Vocalist Veronica Swift is Set to Open the 2021-22 Newman Center Presents Series November 19

Jazz Vocalist Veronic Swift              
November 19 / 7:30pm

For Immediate Release:

The Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Denver proudly presents Veronica Swift Friday, November 19 at 7:30pm at the June Swaner Gates Concert Hall. Tickets start at $19 (plus applicable service fees) and are on sale at newmancenterpresents.com or by phone at 303.871.7720

As Swift remarked recently, “This show at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts is not only a comeback after a yearlong hiatus of no gigs, but it is a rebirth. The songs I’ve picked for this show encompass some of This Bitter Earth’s message, but also we have included new songs that mix classical with rock and roll and funk as well as jazz. I now know that my purpose as an artist is to break down these barriers and fully immerse the audience in what to me is just simply music.”

Veronica Swift’s performance will kick off the 2021-22 Newman Center Presents series that includes such performers as Kronos QuartetDance Theatre of Harlem and the Nashville Ballet with Rhiannon Giddens.

With a repertoire running the gamut from swing to bebop to the Great American Songbook, Veronica Swift is a young but fully-fledged star on the international jazz scene. Her latest recording This Bitter Earth was released in March of 2021, quickly reaching #1 on the JazzWeek album chart. Boasting a clear and lilting tone and radiant stage presence, she is also a master of rigorous vocal techniques like vocalese and scat. In the Wall Street Journal’s words: “[Swift] might be the best scat singer since Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O’Day, Sarah Vaughan and Mel Tormé.” Having first gained widespread attention in high-profile collaborations with the likes of Wynton Marsalis and Chris Botti, she has developed a devoted following among audiences. 



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. Geographic Live: Spinosaurus-Lost Giant of the Cretaceous with Nizar Ibrahim Feb 9, 2022 at 7:30pm
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis Feb 19 at 7:30 pm, Feb 20 at 2:00 pm
National Geographic 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
National Geographic 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

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

COVID-19 Health and Safety Procedures

The University of Denver (DU) has taken a multi-layered approach in response to the COVID-19 pandemic with a primary focus on protecting and promoting the health and well-being of its students, faculty, staff, patrons, and visiting artists.  In consultation with DU’s health care partner, National Jewish Health, and consistent with guidance from federal, state and local public health agencies, DU has implemented a variety of mitigation measures across campus, including requiring face coverings, as well as mandatory testing and vaccination requirements for students and employees.  Throughout the Newman Center, DU is using a high-volume, low-velocity ventilation system with HEPA air filtration.

As of September 17, all patrons ages 12 and older attending a Newman Center performance must present:

(1)     Proof of full vaccination by showing a physical copy or photo of a vaccine card or by using the MyColorado app; or

(2)     For those who are not fully vaccinated, proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance.

Please note that (a) full vaccination means 14 days after receiving the final dose of an FDA authorized or WHO listed vaccine; and (b) results from antigen tests and home testing kits will not be accepted.

In addition, all visitors must wear a face covering at all times while inside the Newman Center, including during the performance, except when an individual is actively eating or drinking.  If you or a member of your party is not feeling well and/or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home.


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. 

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. 


Contact: Justin Levy, Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications

justin.levy@du.edu / 303-871-4154 / newmancenterpresents.com

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