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2018–19 ESSENTIAL SERIES

Fred Hersch Trio SEP 21 | MCCULLOUGH THEATRE

Taylor Mac

A 24-Decade History of Popular Music (Abridged) SEP 27 & 28 | MCCULLOUGH THEATRE

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Taylor Mac

A 24-Decade History of Popular Music (Abridged) Mac interprets the social history of the United States through popular songs ranging from murder ballads to disco!

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See Next? TPA Trivia Venue Fast Facts Share Your Experience 5 Things to Expect from this Essential Series Season Word Search

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Making Tracks

UT alumna Cassie Shankman shares her experiences as Biomedical Music™ composer.

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Student Spotlight Sophmore Brenda Stanfill discusses the affect of performing arts on Human Development.

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WHAT’S NEXT SEP

Reduced Shakespeare Company Sep 13 & 14 | MCT

Fred Hersch Trio Sep 21 | MCT

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Yekwon Sunwoo, piano Oct 5 | BRH

Ragamala Dance Company Written in Water Oct 18 | BCH

The Play That Goes Wrong Oct 23–28 | BCH

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Blackstar An Orchestral Tribute to David Bowie Nov 1 | BCH

Jordi Savall The Routes of Slavery Nov 8 | BCH

Pavel Urkiza & Congrí Ensemble Nov 9 | MCT

C!RCA Humans Nov 13 | BCH

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Making Tracks Former Texas Performing Arts student employee (’13) Cassie Shankman has always been a busy woman with many talents and interests. As a young girl, Cassie loved the arts. She frequented the theater, was an active jazz band member, and loved going to the movies. Simultaneously, she enjoyed learning about science. Her early interest in different sound frequencies resulted in qualifying for the state science fair competition, earning her the attention of multiple universities. Now, as a leading Biomedical Music™ composer, she combines both her passions of music and

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science to help others learn to walk again with the Movement Tracks Project. Together with an amazing team of music therapists, patients, musicians, and engineers, Cassie creates music that integrates with biomedical systems and devices that makes walking possible for patients. Many of these patients include people that have Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, children with cerebral palsy, and other neurologic conditions. “As a musician, it’s amazing to know that every day I am helping people get better with my music,” said Cassie. “I feel incredibly lucky for this opportunity.” With Executive Producer Hope Young’s vision, the Movement Tracks Project creates pieces for patients with neurologic conditions that are helping people move better through texasperformingarts.org


Patterson at Texas Performing Arts who taught her the skills necessary for working in event and program management, Cassie feels lucky to have had so many great mentors.

“As a musician, it’s amazing to know that every day I am helping people get better with my music.”

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Cassie Shankman conducts a small orchestra for a churchhouse recording.

much research and testing. This ground-breaking project has also caught the attention of SXSW, where Cassie recently spoke on the topic and her team became an Official 2018 SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards Finalist. It’s an honor that she credits hard work as well as her education at The University of Texas at Austin. “While at UT, I met a lot of people, learned professional skills, and was consistently inspired! I had access to visiting artists and shows that I still can’t believe, and I went to several performances a week,” she said. “This allowed me to listen, learn, and connect with so much music.” Cassie also attributes much of her success to her professors and mentors outside the classroom. From her first composition mentor Ian Dicke, who opened her mind and ears to the writing process, to Cynthia texasperformingarts.org

“My most-influential mentor was my professor Yevgeniy Sharlat. He inspired me to get a Bridging Disciplines Program (BDP) certificate in film studies and study film, which led me to meet so many people that I still collaborate with today,” said Cassie. She gained confidence with speaking film lingo with film and music professionals through her internship in the BDP program with composer Hanan Townsend, which in turn led her to make connections with other industry professionals. “The best part of my job, whether it be scoring music to the human body or to film, is continuously learning and collaborating with other professionals,” Cassie said. “I love creating a new industry and seeing results with the patients!” When she isn’t working on The Movement Project, Austinites can find her DJ’ing at local events under the stage name DJ CASS&RA. She considers herself fortunate to be able to be a part of multiple projects and stresses new graduates to be flexible with their career journey. “Don’t be afraid to go with what life throws at you,” she said. “I assumed I’d get a job doing film music but it’s been a wild trip to get to this career. I wouldn’t have it any other way.” 9


What Should I See Next?

