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Fly More Than You Fall

A Noorda Center for the Performing Arts Production at Utah Valley University

  • Music by Nat Zegree
  • Book by Eric Holmes
  • Lyrics by Nat Zegree and Eric Holmes
  • Directed by Jeff Whiting
  • Starring Utah phenom Lexi Walker

The Noorda is proud to present this pre-Broadway production of Fly More Than You Fall at UVU in a unique collaboration with the show’s New York-based creative team prior to its intended Broadway transfer in 2020. With book and lyrics by Eric Holmes (Smash, The Good Fight, BrainDead), and music and lyrics by New York City cabaret performer and recording artist Nat Zegree, this exciting new musical is a poignant contemporary fantasy about a teenager and her family coping with a cancer diagnosis. Fly More Than You Fall is directed by Broadway’s Jeff Whiting (Bullets Over Broadway, Big Fish, The Scottsboro Boys) and produced by the Tony Award-winning team of Suzanne Gilad and Larry Rogowsky (Moulin Rouge, Jagged Little Pill, Angels in America).

When 14-year-old Malia (Lexi Walker) learns the tragic news of her mother’s cancer diagnosis, her life begins to unravel. Crippled by grief, she draws from the curative well of her own creativity and strength to cope and eventually thrive. Malia creates an extraordinary story that parallels her real life and is populated by fantastical characters who provide solace and hope. With soaring music and powerful lyrics, this moving story will break your heart and heal it again in the course of a single evening.

Smith Theatre

Mon-Sat, Sep 12-28, 7:30 PM

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Utah Symphony at the Noorda

Come be enthralled under the baton of the maestro the Wall Street Journal called “tenacious” and “forward-thinking.” Tierry Fischer, music director of “Utah's Symphony” has assembled a slate of thrilling concerts to present in the Noorda in 2019-20. As the Noorda is the new Utah County home for our state’s beloved orchestra, all we can say is “Welcome home!”

Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Wed, Oct 23, 7:30 PM

Luxuriate in some of Rachmaninoff’s mostenduring melodies with the Rhapsody on aTheme of Paganini. Give yourself a propermusical scare with Mussorgsky’s Night on BaldMountain, just in time for Halloween! Hear the fullemotional range of your Utah Symphony as theyperform Prokofiev’s tribute to the “noble spirit”of humanity during times of war.
Guest conductor: Aziz Shokhakimov
Guest pianist: Lukáš Vondrácek

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A Broadway Christmas with Ashley Brown

Wed, Dec 4, 7:30 PM

Broadway star Ashley Brown, of Mary Poppins fame, and choristers from The Madeleine Choir School brighten the Concert Hall stage this holiday season. Enjoy an evening of holiday cheer with all your favorite Yuletide carols like you’ve never heard them before.
Guest conductor: Michael Krajewski

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Isabel Leonard Sings Mozart

Thu, Jan 9, 7:30 PM

One of the greatest living mezzo-sopranos comes to Utah to sing music by one of the greatest vocal composers of all time. Be in awe of Metropolitan Opera superstar Isabel Leonard as she sings highlights from Mozart’s operatic and concert catalogue.
Guest conductor: Bernard Labadie

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Fischer Conducts Gershwin & Dvorák

Thu, Feb 6, 7:30 PM

Hear the piece that the success of Rhapsody in Blue made possible with Gershwin’s jazzy and fully American “Concerto in F.” Try to keep your toes from tapping to the intoxicating rhythms of Bernstein’s “Three Dance Episodes” from On the Town. Explore the Bohemian countryside of Dvorák’s “Symphony No. 8.”
Conductor: Thierry Fischer
Guest pianist: Joyce Yang

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Carmina Burana

Thu, Mar 26, 7:30 PM

Don’t miss one of classical music’s greatest concert spectacles, the shocking and thrilling Carmina Burana of Carl Orff. Experience the world premiere of The Maze violin concerto, which will sonically evoke different geological, archaeological, and landscape features of The Maze district in Canyonlands National Park. Enjoy the return of guest conductor Kazuki Yamada, an annual audience and orchestra favorite. of Dvorák’s “Symphony No. 8.”
Guest conductor: Kazuki Yamada
Guest violinist: Madeline Adkins

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Kobie Watkins Grouptet

Come immerse yourself in the joyful jazz quintet that Chicago Jazz Magazine called “effervescent” and “a miracle.” A Chicago native, Kobie began his musical journey as a child listening to his father, Alious C. Watkins, playing drums in their local church. Kobie started with pots and pans as a toddler, but steadily progressed into the hip hyphenate he is today — a professional drummer-educator. He eventually became known as the “Swing Master” of Chicago and has worked closely with Wynton Marsalis and collaborated with numerous other jazz legends. This is an evening of world-class jazz you won’t want to miss!

