OF MORMON. Because this optional title is playing for 8 shows only, becoming a TPA or BIA subscriber will likely be the only way to secure tickets! With such a remarkable season, I can think of no better time to become a Texas Performing Arts subscriber. Subscribers receive many subscriber-only benefits, including 20% off ticket prices, preferred seating, free ticket exchanges, a subscriber hotline (512.471.4454), and the first opportunity to purchase tickets to one Broadway show. I hope you will also consider adding a Texas Inner Circle membership or Student Ticket Fund donation to your season subscription. Your membership donation supports programs like $10 student tickets, student employment, free youth performances, Hook ‘Em Arts, and many other campus and community engagement programs. Becoming a Texas Inner Circle Member also provides you with a VIP experience like no other in Austin! Enjoy our spectacular season of live performances, and thank you in advance for your continued support of Texas Performing Arts.

Warmest regards,

Kathy Panoff Director and Associate Dean


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Yo ur Fiv e-S ho w S easo n Pa ck a ge I n cl ud e s :

The Little Mermaid, Kinky Boots, The Sound of Music, Cabaret, and Motown The Musical S easo n Optio n :

The Book of Mormon

Texas Performing Arts Season Songwriting With: Soldiers

s un , Se p 6 / m ct / 5 pm

Billy Childs’ Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro

t h u, Se p 10 / BCH / 8 pm

The Seldoms Power Goes

wed & fri, Sep 16 & 18 / MCT / 8 pm

Vadym Kholodenko, piano

Th u, Se p 17 / BRH / 8 pm

Julian Sands in A Celebration of Harold Pinter

thu & fri, Sep 24 & 25 / MCT / 8 pm

Turtle Island Quartet with Cyrus Chestnut

s un , Se p 27 / M C T / 7 pm

The Diary of Anne Frank

F r i– s un , oct 9– 18 / OBT

Twyla Tharp

TUE, OCT 20 / BCH / 8 P M

Frankenstein UT Wind Ensemble

t h u, oct 29 / BCH / 7:30 pm

Spectrum Dance Theater The Minstrel Show Revisited

w e d , n ov 4 / m cT / 8 pm

David Finckel and Wu Han, cello and piano

f r i, n ov 6 / m ct / 8 pm

David Daniels, countertenor

t ue , n ov 10 / BRH / 7 pm

eighth blackbird Murder Ballades

F r i, n ov 13 / m ct / 7 pm

Jake Shimabukuro

sat, n ov 21 / BCH / 8 pm

La Santa Cecilia and Yuna

t h u, d e c 3 / BCH / 8 pm

Dave Douglas and Uri Caine, Don Byron

f r i, j a n 22 / m ct / 8 pm

Fifth House Ensemble

f r i, j a n 29 / m ct / 8 pm

New York Polyphony

f r i, f e b 5 / b r h / 8 pm

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan

m on , f e b 8 / b ch / 8 pm

Los Lobos with Ballet Folklorico Mexicano

t h u, f e b 11 / b cH / 8 pm

eighth blackbird Hand Eye

thu, mar 10 / mct / 8 pm

Patty Griffin, Sara Watkins and Anaïs Mitchell

t ue , mar 22 / b cH / 8 pm


f r i, apr 8 / B ch / 8 pm

UT Jazz Orchestra with Terell Stafford

sat, apr 9 / b RH / 7:30 pm

Lexus Broadway in Austin Season The Little Mermaid

t ue – s un , Se p 29– oct 4 / BCH

Kinky Boots

t ue – s un , n ov 10– 15 / BCH

The Book of Mormon

t ue – s un , d e c 8– 13 / BCH

The Sound of Music

t ue – s un , f e b 23– 28 / BCH


t ue – s un , mar 29– apr 3 / BCH

Motown The Musical

t ue – s un , apr 26– may 1 / BCH

MCT McCullough Theatre

BCH Bass Concert Hall

BRH Bates Recital Hall

OBT Oscar G. Brockett Theatre

Songwriting With: Soldiers Sun, Sep 6 / McCullough Theatre / 5 pm

Songwriting With: Soldiers is a nationally renowned non-profit founded by Austin singer-songwriter Darden Smith. The program pairs active duty and veteran military members with professional songwriters and educators for creativity-building retreats. Within this

compassionate environment, participants share their personal stories, often for the first time, and these experiences are transformed into art. Trust, creativity, and healing are fostered through this collaborative songwriting process. Songwriting With: Soldiers will hold its first-ever University-based retreat at Texas Performing Arts. Darden Smith will host a special event featuring newly written, never-performed songs crafted by student veterans and professional songwriters that result from the retreat. The concert will be free and open to the public.

Photos: Andy Dunaway

Texas Performing Arts is committed to using the arts to tell the story(ies) of life in military service. Last season, we presented the world premiere of BASETRACK LIVE and hosted a presentation of The Telling Project. This season, we will host Songwriting With: Soldiers.

“This program saved my life” —Soldier participant

Presented in Partnership with the college of fine arts visiting artists fund

Billy Childs’ Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro featuring Dianne Reeves, Becca Stevens and Alicia Olatuja Thu, Sep 10 / Bass Concert Hall / 8 pm

Grammy Award-winning pianist and composer Billy Childs pays homage to the great singer-songwriter Laura Nyro and her innovative songbook of joyous, Brill Building jazz-pop. Childs grew up in Los Angeles in a home with two older sisters. One turned him on to jazz; the other turned him on to Laura Nyro, the singer-songwriter whose early albums became part of the soundtrack to his boyhood. Now, having been inspired by her songs for decades, he presents a concert based on Nyro’s expansive music catalogue. What a soundtrack Nyro created! She was among the most brilliant composers and singers of the 1960s and ‘70s, penning such tunes as Wedding Bell Blues, Stoney End, And When I Die, Sweet Blindness, Eli’s Coming, Stoned Soul Picnic, and Save the Country. The Cordova Quartet, the Butler School of Music’s graduate quartet, will join Mr. Childs for this performance.

