Program Notes

Ragtime Audition Notice!

AUDITION NOTICE Centre College's Norton Center for the Arts, in conjunction with Phoenix Entertainment, is searching for a young male actor to portray the role of “Young Coalhouse” in the National Tour of Ragtime at the Norton Center on Tuesday, January 26, 2016. REQUIREMENTS: Young Coalhouse is a young African American boy, ideally around 4 years old [...]

By | 2017-06-01T14:44:24+00:00 November 13th, 2015|A Closer Look, Program Notes|

Get to know MEMPHIS

On Friday, March 27 the critically acclaimed production "Memphis" will perform in Newlin Hall. This musical tells the story of DJ Huey Calhoun, a good ole’ local boy with a passion for R&B music and Felicia Farrell, an up-and-coming black singer that’s ready for her big break. Learn more about this Tony Award winning show before you go [...]

By | 2017-06-01T14:45:50+00:00 March 1st, 2015|A Closer Look, Program Notes|

Brush up on your Brontë: A Summary of Wuthering Heights

On Friday, March 6 Aquila Theatre will take the stage for its performance of Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights. Published in 1847 the novel is set on the Yorkshire Moors and tells a captivating story of passion and revenge. Learn more about this incredible performance before you go with the plot summary below: ACT I Scene 1: Nelly [...]

By | 2017-06-01T14:47:08+00:00 January 28th, 2015|A Closer Look, Program Notes|

America’s Greatest Dance Company Returns to the Norton Center with Four Incredible Pieces

Hailed by Dance Magazine as "the most daring artistic director," Robert Battle proves through four mixed repertory programs that Ailey dancers really can do anything. Come discover what tens of millions of fans already know—you don’t just see an Ailey performance, you feel it. In exciting new works and traditional favorites, the company showcases its originality and athleticism. Staying true to its beloved history, the company performs Revelations at [...]

By | 2017-06-02T17:52:17+00:00 January 16th, 2014|A Closer Look, Program Notes|

Concert Connections: A Closer Look at the Collaboration Between Simone Dinnerstein + Tift Merritt

On Saturday, February 22 classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein and singer/songwriter Tift Merritt will share the Club Weisiger stage for a unique collaboration uniting folk, rock and classical worlds, exploring common terrain and uncovering new musical landscapes. Though Simone (a Juilliard-trained classical pianist from Brooklyn) and Tift (a singer-songwriter from North Carolina whose father taught her to play [...]

By | 2017-06-02T17:52:54+00:00 January 15th, 2014|A Closer Look, Concert Connections, Program Notes|

Program Notes: Béla Fleck and Brooklyn Rider soar in "Night Flight Over Water"

Béla Fleck, a banjo virtuoso with 14 Grammys® and over 30 Grammy® nominations has worked in bluegrass, country, classical, jazz, and world music. Nominated for more Grammys® in more categories than anyone in music history, Béla has performed and collaborated with Edgar Meyer, Dave Matthews Band, Bonnie Raitt, the Grateful Dead, Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile, [...]

By | 2017-06-02T18:01:19+00:00 November 4th, 2013|A Closer Look, Program Notes|

Sphinx Virtuosi with Catalyst Quartet Program Notes

A note from Afa Sadykhly Dworkin, Executive and Artistic Director: This year's theme represents a figurative dialogue, showcasing a selection of great gems from two eras (baroque and contemporary), while accenting the program with works by composers of color. The architecture of the program pays homage to great 20th century composers who were either deeply interested [...]

By | 2017-06-02T18:11:51+00:00 September 20th, 2013|A Closer Look, Concert Connections, Program Notes|

A Brief Synopsis of Aquila Theatre Company’s Cyrano de Bergerac

Beautifully funny, poignant and often heart wrenching, Cyrano de Bergerac is one of the most famous romantic adventures in world literature. Cyrano is an excellent swordsman from Gascony, a region of France famous for producing stubborn, courageous and grandiose soldiers. He is besotted with the beautiful and alluring Roxanne, and yet, because of his famously [...]

By | 2017-06-02T19:31:34+00:00 February 5th, 2013|A Closer Look, Program Notes|

A Brief Synopsis of Aquila Theatre Company's The Taming of the Shrew

Set in the idyllic town of Padua, The Taming of the Shrew tells the story of the timeless battle of the sexes. Bianca Minola, the beautiful daughter of a lord, is eligible for marriage but cannot be courted until her elder sister, Katherina, finds a husband. Katherina’s quick temper and acerbic wit, however, frighten off [...]

By | 2017-06-01T14:52:57+00:00 February 5th, 2013|A Closer Look, Program Notes|

The Appeal of “Hair,” Then and Now

At its core, in 1968 “Hair” was a protest against the Vietnam War.  Or more exactly, it was a protest against being drafted to fight in the Vietnam War. The war is long over – the Vietnamese won.  We now send them tourists, including war tourists.  They grow much of our cheap coffee. The draft [...]

By | 2017-06-02T19:49:41+00:00 January 31st, 2013|A Closer Look, Notes from the Faculty, Program Notes|