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The music and movement elements were the most memorable.

WHAT DID YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE?

WHICH EXPRESSION OF ART IS YOUR FAVORITE?

Dance is amazing!

I loved the storyline! I love music! C!RCA

WHAT KIND OF STORIES DO YOU LIKE TO HEAR?

Ragamala Dance Company

Culturally Diverse

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Student Spotlight At Texas Performing Arts, we professionally involve students in every aspect of our organization. Having the opportunity to show, connect, and inspire our students to be the next generation of arts leaders is one of the most important things we do.

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Brenda Stanfill Class of 2021 Texas Performing Arts Receptionist Human Development & Family Services (HDFS) Sociology

e sat down with Brenda Stanfill to talk about the performing arts, her studies in Human Development, and her time as a valued student employee. HUMAN DEVELOPMENT & FAMILY SERVICES SOUNDS LIKE AN INTERESTING MAJOR. TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT THAT.

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Our goal is to improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities from infancy to old age. I’m really enjoying learning about everything so far.

AS A STUDENT OF HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, HOW DO YOU FEEL THE PERFORMING ARTS IMPACTS STUDENTS IN THE AUDIENCE?

As students, we can get caught up in our routines; classes, work, homework, and hang outs with

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friends. And as time goes on, it’s just more of the same—stressing about papers and tests. The performances on campus offer a chance for students to decompress and see something out of the ordinary. It’s almost something personal because the actor, actress, dancer, or comedian is right there on the stage, giving a unique artistic performance each night. It allows us to make a personal connection with something new and lowers our stress level.

WHAT ABOUT THE GENERAL PUBLIC? HOW DO YOU FEEL THE ARTS IMPACT OUR SOCIETY?

I think the arts are important for both the artists and the audience. Art is an expression of what it means to be human and it reflects our lives. The artist expresses important issues or personal experiences. For the audience, it can connect us through emotion and bring us together in times of uncertainty.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT THE PERFORMING ARTS?

I’m a really big fan of stories—written or heard. I love the stories that performances tell with dialogue, music, and the combination of storytelling through music. Considering my major, I love seeing cause and effect interactions, especially in a production. We watch a story unfold because the actions of one character affected another character in a certain way. Real life is a lot harder, but the idea of chaos from miscommunication is the same. The way we communicate can affect another person’s emotions and how they feel about themselves. texasperformingarts.org

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Sep 21, 2018

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Fred Hersch Trio Fred Hersch, piano John Hébert, bass Eric McPherson, drums Presented in partnership with the Butler School of Music and KUTX’s Sunday Morning Jazz with Jay Trachtenberg 14

ABOUT THE ARTISTS Through more than 30 years and five incarnations, the Fred Hersch Trio has remained at the pinnacle of modern jazz, venerated as the epitome of thrilling interplay and dynamic spontaneity. The Wall Street Journal calls the trio “one of the major ensembles of our time,” while The New Yorker has applauded it for playing with “high lyricism and high danger.” The current trio, in which renowned pianist Fred Hersch is joined by bassist John Hébert and texasperformingarts.org


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drummer Eric McPherson, kicked off its tenth year together in the summer of 2018. In less than a decade, the three have released six acclaimed albums, garnering two Grammy nominations and countless accolades. The trio was voted the #2 Jazz Group in the 2018 DownBeat Critics Poll, recognizing its unique ability to traverse a wide range of styles and approaches while maintaining profound depths of emotion and the exhilarating spark of invention. The trio’s latest release, Live in Europe (Palmetto), has been hailed texasperformingarts.org

as its best to date, considerable praise for an ensemble that consistently plays at such a staggeringly high level. The album, essentially, is lightning in a bottle; it documents one remarkable evening that just happened to be captured. Collecting six Hersch originals and two stellar compositions apiece from jazz giants Thelonious Monk and Wayne Shorter, Live in Europe was recorded at Flagey Studio 4 in Brussels’ former National Institute for Radio Broadcasting on the penultimate night of the trio’s threeweek European tour in November 15


