The Butler Arts Center of Butler University’s 2016-2017 season will feature political humor, world-renowned musicians, family holiday programming, and acclaimed dance.

The full lineup for the 2016-2017 season includes Capitol Steps (Friday, September 23), Art of Time Ensemble: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Saturday, October 8), VOCALOSITY (Friday, October 21), Loreena McKennitt (Thursday, November 3), Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The dv-promoMusical (Sunday, November 27), Dailey & Vincent (Saturday, January 14), Black Violin (Saturday, February 18), Jessica Lang Dance (Saturday, February 25), BiRDMAN LiVE with Antonio Sanchez (Saturday, March 18), Deborah Voigt (Thursday, April 6), and Riverdance: The 20th Anniversary Tour (Tuesday, May 9 and Wednesday, May 10).

“This season is filled with performances that will spark curiosity and excitement for our audiences,” said Ty Sutton, executive director of the Butler Arts Center. “The Butler Arts Center is the home to remarkable performing arts and outstanding venues, including the renowned Clowes Memorial Hall. We believe the 2016-2017 Butler Arts Presents season showcases our strengths, and we welcome the community to join us for this exciting lineup.”

Seven-show season subscriptions are currently available for purchase at the Clowes Memorial Hall Box Office or by phone at 317-940-6444. Single tickets go on sale August 8 and can be purchased in person at the Clowes Memorial Hall Box Office, online at, or through TicketMaster at or 800-982-2787.

The Butler Arts Center gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Arts Council of Indianapolis, the Indiana Arts Commission (a State Agency), Arts Midwest, the National Endowment for the Arts (a Federal Agency), and Elements Financial.

More information about each event follows.

Capitol Steps
Friday, September 23, 8:00 PM
Clowes Memorial Hall

As the November election approaches, don’t miss a hilarious dose of comedy from the nation’s leading political satire troupe! This comedic group—known for its wit, satire, and political banter—began more than 30 years ago and has been poking fun at bureaucrats ever since. This can’t-miss event promises to bring down the house – and senate – with its raucous blend of political satire and song parodies.

Sgt Pepper_logoArt of Time Ensemble: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Saturday, October 8, 8:00 PM
Clowes Memorial Hall

Steven Page, founder and former front man for the Barenaked Ladies, joins Toronto’s renowned Art of Time Ensemble and various other musicians for a total re-imagining of the Beatles’ iconic album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The singers and Art of Time’s world-class orchestra collaborate for one incredible night of music.

Friday, October 21, 8:00 PM
Clowes Memorial Hall

VOCALOSITY takes a cappella to a whole new level in this all-new live concert event from the creative mind of Deke Sharon (artistic producer for Pitch Perfect, The Sing-Off)! No genre is off limits as VOCALOSITY explores them all – from 10th-century Gregorian chant and classic choral, to barber-shop quartet, and bouncing doo-wop all the way to the Beatles and Bruno Mars. This fast-paced production features 12 dynamic voices singing some of today’s chart-topping hits in brand-new arrangements too incredible to miss. It’s the aca-perfect concert experience!

Loreena McKennitt
Thursday, November 3, 7:30 PM
Clowes Memorial Hall

In a recording career spanning more than two decades, Loreena McKennitt’s “eclectic Celtic” music has received critical acclaim worldwide, and gold, platinum, and multi-platinum sales awards in 15 countries across four continents. For this rare and intimate evening, McKennitt will be joined by longtime collaborators Brian Hughes and Caroline Lavelle for an atmospheric evening featuring music and tales inspired by McKennitt’s exotic travels in pursuit of the history of the Celts. Single tickets on sale now.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
Sunday, November 27, 1:00 PM and 4:30 PM
Clowes Memorial Hall

The beloved TV classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters from the special, including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius, and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical. It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us.

Dailey & Vincent
Saturday, January 14, 2017, 8:00 PM
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts

Dailey & Vincent is one of the top bluegrass bands in America. The concoction of their fantastically powerful vocal blends, four award-winning studio albums, and heavy touring schedules has gained them well deserved attention from bluegrass, country, and gospel critics and fans alike. Dailey & Vincent has been recognized as three-time IBMA Entertainers of the Year, three-time IBMA Vocal Group of the Year, three-time GRAMMY nominee, and Dove Award winners.

