The Lenfest Center for the Arts
The Captivating, The Vibrant, and The Expressive The Captivating, The Vibrant, and The Expressive
THE CAPTIVATING, THE VIBRANT AND THE EXPRESSIVE
THE LENFEST CENTER FOR THE ARTS: 2018-2019 SEASON
THE CAPTIVATING: Savor the spectacle of Lenfest’s presentation of the dynamic, contemporary dance company, BODYVOX and their innovative collaboration of dance with media, music and comedy. Bathe in the traditional folk music, dance and feats of The DHOAD Gypsies of Rajasthan, sure to be a fast-paced, exhilarating experience. Lenfest also presents world-renown British actor Julian Sands in his touching and powerful solo performance of A Celebration of Harold Pinter, directed by John Malkovich. Delight in the rich, powerful voice of soprano Danielle Talamantes, presented by the Concert Guild, as she pours her soul into a complex program of art songs and arias. The Concert Guild also presents the Grammy-nominated ensemble Imani Winds in concert with Jon Nakamatsu at the piano whom critics have applauded for his exceptional skill in producing all styles of music with the piano.
THE VIBRANT: Be inspired by the 2018 Bentley Musical—PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT the musical. This lighthearted and encouraging comedy-drama, presented by the Theater, Dance and Film Studies Department and the Department of Music, is filled with pop hits, dynamic characters and adventure. Revel in the heartwarming comedy, VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE, a story of sibling growth and love sure to both touch and entertain its audiences. Relish in the impressive artists’ collection programed for Staniar Gallery, including works by Sheryl Oring’s Writer’s Block; Steven Kenny’s Public Dreams/Private Myths; and Alison Hall’s Invocation.
THE EXPRESSIVE: Experience the passion of SonoKlect’s Vosbein and Magee Big Band, the region’s top jazz performers, as they present big band music conceived in Paris by the music departments very own Dr. Vosbein. Be astounded by the talented Sona Jobarteh, in a concert presented through the joint support of the Africana Studies Program, the Center for International Education, the Office of the Provost and the Department of Music. Sona Jobarteh is the first female virtuoso player of the Kora, a 21-stringed African harp, which requires agile dexterity and careful sensitivity to produce exquisite music. Immerse your senses in the magnificent music created in recitals and concerts featuring faculty and students, University Singers, Wind Ensemble, University Orchestra and Jazz ensembles.
The Lenfest Center 2018-2019 calendar of events and brochure can be found in its entirety online at wlu.edu/lenfest-center and season brochures are available for pick-up at the Lenfest Center box office. Online ticket sales will be available Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at 8 a.m., on a first-come, first-served basis. To place an online order, click on the Buy Tickets Now tab on the Lenfest home page. University Swipe is available to purchase tickets online. Mail-in orders accepted from August 22-September 7. There will be a $3 postage fee per COMPLETE ORDER applied to tickets purchased through the mail. The $3 postage fee can be waived by choosing to pick-up tickets at WILL CALL. The Lenfest Center box office opens for in-person and telephone sales on Monday, September 10, on a first-come, first-served basis. The box office hours are Monday–Friday, 9–11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m., for cash, check or credit card purchases.
The Lenfest Season opens on Tuesday, September 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Keller Theatre with DHOAD Gypsies of Rajasthan. Direct from Jaipur, India, DHOAD Gypsies of Rajasthan celebrate a repertoire of song, music and dance derived from the tradition of the semi-nomadic traveling musicians of Rajasthan. Their mesmerizing show is vibrant and colorful and their captivating sound is an invitation to the deep and mysterious life of travelling artists of Rajasthani tribes from the desert. Sponsored in part by the Pauline B. and Paul D. Pickens Fund for the Performing Arts.
Coming to the Keller Theatre on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. is BODYVOX—an internationally acclaimed contemporary dance company known for its ingenuity, creativity, and unique approach to theater that assimilates all possibilities for movement, endows it with breathtaking physicality, enriches it with striking imagery and embellishes it with humor, wit and whimsy to create refined dancing knowing no boundaries.
The Lenfest Season concludes with an evening with the extraordinary actor Julian Sands presenting A Celebration of Harold Pinter on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in the Keller Theatre. This humorous and fascinating solo show, directed by John Malkovich, gets to the soul of the man—Harold Pinter—poet, playwright, husband, political activist, Nobel winner, mortal. A Celebration of Harold Pinter was nominated for a 2013 Drama Desk Award.
Lenfest events are sponsored in part by the W&L Class of 1964 Arts Fund. Tickets are required for all Lenfest events. Visit wlu.edu/lenfest-center for more information.
The Department of Theater, Dance, and Film Studies and the Department of Music initiate the 2018 season with the Robert O. and Elizabeth M. Bentley Musical, PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT the musical. Performances run October 25-27 at 7:30 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on October 28 in the Keller Theatre. Based on the smash-hit movie, Priscilla Queen of the Desert the musical is the heartwarming, uplifting adventure of three friends, Tick, Bernadette and Adam, a glamorous Sydney-based performing trio who agree to take their show to the middle of the Australian outback. They hop aboard a battered old bus (nicknamed Priscilla) searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they ever could have ever dreamed of. With a dazzling array of outrageous Olivier and Tony award-winning costumes and a hit parade of dance floor favorites including “It’s Raining Men,” “I Will Survive,” “Hot Stuff,” “Boogie Wonderland,” “Go West,” “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” and “I Love The Nightlife,” this wildly fresh and funny musical is a journey to the heart of FABULOUS!
