The Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts is a multi-disciplinary arts venue that provides innovative, diverse, and thought-provoking performance and education opportunities. It enables the University of Denver and Colorado community to remain engaged, inspired, and connected through the performing arts. Through hosting nearly 120,000 people in almost 500 performances every year, the Newman Center is adding to the cultural vibrancy and economic vitality of the city of Denver.
The Newman Center's mission to provide education and community engagement programs to learners of all ages is carried out through the many student workshops, master classes, and school performances held throughout the year. The Newman Center also provides its patrons with opportunities to be inspired by diverse artists and thinkers with Behind the Curtain, a post-performance open conversation with artists from the show.
The 2018-19 Newman Center Presents season will host 23 performances by both internationally distinguished and emerging artists.
World-renowned soprano Kathleen Battle opens the season with a special concert at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, presented in partnership with Denver Arts and Venues and Opera Colorado. A five-time Grammy winner and opera legend, Battle will perform songs inspired by the Underground Railroad and will be joined by the University of Denver’s Spirituals Project Choir. The season launch is followed by a week-long run of performances of Potted Potter, a hilarious seventy-minute parody of all seven Harry Potter books. Premiering in Denver for the first time, the Unauthorized Harry Experience, a parody by Dan and Jeff, is perfect family entertainment for ages six and up.
The jazz series will present NEA Jazz Master and twenty-time Grammy winner Pat Metheny, New Orleans old-school jazz by Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra, and MacArthur “Genius” Award recipient Vijay Iyer and his sextet. Denver native and internationally acclaimed vocalist Dianne Reeves will perform a special holiday concert of classic carols and improvisational jazz.
The dance series will highlight women leaders in dance featuring Camille A. Brown and Dancers, Jessica Lang Dance, and Michelle Dorrance / Dorrance Dance. The series will also welcome the return of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet in a special program with Van Cliburn silver medal pianist Joyce Yang in a program of live music and ballet.
Newman Center Presents is excited to introduce a new series: National Geographic Live! featuring the stories of a scientist, adventurer, and photographer on stage with HD photos and videos. Kobie Boykins: Exploring Mars gives an inside look into the Mars Exploration Program and how Boykins helped design and build the innovative rovers that pushed space exploration forward. Hilaree O’Neill: Point of No Return tells the story of how one mountaineer led a team of some of the world’s most elite climbers to mount a remote peak in Myanmar. Finally, Steve Winter: On the Trail of Big Cats, explores Winter’s journey through the Himalaya in search of rare snow leopards and elusive jaguars.
The 2018-19 season includes shows to enjoy with the entire family. Sing along with Colorado’s own Okee Dokee Brothers or discover uniquely American jazz with the U.S. Army’s big band, the Jazz Ambassadors. You can also get into the holiday spirit with Dianne Reeves or the Canadian Brass, or lose yourself in the fantastical world of sea creatures with B—The Underwater Bubble Show.
The Newman Center Presents subscription packages include two familiar options: Director’s Choice 5 and Director’s Choice 9. In addition, three new subscription offerings (jazz, dance, National Geographic Live!) will be available. Subscribers save up to 20% on tickets.
The 2018-19 Newman Center Presents season will open on September 15, 2018. Additional information including individual show descriptions and subscription offerings can be found at newmancenter.du.edu.