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Get into the lively arts at Temple this season

No matter what your artistic tastes, this fall at Temple will be a season of discovery and rediscovery. Jazz, classical, opera, theater, musicals, dance, poetry, gallery exhibits — Temple students, faculty and staff are creating and bringing to Philadelphia some of the best art in the country.

Below is a sampling of the fall arts offerings at Temple. For updated times, locations and ticketing information, visit the Web sites listed below, or check the TUcalendar at http://calendar.temple.edu.



A Tony Award-winning epic musical, a contemporary character-driven comic mystery, and free workshop performances of plays written by area high-school students highlight the Temple Theaters fall season.

This year for the first time, the Diamond Club has coordinated a special dinner-and-a-show series: One Wednesday for each show, you can eat a dinner that matches the theme of the play you’re seeing, right on Main Campus. See the sidebar for more information.

Temple Theaters | Hamlet
In April, Temple Theaters staged a spare, high-intensity performance of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. This season opens with a musical version of the turn-of-the-century epic Ragtime.
(Photo by Ryan S. Brandenberg / University Photography)

Season subscription (general admission) for five plays is $70; single tickets are $20. 

Discount tickets: Seniors, students, and Temple employees and alumni pay only $55 for a season subscription.

Single tickets are $15; free for Temple students with TUid.

Visit the Temple Theaters Web site for details. Performances are presented in the Tomlinson and Randall theaters in the Temple Theaters complex at 13th and Norris streets.


Sept. 28–30

Philadelphia Young Playwrights ’06          

Coordinator: David Ingram

Tomlinson Theater

Free admission

Oct. 25–Nov. 4        

Ragtime: The Musical

Book by Terrence McNally, based on the novel by E.L. Doctorow

Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens

Music by Stephen Flaherty

Directed by Peter Reynolds

Tomlinson Theater

Nov. 16–Dec. 2

(No performances during Thanksgiving Break, Nov. 22–27)

Our Lady of 121st Street

By Stephen Adly Guirgis

Directed by Douglas C. Wager

Randall Theater



The Boyer College of Music and Dance hosts an array of top-quality musical offerings every semester, ranging from the Symphony Orchestra’s classical concerts to the electronic, multimedia explorations of Cybersounds. In October, the Temple University Jazz Band takes the stage in the Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theater with Philadelphia jazz legend Jimmy Heath, and honors him with the Temple University Jazz Masters Hall of Fame Award.

Temple Music Prep

The Music Preparatory and Enrichment Program of the Boyer College of Music and Dance trains young musicians who demonstrate great potential through its Center for Gifted Young Musicians. Young, talented instrumentalists and singers will perform two concerts in December.

(Photo by Ryan S. Brandenberg / University Photography)

And in November, the award-winning Temple Opera Theater performs a new version of Offenbach’s opera Les Contes d’Hoffman, which it co-produced with the Peabody Institute of Baltimore.

Performances are free, unless otherwise noted.

Sunday, Oct. 1, 2 p.m.

Temple University Symphony Orchestra

Rossen Milanov, conductor; Nicolas Real, flute; Jean-François Proulx, piano

Wagner: Overture to Tannhäuser

Jacob: Flute Concerto No. 1

Sibelius: Lemminkainen Suite, Op. 22 (mvmt. IV)

Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3, Op. 26

Haverford School, Centennial Hall, 450 W. Lancaster Ave., Haverford, Pa.

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m.

Faculty and Guest Artists Recital: Tom Lawton Ensemble

Klein Recital Hall

Sunday, Oct. 8, 3 p.m.

Temple University Concert Choir

Alan Harler, conductor

Featuring Rodion Shchedrin’s “The Execution of Pugachev”

Trinity Center for Urban Life, 22nd and Spruce streets, Philadelphia

Tuesday, Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m.

Temple University Jazz Band

Terell Stafford, director; Jimmy Heath, saxophone, guest artist

Tickets: $10–$30 at www.kimmelcenter.org

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Perelman Theater, Broad and Spruce streets, Philadelphia

Wednesday, Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m.

Temple University Singers and Women’s Chorus

Jeffrey Cornelius and Tram Sparks, conductors

Rock Hall Auditorium

Friday, Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m., Haverford School, Centennial Hall

Sunday, Oct. 29, 3 p.m., Sovereign Performing Arts Center, Reading, Pa.

Temple University Symphony Orchestra

Luis Biava, conductor; Nitzan Haroz, trombone

Smetana: Overture to The Bartered Bride

Grondahl: Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra

Rachmoninoff: Symphonic Dances, Op. 45

Wednesday, Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m.


Featuring composers and video artists from the United States, Argentina, Korea and Turkey in a concert of new computer music realized and enhanced with projected video. Presented in conjunction with the Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) Electroacoustic Music Month.

