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The Maxwell Theatre welcomes Victoria Vox to the stage Thursday

VicVoxThe GRU Lyceum Series is sponsoring yet another world-class act on Thursday, Sept. 24, with “When the Night Unravels – An Evening with Victoria Vox.” The concert, presented by the Department of English and Foreign Languages, runs from 7:30-9 p.m. at the Maxwell Theatre.

Vox, a Wisconsin native, is world-renowned for her unique and infectious pop-folk-jazz style and the incorporation of both French and English lyrics into her songs.

But to say she’s a talented musician is a huge understatement.

Vox wrote her first song at the age of 10. At 17, she bought a guitar and spent a year abroad in France, where she fell in love with both the instrument and the language, two staples of her current musical career. After graduating from the Berklee College of Music in 2001 with a degree in songwriting, Vox took up the ukulele in 2003, and she’s been busy changing the face of music ever since.

To date, she has held performances in the United States, Europe, New Zealand, Australia and Canada.

Earlier this year, Vox was featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, and in 2009, she performed on the “Jay Leno Show.” Her music, which frequently appears in indie films, was featured on NPR’s “To the Best of Our Knowledge” in 2007.

Vintage Guitar Magazine claims, “An undercurrent of toughness, a beautiful voice, great melodies and loads of charm make [Vox’s] unique folk/pop music impossible to resist.”

Tickets for “When the Night Unravels – An Evening with Victoria Vox” are $5 for the general public and free for GRU students, faculty and staff with a valid JagCard.

For more information, contact the Maxwell Theatre Box Office at 706-667-4100.

For Students Only:

On Friday, Sept. 25, at 10 a.m., join area high school students for yet another Victoria Vox concert titled “Victoria Vox: un concert en Français.”

This concert, performed in both French and Spanish, and also presented by the Department of English and Foreign Languages, is open only to GRU and EGSC students with a valid student id. Admission is free.

World-class brass concert rocks the stage Friday

Looking for a classy way to start your weekend? How about starting it with a little brass.

The Spanish Brass (Spanish Brass Luur Metalls) is one of the most dynamic and admired brass groups on the international music scene today. From Hong Kong to New York, these talented musicians have played some of the most prestigious venues and festivals around the globe.

And now, they’re coming to GRU.

The Topeka Capital-Journal raves that “the versatile and creative programming of the Spanish Brass breaks the boundaries between pop, classical, Latin and traditional music.”

The Musical Instrument Museum says their work has been called “sheer poetry.”

Presented as part of The Jacob Concerts Series and sponsored by the GRU Lyceum Series in collaboration with the Harry Jacobs Chamber Music Society, the Spanish Brass rock to the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18.

Tickets are free for GRU students, faculty and staff with a valid JagCard, $5 for children up to 17 years old and $25 for the General Public.

Tickets are on sale now at the Maxwell Theatre Box Office.

Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Contact the Maxwell Theatre Box Office at 706-667-4100 or maxwelltheatre@gru.edu to get your tickets now, or click here for more information.

Lyceum Series begins Sept. 22

The 2015-16 GRU Lyceum Series brings artistry, creativity and a whole lot of history to the Maxwell Theatre, with four shows that are guaranteed to please.

First up, on Sept. 22, is Step Afrika!, a nationally known step company that traces the popular, percussive dance back to its traditions in African and modern dance.

“You won’t just see a step show when you come to see Step Afrika!, you’ll learn about step as well,” said Maxwell Theatre Director Kelly Thomas.

Coming exactly a month later is the world-famous Vienna Boys Choir.

“When you think children’s choir, this is the choir you think of,” Thomas said.

Featuring young singers from over 20 countries, the Vienna Boys Choir performs in front of more than a half million people every year. Not only that, but the choir is old. Really, really old.

“They don’t just sing Mozart’s music,” Thomas said. “They were around to work with Mozart.”

In conjunction with the GRU Opera and American Musical Theater Institute, the third Lyceum Series event this year will bring “The Marriage of Figaro,” a full opera featuring professional baritone Mark Diamond, to the stage on Feb. 12.

“Starting last year, we wanted to find a way to more directly connect the Lyceum Series with the students, and part of that was a decision to not just link up the professionals with the students outside of the performance, but to actually link up the professionals with the students on stage,” Thomas said. “And this year, instead of inserting the students into the professional’s performance, we’re inserting the professional into the students’ performance.”

The final event of the Lyceum season will occur on March 4, when the Peking Acrobats wow audience members with a daredevil program presented in coordination with the Confucius Institute.

“For people who have been coming to Lyceum Series for a long time, they’ve probably seen different acrobat shows,” Thomas said. “This is the biggest acrobat show we’ve ever done.”

