The Santa Fe Opera will perform at 7 p.m. April 29 in the Hemmle Recital Hall.
The second half of Texas Tech’s Presidential Lecture and Performance Series taking
place this spring will feature Ailey II, a critically acclaimed dance company; Anoushka
Shankar, a sitar musician; Billy Collins, a former United States Poet Laureate; and
the Santa Fe Opera Spring Tour.
General Admission tickets are $15 for all events and are available through all Select-A-Seat
locations or by calling (806) 770-2000. Texas Tech students will receive one free
ticket with valid ID at the Student Union Building information booth located at the
entrance to the Allen Theatre on the campus of Texas Tech.
- Feb.17: Ailey II will perform at the Allen Theatre at 7 p.m. Ailey II is a critically acclaimed dance
company that presents dazzling performances and innovative community programs across
the country and internationally. Ailey II dancers are considered to be some of the
most talented of their generation. The dance company is under the artistic direction
of former Ailey dancer Sylvia Waters. The Ailey spirit shines as these artists perform an exhilarating and diverse repertoire
that includes Alvin Ailey’s timeless classics and thrilling new works by today’s most
- March 30: Anoushka Shankar will perform at the Allen Theatre at 7 p.m. She is a unique sitar musician and has
emerged as one of the leading figures in world music today. Shankar is deeply rooted
in Indian classical music, having studied exclusively with her father, the legendary
Ravi Shankar, and is now one of the foremost performers in that tradition. She has
flourished as a performer and composer, exploring fertile ground in the crossover
between Indian music and a variety of genres including electronic, jazz, flamenco
and Western classical music.
- April20: Former United States Poet Laureate Billy Collins will appear at the Allen Theatre at 7 p.m. His last three collections of poems have
broken sales records for poetry. This program was funded in part by a grant from the
Sybil B. Harrington Endowment for the Arts of the Lubbock Area Foundation. Collins’
work has appeared in a variety of periodicals including The New Yorker, The Paris
Review and The American Scholar. Collins is a Guggenheim fellow and a New York Public
Library “Literary Lion.”
- April 29: The Santa Fe Opera will perform at Hemmle Recital Hall at 7 p.m. The Santa Fe Opera’s Apprentice Program
has been helping young singers establish their careers since Santa Fe Opera founder
John Crosby created the program as part of the opera’s debut season in 1957. Touring
dozens of cities throughout New Mexico and Texas, these talented singers perform a
wide-ranging repertoire ranging from songs of the season to musical theater selections
and even sacred music.