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13/15 University Avenue
West Chester, PA 19383


Phone: 610-436-3500
Email: culturalaffairs@wcupa.edu

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2016-2017 Season

Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience
Friday, September 23, 2016 • 7:30pm
Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall
Orchestra: Adults $20 • Seniors/Students $15 | Balcony: Adults $17 • Seniors/Students $13

What's your favorite Beatles song? Audience members are invited to fill out a card prior to the show that answers this question and why they chose that song. The McGuigan brothers create a set list using these responses and share the audience's stories through the music of the Beatles. Along with personal stories of their own lives and upbringing, the McGuigans capture the cultural importance of the Beatles' music and how it touches all of us individually. Don't miss this one-of-a-kind, interactive Beatles experience! Learn more: www.billymcguigan.com.

Steep Canyon Rangers
Friday, November 4, 2016 • 7:30pm
Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall
Orchestra: Adults $20 • Seniors/Students $15 | Balcony: Adults $17 • Seniors/Students $13

The Grammy® Award-winning Steep Canyon Rangers are best known for collaborations with actor/comedian and respected banjo player Steve Martin and esteemed singer-songwriter Edie Brickell. Their highly anticipated ninth studio album, RADIO, features twelve all-original bluegrass and Americana tracks, all produced by fourteen-time Grammy® winner Jerry Douglas. Join the Steep Canyon Rangers for an evening of instrumental virtuosity and high-energy performance as they present their dynamic songwriting talents in today's bluegrass styles. Learn more: www.steepcanyon.com.

Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel
"Festive French Fare"
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 • 7:30pm
Philips Autograph Library
FREE EVENT*

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO FEBRUARY 8, 2017

Jeffrey Siegel returns to WCU this fall with his a gorgeous feast of music to enchant the ears! His "Festive French Fare" program will include Debussy's beloved Clair de lune, Ravel's impressionistic The Fountain, and the poetic Nocturne of Gabriel Fauré. Learn more: www.keyboardconversations.com

*No tickets are required. Seating is limited and on a first come, first serve basis.

Neil Berg's 100 Years of Broadway
Friday, November 18, 2016 • 7:30pm
Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall
Orchestra: Adults $20 • Seniors/Students $15 | Balcony: Adults $17 • Seniors/Students $13

Composer and lyricist Neil Berg presents his widely acclaimed 100 Years of Broadway, a musical revue of Broadway's most celebrated shows. Featuring a dazzling cast of real Broadway stars accompanied by an all-star New York band, Berg's show recreates some of the greatest moments from the finest shows of the century, including The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, CATS, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Jekyll & Hyde. Learn more: www.neilberg.com.

The Greatest Pirate Story Never Told!
Saturday, December 3, 2016 • 2:00pm
Madeleine Wing Adler Theater
General Admission: Adults $8 – Seniors/Students $5

Flung into the future by a musical-loving Sea Witch, a crew of misfit pirates-turned-actors must now perform the greatest pirate epic ever seen on stage. But, when their script is partially obscured by a tragic squid ink accident, the crew must turn to the audience to fill in the missing parts of the plot. Nominated as "Best Family Show 2014" by the Off-Broadway Alliance Awards, The Greatest Pirate Story Never Told! is Off-Broadway's improvised, interactive, musical pirate adventure, filled with boatloads of laugh-out-loud moments for both kids and grown-ups! Learn more: www.greatestpiratestory.com.

Cirque Zuma Zuma
Friday, February 17, 2017 • 7:30pm
Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall
Orchestra: Adults $20 • Seniors/Students $15 | Balcony: Adults $17 • Seniors/Students $13

Audiences and critics agree – Cirque Zuma Zuma is unlike anything they have ever seen before. Many describe it as an African-style Cirque du Soleil; such is the standard of Zuma Zuma's performers and the quality of the show's live musical score. As seen on season 6 of America's Got Talent, Cirque Zuma Zuma packs every show with non-stop action and incredible features that keep audiences on the edges of their seats. Learn more: www.zumazuma.com.

Committed
Saturday, February 25, 2017 • 7:30pm
Madeleine Wing Adler Theater
General Admission: Adults $20 • Seniors/Students $15

Considered one of the nation's top ten a cappella groups, Committed is frequently compared to groups like Take 6 and Boyz II Men. Committed made their breakthrough on NBC's The Sing-Off, from which they emerged as season 2 champions in 2010. Now with a 2016 Grammy nomination to boast, this five-man group from Alabama brings lush harmonies and an astoundingly varied repertoire on tour across the country. Learn more: www.committedsings.com.

The Divine Hand Ensemble
Friday, March 3, 2017 • 7:30pm
Madeleine Wing Adler Theater
General Admission: Adults $20 • Seniors/Students $15

Moog-endorsed Mano Divina, leader of the Divine Hand Ensemble, is a professional concert Thereminist who performs classical and sacred music with his eight-member string ensemble internationally. The Divine Hand Ensemble plays with precision, elegance, and grace, mesmerizing audiences through the ethereal and emotional calm and mystery of the Theremin. Watch as Divina bends electricity with his hands and literally pulls beautiful music out of thin air. The Divine Hand Ensemble crosses all music boundaries through unique interpretations of movie scores, familiar popular songs, and classical and opera favorites.

Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel
"An American Salute"
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 • 7:30pm
Philips Autograph Library
FREE EVENT*

This lively salute to American composers will include the rarely heard solo piano version of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, Excursions of the famous West Chester-born composer Samuel Barber, Gottschalk's virtuoso masterpiece The Union, written during the Civil War, MacDowell's tender To a Wild Rose, and Aaron Copland's rousing Hoe-Down from Rodeo and his humorous Cat and the Mouse. Learn more: www.keyboardconversations.com.

