Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott's Encore

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Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott’s Encore

Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott Encore

Thank you for attending Wednesday’s performance by Yo-Yo Ma & Kathryn Stott!

Here is a list of the pieces performed during the multiple encores:

  1. Salut d’Amour, by Edward Elgar (listen)
  2. Prelude No. 1 from Three Preludes for Piano, by George Gershwin (listen)
  3. The Swan from The Carnival of the Animals, by Camille Saint-Saëns (listen)

Than you to all Friends of Convocations

friends-of-convosWithout the support of our Friends of Convocations, our corporate partners, and the Friends of Convocations Endowment, this amazing performance would not have been possible in our community.Want to get involved? Visit convocations.org/support to learn more or join now.
Did you know that, thanks to the Friends of Convocations, we are able to present 26% more performances each season? If you would like more information on the perks of belonging, simply visit convocations.org/ibelong or call (765) 494-9712.

From Generation to Generation: David Dorfman Dance

David Dorfman Dance: Come, and Back Again

Come, and Back Again

Got junk?

Maybe you’re a person who has a garage full of bric-a-brac you’ve kept around just in case you ever have a need for it. Maybe you have a family member who can’t drive past a yard sale without screeching to a halt. Or maybe your basement is a Sandwich Generation repository stocked with things your parents wanted to keep when they downsized jammed alongside a complete collection of crayon and collage masterpieces from your kids’ elementary school years.

The question of when to hang on to something—a memento as much as a memory—and when it is important to it let go animates choreographer David Dorfman’s Come, and Back Again. It is, he says, a dance about loss, mortality, how we value our past, and the way love persists between individual people and across generations.

David’s father was an organized man who had a place for everything and kept everything in its place. When he died, Dorfman says, he left an immaculate world, complete with detailed instructions for his own funeral. This was a man for whom the present held deep enjoyment: he was always anticipating “the next great thing that will happen.”

His son David, who grew up to be a dancer, musician, choreographer and chair of the dance department at Connecticut College, finds it difficult to let go of the past. Sometimes, he says, he feels that he has held onto every article he ever touched. When he realized he had thirty years of theatre programs, he resolved that he didn’t want his own son to be faced with the challenge of cleaning up his mess after he was gone.

David Dorfman Dance: Come, and Back Again, Live Dance, Live Band, October 23, Loeb Playhouse, 7:30pm, #LifeRequiresVirtuosity

Like many of Dorfman’s previous works, Come, and Back Again finds its metaphors in lived experience and in American music that evokes a particular time and place. Disavowal (2008) investigated racial identity and militancy through the lens of John Brown’s doomed 1859 attempt to foment an armed slave revolt at Harper’s Ferry, Virginia; underground (2006) reflected on 1960s radicalism and explored the tipping point where activism is transformed into terror; and Prophets of Funk (2011) celebrated the influential music and interracial cultural profile of Sly and the Family Stone, which disbanded in 1983. (All of the works in this trilogy were developed or presented in some form at the Bates Dance Festival, where Dorfman and his company have been regular teachers and performers for two decades).

Dorfman had been exploring the music of Patti Smith, and acquired the rights to one of her songs, “Death Singing.” Smith had written the song for Benjamin Smoke (originally Robert Dickerson), a punk rock drag queen who once opened for her at an underground club in Atlanta. Smoke, like Smith’s friend Robert Mapplethorpe and so many others, later died of complications from AIDS. In punk rock and “the cranky rebellion of the 1990s,” Dorfman identified a productive cultural friction between chaos and order.

In Come, and Back Again, Dorfman’s choreography teeters on the edge of risk. Alongside his much younger dancers, he launches a semi-structured game of Follow the Leader where Raja Kelly, Kendra Portier, Karl Rogers and Christina Robson’s acute ability to riff off his spontaneity raises the stakes for every performance. The text is full of high stakes emotional challenges, too, with faux math problems that begin with phrases such as “Start with the number of people you’ve seen take their final breaths…”
The dancers and musicians who share the stage are walled in by junk. Brooklyn visual artist Jonah Emerson Bell, who was recommended to Dorfman by the celebrity installation artist Swoon (Caledonia Curry), has created a semi-translucent white-washed set that does double duty as a dimensional surface for Shawn Hove’s video.

