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Yamato: The Drummers of Japan

Saturday, October 12 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm - Great Hall
http://www.valleyperformingartscenter.org/calendar/yamato-the-drummers-of-japan/

Founded by Masa Ogawa in Japan's Nara Prefecture in 1993, the masters of the ancient art of Wadaiko drumming celebrate their 20th anniversary tour of "ROJYOH: The Beat on the Road" and present a spectacle of athleticism, precision and astounding musical expertise guaranteed to make hearts pound. "Our greatest goal is to send our audiences home after each performance with a new vitality and passion for life."

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Friday, October 04, 2013

Image for Hamlet: The Acting CompanyHamlet: The Acting Company

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm - Plaza del Sol Performance Hall (PH)
http://www.valleyperformingartscenter.org/calendar/hamlet-the-acting-company/

Considered by many as the best of Shakespeare's work Hamlet dramatizes the revenge the young prince exacts for his father's murder, setting him on a journey seeking to understand his personal mortality. It vividly portrays overwhelming grief and rage while exploring themes of danger, revenge and moral corruption. Hamlet is among Shakespeare's most powerful and influential tragedies in English literature and one of his most popular works during his lifetime, still ranking among his most-performed.

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Saturday, October 05, 2013

Image for Hamlet: The Acting CompanyHamlet: The Acting Company

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm - Plaza del Sol Concert Hall
http://www.valleyperformingartscenter.org/calendar/hamlet-the-acting-company/view/2013-10-05

Considered by many as the best of Shakespeareâs work Hamlet dramatizes the revenge the young prince exacts for his fatherâs murder, setting him on a journey seeking to understand his personal mortality. It vividly portrays overwhelming grief and rage while exploring themes of danger, revenge and moral corruption. Hamlet is among Shakespeareâs most powerful and influential tragedies in English literature and one of his most popular works during his lifetime, still ranking among his most-performed.

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Image for Masters of Bluegrass BandMasters of Bluegrass Band

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm - Great Hall
http://www.valleyperformingartscenter.org/calendar/masters-of-bluegrass-band/

Born out of picking parties on Del McCoury's back porch, the Masters of Bluegrass have now become one of the premier groups performing this great American art form. Acclaimed masters J.D. Crowe, Bobby Hicks, Jerry McCoury, Bob Osborne, and of course Del McCoury bring to the stage a passion and creative fire stoked by years of performing in modest schoolhouses to urban rock clubs.

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Friday, October 11, 2013

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Friday, October 11 7:30 pm - Sunday, October 13 2:00 pm - Nordhoff Hall (NH) Little Theatre
http://www.csun.edu

ELEMENO PEA by Molly Metzler

Blue Collar meets upper crust in this comedy of bad manners. On Martha's Vineyard, two sisters square off in a rapid-fire social satire that connects the head, heart and funny bone is one audacious sweep. Directed by Peter Grego.

Wed-Sat 7:30, Sun 2pom.  Oct 11-12-13, 16-17-18-19-20

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Image for Mischa Maisky, cello Mischa Maisky, cello

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm - Great Hall
http://www.valleyperformingartscenter.org/calendar/mischa-maisky-cello/

Beethoven: 7 variations on a theme from Mozart's "Magic Flute"
Britten: Cello Sonata
Russian Romances: various selections

Nicknamed "Rostropovich of the Future" by the late, great Russian virtuoso, Grammy-nominated Mischa Maisky has made over 30 recordings with premier orchestras such as the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics, the London Symphony, and the Israeli Philharmonic as an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist during the last 25 years. Poetry and exquisite delicacy combined with great temperament and brilliant technique are Maisky's artistic trademarks and will be on full display in this evening's inspiring repertoire.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

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Wednesday, October 16 7:30 pm - Sunday, October 20 2:00 pm - Nordhoff Hall (NH) Little Theatre
http://www.csun.edu/theatre

ELEMENO PEA by Molly Metzler

Blue Collar meets upper crust in this comedy of bad manners. On Martha's Vineyard, two sisters square off in a rapid-fire social satire that connects the head, heart and funny bone is one audacious sweep. Directed by Peter Grego.

