onStage at Connecticut College offers eclectic spring performances

David Dorfman Dance
David Dorfman Dance

onStage at Connecticut College continues its successful 2014-15 season with three diverse performances in the spring that will exhilarate and inspire audiences.

“onStage at Connecticut College maintains its tradition of presenting unique, eclectic and innovative programming,” said the College’s Director of Arts Programming Robert Richter ’82. “The artists that grace our stages come from a wide array of cultural and artistic backgrounds and perspectives, and the works they perform ranges from classical to contemporary.”

And in many cases, their onStage performances are the only opportunities to see these artists in New England. The spring lineup includes:

David Dorfman Dance

Friday, Feb 6., 2015 | 7:30 p.m. | Palmer Auditorium

David Dorfman Dance, company-in-residence at Connecticut College, will revive two older works this season. “Lightbulb Theory” and “Impending Joy” premiered to great acclaim in 2004. “Lightbulb Theory” explores the idea of whether it is better for a lightbulb, or life, to flicker before it goes out or to go out instantly. “Impending Joy,” originally created in reaction to “Lightbulb Theory,” has harder lines and a harsher, more direct feel. The New York Times said “‘Lightbulb Theory,’ set to a haunting piano score by Michael Wall, took on nothing less than life and death.” Referring to “Impending Joy,” The Village Voice said “Dorfman's very individual choreography is full of entrancing contrasts, and, lord, what dancing!” Tickets: $28; Seniors: $25; Students: $14.

David Finckel, cello, and Wu Han, piano

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 | 7:30 p.m. | Evans Hall

The husband-and-wife team of David Finckel and Wu Han rank among the most esteemed and influential artists in classical music today. So much so that they are also the artistic directors of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and have been called “America’s power couple of chamber music” by The Wall Street Journal. Together, they perform with a thrilling virtuosity and artistic versatility that have brought them universal acclaim from audiences at the world’s most prestigious venues and concert series. Audiences in southeastern Connecticut will be similarly delighted by their performance. Tickets: $22; Seniors: $20; Students: $11.

“Southern Comfort” — Regina Carter, jazz violinist

Friday, March 27, 2015 | 7:30 p.m. | Palmer Auditorium

With her latest album, “Southern Comfort,” Regina Carter wanted to explore the type of music her coalmining grandfather would have heard in Alabama. So the foremost jazz violinist of her generation and MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient took a scholarly approach, visiting the Library of Congress and listened to the Appalachian field recordings of folklorists like Alan Lomax and John Work III. She also sought out distant relatives and books in order to produce her modern take on Cajun fiddle music, early gospel and coalminer work songs. Her curiosity, passion and quest for beauty are more apparent than ever. Tickets: $22; Seniors: $20; Students: $11.

For information on onStage subscriptions, which provide discounted tickets, call 860-439-ARTS (2787) or email onstage@conncoll.edu. Visit http://onstage.conncoll.edu for additional information about performances and tickets.

December 10, 2014