Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

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The University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts has been the region's leading multi-disciplinary performance venue for theatre, dance, jazz, world music, new music and children's programming since its inception in 1971. The Annenberg Center's curatorial vision emphasizes four primary values: artistic integrity, cultural diversity, curatorial balance and a willingness to take risks. By presenting world-renowned and cutting edge artists and companies that express adventuresome perspectives on contemporary issues, timeless ideas and diverse cultures, the Annenberg Center promotes critical thinking and dialogue among its audiences, creating a uniquely rewarding arts experience.

The Annenberg Center has achieved national recognition for its outstanding Dance Celebration series (presented in partnership with Philadelphia's Dance Affiliates), touring theatre series, and for its superior offerings for children, including both its Student Discovery Series and the acclaimed 30 plus year Philadelphia International Children's Festival, the oldest festival of its kind in the United States.

Press Releases

April 14, 2016
COMEDY CENTRAL'S "THE DAILY SHOW WITH TREVOR NOAH" TO BROADCAST FROM THE ANNENBERG CENTER WITH SPECIAL WEEK OF SHOWS DURING DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION, JULY 26-29

Tickets to "The Daily Show" Tapings at the Annenberg Center May Be Requested at dailyshow.com/DNCtickets.

PHILADELPHIA, April 14, 2016 - "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah" is primed and ready to spend a week in the City of Brotherly Love when it hits the road to cover the 2016 Democratic and Republican National Conventions, producing a special week of shows in each city. "The Daily Show's" coverage of the 2016 DNC will be telecast daily from the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Pennsylvania from Tuesday, July 26 through Friday, July 29. The weeklong special Philadelphia convention coverage is scheduled to premiere nightly at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT on Comedy Central.

Tickets for the tapings are free and only available through the dedicated "Daily Show" convention ticket website and not through the Annenberg Center. Tickets for the general public in Philadelphia can be requested via dailyshow.com/DNCtickets.

Penn students have access to a special ticket lottery April 14-28, offering 800 students guaranteed seats and VIP entry*. Several weeks after the lottery has closed, winners will receive tickets and day-of instructions directly from the Daily Show by email. Those who don't win the lottery will be notified. More information and the link to enter the lottery are available at AnnenbergCenter.org/dailyshow.

"The University of Pennsylvania is proud to welcome The Daily Show to our campus during the Democratic National Convention. We hope visitors, students, and local residents will enjoy the show and be part of this exciting event," said Craig R. Carnaroli, Executive Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania.

This marks the 5th time the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning series' has gone on the road to cover the National Conventions and second time it has traveled to Philadelphia (previously the 2000 Republican National Convention). It also is the 12th time the series has taken its critically-acclaimed election coverage on the road for a special week of episodes.

"The Daily Show with Trevor Noah" airs Mondays-Thursdays at 11:00 p.m. on Comedy Central and is available to stream the following day on thedailyshow.com and the Comedy Central App. "The Daily Show" is a 23-time Emmy® Award-winner (including a record ten consecutive wins for program) with a grand total of 60 Primetime Emmy® nominations. The series is also a two-time winner of the prestigious Peabody® Award for Excellence in Broadcasting.

Trevor Noah, Steve Bodow, Jen Flanz, Tim Greenberg, Jill Katz and Adam Lowitt are the Executive Producers of "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah" with Ian Berger, Pam DePace, Justin Melkmann, Elise Terrell and Baratunde Thurston as Supervising Producers. Zhubin Parang is the Head Writer with Daniel Radosh as Senior Writer. The series is directed by Chuck O'Neil.

Annenberg Center Live
The University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg Center has been the region's leading multi-disciplinary performance venue for theatre, dance, jazz, world music, new music and children's programming since its inception in 1971. The Annenberg Center's curatorial vision emphasizes four primary values: artistic integrity, cultural diversity, curatorial balance and a willingness to take risks. By presenting world-renowned and cutting edge artists and companies that express adventuresome perspectives on contemporary issues, timeless ideas and diverse cultures, the Annenberg Center promotes critical thinking and dialogue among its audiences, creating a uniquely rewarding arts experience.

The Annenberg Center has achieved national recognition for its outstanding Dance Celebration series (previously presented in partnership with Philadelphia's Dance Affiliates), touring theatre series, and for its superior offerings for children, including both its Arts4Youth Series and the acclaimed 30 plus year Philadelphia International Children's Festival, the oldest festival of its kind in the United States.

