Purdue Convocations announces 2011-12 season

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue Convocations’ 2011-12 season will bring 22 performances, including an array of Broadway musicals, plays and concerts to Purdue University’s West Lafayette campus.

Highlights of the season include Broadway shows such as “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” “In the Heights,” “Young Frankenstein,” and “Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles,” as well as “Moulin Rouge – The Ballet.”

The 2011-2012 season features a diverse range in programming, including Walnut Street Theatre’s “Proof” by David Auburn, an award-winning play that was adapted into an acclaimed film starring Anthony Hopkins and Gwyneth Paltrow; Chunky Move’s “Connected” is a partnership teaming the Australian dance company with American sculptor Reuben Margolin; and 2011 Grammy Award-winning jazz musician Esperanza Spalding returns to Purdue after a triumphant 2007 appearance as a Discovery Artist.

Todd Wetzel, director of Convocations, is pleased to offer a season with numerous award-winning artists.

“Our new season is filled with global and highly acclaimed performances, featuring four Grammy Award-winning musical artists and two Tony Award-winning theatrical productions plus dynamic artists from Germany, Ireland, Canada, Israel, Cuba, and Australia,” he said.

Friends of Convocations will receive priority seating if their orders are received by June 17. All other orders are then processed as received. For information on becoming a Friend of Convocations, contact Convocations at 765-494-9712.

In addition to scheduled public performances, thousands of students from preschool through high school also will attend a series of matinees and artist-in-residence activities that will be brought to schools during the 2011-2012 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 online at http://www.convocations.org, in the 2011-12 Convocations brochure or by calling 765-494-9712. Tickets can also be ordered at the campus box offices or by phone at 765-494-3933.

The Purdue Convocations 2011-12 season schedule includes:

Grupo Fantasma
Thursday, Aug. 25, 7:30 p.m. in the Purdue Memorial Union Ballrooms
Tickets: General public $20/ Students $15

ScrapArtsMusic
Sunday, Oct. 2, 3 p.m. at Loeb Playhouse
Tickets: General public $15/ Students $10

Esperanza Spalding, “Chamber Music Society”
Thursday, Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m., Loeb Playhouse
Tickets: General public $30/ Students $22

Jerusalem Quartet
Saturday, Oct.15, 8 p.m., Loeb Playhouse
Tickets: General public $26/ Students $19

Carolina Chocolate Drops
Thursday, Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m., Loeb Playhouse
Tickets: General public $26/ Students $19

“Carmen” In Concert
Presented by Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, Bach Chorale Singers, Bach Chorale Youth Choir, Purdue Convocations, and Opera de Lafayette.
Saturday, Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m., Long Center for the Performing Arts.
Tickets: $35

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”
Wednesday, Nov. 2, 7:00 p.m., Elliott Hall of Music
Tickets: General public: $20-48/ Students: $20-35

Chunky Move, “Connected”
Thursday, Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m., Loeb Playhouse
Tickets: General public $28/ Students $20

Morgenstern Trio
Thursday, Nov. 17, 7:30 pm, Loeb Playhouse
Tickets: $14

Doktor Kaboom!
Sunday, Nov. 20, 3 p.m., Loeb Playhouse
Tickets: General public $15/ Students $10

Danú, “Christmas in Ireland”
Thursday, Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m., Long Center for the Performing Arts
Tickets: General public $26/ Students $19

21st Century Dizzy: Danilo Pérez and Friends
Friday, Jan. 20, 8 p.m., Loeb Playhouse
Tickets: General public $30/ Students $22

“RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles”
Sunday, Jan. 22, 4 p.m., Elliott Hall of Music
Tickets: General public $20-48/ Students $20-35

Trio di Clarone
Thursday, Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m., Loeb Playhouse
Tickets: General public $26/ Students $19

The Magic School Bus-Live!, “The Climate Challenge”
Bay Area Children’s Theatre and Oregon Children’s Theatre
Sunday, Feb. 12, . 3 p.m., Loeb Playhouse
Tickets: General public $18/ Students $12

Walnut Street Theatre, “Proof”
Saturday, Feb. 18, 8 p.m., and Sunday, Febr. 19, 3 p.m., Loeb Playhouse
Tickets: General public $30/ Students $22

“In the Heights”
Sunday, Feb. 26, 4 p.m., Elliott Hall of Music
Tickets: General public $20-48/ Students $20-35

Linden String Quartet and Michael Brown, piano
2010 Concert Artist Guild International Competition winners
Saturday, March 3, 8 p.m., Loeb Playhouse, Tickets: $14

Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, “Moulin Rouge-The Ballet”
Saturday, March 24, 8 p.m., Elliott Hall of Music
Tickets: General public $20-45/ Students $20-32

Sierra Maestra
Thursday, March 29, 7:30 p.m., Loeb Playhouse
Tickets: General public $26/ Students $19

Dallas Children’s Theater, “Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters”
Sunday, April 15, 3 p.m., Long Center for the Performing Arts
Tickets: General public $15/ Students $10

“Young Frankenstein,” The New Mel Brooks Musical
Thursday, April 19, 7:30 p.m., Elliott Hall of Music
Tickets: General public $20-48/ Students $20-35

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