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All the World’s a Stage for Rose-Hulman’s Performing Arts Series

August 26, 2011

With Chinese acrobats, Russian dancers, South African singers and the Vienna Boys Choir, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's Performing Arts Series will bring the world to Terre Haute with a menu of entertainers from around the globe performing on the Hatfield Hall Theater stage.

This season's series features two lineups to please audiences of all ages and interests.  The Mainstage schedule will include a Shakespearian comedy, dance-art fusion, swing revival and bluegrass, among others acts.  Meanwhile, the Family Discovery Series will have family-friendly performances.

     Performing Arts 2011-2012
   

Multi-platinum selling swing revival band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy kicks off the season on October 7.  This nine-man ensemble is known for its high energy performances which feature a hugely successful fusion of classic American jazz, swing, Dixieland and big band music.  The group will pay tribute to the legendary Cab Calloway as it plays selections from the 2009 album How Big Can You Get?: The Music of Cab Calloway.

The National Acrobats from the People's Republic of China will tumble across the stage on October 17.  The company of 35 performers is known for its stunning displays of the best in Chinese martial arts, illusion and acrobatics set to traditional music.  In the 50 years since its inception, this troupe has been one of the most influential acrobatic ensembles in the world.

A special show, Chunky Move-Connected, on November 12 will allow persons to witness the marriage of dance and art.  Gideon Obarzanek will animate both the body and the machine through the physical connection between the dancers and a kinetic sculpture designed and built specifically for the show by artist Reuben Margolin.

"I'm excited about Chunky Move-Connected because it's so innovative and interesting.  You'll never see anything like that again," promises Bunny Nash, coordinator of Rose-Hulman's Performing Arts Series.

The Vienna Boys Choir kicks off the holiday season with a show on November 28 that offers a taste of Austria.  The choir, with its distinctive charm and world-class talent, has enchanted audiences since its creation by Emperor Maximilian I in 1498.  It will perform holiday selections, including several classical festive songs of the season.

Then, the holiday cheer rolls on as Canadian musician Natalie McMaster joins Terre Haute Children's Choir in a special Christmas concert on December 12.  McMaster is internationally known for her feverish fiddling and mesmerizing step dancing.  She has been an ambassador for traditional East Coast music and is credited with lifting the style to its contemporary prominence.

"We're the only place in Indiana where she's playing this season," says Nash, who anticipates a sold-out show soon after the series is publicly announced.

Turn your pumpkin into a coach and ride to Rose-Hulman for the Moscow Festival Ballet's performance of "Cinderella" on January 10.  Founded in 1989 by legendary principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet Sergei Radchenko, the Moscow Festival Ballet combines the finest elements of Russian ballet. 

Grammy-nominated bluegrass act Dailey & Vincent will perform on January 27.  Known for their tight harmonies and instrumental prowess, this duo interweaves elements of gospel, traditional bluegrass and country throughout musical selections.  The group earned Entertainer of the Year and Album of the Year at the 2008 International Bluegrass Music Awards Show, and earned a 2011 Grammy nomination in the category of Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.

For over four decades Ladysmith Black Mambazo has engaged audiences with its marriage of intricate rhythms and harmonies. On February 7, the group will share their talent with Terre Haute.  The group's style is rooted in a traditional music called isicathamiya, which developed in the mines of South Africa.  The nine-member vocal group is best known for its work on Paul Simon's "Graceland" album, but has performed for the Queen of England and Pope John Paul II, at two Nobel Peace Prize ceremonies and the 1996 Summer Olympics.

The Acting Company will present Shakespeare's "The Comedy of Errors" on February 18.  This award-winning repertory ensemble will tell the story of two sets of identical twins accidentally separated at birth, for whom a case of mistaken identities begins a series of hilarious mishaps. 

The series winds down with the high-energy music and dance of The Tartan Terrors on March 9.  Billed as "North America's premier Celtic event" the group incorporates music, comedy and dance into a show featuring a two-time world champion bagpiper, driving drums, guitar and a whole lot of attitude. 

Ticket information for Rose-Hulman's Performing Arts Series is available by calling the Hatfield Hall ticket office at (812) 877-8544 or visiting the series' website at www.hatfieldhall.com.