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Introducing the 2014-2015 Season

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The mission of the S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Series is to advance the East Carolina University motto (to serve) by engaging university and regional audiences with quality cultural arts experiences. We purposefully select programs designed to broaden exposure to a spectrum of performing arts, provide intensive master class and informance opportunities for university and K-12 students, provide real-world internship experiences in arts management and serve as the region’s performing arts leader.


The Series

All Series Events will be held at 8:00 PM in Wright Auditorium

 

 

 



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Red Priest
Friday, November 14 | Wright Auditorium, 8:00 PM
Expect the highest levels of Baroque musicianship (Bach, Vivaldi) coupled with electrifying performance antics.

 

This extraordinary acoustic foursome has been described by music critics as visionary and heretical, wholly irreverent and highly enlightened, completely wild and deeply imaginative, with a red-hot wicked sense of humor and a break-all-rules rock-chamber concert approach to early music.

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Mark O’Connor and Friends: An Appalachian Christmas
Tuesday, December 2 | Wright Auditorium, 8:00 PM
Expect a wondrous mixture of Christmas carols, fiddling, bluegrass and traditional American music.


An Appalachian Christmas is “glorious ... heavenly” (Associated Press), “elegant” (NewYork Times) and “an absolute delight” (American Songwriter). Critics are raving about Mark O’Connor and Friends. Begin your holiday season with this heartwarming performance.

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Mummenschanz
Friday, February 13, 2015 | Wright Auditorium, 8:00 PM
Expect witty madness, brilliant originality and exceptional ingenuity.

 

During a three-year run on Broadway, the Swiss troupe Mummenschanz pioneered a new form of visual theatre, paving the way for the likes of modern dance company Pilobolus and the Blue Man Group. Mummenschanz creates a playful yet compelling experience through the inventive use of shadow, light and the creative manipulation of objects. They offer timeless insight on the human condition.

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Koresh Dance Company
Friday, March 20 | Wright Auditorium, 8:00 PM
Expect stunning athleticism, innovative movement and nonstop dynamism.

 

Experience choreographer Roni Koresh’s (at left) latest work, “Come Together.” It juxtaposes Israeli folk dance and contemporary movement alongside Middle Eastern music and classical favorites by Chopin, Beethoven and Ravel. Experience the grounded, driving and earthy rhythms of the old world beside the ethereal and heavenly sounds of the new. This performance opens with a short Koresh piece performed by ECU dancers.

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John Lithgow: Stories by Heart
Saturday, April 18 | Wright Auditorium, 8:00 PM
Expect nothing less than a legendary performance by a Tony,® Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winning actor.

 

John Lithgow offers a touching and humorous reflection of storytelling as the tie that binds humanity. He invokes memories of his grandmother and father by interspersing his story with two great works that were read to him when he was a child: “Uncle Fred Flits By” by P.G. Wodehouse and “Haircut” by Ring Lardner. In the first, a fretful young Englishman is taken on a wild afternoon escapade in suburban London by his irrepressible uncle. In a hilarious tour de force, Lithgow performs with zany abandon, portraying ten distinct, outrageous characters (including a parrot). By contrast, “Haircut” is a darkly comic look at Midwestern American implacability. It is a captivating yarn told by a gossipy barber in small-town Michigan as he gives a shave and a haircut to a stranger. Stories by Heart provides ample evidence of the power of storytelling, the magic of theatre and the talents of one of our greatest actors.

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ECU Symphony Orchestra with Cellist Nina Kotova
Thursday, April 23 | Wright Auditorium, 8:00 PM
Expect a capstone performance featuring a passionate cello concerto.

 

The “fantastically gifted cellist” Nina Kotova has been hailed as “passionate and inspiring” and “a musician of high seriousness and real talent.” She’s performed as a soloist with symphony orchestras around the world including the Czech, Russian National, Chinese Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic and BBC. She’s performed for the Imperial family of Japan and at Buckingham Palace, as well as graced the covers of Gramophone, Time, Newsweek, Vogue and Elle. Repertoire to be announced by August 15.

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