2017. All About Jazz awarded the album 5 stars, while DownBeat’s 4-star review lauded, “Improvisation doesn’t engage the listener any more playfully than this.” Hersch, Hébert and McPherson came together in 2009, shortly after the pianist’s recovery from a medically-induced coma. The trio’s debut release, Whirl (2010), met with wide acclaim, reestablishing Hersch as one of the music’s premier artists following his life-threatening illness. The trio’s follow-up, Alive at the Vanguard (2012), received a 4.5-star review in DownBeat, and 2014’s studio recording Floating was nominated for two 2104 Grammy Awards – for Best Jazz Album and for Best Improvised Solo. A return to the Village Vanguard for 2016’s Sunday Night at the Vanguard netted another pair of Grammy nominations, again for Best Jazz Album and Best Improvised Solo. Prior to working with Hersch, Hébert and McPherson had served as legendary pianist Andrew Hill’s final rhythm section. The near-telepathic communion formed during that experience has enhanced their work with the very different Hersch, whose restlessly eclectic tastes often lead the trio from tightly-constructed compositions to freewheeling improvisatory ventures, hushed balladry to lively playfulness, boisterous swing to crystalline angularity. They’ve honed their magical chemistry on stages around the world, from New York’s iconic Village Vanguard to major venues and elite festivals in Europe, Asia, and the United States. A select member of jazz’s piano pantheon, Fred Hersch 16

is a pervasively influential creative force who has shaped the music’s course over more than three decades as an improviser, composer, educator, bandleader, collaborator and recording artist. A twelve-time Grammy Award nominee, he has earned an impressive number of the music world’s most prestigious awards, including recent distinctions as a 2016 Doris Duke Artist, 2016 and 2018 Jazz Pianist of the Year from the Jazz Journalists Association and the 2017 Prix in Honorem de Jazz from L’Acádemie Charles Cros for the totality of his career. Hersch’s memoir, Good Things Happen Slowly, was published in September 2017 by Crown Archetype Books/Random House. It was featured in the Sunday New York Times and on NPR’s “Fresh Air,” was named one of 2017’s Five Best Memoirs by the Washington Post and The New York Times, and was named 2018 Book on Jazz of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association. The feature documentary The Ballad of Fred Hersch premiered at the prestigious Full Frame Film Festival in March 2016 to a sold-out house and is now streaming on Vimeo. A native of New Orleans, John Hébert attended Loyola University before moving to the New York area in 1993, where he quickly established himself as a highly sought after bassist. He has worked alongside such renowned artists as Andrew Hill, Lee Konitz, Paul Bley, John Abercrombie, Kenny Wheeler, Paul Motian, Joe Maneri, Mary Halvorson, Tomasz Stanko, David Liebman, Uri Caine, Greg Osby, texasperformingarts.org


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Yekwon Sunwoo, piano

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Bill Stewart, Marc Copland, Toots Thielemans, Maria Schneider, and many others. In recent years, Hébert has taken on the role of bandleader of various projects. His group Byzantine Monkey received a 4-star review from DownBeat for its 2009 debut, and the John Hébert Trio (with French pianist Benoit Delbecq and drummer Gerald Cleaver) has released two well-received albums on Clean Feed Records. Hébert’s latest release, Rambling Confessions (Sunnyside) features vocalist Jen Shyu, pianist Andy Milne and drummer Billy Drummond and was awarded 4.5 stars by DownBeat.

