Texas Performing Arts announces the 2013-2014 Season!

TEXAS PERFORMING ARTS
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Join us for an eclectic mix of world-class performances!

Texas Performing Arts continues a legacy of presenting world-class performances to the University of Texas at Austin and Central Texas audiences with the unveiling of the 2013-2014 season. This season highlights talent from around the world in an eclectic mix of music, theatre, dance, and conversation.

From an evening with The Barefoot Contessa Ina Garten to legendary Broadway diva Barbara Cook, to ten-time Grammy Award-winner Bobby McFerrin, the 2013-2014 season offers a diverse offering of artists and performances. The season also includes return engagements by some of Texas Performing Arts’ most innovative artists, including Inner Mongolia’s music and cultural sensation AnDa Union, two-time Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir, Brazilian percussion master Cyro Baptista, and the National Theatre of Scotland, who played to sold-out audiences in past seasons.

Thanks to a generous multi-year grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Texas Performing Arts’ classical music programming continues to flourish. This season, Mellon funding supports a joint performance of a new work by performance artist Laurie Anderson for the Kronos Quartet; the world premiere of a piece written for string quartet and chamber orchestra by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts, performed by the Miró Quartet and The University of Texas Symphony Orchestra; the legendary Mark Morris Dance Company performing with pianists Anton Nel and Colin Fowler and progressive New York chamber ensemble The Knights; and a ten-day residence from acclaimed string quartet Brooklyn Rider, bookended by two completely different concert programs, including one concert featuring soprano Dawn Upshaw.

“Texas Performing Arts continues to strengthen our service to the UT and Central Texas community,” says Texas Performing Arts Director and Associate Dean Kathy Panoff. “Presenting partners like Fusebox Festival, KUT-FM and KUTX-FM, the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies, The Texas Tribune, and the Austin Classical Guitar Society have allowed us to collectively further the creative culture of Austin.”

Four (or more) performance subscription packages are now on sale starting at $92.00, and this year you may choose one Broadway show as part of your Texas Performing Arts subscription! Becoming a subscriber not only ensures great seats for each subscription performance, but also offers a host of additional benefits including 20% off ticket prices to all season performances, preferred seating in advance of the general public, flexible ticket concierge service, free and easy ticket exchanges, access to the exclusive subscriber hotline, and guest passes to Bass Concert Hall’s Texas Inner Circle Lounge.

University of Texas at Austin faculty and staff enjoy subscriptions at 30% off ticket prices.

Texas Performing Arts continues to rely on support from Texas Inner Circle members because University funding (just 15% of our budget) and ticket sales do not fully cover the cost of presenting the finest performing arts events and the many engagement programs we offer to the UT campus, Austin, and the Central Texas region. Exclusive benefits for members include access to the best seats in the house, pre-sale opportunities for Broadway performances and touring concerts, unlimited entry into the Texas Inner Circle Lounge at Bass Concert Hall, free parking passes, and more. For more information on the Texas Inner Circle, please visit www.texasperformingarts.org/support.

To subscribe to the 2013-2014 Texas Performing Arts Season or to join Texas Inner Circle, please visit texasperformingarts.org or call 512.471.4454.

Groups of 15 or more may be eligible to receive a 10% discount off the original ticket price. Groups of 40 or more may be eligible for a 15% discount. For more information on group discounts, please visit texasperformingarts.org, call 512.471.0648, or email rschoen@texasperrformingarts.org.

Texas Performing Arts continues a tradition of presenting the best of touring Broadway at Bass Concert Hall with partner Lexus Broadway in Austin. The sensational 2013-2014 Lexus Broadway season at Texas Performing Arts includes THE BOOK OF MORMON (October 1-13, 2013), the multi-Tony Award®-winning musical from the creators of South Park; Broadway’s razzle-dazzle smash, CHICAGO (November 19-24, 2013); the 2010 Tony Award®-winning Best Musical, MEMPHIS (December 10-15, 2013); Green Day’s groundbreaking rock opera, AMERICAN IDIOT (January 14-19, 2014); and the powerfully moving and imaginative Tony Award®-winning drama, WAR HORSE (May 6-11, 2014). Finally, as an add-on option to the season subscription package, WICKED (February 19 – March 9, 2014) flies back to Austin by “popular” demand! For more information or to subscribe to the 2013-2014 Lexus Broadway in Austin season, please visit www.broadwayinaustin.com or call 800.731.SHOW (7469) Monday through Friday from 10am to 5pm.

