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MARCH 2016 
MUSIC & THEATER EVENTS AT THE WILLIAMS CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Irish band Danú appears with piper Ivan Goff and introduces vocalist Nell Ní Chróinín; taiko great Kenny Endo brings his versatile Contemporary Ensemble for an afternoon of percussive invention; and the vivid New York Neo-Futurists scramble to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes at the Williams Center for the Arts
Danú
New York Neo-Futurists
New York Neo-Futurists
Kenny Endo Contemporary Ensemble
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Jennifer Philburn
Williams Center for the Arts
(610) 330-5027
philburj@lafayette.edu

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EASTON, PA, February 27, 2016 — March 2016 at the Williams Center for the Arts features a slate of foot-tapping, heart-pounding, and head-turning events. On Saturday, March 5 at 8:00 p.m., traditional Irish music ensemble Danú takes the stage, bringing with them the ancient sounds of the Emerald Isle infused with the fresh energy of compelling new lead vocalist Nell Ní Chróinín and special guest piper Ivan Goff. Crossing the traditional Japanese drumming style of taiko with neo-classical, globally-inspired forms and an undercurrent of improvisational jazz, Kenny Endo Contemporary Ensemble barrels into the Williams Center for the Arts on Sunday, March 13 at 3:00 p.m. The New York Neo-Futurists, a theater ensemble of dynamic writers/performers/directors present Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, a fast-paced mix of the comic and tragic, the personal and political, the visceral and experimental on Wednesday, March 30 at 8:00 p.m.
 
DANÚ
Hailing from Counties Waterford, Cork, Dublin, and Donegal, Danú’s virtuosic players—Benny McCarthy, Oisin McAuley, Éamon Doorley, Donal Clancy, and Martin O’Neill on flute, tin whistle, fiddle, button accordion, bouzouki, bodhran and both Irish and English vocals—have recorded seven critically acclaimed albums and regularly perform to standing-room-only crowds the world over. Just in time for a St. Patrick’s Day warm-up, Danú’s appearance at the Williams Center features the debut performance of vocalist Nell Ní Chróinín, an award-winning traditional singer from the Irish-speaking village of Múscraí Gaeltacht in West Cork; and guest piper and Dublin native Ivan Goff, the acclaimed uilleann pipe, wooden flute and pennywhistle artiste whose many credits include the Broadway and touring productions of Riverdance and Lord of the Dance, among many others. Together these outstanding musicians will infuse fresh energy into traditional Irish songs and bring new repertoire to sparkling life. (Saturday, March 5 at 8:00 p.m.)
 
KENNY ENDO CONTEMPORARY ENSEMBLE
Among the most versatile musicians in percussion and taiko, Kenny Endo has always been at the vanguard of the genre, continuing to lead the way as he marks his 40th year of performing. For this anniversary year tour, Kenny Endo has assembled a top-tier collective of his cohort, featuring Abe Lagrimas, Jr. (ukulele), Sumie Kaneko (koto, shamisen), Riley Lee (shakuhachi flute), and Masato Baba (taiko), with Endo himself leading on odaiko, taiko set, and percussion. Kenny Endo Contemporary Ensemble seamlessly incorporates improvisatory techniques conversant with jazz and funk, and rhythms from around the world, always breaking new ground in the field. (Sunday, March 13 at 3:00 p.m.)
 
NEW YORK NEO-FUTURISTS
Critically acclaimed, energetic masters of short-form theater, the New York Neo-Futurists present Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind—a frenzied and ever-changing attempt to perform 30 plays in just 60 minutes. Taking on varied subject matter from the gut-wrenching to the gut-busting, the only thing the Neo-Futurists’ interactive performance can promise is absolute honesty—and what the New York Theatre Review calls “resonant, powerful, and must-must-must see.” Inventive writers/performers/directors all, the New York Neo-Futurists concoct a non-illusory collage of nimble stories, each a one-of-a-kind experience as the audience decides the sequence of the plays. (Wednesday, March 30 at 8:00 p.m.)
 
TICKETS AND OTHER INFORMATION
The Williams Center for the Arts Performance Series offers increased subscription packages and new discounts this year. New Choose-Your-Own subscriptions offer 10% discount for packages of 4 events, and 15% discount for packages of 5 or more events. Groups of 15 or more receive a 15% discount. Subscription and single ticket orders may be placed online at williamscenter.lafayette.edu; mailed; faxed to 610-330-5642, or placed by phone by calling 610-330-5009. For more information call the Williams Center for the Arts at 610-330-5009, email a brochure request to williamscenter@lafayette.edu or visit the website at williamscenter.lafayette.edu.
 
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March 2016
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Saturday, March 5, 8:00 p.m. 
Williams Center for the Arts
317 Hamilton St. at High St.
Lafayette College Campus
Easton, PA 
 
World Stage
Danú
 
Program:
Ireland’s acclaimed ensemble, performing traditional and new music, with vocals in both Irish and English, introducing vocalist Nell Ní Chróinín and featuring piper Ivan Goff.

Tickets: $23, available through the Williams Center for the Arts ticket office, open 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. weekdays, and one hour prior to performance; by phone at 610-330-5009; and online at williamscenter.lafayette.edu


 
Sunday, March 13, 3:00 p.m. 
Post-show discussion with the artists

Williams Center for the Arts
317 Hamilton St. at High St.
Lafayette College Campus
Easton, PA 
 
World Stage   
Kenny Endo Contemporary Ensemble
 
Program:
Taiko and percussion master Kenny Endo celebrates four decades in the field with a top tier ensemble poised for ground-breaking taiko, jazz and improvisation.

Tickets: $23, available through the Williams Center for the Arts ticket office, open 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. weekdays, and one hour prior to performance; by phone at 610-330-5009; and online at williamscenter.lafayette.edu



Wednesday, March 30, 8:00 p.m.
Williams Center for the Arts
317 Hamilton St. at High St.
Lafayette College Campus
Easton, PA 
 
Theater
New York Neo-Futurists
 
Program:
Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, 30 plays in 60 minutes.
 
Tickets: $29, available through the Williams Center for the Arts ticket office, open 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. weekdays, and one hour prior to performance; by phone at 610-330-5009; and online at williamscenter.lafayette.edu

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