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2018–19 ESSENTIAL SERIES

TEXAS PERFORMING ARTS

Dorrance Dance ETM: Double Down JAN 30 | BASS CONCERT HALL

Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet FEB 5 | MCCULLOUGH THEATRE

Songs of Freedom FEB 8 & 9 | MCCULLOUGH THEATRE


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Songs of Freedom Grammy Award-winning drummer, Ulysses Owens Jr. celebrates the cultural impact of musical changemakers Joni Mitchell, Abbey Lincoln, and Nina Simone.

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

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Engaging with the Student Arts Audience UT alumnus Tim Rogers talks to us about engaging with the arts as an audience member.

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Student Spotlight

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We met with Hannah Robbins Hopkins to chat about the performing arts, her academic studies, and her time as a valued student employee.

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Dorrance Dance ETM: Double Down

“One of the most imaginative tap choreographers working today.” —The New Yorker

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Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet

“Arguably the best ensemble of its kind in the world.” —Manchester Evening News

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WHAT’S NEXT JAN

Waitress Jan 22–27 | BCH

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A Thousand Thoughts Kronos Quartet and Sam Green Mar 27 | BCH

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Terence Blanchard and Rennie Harris Caravan Apr 11 | BCH

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Trey McLaughlin & The Sounds of Zamar Apr 26 | BCH

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Hamilton May 28–Jun 16 | BCH

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Engaging with the Student Arts Audience For many Texas Performing Arts student employees, Tim Rogers is a familiar face around campus. As Assistant Director of Student Engagement at TPA, Tim is their go-to guy for all fun activities within the organization: Hook ’em Arts, AmBASSadors, student employment, and The Loft. This very talented and very busy employee has also taken on a new professional venture—teaching. In the spring of 2019, Tim will teach a class on campus within the College of Fine Arts. The course, Engaging with the Arts from the Audience, offers students an opportunity to

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fulfill a fine arts requirement or an elective while gaining a deeper understanding of the arts. “I hope to show my students the impact of all types of art and how unfamiliar artwork can be rewarding,” said Tim. “I want to help them learn new ways to appreciate the arts.” The class will give students the opportunity to blend their academic time with the performing arts, exposing them to these worldclass experiences on campus that they may otherwise miss. Students will learn about the history and context of fine arts performances in Texas Performing Arts Essential Series Season as well as other mediums of art like sculpture, digital art, and gallery artwork while exploring the impact it leaves on our culture. “All art comes out of an expression of culture and, whether we are texasperformingarts.org


participating or viewing that art, understanding where it came from can enrich our experience,” said Tim. Although this spring will mark his second class, Tim has been making strides towards creating this fusion of academics and live performances for some time. “When I initially joined the team in 2013, I had an interest in eventually teaching,” said Tim. “I researched Student Engagement programs at peer institutions and took note of ways that we might fill in the gaps.” Over the course of his six-year tenure, the UT alumnus (Master of Music, 2008) has been working with Texas Performing Arts Director and Associate Dean Kathy Panoff and the Associate Dean of the College of Fine Arts, Andrew Dell’Antonio to develop this course and provide the best performing arts experience to texasperformingarts.org

“I hope to show my students the impact of all types of art and how unfamiliar artwork can be rewarding.” our students. And although a student’s time on campus is generally brief in the grand scheme of their professional careers, Tim knows that this is the best time in their lives to explore all that the fine arts has to offer. “Like the fine arts, the population of students is constantly changing. The average student is on campus for four years and then moves on to the next part of their life,” said Tim. “It’s exciting to see them grow personally and professionally over the years. I find that part of my job is very fulfilling.” 9


What Should I See Next?

BEGIN HERE The movement and music are amazing.

WHAT DID YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE?

WHICH EXPRESSION OF ART IS YOUR FAVORITE?

Dance is great!

I loved the storyline!

I love music!

Theater rules!

WHAT KIND OF STORIES DO YOU LIKE TO HEAR?

Stories with historical value

Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet

Dorrance Dance ETM: Double Down

Trey McLaughlin & The Sounds of Zamar

Songs of Freedom

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Terence Blanchard and Rennie Harris Caravan

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A Thousand Thoughts Kronos Quartet and Sam Green

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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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Hannah Robbins Hopkins Second-Year Masters Student Senior Student Associate for Campus & Community Engagement Information Studies/ English

e met with Hannah Robbins Hopkins to chat about the performing arts, her academic studies, and her time as a valued student employee. INFORMATION STUDIES AND ENGLISH IS AN INTERESTING COMBINATION OF MAJORS. TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT THAT.

I love getting to do interdisciplinary work, and I believe that my research is so much stronger for it. Most of my research deals with teenagers’ communication practices in online spaces and the ways in which they are really making and shaping language in areas like social media. 12

Being a part of a dual program means that we’re able to engage with wonderful faculty and exciting research across several parts of campus.

WHAT IS YOUR ROLE AT TPA?

This is my second year as the Senior Student Associate for Campus & Community Engagement (CCE). Mostly, this means that I design lessons and instructional materials for schools as a part of the Performing texasperformingarts.org


Arts and Academic Connection program. This role gives me the opportunity to visit area schools to work with teachers and administrators as we’re designing lessons. I also help design educational tours, coordinate events, and create other resources for CCE.