Rock Hall Auditorium

Monday, Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m.

Faculty Recital: Conwell Woodwind Quintet

Loren Lind, flute; Peter Smith, oboe; Lawrence Wagner, clarinet; Angela Anderson, bassoon; Shelley Showers, horn

Rock Hall Auditorium

Temple Opera

Temple Opera Theater’s spring staging of Falstaff

(Photo by Joseph V. Labolito / University Photography)

Friday Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 19, 3 p.m.

Temple University Opera Theater: Les Contes d’Hoffman by Jacques Offenbach

Copeland Woodruff, stage director, John Douglas, music director, Jamie Johnson, producer

A new version by Michael Kaye, co-produced with the Peabody Institute of Music in Baltimore.

Sung in French with English supertitles.

Tickets: $20 general admission/$12.50 students and senior citizens/free with TUid.

Tomlinson Theater

Tuesday, Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m.

Temple University Sinfonia

Tomlinson Theater

Tuesday, Nov. 28, 7:30 p.m.

Temple University Wind Ensemble

Arthur D. Chodoroff and Timothy W. Oliver, conductors

Tomlinson Theater

Wednesday, Nov. 29, 7:30 p.m.

Temple University Chorale, Singers and Women’s Chorus

Janet Yamron, Jeffrey Cornelius and Tram Sparks, conductors

Mitten Hall, Great Court

Friday, Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m.

Temple University Percussion Ensemble

Glenn Steele, director

Tomlinson Theater

Sunday, Dec. 3, 4 p.m.

Center for Gifted Young Musicians: Holiday String Concert

A performance of Temple Music Prep, featuring the Youth Chamber Orchestra, Baroque Players, Classic Strings and Temple Music Prep Children’s Choir.

Tomlinson Theater

Tuesday, Dec. 5, 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Temple University Concert Choir: An American Christmas: A Feast of Carols

Alan Harler, conductor

Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pa.

Temple Jazz Band

Temple’s award-winning jazz band has performed with many legends, and this October continues the tradition with saxophone great Jimmy Heath at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.

(Photo by Ryan S. Brandenberg / University Photography)

Tuesday, Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m.

Temple University Jazz Ensemble

Terell Stafford, director

Klein Recital Hall

Saturday, Dec. 9

Baroque Players Chamber Ensembles recital: 2:30 p.m.

Youth Chamber Orchestra Chamber Ensembles recital: 4 p.m.

A performance of Temple Music Prep.

Rock Hall






A movement-theater work that will have its U.S. premiere this fall in New York and Philadelphia and concerts featuring guest artists performing original dance works highlight the Conwell Dance Theater’s fall season, part of the Boyer College of Music and Dance concert series.

Photo courtesy Tabatha Robinson-Scott

Performances are in the Conwell Dance Theater, on the fifth floor of Conwell Hall.

Except for “Six Actors in Search of a Plot,” tickets are $10 general admission; $5 students and senior citizens; free with TUid.

Tuesday, October 10, 8 p.m.

“Six Actors in Search of a Plot”

An Arab/Jewish movement-theater work co-produced by Peace Child Israel and the Tyler School of Art premiering in New York at the Baruch College Performing Arts Center before its Philadelphia performances at Temple and at the Painted Bride Arts Center; co-authored by Palestinian Muslim playwright Mohammed El-Thaher and American Jewish director/choreographer Billy Yalowitz, who directs the community arts program at Tyler. No tickets required; donations taken at the door.

Friday and Saturday, Oct. 13–14, 8 p.m.

Leslie Dworkin and Kent De Spain in an evening of their dance works, with guest artist Tabatha Robinson Scott presenting her dance “Fire and Ice”

Friday and Saturday, Nov. 10–11, 8 p.m.

Temple Student Dance Concert

Friday and Saturday, November 17–18, 8 p.m.

M.F.A. Dance Concert featuring Megan Mazarick

Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1–2, 8 p.m.

B.F.A. Senior Dance Concert

The Poets & Writers Series


Sponsored by the Graduate Creative Writing Program in the English department, six prominent authors of poetry and fiction will visit Temple this fall to read their work. The program’s visiting writer this semester is fiction writer R.M. Berry, who will spend the week of Oct. 16 on campus to provide creative writing students with greater insight into the writing process and face-to-face feedback. Berry will give a public reading on Oct. 19. All of the readings are free and take place at TUCC, room 222.

Thursday, Sept. 14, 8 p.m.

Elizabeth Willis’ new book, Meteoric Flowers, is just out from Wesleyan University Press. These poems take on Erasmus Darwin, the pastoral tradition, the Baudelairean prose poem, and the FBI. She teaches contemporary poetry at Wesleyan University.

Wednesday, Sept. 27, 8 p.m.