2013-2014 TEXAS PERFORMING ARTS SEASON

Ina Garten
The Barefoot Contessa
A conversation with Patricia Sharpe,
Executive Editor/Food Writer Texas Monthly
September 12, 2013 | 8 PM | Bass Concert Hall

Piazzolla Project:
La Camorra & Escalandrum
September 18, 2013 | 8 PM | Bass Concert Hall stage

Barbara Cook
September 19, 2013 | 8 PM | Bass Concert Hall stage

Association Noa Company
Vincent Mantsoe
Vincent Mantsoe, choreographer
Dance Theatre X
Charles O. Anderson, artistic director

Opera for Fools
Choreography by Vincent Mantsoe

AND

Restless Natives
(a special preview performance)
Choreography by Charles O. Anderson
featuring Ursula Rucker
with Dance Theatre X
September 20, 2013 | 8 PM | McCullough Theatre

Mark Morris Dance Group
Mark Morris, artistic director

Mozart Dances
featuring The Knights
Colin Fowler, piano
Anton Nel, piano
September 26 & 27, 2013 | 8 PM | Bass Concert Hall

Dial M For Murder
by Frederick Knott
October 4-13, 2013 | B. Iden Payne Theatre

LANDFALL
by Laurie Anderson
for Kronos Quartet
October 16, 2013 | 8 PM | Bass Concert Hall

AnDa Union
October 17, 2013 | 8 PM | Bass Concert Hall

Menahem Pressler, piano
with the Miró Quartet
October 18, 2013 | 8 PM | Bates Recital Hall

Yamato
ROJYOH – The Beat on the Road
October 23, 2013 | 8 PM | Bass Concert Hall

Lar Lubovitch Dance Company
Crisis Variations
Lar Lubovitch, artistic director
Yevgeniy Sharlat, composer
with Faculty Chamber Ensemble
Ransom Wilson, conductor
October 30 | 8 PM | Bass Concert Hall

Mariza
November 4, 2013 | 8 PM | Bass Concert Hall

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
November 21 & 22, 2013 | 7 PM | McCullough Theatre

WORLD PREMIERE BY KEVIN PUTS
Miró Quartet
Daniel Ching, violin William Fedkenheuer, violin
John Largess, viola
Joshua Gindele, cello
The University of Texas Symphony Orchestra
Gerhardt Zimmermann, conductor
December 4, 2013 | 8 PM | Bass Concert Hall

Danú
Christmas in Ireland:
An Nollaig in Éirinn
December 5, 2013 | 8 PM | Bass Concert Hall

Christian McBride Big Band
January 21, 2014 | 8 PM | Bass Concert Hall

The Jasper String Quartet
January 30, 2014 | 8 PM | McCullough Theatre

The National Theatre of Scotland:
The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart
Created by David Greig and Wils Wilson
Directed by Wils Wilson
February 11-15, 2014 | Bass Concert Hall Stage

Menuhin Competition 2014 Opening Concert
The University of Texas Symphony Orchestra
Gerhardt Zimmermann, music director and conductor
Ilya Gringolts, violin Anton Nel, piano
Olivier Charlier, violin
February 21, 2014 | 8 PM | The Long Center for the Performing Arts, Dell Hall

Menuhin Competition 2014 Gala Concert
The Cleveland Orchestra
Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
Arabella Steinbacher, violin_
March 2, 2014 | 7 PM | The Long Center for the Performing Arts, Dell Hall

Brooklyn Rider
March 19 & 26 (with Dawn Upshaw), 2014 | 8 PM | McCullough Theatre

Soweto Gospel Choir
March 23, 2014 | 7 PM | Bass Concert Hall

Katia & Marielle Labèque, piano duo
April 4, 2014 | 8 PM | Bass Concert Hall

Cyro Baptista
Banquet of the Spirits
April 9, 2014 | 8 PM | Bass Concert Hall

Motionhouse
Scattered
April 11, 2014 | 8 PM | Bass Concert Hall

Joshua Redman, saxophone
with the UT Jazz Orchestra
Jeff Hellmer, director
April 12, 2014 | 7:30 PM | Bates Recital Hall

Mozart Requiem Undead
Graham Reynolds and Peter Stopschinski, artistic directors
Brent Baldwin, music director and conductor
April 16, 2014 | Venue to be announced

Bobby McFerrin
spirityouall
April 24, 2014 | 8 PM | Bass Concert Hall

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Ina Garten
The Barefoot Contessa
A conversation with Patricia Sharpe,
Executive Editor/Food Writer Texas Monthly
September 12, 2013 | 8 PM | Bass Concert Hall
Presented In partnership with Texas Monthly

To open the 2013-2014 Season, Texas Performing Arts invites you to enjoy an evening with best-selling cookbook author and Emmy-winning host of Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten. Texas Monthly’s own Patricia Sharpe will join Ms. Garten in what promises to be a lively and insightful conversation about food.

