Young Auditorium is Artstanding in its Field

(Published September 13, 2006, 11:08 a.m.)

The Young Auditorium on the UW-Whitewater campus will open its season on Wednesday with Gordon Lightfoot and continue with music, dance productions and children's shows.

Gordon Lightfoot

Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m.

One of the greatest singer/songwriters of our time is touring again with his newest recording Harmony. The new release is a stunning collection of new and previously unreleased songs. Lightfoot is beloved for these timeless hits: "If You Could Read My Mind," "Rainy Day People," "Sundown," "Early Morning Rain," "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald," "Canadian Railroad Trilogy" and many more.

Gordon Lightfoot Dinner at 6 p.m. and tickets are $23.

N* W* C*: The Race Show

Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m.

N*GGER W*TBACK CH*NK: The Race Show, is a daring and hilarious look at the impact three racial slurs have had on the lives of three friends. Ensemble and monologue work are seamlessly woven together with slam poetry, stand-up comedy, and hip hop elements. The result is a constantly transforming, highly engaging, exceedingly accessible work with a powerful mission.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy with opening act Yid Vicious

Saturday, Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Hey, all you hep cats, slip on your zoot suits, your fedoras and grab your main squeeze for a swing revival with the jazzy, swingin' big band music of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. These bad boys borrowed some Rat Pack lingo, put on some swell-lookin' threads, and launched their careers with the 1996 indie film Swingers. From that point on, they shot into orbit with over $3 million in record sales, a performance at Super Bowl XXXIII and their tunes in over 60 film and TV trailers. Yid Vicious will be the opening act for Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and no band has caused more dancing and celebrating than Yid Vicious. This Klezmer band has won Madison Area Music Awards for Best World Music Artist 2004 and 2005 and Best World Music Album 2006.

Pro Arte Quartet

Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m. with Sound Bites at 6:30 p.m.

The Pro Arte Quartet has enjoyed a long and distinguished career as one of the most enduring string quartets in existence. Founded in Brussels in 1912 by violinist Alphonse Annou, Pro Arte became the court quartet to Queen Elisabeth of Belgium. Its world reputation soared with a European tour in 1919, earning the group outstanding acclaim. Composers including Bartok, Milhaud and Honegger composed new works for Pro Arte. Stranded in the United States by the outbreak of World War II, the quartet was offered the position of Artist-in-Residence at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which continues to the present day. Current members, violinists David Perry and Suzanne Beia, violist Sally Chisholm and cellist Parry Karp continue Pro Arte's artistic legacy.

Bayanihan Philippine National Dance Co.

Monday, Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. with Sound Bites at 6:30 p.m.

Vivid colors, rich culture and the graceful movements of the Bayanihan Philippine National Dance Company will captivate audiences. Demonstrating the charm and grace of a nation of 7,000 islands whose culture is steeped in Chinese, Spanish and Islamic influences, Bayanihan has thrilled audiences around the world for over 43 years. This company of 45 energetic dancers will enchant all ages in a spellbinding theatrical event.

The Royal Drummers of Burundi: Mombasa Party

Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. with Sound Bites at 6:30 p.m.

Experience the ultimate African drum performance when the Mombasa Party comes to town. With the origins of their drumming shrouded in ancient legend and mystery, the Drummers of Burundi channel the energy and creative spirit of a nation through drum and ritual. A parade of drummers balancing huge wood drums on their heads gets the party going. Then the dancing starts. Soon competitive drumming with intricate rhythms takes hold and everyone is jumping, laughing and dancing.

Capitol Steps

Thursday, Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Politicians beware; the satirical skewers of the Capitol Steps may have your name on them. Performing songs, skits and comedic antics aimed at U.S. politics, this troupe of former (but not disgruntled) congressional staffers travel the country satirizing the very people and places that once employed them.

Capital Steps Cocktail Buffet at 6 p.m. and tickets are $23.

'Romeo and Juliet' with American Players Theatre

Monday, Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. with Sound Bites at 6:30 p.m.

The poetry of Shakespeare directed skillfully by David Frank and played by the talented actors of American Players Theatre breathe life into "Romeo and Juliet." Theirs is a love we long for in our dreams, so pure and uncompromisingly deep. It rises above life's pitfalls, pettiness and dangers, even death itself.