*No tickets are required. Seating is limited and on a first come, first serve basis.

Caladh Nua
Saturday, March 11, 2017 • 7:30pm
Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall
Orchestra: Adults $20 • Seniors/Students $15 | Balcony: Adults $17 • Seniors/Students $13

Caladh Nua is a tightly-knit, vibrant, and staggeringly talented band with its origins deeply rooted in the southern counties of Ireland. Comprised of five versatile musicians and singers playing a wide selection of instruments, the band captures the essential qualities of traditional Irish music and balances them with an innovative contemporary flair. Learn more: www.caladhnua.com.

Missoula Children's Theatre presents Treasure Island
Saturday, March 18, 2017 • 3:00pm • 5:30pm
Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall
General Admission: Adults $8 • Seniors/Students $5

Back by popular demand, the country's preeminent professional children's theatre company, the Missoula Children's Theatre, returns to WCU and will once again recruit more than fifty local children to stage an original musical adaptation.

Auditions: Monday, March 13, 2017 at 4:30 pm in the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, Philips Memorial Building (700 South High Street).

Approximately fifty roles are available for local students ages kindergarten through 12th grade. No advance preparation or experience is necessary. Just be ready to have a good time!

Register for auditions online.

Learn more: www.mctinc.org.

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
Friday, March 31, 2017
Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall
Orchestra: Adults $20 • Seniors/Students $15 | Balcony: Adults $17 • Seniors/Students $13

The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble consists of seven brothers from the south side of Chicago who come from an extraordinary musical family. Since their founding in 1999, Smoov, Baji, Hudah, Yoshi, Rocco, Clef, and Cid have performed at venues all across the world and are excited to finally bring their sound home on a tour throughout North America. Mixing the brass band tradition with generous doses of hip-hop, soul, and funk, the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble creates an intoxicating and boisterous blend of music that is just barely contained. Learn more: www.hypnoticbrassensemble.com.

Tamagawa University Taiko Drumming & Dance Troupe
Monday, April 10, 2017 • 7:30pm
Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall
Orchestra Reserved: $15 | Balcony Reserved: $10

Nearly 30 drummers and dancers from Tamagawa University, Japan, make a return appearance on our campus for an athletic and graceful performance that includes thundering Taiko drumming and Japanese folkloric dance. As one of the top-ranking taiko groups in Japan, their amazing stage show has received rave reviews from the New York Times and other media. With growing numbers of fans every year, they return to the U.S. to perform at the Cherry Blossom Festivals in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

The Stunt Dog Experience
Friday, May 5, 2017 • 7:30pm
Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall
Orchestra: Adults $20 • Seniors/Students $15 | Balcony: Adults $17 • Seniors/Students $13

Chris Perondi's famous stunt dogs are out of this world! During this "Stunt Dog Experience," you can expect to witness some of the most incredible stunts and behaviors ever performed by dogs. On a mission to promote animal rescue, pet adoption, and responsible pet care, all of the dogs in the show have been rescued from pounds and shelters across the country. With amazing air tricks, big air stunts, comedy antics, dancing dogs, and athletic feats, it is the most entertaining show of its kind! Learn more: www.stuntdogshow.com.

Past Seasons

  • 2015-2016

    PhillyBloco
    The United Kingdom Ukulele Orchestra
    "Keyboard Conversations" with Jeffrey Siegel
    Original Soul Sounds of Philly
    Story Pirates
    FLY Dance Company
    Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater
    An Evening of Traditional Irish Music with Brian Conway
    Popovich Comedy Pet Theater
    Tamagawa University Taiko Drumming and Dance Troupe
    Missoula Children's Theatre presents Peter & Wendy
  • 2014-2015

    The Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra
    Gaelic Storm
    Voca People
    National Marionette Theatre Presents Pinocchio
    Vertical Current
    Black Violin
    Brian Conway with Mary Courtney, Brendan Dolan, and John Whelane: An Evening of Traditional Irish Music and Dance
    Masters of Soul
    Popovich Comedy Pet Theater
    Tamagawa University Taiko Drumming and Dance Troupe
  • 2013-2014

    Greater Ocean City Theatre Company presents Jack and the Beanstalk
    Greater Ocean City Theatre Company presents Dorothy Meets Alice
    Greater Ocean City Theatre Company presents Rapunzel
    The Beegie Adair Trio
    Greater Ocean City Theatre Company presents Smokey Joe's Cafe
    Tempesta di Mare
    Airmen of Note
    The Life of Paul Robeson
    Black Violin
    An Evening of Traditional Irish Music and Dance with Brian Conway
    Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus
    Todd Oliver
    Missoula Children's Theatre presents Robinson Crusoe
    Tamagawa University Taiko Drumming and Dance Troupe
  • 2012-2013

    Tempesta di Mare
    Heritage Brass
    The Unbelievables
    Greater Ocean City Theatre Company presents A Christmas Wonderland
    Runa
    La Pasion Flamenca
    An Evening of Traditional Irish Music and Dance with Brian Conway
    Popovich Comedy Pet Theater
    Broadway's Next Hit Musical
    Tamagawa University Taiko Drumming and Dance Troupe
    Missoula Children's Theatre presents Blackbeard the Pirate
  • 2011-2012

    Barrage
    Two Sides of Celtic
    Tim and the Space Cadets
    Jason Bishop
    Greater Ocean City Theatre Company Holiday Show
    David Sanchez
    Ragamala Dance
    Golden Dragon Acrobats
    An Evening of Traditional Irish Music and Dance with Brian Conway
    Missoula Children's Theatre presents The Wiz of the West
    Tamagawa University Taiko Drumming and Dance Troupe