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Performing Arts and Speaker Series

2005-2006 Peformances


Groove for ThoughtPicture of Groove For Thought

Friday, October 14, 2005, 7pm

Performing Arts Series
Concert Hall, Music Building 
Ellensburg Campus
Central Washington University

TICKETS: General Admission $10; Students with I.D. and Seniors (62+) $7.50

Winners of the 2005 National Harmony Sweepstakes competition, this electrifying a cappella jazz ensemble of six men performs a variety of jazz gospel, rhythm & blues, and pop music, bringing an exciting, fresh approach to vocal music through their complex harmonies and solos. (Group members Jeff Horenstein and brothers Kelly and Kevin Kunz are Central Washington University graduates.)

For more information about Groove for Thought, go to http://www.grooveforthought.com


Picture of Peter YarrowPeter Yarrow

Tuesday, November 1, 2005, 7 pm

Presidential Speaker Series
Concert Hall, Music Building 
Ellensburg Campus 
Central Washington University

TICKETS: Reserved Seats $5; General Admission Free

A member of the renowned musical trio, Peter, Paul, & Mary, Mr. Yarrow's gift for songwriting has produced some of the most memorable folk songs of our time including, The Great Mandala, Day is Done, and Puff the Magic Dragon. In his role as an activist and social advocate, Mr. Yarrow will talk about his most recent project, which combines music and video in a character education curricula. The curriculum is intended to encourage safe, compassionate, and nurturing environments for children in schools and summer camps across America. Launched in over 10,000 schools, Operation Respect: "Don't Laugh At Me" has been hailed by virtually the entire educational community as a key initiative in our nation's response to physical and emotional violence among children.

For more information on Operation Respect, go to http://www.dontlaugh.org

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Working posterWorking

November 10-13 &17-19, 2005

Performing Arts Series
McConnell Auditorium 
Ellensburg Campus 
Central Washington University

TICKETS: General Admission $14; Students with I.D. $10; Seniors (62+) $12 
Discount matinee Sunday Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. ( All seats $8 for this show only)

Central Washington University Departments of Theatre and Music present this musical theatre production based on the best-selling book of the same name by Studs Terkel. Featuring music by Stephen Schwartz, James Taylor, Craig Carnelia, Mary Rogers, Micki Grant and Susan Birkenhead, Working takes a hard look at the struggles of people who earn a living. Sometimes poignant and often funny this musical will make you look at the working class from a new perspective.

For more information on this musical and other CWU theatre productions, please call 509-963-1774 or go to http://www.cwu.edu/theatre/

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Picture of Jazz PosterJazz Nutcracker

Saturday, December 3, 2005, 4 pm

Performing Arts Series
Concert Hall, Music Building
Ellensburg Campus 
Central Washington University

TICKETS: General Admission $12; Students with I.D. and Seniors (62+) $6.00

Come join us for an afternoon of family fun! Under the direction of Chris Bruya, the CWU Jazz Band will play a holiday favorite, jazz style! At intermission, enjoy some design-your-own hot cocoa with peppermint sticks, whipped cream and marshmallows, or have a cup-o-hot apple cider and scrumptious holiday cookies. There will be a drawing of free tickets to the series' performances of the Yakima Symphony Orchestra and Bolcom and Morris.

This marvelous arrangement for jazz band of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's fabled Nutcracker Suite, first performed by the Duke Ellington Orchestra in1960, was an ambitious task undertaken by the prolific writing cooperative of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. In substantially recomposing the ballet suite, Ellington and Strayhorn didn't simply overlay a "jazz beat" behind the Russian composer's work; they transformed it into something that is idiomatic to jazz, extending Tchaikovsky's basic ideas and harmonies in new and surprising ways. As orchestrators and harmonists, Ellington and Strayhorn found inspiration in Debussy and Ravel. The jazz band suite incorporates an intoxicatingly exotic element in this work that stays true to both the Russian's original work and to Ellington and Strayhorn's own distinctive voice. Please join us for the third consecutive yearly performance of the piece by the CWU Jazz Band.