Concert Hall

Sat, Oct 5, 7:30 PM

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Audra
McDonald

Audra McDonald is unparalleled in the breadth and versatility of her artistry as both a singer and an actor. The winner of a record-breaking six Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards, and an Emmy Award, she received a 2015 National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama and was also named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people that year. Tony-winning performances include Carousel, Master Class, Ragtime, A Raisin in the Sun, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill – which served as the vehicle for her Olivier-nominated 2017 West End debut.

On television, McDonald is known for her roles in ABC’s Private Practice and NBC’s The Sound of Music Live!, and she won an Emmy as the official host of PBS’s Live From Lincoln Center. She returned to Broadway in summer 2019 to star opposite Michael Shannon in Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune and can currently be seen as Liz Lawrence on CBS All Access’s The Good Fight, which launches its fourth season in 2020. Recent film credits include Ricki and the Flash, Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast, and movie-musical Hello Again.

The Juilliard-trained soprano also maintains a major career as a concert and recording artist. Her latest solo album, Sing Happy, was recorded live with the New York Philharmonic for Decca Gold.

Of all her many roles, her favorites are the ones performed offstage: passionate advocate for equal rights and homeless youth, wife to actor Will Swenson, and mother

Concert Hall

Mon-Tues, Oct 7-8, 7:30 PM

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Anne of Green Gables

Ballet Jörgen

This uniquely Canadian story, as told by Toronto’s acclaimed Ballet Jörgen, vividly brings to life the adventures of the orphan girl, Anne Shirley, in the firstever feature-length balletic adaptation of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s beloved (and now classic) tale. It’s a bright retelling of the famous redhead and her spirited upbringing on Prince Edward Island. Come spend a few hours in Avonlea again (or for the first time) and revel in the escapades, sorrows and joys of Anne’s iconic journey. You’ll be glad you did.

Smith Theatre

Fri, Oct 11, 7:30 PM

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Sweeney Todd:
the Demon Barber of Fleet Street

A Noorda Center for the Performing Arts Production at Utah Valley University

  • Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
  • Book by Hugh Wheeler
  • Based on an Adaptation by Christopher Bond
  • Originally Directed on Broadway by Harold Prince
  • Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
  • Starring Tony nominee Will Swenson (Waitress, Les Misérables, Hair) and Chicago Joseph Jefferson
  • award-winner Jacquelyne Jones (Legally Blonde, LIZZIE)
  • Directed by Tim Threlfal

Come be a witness to the bloodiest musical mass murder of the Nineteenth Century as Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, wreaks his revenge for the life that was stolen from him. His dark road leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which, he opens a new barber shop. Mrs. Lovett’s luck sharply shifts when Todd’s thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up... and the carnage has only just begun! Make sure to get your tickets early for this tasty, thrilling, theatrical treat that has simultaneously shocked, awed, and delighted audiences across the world.

Smith Theatre

Oct 24-Nov 9, Mon-Sat, 7:30 PM, Sat, 2:00 PM

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SWEENEY TODD Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
www.MTIShows.com

DANÚ

An Emerald Isle Christmas

Hailing from Irish counties Waterford, Dublin, Donegal and Cork, Danú is one of the leading traditional Irish ensembles of today. Their standing-room-only concerts throughout Ireland are true events, featuring high-energy performances and a glorious mix of ancient Irish music and new repertoire. For over two decades, Danú’s virtuosi players on flute, tin whistle, fiddle, button accordion, bouzouki, and vocals (Irish and English) have performed around the globe and recorded seven critically acclaimed albums.

Concert Hall

Tue, Dec 10, 7:30 PM

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The DePue Brothers Band

A Magical Grassical Christmas

The DePue Brothers Band encompasses a vivid blend of bluegrass, classical, and rock genres. Hailing from Bowling Green, Ohio, the brothers are the founders of the term “grassical music,” pioneering this style in the early 1990’s. Each of the four DePue brothers is a classical violin virtuoso in his own right, and brings rich and diverse talents to their sound. Of this toe-tapping group, Hal Real of World Cafe Life wrote: “This band of brothers gives real meaning to the phrase ‘progressive bluegrass,’ bending genres while delivering a powerful mix of classical chops, blazing bluegrass, and rock and roll.” Their holiday show, A Magical Grassical Christmas, is a seasonal celebration of holiday favorites that’ll leave you with a smile on your face and a warm holiday feeling in your heart.

Concert Hall

Sat, Dec 14, 7:30 PM

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Bernadette
Peters

Throughout her illustrious career, Golden Globe and three-time Tony Award winner Bernadette Peters has dazzled audiences and critics alike with stunning performances spanning stage, film, television, and music recordings.

