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The Coronation of Poppea

OCT 15, 16 | 7:30 PM

New production in Auer Hall

Depicting human emotions in realistic settings, Monteverdi is considered the father of modern opera.

Greed, lust, and murder will get you everywhere—untilhistory catches up with you.

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NOV 12, 13, 18, 19 | 7:30 PM

Had your mid-life crisis yet? Sir Falstaff has. Obese, drunk, and broke, the aging knight sends identical love letters to two wealthy—and married—women at the same time. Wow, was that dumb.

An elaborate reprisal ends with Falstaff learning his lesson, expressed through the famous final fugue “Tutto nel mondo è burla”— “All the World is a Joke.”

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The Nutcracker

Dec 2, 3, 4 | 7:30 PM

Dec 4, 5 | 2 PM

The most popular and most performed ballet in the world, this magical story of Clara in her own wonderland is sure to satiate children of all ages!

Treat the youngsters in your life to a truly formative experience—and have one yourself while you’re at it.

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Jacobs Holiday Celebration

Dec 11 | 7:30 PM

Jacobs faculty and students perform seasonal favorites old and new, from jazz to classical and beyond.

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An Evening of William Grant Still

Feb 4, 5, 11, 12 | 7:30 PM

Shattering color barriers in classical music with a string of firsts, William Grant Still became known as the “Dean of African American Composers.”

This event features the opera Highway 1 written by Still, and the third section of Sasha Janes' original ballet 19, set to the music of Still's Afro-American Symphony.

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Jacobs Live at the Movies

Feb 18, 19 | 7:30

Enjoy a top-notch Jacobs School orchestra on stage at the Musical Arts Center while it provides the dramatic musical accompaniment to some of your favorite classic entertainment on the big screen.

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La Rondine

Mar 4, 5, 10, 11 | 7:30

The very naïve Ruggero falls for the very worldly, and receptive, Magda, a “kept” woman who longs for migration to warmth and happiness—like the swallow of the title.

Their whirlwind fantasy romance ends, however, when Magda realizes that she will be condemned for her past by Ruggero’s family.

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Singing Hoosiers Spring Concert

Mar 26 | 7:30

Swing into spring with one of the country’s finest show choirs and IU’s Grammy-nominated ambassadors of song.

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A Look Back - Spring Ballet

Apr 1, 2 | 7:30 PM

Apr 2 | 2 PM

Featuring Swan Lake Act 2, Agon Pas De Trois, and Bournonville Suite.

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Jazz Celebration

Apr 9 | 7:30

This annual celebration of all things jazz guarantees to be hot enough to keep your spring fever going strong.

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H.M.S. Pinafore

Apr 15, 16, 22, 23 | 7:30 PM

Gilbert and Sullivan’s first major hit, this classic lampoon of snobbery, intolerance, inept leadership, and more will shiver your timbers—and help you rediscover the joy, and healing power, of laughing with others!

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The opera and ballet performances . . . enhance my life in so many ways . . . you can’t help but leave the theater in a completely different state of mind.

Lynn Schwartzberg, General Manager, One World Catering, Bloomington

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