Dorfman’s videotaped storytelling, coupled with his performance as both a dancer and as a musician (playing accordion and alto sax), and appearances by both his wife, choreographer and dancer Lisa Race, and his now 13-year old son Sam gives Come, and Back Again the flavor of an overstuffed scrapbook, or better yet, a Flikr account. Our memories and our collections carry a heavy weight. But like David Dorfman, each of us must decide how much of that weight is a burden and how much is a comfort.

© 2014 Debra Cash


Featuring a live band with local musicians, David Dorfman Dance: Come, and Back Again “follows a course of reckless abandon driven by the charged poetry and raw ferocity of indie, punk and folk-rock music by such venerated artists as punk legend and queer activist Benjamin Smoke and the godmother of punk, Patti Smith.” – Bates Dance Festival

David Dorfman Dance: Come, and Back Again comes to Loeb Playhouse on October, 23, 2014, 7:30 pm.

Tickets are $22 – $32 and are available by calling 765-494-3933, visiting convocations.org/tickets, or at the Loeb Playhouse Box Office, 128 Memorial Mall, West Lafayette, IN.

Mamma Mia! brings the music of ABBA to Purdue

Mamma Mia! dancers perform the hits of ABBABenny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ MAMMA MIA!, the smash hit musical based on the songs of ABBA, returns to Elliott Hall of Music October 21, 2014 at 7:30 pm.

ABBA: the band behind the music that captured the world

On Saturday April 6th 1974, in the English coastal town of Brighton, a group known in their native Sweden but unknown to the rest of the world won the Eurovision Song Contest with a song entitled ‘Waterloo’. ABBA had arrived and the rest is not merely history but the stuff of legend. To date, ABBA has sold over 350 million records worldwide.

Following their Eurovision triumph, Agnetha Fältskog, Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Anni-Frid Lyngstad (the initials of their first names made the name ABBA) were catapulted onto the world stage. ‘Waterloo’ topped pop charts all around the globe.

Seen by over 54 million people around the world, MAMMA MIA!, is celebrating 5,000 performances on Broadway and is the 9th longest running show in Broadway history. The original West End production of MAMMA MIA! is now in its fifteenth year and has celebrated over 6,000 performances in London and the international tour has visited more than 74 foreign cities in 35 countries and been seen by over 4.3 million people. The blockbuster feature film adaptation of MAMMA MIA! is the most successful movie musical of all time grossing $600 million worldwide.

Seen in 38 productions in 14 different languages globally and with a worldwide gross of over $2 Billion, MAMMA MIA! is acclaimed by the Associated Press as “quite simply, a phenomenon.”

An independent, single mother who owns a small hotel on an idyllic Greek island, Donna is about to let go of Sophie, the spirited daughter she’s raised alone. For Sophie’s wedding, Donna has invited her two lifelong best girlfriends—practical and no-nonsense Rosie and wealthy, multi-divorcee Tanya – from her one-time backing band, Donna and the Dynamos. But Sophie has secretly invited three guests of her own.

On a quest to find the identity of her father to walk her down the aisle, she brings back three men from Donna’s past to the Mediterranean paradise they visited 20 years earlier. Over 24 chaotic, magical hours, new love will bloom and old romances will be rekindled on this lush island full of possibilities.

Mamma Mia - buy ticketsInspired by the storytelling magic of ABBA’s songs from “Dancing Queen” and “S.O.S.” to “Money, Money, Money” and “Take a Chance on Me,” MAMMA MIA! is a celebration of mothers and daughters, old friends and new family found.

MAMMA MIA! returns to Elliott Hall of Music October 21, 2014 at 7:30 pm.

Tickets for MAMMA MIA! are $22 – $52 and are available by calling 765-494-3933, visiting convocations.org/tickets, or at the Loeb Box Office, 128 Memorial Mall, West Lafayette, IN.

