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Cultural Programs

College of Arts and Sciences

Spring 2017 Schedule

Escher String Quartet

Escher String Quartet | February 3, 2017

BCPA Concert Hall
General public $17 / Senior, Faculty & Staff $14 / Student $10

“Finely honed technique and a focused ensemble blend are this group’s strong suits…a dark ambrosial brew all its own.” The Boston Globe

One of few chamber ensembles to be awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Escher String Quartet is making a distinctive impression in the United States and throughout Europe.  Artists of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Escher String Quartet has also given a debut performance at Wigmore Hall and regularly performs at the most distinct venues in the United States, including Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Ravinia and Caramoor festivals.  We know you’ll enjoy an evening with a quartet we’ve been watching for years. 

View:
https://youtu.be/ZmUkoJOLlQA

 

Savion Glover, Dance

Savion Glover, dance | February 14, 2017

A&S Auditorium
General public $25 / Senior, Faculty & Staff $20 / Student $10

Tony Award-winning choreographer and legendary hoofer, Savion Glover, visits Laramie on Valentine’s Day in a show we know you’ll love (pun intended):  Bare Soundz.  A legend among legends, Mr. Glover has long been known for performances in films, television commercials (Free Style Nike), as well as a longstanding performer on “Sesame Street.”  As a child, he was guided by Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis, Jr.  Mr. Glover’s Tony Award-winning production, “Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk” cemented his place in history among choreography greats, and his repertoire of tap continues to be performed worldwide.  Please join us and our partner, the Hilton Garden Inn, for an evening with this American legend.  Special packages for the evening have been created, and details are available at the Buchanan Center for the Arts Box Office.

View:
https://youtu.be/jQ40aKtPlXc

 

Danu

Danú | March 3, 2017

BCPA Concert Hall
General public $23 / Senior, Faculty & Staff $19 / Student $10

One of the great delights of March (the second being Spring Break, of course) is the yearly celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, whether or not we boast Irish heritage.  This year, we proudly bring a musical element into your yearly celebrations with Danú, winners of numerous awards from the BBC and Irish Music Magazine.  Hailing from the counties of Waterford, Dublin, Donegal, and Cork, Danú is one of the prominent traditional Irish ensembles of late.  Featuring a mix of ancient Irish music and new repertoire, Danú concerts feature high-energy performances of the virtuosi ensemble members playing flute, tin whistle, fiddle, button accordion, bouzouki, and vocals.  Please join us as we celebrate St. Patrick’s day (a little in advance of the actual date) in great style!  We are proud that Wyoming Public Radio is joining us as a partner for this event as they celebrate 50 years of programming.

View:
https://vimeo.com/96244298

 

Alicia Olatuja

Alicia Olatuja, jazz | March 23, 2017

BCPA Concert Hall
General public $17 / Senior, Faculty & Staff $14 / Student $10

“Olatuja possesses a special instrument: a full-bodied tone, precise pitch and personal engagement at the lowest whisper or highest wail.” Downbeat

“…a singer with a strong and luscious tone and an amiably regal presence on stage” New York Times

Since performing as the featured soloist with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir at President Barack Obama’s Second Inauguration, Alicia Olatuja has been astounding audiences with her exquisite vocals, artistic versatility, and captivating demeanor.  Lifelong influences in gospel, soul, jazz, and classical inform her artistic sensibility, and her journey to jazz includes a Masters degree in Classical Voice/Opera from the Manhattan School of Music.  In the realm of jazz – with regular performances with giants such as Chaka Khan, BeBe Winans, and Christian McBride – Alicia Olatuja and her band are in steady demand, with regular appearances at venues such as the Jazz Standard, Harlem Stage Gatehouse, and the Rockport Jazz Festival. 

View:
https://youtu.be/fszdvyoXgQo

 

Joey DeFrancesco

Joey DeFrancesco, jazz | March 24, 2017

BCPA Concert Hall
General public $17 / Senior, Faculty & Staff $14 / Student $10

“…ranging from sublime to positively pyrotechnic… the best B3 player on the planet” Jazz Times

“no organist today plays with the skill, harmonic depth, and authority of this phenomenon from Philly.” Jazz Police

Joey DeFrancesco – once considered a child prodigy – has been playing jazz tunes since the age of four by memorizing jazz albums from his home.  His formal emergence in the 1980s marked the onset of a musical renaissance as he illuminated a once-dormant form of music: organ jazz.  One of the two youngest musicians ever to tour with Miles Davis (the other being Tony Williams, for you trivia buffs), Joey has continued to play and record with a steady array of world-class musicians, including Ray Charles, Bette Midler, David Sanborn, Arturo Sandoval, Benny Golson, and Bobby Hutcherson, to name just a few.  It pleases us to present, for the first time at the University of Wyoming, this household name in jazz. 

View:
https://youtu.be/uhFIupVoVKc

 

Broadway’s Next H!t Musical

Broadway’s Next H!t Musical | April 21, 2017

BCPA Concert Hall
General public $23 / Senior, Faculty & Staff $19 / Student $10

“Hilarious!” New York Times

“At last!  A musical of, for, and by the people.” Time Out NY

Every song is fresh.  Every scene is new.  Every night is different.  It’s all improvised, and it’s all funny.

The hysterical Broadway’s Next H!t Musical is the only unscripted theatrical awards show.  Made-up of master-improvisors, you’ll spend a night immersed in music, humor, and laughter as the cast creates a full-blown, improvised musical complete with memorable characters, witty dialogue, and plot twists galore.  Seen recently at The Triad, Tribeca Film Festival, and at the New York Musical Theater Festival, Broadway’s Next H!t Musical will leave you in stitches, giving you the best ab workout of the spring!

View:
https://vimeo.com/114135224

 

Garrison Keillor

WPR 50th Anniversary Events

Garrison Keillor | April 7, 2017

A&S Auditorium / $45


 

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)

 


 

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Savion Glover is cosponsored by the Laramie Hilton Garden Inn. Special Valentine’s Day dinner and hotel stay package available. Inquire with the BCPA Box Office.

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