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The Nile Project
16-17 Modlin Arts
The Nile Project
Conceived by Egyptian ethnomusicologist Mina Girgis and Ethiopian–American singer Meklit Hadero, The Nile Project’s mission is to “educate, inspire, and empower the citizens of the Nile basin to foster the sustainability of the Nile River’s ecosystem.” The Nile Project, consisting of a dozen musicians who hail from every country bordering the Nile River, performing on a range of ancient and modern instruments, vocals, and newly comprised songs, examining the world’s longest river and the people it sustains. The project is in the midst of a three-year-long collaborative tour, appearing at universities, as well as the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the Smithsonian Institute.

Join the Modlin Center for the Arts for the pre-show Artistic Viewpoint Discussion with Minia Girgis at 6:30PM.

Fri 3/24/17 7:30PM Camp Concert Hall The Nile Project


Eighth Blackbird & Will Oldham
16-17 Modlin Arts
Eighth Blackbird & Will Oldham
The centerpiece of the program by four-time Grammy® Awardwinning sextet Eighth Blackbird is Murder Ballades, a work by composer Bryce Dessner, guitarist for indie rock band The National. “The ‘murder ballad’ has its roots in a European tradition, in which grisly details of bloody homicides are recounted through song,” Dessner writes, and his set of seven instrumental ballads reflects his twists on the tradition.

The music of singer-songwriter Will Oldham, aka Bonnie “Prince” Billy, has been linked to Americana, folk, roots, country, punk, and indie rock, and Will himself has been described as an “Appalachian postpunk solipsist” with a voice that is “a fragile sort of warble frittering around haunted melodies in the American folk or country tradition.” He joins the ‘Birds once again to perform a set of original songs, along with Frederic Rzewski’s iconic Coming Together, a touchstone piece of classical music’s young, underground, independently minded set.

The evening’s program will also include David Lang’s learn to fly.

This performance will take place at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ Leslie Cheek Theatre.

Wed 3/29/17 7:30PM Leslie Cheek Theatre Eighth Blackbird & Will Oldham


Noam Pikelny
16-17 Modlin Arts
Noam Pikelny
Noam Pikelny has emerged as the preeminent banjoist of his generation, and the greatest colorblind banjoist of all-time. Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as the “pros’ top banjo picker,” Noam is a founding member of Punch Brothers, a string ensemble which The Boston Globe calls “a virtuosic revelation” and The New Yorker describes as “wide- ranging and restlessly imaginative.” In September of 2010, Pikelny was awarded the first annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. Pikelny is a 3-time Grammy® Award Nominee and his record, "Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe," was described by The New York Times as "a token of reverence, a feat of translation and a show of dominion”. The album is widely considered a landmark recording in acoustic music, and was named “Album of the Year” at the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards (IBMA). In addition, the Punch Brothers have been nominated for Instrumental Group of the Year and Pikelney has been nominated for Banjo Player of the Year in the 2016 IBMA Awards.
Sat 4/1/17 7:30PM Camp Concert Hall Noam Pikelny


Les 7 Doigts Bus Pass
16-17 Modlin Arts
Les 7 Doigts Bus Pass
This is a shuttle pass from the Modlin Center parking lot to the Altria Theatre. This does not include a ticket to the show. You must purchase a separate ticket for entry into the Altria Theater. If you are not a UR Student, Employee or Subscriber you must purchase performance tickets at www.etix.com. The bus will leave the Modlin Center parking lot one hour before the start of the performance. You will not be given a refund if you miss the bus.
Wed 4/5/17 6:30PM Bus Les 7 Doigts Bus Pass


NT Live: Twelfth Night
16-17 Modlin Arts
NT Live: Twelfth Night
Tamsin Greig is Malvolia in a new twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity. A ship is wrecked on the rocks. Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother Sebastian is lost. Determined to survive on her own, she steps out to explore a new land. So begins a whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love.
The nearby households of Olivia and Orsino are overrun with passion. Even Olivia's upright housekeeper Malvolia is swept up in the madness. Where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible.
Simon Godwin (NT Live: Man and Superman, NT Live: The Beaux’ Stratagem) directs this joyous new production with Tamsin Greig (Friday Night Dinner, Black Books, Episodes) as a transformed Malvolia. an ensemble cast that includes Daniel Rigby (Flowers, Jericho), Tamara Lawrence (Undercover), Doon Mackichan (Smack the Pony) and Daniel Ezra (The Missing, Undercover).

Suitible for audiences 12 and up.

Running Time: approx. 210 minutes (TBC)

About National Theatre of London Live
The groundbreaking series National Theatre Live brings the best of British theatre direct from the stages of London to movie theatres around the world. Each performance is captured live in high definition and broadcast via satellite to participating venues.