Peter and the Starcatcher

‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ performance moved to April 9

Peter and the StarcatcherPurdue Convocations will present the award-winning Broadway show “Peter and the Starcatcher” at 7 p.m. April 9 at Elliott Hall of Music. This performance was originally scheduled for April 23. All tickets issued for the original date will be honored at the door.

Purdue Convocations will allow refunds for patrons who are not able to attend the performance on the new date through 5 p.m. Nov. 25. Refunds may be processed at the Purdue box offices upon presentation of the physical ticket(s) and will be for the stated face value of the ticket.

“Peter and the Starcatcher,” the winner of five Tony Awards, is a comedic prequel to Peter Pan based on the bestselling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. A company of a dozen actors plays more than 100 unforgettable characters, all on a journey to answer the century-old question: How did Peter Pan become the boy who never grew up?

Peter and the Starcatcher tickets

Tickets are $22-$52 for adults and $22-$39 for those 18 years and younger, Purdue students, and Ivy Tech Lafayette students. Tickets are available online or at the Stewart Center box office at 765-494-3933 or 800-914-SHOW. Group discounts are also available to groups of 10 more. Call 765-496-1977 for more details or visit http://www.convocations.org/group-sales/

About Purdue Convocations

Initiated in 1902, Purdue Convocations is among the oldest collegiate performing arts presenters in the United States. Convocations brings a diverse array of performances and intellectual encounters, fulfilling our mission by connecting them to our academic, local, and regional audiences through engaging educational opportunities.


Source: Abby Eddy, Purdue Convocations director of marketing, 765-494-9712, aeeddy@purdue.edu

Neon Trees Concert Postponed


Neon Trees regretfully must postpone some dates of their upcoming fall tour– including a scheduled Nov. 7 show at Purdue University– due to health issues of bassist Branden Campbell, who recently underwent open-heart surgery for a valve replacement.  The intense touring schedule has been exhaustive and doctors have advised Campbell to slow down.

“We had initially thought we should cancel the entire tour, but Branden wouldn’t let us, thus the new abridged dates can be found on our website (http://www.fameisdead.com/).  We are very sorry that we are postponing some of our upcoming dates.  Obviously, our bass player’s health must come first, and we thank all of our fans for understanding.  We will make it up to you in the near future – we promise.”

New concert announcement: Neon Trees


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August 18, 2014

Neon Trees ‘First Things First Tour’ will make stop at Purdue in November

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Neon Trees and Fictionist will perform at Elliott Hall of Music at 8 p.m. on Nov. 7. This performance is presented by the Purdue Student Concert Committee with support from the Student Fee Activities Board.

The multi-platinum group is touring in support of its new album, “Pop Psychology,” which debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200, at No. 1 on the iTunes Alternative Album Chart and in the top 5 of the Overall iTunes Album Chart.

“Sleeping With A Friend,” the first single from “Pop Psychology,” has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. USA Today named it “Song of the Week.”

Neon Trees – comprising Tyler Glenn (lead vocals, keys), Chris Allen (guitars), Branden Campbell (bass), and Elaine Bradley (drums, vocals) – recorded “Pop Psychology” in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Los Angeles; and their hometown of Provo, Utah, with longtime collaborator Tim Pagnotta. The album is the follow up to 2012’s “Picture Show,” which featured the RIAA double platinum single “Everybody Talks.” The single was in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. Neon Trees’ debut album, “Habits,” was released in 2010 and featured the double platinum smash single “Animal.”

The band has toured with Taylor Swift, The Killers, Maroon 5, Duran Duran, Flaming Lips, and My Chemical Romance.

Ticket information

Tickets are $30 for students and $35 for the general public (limit of six tickets per person).

Purdue students will receive an email with instructions how to purchase tickets online through convocations.org/tickets at 10 a.m. Sept. 16. Tickets go on sale to Purdue and Ivy Tech Lafayette students, and Purdue faculty, staff and retirees with a current identification card at 10 a.m. Sept. 16 at the Stewart Center box office or at 765-494-3933. Tickets for the general public go on sale at 10 a.m. Sept. 17 through ticketmaster.com, convocations.org or at 800-914-SHOW.

