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Schedule of Performances

Fall 2019-20

Fall Dance Lecture

October 17 | 8 PM

The Drexel Dance Program is excited to collaborate with the Women in Dance Leadership Conference to present lecture and four soloists’ performances. Elizabeth Yntema, the President and Founder of Dance Data Project (DDP), will present DDP’s latest research on examining gender imbalance in artistic and administrative leadership in dance companies, venues, and organizations. The performance will include Bharatanatyam by Mesma Belsaré, Umfundalai (a contemporary African dance technique) by Shaness Kemp, Ballet by Sirui Liu, Flamenco by soloist from Flamenco Vivo.

General Admission $25

Student Admission $15

Mandell Theater


MPiRP and Ignition Arts present the world premiere of the musical  

ALiEN8

Music & Lyrics by Kate Brennan

Book by David Lee White

Directed by Nick Anselmo

With Ignition Arts in residence

This world premiere musical tells the story of a small American town that is radically redefined by a natural disaster, a dark secret from its past and the arrival of a mysterious stranger known only as “Eight.” Through music, dance, and drama we experience a story of change, forgiveness, and inclusion as a wounded town and its residents attempt to heal their fractured soul.

Show Schedule

Previews November 13 & 14 | 8:00 PM

Opens November 15 | 8:00 PM

November 16, 20–23 | 8:00 PM

November 17 & 24 | 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 5 | 7:30 PM

The Drexel University Jazz Orchestra and Jazztet host the Rutgers University’s RU Project and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts youth brass band. This collaboration celebrates the vibrancy of the musical art form of Jazz in the greater Philadelphia region.

Free and open to the public

Mandell Theater


Drexel University Symphony Orchestra

Love and Death

December 6 | 7:30 PM

Drexel University Symphony Orchestra (DUSO) will open its season with two musical takes on Shakespeare’s tale of two star crossed lovers: Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy and movements from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet Ballet Suites Nos. I & II.

Free and open to the public

Main Auditorium

Naturally Sharp: The Vocal Jazz Ensemble

December 7 | 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 8 | 3:00 PM 

The University Chorus and Chamber singers presents gripping performances of choral masterpieces from the Renaissance to the modern day.

Free and open to the public

Main Auditorium


Other free and open to the public music concerts

Percussion Ensemble

December 1 | 4:00 PM

Creese Student Center

Fusion Band and Rock Ensemble

December 3 | 7:30 PM

Mandell Theater

String Chamber Music

December 3 | 7:30 PM

Main Auditorium

Mediterranean Ensemble

December 4 | 7:30 PM

Mandell Theater

Drexel University Gospel Choir

December 6 | 7:30 PM

Mandell Theater

All-College Choir and Brass and Wind Chamber Music

December 7 | 7:00 PM

Main Auditorium

The Drexel Concert Band

December 8 | 7:00 PM

Mandell Theater

Winter 2019-20

Dance Ensemble Winter Concert: Transformations

January 30, 31 & February 1 | 8:00 PM

Dance Ensemble Winter Concert: Transformations

Art facilitates transformations of all kind; physical, emotional, social, political and aesthetic. The dances on this program are inspired by those transformations. Includes new work by dance faculty Jennifer Morley and Kalila Kingsford Smith, New York choreographer Janice Rosario and international guest choreographer Antonello Tudisco.

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

Mandell Theater


FreshDance Winter Concert: New Connections

February 7 & 8 | 8:00 PM

Freshmen dancers perform a variety of works by student and faculty choreographers including Olive Prince alongside guest choreographers Cachet Ivey and Rebecca Malcolm-Naib.

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

Mandell Theater


Peter and the Starcatcher

A Play by Rick Elice

Based on the Novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

Music by Wayne Barker

Directed by Jesse Bernstein

Let your imagination take flight with the prequel to Peter Pan, the boy who wouldn’t grow up. This Tony Award-winning play with music takes us on a hilarious romp through the Neverland you never knew. You’ll be whisked away on a breathtaking quest with a dozen actors playing more than 100 unforgettable characters. Join us for the adventure of a lifetime!

February 21, 22, 27–29 | 8:00 PM

February 22, 23 & 29 | 2:00 PM

URBN Center Annex Black Box Theater

Tickets

General Admission $20

Non-Drexel Students $15

Drexel Student/Faculty/Staff $10


30th Annual Madrigal Dinners

February 21 & 22 | 7:30 PM

The Drexel Chamber Singers and guest performers take you back in time to 1590 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


Percussion Ensemble

March 8 | 3:00 PM

The Drexel University Percussion Ensemble celebrates the 250th Anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven and his music, through special arrangements for percussion ensemble. Born in 1770, Beethoven is one of classical music's singular artists and as a composer, influenced the development of music in remarkable and definitive ways. Also featured in the concert, will be student soloists, duets, quartets & special guest artists.

