UT’s Texas Performing Arts announces 2015-2016 season

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The University of Texas’ Texas Performing Arts has announced its 2015-2016, a roster that includes everything from modern dance legend Twyla Tharp to alt classical chamber music favorite Eighth Blackbird to Australian contemporary circus troupe Circa.

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Australian contemporary circus troupe Circa

Tharp is celebrating her 50th anniversary as a choreographer with a national tour to debut a program of new works set to music by Bach and John Zorn, among others. She makes an Austin stop Oct. 20.

Groundbreaking dancemaker Donald Byrd brings “The Minstrel Show Revisited” a working of his Bessie Award-winning 1991 production “The Minstrel Show,” which takes a satirical look at the derogatory song and dance tradition of minstrelsy.

Other dance company’s coming to Bass Concert Hall include Chicago-based dance company The Seldoms.

Eighth Blackbird returns to UT for another on-campus residency funded by the Mellon Foundation’s classical music initiative. The centerpiece of the ensemble’s Nov. 13 concert is “Murder Ballades” a work by composer Bryce Dessner, best known as the guitarist for the indie rock band The National.

On Jan. 29, Fifth House Ensemble will bring its multi-media graphic novel-inspired “Black Violet” concert to Austin.

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Donald Byrd’s “The Minstrel Show Revisited” a working of his Bessie Award-winning dance piece which takes a satirical look at the derogatory song and dance tradition of minstrelsy.

The seasons musical line-up includes countertenor David Daniels, jazz pianist Billy Childs, choral ensemble New York Polyphony and ukulele wizard Jake Shimabukuro.

On Sept. 24-25, actor Julian Sands performs his one-man tribute to playwright Harold Pinter, a show directed by John Malkovich.

Subscriptions are on sale now. See www.texasperformingarts.org for more information.


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