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A native of New York City, Eric McPherson began studying with master drummer Michael Carvin at the age of 12. He would go on to study with alto legend Jackie McLean at the University of Hartford’s

Hartt School of Music. While still a student, McPherson came to international prominence playing professionally and recording with this extraordinary saxophonist and educator. He would later go on to work and record with the innovative pianist and composer Andrew Hill. Learning from these seminal figures, he has developed a highly personal and creative approach to music. Over the last 25 years, McPherson has produced, recorded, engineered and toured worldwide with his own projects and collaborations and has worked with a wide array of today’s leading contemporary creative musicians. An educator himself, McPherson continues the legacy left to him whether teaching private students or conducting master classes and workshops. He is also on the Jazz Studies Faculty at the University of Hartford’s Hartt School / Jackie McLean Jazz Studies Division and at The New School in NYC.

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Sep 27 & 28, 2018 McCullough Theatre

Taylor Mac’s A 24-Decade History of Popular Music (Abridged) Conceived, written, performed and co-directed by

Taylor Mac Music Director / Arranger

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Costume Designer

Machine Dazzle

Executive Producer

Linda Brumbach Associate Producer Alisa E. Regas Co-Produced by

Pomegranate Arts and Nature’s Darlings Presented in partnership with KLRU-TV

This work was developed with the support of the Park Avenue Armory residency program, MASS MoCa (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art), New York Stage and Film & Vassar’s Powerhouse Theater, and the 2015 Sundance Institute Theatre Lab at the Sundance Resort with continuing post-lab dramaturgical support through its initiative with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. A 24-DECADE HISTORY OF POPULAR MUSIC was made possible with funding by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Project, with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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A 24-DECADE HISTORY OF POPULAR MUSIC is commissioned in part by ASU Gammage at Arizona State University; Belfast International Arts Festival and 14 - 18 NOW WW1 Centenary Art Commissions; Carole Shorenstein Hays, The Curran SF; Carolina Performing Arts, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA; Hancher Auditorium at the University of Iowa; Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; Melbourne Festival; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; International Festival of Arts & Ideas (New Haven); New York Live Arts; OZ Arts Nashville; Stanford Live at Stanford University; University Musical Society of the University of Michigan.


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A 24-Decade History of Popular Music (Abridged) Featuring Taylor Mac . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vocals with Gordon Beeferman. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Piano, Music Director Machine Dazzle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Performer, Costume Designer Bernice “Boom Boom” Brooks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Drums Viva DeConcini . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Guitar Greg Glassman. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Trumpet Gary Wang . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bass Creative/Production Paul Frydrychowski . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lighting Supervisor Will Neal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Audio Supervisor Cassey Kivnick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Stage Manager Willa Folmar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Company Manager

Taylor Mac (Creator/Writer/ Performer) (who uses “judy,” lowercase sic, not as a name but as a gender pronoun) is one of the world’s leading theater artists. A playwright, actor, singer-songwriter, performance artist, director and producer and “Critical darling of the New York scene” (NY Magazine), judy’s work has been performed in hundreds of venues including New York City’s Town Hall, Lincoln Center, Celebrate Brooklyn, The Public Theatre and Playwrights Horizons, as well as London’s Hackney Empire and Barbican, D.C.’s Kennedy Center, Los Angeles’s Royce Hall and The Theatre at Ace Hotel (through UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance), Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre, the Sydney Opera House, The Melbourne Festival (Forum Theater), 22

Stockholm’s Sodra Theatern, the Spoleto Festival, San Francisco’s Curran Theater and the SFMOMA. judy is the author of many works of theater including the soon to be produced plays, Gary, A Sequel to Titus Andronicus, Prosperous Fools, and The Fre, and the previously produced works, A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, Hir, The Walk Across America for Mother Earth, Comparison is Violence, The Lily’s Revenge, The Young Ladies Of, Red Tide Blooming, The Be(a) st of Taylor Mac, Cardiac Arrest or Venus on a Half-Clam, The Face of Liberalism, Okay, Maurizio Pollini, A Crevice, and The Hot Month. Sometimes Taylor acts in other people’s plays (or co-creations). Notably: Shen Teh/Shui Ta in The Foundry Theater’s production of Good Person of Szechwan at La texasperformingarts.org


