Texas Performing Arts Announces 2016-17 Essential Series
Texas Performing Arts continues to present world-class performances to The University of Texas at Austin and Central Texas audiences with the unveiling of the 2016/17 Essential Series.
Highlights of the 2016/17 Essential Series include the return of of National Theatre of Scotland presenting the vampire myth Let The Right One In; dance favorites Grupo Corpo and Black Grace; jazz pioneer Jack DeJohnette; and a celebration of the music of Johannes Brahms featuring the Miró Quartet and special guests; along with many more essential performances. The season also features Texas Theatre and Dance's production of Lost Girl, a new play exploring Wendy Darling's life after Peter Pan.
Brand new this season, Texas Performing Arts now offers three, four, and five (or more) show packages, with the option to include a Broadway performance and more substantial subscriber ticket discounts than ever before. Subscriber tickets start as low as $25. To subscribe to the 2016/17 Essential Series, visit texasperformingarts.org or call 512.471.4454.
A tax-deductible Texas Inner Circle membership offers access to the best seats in the house, parking, an exclusive members-only lounge, opportunities to purchase tickets before the public, and other unique benefits. It also provides financial support for student tickets and educational programs. For more information, visit texasperformingarts.org/support or call 512.232.8567.
2016/17 ESSENTIAL SERIES
Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble
Kevin Noe, Executive Artistic Director
September 9, 2016 | McCullough Theatre
The Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble performs the Texas premiere of Off Leash, a new piece by Butler School of Music Professor of Composition and Director of Electronic Studies Russell Pinkston.
The Story of the Gun
Created and performed by Mike Daisey
September 14 & 15, 2016 | McCullough Theatre
Award-winning storyteller-monologist Mike Daisey returns to the McCullough stage with his most provocative subject yet: America's relationship with guns.
Roomful of Teeth
New Music for New Voices
and Texas Choral Consort and Orchestra
Brent Baldwin, Conductor
Mozart Requium Undead
Conceived and created by Golden Hornet Project with Texas Choral Consort
Featuring Convergence Vocal Ensemble
September 16, 2016 | Bass Concert Hall
This vocal-infused double bill features Grammy Award-winning ensemble Roomful of Teeth and an encore performance of Mozart Requiem Undead performed by the Texas Choral Consort and Orchestra along with Austin-based vocal ensemble Convergence.
With special guest Rhiannon Giddens * September 23 performance only
September 20 & 23, 2016 | McCullough Theatre
Kronos Quartet make their TPA return with a week-long campus residency performing two distinct programs over two evenings, including a featured guest performance and newly-composed work by Rhiannon Giddens, best known as the lead singer, violinist, banjo player, and a founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops!
October 6, 2016 | Bass Concert Hall
With its seductive movement, adventurous music, vibrant costuming, sets, and lighting, Grupo Corpo reflects the diversity and rich color of Brazil. This world-renowned dance company brings its incomparable mix of ballet and contemporary Afro-Brazilian movement back to the Bass Concert Hall stage with new works by Rodrigo Pederneiras.
November 4, 2016 | McCullough Theatre
Ensemble Basiani provides a unique opportunity to hear masterworks from a noble choral tradition presented by the artists who know them best. Created in 2000 under the blessing of the Patriarch of Georgia, Ensemble Basiani protects and performs the rich heritage of Georgian folk song and chant by researching and reviving music from past recordings, studying songs directly with famous singers, and working extensively with world-renowned ethnomusicologists.
Love and Duty
A Celebration of the Music of Brahms
Featuring Miró Quartet
with Special GuestsMartin Beaver, violin, Clive Greensmith, cello, David Shifrin, clarinet,
Anton Nel, piano, David Small, baritone, Kelly Kuo, piano
November 9 & 11, 2016 | McCullough Theatre
Love and Duty marks the launch of a semester-long celebration of the music of Johannes Brahms, curated by Miró Quartet. In addition to the programs in McCullough Theatre, the project features additional chamber music concerts by Butler School of Music faculty and students, plus a major string quartet seminar.
Texas Theatre & Dance presents
November 9 - 20, 2016 | Oscar G. Brockett Theatre
What became of Wendy Darling in the years following her adventures with Peter Pan in Neverland? An exploration of love, loss, identity, and magic, Lost Girl continues the story of J.M. Barrie's beloved character-the girl who had to grow up.