For more information on Jazz Nutcracker, go to http://www.cwu.edu/music/jazz-ensembles

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Picture of Marting Luther King IIIMartin Luther King III, "My Father's Dream, My Mission"

Monday, January 23, 2006, 7 pm

Presidential Speaker Series
Lynnwood Convention Center 
Lynnwood, WA

TICKETS: General Admission $10.00; and Students with I.D. $7

This Presidential Lecture Series is presented through a partnership between CWU-Lynnwood and Edmonds Community College

The elder son of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has taken the torch lit by his father and continued the quest for equality and justice for all people. On January 19, 2004 the board of the King Center unanimously named Mr. King to serve as chief executive officer and president of the center.

For more information on Martin Luther King, III and The King Center, go to http://www.thekingcenter.org/mlk/bio.html

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Picture of Chieftains groupThe Chieftains

Monday, January 30, 2006, 7 pm

Performing Arts Series
Concert Hall, Music Building 
Ellensburg Campus
Central Washington University

TICKETS: *** ALL SEATS WERE SOLD OUT! *** 
Reserved Seats $45; General Admission $35; Students with I.D. $20

Founded in Dublin in 1962, this six-time Grammy award-winning band championed an authentic Irish sound that quickly earned them an international reputation. In addition to their own ambitious touring schedule and best-selling albums, the group has performed and recorded with such American country and bluegrass legends as Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Chet Atkins, Vince Gill, Lyle Lovett, and Alison Krauss. 

The Chieftains will be performing with special guests, The Cottars, two young brother-and-sister pairs from the wind-swept island of Cape Breton, deliver an infectious, multifaceted take on the folk music of their native Nova Scotia. With their dynamic an riveting music, captivating vocals, assured stage presence, and joyous step-dancing, they preserve essential elements of their Celtic heritage.

For more information about the Chieftains, go to http://www.thechieftains.com/main/

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Picture of Kairos QuartetKairos Quartet

Tuesday, February 14, 2006, 7 pm

Performing Arts Series
Concert Hall, Music Building 
Ellensburg Campus
Central Washington University

TICKETS: General Admission $7.00; Students with I.D. Free; Seniors (62+) $6.00

Surprise your sweetheart with a romantic evening of chocolate truffles, sparkling cider, and two of the most romantic pieces in chamber music! There will also be a box on hand where you can write an ode to your love, which may be read during the performance. Throughout the first half of the show, quartet members will read dedications and poetry.

Chocolate Truffle Tasting: 6:30pm 
Music Building Foyer

The Kairos Quartet has been actively performing since 1993 and has been the quartet-in-residence at Central Washington University since 1998. Violinists Carrie Rehkopf and Heather Netz, violist Timothy Betts and cellist John Michel have extensive chamber music experience and have toured internationally.

In addition to traditional concert performances, the Kairos Quartet is committed to educational outreach and performing in unlikely venues, seeking to break down the barriers between audience and performers. 'Kairos' is a Greek word for non-chronological time: those special time-suspended moments experienced by children at play, reunited friends, or artists absorbed in their work. The Quartet hopes to create many such moments.

The Kairos Quartet will acknowledge its place on the calendar, Valentine's Day, with a performance of one of the most romantic of chamber music works, Borodin's String Quartet No. 2. Borodin is said to have written this work, one of the most adored in the quartet literature, as a special present for his wife Catherine, to whom the piece is dedicated. Two of its melodies found their way into the 1953 musical Kismet as Baubles, Bangles and Beads and And This is My Beloved.

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Picture of CWU Wind EnsembleCWU Wind Ensemble

Wednesday, March 1, 2006, 7 pm

Performing Arts Series
Concert Hall, Music Building 
Ellensburg Campus
Central Washington University

TICKETS: General Admission $7.00; Students with I.D. Free; Seniors (62+) $6.00

The Central Washington University Symphonic Wind Ensemble has performed at state, regional, and national conventions. The group has performed on four occasions at the MENC Northwest Division Conference under the direction of Professor Larry Gookin. In 1995, the ensemble was selected to perform at the National CBDNA conference in Boulder, Colo., and in 2001 the group was one of four university bands from the United States invited to perform for the American Bandmasters Association conference in Las Vegas, Nev. The CWU Wind Ensemble also has performed at Northwestern/Western CBDNA Division Conferences in Reno, NV, the Western International Band Clinics in Portland and Seattle, and several Washington Music Educators Conferences. The Symphonic Wind Ensemble performs contemporary and traditional literature, seeking a balance between transcriptions, marches, and original wind ensemble compositions. Former members of the CWU Symphonic Wind Ensemble currently perform in orchestras, service bands, jazz bands, community bands, and various chamber ensembles throughout the country. Many graduates have continued their education as teaching assistants at outstanding graduate schools, and many have become exemplary music teachers in the public schools, in private study, and in higher education.

