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August 04, 2009

Ready, set, show! The ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts invites you to explore creativity and innovation in dance, music, musical theatre, opera and theatre during the 2009–10 season. Join us for another dynamic season and enjoy inventive and professionally staged productions that will pique your senses and transport you to unexplored arts experiences.

The following season event information is subject to change. Ticket prices range from $7–$22. Contact the Herberger Institute box office at 480.965.6447, or visit http://herbergerinstitute.asu.edu/events for accurate and up-to-date information on these events and the more than 700 additional exhibitions, films, lectures, performances, productions, recitals, screenings, symposia and workshops we offer. You also may sign up for our free, weekly events newsletter at http://herbergercollege.asu.edu/eventssignup.php

Signed performances for the hearing impaired also are offered the first Sunday performance of each MainStage Theatre and Lyric Opera Theatre production. Signing must be reserved four weeks in advance. Listening devices also are available for all performances. Seating is available for patrons who have physical disabilities. To reserve signing, listening devices or special seating, call 480.965.6447.

Our stage is set – now all we need is you!

Dance

Emerging Artists – Nelson Fine Arts Center Dance Lab 122, ASU Tempe campus
Friday, Nov. 20, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 22, 2 p.m.
Sammy Stephens, Jr. and LaShonda L. Williams present two stunning MFA thesis projects in an informal setting offering a powerfully close encounter with these dynamic performers.

Emerging Artists Resite – Pie Factory, Phoenix, Ariz.
Friday, Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m.
Explore a Phoenix building’s history and future through movement and performance in this MFA thesis project presented by Melissa Britt and Melissa Canto.

Transition Projects – Dance Studio Theatre PE East 132, ASU Tempe campus
Friday, Feb. 19, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 21, 2 p.m.
A stunning evening of work and diverse culminating projects by our undergraduate seniors earning their bachelor of fine arts degree in dance.

The Dance Annual – Paul V. Galvin Playhouse, ASU Tempe campus
Friday, March 5, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 6, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, March 7, 2 p.m.
Experience our annual showcase of an extraordinarily wide-range of creative work from our students, faculty and guests in the Herberger Institute School of Dance. The annual features performance, media-based work, community projects and installations.

Classical Guitar Series

Michael Lorimer – Katzin Concert Hall, ASU Tempe campus
Thursday, Oct.  8, 7:30 p.m.
Michael Lorimer, a favorite protégé of Andrés Segovia, caught the attention of American audiences in the early 1970s through tours arranged by the great impresario Sol Hurok. His concerts reflect his enthusiasm for music of many periods and styles, and often combine traditional classics, Americana, new music, and early music, performed on a Baroque guitar.

Rafael Aguirre – Katzin Concert Hall, ASU Tempe campus
Saturday, Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m.
Rafael Aguirre began his musical studies at the age of seven in the Málaga Conservatory, Spain. Winner of the Pujol, Arcas, Tárrega, Sor, and Guerrero international competitions, he has played with the Málaga Young Philharmonic, the Robert Schumann Hochschule Symphony Orchestra, Almería Symphony Orchestra, the Valencia Collegium Instrumentale, and the Andalusian Youth Orchestra. In 2007, he made his debut recording for RTVE Musica.

Gabriel Bianco – Katzin Concert Hall, ASU Tempe campus
Tuesday, Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m.
Born into a family of musicians, French guitarist Gabriel Bianco has won first prize in international competitions in Austria, Germany, France, Poland and Portugal. His most recent win at the 2008 Guitar Foundation of America Competition has earned him the coveted 50-concert tour in the United States, Mexico and Canada, with additional concerts in Brazil, China and Colombia.

Carlos Perez – Katzin Concert Hall, ASU Tempe campus
Friday, March 5, 7:30 p.m.
Chilean guitarist Carlos Pérez is described by Classical Guitar magazine (UK) as "A master guitarist with true star quality." Having been a first-prize winner in major competitions in Venezuela, France, Belgium, Austria and Spain, he now maintains an active performing and recording career.