Free and open to the public

Mandell Theater


Jazz Orchestra

March 12 | 7:30 PM

The Jazz Orchestra presents music from the songbook composer/arranger David Gibson. David currently teaches at New School University and Columbia University. He is an in-demand trombonist and composer for many diverse artists in New York City. David will perform with the Jazz Orchestra featuring both legendary and contemporary Jazz compositions.

Free and open to the public

Mandell Theater


Drexel University Symphony Orchestra

Romantic Tales

March 13 | 7:30 PM

Drexel University Symphony Orchestra (DUSO) will perform the orchestral tone poem Scheherazade by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Based on the tales of “1000 and One Nights”, this orchestral tour de force is the epitome of programmatic music. Also featured will be the winner of the 6th Annual DUSO Solo Competition.

Free and open to the public

Main Auditorium

University Chorus and Chamber Singers

March 15 | 3:00 PM

The University Chorus and Chamber Singers partner with a professional chamber orchestra and soloists to present Mozart’s first and last choral masterpieces, Veni Sancte Spiritus and Requiem.

Free and open to the public

Main Auditorium


Other free and open to the public music concerts

Fusion Band and Rock Ensemble

March 10 | 7:30 PM

Mandell Theater

String Chamber Music

March 10 | 7:30 PM

Main Auditorium

Mediterranean Ensemble

March 11 | 7:30 PM

Mandell Theater

Gospel Choir

March 13 | 7:30 PM

Free and open to the public

Mandell Theater

All-College Choir and Brass and Wind Chamber Music

March 14 | 7:00 PM

Main Auditorium

The Drexel Concert Band

March 16 | 7:30 PM

Mandell Theater

Spring 2019-20

The Laramie Project

By Moisés Kaufman and Members of the Tectonic Theater Project

Directed by Bill Fennelly

It’s been over twenty-years since an openly gay college student named Matthew Shephard was kidnapped, beaten, and left to die, tied to a fence outside Laramie, Wyoming. A troupe of actors traveled to Laramie to interview residents, resulting in a deeply moving theatrical experience. This relevant and still timely piece explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable.

May 8, 9, 14–16 | 8:00 PM

May 9, 10 & 16 | 2:00 PM

Mandell Theater

Tickets

General Admission $20

Non-Drexel Students $15

Drexel Student/Faculty/Staff $10


From the Horse’s Mouth Drexel Dance

May 8 & 9 | 8:00 PM

Join us for this performance celebrating 30 years of the Drexel Dance Ensemble. 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 1990-2020.

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

Mandell Theater


Dance Ensemble Spring Concert

May 28, 29 & 30 | 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 Miriam Giguere, and guest artists Blanca Huertas-Agnew and Steve Vaughn, with Ellen Forman Award Winner Iquail Shaheed.

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

Mandell Theater


FreshDance Spring Concert

May 20 & 21 | 8:00 PM

Freshmen dancers perform a variety of works by student and faculty choreographers including Dance Program Director Sandra Parks, Jessica Warchel-King and Dinita Clark.

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

Mandell Theater


Coffee & Jazz

May 1 & 2 | 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 4 | 7:30 PM

Come celebrate with the Jazz Orchestra as we wish luck to the 2020 graduating seniors! This concert commemorates the long history of the Jazz Orchestra with notable alumni special guests and through connecting graduating seniors with the greater community of alumni with a festive jam session like send-off.

Free and open to the public

Mandell Theater


Drexel University Symphony Orchestra

New Old World

June 6 | 7:00 PM

Drexel University Symphony Orchestra (DUSO) welcomes Nicolay Lalov, conductor of the Cascais Symphony Orchestra and director of the Cascais Music Conservatory in Portugal to guest conduct DUSO in contemporary music from Portugal and Bulgaria. The program will open with three movements from Gustav Holst’s epic work, The Planets.

Free and open to the public

Main Auditorium

University Chorus and Chamber Singers

June 7 | 3:00 PM

The University Chorus and Chamber Singers present an afternoon of great choral works particularly suited for the cathedral-like acoustics of Drexel’s impressive Great Court.

Free and open to the public

Great Court, Main Building


Other free and open to the public music concerts

The Drexel Concert Band

May 31 | 7:00 PM

Mandell Theater

String Chamber Music

June 2 | 7:30 PM

Main Auditorium

Mediterranean Ensemble

June 3 | 7:30 PM

Mandell Theater

Outdoor Music Jam

Featuring: Fusion Band, Rock Ensemble, and Percussion Ensemble

June 5 | 2:00 PM

Chestnut Square

Gospel Choir

June 5 | 7:30 PM

Mandell Theater

All-College Choir and Brass and Wind Chamber Music

June 6 | 7:00 PM

Main Auditorium