Tickets for the Center for the Performing Arts fall events go on sale September 1
UNIVERSITY PARK – After more than a year of uncertainty caused by COVID and a season of experimenting with virtual events, “I’m excited to share that we plan to return to in-person presentations in September,” Center for the Performing Arts Director Sita Frederick mentioned.
To welcome the returning audience in the fall, the center will present a mix of live and “up close and virtual” presentations, including jazz, classical music and theater. Visit Performing Arts Center Online for information on events.
Tickets will go on sale from noon on Wednesday, September 1. Tickets will be available for purchase online, by phone at 814-863-0255 and in person at the Eisenhower Auditorium (weekdays noon to 4 p.m.).
A return commitment from the multigenre jazz-funk-dance ensemble Mwenso and the Shakes will launch fall. At 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 16, the arts activist and music historian will return with his New York-based band for the “Love Will Be thee Only Weapon” concert. Kikora Franklin and dancers will open the event, which will take place on the patio of the Eisenhower Auditorium.
From Monday September 20, Mwenso will continue its “Meet the moment” artist talk series with a free streaming episode featuring guest B. Stephen Carpenter II, dean of Penn State’s College of Arts and Architecture, in the second meeting of their minds and the ninth program since the inception of the series in 2020.
The theatrical presentation of “Fandango for butterflies (and coyotes)” from En Garde Arts will commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month with a live performance at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 30 at Eisenhower. “Fandango” is inspired by interviews with undocumented immigrants from Latin America and will include a pre-performance discussion “Artistic Points of View” with the founder and artistic director of En Garde Arts, Anne Hamburger.
British a cappella ensemble VOICE8 will return to Penn State with a performance at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 12 in the School of Music Recital Hall. The “After Silence” program will feature works by Claudio Monteverdi, Thomas Tallis, Arvo Pärt, Benjamin Britten and others, and will feature the Penn State Concert Choir, conducted by Christopher Kiver.
VOCES8 will also perform excerpts from the program and discuss the works in a Classic coffee at 8 p.m. on Monday, October 11, at Robb Hall at the Hintz Family Alumni Center. Classical Coffeehouse is free for Penn State students. A donation of $ 10 per person is suggested for non-students.
After being featured as a virtual school event during the Spring 2020 season, ‘Cartography’, designed and created by Kaneza Schaal and Christopher Myers, will return live at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 14 at Eisenhower . Thanks to visual mapping and other multimedia tools, “Cartography” reveals the distance traveled by migrants – physically and mentally – and their connection to people around the world.
Schaal, also Director of Production, will participate in a lively discussion ahead of the “Artistic Points of View” event. After the performance, Schaal and the cast members will engage in a moderated discussion with interested audience members.
jazz pianist Christian Sables will follow last season’s virtual performance with a live concert at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 27 on the Eisenhower Stage. Sands and his band – his brother Ryan Sands on drums, Yasushi Nakamura on bass and Marvin Sewell on guitar – will perform songs from his latest release, “Be Water,” including the Grammy-nominated instrumental song “Be Water. II ”.
Classical music fans can anticipate the return of Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center “Front Row: National” virtual series, with a free streaming event featuring violinist Cho-Liang Lin, starting November 15. Lin will perform works by Lukas Foss, Antonín Dvořák and Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
A variety of free in-person engagement events are being planned and will be listed on the centre’s website when details are finalized.
Penn State has published rules and precautions that follow, or may exceed, the Centers for Disease Control guidelines issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Customers can visit Penn State Event Participation Policies before attending an event to make sure they are familiar with the rules and expectations.
A grant from the University Park Student Fee Board makes ticket prices possible for Penn State students. It also helps to make virtual programs free.
Patricia Best and Thomas Ray, Nancy Gamble and Nancy J. Wolf sponsor the Mwenso and The Shakes and Christian Sands concerts.
Foxdale Village, Pieter W. and Lida Ouwehand, Elinor C. Lewis and Lam and Lina Hood sponsor the VOCES8 and Chamber Music Society presentations at Lincoln Center.
The Dotty and Paul Rigby Classical Music Endowment supports the VOCES8 concert. The Glenn and Nancy Gamble Foundation supports the “Cartography” presentation. The John L. Brown Jr. and Marlynn Steele Sidehamer endowment supports the performance of Christian Sands.
The appearance of Mwenso and The Shakes is part of the central Fierce Urgency Festival. Aiming to celebrate black artists and art forms, the festival is themed “Hope-Resist-Cure” in its second season.
“Fandango for Butterflies (and Coyotes)” and “Mapping” are part of the “Reflection Project,” funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
This “Cartography” commitment is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.