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In addition to the performances in our 2013–14 performing arts season, we also present numerous additional events on the ASU Tempe campus and throughout the community that are open to the public and many of which are free to attend.

Additional events include art and design exhibitions, film screenings, talks, lecture series, workshops, recitals, concerts and symposia each year. Among this year’s highlights are weekly stunning and thought-provoking student and faculty art exhibitions in the five School of Art galleries; open studio nights, lecture series and InnovationSpace and design exhibitions from The Design School; interactive Digital Culture open houses from Arts, Media + Engineering; the 9th Annual ASU Student Film Festival; and world-class contemporary art exhibitions and collections at the ASU Art Museum.

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50th Anniversary Season

Tickets: $21–General; $15–ASU Faculty, Staff + Alumni; $8–Student; $12–Senior; $11 First Fridays

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La Périchole
7:30 p.m., Oct. 3–5; 2 p.m., Oct. 6
Evelyn Smith Music Theatre

Lyric Opera Theatre kicks off its 50th anniversary season with Offenbach’s sparkling operetta, “La Périchole,” filled to the brim with enchanting melodies, high-kicking can-cans, whirling waltzes and riotous comic action. Loosely based on the true story of an eighteenth-century street singer who became the mistress of the Viceroy of Peru, the operetta is a bubbly concoction which mixes the necessary ingredients of disguise, mistaken identity, an inebriated wedding, crowds of happy dancing peasants, a glittering presentation at court and an escape from the palace dungeon before the true lovers are reunited for a joyous happy ending. A fun-filled evening perfect for the entire family!

7:30 p.m., Nov. 15, 16; 2 p.m., Nov. 17; 7:30 p.m., Nov. 22–23; 2 p.m., Nov. 24
Evelyn Smith Music Theatre

A high-spirited, touching and satirical musical following the intrigue and exploits on stage and behind the scenes as Santa Rosa, California, plays host to the 1985 Young American Miss Pageant.

Così fan tutte
7:30 p.m., Feb. 27, 28, March 1; 2 p.m., March 2
Evelyn Smith Music Theatre

In Mozart’s comic masterpiece “Così fan tutte” (“So Do They All”) or The School for Lovers, an aging philosopher tries to teach two young couples a lesson in fidelity, forgiveness and the foibles of human nature. Based on an actual incident at the Viennese court during the eighteenth century, two young soldiers accept a wager on the fidelity of their fiancées. The soldiers disguise their identities and attempt to woo each other’s sweetheart with the help of the girls’ mischievous maidservant, bringing about both hilarious and heartbreaking
consequences for all involved.

7:30 p.m., April 17, 19; 7:30, April 24–26; 2 p.m., April 27
Evelyn Smith Music Theatre 

Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, “RENT has become a pop culture phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages. Based on Puccini’s “La bohème,” “RENT” follows a group of impoverished, young Bohemian artists and musicians struggling to live in New York City’s Lower East Side. Filled with humor and poignancy, love and laughter, these voices sing out to us about the struggles we all face today. 

Please note: This show is verbally, sexually, politically and culturally charged. It is meant for mature audiences only.

Workshop: A Day in Hollywood, A Night in the Ukraine Tickets: $8–General
7:30 p.m., Jan. 17; 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m., Jan. 18; 2 p.m., Jan. 19
Evelyn Smith Music Theatre 

Two one-act musicals provide a “double feature” as hilarious as any presented in Hollywood’s heyday.


Tickets: $19–General; $16–ASU Faculty, Staff + Alumni; $12–Senior; $8–Student

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Presti Guitar Trio
7:30 p.m., Sept. 20
Katzin Concert Hall

The Presti Trio is the first professional all-women guitar ensemble in the United States. Having given recitals on four continents, trio members Olga Amelkina Vera, Valerie Hartzell and Lynn McGrath draw from a deep wellspring of performance experience.

Roland Dyens
7:30 p.m., Oct. 4
Katzin Concert Hall 

The immensely popular French guitarist, composer and arranger Roland Dyens is known for his extraordinary capacity for improvisation and frequently opens his concerts with an improvised piece to help him get a feel for the hall and the audience.

Grisha Goryachev
7:30 p.m., Nov. 16
Katzin Concert Hall 

A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, Grisha Goryachev is renowned for his musical sensitivity and technical virtuosity in both classical and flamenco styles.

