ALBANY — Music and theater will fill the five-theater complex of the University at Albany Performing Arts Center. The 2008-09 season at the center, on the University’s main campus, will include residencies with a dance ensemble and a professional theater troupe. The year will also include offerings by guest artists, faculty and students.
In addition, the theater department will host three full productions and several readings of new plays.
The music department will offer several concerts and lectures as well as two mini-festivals — one for children, another celebrating the piano.
This year’s residencies will feature Bridgman/Packer Dance from Oct. 23 to 25 and American Place Theatre, which will perform two productions, one in November and another in April.
Oct. 23 to 25: Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer, co-artistic directors, of Bridgman/Packer Dance will perform their trilogy of dance and video works: “Seductive Reasoning,” “Under the Skin” and “Memory Bank,” created in collaboration with filmmakers Peter Bobrow and Jim Monroe, and featuring live music performed by percussionist Glen Velez, cellist Robert Een and composer/saxophonist Ken Field.
Nov. 19 and April 2: American Place Theatre will stage Sherman Alexie’s “Flight” in November. This hilarious and tragic portrait of an orphaned Indian boy recounts his travels through time in a search for his true identity. In April, the company will present Sue Monk Kidd’s “The Secret Life of Bees.” Set during the Civil Rights movement, the story centers on a young girl’s search for the truth about her mother.
Nov. 7 to 15: “Family: Can’t Live With Them, Can’t Live Without Them.” Three new plays shape this evening of theater; two were written by James Farrell with the third by Maggie Johnson. Directed by guest artist Marnie Andrews.
Feb. 6 and 7: Plays in Process series. Student playwrights develop plays and stage readings. The series is directed by faculty member David Lane with James Farrell as the literary consultant.
March 6 to 14: “Antigone,” as interpreted by Judith Malina. This production explores a generation in which war and politics are experienced via the media.
April 24 to May 2: “Jesus Hopped the A Train.” Written by University at Albany alumnus, Stephen Adly Guirgis, the drama reveals the complex lives of two Rikers Island inmates. Directed by guest artist Jeffrey Mousseau.
A November music festival will focus on music for children, while the March series is centered on the piano.
Nov. 13: “Reflections on Childhood.” Featuring narration by Jeffrey Cumming and art by Charles Martin, with music by Mozart, Brahms, Amy Beach and Erik Satie performed by pianist Duncan Cumming, violinist Hilary Cumming and mezzo-soprano Fran Wittmann.
Nov. 14: “Mothers and Children.” Soprano Amanda Boyd and pianist Michael Clement in a voice recital of works by Schumann and Poulenc.
Nov. 15: “A Musical Carousel: Three Stories with Narration, Art and Music.” A reading/performance of three children’s books with classical music, Scottish music and a world premiere by David Walther, Jr.
Nov. 16: French Music for Four Hands. Eighty musicians, age 5 to 75, in works by Ravel, Debussy, Faure, Satie and Bizet.
March 10: Lecture by James Parakilas, professor of music at Bates College and author of the book Piano Roles.
March 11: Frank Glazer’s Carnegie Hall Anniversary, Celebrating the 60th anniversary of his Carnegie Hall debut with works by Handel, Brahms, Schubert, Copland and Chopin.
March 12: Lecture by Frank Glazer, pianist on “The Relationship Between the Composer and the Performer.”
March 13: Two Piano Concert. Frank Glazer and Duncan Cumming in works for two pianos featuring Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” Brahms’ Variations on a Theme of Haydn, Op. 56 and Chopin’s Rondo in C major.
GUEST ARTIST CONCERTS
Sept. 24: Annegret Baier, percussionist who specializes in hand drumming.
Feb. 5: Bacchiocchi-Brown Duo, flute and guitar duo of Kristin Bacchiocchi and Joel Brown in works by Giuliani, Castelnovo-Tedesco and Piazzolla.
Feb. 26: Kara Cornell, mezzo-soprano accompanied by Michael Clement in Rossini’s “La Regata Venziana,” Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder and selected songs from Berlioz’ “Les Nuit d’ete.”
March 5: Sarah and Susan Wang, pianists who recently won the Murray Dranoff International Two-Piano Competition.
March 23: Lecture by Michael Marissen. Swarthmore professor on “Bach, Luther, The St. John Passion and Anti-Semitism.”
March 26 and 28: Petr Kotik, the conductor of the SEM Ensemble, in an open rehearsal and discussion about contemporary performance practice. Featuring music by John Cage and Morton Feldman with the UAlbany Percussion Ensemble and Chamber Singers.
April 1: Cesar Reyes, pianist in masterworks of 20th century Mexican nationalism by Manuel M. Ponce, Miguel Bernal Jiménez, José Pablo Moncayo and Euduardo Hernández Moncada.
FACULTY, STUDENT CONCERTS
Sept. 11 and 13: Findlay’s Fabulous Favorites with music by Gershwin, Grieg, Gottschalk, Chopin, Mozart and Liszt.
Oct. 4: Richard Albagli and Friends, with music for marimba, xylophone and other percussion instruments.
Oct. 19, March 15 and May 3: University Symphony Orchestra.
Oct. 27 and March 23: University Concert Band.
Nov. 9: Capital Collegiate Choral Festival IX, The University Chorale and Chamber Singers are joined by area choruses from Union College, The College of Saint Rose and Schenectady County Community College.
Nov. 21: Don Byron Quartet. The clarinetist is joined by jazz musicians, pianist Edward Simon, bassist Kenny Davis and drummer Billy Hart in a concert inspired by the music of Lester Young and Eddie Harris.
Nov. 24 and April 27: University Jazz Ensemble.
Dec. 7: Holiday Concert with the University Music Department ensembles.
Dec. 8: Twenty Drummers Drummin.’ Percussion music by the University and Rensselaer Percussion Ensembles.
Feb. 7: Bob Gluck: Music for Piano and Electronics, with a newly commissioned score by Neil Rolnick and music by Teitelbaum, Mashayekhi, Kleinsasser and Gluck.
March 16: Festival of Contemporary Music. The University Percussion Ensemble and two youth ensembles in traditional and contemporary music.
April 16: Music for Piano and Violin. Pianist Victoria von Arx and violinist Hilary Cumming in music by Beethoven, Ornstein and Ives.
April 18: Kevin Champagne’s Piano Quartet. World premiere music with comments by this faculty member and composer.
April 23: Spring Choral Concert.
April 29: Capital Trio. Piano trio in classical repertoire to honor the 200th anniversary of the death of Franz Josef Haydn.
May 4: The Sound of the Trumpets, the Roll of the Drums! with the University Concert Band and Percussion Ensemble.
A subscription will offer discounts to patrons who purchase tickets for multiple performances. Ticket buyers may pick three of four shows of their choice with a 10 percent discount on the total order while those purchasing five or more shows receive a discount of 20 percent off the total order.
Tickets and subscriptions are available now by mailing orders to the Performing Arts Center at University at Albany, PAC 266, Albany, NY 12222. Beginning Monday, Sept. 8, tickets may be purchased at the Performing Arts Center Box Office or by calling 442-3997. To receive a schedule of events, call 442-3995.