THE MODLIN CENTER FOR THE ARTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND
ANNOUNCES THE 2017-2018 SEASON

DOUG VARONE, SHOVELS & ROPE, EDDIE PALMIERI, WYNTON MARSALIS, CHINA NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, AND MORE SCHEDULED TO PERFORM

SEASON SUBSCRIPTIONS ON SALE NOW
Available at modlin.richmond.edu,the Modlin Center box office, or by phone at (804) 289-8980
SINGLE PERFORMANCE TICKETS ON SALE MONDAY, AUGUST 7 AT 10AM

(RICHMOND, VA) July 3, 2017 – The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond is pleased to announce the 2017-2018 season. The Modlin’s 21st season of programming includes a wide array of Modlin Arts Presents touring performances, National Theatre of Great Britain and Bolshoi Ballet broadcasts, and an eclectic list of offerings from the University of Richmond Department of Theatre and Dance, and Department of Music. 

This season’s dynamic Concert Series explores the spectrum of song, including the indie rock mash-up of country, bluegrass, folk, and blues of Shovels & Rope and Mandolin Orange, the soulful singing of GRAMMY®-nominated singer-songwriter Rhiannon Giddens, the driving contemporary bluegrass of The Steep Canyon Rangers with special guest Sierra Hull, and the traditional sounds of The Earls of Leicester. Former Barenaked Ladies front man Steven Page takes a fresh look at the American Songbook with his Art of Time Ensemble, and perennial favorite Danú returns to the Modlin for a St. Patrick’s Day Celebration.

A vibrant Jazz Series includes ten-time GRAMMY® Award-winner Eddie Palmieri, an extraordinary evening celebrating The Heart and Soul Queen of New Orleans Irma Thomas, who will be joined by the Blind Boys of Alabama and the Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet, and a special night of holiday music performed by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and special guests Catherine Russell and Kenny Washington. The Jazz Series will also include the stunning vocals of rising star Alicia Olatuja, 2010 Thelonious Monk competition winner and 2016 Grammy® winner Cécile McLorin Salvant, and world-renowned composer Maria Schneider and her orchestra. 

An exciting year of classical and chamber music includes the Escher Quartet with guitarist Jason Vieaux, pianist Richard Goode, a special free performance by baritone Thomas Meglioranza and pianist Reiko Uchida, and the Shanghai Quartet with special guests cellist Peter Wiley and violins Shmuel Ashkenasi. Modlin Arts will host a celebration of the Lunar New Year with the China National Symphony led by artistic director and conductor Tan Dun and special guests Sandy Cameron, violin and Liu Wenwen suona. The Classical and Chamber Music Series will also include violinist Gil Shaham with pianist Akira Eguchi, the Jerusalem Quartet, a new Modlin Center co-commissioned work by Eighth Blackbird, and Sō Percussion with pianist Gilbert Kalish and soprano Dawn Upshaw.

The Modlin Arts Dance Series celebrates a variety of dance genres and includes Michael Sakamotos’s Soil, the Festival of South African Dance featuring Gumboots and Pantsula Dance Companies, Doug Varone and Dancers, Dorrance Dance, and L.A. Dance Project. 

In the Theatre, Comedy, and Special Events Series, the Modlin Center welcomes back Ethan Lipton and His Orchestra performing Outer Space, a sequel to the 2013 performance of No Place to Go. The series also features the visually stunning cinematic shadow play Feathers of Fire: A Persian Epic, Cira performing Carnival of the Animals and S, and the improvisational throat singing of Tanya Tagaq.

In addition to the many pre-and post-show residency activities, this year’s Artist Voices Series welcomes “The Egyptian Jon Stewart,” Bassem Yousseff, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage, and sound artist and abstract turntablist Maria Chavez. In addition to Feathers of Fire: A Persian Epic and Circa’s Carnival of the Animals, the Modlin Arts Family and Young Audiences series will feature Theatreworks USA’s Click, Clack, Moo, and Mermaid Theatre Company of Nova Scotia’s Guess How Much I Love You and I Love My Little Storybook.

The 2017-2018 Broadcast Series will once again feature broadcasts from the National Theatre of Great Britain (NT Live) and the Bolshoi Ballet. NT Live titles include Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Salomé, Yerma, Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches and Part Two: Perestroika, and Peter Pan. Additional titles will be announced throughout the season. This season’s Bolshoi Ballet performances include Le Corsaire, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, The Lady of Camellias, The Flames of Paris, and Giselle.

MORE 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. The Modlin Center presents more than 40 worldclass performing arts events as part of the Modlin Arts Presents series, six productions presented by the Department of Theatre and Dance and the University Players and University Dancers, and an additional 29 music performances as part of the Department of Music’s Free Concert Series. Many of the events presented at the Modlin Center feature an academic component designed specifically for Richmond students. These activities, wich are free and open to the public, include master classes and lecture/deomnstations, as well as pre-concert, post-concert, and exhibition lectures. To schedule an artist interview or request high-resolution images for publication, contact the Modlin Center’s Marketing Director Jon Gunter at jgunter@richmond.edu or by phone at (804) 289-8980.

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