Photo: A publication-quality photograph of Neon Trees is available at https://news.uns.purdue.edu/images/2014/convos-neon.jpg

“Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio” out now!

Melissa Aldana and Purdue University

Melissa Aldana’s third album and her first for Concord Records – entitled “Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio” – has been released today Tuesday June 24 in the US. The album also features master bassist Pablo Menares (also from Chile) as well as the dynamic and colorful Francisco Mela on drums (from Cuba – he also tours with Joe Lovano and McCoy Tyner). Great reviews are already pouring in..here’s one from Something Else. And another from London Jazz News. The editorial review on iTunes also gets the album & the music very well. The album is also available on CD from Amazon as well as directly from Concord Records.

This is all happening while Melissa & Crash Trio are on a rather hectic tour schedule. On June 16 they began the tour at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in NYC, and Brian Pace produced a video repertage with interview (The Page Report) from the show which you can watch by clicking here. On June 17 the band played in Portland, OR, on June 18 in San Diego, CA and on June 20 at the Vancouver Jazz Festival in Canada. Vancouver did a nice little #tweetngreet” on Melissa as well – watch that here. On June 23 Melissa & Crash Trio played the wonderful Rochester Jazz Festival – Rochester Festival Director John Nugent is himself a killing saxophone player (and a big supporter of Melissa)!

Melissa is headed back to NYC today prior to going to DC Jazz Festival as a special guest with the legendary Paquito D’Rivera on June 27. Then on June 28 Melissa & Crash Trio are headed to Twin Cities Jazz Festival, on June 29 to Saratoga Jazz Festival in upstate New York, June 30 to Ottawa Jazz Festival (Canada) and on July 5 to Iowa City Jazz Festival.

Then, from Iowa, it’s straight to Europe – here are the upcoming European dates this summer:

July 8: Vienna Jazz Festival, Austria
July 10: Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Denmark
July 11: Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Denmark
July 15: Umbria Jazz Festival, Italy
July 17: Vitoria Jazz Festival, Spain
July 31: Marciac Jazz Festival, France
Aug. 1+2: Duc des Lombards, Paris, France

Don’t miss Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio on October 17-18 at Carnahan Hall in Lafayette, Indiana!

You can follow Melissa’s live schedule on her (new) website.

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Fieldwork: An Alan Lomax Centennial Residency

Featuring Jayme Stone/The Lomax Project
Friday/Saturday, March 27-28, 2015

20100927210920!Alan_LomaxBeginning 1934, with cumbersome—and now quaintly-primitive—recording equipment loaded in the back of his car, the young Alan Lomax (1915-2002) travelled down the dusty byways and backwaters of the United States to source and record the roots and branches of American folk music for the Archive of American Folk Song at the Library of Congress. Initially, working with his folklorist father, John Lomax, and later with numerous other colleagues and guides, he captured for posterity an incredibly deep and staggeringly diverse musical portrait of life across the American and Caribbean landscape. With his remarkable penchant uncovering leads and tips, he was able to track down hitherto notable yet unknown talents, including artists that we now know as everyday names: Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, Big Bill Broonzy, Muddy Waters, Jelly Roll Morton, Sonny Boy Williamson, and Pete Seeger, to name but a few. Importantly, he also documented with unvarnished and unflinching clarity, the songs, stories, and circumstances of Americans whose lives and voices were limited by the strictures of the pre-Civil Rights era. In a career spanning more than six decades, more than seventeen thousand recordings and interviews, scores of concerts, and TV and radio shows, and nearly two dozen books, Lomax’s legacy as a one of the most preeminent and authoritative American musicologists to have captured our cultural history is worthy of commemoration.