Spectrum Dance Theater + Donald Byrd
Rambunctious: A Festival of American Composers and Dance
with The Aeolus Quartet
November 17 & 18, 2016 | McCullough Theatre
Under the artistic leadership of Donald Byrd, Spectrum Dance Theater has become the preeminent modern dance company of the Pacific Northwest. This season Spectrum returns to showcase its boundary-pushing style with selections from its major work Rambunctious, set to American string quartet repertoire performed live by the New York-based Aeolus Quartet, who spent two years as the Butler School of Music's (BSOM) first graduate string-quartet-in-residence. The program will feature the world premiere of a newly-commissioned quartet by BSOM composer Yevgeniy Sharlat.
National Theatre of Scotland
Let The Right One In
A stage adaptation by Jack Thorne
Based on the novel and film by John Ajvide Lindqvist
Directed by John Tiffany
January 18 - 29, 2017 | McCullough Theatre
The National Theatre of Scotland returns to Austin with a truly rare piece of theatre which explores how far people will go for revenge, for hate, and ultimately for love, with Let The Right One In. Theatermania calls the piece "Extraordinarily imaginative...the play contains one of the single scariest moments ever seen onstage. Yet at its heart, Let The Right One In is a stirring love story."
Jack DeJohnette Trio
Jack DeJohnette, drums
Ravi Coltrane, sax
Matthew Garrison, bass
February 3, 2017 | McCullough Theatre
In a career that spans five decades and includes collaborations with some of the most iconic figures in modern jazz, National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master and Grammy Award-winner Jack DeJohnette has established an unchallenged reputation as one of the greatest drummers in the history of the genre. Joining DeJohnette for this evening of improvisation and original compositions are saxophonist Ravi Coltrane (son of John Coltrane) and bassist Matthew Garrison.
Malpaso Dance Company
Osnel Delgado, Artistic Director
February 9, 2017 | Bass Concert Hall
From Havana, Cuba, Malpaso brings Cuban contemporary dance into the 21st Century by collaborating with top international choreographers and nurturing new voices in Cuban choreography.
The University of Texas Wind Ensemble
Jerry Junkin, Conductor
Adam Schoenberg's Symphony No. 2
March 5, 2017 | Bass Concert Hall
The University of Texas Wind Ensemble performs the world premiere of renowned composer Adam Schoenberg's Symphony No. 2.
The Triplets of Belleville Cine-Concert
featuring Le Terrible Orchestre de Belleville
with Composer Benoît Charest
March 8 & 9, 2017 | McCullough Theatre
Enjoy an evening on the exciting streets of 1920s Paris and Le Jazz Hot with a screening of this much beloved animated film as composer Benoît Charest leads the eight-piece Le Terrible Orchestre de Belleville in a live performance of his original score for the film, including the Oscar-nominated tune "Belleville Rendez-vous."
The Trojan War: Warrior Chorus
March 22 & 23, 2017 | McCullough Theatre
Known for creating bold reinterpretations of classical plays for contemporary audiences, British-American Aquila Theatre has teamed up with United States combat veterans/actors of the Warrior Chorus for this unique theatrical experience where the classic myths of ancient Greece and Rome are set against the compelling narratives of modern war.
The Trojan War: Our Warrior Chorus uses epic moments from Homer's Iliad and scenes from other Greek drama and poetry to propel a thrilling chronicle of men and women at war, told by Aquila Theatre alongside members of the Warrior Chorus, created by a national program that brings together men and women who served in the United States military and trains them in the performing arts and humanities. The Austin performance follows a ten-week Warrior Chorus training program with veterans at The University of Texas in the fall of 2016.
Neil Ieremia, Choreographer
March 23, 2017 | Bass Concert Hall
Under the direction of choreographer Neil Ieremia for over two decades, Black Grace performs with distinct dynamism sparked by Pacific Island and M?ori heritage. Their work is highly physical, rich in the storytelling traditions of the South Pacific and expressed with raw finesse, unique beauty, and power. Mr. Ieremia draws from his Samoan and New Zealand roots to create innovative dance works that reach across social, cultural, and generational barriers.
April 7, 2017 | Bass Concert Hall
Seamlessly blending technical virtuosity and comedic brilliance, Mnozil Brass has become an international sensation. With over 130 performances a year, the group has sold out houses worldwide. Austria's Mnozil Brass are often likened to Monty Python, combining offbeat humor, physical comedy, and serious chops for an evening of original compositions, classical favorites, jazz standards, and popular hits. It's no wonder that Mnozil Brass have garnered millions of YouTube views and their fans travel countless miles to hear them play.
The University of Texas Jazz Orchestra
Jeff Helmer, director
with special guest Cyrus Chestnut, piano
April 8, 2017 | Bates Recital Hall
Hot on the heels of his 2015 McCullough Theatre performance with Turtle Island String Quartet, jazz pianist extraordinaire Cyrus Chestnut joins the UT Jazz Orchestra as part of the Butler School of Music's annual Longhorn Jazz Festival.