AS SOMEONE WHO HAS SUCH A PASSION FOR EDUCATION AND THE ARTS, HOW DO YOU FEEL THE PERFORMING ARTS IMPACTS THE STUDENTS IN THE AUDIENCE?

When students see themselves represented in the performing arts, there’s an invitation to create their own dreams. Attending youth performances can help them to be inclusive, engaged, and considerate community members. As students are learning about self-expression, exposure to the arts can be instrumental in fostering healthy relationships.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT THE PERFORMING ARTS?

I love seeing students and new artists stretch themselves technically and creatively. Whether it’s a new role as a stage manager or especially complex choreography, it’s evident when students have put in the long hours of work and are truly proud of the results.

TEXAS INNER CIRCLE Take your Texas Performing Arts experience to the next level by becoming a member of the Texas Inner Circle. Your membership supports our educational engagement programs, the student employment program, and last season, thanks to donors like you, Texas Performing Arts was able to provide 14,000 $10 Student Tickets to the Central Texas community. Memberships start at just $150 for the year and include: • Free Parking • Behind-the-Scenes Tours • Access to our members-only Texas Inner Circle Lounge with pre-ordered drink service and express elevator To Join call 512.232.8567, or email support@texasperformingarts.org

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WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT WORKING AT TPA?

Brenda Simms is really an incredible supervisor and leader. Every single day, she comes to work focused on teachers and students, finding the best ways to make them feel heard and supported. Brenda constantly stretches herself to better, and more creatively, serve schools and communities. texasperformingarts.org

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Jan 30, 2019

Bass Concert Hall

Dorrance Dance ETM: Double Down

Created by Michelle Dorrance and Nicholas Van Young Original Tap Instrument Design Nicholas Van Young Choreography Michelle Dorrance and Nicholas Van Young with Ephrat “Bounce� Asherie solo improvisation by the dancers Original Music Composed and Improvised by Gregory Richardson Donovan Dorrance Nicholas Van Young Aaron Marcellus Warren Craft with Michelle Dorrance

Presented in partnership with Texas Theatre and Dance and KUT-FM This performance is made possible in part by the Topfer Endowment for Performing Arts Production, Applied Materials Foundation, and donors to the TPA Performance Development Fund including Richard Hartgrove and Gary Cooper; Jan and Orion Knox; Terri LeClercq and Jack Getman; and Connie and Samuel Pate.

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Additional Music by Adele Adkins Karin Dreijer Andersson Olof Dreijer Justin Vernon Patrick Watson Lighting Design by Kathy Kaufmann Costume Design by Amy Page and Shiori Ichikawa

ETM: Double Down was created in part during a Creative Development Residency at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, in part at The Yard during a 2015 Yard Offshore Creation Residency, and during a residency provided by The Joyce Theater Foundation with major funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Dancers Christopher Broughton Elizabeth Burke Warren Craft Michelle Dorrance Leonardo Sandoval Byron Tittle Matthew “Megawatt” West Nicholas Van Young

Musicians Donovan Dorrance (piano/ controllerist) Aaron Marcellus (vocals) Gregory Richardson (bass/guitar) Nicholas Van Young (drums/ percussion) Warren Craft (drums/percussion) Michelle Dorrance (drums/ percussion)

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ARTIST STATEMENTS This work is the initial exploration of a new world and a new collaboration. Constantly inspired by the range of possibilities inherent in being both dancers and musicians, in the visual and aural, we also embrace embodying the organic and inorganic, the acoustic and the electric. None of this work is remotely possible without tap dancer, percussionist and innovator, my longtime friend, Nicholas Van Young. He is the man behind the curtain. He has been developing the instruments you see here and has been experimenting with the technologies you will see at work tonight for years in order to make this world possible. I also want to acknowledge our musical collaborators and friends, Gregory Richardson, Aaron Marcellus, Warren Craft and Donovan Dorrance who, with intuition, incredibly open minds, and a wonderful sensitivity to collaborating with the sounds of tap dance, have created some inspiring compositions. It has been a dream of mine for almost a decade to collaborate with my dear friend and multi-form dancer, Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie, who’s visual percussion, musical phrasing and dynamic range of movement inspire me tremendously. Tap dance was America’s first street form and is deeply rooted in the foundations of Hip Hop and House dance. These communities have long been connected on the streets and in the club but are less likely to be found on the concert stage. As we enter the world of electronic music, looping and sampling, these worlds become 16

even closer and that connection ever more important. Getting back to the beginning, I want to say thank you—thank you Nicholas Van Young, for your artistry, your creativity, your tireless and endless work, your inventive mind, your friendship and your trust. I feel incredibly blessed to have been so warmly invited into your world to play and create. —Michelle Dorrance It started with the simple need to find a way to amplify tap dance without feedback, so I could dance with a live band. Many people have used contact microphones (Gregory Hines, Tap Dogs, etc.) so I knew that was a possibility, and it led me to experimenting with guitar pedals and effects. I started out looping hand and body percussion with live and affected tap dance. Being a drummer as well, and working with electronic music since the early days of EDM, I’ve stayed in touch with what’s happening in the music production and DJ community. I knew contact mics could be doubled as drum triggers and I was already playing around with a masterful piece of software called Ableton: a live performance software, digital audio workstation. I got the idea to create small trigger boards to dance on—essentially wooden drum pads. In conjunction with my main dance board and effects, this added a whole new sound set for me to experiment with. Over time, I took online courses in Ableton and began to understand the limitless possibilities. Soon, I was able to play notes, arpeggios, chords, sound bites and quotes, texasperformingarts.org