Rovshan Mamedkuliev
7:30 p.m., Jan. 24
Katzin Concert Hall 

Azerbaijani guitarist Rovshan Mamedkuliev has received honors at international festivals and competitions in Russia, Ukraine, Poland, France, Spain, Italy, Portugal and others and is the winner of the 2012 Guitar Foundation of America’s International Concert Artist Competition.

Gohar Vardanyan
7:30 p.m., Feb. 21
Katzin Concert Hall 

The School of Music welcomes young Armenian guitarist Gohar Vardanyan who has appeared on National Public Radio’s From the Top as well as Radio Nacional in Argentina.

Rupert Boyd
7:30 p.m., March 29
Katzin Concert Hall 

The School of Music welcomes Australian-born guitarist Rupert Boyd. Mr. Boyd is hailed as one of the most talented guitarists of his generation.

Massimo delle Cese
7:30 p.m., April 25
Katzin Concert Hall 

The School of Music welcomes Italian guitarist Massimo delle Cese. At just fifteen Mr. delle Cese was ranked first at the Ancona National Guitar Contest.

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11th Annual Organ Christmas Concert
2:30 p.m., 5 p.m., Dec. 7; 5 p.m., Dec. 8
Organ Hall 

To celebrate the 11th anniversary of our Christmas concerts, Goldman Professor of Organ Kimberly Marshall and the ASU Organ Studio pull out all the stops.

Please note: The full organ series is not available this year due to Professor Kimberly Marshall’s faculty schedule.

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Tickets: $9–General; $5–Student

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Jazz Faculty Present Winning Student Compositions
7:30 p.m., Aug. 28
Recital Hall

Members of the jazz faculty perform winning selections from the 2nd annual ASU Student Jazz Composition Competition. Winners of the various polls will be announced at this event.

Robert Spring and Friends
2:30 p.m., Sept. 8
Katzin Concert Hall 

Robert Spring teams up with Joshua Gardner, J.B. Smith and other faculty for a premier performance of Barry Moon’s “Gifts for Two Clarinets.”

Christopher Creviston, saxophone/ Oren Fader, electric guitar
7:30 p.m., Sept. 15
Katzin Concert Hall 

ASU faculty member saxophonist Christopher Creviston and guest electric guitarist Oren Fader present a concert of music composed for them.

An Evening of Vocal Chamber Music
7:30 p.m., Sept. 16
Katzin Concert Hall 

Join ASU faculty artists Nancy Buck, Katherine McLin, Joshua Gardner and Andrew Campbell collaborating with guest artist and noted Dutch soprano Julia Bronkhorst for a recital of mixed chamber works for voice and

Douglas Yeo, bass trombone
2:30 p.m., Sept. 22
Katzin Concert Hall 

Trombonist Douglas Yeo performs works for bass trombone including Nelson Riddle’s “Five Pieces for Bass Trombone” and James Stephenson’s Sonata Rhapsody “The Arch.”

Martin Schuring and Friends
2:30 p.m., Sept. 29
Katzin Concert Hall 

Join oboist Martin Schuring and other ASU faculty for an evening of chamber music for oboe and strings.

Albie Micklich and Friends
7:30 p.m., Oct. 18
Katzin Concert Hall

Bassoonist Albie Micklich is joined by Andrew Campbell, piano, Elizabeth Buck, flute, Martin Schuring, oboe, Robert Spring and Joshua Gardner, clarinet, Christopher Creviston, saxophone and John Ericson, horn
for a variety of collaborative works.

Halloween Spooktacular!
7:30 p.m., Oct. 19
Katzin Concert Hall 

Join Tetra string quartet for a night of spooky music just in time for Halloween.

John Ericson, French horn
5 p.m., Oct. 20
Katzin Concert Hall

Join ASU Professor of Horn John Ericson for a recital of works for French horn and piano, performed with pianist Yi-Wan Liao.

The Music of Benjamin Britten
7:30 p.m., Nov. 1
Katzin Concert Hall 

Join faculty artists Andrew Campbell and Katherine McLin and guest artists Ron Brendel, tenor from Lee University and Kristin Dauphinais, mezzo-soprano from the University of Arizona, for a 100th birthday celebration of iconic English composer Benjamin Britten.

Deanna Swoboda and Friends
7:30 p.m., Nov. 15
Katzin Concert Hall 

Deanna Swoboda and faculty colleagues present an evening of tuba chamber music. 