Company members were featured in “Oceans 11,” and their Human Stair Stack set a world record.

The price structure for this year’s events remains unchanged from last year, though Step Afrika! and the Peking Acrobats will have options that will allow audience members on the thrust stage.

Tickets are free for GRU students, $5 for staff, students and children, $10 for alumni and military and $15 for the general public. They can be purchased at the box office or online here.

Christopher O’Riley to perform with GRU Orchestra and Women’s Choral Ensemble

When concert pianist Christopher O’Riley comes to Georgia Regents University, students and community members will not only get the chance to hear one of the nation’s foremost concert pianists, they’ll be able to hear him working with members of two different student ensembles as well.

As part of the 47th annual Lyceum Series, O’Riley will perform with the GRU Women’s Choral Ensemble and the GRU Orchestra at the Maxwell Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 7.

“We were looking for a way to better engage our students in our Lyceum productions,” said Kelly Thomas, Director of the Maxwell Theatre. “Christopher O’Riley and what he does just fit in so well.”

Aside from being respected as a conventional concert pianist, O’Riley is also known for his arrangements of popular music (he’s revered in some circles for receiving the only four-star review ever given by Rolling Stone to a classical pianist) as well as for being the host of NPR’s popular “From the Top” program, where he interviews young classical musicians.

After starting the concert with solo pieces, he’ll perform Joni Mitchell songs with the GRU Women’s Choral Ensemble. After the intermission, he’ll perform the well-known Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor with the GRU Orchestra.

“I encourage people to look it up on the Internet,” Thomas said. “It’s one of those pieces everybody knows.”

In addition to the concert, which is free for GRU students, $5 for faculty and staff, and $15 for the general public, O’Riley will hold a Meet the Host workshop at the theater on Thursday and a piano Master Class at noon on Friday.

“Master Classes are really neat, because you get to see the performers blossom right before your eyes,” Thomas said.

Both of the pre-concert programs are free and open to the public.

This is the final performance in this season’s Lyceum Series, which included a stop by the Second City comedy group, a french film festival, and the Kevin Locke Native Dance Ensemble.

For tickets or more information, visit the Maxwell Theatre website here.

Native dance ensemble to perform at Maxwell Theatre

While it might be tempting to view the performances of the Kevin Locke Native Dance Ensemble, which will be performing at the Maxwell Theatre on Saturday, Jan. 24, as part of the 47th annual Lyceum Series, as cultural history brought to life on the stage, the troupe’s namesake would ask you to do otherwise.

“Ostensibly, people might view it as a cultural presentation, but if you take it out of the realm of looking at things through a cultural lens, then what it is is the presentation of traditional arts, or folk arts,” he said.

According to Locke, folk arts portray universal themes, like the longing for beauty, symmetry, harmony, rhythm, and balance – all things showcased by the ensemble.

“To me, what it’s really all about is affirming universal, unifying aspects of humankind,” he said. “It accentuates the nobility of the human spirit.”

Locke, recognized as one of the leading representatives of Native American Hoop Dancing as well as an expert in the indigenous Northern Plains flute, considers himself a bridge figure. Though his Lakota name, Tokaheya Inajin, means “the first to arise,” he makes it clear that he is part of an unbroken line of Native American artists.

“My mentor for the flute was born in the 1870s,” he said. “He passed away in the mid-1970s and was something like 100 years of age,” Locke said. “He was my mentor, so I got it from the source.”

Though Locke’s flute music may come from the source – he uses a traditional Native American flute rather than the more melodic version used on most recordings since the 1980s – not all the dancing goes back to early days, though it does remain authentic.

Wayne Silas, one of the ensemble members who was also voted Best Male Artist at the 2013 Native American Music Awards, dances a more contemporary style that developed out of the wild west shows, when audiences craved more spirited entertainment.

“When they were doing a lot of reenactments, the younger dancers and the people who directed the shows wanted something more energetic and more entertaining for the audience, so this style of dance was starting to kick up a lot higher with a lot faster style of song and more and more of an eye-catching style of dance.”

Like Locke, he considers his dancing less of an act of preservation and more of an evolving form of artistic expression that touches everyday life.

“Evolution is a perfect word for it,” he said. “It evolved into who we are today. We hold strongly to a lot of our teachings, a lot of the cultural and social aspects of our lives.”

Kelly Thomas, who is the Director of the Maxwell Theatre, said the ensemble is exactly the type of event he looks for when developing the Lyceum Series.

“We try to find something you’re not going to see in the community without us,” he said. “And by reaching to this event, in some ways we’re exposing our students and our community to things that are really closer to home. The native cultures are all around us, but we often don’t open our eyes to see what’s right here, and this is a way for us to do that.”

