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Center For The Performing Arts Unveils 2017-18 Season

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

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