Luckman 06 Season

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 July 28, 2005

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The Luckman Fine Arts Complex Announces The Luckman 2005-06 Season

The Luckman 2005-06 Season*: “The Luckman Experience”

 The Harriet & Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Cal State L.A.
5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032

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Los Angeles – The Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Cal State L.A., is proud to announce its upcoming 2005-2006 season, “The Luckman Experience,” beginning October 1, 2005. The season’s performances represent world-class achievement in jazz and dance, with additional theatrical programming to be announced later in the year for the Luckman Intimate Theatre. The season also includes three visual arts exhibitions in the Luckman Gallery.

The Jazz Experience opens the season with a free outdoor “Best Of” concert by the Luckman Jazz Orchestra on Saturday, October 1, 2005. The five-year-old 17-piece orchestra, founded by Luckman Executive Director Clifford Harper, and conducted by award-winning musician and educator James Newton, has toured internationally in Europe and South America. The orchestra’s unique sound will be enhanced by the outdoor setting of the Luckman Street of the Arts, showcasing the highlights of the group’s repertoire, including Ellington, Mingus, and more. The next LJO concert, Old Wine, New Bottles, on Saturday, January 28, 2006, will take an innovative approach to compositions from the 1920s through the 1950s. On Saturday, April 8, 2006, the Luckman is honored to present the world premiere of James Newton’s Suite for Elizabeth Catlett in an LJO concert which will also include rediscovered works by various composers from the Library of Congress and Smithsonian collections. The annual Latin Jazz and Winter Blues programs will round out the Luckman Jazz Experience series. Seven-time Grammy winner Eddie Palmieri, once dubbed “the Latin Monk,” returns to the Luckman for Latin Jazz on Saturday, February 18, with guest Tolú. On Saturday, March 4, R&B queen Ruth Brown headlines the Winter Blues, performing with the same zest and zeal which made her a star in the 1950s with smash hits such as “Teardrops in My Eyes” and “(Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean.” Opening the concert will be soul and blues artist Otis Clay. Media sponsor for Luckman Jazz Experience 2005-06 concerts is KKJZ 88.1 FM.

A unique new series, the Interactive Jazz Experience, will debut in the Luckman Intimate Theatre on October 16, 2005. The concerts feature members of the Luckman Jazz Orchestra and other well-known jazz musicians. These jazz gatherings will allow the audience to experience the music in the unique black-box environment of the Intimate Theatre and have an interactive conversation with the artists. The first performance will be Drums in Good Company on Sunday, October 16, 2005, produced and moderated by drummer Kenny Dennis. Joining Dennis will be Albert “Tootie” Heath, Leon “Ndugu” Chancler, and others. The Bennie Maupin Ensemble program, Penumbra, on Sunday, November 6, 2005, will feature Maupin as well as Darek Oles, Michael Stephans, and Munyungo Jackson. On Sunday, April 9, 2006, the brass ensemble Purple Gums, with William Roper, Bobby Bradford, and Francis Wong, will be joined by cellist Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick to jam in a wild session of jazz, ragtime, and classical music.

The International Dance Experience at the Luckman is an extraordinary series of modern dance programming from Spain, Great Britain, and Canada. On Saturday, October 8, 2005, the sensuous energy of Tango Flamenco as performed by Madrid’s Talent Danza swirls into the Luckman Theatre, accompanied by the heart-stirring live music of two Argentinean bands, Ensemble Nuevo Tango (Tango) and Jarcamora (Flamenco). The Leeds-based Phoenix Dance Theatre has become one of Britain’s premier dance troupes; the company was the inaugural performer at the Luckman in 1994. With the support of British Council, USA, Phoenix Dance returns to the Luckman for two nights in April. On Friday, April 28, 2006, Phoenix Dance will perform a mixed bill, including Robert Cohan’s Forest; on Saturday, April 29, 2006, the company will present its acclaimed political tour-de-force, Planted Seeds, a pointed commentary on the horrors of civil war in the Balkan States. Montréal Danse will perform on Saturday, May 13, 2006, with three works from Big Bang, a signature program which incorporates shorter pieces by emergent international choreographers.

The Luckman Gallery will present three major exhibitions during the season, with a fourth to be announced. Marnie Weber: From the Dust Room will be on view from September 6 – October 29, 2005. Weber creates works of fantasy and fiction using collage and mixed media installation. The highlights of the exhibition include a full-color catalogue and the special premiere performance of Weber’s The Spirit Girls: Songs that Never Die, a modern, surreal opera, in the Intimate Theatre on October 22, 2005. The traveling Altoids ® Curiously Strong Collection will be exhibited at the Gallery, November 10 – December 17, 2005, as part of the national tour. Highlights include recent works by James Gobel, Katie Pell, Randall Sellers, and many others. Another nationally traveling exhibition, Leave Yourself Behind, which traces the works of abstract painter David Reed, is scheduled for May 13 – July 16, 2006.

Again this season, the Luckman will offer special dinner packages in conjunction with the campus University Club restaurant, as well as a series of free pre-show lectures, to be announced. More information about the Luckman and how to order tickets is available by calling the Box Office at (323) 343-6600, or on the web at Tickets are also available through Ticketmaster ( or (213) 365-3500).

*All programs subject to change.

The Luckman 2005-06 Season

• Luckman Jazz Orchestra – “Best Of” outdoor concert (free to the public) Saturday, October 1, 2005, 6:00 p.m.

• Tango Flamenco, Saturday, October 8, 2005, 8:00 p.m.

• Interactive Jazz Experience – Drums in Good Company, Sunday, October 16, 2005, 3:00 p.m.

• Interactive Jazz Experience – The Bennie Maupin Ensemble: Penumbra Sunday, November 6, 2005, 3:00 p.m.

• Luckman Jazz Orchestra – Old Wine, New Bottles, Sat., January 28, 2006, 8:00 p.m.

• Annual Latin Jazz – Eddie Palmieri, Tolú, Saturday, February 18, 2006, 8:00 p.m.

• Annual Winter Blues – Ruth Brown, Otis Clay, Sat., March 4, 2006, 8:00 p.m.

• Luckman Jazz Orchestra – Suite for Elizabeth Catlett, Sat., April 8, 2006, 8:00 p.m.

• Interactive Jazz Experience – Purple Gums, Sun., Apr. 9, 2006, 3:00 p.m.

• Phoenix Dance Theatre – Mixed Program, Fri., Apr. 28, 2006, 8:00 p.m.

• Phoenix Dance Theatre – Planted Seeds, Sat., Apr. 29, 2006, 8:00 p.m.

• Montréal Danse – Big Bang, Saturday, May 13, 2006, 8:00 p.m.


Luckman Gallery

• Marnie Weber: From the Dust Room, September 6 – October 29, 2005 Special premiere performance, The Spirit Girls: Songs that Never Die October 22, 2005, 8:00 p.m.

• Altoids ® Curiously Strong Collection, November 10 – December 17, 2005

• David Reed: Leave Yourself Behind, May 13 – July 16, 2006.

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