Poles Apart: Chamber Music from the Garden of Exile
7:30 p.m., Nov. 18 
Katzin Concert Hall 

A program by the renowned ARC Ensemble of Toronto featuring little-known gems of the chamber music repertoire. 

Michael Kocour, jazz piano
7:30 p.m., Jan. 21
Recital Hall 

Michael Kocour presents an evening of musical explorations through American standards, jazz classics and original compositions.

The Capitol Quartet
7:30 p.m., Jan. 28
Evelyn Smith Music Theatre 

The Capitol Quartet comes to ASU. Performances include collaborations with ASU faculty and the world premiere of J.B. Smith’s composition for saxophone quartet and percussion. 

The ASU/Avanti Festival
7:30 p.m., Jan. 31
Katzin Concert Hall 

A piano and violin recital with faculty artist Caio Pagano and guest artist Emmanuele Baldini.

ASU Jazz Faculty Showcase
7:30 p.m., Feb. 5
Recital Hall

Members of the ASU Jazz Studies faculty come together to perform original compositions and jazz classics.

Caio Pagano and the Festival
7:30 p.m., Feb. 7
Katzin Concert Hall 

Join the School of Music in welcoming the Festival Orchestra conducted by ASU’s own Timothy Russell, with faculty soloist Caio Pagano on the piano performing Beethoven’s “Concerto #1.”

ASU Percussion Faculty Recital
2:30 p.m., Feb. 9
Katzin Concert Hall 

ASU faculty J.B. Smith, Dom Moio, Simone Mancuso and Mark Sunkett perform solo works and chamber pieces.

Occident Meets Orient
2:30 p.m., March 23
Katzin Concert Hall 

Soprano Carole FitzPatrick and pianist Russell Ryan welcome guest baritone Robert Barefield performing art songs, duets and operatic works demonstrating the influence of Persian culture on leading composers of the Romantic and post-Romantic eras

Contemporary Music Festival Concert 1
7:30 p.m., April 30 
Katzin Concert Hall 

Guest and faculty artists join Simone Mancuso for the first concert in this 3-concert festival exploring twentieth-century music. 

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Tickets: $23–General; $8–Student

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St. Lawrence String Quartet

7:30 p.m., Oct. 23 
Katzin Concert Hall

The first in this 3-part concert series includes Haydn’s “E flat major, Op. 20 No. 1” and “C major, Op. 76 No. 3,” Verdi’s Quartet and Korngold’s “Quartet No. 3, Op. 34.”

7:30 p.m., Jan. 30
Katzin Concert Hall 

The second in this 3-part concert series includes Beethoven’s “C minor, Op. 18 No. 4,” Martinu’s “No. 5,” and Dvorak’s “String Quartet in C major, Op. 61.”

7:30 p.m., March 28
Katzin Concert Hall

The third in this 3-part concert series includes Haydn’s “D major, Op. 71 No. 2,” Britten’s “No. 2,” Beethoven’s “Op. 59 No. 3.”

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Tickets: $16–General; $12–ASU Faculty, Staff + Alumni; $12–Senior; $8–Student

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The Fall of the House of Escher
7:30 p.m., Sept. 27–28; 2 p.m.,
Sept. 29; 7:30 p.m., Oct. 3–5;
2 p.m., Oct. 6
Lyceum Theatre 

A mind-bending work of surrealism by resident MFA company Punctum, “The Fall of the House of Escher” explores the worlds of Edgar Allan Poe, M.C. Escher and quantum mechanics through the lens of interactive performance. World premiere.

Dog Act
7:30 p.m., Nov. 15–16; 2 p.m.,
Nov. 17; 7:30 p.m., Nov. 21–23;
2 p.m., Nov. 24
Paul V. Galvin Playhouse 

Post-apocalyptic wilderness was never funnier. Follow the adventures of Zetta Stone, a traveling performer and her companion Dog (a young man undergoing a voluntary species demotion) as they wander through the former Northeastern United States.

Before You Ruin It
7:30 p.m., Feb. 7–8; 2 p.m., Feb. 9;
7:30 p.m., Feb. 13–15; 2 p.m., Feb. 16
Lyceum Theatre

Set in the early days of video games, “Before You Ruin It” It is an exciting, comedic rout through an 8-bit world of the art, science and business of game development and more importantly, the nature of creative enterprise. A world premiere produced in part with the assistance of the Stage Directors and Choreographers’ Foundation’s Guest Artist Initiative.

