2CELLOS, FORBIDDEN BROADWAY, Alvin Ailey American Dance and More Set for SPA's 2013-14 Season
As Houston's leading performing arts presenter, Society for the Performing Arts (SPA) has announced its 2013-2014 season filled with music, dance and family entertainment from the world's best artists and companies.
"Overall, our 2013-2014 season is a tribute to several of America's great choreographers," said SPA CEO June Christensen. "We begin the season with the up-and-coming Jessica Lang and her Dance Company that began just a couple of years ago, and end with Alonzo King's LINES Ballet, which has been part of the dance scene for a while, but has not toured to Houston. Between the two, we welcome back four paramount American companies including Paul Taylor Dance Company, Mark Morris Dance Group, Joffrey Ballet and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater."
The big names do not stop there. SPA welcomes back the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO) for the first time since 1993, led by Principal Guest Conductor Gianandrea Noseda. Other performances that will join the IPO on SPA's Music Series include The Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Gold Medalist (to be announced June 9); the GRAMMY Award-winning Takács Quartet joined by double bassist (and Rice University professor) Timothy Pitts; 24-year-old French pianist Lise de la Salle; and dueling pianists and identical twins, The Naughton Sisters.
Family Fun series performances include 2CELLOS, a Croatian cello-playing duo breaking boundaries among different genres of music; YAMATO-The Drummers of Japan and their 20th Anniversary Tour titled "The Beat on the Road"; and, always a Houston favorite, The Peking Acrobats.
Making Houston debuts are Shanghai Ballet performing the full-length work Butterfly Lovers; Forbidden Broadway, which parodies Broadway's top musical hits; The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Heart, performed by The National Theatre of Scotland, which offers a unique theater experience; the virtuosic and high-spirited Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain; and Taiwan's premier contemporary Dance Company Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan.
SPA will offer a Concert Series during the 2013-2014 season which will feature soprano and five-time TONY Award-winner Audra McDonald; ABBA - The Concert, a two-hour musical extravaganza celebrating Sweden's most famous band; and ELVIS LIVES - The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Tour, a multi-media and live musical journey across Elvis's life.
Thanks to a collaborative partnership with Legacy Community Health Services and Bayou City Performing Arts (BCPA), one of SPA's education and outreach endeavors will culminate for a stage performance in May. The It Gets Better Project, an effort to raise awareness surrounding bullying and its effects on young people, will include a weeklong residency with Houston-area affinity groups and a musical stage performance in Jones Hall.
SPA 2013-2014 season subscriptions are on sale now! Renewing subscribers will be seated first; all other orders will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. For more information regarding performance dates, times and details, call 713-227-4772 or visit www.spahouston.org.
Founded in 1966, Society for the Performing Arts (SPA) is the largest independent non-profit presenting organization in the Southwest. Since its inception, SPA has sponsored more than 1,000 performances of the world's finest music, dance and theater events, in adherence to the belief that the arts are fundamental to the overall enrichment and quality of life within the community. In addition to presenting artists, SPA seeks to provide a variety of learning experiences for adults and children through master classes, lectures and special student performances, as well as build relationships between the performing arts and other interests within the greater Houston area and throughout the state of Texas.
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