Live at Heritage Center
Jump Rhythm Jazz Project, jazz/tap dance from Chicago
Saturday, February 13, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Jump Rhythm Jazz Project is a multiple-Emmy®-Award-winning performance company based in Chicago. JRJP celebrates the communal core of jazz performance — dancing, singing, and storytelling in rhythmically syncopated conversations to the beat-driven sounds of the blues, swinging jazz, funk, hip hop, and world music. Founded by Billy Siegenfeld in New York City in 1990, JRJP has grown into an ensemble embodying a life-affirming mix of percussive musicality and emotion-driven, vocal-rhythmic dance. According to the New York Times, JRJP “captures the exuberant physicality of good dancers when moments of extreme control and abandon are seamlessly combined.”
Free 30-mintue special lecture precedes this performance at 6:30 p.m. in the Babka Theatre.
Presentation held in conjunction with UD Adrian High School Theater & Dance Festival.
This engagement is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest, which is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from the Iowa Arts Council.
For more information, view the JRJP Press Release.
The Improvised Shakespeare Company
Friday, February 26, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
The Improvised Shakespeare Company creates a fully improvised play using the language and themes of William Shakespeare. Each player has brushed up on his “thee’s” and “thou’s” to bring you an evening of off-the-cuff comedy filled with power struggles, star-crossed lovers, sword-play, asides, insults, persons in disguise, and all that we’ve come to expect from the pen of the Great Bard.
*This event is for mature audiences.
Cyber Cafe Knapp Stage pre-show concert from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. featuring the UD Campus Worship Music Ministry Team - "Sharing God's word and love through music."
For more information, view The Improvised Shakespeare Company Press Release.
Junie B’s Essential Survival Guide to School
Performed by Theatreworks USA (New York)
Sunday, February 28, 2016, 2:00 p.m.
Now that JUNIE B. JONES has been going to school for over a year and a half, who better to write the book on EVERYTHING you need to know? From bus rules to band-aids, carpools to cookies, Junie B. and friends deliver the definitive word on surviving and thriving in style. With a jillion tips, tricks and trip-ups, Junie B. shares her hard-won expertise and shows us all how school is sometimes scary, sometimes super-fun, and ALWAYS something to sing about! An all-new musical adventure based on Barbara Park's popular book.
For more information, view the Junie B Jones Press Release.
Alpin Hong in “Chasing Chopin”, piano virtuoso/storyteller
Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Alpin Hong’s lifelong fascination with the music of Chopin has thrilled, haunted, and sustained him. Chasing Chopin is a theatrical journey into Hong’s extraordinary life. His autobiographical storytelling and dazzling performance dives into personal moments both hilarious and tragic. This window into Hong’s life journey gives audiences an intimate look into gripping interpretations of Chopin’s music. Enduring a catastrophic loss at age 12, Hong’s passion fueled a career which has taken him to Juilliard, Carnegie Hall, the White House, and all 50 states.
Free 30-minute special lecture precedes this performance at 6:30 p.m. in Babka Theatre. Presented by Alan Huckleberry, University of Iowa professor of piano.
This engagement is supported, in part, by the William P. Woodward Visiting Artist-in-Residence Endowment.
Bisignano Gallery Reception 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
SFJAZZ Collective “The Music of Michael Jackson & Original Compositions”
Saturday, April 9, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
San Francisco’s all-star ensemble is comprised of eight of the finest performer/composers at work in jazz today. For 2015-16, they focus on the music of the undisputed "King of Pop", Michael Jackson, with arrangements of “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’,” "Workin' Day and Night," "The Lady in My Life," "Rock With You," "Smooth Criminal," “Thriller,” among others. Hailing from Puerto Rico, New York, Venezuela, Philadelphia, New Zealand, and Israel, the Collective's multi-cultural lineup mirrors the explosion of jazz talent around the globe. "You can propose various definitions for what this band represents, but it's a superbrain for what serious jazz sounds like now." -New York Times
Miguel Zenón – Alto Saxophone
David Sánchez – Tenor Saxophone
Sean Jones – Trumpet
Robin Eubanks – Trombone
Warren Wolf – Vibraphone, Marimba
Edward Simon – Piano
Matt Penman – Bass
Obed Calvaire – Drums
Free 30-minute special lecture precedes this performance at 6:30 p.m. in the Babka Theatre.
Bisignano Art Gallery Reception 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Performed by Opera Iowa (Des Moines)
Friday, April 15, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
For Opera Iowa’s 30th anniversary season, Rossini’s version of the classic-fairy tale Cinderella is a vocal and comedic romp! A wise magician takes the place of the fairy godmother and Don Magnifico, the girl’s father, rants and raves instead of a wicked stepmother, but the nasty stepsisters, Prince Charming, and a glass slipper prove, beyond all question, that this is the fairy tale we all know and love. And when it’s combined with hilarious characters and situations and set to some of Rossini’s finest music, it becomes comic opera at its most exhilarating and frenzied best!
This show is recommended for children 5 years of age or older and is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes in length with an intermission.