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Musical group Matuto comes to Galvin Sept. 21 to kick off the 2013-14 Performing Arts Series.

Award-winning performers come to campus during the academic year as part of this annual series.

Past performances have included moving performances by string quartet ETHEL, Riverdance fiddling sensation Eileen Ivers, Grammy-nominee Dave Holland, and Chicago's famed Hubbard Street Dance.

Current Season Schedule

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Saturday, Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m.
New York City's diverse jazz, roots and world music scenes come together to create Matuto. Featuring violin, guitar, accordion, bass, drums and various Brazilian percussion instruments, the artists' honest love for roots music, genuine Brazilian styles, and improvisational experimentation shines through. Clay Ross' musical odyssey from South Carolina to NYC to Brazil will result in an evening of worldly adventure filtered through songs of his native south.

Friday-Saturday, Oct. 4-5, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 6, 3 p.m.
Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, featuring a bevy of beautiful showgirls­-not to mention cows, killer rabbits and the French. Did we mention the bevy of beautiful showgirls? The 2005 Broadway production won three Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Adult content. Buy Tickets

International Chamber Soloists
Friday, Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m.
With acclaimed violinist Dmitri Berlinsky as front man, this exciting new ensemble is celebrated for its interpretative skill and its on-stage pyrotechnics. This unique group features award-winning young string players from the U.S., Russia, Poland, Belarus, Romania, Korea, Taiwan, New Zealand, Australia and Uzbekistan. They are united through their love of, and dedication to, music.
Partial funding provided by Illinois Arts Council, Iowa Arts Council and Arts Midwest

Children's Musical
Toy Camp
book, music and lyrics by Paul Collette and Gary Fritzen
Saturday, Sunday, Dec. 7-8, 3 p.m.
Enter into the world of make-believe, a place where toys learn to be good. Ted E. Bear, Princess Ann, Glow Toy and others come to Toy Camp to graduate and earn their price tags. Not graduating means certain doom at the Toy Dump! This award-winning, light-hearted show will have you tapping your toes to songs, including 'I Go To Pieces' (sung by puzzle pieces Jig and Saw), Cool Cat's hip rap song and the Elvis-like hound dog rendition of 'Things Are Ruff All Over, Rover.'

Saturday, Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m.
Combining stunning acrobatics, striking visual effects, physical comedy and inventive choreography, Galumpha (formerly known as Second Hand Dance) brings to life a world of imagination, beauty, muscle and merriment. The three performers create a sensory feast of images ranging from the ridiculous to the sublime, drawn together into a seamless whole.
Presented in cooperation with Quad City Arts
Partial funding provided by Illinois Arts Council, Iowa Arts Council and Arts Midwest

The Laramie Project
Friday, Saturday, Feb. 21-22, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 23, 3 p.m.
The Laramie Project is a breathtaking theatrical collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion to which it can rise. In 1998, Matthew Shepard was tied to a fence, beaten, and left to die on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming. He had been the victim of a homophobic hate crime. Five weeks later, Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project went to Laramie, and over the ensuing year interviewed more than 200 residents. The result was The Laramie Project, a chronicle of the life of Laramie in the year after the murder. Matthew Shepard's murder became a watershed moment in America, highlighting the violence and prejudice people still face in contemporary society. Adult content.

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Friday, March 28, 7:30 p.m.
Grammy nominated for the best blues album of 2012, this daughter of renowned Texas blues guitarist Johnny Copeland began making a splash of her own as a teenager. According to the The Alternative Root, Shemekia Copeland is now the defacto Queen of the Blues: "Like Koko Taylor, Bessie Smith, Alberta Hunter, Helen Humes and a host of women who have worn that crown, someone will have to unseat Shemekia. Count on her being at the top for some time to come. Her voice is the best pure blues voice of the last 30 years."
A Sustainability Project event

The Importance of Being Earnest
Friday, Saturday, April 11-12, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 13, 3 p.m.
This rousing, romantic escapade by Oscar Wilde dishes up scathing social satire, effervescent wit and high farce, making it one of the most cherished plays in the English language. In a stylish send-up of Victorian courtship and manners, charming bachelors Jack and Algernon lead double lives to woo the two young ladies who have won their hearts. When they are caught in their lies, the stage is set for clever manipulations and hilarious confusion.