One of Broadway’s most critically acclaimed performers, Bernadette recently starred as Dolly Gallagher Levi in the hit musical Hello, Dolly! Other recent theater credits include City Center’s Encores! production of A Bed and a Chair: A New York Love Affair, featuring the music of Stephen Sondheim and orchestrations by Wynton Marsalis; and on Broadway, Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music and Follies

She also enjoys a career which boasts an impressive list of television credits, including Amazon Prime’s highly popular Mozart in the Jungle, which won the 2016 Golden Globe for Best Television Series—Musical or Comedy. She also appears in the CBS All Access series, The Good Fight, a spin-off of the network’s popular series The Good Wife.

In addition to her three Tony Awards and Golden Globe, Bernadette has also received three Emmy and four Grammy Award nominations (as well as performing on four Grammy Awardwinning albums), and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Bernadette has recorded six solo albums, including the Grammy-nominated, I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight, Sondheim, Etc.: Bernadette Peters Live at Carnegie Hall, and Bernadette Peters Loves Rodgers & Hammerstein, in addition to numerous original Broadway cast recordings

This command performance at The Noorda marks Bernadette’s Utah Premiere.

Concert Hall

Sat, Jan 11, 7:30 PM

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Giselle

Ballet West

One of the most beloved romantic ballets of all time, The Noorda Center and the Barbara Barrington-Jones Family Foundation are proud to present this acclaimed production as part of our inaugural season. Since its Paris premiere in 1841, Giselle has been an instant triumph with audiences. A love story, a ghost story, and a tale of forgiveness from beyond the grave, Giselle is about a peasant girl who falls in love with a nobleman, not knowing he is betrothed to another. When she finds out the truth, she goes mad and dies, only to become one of the Wilis — ghostly women who have been betrayed and must spend eternity haunting men. See why Giselle remains one of the most enduring masterpieces in the balletic canon with this ethereal production reconceived by Artistic Director Adam Sklute.

Smith Theatre

Fri, Jan 31 7:30 PM

Sat, Feb 1, 2:00 & 7:30 PM

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42FT.

Cirque Mechanics

This dazzling family spectacle, full of adventure, comedy and excitement, dares us to leap into the circus ring and feel the thrill and timelessness of this fantastical art form. Overflowing with theatricality and inspired by modern circus, 42FT showcases a galloping mechanical horse, a rotating tent frame, strongmen, acrobats and aerialists, and feats of wonder that will have you gasping in awe. Step right up, ladies and gents, boys and girls, to see the enchanted world of gears and canvas, pulleys and sawdust, magic and fun! See the show The New York Times called, “engrossingly entertaining,” TimeOut New York described as, “a spectacular ride,” and the Omaha World-Herald catalogued as full of “wit, whimsey and wonder.”

Smith Theatre

Mon, Feb 3, 6:30 PM

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Jeff Hamilton Trio

Considered one of the best small jazz groups in the country, The Jeff Hamilton Trio sets the bar for what a versatile “swingin’ trio” can offer jazz-loving audiences – with ingenious arrangements of popular jazz classics alongside exciting original compositions. All About Jazz calls JHT “sizzling” and “steamy.” What better way to warm up on a cold February night?

Concert Hall

Tue, Feb 11, 7:30 PM

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The Cookers

This exciting all-star septet summons up an aggressive mid ‘60s spirit with a potent collection of expansive post-bop originals marked by all the requisite killer instincts and pyrotechnic playing expected of some of the heaviest hitters on the jazz scene today. Andrew Gilbert of The Boston Globe said, “Player for player, there’s no better working band in jazz than The Cookers.” And TimeOut New York said, “You’re not likely to hear a better set of straight-ahead jazz at a local club this year.”

Concert Hall

Fri, Feb 28, 7:30 PM

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B - The Underwater Bubble Show

Recipient of last year’s Merlin Award for BEST FAMILY SHOW OF 2018, and rooted in the rich tradition of Latvian spectacle, B - The Underwater Bubble Show is sure to delight audiences of all ages. It’s a mesmerizing blend of drama, mime, dance, puppetry, juggling, contortionism, sand art, and magic. After another long day of deadlines and meetings, Mr. B finds himself magically transported to a colorful, happy place called Bubblelandia where his only job is to daydream. Dive into The Noorda and swim through an underwater seascape of fantasy and bedazzlement, delightful creatures of all shapes, sizes and colors, and, of course – Bubbles!

