Newman Center Presents Magazine
Utilizing a distinct square format, the Newman Center Presents magazine offers a synopsis of the season’s performances. Additionally, readers will find insight from the executive director, information about a variety of arts available on the University of Denver campus and details about the Behind the Curtain discussion series. A program insert for each performance customizes the magazines and provides a reference for season subscribers and new attendees.
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Newman Center Presents Series
In its 16th season, the eclectic Newman Center Presents series offers programming designed to entertain audiences while exploring new ideas. The series has engaged audiences with world music, dance, theatre and thought provoking speakers. Joshua Bell, Bobby McFerrin, Terry Gross, Peter Cincotti, the London Symphony Chorus, Dianne Reeves and Manhattan Transfer are among the artists who have electrified the stage of Gates Concert Hall.
June Swaner gates Concert Hall
The prestigious University of Denver campus is home to the 190,000-square-foot Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts, which contains three performance venues and an academic building where the Lamont School of Music resides. The June Swaner Gates Concert Hall, the primary venue of the Newman Center Presents series, provides the atmosphere of a European opera house. A professional-size stage, orchestra pit and fly tower permit the most ambitious operatic, musical and dance performances. An orchestra shell enables a symphony orchestra, chamber orchestra or chamber music group to take advantage of the hall’s superb acoustics.
2018/2019 SEASON ISSUE
October 4 - May 9
Ad Deadline: August 17
CAMILLE A. BROWN AND DANCERS
Super-innovator Camille A. Brown has taken social dance to a new level, creating programs that shine with exuberance, celebrating the roots of movement and creative liberation. Camille A. Brown and Dancers celebrate the lineage of African-American rituals and traditions that have helped create Black identity.
AN EVENING WITH PAT METHENY
NEA Jazz Master and winner of 20 Grammy awards, guitarist Pat Metheny is a consummate and storied jazz artist. His versatility is without peer, and he’s performed with artists as diverse as Steve Reich and David Bowie.
The official touring big band of the US Army, the Jazz Ambassadors play the 100 year history of jazz, a uniquely American treasure. This free concert will feature a patriotic journey through big band, Latin, early and modern jazz, and more.
THE OKEE DOKEE BROTHERS
Childhood friends, Joe and Justin, grew up hiking and biking through the Rocky Mountains. Now they want you to get outside and explore! Come sing along with The Okee Dokee Brothers and discover what outdoor adventures await.
ASPEN SANTA FE BALLET WITH JOYCE YANG
Premiering in Aspen in 2018, this collaboration between choreographer Jorma Elo and pianist Joyce Yang creates a new ballet set to Schumann’s Carnaval. In addition, Yang will also play Janácˇek and Glass for an unforgettable mix of live dance and piano virtuosity.
TURTLE ISLAND QUARTET WITH CYRUS CHESTNUT
Ellington, Coltrane, Withers, Bach, Appalachia, Hindu spirituals — this eclectic program transcends traditional forms to incorporate a colorful, culture-spanning tapestry of music that only the talented combination of Turtle Island and Cyrus Chestnut can muster.
DIANNE REEVES: CHRISTMAS TIME IS HERE
Denver native world-renowned jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves celebrates her holiday album and the season with a concert of classic carols, improvisational jazz, and sumptuous vocals.
KOBIE BOYKINS: EXPLORING MARS
For Kobie Boykins, a mechanical engineer at NASA, the rovers’ success was also a personal triumph: he helped design and build the solar arrays that allowed the rovers to capture samples and photographs that are pushing space exploration forward.
A CANADIAN BRASS CHRISTMAS
The “Kings of Brass” have performed in virtually every major concert hall in the world and contributed hundreds of new works and arrangements to the brass quintet repertoire. This joyous performance sparkles with the holiday spirit.
AN EVENING WITH JAD ABUMRAD
In partnership with Colorado Public Radio, Newman Center presents Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad as he breaks down the process of finding stories and creating original work. He’ll attempt to answer a simple question: when a story really moves you, why does it work?
HILAREE O’NEILL: POINT OF NO RETURN
Mountaineer Hilaree O’Neill shares the gripping story of leading a team of some of the world’s most elite climbers on a grueling attempt to climb a remote peak in Myanmar — and the physical and emotional toll they endured.
Founded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma in 1998, the Grammy award-winning Silkroad creates music that engages difference, sparking radical cultural collaboration and passion-driven learning to build a more hopeful world.
JESSICA LANG DANCE
Jessica Lang Dance seamlessly incorporates striking design elements into artful works that feature athletic and gifted performers. This New York City-based company immerses audiences in the spectacular beauty of gorgeous design, movement, and music.
BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA
Hailed as “gospel titans” by Rolling Stone, the Blind Boys first rose to fame in the segregated south with their thrilling vocal harmonies and roof-raising live show. Their 70-year recording career would see them collaborate with everyone from Mavis Staples and Stevie Wonder to Prince and Lou Reed, and perform on the world’s most prestigious stages.
DELFEAYO MARSALIS PRESENTS THE UPTOWN JAZZ ORCHESTRA
Under the direction of trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis, the Uptown Jazz Orchestra celebrates the musical heritage of New Orleans, performing blues and standards that combine riff-playing, spontaneous arrangements and the New Orleans second-line groove.
STEVE WINTER: ON THE TRAIL OF BIG CATS
Join photographer Steve Winter for a thrilling journey into the world of big cats. From trekking in the Himalaya in search of rare snow leopards to stalking the elusive jaguar in Latin America, this determined explorer ventures far and wide.
B – THE UNDERWATER BUBBLE SHOW
After a long day of meetings and deadlines, Mr. B finds himself transported to the magical underwater world of Bubblelandia. Inhabited by fantastical seahorses, dragonfish, mermaids, and more, your family won’t want to “wave” goodbye!
DESTINATION FREEDOM: BLACK RADIO DAYS
Denver’s own donnie l. betts presents an intimate evening in Frederic C. Hamilton Family Recital Hall. Featuring the Flobots, this radio show will take you back to the golden age of the airwaves.
DORRANCE DANCE ETM: DOUBLE DOWN
Eight dancers and six musicians spend the evening furiously exploring acoustically and digitally produced sounds. The dancers actually dance the score, tapping and moving on digital platforms that make the stage their instrument.
BANG ON A CAN ALL-STARS
The 30th anniversary of the iconic ensemble features a set of All-Star performers for an evening of Reich, Glass, and more. The concert will culminate with a finale including 24 musicians and students of the Lamont School of Music at DU.
VIJAY IYER SEXTET
MacArthur “Genius” Award recipient and composer/pianist Vijay Iyer has garnered copious international praise and recognition. His commanding sextet of virtuoso improvisations leverages a wealth of jazz history even as it pushes the genre boldly forward.
Programming is subject to change and shows can be added, postponed or canceled.
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