Opening November 11-14, at 7:30 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on November 11 in the Johnson Theatre is Christopher Durang’s VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE. Vanya, Sonia and Masha—three siblings—were named after Chekhov’s creations by their theater-loving, academic parents, and in middle age they are still living up (or down) to their prototypes’ unhappiness. Vanya and Sonia feel trapped and resentful in the family home after staying there to care for their aging parents. They await the visit of their movie-star sister who arrives with her boy-toy actor boyfriend Spike. It doesn’t help matters that their cleaning woman is always spouting prophecies of doom. The quiet household is thrown into a tumult as its inhabitants get caught up in issues of sibling rivalry, love, lust, and pursuing forgotten dreams. It’s a raucous American comedy at its finest!
Under the artistic direction of Jenefer Davies, W&L Dancers Create…is dedicated to works performed and composed by students and showcases the diversity and talent within the W&L dance program. Works are presented December 4-6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Keller Theatre.
Opening the 2019 season is The Cherry Orchard (Brustein), Anton Chekhov’s comic masterpiece disguised as a melancholic study of humanity. As Ranevskaya struggles to deal with the realities of losing her family estate, her daughters Anya and Varya choose their own ways to deal with the big changes ahead of them. Meanwhile their neighbor, Lopakhin, tries to solve everyone’s problems with new money and new ideas. Boasting an ensemble cast of deliciously funny roles, The Cherry Orchard remains one of the greatest modern plays in the Western canon. Performances are March 12-14 at 7:30 p.m., March 16 at 7:30 p.m. and a 2 p.m. matinee on March 17 in the Johnson Theatre.
Concluding the Theater, Dance, and Film Studies’ season is the award-winning W&L Repertory Dance Company. They will present an evening of multifaceted dance works performed and created by internationally renowned choreographers, W&L faculty and guest artists on March 28-March 30 at 7:30 p.m. and a 2 p.m. matinee on March 31 in the Keller Theatre.
Tickets are required for all Theater, Dance, and Film Studies’ performances. Visit wlu.edu/lenfest-center or wlu.edu/theater-dance-and-film for more information.
Concert Guild’s season, featured in Wilson Concert Hall, begins on Saturday, November 10 at 8 p.m. with the Antioch Chamber Ensemble. Celebrating its 20th season, Antioch made its debut at W&L in 2017, presenting a fabulous program of works by twentieth and twenty-first century composers. For their return engagement, the Ensemble will perform works by Robert Kyr, Morten Lauridsen and Leo Sowerby. Featured on Sunday, March 3 at 8 p.m., is Danielle Talamantes, soprano. Since her 2007 Carnegie Hall debut, soprano Danielle Talamantes has sung with the National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris and the Trujillo Symphony Orchestra of Peru. Additionally, she has performed the roles of Anna in Nabucco and Frasquita in Carmen with the Metropolitan Opera as well as Mimi in La Bohème with St. Petersburg Opera. At W&L, she will present a recital of art songs and arias. Featured on Saturday, March 9 at 8 p.m. is the Imani Winds and Jon Nakamatsu, piano. Extolled by the Philadelphia Inquirer as “what triumph sounds like,” Imani Winds has established itself as one of the most successful chamber music ensembles in the United States. The wind quintet plays a wide-ranging repertoire from composers such as Felix Mendelssohn, Astor Piazzolla, Wayne Shorter, and Igor Stravinsky. Jon Nakamatsu, winner of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 1997, has been acclaimed for his ability to coax vigorous and muscular passages as well as lyrical and poetic ones from the piano.
Tickets are required for all Concert Guild events. Visit wlu.edu/lenfest-center or wlu.edu/music for more information.
SonoKlect’s season, featured in Wilson Concert Hall, opens on Saturday, October 6 at 8 p.m. with Hub New Music Soul House. The W&L program centerpiece features composer Robert Honstein’s piece Soul House [written for Hub New Music], a 35-minute homage to the composer’s childhood home. Cast in nine movements, the piece is series of character-filled vignettes depicting different parts of the house ranging from the scintillating Bay Window, playful Backyard, or reflective Secret Place. Additional works on the program by Anna Clyne and Judd Greenstein further explore concepts of memory, reflection and nostalgia.
On Saturday, February 9, 2019, at 8 p.m., Vosbein-Magee Big Band will present An American in Paris. W&L music professor and SonoKlect producer Terry Vosbein spent the 2017-18 school year on sabbatical, researching, composing and traveling. The year culminated with two solid months of writing new big band music in Paris. The results of this adventure will be presented by the Valley’s leading jazz orchestra.
No tickets are required for SonoKlect performances. Visit wlu.edu/lenfest-center or wlu.edu/music for more information.
For a complete listing of W&L Music fall, winter and spring performances, visit wlu.edu/lenfest-center or wlu.edu/music.
Staniar Gallery boasts a full array of exhibitions including Sheryl Oring’s Writer’s Block; Steven Kenny’s Public Dreams/Private Myths; Jeff Rich’s Watershed: Tennessee River; Alison Hall’s Invocation; Las Hermanas Iglesias’ Mirror Rim; and Adriana Corral’s Unearthed: Desenterrado.
For a complete listing of exhibit openings, lectures and receptions, visit wlu.edu/lenfest-center and/or go.wlu.edu/staniar.