Wed-Sat 7:30, Sun 2pm.  Oct 11-12-13, 16-17-18-19-20

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Image for The Joy Luck Club: Plan-B EntertainmentThe Joy Luck Club: Plan-B Entertainment

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm - Plaza del sol Concert Hall
http://www.valleyperformingartscenter.org/calendar/plan-b-entertainment-presents-the-joy-luck-club/

The Joy Luck Club proudly takes the stage at the Plaza del Sol Concert Hall, and will astound the audience in a premier theatrical performance of Amy Tan's masterpiece that has topped The New York Times best-seller list for 75 weeks.  A timeless tale with universal relevance, four immigrant women and their four American born daughters follow their paths of hopes, fears and tragic pasts and explore familiar themes of family, hope, love, sacrifice, strength and wishes for a better life. "Moving moments... Beautiful..." raves Variety.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Image for Jon Batiste and Stay HumanJon Batiste and Stay Human

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm - Great Hall
http://www.valleyperformingartscenter.org/calendar/jon-batiste-and-stay-human/

Jonathan Batiste is the founder and leader of The Stay Human Band, a modern jazz ensemble noted for its world-class music, high-energy and uplifting spirit. A talented and already well-traveled ambassador for jazz, this dapper young musician and his band have ignited the New York City music scene and is poised to take over Los Angeles, as well. The debut in our Great Hall promises to be one of the season's much talked about performances.

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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Image for Bernadette PetersBernadette Peters

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm - Great Hall
http://www.valleyperformingartscenter.org/calendar/bernadette-peters/

Broadway's brightest star, three-time Tony Award-winner Bernadette Peters returns to the Great Hall's stage for an exciting evening of songs from Broadway shows as well as from Grammy Award-winning albums, including standards, Rodgers & Hammerstein and Stephen Sondheim, and others. Ms. Peters, who most recently was seen on Broadway in Sondheim's Follies and A Little Night Music and on the NBC-TV series SMASH, continues to thrill audiences nationwide. Join the inimitable actress, singer, author and humanitarian in a glamorous evening with full orchestra as only Bernadette Peters can do.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Image for The Silk Road EnsembleThe Silk Road Ensemble

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm - Great Hall
http://www.valleyperformingartscenter.org/calendar/the-silk-road-ensemble/

This evening's eclectic performance marks the 15th anniversary of artistic director Yo-Yo Ma's internationally minded non-profit arts, cultural and educational organization The Silk Road Project, which presents performances by the critically-acclaimed Silk Road Ensemble. The iconic performance group is a collective of internationally-renowned performers and composers from more than 20 countries who collaborate on a diverse range of musical and multimedia projects. The 60-member globetrotting ensemble has performed in 105 cities, 30 countries and recorded five albums, with its most recent release Off the Map being nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Classical Crossover Album in 2011. Join us for an exhilarating celebration where "Classical music making rarely achieves this combination of spontaneity and superb craftsmanship" -- The Washington Post

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Image for Josh TurnerJosh Turner

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm - Great Hall
http://www.valleyperformingartscenter.org/calendar/josh-turner/

One of country music's most recognizable hit-makers earning numerous CMA, ACM and Grammy nominations since the release of his debut album Long Black Train, Josh Turner has sold more than five million albums and garnered four No. 1 hits, including three multi-week chart-toppers: "Your Man," "Would You Go With Me," and "Why Don't We Just Dance," a four-week No. 1 smash hit that was named the most-played song in 2010 by MediaBase, as well as the debut single "Time is Love" that soared to No. 1 on the Best of 2012 Billboard Country Chart. This evening, the sensational country superstar brings his dynamic energy to the Valley Performing Arts Center and proves he is one of the "most effective...hard-core country...performers of his generation." 

Friday, October 25, 2013

Image for OPERA - DIE FLEDERMAUSOPERA - DIE FLEDERMAUS

7:30 pm - 7:30 pm - nordhoff Hall (NH) Campus Theatre
http://www.csun.edu/theatre

DIE FLEDERMAUS by Joann Strauss II, from a German libretto by Karl Haffner and Richard Genee

The Waltz King's madcap masterpiece offers a rousing evening of mistaken identities, flirtations, and light-hearted deceit. This delightful Viennese farce is filled with effervescent melodies, lilting waltzes, and a rollicking tribute to champagne. Directed by Eli Villanueva, musical direction by John Roscigno, choreography by J'aime Morrison. Sung in English

Four performances only: Oct 25-26, Nov 2-3  NOTE CURTAIN TIMES:  Fri-Sat 7:30pm, final Sun 2pm

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Image for Shanghai Ballet: La SylphideShanghai Ballet: La Sylphide

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm - Great Hall
http://www.valleyperformingartscenter.org/calendar/shanghai-ballet-la-sylphide/

One of the most famous propaganda ballets to have emerged from the Cultural Revolution, White-Haired Girl brought critical acclaim to the regional dance company in 1979. Since then, Shanghai Ballet has become one of the most pre-eminent international ballet companies in the world. Known for presenting ingenious interpretations of classical and contemporary repertoire, the ensemble under Xin Lili's artistic direction will enchant audiences with its exquisite performance of La Sylphide -- a romantic tale of a young man forever chasing an elusive, celestial being, only to encounter tragedy and heartache.

