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    Texas Performing Arts 2012/2013 Season

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    January 30, 2012 - July 31, 2013


    Texas Performing Arts 2012/2013 Season



    David Finckel, cello and Wu Han, piano, Monday, February 6, 2012, 8:00 pm, Presented in partnership with the Butler School of Music

    Hailed as “America’s power couple of chamber music” by The Wall Street Journal, cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han rank among the most esteemed and influential classical musicians in the world.

    Distinguished cellist for the Grammy Award-winning Emerson String Quartet, Finckel and wife Wu Han serve as artistic directors of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. In high demand year after year among chamber music audiences worldwide, they make a rare stop in Austin to celebrate our 30th anniversary.


    ANGELA HEWITT, Piano, Feb 19, 2012, Bates Recital Hall, 7 PM

    Presented in partnership with the Butler School of Music

    Award-winning Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt makes her first appearance at Texas Performing Arts to help us celebrate this milestone season. London’s Sunday Times calls her one of the reliably mesmerizing musicians of the day and the complete performer. Hewitt’s eleven-year project to record the entire major keyboard works of Bach has been hailed as one of the recorded glories of our age and her musicianship and virtuosity make her one of the most captivating and in-demand classical performers.

    The program will feature works by Bach and Ravel.


    NEW YORK STORIES An Opera in Three Apartments - February 24 - March 4, 2012, McCullough Theatre
    Music by Daron Hagen Libretto by Barbara Grecki and Daron Hagen


    Pamela, a thirty-something divorcee, lives alone in a small apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. She’s been waiting for months for the tile man to come and fix the broken tiles in her bathroom. Antonio, a middle-aged Italian immigrant,arrives to do the work. During the course of his visit, the two connect andshare a lovely moment.


    MAX RAABE & PALAST Orchestra, Feb 26, Bass Concert Hall, 7 PM


    Step into the streets of nocturnal Berlin with charismatic German cabaret crooner Max Raabe and his 12-piece big band ensemble Palast Orchester. Since 1986, Raabe and Palast Orchester have transported audiences to Berlin’s Weimar-era cabaret scene of the 1920s and early ’30s with nostalgic renditions of Cole Porter and George Gershwin—and cabaret-style parodies of Britney Spears and Tom Jones. The evening is filled with romantic melodies such as “Leben ohne Liebe kannst du nicht” ( “You Can’t Live Without Love”), big band arrangements of standards like “Amapola”, and a variety of classics like “Sie Sind mir so sympathisch” (“I Find You So Sympatico”). Slick, nostalgic, and unmistakably modern, their performances are executed with uncanny precision, drama, and humor.


    MAURA O'CONNELL & SOLAS, March 2, Bass Concert Hal, 8 PM

    Presented in partnership with KUT’s Across the Water

    Texas Performing Arts celebrates the best of Celtic music with an extraordinary double-bill featuring Irish singing sensation Maura O’Connell and the internationally acclaimed super-group Solas.

    Irish-born singer O’Connell combines traditional Celtic music with modern folk sensibilities to create an unmistakable sound. From her days as lead singer of DeDanaan to a successful solo career, O’Connell has earned a legion of fans around the world. Her ground-breaking musical penchant for blending Celtic traditions with a wide variety of other genres has led to collaborations with Van Morrison, James Taylor, Nanci Griffith, Dolly Parton, Bonnie Raitt, The Chieftains, and Roseanne Cash.


    CHANTICLEER, March 4, Bass Concert Hall, 7 PM

    Presented in partnership with L Style G Style

    Hailed by The New Yorker as “the world’s reigning male chorus,” San Francisco’s Grammy Award-winning Chanticleer returns to Texas Performing Arts to help celebrate our 30th season. The choir is recognized around the world as an orchestra of voices for the seamless blend of its twelve male voices ranging from countertenor to bass. From Renaissance to jazz, gospel to adventurous new music, Chanticleer’s programs are rich with original interpretations of vocal literature. Their Bass Concert Hall performance will include works by Tavener, Pärt, and Mahler.


    SO' PERCUSSION - March 6 - 7, 2012, McCullough Theater in conjunction with FUSEBOX Festiva, 8 PM 


    With special guests,Cenk Ergün, composer, Beth Meyers, viola

    We are grateful to The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their support of classical music programming at Texas Performing Arts.

    Coined New York City’s “experimental powerhouse” by The Village Voice, S? Percussion is America’s premiere modern performance ensemble. After a sold-out performance at McCullough Theatre in 2010, they return to Texas Performing Arts—along with guest composer Cenk Ergün and violist Beth Meyers—to present the Austin premiere of a new two-concert program commemorating the life and work of composer John Cage in his 100th birthday year.

