HARRISBURG, Pa. – Join the Live at Rose Lehrman (LARL) artist series to celebrate a milestone anniversary at the Rose Lehrman Arts Center on the Harrisburg Campus of HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College.
“We proudly celebrate 40 years with a terrific line-up of shows,” said Teri Guerrisi, LARL director. “The season will include an array of high-quality performances from the a cappella songs of the London-based ‘Swingle Singers’ to Broadway’s tallest tapper, Tommy Tune; singer and songwriter Janis Ian, and the Martha Graham Dance Company to name a few.”
The LARL 2014-15 season will be capped by the appearance of the Brubeck Brothers Quartet, including sons of jazz legend Dave Brubeck. Brubeck and Sons was the star attraction at the grand opening and dedication of the Rose Lehrman Arts Center in April 1975.
The LARL 2014-15 anniversary season includes professional, celebrity and celebratory shows, with a focus on dance, music and theatrical performances:
The Swingle Singers – Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. You’ve heard their vocals on “Sex and the City” and “Glee.” The London-based, Grammy-award winning singers are legends in the world of a cappella.
Tommy Tune in “Taps, Tunes and Tall Tales” – Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, at 8 p.m. Honored with nine Tony Awards for performance, choreography and direction, Tune shares 50-plus years of big-time showmanship in this live and engaging one-man show.
Cirk la Putyka’s “Slapstick Sonata” – Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, at 7 p.m. Contemporary circus literally unfolds on stage with this troupe direct from Prague in the Czech Republic. Watch as a group of late-night laborers wander onto the stage and then break out with acrobatics, humor and just plain silliness.
BalletX – Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia’s premiere contemporary ballet company, BalletX, unites world-class choreographers with an outstanding company of dancers to forge new works of athleticism, emotion and grace.
Janis Ian – Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, at 8 p.m. The Grammy-award winning voice of a generation, Ian brings her prolific singer-songwriter career to the stage in an intimate concert.
Raisin’ Cane’s “A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey” – Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, at 8 p.m. Starring television and film actress Jasmine Guy and the Avery Sharpe Trio, Raisin’ Cane celebrates the legendary voices of the Harlem Renaissance through words, song, music and movement.
Martha Graham Dance Company’s “Essential Graham” – Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. “Essential Graham” brings to life Graham’s revolutionary career through the use of narrative, projections and classic Graham selections. The program will also feature new work by choreographer Andonis Foniadakis based on a contemporary reflection of the Greek myth of Narcissus and Echo.
San Jose Taiko’s “Rhythm Journey” – Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. San Jose Taiko brings us the powerful sounds of kumidaiko, contemporary Japanese ensemble taiko drumming.
Brubeck Brothers Quartet – Saturday, April 25, 2015, at 8 p.m. For this signature event, LARL proudly welcomes two of Dave Brubeck’s sons back to the stage: Daniel Brubeck on drums and Chris Brubeck on bass and trombone. Mike DeMicco, guitar, and Chuck Lamb, piano, complete this dynamic quartet. Together they perform jazz standards, original material and the legendary classics of Dave Brubeck.
Patrons are encouraged to become a LARL “Friend” to enjoy the opportunity to buy the best seats first and the satisfaction of sustaining the excellent high-quality events that have made LARL the cultural and artistic pride of the region. The “Friends” pre-sale memberships start at $40 and are processed by mail only until Sept. 1, 2014.
Tickets for the general public will go on sale Sept. 2, 2014. Patrons can view upcoming events and purchase tickets online at www.LiveatRoseLehrman.org. For more information or a season brochure, call 717-231-ROSE (7673). Join the fun on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LiveatRL, view the season preview on YouTube at http://bit.ly/LiveatRoseLehrman2014-15 and take a look back at 40 years of the Rose Lehrman Arts Center at http://bit.ly/RoseLehrmanArtsCenter40Years.
LARL season 2014-15 sponsors include Lois Lehrman Grass Foundation, HACC Foundation, Richmond Foundation, McCormick Family Foundation, The Rose Lehrman Arts Fund of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities on behalf of Lois Lehrman Grass, Brenner Family of Dealerships, Farrell Plastic Surgery and Laser Center and the Central Dauphin East High Music Boosters.
Grants and community support include The New England Foundation for the Arts, The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Susquehanna Folk Music Society and the Central Pennsylvania Friends of Jazz.
Media sponsors include ABC TV 27, ABC27.com, Keggeris Outdoor Advertising, Urban Connection, WITF, WJAZ and WXPN.