Events: Presenting Series

09/18/2024 - 10:00am, 09/18/2024 - 12:30pm

Montreal-based Cirque Kikasse's production of Santé is set to connect our campus, community, and local school children for a free outdoor performance. Cirque Kikasse brings thrills and chills with a dynamic circus show featuring extreme acrobatics and breathtaking balances all on an extraordinary food truck. From arranging furniture that turns into a tower 30 feet off the ground, to playfully, inefficiently cleaning the truck and trampoline, to overflowing the popcorn machine, this seasoned troupe is a mouth-watering tour de force of fun. Join us to 'order up' the beginning of the 2024-2025 Presenting Series season! Click HERE for artist's website. 

09/19/2024 - 11:00am

A veteran of New York and national politics, Luis Miranda embodies the relentless spirit of progress of American immigrants. In Relentless, he shares a fascinating narrative of his life and career-from his early days as a radically minded Puerto Rican activist to his decades of political advice and problem-solving. Miranda recounts the thrill of the ascendency of Hamilton, created by his son Lin-Manuel, and he details the suffering after the devestation of Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria. Amid the triumphs and challenges, Miranda examines what his experience reveals about our ever-changing politics, demographics, and society. 

09/27/2024 - 7:30pm

Since its inception in 1972, The U.S. Army Brass Quintet has gained a reputation as one of the most respected and sought-after groups in the military. The ensemble's entertaining style and varied repertoire have dazzled audiences and dignitaries in 48 states and 15 foreign countries. Affectionately known as the B5, the quintet performs regularly at significant national events and ceremonies throughout the nation's capital, such as at the White House, presidential inaugurations, and official state ceremonies. The group's repertoire includes over 500 selections from all eras and genres of classical and popular music, interactive entertainment, videos, and works for children's concerts. They have performed on numerous programs, including NBC's Today Show, NPR's A Prairie Home Companion, CBS's Sunday Morning, Fox, and internationally on BBC. Click HERE for artist's website. 

OPENER (6:30pm): Don't miss the talented student musicians in Lehigh University's Marching 97 as they kick off the evening with a free performance in the center's Tamerler Courtyard. Go Mountain Hawks! 

Laurel Lawson, a white person, balances above Alice Sheppard with arms spread wide, wheels spinning.  Alice, a multiracial Black woman with coffee-colored skin, opens her arms wide to receive her in an embrace. A starry sky fills the background, and moonlight glints off their wheelchair rims. Photo Jay Newman/BRITT.
10/05/2024 - 7:30pm

Kinetic Light, an innovative disability arts ensemble, is globally acclaimed for its immersive, accessible approach. Led by disabled artists, the ensemble creates, designs, and performs work that is a thrilling blend of movement, light and sound. Their creations speak to and emerge from disability aesthetics and culture. This connection to the rich traditions and contemporary conversations of disabled artists in all artistic fields makes Kinetic Light's work a powerful, intersectional creative force. 

DESCENT explores the pleasures of wheeled movement and reckless abandon. It is performed on a custom-designed architectural ramp installation with hills, curves, and peaks. Combining dance, architecture, design, and technology, this work challenges cultural assumptions of what disability, dance and beauty can be. Inspired by the sensual writings and art of French sculptor Auguste Rodin, DESCENT gives the mythological characters of Venus and Andromeda new life as interracial lovers. Voted as 2018's most moving performance by the readers of Dance Magazine, DESCENT is "An ingenious set of ramps [that] serves as a canvas for projections of stars and seas, and as a surface for wheelchair motion with the gliding grace of ice dance," according to The New Yorker. Click HERE for artist's website. LU Students attend for FREE, click for more info. 

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*Per Kinetic Light's touring practices, masks are required for this performance. For the safety of the performing artists and audience, all audience members, ushers, and staff are required to be masked upon entering the venue and throughout the performance. 

Access: This performance is expected to include haptic interpretation of sound scores; ASL interpreters; audio description through Kinetic Light's Audimance app; expanded accessible seating; tactile lobby experiences; sensory kits; a quiet space; and exit and entry welcome during performances. Please call the box office at 610-758-2787 x0 for ASL and haptic seating. 

Kinetic Light's DESCENT is presented in partnership with Touchstone Theatre and their community arts initiative Festival UnBound, OCT 3-6. 

To register for a workshop, (masks required) visit Touchstone's website.

