PULLMAN, Wash. — Tickets for various performances at Washington State University’s Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum this season, including “My Fair Lady,” “The Nutcracker” and Mozart’s opera “Cosi fan tutte,” are on sale now.
The following performances will appear at Beasley this fall:
Â· Ladysmith Black Mambazo, 7:30 p.m., Sept. 12. The work of Ladysmith Black Mambazo represents South Africa’s traditional culture. The group was first introduced to American audiences after working with Paul Simon on his “Graceland” album and has performed with artists from around the world, including Stevie Wonder and Dolly Parton.
Â· “Cosi fan tutte,” 8 p.m., Sept. 27. San Francisco’s Western Opera Theater returns to Beasley with its new production of a Mozart classic. Mozart composed the tale of love and fidelity at the height of his career. An old man leads two naive officers into a scandalous wager: that their fiancÃ©es will betray their trust in one day. A discussion of the opera and Mozart precedes the show.
Â· Gran Folklorico de Mexico, 3 p.m., Oct. 14. Gran Folklorico, a troupe from Mexico City, performs traditional dances based on Mexico’s history, from the ancient Incan and Aztec rituals to modern Mariachi dances and music.
Â· An Evening with Terri Clark, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 30. Country-western singer Terri Clark is known in Nashville for her exuberance on stage. The Canadian native’s first album went platinum, and she snared 1996’s Academy of Country Music’s Best New Female Artist Award, as well as a Country Music Association Horizon Award nomination.
Â· Caution: Men at Work Tap, 8 p.m., Nov. 2. In the tradition of “Stomp” and “Tap Dogs,” “Men at Work Tap” is filled with energy, music, pulsing rhythms and showmanship.
Â· D.L. Hughley, 8:30 p.m., Nov. 3. Stand-up comedian D.L. Hughley can be seen on the television sitcom “The Hughleys.” His show is based on his real-life experiences and was nominated for a Peoples Choice Award for “Favorite New Television Comedy Series.” He has previously toured with fellow comedians Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer and Bernie Mac in the “Kings of Comedy” tour. Cop-turned-comedian David Raibon opens for Hughley.
Â· Dark Star Orchestra, 7 p.m., Nov. 4. Jerry and the band are no longer with us, but the Dark Star Orchestra brings back the music of the Grateful Dead. The band re-creates Grateful Dead shows from the past, song for song, live, just like it happened.
Â· The Nutcracker, 3 and 7 p.m., Dec. 9. The Eugene Ballet Company will again whisk audiences away to the magical kingdom of sweets in two performances.
In addition to these performances, Beasley offers a concert artist series, including violinist Stefan Milenkovich, Nov. 16; pianist Wendy Chen, Jan. 29; the Chvatal/Kritzer Duo, Feb. 15; and harpist Gweneth Wentink, March 10. All concerts will be held at 8 p.m. in Bryan Hall on the Pullman campus.
The following spring shows also are on sale now: “My Fair Lady,” Feb. 11; Alvin Ailey Dance, March 3; Diablo Ballet, April 12; and The Second City comedy troupe, April 1. Tickets go on sale for Bill Cosby’s April 13 appearance on Nov. 1.
For tickets, call the Beasley ticket office on weekdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 509/335-1514 or 1-800-325-SEAT. To order online, visit www.ticketswest.com .
For more information, contact Leo Udy, the coliseum’s assistant director, 509/335-3748, or visit the Beasley Web site at www.wsu.edu/beasley