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September 2019

Emmet Cohen Trio and Houston Person

September 12 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Schwab Auditorium, E. Pollock Rd.
State College, PA United States
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$15 – $38

7:30 pm Thursday, September 12, 2019 Schwab Auditorium The Emmet Cohen Trio provided the instrumentals for the September 2018 Schwab Auditorium concert featuring vocalist Veronica Swift. This season pianist Cohen and his trio mates will be accompanied by Houston Person, a hard bop jazz saxophonist who, in his celebrated career, has recorded everything from disco and gospel to pop and rhythm and blues. Cohen is the 2019 winner of the American Pianists Association’s highest award, the Cole Porter Fellowship, a…

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Let’s Dance Movement Workshop for All Ages

September 13 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Ford Building, Corner of Park Avenue and Allen Road
University Park, PA 16802 United States
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Free

Let’s Dance Movement Workshop for All Ages 4:30 pm Friday, September 13, 2019 Ford Building Lawn Corner of Park Avenue and Allen Road, University Park Free and open to the public The ninety-minute workshop is a partnership with Penn State’s College of Health and Human Development and Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Get ready to sing and dance along with members of the For Good Troupe as they kick off the workshop by performing one of their favorite musical theatre…

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Imani Winds and Catalyst Quartet “(Im)migration: Music of Change”

September 18 @ 7:00 am - 9:30 pm
Schwab Auditorium, E. Pollock Rd.
State College, PA United States
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$15 – $44

7:30 pm Wednesday, September 18, 2019 Schwab Auditorium Imani Winds and Catalyst Quartet will join talents for a concert featuring a new work by Catalyst violinist and composer Jessie Montgomery. The composition is inspired by the Great Migration of African Americans, during the early to middle twentieth century, from the perspective of Montgomery’s great-grandfather William McCauley. The nonet will bring together spirituals and work songs that reflect her ancestor’s route from Mississippi through the West, north to the Dakotas, and…

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“It’s All About Love” Starring Maceo Parker and Featuring the Maceo Parker Big Band

September 26 @ 7:30 pm
Eisenhower Auditorium, 102 Eisenhower Rd
University Park, 16802 United States
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$15 – $52

7:30 pm Thursday, September 26, 2019 Eisenhower Auditorium Legendary saxophonist Maceo Parker embodies the legacy of soul and funk music like no other musician today. Always at the forefront, Parker has been a common thread in the history of funk—pioneering the sound of the genre in collaborations alongside seminal icons such as James Brown, George Clinton, and Prince. All the while, he has a signature brand of showmanship with a cool confidence embodied in his distinctive sound. In this special…

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Mexico Beyond Mariachi presents “Sugar Skull! A Dia de Los Muertos Musical Adventure”

September 29 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Eisenhower Auditorium, 102 Eisenhower Rd
University Park, 16802 United States
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$15 – $21

Young Vita thinks her family has gone loco planning a celebration for deceased loved ones. Why throw a party for the dead? But when a candy skeleton in her grandmother’s cemetery altar suddenly springs to life, Vita finds herself on a magical, musical journey to unravel the true meaning of Day of the Dead. Meet Sugar Skull, a charismatic candy skeleton who dreams of riding the exclusive train to Who-Knows-Where. Along with her skeletal new friend, Vita dances with ancient…

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October 2019

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble

October 17 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Schwab Auditorium, E. Pollock Rd.
State College, PA United States
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Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble 7:30 pm Thursday, October 17, 2019 Schwab Auditorium The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble was created in 1967 to perform the larger works of chamber music repertoire with players who customarily work together—instead of the usual string quartet with additional guests. Drawn from the principal players of London’s world-renowned Academy of St. Martin in the Fields chamber orchestra and led by violinist Tomo Keller, the chamber ensemble…

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Harlem 100: Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance

October 22 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Eisenhower Auditorium, 102 Eisenhower Rd
University Park, 16802 United States
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Harlem 100: Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance featuring Mwenso and The Shakes with special guests Brianna Thomas, Michela Marino Lerman, and Vuyo Sotashe 7:30 pm Tuesday, October 22, 2019 Eisenhower Auditorium A century after one of the most culturally significant periods in human history, Harlem is in the midst of a resurging creative movement sparked by the centenarian embers left by the wildfire that was the Harlem Renaissance. That era has since proven to be an unrivaled period of brilliance in both intelligent…

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“A Bronx Tale”

