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Full Performance Calendar

Important Note: Masks are required in all Drexel Buildings, regardless of vaccination status. Drexel ID holders must present ID upon entry to any event. All non-Drexel visitors must complete a Health Checker Visitor Pass the day of the event, before coming on campus. Visitors must present the green check upon entry.

Fall 2021-22

Fall Concert Series

Fusion Band and Rock Ensemble
November 30, 2021 | 7:30PM | Mandell Theater

Chamber Strings
November 30, 2021 | 7:30PM | Main Auditorium

Mediterranean Ensemble
December 1, 2021 | 7:30PM | Mandell Theater

Jazz Orchestra
December 2, 2021 | 7:30 PM | Mandell Theater

The Drexel University Jazz Orchestra and Jazztet host the University of the Arts Transfusion Ensemble under the direction of Chris Farr. This collaboration celebrates the vibrancy of jazz education in the greater Philadelphia region. This concert will feature both legacy and new jazz works.

Drexel University Symphony Orchestra
December 3, 2021 | 7:30 PM | Main Auditorium

Reawakening
Drexel University Symphony Orchestra returns to the concert hall, presenting a program of beloved favorites as Richard Wagner’s Die Meistersinger Prelude, Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9, as well as the work of African-American composer William Grant Still’s Danza de Panama.

All College Choir and Chamber Brass and Winds
December 4, 2021 | 7PM | Main Auditorium

Gospel Choir
December 4, 2021 | 7pm | Mandell Theater

University Chorus and Chamber Singers
December 5, 2021 | 3PM | Main Auditorium

Concert Band
December 5, 2021 | 7PM | Mandell Theater

Strike Up the Band
This program celebrates key works in the development and continuation of the artistic medium of the Concert Band. With one of the first works composed for the modern Concert Band (Holst’s Suites for Military band in the early 1900’s), a commission from the College Band Directors National Association (Copland’s Emblems), and works by modern composers Kimberly Archer and John Mackey, we welcome the Drexel University Concert Band back to the performance stage for the first time since December 2019; after a long time apart it is finally time to strike up the band!

All events are free but registration is required. Register here.

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Drexel’s Theatre Program presents:
Mantua Theatre Project’s

Tales From the Vault
Featuring 10-plays from 10-years written by the young playwrights from the Mantua Theater Project
Directed by Nick Anselmo

Join us for these insightful, whimsical, and touching stories featuring characters based on animals, inanimate objects, and forces of nature. You will love the creativity of these talented youth brought to life by our Theatre Program artists. The Mantua Theatre Project addresses the needs of Mantua/Powelton youth with self-affirming activities where they can realize their self-worth and the diversity of their imagination, using theater arts to foster positive experiences of success.

Streaming on our YouTube Channel starting December 11, 2021.

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Winter 2021-22

DANCE ENSEMBLE WINTER PERFORMANCE
January 27-29, 2022 | 8pm

Come see dance ensemble return to Mandell Theater for an evening of dance that prioritizes visual imagery and resonance in the corporeal experience. Bodies exchanging ideas, dancing in community, and a visceral experience for all. Live dance is back!

Register for tickets here.

FRESHDANCE WINTER PERFORMANCE
February 4-5, 2022 | 8pm | Mandell Theater

Our first-year dance ensemble students submerge into choreography and exploration. Come witness dance that is captivating, passionate, and fun!

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ANON(YMOUS)
by Naomi Iizuka
Directed by Jose Aviles

Separated from his mother, a young refugee called Anon journeys through the United States, encountering a wide variety of people -- some kind, some dangerous and cruel -- as he searches for his family. From a sinister one-eyed butcher to beguiling barflies to a sweatshop, Anon must navigate through a chaotic, ever-changing landscape in this entrancing adaptation of Homer's Odyssey.

Show Schedule
Preview February 17, 2022 | 8pm
Open February 18, 2022 | 8pm
February 19, 24-26, 2022 | 8pm
February 20, 2022 | 2pm

Location
Black Box Theater | URBN Annex

Tickets
General Admission: $20
Non-Drexel Students: $15
Drexel Student/Faculty/Staff/Industry: $10

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THE CROSSROADS PROJECT
February 24, 2022 | 7pm | Mandell Theater

Rising Tide: The Crossroads Project is a multi-disciplinary live performance, fusing original music with art, imagery, and science to address global sustainability and provide a path toward meaningful response. Through an original score by composer Laura Kaminsky, live musical performance by the Fry Street Quartet, lecture by physicist and educator Robert Davies, and imagery by visual artist Rebecca Allan and photographer Garth Lenz, Rising Tide unfolds in a series of vignettes juxtaposing the natural world from which we have emerged and the human world that has emerged from us. Grounded in science, elevated by art, and igniting response, The Crossroads Project confronts a planet under siege and a future in peril, inspiring audiences to change the course.