A lasting legacy… In April 2018, Texas Performing Arts lost a dear friend, Phillip Auth, who was a dedicated patron, donor, and member of the TPA Director’s Council. Phillip enjoyed world music, jazz, and theater, but his passion was contemporary dance. In his will, Phillip made a bequest to establish the Phillip Auth Endowed Dance Fund. This gift from Phillip’s estate will be invested and proceeds will provide permanent, ongoing support for dance programming at Texas Performing Arts. Thanks to Phillip’s extraordinary generosity, future audiences will be able to enjoy the world-class contemporary dance that he loved so much. If, like Phillip, you would like to leave a legacy that provides future generations the opportunity to enjoy the performances that bring so much joy to your life, we can help. For more information: Sarah Young Associate Director of Development syoung@texasperformingarts.org 512.471.1195


and began composing scores in real time with improvised tap dance. The synthesized possibilities are endless and the combination of this, with the acoustic sound and attack of tap dance was a very exciting frontier for me to explore. The only thing missing was Michelle Dorrance. Being a company member of Dorrance Dance, Michelle had given me my first opportunity to perform a solo using this electronic set up in an evening length performance in Boston, presented by Thelma Goldberg in 2012. We, as kids, had dreams about experimenting with altered soundscapes for tap dance. We jokingly called it “Tap to the Max.” I was creating solos with my “Compositional Tap Instrument”’ but had visions of several dancers across a number of platforms and boards. Dancing out elaborate choreographed phrases while simultaneously playing the musical composition. Once Michelle asked me to collaborate on this show I knew it “was on.” Her expansive creativity in tap choreography and movement, along with her sophisticated musical phrasing started to unlock possibilities in our set that were getting us both so excited. Simple ideas led to large discoveries and every time we workshopped an idea, 20 more were born. Needless to say, here we are— pushing ourselves to explore the sonic potential in tap dance and tap instruments. In some ways, we have created the ultimate tap dancer’s playground, a place where you can let your imagination and your feet run wild. Enjoy. —Nicholas Van Young 18

ABOUT DORRANCE DANCE Dorrance Dance is an award-winning tap dance company based out of New York City. The company’s work aims to honor tap dance’s uniquely beautiful history in a new, dynamic, and compelling context; not by stripping the form of its tradition, but by pushing it—rhythmically, technically, and conceptually. The company’s inaugural performance garnered a Bessie Award for “blasting open our notions of tap” and the company continues its passionate commitment to expanding the audience of tap dance, America’s original art form. Founded in 2011 by artistic director and 2015 MacArthur Fellow, Michelle Dorrance, the company has received countless accolades, rave reviews, and performed for packed houses at venues including The Joyce Theater, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, New York City Center, Vail Dance Festival, The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Carolina Performing Arts at UNC Chapel Hill, Works and Process at the Guggenheim, Cal Performances at UC Berkeley, among many others, including international venues in Canada, France, Germany, Spain, England, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

PERFORMER BIOS Michelle Dorrance (Artistic Director/Choreographer/Dancer) is a New York City based artist. Mentored by Gene Medler, she grew up performing with his North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble texasperformingarts.org


and was lucky to study under many of the last master hoofers. Career highlights include: STOMP, Derick Grant’s Imagine Tap, Jason Samuels Smith’s Charlie’s Angels/ Chasing the Bird, Ayodele Casel’s Diary of a Tap Dancer, Mable Lee’s Dancing Ladies, and Darwin Deez. Company work: Savion Glover’s ti dii, Manhattan Tap, Barbara Duffy, JazzTap Ensemble, Rumba Tap, and solo work ranging from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to Damian Woetzel’s Vail Dance Festival Projects, and a commission for the Martha Graham Dance Company. A 2018 Doris Duke Artist, 2017 Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellow and 2015 MacArthur Fellow, Michelle is humbled to have been acknowledged/supported by United States Artists, The Joyce Theater, New York City Center, the Alpert Awards, Jacob’s Pillow, Princess Grace Foundation, The Field, American Tap Dance Foundation, and the Bessie Awards. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University and is a Capezio Athlete. Nicholas Van Young (Associate Artistic Director/Choreographer/ Dancer) is a dancer, musician, choreographer, and a 2014 Bessie Award recipient. He began his professional career at age 16 under Acia Gray and Deidre Strand with Tapestry Dance Company in Austin, TX, eventually rising to principal dancer and resident choreographer. Since moving to New York, he has performed with Manhattan Tap, RumbaTap, Dorrance Dance, “Beat the Donkey,” has toured as a drummer for Darwin Deez, and spent almost a decade performing texasperformingarts.org

DORRANCE DANCE STAFF Artistic Director Michelle Dorrance Executive Director Donald Borror Production Manager/Sound Engineer Christopher Marc Company Manager Tina Huang Abrams Associate Artistic Director Nicholas Van Young Assistant to the Artistic Director Olivia Maggi Rehearsal Director Elizabeth Burke Music Director Donovan Dorrance Lighting Designer Kathy Kaufmann Lighting Supervisor Serena Wong Technical Director/Assistant Stage Manager Diego Quintanar Artist Representative Margaret Selby, Selby/Artists Management

with STOMP, where he performed the lead role and acted as rehearsal director. Nicholas tours both nationally and internationally teaching and performing at various Tap Festivals, and founded Sound 19


