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Cultural Programs
Dept. 3951
1000 E. University Ave.
Fine Arts Bldg., Room 229
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: (307) 766.5139
Fax: (307) 766.2560

Spring 2014 ScheduleYellowjackets


February 15

The Yellowjackets, jazz

BCPA Concert Hall

“Classic Yellowjackets: melodious, well-crafted compositions, beautiful balladry, and fine individual and collective playing”—All about Jazz

Why call themselves the Yellowjackets? Because they needed a name with a bit more sting to it than the Robben Ford Band, their original name back in 1977. Since then, the ensemble has gone through numerous personnel changes and stylistic shifts, but the name has stuck, and there they are, many years later, grown men playing in a band named after an insect. They’ve kept the name, and they’ve kept on the Billboard charts, with 21 albums, 17 of which earned Grammy nominations, and 2 wins—their latest CD, Rise in the Road, just hit 11 on the Billboard charts. In addition to performing for us on the 15th, the full band will join Scott Turpen and the UW Jazz Ensemble in a performance, in A&S, on the 13th.

General Public $24 / Students & Seniors $20   |   View video


The Manhattan Transfer


The Manhattan Transfer

BCPA Concert Hall

The Manhattan Transfer first came into people’s living rooms in 1975 as a summer replacement for the Ed Sullivan TV Show, and its career immediately took off. In 1981, Manhattan Transfer became the first group ever to win Grammy awards in both pop and jazz categories. Later, one album, Vocalese, got a total of 12 Grammy nominations—they’ve won 9 Grammys—and for the decade of the 80s, MT was voted Best Vocal Group in both the annual Downbeat and Playboy jazz polls. That would make this the other most famous vocal group in the world. Although often playing in large venues with a backup band, MT is offering us a special “Living Room Session,” with a stripped-down acoustic—just the Manhattan Transfer and a piano—as the vocal quartet celebrates its 40th anniversary by revisiting its long string of hits.

General Public $30 / Students & Seniors $25   |   View video one   |   View video two

Hilton Garden Inn and Convention Center - Laramie

March 7

Gregoire Maret, jazz harmonicaNoTA

BCPA Concert Hall

“Close to the human voice”—Downbeat

Gregoire Maret is not just a harmonica player, but the harmonica player, winner of the Jazz Journalists Association Player of the Year award in 2005, the same year he won a Grammy for best contemporary jazz CD; he has been a sideman for Herbie Hancock, Luciana Souza, George Benson, Stevie Wonder, Take 6, and Sting (why do performers name themselves after insects, . . . have they run out of trees?), and he is currently touring with jazz vocalist Cassandra Wilson. Maret and his quartet will perform for us on the 7th, and Maret will also be performing with Michael Griffith and the UW Symphony Orchestra on the 6th. We are
proud to introduce you to Maret, and equally proud to be the only series we know that will feature bagpipe, mandolin, and harmonica in the same season. Next year, accordion.

General Public $22 / Students & Seniors $18   |   View video


April 4

Gabriela Martinez

Gabriela Martinez, piano

BCPA Concert Hall

“She is incredible, she is enormously talented, she is simply a genius”—Gustavo Dudamel

Usually, when semifinalists of the Van Cliburn competition go out on their own, the first step is to sign up with a manager. Gabriela Martinez didn’t do that. She didn’t have to. She had plenty of work, because people kept calling her up and asking her to play. What people? Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Dutoit, James Gaffigan, Andrew Manze, and then, when Leon Fleisher canceled at the Ravinia Festival, Itzhak Perlman asked Martinez to step in.

General Public $20 / Students & Seniors $17


All Performances Begin at 7:30 PM

Please Contact the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts Box Office for Individual or Season Tickets (307-766-6666)



College of Arts and Sciences

University of Wyoming Cultural Programs is a division of the College of Arts & Sciences, assisting the College in its broad educational mission by presenting a rich, balanced program of music, theater, and dance, featuring performances by artists of national and international distinction.

University of Wyoming The Davide Cabassi performance and commission of Indigo Workshop by composer Mason Bates is cosponsored by UW’s American Studies Department as part of its commitment to educating the community about the great variety and diversity of American art and culture.


O’Dwyer’s Restaurant is cosponsoring Julie Fowlis and her ensemble.

Hilton Garden Inn and Convention Center - Laramie

The Manhattan Transfer performance is cosponsored by the Laramie Hilton Garden Inn & UW Conference Center.

Friday Night Fever

The Chris Thile and Julie Fowlis performances are cosponsored by the Student Activities Council and Friday Night Fever programs.

University of Wyoming The UW Department of Music is a partner with Cultural Programs in presenting Sybarite5 and the Yellowjackets.

Wyoming Public Media Wyoming Public Radio is cosponsoring all the events on our series.



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