7:30 p.m., April 4–5; 2 p.m., April 6;
7:30 p.m., April 10–12; 2 p.m., April 13
Paul V. Galvin Playhouse

A parallel world, 1860. Two teenagers thrown together by a tsunami that has destroyed Mau’s village and left Daphne shipwrecked on his South Pacific island, thousands of miles from home. One wears next to nothing, the other a long white dress; neither speaks the other’s language; somehow they must learn to survive.

Circle Circle dot dot – Alumni Project Series
7:30 p.m., April 18–19; 7:30 p.m.,
April 24–26; 2 p.m., April 27

Lyceum Theatre

ASU Alumni Katherine Harroff and members from her community-based theatre company Circle Circle dot dot will host a series of collaborative writing and performance workshops that will develop an interview-based production dissecting the impact of the passing of Proposition 107 in Arizona. This production will be completely original and developed entirely by select School of Film, Dance and Theatre students and Circle Circle dot dot as part of the 2013-2014 Alumni Project Series.

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Tickets: $8–General

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TheatreLAB 2.2 (Readings)
7:30 p.m., Feb. 13–16
Studio 133, Nelson Fine Arts Center

TheatreLAB 2.2 (Workshops)
7:30 p.m., Feb. 28; 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m., March 1; 7:30 p.m., March 2
Studio 133, Nelson Fine Arts Center

TheatreLAB gives the audience an
opportunity to experience works in various stages of development from readings of new scripts to full workshop productions that feature prototype sets and costumes. Each night features discussions with the playwrights and creators and opportunities for the audience to share their responses to
the works in progress.

The idea of a theatrical production as a creative process that needs to be honed and refined over time – with feedback from an audience – is at the heart of TheatreLAB.

To purchase tickets to this event, please click the "buy tickets now" button listed under "Create your own season!" at the top of the page or as part of the MainStage – Theatre series. 

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Tickets: $16–General; $12–ASU Faculty, Staff + Alumni; $12–Senior; $8–Student

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6:30 p.m., Sept. 27; 7:30 p.m., Sept. 28;
2 p.m., Sept. 29
Paul V. Galvin Playhouse 

A collaboration artists in dance and theatre at ASU, “Fuse” will feature collaborative, interdisciplinary work by students, faculty and guest artists from the newly fused School of Film, Dance and Theatre. 

Emerging Artists I
6:30 p.m., Nov. 22; 7:30 p.m., Nov. 23;
2 p.m., Nov. 24
Margaret Gisolo Dance Theatre

Emerging Artists II

6:30 p.m., Jan. 31; 7:30 p.m., Feb. 1;
2 p.m., Feb. 2
Dance Lab, Nelson Fine Arts Center

The Emerging Artist Series presents thesis projects created by graduating MFA students. Candidates explore potent issues and specific sites through these carefully crafted performance projects.

Transitions Projects
6:30 p.m., Feb. 21; 7:30 p.m., Feb. 22; 2 p.m., Feb. 23
Margaret Gisolo Dance Theatre 

Two programs of diverse and powerful
dance-based work are presented by graduating BFA candidates. The programs feature new works on stage, in specific sites, as installations and on film. 

Dance Annual
6:30 p.m., April 25; 7:30 p.m., April 26;
2 p.m., April 27

Paul V. Galvin Playhouse 

The Dance Annual highlights the season by presenting some of the most captivating work created throughout the year. This collection features the work of faculty, visiting artists, alumni and graduate and undergraduate students in a variety of platforms.

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Tickets: $8–General; $4–Student

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A Holiday Festival of Choirs
7:30 p.m., Dec. 5
La Casa De Cristo Lutheran Church

The ASU Choirs present the annual holiday gift to the community, featuring short performances by each of the ensembles and a combined performance of Poulenc’s “Gloria.” 

Voices of Spring
7:30 p.m., March 1
Katzin Concert Hall 

The ASU Concert Choir presents a garland of music for spring.

Spring Choral Concert
7:30 p.m., March 6
Katzin Concert Hall 

A spring celebration of music for men’s and women’s voices.

The Poet Sings
7:30 p.m., April 29 
Valley Presbyterian Church

Advance ticket sales only. The ASU Barrett Choir performs music based on great poetry, with texts by Shakespeare, García Lorca, Whitman and many others and music by composers Eric Whitacre, René Clausen and Norman Dello Joio.