The Annenberg Center For The Performing Arts Announces April Lineup

The Annenberg Center For The Performing Arts Announces April LineupThe Annenberg Center's Cuba Festival continues with Alfredo Rodríguez (April 5), Daymé Arocena (April 6), and the incomparable Chucho Valdés (April 13)

One-Man Show, Sancho: An Act of Remembrance, features Royal Shakespeare Company Actor Paterson Joseph (April 13-14)

Daedalus Quartet concludes Beethoven Cycle of String Quartets (April 3 and April 13)

Ghost Town to Havana culminates the On Screen/In Person Film Series (April 24)

The unrivaled Jazz Epistles close the Annenberg Center's main stage season (April 29)

This calendar is current as of 3.26.18. Programs subject to change.


Daedalus Quartet

The Complete Beethoven Quartets

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 @ 6 PM

Pennovation Center

Program:

Beethoven - Quartet no. 5 in A major, Op. 18 no. 5

Beethoven - Quartet no. 8 in E minor, Op. 59 no. 2

This performance is part of the Complete Beethoven Quartets series, featuring eight performances across the University of Pennsylvania campus throughout the 2017-18 season.

This performance is free. Visit AnnenbergCenter.org/Beethoven for more information.


Cuba Festival

The Alfredo Rodríguez Trio

Thursday, April 5 @ 7:30 PM

Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Discovered and championed by Quincy Jones, and boasting piano chops reflective of the jazz greats, Grammy nominated pianist Alfredo Rodríguez makes his Philadelphia debut. His sound is informed as much by Bach as it is by his Cuban and jazz roots, and he's known for how his music always tells a purposeful and distinctive story.

This performance is part of the Annenberg Center's Cuba Festival, March 22-April 13, a three-week focus on the artistic talent of Cuba, showcasing the country's finest emerging stars and well-known icons as they bring the pulsating energy of Cuba through dance, jazz and more.

Visit AnnenbergCenter.org for ticket information.


Cuba Festival

Daymé Arocena

Friday, April 6 @ 7 PM

Friday, April 6 @ 9:30 PM

Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

She's been called a hybrid of Aretha Franklin's soul and the flavor of Cuban salsa queen Celia Cruz. Daymé Arocena makes her Annenberg Center debut with fearless vocals that draw on the rhythms of Afro-Cuban traditions, the nimble athleticism of jazz and the catchy hooks of pop. Only in her mid-twenties, the Cuban singer's music is soulful and raw, and with a million-watt smile and personality to match, her energetic performances are nothing short of phenomenal.

Stay after the 7 PM performance for a post-show talk with Daymé Arocena and Annenberg Center Executive & Artistic Director, Christopher A. Gruits.

This performance is part of the Annenberg Center's Cuba Festival, March 22-April 13, a three-week focus on the artistic talent of Cuba, showcasing the country's finest emerging stars and well-known icons as they bring the pulsating energy of Cuba through dance, jazz and more.

Visit AnnenbergCenter.org for ticket information.


Daedalus Quartet

The Complete Beethoven Quartets

Friday, April 13, 2018 @ 6 PM

The Orrery Pavilion at the Kislak Center, Van Pelt Library, 3420 Walnut Street

Program:

Beethoven - Quartet no. 2 in G major, Op. 18 no. 2

Beethoven - Quartet no. 11 in F minor, "Serioso," Op. 95

Beethoven - Quartet no. 13 in Bb major, with Beethoven's rewritten finale

This performance is part of the Complete Beethoven Quartets series, featuring eight performances across the University of Pennsylvania campus throughout the 2017-18 season.

This performance is free. Visit AnnenbergCenter.org/Beethoven for more information.


Sancho: An Act of Remembrance

Friday, April 13 @ 7:30 PM

Saturday, April 14 @ 2 PM

Saturday, April 14 @ 8 PM

Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Conceived, written and performed by Paterson Joseph
Co-directed by Simon Godwin

He was born on a slave ship but never a slave. He was immortalized by the great English painter Thomas Gainsborough, and in 1774 became the first British-African to vote. In this revealing and humorous one-man show, celebrated Royal Shakespeare Company actor Paterson Joseph (NBC's Timeless and HBO's The Leftovers) inhabits the curious, daringly determined Charles "Sancho" Ignatius-composer, social satirist, general man of refinement-while shining light on the often misunderstood narratives of African-British experience. Don't miss this Philadelphia premiere!

Visit AnnenbergCenter.org for ticket information.


Cuba Festival

Chucho Valdés Trio

Friday, April 13 @ 8 PM

Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Winner of six Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards, Cuban pianist Chucho Valdés is at the top of his game. A key figure in the evolution of Afro-Cuban jazz for the past 50 years, Valdés returns to the Annenberg Center with his trio of Cuban jazz talents. Don't miss his "dazzling, deceptively casual virtuosity" (The New York Times)!

This performance is part of the Annenberg Center's Cuba Festival, March 22-April 13, a three-week focus on the artistic talent of Cuba, showcasing the country's finest emerging stars and well-known icons as they bring the pulsating energy of Cuba through dance, jazz and more.

Visit AnnenbergCenter.org for ticket information.


On Screen/In Person Film Series

Ghost Town to Havana

Tuesday, April 24 @ 7 PM

Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Producer/Director Eugene Corr

Director of Photography/Co-Producer/Cuban Co-Director Roberto "Chile" Perez

Two teams. Two countries. One game. Youth baseball coaches Nicolás Reyes and Roscoe Bryant are heroes to boys in tough circumstances. Coach Nicolás' team plays in a Havana neighborhood that is rich in community but struggling economically, while Coach Roscoe's plays in Ghost Town, a troubled Oakland neighborhood wracked by three decades of gang violence. In Ghost Town to Havana, the coaches are introduced virtually and two years later, meet in Cuba to play some ball. For the next week, they eat, dance, swim, argue, tease and play baseball together. The wary, street-smart Ghost Town boys gradually warm to the fun-loving friendship of their Afro-Cuban hosts. But when the realities of the world creep in, will they overcome the human struggle to wrest life from death? Ghost Town to Havana is a heartbreaking, funny and inspirational story about mentorship, life, love and baseball.

Stay after the screening for a Q&A with Producer/Director Eugene Corr and Penn Ph.D. candidate, Nancy Lee Roane.

The On Screen/In Person Film Series offers a handpicked selection of six independent American films throughout the 17/18 season. The filmmaker(s) will do a Q&A following each screening, providing an in-depth look at the films and their respective topics and issues.

On Screen/In Person is made possible by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts' Regional Touring Program.

Visit AnnenbergCenter.org for ticket information.


Jazz Epistles
Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya, and Keyon Harrold

Sunday, April 29 @ 7 PM

Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Celebrate the music and legacy of the Jazz Epistles! Featuring original member and pianist Abdullah Ibrahim and special guest trumpeter Keyon Harrold, explore the sounds and impact of the Jazz Epistles, South African's earliest and most influential jazz bebop band. The performance will include music from the seminal Jazz Epistles recording as well as hits from Ibrahim's illustrious career.

Visit AnnenbergCenter.org for ticket information.


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