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Since 1984 the Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series has presented great artists and performances to audiences in the Philadelphia area, creating an environment in which the value of the arts is recognized and celebrated. Talks and workshops provided free to the public help develop arts awareness and literacy. The Series works to lower barriers to arts access through its partnership with Art-Reach, a nonprofit dedicated to improving arts accessibility for people of all ages and circumstances, and through its low ticket prices.

Stay tuned for information on the 2014-2015 Performing Arts Series!


Past Events

Turtle Island Quartet with Guest Nellie McKay: A Flower is a Lovesome Thing*
Sunday, Nov. 3, 2 p.m.
McPherson Auditorium, Goodhart Hall

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An audacious singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, Nellie McKay joins forces with the two-time GRAMMY® Award-winning Turtle Island Quartet for a delightfully kaleidoscopic evening of music. The performers bring a fresh perspective to the songs of Billie Holiday, Billy Strayhorn, the Weimar cabaret of the 1920s and more. *In collaboration with Monterey International.

Tibetan Monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery: Sacred Music, Sacred Dance
Friday, Nov. 22, 8:30 p.m.
McPherson Auditorium, Goodhart Hall

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Endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery share their cultural traditions that date back 600 years. This inspiring performance includes music and chants for purification and healing and dances of  the Black Hat Masters, the Skeleton Lords and the Snow Lions as a contribution to world peace and to generate a greater awareness of the endangered Tibetan civilization.

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Master Storyteller Laura Simms:
The Pilgrimage to Tiger's Nest and Other Tales
November 22, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Quita Woodward Room, Thomas Hall, Bryn Mawr College

As an orientation to the special world of Sacred Music, Sacred Dance with the Monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery, the Performing Arts Series presents storyteller Laura Simms.

Simms will combine personal narratives about her experience of Tibetan Buddhism with traditional tales that illumine how, in a culture far different than ours, compassion and skillful means are experienced and perpetuated.

Stories included:

  • The Pilgrimage to Tiger's Nest - a personal tale of climbing to an ancient monastery in Bhutan and meeting dieties, monks and nuns while encountering both obstacles and joy.
  • Tale of Padmasambhava
  • Yeshe Tsogyal Meets Robbers on the Road
  • Hariti, She Who Steals Away Our Sorrow – this story about a protector of children exemplifies the fundamental Buddhist belief that every person is basically good. It is also about reincarnation. Rather than punishment, the tales depend on transformation of energy - from inner rage and revenge to compassionate action into the world.
  • The Cow that Feeds the World
  • Instructions from a Buddhist Teacher

These stories are appropriate for all ages.

John Kelly—The Escape Artist
Friday, Jan. 24, 8 p.m.
McPherson Auditorium, Goodhart Hall

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In The Escape Artist, John Kelly is a stressed-out performer who has a catastrophic trapeze accident while rehearsing a theater piece based on the life of the Italian Baroque painter Caravaggio. Confined to a hospital gurney, he finds refuge in Caravaggio’s images of sinners and saints, prostitutes and gods. “You realize what you’re watching isn’t so much an artist inventing himself as inevitably discovering the true self within.” —The New York Times

Liz Gerring Dance Company—glacier
Friday, Feb. 28, 8 p.m.
McPherson Auditorium, Goodhart Hall

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Deemed “ravishing…not to be missed” by The New Yorker, the Liz Gerring Dance Company presents glacier, a new evening length work set to composer/collaborator Michael J. Schumacher’s nature-inspired score. Richly imaginative, intensely physical and full of subtle variety, the work promises to deliver Gerring’s signature athleticism coupled with formalist beauty in the company’s Philadelphia-area debut.

GRUNFELD LECTURER
Jennifer Koh—Bach and Beyond
Saturday, March 29, 8 p.m.
Thomas Great Hall

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Hailed for her intense, commanding and “deeply expressive” (The New York Times) performances, Jennifer Koh offers her challenging and inventive recital that explores the connections that tie the solo violin repertoire from Bach’s six Sonatas and Partitas to modern day composers, including newly commissioned works. For this appearance, Koh will be performing Bach Sonata Nos. 2 and 3 as well as the contemporary works Berio's Sequenza VII and John Zorn's Passagen.

The Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series gratefully acknowledges support from The Miriam Schultz Grunfeld '69 Fund, established by Carl Grunfeld, M.D., friends, and family members, in memory of Miriam Schultz Grunfeld '69. Since 1996, the Grunfeld Fund has enriched student life by supporting art history, the arts, and literature.

Master Class Schedule and Information for Sunday, March 30th

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series gratefully acknowledges support from The Miriam Schultz Grunfeld '69 Fund, established by Carl Grunfeld, M.D., friends, and family members in memory of Miriam Schultz Grunfeld '69. Since 1996, the Grunfeld Fund has enriched student life by supporting art history, the arts and literature.

The Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series gratefully acknowledges su
pport from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for its 2013-14 season.

Performing Arts Series Press Representatives
Megan Wendell and Rose Mineo
Canary Promotion
215.690.4065

  • For maps and directions, visit http://www.brynmawr.edu/campus/visiting.shtml.
  • The address for Goodhart Hall for GPS is 150 North Merion Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010.
  • Parking lots are located at the college's Gateway Building at Morris and Yarrow and at the Campus Center off of Upper Gulph Road.
  • Accessible entrances are located on the right sides of both Goodhart and Thomas.


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