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Capitol Steps at the Tivoli Theatre
Monday, September 20th, 7:30 p.m.
Capitol Steps began in December, 1981 when staffers for Senator
Charles Percy were planning entertainment for a Christmas party.
The group’s first idea was to stage a nativity play, but
in the whole Congress they couldn't find three wise men or a virgin!
So they dug into the headlines of the day and created song parodies
and skits conveying a special brand of satirical humor that was
as popular in Peoria as it was on Pennsylvania Avenue.
Most cast members have worked on Capitol Hill: some for
Democrats, some for Republicans and others for politicians who firmly
straddle the fence. No matter who holds office, there's never a shortage of
material. Says founding company member Elaina Newport, "Typically the
Republicans goof up, and the Democrats party. Then the Democrats goof up,
and the Republicans party. That's what we call the two-party system."
The Capitol Steps have recorded 24 albums, including the latest, Papa's Got
Brand New Baghdad. Featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS, Capitol Steps can be heard
4 times a year on NPR stations nationwide during "Politics Takes a Holiday" radio
October 17- 18, 7:30 p.m.
Founded in 1997, Maximum Dance Company is driven
to present dance performances of high energy, passion and drama
by bringing audiences
best in contemporary ballet from around the world. With a Company
comprised of principal-caliber dancers from seven nations, Maximum
a leading contemporary ballet company of international stature
On Sunday evening, October 17th, Maximum Dance will perform Igor
Stravinski’s ballet, The Rite of Spring.
Igor Stravinsky, Vaslav Nijinsky and their collaborators set the
dance world on its ear when they premiered Le Sacre du Printemps in 1913.
Parisians rioted, Camille Saint-Saens walked out of the theatre.
ballet broke all of the rules of dance in the day. Instead of creating
flowing, classical movements, Nijinsky choreographed each percussive
individually, creating a jarring event never before experienced
by a formal
dance audience. Now, after more than 90 years, we look at this
work as a
Maximum Dances’ co-artistic directors David
Palmer and Yanis Pikieris have created their own vision of Stravinsky‚s
ballet. The extraordinary leaps and turns of this Rite of Spring lack for none
drama of the original while breathing new life into this masterwork.
On Monday October 18th, the company will share an evening of
contemporary repertoire, showing the broad range of talent this
Behind the Broken Words
Monday, November 1, Fine Arts Center, 7:30 p.m.
Behind the Broken Words is a theatrical friction
of characters, images, emotions and ideas as Emmy Award-winning
Roscoe Lee Browne perform selections of the work of more than 20
playwrights, including William Butler Yeats, Seamus Heaney, Dylan
Derek Walcott, Edmond Rostand and W. H. Auden. The piece combines
comedy and drama, beginning with a send up of art in The Very
in Art by E. E. Cummings. The performance speaks to a number of
price of progress and the need to progress, journeys that fulfill
that dead-end, the perversion of language and the power of love.
Behind the Broken Words premiered at the Mark Taper Forum
in 1969 and played at the American Place Theatre in 1981. The production
reprised in 1995 at Harvard University, returning to the Mark Taper
for its 30th anniversary in 1997. After 35 years the production
to speak to the two actors‚ convictions, their love of poetry
and language, their longtime friendship and their delight in the
“It evolves in the doing,” say Roscoe Lee Browne. “It gets
The Assad Duo
UTC Fine Arts Center
Saturday, November 20, 7:30 p.m.
Sergio and Odair Assad are today's preeminent guitar duo. The Brazilian-born
brothers have been making music together since they first picked up their instruments.
The result is an uncanny rapport that has set new standards and an exceptional
level of artistry that has led to a revival of contemporary music for guitar
The Assads have recorded widely and have collaborated on discs
Gidon Kremer, Yo-Yo Ma and Nadia Salerno Sonnenberg. They regularly perform in
recital and with orchestras in all of the major European music capitols,
as well as throughout Australia, Asia, Israel, North America and Latin America.
Mark O'Connor and Hot Swing! at the Tivoli Theatre
18th 7:30 p.m.