Learn more about the Mandell Presents series here.


MASTER CLASS
Shirazette Tinnin
March 3, 2022 | 5:30PM | MacAlister Hall, room 2032

The Jazz Orchestra invites Fulbright Scholar, drummer, educator, clinician, author, and health coach, Shirazette Tinnin for a percussion masterclass. Currently residing in New York City, Shirazette frequently tours with premier artists such as the Allan Harris Group, Tia Fuller Quartet, and the Women of the World Ensemble. A 2008 recipient of The Sisters in Jazz Collegiate All-Stars for IAJE (International Association of Jazz Educators) Award, Shirazette has also taught on the collegiate level at Columbia College in Chicago and was the house drummer for The Meredith Vieira Talk Show, Season 1 on NBC. Tinnin will be the featured guest artist with the Jazz Orchestra for their performance on March 10.

Free and Open to Public Spectators

For more information please contact Brent White at bw352@drexel.edu

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WINTER CONCERT SERIES

Percussion Ensemble
March 6, 2022 | 3PM | Mandell Theater

Fusion Band and Rock Ensemble
March 8, 2022 | 7:30PM | Mandell Theater

Chamber Strings
March 8, 2022 | 7:30PM | Main Auditorium

Mediterranean Ensemble
March 9, 2022 | 7:30PM | Mandell Theater

Jazz Orchestra
March 10, 2022 | 7:30 PM | Mandell Theater

Internationally renowned drummer and percussionist Shirazette Tinnin will join the Jazz Orchestra as guest artist featuring contemporary jazz arrangements. This performance is a follow up to her masterclass on March 3rd.

Drexel University Symphony Orchestra
March 11, 2022 | 7:30PM | Main Auditorium

Classical Potpourri
Soloists abound in this program featuring the talents of Drexel University Symphony Orchestra students. Works by Gioachino Rossini, Samuel Coleridge Taylor and Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov anchor the performance of the Annual DUSO Solo Competition winner.

All College Choir and Chamber Brass and Winds
March 12, 2022 | 7PM | Main Auditorium

Gospel Choir
March 12, 2022 | 7pm | Mandell Theater

University Chorus and Chamber Singers
March 13, 2022 | 3PM | Main Auditorium

Concert Band
March 13, 2022 | 7PM | Mandell Theater

Screen & Stage
Join the Drexel University Concert Band as we welcome guest artists Todd Groves (saxophone) and Phil O’Banion (vibraphone) for an exciting evening featuring music from the stage and screen. Music from John William’s soundtrack to the movie Catch Me If You Can and Leonard Bernstein’s musical West Side Story pairs with circus music from Igor Stravinsky and Norman Dello Joio’s Emmy Award winning original film score (adapted) from NBC’s A Golden Prison: The Louvre.

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Spring 2021-22

Rehearsing Philadelphia Logo

March 21 – April 10, 2022

How Can We Be Together?

Jointly produced and presented by the Curtis Institute of Music and Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, this large-scale public project explores how we can come together as a city through musical rehearsal. The traditional musical preparation process focuses on rehearsing as a way to attain perfection, which is then repeated in performance. This is not how we live modern life in a rapidly changing world of social upheaval. The future will be rehearsed, not perfected. Rehearsing Philadelphia re-examines the rehearsal processes which allow people to act together and be empowered to create new realities. The project encompasses four modules: Solo, Duet, Ensemble, Orchestra. Each structure, created by Ari Benjamin Meyers, involves live in-person audience encounters as well as experiences in the virtual space designed by digital creator Vanessa Newman. The modules will also feature local and international artistic and institutional partners, including new commissions especially created for Rehearsing Philadelphia.

Be sure to look at the details of Ensemble, where students from Drexel University and the Curtis Institute collaborate through a year-long seminar to form small mixed ensembles for a durational performance which examines small group dynamics.

Major support for Rehearsing Philadelphia has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage


FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH
April 22-23, 2022 | 8pm | Mandell Theater

Created by Tina Croll and Jamie Cunningham, From the Horse’s Mouth is a celebratory dance/theater production that has received standing ovations for its captivating story-telling and exceptional dancing and rave reviews from critics around the United States. The performers – outstanding dancers and choreographers of all ages and dance traditions – tell personal stories from their lives, then perform movement of their own choosing, sometimes interacting with another dancer. The stories range from humorous to poignant and reveal personal moments of loss, joy, frustration, and triumph. Our chapter of this performance project will be performed by alumni and faculty of the Dance Ensemble from 1990-2021.

