The Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State revealed its 2017–18 season on Monday with a lineup that includes 24 events featuring worldwide artistic talents.
Tickets go on sale to the public at 8 a.m. Monday, June 26.
The season begins Sept. 14 and continues through April 18 with performances at Eisenhower Auditorium and Schwab Auditorium. Highlights include performances by cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Kathryn Stott; the stage adaptation of “Dirty Dancing”; Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant; Dorrance Dance’s “ETM: Double Down”; Argentinian percussive dance artist Che Malambo; a return of Yamato: The Drummers of Japan; Spanish Harlem Orchestra; the Philadanco-Rennie Harris Puremovement production “Straight Outta Philly”; theater troupe Mummenschanz; and a return of “Jersey Boys.”
Tickets will be available June 26 online, by phone at 1-800-ARTS-TIX and in person at Eisenhower Auditorium, the Bryce Jordan Center and the Penn State Downtown Theatre Center.
2017-18 Center for the Performing Arts Season
(Performances at Eisenhower Auditorium unless noted)
Sept. 14 – Jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvan, Schwab Auditorium
Oct. 11 – Six-acrobat nouveau cirque troupe Flip FabriQue
Oct. 17 – Mexican-American singer-songwriter, actress and social activist Lila Downs
Oct. 19 – Musical comedy “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder”
Oct. 24 – Soprano Dawn Upshaw, accompanied by pianist Gilbert Kalish and Sō Percussion, Schwab Auditorium
Oct. 27 – “Straight Outta Philly,” a collaboration between dance troupes Philadanco! and Rennie Harris Puremovement
Nov. 3 – Yo-Yo Ma with pianist Kathryn Stott
Nov. 9 – New York City-based Latin dance music orchestra Spanish Harlem Orchestra
Nov. 14-15 – The new touring production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music”
Nov. 30 – Apollo’s Fire, The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra presents “Christmas on Sugarloaf Mountain: An Appalachian Celebration,” Schwab Auditorium
Jan. 24 – Camerata RCO, an ensemble comprised of members of Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Jan. 26 – The Birdland All-Stars featuring Tommy Igoe will feature new arrangements of music by David Bowie, Sting, Steely Dan, Herbie Hancock, Charlie Parker and more.
Jan. 30 – Yamato: The Drummers of Japan
Feb. 11 – “Mr. Popper’s Penguins,” the musical adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater’s popular children’s book
Feb. 13 – Jazz pianist Bill Charlap, bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington, Schwab Auditorium
Feb. 15 – Pianist Wu Han, violinist Philip Setzer and cellist David Finckel perform Beethoven piano trios
Feb. 27 – Dorrance Dance presents “ETM: Double Down,” electronic tap music, featuring a team of tappers
March 15 – The dancers of Argentina’s Che Malambo
Marhc 20 – The National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba
March 21-22 – “Dirty Dancing,” the stage musical adaptation of the classic 1987 movie
April 6 – The Danish String Quartet, Schwab Auditorium
April 8 – Swiss mask-and-mime theater troupe Mummenschanz
April 17-18 – Jukebox musical “Jersey Boys