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A blend of rich tradition and refreshing innovation comes alive in the four subscription packages of the 1999-2000 performance season at Lafayette College’s Williams Center for the Arts.

The Chamber Music series begins September 22 with a perennial Lafayette favorite, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, which will bring its “conductorless” approach to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 “Eroica,” Richard Strauss’ Metamorphosis Suite and Gluck’s overture to Orpheus. The lineup continues with 20th-century keyboard music from “Master of the Moderns” Anthony de Mare on October 13, the unparalleled American Brass Quintet on November 30, a return engagement by Orpheus on January 25, the acclaimed 45-member Estonian Chamber Choir and Orchestra on February 9, and celebrated pianist Awadagin Pratt and Friends on April 18. The price of the Chamber Music subscription series is $90, a savings of $18 off the total cost of the individual concerts.

The flamenco dancing of Pilar Rioja starts the New Horizons series with a sizzle on September 15, followed by productions of King Lear and the Iliad by the Aquila Theatre of London on November 12 and 13, respectively. (Subscribers may choose one of the two plays.) Dancer, poet, and musician Meredith Monk visits on November 16, followed by the Caribbean Dance Company on March 8. Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane alumnus Seán Curran, also of Stomp fame, presents his brilliant young company’s performance of “Folkdance for the Future” on March 25. The price of New Horizons is $60, a savings of $15.

The Paquito D’Rivera Quintet kicks off the Jazz Masters series on September 18, fusing Cuban music and mainstream American jazz. New Orleans trumpet virtuoso Terence Blanchard brings his sextet on October 5, succeeded by the legendary Dave Holland and his quintet on February 4, and another quintet led by brilliant trumpet player and expert band leader Roy Hargrove on March 22. The price of Jazz Masters is $50, a savings of $13.

The popular Celtic band Solas anchors the Sound Alternatives series on September 3. The power and elegance of Korean SamulNori percussion music hits the stage on October 19, followed by “world’s greatest bassist,” Edgar Meyer, on February 12, and Masters of the Steel String Guitar on March 21. The series concludes on April 8 with sitar/tabla master Shafaatullah Khan, this year’s Alan and Wendy Pesky Artist-in-Residence at Lafayette, who also brings with him a community of Indian instrumentalists. The price of Sound Alternatives is $60, a savings of $15.

All performances begin at 8 p.m. Subscribers to any of the four series are given priority seating; those who renew by August 23, 1999 are guaranteed to keep the same seats they had for the same series last year. Single ticket orders for any of these concerts will be filled beginning August 26. Tickets for a series or individual event may be ordered by calling the box office at 610-330-5009.

The 1999-2000 Performance Series at Lafayette College is sponsored, in part, by grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Mid Atlantic Foundation for the Arts.

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