Birthday Bash, Camille A. Brown, Jasper String Quartet and More Set for Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series' 2014-15 Season
Bryn Mawr Performing Arts Series announces its season of five productions of music, dance, theater and film. The season features a Shakespeare Birthday Bash, Camille A. Brown & Dancers, a two-night festival of performance artists, the Jasper String Quartet, and singer/songwriter Emel Mathlouthi. All performances are held on the campus of Bryn Mawr College, located at 101 North Merion Avenue in Bryn Mawr, PA.
Subscriptions to the five-program series are available for $90 each, $75 for seniors. Tickets to individual events are $20, $18 for seniors, $10 for students and Dance Pass holders, and $5 for children under 12. Tickets and subscriptions are available online at brynmawr.edu/arts/series.html or by calling 610-526-5210.
"We are very excited this year to present an astonishing wide array of artists who deliver strong performances and introduction our audiences to contemporary forms with which they might be unfamiliar," said Artistic Director Lisa Kraus.
The season opens with a celebration of the Bard's 450th Birthday on Saturday, October 4 at 8:30. Piffaro, performing on reconstructions of Renaissance instruments such as shawms, dulcians, sackbuts, recorders, krumhorns, bagpipes, lutes, guitars, harps and a variety of percussion, perform the rustic music of the peasantry and the elegant sounds of the official wind bands of the late Medieval and Renaissance periods. The program will also feature scenes from some of Shakespeare's most popular plays directed by Barrymore Award-winning director James J. Christy and performed by leading local actors. The celebration concludes with dancing, taught to the audience by Renaissance dancing master Dorothy Olsson.
Next up is Camille A. Brown & Dancers performing their newest work Black Girl and excerpts from their popular piece Mr. Tol E. Rance on Friday, December 5 at 8 PM. Soul-stirring, show-stomping choreographer/dancer Camille A. Brown address the politics of pleasure and contemporary notions of beauty for black women in Black Girl, sharing the bill with Mr. Tol E. Rance, which melds comedy, animation and historical dance styles with live music to look at what black performers have had to tolerate from the past to the present.
The winter heats up with Wintry Mix/Performance Festival on Friday, January 30 and Saturday, January 31, both at 8 PM. The curated sampler of what's new in Philadelphia and New York performance offers two different nights of short sets (most 12 minutes max). Headlining Friday night will be performance artist Cynthia Hopkins, whose riveting solo piece evinces a soul-bearing, virtuosity quality, and headlining Saturday night will be Philadelphia favorite Martha Graham Cracker.
The lush sounds of the award-winning Jasper String Quartet fill the hall on Friday, February 27 at 8 PM in a program feature Ligeti's Quartet No.2, Beethoven's Quarter in G Major, Opus 18, and Dvorak's Quartet No. 13.
The season concludes on Friday, March 27 at 8 PM with singer/songwriter Emel Mathlouthi from Tunisia, whose powerful song "Kelmti Horra" ("My Word is Free") became an anthem of the Arab Spring. Her inventive melding of rock, Asian and Trip-hop come through as she sings in Arabic, French and English.
Since 1984 the Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series has presented great artists and performances to audiences in the Philadelphia area, creating an environment in which the value of the arts is recognized and celebrated. Providing talks and workshops free to the public to help develop arts awareness and literacy, the Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series has partnered in recent seasons with such organizations as the Baryshnikov Arts Center, Bryn Mawr Film Institute, and the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival. The Series has presented performances by such diverse luminaries and visionaries as Meredith Monk, John Waters, Il Fondamento, the Khmer Arts Ensemble of Cambodia, and Urban Bush Women.