Ben Marcus, chair of the graduate writing program at Columbia University, is the author of the short-story collection The Age of Wire and String and the novel Notable American Women, and is the editor of The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories.

Thursday, Oct. 5, 8 p.m.

Lance Olsen is the author of eight novels, an NEA fellowship and Pushcart Prize recipient, and former Idaho Writer-in-Residence. He currently serves as chair of the board of directors at Fiction Collective Two. Steve Tomasula is the author of VAS: An Opera in Flatland, an acclaimed novel of the biotech revolution that has recently been re-released in paper by the University of Chicago Press.

RM Berry
Photo courtesy R.M. Berry

Thursday, Oct. 19, 8 p.m.

Visiting writer R.M. Berry’s first collection of stories, Plane Geometry and Other Affairs of the Heart, was chosen by Robert Coover as winner of the 1985 Fiction Collective prize. His most recent novel is FRANK (Chiasmus: 2005), an “unwriting” of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

Thursday, Nov. 9, 8 p.m.

Barrett Watten, whose books of poetry include Progress/Under Erasure (Green Integer), Bad History (Atelos), and Frame: 1971-1990, received the 2004 Rene Wellek Prize from the Comparative Literature Association.




Art exhibits


Temple Gallery in Old City, Philadelphia, will host its inaugural exhibition, Empathetic, in a new space in November. By then, the new high-ceilinged, loft-like space will have undergone a complete renovation to provide a setting for the display of ambitious, experimental works of art. On Tyler’s Elkins Park, campus, Tyler Gallery begins exhibiting in October with a student-curated performance art program.

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Photo by Pedro Lasch

In November, “Empathetic” will be the first exhibition in Temple Gallery’s newly leased space in Old City, Philadelphia. Pedro Lasch’s The Dance of the Masks, above, is part of the exhibit, which examines issues of communication and understanding through works by 10 artists.

Performance Art Program, Oct. 25–Nov. 4

Tyler Gallery, Tyler’s Elkins Park campus

This exhibition explores emerging contemporary performance art practices, and is curated by the student group Produce.

The project will include work by five artists from across the country. In conjunction with the exhibit, a panel discussion will be led by philosopher, critic and artist Tom Zummer, and a workshop for students will be offered by Benjamin Kinsley from the Poke Orchestra.


Empathetic, Nov. 4–Feb. 17, 2007

Temple Gallery, 259 N. Third St., Philadelphia

Curated by Pittsburgh curator and writer Elizabeth Thomas, Empathetic investigates issues of communication and understanding through drawings, sculpture, videos and installations by 10 artists. This exhibition will feature several related events, including performances by Pedro Lasch and Pia Lindman, public lectures on the subject of empathy as well as about the art in the exhibition, and a series of talks in the gallery by local artists and professors.

Empathetic is the inaugural exhibition of a new “Emerging Curators” series, a biennial program that will feature projects by young professionals.


More ways to take in the arts this fall:

Catch the music masters at work

Master classes, planned by the Boyer College of Music and Dance, offer the public an opportunity to observe many distinguished artists as they work one-on-one with students. Held in Rock Hall Auditorium on Main Campus, they are free and open to the public.

Sept. 13, 2:40 p.m.: Andrés Cárdenes, violin

Oct. 13, 2:40 p.m.: Emerson String Quartet (featuring Philip Setzer, violin, and David Finckel, cello)

Nov. 2, 2:40 p.m.: Russell Sherman, piano

Nov. 6, 2:40 p.m.: Slowind (woodwind quintet)

Nov. 14, 2:40 p.m.: Leland Kimball, opera director

Nov. 29, 2:40 p.m.: Pamela Frank, violin

Dec. 8, 2:40 p.m.: George Walker, piano


Second-Wednesday Diamond Club dinner series       

Indulge your imagination and dine like J.P. Morgan in Ragtime before seeing these characters and their worlds come alive onstage with a theme-based dinner, followed by an evening of theater.             

The staff at the Diamond Club has researched and created menus so you can sample the cuisine from the era of each of this season’s plays: For Ragtime, get a taste of the dawn of the American 20th century; experience contemporary dining New York City-style with Our Lady of 121st Street

When you order your subscriptions from the 2006–07 brochure, call the Diamond Club at 215-204-4469 to make reservations for dinner (approx $15 per person). Staff and faculty: If you have not received a brochure in interoffice mail, call 215-204-1122 to request one.

Plan to arrive at the Diamond Club, located in the lower level of Mitten Hall, between 5 p.m. and 5:30 pm.  Curtain is at 7 p.m.

The Diamond Club Dinner Series 2006-07

(All performances Wednesdays at 7 p.m.)

Nov. 1: Ragtime

Nov. 29: Our Lady of 121st Street

Feb. 14: The Importance of Being Earnest

March 21: The Devils

April 18: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom





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