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Schedule of Performances

Fall 2018-19

manger

September 22-23 | 8 PM

Whet your appetite at FringeArts, where two performance of French choreographer Boris Charmatz' manger implore audiences to examine the nature of eating, of digesting information, of consuming. To attend manger is to witness this challenge up close.

"We launch movement with our mouths... Dance is in the stomach. Dance is in the palate. Dance is in the teeth... We envision a sort of meal in motion, we eat everything, we eat anything, all the time. We are an orchestra in motion, self-fueled... The essence is jammed down the throat. You don't want to die stuffed. You swallow the message without having read it. You swallow reality. You digest conflicts." – Boris Charmatz

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FringeArts - 140 N. Columbus Blvd at Race Street Pier

 

Philadelphia Museum of Dance

October 6 | 8-9 PM

On Saturday, October 6, see the Barnes Foundation transform. From 3 pm to well past its usual closing time, the museum comes alive with dance in nearly every corner. Wake up your body and mind by joining a group warm-up with French choreographer Boris Charmatz. Wade through the Solo Forest, a collection of simultaneous solos. Feast on dance on film. Power up at a food truck. Join the soul train.

End the evening with Charmatz’ danse de nuit—a work for six dancers assembling in a public space at night. danse de nuit radically rethinks choreographic assembly and grapples with Charmatz’ observation, “In (our) public spaces (now) there are many more armed soldiers than (unarmed) dancers.”

At Philadelphia Museum of Dance, observe one moment, participate the next. Explore what it means to you to experience dance in a public space. Visit drexel.edu/phlpmd to plan your day.

Support for Philadelphia Museum of Dance has been provided to Westphal College of Media Arts & Design by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Philadelphia Museum of Dance is produced in partnership with the Barnes Foundation. Performances of manger are presented in partnership with FringeArts.

Free and open to the public

Barnes Foundation

 

Dance Film Screening

October 18 | 8 PM

I am screening and panel discussion

Screening of the film I am, a documentary film by Glenn Holsten on the choreographic collaboration between six dancers from St. Katherine’s Special Education School and eight dancers from Pennsylvania Ballet II, sponsored by ArtReach. A panel discussion the choreographer, representatives from ArtReach and others will follow the screening.

Free and open to the public

Mandell Theater


MPiRP and Mauckingbird Theatre Company present a workshop production of

Tartuffe

Directed by Peter Reynolds

By Molière, Adapted by Ranjit Bolt

 

In 1664, Le Tartuffe was banned because it presented a comedy where those who display the most piety prove the most corrupt. Mauckingbird, Philadelphia's professional LGBT Theater Company, in collaboration with the MPiRP, turns its lens on Moliere’s all-too-relevant play about duplicity and those who fall for it. An irresistible second wife, a son determined to wed his boyfriend, an all-seeing maid, and a sister who smells a rat all add to the merriment in Moliere’s timeless tale of unchecked hypocrisy.

 

Show Schedule

Previews November 7 & 8 | 8:00 PM

Open November 9 | 8:00 PM

November 10 & 14–17 | 8:00 PM

November 11 & 18 | 2:00 PM

 

Mandell Theater

 

MPiRP is made possible in part through a grant from the Samuel P. Mandell Foundation.

 

Tickets

General Admission $25

Non-Drexel Students $15

Drexel Student/Faculty/Staff $10

 

Jazz Orchestra

December 6 | 7:30 PM

The Jazz Orchestra presents music from the legendary jazz composers and arrangers such as Charles Mingus, Gil Evans, and Oliver Nelson.

Free and open to the public

Mandell Theater

 

Drexel University Symphony Orchestra

December 7 | 7:30 PM

A Championship Series, Game 1: From the Archives

 

Drexel University Symphony Orchestra’s 5th season opens with three major works from the lexicon of western music. Ralph Vaughn William’s The Wasps Overture and Jean Sibelius’ mighty Symphony No. 2 in D, Op.43 highlight the concert, to include Sergei Prokofiev’s Lt. Kijé Symphonic Suite.                                   

Free and open to the public

Main Auditorium

 

Naturally Sharp: The Vocal Jazz Ensemble

December 8 | 3:00 PM

Naturally Sharp performs intricate swinging vocal arrangements of jazz standards from the 20th and 21st Centuries.

