Texas Tech University

Presidential Lecture & Performance Series Continues 13th Season

Erin Franckhauser

January 30, 2019

Picture of Ruthie Foster

The series will resume Feb. 22 with a performance by three-time Grammy-nominated blues artist Ruthie Foster, and will continue through April.

The Texas Tech Presidential Lecture & Performance Series serves to enhance academic and artistic opportunities on the Texas Tech campus and South Plains community by presenting vibrant and relevant lectures, concerts, dance performances and theatrical experiences by world class artists.

The 2018-19 season continues with three performances this spring at Allen Theatre:

  • Ruthie Foster (Feb. 22): A vocal powerhouse with roots in the rural town of Gause, Texas, Foster is the winner of seven Blues Music Awards, three Austin Music Awards, the Grand Prix du Disque award from the Académie Charles-Cros in France, a Living Blues Critics' Award for Female Blues Artist of the Year and is a three-time Best Blues Album Grammy nominee. Her unique vocal capabilities have been influenced by the worship services at her community church and artists like Mavis Staples and Aretha Franklin. A CD signing will follow the performance.

  • BODYTRAFFIC (March 22): Los Angeles contemporary dance company, BODYTRAFFIC, has been named "the company of the future" by The Joyce Theater Foundation, one of Dance Magazine's 25 to Watch in 2013 and Best of Culture by the Los Angeles Times. With its versatile repertoire, the company is internationally recognized as bridging new audiences and experienced dance enthusiasts with works by today's most distinctive choreographic voices. The company has performed for sold-out audiences at prestigious theaters and festivals throughout North America and recently toured Israel and Jordan as part the DanceMotion USA tour, which is produced by the Brooklyn Academy of Music in conjunction with the U.S. Department of State.

  • Reduced Shakespeare Company (April 12): Since 1981, the company has created 10 world-renowned stage shows, two TV specials, several TV pilots and numerous radio pieces which have been performed, viewed and heard around the world. The company has performed off Broadway, at the White House, the Kennedy Center, the Lincoln Center and London's West End, and in Europe, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Japan, Malta, Singapore and Bermuda. "All 37 Plays in 97 Minutes! The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]," the original and timeless classic from the company, is an irreverent, fast-paced romp through William Shakespeare's plays. It was London's longest-running comedy, with a nine-year run at London's Criterion Theatre. This show is rated PG 13.

All events begin at 7 p.m.at the Allen Theatre. Tickets are $20 per event. Members of the public can buy tickets by calling Select-A-Seat at (806) 770-2000 or going to the website. Texas Tech students receive one free ticket per event with a valid Texas Tech ID at the information desk in the Student Union Building. Tickets are $15 for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) members with a valid OLLI ID.

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