Single Tickets to 2013-14 Zoellner Season on sale 7/11/13…

… this Thursday at noon; not one minute before then. But you don’t have to wait until tomorrow. You can become a subscriber now.

To become a subscriber, just select at least five events in our season (some restrictions apply, see brochure order form). If you’re a regular attendee, this is the best way to save money, and to get the best seats available.

But there are other benefits in addition to paying less than buying tickets individually:

  • Free ticket exchange privileges; you may exchange tickets for performances within the same category (Guest Artist, Music Dept. and Dept. of Theatre). Exchanges are ticket-for-ticket
  • Lost-ticket replacement; just contact Ticket Services for a reprint
  • Subscription payment plan-spread the cost over two payments <— this is especially wonderful if you’re budget is a little tight right now.
  • First notification of our next season and any added events throughout the year
  • Free and discount ticket offers via email

Click here for a subscription order form. After you’ve looked it over, call the Zoellner Box Office at 610-7LU-ARTS, ext. 0 (610-758-2787, ext. 0), or email, or visit the box office in person at the Zoellner Arts Center, 420 E. Packer Ave., Bethlehem, PA  18015.

The Zoellner box office summer hours are Tuesday 12-5pm; Wednesday – Friday 12-4pm.

Starting August 27, 2013 the office hours are Tuesday 12-6 pm; Wednesday – Friday 12-5 and Saturday 11-1pm.

So who/what’s coming to Zoellner this season?

The 17th anniversary season kicks off September 14 with Aaron Neville, the iconic Grammy Award-winning soul and R&B artist who embodies New Orleans’ proud musical heritage. Other highlights include Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning actor John Lithgow on November 16 and Broadway’s The Addams Family on February 9.

Classical music is feted with the Victor Borge-like antics of the brass septet Mnozil Brass on October 20 and in the Vienna Concert-Verein Orchestra on February 7. Jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis brings his electric band on April 5 and Matthew Morrison, the star of Fox’s hit series Glee, performs at Gala2013 on November 2.

World music and dance are represented with Mali-born Vieux Farka Toure on October 13, Krasnoyarsk National Dance Company of Siberia on February 16, the return of Mourad Merzouki’s Compagnie Kafig on January 26, TAO: The Art of the Drum on March 30, and Moscow Festival Ballet’s A Sleeping Beauty on March 7.

Highlights from the Lehigh University Music Department include The Philadelphia Brass on January 19, LU Choral Arts on October 25 & 26 includes the Durufle Requiem, the Wind Ensemble joins the Allentown Band on November 24, on February 22 saxophonist Glenn Cashman joins the NY Jazz Repertory Orchestra and the LU Philharmonic Orchestra’s concert on October 18 & 19 features the New York Philharmonic’s Cynthia Phelps on Walton’s Viola Concerto.

The Lehigh University Department of Theatre presents classical Greek tragedy with Euripides’ Medea, Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman, Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Our Lady of 121st Street and Lehigh Alum Greg Mihalik ’99 returns to direct a student devised piece.

See below for a chronological listing of the entire performing arts season:


Guest Artist
Aaron Neville
Sat Sep 14 | 8pm • $65/55/45
The iconic Grammy Award-winning soul and R&B artist who embodies New Orleans’ proud music heritage, performs songs from My True Story, his doo-wop inspired album, adding a few new spins on classics such as Tears on My Pillow, Work With Me, Annie, Money Honey, Under the Boardwalk, and This Magic Moment, as well as his greatest hits.

Guest Artist
Jane Comfort And Company: Beauty
Tue Sep 17 | 7pm • $36/30/25
This wickedly funny and poignant work takes a wide-eyed look at the extremes women go to achieve impossible beauty. Donning false eyelashes, sequins, and Spanx to compete in a nightly Barbie Beauty Contest, Beauty invites men and women to consider the perception of female beauty in both benign and malevolent ways.

Music Dept.
NY Jazz Repertory Orchestra: A Tribute To The Big Bands
Sat Sep 21 | 8pm • $18
NYC-based jazz and studio musicians jam in this tribute to big band music.
Bill Warfield, director.

Notations: Peggy Orenstein
Thu Sep 26 | 7pm • Free
The author of The New York Times best sellers Cinderella Ate My Daughter and Waiting  for Daisy has written for The LA Times, O and The New Yorker, and contributed to NPR’s All Things Considered.

Dept. of Theatre
Medea by Euripides
Sep 27, 28 Oct 2-5 | 8pm
Sep 29 | 2pm • $12
Vengeance overpowers maternal love in one of the most shocking of all the Greek tragedies. “A study of power …and of the behavior of human beings under pressure when power squeezes them tight.” (Margaret Atwood) Greg Mihalik ‘99, director.

