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Performing Arts Series

Unusual would hardly describe this special season at the Galvin Fine Arts Center. Known for our commitment to presenting the broadest possible sampling of performing arts events in our season each year, we are mixing it up a bit. That's why we're calling it UnGalvin.

For the 2016-17 academic year, the University will celebrate William Shakespeare's work to commemorate the 400th anniversary of his death. We will still have variety in our programing with our professional events and the theatre will continue to produce its beloved children's show. We are also adding new subscription packages to give you more choices.

Enjoy an exciting range of performances with an extra kick of Shakespeare that regularly include discussions and receptions. Make plans to attend these exciting events!

2016-17 Season Schedule

FEET DON'T FAIL ME NOW, a Rhythmic Circus Production
Saturday, Sept. 17, 7:30 p.m.
These untouchable homegrown hoofers from Minneapolis hit the road with a trunk full of tap shoes, funky costumes and a big brass band, ready to burst onto the stage with Feet Don't Fail Me Now! "Heatbox" the human beatbox, joins the swingin' seven-piece funk band to accompany each tap, shuffle, and stomp with a clang, riff and refrain. It's easy to see why this troupe was a 2012 winner of the Edinburgh Festival "Spirit of the Fringe" Award. In this joyous parade of genre-hopping music and hard-hitting percussive dance, you'll be jumping out of your seat and dancing to the beat! www.rhythmiccircus.com

TICKETS $19 adults, $16 faculty/staff/alumni/senior citizens, $12 non-SAU students, $12 groups, SAU students with current valid student ID are free


THE TEMPEST, by William Shakespeare
Friday, Saturday, Oct. 7-8, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 9, 3 p.m.
The SAU Theatre Department will unleash the passion and vengeance of Shakespeare as they journey into an exotic world of magic and illusion. This classic tale of a protective father who plots to restore his place as the Duke of Milan will no doubt entertain you. Revenge, trickery, comic sidekicks and romance all work together to blossom into a story rooted in the ultimate of gifts-forgiveness. Original music by Aaron Randolph III. Part of the Shakespeare Project of St. Ambrose University.

TICKETS $13 adults, $11 faculty/staff/alumni/senior citizens, $9 non-SAU students, $9 groups, SAU students with current valid student ID are free

DALI STRING QUARTET 
Saturday, Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m., Rogalski Center Ballroom
With an artist's grace and undeniable Caribbean soul, the Dalí Quartet is today's freshest voice in Classical and Latin-American music. Anchored in both Venezuela's El Sistema and in American classical conservatory traditions, this exciting quartet combines the best of both worlds. The Dalí Quartet's captivating performances of traditional string quartet and Latin-American repertoire create an extraordinary concert experience that takes listeners on an eclectic journey of rhythm and sound. In the spirit of famed Spanish artist Salvador Dalí, the Dalí Quartet embraces imagination and excellence as central to its art form. The quartet is comprised of award-winning solo and chamber artists who have appeared at Carnegie Hall, toured widely in Europe and Asia, and collaborated with some of the finest composers of our time.
Presented in cooperation with Quad City Arts

TICKETS $11 adults, $9 faculty/staff/alumni/senior citizens,
$8 non-SAU students, $8 groups, SAU students with current valid student ID are free.


THE MUSICAL ADVENTURES OF FLAT STANLEY,  Children's Musical
Saturday, Sunday, Dec. 3-4, 3 p.m.
Special Guest Director Kim Kurtenbach
Stanley Lambchop is your ordinary, everyday, typical ten-year-old. That's just the problem... for Stanley, life is too normal. He wants to travel the world, see something amazing, something no one's ever seen before. Unlock the adventures of the world as Stanley-the ultimate exchange student - scours the globe for a solution to his unusual challenge. He's stamped, posted and cancelled from Hollywood to Honolulu and beyond. And whether he's stopping a robbery at the Louvre Museum in Paris, or "hanging ten" off the coast of Hawaii, Stanley is closing in on his goal of fixing his very unusual problem.

TICKETS $9 adults, $8 faculty/staff/alumni/senior citizens, $8 non-SAU students/children, $7 groups, SAU students with current valid student ID are free


ELIYAHAU & QADO, Ensemble, Mystical Music of the Near East
TBA, 7:30 p.m.
Acclaimed for their passionate performances, this accomplished and acclaimed San Francisco-based band has attracted growing global audiences who adore their authentic musicianship and timely message. Eliyahu Sills performing on the ney, is the founder and leader of the ensemble that includes Rachel Valfer Sills on oud and lead vocals, Faisal Zedan on Arabic percussion that includes the dabukah, riqq and daf, and Geri Hegedus on Turkish baglama saz, divan saz, Persian setar and oud. Qadim is a word found in both Arabic and Hebrew meaning "ancient" as well as "that which will come." Their repertoire includes Arabic, Jewish, Turkish Sufi, Hebrew-Yemenite, Armenian, Ladino and Moroccan music celebrating the common musical and spiritual heritage of the region's cultures, while honoring the great diversity found within them. Their most recent CD, Eastern Wind, received rave reviews world wide, reaching #7 on Billboard's World Music charts­-they are unstoppable! www.eliyahusills.com/qadim/qadim.php
Presented in cooperation with the Middle East Institute

TICKETS $13 adults, $11 faculty/staff/alumni/senior citizens, $9 non-SAU students, $11 groups, SAU students with current valid student ID are free


THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (Abridged)[Revised]
Friday, Saturday, Feb. 17-18, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 19, 3 p.m.
Written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield.
Unimaginable all 37 plays in around 97 minutes! 
An irreverent, fast-paced romp through The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) was London's longest-running comedy. Join the SAU Theatre Department's madcap actors as they weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare's comedies, histories, and tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter. Special guest director Brent Tubbs is from the original tour production of this show.
Part of the Shakespeare Project of St. Ambrose University. (adult content)

TICKETS $11 adults, $9 faculty/staff/alumni/senior citizens, $8 non-SAU students, $8 groups, SAU students with current valid student ID are free


ROMEO AND JULIET, Actors from the London Stage: Shakespeare at Notre Dame
Friday, March 4, 7:30 p.m.
Five actors-who hail from such prestigious companies as the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre of Great Britain, and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre-breathe new life into Shakespeare's undying works for you in their production of Romeo and Juliet. See the best of Shakespeare done by some of the best actors in the world. Part of the Shakespeare Project of St. Ambrose University

TICKETS $13 adults, $11 alumni/senior citizens, $9 non-SAU students, $9 groups, SAU students/faculty/staff with current valid university ID are free
Partial funding provided by the Baecke Endowment for the Humanities


RICHARD III, William Shakespeare
Friday, Saturday, Apr. 21-22, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 23, 3 p.m.
Monstrous but theatrically electric, Richard III is Shakespeare's most charismatic, self-delighting villain, reveling at every moment in his homicidal, hypocritical journey to absolute power. Richard, Duke of Gloucester, is determined that he should wear the crown and "woe betide" those who dare raise a voice against him. Witness the unraveling of Richard's quest as our own SAU Theatre Department joins forces with special guest director Ron Clarke and Fight Choreographer Jeff Cousins as we bring to life a traditional portrayal of one of Shakespeare's most beloved tragedies. Part of the Shakespeare Project of St. Ambrose University

TICKETS $13 adults, $11 faculty/staff/alumni/senior citizens, $9 non-SAU students, $8 groups, SAU students with current valid student ID are free



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