"The costumes were dazzling... Starting off in a low-key manner, the Shanghai Ballet ... built to a crescendo of rapidfire over-the-head lifts and tours en l'air at the sold-out ... Auditorium." 
-- Dottie Ashley, The Post and Courier

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Image for Shanghai Ballet: The Butterfly LoversShanghai Ballet: The Butterfly Lovers

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm - Great Hall
http://www.valleyperformingartscenter.org/calendar/shanghai-ballet-the-butterfly-lovers/

The Shanghai Ballet, whose performance of The White-Haired Girl won them the Gold Medal of the Best Classical Dance Works of the 20th Century in China, has become one of the world's premier international ballet companies. Since its founding in 1979, many of the ensemble's brilliant and rising young dancers have won numerous awards in global and nationwide competitions.

Under the graceful and lyrical temperament of Artistic Director Xin Lili, the company performs one of its signature folk-infused -- The Butterfly Lovers, a classical Western masterwork that follows a young couple's ill-fated romance. Elegant choreography, beautiful costumes, expressive hand gestures and theatrical pantomime convey the story's bittersweet beauty and complement Shanghai Ballet's stunning classical technique.

Friday, November 01, 2013

Image for Estonian National SymphonyEstonian National Symphony

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm - Great Hall
http://www.valleyperformingartscenter.org/calendar/estonian-national-symphony-orchestra/

Neeme Jarvi, artistic director and principal conductor
Narek Hakhnazaryan, cello

Part: Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten 
Dvorak: Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104 
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

Originally a small radio orchestra, the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra enjoys increasing acclaim for its concerts, Grammy Award-winning recordings and festival appearances around the world. When political borders opened for the first time in 2009, American audiences delighted in the ensemble's magnificent debut, which prompted the orchestra's first U.S. tour. Artistic Director and distinguished conductor Neeme Javri brings flair and finesse to the evening and offers special insight into centuries of masterful Baltic orchestral tradition.

"The playing of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra is superb..." 
full of color and much-needed atmosphere." -- The Daily Telegraph

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Saturday, November 02, 2013

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7:30 pm - 2:00 pm - Nordhoff Hall 's Campus Theatre
http://www.csun.edu/theatre

DIE FLEDERMAUS by Joann Strauss II, from a German libretto by Karl Haffner and Richard Genee

The Waltz King's madcap masterpiece offers a rousing evening of mistaken identities, flirtations, and light-hearted deceit. This delightful Viennese farce is filled with effervescent melodies, lilting waltzes, and a rollicking tribute to champagne. Directed by Eli Villanueva, musical direction by John Roscigno, choreography by J'aime Morrison. Sung in English

Four performances only: Oct 25-26, Nov 2-3   NOTE CURTAIN TIMES Fri-Sat 7:30 pm, final Sun 2pm

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Thursday, November 07, 2013

Image for Turtle Island Quartet with Nellie McKayTurtle Island Quartet with Nellie McKay

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm - Great Hall
http://www.valleyperformingartscenter.org/calendar/turtle-island-quartet-with-guest-nellie-mckay/

Rush pricing available now! $12 for students, $17 for faculty & staff.

Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, Nellie McKay joins forces with the two-time Grammy award-winning Turtle Island Quartet to present a delightfully kaleidoscopic view of the music of Billie Holiday, Billy Strayhorn, and the Weimar cabaret of the 1920's. While the combination of voice and strings has long been a staple of the classical genre as well as of contemporary music, Nellie McKay's talents on piano, mallets, and ukulele and Turtle Island's famed innovative rhythmic techniques unleash an unprecedented range of possibilities. A healthy dose of original music, for which both Ms. McKay and the Turtle Island Quartet are renowned, rounds out this sweeping concert.

"...The ability to create the best jazz, rock, bluegrass and the rest in sonorities that are rich, transparent, balanced and blessedly lightly amplified." --The Washington Post

"...spicing up and stretching out cultural parameters of string quartet tradition ... This is a group with a sterling past, future and an evolving present." --Santa Barbara News Press

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Friday, November 08, 2013

Image for Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan  Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm - Great Hall
http://www.valleyperformingartscenter.org/calendar/mariachi-vargas-de-tecalitlan/

Revered as guardians of the mariachi legacy, Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan presents a festive repertoire of rhythms, dance, and vocals for an exciting evening of pageantry and musical virtuosity. Founded in 1897, the quintessential kings of Mexican folk music earned their reputation as el mejor mariachi del mundo (the best mariachi group in the world) by virtue of their commitment to tradition and emphasis on superior musicianship and singing ability. Breaking new ground, the legendary group added to its prolific collection a first-ever mariachi opera -- Cruzar La Cara de la Luna (To Cross the Face of the Moon), which debuted in November 2010 and was created by director Jose "Pepe" Martinez, Sr.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Image for Irish Chamber OrchestraIrish Chamber Orchestra

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm - Great Hall
http://www.valleyperformingartscenter.org/calendar/irish-chamber-orchestra/

Rush pricing available now! $12 for students, $17 for faculty & staff.