    S? Percussion is hailed for navigating through the many extremes of emotion and musical possibility. Called “astonishing and entrancing” by Billboard Magazine and “brilliant” by The New York Times, S?’s innovative work is paired with original music by some of today’s most exciting composers.


    ROY HAYNES , FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH BAND, March 30, Bass Concert Hall, 8 PM

    Roy Haynes, often called the pulse of legendary jazz, makes his first appearance at Texas Performing Arts. For more than a half-century, Haynes has influenced and innovated, shaping some of the greatest recordings in jazz. His joyous drumming with the legends of the genre altered the very fabric and direction of jazz improvisation. His distinct style has driven the beat on classic recordings by Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, and Ella Fitzgerald.


    UT JAZZ ORCHESTRA with JOHN CLAYTON, April 14, Bates Recital Hall, 7:30 PM 

    UT Jazz Orchestra, Jeff Hellmer, director, With special guest, John Clayton, bass. Presented in partnership with the Butler School of Music. Grammy Award-winning bassist John Clayton joins the UT Jazz Ensemble as part of the Butler School of Music’s annual Longhorn Jazz Festival.

    Directed by Professor Jeff Hellmer, the UT Jazz Orchestra is the Butler School of
    Music’s premiere jazz ensemble. The Jazz Orchestra has performed in recent years with such luminaries as Michael Brecker, Phil Woods, Bob Brookmeyer, Conrad Herwig, and Stefon Harris. The ensemble’s eclectic repertoire features original compositions of its members.

    Bassist extraordinaire John Clayton is recognized in both the jazz and classical fields. Co-leader of the Grammy-nominated Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, he served as the artistic director of jazz for the Los Angeles Philharmonic from 1998 through 2001 and has written and arranged music for legendary artists including Milt Jackson, Nancy Wilson, McCoy Tyner, Quincy Jones, and Gladys Knight.


    EDDIE VEDDER , Friday, April 27, 2012, 7:30 pm, Bass Concert Hall,

    On Sale 2/3/2012 at noon Limit 4 ticket limit

    Eddie Vedder’s solo album, Ukulele Songs, was released on May 31, 2011 through Pearl Jam’s Monkeywrench Records. Recently nominated for the Best Folk Album GRAMMY Award, Ukulele Songs is a collection of original songs and covers performed by Vedder on ukulele.

    Also released on May 31st was Water on the Road, a live-concert DVD directed by Brendan Canty of Fugazi and Christoph Green featuring performances from Vedder’s August 16th and 17th 2008 solo tour engagements at Washington, D.C.‘s Warner Theatre.



    Wicked - Season Special , January 25 - February 12, 2012

    Back by “popular” demand! Entertainment Weekly calls WICKED “the best musical of the decade,” and when it first played Austin, it broke box office records and sold out in record time. Winner of 35 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, WICKED is Broadway’s biggest blockbuster, a cultural phenomenon and named “the defining musical of the decade” by The New York Times.

    Mary Poppins - Bass Concert Hall , April 10-15, 2012

    MARY POPPINS is bringing its own brand of Broadway magic to theaters across the country, which has Variety raving, “This is the rare touring production that over-delivers on every level!” Featuring the irresistible story and unforgettable songs from one of the most popular Disney films of all time — plus brand-new breathtaking dance numbers and spectacular stage-craft — MARY POPPINS is everything you could ever want in a hit Broadway show! Get swept up in the fun of this high-flying musical The New York Post gives 4 out of 4 stars and calls “a perfect piece of musical theater.”

    LES MISERABLES - Bass Concert Hall, May 29-June 3, 2012

    Cameron Mackintosh presents a brand new 25th anniversary production of Boublil & Schönberg’s legendary musical, LES MISÉRABLES, with glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo. This new production has been acclaimed by critics, fans, and new audiences and is breaking box office records wherever it goes. The New York Times calls this LES MISÉRABLES “an unquestionably spectacular production from start to finish.” The London Times hails the new show “ a five-star hit, astonishingly powerful.”

    Disney's the Lion King, Jan. 16 - Feb. 10, 2013 • Bass Concert Hall

    Experience the phenomenon of DISNEY'S THE LION KING. Marvel at the breathtaking spectacle of animals brought to life by award-winning director Julie Taymor, whose visual images for this show you'll remember forever. Thrill to the pulsating rhythms of the African Pridelands and an unforgettable score including Elton John and Tim Rice's Oscar®-winning songs "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" and "Circle of Life." Let your imagination run wild at the Tony® Award-winning Broadway sensation Newsweek calls "a landmark event in entertainment." Austin's most eagerly awaited return will leap onto the Bass Concert Hall stage next season

    Priscilla Queen of the Desert, May 8 - 12, 2013 • Bass Concert Hall

    BETTE MIDLER proudly presents the most OUTRAGEOUSLY FUN Broadway musical: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT! This spectacular show tells the uplifting story of a trio of friends on a road trip of a lifetime, who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship in the middle of the Australian outback and end up finding more than they could ever have dreamed.

