Julian Sands in "A Celebration of Harold Pinter"

Julian Sands in “A Celebration of Harold Pinter”

The Williams Center for the Arts is kicking off the 2015-16 season of its Performance Series with a variety of internationally acclaimed artists, including Mark Morris Dance Group, an exclusive East Coast appearance by French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky, actor Julian Sands in A Celebration of Harold Pinter, directed by John Malkovich, rising-star jazz singer Cécile McLorin Salvant, the renowned Takács Quartet, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

The Williams Center, founded in 1983 and now led by Director Hollis Ashby, is regarded as one of the leading performing arts centers in the region and nationally recognized for outstanding programming.

Cecile McLorin Salvant, photo by Joh Abbott

Cecile McLorin Salvant, photo by Joh Abbott

In this 32nd season, the Williams Center will inaugurate a new Theater and Family series, expand the number of events and performances, and offer “first looks” at new productions and artists making their debut appearances in the cultural series. The season is comprised of 22 events across six series—Chamber Music, Jazz, World Stage, Dance, Theater, and Family Matinees.

New work seen for the first time will include a play about the life of 18th-century Black Briton Charles Ignatius Sancho, written and performed by Paterson Joseph (HBO’s The Leftovers); and the premiere of an evening-length work by choreographer Seán Curran, set to live music by a traditional ensemble from the Kyrgyz Republic.

The season features artists at the height of their powers, like taiko great Kenny Endo, Belgium’s vocal ensemble Vox Luminis, jazz pianists Bill Charlap and Barry Harris, PRISM Saxophone Quartet, and Irish band Danú.

Philippe Jaroussky, photo by Simon Fowler

Philippe Jaroussky, photo by Simon Fowler

The new Theater series will be highlighted by Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night from Filter Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company, and for families, the Cashore Marionettes and puppetry artist Robin Frohardt’s The Pigeoning.

Read the Williams Center 2015/16 schedule

Subscription renewals run from May 15 to June 15. New series subscriptions go on sale June 15, and single tickets and choose-your-own subscriptions go on sale July 6.

For more information call (610) 330-5009, or email a brochure request to williamscenter@lafayette.edu.

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