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Mama and the Public Theater, Puck/Egeus in the Classic Stage Company’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream, and in the two-man vaudeville, The Last Two People On Earth opposite Mandy Patinkin, directed by Susan Stroman. Mac is a MacArthur Fellow, a Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Drama and the recipient of multiple awards including the Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History, a NY Drama Critics Circle Award, a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Herb Alpert Award in Theater, the Peter Zeisler Memorial Award, the Helen Merrill Playwriting Award, 2 Bessies, 2 Obies, and an Ethyl Eichelberger Award. An alumnus of New Dramatists, judy is currently a New York Theater Workshop Usual Suspect and the Resident playwright at the HERE Arts Center. Gordon Beeferman is a composer, pianist, and improviser based in New York City. An eclectic and omnivorous musician who straddles numerous genres, he has created and performed innovative opera, chamber and orchestra music, avant-jazz, and numerous collaborations with choreographers, writers, and video artists. His varied projects include bands that perform his compositions: an Organ Trio; Other Life Forms, a quartet; and Music for an Imaginary Band, a septet—“a commanding avant-jazz ensemble” (Time Out New York). Four Parts Five, an extended work for his new quintet, was released on Innova Recordings in 2015 – “Packed with humour, mischief, and an urge to dance” (The Wire). texasperformingarts.org

Since 2003, Beeferman has composed two operas with librettist Charlotte Jackson: The Rat Land, praised as “complex and daringly modern” by The New York Times, and The Enchanted Organ: A Porn Opera, scenes of which have been performed to sold-out theater and nightclub audiences in downtown Manhattan. Notable commissions and/or performances of his compositions have come from the New York City Opera orchestra, Momenta Quartet, Minnesota Orchestra, Albany Symphony, California EAR Unit, St. Urban Concerts, Talea Ensemble, Quartet New Generation recorder collective, and others. He has received commissions from the Fromm Foundation, the BMI Foundation, and Concert Artists Guild, three BMI Student Composer Awards, a Tanglewood fellowship, and residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the Copland House, and Ucross. An active member of the New York music scene since 1998, Beeferman has performed at venues and series including Roulette, MATA, and the Vision Festival, and his recordings have been acclaimed by magazines including The Wire, Jazz Review, and Cadence. In 2016 he performed his first solo concerts in Europe, and original and improvised music with ensembles in Germany and Amsterdam. He has also performed as a pianist/keyboardist in Philip Glass’s Einstein on the Beach and Taylor Mac’s A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, and has co-curated concerts of the AIDS Quilt Songbook in New York City and Philadelphia. Beeferman’s recordings are available on Clang, Innova, OutNow, Generate, Genuin, and Summit 25


Records. He is a 2016 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow. Machine Dazzle (Costume design, performer) has been dazzling stages via costumes, sets, and performance since his arrival in New York in 1994. Credits include Julie Atlas Muz’s Am The Moon And a You Are The Man On Me (2004), Big Art Group’s House Of No More (2006), Justin Vivian Bond’s Lustre (2008), Taylor Mac’s The Lily’s Revenge (2009), Justin Vivian Bond’s Re:Galli Blonde (2011), Taylor Mac’s Walk Across America For Mother Earth (2012), Chris Tanner’s Football Head (2014), Soomi Kim’s Change (2015), Pig Iron Theater’s I Promised Myself To Live Faster (2015), Bombay Ricky Prototype Festival (2016), Taylor Mac’s A 24 Decade History of American Popular Music (2016-Present), Opera Philadelphia’s Dito and Aeneus (2017), Spiegleworld’s Opium (Las Vegas 2018)... Beware!!!! Conceptualistas-artist meets DIY meets “glitter rhymes with litter,” Machine was a co-recipient the 2017 Bessie Award for Outstanding Visual Design and the winner of a 2017 Henry Hewes Design Award. Bernice “Boom Boom” Brooks (Drums) is a drummer, producer, teaching artist who has performed and shared the stage with such greats as Tito Puente, Gregory Hines, Patti Labelle, and many Jazz and R&B greats. She was a part of JALC “The History of Blues” with Marion Cowings and has a national commercial airing, “Five Fine Fillies,” for Bank of America. Viva DeConcini (Guitar) plays guitar like a flaming sword, a 26

