Kicking Off Annenberg Center’s 40th Anniversary Season

October 11, 2011

University of Pennsylvania Almanac- Volume 58, No. 07

The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts presents a night jam-packed with jazz, as prodigious tenor saxophonist, Joshua Redman and internationally-acclaimed jazz pianist, Brad Mehldau join forces for one unforgettable duo performance, October 14, at 7:30 p.m. (see the video here) Melding their two adventurous, yet distinctive artistic voices, the duo cuts the extraneous and features the oft-improvised musical dialogue between these two powerhouses. Tickets for the performance are $20-$45. For tickets or more information, please visit or call (215) 898-3900. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Annenberg Center Box Office.

The night of jazz kicks off early with the Penn Faculty Jazz Quartet at 6:45 p.m., in a musical exploration and commentary on jazz influences and styles.

In celebration of the Annenberg Center’s 40th Anniversary, there will be several opportunities for audience members to get to know each other and the Annenberg Center staff throughout the season. To kick off this celebratory season, the Center will be toasting the past 40 years of excellence and its exciting future with festive sparkling cider.

For the past 40 years, the Annenberg Center has dedicated itself to the advancement of a diverse and thriving cultural community through the pursuit of excellence, innovation and intellectual engagement in the realms of world music, theatre and dance. To celebrate the momentous occasion, the Annenberg Center has put together one of the most expansive seasons ever—a nod towards the colorful history of presenting the best of the best from all corners of the globe. With highly acclaimed artists from six continents, audiences can take a journey around the world without leaving their seat. From Zakir Husain of India and Chunky Move of Australia to the Gate Theatre of Ireland and the Spirit of Uganda of Africa, audience members will see the world in a whole new way.

The University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts has been the region’s leading multi-disciplinary performance venue for theatre, dance, jazz, world music, new music and children’s programming since its inception in 1971.