Movement dance company and IFTRA, Institute for The Rhythmic Arts. He is thrilled to have found a home with Dorrance Dance, co-creating and developing ETM: Double Down, and the Guggenheim Rotunda Project, both collaborative efforts with Michelle Dorrance. Christopher Broughton (Dancer), born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Chris began dancing at the age of 11 and has never looked back. Under the instruction of Paul and Arlene Kennedy at Universal Dance, he became a member of The Kennedy Tap Company, receiving the national NAACP ACT-SO Award twice. He now travels worldwide both as a soloist and with Jason Samuels Smith’s A.C.G.I., Rasta Thomas’ Tap Stars, and Dorrance Dance. Performances include New York City Center’s Cotton Club Parade; Juba! Masters of Tap & Percussive Dance at the Kennedy Center; and Broadway’s Tony & Astaire award-winning production After Midnight.

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Elizabeth Burke (Rehearsal Director/Dancer) is a Chapel Hill, North Carolina native who spent 11 years under the direction of her mentor, Gene Medler, in the acclaimed North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble. Burke has been with Dorrance Dance since its inception in 2010. She pursues her own choreographic work, teaches and performs as a soloist on occasion. She is an alumna of the School at Jacob’s Pillow and Marymount Manhattan College (BA Political Science, BA Communication Arts, magna cum laude). Warren Craft (Dancer) is a New York City tap dancer who has trained in ballet with both the American Ballet Theatre and the School of American Ballet. He has been a member of Brenda Bufalino’s New American Tap Dance Orchestra, Max Pollak’s RumbaTap, and Dorrance Dance. He moves with “bizarre physicality,” and “unconventional eloquence.” (The New York Times)


Donovan Dorrance (Music Director/ Musician) hails from Chapel Hill, NC where he studied piano, guitar, drums, and voice before attending The University of North Carolina for a BA in Philosophy. In 2014, Donovan moved to Brooklyn to assist his sister’s company and pursue his passion for music. In addition to composing music with Gregory Richardson for Dorrance Dance, Donovan composes music for film and theatre, collaborating with students from NYU and Columbia.

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Aaron Marcellus (Musician), singer, vocal coach, writer, musician, dancer, and actor from Atlanta, started in Gospel music and has performed around the world. He has recorded albums and was voted Top 24 on American Idol in 2011. After a world tour, Aaron was featured in a Chapstick commercial, NBC’s “Next Caller” and was a cast member of STOMP. Marcellus also hosts a Burlesque show at Duane Park. Most importantly, he founded both Surrender To Love, LLC, a foundation that supports arts programs and seeks to feed the hungry and Adventure Voice, a training program offering vocal classes for groups and individuals. Gregory Richardson (Musician) is a composer, performer, and multi-instrumentalist and has been a member of Dorrance Dance since 2011. He learned rhythm and blues at an early age from a family of musicians where everyone could play at least a little piano and everyone was expected to sing. The Tucson native studied at Bard College and has been working as a professional musician in New York City for texasperformingarts.org

nearly two decades. Richardson is known for his winning combination of natural talent, hard work, and dedication and is fortunate to have traveled the world several times over with various ensembles. He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY, where he has been a part of countless collaborations. Leonardo Sandoval (Dancer), Brazilian tap dancer, has become known in the tap world and beyond for his musicality, and for adding his own Brazilian flavor to tap. An early member of Dorrance Dance, he is also in demand as a choreographer, solo dancer, and jazz musician. A true dancer-musician, Leo has had his work, including collaborations with composer Gregory Richardson, presented at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the National Folk Festival. Byron Tittle (Dancer) has been dancing since the age of 7 in his hometown of New York. Starting with tap and ballet, he soon grew to enjoy the different genres and aesthetics in the entire realm of dance. He began tap dancing with David Rider and then with the American Tap Dance Foundation’s Tap City Youth Ensemble. There, he met Michelle Dorrance and continually took her master classes and workshops. He joined the company in 2014 and has been consistently involved since then. Commercially, he has danced for Janet Jackson and Nicki Minaj but feels most fulfilled on stage with Dorrance Dance. Matthew “Megawatt” West (Dancer) started dancing at 16 on 21


his church’s dance team in Queens, New York, and with the company On Point Choreography, with whom he learned challenging choreography and mastered different styles within hip-hop dance. He has competed in several Bboy competitions, and strives to impart knowledge and wisdom on the next generation of dancers: he has taught at Coney Island’s Shining Angels Studio and at after school programs in Queens. Mega is an avid listener of House music and a dedicated student of House dance, training with the NYC crew MAWU, Conrad Rochester, and James “Cricket” Colter.