Now, as a way to celebrate the Alan Lomax Centennial in 2015 and examine the incredibly diverse cultural source material of our American identity, we’ve assembled a two-day residency engagement featuring a stellar ensemble led by two-time Juno winning artist, banjoist, composer, and self-proclaimed instigator, Jayme Stone. In this residency and especially in The Lomax Project concert, Stone brings together some of the country’s most distinctive and creative roots musicians to revive, recycle and re-imagine traditional music. The repertoire includes Bahamian sea chanties, African-American a cappella singing from the Georgia Sea Islands, Old World weavers’ work songs, ancient Appalachian ballads, fiddle tunes, game songs and ring shouts. This residency offers us as listeners and musicians a participatory gateway into our treasured and diverse cultural history as Americans.


Friday, March 27

Jayme Stone will discuss Alan Lomax’s life, work, and profound impact on American culture. Free admission.

Jayme Stone and the band will host a “Collaboratory” (equal parts collaborative and explorative laboratory) for musicians interested in examining and developing musical arrangements sourced, or inspired by, field and archival recordings. Bring your preferred acoustic instrument and join the musical investigation in a supportive, positive musical environment. Free admission.

The two preceding events will run consecutively with a brief pause between them. Guests and non-musicians are certainly welcome and encouraged to stay and observe the Collaboratory.
Saturday, March 28

Saturday, March 28

Musicians, now it’s your turn to capture the songs and stories of our community in the true Lomax spirit! Simply bring your preferred acoustic instrument and any musical collaborators to capture historical and contemporary portraits of our region, as well as your version of our story today. All musical styles and genres are welcome, but instruments and arrangements that can be captured by a single, hiqh-quality condenser microphone will be most ideal. Then, we’ll share your work on the Purdue Convocations website and social media channels for all to experience. Reservations required, but participation is free. See convocations.org for details.

8pM Concert: Jayme Stone and The Lomax Project / LAFAYETTE THEATER
As a culmination of our Lomax residency, musically adventurous banjoist Jayme Stone will lead his group through a vast songbook of Americana sourced from the Lomaxes’ archival work. This unique, startlingly diverse musical journey will span decades and cultures in tribute to both the range of Lomax’s musical curiosity and our own American spirit. Lafayette Theater. Tickets required. Doors will open at 7PM. All ages welcome. Cash bar available.


The_Sounds_of_EarthOn August 20, 1977, the renowned spacecraft Voyagers I & II were launched into space to explore Jupiter and Saturn, and beyond. Famously, four “golden records” containing 27 musical selections were sent along as special payload. Then President Jimmy Carter described these as a “present from a small, distant world” to any potential discoverer of the craft. NASA appointed astronomer/astrophysicist Carl Sagan to lead the selection process, and he then turned to Lomax to assist in the process. In what was undoubtedly a charged set of discussions about how to represent the greatest aspects of creative human expression, Lomax proposed and successfully advocated for 15 tracks representing a diverse array of global cultures, including “Dark Was The Night,” by Blind Willie Johnson. Now, with the Voyager spacecraft travelling into interstellar space, Lomax can be said to have projected human culture to “infinity and beyond.”

Alan Lomax’s story and contributions to society are especially rich and reward deeper investigation. Among Lomax’s notable books is his memoir, The Land Where the Blues Began, which, as Mick Jagger says, offers “a fresh insight into the strange and cruel origins of the blues.” Also, the acclaimed Miles Davis and Sun Ra biographer, John Szwed, has written a fine “cradle to grave” biography entitled, Alan Lomax: The Man Who Recorded The World.

Importantly, the vast majority of Lomax’s work is available for study and enjoyment on-line (along with the contributions of many others):

The American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress: http://www.loc.gov/folklife/lomax/

The Association for Cultural Equity: http://research.culturalequity.org/


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Due to technical maintenance required by the location of the event, you will NOT be able to print your tickets after 2:00pm the day of the show.

After 2:00pm, un-printed tickets will be available at the Stewart Center box office from 2:00pm-4:30pm. If you have not printed/picked up your tickets by 4:30pm, please proceed to the Co-Rec Parking Lot where there will be Box Office representatives who can assist you.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the show!