Performing Arts Series & Family Fare Series Announce 2010-2011 Lineups
Headlining the S. Rudolph Alexander Perfoming Arts Series, Lily Tomlin insists she wasn’t funny as a child. She does admit that she “knew who was, and lifted their material right off the TV screen.” Her career evolved from her genesis on The Garry Moore Show and Laugh-In, to a slew of comedy television specials, guest appearances on shows as diverse as the X-Files and Homicide, and a two-year run on Murphy Brown. She co-starred with Dustin Hoffman in I Heart Huckabee’s. Curiously, the last SRAPAS presentation of Tomlin stature was Garrison Keillor, in whose movie (A Prairie Home Companion) Tomlin appeared (beside Meryl Streep).
The Takács Quartet, one of the top 20 string quartets on the planet, will perform Kellogg’s Soft Sleep Shall Contain You: A Meditation on Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden,” followed by a performance of the Schubert masterpiece. Opole, the National Philharmonic of Poland, performs Mozart’s Overture to Die Zauberflote, Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major. The violinist Midori completes a classical trifecta, but with a twist: she’ll perform and discuss her favorite contemporary works, using East Carolina as a preview prior to performing the program in Carnegie Hall.
The rest of the season is exciting as well. The Russian National Ballet returns, following their sold-out performance of Giselle last season. This time, they’ll perform Chopiniana, which grew out of Chopin’s Seventh Waltz, and Romeo and Juliet, with music by Tchaikovsky and choreography based on Marius Petipa’s original staging.
Two contemporary dance companies will perform one week apart in the spring. Doug Varone and Dancers will perform Varone’s lushly scripted movement to Prokofiev and Phillip Glass. The following week, the Dayton Contemporary Dance Ensemble will conclude their program with a piece performed to live Gospel choir accompaniment. The intent is to build a pick-up choir of magnitude and see if the walls can hold the energy. Both companies will offer master classes to ECU and Pitt County Schools students, as well as informances at South Central High School and elsewhere within the county. Partners include Pitt County Schools, the Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge, South Arts, the National Dance Project, the New England Foundation for the Arts and the ECU Office of Equity, Diversity and Community Relations.
Also on the lineup is pianist Emile Pandolfi, performing a holiday and classical concert on December 1. The performance is sponsored by the FRIENDS of the series. Learn more: www.ecu.edu/srapas.
Children’s programming expands in the 2010-11 Family Fare season, with six attractions. ECU’s Storybook Theatre, under the direction of Patch Clark, will present Seussical and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The Birmingham Children’s Theatre brings Beauty and the Beast and Zorro! to the stage. Mad Science will delight with CSI: Live, an interactive higher-order sleuthing program based on the popular franchise of the same name. And, fans of the Kennedy Center Theatre for Performing Arts on Tour productions will delight in Mo Willem’s staging of Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical. Family audiences can enjoy all six titles on Friday evenings. Teachers are encouraged to bring K-6 audiences to daytime performances. More on Family Fare can be found at www.ecu.edu/familyfare