DEAR FRIENDS, TICKETS
As Zoellner Arts Center looks to celebrate its past 25 years and envisions the next 25, we want to pause and thank you, our supporters. Each of you helped move us forward during uncertain times. We received your encouragement and generous gifts, and you notably returned to our beautiful arts center.
There are now many opportunities to find joy at Zoellner: watch as a thousand public school children visit with awe and wonder; listen as choral and music ensembles' notes soar in Baker Hall; smile as theatre students busily hone their craft in the Fowler Black Box and Diamond Theater; admire hundreds of students from across campus rehearsing for Dancefest in Butz Lobby; appreciate new perspectives at a LUAG exhibit; and share in the exuberance of Presenting Series performances by world-class artists such as Michael Feinstein, Postmodern Jukebox, and the New York Philharmonic — who graced our stage this past fall.
This spring offers several multi-disciplinary cultural programs. Third Coast Percussion and Flutronix present their contemporary new composition Rubix. The talented guzheng artist Wu Fei joins us for a residency and performs Hello Gold Mountain accompanied by students in Lehigh University's Philharmonic and Choir under the direction of Professor Paul Salerni. Easton native and Academy Award winner Roger Ross Williams' film, Traveling While Black, is the centerpiece of a free virtual reality experience lobby installation.
Our 25th milestone also celebrates the legacy of individuals and families whose vision and generosity helped establish Zoellner (see page 11). In the early 1990s, they embraced university leadership's vision to bring arts to the forefront of our community with a 'dramatic new facility destined to become a major landmark.' Years later, Tony Bennett said this right after he sang Fly Me to the Moon a cappella in Baker Hall, "Listen to that, they don't build them like this anymore. It's really beautiful. The acoustics in here are amazing." We agree, Mr. Bennett.
Be sure to save April 15, 2023, for the return of our spectacular Gala with The Philadelphia Orchestra and special guest conductor Keith Lockhart, featuring Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell, and a free outdoor performance by vertical dance innovators Bandaloop.
How grateful and excited I am to be the Executive Director of Zoellner Arts Center at this moment in time. We celebrate the impact we've had over the last 25 years and look forward to the next 25 of engaging and connecting with you in and beyond our building.Mark Fitzgerald Wilson Executive Director By Kirk Marsh Photography
Leadership Funding: Victoria E. and Robert E.* Zoellner ’54
Curtain Warmers: The Arnan and Marlene Finkelstein Endowment Fund
Preludes: Youngs Advisory Group
School Shows: Richard H. Johnson '73G
Music Initiatives: Supported in part by the Klees Family Instrumental Ensemble Endowed Fund
Creative Campus Initiative: Supported in part by the Anne R. Kline '81 Endowed Fund for Creatively Integrated Programming
Notations: Lehigh University Creative Writing Program and Zoellner Arts Center
Zoellner Arts Center receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a
FRIDAY, JANUARY 27 – SUNDAY, APRIL 2, 2023
Zoellner Arts Center | Butz Lobby
Traveling While Black is presented as an artistic installation that recreates the setting of Ben’s Chili Bowl in Washington, D.C.
• Attendees receive a replica copy of The Green Book, a travel guide established in the 1930s published exclusively for Black motorists in need of ‘friendly’ establishments across the United States. Subject to availability.
A Virtual Reality Experience
Traveling While Black is a film by Academy Award winner Roger Ross Williams and Emmy Award-winning Felix & Paul Studios that transports viewers to historic Ben's Chili Bowl diner in Washington, D.C. Viewers share an intimate series of moments with several of Ben’s patrons as they reflect on their experiences of restricted movement and race relations in the United States. Confronting the way we understand and talk about race in America, Traveling While Black highlights the urgent need to not only remember the past but to learn from it, and to facilitate a dialogue about the challenges minority travelers still face today.
FREE Opening Night Reception (6:30pm) & Panel (7pm) | FRI JAN 27 , co-founder of Felix & Paul Studios, the organization that produced the installation
Dr. Donald Outing (Lehigh University), (Shiloh Baptist Church), Jaciel Cordoba (69 News Anchor).