Tue 4/11/17 7:00PM Camp Concert Hall NT Live: Twelfth Night


The Klemperer Trio
16-17 Modlin Arts
The Klemperer Trio
"A trio of three brilliant artists who play as one." – San Francisco Chronicle

Formed in 1980, The Klemperer Trio has performed to critical acclaim in the United States and Europe. The trio consists of Erika Klemperer, violin; Ronald Crutcher, violoncello; and Gordon Back, piano. They are a chamber ensemble of exceptional musicianship, with a repertoire spanning musical styles from classical to contemporary.

Erika Klemperer, Violin
A native of Richmond, Indiana, Erika Klemperer studied the violin from the age of seven. She graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy and later attended Indiana University, where she studied with Josef Gingold and received her bachelor of music degree with honors. Already pursuing an interest in chamber music, Erika Klemperer received her master's degree from Sarah Lawrence College where, as a teaching fellow, she studied with Dorothy Delay. Erika Klemperer was awarded a full scholarship to Aspen Music Festival and was also invited to participate in the Teton Music Festival.

At the invitation of Yehudi Menuhin, Erika Klemperer continued her post-graduate studies in London, also studying with Yfrah Neaman there.

Now a resident of London, Klemperer is a professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Ronald Crutcher, Violoncello
Ronald Crutcher was born in Cincinnati and began studying the cello at the age of 14 with Elizabeth Potteiger, a faculty member at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. At the age of 17 he won the Cincinnati Symphony Young Artist Competition. As a Woodrow Wilson and Ford Foundation Fellow, he studied at Yale University with the renowned cellist Aldo Parisot and became the first cellist to receive the doctor of musical arts degree from Yale. The recipient of a coveted Fulbright Fellowship, Crutcher continued his studies in Germany with Siegfried Palm and Gerhard Mantel. Other teachers have included Janos Starker, Margaret Rowell, and Enrico Mainardi. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in March 1985.

A former member of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, he has performed numerous recitals in the United States, Europe, and South America and has recorded for Austrian and West German radio.

Ronald Crutcher has written several articles on music for professional journals and reference books and has served internationally as a consultant for numerous music and fine arts programs.

Now the president of the University of Richmond, Crutcher formerly served as the president of Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, and provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Miami University of Ohio. An active member of the Association of American Colleges and Universities for many years, he currently serves as the chair of that organization's board. He is also a past president of Chamber Music America.

Gordon Back, Piano
Gordon Back's distinguished career as an accompanist and chamber music player has taken him to most continents of the world. His international reputation was established in 1978 when he accompanied violinist Dong-Suk Kang in New York's Alice Tully Hall to critical acclaim. Since then he has appeared extensively throughout Europe, the former U.S.S.R., the United States, Japan, Korea and South Africa.

Gordon Back has performed with artists such as Yehudi Menuhin, Julian Lloyd Webber, Josef Suk, and Sarah Chang and has frequently acted as an official accompanist for the great international competitions, including the Tchaikovsky Competition, The Queen Elisabeth Competition, the Paganini Competition, and The Indianapolis Competition.

Recent seasons have seen Gordon Back's own successful International Celebrity Chamber Music Series in his native country of Wales. In addition to a busy performing career and recording schedule, Gordon Back is head of the department of accompaniment and a fellow at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Wed 4/12/17 7:30PM Camp Concert Hall The Klemperer Trio


Piedmont Blues Bus Pass
16-17 Modlin Arts
Piedmont Blues Bus Pass
This is a shuttle pass from the Modlin Center parking lot to CenterStage. This does not include a ticket to the show. You must purchase a separate ticket for entry into the Carpenter Theater. If you are not a UR Student, Employee or Subscriber you must purchase performance tickets at www.etix.com. The bus will leave the Modlin Center parking lot one hour before the start of the performance. You will not be given a refund if you miss the bus.
Thu 4/13/17 6:30PM Bus Piedmont Blues Bus Pass


Godspell
16-17 Modlin Arts
Godspell
Presented by
University of Richmond
Department of Theatre and Dance
We Beseech Thee! Get your tickets now for Godspell, the legendary rock musical. Based on the Gospel of Matthew, the show features hit songs, “Day by Day,” “O Bless the Lord, My Soul,” “Turn Back, O Man,” “Alas for You (Lawyers and Pharisees),” and “On the Willows.” Energetic, daring, haunting, and unforgettable. Don’t miss this bold, new production.
Thu 4/13/17 7:30PM Alice Jepson Theatre Godspell
Fri 4/14/17 7:30PM Alice Jepson Theatre Godspell
Sat 4/15/17 7:30PM Alice Jepson Theatre Godspell
Sun 4/16/17 2:00PM Alice Jepson Theatre Godspell


Takacs Quartet
16-17 Modlin Arts
Takacs Quartet
Recognized as one of the world’s great ensembles, the Takács Quartet plays with a unique blend of drama, warmth, and humor, combining four distinct musical personalities to bring fresh insights to the string quartet repertoire. For 32 years the ensemble has been in-residence at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

The evening’s all-Beethoven program will include the witty and surprising nod to Haydn, opus 18 No. 6; Beethoven’s last completed work, Opus 135; and the triumphant Opus 59 No. 3.