After the opening of an East Hampton store and a series of phenomenally successful cookbooks, the Food Network approached Garten to do a cooking show based on her love of entertaining. That was eleven years ago and her Emmy-winning cooking show, Barefoot Contessa, is now one of the highest rated shows on Food Network.

“As always, the multitalented Garten…was frank, funny, and dedicated to real home cooking rather than flash-in-the-pan tricks.” The Seattle Times

Piazzolla Project:
La Camorra & Escalandrum
September 18, 2013 | 8 PM | Bass Concert Hall stage
Presented in partnership with The Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
ArtesAméricas performance

U.S. PREMIERE

2013 marks the 21st anniversary of the passing of Astor Piazzolla, the great Argentine composer who innovated and renewed the tango tradition. As a tribute, two of the most celebrated young ensembles gather on the Bass Concert Hall stage to honor their great “maestro”. For this U.S. premiere, all seating will be on the stage and close to the artists!

“Their [La Camorra] Piazzolla sounded like it was supervised by Piazzolla himself.”
Diario El País

“The sextet [Escalandrum], commanded by his [Piazzolla’s] grandson looks to make a mark of its own, one that sounds like the reinvention of Argentine jazz.” – La Nación

Barbara Cook
September 19, 2013 | 8 PM | Bass Concert Hall stage
Presented in partnership with the Butler School of Music

One of Broadway’s all-time greatest voices brings her trio to the Bass Concert Hall stage for an intimate cabaret performance! Winner of virtually every theatrical award, Barbara Cook’s silvery soprano, purity of tone, and warm presence have delighted audiences around the world for more than 50 years. A 2011 Kennedy Center Honoree, Ms. Cook recently returned to the Broadway stage after a 23-year absence and was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in the musical Sondheim on Sondheim.

“The evening’s most compelling performance was Ms. Cook’s ‘Here’s to Life.’ To hear this indestructible woman, who is now 83, muse, ‘I had my share, I drank my fill/ And even though I’m satisfied, I’m hungry still’ in a voice that has lowered without shedding any of its luster was to receive lines of personal scripture torn from the soul.”
The New York Times, Carnegie Hall Gala 2011

Association Noa Company
Vincent Mantsoe
Vincent Mantsoe, choreographer
Dance Theatre X
Charles O. Anderson, artistic director

Opera for Fools
Choreography by Vincent Mantsoe
AND
Restless Natives
(a special preview performance)
Choreography by Charles O. Anderson
featuring Ursula Rucker
with Dance Theatre X
September 20, 2013 | 8 PM | McCullough Theatre
Presented by Texas Performing Arts and the Department of Theatre and Dance

Texas Performing Arts and the UT Department of Theatre and Dance present two of today’s most distinguished choreographers in an exciting evening of dance.

Vincent Mantsoe is one of post-apartheid South Africa’s leading choreographers. His French based company, Association Noa Company Vincent Mantsoe, creates contemporary African work that represents a true global culture of both dancers and disciplines. Mantsoe’s piece Opera for Fools probes the center of the South African shebeen lifestyle during Apartheid, discovering what makes people enjoy their daily lives and enables them to forgive, but not forget.

Choreographer, dancer, and University Associate Professor Charles O. Anderson is artistic director of Dance Theatre X, a Philadelphia based afro-contemporary dance theatre company that was selected among the “25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine. Anderson presents a preview of his newest work, Restless Natives, a piece inspired by the writings of James Baldwin featuring an original poetry score by critically-acclaimed performance poet Ursula Rucker.

Mark Morris Dance Group
Mark Morris, artistic director

Mozart Dances
featuring The Knights
Colin Fowler, piano
Anton Nel, piano
September 26 & 27, 2013 | 8 PM | Bass Concert Hall
Presented in partnership with KUT-FM and the Butler School of Music

These performances are made possible by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

For over 30 years, the Brooklyn-based Mark Morris Dance Group has enthralled audiences with its amazing technical expertise, unique artistry, and its signature use of live music. Pianists Anton Nel and Colin Fowler, and progressive New York orchestra The Knights join MMDG for two performances of Morris’ celebrated evening-length piece Mozart Dances.