Guest Artist
LEO The Anti-Gravity Show
Sat Sep 28 | 4pm • $20/15
Anti-gravity absurdist illusion mixes with the clever interplay of live and projected performance in this funny, surreal and touching work that tests perceptions of reality.


Notations: Edward P. Jones
Tue Oct 1 | 7pm • Free
The best-selling author of The Known World is a Pulitizer Prize winner for fiction, a recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Lannan Literary Award.

Music Dept.
LU Jazz Repertory Orchestra
Sat Oct 5 | 8pm • $15
Past artists performing with the orchestra include Randy Brecker, Jon Faddis, Buddy DeFranco and Dave Liebman. Our guest musician will be announced soon! Bill Warfield, director.

Music Dept.
Jee Hyun Lim, Soprano: Women In Love
Sun Oct 6 | 3pm • $10
Recital includes music of Vivaldi, Schumann, Poulenc, Strauss, Sametz and Dvořák.

Guest Artist
Vieux Farka Toure
Sun Oct 13 | 7pm • $20
Called “The Hendrix of the Sahara,” Mali-born guitar virtuoso Touré counts collaborations with Dave Matthews, American jazz impresario John Scofield and Israeli superstar Idan Raichel among his many international music achievements.

Music Dept.
LU Philharmonic: Romantic and Modern
Fri, Sat Oct 18, 19 | 8pm • $18
Walton’s Viola Concerto with guest soloist Cynthia Phelps of the New York Philharmonic; Ravel’s Bolero; Brahm’s Symphony No. 1. Eugene Albulescu, conductor.

Guest Artist
Mnozil Brass
Sun Oct 20 | 4pm • $36/30/25
This world-famous Viennese brass septet fuses virtuosic artistry with clever antics in an afternoon full of musical brilliance and Monty Python-like humor

Bathsheba Monk
Tue Oct 22 | 7 pm • Free
The author of Nude Walker and Now You See….Stories from Cokesville, PA named a 2006  Chicago Tribune Best Book, has been published in The New York Times and The LA Times.

Music Dept.
LU Choral Arts: Forever Thine
Fri, Sat Oct 25, 26
8pm • $18
Bach, Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit (God’s Time is the Best of Times); Sametz, Three Biblical Love Choruses; Duruflé, Requiem. Steven Sametz, director. Sun Min Lee, associate director.

Guest Artist
The Idan Raichel Project
Mon Oct 28 | 7:30pm • $40/30/20
The Israeli-born global music superstar and his band blend the music of Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and the Middle East in a spectacular show that transcends the limits of language, binds multiple cultures and uplifts the audience.

Gala 2013
Matthew Morrison
Sat. Nov. 2 | 8 pm (concert only) •Ticket information below
The Emmy, Tony, and Golden Globe-nominated star from Fox TV’s hit television series Glee, Morrison will perform a variety of Broadway standards and hits of the Great American Songbook alongside a 65-piece symphony orchestra.
Concert-only tickets are $75 and $150 and include a post-performance dessert reception. There are a limited number of tickets available at $55 for students.
Gala Evening tickets for Zoellner Arts Center’s premier fundraiser are $550, which includes a cocktail reception, elegant dinner, preferred concert seating and a post-performance dessert reception. To purchase gala evening tickets call 610-758-5071 or email for purchase information.

Music Dept.
LU Jazz Ensemble, Funk Band & Combo
Fri Nov 15 | 8pm • $15
The ensembles perform contemporary and traditional jazz. Bill Warfield, director.

Dept. of Theatre
The Pillowman
by Martin McDonagh
Nov 15,16, 20-22 | 8pm
Nov 17 | 2pm • $12
“Comedies don’t come any blacker… The laughs are the kind that trail into gulps and gasps…The Pillowman dazzles with a brightness now largely absent from Broadway.” (The New York Times) Augustine Ripa, director.

Guest Artist
John Lithgow: Stories By Heart
Sat Nov 16 | 8pm
The Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor offers a touching and humorous reflection on storytelling as the tie that binds humanity.

Music Dept.
LU Student Chamber Music Ensembles
Sun Nov 17 | 2pm
Check our website for concert locations.

Guest Artist
On-Stage Cabaret with Denise Donatelli
Fri Nov 22 Dinner & Show • $60 | 6pm Show Only • $22 | 7 or 9pm Cash Bar (Beer & Wine)
Allentown native and Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist “Donatelli has a marvelous instrument, blessed with a honey and cognac sound, effortless range…” (Int’l Review of Music) Accompanied by Geoffrey Keezer, piano.