In June 2001 world champion fiddler, acclaimed violinist and
composer Mark O‚Connor released Hot Swing! a tribute
to his great friend
and mentor, the legendary French jazz master, Stephane Grappelli.
on his own OMAC label, the CD was recorded live with Jon Burr on
Frank Vignola on guitar. The critical acclaim was unanimous and
The Chicago Tribune called it "one of the finest discs of
his career and
one of the greatest jazz violin albums ever."
Swing trio performs in concerts throughout the
United States, and in February 2002 played three sold-out nights
Jazz@Lincoln Center in New York City.
Porgy and Bess at Memorial
Sunday, February 20th at 3 pm
When Porgy and Bess premiered in
1935, few imagined
become the forerunner of today’s hottest Broadway musicals, which are
essentially operatic works. Conceived as a folk opera, Porgy and Bessis today recognized as a masterpiece, entwining pride, prejudice, pathos and
passion with a heartwarming and memorable score, which includes “Summertime,” “I
Got Plenty o‚ Nuttin” and “It Ain’t
Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Jon Nakamatsu
and the Prazak String Quartet
Tuesday, March 15th
A native of California, JON NAKAMATSU claimed a distinguished
place on the international musical scene in June, 1997 when named
Medalist of the Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition,
American to have achieved this distinction since 1981. His extensive
recital tours throughout the United States and Europe have featured
in New York City (Carnegie Hall), Washington, DC (John F. Kennedy
for the Performing Arts), Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Miami, Houston,
Francisco, Paris, London and Milan. The recipient of the Steven
Memorial Award for his semifinal round chamber music performances
Cliburn competition, he has collaborated with various chamber ensembles,
among them the Brentano, Ives, Manhattan, Miami, St. Lawrence,
Ying String Quartets. In both 2000 and 2002, he toured the United
with the Berlin Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet.
The Prazak Quartet–one of today´s leading
international chamber music ensembles–was established in
1972 while its members were students at the Prague Conservatory.
The 1974 Czech Music Year
Prazak Quartet receive the first prize at the Prague Conservatory
Music Competition. In 1978 the quartet took the first prize at
String Quartet Competition as well as a special prize awarded by
France for the best recording during the competition.
For nearly 30 years, the Prazak Quartet has been at home on
music stages worldwide. They are regular guests in the major European
musical capitals–Prague, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Milan,
Madrid, London, Berlin, Munich, etc.–and have been invited
to participate at numerous international festivals. In North America,
the Prazak Quartet has
in New York (Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, 92nd St. Y), Los Angeles,
Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Washington, Philadelphia, Miami, St.
Orleans, Berkeley, Cleveland, Tucson, Denver, Buffalo, Vancouver,
Ronald K. Brown/Evidence
Modern Dance Ensemble
UTC Fine Arts Center
Tuesday, April 5th, 7:30 p.m.
Ronald K. Brown founded Evidence, a dance company,
in 1985. The company has gone on to perform at numerous venues
New York and abroad including Performance Space 122 Dance Theater
Workshop, The Joyce Theater, Aaron
Davis Hall, National Black Arts Festival, American Dance
Festival, Jacob's Pillow, Bates Dance Festival, Lyon/Biennale de Ia Danse
and Exit Festival. In addition to his work with Evidence, Brown has created
work for African American Dance Ensemble, Philadanco, Cleo Parker Robinson,
Dayton Contemporary Dance Company [in collaboration with Donald McKayle],
Maimouna Keita West African Dance School, Def Dance Jam Workshop, Ailey II
and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Brown has received numerous awards and fellowships including: a
National Endowment for the Arts Choreographer‚s Fellowship, New York
Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Choreography, Edward and Sally Van
Lier Fund Fellowship, New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) and a
Black Theater Alliance Award. In 2000 he was named a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation
Fellow in Choreography and Def Dance Jam Mentor of the Year.
Brown serves as Co-Curator (with Poet Cheryl Boyce Taylor) for
Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center's Toenails of Steel and Ruby
Series, sits on the Executive Committee of the International
Blacks in Dance and Dance USA and is a former Board Member of
Black Pride NYC.