Machine de Cirque

Wednesday, April 25, 2018, @ 7:30 PM

After surviving the apocalypse, five men must build a machine to help them find other survivors. They’ll do whatever it takes to navigate this brave new world without electricity, telephones, computers … or women. The results are anything but grim. You’ll find yourself a guest at a deliriously intoxicating party—part circus, part slapstick, part rock concert. Hilarious, heart-tuggingly nostalgic, surprisingly moving, and a whole lot of awesome, this show will make you stand up and clap for humanity.

Ticket Prices: $40, $35, $20; Students $15, $12, $10

Silk Road Ensemble

Thursday, April 12, 2018 @ 7:30 PM

The Silk Road Ensemble, a Grammy-nominated collective of performers from Asia, Europe and the Americas, combines superb musicianship with an eagerness to connect across cultures and musical traditions. Western string instrumentalists perform with folk percussionists and virtuosos of instruments like the pipa (Chinese lute), gaita (Galician bagpipes), tabla (Indian hand drums), shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute), and kamancheh (Persian bowed lute). The ensemble’s lively concert features some classical music and sumptuous traditional music alongside new work by composers the world over.

Pre-show talk in the Concert Hall Lobby at 6:30 pm.

Ticket Prices: $45, $35, $20; Students $15, $12, $10

Chris Potter Quartet

Saturday, April 7, 2018 @ 8:00 PM

World-class soloist, accomplished composer, and formidable bandleader Chris Potter has emerged as a leading light of his generation. All About Jazz wrote about the saxophonist, “Among Potter’s many gifts are his sense of narrative and body language. In a live setting, one can appreciate the architecture of both his tunes and his solos, all while marveling at the sheer musculature of his relationship to the reed.”

Pre-show talk with Chris Potter in the Concert Hall Lobby at 6:15pm

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

Sacred Dances and Legends of Hawai’i

Friday, April 6, 2018 @ 8:00 PM

Celebrating 30 years of performing, the Halau Hula Ka No’eau Ensemble captivates audiences with their exquisite presentations of dance with a strong storytelling element. At this concert, choreographer and cultural historian Michael Pili Pang presents a new work, based on legends about the divine creators of the Hawaiian Islands, that innovatively combines traditional hula, music, and chants. (This show was rescheduled after a weather cancellation the previous season.)

Balletx

Thursday, March 29, 2018 @ 7:30 PM

BalletX, Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet, unites distinguished choreographers with an outstanding company of world-class dancers to forge new works of athleticism, emotion, and grace. Founded in 2005 by Christine Cox and Matthew Neenan, BalletX encourages formal experimentation while preserving rigorous technique. The company will perform a mixed-rep program, including Trey McIntire’s Big Ones, set to music by Amy Winehouse.

Post-show discussion with members of the company immediately following the performance

Ticket Prices: $45, $35, $20; Students $15, $12, $10

Air Play

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 7:00 PM

Ride the wind and dream with AIR PLAY, a modern spectacle that brings to life the very air we breathe. Flying umbrellas, larger-than-life balloons, giant kites floating over the audience, and the biggest snow globe you’ve ever seen will make you gasp in wonder and laugh until it hurts.

AIR PLAY is a circus-style adventure of two siblings journeying through a surreal land of air, transforming the ordinary into objects of uncommon beauty. Fabrics dance in the wind, balloons have a mind of their own, confetti turns into the night sky, and an enormous canopy of hovering silk forever alters the siblings’ future. The creation of husband & wife team Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone, AIR PLAY merges their circus and street theater performance art with the sculptural artistry of Daniel Wurtzel. This poetic ode to childhood will enchant and electrify the young and young at heart.
Performance Run Time: 60 minutes, No Intermission

Family Fun Fest in the Concert Hall Lobby at 6:00pm
“Revealing the Magic” with members of the company immediately following the performance

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

Roundabout Theatre Company’s “Cabaret”

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 @ 7:30 PM

Come to the infamous Kit Kat Klub, as the Emcee, Sally Bowles, and the rest of a raucous cast of characters take the stage to tantalize the crowd. But as life in Germany grows uncertain, will the alluring, decadent Berlin nightlife be enough to get them through dangerous times? Come hear some of the most memorable songs in theater history—“Cabaret,” “Willkommen,” “Maybe This Time”—in John Kander, Fred Ebb, and Joe Masteroff’s Tony Award–winning musical about following your heart while the world loses its way.

Pre-show talk in the Concert Hall Lobby at 6:30 pm.

Ticket Prices: $65, $60, $30; Students $30, $25, $20

QYRQ QYZ: Music & Film from Central Asia

Sunday, March 4, 2018 @ 4:00 PM

Qyrq Qyz (Forty Girls) is a legendary, epic Central Asian tale in which a girl gathers a group of 40 young female warriors to vanquish invaders, securing her clans’ freedom. Uzbek filmmaker Saodat Ismailova’s adaptation transforms the epic into a multimedia work that places live performance by female reciters and instrumentalists against a backdrop of multiscreen video projection, With a musical score by the celebrated Tashkent-based composer Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky, Qyrq Qyz is a  true celebration of women’s musical traditions in the Muslim world.

Pre-show talk with musicologist Ted Levin in the Concert Hall Lobby at 3:00 pm.
Post-show Meet & Greet with the artists.

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

Venice Baroque Orchestra

Thursday, March 1, 7:30 PM, FAC Concert Hall

This Venice-based period-instrument ensemble specializes in vibrant performances of the works of one of that city’s native sons, Antonio Vivaldi, as well as other early-music composers such as Caldara, Locatelli, and Galuppi. The orchestra is known for their rediscovery of 17th– and 18th-century masterpieces and their revelatory pursuit of the essence of the compositions they play, which the Washington Post once described as “tearing the powdered wig off this music once and for all.” Their extensive touring has brought them to concert venues around the world; for this concert they will be joined by virtuoso musician Anna Fusek on wood recorder. “There’s a wildness in Vivaldi’s music that makes it so exciting, a sense of barely controlled fury in his huge, cascading waves of sound. But there’s also a heart-breaking vulnerability at its core, and the Venice players balanced them to perfection.”—Washington Post

Pre-show talk in the Concert Hall Lobby at 6:30 pm.

$45, $35, $20; Five College Students and Youth 17 and Under: $15, $12, $10

The Message

Thursday, February 22, 2018 @7:30

The Message is truly an all-star band. Its five members, Donald Harrison (alto saxophone), Billy Pierce, (tenor and soprano saxophones) Brian Lynch (trumpet), Sullivan Fortner (piano), Carl Allen (drums), and Essiet Essiet (bass), collectively have decades’ worth of experience delivering top-tier jazz performances live and on recordings. Four of the five members of The Message—all but Sullivan Fortner, born in 1986—are alumni of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, the iconic jazz band that played in various iterations from the fifties to 1990. All come together to revisit the Messengers’ swingin’, hard-bop tradition, with a focus on arrangements of Jazz Messenger pieces by such esteemed composers as Wayne Shorter, Cedar Walton, Benny Golson, Lee Morgan, and Freddie Hubbard, but also always playing original compositions that respect the band’s roots. Taken altogether, The Message’s musical message is one that only gets better with age.

Pre-show talk in Bowker Auditorium at 6:30pm

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