Performances for Students

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Molly Blank Fund Performances for Students Series

The Performances for Students Series at ASU Gammage provides K-12 students with an opportunity to see incredible artists from around the world and the opportunity for teachers to incorporate these performing arts experiences into their daily curriculum. Educational study guides are provided as part of this program to help students learn about the arts by incorporating vocabulary into their daily lessons. Additionally, students experience a variety of cultures and learn the importance of specific art forms and the impact of the arts on the surrounding world. Students learn to connect arts to every day school subjects like dance to science and music to math. All culminating in a live experience that thrills the senses, allows the imagination to come alive.

All performances begin at 10:30 AM and last 1 hour.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 • ASU Gammage

Curriculum Connections: history, science, dance and language arts
Suggested for Grades 6-12
Feel the beat and watch dancers create magic on stage using the history of Salsa and Afro-Cuban dance. On stage, a rich tapestry of professional dancers and performers from varied styles, draw from Hip-Hop, urban and contemporary dance-theater, to create a dialogue on stage through movement and expression. This performance allows students to learn about history, dance and language arts and watch the stories of Latin culture come to life!

Amir Beso  
Thursday, December 8, 2016 • ASU Kerr Cultural Center

Curriculum Connections: history, music and geography
Suggested for Grades 5-12
The rich tone of Amir Beso’s guitar will guide you through the history and culture of the Balkan Peninsula. Living through wartime in Sarajevo, Beso wrote beautiful music with heart and an incredible, talent. His music as well as his personal and artistic journey will captivate you inside the intimate and acoustically perfect, ASU Kerr Cultural Center.

Rinde Eckert & Paola Prestini - AGING MAGICIAN
Jan 27, 2017 • ASU Galvin Playhouse

AGING MAGICIAN is a new music-theatre work, a composite of sonic and visual elements that paints an allegory on time, youth, and the peculiar magic of ordinary life, and, perhaps, the ordinary magic of a peculiar life. Accompanied by a string quartet and a choir of young people, AGING MAGICIAN moves us along with Harold, from the surgical repair of a timepiece to the magic show of time itself, lives and deaths, appearances and disappearances. The man’s vibrant last adventure is brought to life by a team of multidisciplinary artists who combine music, theatre, puppetry, instrument making and scenic design to create an enduring work for the stage. This work features vocalist Rinde Eckert, a musical set by Mark Stewart and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and string quartet.

Ethel and Robert Mirabal  - THE RIVER
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 • ASU Gammage

Curriculum Connections: social studies, music and language arts
Suggested for Grades 6-12
Native American musician, instrument builder and three time GRAMMY® Award-winner, Robert Mirabal, along with ETHEL, the acclaimed string quartet, immerses the audience in a flow of music, narrative and ritual. THE RIVER evokes timeless Native American traditions through contemporary music artistry and how water, the embodiment of spirit, is essential within our life on Earth.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 • ASU Gammage

Curriculum Connections: math, history and dance

Suggested for Grades K-12
Drums and marital arts movement fill the theater with aural and visual landscapes. Taiko Project is exhilarating, explosive and will intrigue students through visual arts, choreography and rhythm. The artists also introduce new sounds through many different forms of percussion, bamboo flutes, yokobue, marimbas and koto—the Japanese Harp. 


The Molly Blank Fund Performances for Students Series is sponsored by Wells Fargo.




ASU Gammage acknowledges the generous support of our season sponsors.