Presented in Partnership with the Butler School of Music and kutx’s eklektikos with John Aielli

“Power is where power goes.” —Lyndon Baines Johnson

“[Programs] like this gem from pianist/ composer Billy Childs manage to capture and even deepen the mystery of Laura Nyro’s song-writing.”

Photos: javier estrada, william frederking

—The Village Voice

The Seldoms Power Goes

Direction and Choreography by Carrie Hanson Text by Stuart Flack Wed & Fri, Sep 16 & 18 / McCullough Theatre / 8 pm Our bodies’ relationship to power infuses our language. Humans have an appetite for power. We hunger and thirst for it. Chicago-based dance company The Seldoms make dance works of bold, exacting physicality driven by inquiry in contemporary issues. For her sumptuous new dance theater work, choreographer Carrie Hanson invited playwright Stuart Flack to collaborate with her dancers and design team to investigate how power is understood and deployed.

President Lyndon Baines Johnson certainly hungered for power—and knew how to wield it. In Power Goes, Hanson uses the figure of LBJ as a lens to view power more broadly and to ask if the robust political muscle that LBJ embodied can even be possible in the United States today. Set off by current political gridlock, Hanson’s astute study of power—how it is acquired, taken, wielded; how it is expressed by the body; how it can be deployed for progressive action or conversely create gridlock—is a breakthrough in dance and theater collaboration.

Presented in Partnership with the briscoe center for american history and the LBJ Library

Vadym Kholodenko

Gold Medalist 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition thu, Sep 17 / Bates Recital Hall / 8 pm Ukrainian pianist and winner of the gold medal at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Vadym Kholodenko captured the attention of audience and critics alike for powerful performances marked by vibrant imagination and intelligence. The 27-year old pianist continues to build a reputation for interpretations that are impeccable, tasteful, vibrant, and imaginative. In 2014, Mr. Kholodeko began a three-year artistic partnership with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra that includes performing and recording the complete Prokofiev piano concertos for Harmonia Mundi USA. Other highlights of the season include orchestra debuts with a number of American orchestras and solo recitals across the US, Japan, Europe, and Russia.

Presented in partnership with the piano studio of the butler school of music faculty artist, Anton Nel and kmfa

“Kholodenko was, well, awesome. Anyone who supposes that the Soviet school of pianism collapsed along with the empire will have to find another way of explaining the robust colour, vibrant rhythm and superb ear… This was not simply a display of grand tone and steely technique, but a case study in how to put such attributes to consistent musical use.”

Photo: Ellen Appel

—Montreal Gazette

Actor Julian Sands is frequently seen worldwide in films, on stage, and on television. He trained in London at The Central School of Speech and Drama and has appeared in over 100 films including; The Killing Fields, A Room with a View, Ocean’s 13, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. On television, he is best known for his recent role on 24 but has also been seen on Smallville, Ghost Whisperer, and Dexter.

“... a performance that captures the pugnacity, precision and a little of the dry humor of an exacting writer.” —Variety

In 2005, Mr. Sands was approached by Nobel Prize-winning playwright and poet Harold Pinter to prepare a set of Pinter’s poems for a special presentation in London. Working closely with Pinter, he was granted a rare insight into his personality, life, and work. This extraordinary collaboration evolved into a wonderfully humorous and fascinating solo show directed by John Malkovich, titled A Celebration of Harold Pinter.

Directed by John Malkovich Thu & Fri, Sep 24 & 25 / McCullough Theatre / 8 pm

Photos: Baldur Bragason, Bill Reitzel

Julian Sands in A Celebration of Harold Pinter

Presented in partnership with Texas Theatre and Dance and klru

This is an evening of outstanding theater with an extraordinary actor, great words, and an audience. Devoid of pretense or glittery trappings, A Celebration of Harold Pinter gets to the soul of the man—poet, playwright, husband, political activist, Nobel winner, mortal. A Celebration of Harold Pinter was nominated for a 2013 Drama Desk Award.

Jelly, Rags & Monk Turtle Island Quartet Presented in partnership with ut string project and kutx’s Sunday Morning Jazz with jay trachtenberg

with Special Guest Cyrus Chestnut, piano Sun, Sep 27 / McCullough Theatre / 7 pm The Grammy Award-winning Turtle Island Quartet are joined by jazz pianist extraordinaire Cyrus Chestnut for this brand new program that embraces a range of composers­—from Jelly Roll Morton to Thelonious Monk. Displaying their formidable collective virtuosity, the quintet makes soulful and sweet connections that delve deeply into the jazz and classical traditions. Their glorious fusion of jazz and chamber music makes the Turtle Island Quartet the

very definition of chamber jazz. Turtle Island fuses the classical quartet esthetic with contemporary American music styles, and by devising a performance practice that honors both, the state of the art has inevitably been redefined. Known for his improvisational skills and unique bop style, Cyrus Chestnut credits his abilities to his formative years, when he played in church. Throughout his career, Chestnut has worked with an array of artists, including Joe Lovano, Freddie Hubbard, Chick Corea, Kathleen Battle, Bette Midler, and Isaac Hayes. “The [Turtle Island] Quartet is a sterling example of firstrate jazz music making.” —Los Angeles Times

“What makes Chestnut the best jazz pianist of his generation is a willingness to abandon notes and play space.” —Time Magazine

The Diary of Anne Frank

A Play by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett Based upon “Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl” oct 9–18 / Oscar G. Brockett Theatre A story known across the world, The Diary of Anne Frank is the haunting, yet inspiring account of a young Jewish girl and her family’s lives during World War II. Seeking refuge from Nazi persecution, Anne, along with seven others, hid in a “secret annex” in Amsterdam for two years. Told through recordings in Anne’s cherished diary, the play stands as a timeless reflection of her fear, hope and faith during one of the darkest periods in history.

A Production of Texas Theatre and Dance; Presented in partnership with the schusterman center for jewish studies

Photos: lawrence peart, greg gorman

Texas Theatre and Dance’s production of The Diary of Anne Frank commemorates the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camps by Allied forces.

