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Image for Yamato: The Drummers of Japan

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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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.

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

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.