Smith Theatre

Mon, Mar 9, 6:30 PM

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The Odyssey

Aquila Theatre

One of the most famous tales in world literature, The Odyssey presents a powerful portrait of Odysseus and his epic struggle to return home — a journey fraught with obstacles, dangers and temptations. A testament to perseverance and the human spirit, The Odyssey was originally performed by highly-skilled thespians across the ancient Mediterranean world. Now, Aquila Theatre presents a stirring new adaptation of this timeless drama. Aquila’s acclaimed adaptation of The Iliad was hailed by The New York Times as “thrillingly embodied.” In The Odyssey, Aquila once again employs its signature style of inventive storytelling and innovative ensemble movement to bring another of Homer’s epic poems to life.

Smith Theatre

Thu, Mar 12, 7:30 PM

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1984

Aquila Theatre

As the modern world grapples with the threats and benefits of technological integration and advancement, Aquila Theatre’s evocative adaptation of 1984 cuts deep into the conversation of personal freedom pitted against political repression. One could easily say that Orwell’s prescient story resonates today even more than it did in 1949 when it was first published. 1984 is a classic cautionary tale by one of history’s most challenging authors, and provides the kind of evocative themes that suit Aquila’s bold, ensemble-driven, physical style. The New Yorker said, “Aquila’s productions are beautifully spoken, dramatically revealing, and crystalline in effect.”

Smith Theatre

Fri, Mar 13, 7:30 PM

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The Arts Masquerade

Music, dancing, costumes, and masked identities along with culinary delights await to transport guests into a courtly scene fit for royalty. Dress up as the Scarlet Pimpernell, The Queen of Hearts, Rhett Butler, Marie Antoinette or anyone who strikes your fancy and join us in a grand celebration of the arts at our annual Masquerade Ball! Costumes and masks or black-tie and gowns are strongly encouraged but not required at this instant tradition that is sure to be the highlight of the Utah County social season!

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DIAVOLO |
ARCHITECTURE IN MOTION

Voyage & Trajectorie

Let your spirits soar with Diavolo’s stunning combination of dance and acrobatics. A show-stopping dance company featured on America’s Got Talent, Diavolo explores the body’s relationship to the space it inhabits through a unique interplay of dance and architecture. Custom set pieces propel dancers and stories as an integral part of each performance, and will leave you examining your own personal spaces in a new way. Choreographer Jacques Heim is perhaps best known as the creative force behind Cirque du Soleil’s Ká. Diavolo is an artist represented by CADENZA ARTISTS LLC.

Smith Theatre

Fri-Sat, Apr 3-4, 7:30 PM

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Romeo & Juliet

Utah Shakespeare Festival

“Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona where we lay our scene…” So begins one of the most iconic and cherished pieces of dramatic literature in the history of western theatre. William Shakespeare’s masterpiece of “star-cross’d lovers” – who find love in each other’s arms despite their feuding families – has evoked profound emotional resonance with audiences for more than four centuries. The Tony-Award winning Utah Shakespeare Festival breathes effervescent life into this beloved classic. Come revel in the blind passion and sweet innocence of young love and mourn with the Capulets and Montagues over their foolish conflict that leads them inexorably to anguished tragedy. “For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo.”

Smith Theatre

Fri & Sat, Apr 10 & 11, 7:30 PM

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Repertory Dance Theatre
and Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company In Concert

Utah is incredibly fortunate to have two internationally acclaimed modern dance companies: Repertory Dance Theatre and Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company. Both companies are well-known for making contemporary dance accessible, meaningful and exciting for audiences from all walks of life. Enjoy the lyrical athleticism of these two great companies, on stage together in one unforgettable evening of dance.

Smith Theatre

Fri & Sat, Apr 24 & 25, 7:30 PM

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Chanticleer

Called “the world’s reigning male chorus” by The New Yorker, the San Francisco-based Grammy® Award-winning ensemble Chanticleer celebrates its 40th anniversary as part of the 2019-20 Noorda season. Praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for its “tonal luxuriance and crisply etched clarity,” Chanticleer is known around the world as “an orchestra of voices” for its seamless blend of 12 male voices, ranging from soprano to bass, and its original interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz and popular genres, as well as contemporary composition

Concert Hall

Sat, Apr 25, 7:30 PM

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Alice in Wonderland

Anna Niedzwiedz Ballet School in Poznan, Poland

Tumble down the rabbit hole with Alice in this colorful and magical ballet version of Lewis Carroll’s classic children’s story. Join the Queen of Hearts, the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit and the Cheshire Cat as they frolic across the stage, leading young Alice on a wild and unforgettable adventure. And watch in awe as fantastic creatures fill your imagination with wonder and delight. This thrilling new re-telling of Alice in Wonderland has played to sold-out houses in Europe and now, as part of The Noorda’s inaugural season, makes its American debut. It’s a romp through Wonderland not to be missed.

Smith Theatre

Fri-Mon, May 29-Jun 1, 7:30 PM

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