Disney’s Alan Menken, ‘Hamilton’s’ Renée Elise Goldsberry amongst stars in BYU’s 2017–18 Bravo! series


BYU’s Bravo! series includes Tony Award winner, Oscar winners and critically acclaimed stars. (Photo courtesy BYU)

Multiple Tony Award winners, an Oscar winner and critically acclaimed stars are scheduled for Brigham Young University’s 2017–18 Bravo! series, which was released Wednesday morning.

“The 2017–18 season marks my tenth as curator and producer of this world-class performing arts series,” said Jeffrey Martin, BRAVO! series producer, in a press release. “Curating, assembling, and presenting a world-class series such as this takes many months — and sometimes even years — and I can’t wait to share these performances and experiences with our patrons.”

The Bravo! series invites professional actors, singers and dancers to perform at the university. As part of the 2017–18 season, there are 22 performances schedules, including Disney composer Alan Menken and Tony Award-winning “Hamilton” star Renée Elise Goldsberry. Also notable, The King’s Singers return to BYU as part of its 50th anniversary tour.

For its fifth season, OFF THE MAP — BYU’s theatre festival — will premiere in January. One of the three performances includes a U.S. premiere.

See all of the scheduled performances below.

September 2017

Renée Elise Goldsberry

Date: Friday–Saturday, Sept. 8–9, 7:30 p.m.
Location: de Jong Concert Hall
Best known for: This Broadway star won a Tony Award in 2016 for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her role as Angelica Schuyler in the 11-time Tony Award-winning musical, “Hamilton.”
Sample of work:Satisfied” from “Hamilton”

Roomful of Teeth

Date: Thursday, Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Pardoe Theatre
Best known for: The Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble produces music with sounds almost foreign to the human voice.
Sample of work: Tuvan throat singing


Julie Fowlis: Music of the Scottish Isles

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Pardoe Theatre
Best known for: Julie Fowlis returns to folk music with her interpretation of the Scottish Gaelic culture. She sang the theme song for Disney-Pixar’s “Brave.”
Sample of work:A Ghaoil, Leig Dhachaigh Gum Mhathair Mi

Julian Lage And Chris Eldridge

Date: Friday, Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Pardoe Theatre
Best known for: These jazz guitarists bring a mixture of bluegrass and folk, insinuations of jazz and pop, and hints of classical and avant-garde composition.
Sample of work:Bone Collector


Joshua Bell, violin, and Alessio Bax, piano

Date: Thursday, Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m.
Location: de Jong Concert Hall
Best known for: Joshua Bell has been dubbed a “classical music superstar.”
Sample of work: “Four Season

The King’s Singers: Gold 50

Date: Thursday–Friday, Nov. 16–17, 7:30 p.m.
Location: de Jong Concert Hall
Best known for: Celebrating 50 years, The King’s Singers return to Provo with its renowned vocal ensemble.
Sample of work: “Danny Boy”


Kurt Elling Featuring The Swingles: The Spirit of the Season

Date: Thursday, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m.
Location: de Jong Concert Hall
Best known for: Grammy Award-winning American jazz vocalist Kurt Elling joins forces with the seven voices of the multi-Grammy Award-winning British a cappella group, The Swingles.
Sample of work:Where the Streets Have No Name

An Evening with Jason Robert Brown and Kelli O’Hara

Date: Thursday, Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m.
Location: de Jong Concert Hall
Best known for: These Tony Award-winning stars are champions of Broadway
Sample of work: Kelli O’Hara sings “Almost Real” from “The Bridges of Madison County”


Utah Symphony with Hilary Hahn (violinist)

Date: Thursday, Jan. 4, 7:30 p.m.
Location: de Jong Concert Hall
Best known for: Grammy Award–winning violinist Hilary Hahn returns to perform Dvořák’s dramatic Violin Concerto.
Sample of work: Dvořák: “Violin Concerto in A minor”

Utah Symphony with Stephen Hough (pianist)

