School of Performing Arts announces 2014-15 schedule

By Stephanie Tang

Self-exiled writers on a journey of social progress. A Malaysian legend in a quest for truth. A man’s transformation from civilian to soldier. These are some of the performances the School of Creative and Performing Arts has to offer in the 2014-15 season.

As the Centre for Performing Arts on campus, the school features dance, drama, music and music-theatre.

The dance season plays with contemporary styles and features collaborations between students, faculty and guests. It invites artists from all levels of experience to develop their skills. The different series will expose audiences to a mix of professional choreographers dance students and artists.

The drama season features a play that examines the concept of absolute loyalty. Howard Brenton’s Bloody Poetry follows the lives of self-exiled writers searching for truth in foreign lands. Bertolt Brecht’s Man Equals Man tackles how to break down and rebuild a man’s identity. The season concludes with Taking Flight: Festival of Student Work at the end of the winter semester.

The music season has five distinct series: Celebration, Discovery, Quartet, Organ and Monday Night Jazz.

The Celebration Series features national and international award-winning musicians, including pianist André Laplante and Calgary Philharmonic concertmaster Diana Cohen.

The Discovery Series offers audiences a taste of refreshing sounds.

The Quartet Series is performed by the U of C String Quartet.

The Organ Series features performances from Luc Beauséjour, Neil Cockburn and Valerie Hall.

The Monday Jazz Night Series will have performances by the John de Waal Quintet, the University of Calgary Jazz Orchestra, the Harlem Quartet, Michael Philip Mossman and the Johnny Summers duo.

For the music-theatre season, the Music Theatre — formerly U of C Operetta — is performing West Side Story.

The Performing Arts 2014– 15 season runs from Sept.– May.

Subscription packages can be purchased before Aug. 31. Single-event tickets go on sale in Sept.

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