Online registration required for timeslot
Pay-if-you-wish: FREE, $5, $10 per person
PRESENTING SERIES PRESENTING SERIES
THE ADVENTURES OF TORTOISE AND HARE: THE NEXT GENERATION
Fanciful lights adorn characters in Aesop’s classic fable, but there’s a contemporary twist: the story hops 10 years down the road, where Tortoise and Hare have children of their own who explore modern day distractions like smart phones and video games. Their adventures lead them into unexpected territory. Old Man Tortoise and Big Daddy Hare must come together despite their differences to find and save their children.
Price $12 | Child $10
WU FEI HELLO GOLD MOUNTAIN
Wu Fei is a renowned master of the guzheng, the 21-string Chinese zither, an instrument dating back 2,500 years. This original composition is performed by members of the Lehigh University Philharmonic conducted by Professor Paul Salerni, featuring Wu Fei on guzheng and Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz on oud — the traditional Chinese and Jewish plucked string instruments. The work is inspired by real stories of Jewish refugees who fled to Shanghai from Europe before and during World War II, and built lives in China.
PADDINGTON GETS IN A JAM
In this original slapstick comedy, the loveable Paddington goes next door to borrow a cup of sugar from his neighbor Mr. Curry, who is in a panic because he’s expecting a visit from his Great Aunt Matilda. Paddington volunteers to help Mr. Curry with his to-do list before her imminent arrival. Throughout the afternoon, Paddington attempts items on the list—repair the pipes in the bathroom, vacuum the floors, install new wallpaper, bake a cake—but in typical Paddington fashion nothing goes to plan!
Price $22 | Child $18
THIRD COAST PERCUSSION + FLUTRONIX
Two ensembles who redefine classical music for the 21st-century join forces for an exceptional double-bill performance. Flutronix, critically acclaimed flutists and composers known for a unique blend of classical music, hiphop and electronica, and the GRAMMY® Award-winning Third Coast Percussion, perform a collaboratively composed new work inspired by musical games that tie the sound worlds of the two ensembles together.
IMANI PERRY WED maR 8 | 4:30pm
Notations are FREE events; No tickets required.
FRI MAR 3 7:30pm
ZEPHYR – A WHIRLWIND OF CIRCUS
Witness Cirque Mechanics' unique interpretation of the unrelenting tug of war between man and nature in the name of progress. Humans have been harnessing the power of the wind for thousands of years. The beauty and efficacy of that timeless and ingenious process inspired the creative team to create Zephyr. This theatrical circus show harnesses human power instead of wind to generate an energetic, acrobatic experience.
Price $28 | Child $23
Perry is a scholar of law, literary and cultural studies, and an author of creative nonfiction. She earned her Ph.D. in American Studies from Harvard University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, an L.L.M. from Georgetown University Law Center, and a B.A. from Yale College in Literature and American Studies. Her writing and scholarship primarily focus on the history of Black thought, art, and imagination crafted in response to, and resistance against, the social, political, and legal realities of domination in the West. She seeks to understand the retrenchment processes after moments of social progress and how freedom dreams are sustainable nevertheless.
Location: Williams Hall Roemmele Global Commons
Presented by: Lehigh University's Creative Writing Program, Zoellner Arts Center and an Anonymous Donor
With Support From: Lehigh University Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Africana Studies
"Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities."
CANADIAN BRASS IN PACKER MEMORIAL CHURCH
Masters of concert presentations, the game-changing Canadian Brass has performed in virtually every major concert hall in the world. Renowned for genre-bending versatility and joyous performances, the award-winning Brass is almost single-handedly responsible for elevating the art of the brass quintet to what it is today: entertainment, spontaneity, virtuosity, and most of all, fun — but never at the expense of the music.