PRODUCTION TEAM BIOS Kathy Kaufmann (Lighting Designer) a New York City native, has been happily designing for Dorrance Dance since its inception (SOUNDspace, The Blues Project, ETM, Myelination). A resident designer at Danspace Project whose work has been seen throughout the US, Canada, Europe and Asia, she also teaches at Sarah Lawrence. She is a two-time Bessie Award recipient and was nominated for her work on Rebecca Davis’s Bloowst Windku in 2015. Recent projects include designs for Moriah Evans, Mariana Valencia, Jonathan Gonzales, David Parker, Tatyana Tennenbaum, Mina Nishimura, Morgan Bassichis and Ephrat Asherie Dance. Christopher Marc (Production Manager/Sound Designer) has been with Dorrance Dance since June of 2016. Christopher has worked as a Sound Engineer with several 22

companies around the country including The Kennedy Center, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Mills Entertainment, Aquila Theatre and Harlem Stage. (Sound Design) CT & Co: More Forever. Pacific Symphony: The Magic Flute. Off-Broadway: The Black Book. Aquila Theatre National Tour: Wuthering Heights, The Tempest, Fahrenheit 451, Twelfth Night. Skylark Opera: Berlin to Broadway, Candide, Putting it Together, La Rondine. Artistry MN: God of Carnage, Striking 12, Death of a Salesman. Lyric Arts: Becky’s New Car, Sherlock Holmes, The Boxcar Children, Over the Tavern, Death of a Salesman. Diego Quintanar (Technical Director/Assistant Stage Manager), started working in theater production as a student at the College of the Holy Cross. He was introduced to Dorrance Dance through his work with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s Works & Process series as a project coordinator. Other credits include: Latino Cultural Center and Wyly Theater, Dallas, TX where he worked as a carpenter and electrician; off-Broadway musical I Like It Like That as Production Manager, NYC; Shen Wei Dance Arts, NYC and Dance Heginbotham, NYC as an assistant stage manager and scenic charge. Serena Wong (Lighting Supervisor) is a Brooklyn-based freelance lighting designer for theater and dance. Her designs have been seen at New York Live Arts, Irondale Arts Center, the New Ohio, and Danspace. She enjoys biking, beekeeping, and bread baking. texasperformingarts.org


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McCullough Theatre

Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet

Presented in partnership with the Butler School of Music and KMFA-FM.

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Michael Hasel, flute Andreas Wittmann, oboe Walter Seyfarth, clarinet Fergus McWilliam, horn Marion Reinhard, bassoon


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ABOUT THE ARTISTS The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet (Philharmonisches Bläserquintett Berlin) was founded in 1988, during the era of Herbert von Karajan, the first permanently established wind quintet in the famous orchestra’s rich tradition of chamber music. With four original members since inception (Marion Reinhard succeeded founding bassoonist Henning Trog in 2009), they are living musical witnesses to the hugely productive and influential musical partnerships of the Berlin Philharmonic not only with Karajan, but also with its two most recent Musical Directors: Claudio Abbado and Sir Simon Rattle. Naturally, as members of the Berlin Philharmonic, they have also enjoyed important collaborations with every other major conductor of their times, such as Leonard Bernstein, Carlos Kleiber, Sir John Barbirolli, Günter Wand, Carlo Maria Giulini, Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Muti, James Levine or Daniel Barenboim, to name a few. The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet has astonished audiences worldwide with their range of expression, their tonal spectrum and their conceptual unity. Many listeners and critics agree that the ensemble has succeeded in virtually redefining the sound of the classic wind quintet. Their repertoire covers not only the entire spectrum of the wind quintet literature but also includes works for enlarged ensemble, i.e. the Sextets of Janáček and Reinicke or the Septets of Hindemith and Koechlin. In addition, collaboration with pianists 26

such as Lars Vogt, Stephen Hough, Jon Nakamatsu and Lilya Zilberstein have intensified in recent years. The ensemble’s commitment to the wind quintet repertoire is passionate and in 1991 they found the perfect partner for their recording plans, the Swedish company BIS Records, already well known in its own right for its uncompromising standards. The results of this long and exclusive collaboration have received critical accolades worldwide—indeed many of these recordings are already widely held to be “definitive” or “reference” performances. In addition to their concert appearances throughout Europe, North and South America, Israel, Australia and the Far East, Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet members are also popular guests at international festivals such as the Berliner Festwochen, the Edinburgh Festival, the London Proms, the Quintette-Biennale Marseille, the Rheingau Festival and the Salzburg Festival. Their television productions and radio broadcasts are seen and heard throughout Europe, Asia and North America. In recent years the members of the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet have intensified their teaching and coaching roles with youth; they give chamber music workshops and instrumental instruction in many countries, with a particular commitment, for example, to the youth orchestra program of Venezuela. 2019 will mark their final tour of North America, as several members of the ensemble will soon be retiring from the Orchestra. The Quintet will continue to give occasional performances in Europe. texasperformingarts.org