*To enter the student ticket lottery, Penn students must provide their name, Penn ID number, Penn email address and cell phone number. Ticket lottery is only open to current Penn undergraduate and graduate students over the age of 18. Each student may enter the lottery once; multiple entries will be disqualified. Individual names will appear on tickets and a government-issued photo ID matching the name on the ticket must be shown to gain entry (Penn ID will not work). No transfer of tickets allowed. Lottery winners must follow all day-of instructions to attend the taping. Access and seating is at the discretion of the Daily Show audience services staff. Some restrictions may apply.

September 15, 2015
ANNENBERG CENTER LIVE LAUNCHES MULTI-YEAR CELEBRATION OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN CONTRIBUTIONS TO AMERICAN CULTURE

JAZZ IS FOCUS FOR 15/16 SEASON

Toshi Reagon's Parable of the Sower: The Concert Version, Jon Batiste, Dianne Reeves and Sweet Honey in the Rock Among Fall Offerings, Beginning Oct 1

"I wanna show that gospel, country, blues, rhythm and blues, jazz, rock 'n' roll are all just really one thing. Those are the American music and that is the American culture." - Etta James

PHILADELPHIA (Sept. 15, 2015) - Annenberg Center Live embarks on a multi-year journey this fall to celebrate the African diaspora's unique contributions to American culture with a series of programs under the AFRICAN ROOTS, AMERICAN VOICES banner.

Starting with the 15/16 season, each year will focus on a different genre, exploring its roots and cultural impact. This season focuses on jazz, a wholly-original American art form. Jazz is unpredictable, it's bold, it's a conversation. As Louis Armstrong said, "If you have to ask what jazz is, you'll never know."

AFRICAN ROOTS, AMERICAN VOICES kicks off the fall with four performances of Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower: The Concert Version, starring Toshi Reagon (Oct 1-3), and continues with Everybody's Protest Music: Dr. Guy's Musiqology (Oct 16); Jon Batiste & Stay Human (Oct 17); four dance performances by Urban Bush Women (Oct 22-24); Motown Meets Jazz featuring the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble (Nov 7); Dianne Reeves (Nov 15); and Sweet Honey in the Rock (Dec 12).

In 2016, AFRICAN ROOTS, AMERICAN VOICES programming features the Mack Avenue Super Band (Jan 31); Daddy Mack Blues Band (Feb 20); four performances by Dance Theatre of Harlem (Mar 3-5); Celebrate the Great Women of Blues & Jazz (Mar 12); Meredith Rainey Dance (Apr 1-2); the Johnny Clegg Band (Apr 3); Dr. Lonnie Smith (Apr 9); Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton (Apr 23); and Juan de Marcos & the Afro-Cuban All Stars (May 7).

"With African Roots, American Voices we want to dig a little deeper into these art forms and explore their connection to American society as a whole," says Dawn Frisby Byers, Annenberg Center's Director of Marketing and Communications. "Being on the University of Pennsylvania's campus gives us access to many brilliant minds who are willing to share their knowledge with our audiences. Patrons can always just buy a ticket and enjoy any of the Annenberg shows, but if they want to deepen their understanding of the artist or art form, they can participate in many pre-show or post-show discussions."

"Our starting premise for African Roots, American Music is that certain art forms, born out of the African American experience in this country, have greatly influenced American culture," she continues. "We chose jazz, blues, and gospel as a starting point because they are easily identifiable and have tentacles in multiple disciplines, i.e., music, theatre dance and visual arts. African Roots, American Music will explore these influences across all arts genres."

Discover African Roots, American Voices through a diverse selection of performances, and delve deeper into the themes presented on stage through the INSIGHTS program. Join Annenberg Center Live on a musical expedition through American culture!

Here's a closer look at the AFRICAN ROOTS, AMERICAN VOICES programming for Annenberg Center Live 15/16:

OCTAVIA E. BUTLER'S PARABLE OF THE SOWER: THE CONCERT VERSION
TOSHI REAGON
Thursday, October 1 at 7:30 PM
Friday, October 2 at 8 PM
Saturday, October 3 at 2 PM and 8 PM

Called "one helluva rock'n'roller-coaster ride" (Vibe Magazine), singer/songwriter/guitarist Toshi Reagon and friends perform her genre-defying work-in-progress concept piece based on Octavia Butler's acclaimed novel, Parable of the Sower. Set in a post-apocalyptic Los Angeles of the future, this gospel opera blends science fiction, African American spiritualism and deep insights on gender, race and the future of human civilization.