Free and open to the public

Mandell Theater

 

University Chorus and Chamber Singers

December 9 | 3:00 PM 

The Drexel University Chorus will celebrate the Leonard Bernstein Centennial with a performance of his most popular choral work, the Chichester Psalms for chorus, organ, percussion and harp. Other, smaller works on the concert will include pieces by 20th and 21st century American composers, arrangements of spirituals and secular Renaissance pieces performed by the Chamber Singers.

Free and open to the public

Main Auditorium

 

The Drexel Concert Bands presents Beyond Earth

December 9 | 7:00 PM

The Concert Band welcomes internationally acclaimed composers, Eric Sessler (Curtis Institute of Music) and Drew McWeeney (Connecticut).  The Drexel Concert Band will present works that draw inspiration from the cosmos.  Featured works include Eric Sessler's Beyond The Earth, and Drew McWeeney's Reflections for Wind Ensemble.  

Free and open to the public

Mandell Theater

 

Other free and open to the public music concerts

 

String Chamber Music

December 4 | 7:30 PM

Main Auditorium

 

Fusion Band and Rock Ensemble

December 4 | 7:30 PM

Mandell Theater

 

Mediterranean Ensemble

December 5 | 7:30 PM

Mandell Theater

 

All-College Choir and Brass and Wind Chamber Music

December 8 | 7:00 PM

Main Auditorium

Winter 2018-19

 

Dance Ensemble Winter Concert: Landmarks

January 31 & February 1 & 2 | 8:00 PM

The places where the most significant moments of our lives occur is the inspiration for the choreography on this concert. Includes new work by dance faculty Rebecca Arends, guest choreographer Michael Nickerson-Rossi and Ellen Forman Memorial Award Winner Dara Stevens-Meredith.

Tickets $10 general admission, $5 students w/ ID

Mandell Theater

 

FreshDance Winter Concert: New Experience

February 8 & 9 | 8:00 PM

Freshmen dancers perform a variety of works by student and faculty choreographers Olive Prince and Dr. Miriam Giguere, alongside guest choreographer Mat Elder.

Tickets $10 general admission, $5 students w/ ID

Mandell Theater

 

She Kills Monsters

By Qui Nguyen

Directed by Samantha Reading

 

A comedic journey into the world of Dungeons and Dragons.  Following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly, Agnes Evans discovers that she was a legendary D&D Master. Agnes decides to enter into the world of fantasy role playing games where she discovers an action-packed adventure and the sister she never really knew. She Kills Monsters is “…a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.”

 

February 22, 23 & 28 | 8:00 PM

March 1 & 2 | 8:00 PM

February 23 & March 2 | 2:00 PM

URBN Center Annex Black Box Theater

 

Tickets

General Admission $20

Non-Drexel Students $15

Drexel Student/Faculty/Staff $10

 

29th Annual Madrigal Dinners

February 22 & 23 | 7:30 PM

The Drexel Chamber Singers and guest performers take you back in time to 1589 for an evening of madrigals, chansons, lute songs, and lieds.  Come see how the nobles spent their Saturday nights in the royal courts.

Tickets: madrigal.westphal.drexel.edu

Price includes dinner

Great Court, Main Building

 

Drexel University Symphony Orchestra

March 15 | 7:30 PM

A Championship Series, Game 2: Side by Side with the Philly POPS

The orchestra welcomes musicians from the Philly POPS for a side by side concert featuring the music of Gershwin, Bernstein, Williams, and Copland.  See Music’s Featured Event for more information about this exciting evening.        

Free and open to the public

Main Auditorium

 

University Chorus and Chamber Orchestra

March 17 | 3:00 PM

George Frideric Handel created the modern oratorio with a series of works in the 1740's, highlighted by Messiah, the most widely-performed large choral work in history. Today the University Chorus will be joined by a professional orchestra and soloists to perform Handel's Judas Maccabaeus, the story of the Israelite general who defeated the Assyrians (and whose victory led to the Jewish holiday of Hanukah).

General Admission $8, Students/Senior Citizens $3

Main Auditorium

 

The Drexel Concert Band presents Iconic Images

March 18 | 7:30 PM

The Drexel Concert Band hosts the Philadelphia Wind Symphony for this dual concert event with guest conductors M. Filippo Salemmi (Italy) and Dr. Giancarlo Aquilanti. (California). Works to include Donald Grantham's Southern Harmony, John Mackey's The Frozen Cathedral, John Philip Sousa's Looking Upward Suite, and Michael Daugherty's Niagara Falls.