    An international hit with over 500 dazzling, 2011 Tony® Award-winning costumes, PRISCILLA features a hit parade of dance-floor favorites including "It's Raining Men," "Finally" and "I Will Survive." The Hollywood Reporter calls PRISCILLA "funny and fabulous! Joyous entertainment with eye-popping visuals and unexpected heart!"

    Recommended for ages 13+ due to mature language and situations.



    CHAMBER ENSEMBLE OF THE SHANGHAI CHINESE ORCHESTRA, Saturday, February 18, 2012, 8:00 pm, Bass Concert Hall

    Presented in partnership with the Asian American Cultural Center

    Enjoy an evening of traditional and contemporary Chinese music as the Chamber Ensemble of the Shanghai Chinese Orchestra makes its Texas debut. Founded in 1952, this is the first modern Chinese orchestra in China and is renowned for its harmonious collaboration among its members and outstanding mastering of all types of works, including original compositions. Under the direction of Wang Fujian, their eclectic performance repertoire includes Chinese orchestral works, stringed and wind instrumental pieces, Cantonese music, plucked-strings instrumental ensemble, and percussion instrumental ensemble.

    ANGÉLIQUE KIDJO, Thursday, March 8, 2012, 8:00 pm, Bass Concert Hall

    Angélique Kidjo is one of the greatest forces in African music, a creative energy with eleven international albums to her name. In 2007, her album Djin Djin received a Grammy award. In 2010 Kidjo shared the stage with Alicia Keys, John Legend and Shakira for the FIFA World Cup Opening Ceremony in Johannesburg South Africa.

    SPOKFREVO ORCHESTRA - March 24, Bass Concert Hall, 8 PM 

    Inaldo Cavalcante de Albuquerque “Spok,” musical director

    Texas Performing Arts presents the Austin debut of this Brazilian big band sensation, touring the United States for the first time. Fronted by musical director/saxophonist Maestro Spok, this 17-musician outfit—saxophone, trumpet, trombone, rhythm sections, bass, and guitar—draws inspiration from frevo, a vibrant music of elaborate arrangements and deep roots. SpokFrevo Orquestra consistently pushes musical boundaries by texturing tradition with complex jazz improvisation, reinventing tradition without subverting it.

    DIE FLEDERMAUS Friday, April 20 - 27, 2012, McCullough Theatre

    Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music and Butler Opera Center

    DIE FLEDERMAUS Johann Strauss, Love, revenge, and drunken joy return to the Butler Opera Center with a new production of Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus. It’s not just the best operetta. It’s ‘the’ operetta.

    Die Fledermaus tells the tale of Gabriel von Eisenstein, who decides to attend his friend’s costume ball despite being sentenced to eight days in jail. His wife Rosalinde, believing her husband to be incarcerated, seizes the opportunity to partake in the festivities, and chaos ensues before a Viennese backdrop of glittering waltzes and spirited drinking songs.



    Million Dollar Quartet, April 9 - 14, 2013 • Bass Concert Hall

    On December 4, 1956, an auspicious twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together. The place was Sun Records' storefront studio in Memphis. The man who made it happen was Sam Phillips, the "Father of Rock 'n' Roll," who discovered them all. The four legends-to-be united for the only time in their careers for an impromptu recording that has come to be known as one of the greatest rock jam sessions of all time.

    MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET features a treasure trove of the greatest rock 'n' roll, gospel, R&B and country hits from these music legends, including such iconic songs as Blue Suede Shoes, Fever, Sixteen Tons, Who Do You Love?, Great Balls of Fire, Riders in the Sky, I Walk the Line, Folsom Prison Blues, and Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On.



    DIAVOLO DANCE THEATER, Feb 23-24, 2012, Bass Concert Hall, 8 PM 

    Presented in partnership with L Style G Style and the Department of Theatre and Dance

    PROGRAM: Fearful Symmetries/Trajectoire

    Diavolo Dance Theatre reinvents dance, re-imagines theater, and redefines thrills. Dancers, gymnasts, and actors take movement, athletics, and daring to the extreme, creating abstract narratives through surreal tableaux. Founded in 1992 in Los Angeles by Jacques Heim, Diavolo Dance Theatre creates an almost cinematic experience of powerful images that develop conceptual accounts of the human condition, utilizing everyday items such as doors, chairs, and stairways to provide the backdrop for an evening of dramatic movement.

