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Golden Dragon Acrobats to open Artists Series season

RELEASED: Aug. 13, 2010

The Golden Dragon Acrobats
The Golden Dragon Acrobats

EAU CLAIRE — The Artists Series of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will open its 2010-11 season with the Golden Dragon Acrobats at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23 in Zorn Arena.

The Golden Dragon Acrobats represent the best of a time-honored tradition that began more than 25 centuries ago. The Golden Dragons are recognized throughout the United States and abroad as the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company of today.

The reputation of the company is solidly rooted in a commitment to the highest of production values and an attention to artistic details that is unparalleled in the art form. World-renowned impresario Danny Chang and choreographer Angela Chang combine award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques to present a show of breathtaking skill and beauty.

The performance is the first of seven Artists Series presentations comprising the season. The rest of the season lineup is:

  • Pro Arte Quartet; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25, Gantner Concert Hall, Haas Fine Arts Center. One of the world's distinguished string quartets, the Pro Arte Quartet maintains an 85-year tradition of dedication to classical and contemporary string chamber music. The quartet promotes an exciting balance of old and new repertoire, seeking opportunities to commission and premiere works of living composers in a variety of contemporary styles.
  • The Rose Ensemble, "La Nochebuena: A Spanish Renaissance Christmas"; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, Schofield Auditorium. The musicians who make up "the Twin Cities' most daring and imaginative vocal ensemble" (St. Paul Pioneer Press) have received acclaim for their ability to sing both as an ensemble and as soloists. In "La Nochebuena," the ensemble explores the great variety of music that filled the court of Ferdinand and Isabella and flooded the chapels and streets of Renaissance Spain.
  • "Incognito," a play written and performed by Michael Sidney Fosberg; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17, 2011, Schofield Auditorium. "Incognito" is the story of one man's journey to uncover and discover himself, his roots, his family and the difficult history behind the American complexity of race.
  • "The Scarlet Letter," presented by the National Players; 7:30 p.m. March 1, Zorn Arena. One of the oldest touring theatre companies in the United States returns to UW-Eau Claire with an adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic story of romance, revenge and redemption.
  • "The Hearing World Around Me," presented by Trix Bruce; 7:30 p.m. March 14, Schofield Auditorium. Trix Bruce can tell you the story of her life without uttering a word. She presents heartwarming tales about her life as a deaf person among the hearing.
  • TU Dance; 7:30 p.m. April 4, Gantner Concert Hall, Haas Fine Arts Center. Drawing upon dance traditions from contemporary ballet to modern and traditional forms, TU dance aims to reveal the connective power of dance, celebrating a beautiful diversity on stage.

More information about each of the events as well as ticket information can be found online.

Ticket sales begin Aug. 30. Season subscription information is available at the Service Center in the east lobby of Davies Center, 715-836-3727. Subscription packages include "the Works" package at a 25 percent discount, or a build-your-own-season package of six or more tickets to Artists Series and Forum events at a 20 percent discount.

Tickets for individual Artists Series events are $17 for the public; $15 for those 62 and older and UW System or Chippewa Valley Technical College faculty and staff; and $7 for those 17 and younger and UW System or CVTC students. Student tickets are half price, $3.50, until the day of the event. On the day of the event, students must pay the full student ticket price.

Patrons may also charge their tickets to Discover, MasterCard or Visa when ordering by phone. Call 715-836-3727 or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free, 800-949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.

The Artists Series is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the state of Wisconsin and by Visit Eau Claire ... The Unexpected Wisconsin. The performance by the Rose Ensemble has received additional support from the Performing Arts Fund, a program of Arts Midwest funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art, with additional contributions from the Wisconsin Arts Board, General Mills Foundation and Land O'Lakes Foundation. Wisconsin Public Radio, WHYS Radio and Community Television have contributed generous promotional support. Best Western Trail Lodge Hotel & Suites (715-838-9989) at 3340 Mondovi Road is the exclusive accommodations partner for the Artists Series.

Funded by the students of UW-Eau Claire, the Artists Series is administered by the Activities and Programs office of the University Centers.

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JS/DW

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