EVERYBODY'S PROTEST MUSIC
DR. GUY'S MUSIQOLOGY
Friday, October 16 at 8 PM

Dr. Guy's Musiqology's original jazz compositions and arrangements speak about resistance, power and love in the current era of social protest and change. Penn music professor Guthrie Ramsey and his ensemble perform works that incorporate spoken word, vocals and instruments, creating their own mix of genres and sounds.

JON BATISTE & STAY HUMAN
Saturday, October 17 at 8 PM

Direct from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and the HBO series Treme, Jon Batiste boasts a soulful voice, virtuosic piano chops and a dapper sense of style. Born in New Orleans and trained at Julliard, Batiste has absorbed a musical language that revives the roots of jazz, blues and other American music while playing it in a way that is fresh and engaging. Batiste is a true entertainer who creates a social and interactive music performance.

URBAN BUSH WOMEN
Thursday, October 22 at 7:30 PM
Friday, October 23 at 8 PM
Saturday, October 24 at 2 PM and 8 PM

The Urban Bush Women troupe uses cultural expression as a catalyst for social change. The performance ensemble of seven women weaves contemporary dance, music and text with the history, culture and spiritual traditions of the African Diaspora. Bold and demanding, their works challenge long-held assumptions about women, people of color, body types and styles of movement.

MOTOWN MEETS JAZZ
ARPEGGIO JAZZ ENSEMBLE
Saturday, November 7 at 8 PM

"My Girl", "Heat Wave", "Stop! In the Name of Love" and countless other Motown hits changed the landscape of American popular music. Join bassist Warren Oree and the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble for a trip down musical memory lane that illustrates how signature Motown sounds emanated from the soul and style of jazz.

DIANNE REEVES
Sunday, November 15 at 7 PM

One of the pre-eminent jazz vocalists in the world today, this four-time Grammy® Award winner boasts a magical, timeless voice, rhythmic virtuosity and a captivating personality. Adored by audiences and critics alike, Reeves' unique jazz and R&B stylings makes each performance unique and not-to-be-missed.

SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK
Saturday, December 12 at 8 PM

Internationally renowned a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock is known for their stunning vocal prowess rooted in the rich textures of African American legacy. Over the past four decades, the powerhouse group has stayed true to its adventurous and diverse mix of blues, African, jazz, gospel and R&B music. Through soulful harmonies and intricate rhythms, a Sweet Honey performance entertains and inspires.

MACK AVENUE SUPER BAND
Sunday, January 31 at 7 PM

The Mack Avenue Super Band brings together an impressive ensemble of jazz greats for an unforgettable concert experience. This stellar group includes seven-time Grammy® Award-winning vibraphonist Gary Burton; R&B saxophonist Tia Fuller; Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra trumpeter Sean Jones; and four-time Grammy® Award-winning bassist Christian McBride backed by pianist Christian Sands and drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr.

DADDY MACK BLUES BAND
Saturday, February 20 at 8 PM

Direct from Beale Street in Memphis, get down to the funky sounds of the Daddy Mack Blues Band. One of the most authentic urban blues bands since the 1970s, the five-member group plays a soulful mix of original music and classic tunes. The Daddy Mack Blues Band promises a fun time, with the perfect balance of showmanship and good music.

DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM
Thursday, March 3 at 7:30 PM
Friday, March 4 at 8 PM
Saturday, March 5 at 2 PM and 8 PM

Dance Theatre of Harlem performs exceptional ballet masterpieces around the world. The iconic company brings unprecedented relevance to classical ballet with cutting-edge new works and beloved masterpieces performed by some of the most beautiful and exceptionally-trained dancers around.

CELEBRATE THE GREAT WOMEN OF BLUES & JAZZ
Saturday, March 12 at 8 PM

A musical tribute to Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and other female pioneers of jazz. This collective of New York's best singers and musicians honors their musical mothers in an evening of beloved jazz standards and blues hits. Directed by Toshi Reagon and Allison Miller, celebrate the women whose immense talent and unbreakable spirit shaped the future of jazz and blues.

MEREDITH RAINEY DANCE
Friday, April 1 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, April 2 at 7:30 PM

Philadelphia-based choreographer and former Pennsylvania Ballet soloist Meredith Rainey returns to the stage in (In)Visible Man (working title), a new collaboration with Jorge Cousineau and Tania Isaac. Through a mix of playful satire and flowing movement, the ensemble piece examines individual and collective ideas of identity as it pertains to culture, sexuality and race, taking inspiration from Rainey's own life of paradoxes.