Date: Thursday, Jan. 11, 7:30 p.m.
Location: de Jong Concert Hall
Best known for: Stephen Hough is known for performing Rachmaninov’s work on the piano.
Sample of work: Rachmaninov: “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini”

The Peking Acrobats

Date: Friday, Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 20, 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Location: de Jong Concert Hall
Best known for: The contortionists are know for their athletic feats, flexibility and gravity-defying tricks.
Sample of work: Acrobatic performance

OFF THE MAP — Ailie Cohen Puppet Maker: The Secret Life of Suitcases

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 24, 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 25, 10:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 26, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 27, 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Location: Nelke Theatre
Best known for: The company for young audiences combines the world of theater and puppetry for entertaining tales.
Sample of work: “The Secret Life of Suitcases” trailer

OFF THE MAP — Out of Chaos: Macbeth

Date: Thursday–Friday, Jan. 25–26, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 27, 2:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Location: Pardoe Theatre
Best known for: Two men act for twenty different characters in the U.S. premiere of this production.
Sample of work:Two Man Macbeth


OFF THE MAP — 600 Highwaymen: The Fever

Date: Thursday–Saturday, Feb. 1–3, 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Location: Pardoe Theatre
Best known for: This Brooklyn-based ensemble requires collaboration with the audience.
Sample of work:The Fever with 600 Highwaymen

Jake Shimabukuro

Date: Thursday, Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m.
Location: de Jong Concert Hall
Best known for: Ukulele performances with classical, popular and original songs.
Sample of work:Travels


Wu Man and the Huayin Shadow Puppet Band

Date: Thursday, Mar. 1, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Madsen Recital Hall
Best known for: Wu Man is a Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. The Huayin Shadow Puppet Band is known for its old-time traditional music and shadow puppetry.
Sample of work:The Silk Road Ensemble: White Snow in the Sunny Spring

A Whole New World of Alan Menken: An Evening of Stories and Songs

Date: Wednesday–Thursday, Mar. 7–8, 7:30 p.m.
Location: de Jong Concert Hall
Best known for: The eight-time Oscar winner and Tony Award-winning leader is best known for composing music for Disney movies including “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin” and “Newsies.”
Sample of work: Alan Menken performing “Beauty and the Beast” medley

Bravo Ballet! An Evening of Dance with Robert Fairchild, Megan Fairchild, Tiler Peck, and Friends

Date: Friday–Saturday, Mar. 16–17, 7:30 p.m.
Location: de Jong Concert Hall
Best known for: Utah siblings Robert and Megan Fairchild are both part of the New York City Ballet. They, along with Robert’s wife Tiler Peck and more of their ballet friends, will blend classical ballet pieces with more contemporary pieces.
Sample of work:NYC Ballet’s Megan Fairchild on Balanchine’s DUO CONCERTANT

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Chick Corea

Date: Tuesday, Mar. 20, 7:30 p.m.
Location: de Jong Concert Hall
Best known for: This big band is made up of 15 of jazz music’s leading soloists.
Sample of work:Windows


Lawrence Brownlee

Date: Tuesday, Apr. 3, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Madsen Recital Hall
Best known for: This American tenor is known for international opera and recital scenes.

Actors From The London Stage: The Taming of the Shrew

Date: Thursday–Saturday, Apr. 12–14, 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Apr. 14, 2:00 p.m.
Location: Pardoe Theatre
Best known for: Five British actors with Shakespearean accolades take on all the roles in “The Taming of the Shrew.”

The Tallis Scholars

Date: Wednesday, Apr. 18, 7:30 p.m.
Location: de Jong Concert Hall
Best known for: The London-based chamber choir is known for its exceptional Renaissance sacred music.
Sample of work:Virgo Prudentissima

Tickets for the 2017–18 season are available starting May 15 for renewals and May 22 for new orders in person at the BYU Ticket Office in the Harris Fine Arts Center or Marriott Center, by phone at (801) 422- 2981 or online at byuarts.com.

Learn more about these concerts and shows at news.byu.edu.

Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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