David Grisman and Old School Freight Train

Monday, Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m.

For over 40 years, mandolinist/composer David Grisman has been busy creating "dawg" music, a melding of musical styles including swing, bluegrass, Latin, jazz and gypsy. Grisman has recorded with Bela Fleck, the Grateful Dead, Stephane Grappelli, Emmylou Harris, Chris Isaak, Dolly Parton, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Earl Scruggs, Dan Fogelberg and James Taylor. Now add to this the great musicianship of Old School Freight Train and you have one mighty night of music. Old School Freight Train explores bluegrass, jazz, Celtic, classical, Afro-Cuban and rhythm and blues, creating a unique and compelling sound.

Lakota Sioux Indian Dance Theatre

Saturday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. with Sound Bites at 1 p.m.

This three-part work celebrates the culture of the Lakota people with spectacular video imagery and live accompaniment of traditional, saced and courting songs. The performance is imbued with a sense of unity, conveying the message that the people, the earth and the spirit world are one.

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. with Sound Bites at 6:30 p.m.

One need not go far afield to hear great symphonic music; Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra is one of the best and they bring that glorious music right to our stage for your enjoyment. This season's performance includes "Finlandia," composed by Sibelius, and "Peer Gynt Suite No. 1" by Grieg, plus additional symphonic works from this marvelous orchestra.

'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat'

Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a rainbow ride through biblical Egypt on the wings of Andrew Lloyd Webber's uplifting music and the humor and poetry of lyricist Tim Rice. This irresistible musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel's favorite son, paints a picture of betrayal and hardship, prophesy and forgiveness.

Judy Collins Christmas Show

Thursday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Audiences can hear the miraculous voice singing favorite holiday songs in the glorious Judy Collins Christmas Show. Folk icon Judy Collins has released more than 40 albums and has had numerous Top 10 hits, Grammy nominations and gold- and platinum-selling albums. Now she brings her personal style to classic holiday favorites like: "Let It Snow," "Silent Night," "The Wexford Carol," "I'll Be Home for Christmas" and "Joy to the World."

Dinner at 6 p.m. and tickets are $23.

'The Nutcracker' with the Dance Factory

Saturday, Dec. 16 at 2 and 7 p.m.

Warm memories often begin with holiday traditions and the Dance Factory's "The Nutcracker" is fast becoming a tradition at Young Auditorium. This delightful production, under the direction of Tina Lendman, features talented area youth, gorgeous costumes, lavish backdrops and a professional dancer in the role of the prince.

'Giselle' - Moscow Festival Ballet

Jan. 24, 2007, at 7:30 p.m. with Sound Bites at 6:30 p.m.

Ghostly visions, jilted lovers and tragedy conspire in the classic ballet "Giselle." The Moscow Festival Ballet, a company of 50 under the artistic direction of Sergei Radchenko, will awe and amaze with their grace and technical prowess in the grand style and tradition of the Bolshoi Ballet. Giselle, a lovely, fragile peasant girl, falls in love with a nobleman, but both are promised to others. Giselle's mother warns her of the curse of the Wilis, ghostly maidens who have been jilted and die before their wedding day. The love story unfolds with dire consequences.

'Suessical'

Sunday, Jan. 28 at 3 p.m.

"Oh, the thinks you can think" and the fun you will have when Dr. Seuss's beloved stories collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper. Favorite cast of characters from Dr. Seuss tales includes Horton, The Cat in the Hat, JoJo and his family from Who-Ville, Miss Gertrude McFuzz and Maysie La Bird intertwining to create one huge crazy adventure.

'Ensemble Galilei' - A Universe of Dreams Narrated by Neal Conan with Hubble Telescope Images

Saturday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m.

This program features the music of Ensemble Galilei, narration by NPR's Neal Conan and the incredible images from the Hubble Space Telescope. Dazzling images, captivating Celtic and early music plus readings of authors such as Mary Oliver and Isaac Asimov are woven together.

MOMIX - Lunar Sea

Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m. with Sound Bites at 6:30 p.m.