Solo Duo (Lorenzo Micheli and Matteo Mela) – Katzin Concert Hall, ASU Tempe campus
Wednesday, March 24, 7:30 p.m.
The young Italian virtuosos Lorenzo Micheli and Matteo Mela perform together as Solo Duo.  Stephen Brookes of the Washington Post describes them as "extraordinarily sensitive, with effortless command and an almost unbearable delicacy of touch... nothing less than rapturous –profound and unforgettable musicianship of the highest order."

String Quartet Residency

St. Lawrence String Quartet – Katzin Concert Hall, ASU Tempe campus (NOTE: DATE CHANGE of November concert.)
Thursday, Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m., tickets are available Friday, Oct. 15; Friday, Feb. 5, 7:30 p.m., tickets are available Friday, Jan. 15; Tuesday, April 13, 7:30 p.m., tickets are available Wednesday, March 17.
Having walked on stage together more than 1,600 times in the past 16 years, the St. Lawrence String Quartet has established itself among the world-class chamber ensembles of its generation. As Visiting Quartet in Residence, this Grammy®-nominated ensemble presents three concerts during the 2009–10 academic years.

Lyric Opera Theatre

Britten’s Turn of the Screw – Evelyn Smith Music Theatre – ASU Tempe campus
Friday, Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 3, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 10, 7:30 p.m.
A young governess is hired to take care of the children of Bly but is surprised to find that the ghosts that dwell within have other things in mind. This English opera is based on a ghost story and is sure to make you question what is real and what isn’t.

Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street – Evelyn Smith Music Theatre – ASU Tempe campus
Thursday, Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 22, 2 p.m.; Wednesday, Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m.
Sweeney Todd is back in London and out for revenge in this deliciously sinister musical by none other than Stephen Sondheim.

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee – Evelyn Smith Music Theatre – ASU Tempe campus (A joint Production with Phoenix Theatre)
Friday, Jan. 29, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 30, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 5, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 7, 2 p.m.
Join the lovable misfits of Putnam County as they each try to win the middle school spelling bee in this one-act musical full of humor and love that explores the challenges of growing up. Music and lyrics by William Finn. Book by Rachel Sheinkin.

Rossini’s La Cenerentola (Cinderella) – Evelyn Smith Music Theatre, ASU Tempe campus
Thursday, March 4, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, March 5, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 6, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, March 7, 2 p.m.
On her journey from the servant's quarters to a princess' throne, our heroine faces some real dangers in Rossini's version of the Cinderella story.

O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show – Workshop Production – Evelyn Smith Music Theatre, ASU Tempe campus
Thursday, April 15, 11:59 p.m.; Friday, April 16, 7:30 p.m. and 11:59 p.m.; Saturday, April 17, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, April 18, 2 p.m.; Friday, April 23 at 11:59 p.m.; Saturday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m.
A young couple is stranded and taken in for the night by a zany cast of characters who dance the time warp in transsexual Transylvania. This interactive cult hit is sure to be a great time, particularly at our special midnight performances.

Organ Series

The 3 great B’s of improvisation – Organ Hall, ASU Tempe campus
Sunday, Oct. 11, 2:30 p.m.
Stef Tuinstra (Groningen, The Netherlands) lives among the old Dutch organs and is a specialist in historical performance. He will play works by the famous composer-trio Buxtehude, Böhm and Bach, and also will improvise music in the same style to bring out the beautiful baroque sounds of the Fritts organ.

Bach and Mendelssohn – Organ Hall, ASU Tempe campus
Sunday, Nov. 1, 2:30 p.m.
Goldman Professor of Organ Kimberly Marshall celebrates the 200th anniversary of Mendelssohn’s birth in a program that juxtaposes his organ works with those of J.S. Bach.

7th Annual Organ Christmas Concert – Organ Hall, ASU Tempe campus
Sunday, Dec. 13, 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Kimberly Marshall and the ASU Organ Studio invite you to a special holiday concert celebrating the beautiful music of Christmas in the Organ Hall, appropriately decorated for the occasion. The program will include organ works based on seasonal carols and noëls, and is sure to get you in the holiday spirit. 

