PASA’s 20th Anniversary season to bring opera, Ailey, drama and more. Tickets as low as $89 on sale August 15. Series opens September 20th with Evidence Dance Company.

Ji Yong, Pianist Lafayette, La. — Dance, drama and lots of great music take center stage at the Heymann Performing Arts Center this fall when the Performing Arts Society of Acadiana (PASA) kicks off its 20th Anniversary season in September. Single tickets go on sale to the public on August 15.

The series opens on Sunday, September 20 with Evidence Dance Company, one of the nation's freshest ensembles. Montana Repertory Theater Company follows in October, in a dramatic return to the Heymann Center with its production of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird. In January, the series continues with a recital by 19-year-old pianist Ji-Yong, a rising star in the world of classical music. Opera returns to the PASA series in March with the Gershwin masterpiece Porgy and Bess. In April, the 20th Anniversary season ends literally with a bang when the musical geniuses of the Spaghetti Western Orchestra arrives with its interpretations of some of the greatest theme songs in cinematic history.

PASA subscription series at the Heymann Center, which includes seats for all five performances, are on sale now. Series tickets are available in a variety of price ranges and special prices of $99 and $89 for tickets for the five series events are available through June 30. Subscribers receive special benefits including privileges for special events. For more information or to purchase series tickets, please call the PASA office at (337) 237-2787.

"PASA offers some of the world's best performances and tickets are affordably priced, especially now during this special offer," says Jacqueline Lyle, PASA's Executive Director. "In addition, subscribers can pay for their tickets in three installments. Our process is very simple and makes attending performances even more affordable."

Evidence Dance Company opens the PASA Series at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 20. Discovered by Judith Jamison and commissioned by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, artistic director, choreographer and principal dancer Ronald K. Brown is a tour de force in the dance world. Dance Magazine says, “Ronald K. Brown has evolved a distinctive voice in the dance world.”

Porgy and BessEvidence Dance Company blends African dance and modern ballet with hip-hop stylings. This season’s tour includes the National Dance Project funded Two-Year Old Gentleman, a a fascinating exploration through dance of cultural traditions.

Mark Russell, of New York's Under the Radar festival says, “Ron K. Brown is one of the more important choreographic voices we’ve got in the U.S.”

Montana Repertory Theatre Company returns to the Heymann Center at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, October 19 with its production of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. This classic story of integrity and courage in the face of racial injustice is as timely today as it was when it emerged 50 years ago. Set in a fictional southern town, its colorful characters including the widowed attorney Atticus Finch, precocious Scout and the reclusive Boo Radley are unforgettable.

“To Kill A Mockingbird is a story that is a simple yet powerful story about the importance of human nature and human values," says Lyle. “Montana Rep’s production of this classic story is a learning experience for the entire family.”

Abounding with talent and personality, pianist Ji-Yong kicks off the second half of the PASA series with a recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22. The Chicago Tribune calls Ji-Yong, “..A gifted sensitive young pianist who is clearly going places." This classical pianist plays basketball, chats online and performs with such mastery that he has been compared to the piano greats Rachmaninov and Mendelssohn. The Kansas City Star says,” The wonderful thing about Ji-Yong is that his playing has its own personality and character. It has a point of view that is distinctly his, and that is fresh.” Ji Yong is known to worldwide as an engaging artist, both as a recitalist and a star performer with the Toronto, Chicago and other world class symphony orchestras. Spaghetti Orchestra

In March, opera makes a triumphant return to the PASA series, with a sweeping tale of love, loss and triumph over despair. The international tour of the Gershwins' classic Porgy and Bess stops in Lafayette at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 7. Porgy and Bess is a distinctly American opera brought to life with the music of George and Ira Gershwin. Set in the rural south of the 1930’s, jazz phrasings find a home in this breath-taking masterpiece that entwines pride, prejudice and passion. The Sunday Mail, Australia says,” Watching Porgy and Bess is like going to a gospel church.” The opera features a memorable score that includes the tunes “Summertime”,” I Got Plenty o’ Nuttin’” and “It Ain’t Necessarily So”.

The final performance of PASA’s 20th anniversary season is The Spaghetti Western Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13. The Spaghetti Western Orchestra brings a bucket-load of fun when it performs the theme songs of some of the classic Spaghetti Western movies. Members of the Spaghetti Western Orchestra play with over over 100 different instruments and bring the old west to new life in a fun comedic twist. Called “A fistful of moody and magnificent interpretation,” by the Sydney Morning Herald, the show includes theme songs from; The Good the Bad and the Ugly, Once Upon A Time In The West and For a Few Dollars More.

In addition to its mainstage performances, PASA will offer master classes, residency activities, workshops and daytime performances for school groups throughout the series. Daytime performances this season include Ronald K. Brown Evidence Dance Company, Montana Repertory Theatre’s production of To Kill A Mockingbird, and Porgy and Bess.

The 20th Anniversary season brings two special event performances in addition to the main stage series. Cirque Shanghai Bai XI and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will take the Heymann Center stage in November and February respectively.

Alvin Ailey American Dance TheaterCirque Shanghai Bai XI takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 17, 2009 with a spectacular troupe of Chinese acrobats, jugglers and dancers. Cirque Shanghai will perform a beautiful and daring symphony of acrobatics and theatrics in a heart-stopping, spectacular show with plate spinners, contortionists and more.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to the Heymann Center stage for its third PASA appearance at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 25, 2010. Known to audiences worldwide for its trademark beauty and spiritually influenced choreography, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre has educated and entertained audiences worldwide for over 50 years. The company continues to thrill audiences with its innovative choreography and unique range of dance, including Ailey’s unforgettable showstopper, Revelations.

Cirque Shanghai Bai XI and Alvin Ailey American dance are PASA special events are not included in the subscription series. Ticket prices and seat availability about the Cirque Shanghai Bai XI and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre can be found online at www.pasaonline.com or, by calling the PASA office at (337) 237-2787.

All PASA event single tickets are available through TicketMaster by calling 1(800)745-3000, online at www.pasaonline.com, or by visiting the Heymann Center box office.

For more information about the 2009-2010 PASA series, visit www.pasaonline.org or call (337) 237-2787.

Founded in 1988, the Performing Arts Society of Acadiana is a non-profit organization that presents live entertainment at the Heymann Performing Arts Center and other local venues, creates in-school arts activities, offers daytime performances for students and initiates outreach programs such as PASA PLUS and Play It Again, Lafayette. PASA presents annual performances of opera, dance, drama and a variety of musical acts.

 


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