THE JOHNNY CLEGG BAND
Sunday, April 3 at 7 PM

Johnny Clegg – singer, songwriter, dancer, anthropologist, academic and activist. While all of these labels are fitting, none fully describe the passionate man who is one of South Africa's greatest musical exports. Clegg's infectious crossover music is a vibrant blend of Western pop and African Zulu rhythms. Join this Grammy® nominee and Billboard music award winner for an unforgettable performance.

DR. LONNIE SMITH
Saturday, April 9 at 8 PM

Master of the Hammond B-3 organ for more than five decades, Dr. Lonnie Smith is an unparalleled figure in the soul-jazz movement. His unpredictable, avid musical taste led him to record everything from covers of the Beatles and the Eurythmics to tribute albums of Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane and Beck. Performing with his octet, the doctor gives a generous dose of funky soul and deep jazz sounds.

LISA FISCHER & GRAND BATON
April 23 at 8 PM

By any measure of talent and success, Lisa Fischer is a superstar. She's spent the last 20 years as a backup singer for the Rolling Stones, Sting, Patti Austin, Luther Vandross, Tina Turner and countless others. A Grammy® Award winner with astonishing range and powerhouse vocals, Fischer was featured in the Oscar® Award-winning documentary Twenty Feet from Stardom and now steps into the spotlight with her interpretations of classic songs from across the rock and pop universe.

JUAN DE MARCOS & THE AFRO-CUBAN ALL STARS
Saturday, May 7 at 8 PM

A unique ensemble, devoted to the past, present and future of Cuban music. Founded by Juan de Marcos Gonzalez, the group features the finest Cuban expatriate musicians in the world today, all alumni of Cuba's greatest bands. Each dynamic performance captures the undeniable spirit of AfroCuban music with a potent mix of driving percussion, a powerhouse horn section and incomparable vocals.

The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

The University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts has been the region's leading multi-disciplinary performance venue for theatre, dance, jazz, world music, new music and children's programming since its inception in 1971. The Annenberg Center's curatorial vision emphasizes four primary values: artistic integrity, cultural diversity, curatorial balance and a willingness to take risks. By presenting world-renowned and cutting edge artists and companies that express adventuresome perspectives on contemporary issues, timeless ideas and diverse cultures, the Annenberg Center promotes critical thinking and dialogue among its audiences, creating a uniquely rewarding arts experience. The Annenberg Center has achieved national recognition for its outstanding Dance Celebration series (presented in partnership with Philadelphia's Dance Affiliates), touring theatre series, and for its superior offerings for children, including both its Arts4Youth Series and the acclaimed 30 plus year Philadelphia International Children's Festival, the oldest festival of its kind in the United States.

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February 12, 2015
ANNENBERG CENTER WINTER-SPRING CONCERT SERIES JAZZ IS ALIVE AT THE ANNENBERG: 20 YEARS OF FREEDOM: HUGH MASEKELA & VUSI MAHLASELA

TWO OF SOUTH AFRICA'S MUSICAL LEGENDS COLLABORATE ON STAGE HONORING 20 YEARS OF SOUTH AFRICAN DEMOCRACY AT ANNENBERG CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
– Saturday, February 21

INSIGHTS Session Offers Added Up-Close-And-Personal Pre-Show Enhancement Event with Hugh Masekela FREE with Concert Ticket

A Black History Month Celebration

"... Hugh Masekela is still one of the most thrilling live performers around."
- ROLLING STONE

"The legendary singer [Vusi Mahlasela] has been celebrated globally for his powerful vocals and universal messages of freedom and human kindness."
- CNN

PHILADELPHIA (Feb. 12, 2015) – Two of South Africa's true freedom fighters and renowned musical icons come together to honor 20 years since the start of democracy in South Africa, and the official end of Apartheid, for the Jazz is Alive at the Annenberg series at The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. In a collaborative performance with a band, HUGH MASEKELA & VUSI MAHLASELA will pay homage in 20 Years of Freedom: featuring South Africa's Freedom Songs, including many of their own, Saturday, Feb. 21 at 8 p.m. in the Zellerbach Theatre. Showtime is 8 p.m. and tickets are $30-$75.

While both artists have been like-minded musical comrades at home in South Africa for years and shared the stage on several occasions, this marks their debut tour joining forces together. The dynamic show backed by their 5-piece all-star band features both artists collaborating together on stage for their entire show. Their set will include many of their greatest songs from their respective catalogs.

