Experience the Arts! Box Office and Ticket Sales begin Tuesday, September 13

Experience the Arts!
The Lenfest Center for the Arts 2022-2023 Season

Find excitement in a night of sizzling synchronized Latin International Ballroom dance with the Miami All Stars. Be enchanted by a company of dancer-illusionists with their 40th Anniversary Season Celebration—VIVA MOMIX—a work of exceptional inventiveness and physical beauty. Be amazed by the dynamic vocal prowess of "Detroit's ‘Queen of the Blues,' the Thornetta Davis Band."

Relish in the Bach cello suites performed by Matt Haimovitz with a performance entitled A Moveable Feast. Savor the music recitals and concerts featuring faculty and students, University Singers, Wind, Jazz and Wind Music Ensembles. Be entertained by Theater, Dance, and Film Studies Department and Music's Bentley musical production BEEHIVE - a 60s Musical-a celebration of the powerful female voices of the 1960's featuring timeless hits. Revel in the impressive artists' collections slated for the Staniar Gallery.

Experience the Arts at Lenfest Center for the Arts!

The 2022-2023 Lenfest Center season brochure can be found on the home page of the Lenfest Center for the Arts at https://issuu.com/wlumag/docs/2223brochure. Tickets are available online at https://my.wlu.edu/lenfest-center with a credit card or in-person at the Lenfest Box Office beginning Tuesday, September 13.

Box Office hours are Tuesday-Friday, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and is open only when undergraduate classes are in session. Forms of payments include cash, check or credit card. Patrons can contact the Box Office by calling 540.458.8000 or emailing boxoffice@wlu.edu.

The Lenfest Series Season, featured in the Keller Theatre, opens with Miami All Stars on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 7:30 p.m. From Cha-Cha to Tango, Foxtrot to Mambo, Swing to Salsa to dancers for Shakira and Jennifer Lopez's epic Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show, this wild and vivacious group-Miami All Stars-electrify the stage with a superb company of world-class dancers in over 20 sizzling costumes featuring the "Latin Fire" Miami has become famous for! Sponsored in part by the Class of '64 Performing Arts Fund and the Pauline B. And Paul D. Pickens Fund for the Performing Arts. Tickets are required.

On Tuesday, October 4, at 7:30 p.m., experience a thrill with VIVA MOMIX on the Keller stage. MOMIX mixes traditional styles of fun and beauty in a two-act program that is sure to keep you at the edge of your seat- combining athletic dance, riveting music, outrageous costumes, props and pure talent to create an entertaining multimedia experience that will surprise and astonish. Each show features dancers manipulating their bodies and props in unique and astounding ways. While there is no concrete story-line, VIVA MOMIX will evoke through imagery a theater of light and physical bodies. Performance is sponsored in part by the Class of 1964. Tickets are required.

On Friday, March 10, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. in Wilson Concert Hall, join Pickens World Music and Lenfest Center for "Detroit's ‘Queen of the Blues'-Thornetta Davis Band." Having shared the stage with legendary Blues and R&B greats such as Ray Charles, Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson, Etta James, Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Junior Wells, Lonnie Brooks, Johnnie Johnson and many more, her history is extensive and performances memorable. Tickets are required. Performance is sponsored in part by the Class of '64 Performing Arts Fund and the Pauline B. And Paul D. Pickens Fund for the Performing Arts.

Described by the Galena Gazette as "world class," the spectacular Juliani Ensemble will open the Concert Guild's 2022-2023 season on Saturday, October 22, at 8 p.m. in the Concert Hall with a program that features the Trio in G Major by Carl Stamitz as well as Joseph Haydn's Trio No. 3 in G Major, also known as the "London" Trio. Tickets are required.

On Friday, December 2, at 8 p.m., Noah Alden Hardaway, pianist, will perform a varied program featuring Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues by Frederic Rzewski among other things. Hardaway is described as "a technically gifted young virtuoso" by the Chestnut Hill Local. No tickets are required.

On Saturday, January 21, 2023 at 8 p.m., Collective Euphonia, makes its W&L debut with a residency that includes a concert in Wilson Concert Hall entitled, It's complicated... Songs and Scenes on Relationships, featuring songs as well as opera and musical theater scenes exploring the adventurous complications of a wide range of relationships. W&L music faculty and Collective Euphonia members, Scott Williamson, tenor, Anna Billias, piano, Julia Goudimova, cello, and William McCorkle, piano/harpsichord will also collaborate in this chamber program premiere. Tickets are required.