Price $40 FREE SHUTTLE from parking garage
FRI MAR 31
PASSION FRUIT DANCE COMPANY
DANCE WITHIN YOUR DANCE
This street/club dance and educational company is composed of Tatiana Desardouin (Haitian-Swiss founder, artistic director, choreographer), Lauriane Ogay (Swiss) and Mai Lê Hô (French-Vietnamese). Its mission is to promote the authenticity of street dance and clubbing styles, Hip-Hop and house cultures, their black heritage, and their contribution to society by exploring different social problems through their dance pieces and artistic practices. Desardouin is one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” and a winner of the Vilcek Foundation’s Prize for Creative Promise in Dance. The company is currently the 92Y’s artist-in-residence.
“Passion Fruit vividly push hip-hop’s inherent capacity to articulate important ideas in a powerful and joyous ensemble work.”
(Crossing the Lines Festival)
Zoellner Arts Center Cornerstone Events
celebrate the legacy of individuals and families whose vision and generosity helped establish a center for the arts at Lehigh University.
The late Dorothy and Dexter Baker ’50 ’57G ’81H were passionate about the arts and were passionate about bringing the performing arts to Lehigh. Dexter co-chaired the $33 million capital campaign for the Zoellner Arts Center in the 1990s and made a generous contribution to name Baker Hall.
Ronald J. Ulrich ’66 ’98P ’99P ’05H and his wife, Christie ’98P ’99P, are longtime benefactors of the performing arts at Lehigh and Zoellner Arts Center, especially the Music Department.
Claire and Ted* Diamond ’37 ’85H established the Claire and Theodore Diamond Theater Endowment Fund, creating the Diamond Theater, with its distinctive stage and seating, in Zoellner Arts Center.
Victoria ’15GP and Robert* Zoellner ’54, longtime benefactors of Lehigh, deepened their commitment to the university in the early 1990s with the leadership gift that established Zoellner Arts Center.
W. Beall Fowler ’59 and his late wife, Marlene “Linny” Fowler, provided the versatile Black Box Theatre in Zoellner Arts Center and he continues to support the center’s community and outreach programs.New York Philharmonic Michael Feinstein Postmodern Jukebox Mustard and Cheese Drama Society
An evening with The Philadelphia Orchestra
Guest Conductor Keith Lockhart
CONCERT | 8:00pm
Includes dessert reception $75 per person
GALA EVENING | 4:30pm
Cocktail reception, dinner and concert with preferred seating, dessert reception. $500 per person*
Vertical Dance Bandaloop Pop Artist Zia Victoria
Gala2023 celebrates our 25th Anniversary.
In September 1997, Zoellner Arts Center officially opened its doors to the community with a festive celebration of the arts. Since then, the center has infused the arts into the life of Lehigh University and the greater Lehigh Valley welcoming over 55,000 visitors each year.
PINKALICIOUS THE MUSICAL
A musical theatre treat tells the tale of a girl who can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with 'pinkititis', an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe–a dream come true for this pink-loving enthusiast. Alas, Pinkalicious needs a way out of her pink predicament, and joined by her family they find fun, unity and appreciation in the quirks that define us all.
Price $12 | Child $10
NEIL BERG’S 100 YEARS OF BROADWAY
100 Years of Broadway recreates the greatest moments from the finest shows of the century featuring the actual stars of shows such as The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, CATS, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Jekyll & Hyde. These amazing performers light up the stage with songs from the hit shows in which they starred. Neil Berg presents brilliantly revived arrangements of Broadway classics as well as thrilling numbers from Broadway’s newest hit shows.
LEHIGH UNIVERSITY MUSIC DEPARTMENT
JAZZ FACULTY CONCERT
The Jazz faculty present their annual tribute to America’s greatest Jazz and Pop composers. Bill Warfield, director.
THE PRINCETON SINGERS DE PROFUNDIS
The tenors and basses of The Princeton Singers explore the richness of music for men's choir. Works from the Renaissance to today. Steven Sametz, artistic director.
MAR SaT 4
NEW YORK JAZZ REPERTORY ORCHESTRA
The orchestra performs with a special guest artist to be announced. Bill Warfield, director.
