Texas Tech University

Presidential Lecture & Performance Series Presents 10th Anniversary Season

Heidi Toth

September 17, 2015

Broadcaster Cokie Roberts will discuss her perspectives as a Capitol insider in the first event.

Cokie Roberts
Cokie Roberts

Longtime political commentator Cokie Roberts will be the first speaker for the 10th anniversary season of the Presidential Lecture & Performance Series at Texas Tech University.

Roberts has spent 40 years in broadcasting, providing analysis for network news programming and NPR as well as co-anchoring the weekly ABC show “This Week.” She has won three Emmys, has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame, and American Women in Radio and Television named her one of the 50 greatest women in the history of broadcasting.

Roberts will share an insider's view of Washington, D.C., at 7 p.m. Oct. 15 in the Allen Theatre of the Student Union Building.

Other shows planned for this season include:

  • The 10-time Grammy Award-winning vocal jazz quartet The Manhattan Transfer will perform Nov. 13. Cheryl Bentyne, Alan Paul, Janis Siegel and Trist Curless were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1998 and have topped the charts for decades with their melodic, jazz-infused vocals.
  • The spring season will begin Feb. 12 with virtuoso violinists Wil B and Kev Marcus, who make up Black Violin. The duo uses violins to create a fusion of classical, jazz, hip-hop, blues and R&B music and were labeled one of the hottest bands at SXSW in 2013.
  • Independent Music Award-winning singer Martha Redbone will perform March 4. She is known for blending music from her Native-American and African-American background with R&B grooves, blues and dashes of Appalachian folk music.
  • April 1 will feature the Complexions Contemporary Ballet, the original dance company that intersects the lives of dancers from various artistic and cultural backgrounds. The ballet company mixes methods, styles and cultures to give audiences a blend of cutting-edge choreography and original music within the roots of classical dance.

All events begin at 7 p.m. in the Allen Theatre. Tickets are $18 per event or $75 for the season. Members of the public can buy tickets by calling Select-A-Seat at (806) 770-2000 or going to the website. Texas Tech students can receive one free ticket per event with a valid Texas Tech ID at the information desk in the SUB.

For more information visit the series' website or Facebook page.