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It’s time to start marking calendars for another stellar season at Lafayette’s Williams Center for the Arts, which has booked renowned artists from around the globe for an exciting 2000-2001 schedule.

Two superb Easton-based artists have been signed to kick off the Jazz Masters and Chamber Music Series, respectively. Master jazz pianist Mulgrew Miller will take a break from his international schedule to perform on September 1, while Easton native Gary Schocker will play in a duo concert with acclaimed young guitarist Jason Vieaux on September 9.

Classical music performances will include world premiere tours of two new works: Trio For Clarinet, Cello, and Bass by Edgar Meyer, included in Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s February 8 gala concert, and Sir John Tavener’s The Bridegroom, to be performed on March 7 by the U.S. vocal quartet Anonymous 4 and England’s Chilingirian String Quartet. Another Chamber Music Series highlight will be pianist Garrick Ohlsson’s renditions of works by Beethoven and Rachmaninoff on November 11.

The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra will return to the Williams Center for the 13th consecutive season, performing works by Beethoven, Stravinsky, and Richard Strauss on October 4, and pieces by Pergolesi, Haydn, and Respighi on March 21.

After teaming up with Branford Marsalis at the Williams Center last spring, Orpheus will join with James Galway for a special November 29 concert at the State Theatre in Easton, which is co-sponsoring the event with Lafayette College.

The cutting-edge offerings of the Williams Center’s New Horizons Series will include Wake Up and Smell the Coffee, a new one-man show by Eric Bogosian of Talk Radio fame, on September 8. Another series highlight is Garth Fagan Dance Company on February 6, one of two pioneering African-American choreographers to visit this season.

On April 4, the Sound Alternatives Series brings Steve Reich, a dominant force in contemporary American music. Mingus Big Band will make a stop for the Jazz Masters Series on October 31, unveiling its “Blues and Politics” tour.

Once again, the Williams Center is offering savings through subscriptions to its four performance series. Chamber Music includes six concerts for $99, while New Horizons, Jazz Masters, and Sound Alternatives each have five performances for $69.

For more information on these highlights or the comprehensive 2000-2001 schedule, call the Williams Center at 610-330-5010.

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