(RICHMOND, VA) June 24, 2013 – The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond will open the 2013-2014 season on Sunday, September 8 with the Grammy-winning bluegrass powerhouse, the Steep Canyon Rangers with special guest Joy Kills Sorrow. The Rangers will be the first of a scheduled 74 events and 100 performances presented by Modlin Arts, the Department of Music, and the Department of Theatre and Dance.

Following the Steep Canyon Rangers, the Modlin Center, in partnership with Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, will present the first broadcast of the fifth season of filmed performances by the National Theatre of London. NT Live brings the best of British theatre direct from the stages of London to audiences around the world by capturing live performances in high definition and broadcasting them via satellite to participating venues. NT Live begins with the live broadcast of Shakespeare’s Othello starring Olivier Award-winners Adrian Lester and Rory Kinnear on Thursday, September 26 at 2pm with an encore broadcast on Sunday, September 29 at 3pm. The NT Live series continues with the live broadcast of Shakespeare’s Macbeth directed by Olivier and Tony Award-winning Rob Ashford on October 17 at 2pm (encore broadcast on Sunday, November 17 at 3pm) and with Shakespeare’s Coriolanus starring Tom Hiddleston with the live broadcast on January 20 (encore broadcast on Sunday, February 16 at 3pm).

On October 3 and 4, the Modlin Arts Dance Series launches with the electrifying contemporary dance of KEIGWIN + COMPANY. Reaching national and international audiences, KEIGWIN + COMPANY invigorates diverse communities with a refreshing vision of dance that embodies founding Artistic Director Larry Keigwin’s theatrical sensibility of wit, style, and heart. The headliner packed Dance Series continues with CONTRA-TIEMPO on November 19 at the Carpenter Theatre, Richmond CenterStage, the world-renowned Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and SITI Company’s A Rite on January 23-24; the Moscow Festival Ballet’s production of Cinderella on March 13-14; and Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo on April 26-27.

The Modlin Arts Classical and Chamber series begins on Sunday, October 6 when violist Paul Neubauer and pianist Anne-Marie McDermott are joined by one of the opera world’s hottest new stars, Susanna Phillips, for an incredible night of Songs for Soprano. The Classical and Chamber Series also includes the October 25 performance of a new opera by Amy Beth Kiersten entitled Colombine’s Paradise Theatre, which is directed and choreographed by Mark DeChiazza, produced and performed by eighth blackbird, and co-commissioned by the Modlin Center for the Arts. The event will feature a special opening performance by the Agua Dulce Dance Theatre, directed by UR Dance faculty Alicia Diaz and Matthew Thornton, entitled passing through. Other performance in the Modlin Arts Classical and Chamber Series include the Shanghai Quartet with pianist Peter Serkin on November 15, the King’s Singers performing The Great American Songbook on February 7, the Venice Baroque Orchestra and cellist Mario Brunello on February 19, pianist Emanuel Ax on March 5, eighth blackbird on March 19, and the Takács Quartet on April 7.

Actress, playwright, professor, and social critic Anna Deavere Smith leads the Modlin Arts Artist Voices Series on October 16 with a program entitled Engaging the World: The Role of The Artist in Society. Hailed by Newsweek as “the most exciting individual in American Theatre” Smith’s theater combines the journalistic technique of interviewing her subjects with the art of interpreting their words through performance. The Artist Voices Series will continue on January 22 with choreographer and SITI Dance Company Artistic Director Anne Bogart, creator of the widely used improvisational, ensemble-building technique called Viewpoints, based on Mary Overlie’s Six View Points of Dance.

On October 18 one of the greatest folkloric dance ensembles in the world, the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble, leads the Modlin Arts Theatre, Comedy, and Special Events Series. The broad mix of events in the series include controversial monologist Mike Daisey performing All Stories Are Fiction on January 31. Daisey will spend two days in residency at the University of Richmond – working with students, wandering campus, and simply observing. Just before curtain, he will make a few notes reflecting on his time at the University. When the lights come up, he will tell his tale for the first and only time. Daisey will be followed in the series by Phyllis Diller Award-winning comedian Kathleen Madigan on February 8, the Acting Company’s production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead on March 4, Circa’s 61 Circus Acts in 60 Minutes March 8-9, and Ethan Lipton & his Orchestra’s No Place To Go at CenterStage’s Rhythm Hall March 20-21.
On October 20, Modlin Arts, in partnership with the University of Richmond Museums, will host the annual Family Arts Day Celebration. This family-friendly event will include activity tables, art projects, food, and a performance by “the crown prince of contemporary kid’s music” (People) Dan Zanes and Elizabeth Mitchell. The Modlin Arts Family and Young Audiences Series will also include the world famous Salzburg Marionette Theatre performing Mozart’s The Magic Flute on December 6.