Music Dept.
LU Wind Ensemble We Two
Sun Nov 24 | 3pm • $15
The ensemble is joined by the Allentown Band for Sousa, Maslanka and other composers. David Diggs and Ronald Demkee conduct.


Music Dept.
LU Philharmonic: Musical Adventures
Fri Dec 6 | 8pm and Sat Dec 7 | 3pm • $18
This festive family-friendly, multimedia concert features Jenny McLeod’s Emperor and the Nightingale and Ottorino Respighi’s Pines of Rome. Eugene Albulescu, conductor.

Free Black Box Theater Productions
Student Directed works
Dec 6-8
Check our website for times and titles.

Music Dept.
LU Choral Arts: Christmas Vespers
Sun Dec 8 | 4 & 8pm | • Free
Lehigh University Choral Arts presents its annual gift to the community. Steven Sametz, director. Sun Min Lee, associate director. Early arrival suggested.


Music Dept.
An Afternoon With The Philadelphia Brass
Sun Jan 19 | 3pm • $10
A concert of traditional and modern music for brass featuring a performance of Margaret Griebling-Haigh’s Baer Brass, a piece in memory of Hans Baer ’47, ’97H, commissioned by Suzanne and David Larky ’48, and the local premiere of Paul Salerni’s Many Happy Returns, commissioned by The Philadelphia Brass and the Candlelight Chamber Series.

Guest Artist
Compagnie Kafig: Correria & Agwa
Sun Jan 26 | 4pm • $30/25
School Show: MON JAN 27 | 10am • Contact Zoellner Box Office for details.
Inspired by an encounter with 11 young dancers from the shanty towns of Brazil, choreographer Mourad Merzouki created two heart-stopping works: “Running” & “Water” which combine samba, hip-hop and capoeira dance.


Music Dept.
LU Jazz Faculty
Sat Feb 1 | 8pm • $12
Past concerts have featured guest artists such as Don Braden, Wayne Shorter and tributes to Herbie Hancock. Bill Warfield, director.

Guest Artist
Vienna Concert-Verein Orchestra
Philippe Entremont, Conductor & Piano • Sebastian Knauer, Piano
Fri Feb 7 | 8pm • $48/45/36
Founded by members of the Vienna Symphony, this 35-piece orchestra performs Schubert’s Symphony No. 5, Mozart’s Concerto No. 10 for two pianos and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.

Guest Artist
The Addams Family
Sun Feb 9 | 7pm • $60/50
A smash-hit on Broadway, this magnificently macabre musical comedy from the creators of Jersey Boys brings the darkly delirious world of Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Wednesday, Pugsley and, of course, Lurch, to spooky and spectacular life.

Music Dept.
LU Philharmonic: Concerto Marathon
Fri, Sat Feb 14, 15 | 8pm • $10
This annual concert features student orchestra members performing concerto movements. Also featured on the program, an excerpt from Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7.
Eugene Albulescu, conductor.

Dept. of Theatre
Our Lady of 121st Street by Stephen Adly Guirgis
Feb 14,15, 19-22 | 8pm
Feb 16 | 2pm • $12
When the much beloved and feared Sister Rose dies in this dark comedy, her former students return to East Harlem to pay their respects, but someone stole the body!
Kashi Johnson, director.
A Virginia M. & Bernard R. Hale ‘30 Production

Guest Artist
Krasnoyarsk National Dance Company Of Siberia
Sun Feb 16 | 4pm • $36/30
Fast-paced acrobatic feats and beautiful gliding dancers celebrate the colorful cultures of Siberia. Fifty masterful performers fill the stage with brilliant costumes and folkloric vignettes.

Music Dept.
NY Jazz Repertory Orchestra with Glenn Cashman
Sat Feb 22 | 8pm • $18
Saxophonist Glenn Cashman joins New York’s finest jazz and studio musicians to perform his piece Southland Nonet. Bill Warfield, director.

Music Dept.
East Winds Quintet: Music Through The Seasons
Sun Feb 23 | 3pm • $12
The ensemble features summer music by Samuel Barber and other delights in this Sunday afternoon concert.


Guest Artist
Moscow Festival Ballet: Sleeping Beauty
Fri Mar 7 | 8pm • $42/35
Returning by popular demand, this company of dancers from the great Bolshoi and Kirov ballet troupes brings the timeless story to life.

