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Center for the Performing Arts Announces 2010-11 Schedule

Classical, jazz, and Broadway fans take note. The Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State has announced its 2010-11 events calendar and it includes some of the biggest names in the business. Broadway fans should be particularly excited, as five Tony-Award-winning musicals will be singing and dancing their way across the stage in Eisenhower Auditorium. Monty Python’s Spamalot, A Chorus Line, Fiddler on the Roof, the Color Purple, and Spring Awakening will be coming throughout the year.

Classical fans can enjoy Apollo’s Fire, the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and, in my opinion, the most exciting performer of the whole season, Joshua Bell.

According to the CPA website, “Joshua Bell is the most celebrated and popular classical violinist of his generation.” He’s also responsible for YouTube sensations such as this, where he plays in a D.C. subway station the day before his performance at the Kennedy Center to see if anyone notices. Nobody does, but that’s not because of a lack-of-talent. Seriously, just go, you won’t regret it.

Jazz fans get kind of the short end of the stick with only three performances on the schedule, but what a three they are. The biggest of these acts (and arguably the biggest of the entire season) is the Dave Brubeck Quintet and Ramsey Lewis Trio performing together on the same stage. In 1959, the Dave Brubeck Quartet recorded Time Out, one of the best selling and most beloved jazz albums of all time. I feel like I’ve said this before, but just go, you won’t regret it.

For the whole schedule and ticket prices, you can visit the CPA’s website.

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