During the 2013-2014 season, Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University will celebrate 50 years of presenting culturally diverse programing for the citizens of Indiana. The 50th Anniversary Celebration Week festivities in October will include performances by Whoopi Goldberg, Colbie Caillat & Kenny Loggins, and Disney’s Pixar in Concert with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. The celebration week, Oct. 19-27, will also include Butler Ballet performance of an original piece by Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Mark O’Connor with Butler School of Music ensembles, and a WFYI documentary chronicling the 50-year history of Clowes Memorial Hall.
A special art exhibit, Clowes 50th Art Mosaic, will hang on the entire south wall of the Main Lobby during the 2013-2014 season. The four-story, 50-piece collaborative artwork will include contributions from more than 30 Hoosier artists of all ages. The exhibit can be viewed Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., beginning in October.
Season highlights for 2013-2014 includes a one-man show with noted actor John Lithgow, the world premiere of a Béla Fleck composition commissioned for the Clowes Memorial Hall’s 50th anniversary, international acts The Johnny Clegg Band and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the return of Blue Man Group, The Onion Live, Tarantino in Concert, the Stephen King/John Mellencamp/T-Bone Burnett musical “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County,” and the continuation of Intergalatic Nemesis, the epic story that began last season.
The Clowes Memorial Hall 2013-2014 season will also include a special performance of Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with the Marsalis Family featuring Ellis, Branford, Wynton, Delfeayo, and Jason Marsalis.
The full lineup is below.
Ticket packages for all events (with the exception of the Clowes 4 Kids series) will go on sale June 24 at 10 a.m. Subscription discounts and package prices will be available for all performances. Single tickets go on sale July 15 at 10 a.m.
Clowes is located at 4602 Sunset Ave. in Indianapolis on the campus of Butler University.
Clowes Memorial Hall gratefully acknowledges the generous support of The Ackerman Foundation, Concentrics Research, The Lacy Foundation, LDI Ltd, Cassidy Turley, Georgia Direct Inc., Jet Linx, Lauth, PNC Financial Services Inc., Ticketmaster, the Arts Council of Indianapolis, the City of Indianapolis, the Indiana Arts Commission (a State Agency), Arts Midwest, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a Federal Agency).
Here is the schedule:
50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION – Oct. 20-27
Gallery Opening of the 50th Mosaic – Sunday, Oct. 20
Public Open House at 4 p.m. – Sunday, Oct. 20
50th Documentary Showing – Monday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m.
Mark O’Connor with Butler School of Music Ensembles/Butler Ballet performance of an original piece by Gustavo Ramirez Sansano – Thursday, Oct. 24, at 7:30 p.m. (free event)
Colbie Caillat and Kenny Loggins – Friday, Oct. 25, at 8 p.m.
Whoopi Goldberg – Saturday, Oct. 26, at 8 p.m.
Disney’s Pixar in Concert with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra – Sunday, Oct. 27, at 2 p.m.
2013-2014 CLOWES PRESENTS
Buena Vista Social Club – Sept. 27 at 8 p.m.
John Lithgow in “Stories by Heart” – Nov. 9 at 8 p.m.
Béla Fleck and Brooklyn Rider – Nov. 15 at 8 p.m.
Martha Graham Dance Company –Feb. 7, 2014, at 8 p.m.
Danú –March 1 at 8 p.m.
The Johnny Clegg Band and Ladysmith Black Mambazo –March 14 at 8 p.m.
Motionhouse –March 28 at 8 p.m.
Blue Man Group – April 11-13 (times vary)
2013-2014 CLOWES OFF CENTER
The Onion Live – Oct. 11 at 8 p.m.
Ghost Brothers of Darkland County – Oct. 18 at 8 p.m.
Intergalactic Nemesis Book I and Book II – Jan. 25, 2014, at 8 p.m.
Tarantino in Concert – Feb.15 at 8 p.m.
CLOWES 4 KIDS
Junie B. Jones, Monday, Nov. 18
The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites, Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 28-29, 2014
Charlotte’s Web, Thursday, Feb. 20
Five Little Monkeys, Tuesday, April 8
Seussical, Wednesday, April 9
2013-2014 CLOWES SPECIAL EVENT
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with the Marsalis Family – March 29, 2014, at 8 p.m.
Camps begin June 16 with piano and percussion camps, and Butler Community Arts School (BCAS) also will offer sessions in bass, snare and tenor, strings, jazz, and vocal jazz throughout June and July. The adult big band workshop will be held evenings, July 21-26. New this year is the Butler Arts Camp featuring music, visual art, theatre and dance for ages 7-12.
In addition, BCAS also is offering group piano classes for 5- and 6-year-olds, adult beginning piano classes and private lessons in a variety of instruments, voice, and music theory.
All of the camps will be held at Lilly Hall on the Butler campus. Some offer both residential and commuter options. Prior study is recommended for most camps and/or an audition may be required to participate.
Details for all programs and registration forms can be found on the BCAS website http://www.butler.edu/bcas.
Butler Community Arts School is an arts education and outreach program that provides instruction in specific performing arts disciplines to all ages and abilities. Instruction is provided by carefully selected and trained Butler students, known as teaching fellows. Faculty offer mentoring, guidance, and administrative support. This program has the dual mission of providing quality arts instruction at an affordable price while also developing community involvement and civic-mindedness in university students.
To register, or for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost is $300.
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