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(RICHMOND, VA) JUNE 24, 2019 – The Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond has announced its 23rd season of programming. Through a world-class selection of Modlin Arts Presents performances; National Theatre of Great Britain, Bolshoi Ballet, and Great Art on Screen broadcasts; artist conversations; education outreach; and community engagement activities, the 2019-2020 season examines themes of female empowerment, the meaning of “place,” and a search for commonality in divided societies. This exploration will take us around the globe. In addition to acclaimed U.S. artists, we welcome performers from Zimbabwe, Mexico, Ukraine, Cuba, New Zealand, Ireland, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Japan.    


The 2019-2020 Concert Series celebrates a dynamic range of musical genres including Americana, bluegrass, and world-music, as well as a host of boundary defying artists. The Modlin Center will celebrate the launch of the season with the legendary Marty Stuart as he commemorates the 20th anniversary of his iconic album The Pilgrim. The season-opening festivities will include pre-concert live music, food trucks, tours of the University Museums, and a post-show dessert reception.


The Modlin Arts Concert Series will continue with thirteen-time International Bluegrass Music Association Award-winner Balsam Range, followed by three-time GRAMMY® winner Lucinda Williams and her band Buick 6. Williams will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the seminal Car Wheels on a Gravel Road album. The all-female group Nobuntu will transport the audience to Africa as they combine Zimbabwean instruments and musical styles to create a moving performance that ranges from traditional Zimbabwean songs to Afro Jazz and gospel. Guitar virtuoso Leo Kottke returns to the Modlin Center for an evening of wit, charm, and mesmerizing acoustic guitar. Rounding out the first half of the 2019-2020 Concert Series will be MacArthur Fellow and Pulitzer Prize finalist Taylor Mac. In his Richmond, Virginia premiere performance, Mac will share a little holiday sass and dazzling glitter with Holiday Sauce, a raucous celebration of the holidays and all of its dysfunctions.


The Modlin Arts Concert Series continues in 2020 with GRAMMY® Award-winning bluegrass band The SteelDrivers, fronted by their newest member, Kelvin Damrell. The Modlin Center will travel to Ireland as we commemorate the 25th Anniversary of Danú in our St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. The global, musical journey will continue with the Nordic stylings of Dreamers’ Circus, winner of five prestigious Danish Music Awards. The incomparable Aofie O’Donovan, known for her ethereal voice and substantive songwriting, will perform at the Modlin Center on her Songs and Strings tour followed by the GRAMMY® Award-nominated female bluegrass band Della Mae with special guest the Jacob Jolliff Band. The Modlin Arts Concert Series will conclude with the “king and queen of banjo” (Paste Magazine) Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn in a performance inspired by their GRAMMY® Award-winning album Echo in the Valley.


The 2019-2020 Modlin Arts Jazz Series demonstrates the variety and depth of this musical art form. Two cross-over performances, Nobuntu and jazz pianist Brad Mehldau with tenor Ian Bostridge begin the series followed by “one of the jazz world’s most exciting young vocalists” (Billboard Magazine), Jazzmeia Horn. Percussion dominates this season’s Jazz Series beginning with drummer Allison Miller and her band Boom Tic Boom who will offer the Richmond premiere of In Our Veins: Rivers and Social Change, a multi-media suite for chamber jazz ensemble and tap dancer that was co-commissioned by the Modlin Center and presenters from American river regions – the Susquehanna, Delaware, James, Hudson, and the Schuylkill – and the social and environmental changes they inspired. Latin percussionist Pedrito Marínez returns to the Modlin Center with fellow GRAMMY® Award nominee and pianist Alfredo Rodríguez. The Jazz Series will conclude with “standout vibraphonist” (The New Yorker) Stefon Harris, who reunited with his band Blackout for the first time since 2009, for a new record and new tour.


The Modlin Arts Classical and Chamber Series begins with Richmond favorites, Shanghai Quartet. This season, the Quartet will be joined by “superlative [violin] soloist” (Miami Herald) Soovin Kim and pianist Orion Wiess, heralded as one of the most sought-after soloists of his generation. In celebration of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, pianist Simone Dinnerstein and cellist Matt Haimovitz with present a program that pairs Beethoven with contemporary music icon Philip Glass. Acclaimed pianist and composer Brad Mehldau and tenor Ian Bostridge explore themes of love in their jazz and classical cross-over song cycle.  


After competing against locations around the world, Richmond has been selected to host the 2020 Menuhin Competition, the world’s leading international competition for young violinists. Daniel Hope and the Zurich Chamber Orchestra will celebrate the lead up to the competition with A Tribute to Yehudi Menuhin. The evening’s performance will include Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor, Pärt’s Darf ich, Glass’ Echorus, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in D Minor, Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Violins in A Minor, El Khoury’s Unfinished Journey, and Bartók’s Romanian Folk Dances.


The Modlin Center goes downtown to the Dominion Energy Center for a special performance from the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Direct from Kiev. We return to the Modlin Center with perennial favorites, the Takács Quartet. This season’s program will include Beethoven’s String Quartet Op. 18, No. 6 and String Quartet Op. 131, as well as Fanny Mendelssohn’s String Quartet. World-renowned pianist Yefim Bronfman will close the Classical and Chamber Series with a final celebration of Beethoven’s birth with a program that will include Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 10; Piano Sonata No. 6 in F Major, Op. 10, No. 2; Piano Sonata No. 7 in D Major, Op. 10, No. 3; and Piano Sonata No. 23 in F Minor, Op. 57 (Appassionata).