Beauty and Bravura – Organ Hall, ASU Tempe campus
Sunday, Feb. 21, 2:30 p.m.
Violinist Katie McLin pairs up with organist Kimberly Marshall in a program that showcases the rich tones and technical virtuosity of two of the world’s oldest instruments. 

The Organ in concerto – Organ Hall, ASU Tempe campus
Sunday, March 7, 2:30 p.m.
Join the ASU Organ Studio in a program of concertos, featuring Hindemith’s Kammermusik no. 5, Handel concertos and a new organ concerto by American composer Margaret Sandresky.

Frescobaldi-Bach: Catholic and Lutheran Approaches to the Organ – Organ Hall, ASU Tempe campus
Sunday, April 11, 2:30 p.m. 
Acclaimed Italian organist Francesco Cera returns to ASU in a program that explores Frescobaldi’s Fiori musicali and Bach’s chorales.

Theatre and Film

Will Eno’s Tragedy: a tragedy – Lyceum Theatre, ASU Tempe campus
Friday, Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 3, 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, Oct. 8, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 10, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 11, 2 p.m.; Thursday, Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 18, 2 p.m.
In this satirical look at the power of the media, the setting sun incites panic in a seasoned team of television news reporters. 

Deborah Stein’s Bone Portraits – Paul V. Galvin Playhouse, ASU Tempe campus
Friday, Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m.
Vaudevillian staging and circus ringmasters set the stage for Thomas Edison’s exploitation of Wilhelm Roentgen’s invention of the X-Ray machine. This production originally was commissioned by Ensemble Studio Theatre through a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Melanie Marnich’s These Shining Lives – Lyceum Theatre, ASU Tempe campus
Friday, Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, March 4, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, March 5, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 6, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, March 7, 2 p.m.; Wednesday, March 10, 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, March 11, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, March 12, 7:30 p.m.
In the 1920s and 30s, the Radium Dial Company of Chicago employed scores of women to paint radium on watch dials with little thought for worker safety.  This play explores the consequences with tenderness and humanity.

Suzan Zeder’s The Death and Life of Sherlock Holmes – Paul V. Galvin Playhouse, ASU Tempe campus
Friday, April 16, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 17, 2 p.m.; Sunday, April 18, 2 p.m.; Thursday, April 22, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, April 23, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 24, 2 p.m.; Sunday, April 25, 2 p.m.; Thursday, April 29, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, April 30, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 1, 2 p.m.; Sunday, May 2, 2 p.m.
Arthur Conan Doyle and his daughter create the classic character to solve mysteries both real and imagined.

New Works Series

Daniel Frey’s AM:I – Lyceum Theatre, ASU Tempe campus (New Works Series – Full production)
Wednesday, Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 6, 2 p.m.
Get inside the “heads” of three artificial intelligence entities determined to escape the mind of their programmer.

Dreaming Darwin – Studio 133, Nelson Fine Arts Center, ASU Tempe campus (New Works in development)
Thursday, Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 5, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m.
A devised work based on Charles Darwin’s letters; developed by faculty members Lance Gharavi and Jacob Pinholster with their students.

Interrobang – Lyceum Theatre, ASU Tempe campus (New Works in development by an MFA collaboration)
Thursday, April 29, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, April 30, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 1, 7:30 p.m.; Tuesday, May 4, 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday, May 5, 7:30 p.m.

The Fifth Annual ASU Student Film Festival – Harkins Valley Art Theatre, Tempe, Ariz.
Monday, April 26, 7:30 p.m.; Tuesday April 27, 7:30 p.m.
Short films by ASU Herberger Institute School of Theatre and Film students in both competitive and showcase formats.

Comprised of a dynamic combination of disciplines, the ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University is at the forefront of the investigation of creativity and creative practice shaping the 21st century. Many of the institute's programs consistently rank in the top ten of national peers and encompass over 45 areas of study within its seven schools: architecture and landscape architecture; art; arts, media and engineering; dance; design; music; and theatre and film. The ASU Art Museum, the Herberger Institute Research Center, and Future Arts Research @ ASU support our research initiatives. The Community School for Design and the Arts and our Community Engagement projects enable students and faculty to interact with the public through meaningful partnerships. To learn more about the institute, visit http://www.herbergerinstitute.asu.edu.