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Celebrity Series Announces 2011-2012 Season

August 3, 2011

The UNH Celebrity Series is proud to announce its 2011-2012 season, providing a rich, rewarding cultural experience for students, faculty, staff and the greater community by presenting guest artists whose work reflects outstanding cultural merit in music, theatre, and dance. 

All performances take place at 7 p.m. in the Paul Creative Arts Center’s Johnson Theatre. 

Sept. 17: The Golden Dragon Acrobats launch the new season. Captivating audiences with showmanship of ancient skills such as the Dancing Plates, the Diablo Yo-Yo and the Tower of Chairs, they tame gravity and fear with feats of balancing, tumbling and startling gymnastic wizardry.

Nov. 17: The Aquila Theatre offers a delightful and tantalizing production of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest,” promising to overflow with humor, elegance and romantic comedy.  Since its first performance on Feb.14, 1895, Wilde's masterpiece has become a respected piece of literature and has delighted audiences with its wit and wisdom.

Feb. 6, 2012: Teatro Lirico D’Europa will perform Giuseppe Verdi’s three act Opera, “Rigoletto,” a fully staged production with live orchestra and English supertitles. A story of love, betrayal, revenge and tragic irony, “Rigoletto” marked the turning point of Verdi’s masterful transformation of Italian opera.  Music and action are perfectly integrated; each character maintains a complex individuality, even as the music weaves to its dramatic conclusion.

Feb. 18: Internationally recognized cellist Dmitry Kouzov has performed with orchestras and in recitals throughout his native Russia and on five continents.  He will be joined by pianist Peter Laul.  Kouzov and Laul have been performing together since they were 12 years old. Pieces for this performance include Schumann's “Adagio & Allegro, Beethoven's “Sonata #4,” Debussy's “Sonata” and “Sonata” by Rachmaninoff.

March 3:  Cordis Quartet has been redefining contemporary chamber music by fusing an original combination of custom-made and traditional ethnic instruments to create their signature sound.  Although the ensemble is built upon cello (Jeremy Harman), concert cimbalom (Richard Grimes), piano (Dan Padgett), and percussion (Andrew Beall), one-of-a-kind creations such as the electric mbira, melodica, and the world’s longest playing cylinder-driven music box also have a way of weaving their way into any given performance. 

April 11: The Takács Quartet returns to campus. One of the world’s outstanding string quartets, Takács plays with a virtuosic technique, intense immediacy and consistently burnished tone.  Based in Boulder, Colorado, the Takács Quartet has been in residence at the University of Colorado since 1983.  Pieces for this program include Janacek“Quartet No. 2,”Britten“Quartet No. 3,” and RavelQuartet.”

Tickets can be purchased online at www.unhmub.com/ticket or www.unh.edu/celebrity, with an order form from the brochure, or by calling the MUB box office at 2-2290 when the university is in session.

 


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