Proclaimed “one of the greatest living choreographers” by The New Yorker, Mark Morris has had a profound impact on the dance world with a singular ability to combine beautiful music, graceful movement, and delicious wit. Set to two Mozart piano concertos and the double piano sonata, and danced against a backdrop of visuals by British painter Howard Hodgkin, The New York Times called Mozart Dances “a masterpiece, a triumph…and one of Mr. Morris’ greatest achievements.”

Dial M For Murder
by Frederick Knott
October 4-13, 2013 | B. Iden Payne Theatre
Presented by the Department of Theatre and Dance

Set in 1950s London, Tony Wendice concocts a plot to murder his wealthy wife Margot. When the scheme goes awry, he devises a sinister backup plan to get her out of the picture for good.

A cat-and-mouse waiting game made famous by Alfred Hitchcock’s hit film, Knott’s classic tale continues to be one of the most popular thrillers for stage and screen.

“…Original and remarkably good theatre – quiet in style but tingling with excitement underneath.” The New York Times

LANDFALL
by Laurie Anderson
for Kronos Quartet
October 16, 2013 | 8 PM | Bass Concert Hall
Presented in partnership with the Department of Art and Art History and the Visual Arts Center

TEXAS PREMIERE

This performance is made possible by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Laurie Anderson returns to Texas Performing Arts in performance with the Kronos Quartet. This, their first-ever collaboration, features a new evening-length work that combines their distinct, yet highly compatible musical styles. Composed by Laurie Anderson and co-commissioned by Texas Performing Arts, Landfall offers a riveting interplay between text and music.

Landfall was commissioned by Texas Performing Arts at The University of Texas at Austin; Adelaide Festival, Australia; Barbican, London; Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park; Peak Performances @ Montclair State (NJ); Perth International Arts Festival, Australia; and Stanford Live, Stanford University. Additional project support was provided to the Kronos Performing Arts Association by the National Endowment for the Arts.

“…A riveting, gorgeous, new multimedia work…proof, if any were needed, that Anderson continues to be one of the most engaging and forward-looking artists around.”
The Washington Post

AnDa Union
October 17, 2013 | 8 PM | Bass Concert Hall
Presented in Partnership with KLRU-TV and the Asian American Cultural Center

In 2011, Inner Mongolia’s music and cultural sensation AnDa Union made their Texas debut on the Bass Concert Hall stage to an enthusiastic audience. Part of a musical movement that finds inspiration in old and forgotten songs, this vibrant young group of musicians and singers draw from a repertoire of enchanting music that all but disappeared during China’s tumultuous recent past. Holding on to the essence of Mongolian music while creating a form of new music, they perform with indigenous instruments – the morin khuur (horse head fiddle), the maodun chaoer (a three-holed flute), Mongolian versions of the lute, and the mouth harp – combining different traditions and styles of music from all over Inner and Outer Mongolia.

“The band’s dynamic sound had the audience enthralled…The final song, ‘Galloping Horses,’ evoked a frenzied stampede that sent concertgoers stumbling, crazed and uplifted, out into the night.” The Wesleyan Argus

Menahem Pressler, piano
with the Miró Quartet
October 18, 2013 | 8 PM | Bates Recital Hall

Presented in partnership with the Butler School of Music Piano Studio

Legendary pianist Menahem Pressler joins the world-renowned Miró Quartet for an exceptional evening of chamber music.

Menahem Pressler, founding member and pianist of the Beaux Arts Trio, is among the world’s most distinguished and honored musicians, with a career that spans over five decades. Now in his 88th year, he continues to captivate audiences while maintaining a dedicated and robust teaching career.

Hailed by The New York Times as possessing “explosive vigor and technical finesse,” the dynamic Miró Quartet is the Faculty String Quartet-in residence at the Butler School of Music. Their honors include a 2005 Cleveland Quartet Award, as well as being awarded the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant.