October 30 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Eisenhower Auditorium, 102 Eisenhower Rd
University Park, 16802 United States
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A BRONX TALE 7:30 pm Wednesday, October 30, 2019 Eisenhower Auditorium Three years ago, Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri teamed up with Academy Award winner Robert De Niro, Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, and Tony nominee Sergio Trujillo to create this streetwise musical based on Palminteri’s true-life story. A BRONX TALE, Broadway’s hit crowd-pleaser, takes you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s, where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d…

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November 2019

Showtime with Shakespeare: A New Hip Hop Musical

November 3 @ 3:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Eisenhower Auditorium, 102 Eisenhower Rd
University Park, 16802 United States
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Showtime with Shakespeare A New Hip Hop Musical 4:00 pm Sunday, November 3, 2019 Eisenhower Auditorium Showtime with Shakespeare is a new theatrical production based on the Magic Tree House adventure Stage Fright on a Summer Night. No matter what the show must go on! That’s what Jack and Annie learn when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to Elizabethan England. There,​ the daring sibling duo​ meet​s​ William Shakespeare—one of the greatest writers of all time. Based on the critically acclaimed book series…

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Showtime with Shakespeare: A New Hip Hop Musical

November 3 @ 3:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Eisenhower Auditorium, 102 Eisenhower Rd
University Park, 16802 United States
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Showtime with Shakespeare A New Hip Hop Musical 4:00 pm Sunday, November 3, 2019 Eisenhower Auditorium Showtime with Shakespeare is a new theatrical production based on the Magic Tree House adventure Stage Fright on a Summer Night. No matter what the show must go on! That’s what Jack and Annie learn when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to Elizabethan England. There,​ the daring sibling duo​ meet​s​ William Shakespeare—one of the greatest writers of all time. Based on the critically acclaimed book series…

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The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silkroad Ensemble

November 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Freeman Auditorium HUB-Robeson Center University Park, PA 16802 United States + Google Map
Free

The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silkroad Ensemble 7:00 pm Monday, November 4, 2019 HUB-Robeson Center’s Freeman Auditorium Free and open to the public The Music of Strangers, the latest film from the creators of the Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom and the critically-hailed Best of Enemies, follows an ever-changing lineup of performers drawn from the Silkroad Ensemble’s more than fifty instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, arrangers, visual artists, and storytellers. The artists gather in locations across the world to explore the…

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Silkroad Ensemble

November 5 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Eisenhower Auditorium, 102 Eisenhower Rd
University Park, 16802 United States
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Silkroad Ensemble 7:30 pm Tuesday, November 5, 2019 Eisenhower Auditorium The Silkroad Ensemble creates music that engages difference, sparking radical cultural collaboration and passion-driven learning to build a more hopeful world. Founded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the group has been called “vibrant and virtuosic” by the Wall Street Journal, “one of the twenty-first century’s great ensembles” by the Vancouver Sun, and a “roving musical laboratory without walls” by the Boston Globe. Silkroad musicians appear in many configurations and settings. At Penn State, the ensemble will include thirteen…

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Dance Theatre of Harlem 50th Anniversary Tour

November 12 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Eisenhower Auditorium, 102 Eisenhower Rd
University Park, 16802 United States
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Dance Theatre of Harlem 50th Anniversary Tour 7:30 pm Tuesday, November 12, 2019 Eisenhower Auditorium For fifty years, Dance Theatre of Harlem has provided access to ballet for all. Comprised of an international touring company, a training school, and a celebrated arts education and community engagement program, Dance Theatre of Harlem demonstrates the power of art to transform lives. The program will include Return (1999), the signature work of the company’s longtime resident choreographer Robert Garland, which is set to funk and…

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An Evening with Itzhak Perlman

November 14 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Eisenhower Auditorium, 102 Eisenhower Rd
University Park, 16802 United States
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An Evening with Itzhak Perlman Rohan De Silva, pianist 7:30 pm Thursday, November 14, 2019 Eisenhower Auditorium Itzhak Perlman, the reigning virtuoso of the violin, will return to Penn State for a special evening of live music (announced from the stage), stories, and projected film and photos celebrating a storied career launched with his televised United States debut more than sixty years ago. Perlman’s warm personality and the rich, burnished tone of his violin have made him a favorite performer…

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RENT

November 19 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Eisenhower Auditorium, 102 Eisenhower Rd
University Park, 16802 United States
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RENT 7:30 pm Tuesday, November 19, 2019 Eisenhower Auditorium In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENTcontinues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant twentieth-anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to…

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