Cal State Northridge officials have announced the fall schedule for the Plaza del Sol Performance Hall, which includes an inaugural concert by the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra in the university’s highly anticipated new Valley Performing Arts Center Great Hall.
The sneak preview of the new state-of-the-arts center, scheduled to officially open in January 2011, will be available only to patrons who buy a 2010 Fall Season subscription, which consists of any four shows in the fall lineup.
“In appreciation of the loyalty and support of our season subscribers, we are offering them an exclusive sneak preview of this highly anticipated new performance space,” said Robert Bucker, dean of the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communications and executive director of the Valley Performing Arts Center.
The 2010 Fall Season of performances offers an eclectic mix of shows—from acclaimed Emmy Award-winning actor Ed Asner starring in “FDR” and the Bayanihan Philippine Dance Company to concerts by the Assad Brothers and John Doe and The Sadies.
“The 2010 fall season will introduce an exciting agenda of music, dance and theater performances,” Bucker said. “The 2010-2011 line-up includes internationally acclaimed Grammy, Tony, Emmy and Academy award-winning performing artists. In this new season, we will also depart from traditional styles and introduce to our audience artists on the leading edge of contemporary music. We are thrilled to present the genre-bending collaboration between John Doe and The Sadies. The fusion of traditional country songs with a modern sound stretches the boundaries of conventional music classifications.”
The 2010 Fall Season features eight performances by a variety of artists.
Among the highlights is Asner’s one-man performance on Oct. 9 of “FDR,” based on Dore Schary’s Broadway hit “Sunrise at Campobello,” which ran for 70 weeks.
The Acting Company will perform its critically acclaimed “Romeo and Juliet” on Oct. 27. Since its founding in 1972 by John Houseman and Margot Harley, The Acting Company has performed 133 productions, touring 48 state and 10 foreign countries. Its alumni include Kevin Kline, Patti LuPone, David Ogden Stiers, Keith David, Jeffrey Wright and Rainn Wilson.
The Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, which will perform in the new Valley Performing Arts Center on Nov. 1, is one of the world’s most acclaimed ensembles.
Founded in 1943 by Lev Steinberg, the orchestra quickly established a reputation as one of the premier interpreters of the Russian “classic” composers. In addition to regular appearances at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory and throughout Russia, the orchestra has been enthusiastically received at major music centers throughout the world.
Founding member of the seminal L.A. punk rock band X, John Doe is scheduled to perform with The Sadies on Nov. 20. The Sadies are known in the recording industry as much for their collaborations as for their own releases. It’s the live band on Neko Case, and has recorded albums with The Mekons, John Langford, cult soul legend Andre Williams and others. John Doe and The Sadies joined forces for “Country Club,” an album of classic country covers and originals, which was released in April 2009 on Yep Roc Records.
Tickets for the 2010 Fall Season are scheduled to go on sale July 19 for subscribers, and Aug. 23 for single ticket buyers. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster or by calling the Associated Students Inc. ticket office at (818) 677-2488.
For more information about the 2010 Fall Season of the Valley Performing Arts Center, visit the website http://www.valleyperformingartscenter.org.