Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University Announces 2015-2016 Season
Tickets go on sale Thursday, July 23 at noon!
July 21, 2015 — Our memorable 19th season kicks off September 12 with the Grammy Award-nominated singer/songwriter, Sheila E., a world-class drummer and percussionist whose credits read like chapters in a music history book: Ringo Starr, Marvin Gaye, Prince, Beyoncé, Diana Ross, and Lionel Richie.
New this year! Zoellner embarks on a few film ventures with a free screening of the Academy Award-winning film Twenty Feet from Stardom on September 15 ahead of the performances from film stars Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton on October 10 and the return of Darlene Love on November 21. Zoellner will be one of the host sites of the On Screen/In Person (OSIP) film festival presented by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. Film festival details to be released in August 2015. Also new this year, Avner the Eccentric brings a sensory-friendly performance for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders on March 5.
Other highlights include a sesquicentennial celebration of Lehigh University with a four-day block pARTy on October 1-4 featuring circus duo Magmanus, bands Mountainheart and The Weight; YouTube sensations Post Modern Jukebox November 12; Broadway hits “Bullets over Broadway” on May 8 and “STOMP” on March 10. Screenwriter and award-winning novelist Dennis Lehane, whose novels—Mystic River,Gone, Baby, Gone, and Shutter Island—have been adapted into blockbuster films comes to speak on April 5 and a commissioned piece by Zoellner Arts Center from Michael Milligan on Apil 14 & 15 as part of the Notations series. Patti LaBelle, the Godmother of Soul performs at Gala2015 on October 17.
Classical music is featured on February 21 with an all Tchaikovsky program performed by the Polish Baltic Philharmonic, opera returns in “Don Giovanni” on November 14 and Moscow Festival Ballet presents the timeless tale “Giselle” on March 19. The bi-annual on–stage cabarets feature a vocalist from Post Modern Jukebox, Morgan James, on September 18 and a-cappella group M-Pact January 23.
Family-friendly programming includes the return of Japanese Taiko drummers in TAO: Seventeen Samurai on January 31 and Lightwire Theater in “Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey” on February 14. Zoellner favorite Viennese septet Mnozil Brass mash their beloved brass music with antics on April 3 and Salvador Dali’s art is brought to life in “La Verita” on April 24.
World music and dance come alive with Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca in a flamenco inspired Greek telling of Sophocles’ “Antigona” on November 1, Larry Harlow & the Latin Legends of Fania on February 13, and the return of Rioult Dance NY with “Bach Dances” on October 25. Raphael Xavier, a hip-hop conceptualist, transforms Baker Hall stage on February 16 and 19. Jazz pianist Billy Childs plays tribute to Laura Nyro (songwriter of Stoned Soul Picnic and Wedding Bell Blues) on February 6.
In its sixth year of the innovative series, Notations includes conversations with highly-respected representatives from a variety of literary genres. Speakers include Brian Greene on October 1, Trudy Lewis on October 29, Stuart Dischell on November 5, Jennifer Whitaker on March 23.
Highlights from the Lehigh University Music Department include the Lehigh University Choral Arts in the Lehigh Valley premiere of Steven Sametz’s A Child’s Requiem, the prize winning oratorio that is a tribute to those lost at Sandy Hook Elementary on November 6 and 7. Lehigh University Professor of English head of Africana Studies, James Peterson, narrates Aaron Copland’s A Lincoln Portrait with the Lehigh University Philharmonic Orchestra on December 4 and 5. The East Winds Quintet play commissioned pieces by Lehigh alums on March 6 and guest vocalist Nicole Henry joins the Lehigh University Jazz Repertory Orchestra’s on April 16.
New this year, the Lehigh University Department of Theatre is offering “Pay-What-You-Wish- Wednesdays” during the main stage productions that include a musical, “Violet” from Jeanine Tesori, music and Brian Crawley book & lyrics; Yasmine Reza’s “God of Carnage,” Peter Nachtrieb’s “Boom,” and August Wilson’s “Gem of the Ocean.”
Season in Chronological Order
SAT SEP 12 | 8 pm | $58pit /48/38
Prince, Ringo Starr, Beyoncé, Diana Ross and many more of music’s elite have called upon this fearless percussionist/drummer whose trailblazing career continues to pulsate.