JoAnn Faletta, conductor
Sir James Galway, flute
Lady Jeanne Galway, flute

Harty: In Ireland
Mozart: Flute Concerto in D
Hammond: Carolan Variations
Mendelssohn: Symphony 3

The Irish Chamber Orchestra has gained a remarkable reputation as a fresh and vibrant force on the Irish and international scene. Led by the effervescent JoAnn Falleta and featuring flute virtuosos Sir James Galway and Lady Jeanne Galway, the fierce and fully seasoned ensemble display explosive power and driving energy, performing a diverse repertoire ranging from classical to modern day masterpieces and new commissions. Programs and artists subject to change without notice.

Friday, November 15, 2013

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Friday, November 15 7:30 pm - Sunday, November 17 2:00 pm - Experimental Theatre of the VPAC
http://www.csun.edu/theatre

THE SEAGULL by Anton Chekhov, Translated by Paul Schmidt

How can a young artist create new forms of expression when he can barely talk to his own mother?  And how can she celebrate her son's new ideas without making herself a has-been? Chekhov's darkly comic masterpiece, challenging the compatibility of art and love. Directed by Larry Biederman

Nov 15-16-17, 20-21-22-23-24  Wed-Sat 7:30 pm, Sun 2pm

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Image for David SedarisDavid Sedaris

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm - Great Hall
http://www.valleyperformingartscenter.org/calendar/david-sedaris/

FREE TICKETS available to students! Bring your CSUN ID to the VPAC box office.

With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America's pre-eminent humorists. He returns to our Great Hall stage armed with his razor-sharp observations, slicing through cultural euphemisms and political correctness with whimsical satire.

Sedaris' work includes books such as Barrel Fever, Holidays on Ice, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary (with illustrations by Ian Falconer) and his latest, Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

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Wednesday, November 20 7:30 pm - Sunday, November 24 2:00 pm - Experimental Theatre of the VPAC
http://www.csun.edu/theatre

THE SEAGULL by Anton Chekhov, Translated by Paul Schmidt

How can a young artist create new forms of expression when he can barely talk to his own mother?  And how can she celebrate her son's new ideas without making herself a has-been? Chekhov's darkly comic masterpiece, challenging the compatibility of art and love. Directed by Larry Biederman

Nov 15-16-17, 20-21-22-23-24  Wed-Sat 7:30 pm, Sun 2pm

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Image for Boston Pops Espalande OrchestraBoston Pops Espalande Orchestra

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm - Great Hall
http://www.valleyperformingartscenter.org/calendar/boston-pops-esplanade-orchestra/

Under the inimitable style of conductor Keith Lockhart, the world-renowned Boston Pops comes to the Valley Performing Arts Center and enthusiastically re-creates the sounds that dominated Broadway, concert halls, and the silver screen, from past to present. This evening's performance is guaranteed to raise nostalgic murmurs, cheers from the audience, and standing ovations when favorites such as the Overture to Candide, "Rhapsody in Blue," "42nd Street," "Hedwig's Theme" from Harry Potter, "Boogie-Woogie Bugle Boy," "Dancing Queen," "Bohemian Rhapsody," and "Stars and Stripes Forever" resonate in the Great Hall. "...the best-known, most recorded and arguably most popular orchestra in the United States." --New York Times

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Image for Lar Lubovitch Dance CompanyLar Lubovitch Dance Company

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm - Great Hall
http://www.valleyperformingartscenter.org/calendar/lar-lubovitch-dance-company/

Rush pricing available now! $12 for students, $17 for faculty & staff.

The Lar Lubovitch Dance Company celebrates its 45th anniversary this season with a presentation of the choreographer's poignant and stunning Transparent Things. Lubovitch's lively work is based on the Pablo Picasso painting Family of Saltimbanques, which depicts a world of street performers and entertainers. Pairing the dreamily beautiful Debussy String Quartet in G minor with masterfully crafted performance art, Transparent Things is a lovely offering to unrepentant romanticism, realized through the deeply humanistic genius of "one of the ten best choreographer's in the world," says the New York Times.

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