“ [Twyla Tharp] One of the most prolific choreographers working today.” —Los Angeles Times

Twyla Tharp tue, oct 20 / bass concert Hall / 8 pm

Tharp’s dances are known for creativity, wit, and technical precision coupled with a streetwise nonchalance. By combining different forms of movement—such as jazz, ballet, boxing, and inventions of her own making—Ms. Tharp’s work expands the boundaries of ballet and modern dance. Over the past five decades, Ms. Tharp has choreographed more than 160 works, including 12 television specials, six movies, four Broadway shows, and two figure-skating routines. She has received two Emmy Awards, one Tony Award, the 2004 National Medal of the Arts, and a 2008 Kennedy Center honor. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the works of one of the century’s most treasured artists!

Presented in Partnership with texas theatre and dance

To celebrate her 50th anniversary as a choreographer, Twyla Tharp is taking 12 dancers on a national tour to debut a program of new works set to music by Bach, Henry Butler, Steven Bernstein, and John Zorn. This will be the first time since 2002 that Tharp has toured a group of dancers.

Presented in Partnership with the butler school of music and kmfa

This program is made possible by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Frankenstein (1931) Based on the novel by Mary Shelley Directed by James Whale Starring Boris Karloff as the Frankenstein monster

featuring The University of Texas Wind Ensemble Jerry F. Junkin, conductor Musical Score by Michael Shapiro Projection Design by Stephanie Busing

Thu, oct 29 / Bass Concert Hall / 7:30 pm No city loves Halloween more than Austin, and Texas Performing Arts is kicking off this year’s celebration with a screening of the 1931 film Frankenstein, starring Boris Karloff as the Frankenstein monster. Unlike The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) with its lush score by Franz Waxman, the 1931 Frankenstein was produced without a movie score. Movie critics have remarked that Frankenstein is badly in need of music, and American composer Michael Shapiro was up to the task with a commission for a new film score from the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Mr. Shapiro’s 70-minute score is orchestrated for wind ensemble and performed by UT’s renowned wind ensemble. For modern day moviegoers, Mr. Shapiro’s haunting music adds significantly to the emotional impact of the film. Happy Halloween, Austin! “[Frankenstein] aroused so much excitement at the Mayfair yesterday that many in the audience laughed to cover their true feelings. There is no denying that it is far and away the most effective thing of its kind.” —Mordaunt Hall, The New York Times (December 5, 1931)

Photo: courtesy of universal pictures

“The audience was riveted to their seats. The power of the live music with the classic film was hypnotic.” —Rob Tomaro, Cashbox Canada Magazine

Photos: nate watters

“Spectrum’s vivid, volatile Minstrel Show hits its mark.”

—Seattle Times

Presented in Partnership with Texas Theatre and Dance and kut

Seattle’s Spectrum Dance Theater ignites audiences through the ambitious artistic agenda of Donald Byrd, whose appetite to explore the arts knows no boundaries. The enfant terrible of the New York dance scene of the 1980s and 90s achieved international visibility for the creation of the Harlem Nutcracker and his choreography for the Broadway smash, The Color Purple. Under Donald Byrd’s visionary artistic leadership since 2002, Spectrum has emerged as a company of regional and national significance. The Minstrel Show Revisited is a reworking of Donald Byrd’s Bessie Award-winning 1991 production The Minstrel Show, which takes a satirical look at the derogatory song and dance tradition of minstrelsy. The revisited work premiered Seattle in 2014 using new elements that reflect current race related events, namely, the Trayvon Martin/ George Zimmerman incident. For this revival, Byrd has developed a framework that allows for the inclusion of other racially charged

events such as the Ferguson shooting and the assassination of two NYPD officers. The work addresses current racial issues while shining the light on aspects of American history that are difficult to face honestly. By using the conventions of the 19th Century Minstrel Show, including the once common tradition of “black face,” Byrd confronts audiences with the past and present manifestations of racism embedded in American culture and tradition. Byrd believes that each new iteration of The Minstrel Show benefits from allowing the introduction of current and topical race issues and events to further stimulate dialogue. “Equal Opportunity Racism in The Minstrel Show Revisited.” —City Arts Magazine

Spectrum Dance Theater The Minstrel Show Revisited Donald Byrd, Artistic Director WED, nov 4 / McCullough Theatre / 8 pm

“When a pair of genuine artists explodes on the stage, exuding not only glamour and theatrical flair but also superb musical insight, the audience’s thrill is twofold.” —Chicago Sun-Times

David Finckel and Wu Han, piano and cello Fri, nov 6 / McCullough Theatre / 8 pm Musical America’s 2012 Musicians of the Year, cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han rank among the most esteemed and influential classical musicians in the world today. The talent, energy, imagination, and dedication they bring to their multifaceted endeavors as concert performers, recording artists, educators, artistic administrators, and cultural entrepreneurs go unmatched and make them a favorite among Texas Performing Arts chamber music performers. In high demand year after year among chamber music audiences worldwide, the duo has appeared each season at the most prestigious venues and concert series across the United States, Mexico, Canada, the Far East, and Europe to unanimous critical acclaim. In addition to his duo activities, David Finckel served as cellist of the Grammy Award-winning Emerson String Quartet for thirty-four years.

Pr ogr am

The Passionate Cello Strauss: Sonata in F major, Op. 6 Messiaen: Louange à l’Éternité de Jésus Albeniz: Suite Espagnole Op. 47 Glazunov: Song of a Minstrel Chopin: Sonata in G minor, Op. 65

Presented in Partnership with the butler school of music and kmfa

David Daniels, countertenor

Photos: lisa-marie mazzucco, robert recker

Presented in Partnership with the butler school of music and kmfa

tue, nov 10 / bates recital hall / 7 pm David Daniels is known for his superlative artistry, magnetic stage presence, and a voice of singular warmth and surpassing beauty, which have helped him redefine his voice category for the modern public. The American countertenor has appeared with the world’s major opera companies and on its main concert and recital stages. He made history as the first countertenor to give a solo recital in the main auditorium of Carnegie Hall. The Chicago Tribune has called Daniels “today’s gold standard among countertenors.” Gramophone magazine acknowledged his contribution to recorded excellence as well as his expansion of the repertoire for his voice type by naming him one of the “Top Ten Trailblazers” in classical music today.

performances of extensive concert and art song repertoire. Honored by the music world for his unique achievements, David Daniels has been the recipient of two of classical music’s most significant awards: Musical America’s Vocalist of the Year and the Richard Tucker Award. This is Mr. Daniels’ first recital appearance in Austin.

