Williams Center announces 2016-2017 season: The new year’s highlights

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James Bickford

On Thursday, Williams Center for the Arts announced its plans for the 2016-2017 season of performances. Here’s what’s coming up in the Williams Center for the Arts’ 34th season:

Ambrose Akinmusire opens the 2016-2017 season with his jazz quartet (Sept. 16).

Darbuka player Hossam Ramzy, considered the “oracle of world percussion” by Peter Gabriel, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, is coming, as well, with “Egyptian Baladi & Blues.” (Sept. 20).

French-Canadian pianist Louis Lortie will make his Williams Center debut on the opening concert of the Chamber Music series. (Oct.1).

The Williams Center’s new Theater series travels far afield in 2016/17 with stories from the fifth to the 21st centuries. (Oct. 6).

The 2016/17 Dance series opens with a new evening-length work by one of the most ingenious and celebrated artists of 20th and 21st centuries, choreographer Bill T. Jones. (Oct. 19).

“Between Here and Not Here,” a new work by composer Frances White and artist Jim Toia, as well as John Glover’s Life Cycles, set against the paintings of Mark Mastroianni. Pianist Molly Morkoski, violist Liuh-Wen Ting and flutist Barry Crawford. (Oct. 22)

From the Republic of Georgia, Ensemble Basiani, the 12-member, all-male choir of the Tbilisi Holy Trinity Cathedral Church (Oct. 26).

“Selected Shorts,” a reading of short stories by actors, produced by New York’s Symphony Space and WNYC (Nov. 3).

Jazz pianist Hiromi with her critically-acclaimed Trio Project, featuring contrabass guitarist Anthony Jackson and drummer Simon Phillips (Nov. 5).

A Far Cry, a chamber orchestra, will play works from 12 th century mystic Hildegard von Bingen, Beethoven and Mehmet Ali Sanlikol (Nov. 16).

“Choreographers on Campus Showcase” features performances from three rising choreographers, including Nora Gibson, Derek Smith, French-Canadian artist Helen Simoneau (Nov. 18).

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra is premiering a new work by composer Michael Hersch as part of their American Notes commissioning initiative, in the group’s annual Williams Center appearance. (Feb. 3).

New York-based jazz singer Marianne Solivan is coming as part of the center’s jazz series (Feb. 11).

Vocalist Marianne Solivan is also coming to the center with her 12-piece big band and selections from her critically acclaimed albums “Spark” and “Prisoner of Love” (Feb. 11).

Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq reclaims the 1922 silent documentary

“Nanook of the North” with an original score performed live with percussionist Jean Martin and violinist Jesse Zubot. (Feb. 18)

Four-time Grammy Award-winner David Holt is a musician, storyteller and historian who has spent 40 years study Appalachian culture, which he will showcase in the event, “Songs and Stories of Appalachia.” (Feb. 25).

Cleveland-based Apollo’s Fire led by conductor and harpsichordist Jeannette Sorrell makes its Williams Center debut with “An Afternoon at Bach’s Coffeehouse” (Feb. 26).

Dance company Wang Ramirez’s Monchichi, the breakout hit of New York’s 2014 “Fall for Dance Festival.” (Mar. 4).

Benjamin Bagby will perform the 11th-century epic poem “Beowulf.” (Mar. 24)

French-born guitarist and composer Stephane Wrembel and His Band (April 12).

French-born Stephane Wrembel and His Band make regular stops at the most well-known jazz venues, and now to the Williams Center of the Arts (April 12).

L.A. Theatre Works stages a play about the Nuremberg trials, Abby Mann’s “Judgment at Nuremberg” (April 22).

The 2016/17 Pesky Artist-in- Residence will be composer and sitar player Hasu Patel, a specialist in the the vocal style Gayaki Ang. The Lafayette College Concert Chorus will join her on stage. (April 29).

This information was taken from the schedule given to The Lafayette.