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Hatfield Hall Marks 10 Years of Performing Arts Excellence
September 7, 2012
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's Hatfield Hall is
celebrating 10 years of bringing innovative and talented acts to
the Wabash Valley with its 2012-2013 Performing Arts Series.
Offerings as diverse as bluegrass, ballet, Broadway favorites, and
family-friendly educational programs employ acrobats and actors,
musicians and vocalists, science, and sleuthing to round out a
season which includes something for everyone.
New this year, the Al Schmidt Concert at the White Chapel will
feature the Baroque chamber group Ensemble Voltaire on Sunday,
September 30. The group is widely known for its unique
performances of Baroque chamber music, featuring period
instruments. Its musicians masterfully create a time-bridging
performance of early music for a contemporary audience.
The Hatfield Hall's Mainstage Series will feature the following
Cameron Carpenter, October 9 -- This Grammy-nominated organist
will make you forget what you know about the instrument. Carpenter
is smashing the stereotypes of organists and organ music alike. His
flamboyant performances, combined with a repertoire including
classical and original compositions, as well and jazz and pop
collaborations, have garnered both acclaim and controversy.
Cirque Mechanics' Birdhouse Factory, October 14-15 -- This
inspirational show might result if engineers ran away and joined
the circus. Inspired by modern circus, Cirque Mechanics finds its
roots in the mechanical and its heart in the stories of American
ingenuity. Storytelling in three dimensions are created
through the show's visual display of acrobatics, music, and comic
Jake Shimabukuro, November 9 -- He's earned comparisons to the
likes of Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis, and has performed for Conan
O'Brien and the Queen of England-on the ukulele! With
offerings like Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" and Queen's "Bohemian
Rhapsody", alongside Bach and Hawaiian folk tunes, Jake's
performance will shatter your paradigm of ukulele music.
Broadway Holiday, November 30 -- Kick off the holiday season
with this special Neil Berg production that's direct from New
York. Berg and a three-piece band will take the audience on a
journey through Broadway with hits from classic shows such as "My
Fair Lady" and "South Pacific" to current blockbusters like "Jersey
Boys" and "Wicked" right into the holidays with all your favorite
The Russian National Ballet's "Giselle," January 9 -- One of the
oldest ballets still performed today, "Giselle" is the tragic
romance of the beautiful young peasant who falls for the
flirtations of the deceitful Duke Albrecht. The Russian National
Ballet incorporates lavish sets, beautiful costumes and
tremendously gifted dancers to bring this classic ballet to
Mountain Heart, January 19 -- Since forming in 1999, Mountain
Heart has fearlessly revolutionized the way acoustic music is
performed and presented. The band has garnered dozens of honors and
nominations including Grammy, ACM, CMA, and IBMA recognitions, and
made more than 125 appearances at the Grand Old Opry.
Susan Werner, February 2 - One of the most intriguing
singer-songwriters today, Werner was once dubbed "the empress of
the unexpected" on National Public Radio. The Iowa native has
forged a fanatical following during her personal musical evolution,
beginning with her traditional folk-singing roots and melding with
jazz, blues, and pop genres.
The Knights with Wu Man, February 14 -- One of the most exciting
new groups to emerge in recent years, the 40-member chamber
orchestra known as The Knights has taken the world of classical
music by storm. Joining them will be Grammy-nominee Man,
whose adventurous musical spirit has led to her becoming a
respected expert on the history and preservation of Chinese musical
StepCrew, March 22 -- These six dynamic performers will delight
patrons with its blend of Irish Stepdancing, Ottawa Valley
Stepdancing, and modern tap. The performers excel in their
respective traditional forms of dance and create brand new, modern
fusions of all three styles. Backed by a five-piece band, Celtic
vocals, and three champion fiddle players, StepCrew leaves Irish
hearts and happy faces smiling.
Nathan Gunn, May 2 - Bringing sexy back to opera is one of the
most exciting and in-demand opera baritones of the day. Gunn is
dubbed one of People Magazine's Sexiest Men Alive in 2008, has
appeared in internationally-renowned opera houses, such as the
Metropolitan Opera, and his distinguished repertoire includes title
roles in "Billy Budd," "The Barber of Seville", and "Hamlet." He
also regularly ventures outside classical music with appearances in
cabaret shows and musical theater, and his solo album, Just Before
Sunrise, features works by contemporary songwriters, including Tom
Waits, Sting, Gene Scheer, and Ben Moore.
Family Series Showcases Science and Art for All Ages
Hatfield Hall's Family Series brings the best in edutainment to
audiences of all ages. The list of shows features:
"The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs," November 8 -- Based on
the popular children's book by Jon Sciezka and Lane Smith, the play
begins where a classic tale left off-the aftermath of the Big Bad
Wolf's crime spree.
Doktor Kaboom, January 22 -- Doktor Kaboom returns with his new
interactive one-man science variety show. It's brainy fun for the
Jack Hanna: Into The Wild LIVE, March 9 -- America's favorite
zookeeper, whose infectious energy and hands-on approach to
wildlife conservation have won widespread acclaim, will present two
shows, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Lightwire Theater - The Ugly Duckling & The Tortoise and the
Hare, March 13 -- Cutting edge technology and moving sculpture
bring new life to a pair of classic tales.
Specific show information is available by calling the Hatfield
Hall ticket desk at 812-877-8544 or visiting www.hatfieldhall.com. The
ticket desk is available weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays
from noon to 5 p.m. p.m., and two hours before each event.
Rose-Hulman Performing Arts Series
Sept. 30 - Ensemble Voltaire, 7:30 p.m.*
Oct. 9 - Cameron Carpenter, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 14 - Cirque Mechanics' Birdhouse Factory, 7 p.m.
Oct. 15 - Cirque Mechanics' Birdhouse Factory, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 9 - Jake Shimabukuro, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 30 - Broadway Holiday, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 9 - The Russian National Ballet's "Giselle," 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 19 - Mountain Heart, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 2 - Susan Werner, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 14 - The Knights with Wu Man, 7:30 p.m.
March 22 - StepCrew, 7:30 p.m.
May 2 - Nathan Gunn, 7:30 p.m.
* Al Schmidt Concert in White Chapel