The Modlin Arts School Series will present professional theatre, music, and dance performances for students in grades K-12 in the greater Richmond area. Designed to complete and enhance K-12 curriculum and to give students entertaining and informative access to world-class and culturally diverse arts, the school series will include matinee performances of Theatreworks USA’s Skippyjon Jones on November 4, Salzburg Marionette Theatre’s Hansel and Gretel on December 6, and Circa’s 61 Circus Acts in 60 Minutes on March 7.

In addition to the Steep Canyon Rangers, the Modlin Arts Concert Series spans the globe with Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn on September 25 at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens; bluegrass masters Sam Bush and Jerry Douglas on November 8; World Blues featuring the Taj Mahal Trio, Vusi Mahlasela, and Fredericks Brown featuring Deva Mahal on November 13 at the Carpenter Theatre, Richmond CenterStage; A Night of Mali Music featuring Fatoumata Diawara and Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba on Februrary 15; Caladh Nua on March 2 as part of the Modlin Center’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration; Rosanne Cash on March 12; and An Evening with Leo Kottke and Loudon Wainwright III on April 5.

Winter Jazz at the Modlin will return on December 5 with the John Pizzarelli Swing 7 performing a special holiday jazz swing concert. The world-renowned jazz guitarist has established himself as one of the prime interpreters of the Great American Songbook and beyond, bringing to his work the cool jazz flavor of his brilliant guitar-playing and singing. Others in the Modlin Arts Jazz Series include the Afro-Cuban soul of the Pedrito Martinez Group on January 26; one of the hottest touring young jazz groups, Snarky Puppy, on February 1; and the Fred Hersch Trio on February 12. The Modlin Center will close the Jazz Series on April 11 with a very special performance by jazz legend Branford Marsalis.

In 2013-2014, in addition to the season presentations, the Modlin Center will explore how art influences society – politically, technologically, and for social and environmental change. In addition to the Modlin Arts Series, the University of Richmond Department of Theatre and Dance, Department of Music, and the University Museums have added to this journey with thought-provoking productions, guest speakers, exhibitions, and student performances. Modlin Arts events that explore arts and activism include Artist Voices with Anna Deavere Smith; World Blues featuring the Taj Mahal Trio, Vusi Mahlasela, and Fredericks Brown featuring Deva Mahal; CONTRA-TIEMPO; Artist Voices with Anne Bogart; Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and SITI Company’s A Rite; Mike Daisey’s All Stories are Fiction; A Night of Mali Music featuring Fatoumata Diawara and Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba; eighth blackbird’s Still in Motion; Ethan Lipton and his Orchestra’s No Place to Go; and Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. The University of Richmond Department of Theatre and Dance will examine arts and activism with their productions of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui; the annual Production Studies III Showcase; the University Dancer’s 29th Annual Spring Dance Concert, Spaces Between; and their production of Threshold. The Department of Music will offer the Neumann Lecture of Music: Is Music Prophetic or Reflexive? Music, Activism, and Social Change with speaker Anthony Seeger, and the University Museums will offer their exhibition of Leon Bibel’s Art, Activism, and the WPA.

Additional Information
Subscriptions: Subscriptions are on sale beginning June 24. Subscribers may choose four (4) or more events to create a customized package and save 20% per ticket over the regular adult ticket price. Subscribers also enjoy the ability to purchase tickets before single-event ticket buyers and retain the 20% discount for any additional ticket purchases throughout the season.

Single Tickets: Tickets for individual performances will go on sale on August 6 at 10am. Tickets will be available online at, in person at the Modlin Center box office, or by phone at (804) 289-8980.

Box Office Summer Hours: The Modlin Center Box Office is open from 2-5pm weekdays during the summer, 10am-5pm weekdays during the school year and 90 minutes prior to most performances. For additional information, please visit the Modlin Center box office, call (804) 289-8980, or email at  

About the Modlin Center for the Arts
The Modlin Center for the Arts, which opened in 1996, features state-of-the-art performance venues, galleries, studios, and classrooms. Praised as "a work of art itself" by the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the $22.5 million, 165,000-square-foot facility is home to the departments of Art and Art History, Music, and Theatre and Dance.

The Modlin Center for the Arts presents more than 40 world-class performing arts events as part of the ModlinArts series, five productions presented by the Department of Theatre and Dance and the University Players and Dancers, and another 28 music performances as part of the Department of Music's annual free concert series. Many of the events presented at the Modlin Center feature an academic component designed specifically for Richmond students. These activities, which are free and open to the public, include master classes and lecture demonstrations, as well as pre-concert and exhibition lectures.                       


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