Tickets
$10 General Admission
$5 Students

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MELTING ICE / CHANGING WINDS
April 29, 2022 | 7pm | Mandell Theater

Melting Ice/Changing Winds (Dance and Music of Climate Change) is a collaboration between acclaimed choreographer Jody Sperling (Time Lapse Dance) and composer Matthew Burtner. Described by critics as “dazzling” (The Times) and “mesmerizing” (Edinburgh Spotlight), this innovative work is presented in three sections. “Ice Cycle,” inspired by Sperling’s experience dancing on polar sea ice, expresses the fragility and dynamism of the Arctic. “Wind Rose” visualizes local and global winds patterns which are being dramatically altered along with climate change. “Northern Sky” is Sperling’s whirling meditation on planetary motion.

Guests are welcome to stay for a talk-back with the artists immediately following the performance.

Learn more about the Mandell Presents series here.


MASTER CLASS
Michael Ludwig
Saturday, May 7, 2022 | 2PM | MacAlister Hall, room 2032

The Drexel University Symphony Orchestra is excited to host world-renowned violinist Michael Ludwig for a masterclass as a precursor to his performance as guest soloist with the orchestra in June. Mr. Ludwig is a virtuoso musician, highly acclaimed as an orchestral soloist and chamber musician. He has performed and recorded with such orchestras as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Pops, KBS Symphony in Seoul, Korea, Beijing Symphony, and the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra. Michael Ludwig is the Concertmaster for the Philly POPS, Music Director for the Roxborough Orchestra, and has held numerous faculty positions at prestigious music institutions. His international artist acclaim has made him a highly sought clinician and adjudicator for international solo competitions.

Free and Open to Public Spectators
For more information please contact Rosalind Erwin at rme49@drexel.edu

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Drexel's Theatre Program Presents: 
I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change

Book and Lyrics by Joe DiPietro
Music by Jimmy Roberts
Directed by TBD

One of the longest-running off Broadway musicals in history, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change tackles modern love in all its forms. Join us as we follow the highs and lows of first dates, first loves, marriages, babies, in-laws, and growing old together. This insightful and witty revue pays tribute to those who have loved and lost, to those who have fallen on their face at the portal of romance, and to those who have dared to make the first move.

Previews May 12 | 8:00PM
Open May 13 | 8:00PM
May 14, 19-21 | 8:00PM
May 15 | 2:00PM

Black Box Theater

Tickets
General Admission $20
Non-Drexel Students $15
Drexel Student/Faculty/Staff/Industry $10

Tickets will be available here.

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STUDENT DANCE WORKS
May 25-26, 2022 | 8pm | Mandell Theater

This concert will serve as a platform for student driven choreography. Through mentorship and creative research, students will dive into their own artistic impetus. Come see emerging artistic voices as they develop unique dance and performance.


SPRING CONCERT SERIES

Chamber Strings 
May 31, 2022 | 7:30PM | Main Auditorium

Outdoor Music Jam
June 3, 2022 | 1PM | Chestnut Square

Drexel University Symphony Orchestra
June 3, 2022 | 7:30PM | Main Auditorium

Traditions Old and New, Michael Ludwig, soloist
A symphony by a master and a new masterwork for the violin: perfect pairing! Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s epic Symphony No. 4 in E minor balances American composer Samuel Jones’ neo-Romantic concerto for violin and orchestra. Michael Ludwig, long-time friend of DUSO, returns to the stage as soloist.

All College Choir and Chamber Brass and Winds
June 4, 2022 | 7PM | Main Auditorium

Gospel Choir
June 4, 2022 | 7pm | Mandell Theater

University Chorus and Chamber Singers
June 5, 2022 | 3PM | Main Auditorium

Concert Band
June 5, 2022 | 7PM | Mandell Theater

Travels Abroad
Depictions of landscapes, towns, and places of our memories abound in music – through this program the DUCB explores the Hammersmith area of London through Gustav Holst’s masterful work for professional wind ensemble, the western regions of the former USSR through the discovered (in the 1990’s, after the fall of the Iron Curtain) and adapted Symphony No. 3 by Boris Kozhevnikov, and the incredible landscape and market villages of Japan through Julie Giroux’s Symphony No. 4 before coming back to the United States with the Variations on “America”.

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DANCE ENSEMBLE AND FRESHDANCE SPRING PERFORMANCE
June 2-4, 2022 | 8pm | Mandell Theater

Both companies join forces for a special event of challenging, evocative, cutting-edge dance with leading choreographers in the field. This experience is meant to expand and reward our collective connotations of dance making. You won’t want to miss this exciting line up!

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