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Michael Hasel (flute) was born in Hofheim near Frankfurt and began conducting, piano, and organ studies, intending to graduate as a church musician. His first flute teachers were Herbert Grimm and Willy Schmidt and he went on to study piano and conducting with Prof. Francis Travis and flute with Aurèle Nicolet at the Freiburg Musikhochschule. He completed his conducting studies with Prof. Michael Gielen. Michael Hasel‘s first orchestral appointment as flutist was from 1982 to 1984 with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, after which he became a member of the Berlin Philharmonic under Herbert von Karajan. For several years, he performed as principal flute with the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra under conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Pièrre Boulez and James Levine. In 1994, he was appointed Professor of Wind Ensemble and Chamber Music at the Heidelberg-Mannheim Musikhochschule. Both as conductor and soloist Michael Hasel has appeared in Europe, Japan, and South America with renowned ensembles such as Ensemble Modern, texasperformingarts.org

the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, the Gustav Mahler Chamber Orchester, Orchestra Simon Bolivar, and the Berliner Philharmoniker. Andreas Wittmann (oboe) was born in Munich. He studied oboe at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich with Prof. Manfred Clement and later at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin with Hansjörg Schellenberger. In Munich he studied conducting with Prof. Hermann Michael and participated in conducting masterclasses with Sergiu Celibidache. Wittmann spent only one year as a scholarship student at the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Academy before being appointed to the Berlin Philharmonic itself in 1986. He is an internationally active soloist, chamber musician and teacher, whose career has also included performing as Principal Oboe with the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic. He taught at the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Academy for several years before becoming its General Manager in 2013. Wittmann is currently Permanent Guest Conductor of 27


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was a member of the Bavarian Radio Symphony and in 1985 he was appointed to the Berlin Philharmonic under Herbert von Karajan. He is not only active internationally as a soloist and chamber musician but teaches at a number of internationally renowned music schools, including the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Academy. He has worked with the Venezuelan youth music programme, El Sistema for a decade and now is a Board Director of Sistema Scotland. McWilliam served on Berliner Philharmoniker committees for 23 years and is the author of the acclaimed book, “Blow Your OWN Horn.” Marion Reinhard (bassoon) was born in Nuremberg (Nürnberg) and from 1991 to 1995 studied at the Meistersinger Conservatory with Walter Urbach and Karsten Nagel. While still only a student, she began performing with the Nuremberg Philharmonic Orchestra as Contra Bassoonist. In 1995, she won a scholarship to study at the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Academy with Stefan Schweigert and Daniele Damiano. Further studies with Georg Kluetsch in Weimar rounded out her musical training and in 1999 Marion Reinhard was appointed to the Berlin Philharmonic where she became a direct colleague of Henning Trog. From 1996 until her appointment to the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet, she was a founding member of the Orsolino Wind Quintet, an ensemble which was mentored by Michael Hasel. They won many international prizes, including the Munich A.R.D. Competition and also made numerous recordings. texasperformingarts.org


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Feb 8 & 9, 2019

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Songs of Freedom Ulysses Owens Jr., Music Director featuring René Marie, Alicia Olatuja and Theo Bleckmann Ulysses Owens Jr., Music Director and drums René Marie, vocals Alicia Olatuja, vocals Theo Bleckmann, vocals Mike King, piano & keyboard David Rosenthal, guitar Richie Goods, bass

Presented in partnership with the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies, and KUTX’s Sunday Morning Jazz with Jay Trachtenberg This performance is made possible by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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First presented under the auspices of Jazz at Lincoln Center, the 1960s are explored through the work of three prolific artists: Joni Mitchell, Abbey Lincoln, and Nina Simone—all of whom have made an indelible mark in music. Each artist expressed freedom in various ways: Joni composed and sang about the freedom of love, Abbey expressed freedom of her individuality and race through her lyricism, and Nina Simone demanded freedom politically through song. The project is under the musical direction of Grammy Award-winning drummer, Ulysses Owens, Jr. To effectively deliver this vast repertoire, the program features vocalists RenÊ Marie Theo Bleckmann, and Alicia Olatuja.

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ABOUT THE ARTISTS Ulysses Owens, Jr. Ulysses Owens, Jr. is one of today’s premier drummers and a rapidly evolving producer, composer, educator, and entrepreneur. Owens has established himself as a leader in his generation of jazz artists, admired for his sensitive, fiery, and complex playing, vivid display of textural nuance, and gift for propelling a band with charisma and integrity. Humble in person and imposing behind a kit, he is a graduate of the inaugural Jazz Studies Program at The Juilliard School, and he earned his stripes as a member of bassist Christian McBride’s acclaimed Trio and Big Band. Owens received his first Grammy Award in 2010 for his performance on Kurt Elling’s album, Dedicated to You and his second Grammy Award for the Christian McBride Big Band album, The Good Feeling. He has also received four Grammy Award nominations for his work with Christian McBride and pianist Joey Alexander. Owens is incredibly versatile and has toured and recorded with artists including Wynton Marsalis, Diane Schuur, Renee Fleming, Monty Alexander, Russell Malone, and Mulgrew Miller. He has released three albums as a leader, starting in 2009 with It’s Time for U, which featured four original compositions and arrangements. His second album, Unanimous, was released on the European label Criss Cross Jazz, and Onward and Upward was released in 2014 on D Clef Records. As co-leader of the New Century Jazz Quintet, he has released two albums with the Japanese record label Spice Of Life: Time is Now 32

