Welcome to the 17/18 Performance Series

For 35 years, the Williams Center for the Arts has served as meeting place and launch pad for imaginative ideas and innovation in the performing and visual arts. We invite you to explore the 2017/18 season, where you’ll discover a year of unparalleled artistry in chamber music, jazz, theater, dance, world music, and family programming.

This season is marked by intriguing debuts, notably by British tenor Mark Padmore and the distinguished pianist Paul Lewis in Schubert’s poignant Winterreise; and choreographer Pam Tanowitz teams up with the dynamic Simone Dinnerstein, whose recording of the Goldberg Variations is the most talked about in half a century.

Charles Lloyd & The Marvels, the Danish String Quartet, Senegalese superstar Cheikh Lô, and Alonzo King LINES Ballet are among the premier events in store. We welcome back jazz luminaries Cécile McLorin Salvant and Fred Hersch, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the always inventive stage auteur Ping Chong. Family matinees featuring the work of Duke Ellington and storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston are designed to inspire and entertain all ages.

Beginning September 2017 and continuing through December 2018, Lafayette College will celebrate the arts of Muslim societies around the world with Tapestries: Voices within Contemporary Muslim Cultures. This multi-dimensional celebration includes performances on our main stage and abundant cultural experiences on campus and in the community.

The Williams Center Performance Series expands its footprint by stepping downtown to the new Buck Hall arts complex at North Third and Snyder Streets, where New York’s astonishingly original Bedlam acting company mounts their critically acclaimed productions of Hamlet and Saint Joan, performed in repertory at the Weiss Theater in March 2018.

And—with great anticipation—we present National Theatre Live Downtown at Landis Cinema, also in Buck Hall. Through satellite technology, this series of live performance broadcasts allows us to experience great productions from London’s National, Old Vic, and Barbican theaters in an intimate venue where every seat is the best seat in the house.

This and so much more awaits you in 17/18. Please join us at the Williams Center for the Arts and, now, at Buck Hall for a season of original, fascinating, and beautiful artistry. We look forward to seeing you often!

Hollis Ashby
Artistic and Executive Director