Equally at home in recital as on the opera stage, David Daniels has won admiration for his

“To say that he is the most acclaimed countertenor of the day, perhaps the best ever, is to understate his achievement. He is simply a great singer.” —The New York Times

Murder Ballades fri, nov 13 / McCullough Theatre / 7 pm

eighth blackbird M u r de r B al l ades Program

“Songs of Love and Loss” Richard Parry: “Duo for Heart and Breath” Claudio Monteverdi: Lamento della ninfa Carlo Gesualdo: Moro, lasso, al mio duolo Bon Iver: “Babys” Gabriella Smith: “Number Nine” Bryce Dessner: “Murder Ballades”

An Austin new-music favorite, eighth blackbird returns to TPA for another on-campus residency funded by the Mellon Foundation’s classical music initiative. Concerts bookend the residency period with the first dedicated to Songs of Love and Loss. The centerpiece of the program features Murder Ballades, a work by composer Bryce Dessner, best known for his work as the guitarist for the indie rock band The National. Dessner’s original Murder Ballades premiered in 2013, but an expanded version of the work with newly composed movements commissioned by Texas Performing Arts, will be premiered at this concert. We can’t think of a better day than Friday the 13th for a murder ballade!

thu, mar 10 / McCullough Theatre / 8 pm Hand Eye brings together a musical dream team featuring two-time Grammy Award-winning sextet, eighth blackbird, and Sleeping Giant, superstar collective of composers, for an evening-length work fizzing with the alchemy of twelve distinct artistic personalities. Hand Eye transports us to a soul-studded jam session (Ted Hearne), the buzzing contagion of an internet meme (Andrew Norman), a high-velocity adventure-ride (Robert Honstein), a shimmering yet blinding landscape (Christopher Cerrone), the flickering and pulsing of ink on paper (Timo Andre). Add stage designer Deborah Johnson, creator of performance visuals for Wilco, Sufjan Stevens and St. Vincent, to the mix, and you have an evening of dramatic music-making inspired by six works from the renowned private art collection of Maxine and Stuart Frankel. “Their ability to synchronize in absolute lockstep was, in a word, amazing.”

Photo: luke ratray

—Chicago Tribune

“The sextet eighth blackbird is simply the most exciting force for new music on the concert stage today.” —

This program is made possible by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Presented in Partnership with COllege of fine arts Visiting artists fund, butler school of music, texas theatre and dance, and kmfa

Hand Eye

Sat, Nov 21 / Bass Concert Hall / 8 pm

—Eddie Vedder

Photos: merri cyr, humberto howard

An Evening with Jake Shimabukuro

“Jake is taking the instrument to a place that I can’t see anybody else catching up with.”

Presented in partnership with sun radio

In his young career, ukulele wizard Jake Shimabukuro has already redefined a heretofore under-the-radar instrument, been declared a musical “hero” by Rolling Stone, won accolades from the disparate likes of Eddie Vedder, Perez Hilton, and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, wowed audiences on TV (Jimmy Kimmel, Conan), and earned comparisons to Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis. His star burns even brighter with a fall concert tour promoting his new album with legendary producer/engineer Alan Parsons, best known for his work on Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, The Beatles’ Abbey Road, and his own highly successful solo projects.

Presented in partnership with Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies, the center for mexican american studies, the annual meeting of The Society of Ethnomusicology, and kutx’s horizontes

La Santa Cecilia and Yuna Thu, Dec 3 / Bass Concert Hall / 8 pm Latin Grammy-nominee La Santa Cecilia exemplifies the modern-day creative hybrid of Latin culture rock and world music. The group draws inspiration from all over the world, using Pan-American rhythms from cumbia, bossa nova, rhumba, bolero, tango, jazz, rock, and klezmer music. Their unique sound and the experience of their colorful, passionate performance leave fans and new listeners mesmerized. Their influences range from Miles Davis to The Beatles, Led Zeppelin to Janis Joplin, and Mercedes Sosa to Ramon Ayala. Their common love of music and openness to all genres led them to the concept of La Santa Cecilia, the patron saint of musicians.

“La Santa Cecilia is L.A.’s next big genre bending Latino.” —OC Weekly

This special evening of world music opens with a set by Yuna, a charismatic young singer-songwriter from Malaysia. The first artist from her homeland to break into the American market, Yuna’s border-defying mainstream success is the result of the universal appeal of her organic blend of contemporary pop, acoustic folk, and soulful R&B. Her personally charged songs, engaging voice, and expressive song craft have won her comparisons with Feist, Adele, and Norah Jones. “Songstress Yuna writes like Lauryn, wears Vera Wang, and works with The Neptunes.” —Elle Magazine

Dave Douglas and Uri Caine Present Joys Don Byron New Gospel Quintet Love, Peace and Soul fri, jan 22 / McCullough Theatre / 8 pm American “shape-note singing” tradition. These artifacts essentially preserved for generations a particular style of American sacred folk music, one with a simplicity and direct beauty that Douglas and Caine seek to express in this performance. The results are quite extraordinary.

Present Joys is a live performance based on the first-ever recorded set of duets between trumpeter Dave Douglas and Uri Caine, the first pianist in Douglas’ quintet. The material was inspired by the

From the start of his career as a bandleader in the early 1990s, Don Byron has reveled in interpreting music of a wildly diverse range of styles and artists. His latest project grows out of Byron’s in-depth studies

of gospel music. Gospel pioneer Thomas A. Dorsey is a major inspiration, and Byron revisits some of the master songwriter’s works alongside other classics as well as lesser-known gems of the genre. “In the past few years I have listened more intensively to black religious music than ever before. I am combining my own compositions with traditional Gospel pieces in a way I have not attempted before.” —Don Byron

Photos: OhWey, Austin Nelson

This amazing double-bill features an opening set by longtime collaborators Dave Douglas and Uri Caine, followed by Don Byron’s New Gospel Quintet. Both sets are steeped in spirituality and inspired by the American church music traditions of Sacred Harp and Gospel.

