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Juniata Welcomes Entertainers for Eclectic Mix of Concerts

(Posted August 17, 2009)

Barrage, a group of three violinists and supporting musicians, will perform at Juniata College Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m.

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- The upcoming schedule for Juniata Presents, the Juniata College performing arts series, features an eclectic mix of dance, comedy, theatre and classical music for the 2009-1010 academic year.

"Our schedule of performers reflects a wide mix of performing styles that will be very popular to both the college community and residents beyond our campus," says Chad Herzog, director of performing arts.

For tickets and information about the Juniata College Presents series, please call (814) 641-JTIX (5849). General admission tickets for single performances are $20, except where otherwise noted. Single-show tickets for seniors over age 65 and children age 18 and under are $12. Juniata College students are admitted free with a student ID.

--The season opens on Sept. 11 with a 7:30 p.m. dance performance by the Trey McIntyre Project. McIntyre is one of the country's top choreographers. He has created works for the Washington Ballet, the New York City Ballet, the American Ballet Theatre and Hubbard Street Dance in Chicago. The dancers perform ballet to composers as varied as Beethoven, Beck, the Beatles and bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley. The concert is in Rosenberger Auditorium in the Halbritter center for the Performing Arts.

The performance is funded in part by the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and additional funding from the Ford Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation.

--The three violinists who comprise Barrage, which will perform Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m., will take not be fiddling around when they incorporate dance and song into an instrumental performance that fuses a variety of musical styles from classical to country to Celtic. The concert is in Rosenberger Auditorium in the Halbritter Center for the Performing Arts.

--Taking a classic monster tale and using clowns and comic mayhem to give a new twist to an old story is the premise behind "500 Clown Frankenstein" which debuts Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m. The production is not all laughs, though, as the tale of "Frankenstein" takes a poignant turn to a dramatic climax. The production is in Rosenberger Auditorium in the Halbritter Center.

The tour of "500 Clown Frankenstein" is made possible by a grant from Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program.

--Combining the classic string quartet with a dazzling catalogue of modern music ranging from Bela Bartok to Jimi Hendrix is the calling card of the acclaimed Kronos Quartet, a Grammy-winning group who play at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 9. The concert is in Rosenberger Auditorium in the Halbritter Center.

The Kronos Quartet tour is made possible by a grant from Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program.

--Bringing vaudeville, burlesque, contemporary dance and comedy front and center on stage, Keigwin Kabaret will perform Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m. Led by Larry Keigwin, the troupe will see the underbelly of performance culture as re-imagined by sideshow performers. This production may not be suitable for all ages. The performance is in Rosenberger Auditorium in the Halbritter Center.

--Jazz great Paquito D'Rivera will perform at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 11, showcasing his saxophone-based Latin jazz roots. A nine-time Grammy winner, this pioneer of jazz has released more than 30 solo albums. He also is a founding member of the United Nation Orchestra, a 15-piece ensemble that presents compositions that reveal the fusion of Latin and Caribbean music with jazz. The concert is in Rosenberger Auditorium in the Halbritter Center.

D'Rivera's tour is made possible by a grant from Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program.

--Folk-rock singer-songwriter Catie Curtis will perform a guitar-based program of her own music March 18 at 7:30 p.m. Curtis has released nine albums of original music and calls her style "a hopeful, yet honest" brand of grassroots folk music. The concert is in Rosenberger Auditorium in the Halbritter Center.

Contact John Wall at wallj@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3132 for more information.