FRI 24 SaT 25
CHOIR, GLEE CLUB AND DOLCE ON THE ROAD
Join us for the debut concert of Lehigh Choral Arts' touring program. Music from the Renaissance to Barbershop. Steven Sametz and Sun Min Lee, directors.
FACULTY RECITAL THE WAR WITHIN REVISITED
With almost 10 years of teaching and performing at Lehigh University, violinist Michael Jorgensen celebrates by revisiting his first Lehigh recital program featuring the stormy Schumann a minor Violin Sonata, the tragic Janáček Violin Sonata, Elgar’s pastoral Violin Sonata, and Bacewicz's Oberek No. 2 with pianist Steve Beck.
SUN 2 3:00pm
JAZZ REPERTORY ORCHESTRA
Lehigh faculty and students team up to provide a program of high-powered modern Big Band Jazz pieces. Bill Warfield, director.
SUN 23 3:00pm
STUDENT JAZZ ENSEMBLES
Lehigh University's student Jazz combos and Big Bands present a spring concert of some of the old and some of the new. Bill Warfield, director.
Spring is the time for renewal, and audiences will welcome its return with this concert by the Symphonic Band. Enjoy the group’s spring offering of marches, show tunes and much more. FREE
PHILHARMONIC SPRING CONCERTO MARATHON
The Lehigh Philharmonic's annual Concerto Marathon features student soloists performing concerto movements, as well as Rossini's William Tell Overture and Ginaster's Estancia
Price $12 MAY
CHORAL ARTS A SACRED GARDEN
Join Lehigh Choral Arts and orchestra for Leonard Bernstein's beloved chorus from "Candide," his Chichester Psalms, Maurice Duruflés sublime Requiem, and the premiere of Steven Sametz's Musicians' Prayer. Steven Sametz and Sun Min Lee, directors.
SUN 7 3:00pm
WIND ENSEMBLE CLASSICS FOR WINDS
Enjoy a delightful spring concert featuring beloved music for select woodwinds, brass and percussion.
DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE
SILENT SKYBY LAUREN GUNDERSEN
FEB 24, 25 maR 1* – 4 | 7:30pm • FEB 26 | 2pm
When Henrietta Leavitt begins work at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, she isn’t allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea. Instead, she joins a group of women “computers,” charting the stars for a renowned astronomer who calculates projects in “girl hours” and has no time for the women’s probing theories.
The true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt explores a woman’s place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries, when women’s ideas were dismissed until men claimed credit for them. Social progress, like scientific progress, can be hard to see when one is trapped among earthly complications; Henrietta Leavitt and her female peers believe in both, and their dedication changed the way we understand both heavens and Earth.Daniel Brody '22, director.
BROWN FACEBY CARISSA ATALLAH
apR 14, 15 apR 19* – 22 | 7:30pm • apR 16 | 2pm
Gracia is a Chicana writer and DREAMer. In order to draw attention to her work but not her undocumented status, Gracia convinces her white and US-born best friend Mariza to perform her poetry. When Gracia’s words launch Mariza into gaining a following as a Latinx artist and activist, their friendship is tested by issues of privilege and cultural appropriation. Part play, part poetry slam, Brown Face follows a group of college students as they navigate their identities in the competitive world of spoken word poetry.Kashi Johnson, director.
DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE EVENTS ARE GENERAL ADMISSION
*The Dept. of Theatre is offering Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesdays. Contact Ticket Services for details.
Mustard & Cheese Drama Society presents
THE LIGHTNING THIEF
THE PERCY JACKSON MUSICAL
Book by Joe Tracz
Music & Lyrics by RobRokicki
Adapted from the book The Lightning Thief by RickRiordan
SaT maR 25 | 7:30pm
Fowler Black Box Theatre FREE; No tickets required
The Greek gods are real, and they’re ruining Percy Jackson’s life. As a son of Poseidon, Percy has newly discovered powers he can’t control, monsters on his trail, and he is on an epic quest to find Zeus’s lightning bolt and prevent a war between the gods. This rock musical is “mesmerizing” and proves “lightning can strike twice!”
