This month we announce the Presenting Series’s 15th anniversary season. Few things today bring people together quite like shared encounters at live music, dance, and theater shows, and the upcoming season serves as a time to both celebrate our rich history and anticipate an increasingly bright future for the arts at Notre Dame. DPAC is as unique and vibrant as the city and communities we serve. And throughout next season, we think you’ll embrace its astonishing diversity and virtuosity accented with a classic blend of star power and artistic vision. In addition to a star-studded season, we also have a few surprises in store where we can’t wait to see you in the audience.
Throughout the season, we’ll welcome some on our long-time wishlist, including opening night with superstar triple-threat Leslie Odom, Jr., best known for originating the Tony-winning role of Aaron Burr in the original cast of Broadway’s Hamilton, and five-time Grammy winner soprano Kathleen Battle in her phenomenal pageant Underground Railroad: A Spiritual Journey. And, in what promises to be definitive performances, his titular troupe carries on his work and legacy with Paul Taylor Dance Company’s “Celebration Tour,” a multiyear global triumph recognizing Taylor’s repertoire and contributions to contemporary dance.
We’ll also introduce you to remarkable new talents, including 25-year-old piano sensation Conrad Tao. He was the only classical artist in 2011 named by Forbes Magazine as one of the “30 Under 30” in the music industry (next to Lady Gaga). Trailblazing Indianapolis Ballet is the first professional resident ballet company launched in the capital in more than a decade. Plus Goitse (pronounced gwi-cha) has done much to raise the profile of their energetic, tightly knit band formed while students at Limerick University’s Irish World Academy of Music and Dance including now touring with traditional Irish music standard bearers, Danu.
Guest organists take on towering masterpieces, including Herbert Howells’s Organ Sonata in a program of works by J.S. Bach and Jehan Alain performed by Daniel Sansone ’97. Continuing in the realm of the sacred, we welcome Schola Antiqua of Chicago who will take you on a musical tour of Renaissance Prague, from the Imperial Court and Cathedral to music-filled churches, houses, streets, and squares of the 16th- and 17th centuries.
Thank you for working with us to ignite the innate creative passion that lives in each of us. Here’s to inspiring arts experiences for the next 15 years and beyond.
To learn more about the exciting year ahead swing by Arts Night Out our free, festive community arts event on August 10.