Guest Artist
On Stage Cabaret with A Couple Of Blaguards
Fri Mar 14 Dinner & Show • $60 | 6pm Show Only • $22 | 7 or 9pm Cash Bar (Beer & Wine)

This brilliant two-character comedy is filled with hilarious stories, Irish songs and “a gallery of relatives, rogues, fools and petty tyrants – priestly and otherwise.” (LA Times) The play, written by Irishmen Malachy and Frank McCourt (Angela’s Ashes), “mixes the sweetness and kick of Irish coffee.” (Newsday)

Music Dept.
LU Jazz Repertory Orchestra & Guest
Sat Mar 15 | 8pm • $15
The group is sure to be joined by a special guest for energetic contemporary and traditional jazz. Bill Warfield, director.

Kim Bridgford
Mon Mar 17 | 7 pm • Free
The director of the West Chester University Poetry Center is the author of seven poetry books, including Bully Pulpit and Epiphanies.  Her work has appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Washington Post.

Free Black Box Theater Productions
Student Directed works
Mar 21-23
Check our website for times and titles.

Music Dept.
LU Choir, Glee Club & Dolce:  The Best Of All Possible Worlds
Fri, Sat Mar 21, 22 | 8pm • $15
An evening of traditional sacred music by Bach, Brahms and Rheinberger inter-woven with contemporary American music by Bernstein, Hogan and Ives.
Sun Min Lee, director.

Music Dept.
Eugene Albulescu, Piano: Beethoven Blockbusters
Sun Mar 23 | 3pm • $15
An all-Beethoven sonata program includes the Appassionata, Moonlight, Pathétique and Les Adieux.

Music Dept.
LU Jazz Ensemble, Funk Band & Combo
Sat Mar 29 | 8pm • $15
The ensembles perform classic and contemporary jazz. Bill Warfield, director.

Guest Artist
Tao, Art of the Drum: Phoenix Rising
Sun Mar 30 | 7pm • $39/34
Athletic performers and contemporary costumes bridge an ancient tradition to the modern world as the intense and powerful beats of Japanese drums underpin a musical message that penetrates deep into the heart.


Dept. of Theatre
A Student Devised Piece
Apr 4, 5, 9-12 | 8pm
Apr 6 | 2pm • $12
Through a unique approach, students will devise a theatre piece using improvisation and storytelling while exploring themes, characters and narratives that resonate with them. Greg Mihalik ‘99, director.

Guest Artist
Ramsey Lewis And His Electric Band
Sat Apr 5 | 8pm • $40/36/30
An unforgettable sound, distinctive personality and Grammy Award-winning talent has kept legendary pianist Lewis in the forefront of jazz for over 50 years. He’s played with all the greats from Tony Bennett to Herbie Hancock, crossing over to the pop and R&B charts along the way.

Music Dept.
LU Student Chamber Music Ensembles
Sun Apr 6 | 1pm
Check our website for concert locations.

Music Dept.
Chris Gross, Cello: The American Century
Sun Apr 6 | 3pm • $10
American music for the cello features Elliott Carter’s landmark sonata for cello and piano.

Michael O’Keefe
Tue Apr 8 | 7pm • Free
Actor, writer, poet and lyricist Michael O’Keefe holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Bennington College. His poetry includes a book, Swimming from Under My Father. He has been nominated for a Golden Globe and Academy Award and on Broadway he received a Theater World Award for Mass Appeal.

Music Dept.
LU Philharmonic: A Thousand And One Nights
Fri, Sat Apr 11, 12 | 8pm • $18
Spend an enchanting evening with the orchestra as they perform Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. Eugene Albulescu, conductor.

Music Dept.
LU Symphonic Band
Sun Apr 13 | 2pm • Free
Check our website for concert locations.

Music Dept.
Junior Recital
Sun Apr 13 | 4:30pm
Check our website for concert locations.

Dept. of Theatre
Free Black Box Theater Productions
Student Directed works (one-acts)
Apr 25-27
Check our website for times and titles.

Music Dept.
LU Choral Arts: Beethoven Masterpieces
Fri, Sat Apr 25, 26 | 8pm • $18
The spring concert features Beethoven’s Mass in C Major, Egmont Overture and Hallelujah Chorus from the oratorio Christ on the Mount of Olives.
Sun Min Lee, director.

Music Dept.
LU Wind Ensemble: Classical Winds
Sun Apr 27 | 3pm • $15
Featured work is Upstream/About Two Miles by composer Paul Salerni.
David Diggs, director.


Guest Artist
Lightwire Theater: The Ugly Duckling & The Tortoise and The Hare
SUN May 4 | 4pm • $20/15
School Show: Mon May 5 | 10am • Contact Ticket Services For Details.
With dazzling visuals, choreography and creative use of music ranging from classical to jazz to pop, these tales come alive in a new and brilliant light. Fantastic for all ages!