Presented in Partnership with the butler school of music and kutx’s Sunday Morning jazz with jay trachtenberg

“Douglas and Caine inject pure jazz qualities into the music. The intimacy of these duets makes the music blend together so that, at times, it’s hard to tell a new piece from something written over a century ago.” —JazzTimes

Fifth House Ensemble Black Violet III Fri, Jan 29 / McCullough Theatre / 8 pm

Presented in Partnership with the COllege of fine arts Visiting artists fund and the butler school of music

Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble is a versatile and dynamic group praised by The New York Times for its “conviction, authority, and finesse.” The ensemble, is defined by its limitless imagination and energy, and an insatiable desire to bring chamber music to audiences of all types. Their work consistently harnesses the collaborative spirit of chamber music to create transformative cross-media performance experiences that bring together elements as diverse as storytelling, physical theatre, graphic novels, and fashion design.

For their Austin performance, Fifth House Ensemble will present the third act of their acclaimed Black Violet series! Developed with writer and illustrator Ezra Claytan Daniels, Black Violet melds vivid graphic novel imagery and riveting narrative with music. “Young chamber groups devoted to shaking up the traditional concert experience are blossoming in Chicago, and one of the best is the five-year-old Fifth House Ensemble… They are a talented crew, and they brought spontaneity and hair-trigger responsiveness to the music of Black Violet.” —Musical America

Photo: eric Snoza

“You have to admire the sheer imaginative chutzpah these young performers bring to their envelope-pushing enterprise.”—Chicago Tribune

—Toronto Star

New York Polyphony

Presented in partnership with The Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies, the center for mexican american studies, and kutx’s horizontes

“Even though there are only four voices at work, they are as clear as a mountain lake, as balanced as Big Ben’s clockwork and as seductive as a Top Chef tasting menu. And you don’t have to be a churchgoer to have a mystical experience with this music.”

Praised for a “rich, natural sound that’s larger and more complex than the sum of its parts,” (National Public Radio) New York Polyphony is regarded as one of the finest vocal chamber ensembles in the world. The four men sing with intelligence, subtlety, and consummate artistry, applying a distinctly modern touch to repertoire that ranges from austere medieval melodies to cutting-edge contemporary compositions. Their dedication to innovative programming, commissioning new works, as well as a focus on rare and rediscovered works, has not only earned New York Polyphony critical acclaim and a devoted following, but also helped to move early music into the classical mainstream. Presented in Partnership with the butler school of music and kmfa

Photo: chris owyoung

Fri, feb 5 / Bates Recital Hall / 8 pm

Fiesta Mexico-Americana: A Celebration of Mexican-American Heritage

Los Lobos with Ballet Folklorico Mexicano thu, feb 11 / Bass Concert Hall / 8 pm For this once-in-a-lifetime live performance, Los Lobos and Ballet Folklorico Mexicano celebrate Mexican-American heritage through imagery, dance, and music. This evening-long program highlights the many notable achievements of successful Mexican-Americans throughout time in a spectacular display! More than three decades have passed since Los Lobos released their debut album, Just Another Band from East L.A. Since then, this multiple Grammy Award-winning band from

east Los Angeles, California have repeatedly disproven that title—Los Lobos isn’t “just another” anything, but rather a band that has consistently evolved artistically while never losing sight of their humble roots. Founded in 1967, Ballet Folklorico Mexicano draws on the artistic variety and large repertoire of indigenous dances from Mexico’s different regions. Many of these are presented in their traditional form while others have been restaged to include artistic elements from more contemporary choreography. “[Ballet Folklorico Mexicano] has much appeal. They are tightly rehearsed and (their) choreography is inventive.” —Los Angeles Times

“[Los Lobos] are pioneering border fusionists, multiple Grammy winners and one of the two indisputably most influential Chicano musical acts in history, along with Ritchie Valens.” —Los Angeles Times

“When you’re talking about Cloud Gate, magic is not too strong a word.” —Time Out

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan RICE mon, feb 8 / bass concert hall / 8 pm spanning the life cycle of a rice paddy, the formidable Cloud Gate dancers celebrate the earth that has nurtured “Asia’s leading contemporary dance theatre.” (The Times, London) Cloud Gate is the name of the oldest known dance in China. In 1973, it was adopted for the first contemporary dance company in any Chinese speaking community. Its 24 dancers are trained in meditation, Qi Gong, internal martial arts, modern dance, ballet, and calligraphy. The company transforms ancient aesthetics into a thrilling modern celebration of motion!

Presented in Partnership with TEXAS theatre and dance

Photos: liu chen-hsiang

On the occasion of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan’s 40th anniversary, internationally renowned choreographer Lin Hwai-min created RICE, inspired by the energy and resplendence of Chihshang in the East Rift Valley of Taiwan, home of “Emperor’s Rice.” Accompanied by Hakka folk songs and operatic arias, against a video backdrop

Patty Griffin, Sara Watkins and Anaïs Mitchell Together on Stage Tue, Mar 22 / Bass Concert Hall / 8 pm In a highly anticipated national tour, Grammy Award-winner Patty Griffin joins forces with Sara Watkins and Anaïs Mitchell in a celebration of American songwriting and performance. More than just a three-act show, this special “singers-in-the-round” style show features all three artists on stage together, sharing songs and accompanying each other for the entire evening.

Photos: Ted Caloroso, cambria Harkey

With a career spanning over two decades, Griffin is the recipient of many industry awards

Singer and multi-instrumentalist Sara Watkins, first praised for her work as a founding member of Grammy Award-winning Nickel Creek, has since established an extraordinary solo career including highly acclaimed studio albums and collaborations with artists such as John Mayer and The Decemberists. Anaïs Mitchell has been compared to Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and Gillian Welch for her musical style, sound, and performance. Winner of the Kerrville Festival’s New Folk Award, Mitchell is widely recognized as a unique and impressive young voice in the resurging American folk movement. “Watkins is a consummate performer, adding both depth and rigour to a blend of bluegrass and fine contemporary songwriting.” —BBC Music “Currently a well-kept secret, Mitchell is writing material that stands comparison with the great singer-songwriters of the past few decades.” —Daily Telegraph

“Griffin digs deep to display her distinctive vocals and original songs with stripped down arrangements that use space and the silence between notes to create shimmering music you won’t soon forget.” —American Songwriter

Presented in Partnership with sun radio

including Grammy Award for Best Traditional Gospel Album, and The American Music Association’s 2007 Artist of the Year and Album of the Year. In addition to standing out in a crowded field as an incredible vocalist, Griffin is also an accomplished songwriter.

