Distinguished Performance Series

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2013-2014 Season

Duquesne University

TAMBURITZANS

Saturday, September 20, 2014
7 p.m. – College Activities Center

www.duq.edu/life-at-duquesne/tamburitzans

For more than 75 years the Duquesne University TAMBURITZANS have dedicated themselves to preserving and perpetuating the cultural heritages of Eastern Europe through its performances of music, song, and dance. Named for the tambura or tamburitza, a lute-like, multi-stringed, plucked folk instrument played by the Balkan people, this ensemble of incredibly versatile and the elaborately costumed singers, dancers, and instrumentalists has dazzled audiences far beyond its Pittsburgh home, including several international tours.


 

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CANTUS

www.cantussings.org

Thursday, October 30, 2014
7 pm – College Activities Center

Based in the twin cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul, CANTUS has been acclaimed as “the premiere men’s vocal ensemble in the United States” with repertoire ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century. In addition to a subscription series in the Twin Cities, Cantus tours nationally and internationally, has released 15 albums, regularly presents master classes and workshops in schools, and has been featured on public radio’s Performance Today and A Prairie Home Companion. CANTUS actively commissions new music with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Chamber Music America, and the American Composers Forum, and has been recognized with awards from Chorus America for “Choral Excellence” and “Educational Outreach.” Comprised of nine singers, the ensemble’s performances are met with overwhelming praise for their unique blend of youthful vitality and polished nuance.

This program is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts; and additional support from ARTSBRIDGE.


 

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SO PERCUSSION

www.sopercussion.com

Thursday, February 19, 2014
7 p.m. – College Activities Center

Founded by graduates of the Yale School of Music, SO PERCUSSION has redefined the modern percussion ensemble as a flexible, omnivorous entity for more than a decade. Presenting exciting repertoire by 20th century luminaries, such as John Cage, Steve Reich, and Ian Xenakis, SO PERCUSSION has also commissioned and premiered works by leading 21st century composers including Pulitzer prize-winning David Lang, Steve Mackey, and Paul Lansky. SO PERCUSSION has recorded 13 albums, tours throughout the United States and around the world, and remains busy with an array of collaborative projects, ambitious educational programs, and a steady output of its own music. During the 2011-12 academic year, SO was ensemble in residence at Princeton University, and annually presents an intensive two-week summer percussion seminar there. SO PERCUSSION is the recipient of the Chamber Music America/ASCAP award for adventurous programming.

This engagement of So Percussion, Inc. is funded through the Mid Atlantic Tours program of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional financial assistance is provided by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

 

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TICKETS: Tickets for the Distinguished Performance Series are available beginning Sept. 1 in the college business office. (8 am – 4 pm) For tickets by mail, call 304.424.8223, email ude.puvwnull@eciffo.ssenisub, or write Performing Arts Tickets, 300 Campus Drive, Parkersburg, WV 26104. Adults $10, Students $5.  WVU Parkersburg students may purchase special advance tickets for themselves and one guest for $2 each in the business office. All tickets at the door will be regular price.

West Virginia University at Parkersburg encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact (304) 424-8248 or (304) 424-8227 TTD in advance of your participation or visit. This publication will be available in alternate format on request.