2014-2015 School Performances

2014-2015 School Performances

50-60 minute performance | $3.50 Tickets | Recommended for grades K-12
The Performing Arts Classroom series provides students a unique glimpse in to World Music and Dance! These are 50-60 minute weekday matinees that feature world renowned performing artist from around the globe. Performing Arts classrooms take place in the Ordway’s Music Theater. These performances are on-sale now.


Nachito Herrera and his Cuban Orchestra
Oct. 7-8, 2014 | Recommended Grades 2-12
$3.50 Tickets | 60 minute performance

Ignacio “Nachito” Herrera stunned Cuban audiences at the age of twelve in performing “Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 2” with the Havana Symphony Orchestra. Today Herrera continues to be at the forefront of an exciting renaissance in Cuban music and is known as one of the of the world’s great Cuban pianists. In collaboration with members of the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba and the Havana Jazz Social club, Herrera et al. will take audience members on a musical voyage across space and time combining western classical music with traditional Cuban rhythms.




Creole Choir of Cuba
Oct. 21, 2014 | Recommended Grades 2-8
$3.50 Tickets | 60 minute performance



Prepare to be blown away: hear the passionate melodies, wild harmonies and richly textured arrangements of these ten inspiring male and female vocalists. Because
the choir members are descendants of Haitians, they sing much of their music in Creole, a language spoken by almost a million people in Cuba, as well as Spanish. Multiple award winners, this Grammy-nominated choir sings the vital music learned at home from grandparents and blends it with contemporary Cuban and Haitian sounds.






 

Dobet Gnahore
Jan. 12-13, 2015 | Recommended Grades 4-12
$3.50 Tickets | 60 minute performance


Widely considered one of contemporary African music’s most exciting talents, Dobet Gnahoré has astounded audiences with her thrilling stage presence, appealing melodies and powerful singing. Gnahoré’s diverse music composition moves from delicate ballads to upbeat African grooves. From Mandingue melodies to Congolese rumba, from Ivory Coast ziglibiti to Cameroon bikoutsi, from Ghanian High-Life to Zulu choirs, her music is varied and colorful. The sanza, balafon, calebasse and bongos join the guitar, the vocal backup accompanies Dobet’s warm and powerful voice as she sings in a range of African languages including Bété, Fon, Baoule, Lingala, Malinke, Mina and Bambara.







CONTRA-TIEMPO
Feb. 5-6, 2015 | Recommended Grades 2-12
$3.50 Tickets | 60 minute performance


Dedicated to transforming the world through dance, the activist dance company CONTRA-TIEMPO takes Latin social dance to new heights by infusing elements of Salsa, Afro-Cuban, and urban dance styles.  Full Still Hungry, the company’s newest work explores our relationship with food, along with its social, historical, and cultural impact through an invigorating blend of high-energy dance, live music, and spoken word.  Choreographed by Ana Maria Alvarez, the performance will include an original score composed by resident composer César Alvarez, live musical performances by a six-piece band of all-star musicians.


Camille A. Brown and Dancers
Feb. 19-20, 2015 | Recommended Grades 4-12
$3.50 Tickets | 60 minute performance


A co-presentation with St. Catherine University| O’Shaughnessy Auditorium

Camille A. Brown has sought to defy the boundaries between dance and theatre. The company’s new work depicts the complexities of carving out a positive identity as a Black female in urban American culture. Combining history and musicology with the fantastical approach of imagery this work sheds light on the grand narrative and dialogs about feminism, patriarchy, and how women negotiate themselves within this world. In addition the company will perform an excerpt from MR. Tol E Rance which celebrates African-American humor, examines “the mask” of survival and the “double consciousness” (W.E.B. DuBois) of the black performer throughout history and the stereotypical roles dominating current popular Black culture.



Cherish the Ladies
March 18, 2015 | Recommended Grades K-8
$3.50 Tickets | 60 minute performance

Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day with Cherish the Ladies. With their unique blend of virtuosi instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements and stunning step dancing, this powerhouse group combines all the facets of Irish traditional culture.  Taking their name from a traditional Irish jig, this all-female powerhouse group takes to the stage on fiddle, flute, whistle, guitar, piano, accordion, and bodhran, in an entertaining experience not to be missed!



 
Diavolo
April 17, 2015 | Recommended Grades 2-8
$3.50 Tickets | 60 minute performance


Leaping, flying and falling, Diavolo utilizes trust and imagination in a surreal architectural playground to create metaphors through dance about life, humanity, and community. Company members use a fusion of many different movement vocabularies including everyday movement, ballet, contemporary, acrobatics, gymnastics, martial arts, and hip-hop to demonstrate teamwork as they maneuver and fly from object to object and into each others’ arms.






2014-2015 Broadway Songbook Series
90 minute performance | $5.00 Tickets | Recommended for grades 6-12
The Broadway Songbook Series gives your students a window into the world of musical theater through the works of some of the most famous songwriters of all time! Each 90-minute performance will be a mix of the composers’ life stories, a glimpse into what made their work extraordinary and a sampling of their work through live vocal performances. Broadway Songbook performances take place in the Ordway’s Musical theater Stage with the audience sitting on stage! - See more at: http://ordwayeducationnews.blogspot.com/2013_08_01_archive.html#sthash.ypnLafMr.dpuf
90 minute performance | $5.00 Tickets | Recommended for grades 6-12

The Broadway Songbook Series gives your students a window into the world of musical theater through the works of some of the most famous songwriters of all time! Each 90-minute performance will be a mix of the composers’ life stories, a glimpse into what made their work extraordinary and a sampling of their work through live vocal performances. Broadway Songbook performances take place in the Ordway’s Musical theater Stage with the audience sitting on stage!



Rock & Roll on Broadway
April 20, 2015 | Recommended Grades 6-12
$5.00 Tickets | 90 minute performance

The introduction of Rock & Roll not only influenced pop culture, it changed the modern musical as we know it.  With a shift away from traditional song and dance, this new style of show tackled social issues through contemporary music.  Rock & Roll on Broadway takes the audience on a ride through the decades with songs from iconic musicals such as Hair, The Wiz, Dream Girls, Wicked, Mamma Mia!, Jersey Boys and more.