“It has become a rule of thumb that university Jazz ensembles keep getting better and better, and the UT Jazz Orchestra is certainly no exception to the rule.” —All About Jazz Hailed as “one of the great trumpet players of our time” by piano legend McCoy Tyner, Terell Stafford joins the UT Jazz Orchestra as part of the Butler School of Music’s annual Longhorn Jazz Festival. Since the mid-1990s, Terell Stafford has performed with such groups as Benny Golson’s Sextet, McCoy Tyner’s Sextet, and Carnegie Hall Jazz Band. With the Hamilton Clayton Jazz Orchestra, he performed on Diana Krall’s Grammy-nominated From this Moment On (2006). Stafford is the Director of Jazz Studies and Chair of Instrumental Studies at Temple University.

Circa Beyond fri, apr 8 / Bass Concert Hall / 8 pm

Directed by Professor Jeff Hellmer, the UT Jazz Orchestra is the Butler School of Music’s premiere jazz ensemble. The Jazz Orchestra has performed with such luminaries as Michael Brecker, Phil Woods, Bob Brookmeyer, Conrad Herwig, John Clayton, Maria Schneider, Stefon Harris, and Joshua Redman in recent years. The ensemble’s eclectic repertoire features original compositions of its members.

Set to a bewitching mix of show tunes, ballads, and electronica, a curiously tender world emerges from multiple stages within stages—small red-curtained worlds that take the audience to a cabaret, a zoo… or an asylum.

“A masterpiece that sparkles, like the finest champagne.” —Berlin Morgenpost, Germany

Presented in Partnership with klru

Beyond is breathtaking, surreal and unexpectedly moving. Blending dynamic circus acts like trapeze and Chinese pole with cheeky feats of strength, Rubik’s Cubes and blindfolds, the performance is a comical take on the possibilities of the human body pushed to the extreme.

“When he performs, Stafford’s fingers are reaching for more than notes. Whether squeezing the pathos out of a bent note or tugging on the tail end of an eighth-note run, he is painting us a bigger picture, telling his story.” —JazzTimes

Photo: benjamin knapton

Australia’s Circa creates contemporary circus that moves the heart, mind, and soul. Texas Performing Arts welcomes them back to perform their latest work, Beyond.

The University of Texas Jazz Orchestra Jeff Hellmer, director with special guest

Terell Stafford

Presented in Partnership with KUTX’s Sunday morning jazz with jay trachtenberg and the butler school of music

sat, apr 9 / bates recital hall / 7:30 pm

Lexus Broadway in Austin

2015/2016 Season Lexus Broadway in Austin at Texas Performing Arts is thrilled to announce an exciting 2015/2016 Season filled with three Austin premieres, new and award-winning titles, and Broadway favorites.

Order your Lexus Broadway in Austin Five-Show Season Package 800.731.SHOW (7469) Mon–Fri, 9 am to 5 pm

Subscriber Benefits • Get the best seats in the house before the general public • Prices start as low as $170 per package • Ticket exchange and replacement services • Opportunity to request a seating upgrade for the season ahead

Your Five-Show Season Package Includes: The Little Mermaid Kinky Boots The Sound of Music Cabaret Motown The Musical Season Option: The Book of Mormon

Photo: Allison Semmes as Diana Ross in MOTOWN THE MUSICAL First National Tour. ©Joan Marcus, 2014.

The Season line-up offers a five-show package with the opportunity of adding The Book of Mormon as a Special Season Option.

The Little Mermaid

Kinky Boots

sep 29–oct 4 / bass concert hall

nov 10–15 / bass concert hall

In a magical kingdom fathoms below, we meet Ariel, the little mermaid who is tired of flipping her fins and longs to be part of the fascinating world on dry land. Joining her are Sebastian, Ariel’s crabby sidekick; Ursula, the evil sea witch; Triton, King of the Sea and the handsome and human Prince Eric. Based on the Disney animated film and hit Broadway musical, THE LITTLE MERMAID is making its Austin debut. So dive on in! Life is the bubbles, under the sea!

KINKY BOOTS is the exhilarating Broadway musical that will lift your spirits to new high-heeled heights! Winner of six Tony Awards® including BEST MUSICAL, this inspirational story follows a struggling shoe factory owner who works to turn his business around with help from Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stillettos. Together, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible…providing that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world. Inspired by a true story, KINKY BOOTS features a joyous, Tony-winning score by CYNDI LAUPER, direction and Tony-winning choreography by JERRY MITCHELL and a hilarious, uplifting book by four-time Tony winner HARVEY FIERSTEIN. Come join the sold-out audiences who’ve discovered why­—sometimes—the best way to fit in is to stand out! “THERE IS NO SHOW HOTTER THAN KINKY BOOTS!” —CBS News.

The Sound of Music


feb 23–28 / bass concert hall

mar 29–apr 3 / bass concert hall

THE HILLS ARE ALIVE! A brand new production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, directed by three-time Tony Award® winning Director Jack O’Brien, is coming to Bass Concert 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.

Direct from Broadway, the acclaimed masterpiece returns to Austin! As part of their 50th Anniversary Season, the critically acclaimed and award-winning Roundabout Theatre Company is proud to present SAM MENDES (Skyfall, American Beauty) and ROB MARSHALL’S (Into the Woods and Chicago, the films) Tony Award®-winning production of CABARET.

