January 25, 2007
Bluebird Café at the Ballet II
TPAC's Jackson Hall
Bluebird Café at the Ballet II celebrates artistic partnerships between Nashville Ballet and the talented singer-songwriters and composers of Nashville. The production includes new works choreographed by Paul Vasterling and Gina Patterson to music of two of the Bluebird's most recognized performers, Jonell Mosser and Gary Nicholson, as well as a unique gospel ballet choreographed by Robert Philander-Valentine. The Lunch Box will feature Ploughing the Dark, a beautifully compelling piece by award winning independent choreographer Sarah Slipper to a score by Vanderbilt composer Michael Kurek. Michael Kurek and Nashville Ballet's Artistic Director Paul Vasterling will lead discussion and exposition on the process of combining artistic visions to create new work.
Michael Kurek , Assistant Professor of Composition, Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt
Paul Vasterling , Artistic Director of Nashville Ballet
To help defray the cost of the luncheon series, cash donations will be accepted at the door. A portion of the proceeds collected at this luncheon will be donated to The Nashville Ballet's Learning Curves. To learn more about this wonderful Educational Outreach program, please visit their website atwww.nashvilleballet.com .
February 22, 2007
Motown and Music City
TPAC's Polk Theatre
Motown music is music that changed a city, challenged a nation and influenced the world. Come hear about its early beginning even before the Supremes and the Temptations. Come hear about the mighty Commodores from the cousin of one of its members. Learn about the people behind the leader Barry Gordy. But most of all, come and enjoy the music that defined an era and created a culture.
David Williams II , Vice Chancellor, General Counsel, University Secretary and Professor of Law, Vanderbilt University
To help defray the cost of the luncheon series, cash donations will be accepted at the door. A portion of the proceeds collected at this luncheon will be donated to the W.O Smith Nashville Community Music School. To learn more about this wonderful program, please visit their website at www.wosmith.org .
March 15, 2007
TPAC's Polk Theater
Can a poor black woman of Lower Manhattan in 1905 reach beyond social and cultural boundaries to realize her dreams? The Tennessee Repertory Theatre presents this award winning drama filled with sharp dialogue and keen insights into class and race relations. Has our modern society and culture grown beyond these issues to acceptance?
René Copeland , Producing Director of the Tennessee Repertory Theatre
Anastasia Curwood , Assistant Professor of the Program in African American & Diaspora Studies, Vanderbilt University
To help defray the cost of the luncheon series, cash donations will be accepted at the door. A portion of the proceeds collected at this luncheon will be donated to The Tennessee Repertory Theatre. To learn more about this organization, please visit their website at www.tennesseerep.org .