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Dance, jazz and theater for Harris Center's new season

July 24, 2014

By Marcus Crowder, The Sacramento Bee

July 25--The Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom has announced its 2014-15 season of performing arts, which features more than 200 performances in three theaters.

Artists from around the world and across genres of dance, theater, jazz, classical music, popular music and more are represented.

When the Harris Center opened three years ago, it set out on an artistic journey, said Dave Pier, executive director of the center.

"Each season is a leg on the journey, and there's a great deal of balancing going on in its planning," he said.

National touring productions of Broadway shows include "Disney's Beauty and the Beast," "Mamma Mia!" and "Smokey Joe's Cafe."

World dance presentations include Ballet FolklÓrico de MÉxico de Amalia HernÁndez, Tango Buenos Aires and Trinity Irish Dancers. Visiting companies will include San Francisco'sSmuin Ballet and contemporary innovators Pilobolus Dance Theatre.

"The intent is to enrich people's lives by providing opportunities to experience artistic work and celebrate cultural traditions from around the world," said Pier.

Among the special presentations are L.A. Theatre Works' "In The Heat of The Night," which dramatizes the civil rights-era drama as a radio production. Saxophonist Branford Marsalis will play baroque oboe concertos on the soprano saxophone backed by a chamber orchestra. In "An Evening with Peter Coyote" the actor and activist tells stories from his life in film and the counterculture of the '60s.

Jazz artists include the all-star band the Cookers, with Billy Harper, Eddie Henderson, George Cables and Billy Hart, the New Orleans legends the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Allen Toussaint, and vocalist Cassandra Wilson doing a special Billie Holiday show.

There will be country music from Rosanne Cash, Travis Tritt and Marty Stuart, Celtic music from Mary Black, Altan and Natalie MacMaster and family shows with the Blue Man Group and the National Acrobats of the People's Republic of China.

"An effort is made to meet people where they are, and then move them in some way," Pier said.

"Some work is intended for pure aesthetic pleasure, other as a celebration of our shared humanity," he continued. "Yet other work is intended to make us think and reflect -- about ourselves and our relationships to the world we live in. Generally, we look for some degree of excellence in the artistry."

The Harris Center is at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway, Folsom. For complete schedules and information call (916) 608-6888 or go to


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