“Menahem Pressler’s joyous pianism – technically faultless, stylistically impeccable, emotionally irrepressible – is from another age and is a virtually forgotten sensibility.” Los Angeles Times

Yamato
ROJYOH – The Beat on the Road
October 23, 2013 | 8 PM | Bass Concert Hall
Presented in partnership with the Asian American Cultural Center

“Pure energy meets spiritual high” (The Scotsman) best describes this performance that is infused with the idea that the drumbeat, like the heartbeat, is the very pulse of life. Performing on a mind-altering array of Japan’s traditional Wadaiko drums, the men and women of Yamato deliver a heart-pounding spectacle of athleticism, precision, and exhilarating musical expertise. Selling out all over the planet, Yamato is, according to The London Telegraph, “Simply breathtaking.”

Lar Lubovitch Dance Company
Crisis Variations
Lar Lubovitch, artistic director
Yevgeniy Sharlat, composer
with Faculty Chamber Ensemble
Ransom Wilson, conductor
October 30 | 8 PM | Bass Concert Hall

Presented in partnership with the Butler School of Music and the Department of Theatre and Dance

Nominated for Tony, Emmy, and Grammy awards, Lar Lubovitch has been cited by The New York Times as “one of the ten best choreographers in the world,” and his New York–based dance company has been called a “national treasure” by Variety. The company will be joined by a special faculty chamber ensemble in a performance of Lubovitch’s 2011 Crisis Variations, which features a score by Assistant Professor of Composition, Yevgeniy Sharlat.

“In an era when politics, personal narrative, and post-modern irony overwhelm so much contemporary dance, the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company is the real thing.”
The Washington Post

Mariza
November 4, 2013 | 8 PM | Bass Concert Hall

Presented in Partnership with KLRU-TV

Texas Performing Arts welcomes Latin Grammy Award-winning singer Mariza, recognized the world over as the queen of fado – the rich and emotionally textured musical tradition from Portugal. With multiple platinum-selling albums to her credit, Mariza’s stunning repertoire pays deep respect to tradition while pushing the sublimely beautiful folk music into intriguing directions. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the singer that Rolling Stone calls, “as commanding as any pop singer today.”

“When Mariza sings, time stands still.” BBC Radio 3

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
November 21 & 22, 2013 | 7 PM | McCullough Theatre
Presented in partnership with KDRP-FM and Austin Classical Guitar Society

Renowned for its “dry wit and wry humor” (The Independent), The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain is a group of all-singing, all-strumming musicians. Formed in 1995, the ensemble has become a national institution, giving thousands of sold-out concerts across the world.

In concert, The Ukulele Orchestra offers a funny, virtuosic, twanging, awesome, foot-stomping evening. Jumping from Tchaikovsky to Nirvana via Otis Redding and Spaghetti Western soundtracks, the Orchestra takes the audience on an eclectic musical adventure.

“For sheer fun and outright daffiness tied to first-rate musicality and comic timing, few concerts this year matched this ensemble’s performance.” The New York Times

WORLD PREMIERE BY KEVIN PUTS
Miró Quartet
Daniel Ching, -violin_, William Fedkenheuer, violin
John Largess, viola, Joshua Gindele, cello
The University of Texas Symphony Orchestra
Gerhardt Zimmermann, conductor
December 4, 2013 | 8 PM | Bass Concert Hall
Presented in partnership with the Butler School of Music

The Miró Quartet and The University of Texas Symphony Orchestra present a program featuring the world premiere of a piece written for string quartet and chamber orchestra by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts. Puts, a former Butler School of Music faculty member and long-time colleague of the Miró Quartet, composed the work as part of a year-long celebration of the centennial of The University of Texas School of Music.

Returning to Bass Concert Hall after a triumphant centennial performance of Stravinksy’s Le Sacre du Printemps with the Joffrey Ballet, The University of Texas Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of maestro Gerhardt Zimmermann, will also perform the Shostakovich Symphony No. 5.

This world premiere was commissioned for the Miró Quartet and chamber orchestra by Texas Performing Arts at The University of Texas at Austin, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Society, City Music Cleveland, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, and the Naples Philharmonic. Additional support was provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Danú
Christmas in Ireland: An Nollaig in Éirinn
December 5, 2013 | 8 PM | Bass Concert Hall
Presented in partnership with KUTX-FM’s Across the Water

One of the most acclaimed ensembles of traditional music in Ireland, Danú brings a heartwarming and high-energy Celtic Christmas celebration to Bass Concert Hall.

Direct from County Waterford in Ireland, this spirited band is known for its authentic interpretations, ebullient performances, and jaw-dropping talent. For more than a decade, Danú has been performing for a growing base of fans worldwide. The entire family will enjoy this spectacular holiday concert featuring traditional Irish songs.

