This season we celebrate our centennial as a leading presenter of the performing arts in the region. The series’history is rooted in the presentation of many of the greatest classical music artists in the world. Over the last few decades, we have diversified this programming to include many other musical genres, along with theater and dance performance. In honor of our classical music history, we kick off the 2017-2018 season with a performance by the self-conducted chamber orchestra A Far Cry, a stellar group of young musicians from Boston. We follow with a roster of exciting and thought-provoking artists that will entertain and engage you.

Robert A. Richter '82, Director of Arts Programming

Events at a Glance

onStage Guest Artist Series


Palmer Auditorium

Friday, Jan. 26, 2018

“Whether in the air, on their toes, or dashing to the ground, the dancers of Philadelphia-based company BalletX are technically brilliant and shine with vibrant personalities.”—The Boston Globe

BalletX, Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet company, unites distinguished choreographers with an outstanding company of world-class dancers to forge new works of athleticism, emotion and grace. The performance will feature the work of three choreographers: Jorma Elo, Jodie Gates and Matthew Neenan.

Tickets: $28; Seniors: $25; Students: $14 (General Admission)

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onStage Guest Artist Series

Sara Juli – 'Tense Vagina: an actual diagnosis'

Tansill Theater

Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018

"She had the audience laughing out loud as she lay bare her personal secrets." – Portland Press Herald

“Tense Vagina: an actual diagnosis” is about motherhood—its beauty, challenges, isolation, comedy and influence on the human experience. This solo performance uses humor, movement, sounds, songs, text and audience participation to reveal “all that is awesome and all that sucks” when it comes to being a mother. “Tense Vagina” focuses on the seldom-discussed and taboo aspects of motherhood, such as libido, tears, monotony, loneliness and dildos.

Tickets: $20; Seniors: $18; Students: $10 (General Admission)

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'Torrey Pines'

Evans Hall

Friday, Feb. 23, 2018

“Torrey Pines” is a stop-motion animated bio-pic that chronicles the young life of director Clyde Peterson in southern California in the early 1990s. With a mother fueled by hallucinations of political conspiracy and family dysfunction, 12-year-old Petersen is taken on a cross-country adventure that will forever alter the family as they know it. “Torrey Pines” is accompanied by a live musical score performed by Peterson’s band Your Heart Breaks.

Tickets: $18; Seniors: $16; Students: $9 (General Admission)

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Martha Redbone – ‘Bone Hill: The Concert’

Evans Hall

Friday, April 6, 2018

“Bone Hill: The Concert” is inspired by Martha Redbone’s own life and the women who came before her; the lives of the Bone family members are told in songs that span a swathe of American music with a parallel history. In this song cycle, Redbone becomes the characters from four generations of a family in the hills of coal-mining Appalachia, and the musicians are the townsfolk. In telling their stories, the audience is taken on an epic, unexpected American exploration of family, history and cultural identity. The music is radically wide-ranging, from traditional Cherokee chants and lullabies to bluegrass and blues, country, gospel, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, rhythm and blues, and funk.

Tickets: $22; Seniors: $20; Students: $11 (General Admission)

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