“ONE OF THE MOST LOVED MUSICALS OF ALL TIME” —The Stage, London “A SURE-FIRE HIT!" —The London Evening Standard

Come hear some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including “Cabaret,” “Willkommen” and “Maybe This Time.” Leave your troubles outside—life is beautiful at CABARET, JOHN KANDER, FRED EBB and JOE MASTEROFF’s Tonywinning musical about following your heart while the world loses its way.

season option

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Motown The Musical

The Book of Mormon

apr 26–may 1 / bass concert hall

dec 8–13 / bass concert hall

It began as one man’s story… became everyone’s music… and is now Broadway’s musical. MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat. Featuring classic songs such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” experience the story behind the music in the record-breaking smash hit MOTOWN THE MUSICAL!

Hailed by The New York Times as “the best musical of this century” and the winner of nine Tony Awards®, THE BOOK OF MORMON is the blockbuster Broadway smash from “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and the Oscar®winning composer of Disney’s Frozen and Avenue Q, Bobby Lopez. This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Now with standing room only productions in London, on Broadway and across North America, THE BOOK OF MORMON has truly become an international sensation. Contains explicit language.

College of Fine Arts

Texas Theatre & Dance 2015/2016 Calendar

Introducing the Subscription Series the diary of anne frank A Play by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett Based upon “Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl” Oct 9–18, 2015 Oscar G. Brockett Theatre A story known across the world, The Diary of Anne Frank is the haunting, yet inspiring account of a young Jewish girl and her family’s lives during World War II. Seeking refuge from Nazi persecution, Anne, along with seven others, hid in a “secret annex” in Amsterdam for two years. Told through recordings in Anne’s cherished diary, the play stands as a timeless reflection of her fear, hope and faith during one of the darkest periods in history. *Part of the 2015/2016 Texas Performing Arts Season

the wild party Music and Lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa Book by Michael John LaChiusa and George C. Wolfe Based on the poem by Joseph Moncure March

Twelfth night by William Shakespeare Feb 26–Mar 6, 2016 Oscar G. Brockett Theatre Desires, revelry and disguises come to the stage in Shakespeare’s cherished romantic comedy of mistaken identities. Following a shipwreck on a strange shore, Viola fears her brother dead and is forced to build a new life on her own. Masquerading as a man in order to take a job with Duke Orsino, she finds herself in the midst of a topsy-turvy love triangle.

Dance Repertory Theatre presents

bodies & souls Apr 8–17, 2016 B. Iden Payne Theatre Under the direction of Charles O. Anderson, Andrea Beckham and Lyn Wiltshire, the award-winning dance company, Dance Repertory Theatre, presents contemporary works by emerging and nationally renowned choreographers including Alvin Rangel and Jason Ambrose.

Photo: Daniel Cavazos, Lawrence Peart

Nov 20–Dec 5, 2015 Oscar G. Brockett Theatre Set in 1920s Manhattan, vaudeville performer, Queenie, hosts an evening of excess for her guests; a collection of the unruly and undone. The jazz and gin-soaked party rages to a mounting sense of threat as artifice and illusion are stripped away. When midnight debauchery leads to tragedy at dawn, this dark and decadent musical reminds us that no party lasts forever.

Also On Stage Dance Repertory Theatre presents

fall for dance Nov 12–15, 2015 B. Iden Payne Theatre Dance Repertory Theatre, the award-winning student dance company, presents new work from professional and student choreographers in Fall For Dance.

utnt (ut new theatre) New plays by 3rd year M.F.A. Playwriting candidates Curated by Steven Dietz Apr 14–24, 2016 Oscar G. Brockett Theatre UTNT (UT New Theatre) presents newly developed works from playwrights of Texas Theatre and Dance and Michener Center for Writers. Now in its ninth season, this showcase exists as an incubator for new work, with many plays continuing on to be professionally produced across the country.

In Co-Production with ZACH Theatre tomás and the library lady By José Cruz González Based on the Book by Pat Mora Jan 22–Feb 19, 2016 Whisenhunt Stage ZACH Theatre Tomás, a young son of migrant farm workers, spends the summer with his family following the crop north from Texas to Iowa, passing long days in the fields, listening to his grandfather tell stories and practicing English translations. A chance encounter brings him to the local Carnegie Library, where he meets a “library lady” who recognizes his thirst for knowledge and encourages him to read. Based on the true story of Mexican-American author and educator, Tomás Rivera, this inspirational story suggests what reading—and self-respect—can make possible.

For more information visit All titles, venues and dates are subject to change.

College of Fine Arts

Butler School of Music 2015/2016 Calendar


sympho n y o rchest ra


co n certo c o mp etitio n s

Gerhardt Zimmermann, conductor

n e w m us ic e n s e m b l e

Friday, 11 / 7:30 pm Bates Recital Hall

st ring c o mp etitio n

Wednesday, 30 / 7:30 pm

Sunday, 15 / 2 pm

Bates Recital Hall

m ir ó quartet

s c h u b e rt’ s wi nterrei se

brass, win d, & perc uss io n

David Small, baritone Joachim Reinhuber, piano

co mp etitio n

Tuesday, 15 / 7:30 pm

Bates Recital Hall

Tuesday, 17 / 6 pm

Dan Welcher, director

April 2016 l on gh or n j azz f e st iva l

Bates Recital Hall va d ym k hol odenk o, pi an o

Jerry Junkin, conductor

Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Gold Medalist

Sunday, 22 / 4 pm

Terell Stafford, trumpet Jazz Orchestra Jeff Hellmer, director

Bates Recital Hall

Saturday, 9 / 7:30 pm

win d ensemble

Thursday, 17 / 8 pm

Bates Recital Hall

Bates Recital Hall

In partnership with Texas Performing Arts

In Partnership with Texas Performing Arts


n e w m usi c ensembl e

ho liday cho ral c o nc ert

James Morrow, conductor

Dan Welcher, director

Friday, 15 / 7:30 pm

Wednesday, 28 / 7:30 pm

James Morrow, conductor Joseph Bolin, conductor

Bates Recital Hall

Friday, 4 / 7:30 pm

ch amb e r s in ge r s

Bates Recital Hall

Bates Recital Hall con ce rt ch or a l e

Joseph Bolin, conductor October

Sunday, 17 / 4 pm


Bates Recital Hall

New Music by UT Composers

miró quartet

b ut l e r op e r a ce n t e r

Monday, 5 / 7:30 pm

Friday, 22 / 7:30 pm

Recital Studio

Bates Recital Hall

Dialogues Of The Carmelites by Francis Poulenc Robert Desimone, director Kelly Kuo, conductor


j azz o rchestra

Jeff Hellmer, director


Friday, 9 / 7:30 pm Bates Recital Hall b u t l e r opera center

Hansel And Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck Robert Desimone, director Kelly Kuo, conductor

