Live At The Hop, the new full color Hopkins Center Season brochure, arrived today with a full list of impressive events and performances for the coming academic year— full page photos, descriptions, quotes about events and the season It’s very handsome.
In it the Hopkins Center devotes an entire page of thanks to its “major endowment donor funds.” The Class of “61 Legacy Fund” The American Tradition in Performance is listed along with the National Endowment for the Arts Challenge Fund, the New England Foundation for the Arts, and five other major funds or corporate sponsors that support performance at the Hop. All are funds are those with “Gifts and pledges of $500,000 and above. We’ve joined some very impressive company.
|Branford Marsalis, August 10
“The Branford Marsalis Quartet wowed its nearly 900 person audience with an assortment of jazz standards and originals...The group's dynamic five song set, during which Marsalis switched between tenor and soprano saxophones, left (the audience)... in a toe-tapping frenzy for one and a half hours.
sp; ...Drummer, Jeff “Tain “Watts and bassist Eric Revis, led off with a piece written by Watts, during which the drummer captivated his listeners with a scintillating solo that Meredith Gringer ‘09 described as ‘mind-blowing... The concert was great. Branford Marsalis had great energy and his anecdotes were really funny!’
...The set ended to standing applause, which brought the group back on stage for a rousing version of the Duke Ellington classic ‘It Don’t Mean a Thing,’ again bringing the audience to its feet.. ..
‘It’s my favorite show I’ve seen at the (Hop), and I’ve seen a lot of shows!’ Rembert Browne ‘09 said. ”
The Dartmouth, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007
Capitol Steps, October 26
The Hop writes: “This show was so popular that we needed to add an additional performance to meet the demand...the show has been sold out since tickets went on sale in September...following the show’s debut we received nothing but positive feedback from both students and community members.”
“For more than 25 years, the Capitol Steps have stepped up to the difficult challenge of trying to be more ridiculous than whatever’s in the news, and they’ve beaten the odds!”
The Herald of Randolph, Oct. 18, 2007
“... (the) impression of George W. Bush’s laugh ...drew huge laughs from the audience...There was a particularly witty parody of Don McLean’s ‘American Pie’ about the outsourcing of American jobs to China (‘When you buy an American pie, your grandma didn’t make it, it was made in Shanghai.’) A rapping and breakdancing turn by actors playing Bush and Cheney in ‘I like Big Cuts and I Cannot Lie’ elicited an enthusiastic response from the audience...
...the most laugh-out loud moment of the night also involved a choreographed song-and-dance routine...A lively rendition of ‘Stayin’ Alive’ by the BeeGees performed by actors portraying the four ‘liberal’ Supreme court Justices—Ginsberg, Stevens, Souter and Breyer—with painful grunts and dying groans taking the place of the repetitive chanting of the chorus...
...Perhaps... the best moment of the show was...specially tailored to Dartmouth. C. Everett Koop ‘37, former Surgeon General of the United States under President Reagan and current holder of three professorships at the college, was brought up on stage to perform a brief skit on HMOs. Koop’s last line-- ‘Remember, laughter is the best medicine. And that’s a pretty good thing, because most HMOs are a joke’—triggered a standing ovation for the honored professor...Koop’s cameo performance was the highlight of the night.”
The Dartmouth, Monday, October 29, 2007
Chick Corea and Bela Fleck, March 1
Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, March 27
Jeff James , Director of the Hopkins Center, writes:
“This past season the Legacy Fund supported an outstanding slate of performing artists rooted in the American tradition, the purpose of the Class’s fund: the Regina Carter Quintet, Roseanne Cash, Anne Galjour’s Hurricane, and the Young@Heart Chorus. We now look forward to a new season starting in 2007-2008, and thanks to the Class of ‘61, it will be an exciting one!”
“...we.. are enormously grateful for your passion in supporting the arts at
Dartmouth, and in helping to create vibrant moments of
artistic excellence for our students and the wider community. We constantly
strive to enhance our artistic programming,
and The Legacy is a significant resource in ...achieving that goal.”
Gifts to The Class of 1961 Legacy
Attention: Janis M. Murcic
Assistant to the Director/Donor Relations
6041 Lower Level Wilson Hall
Hanover, NH 03755
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