On Tuesday, February 14, 2023 at 8 p.m., Matt Haimovitz, cello will bring A Moveable Feast to the Wilson Concert Hall. Renowned as a musical pioneer, cellist Matt Haimovitz is praised by The New York Times as a "ferociously talented cellist who brings his megawatt sound and uncommon expressive gifts to a vast variety of styles" and by The New Yorker as "remarkable virtuoso" who "never turns in a predictable performance." What a great way to celebrate Valentine's Day! Tickets are required.

SonoKlect's Oregon Wind Quintet performs on Saturday, October 8, at 8 p.m. in the Wilson Concert Hall. As part of their Lexington debut, the quintet will premiere SonoKlect director Terry Vosbein's latest composition A Vonnegut Trilogy. The three-movement work was written for this concert to commemorate the centennial of the birth of the great American novelist, Kurt Vonnegut. No tickets are required for SonoKlect performances.

Tim Hagans, trumpeter and composer brings his combo to SonoKlect for an exciting evening of forward-leaning jazz on Saturday, March 4, 2023 in Wilson Concert Hall. No tickets are required for SonoKlect performances.

For a complete listing of W&L Music fall, winter and spring performances, visit wlu.edu/lenfest-center or wlu.edu/music. Performances will be streamed at https://livestream.com/wlu.

Staniar Gallery boasts a full array of exhibitions including Aaron Turner: Black Alchemy: if this one thing is true-Redux; Esteban Ramón Pérez: Distorted Myths; Amanda Lechner: Terra Ignota: Land Unknown; Sam Blanchard: Futile State; Adrienne Callander: Fieldwork; 2023 Senior Theses Exhibition; and Delilah Montoya: Contemporary Castra Portraiture. For a complete listing of exhibit openings, lectures and receptions, visit wlu.edu/lenfest-center and/or go.wlu.edu/staniar.

The Theater, Dance, and Film Studies Season opens with Dancers Create..., performing November 3-5, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. in the Keller Theatre. Under the artistic direction of Jenefer Davies, W&L Dancers Create... is a concert of works created, designed and performed by the W&L students-a performance that reflects, in theme and style, current undergraduate work in dance. This dance concert showcases the intellectual and creative curiosity within the dance program. Tickets are required.

Treasure Island, adapted by Mary Zimmerman from the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson and directed by Nafeesa Monroe, plays December 1-2 at 7:30 p.m. and December 3 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Johnson Theatre. Unexpected guests, pirates, treasure, adventure, friendship, sea shanties-all are a part of this wonderful stage adaptation of Treasure Island by Mary Zimmerman. Music, singing, sword fights and ocean voyages are just the beginning of telling this familiar tale on the stage. Join us on this journey as we seek to discover that which is our true treasure. Tickets are required.

BEEHIVE - the 60s Musical, a Robert O. and Elizabeth M. Bentley Musical event plays March 9-10 at 7:30 p.m. and March 11 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Keller Theatre. BEEHIVE, created by Larry Gallagher and directed and choreographed by Jenefer Davies, celebrates the powerful female voices of the 1960's with such timeless hits as "My Boyfriend's Back," "Be My Baby," "Son of a Preacher Man," and "Me and Bobby McGee." Through direct address of the audience, this musical tells the story of the tumultuous decade in which these women come of age. The journey is one from innocence in the early 60s where the characters discuss hemlines and hairstyles to the challenges faced by the entire nation by the end of that decade with race riots, women's rights, and anti-war protests. Tickets are required.

Concluding the TDFS season is W&L Repertory Dance Company performing March 30-April 1 at 7:30 p.m The award-winning W&L Repertory Dance Company presents an evening of multi-faceted dance works performed and created by internationally renowned choreographers, faculty and guest artists. Named a program of "outstanding artistic excellence" by the American College Dance Association, W&L Repertory Dance Company is committed to showcasing artistically vibrant contemporary dance works and challenging W&L student dancers through experiential opportunities in dance. Tickets are required.