Join the Modlin Center for the Arts for Modlin Arts After Words, a post-show question-and-answer session with Takács Quartet.

Thu 4/20/17 7:30PM Camp Concert Hall Takacs Quartet


The Gloaming
16-17 Modlin Arts
The Gloaming
Dublin’s The Gloaming features five of the world’s greatest Celtic musicians including singer Iarla Ó Lionaird, and Martin Hayes, praised by the San Francisco Chronicle as “one of the best fiddlers on the planet.” Rounding out The Gloaming is hardanger fiddler Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, guitarist Dennis Cahill, and pianist Thomas Bartlett who also is known for his work with The National, Grizzly Bear, and Nico Muhly. Recognized for extending the Irish and Celtic music traditions both literally and metaphorically, The Gloaming balances traditional rigor with an energy that seems entirely new.
Sun 4/23/17 7:30PM Camp Concert Hall The Gloaming


Contemporary Evening
16-17 Modlin Arts
Contemporary Evening
An evening of the best dancers with masters of contemporary choreography results in an outstanding synthesis of bringing Van Manen’s formal beauty, León and Lightfoot’s intensity, and Ratmansky’s witty brilliance to a new level.

About Pathe Live's Bolshoi Ballet
The Modlin Center for the Arts, in partnership with Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, will broadcast the seventh season of Pathe Live’s Bolshoi Ballet, featuring ballet productions direct from the grand Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Russia. Audiences will enjoy these outstanding performances with the Bolshoi principals, soloists, and corps de ballet. Each production will feature behind-the-scenes programming, including interviews with the cast and creative teams, either prior to the start of the production, or during intermission.

Sun 4/30/17 12:55PM Camp Concert Hall Contemporary Evening


Enchantment Theatre Company
16-17 Modlin Arts
Enchantment Theatre Company
“Once upon a time there were four little rabbits, and their names were – Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail and Peter….” These famous opening lines of The Tale of Peter Rabbit have enchanted young audiences for more than 100 years with the exploits of a charming hero, who, going against his mother’s wishes, has adventures (and misadventures) in Mr. McGregor’s garden. Beatrix Potter created an instant classic with the little blue-coated rabbit who we recognize as both boy and rabbit, wild and civilized, and who has become an icon of childhood since he first hopped out of the pages of a storybook and into children’s hearts.

In celebration of Beatrix Potter’s 150th birthday anniversary, Enchantment Theatre brings her captivating stories to life. Using fantastic masks, whimsical puppets, gorgeous scenery, and original music, the magical, marvelous World of Beatrix Potter™ comes alive on stage.

Sun 4/30/17 3:00PM Alice Jepson Theatre Enchantment Theatre Company



16-17 Modlin Arts
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern
National Theatre Live
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, The Woman in Black), Joshua McGuire (The Hour) and David Haig (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Witness for the Prosecution) star in Tom Stoppard’s brilliantly funny situation comedy, broadcast live from The Old Vic theatre in London. David Leveaux’s new production marks the 50th anniversary of the play that made a young Tom Stoppard’s name overnight.
Against the backdrop of Hamlet, two hapless minor characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, take centre stage. As the young double act stumble their way in and out of the action of Shakespeare’s iconic drama, they become increasingly out of their depth as their version of the story unfolds.

Running time: approx. 200 minutes
UK Rating: 12A- suitable for 12 years and above

About National Theatre of London Live
The groundbreaking series National Theatre Live brings the best of British theatre direct from the stages of London to movie theatres around the world. Each performance is captured live in high definition and broadcast via satellite to participating venues.

Tue 5/2/17 7:00PM Camp Concert Hall Rosencrantz & Guildenstern


A Hero of Our Time
16-17 Modlin Arts
A Hero of Our Time
This new riveting production of the Bolshoi is based on one of Russia’s finest literary masterpieces, a tragic poetic journey for the first time in cinemas.

About Pathe Live's Bolshoi Ballet
The Modlin Center for the Arts, in partnership with Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, will broadcast the seventh season of Pathe Live’s Bolshoi Ballet, featuring ballet productions direct from the grand Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Russia. Audiences will enjoy these outstanding performances with the Bolshoi principals, soloists, and corps de ballet. Each production will feature behind-the-scenes programming, including interviews with the cast and creative teams, either prior to the start of the production, or during intermission.

Sun 5/14/17 12:55PM Camp Concert Hall A Hero of Our Time