Free and open to the public

Mandell Theater

 

 

Other free and open to the public music concerts

 

String Chamber Music

March 12 | 7:30 PM

Main Auditorium

 

Fusion Band and Rock Ensemble

March 12 | 7:30 PM

Mandell Theater

 

Mediterranean Ensemble

March 13 | 7:30 PM

Mandell Theater

 

All-College Choir and Brass and Wind Chamber Music

March 16 | 7:00 PM

Main Auditorium

Spring 2018-19

 

Be More Chill

Music and Lyrics by Joe Iconis

Book by Joe Tracz

Based on the Novel by Ned Vizzini

Directed by Nick Anselmo

 

A hysterical musical comedy about an average New Jersey high school student that just wants to be noticed and get the girl of his dreams - something that would never be possible until he discovers “The Squip,” a tiny supercomputer that implants itself in his brain, tells him how to be cool, and promises to bring him everything he desires.  But is being the most popular guy in school worth the risk?

 

May 9–11 | 8:00 PM

May 12 | 2:00 PM

Mandell Theater

 

Tickets

General Admission $20

Non-Drexel Students $15

Drexel Student/Faculty/Staff $10

 

FreshDance Spring Concert

May 22 & 23 | 8:00 PM

Freshmen dancers perform a variety of works by student and faculty choreographers including Lindsay Browning, Jennifer Marley and Lauren Bilski.

Tickets $10 general admission, $5 students w/ ID

 Mandell Theater

 

Dance Ensemble Spring Concert

May 30, 31 & June 1 | 8:00 PM

New works by ten choreographers combine to make an evening of dance and excitement. Selected student works will be performed in addition to premiers by Drexel dance faculty Sandra Parks, and guest artists Jung Eun Kim and Rhonda Moore.

Tickets $10 general admission, $5 students w/ ID

 Mandell Theater

 

Jazz Extravaganza XX

April 12 | 7:00 PM

The Drexel University Jazz Orchestra and Jazztet host the Howard University Jazz Orchestra in this dual concert celebrating the African American musical art form called jazz.  This year marks the twentieth anniversary of Jazz Extravaganza.

Free and open to the public

Mandell Theater

 

Coffee & Jazz

May 3 & 4 | 8:00 PM

Naturally Sharp, Drexel's vocal jazz ensemble, performs classic jazz at the top of MacAlister Hall with the Philadelphia skyline as their backdrop. Beginning at sunset, the group's annual end-of-year concert transports sold-out audiences to a place where "everything swings".

Admission: $7 (includes coffee and dessert)

City View Room, MacAlister Hall

 

Jazz Orchestra and Jazztet

June 6 | 7:30 PM

The Jazz Orchestra features the ensemble's graduating seniors soloing over pieces composed by the masters of jazz.  Come join them in honoring their seniors in this festive send-off.

Free and open to the public

Mandell Theater

 

Drexel University Symphony Orchestra

June 7 | 7:30 PM

A Championship Series: Game 3: Epic Art

 

Emmanuel Chabrier and Dmitri Shostakovich were composers of diametrically opposed outlooks on life. Chabrier’s España and Shostakovich’s epic Symphony No. 5 dominate the program, which will include the student winner of the 5th Annual Solo Competition.

 

Free and open to the public

Main Auditorium

 

University Chorus and Chamber Singers

June 9 | 3:00 PM

The featured work for the 15th annual Great Court concert will be the rarely-performed Epithalamion by British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. This piece, for chorus, strings, piano and harp is a setting of the 16th century poet Edmund Spenser's ode "The Bridal Day," filled with quick changes from beauty to excitement in a series of short movements. Other music will include several a cappella works from the Medieval and Renaissance periods chosen to take advantage of the stunning acoustics of Drexel's Great Court.

Free and open to the public

Great Court, Main Building

 

The Drexel Concert Band presents A Music Tour of Europe

June 9 | 7:00 PM

The Concert Band welcomes guest conductor Dr. Lawrence D. Harper (California).  Dr. Harper is Director of Bands (Emeritus) from Carroll University in Wisconsin, and the Artistic Director/Conductor of the Wisconsin Wind Orchestra, a professional chamber wind ensemble that has produced numerous recordings of many important works for the medium.  The program will include Kurt Weill's Three Penny Opera Suite, Wagner's Traeurmusik, and Milhaud's Suite Francaise.

Free and open to the public

Mandell Theater

 

String Chamber Music

June 4 | 7:30 PM

Main Auditorium

 

Mediterranean Ensemble

June 5 | 7:30 PM

Mandell Theater

 

All-College Choir and Brass and Wind Chamber Music

June 8 | 7:00 PM

Main Auditorium