UCSB Arts & Lectures Announces 2022-2023 Season
By Lauren Bray, edhat staff
UCSB Arts & Lectures announced its 2022-2023 season on Thursday evening which features more than 45 events ranging from award-winning authors to a Ukrainian world-music quartet. Included are 12 Santa Barbara debuts, three new series, and four commissioned performances.
There's truly something for everyone as Arts & Lectures (A&L) continues to offer a wide range of cultural and artistic experiences. Premier dance companies will showcase inspiring performances, today's luminaries will engage in discussions, and musicians of all varieties take to the stage at various venues from UCSB to downtown Santa Barbara. Additional events, including performances, films and public lectures, will be announced throughout the season. In particular, look for another season of Speaking with Pico and more thought leaders in the Race to Justice series.
The season kicks off at the Arlington Theatre on Sunday, October 2, with singer Charley Crockett and his band. Crockett is an American blues, country, and Americana singer, guitarist, and songwriter. He's recently toured with Jason Isbell and Willie Nelson.
Opening week continues on October 6 with DakhaBrakha, the world music quartet from Kyiv, Ukraine, who will perform their electrifying blend of Ukrainian melodies and contemporary rhythms from around the world. The dance series begins with the Santa Barbara debut of Sw!ng Out on October 8. These improvising Lindy Hop dancers from New York's Joyce Theater travel with a live orchestra. Wear your dancing shoes to join Sw!ng Out onstage for the jam session that concludes the show. And then, on October 11, former White House adviser and founder of the Harvard Center for Public Leadership, David Gergen, discuss the qualities possessed by successful leaders including contemporary game-changers like Greta Thunberg, the Parkland students, and the Black Lives Matter movement.
"A&L's 2022-2023 season of performances and public lectures unveils surprises and explores new ideas," says Miller McCune Executive Director Celesta M. Billeci. "This season, you'll find old friends and new faces. We are always eager to see favorites like the super trio of Emmanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavakos, and Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis, Pink Martini and Joyce DiDonato – but we also look forward to meeting courageous crusaders Maria Ressa and Tig Notaro, along with global risk expert Ian Bremmer and other leading thinkers and change-makers."
Other highlights include an all-new Swan Lake by Ballet Preljocaj; the return of acclaimed pianist Lang Lang; NPR’s Nina Totenberg on her friendship with Ruth Bader Ginsburg; Mexican superstar Carla Morrison; dance legend Mark Morris; post-modern circus work by Circa; teenage punk sensations The Linda Lindas; and legendary big wave surfer Laird Hamilton
"New this year is the Vanguard series, featuring performances from Australia's Circa ensemble, 10 acrobats who have reinvented Stravinsky's Rite of Spring for the new century, alongside Sam Green's innovative live film experience 32 Sounds and a category-defying concert by Sō Percussion with composer, vocalist and Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw," said Billeci.
Series subscriptions offer discounts of up to 25%, priority seating, early notice about newly added events, and free ticket exchanges. The 11 fixes series packages are: Dance, Great Performances, Word of Mouth, World Arts & Music, Jazz, Chamber Arts, Hear & Now, Americana, Vanguard and Young at Heart. Another option is the popular Create Your Own series: Purchase tickets to four or more events and save 10 percent off single ticket prices.
Series subscriptions go on sale Friday, June 17 at 10:00 a.m. and can be purchased by phone at (805) 893-3535, online or in person at the Arts & Lectures Ticket Office in Building 402 (parking lot 12 off Mesa Road) on the UCSB campus. For a season brochure, an order form or more information, call or visit the A&L Ticket Office or visit www.ArtsAndLectures.UCSB.edu. Single tickets go on sale Fri., Aug. 5 at 10 a.m.