Black Violin
Saturday, February 18, 8:00 PM
Clowes Memorial Hall

Wil Baptiste (viola) and Kev Marcus (violin) are a string duo from Florida with equal footing in the worlds of classical music and hip-hop. Their groundbreaking collaboration has led them to play their music for nearly everybody, including the troops in Iraq, the President of the United States at the Inaugural Ball, and festival attendees across the globe. Individually and together, Black Violin has collaborated with the likes of P. Diddy, Kanye West, 50 Cent, Tom Petty, Aerosmith, Aretha Franklin, and the Eagles.

Jessica Lang Dance
Saturday, February 25, 8:00 PM
Clowes Memorial Hall

Lauded by Dance Magazine as a “master of visual composition,” Jessica Lang seamlessly incorporates striking design elements and transforms classical ballet language into artfully crafted, emotionally engaging contemporary work. Founded in 2011 and based in New York City, Jessica Lang Dance (JLD) has quickly risen to become one of the preeminent dance companies in the nation. JLD will make its Indianapolis-debut at this very special evening featuring an unrivaled echelon of creativity.

BiRDMAN LiVE with Antonio Sanchez
Saturday, March 18, 8:00 PM
Clowes Memorial Hall

Four-time GRAMMY-award winner Antonio Sanchez is considered—by critics and musicians alike—as one of the most prominent drummers, bandleaders, and composers of his generation. In this one-of-a-kind, hybrid concert experience, audiences will see a screening of the Oscar-winning film, BiRDMAN, while Sanchez plays his critically acclaimed film score LIVE in real time. (For mature audiences, film rated R by the MPAA.)

Deborah Voigt
Thursday, April 6, 7:30 PM
Clowes Memorial Hall

Deborah Voigt is increasingly recognized as one of the world’s most versatile singers and one of music’s most endearing personalities. Through her performances and television appearances, she is known for the singular power and beauty of her voice, as well as for her captivating stage presence. Having made her name as a leading dramatic soprano, she is internationally revered for her performances in the operas of Wagner and Strauss, as well as an active performer and recitalist of Broadway standards and popular songs.



Riverdance: The 20th Anniversary Tour
Tuesday, May 9, 7:30 PM
Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 7:30 PM
Clowes Memorial Hall

The international Irish dance phenomenon is back by popular demand in Riverdance: The 20th Anniversary World Tour. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures in an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music, and song. Of all the performances to emerge from Ireland—in rock, music, theatre, and film—nothing has carried the energy, the sensuality and the spectacle of Riverdance. Single tickets on sale now.

About the Butler Arts Center: In the heart of Indianapolis is a home for passion, creativity, innovation, and the highest caliber of professional and student performances—the Butler Arts Center. Consolidating four arts venues on the campus of Butler University under one umbrella organization, the Center is anchored by Clowes Memorial Hall, which seats 2,200, and after 53 years, remains Indiana’s most versatile and professional venue, having welcomed the world’s greatest talent and personalities—a star-studded list that includes Maya Angelou, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Bill Clinton, Sir Elton John, Wynton Marsalis, Itzhak Perlman, and others.

The Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts, completed in 2013, adds a one-of-a-kind, student- and community-focused facility to the Butler Arts Center. At just 430 seats, but with a full-size proscenium stage, the venue is designed to optimize acoustics and sightlines, and is equally suited for music, dance, and theatre.

Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall seats 110 in a space ideal for intimate recitals, concerts, talks, and lectures.

Lilly Hall Studio Theatre is home to the renowned Butler Theatre that produces a wide range of classics, world premieres, and devised works.

Together, Clowes Memorial Hall, the Schrott Center for the Arts, Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall, and Lilly Hall Studio Theatre form Central Indiana’s premiere destination for the performing arts, the Butler Arts Center. We invite you to join us this year for exciting programming that intertwines knowledge and creativity to activate your curiosity.
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