Though many shows at the Maxwell Theatre are general admission, Lyceum events like this one are reserved: $15 for the general public, $10 for GRU alumni and military, and $5 for GRU faculty and staff. GRU students are free with a valid JagCard.

“The sooner you get your ticket, the better your seat will be,” he said.

Tickets can be purchased at the box office or online.

Locke and Silas will also participate in a series of workshops that are free and open to the public.

At noon on Friday, Jan. 23, Lock will hold a Native American Flute workshop at the Fine Arts Center, C-1.

On Saturday, Jan. 24, at 10 a.m., Locke will be on the stage of the Maxwell Theatre for a Hoop Dancing workshop, and at 11 a.m., Silas will follow with a drumming workshop. Both are appropriate for all ages, including kids and families.

Lyceum Series presents The Second City

Catch them now or wait to see them when they become comic greats on “Saturday Night Live” or Comedy Central. Georgia Regents University’s Lyceum Series will present The Second City on Sunday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Maxwell Theatre.

This long-running improvisational comedy tour launched the careers of such comics as Steve Carell, Mike Myers, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey and is now launching its next generation of young comedians. With a history that dates back to the 1950’s, The Second City has continued on in its tradition of political satire.

Tickets are $15, general public; $10, GRU Alumni and active military personnel; $5, children and GRU employees and students. GRU students will receive one ticket free with a valid JagCard.  Some material may not be suitable for younger children. For more information, call the Office of Student Activities at 706-737-1610.

On Monday, Oct. 13, at 10 a.m., in the Maxwell Theatre on the Summerville campus, The Second City performers will host a workshop to teach GRU students improvisational skills that will help them prepare for job interviews and sharpen their networking skills.

This 90-minute session is for GRU students only and admission is free. Space is limited and registration is required. Services are available for persons with disabilities. However, some services may require two weeks advance notice.

For more information, call the box office at 706-667-4100.

Lyceum Series begins Sept. 20

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AUGUSTA, Ga.- The 46th annual Georgia Regents University Lyceum Series will kick off with the chamber music theatre production of Los Valientes at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 20 at the Maxwell Theatre on the GRU Summerville Campus.

 The production features a chamber music trio and solo actor Kevin Melendez exploring the artistic and political passions of Mexican painter Diego Rivera, the unwavering commitment to human rights of Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, and the pursuit of social justice by Mexican American desperado Joaquin Murrieta, otherwise known as Zorro.

Tickets for this event are $8 for the general public and $4 for children ages 17 and younger.

 Other programs included in this year’s Lyceum Series are:

 The Cashore Marionettes: Life in Motion

Tuesday, Oct. 15

A series of scenes taken from everyday life and set to music by composers such as Beethoven, Vivaldi, Strauss, and Copland. Through a combination of virtuoso manipulation, humor, pathos, classic music, and poetic insight, The Cashore Marionettes take the audience on a journey that celebrates the richness of life.

Tickets for this event are $8 for the general public and $4 for children ages 17 and younger.

Urban Bush Women

Saturday, Feb. 15

Founded in 1984 by choreographer Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, the Urban Bush Women dance company brings the untold and under-told histories and stories of disenfranchised people to light through dance. Tickets are $25 for the general public and $12 for children ages 17 and younger.

Johnny Clegg Band

Thursday, March 27

With more than 5 million albums sold worldwide, Johnny Clegg is one of South Africa’s most prolific musicians. Not only is Clegg known for his dynamic live shows, but he is a dancer, anthropologist, singer, songwriter, activist, and a French knight with three honorary doctorates.

Tickets for this show are $25 for the general public and $12 for children ages 17 and younger.

All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Maxwell Theatre. For more information, call the Maxwell Theatre Box Office at 706-667-4100.

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Lyceum Series set to kick off

GRU Lyceum SeriesThe GRU Lyceum Series will kick off its 46th annual slate of shows on Sept. 20 with a one-man act that focuses on Latin American political viewpoints and is backed by a chamber music trio.

The CORE Ensemble in “Los Valientes” will play at the Maxwell Theatre on the Summerville Campus on Friday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m. The event is free for students and $4 for staff and faculty. The community is also welcome to attend, and tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children up to 17 years old.

“It’s a really unique show,” said Maxwell Theatre Director Kelly Thomas. “There are a lot of one-man shows out there, but few have actual live music that they interact with. And it really focuses on issues that many people may not be that familiar with.”

The show will feature actor Kevin Melendez exploring the artistic and political passions of Diego Rivera, the unwavering commitment to human rights of Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, and the pursuit of social justice by Mexican American desperado Joaquin Murrieta, aka Zorro.

Thomas said that the university works to bring arts to the campus that may not get a lot of area exposure.

“We want to provide students and the community with a broad experience,” he said. “We want to show other types of art and how they impact other cultures. We want you to take away something that you didn’t already know.”

