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Winter 2011

Thursday, April 21, 2011
Nashville Ballet’s Carmina Burana
TPAC’s Polk Theater

Join Director Paul Vasterling and dancers from the Nashville ballet as we explore the larger than life production of Carmina Burana. Latin for Songs from Beuern, Carmina Burana is a collection of poems written by students and clergy from the 11th – 13th centuries which satirized and rebelled against the Catholic Church for its controversial politics of the time.  In 1936, several of the poems were put to music by German composer Carl Orff.  Orff’s popular score continues to live on through countless television commercials, film scores, and concert performances around the globe. With original choreography by Vasterling, the Nashville Ballet brings the music and irreverent poems to new life onstage. 

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Thursday, March 24, 2011
In the Heights & Café Con Leche
TPAC’s Polk Theater

In the Heights is a modern Broadway musical with classic, heartwarming themes.  Come learn about this Tony Award winning production that reminds us of the importance of family, love, and finding a place to call home.  Cast members will guide us through the story and sing excerpts from the production.  You’ll see why the stories of Manhattan's Washington Heights are relevant and similar to our stories here in Nashville.

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Thursday, February 17, 2011
The Melodores

TPAC’s Andrew Jackson Hall
Founded in 2009, The Vanderbilt Melodores are the newest male a cappella group to hit the Vanderbilt campus. Comprising over a dozen members, they bring the tradition of a cappella music to a new level of sound, quality, and range. Singing everything from classic barbershop pieces and gospel music to jazz, bluegrass, and modern hits from all genres, the Melodores challenge the notion of what it means to sing a cappella.  Join us as we discuss the history and lost art of this genre and at the same time be entertained by some of the Melodores’ most popular songs from their repertoire.  You don’t want to miss it!

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Thursday, January 20, 2011
Tennessee Repertory Theatre Yankee Tavern
TPAC’s Polk Theater

Are conspiracy theories just for fun? Do they do service or do they do damage?  Are we right to question official stories or are we just making it harder for the truth to be known?  The Tennessee Repertory Theatre’s production of Yankee Tavern is a fierce, funny, suspenseful, and ultimately mind-bending work of theatrical power that grips you until the final word.  Taking place within the walls of a crumbling tavern in New York City, the story unfolds with surprising revelations.  Come learn more about Yankee Tavern, enjoy excerpts from the cast, and make up your own mind about the conspiracy theories proposed in this production. 

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