screaming train, a ringing bell, and a scratching chicken. She sings like if Freddy Mercury had been a woman. She’s played everywhere from Bonnaroo to Monterey Jazz Fest, and been featured in Guitar Player Magazine. Her last 2 records Rock & Roll Lover and Rhinestones & Rust charted on CMJ. Greg Glassman (Trumpet) has shared the stage and recording studio with some of the greatest voices in jazz, including Clark Terry, Marcus Belgrave, Roswell Rudd, Sheila Jordan, Oliver Lake, Sherman Irby, and John Esposito. He has performed around the world with a diverse array of artists including The Skatalites, Oscar Perez’s Nuevo Comienzo, and Burning Spear. Mr. Glassman’s current focus is his quintet, co-led with Stacy Dillard, which holds a residency of 8 years at Fat Cat in Greenwich Village. Gary Wang (Bass) has been playing professionally in New York City for over 25 years, performing, touring and recording with artists including Anat Fort, Taylor Mac, Ben Monder, Chris Cheek, Matt Ray, Madeleine Peyroux, Taylor Mac, T.S. Monk, Molly Ringwald, Dena DeRose, among many others. Gary has also been involved in composing and music production, most recently, his own solo project Shapes On Parade, with two albums released on Bandcamp in the last two years. He has also contributed production and overdubbing work to projects by numerous artists, among others, the San Francisco-based band The Invisible Cities, Michael Leonhart, Sam Sadigursky, Goh Nakamura, among others. Gary also composed texasperformingarts.org


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and recorded the music for several recent collaborations with choreographer Kakuti Lin and the Full Circle Dance Company. Pomegranate Arts (Creative Producers) For the past twenty years, Pomegranate Arts has worked in close collaboration with a small group of contemporary artists and arts institutions to bring bold and ambitious artistic ideas to fruition. Founder and Director Linda Brumbach, along with managing director Alisa E. Regas produced the Olivier Award-winning revival of Einstein on the Beach, the multi-award winning production of Taylor Mac’s 24-Decade History of Popular Music and the Drama Desk Award winning production of Charlie Victor Romeo. Since it’s inception, Pomegranate Arts has produced over 30 major new performing arts productions and tours for Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson, Lucinda Childs, Dan Zanes, London’s Improbable, Sankai Juku, Batsheva, and Bassem Youssef and collaborated on new productions with the Kronos Quartet, Leonard Cohen, Robert Wilson, and Frank Gehry. texasperformingarts.org

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Bass Concert Hall

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FAMILY TIES Alumna’s Ancestry Linked to India’s Nonviolence Movement

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BY SELENA SAN MIGUEL PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE SUKUMAR FAMILY

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University of Texas at Austin Theatre and Dance graduate and former Texas Performing Arts employee Neha Sukumar ’18 shares her family’s historical role in India’s Independence with Bass Concert Hall guests. When Neha Sukumar ’18 was a young girl, she loved to watch her sister dance. “I would watch my older sister in her Bharathanatyam class, and I would discretely dance on the side [of the room]—trying out all the steps and poses,” said Neha. “I was always in awe of Bharathanatyam and I knew from a really young age I wanted to pursue it.” Soon after, Neha’s mother signed her up for Indian classical dance lessons. Bharathanatyam, a form of dance dating back more than two thousand years, was originally a Hindu temple dance from the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Like many Indian families, the women in Neha’s family passed down this art form from generation to generation. Neha worked for years to prepare for her Arrangetam, a debut Bharathanatyam performance, in India. Through practice and performance of this art form, she built a personal and spiritual connection. “For many years now, it has been my own way of worshipping God and connecting to my heritage despite living so far from India,” said Neha. “I love that I can tell a story and translate emotions through this dance—it’s more than just movement to music and always has a deeper meaning behind it.” texasperformingarts.org

Growing up locally as a first generation American in a large Indian immigrant community, she learned Bharathanatyam as a way celebrate her cultural heritage and share it with others. This traditional dance had been performed by her sister, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. In the future, Neha looks forward to watching her own daughter’s Arrangetam performance. “One day, I was telling my family story to Judith, the Texas Performing Arts Campus & Community Engagement Assistant Director, when she asked me if I would be willing to share my family history to create this exhibit.”