Friday, 22 / 7:30 pm Sunday, 24 / 4 pm

black history month concert

Friday, 29 / 7:30 pm

Saturday, 6 / 7:30 pm

Sunday, May 1 / 4 pm

Bates Recital Hall

McCullough Theatre

win d ensemble

Jerry Junkin, conductor


Sunday, 21 / 4 pm Bates Recital Hall

symph on y or ch e st r a

Friday, 30 / 7:30 pm

percuss io n en semble

Gerhardt Zimmermann, conductor

Sunday, Nov 1 / 4 pm

Tom Burritt, director

Monday, 2 / 7:30 pm

McCullough Theatre

Tuesday, 23 / 7:30 pm

Bates Recital Hall

Friday, 23 / 7:30 pm Sunday, 25 / 4 pm

Bates Recital Hall

November c h amb er si ngers

James Morrow, conductor Friday, 6 / 7:30 pm Bates Recital Hall

butler o pera center

Three Decembers and At The Statue Of Venus 2 Operas by Jake Heggie Robert Desimone, director Kelly Kuo, conductor

Photo: Nathan Russell

Friday, 26 / 7:30 pm c o n c e rt choral e

Sunday, 28 / 4 pm

Joseph Bolin, conductor

Friday, Mar 4 / 7:30 pm

Sunday, 8 / 4 pm

Sunday, Mar 6 / 4 pm

Bates Recital Hall

McCullough Theatre

For more information visit All titles, venues and dates are subject to change.

Texas Inner Circle Members go to the Front of the Line When you become a member of the Texas Inner Circle, you enjoy exclusive VIP benefits and the satisfaction of knowing your contribution is an investment in free performances for area middle and high school students, $10 student tickets, and student employment programs that help cultivate the next generation of arts administrators, production artists, and audiences. M e m b e r s get. . .

• The Very Best Seats • Free Parking • Access to the private Texas Inner Circle Lounge (with pre-ordered drinks and express elevator for intermission)

Donor Benefits Parking Benefits

Best Available Seating for Texas Performing Arts Season Performances*

Access to the Texas Inner Circle Lounge at Bass Concert Hall

Members-only behind-the-scenes tour of Bass Concert Hall

Invitation to the Season Preview Party for your membership household

Option to Purchase Tickets Before Public Sale for Touring Concerts and Lexus Broadway in Austin

Individual(s) Name Listed in Season Programs

Invitations to Special Donor Events

Invitations to Open Rehearsals and Master Classes with Touring Artists

Ticket Concierge Service for Priority Seats and Exchanges**

Access to Select Erwin Center Performances

Name Plate in Bass Concert Hall

Private Dinner with Kathy Panoff, Director of Texas Performing Arts

To join, call the Texas Inner Circle Membership Office at 512.232.8567 or email

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Two Garage Passes

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Unlimited Valet Passes for Bass & VIP

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 lease note that some benefits, such P as garage passes, may reduce the tax deductible portion of your contribution. You may choose to forgo parking to maximize the impact of your gift. Memberships are valid for the length of the performance season, September 1 through August 31. More information available at * Available before public onsale. ** Non-transferable. Ticket limits and exchange restrictions may apply.

Our Work Extends

Beyond the Stage As a University-based arts center, Texas Performing Arts is committed to providing the best in performing arts programming and educational activities to students, faculty and staff, and members of the Central Texas community. With continuing financial support from individual donors and corporate sponsors, we now provide engagement programs that reach over 12,000 patrons of all ages and backgrounds. Free to our campus and community audiences, our pre-performance lectures and post-performance talkbacks draw on University experts to provide context and insights into our performances. Master classes, workshops, panel discussions, and open rehearsals give audiences a rare chance to learn more about the artists and their work. Free tickets to youth performances and customized study guides for middle and high school students integrate the performing arts into the core curriculum of Central Texas public schools. Take advantage of the many free educational opportunities we offer and become an active participant in the creative process!

Students are at the heart of what we do. $ 1 0 st uden t t ick e ts

Students from the UT campus and the Central Texas communities comprise over 40% of our season audience, making Texas Performing Arts’ student attendance among the highest in the nation. Thanks to generous donations to our Student Ticket Fund from our Texas Inner Circle members and corporate sponsors, students enjoy world-class dance, theatre, and musical performances for less than the price of a movie ticket! st uden t emp l oyme n t

Texas Performing Arts is proud to train and mentor the next generation of arts professionals through our student employee program. Over 100 students from across campus work in partnership with our professional staff in production, accounting, development, marketing, campus and community engagement, and more. Building on their experience at Texas Performing Arts, student workers have gone on to work at organizations such as Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Broadway Across America, California Shakespeare Theatre, Santa Fe Opera, Victory Gardens Theater, Goodman Theatre, The Kennedy Center, and various Broadway tours.

Your support is vital to our continued success.

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You can support our mission-based programs by adding a tax-deductible Texas Inner Circle membership or Student Ticket Fund donation to your Texas Performing Arts subscription. Visit or call 512.232.8567 for more information.

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Situated on the main campus of one of the largest and most prestigious research universities in the country, Texas Performing Arts serves The University of Texas at Austin campus and the Austin community at large through a diverse season of world-class performances.

For guest requirements including sign interpretation, audio description, closed captioning, and large print or Braille programs, please contact us at least three weeks prior to performances at 512.471.0611.


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Texas Performing Arts strongly discourages purchasing tickets from third-party resellers such as individuals or brokers. Texas Performing Arts assumes no liability for tickets purchased through unauthorized channels.

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