William Shakespeare, classical Indian dance, “hot” swing music, and an international, Louisiana-born opera star share one thing in common: all are showcased on the 2011-2012 performance season of the Performing Arts Society of Acadiana.
Single tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or by visiting http://www.pasaonline.org.
Music fans have a variety to choose from, including Midtown Men, Mark O’Connor’s Hot Swing featuring Jane Monheit, Soprano Elizabeth Futral and A Far Cry.
Midtown Men kick off the PASA series Sept. 29 with the four original actors/singers from Broadway’s mega-hit musical Jersey Boys. This talented foursome is reunited for a one-of-a-kind concert experience celebrating the music that defined the 1960s.
Tony Award winners Christian Huff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and J. Robert Spencer bring their unique sound and chemistry to Lafayette, featuring hit songs from The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Jackson Five, The Mamas and The Papas and the Four Seasons.
Of note is that this presentation of Midtown Men is not a performance of, and not affiliated with the show Jersey Boys.
Next up is O’Connor’s Hot Swing featuring Monheit on Dec. 13. O’Connor returns to the Heymann Center stage with an evening of original jazz compositions and new holiday works accompanied by the soulful stylings of vocalist Jane Moneheit.
On Jan. 20, 2012, Futral, international opera superstar and Louisiana native, performs in a chamber music recital accompanied by members of the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra. Hailing from Covington, Futral has soared to stardom as one of the world’s favorite coloratura sopranos, having performed with notable opera companies including the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera,and at the historic Teater an der Wien for Le Nozze di Figaro.This performance is a celebration of Louisiana talent with Futral joined by ASO pianist Geraldine Hubbell for an evening of music and vocals.
A Far Cry closes out the music portion of the PASA season March 8, 2012. This self-conducted string orchestra debuts in Acadiana with 17 talented young chamber musicians. This ensemble explores the traditional boundaries of classical music, experimenting with the way audiences experience classical chamber music.
In the dance category, fans of traditional ballet, contemporary, and classical Indian, will have the opportunity to see three of the world’s top companies during the upcoming PASA season.
Complexions Contemporary Ballet launches the dance portion of the series Oct. 13. Under the artistic direction of famed former Alvin Ailey dancer/choreographers Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, Complexions has captivated audiences worldwide with its thought-provoking choreography and graceful, athletic dancers.
The second dance performance of the season is Ballet Memphis on Feb. 2, 2012. This company features classically trained ballet dancers with a non-traditional repertoire that includes the eclectic music of Roy Orbison, Mozart and Philip Glass. Under the direction of Dorothy Gunther Pugh, Ballet Memphis is known as a classical ballet company with contemporary cool.
Rounding out the dance portion of the series is world-renowned Nrityagram Dance Ensemble on April 3, 2012. Heralded as “the most extraordinary Indian classical dance fest in the contemporary world,” Nrityagram has wowed audiences with its distinctive blend of music, dance and elaborate costuming.
The Aquila Theatre returns to the newly renovated Heymann Performing Arts Center Nov. 10 with a performance of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
In addition to its main stage performances, PASA will continue to offer master classes, residency and outreach activities, workshops, and daytime performances for school groups throughout the season. PASA student performances this season include Complexions Contemporary Ballet, An Evening with Edgar Allen Poe, Aquila Theatre and A Far Cry.
For tickets or more information, call (337) 237-2787.