    BATSHEVA DANCE COMPANY, Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 8 PM 

    MAX Ohad Naharin, artistic director. Sponsored by the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies and the Viola S. Hoffman and George W. Hoffman Lectureship in Liberal Arts and Fine Arts. Presented in partnership with the Department of Theatre and Dance and the Jewish Community Center of Austin PLEASE NOTE THE DATE OF THIS PERFORMANCE HAS CHANGED

    Classic, modern, and contemporary dance forms come together with awe-inspiring synergy as Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company brings their vibrant piece, Max, to the Bass Concert Hall stage. Founded in 1964 by Martha Graham and Baroness Batsheva de Rothschild, the troupe is now one of the most inspirational and sought-after dance companies in the world


    CATALYST - BE TRANSFORMED March 23, 2011 - March 25, 2012, B. Iden Payne Theatre

    Directed by David Justin and Yacov Sharir / Presented by the Department of Theatre and Dance

    Be transformed by dance. Performed by the acclaimed ensemble Dance Repertory Theatre, Catalyst brings unique and compelling dance works by nationally renowned choreographers to the stage. A highlight of the concert includes Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin’s (Artistic Director of Batsheva Dance Company) sharp and humorous Minus 16. Breaking down barriers between performers and audience, Minus 16 captivates with dynamic movement and music, including traditional Israeli music, mambo, techno and Dean Martin.

    Performance Dates:
    March 23 at 8PM
    March 24 at 2PM
    March 24 at 8PM
    March 25 at 2PM


    LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST, Friday, April 13 - 22, 2012, B. Iden Payne Theatre

    Four men swear an oath to scholarship, only to find that they are distracted by their affections for four ladies. Shakespeare’s comedic gem related the trials and tribulations of young romance and the obstacles one encounters on the path to true love.

    Love’s Labour’s Lost is part of the B. Iden Payne Season, which presents full-scale, dynamic productions by renowned artists and by Department of Theatre and Dance students.


    JOAN JONAS, May 4-5, 2012 McCullough Theatre


    Original music performed live by Jason Moran. Sponsored by the College of Fine Arts and the Department of Art and Art History

    Seminal video and performance artist – Jonas presents her cutting edge multi-media video installation. Since the 1970s, Jonas has worked between various mediums, freely incorporating video, movement, music, sculpture, and the spoken word into open-end narratives. Featuring music by Jason Moran, this collaborative work evokes the American Southwest through an artistic consideration of the Hopi snake dance, a ritual that affected Jonas during visits to Arizona in the 1960s.

    A featured performance of the 2012 Fusebox Festival



    IMAGINATION MOVERS Friday, March 9, 2012, 7:00 pm, Bass Concert Hall

    Real guitars, real drums, real fun! Rich, Scott, Dave and Smitty – of the Emmy-winning Disney Channel TV series “Imagination Movers” – bring their 2012 Rock-O-Matic Tour to Bass Concert Hall!

    The Movers were the highest-rated and most popular live family act of 2011. They combine danceable power pop songs with extremely catchy choruses to inspire audience participation. Their reputation of onstage silliness truly engages the littlest of kids along with their older siblings, parents, and grandparents. The Movers also pepper their live shows with musical references to their many inspirations, including U2, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jack Johnson, the Beastie Boys, among other classic and modern rockers.


    ROCK OF AGES, Sept. 25 - 30, 2012 • Long Center

    In 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small town girl met a big city rocker and in LA's most famous rock club, they fell in love to the greatest songs of the 80s. It's ROCK OF AGES, an arena-rock love story told through the mind-blowing, face-melting hits of JOURNEY, NIGHT RANGER, STYX, REO SPEEDWAGON, PAT BENATAR, TWISTED SISTER, POISON, ASIA, WHITESNAKE and many more. Don't miss this awesomely good time about dreaming big, playing loud and partying on!.

    Presented in partnership with: Long Center

    Will your kids love ROCK OF AGES as much as you will? We think they will have a great time, but you should know that some of the costumes, dancing and language may not be appropriate for kids under the age of 14.


    Billy Elliot the Musical, Dec. 11 - 16, 2012 • Bass Concert Hall

    BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL is the joyous celebration of one boy's journey to make his dreams come true. Set in a small town, the story follows Billy as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class, discovering a surprising passion that inspires his family and his whole community. A big musical with an even bigger heart,BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL will enchant the dreamer in all of us.

    Based on the international smash-hit film,BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL is brought to life by a phenomenal cast and the Tony® Award -winning creative team -- director Stephen Daldry, choreographer Peter Darling and writer Lee Hall -- along with music legend Elton John, who has written what the New York Post calls "HIS BEST SCORE YET!"


    Performances are at: Please check website for listings and updates 

    Bass Concert Hall
    McCullough Theatre
    Bates Recital Hall
    B. Iden Payne Theatre
    Oscar G. Brockett Theatre

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