But they not only strive to bring a variety of arts to the university and community, but also strive to bring top-quality performances.

“We want to not only give access to different types of art, but to the best artists in the world,” Thomas said. “For example, last year we had the top Gilbert and Sullivan Company in the nation perform here.”

Thomas does advise to reserve your tickets in advance, as shows in past seasons have sold out.

For tickets or questions, contact the Maxwell Theatre Box Office, Monday through Friday, from 3 to 7 p.m., call 706-667-4100, or email maxwelltheatre@gru.edu.

Lyceum Series Schedule

The CORE Ensemble inLos Valientes”

Friday, Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m.

A new chamber music theatre production for chamber music trio and solo actor exploring the artistic and political passions of Diego Rivera, the unwavering commitment to human rights of Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, and the pursuit of social justice by Mexican American desperado Joaquin Murrieta, aka Zorro. Music for this show will feature songs and concert/vernacular music by Latin American composers.

The Cashore Marionettes:Life in Motion”

Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m.

This performance is a series of scenes taken from everyday life and set to beautiful music by Beethoven, Vivaldi, Strauss, Copland, and more. Through a combination of virtuoso manipulation, humor, pathos, classic music, and poetic insight, The Cashore Marionettes take the audience on a journey that celebrates the richness of life.

Urban Bush Women

Saturday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Founded in 1984 by choreographer Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Urban Bush Women  seeks to bring the untold and under-told histories and stories of disenfranchised people to light through dance. The performance focuses on the woman’s perspective in order to create a more equitable balance of power in the dance world and beyond.

Johnny Clegg Band

Thursday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m.

Johnny Clegg has sold more than 5 million albums worldwide. One of South Africa’s most prolific musicians, Clegg is known throughout the world for his dynamic live shows. Johnny is a dancer, anthropologist, singer, songwriter, academic, activist, and a French knight. He is a rock star with three honorary doctorates. Clegg will also lecture on campus (more details to come).

All performances are at the Maxwell Theatre on the Summerville Campus.

 

GRU Lyceum Series features “The Pirates of Penzance,” Golden Dragon Acrobats

BicycleGroupGeorgia Regents University’s 45th Annual Lyceum Series has two performances remaining in the 2012-2013 season. The New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players will present “The Pirates of Penzance” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 4, and the Golden Dragon Acrobats will perform at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 30. All shows will be held at Maxwell Theatre on the Summerville campus.

“The Pirates of Penzance” is the story of Frederic, whose nurse was told to apprentice him to become a pilot when he was a young boy. However, she heard the word incorrectly and apprenticed him to a band of pirates, which begins the shenanigans. The musical theater production features pirates and Victorian maidens as they make a boisterous romp over the rocky coast of Cornwall. Performed in its original format with costumes, sets, a large cast and live orchestra, “The Pirates of Penzance” is directed and conducted by Albert Bergeret with choreography by Bill Fabris. The performance is made possible in part by a grant from Georgia Presenters and the Fox Theatre Institute.

The Golden Dragon Acrobats represent a time honored tradition that began more than 25 centuries ago, the rigorous art of Chinese Acrobatics. The group is recognized throughout the United States and abroad as the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company of present day. Originally from Cangzhou, Hebei province, in the People’s Republic of China, the Golden Dragon Acrobats have toured for more than 30 years to international acclaim, traveling to over 65 countries on five continents and to all 50 states. The 25 acrobats are athletes, actors and artists who have trained since childhood.

World-renowned entertainer Danny Chang and choreographer Angela Chang combine award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, stunning costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques to present a show of unique skill and beauty.

To purchase tickets, call 706-667-4100 or visit augusta.universitytickets.com. Tickets are $20 for the general public and $10 for children 17 and under. GRU faculty and staff can attend the shows for $10, and admission is free for GRU students.

Lyceum Series presents the Venice Baroque Orchestra

The Lyceum Series and the Jacobs Concert Series presents the Venice Baroque Orchestra on Friday, Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m. in the Maxwell Theatre on the Summerville campus.

The orchestra, recognized as one of Europe’s premier ensembles devoted to the performance of music on period instruments, has received wide critical acclaim for its concert and opera performances throughout North America, Europe, South America, and Japan. A “chamber orchestra” of just 18 players, they specialize in the performance of well-known eighteenth-century masterpieces such as Vivaldi’s Seasons, as well as bringing lesser-known, but still beautiful, repertory to their audiences. They succeed admirably in bringing new life to music composed for another time.

Admission is free for GRU students; $12 for GRU faculty and staff; $25 general admission; and $7 for children up to 17 years old. For more information, call the Maxwell Theatre box office on the Summerville campus at 706-667-4100.