On-Stage Cabaret: Morgan James
FRI SEP 18
Dinner & Show • 6pm | $62
Show Only • 7 & 9pm | $25
Cash Bar (Beer & Wine)
The right vocalist can make you fall in love at first listen, elicit tears, or bring you back to a different era altogether. That holds true for this singer with classical poise and a powerhouse voice equally inspired by soul, R&B and swing.
Hell’s Kitchen Funk Orchestra: Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
SAT SEP 19 | 8 pm | $18
NYC-based “Hell’s Kitchen Funk Orchestra”, an offshoot of NY Jazz Rep, pays tribute to hard-bop era saxophonist Cannonball Adderley’s hit album from 1966. Bill Warfield, director.
Paul Salerni: Music from Three Continents
SUN SEP 20 | 3 pm | $10
Works by Jan Jirásek, Ofer Ben-Amots and Paul Salerni. Featuring the premiere of Salerni’s song cycle on poems by Dana Gioia entitled For Love or Money.
Lehigh University Philharmonic: Autumn Romantics
FRI, SAT SEPT 25, 26 | 8 pm | $18
Director Eugene Albulescu leads the ensemble in a program celebrating Lehigh’s sesquicentennial with selected works showcasing the university’s founding year of 1865. Repertoire: Tchaikovsky, Romeo & Juliet Overture; Schubert, Unfinished Symphony; and Beethoven’s majestic Violin Concerto, performed by Michael Jorgensen.
Jee Hyun Lim, Soprano & Megan Durham, Mezzo Soprano: Messengers of Love
SUN SEP 27 | 3 pm | $10
A faculty duet recital featuring music by Poulenc, Rossini and Brahms.
THU OCT 1 | 7:30 pm | Free
A theoretical physicist, string theorist and Columbia University professor, Greene has become known to a wider audience through his books—The Elegant Universe, Icarus at the Edge of Time—and related PBS specials. He has appeared on The Big Bang Theory and in the films Frequency and The Last Mimzy.
Dept. of Theatre
“God of Carnage” by Yasmina Reza
OCT 2, 3, 7-9 • 8 pm | OCT 4 • 2 pm | $12
Winner of the 2009 Tony Award for Best Play, “God Of Carnage” is a hilariously disturbing look at what happens when people stop being polite over a playground altercation, and start getting real. Kashi Johnson, director.
SUN OCT 4 | 4 pm | $25PIT/20/15
Everything and everyone is attached in this European circus act—and there is no escape! Hold on and let go with two artists who are hopelessly connected—when one falls, the other flies.
Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton
SAT OCT 10 | 8 pm | $45pit /35/30
This Twenty Feet From Stardom vocalist is usually on tour with the Rolling Stones, Sting, Chris Botti or Alicia Keys, and she’s loving every minute of it. A Grammy Award-winner, she has astonishing range, spot-on intonation and masterful stage presence.
Gala2015 An evening with Patti LaBelle
SAT OCT 17
CONCERT & DESSERT RECEPTION • 8 pm
Select $150* / Classic $75 / Students $55 one ticket per ID
Funds raised at Gala2015 support the arts at Lehigh University and Zoellner Arts Center’s presentations of world-class guest artists, community service initiatives, and educational and family programs.
GALA EVENING • 4:30 pm
Cocktail reception, dinner and concert with preferred seating and dessert reception.
$550 per person*
*Tax-deductible information is available online.
Lehigh University Jazz Rep Orchestra: A Tribute to the Big Bands
FRI OCT 23 | 8 pm | $15
Rioult Dance NY: Bach Dances
SUN OCT 25 | 4 pm | $30/25
Director Pascal Rioult, a former Martha Graham principal dancer, and his exquisite ensemble have enchanted our audiences many times. They return for a spellbinding evening of contemporary dance set to Bach masterpieces. RIOULT presents a passionate all-Bach program: Celestial Tides to the Brandenburg Concerto No. 6; City to the Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord No. 6 in G Major; and Views of the Fleeting World to seven movements of Bach’s great Art of Fugue.
THU OCT 29 | 7:30 pm | Free
The author of The Empire Rolls, Private Correspondences and The Bones of Garbo, her stories have appeared in Atlantic Monthly, Best American Short Stories, Cream City Review, FivePoints, Meridian, New England Review, and Shenandoah. She is the recipient of the Lawrence Foundation Award and the Glenna Luschei Prize from Prairie Schooner.
Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca: Antigona
SAT NOV 1 | 7 pm | $36/30
Sophocles’ tragic tale is told through the passion and pathos of flamenco dance and live music that propels the story to an incredible height of drama.
THU NOV 5 | 7:30 pm | Free
His poems have appeared in The Atlantic, The New Republic, Slate and the anthologies Pushcart Prize and Good Poems. He is the author of Good Hope Road, Dig Safe and Backwards Days and a recipient of awards from the NEA, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and teaches Creative Writing in the MFA Program at Greensboro College.
Lehigh University Choral Arts: A Child’s Requiem
FRI, SAT NOV 6, 7 | 8 pm | $18
Director Steven Sametz’s prize-winning oratorio is a moving tribute to the school children, teachers and administrators lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, in 2012, setting words written by area elementary school children in response to tragedy and grief.
Scott Bradlee’s Post Modern Jukebox
THU NOV 12 | 7:30 pm | $35 Cabaret-style seating in Pit /28 General Admission
If you’ve ever wondered what a Taylor Swift, Lady GaGa or John Legend song sounds like wrapped in vintage doo-wop, ragtime, or jazz melodies with snazzy instrumentation, then YouTube sensation PMJ is a must see!
Lehigh University Jazz Ensemble, Funk Band & Combo
FRI NOV 13 | 8 pm | $15
Dept. of Theatre
“Violet” by Jeanine Tesori, Music; Brian Crawley, Book& Lyrics; Based on The Ugliest Pilgrim By Doris Betts
NOV 13, 14, 18-21 • 8 pm | NOV 15 • 2 pm | $12
Straight from the 2014 Broadway production, “Violet” is the story of a woman’s search for beauty and her place in the world. This winner of the Drama Critics’ Circle Award will inspire, challenge and uplift. Pam Pepper, director; Bill Whitney, musical director.
Academy of Vocal Arts: Don Giovanni
SAT NOV 14 | 7:30 pm | $54/48
Live opera returns to Zoellner with some of Mozart’s most magnificent music. The charismatic Don Juan, an icon of seduction whose sexual magnetism remains undimmed as he faces his inevitable downfall, is brought to exhilarating life in this darkly witty masterpiece.
SAT NOV 21 | 8 pm | $58pit /48/38
Rolling Stone named this Twenty Feet From Stardom vocalist one of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. She influenced Bruce Springsteen, Cher and Cyndi Lauper. See why Bette Midler says this Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee has one of the best voices in pop music.
Lehigh University Wind Ensemble: Jazz in the Winds
SUN NOV 22 | 3 pm | $15
Trumpeter Bill Warfield joins the group for works with a jazz flair featuring Shostakovich’s Jazz Suite No. 2 and Flowerdale by Philip Sparke. David Diggs, director.
Lehigh University Philharmonic: New Frontiers
FRI, SAT DEC 4, 5 | 8 pm | $18
Lehigh University Professor of English head of Africana Studies, James Peterson, narrates Copland’s A Lincoln Portrait. Beethoven’s monumental Symphony No. 5. Eugene Albulescu, director.
Lehigh University Choral Arts: Christmas Vespers
SUN Dec 6 | 4 & 8 pm Packer Memorial Church • Free
No Tickets Req’d; Early arrival suggested.
Lehigh University Choral Arts presents its annual Christmas gift to the community. Steven Sametz, director.
On-Stage Cabaret: M-PACT
FRI JAN 23
Dinner & Show • 6pm | $62
Show Only • 7 & 9pm | $25
Cash Bar (Beer & Wine)
Imagine the smooth soul of Stevie Wonder, the percussive power of STOMP and the brass bite of the Harry Connick Jr. Big Band…all created by this respected cutting edge a-cappella ensemble.
TAO: Seventeen Samurai
SUN JAN 31| 4 pm | $39/34
Japanese Taiko drummers return with an electrifying new production of an ancient art form that will captivate you with complex rhythms, zealous choreography and extraordinary performers who are sure to amaze children as well as kids at heart.
Billy Childs: Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro
SAT FEB 6 | 8PM | $45PIT/35/30
Jazz pianist Childs’ new CD—featuring singers Becca Stevens and Alicia Olatuja—is a loving tribute to the late singer-songwriter whose songs—Stoned Soul Picnic, Wedding Bell Blues—produced hits for many artists but little acclaim for her.