Hugh Masekela is a world-renowned flugelhornist, trumpeter, bandleader, composer, singer and defiant political voice who remains deeply connected at home, while his international career sparkles. In 1968, his instrumental single "Grazin' in the Gras" went to Number One on the American pop charts and was a worldwide smash, elevating Hugh onto the international stage. His subsequent solo career has spanned 5 decades, during which time he has released over 40 albums (and been featured on countless more) and has worked with such diverse artists as Harry Belafonte, Dizzy Gillespie, The Byrds, Fela Kuti, Marvin Gaye, Herb Alpert, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and the late Miriam Makeba. In 1990 Hugh returned home, following the unbanning of the ANC and the release of Nelson Mandela – an event anticipated in Hugh's anti-apartheid anthem 'Bring Home Nelson Mandela' (1986) which had been a rallying cry around the world.

Vusi Mahlasela, is simply known as 'The Voice' in his home-country, celebrated for his distinct, powerful voice and his poetic, optimistic lyrics. His songs of hope connect Apartheid-scarred South Africa with its promise for a better future. Raised in the Mamelodi Township, where he still resides, Vusi became a singer-songwriter and poet-activist at an early age teaching himself how to play guitar and later joining the Congress of South African Writers. After his popular debut on BMG Africa, When You Come Back, Vusi was asked to perform at Nelson Mandela's inauguration in 1994. Vusi has shared the stage with Dave Matthews Band, Sting, Paul Simon, and Taj Mahal, among many others. Perhaps his biggest gig was in 2010 when he helped ring in the World Cup in South Africa, at Orlando Stadium in Soweto. Vusi has released seven studio albums to-date; his latest release is Sing to the People (ATO Records), a celebratory live recording looking back on twenty years since his first album.

Don't miss this opportunity to catch two living legends live during this historic North American tour! Rolling Stone hails, "... Hugh Masekela is still one of the most thrilling live performers around," while CNN states, "The legendary singer [Vusi Mahlasela] has been celebrated globally for his powerful vocals and universal message of freedom and human kindness."

For tickets and more information to all events in the Jazz Is Alive at The Annenberg series, please visit AnnenbergCenter.org or call 215.898.3900. Series packages available. Tickets also can be purchased in person at the Annenberg Center Box Office. The Annenberg Center is located at 3680 Walnut St., Phila., PA 19104.

Artist Sites:
vusimahlasela.com
hughmasekela.co.za

JAZZ IS ALIVE AT THE ANNENBERG CALENDAR LISTINGS

HUGH MASEKELA & VUSI MAHLASELA: 20 Years of Freedom
Saturday, Feb. 21 @ 8 p.m.
Zellerbach Theatre
Tickets $30-$75
*Black History Month Concert Event

**JUST ADDED!**
INSIGHTS: HUGH MASEKELA: 20 Years of Freedom

Hosted by Dr. Carol Muller, Professor of Music at the University of Pennsylvania
Saturday, Feb. 21 @ 7:00 p.m.
Bruce Montgomery Theatre
Free to all concert ticket holders on first-come, first-served basis.

MARCUS ROBERTS TRIO
Sunday, March 1 @ 7 p.m.
Zellerbach Theatre
Tickets $20-$60

**JUST ADDED!**
INSIGHTS: MARCUS ROBERTS

Hosted by Dr. Guthrie Ramsey, Professor of Music at the University of Pennsylvania
Sunday. March 1 @ 6:00 p.m.
Bruce Montgomery Theatre
Free to all concert ticket holders on first-come, first-served basis.

MARCUS ROBERTS TRIO: Student Discovery
Monday, March 2 @ 10:30 a.m.
Zellerbach Theatre
For tickets, contact Edward M. Epstein at 215.746.7997 or email edwardme@ac.upenn.edu.

REGINA CARTER
Saturday, March 28 @ 8 p.m.
Zellerbach Theatre
Tickets $20-$60

The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
The University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts has been the region's leading multi-disciplinary performance venue for theatre, dance, jazz, world music, new music and children's programming since its inception in 1971. The Annenberg Center's curatorial vision emphasizes four primary values: artistic integrity, cultural diversity, curatorial balance and a willingness to take risks. By presenting world-renowned and cutting edge artists and companies that express adventuresome perspectives on contemporary issues, timeless ideas and diverse cultures, the Annenberg Center promotes critical thinking and dialogue among its audiences, creating a uniquely rewarding arts experience.

The Annenberg Center has achieved national recognition for its outstanding Dance Celebration series (presented in partnership with Philadelphia's Dance Affiliates), touring theatre series, and for its superior offerings for children, including both its Student Discovery Series and the acclaimed 30 plus year Philadelphia International Children's Festival, the oldest festival of its kind in the United States.

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Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

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President & CEO
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