“A vibrant mix of virtuosity, energy, and empathy.” The Washington Post

Christian McBride Big Band
January 21, 2014 | 8 PM | Bass Concert Hall
Presented in partnership with KUTX-FM

Winner of the 2012 Grammy Award for Best Large Ensemble Jazz Album, renowned bassist, composer, and bandleader Christian McBride brings his top-shelf Big Band to the Bass Concert Hall stage for an evening of extraordinary music.

Christian McBride’s appearances on more than 300 albums include sessions by
many of the most illustrious figures in jazz, including Sonny Rollins, McCoy Tyner, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, and Pat Metheny, as well as collaborations with artists as diverse as Kathleen Battle, Billy Joel, and Sting. Aside from his own ensembles, McBride has been the linchpin of various all-star projects, including John McLaughlin and Chick Corea’s Five Peace Band.

“The bassist-as-bandleader is a fairly rare thing, with the torch being passed over the years from Charles Mingus to Ron Carter … and now to Philadelphia-born Christian McBride.” NPR’s All Things Considered

The Jasper String Quartet
January 30, 2014 | 8 PM | McCullough Theatre
Presented in partnership with Chamber Music America’s Cleveland Quartet Award

Winner of the prestigious 2012 Cleveland Quartet Award, the Jasper String Quartet has been hailed as “sonically delightful and expressively compelling” (The Strad) and “powerful” (The New York Times). Audiences around the world have been wowed by the Jasper’s electrifying performances, and its penchant for new music has helped establish their reputation as a groundbreaking group. The Jaspers are the Ensemble-in-Residence at Classic Chamber Concerts in Naples, Florida.

The National Theatre of Scotland:
The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart
Created by David Greig and Wils Wilson
Directed by Wils Wilson
February 11-15, 2014 | Bass Concert Hall Stage
Presented in partnership with Fusebox Festival

In recent seasons, The National Theatre of Scotland has sold out performances of Black Watch and Long Gone Lonesome. Last season, due to unforeseen circumstances, the company’s engagement of The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart was cancelled. But because of audience demand, the production returns this season with a week of performances.

Filled with magical moments, devilish encounters, and wittily wild karaoke, The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart is moving and amusing, with plot twists unfolding all around you. Don’t miss this intimate theatre experience where the performers and audience share the Bass Concert Hall stage!

Recommended for ages 14+

National Theatre of Scotland is core funded by the Scottish Government.

“The five-person cast radiates authenticity even before the show officially begins, setting the laid-back mood as the audience files in with fiddles, pipes, and lyrics thick with their native brogue. The demanding performance that follows is a seamless team effort.” Washingtonian

Menuhin Competition 2014 Opening Concert
The University of Texas Symphony Orchestra
Gerhardt Zimmermann, music director and conductor
Ilya Gringolts, violin Anton Nel, piano , Olivier Charlier, violin
February 21, 2014 | 8 PM | The Long Center for the Performing Arts, Dell Hall

Presented in partnership with Butler School of Music

Founded in 1983 by famed violinist and conductor Yehudi Menuhin, the Menuhin Competition is the world’s leading international violin competition for players up to the age of 21. Held every two years in a different host city, the event combines a violin competition with a festival of concerts and events. In 2014, The University of Texas Butler School of Music hosts the first-ever competition in North America. Texas Performing Arts is proud to include the opening and gala performances of the Menuhin Competition as part of our 2013-2014 season.

The Menuhin Competition Austin 2014 kicks off its 10-day Festival with an opening concert featuring The University of Texas Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Gerhardt Zimmermann. For this program, the UTSO, one of the top university orchestras in the nation, performs the Mendelssohn Double Concerto for Violin and Piano with violinist Ilya Gringolts and faculty pianist Anton Nel. Both soloists are serving as jurors for the competition.

The program also features performances by violinist and juror Olivier Charlier, and the 2012 Menuhin Competition junior winner, Kevin Zhu.