“THESE STORIES ARE CLOSE TO MY HEART BECAUSE THEY REMIND ME THAT THE FIGHT FOR FREEDOM LED MY FAMILY TO A SUCCESSFUL LIFE IN AMERICA.” Feeling honored, Neha gladly agreed to have a collection of personal photos and items showcased in Bass Concert Hall in support of the Ragamala performance associated with The Power of Protest. Part of the exhibit features Neha’s great-grandfather Vajapeyam Venkatasubbaiya’s

Opposite: Neha Sukumar at Bharathanatyam performance

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Vajapeyam Venkatasubbaiya (left) and letter from Ghandi

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The Power of Protest: Arts and Civil Disobedience is motivated by the increasingly contentious climate in America as demonstrated by worldwide protests for women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, immigration reform, and other controversial topics. Texas Performing Arts has partnered with The Andrew C. Mellon Foundation to highlight key performances that explore these ideas. View Gandhi and the Nonviolence Movement and Bharatanatyam in Photos Sep 4–Dec 20, on Level 4 of Bass Concert Hall. texasperformingarts.org

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involvement in India’s nonviolent movement and his personal relationship with Mahatma Ghandi. “My father would tell me these family stories to teach me how important the freedom movement was in India—what it meant for the country and our people,” she said. “These stories are close to my heart because they remind me that the fight for freedom led my family to a successful life in America.” Over the past months, the Sukumar family sifted through the family collection of photographs and memorabilia from both the US and India to share in this exhibit. Within the photographs, Neha’s relatives can be seen interacting with important leaders related to India’s struggle for independence. “Everyone that we have featured in this exhibit has protested and fought for their freedom; whether that was freedom from the British Raj, freedom from unfair imprisonment, freedom from being

physically and brutally beaten because of their skin color in their own homeland, or freedom from any type of persecution.” It is the Sukumar family’s goal that through sharing these personal stories, the audience can discuss the civil disobedience philosophy and visualize the connection between art and freedom. “The beauty about this exhibit to me is the interconnectedness of it all,” said Neha. “I feel so blessed that I can honor my family on both my mother and father’s side as well as my cultural heritage and love for performing arts.”


Malpaso Dance Company PrePerformance Talk with Dr. Mariano DiazMiranda, Professor of History at Austin Community College.

Texas Performing Arts in the Community

Each season, Texas Performing Arts offers free community events to connect UT faculty, students of all ages, touring artists, and the greater Central Texas community with our performances. Some of these events include: • Artist-led master classes • Pre and post-performance talks • Lunch-time chats with touring artists • Daytime performances for youth Join us for these fun events!

Visit texasperformingarts.org/getinvolved for more information.


Venue Fast Facts Texas Performing Arts is home to five venues on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. Each of our venues has features that set the stage for cultural contributions in Central Texas. Read more about our venues at texasperformingarts.org

Bass Concert Hall

• Seats 2,900 guests • Renovated in 2007 with Green initiatives • Home of Broadway in Austin

McCullough Theatre

• Seats 400 guests • 30-foot proscenium stage • Hosts The University of Texas Butler Opera Center

Bates Recital Hall

• Seats 700 guests • Houses the country’s largest tracker organ • Located inside the Butler School of Music Building

• Seats 244 guests • Located inside the Winship Drama Building

B. Iden Payne Theatre

• Seats 500 guests • Home to Department of Theatre and Dance student productions

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Director’s Council Volunteer Leadership in Action The Texas Performing Arts Director’s Council is a group of dedicated donors, sponsors, and volunteers committed to presenting world-class performances, providing students access to every performance on our stages, and building the next generation of audiences, artists, and presenters. We are grateful for their extraordinary support and dedication.