Integrated Dance Workshop Level 1
WED OCT 2
Location: DeSales University
All welcome, no prior experience needed 

Dance DESCENT 
WED OCT 2
Location: DeSales University 
Experienced non-disabled and disabled dancers 

Inside Disability Arts + DESCENT 
SUN OCT 6 
Location: Zoellner Arts Center 
Kinetic Light's Artistic Director Alice Sheppard opens up about the world of DESCENT: sharing choreographic and access to practice, plus behind-the-scenes artistic info. Space is limited. Register on Touchstone's website.

10/13/2024 - 4:00pm

Dr. Grandin, who didn't speak until she was three and a half, was fortunate to receive early speech therapy, learn social skills like turn-taking in board games, and be mainstreamed into kindergarten at five. Her first book, Emergence: Labeled Autistic, offered a unique first-person view of autism. In his best-selling Anthropologist on Mars, Oliver Sacks wrote that Grandin's book was unprecedented because there had never been an inside narrative of autism. 

Now a professor at Colorado State University, she's renowned for her work in animal behavior and welfare, consulting globally and appearances on television (NPR, BBC and other prominent media). In 2010, Time named her one of "The 100 Most Influential People in the World." She was honored with an Emmy-winning HBO movie and introduction into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2016. The award-winning autism self-advocate shares her message about the disorder and "differently-abled" brains.  Click HERE for artist's website. LU Students attend for FREE, click for more info. 

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10/18/2024 - 7:30pm

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, "the king and queen of the banjo" (Paste Magazine), have a musical partnership like no othere. Béla Fleck is a 15-time Grammy Award winner who has taken the instrument across multiple genres, and Abigail Washburn a singer-songwriter and clawhammer banjo player who re-radicalized it by combining it with Far East culture and sounds. The two met at a square dance, began collaborating musically, and eventually fell in love. Over the years, they played together most visibly in the Sparrow Quartet alongside Ben Sollee and Casey Driessen and informally at a pickin' party here, a benefit there, or occasionally popping up in each other's solo shows. Fans of tradition-tweaking acoustic fare eagerly anticipated that Béla & Abigail would begin making music together as a duo. Whether at home, on stage, or on record, their deep bond, combined with the way their distinct musical personalities and banjo styles interact, makes theirs a picking partnership unlike any other on the planet. Click HERE and HERE for artists' websites. LU Students attend for FREE, click for more info. 

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10/20/2024 - 4:00pm

Nobody put more Americans "In the Mood" for great swing music than Glenn Miller, leader of the most famous big band of all time. The Miller sound lives on through performances by the Glenn Miller Orchestra, performing the classic 1930s and 40s tunes Moonlight Serenade, A String of Pearls, and more that made the Greatest Generation swing. It is more than 80 years since Glenn Miller first succeeded with the Orchestra. Except for a few years following his disappearance in WWII, his orchestra and music have been continuously heard worldwide since 1938. Click HERE for artist's website. LU Students attend for FREE, click for more info. 

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10/29/2024 - 7:00pm

Clint Smith is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning With the History of Slavery Across America, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, the Hillman Prize for Book Journalism, the Stowe Prize, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and selected by The New York Times as one of the 10 Best Books of 2021. He is also the author of two books of poetry, The New York Times bestselling collection Above Ground as well as Counting Descent. Both poetry collections were winners of the Literary Award for Best Poetry Book from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and both were finalists for NAACP Image Awards. He is a staff writer at The Atlantic. Click HERE for artist's website.

11/02/2024 - 7:30pm

The trailblazing Latin Grammy-nominated Plena Libre has thrilled international audiences for nearly three decades with its contemporary, high-energy, dance-infused concerts. Masters of the traditional Puerto Rican plena and bomba styles, Plena Libre fuses well-loved traditions with modern Afro-Caribbean influences, putting a new and always electrifying spin on this scintillating music. With mesmerizing hand drumming, raucous horns, and soaring three-part vocal harmonies, this band always brings the heat. "They can rock the house with traditional singing and drumming, then turn around and lay down a smoking, jazz-heavy, Afro-Rican jam." - East Bay Express. Click HERE for artist's website. LU Students attend for FREE, click for more info. 

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11/16/2024 - 7:30pm

Back by popular demand, 101 Years of Broadway recreates the greatest moments from the finest shows of the century featuring the actual stars of shows such as The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, CATS, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Jekyll & Hyde. These amazing performers light up the stage with songs from the hit shows in which they starred. Neil Berg presents brilliantly revived arrangements of Broadway classics and thrilling numbers from Broadway's newest hit shows. Click HERE for artist's website. LU Students attend for FREE, click for more info. 

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