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.
JAVIER COLON, Winner of The Voice, season one
Friday, Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m. Javier Colon is the 2011 inaugural winner of the NBC show "The Voice," from Team Adam Levine. For his audition, he performed "Time After Time." Known for the pure-tone of his voice, he continued on to perform his soulful renditions of "Stand By Me," "Angel," and "Fix You." His passionate rendition of "Stitch by Stitch" and "Man in the Mirror" sealed his fate as the winner of "The Voice," season one. Tickets: $15 adults, $13 faculty/staff/alumni/senior citizens, $11 non-SAU Students, $11 groups, SAU students with current valid student ID are Free. http://javiercolon.com
A musical based on the true story of the trial and lynching of Leo Frank
Friday, Saturday, Oct. 9-10, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, 3 p.m.
Amid religious intolerance, political injustice and racial tension, the stirring TONY Award-winning musical "Parade" explores the endurance of love and hope against all odds. With a book by acclaimed playwright Alfred Uhry (Driving Miss Daisy) and a rousing, colorful and haunting score by Jason Robert Brown (Songs For A New World, The Last Five Years, Bridges Of Madison County), Parade is a moving examination of one of the darkest corners of America's history. (Part of the Justice Theme project of St. Ambrose University) Tickets: $17 adults, $16 faculty/staff/alumni/senior citizens, $15 non-SAU Students, $14 groups, SAU students with current valid student ID are Free.
THE THIRTEEN, early music chamber choir
Saturday, Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m.
The Thirteen chamber choir has quickly garnered a reputation of excellence with their crisp and elegant performances. This ensemble of 13 professional musicians based in New York City are known for specializing in the masterpieces of the Renaissance and Baroque, particularly focused on the early and middle Tudor periods. The Thirteen performs regularly throughout the northern mid-Atlantic and tours throughout the United States. Tickets: $13 adults, $11 faculty/staff/alumni/senior citizens, $9 non-SAU students, $9 groups, SAU students with current valid student ID are Free. http://www.thethirteenchamberchoir.com Funding provided in part by Arts Midwest
JUNIE B. IN JINGLE BELLS BATMAN SMELLS!
By Allison Gregory, based on the book Junie B., First Grader: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! (P.S. So Does May) by Barbara Park
Saturday, Sunday, Dec. 5-6, 3 p.m.
Junie B. Jones, First-Grader, is super-excited about the upcoming Holiday Sing-Along and Secret Santa gift exchange at her school. Too bad tattletale May keeps ruining all of Junie B.'s fun. So when Junie B. draws May's name for Secret Santa, she comes up with the perfect plan to teach her nemesis a lesson! But will the Christmas spirit of peace and goodwill interfere before she can give you-know-who what she deserves? A hilarious and endearing tale based on the best-selling book series by Barbara Park. An SAU holiday tradition you won't want to miss. 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.
PRADHANICA, Indian drums and dance
Saturday, Jan. 30, 7:30 p.m.
Rhythm surrounds them and defines them-there is rhythm in peace, rhythm in anger, rhythm in movement. Inspired by this power, Pradhanica explores how rhythm unites dance and music. Fast-paced footwork, dizzying spins, and dynamic drumming come together in this contemporary presentation of the Indian classical dance form of Kathak. In Pradhanica, named for female "leader" or "head," the dancer demonstrates her mastery over rhythm. Choreographer, dancer and percussionist Jin Won-described as "exuberant" by The New York Times-collaborates with renowned Indian music maestro Pandit Divyang Vakil to create percussion-driven work that has a transformative effect. Presented in cooperation with Quad City Arts. Tickets: $13 adults, $11 faculty/staff/alumni/senior citizens, $9 non-SAU students, $9 groups, SAU students with current valid student ID are Free. http://taalim.com/artists/pradhanica-kathak-percussion/
HEDDA GABLER By Henrik Ibsen, adapted by Brian Friel
Friday, Saturday, Feb. 19-20, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, 3 p.m.
Universally condemned in 1890 when it was written, Hedda Gabler has since become one of Henriek Ibsen's most frequently performed plays. Hedda is an intelligent and ambitious woman, who has no means of finding personal fulfillment in the stifling world of late nineteenth-century society. This new adaptation by Brian Friel is full of manipulation, backstabbing, love, suspense, and crimes of passion. Tickets: $13 adults, $11 faculty/staff/alumni/senior citizens, $9 non-SAU students, $8 groups, SAU students with current valid student ID are Free. www.sau.edu/galvin
TERRANCE SIMIEN & the ZYDECO EXPERIENCE
Saturday, April 2, 7:30 p.m.
Grammy award winning artist Terrance Simien, 8th generation Louisiana Creole, has been shattering the myths about what his indigenous Zydeco roots music is and is not. Leading his Zydeco Experience band, Simien has become one of the most respected and accomplished artists in American roots music today. He and his band mates have performed over 7000 concerts, toured millions of miles to over 45 countries during their eventful career. Celebrate this spicy music in a different venue with libations and eats alike. Concert will be performed in the Rogalski Center Ballroom. Presented in cooperation with Quad City Arts. Tickets: $15 adults, $13 faculty/staff/alumni/senior citizens, $11 non-SAU students, $11 groups, SAU students with current valid student ID are Free. http://www.terrancesimien.com NOISES OFF Friday, Saturday, Apr. 15-16, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 17, 3 p.m. Called the funniest farce ever written, Noises Off is a comic cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing's On. Doors slamming, on and offstage, intrigue, and an errant herring all figure into the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play. Tickets: $13 adults, $11 faculty/staff/alumni/senior citizens, $9 non-SAU students, $8 groups, SAU students with current valid student ID are Free. www.sau.edu/galvin
This 50-seat experimental theatre lab provides the opportunity for students to direct and perform existing and original works. All tickets $6. Seating is limited, reservations are recommended.