A note from the director

Portrait of Rob Richter '82, Director of Arts Programming.

I am excited to welcome new and longtime audiences to the recently renovated Athey Center at Palmer Auditorium. This past spring, we had a soft opening and hosted a few events and performances as we got used to the “new” auditorium. Now we are ready to fully open the doors and welcome the community. As an audience member you will find more comfortable seats with better sightlines, enlarged lobbies, greater accessibility to public areas and a more intimate experience inside the theater.

This year we are celebrating the grand reopening of the Athey Center at Palmer Auditorium with a world-class roster of dance, music and theater artists. As you know, from past seasons, we present performing artists from a wide spectrum of cultural and creative backgrounds and perspectives. Our programming has always been unique and innovative and designed to engage, entertain and inspire. You will not find programming like this anywhere else in the region.

Make sure you sign up to be on our email list to stay up to date on events and performances. We have some additional performances in the works that will be announced at a later date and we don’t want you to miss out.

I look forward to welcoming you to the Athey Center at Palmer Auditorium as we celebrate the revitalized theater and the arts at Connecticut College.

- Robert A. Richter '82, Director of Arts Programming

  

 

Guest Artist Series

“Believe: An Evening with Stephanie J. Block”

Athey Center, Palmer Auditorium

Saturday, October 1, 2022

Join us for an evening of Broadway standards with Tony® Awarding-winning actress Stephanie J. Block.  Best known for her work on Broadway, Block originated the role of Liza Minelli in the “Boy From Oz” playing opposite Hugh Jackman, and won the 2019 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical as the lead in “The Cher Show.”  In the role of the iconic star, Block was praised by Broadway World for her "smashing conviction, self-effacing humor and infinite stage power.” This concert will include songs such as, “Don’t Rain On My Parade,” “Being Alive” and “Over the Rainbow.”

Tickets will go on sale August 22.

Tickets: $24; Seniors: $21; Students: $12; CC Faculty / Staff: $21; CC students with ID: $7 (General Admission)

 

Guest Artist Series

“Rhapsody in Black”

Athey Center, Palmer Auditorium

Saturday, October 22, 2022 7:30 PM

Written and performed by Leland Gantt

Directed by Estelle Parsons

In this thought-provoking one-man show, Broadway and film actor LeLand Gantt explores his own personal journey to understand and eventually transcend racism in America. Developed at NYC’s Actor’s Studio, and directed by acclaimed actress Estelle Parsons (“Bonnie and Clyde,” “Roseanne”) this spellbinding story follows Gantt’s experiences from a financially distressed childhood in Pennsylvania, to teenage experiments with crime and drugs, to scholastic achievement and an acting career that land adult Gantt in situations where he is virtually the only African-American in the room.

This performance is funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.

Tickets will go on sale August 22.

Tickets: $18; Seniors: $16; Students: $9; CC Faculty / Staff: $16 ; CC students with ID: $7 (General Admission)

 

Guest Artist Series

Soweto Gospel Choir
“Hope – It's Been a Long Time Coming”

Athey Center, Palmer Auditorium

Saturday, December 10, 2022 7:30 p.m.

Out of the darkness comes a new dawn! This all-new concert by 3-time GRAMMY® winning Soweto Gospel Choir commemorates South Africa’s Freedom Movement and the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. Bringing joy to all, “Hope” opens with a rousing program of South African freedom songs that inspired their Rainbow Nation. Then the choir’s uplifting performance moves to the United States with beautiful renditions of the music of the Civil Rights Movement, including works by legendary artists Billie Holiday, James Brown, Otis Redding, Curtis Mayfield and the one-and-only Aretha Franklin.  “Hope” is a concert that will live forever in your hearts!

This performance is funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.

Tickets will go on sale August 22.

Tickets: $30; Seniors: $27; Students: $15; CC Faculty / Staff: $27; CC students with ID: $7 (General Admission)

 

Guest Artist Series

Silkroad Ensemble
“Unlifted Voices”

Athey Center, Palmer Auditorium

Friday, January 27, 2023 7:30 p.m.

With a sound that is simultaneously contemporary and ancient, familiar and foreign, GRAMMY® award-winning musical ensemble Silkroad draws on styles from around the world to create a new musical language reflecting 21st-century society. Conceived in 1998 by Yo-Yo Ma, Silkroad thrills audiences worldwide with a collective of artists from all over the globe representing a wide range of nationalities and artistic traditions.  In their new work “Uplifted Voices,” Silkroad draws inspiration from the folk and ancestral music of Japan, China, Armenia, Ireland and the Hebrides, and native populations across North America within a contemporary musical tapestry, bringing previously under-recognized voices into focus.

Tickets will go on sale August 22.

Tickets: $30; Seniors: $27; Students: $15; CC FACULTY / STAFF: $27; CC STUDENTS WITH ID: $7 (General Admission)

 

Guest Artist Series

Ronald K. Brown / EVIDENCE
“The Equality of Night and Day”

Athey Center, Palmer Auditorium

Friday, February 10, 2023 7:30 PM

EVIDENCE, A Dance Company focuses on the seamless integration of traditional African dance with contemporary choreography and spoken word.  Founder and artistic director Ronald K. Brown uses movement as a way to reinforce the importance of community in African American culture and to acquaint audiences with the beauty of African forms and rhythms.  In this award-winning choreographer’s new work, “The Equality of Night and Day” (TEND), Brown examines the concepts of equity and fairness in a world where exploitation, gentrification, racism, and xenophobia are on the rise.  “TEND” is a work that seeks to explore truth not from anger but with a gentle focus that draws on history.

Tickets will go on sale August 22.

Tickets: $28; Seniors: $25; Students: $14; CC FACULTY / STAFF: $25; CC STUDENTS WITH ID: $7 (General Admission)

 

Guest Artist Series

Big Dance Theater
“The Road Awaits Us” and “Cage Shuffle”

Athey Center, Palmer Auditorium

Friday, March 31, 2023 7:30 PM

Known for their inspired use of dance, music, text and visual design, Big Dance Theater weaves disparate strands of source material into multi-dimensional performances. A collaboration between renowned choreographer Annie-B Parson and performance artist Paul Lazar, Big Dance Theater has been presented around the world and won the first-ever Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award in 2007.  Two works will be presented: The first is “The Road Awaits Us,” a dance-theater piece that reimagines the work of playwrights Eugene Ionesco and Anton Chekhov.  The other is “Cage Shuffle,” a dance/theater solo that combines a series of spoken one-minute stories by John Cage with complex choreography in a performance that David Byrne described as “beautiful, profound and hilarious.”

Tickets will go on sale August 22.

Tickets: $28; Seniors: $25; Students: $14; CC FACULTY / STAFF: $25; CC STUDENTS WITH ID: $7 (General Admission)