36th Great Performances season features announced

Tango Buenos Aires

Tango Buenos Aires, Afro Cuban All Stars and Trisha Brown Dance represented

Great Performances at Vanderbilt celebrates its 36th season in 2010-2011 with a seven-event lineup including international offerings Tango Buenos Aires and the return of the Cuban orchestra Afro Cuban All Stars. Other events include a national preview performance by New York’s David Dorfman Dance Company and The Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile, formerly of Nickel Creek, highlighting the band’s new release Antifogmatic.

Other performances include the iconic modern dance company Trisha Brown celebrating its 40th anniversary. The series also pays homage to Mexico’s bicentennial with the Grammy award winner Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano in a tailored Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) repertoire with the addition of a locally constructed community altar.

Subscription packages for the entire Great Performances series are on sale at Sarratt Student Center and www.vanderbilt.edu/greatperformances. Prices range from $196 to $224 and will be available through Sept. 3. Single tickets go on sale Sept. 10 and range from $29 to $37. Vanderbilt students and staff can get discounted rates with deep subscription savings. Tickets for non-Vanderbilt students are $10 with identification at Ticketmaster outlets and at the box office. Call (615) 322-2471 for more information:

The complete list of performances:

David Dorfman Dance Company relives 1973 with Sly and the Family Stone in Prophets of Funk-Dance to the Music, 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, in Langford Auditorium.

The Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile (formerly of Nickel Creek) visits campus for Parent and Family Weekend with their version of country classical chamber music, 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, in Ingram Hall.

Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, Dia de los Muertos. The university celebrates the bicentennial of Mexico with the Grammy award winner and fifth generation legend Natividad “Nati” Cano, celebrating the Day of the Dead. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, in Langford Auditorium.

2b Theatre performs Invisible Atom, which tells the story of fortune and misfortune in a tale that covers everything from economics to classical physics. The company recently garnered the 2010 Herald Angel award at Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival. Noon and 7:30p.m, Friday, Feb. 25, in VU Student Life Center Ballroom.

Tango Buenos Aires, Fire and Passion. One of Argentina’s great cultural exports, Tango Buenos Aires offers authentic Tango, created for the Jazmines festival at the famous cabaret, Michelangelo, with live music under renowned band leader, Osvaldo Requena. 7:30 p.m, Thursday, March 17, in Langford Auditorium.

Afro Cuban All Stars. Following in the vein of legendary Cuban orchestras such as Los Van Van and the Buena Vista Social Club, the group has become known as one of the greatest orchestras today. The group revisits Great Performances after a seven-year hiatus. 8 p.m. Friday, April 1, in Langford Auditorium.

Trisha Brown Dance Company, Pygmalion. The iconic choreographer celebrates the company’s 40th anniversary in a story of love and magic based on Jean Philippe Rameau’s opera (1748) as originally told in Ovid’s Metamorphosis. 8 p.m. Friday, April 8, in Langford Auditorium.

For complete season details visit www.vanderbilt.edu/greatperformances.

Media Contact: Bridgette Kohnhorst, (615) 322-0849