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Spring Performing Arts Season Opens Jan. 25

Hamilton College Performing Arts begins the spring semester with a modern dance performance featuring Doug Varone and Dancers, presented by the Mohawk Valley Dance Partnership, on Saturday, Jan. 25.  This and all performing arts events will take place in Wellin Hall, Schambach Center for Music and the Performing Arts, at 7:30 p.m. 

Since its founding in 1986, Doug Varone and Dancers has commanded attention for its expansive vision, versatility and technical prowess. On the concert stage, in opera, theater and on the screen, Varone’s kinetically thrilling dances make essential connections and mine the complexity of the human spirit. From the smallest gesture to full-throttle bursts of movement, Varone’s work can take one’s breath away.

February brings Boston Camerata with Douce Beauté: Courtly Airs of France, circa 1600 on Saturday, Feb. 15.  Comprised of both musicians and singers, the Boston Camerata is America’s preeminent early music ensemble. Douce Beauté: Courtly Airs of France, circa 1600 focuses on music of France at the dawn of the 17th century.  The program includes songs crafted Pierre Certon and others that were performed in the royal court and then imitated in town homes and at village fairs.

Symphoria returns on Friday, Feb. 28, with conductor Matthew Kraemer and soloist Elmar Oliveira, violin. The program includes Vivaldi’s Le Quattro Staggioni, Op. 8, No. 1-4 (The Four Seasons), Grieg’s “Last Spring” from Two Elegiac Melodies, Op. 34, and Copland’s Appalachian Spring.

Jazz superstar Nnenna Freelon comes to Hamilton on Saturday, April 5.  The world renowned jazz singer, composer, producer, arranger and six-time Grammy nominee Freelon and her band perform with all seats on stage, turning Wellin Hall into an intimate jazz venue.

International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) visits Hamilton on Friday, April 18. Considered to be one of the most important and effective proponents of new concert music in the United States, ICE performs new works and rarely performed works by American, and Asian composers as well as original material composed by group members.  This concert will include a collaborative piece for ICE and select members of the Hamilton College Orchestra.

Pianist André Watts will perform the Schambach Center 25th Anniversary Concert on Saturday, May 10, at 7:30 p.m.  The first time he performed at Hamilton College, he played a rented piano in Alumni Gym. Now, some 30 years later, he returns to celebrate Schambach Center’s 25th anniversary with an evening of works by Bach, Beethoven, Schumann, and Strauss.

André Watts burst upon the music world at the age of 16 when Leonard Bernstein chose him to make his debut with the New York Philharmonic in their Young People’s Concerts, broadcast nationwide on CBS-TV. Only two weeks later, Bernstein asked him to substitute at the last minute for the ailing Glenn Gould in performances of Liszt's E-flat Concerto with the New York Philharmonic, thus launching his career in storybook fashion. More than 45 years later, André Watts remains one of today’s most celebrated and beloved superstars.

Seating for Performing Arts events is general admission. Individual ticket prices vary, and discounted series rates are available. For more information, call the box office at 859-4331 or visit www.hamiltonpa.org.

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