PROGRAM:
Berlioz: Roman Carnival
Mendelssohn: Double Concerto for Violin and Piano
Waxman: Carmen Fantasy
Schwantner: Someday Memories
Dutilleux: Sur le même accord
Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite

Detailed information on the Menuhin Competition can be found at www.menuhincompetition.org

Menuhin Competition 2014 Gala Concert
The Cleveland Orchestra
Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
Arabella Steinbacher, violin
March 2, 2014 | 7 PM | The Long Center for the Performing Arts, Dell Hall
Presented in partnership with the Butler School of Music

The Menuhin Competition Austin 2014 closes with a spectacular gala concert featuring The Cleveland Orchestra. Last appearing in Austin in 1976, The Cleveland Orchestra has become one of the most sought-after performing ensembles in the world and remains committed to the very highest standards of artistic excellence, creative programming, and community engagement.

This special gala program features performances by German violinist and juror Arabella Steinbacher and the 2014 Menuhin Competition junior and senior winners.

PROGRAM:
Kreisler: Praeludium and Allegro
Ravel: Tzigane
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5

Detailed information on the Menuhin Competition can be found at www.menuhincompetition.org

Brooklyn Rider
March 19 & 26 (with Dawn Upshaw, soprano), 2014 | 8 PM | McCullough Theatre
Presented in partnership with KUTX and the Butler School of Music
This performance is made possible by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Praised for its “stunningly imaginative” performances (Lucid Culture), the adventurous string quartet Brooklyn Rider combines a wildly eclectic repertoire with a gripping performance style that continues to attract legions of fans and draw critical acclaim from classical, world, and rock critics. At home in both clubs and concert halls, Brooklyn Rider’s relaxed on-stage demeanor demystifies contemporary classical music and invites everyone to participate.

A WALKING FIRE: March 19
The intrepid quartet embarks on a guided expedition to three legendary musical centers. With stops in the Romanian village of Clejani, World War I era Budapest, and the fragrant Persian gardens of Esfahan, A Walking Fire celebrates the powerful creative alchemy that can often occur on unfamiliar soil.

BROOKLYN RIDER & DER BLAUE REITER: March 26
With Dawn Upshaw, soprano
This program, which features soprano Dawn Upshaw, connects Brooklyn Rider with Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider), a Munich-based artistic collective whose members included Kandinsky and Schoenberg, artists united by their quest to push their inherited traditions forward into new realms of expression.

“The dazzling… versatility that Brooklyn Rider exhibits is one of the wonders of contemporary music.” The Los Angeles Times

Soweto Gospel Choir
March 23, 2014 | 7 PM | Bass Concert Hall
Presented in partnership with KAZI-FM

After a stunning evening at Bass Concert Hall in 2010, the Soweto Gospel Choir returns to Austin for a command performance! This two-time Grammy Award-winning choir is heralded as one of the most exciting groups to emerge in world music in recent years. Through vibrant rhythm, movement, and its renowned vocal tapestry, the Choir performs a repertoire ranging from the traditional African gospel songs to an extraordinary new interpretation of Bob Dylan’s “I’ll Remember You.”

“These absolutely thrilling singers need nothing but their voices to make dazzling music” Billboard

Katia & Marielle Labèque, piano duo
April 4, 2014 | 8 PM | Bass Concert Hall
Presented in partnership with KLRU-TV and KMFA-FM

Recognized by The New York Times as the “best piano duo in front of an audience today,” sisters Katia and Marielle Labèque are renowned for their ensemble of synchronicity and energy. Their musical ambitions started at an early age with their rendition of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue (one of the first gold records in classical music) and have since developed a stunning career.

The Bass Concert Hall program will feature works by Philip Glass and George Gershwin, along with Leonard Bernstein’s Suite from West Side Story.

“Their performance was a knockout! Katia and Marielle Labèque, the mop-maned French sisters who have made a specialty of the repertoire for back-to-back pianos, combining familiar fare with a dazzling rarity, delivered it all with a welcome blend of theatricality and affection.” San Francisco Chronicle

Cyro Baptista
Banquet of the Spirits
April 9, 2014 | 8 PM | Bass Concert Hall
Presented in partnership with KUTX’s Horizontes, the Butler School of Music, and the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

ArtesAméricas performance
Texas Performing Arts welcomes back the mad scientist of Brazilian percussion Cyro Baptista, this time with his Banquet of the Spirits Quartet. This adventurous ensemble delivers hypnotic percussion and multi-layered string wizardry, mixing far-flung sounds of the Jewish diaspora with Brazilian and Middle Eastern melodies to create “a diversity of sounds and colors that can’t be found anywhere else.” (All About Jazz)

Since arriving in the United States in 1980 from his native Brazil, Baptista has emerged as one of the foremost percussionists in the world. His endless sonic curiosity and intense rhythmic drive have spurred collaborations with everyone from Herbie Hancock and John Zorn to Yo-Yo Ma and Paul Simon.