2018–19 COUNCIL MEMBERS Robert and Jannis Baldwin Becky Beaver and John Duncan Reny Buduan Edwina Carrington Marianne and Mario Davila Laura Estes and Joyce Lauck Joanne Guariglia Rob Hagelberg Dan Jackson and Jeremy Guiberteau Cassie LaMere Julia Marsden Stephanie L. Perkins Rachel Tocker Annie and Brian Zucker

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ESSENTIAL SERIES

Blackstar An Orchestral Tribute to David Bowie

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BUSINESS OFFICE

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Business Operations Manager

Director and Associate Dean

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Ashley Clarke Member Relations Manager

Rachel Schoen Ticket Concierge Manager

Ann Stafford

Senior Departmental Buyer, Business Operations CAMPUS & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Judith Rhedin

Director of Development

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Associate Director for Development HUMAN RESOURCES

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MARKETING

Technical Director

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Assistant Stage Supervisor

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Performance Logistics Coordinator

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GUEST SERVICES

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House Managers Dina Black Virginia Bosman Margaret Byron Jan Collinson Carlos Hernandez Chuck Hesse Paige Horton Olga Kasma-Carnes Charlotte Klein

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Student Employees Hannah Hurst Alexandra Jereb Taylor Jones Jiajing Qi Mikaela Kelarek Rachel Lai Adriana Lara James “Wyatt” Laster Kelsey Linberg Anna Lu Mila Luna Natalie Manning Jenifer Margos Zachary Markizer Diamante Martinez Adam Means Sean Meyers Olivia Naworol Brian Nguyen Claire Norris

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5 THINGS TO EXPECT FROM THIS ESSENTIAL SERIES SEASON

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Bellyaches

Comedy troupes and colorful playwrights will leave you with breathless with laughter.

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Rhythm

Whether it’s the smooth jazz of Fred Hersch or the harmonies of The Sounds of Zamar, you’ll enjoy this season’s melodies.

Strength

From the athleticism of the acrobats to the grace of Ragamala dancers, this season’s dance performances will demonstrate the art of strength.

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Storytelling

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This season’s storytelling will transport you through Shakespeare’s Elizabethan era, the heartbreak of WWI, and the historic events of the 1960s.

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Culture

You’ll experience a spectrum of cultures that bring perspectives from around the globe to center stage.

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1. Fred Hersch is a ten-time _ _ _ _ _ _ Award nominee, collaborating with an astonishing range of artists. (6 LETTERS) 2. Hersch’s 2016 release, Sunday Night at the _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _, was nominated for two 2017 Grammy Awards. (8 LETTERS) 3. A committed educator, Hersch has taught at New England Conservatory, The _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ School, The New School and The Manhattan School of Music. (8 LETTERS) 4. Bassist, John Hérbert, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and attended _ _ _ _ _ _ University of New Orleans where he received a full scholarship. (6 LETTERS) 5. A New York City native, Eric McPherson is one of the leading _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ in contemporary creative music. (8 LETTERS) 54

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6. The piece A 24-Decade of History of Popular Music was originally performed as a one-time 24-hour _ _ _ _ _. (5 LETTERS) 7. Taylor Mac’s A 24-Decade of History of Popular Music was a 2017 _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Prize Finalist for Drama. (8 LETTERS) 8. Taylor Mac uses “_ _ _ _,” lowercase sic, not as a name but as a gender pronoun. (4 LETTERS) 9. Playwright, _ _ _ _ _, singersongwriter, performance artist, director and producer, Taylor Mac has performed in hundreds of venues across the globe. (5 LETTERS)

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Answers: 1. GRAMMY; A2. VANGUARD; 3. JULLIARD; 4. LOYOLA; 5. DRUMMERS; 6. EVENT; 7. PULITZER; 8. JUDY; 9. ACTOR

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