Lehigh University Jazz Faculty
FRI FEB 12| 8pm | $15
Past concerts have featured guest artists such as Jerry Liebman and Wayne Shorter as well as tributes to Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and more. Bill Warfield, director.
Larry Harlow & The Latin Legends of Fania
SAT FEB 13 | 8 pm | $25
The International Latin Music Hall of Famer reunites some of his Fania all-stars alongside new guard musicians for a high octane salsa concert, infused with infectious riffs & dance-party rhythms.
Lightwire Theater: Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey
SUN FEB 14 | 1 & 4pm | $25pit /20/15
Marvin the mouse wants to be popular. Constantly picked on by the “cool” rats, he is labeled a geek. Marvin retreats into his science books and has the adventure of a lifetime. Great for children, this cosmic tale celebrates differences.
TUE FEB 16 | 4:30 pm OR FRI FEB 19 | 7:30 PM | $20
A self-taught hip hop dancer and movement conceptualist, Xavier constantly seeks new ways to expand dance vocabulary. “Artful and mesmerizing, [he] transforms a bravado dance style into an introspective meditation.”—Dance Magazine
NY Jazz Rep Orchestra
SAT FEB 20 | 8pm | $18
New York’s finest jazz and studio musicians assemble in Baker Hall for contemporary and traditional classics. Bill Warfield, director.
Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra: All Tchaikovsky
SUN FEB 21 | 3pm | $49/38
Celebrated Polish conductor Boguslaw Dawidow leads the orchestra performing Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture, Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, Op. 23 and Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36.
Dept. of Theatre
“BOOM” by Peter Nachtrieb
FEB 26, 27, MAR 2-5 • 8 pm | FEB 28 • 2 pm | $12
A grad student’s online ad lures a mysterious journalism student to his subterranean research lab under the pretense of an evening of “no strings attached” sex. Their date soon takes on evolutionary significance. Augustine Ripa, director.
Lehigh University Philharmonic: Concerto Marathon
FRI, SAT Feb 26, 27 | 8 pm | $10
Members perform concerto favorites with the orchestra and join together for a stirring performance of the Academic Festival Overture by Brahms to commemorate Lehigh’s 150th year. Eugene Albulescu, director.
The Branderson Duo
FRI MAR 4 | 8 pm | $10
The duo is a unique pairing: trombonist David Peterson and harpist/composer Rachel Brandwein. This unusual musical combination features the East Coast premiere of a piece by Paul Salerni.
Avner the Eccentric: Exceptions to Gravity
SAT MAR 5 | 1 & 4 pm | $25 PIT/20/15
An off-Broadway success, this brilliant clown’s show reduces audiences to fits of laughter. A master of the art of physical comedy, he weaves a hilarious spell of poetic simplicity. “If you are feeling low, take two hours of Avner for comic relief!”—The New York Times *Sensory-friendly performance for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other sensory processing challenges.
East Winds Quintet: Celebrating Creative Lehigh
SUN MAR 6 | 3 pm | $12
To commemorate Lehigh’s Sesquicentennial, four alumni composers were commissioned to write works for the Quintet. These composers represent the creative spirit of Lehigh. David Diggs, director
THU MAR 10 | 7:30 pm | $55/45
The troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments—matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, hubcaps—to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms.
Moscow Festival Ballet: Giselle
SAT MAR 19 | 7 pm | $42/36
This acclaimed Russian company presents timeless classics like no other troupe. Giselle, a story about the power of true love, is the oldest ballet in active repertoire.
Michael Jorgensen, Violin: A Classical Romance
SUN MAR 20 | 3pm | $10
Repertoire: Mozart and Beethoven, Violin Sonatas; Stravinsky, Duo Concertant; Pärt, Fratres; and Dvořák.
WED MAR 23 | 7:30pm
The author of The Blue Hour and a winner of the Brittingham Prize, her poems have appeared in Radar Poetry, New England Review and Four Way Review. She earned her MFA from UNC at Greensboro where she is director of the Writing Center and an assistant poetry editor at storySouth.
Lehigh University Choir, Glee Club & Dolce: If Music Be The Food Of Love
FRI, SAT Apr 1, 2 | 8 pm | $15
Actors, puppeteers, dancers and jesters join the musicians of Choral Arts in this imaginative tribute to the life of William Shakespeare and the glories of Elizabethan England. Fun for all ages. In collaboration with the Mock Turtle Marionettes and the Dept. of Theatre. Steven Sametz, artistic director; Sun Min Lee, associate director.
