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2001-02 Bright Star Season:  Something for Everyone

 From Japanese Wadaiko drummers (above) and the powerful artistry of the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company to the Broadway smash hit Annie Get Your Gun and the Grammy-winning sounds of Sweet Honey in the Rock, Viterbo’s 30th Bright Star Seasonis hotter than ever.

The 2001?02 season of performances, held in the Fine Arts Center’s Main Theatre on the Viterbo University campus, begins in September. The events are:

Club Swing -- Saturday, Sept. 15,  7:30 p.m. -- The sounds of swing have Americans stomping their feet and the music of Five by Design’s Club Swing will have them dancing in the aisles.

Into the Woods -- Friday-Saturday, Oct. 12-13, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 14, 2 p.m. -- Based on the book by James Lapine and with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Into the Woods is magic. With wit, melody, and sentiment, this musical fairy tale, presented by the Viterbo theatre and music departments, celebrates choices and companionship with a magical company of special characters.

Yamato: The Wadaiko Drummers of Japan -- Thursday, Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m. -- Experience the “rhythmic beating of the human spirit” through the “physical music” of the ancient traditions of Japanese taiko drumming.

Sweet Honey in the Rock -- Sunday, Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m. -- Combining jazz’s improvisational flexibility, doo-wop’s sensuality, and hip-hop’s rhythmic ingenuity, this Grammy-winning a capella quintet transcends cultural boundaries.

Hodie -- Saturday, Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 2, 2 p.m. -- The Viterbo music department presents this musical masterpiece by Ralph Vaughn Williams, about the spirit of Christmas. A festive lobby party follows the concert.

Annie Get Your Gun -- Saturday, Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m. -- There’s no business like show business with Irving Berlin’s unforgettable music and timeless songs in this classic Broadway show based on the life of Annie Oakley.

Trio Voronezh -- Saturday, Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m. -- With a beautiful blending of classical and world music, this trio of Russian musicians plays original arrangements of classical, folk, and popular music on traditional folk instruments.

Vogler Quartet of Berlin with Angela Cheng -- Thursday, March 21, 7:30 p.m. -- Remarkable technique, tonal beauty, impeccable balance, and rich sounds highlight the skills of Berlin’s Vogler Quartet with pianist Angela Cheng.

Regina Carter Quintet -- Thursday, April 11, 7:30 p.m. -- Described as one of the most raved-about new jazz artists, Regina Carter’s Quintet is “funk driven” and “irresistibly rhythmic.”

The Crucible -- Friday-Saturday, April 19-20, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 21, 2 p.m. -- The Viterbo University theatre department presents Arthur Miller’s timeless, Tony Award-winning historical drama of superstition, blind faith, and false accusation.

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company -- Saturday, May 4, 7:30 p.m. -- Modern dance has a new image with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s “sharply, sinuously, powerfully presented” work.

Viterbo University continues its tradition of providing outstanding local, national, and international performances at the Fine Arts Center. Events range from plays, musicals, and operas to symphony, jazz, and dance. Season tickets are on sale now. Individual tickets will be available beginning Aug. 23.
For additional information on Bright Star Season events, please contact the Viterbo Fine Arts Center Box Office at 608-796-3100 or check out its web site.