Bessie Award-winning dance company Camille A. Brown & Dancers opens the 2019-2020 Dance Series with highlights from their critically acclaimed African-American identity trilogy. Martha Graham Dance Company will present The EVE Project, which brings together classic works of Martha Graham and other renowned female choreographers including Pam Tanowitz, Maxine Doyle, and Bobbi Jene Smith. In their return to the Modlin Center, Alonzo King LINES Ballet explores the power of lost languages through stunning choreography and soundscape design. The season’s dance series also includes a special production by Ballet Folclórico Nacional de México de SILVIA LOZANO.


This season’s Theatre, Comedy, and Special Events Series continues the Modlin Center tradition of offering thought-provoking theatre, immersive and engaging special events, and innovative cirque artists. The series will open with the premiere American contemporary circus troupe Cirque Mechanics performing the thrilling, all-ages show 42FT – A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels. L.A. Theatre Works will present the poignant radio production SEVEN, a riveting documentary play based on seven women who faced life-threatening obstacles before brining heroic changes to their home countries. Our holiday performance celebrates the season’s dysfunction in Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce. Direct from London’s West End, Tall Stories brings Oscar Wilde’s classic fairy tales to life in Wilde Creatures. Indian Ink Theatre Company invites the audience on stage for Mrs. Krishman’s Party, where patrons may participate in an immersive play about family, traditions, and Indian feasts. As part of the Modlin Downtown series, YAMATO, The Drummers of Japan World Tour 2020 presents Jhonetsu – Passion. From Quebec, Canada, Cirque FLIP Fabrique presents the breathtakingly elegant Blizzard. The exquisite brilliance of Manual Cinema returns to the Modlin Center with Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, which will combine shadow puppetry, cinematic techniques, and innovate sound and live music to create a breathtaking visual story. Completing the Theatre, Comedy, and Special Event Series will be a free performance from University of Richmond ensemble-in-residence Eighth Blackbird. Led by Blackbird percussionist Matthew Duval and University of Virginia ecoacustician and composer Matthew Burnter, the collective will perform Transient Landscapes, an interactive installation connecting human imagination to the environment.


In addition to Nobuntu, Cirque Mechanics’ 42FT. ­– A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels, Cirque FLIP Fabrique’s Blizzard, YAMATO, The Drummers of Japan World Tour 2020, and Ballet Folclórico de México de SILVIA LOZANO, the Modlin Arts Family and Young Audiences Series will include the annual Family Arts Day Celebration. This season, the art-centered family fun day, presented in partnership with the University Museums, will feature TheatreWorksUSA’s production of Pete the Cat. In the Spring, Tall Stories’ Wilde Creatures performance will include free kids’ art activities, hot chocolate and cookies, and a storytelling workshop before the show.


The Modlin Arts School Series features weekday matinee performances followed by question-and-answer discussions with the performers exclusively for area schools and home schoolers. This year’s School Series performances include: TheatreWorksUSA’s production of Pete the Cat, Cirque Mechanics’ 42FT – A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels, Tall Stories’ Wilde Creatures (one of the two performances will be a sensory-friendly event designed specifically for children on the autism spectrum or with other sensory considerations), and Ballet Folclórico de México de SILVIA LOZANO. More information about the School Series can be found at


Offered in partnership with Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, the 2019-2020 Broadcast Series will once again feature broadcasts direct from the National Theatre of Great Britain (NT Live) and the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, Russia. This season’s Broadcast Series will open with a very special presentation of Margaret Atwood, Live in Cinemas which celebrates the release of The Testaments, the highly anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, with a conversation with Atwood and readings by special guests. NT Live celebrates their 10th Anniversary of broadcasts with titles include One Man, Two Guvnors; Hamlet; The Lehman Trilogy; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; and Present Laughter. The timeless classic Giselle will be featured in our Bolshoi Ballet series and, new to the 2019-2020 season, will be Great Art on Screen. Broadcast in partnership with the University Museums, Great Art on Screen is a series of film documentaries offering an in-depth look at extraordinary art masters and collections. This season’s titles include Tintoretto: A Rebel in Venice and The Prado Museum: A Collection of Wonders. Additional titles will be announced throughout the season and can be found at 


The Artist Voices Series offers our patrons and students an opportunity to engage with visiting artists through discussions and questions-and-answer session before or after performances. Many pre-performance discussions are led by local experts including WCVE Music Jazz host Peter Solomon, and WCVE Music Classical host Mike Goldberg. Look for Artist Voices opportunities listed in event descriptions at


Several performances in the 2019-2020 season are made possible by the generous support of community and grant partners. Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom, In Our Veins: Rivers and Social Change was commissioned by the Jazz Touring Network, a program of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The co-commissioning of the project was led by Lake Placid Center for the Arts in partnership with Ars Nova Workshop, Light Up the Queen Foundation, Modlin Center for the Arts, and Weis Center for the Arts. Stefon Harris and Blacking is sponsored in part by the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Jazz Touring Network, which is made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Touring Program. Performances by Camille A. Brown and Dancers and Martha Graham Dance Company are sponsored in part by The Cultural Affairs Committee. Alonzo King LINES Ballet’s Figures of Speech is made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Support also comes from The Cultural Affairs Committee. Support for Manual Cinema’s Frankenstein is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program of the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding for the Modlin Center for the Arts also comes from the HG Quigg Endowment, the Mayo Arts Fund, the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, from our media partners, and the generous support of our Modlin Center Members. For Modlin Center giving information, visit