2021-2022 Newman Center Presents Performance Season Announced

August 18, 2021

For immediate release—Denver, Colorado 

The Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Denver announces its 2021- 2022 season of Newman Center Presents, the venue’s multidisciplinary professional artist series. As we step back into live performances with our new Executive Director Aisha Ahmad-Post we are thrilled to announce a season of 16 captivating, diverse, and inventive performances to engage audiences throughout the Denver community. 

“We are thrilled to invite our audiences back to the Newman Center for the Performing Arts. The season is a mix of favorites and new voices alike, and sure to offer something for everyone,” said Executive Director Aisha Ahmad-Post.

Jazz Series 
The season opens with jazz vocalist Veronica Swift on November 19. In February 2022, the Newman Center debut of Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis is a not-to-be-missed experience with two available performance dates. Jazz piano prodigy Joey Alexander will round out the series. Subscriptions start at $88 for all three performances. 

Dance Series
The Dance Series celebrates a diversity of movement forms including two NCPA debuts. Nashville Ballet with Rhiannon Giddens will perform an original production Lucy Negro Redux with spoken word by poet Caroline Randall Williams. Dance Theatre of Harlem bring forward-thinking repertoire that uses the language of ballet to celebrate African American culture. Renowned flamenco artists Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca return to the Newman Center to perform Entre Tú y Yo bringing Andalusian Spain’s authentic form of flamenco to Denver. Subscriptions start at $77 for all three performances.

Director’s Choice Series 
The Director’s series offers Newman Center audiences immersive performances and high-caliber artists. The Director’s Choice series includes Dance Theatre of HarlemThe King’s Singers for a Christmas special, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton MarsalisJoey Alexander, Nashville ballet with Rhiannon Giddens, and Veronica Swift. Director’s Choice series subscriptions start at $150 for all five performances. 

National Geographic Live Series 
Now one of Newman Center’s most popular series, National Geographic Live returns for a third year of family- friendly speakers perfect for all ages. Paleontologist Nizar Ibrahim opens the series with Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous, the story of how Spinosaurus was found, lost to science, and found again. Egyptologist Kara Cooney’s When Women Ruled the World explores Egypt’s female leaders. Secrets of the Whales, with underwater photographer Brian Skerry, showcases a mesmerizing glimpse into the culture of whales with footage of belugas, orcas, narwhals, sperm whales, and humpback whales, as featured on the Disney+ exclusive series of the same name. Subscriptions are $87 for all three performances. 

Holiday Concerts and Special Events
This year Newman Center adds Mrs Krishnan’s Party, an intimate evening where the audience joins the actors on stage and sample Mrs Krishnan’s famous dahl. Newman Center has a popular holiday performance with the return of The King’s Singers, a sextet from Cambridge, UK, who will perform holiday classics showcasing their intricate vocal work and British charm. Fiesta Navideñas begin our holiday season featuring Fiesta Colorado and Mariachi Sol de Mi Terra who will take you on a Christmas tour of Mexico. 

Family-Friendly Performances 
Family-friendly shows are a great opportunity to make meaningful memories at the theatre with your family. This season B – the Underwater Bubble Show transports you to the magical underwater world of Bubblelandia and Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience returns, a parody that condenses all seven Harry Potter books into seventy hilarious minutes. Also, the National Geographic Live series ignites curiosity in the whole family with interactive talks from world-class scientists and explorers. 

Classical Performances
This year, two classical ensembles are on the calendar. A Newman Center premiere brings New Morse Code, a cello and percussion duo that champion compelling works of young composers. Originally scheduled for the 2019-2020 seasons, the iconic Kronos Quartet has been rescheduled and will perform works from their innovative commissioning project, Fifty for the Future, including Peace Be Till, inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s I Have a Dream speech

Newman Center Presents subscription package options include Director’s Choice, Jazz, Dance, and National Geographic Live series. Subscribers save up to 15% on tickets. Subscriptions and add-on tickets are available from September 16 and most single tickets go on sale October 1, 2021. Subscriptions start at only $87. 


Newman Center Sponsors and Partners 
The Newman Center is supported in part by the Bonfils- Stanton Foundation, The Dance Archive, Porter Adventist Hospital, The Denver Post, and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Additional information, including individual show descriptions, can be found at newmancenterpresents.com.

2021-2022 Newman Center Presents Season

Veronica Swift Nov 19, 2021 at 7:30 pm
Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca: Entre Tú y Yo Nov 21, 2021 at 2:00 pm
Fiestas Navideñas with Fiesta Colorado, Mariachi Sol de Mi Tierra, and ArtistiCO Nov 30, 2021 at 7:30 pm
Christmas with The King’s Singers: Finding Harmony Dec 9, 2021 at 7:30 pm
Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience Jan 4-9, 2022 (various times)
Kronos Quartet Jan 12, 2022 at 7:30 pm
Dance Theatre of Harlem Jan 14-15, 2022 at 7:30 pm
Joey Alexander Feb 2, 2022 at 7:30 pm
Nat Geo Live: Spinosaurus, Lost Giant of the Cretaceous with Nizar Ibrahim Feb 9, 2022 at 7:30 pm
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis Feb 19 at 7:30 pm, Feb 20 at 2:00 pm
Nat Geo Live: When Women Ruled the World with Kara Cooney Mar 6, 2022 at 2:00 pm
Mrs Krishnan’s Party Mar 22-23, 2022 at 7:30 pm
Nashville Ballet with Rhiannon Giddens: Lucy Negro Redux Mar 29-30, 2022 at 7:30 pm
B – The Underwater Bubble Show Mar 31, 2022 at 7:30 pm
Nat Geo Live: Secrets of the Whales with Brian Skerry Apr 5, 2022 at 7:30 pm
New Morse Code Apr 8, 2022 at 7:30 pm


Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts University of Denver
2344 East Iliff Avenue
Denver, CO 80210 

Additional inquiries may be directed to Charlotte Markham, Marketing and Communications Assistant: charlotte.markham@du.edu (press inquiries) / 303-871-7720 (tickets) / newmancenter.du.edu

About the Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts 

Opened in 2002, the Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Denver is a multi-disciplinary arts venue that provides innovative, diverse, and thought-provoking performance and education opportunities, enabling the Denver and Colorado community to be engaged, inspired, and connected through the performing arts. Newman Center is home to the Lamont School of Music, DU Theatre Department, the Newman Center Presents series, over 150 hosted events, and approximately 500 performances each year. More information can be found online and on Facebook. ­

About the University of Denver 

Founded in 1864, the University of Denver is committed to engaging with students in advancing scholarly inquiry, cultivating critical and creative thought, and generating knowledge. The University strives to educate the 21st-century citizens and leaders needed in its organizations and communities. For additional information, visit the University’s newsroom or follow the University on Facebook and Twitter. 

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