Motionhouse
Scattered
April 11, 2014 | 8 PM | Bass Concert Hall

One of the UK’s foremost dance theater companies, Motionhouse creates startling and passionate movement works, fusing images, action, and dynamism to surprise, challenge, and delight. Seven dancers perform on an infinity stage where movement and film integrate in a completely new and breathtaking way.

Motionhouse brings their stunning water-inspired piece Scattered to the Bass Concert Hall stage. Performed on a huge curved floor, Scattered combines the company’s highly physical dance and mesmerizing aerial imagery to create an extraordinary theatrical experience.

“Super athletic dancers, as dexterous in the air and with ropes as they are on the floor, this is a company that has long cornered the high impact end of the market.”
The Guardian

Joshua Redman, saxophone
with the UT Jazz Orchestra
Jeff Hellmer, director
April 12, 2014 | 7:30 PM | Bates Recital Hall
Presented in partnership with the Butler School of Music Division of Jazz

Hailed by the Boston Herald as “a jazz wunderkind,” saxophonist Joshua Redman joins the UT Jazz Orchestra as part of the Butler School of Music’s annual Longhorn Jazz Festival.

Joshua Redman is one of the most recognizable jazz saxophonists, as famous for his masterful straight-ahead post-bop improvisations as he is for his explorations of groove-based idioms. Winner of the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition for saxophone in 1991, Redman has played alongside many jazz icons including Jack DeJohnette, Charlie Haden, Joe Lovano, Pat Metheny, and Clark Terry.

Directed by Professor Jeff Hellmer, the UT Jazz Orchestra is the Butler School of Music’s premier jazz ensemble. The Jazz Orchestra has performed with such masters as Michael Brecker, Phil Woods, Bob Brookmeyer, Conrad Herwig, John Clayton, Maria Schneider, and Stefon Harris in recent years.

“It has become a rule of thumb that university Jazz ensembles keep getting better and better, and the UT Jazz Orchestra is certainly no exception to the rule.”
All About Jazz

Texas Performing Arts, Fusebox Festival,
Golden Hornet Project, and Texas Choral Consort present
Mozart Requiem Undead
Graham Reynolds and Peter Stopschinski, artistic directors
Brent Baldwin, music director and conductor
April 16, 2014 | Venue to be announced
FREE ADMISSION

Less than one year before Mozart died, he received a commission for a death mass from a mysterious stranger who intended to pass it off as his own composition. Mozart died penniless before he completed his final composition. To pay for his funeral, his widow had one of his students complete the work as we know it today: Mozart’s Requiem Mass.

The exciting Mozart Requiem Undead project takes it back to square one. In this quirky and oversized collaboration, the masterwork is stripped back to what Mozart himself had on paper – the choral parts and figured bass – and put in the hands of Austin’s Graham Reynolds and Peter Stopschinski who head a pack of luminary alt-classical composers from Texas and beyond in re-imagining a new completion for this masterpiece.

FEATURED COMPOSERS: Glenn Kotche (Wilco), Gabriel Prokofiev, DJ Spooky aka Paul Miller, Adrian Quesada (Grupo Fantasma), Todd Reynolds (Bang on a Can), Peter Stopschinski, and Graham Reynolds.

Performance details to be announced at texasperformingarts.org

Bobby McFerrin
spirityouall
April 24, 2014 | 8 PM | Bass Concert Hall
Presented in partnership with KLRU-TV

Ten-time Grammy Award-winner Bobby McFerrin has dazzled audiences all over the world, blurring the distinction between pop music and fine art, goofing around barefoot in the world’s finest concert halls, exploring uncharted vocal territory, collaborating with artists from Yo-Yo Ma and the Vienna Philharmonic to Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea. With his new project, spirityouall, Bobby brings it all back home, re-imagining Americana with beloved spirituals and original tunes, embracing bluegrass and the baroque, heartfelt lyrics and wordless melodies, joy and sorrow. Across genres, across boundaries, across generations, spirityouall raises the roof with joyful grooves.

“Bobby McFerrin’s greatest gift to his audience may be changing them from spectators into celebrants and transforming a concert hall into a playground, a village center, a joyous space.” The Los Angeles Times

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PRESS CONTACT:
Gene Bartholomew
512.471.0632
gbartholomew@texasperformingarts.org

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