Mnozil Brass: Yes Yes Yes
SUN APR 3 | 4 pm | $39 PIT/35/30
So well-received we invited them back! This world-famous Viennese septet mashes artistry with antics and masterful musicianship with creative improvisation as their lips vibrate in unerring service to their beloved brass music.
Supported in part by the Klees Family Instrumental Ensemble Endowed Fund.
TUE APR 5 | 7:30pm | $10 | Free with LU ID; Tickets req’d for all.
An award-winning novelist and screenwriter, his books have become international bestsellers including Sacred, Moonlight Mile and Live by Night. Three of his novels—Mystic River, Gone, Baby, Gone, and Shutter Island—have been adapted into blockbuster films. He is a writer-producer of the Emmy-winning Boardwalk Empire. Supported by the Ann Neitzel Endowment Fund for Poetry and Creative Writing.
Dept. of Theatre
“Gem of the Ocean” by August Wilson
Apr 8, 9, 13-16 • 8pm
Apr 10 • 2pm | $12
Set in 1904 on the the eve of former slave Aunt Esther’s 287th birthday, the ninth play in Wilson’s 10-play Pittsburgh Cycle chronicles a century of African American life. Directed by Akin’ Babatunde, Theodore U. Horger ’61 Artist-in-Residence for the Performing and Visual Arts.
Michael Milligan: Side Effects
THU APR 14 | 4:30 PM & FRI APR 15 | 7:30 PM | $10; FREE with LU ID; Tickets req’d for all.
Commisioned by Zoellner Arts Center, this newly created piece is about a physician father slips toward senility, Dr. William MacQueen strives to live up to the standards he has inherited. The frustration of forms, complicated coding and red tape begin to erode his practice and threaten his family life. Milligan’s solo play examines the challenges confronting primary care doctors in America.
Lehigh University Jazz Rep Orchestra
FRI APR 16 | 8 PM |$15
The group is joined by “elegant, powerful, stylish, expressive, shimmering… [guest vocalist: Nicole Henry] whose stylized notes and impeccable phrasing make jazz tunes all her own.’’—The Morning Call
Lehigh University Jazz Ensemble, Funk Band & Combo
SAT APR 23 | 8 pm | $15
Compagnia Finzi Pasca: La Veritá
SUN APR 24 | 7 pm | $49/44
Surrealist Salvador Dali’s art inspired writer and director Daniele Finzi Pasca to create a cirque world inhabited by feathers, shapes, ladders and memories. “The acts are mesmerizingly beautiful.”—Le Journal de Montréal
Lehigh University Philharmonic: Dramaville
FRI, SAT APR 29, 30 | 8 pm | $18
Director Eugene Albulescu leads the orchestra in thrilling performances of Verdi’s Overture to La Forza del Destino, Wagner’s Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde, and the turbulent Symphonie fantastique by Berlioz.
Lehigh University Wind Ensemble: From the Past to the Future
SUN MAY 1 | 3 pm | $15
Drawing on the rich musical heritage of Lehigh, the group presents a special sesquicentennial program of wind band music highlighting works from historical eras of the university. David Diggs, director.
Lehigh University Choral Arts: Ein Deutsches Requiem
FRI, SAR MAY 6,7 |8 pm | $15
Additional Repertoire: Mahler, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer); Sametz, The River Merchant’s Wife: A Letter (orchestral version premiere). Featuring soloists Jee Hyun Lim, soprano; Troy Cook, baritone. Brahms’s immortal masterpiece is performed in memory of Robert Zoellner ’54, who contributed so much to the success of the arts at Lehigh University. Steven Sametz, artistic director; Sun Min Lee, associate director.
Bullets Over Broadway
SUN MAY 8 | 7 pm | $60/50
Loaded with big laughs, colorful characters and songs that made the ’20s roar, this show, written by Woody Allen with original direction and choreography by Susan Stroman, brings musical comedy back with a bang.
Free event parking attached to the center.
By Mail Zoellner Arts Center, 420 E. Packer Ave., Bethlehem, PA 18015
By Phone 610-758-2787, ext. 0
Box Office Hours Summer: Tue 12-5pm; Wed – Fri 12-4pm
Starting September 8: Tue 12-6 pm; Wed – Fri 12-5; SAT three hours before curtain