Lee Upton is the author of fourteen books, most recently, Visitations: Stories, and Bottle the Bottles the Bottles the Bottles: Poems. Her work has appeared widely, including in The New Yorker, The New Republic, The Atlantic, World Literature Today, Bennington Review, and in three editions of Best American Poetry. A librettist and a literary critic as well as a poet and fiction writer, she is the Francis A. March Professor of English and Writer-in-Residence at Lafayette College.
Sit on-stage with the winner of the Great American Jazz Piano Competition and a past guest on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz. New York-based pianist, composer and vocalist Witkowski has been heralded for her “consistently thrilling” playing (All Music Guide). Her recordings include liturgical music, Brazilian jazz, improvisations on classical works, and arrangements of Cole Porter standards. Click HERE for artist's website. LU Undergraduates attend for FREE, click for more info.
Our favorite house band is back! Their worldwide legion of fans account for over one billion YouTube views and hundreds of sold-out shows. These master musicians inject Taylor Swift, Aerosmith, Miley Cyrus, Maroon 5 and Radiohead songs (to name a few!) with vintage doo-wop, ragtime, and jazz melodies with snazzy instrumentation to create the ultimate speakeasy concert vibe. Click HERE for artist's website. LU Undergraduates attend for FREE, click for more info.
Great voices accompanied by live orchestra share the drama and the passion of classic opera. The Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia trains young artists with tremendous potential as international opera soloists. These young singers share their talent, training and unique gifts on our concert stage. Click HERE for artist's website. LU Undergraduates attend for FREE, click for more info.
At the center of every circus rests a 42ft ring full of thrills, laughs and excitement. This ring is transformed, Cirque Mechanics-style, with human-powered inventions such as a galloping metal horse and a rotating tent frame serving strongmen, tumblers and aerialists. Cirque’s playful presence invites all ages to dream and be amazed. Click HERE for artist's website. LU Undergraduates attend for FREE, click for more info.
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South African artist Kumalo, the original bass player on Paul Simon’s Graceland, whose iconic bass lines and bright smile bring authenticity to a show that has passion, energy and pulsing rhythms featuring all of the Grammy-winning hits (Call Me Al, Graceland, Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes, etc). Click HERE for artist's website. LU Undergraduates attend for FREE, click for more info.
Emerging virtuosos all, the musicians of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra meld into an expression of something much greater. Repertoire: Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 5 (Emperor); Sibelius, Symphony No. 2. Osmo Vänskä, conductor; Jonathan Biss, piano. Click HERE for artist's website. LU Undergraduates attend for FREE, click for more info.
Brenda Shaughnessy was born in Okinawa and raised in Southern California. She is the author of five poetry collections, most recently The Octopus Museum (Knopf 2019). 2012’s Our Andromeda was a New York Times’ 100 Notable Book, a finalist for the Griffin International Prize and the Kingsley Tufts Prize. She’s the recipient of a 2018 Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a 2013 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, The Nation, The New Yorker, Paris Review, Poetry Magazine, The Yale Review, and elsewhere. She is an Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at Rutgers University-Newark.
Rennie Harris is a Philadelphia hip-hop legend. In his new work Funkedified, Harris’ Puremovement company pushes the boundaries of street dance to create a multi-media performance set to the soundtrack of 1970s funk music and more. Through live musicians and an eclectic soundscape, audiences follow his personal journey from the culture of funk music to the evolution of hip-hop. Click HERE for artist's website. LU Undergrads attend for FREE, click for more info.
Kate Racculia is the genre bending author of three novels, including This Must Be the Place and Bellweather Rhapsody, winner of the American Library Association's Alex Award, an honor for a work written for adults which also has special appeal to young adults. Her new novel, Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt October 2019), tells the story of a dying billionaire, a cast of dreamers and a citywide treasure hunt.