Purdue Convocations announces 2009-2010 season

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue Convocations’ 2009-10 season will feature 22 performances, including a variety of Broadway musicals, plays and concerts. Highlights of the season include Broadway musicals such as “Mamma Mia!” “Avenue Q” and “Jesus Christ Superstar” starring Ted Neeley, as well as performances in Elliott Hall of Music of “Metropolis” and the Martha Graham Dance Company.

This season features a diverse range in programming, including a partnership with Lafayette’s Long Center Theatre Organ Society presenting the silent film classic “Metropolis,” starring Clark Wilson; the Kronos Quartet performing the Midwest premiere of “Music from Fences,” a work co-commissioned by the Sydney Opera House and Purdue Convocations; and Henrik Ibsen’s “An Enemy of the People” by Aquila Theatre.

“‘An Enemy of the People’ has as much social currency today as it did when it was written 127 years ago, raising the age-old question of whether art imitates life or the reverse,” said Todd Wetzel, director of Purdue Convocations.

Other highlights of the season include special engagements leading up to the 25th anniversary of the Friends of Convocations, the organization’s donor group. Performances include an appearance by acclaimed jazz musician Dave Brubeck and the Martha Graham Dance Company.

The Friends of Convocations are a key part of Purdue Convocations, said Kendall Purpura, director of development for Convocations.

Avenue Q, the Broadway musical is coming to the Elliott Hall of Music, April 29, 2010

Avenue Q, the Broadway musical is coming to the Elliott Hall of Music, April 29, 2010

“Convocations appreciates the support that we receive through tickets sales,” Purpura said. “However, ticket sales only provide 60 percent of the costs of presenting performances. Contributions from Friends of Convocations make it all possible, and we are looking forward to celebrating 25 years of support from this devoted group.”

Friends of Convocations will receive priority seating if their orders are received by June 12. All other orders are then processed as received. To join the Friends of Convocations or learn more about membership benefits, contact Convocations at 765-494-9712.

In addition to scheduled public performances, thousands of students from preschool to high school also will be treated to a series of matinees and artist-in-residence activities that will be brought to schools during the 2009-10 season. These events are open to all schools, and a complete list can be found at http://www.convocations.org

Advance tickets are now on sale for all performances and may be purchased as single tickets or the flexible Pick 5 package. Discounted tickets also are available for groups of 10 or more.

Ticket order forms, complete ticket pricing information and details on all performances are available at http://www.convocations.org, in the 2009-10 Convocations brochure or by calling 765-494-9712. Tickets also can be ordered at the campus box offices or by phone at 765-494-3933.

The Purdue Convocations 2009-10 season schedule includes:

  • “Metropolis,” directed by Fritz Lang and starring Clark Wilson on the Elliott Hall of Music theater organ. Presented by Purdue Convocations and the Long Center Theatre Organ Society. 8 p.m. Sept. 18. Elliott Hall of Music. Tickets are $15 for the general public and $10 for students.
  • Hanggai with special guest Mamer. 8 p.m. Sept. 25. Loeb Playhouse. Tickets are $18 for the general public and $15 for students.
  • Andrew Clements’ “Frindle,” presented by Griffin Theatre Company. 7 p.m. Oct. 1. Loeb Playhouse. Tickets are $14 for the general public and $10 for students.
  • The Classical Theatre of Harlem’s production of Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot,” directed by Christopher McElroen. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7 and 8. Loeb Playhouse. Tickets are $28 for the general public and $20 for students.
  • “Mamma Mia!” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 and Oct. 22. Elliott Hall of Music. Tickets are $20-$48 for the general public and $20-$35 for students.
  • Jeremy Denk on the piano. 3 p.m. Oct. 25. Loeb Playhouse. Tickets are $26 for the general public and $16 for students.
  • Afiara String Quartet. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5. Loeb Playhouse. Tickets are $12.
  • Dave Brubeck Quartet. 8 p.m. Nov. 7. Loeb Playhouse. Tickets are $35-$85 for the general public and $25-$45 for students.
  • Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet. 8 p.m. Nov. 13. Loeb Playhouse. Tickets are $26 for the general public and $19 for students.
  • “Strega Nona” by Tomie dePaola. Presented by Maximum Entertainment in association with Active Arts Theatre for Young Audiences. 3 p.m. Nov. 22. Loeb Playhouse. Tickets are $14 for the general public and $10 for students.
  • Fauré Quartett. 8 p.m. Jan. 15. Loeb Playhouse. Tickets are $26 for the general public and $16 for students.
  • “The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon” by Crockett Johnson. Presented by the Enchantment Theatre Company. 3 p.m. Jan. 17. Loeb Playhouse. Tickets are $14 for the general public and $10 for students.
  • Dave Holland Quintet. 8 p.m. Jan. 22. Loeb Playhouse. Tickets are $30 for the general public and $22 for students.
  • “The Opera Show.” 8 p.m. Jan. 30. Loeb Playhouse. Tickets are $35-$45 for the general public and $25-$30 for students.
  • Kronos Quartet, “Music Without Borders,” featuring a Purdue Convocations co-commission. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4. Loeb Playhouse. Tickets are $26 for the general public and $16 for students.
  • “Jesus Christ Superstar” starring Ted Neeley. 8 p.m. Feb. 12. Elliott Hall of Music. Tickets are $20-$45 for the general public and $20-$32 for students.
  • “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien. Presented by the Théâtre Sans Fil. 1:30 p.m. Feb. 20. Loeb Playhouse. Tickets are $18 for the general public and $12 for students.
  • “An Enemy of the People” by Henrik Ibsen. Presented by Aquila Theatre Company. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25. Loeb Playhouse. Tickets are $28 for the general public and $20 for students.
  • Martha Graham Dance Company. 8 p.m. Feb. 27. Elliott Hall of Music. Tickets are $20-$38 for the general public and $15-$26 for students.
  • Chaconne Klaverenga on the guitar. 3 p.m. March 28. Loeb Playhouse. Tickets are $12.
  • Miguel Zenón’s “Esta Plena.” 8 p.m. April 9. Loeb Playhouse. Tickets are $26 for the general public and $19 for students.
  • “Avenue Q,” the Broadway musical. 7:30 p.m. April 29. Elliott Hall of Music. Tickets are $20-$45 for the general public and $20-$32 for students.

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