The CWU Wind Ensemble will perform a concert of American Band music including Charles Ives' Country Band March andDecoration Day and Scott McAllister's X2, which will feature the CWU Student Saxophone Quartet.

For more information about CWU Wind Ensemble, go to http://www.cwu.edu/music/wind-ensemble

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Picture of Garrison KeillorGarrison Keillor, "Lake Wobegon Days"

Tuesday, April 18, 2006, 7 pm

Presidential Speaker Series
McConnell Auditorium 
Ellensburg Campus 
Central Washington University

TICKETS: Reserved Seats $45; General Admission $35; Students with I.D. $20

Minnesota writer and humorist Garrison Keillor, whose name is synonymous with public radio and casual mid-western charm, brings his one-man show to the McConnell Auditorium. The author of 11 books, including Lake Wobegon Days and Wobegon Boy, Mr. Keillor is best known as the host of the weekly radio broadcast, A Prairie Home Companion.

On July 6, 1974, he hosted the first broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion in St. Paul. The show ended in 1987, resumed in 1989 in New York as The American Radio Company, returned to Minnesota, and in 1993 resumed the name A Prairie Home Companion. Each week over 3 million listeners on more than 450 public radio stations now hear the show.

Keillor's most recent project is playing himself in the movie adaptation of his show A Prairie Home Companion. It features Meryl Streep and Lily Tomlin as the singing Johnson sisters, Lindsay Lohan as Streep's daughter, Woody Harrelson and John C. Reilly as singing cowboys Lefty and Dusty, and Tommy Lee Jones as the Axeman, who's dispatched by the radio station's new corporate owners in Texas to shut down the show. An early 2006 release is planned.

For more information about Garrison Keillor or Prairie Home Companion, go to http://prairiehome.publicradio.org

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Picture of Jeffrey BrooksYakima Symphony Orchestra

Sunday, April 23, 2006, 4 pm

Performing Arts Series
Concert Hall, Music Building 
Ellensburg Campus
Central Washington University

TICKETS: General Admission $20; Students with I.D. $5

The Yakima Symphony will present two landmark orchestral pieces, Bela Bartok's virtuosic Concerto for Orchestra and Aaron Copland's Clarinet Concerto, featuring CWU alumnus and Ellensburg native, clarinetist Jeffrey Brooks.

For more information about Yakima Symphony Orchestra, go to http://www.yakimasymphony.org/

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Picture of CWU ChoirCentral Washington University Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Choir

Sunday, April 30, 2006, 4 pm

Performing Arts Series
Concert Hall, Music Building 
Ellensburg Campus
Central Washington University

TICKETS: General Admission $7.00; Students with I.D. Free; Seniors (62+) $6.00

One of the highlights of the concert will be a performance of Beethoven's Choral Fantasy for Piano, Choir and Orchestra featuring CWU's own John Pickett as piano soloist.

For more information about CWU Symphony Orchestra or CWU Chamber Choir, go to http://www.cwu.edu/music/cwu-ensembles

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Picture of Bolcom and Morris PosterBolcom and Morris

Saturday, May 6, 2006, 7 pm

Performing Arts Series
Concert Hall, Music Building 
Ellensburg Campus
Central Washington University

TICKETS: Reserved Seats $45; General Admission $35; Students with I.D. $20

Since their first performance together in 1973, Pulitzer-prize winning composer/pianist William Bolcom and mezzo-soprano Joan Morris have captivated audiences across the nation and abroad. Heralded as one of the great musical collaborations of our time by The Boston Globe, this husband-and-wife duo is highly acclaimed for its finely gauged and vividly imagined interpretations of American popular songs from the late nineteenth century through the 1920s and '30s. They also perform the latest songs by Leiber and Stoller and Mr. Bolcom's own cabaret songs composed in collaboration with poet-lyricist Arnold Weinstein.

For more information on William Bolcom or Joan Morris, go to http://www.bolcomandmorris.com

There will be post-concert reception open to the public in the foyer immediately following the performance.

Music Clips

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Lime Jello - An American CabaretLove Me, Leave MeMaking Whoopee

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