Theatre-makers, dancers, and musicians from across the globe will come to Brigham Young University next season as the BRAVO! series helps commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Franklin S. Harris Fine Arts Center.

This multi-disciplinary program presents artists at the top of their form and celebrates genres and styles both fresh and familiar. From traditional Cambodian dance to Broadway’s sweetheart to Chinese electronica—there’s something for everyone to discover at BYU in 2014-15.

Season tickets for BRAVO! will go on sale mid-May through arts.byu.edu. Tickets to individual performances go on sale four weeks before to the start of each production.

2014-2015 BRAVO! Theatre and Media Arts Performance Schedule

Virtuosos 

BROADWAY STAR
AN EVENING WITH SUTTON FOSTER [USA]

The two-time Tony Award winner (Thoroughly Modern Mille and Anything Goes) celebrates Broadway and the American songbook with a night of show tunes, jazz standards and songs familiar and new.

  • Friday-Saturday, Sept. 5-6, 7:30 PM
  • de Jong Concert Hall
  • $35+ ($10 off with BYU or student ID/$3 off for senior citizens or BYU alumni)

CLASSIC COMEDY
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
ACTORS FROM THE LONDON STAGE [ENGLAND]

Shakespeare’s witty comedy of love, honor, and deception comes to vibrant life on a bare stage by five actors with credits from revered British institutions such as the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe.

  • Thursday-Friday, Sept. 25-26, 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, Sept. 27, 2 PM
  • Pardoe Theatre
  • $20 ($7 off with BYU or student ID/$3 off for senior citizens or BYU alumni)

INSTRUMENTAL CLASSICS
UTAH SYMPHONY
Thierry Fischer, conductor
Fumiaki Miura, violin 

Utah’s professional orchestra presents a program of European classics by celebrated Czech composer Antonín Dvořák and French composer Camille Saint-Saëns, the latter featuring rising star Japanese musician Fumiaki Miura on the violin.

  • Nov. 20, 7:30 PM
  • de Jong Concert Hall
  • $20 ($7 off with BYU or student ID/$3 off for senior citizens or BYU alumni)

OPERA STAR
NATHAN GUNN, baritone [USA]
JULIE GUNN, piano

One of the most exciting and in-demand baritones of the day, Nathan Gunn has appeared with the major orchestras and opera companies of the world. His wife and collaborator, Julie, joins him for this recital of classical gems and beloved tunes from the American songbook. This production is generously supported by the Nancy Peery Marriott Vocal Artist Series.

  • Friday, Feb. 13, 7:30 PM
  • Madsen Recital Hall
  • $40 ($10 off with BYU or student ID/$3 off for senior citizens or BYU alumni)

A CAPELLA SEXTET
THE KING’S SINGERS [ENGLAND]

A class act with a delightfully British wit, these six distinguished singers–each a consummate entertainer–are recognizable for their spot-on intonation, impeccable blend, flawless articulation and incisive timing. 

  • Feb. 27-28, 7:30 PM
  • de Jong Concert Hall
  • $25+ ($10 off with BYU or student ID/$3 off for senior citizens or BYU alumni)

INSTRUMENTAL CLASSICS
BYU PHILHARMONIC
Kory Katseanes, conductor
Lynn Harrell, cello

The renowned soloist, conductor, and teacher—a musician in the highest echelon of today’s performing artists—joins the BYU School of Music’s flagship orchestra for Antonín Dvořák’s lyrical and romantic Cello Concerto in B minor.

  • March 17, 7:30 PM
  • de Jong Concert Hall
  • $15 ($5 off with BYU or student ID/$3 off for senior citizens or BYU alumni) 


Global Roots 
NISHAT KHAN [INDIA]

Transcending musical barriers with his spellbinding expression and technical mastery, Nishat Khan stands at the threshold of the future of sitar and Indian music with his uniquely invigorating, contemporary approach.

  • Thursday, Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m.
  • Madsen Recital Hall
  • $13 ($6 off with BYU or student ID/$3 off for senior citizens or BYU alumni)


SOUND OF SILK AND BAMBOO [CHINA]

The melodies of ancient China come into focus by these four skilled instrumentalists from Tianjin’s highly regarded Conservatory of Music on a program of works for qin, xiao, pipa, di, erhu, and sheng.

  • Friday, Oct. 10, 7:30 p.m.
  • Madsen Recital Hall
  • $13 ($6 off with BYU or student ID/$3 off for senior citizens or BYU alumni)


ROYAL BALLET OF CAMBODIA
KHMER CLASSICAL DANCE [CAMBODIA]
Choreography by her Royal Highness Princess Norodom Buppha Devi

Renowned for graceful hand gestures, stunning costumes, and live music, the Royal Ballet of Cambodia has been closely associated with the Khmer court for more than a thousand years, narrowly escaping annihilation in the 1970s and listed by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. 

Infused with a sacred and symbolic role, the dance embodies the traditional values of refinement, respect and spirituality.

  • Saturday, Nov. 1, 7:30 PM
  • de Jong Concert Hall
  • $20+ ($7 off with BYU or student ID/$3 off for senior citizens or BYU alumni) 


Off the Map: BYU International Arts Festival
LINÉA… COMPAGNIE SENS DESSUS DESSOUS [FRANCE]

Two dancing jugglers and 100 yards of rope! This mix of object manipulation, dance, and juggling creates an original and poetic language and invites you into a magical world full of creativity, poetry, and humor.

  • Feb. 5-7, 6:00 PM, Feb. 7, 1 PM
  • School matinee, Feb. 6, 10 AM
  • Pardoe Theatre
  • Approximately 50 minutes
  • $7-10
  • Ages 4+


THE SHANGHAI RESTORATION PROJECT [USA/CHINA]

Chinese culture meets hip-hop and electronica in this fusion of traditional and contemporary musical sounds. Performed to projected images of Chinese architecture and art, TSRP mixes old and new in a very exciting way.

  • Feb. 5-7, time TBD
  • Madsen Recital Hall
  • Approximately one hour
  • $7-10


THE ELEPHANT WRESTLER
INDIAN INK THEATRE COMPANY [NEW ZEALAND]

One man solves the mysteries of life from his chai stand at the Bangalore train station in this humorous and heartwarming play with live music. Sometimes you find the answers to the biggest questions in the most humble of circumstances.

  • Feb. 5-7, 9:00 PM, Feb. 7, 4 PM
  • Margetts Theatre
  • Approximately 80 minutes
  • $7-10