Other performance dates:Performance in Honor of the Fowler Family Legacy
Artistic Director: Melecio Estrella
THU apR 13 | 11:00am
FREE OUTDOOR PERFORMANCE - Public Welcome
Location: Lehigh University Fairchild-Martindale Library | 8A Packer Ave.
BANDALOOP honors nature, community, and the human spirit through perspective-bending dance. An innovator in vertical performance, BANDALOOP seamlessly weaves dynamic physicality, intricate choreography and climbing technology to turn the dance floor on its side.
As a dance form that relies on state-of-the-science woven nylon climbing ropes, LOOM:FIELD locates BANDALOOP’s core technical framework in a textile lineage. As one of the largest polluting industries in the world, fraught with devastating globalized labor and farming practices, the impact of clothing and fashion is often overlooked in our modern consumer lifestyles. The fallout of our textile consumption will be dealt with for generations to come. LOOM:FIELD juxtaposes this large-scale ecological crisis with the timeless cross cultural power of fabric to hold, comfort, adorn and sanctify the human experience.
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Zoellner is a fully accessible facility. Free assistive listening devices available. Check online for details.
Baker Hall: All seats except ADA seating and those in row S are accessed by steps. Diamond Theater: All seats except ADA seating are accessed by steps.
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Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University | Celebrating 25 Years
Over 25 years ago, Lehigh University had a vision to design a vibrant arts environment where students, artists, faculty and community could create and learn. It wanted to educate, captivate and inspire performers and patrons by presenting a variety of outstanding performing arts events, exhibits and educational programs, and developing new works. In 1997, this vision manifested in Zoellner Arts Center—home to the Presenting Series, Lehigh University Music Department, the Department of Theatre, and the Art Galleries—a place for creativity and innovation; for exploring all corners of artistic disciplines; and for opening up minds to new ideas and new ways of seeing the world.
In a recent year, the center held 240 events, including over 350 artists from 10 countries, and more than 50 campus and community events, lectures, business meetings, convocations, recitals, concerts, conventions and more. In total, the center provided arts engagement and communal space to over 55,000 people in attendance from 12 states and to over 3,000 local school children. Additionally, we created partnerships with 35 community organizations in the arts, sciences, health and literacy.
As we step forward, Zoellner Arts Center will continue building organizational partnerships like those achieved as the lead organization for the Kennedy Center’s Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child program in Bethlehem. We will further expand into the community by focusing on K-12 education to deliver arts enrichment programs, cultural programs, social-emotional learning programming, and artist-in-residencies specifically tied to school curriculum.
Zoellner Arts Center strives to go beyond our four walls and challenge people to think while encouraging them to see the world through a different lens to connect and understand our community. We seek to be a leader in the arts and culture scene in the Lehigh Valley by being bold, forward-thinking, innovative, and by bringing our diverse community together through shared experiences. We are dedicated to presenting arts for all through being inclusive, diverse, equitable and accessible.
CONNECTING TO OUR COMMUNITY
The mission of Zoellner Arts Center is to infuse the arts into the life of Lehigh University and the greater Lehigh Valley community by presenting high-quality multi-disciplinary programs, by fostering life-long patronage of the arts, and by integrating our educational resources to enhance our human experience.
Over 55,000 patrons come to Zoellner Arts Center each year
Over 7,000 students attend Lehigh University
Over 100,000 children of all ages have visited the center since 1997
Over 85 community organizations have benefited from ticket donations
Where Community Gathers
The arts center is proud to host events for many Lehigh Valley organizations including:
Pennsylvania Youth Ballet
Touchstone Theatre Young Playwrights’ Festival
The Bach Choir Concerts
Ben Franklin TechVentures I-xchange
Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summit
Art has the power to change lives and engage our community
Our doors are open to all in the community. Your support is the key ingredient in creating an arts rich community for all residents. By engaging with the center you help us enrich the lives of people across the Lehigh Valley. Together, we can make the arts accessible to areas in our community where geographic location and economics pose barriers. An arts rich community is able to mold creative critical thinkers to lead us into the future. Thank you.