The inventive mind of choreographer Moses Pendleton creates an exploration of dance that conjures a world of surrealistic imagery, using imaginative props, shades of light and the human body. "Lunar Sea" is a work in two acts: "Sea of Tranquility" and "Bay of Seething." This work blends theater, dance, circus arts, puppetry and technology, featuring 10 accomplished dancers unveiling a fantasy world both aquatic and cosmic.

Altan

Thursday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m.

No Irish traditional band in the last dozen years has had a wider impact on music lovers throughout the world than Altan. The name Altan is derived from a deep mysterious lake behind Errigal Mountain in Donegal, a fitting name since the band is said to have a rare and powerful way with Irish Music. Their exquisite and heartwarming live performances encompass a dynamic range from sensitive and touching old Irish songs to hard-hitting reels and jigs.

'Snow White' - Missoula Children's Theatre

Saturday, March 3 at 2 p.m.

Missoula Children's Theatre presents "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," an original adaptation of the classic fairy tale. Princess Snow White's life is in peril when her step-mother, the Queen, is told by her Magic Mirror that the princess is fairer than she. The plot unfolds with a band of colorful characters including the Queen's henchmen, evil nats, Black Forest creatures, Witless the Woodsman, King Backwards, the Prince, and the Seven Dwarfs. This delightful tale includes 50-60 area kindergarten through 12th graders who audition on Monday and are ready to perform on Saturday.

'The Barber of Seville' - Bulgarian State Opera

Thursday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m. with Sound Bites at 6:30 p.m.

Rossini's comic opera "The Barber of Seville" is one of the funniest operas of all time. Dashing Count Almarviva falls for the lovely Rosina. She is the ward of Dr. Bartolo who desires to marry her. The count enlists the aid of the famed Figaro, the barber of Seville, who uses his irrepressible wit and some clever disguises to guarantee a happy ending. The Bulgarian State Opera, with over 80 members, a live 40-member orchestra and supertitles projected in English presents some of the finest operatic talent in Bulgaria and all of Europe.

'Wonderful Town'

Tuesday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m.

"Wonderful Town," the 2003 Tony Award-winner for Best Choreography, features a dazzling score by Leonard Bernstein and witty lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. This effervescent musical comedy tells the story of two sisters, fresh off the bus from Ohio and bursting with dreams of making it big, falling in love, and living happily ever after in New York City. Ruth, a level-headed would-be writer, and Eileen, a dewy-eyed man-magnet, venture into the madcap Manhattan of the 1930s in search of fame, fortune and fellas.

Dinner at 6:00 p.m. with tickets $23.

Melissa Manchester

Thursday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m.

After a 10-year hiatus, Grammy Award-winner Melissa Manchester is back and better than ever. She's on the road with her newest release, When I Look Down That Road, a recording that strips away extraneous production to reveal the song's heart and the warm intimate sound of her voice. Her solo concert features earlier hits like "Midnight Blue," "Come in from the Rain" and "Whenever I Call You Friend."

Cocktail Buffet at 6 p.m.

'1984' - The Actors Gang

Wednesday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. with Sound Bites at 6:30 p.m.

George Orwell's prophetic tale "1984" will be brought to the stage by The Actors Gang. Imagine a world where people fear that their opinion cannot be expressed freely, where leaders are not held accountable for their deceptions, where perpetual war is waged against an unseen enemy; a world where ignorance is strength, freedom is slavery and war is peace. This is the world George Orwell created more than half a century ago, and its insight into today's world is stunning. This production contains brief, partial nudity and strong language.

Present Music - A World Premiere

April 20 at 7:30 p.m. with Sound Bites at 6:30 p.m.

Celebrate Present Music's 25th anniversary with a world premiere composition by Elena Kats-Chernin. Born in the former Soviet Union, Kats-Chernin also spent years studying in Germany and now lives in Australia. Her music is international in flavor and influence. Present Music, the acclaimed chamber music ensemble from Milwaukee, is noted for its commitment to performing new chamber music by modern composers in fresh, engaging, and wildly inventive concerts. This world premiere concert with 16 musicians also includes the Chamber Concerto by Finnish composer Kimmo Hakola.

For more information or tickets, call 472-2222.

 

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