and In Case You Missed Us. In 2015, he was recommended by Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center to compose a work for the Museum of Modern Art’s Summergarden series, and he premiered a seven-movement suite entitled Stages of Us. Owens has been honored with the 2015 Jazz At Lincoln Center Swing! Award, 2014 Global Music Award, 2013 ASCAP Plus Award, was designated a 2014 DownBeat Rising Star, and appeared as a TEDxJacksonville performer. René Marie In a span of two decades, 11 recordings, and countless stage performances, vocalist René Marie has cemented her reputation as not only a singer but also a composer, arranger, theatrical performer and teacher. Guided and tempered by powerful life lessons and rooted in jazz traditions laid down by Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington and other leading ladies of past generations, she borrows various elements of folk, R&B, as well as classical and country to create a captivating hybrid style. Her body of work is musical, but it’s more than just music. It’s an exploration of the bright and dark corners of the human experience, and an affirmation of the power of the human spirit. René was born in November 1955 into a family of seven children in Warrenton, Virginia. While neither of her parents were formally trained musicians, radio and records of all kinds—blues, folk, bluegrass and classical—made up the soundtrack to her childhood. During her teenage years, she sang in a few R&B bands at musical functions in her community. She composed and texasperformingarts.org


sang her first piece with a band when she was 15 years old. René’s self-produced CD, Renaissance, was released in 1999. In 2000, she signed onto the MaxJazz label and recorded four more albums over the next four years: How Can I Keep from Singing? (2000), Vertigo (2001), Live at Jazz Standard (2003) and Serene Renegade (2004). She parted ways with the label in 2005 as part of a strategy to take more control of her own career track. She moved to Denver where she recorded and co-produced her sixth CD, Experiment in Truth, released in 2007. She also focused her musical and acting talents on a one-woman stage show, Slut Energy Theory: U’Dean, a play about overcoming abuse and incest. The play premiered in October 2009, and the soundtrack, released by the end of that same year, was the seventh installment in her discography. René joined the Motéma label with the 2011 release of Voice of My Beautiful Country, followed later that same year by Black Lace Freudian Slip. Her 2013 follow-up, I Wanna Be Evil: With Love To Eartha Kitt, earned a Grammy nomination in the Best Jazz Vocals category. The newest installment in her ever-expanding body of work is Sound of Red, a CD set released on Motéma, April 2016. It’s her first album of all-original material: an 11-song set that provides insightful glimpses into the many small but profound turning points that are part of an individual’s life. “I wanted to make a record that people could go back to again and again to excavate their emotions,” says René. texasperformingarts.org

“I have never forgotten the early lessons learned about the power of music,” she says. “Today, I try to imbue that feeling of emotion into every song I write and every song I sing—every time. I am very happy to be alive today, doing the things I love to do—singing, composing, writing, teaching and arranging.” Theo Bleckmann A jazz singer and composer of eclectic tastes and prodigious gifts, Grammy Award–nominated Theo Bleckmann (vocals) makes music that is accessibly sophisticated, unsentimentally emotional, and seriously playful. His work provokes the mind to wonder, but connects immediately with the heart. Bleckmann has released a series of albums on Winter & Winter, including recordings of Las Vegas standards, Berlin Kabarett, and popular “bar songs” (all with pianist Fumio Yasuda); a recording of newly arranged songs by Charles Ives (with the improvisational jazz/ funk collective Kneebody); and most recently, acoustic Solos for Voice and Toys. He maintains an ongoing creative relationship with guitar phenomenon Ben Monder, John Hollenbeck, and Gary Versace (as Refuge Trio); with singers Peter Eldridge, Kate McGarry, Lauren Kinhan, and Luciana Souza (as Moss, a vocal all-star collective); and he has collaborated with musicians and composers including Laurie Anderson, Philip Glass, Sheila Jordan, Phil Kline, Michale Lang, Kirk Nurock, Michael Tilson Thomas, Julia Wolfe, John Zorn, the Bang on a Can All-stars, and, most prominently, Meredith Monk, with whom Bleckmann worked as 33


a core ensemble member for 15 years. Bleckmann’s joyous, mischievous sensibility is also manifested in his compositional work, settings set by Rumi, Emily Dickenson, and Kurt Schwitters, as well as the ineffable soundscapes built with just his voice and loop pedals, including a recent string quartet for JACK String Quartet, commissioned by the Slought Foundation. Bleckmann’s approach to music and performance have led to recognition in unusual quarters, including a Fresh Air interview with Terry Gross and an article on vocal technique solicited for John Zorn’s Arcana series, Volume III. Bleckmann’s adventurous, extravagantly beautiful, and magically otherworldly choices have led to mystified accolades from such publications as the New York Times, Village Voice, and various jazz publications. Alicia Olatuja Praised by the New York Times as “a singer with a strong and luscious tone and an amiably regal presence on stage”, Alicia Olatuja has been astounding audiences with her exquisite vocals, artistic versatility and captivating demeanor. She first came into the national spotlight in 2013, whilst performing as the featured soloist with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir at President Barack Obama’s Second Inauguration. Shortly thereafter, she assembled her own jazz based ensemble and recorded her first solo album, Timeless (2014). Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Alicia grew up immersed in a wide range of musical styles, including gospel, soul, jazz and classical. These influences have 34

informed her artistic journey, and she later graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Classical Voice/ Opera from the Manhattan School of Music. After appearing in numerous operatic and musical theater productions, she started to perform more regularly in gospel and jazz concerts and worked with such esteemed artists as Chaka Khan, BeBe Winans and Christian McBride. In 2014, Alicia came to the attention of the acclaimed composer/ arranger/pianist Billy Childs, and was brought on to be part of the touring incarnation of Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro, alongside vocalist Becca Stevens, in the 2015-16 season. Her voice has also entranced the legendary Hammond B3 organist Dr. Lonnie Smith, and she has recently performed with him at multiple events including the Charlie Parker Festival and the BRIC JazzFest. In August 2016, she was the featured soloist at the Cabrillo Music Festival, performing Osvaldo Golijov’s, “Oceana” under the direction of Marin Alsop. Over the past year, Alicia’s own band has been steadily in demand, and they have performed at the Jazz Standard, Vermont Jazz Center, Sioux Falls JazzFest, Rockport Jazz Festival, Markham Jazz Festival, Monty Alexander Jazz Fest, and the Harlem Stage Gatehouse, to name a few bookings.

