The Underwater Bubble Show

Thursday, November 30, 2017 @7:30 PM

Plunge into a glistening blend of laser technology, snow cannons, soap-bubble tornadoes, and optical illusions as the effervescent Mr. B is transported to Bubblelandia, a blissful ocean utopia where colors explode and dreams take flight. Inspired by the artistry of Cirque du Soleil, this lavish Latvian production uses drama, mime, dance, puppetry, juggling, sand art, and theatrical magic to whisk families to an imaginary bubble world bursting with possibilities.

Family Fun Fest in the Concert Hall Lobby at 6:00pm 

Ticket Prices: $25, $20, $15; Students $10; Family Pack (2 adult, 2 youth) $50; Lap Seats $5

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Slavic Soul Party

Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 8:00PM
Bowker Auditorium

SSP! pumps a strong Balkan brass sound through the filter of life in New York’s outer boroughs, making new music out of the unplanned results of immigration, proximity, and globalization. Over the past 15 years, the band has released seven full-length albums and toured in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Turkey, and Zimbabwe. From pashas’ palaces to dive bars, Carnegie Hall to Serbian schoolyards, festival stages to prison courtyards, the band has built an international following, and their tunes have been covered by Serbian brass stars, New Orleans funk stalwarts, and legendary street bands.

Ticket Prices
General Admission $15; Students $7; Under40TIX  $15

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Theo Croker Quintet (Billy Taylor)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 @ 7:30

Theo Croker is a young trumpeter, singer, and bandleader who has earned the attention of top musicians. Produced by Dee Dee Bridgewater, Croker’s most recent recording, Escape Velocity, is a sprawling, genre-bending journey through bop, soul, funk, R&B, and beyond. He brings his quintet to the FAC for an evening of inspired music.

Ticket Prices: $35, $25; Students $10

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Jorge Caballero (Guitarra)

Saturday, November 11, 2017 @ 7:30 PM

Widely regarded as one of the finest guitarists of his generation, Jorge Caballero is the youngest musician and the only guitarist to win the Naumburg International Competition Award, an honor comparable to the Pulitzer Prize for musicians. He is known for his dazzling virtuosity, his intense musicality, and his spellbinding performances.

Ticket Prices: GA $15

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Tango Buenos Aires: “The Spirit of Argentina”

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 @ 7:30 PM

Tango Buenos Aires is known around the world for their fiery, uncompromising performances of the dramatic South American dance form known as tango. The Spirit of Argentina pays loving tribute to the dashing French-Argentine singer, composer, and actor Carlos Gardel—tango’s first superstar. You’ll discover his passion for futbol, boxing, and gauchos and get glimpses into his life in Paris, his appearance on Broadway, and his friendship with the young Astor Piazzola, another tango legend.

Pre-show talk in the Concert Hall Lobby at 6:15 pm
Pre-show Tango Demonstration in the Concert Hall Lobby at 6:45 pm.

Ticket Prices: $35, $30, $20; Students $10

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Brooklyn Rider

Sunday, October 29, 7 p.m.

UMass Old Chapel

The adventurous, genre-defying string quartet Brooklyn Rider combines a wildly eclectic repertoire with a gripping performance style that is attracting legions of fans and drawing critical acclaim from classical, world and rock music critics alike. NPR credits Brooklyn Rider with “recreating the 300-year-old form of string quartet as a vital and creative 21st-century ensemble.” Through creative programming and global collaborations, including those with the Silk Road Ensemble, Brooklyn Rider illuminates music for its audiences in ways that are “stunningly imaginative,” according to Lucid Culture.

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Kiran Ahluwalia Ensemble

Thursday, October 26, 2017 @ 7:30 PM

Kiran Ahluwalia’s seductive singing draws on her Indian-Punjabi heritage, fusing its hypnotic grooves with passionate Saharan blues and innovative western jazz. Her compositions and arrangements embody the essence of ghazal, ancient poetry influenced by Sufi mysticism, about illicit, unattainable love. Accompanied by her band, including New York jazz guitarist Rez Abbasi and master tabla player Nitin Mitta, Ahluwalia invites us to explore the human condition and lose ourselves in love.

On Wednesday, October 25 at 7pm at Hampshire Dining Commons. Grab your meal and come join the stimulating conversations with this cool and jazzy vocal artist from South Asia and maybe she will recite a verse of her poetry or sing a bar or two of music. It promises to a fun-filled Meet and Greet with Kiran and her Band.
(General Public UMass Dining Common Dinner cost: $15.50)

Ticket Prices: $25; Students $10

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Festival of South African Dance: “Stimela the Musical”

Tuesday October 17, 2017 @ 7:30 PM

With precise and technical footwork, often to the accompaniment of house music, Pantsula is rooted in street culture and used to respond to cultural and political issues. Stimela the Musical, featuring an ensemble of 20 men, is a unique South African story that tells a tale of rural African men who come by train from all walks of life in search of greener pastures in the city of gold, Johannesburg.

Pre-show talk in the Concert Hall Lobby at 6:15 pm.
Pre-show Hip-Hop/Pantsula Demonstration in the Concert Hall Lobby at 6:45pm. Join JOHNNIE CRUISE MERCER, the artistic director of Johnnie Cruise Mercer/TheREDprojectNYC, a choreographer, educator, and freelance performer in the New York City area and CRAZEFAZE, the local all female hip hop crew from Western Mass directed by Rebecca Bustillos for high energy, interactive dance demos before the show!

Ticket Prices: $35, $30, $20; Students $10

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Moonfish Theatre’s “Star of the Sea”

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 @ 7:30 pm & Wednesday, October 4, 2017 @ 7:30 pm

Come aboard the Star of the Sea, en route from Ireland to America in 1847. Playing passengers whose lives and fates are more connected than they know, the cast of six, plus video projections, choreographed movement, and inventive sound effects, conjures up the world of Joseph O’Connor’s best-selling novel, in an extraordinary adaptation performed in Irish and English.

Ticket prices: $35, $25; Students $10


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Adam Rudolph/Hamid Drake Duo, with Ralph M. Jones

Monday, October 2, 2017 at 8:00 pm
UMass Old Chapel

Hailed as “a pioneer in world music” by The New York Times and “a master percussionist” by Musician magazine, Adam Rudolph was Yusef Lateef’s closest collaborator. Widely acknowledged as one of the most talented percussionists in improvised music, Hamid Drake has worked with trumpeter Don Cherry, Pharoah Sanders, Fred Anderson, Mahmoud Gania, and William Parker.

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