Jazz legend Doc Severinsen and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom highlight ambitious season
“I’m excited that my first full season at Shenandoah is filled with so many thrilling guest artists and ambitious projects,” says Sloan MacRae, Shenandoah Conservatory’s Managing Director, who joined the university last February. “Building on the successes of recent seasons, we are presenting beloved and challenging works by Shakespeare, Tchaikovsky, and other masters and also innovative work by contemporary artists at the forefront of their fields. We are delighted to host an impressive roster of guest artists, including Doc Severinsen, Awadagin Pratt, and William Bolcom, just to name a few.”
Performing Arts Live (PAL), the conservatory’s signature professional artist series, kicks off with Red Baraat, a fusion of Indian folk, world music, jazz, and funk, on Sunday, September 23 at 7:00 p.m. at Armstrong Concert Hall. The New York Times calls Red Baraat “raucous,” and NPR’s All Things Considered listed them among the Best Live Shows of 2011. Red Baraat’s performance is funded in part by the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation.
Washington D.C.-based Bowen McCauley Dance performs on Thursday, October 11 at 8:00 p.m. in Ohrstrom-Bryant Theatre. In addition to presenting a dance concert, Bowen McCauley Dance will host a workshop of its groundbreaking music therapy program, Dance with Parkinsons, free for Parkinsons patients in the Winchester area. Bowen McCauley’s workshop at Shenandoah Conservatory is funded in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and National Endowment for the Arts.