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Susan Griffin Ticketing Services Manager

Josh Hernandez Assistant Ticketing Services Manager

Shade Oyegbola

Assistant Audio Supervisor

Assistant Ticketing Services Manager

Lindsay Long

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Performance Logistics Coordinator

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Texas Performing Arts is also proud to acknowledge the hundreds of part-time and volunteer staff who play a critical role in presenting our annual season of world-class performing arts events to the Austin community.

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

Eric Lee Laura Kojzarek Lee Michael Lee Ryan Monahan Shana Nichols Elisabeth Poigin Kimberly Hans Reaves Jessica Reed Ron Rizzato Gracie Sanders

Robyn Scott Josh Shandera Julie Spruell Andrea Stanfill Debra Thomas Leah Waheed Kyle Walker Sally Zukonik

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Student Employees Laura Baggs Mahaly Baptiste Natasha Cosme Batista Alex Bellon Jacob Brinks Haley Brower Casey Canamar I Gusti Ayu “Tiara” Chikadini Jane Cloninger Oscar Corpus Madeline Daniell Maddie Dennison Jennica Dombrowski Kate Dopkin Carol Endicott Emily Fernandez Wendy Fernandez Benjamin Galvan Lina Garcia Hunter Gierhart Emily Gitten Jose Guillen Lauryn Hanley Madeleine Hayes David Hernandez Hannah Heydinger

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Hannah Robbins Hopkins Jared Horn Hannah Hurst Emily Hyatt Alexandra Jereb Taylor Jones Mikaela Kelarek Rachel Lai Adriana Lara James “Wyatt” Laster Juan Leyva Kelsey Linberg Audre Long Cate Lowry Anna Lu Mila Luna Jenifer Margos Zachary Markizer Diamante Martinez Adam Means Sean Meyers Julio Muñoz Olivia Naworol Brian Nguyen Claire Norris April Owusu Malyssa Quiles

Kelyn Perry Eric Ramirez Alyson Redland Hayley Reese Lisa Resendez Morgan Riddle Alany Rodriguez Ericka Salas Jessica Sell Rebekah Singleton Brenda Stanfill Christian Scheller Brisa Shaw Rohit Swaminathan Skyler Taten Rohan Teredesai Taylor Travis George Velasquez Eric Vera Kenneth Wei Henry Wheatley-Ruther Nathan Wilton Christian Wintz Claire Wood Gustavo Zamarripa

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5 THINGS TO EXPECT FROM THIS ESSENTIAL SERIES SEASON

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Multimedia

Stunning multimedia displays will add depth to your experience.

Photos by Henry Adebonojo, Christopher Duggan, and Sophie Garcia

Learn more about our Essential Series artists at texasperformingarts.org/season

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Rhythm

Whether it’s the blues and funk fusion of Caravan or the harmonies of Sounds of Zamar, you’ll enjoy this season’s melodies.

Strength

From the athleticism of Dorrance Dance to the immigrant’s journey in Amarillo, this season’s performances will demonstrate the art of strength.

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Storytelling

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This season’s storytelling will transport you through the historic events of the 1960s, the journey of immigrants, and more.

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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. Founded in 1988, the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet is the _ _ _ _ _ permanently established wind quartet in the orchestra. (5 LETTERS) 2. The ensemble has collaborated with legendary _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ such as Leonard Bernstein, Bernard Haitnik, Riccardo Muti, and Daniel Barenboim. (10 LETTERS)

3. Hornist, Fergus McWilliam, made his _ _ _ _ _ as a soloist with the Toronto Symphony at the age of 15. (5 LETTERS) 4. Dorrance Dance Company, based out of New York City, aims to honor America’s original art form, _ _ _ dancing. (3 LETTERS) 5. Since its creation in 2011, the company has received countless _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _, including its artistic director, Michelle 54

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Dorrance, being named a 2015 MacArthur Fellow. (9 LETTERS) 6. Michelle Dorrance also serves as an _ _ _ _ _ _-in–residence at the American Tap Dance Foundation. (6 LETTERS) 7. Ulysses Owens Jr., the music director of Songs of Freedom, is a _ _ _ _ _ _ awardwinning drummer. (6 LETTERS) 8. Owens is a graduate of the inaugural Jazz Studies Program at The _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ School in New York City. (9 LETTERS) 9. Singer and composer, Theo Bleckmann, has composed music for a range of instruments including piano, chimes, glockenspiel, toy microphone, and even a _ _ _ _ _ _ machine. (6 LETTERS)

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ANSWERS: 1. FIRST; 2. CONDUCTORS; 3. DEBUT; 4. TAP; 5. ACCOLADES; 6. ARTIST; 7. GRAMMY; 8. JUILLIARD; 9. SEWING

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