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UNH Celebrity Series Announces the 2009-2010 Season

August 5, 2009

Sounds of Desire
Tuesday, Sept. 22, 7 p.m. Johnson Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center

Heather Raffo, author and actress of the award-winning one-woman show “9 Parts of Desire” teams up with accomplished Iraqi maqam and jazz musician Amir ElSaffar, Syrian vocalist Gaida Hinnawi, and the versatile Moroccan instrumentalist, Brahim Fribgane, for a dramatic evening of spoken word and melodic solos.

Using characters from Raffo’s acclaimed one-woman show like slam poetry, together they present a concert of urban and classical sounds that spring from both their Arab and American roots.

Join us for a special event with the artist in the Museum of Art on Monday, September 21 at 1 p.m.

Ticket prices: $30 general; $27 UNH faculty/senior; $10 UNH students and youth.

Houston Ballet II
Tuesday, Oct. 20, 7 p.m. Johnson Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center

Houston Ballet II is the second company of Houston Ballet, America’s fourth largest ballet company.  Featuring a stellar array of young artists, HB II performs a wide array of dance works, ranging from excerpts from the great classics such as “The Sleeping Beauty” to contemporary works by Houston Ballet artistic director Stanton Welch. 

The dancers of HBII are coached by the internationally acclaimed teacher Claudio Munoz, ballet master for HBII; Shelly Power, associate director of Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy, Stanton Welch, and Houston Ballet’s artistic staff.

Ticket prices: $30 general; $27 UNH faculty/senior; $10 UNH students and youth.

Santiago Rodriguez
Friday, Feb. 5, 2010, 7 p.m. Johnson Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center

Called "a phenomenal pianist" by the New York Times and "among the finest pianists in the world" by the Baltimore Sun, Santiago Rodriguez performs internationally with leading orchestras including the Chicago, St. Louis, Houston, London and Tokyo Symphony Orchestras.

Born in Cuba, he began his piano studies at age four. After Castro seized power, his parents sent him and his younger brother to America under the care of Catholic Charities. He spent the next six years in an orphanage in New Orleans. Fortunately, his mother had concealed money along with a note begging the nuns to continue his musical education. Two years after his arrival, he made his concert debut at age 10 performing Mozart's ‘Piano Concerto No. 27’ with the New Orleans Philharmonic. His international career was launched in 1981 when he won the silver medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. 

Join us for a master class at 7p.m. on Feb.4 in the Bratton Recital Hall.

Ticket prices: $30 general; $27 UNH faculty/senior; $10 UNH students and youth.

Mozart Opera Theatre’s “Marriage of Figaro”
Tuesday, March 9, 2010, 7 p.m. Johnson Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center

“The Marriage of Figaro” is a riotous comedy where the virtuous unmask the immoral and the quick-witted servants undo their scheming masters. The count's servant, Figaro, is arranging the final plans for his wedding to his beloved Suzanne, when he stumbles upon his master's plot to evoke the ancient right of droit de seigneur. Can Figaro stop the count or will the virtuous Suzanne stay a step head of everyone?  Powered by a strong ensemble cast, “The Marriage of Figaro” also features a live orchestra and will be performed in the original Italian with projected sub titles.

Mozart Festival Opera, the sister company of Teatro Lirico D’Europa, made its U.S. debut in November 2003 with a production of “Don Giovanni.” Critics raved about the outstanding cast of singers as well as the excellent, detailed stage direction and attractive sets and costumes. All of the soloists are professionals with international experience who have performed major roles with important companies in the U.S. and Europe. 

Ticket prices: $48 general; $45 UNH faculty/Senior; $20 UNH students and youth.

A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra
Thursday, April 8, 2010, 7 p.m. Johnson Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center

Passionate about sharing the experience of live performance, A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra unites the intimacy and versatility of a string quartet with the power of an orchestral sound. In each performance, the members of this self-conducted ensemble rotate musical leadership from one work to the next, bringing freshness to the concert experience.

Working as a group to shape artistic expression and administrative direction, the orchestra celebrates a spirit of collaboration. A Far Cry performs internationally, holds residencies at leading musical institutions and, through educational workshops and free concerts in its storefront space in Boston, develops close relationships with small community audiences. 

Ticket prices: $30 general; $27 UNH faculty/senior; $10 UNH students and youth.

 


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