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Englert Theatre Announces Centennial Events

Posted September 06, 2012 in Web Exclusives

The Englert Theatre is excited to announce its Centennial Celebration programming schedule. The programming will run from October 11 to November 8, and feature world-renowned artists including: Alloy Orchestra, Kronos Quartet, Rosanne Cash, Marilynne Robinson, and The Klezmatics. The celebration will also highlight Iowa-based talent with a special event called the Iowa City Song Project.

October 11: Alloy Orchestra
October 18: Kronos Quartet
October 19: Rosanne Cash
October 24: Marilynne Robinson
November 2-3: Iowa City Song Project
November 8: The Klezmatics

In 1912, William and Etta Englert opened The Englert Theatre in downtown Iowa City. 100 years later, the Englert remains a vital part of downtown Iowa City. To honor the historic space and the unique role the theater plays in the Iowa City community, the Englert has organized special programming. From klezmer to a string quartet, the schedule features a wide array of artistic expression highlighting both local and national performers.

Following 2011’s dazzling performance of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, Alloy Orchestra returns to Iowa City to perform their original score for F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror on October 11. The celebrated Kronos Quartet also makes a return to Iowa City for their performance on October 18. Combining a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to expanding the range and context of the modern string quartet, Kronos has become one of the most celebrated and influential groups of our time. Wonderful singer and songwriter Rosanne Cash will perform on October 19. A testament of Iowa City’s vibrant literary community, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and essayist Marilynne Robinson will give a special reading on October 24. Finally, Grammy-award winning klezmer group The Klezmatics will perform selections from their album of Woody Guthrie songs, Wonder Wheel, on November 8.

Tickets are available now online at <> , or by calling the Englert Box Office at 319-688-2653.

Alloy Orchestra
Performing a live score to Nosferatu
Thursday, October 11 at 8pm

Following last year’s rousing performance with Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, the renowned Alloy Orchestra returns to Iowa City to perform their original score for F.W. Murnau’s landmark vampire film Nosferatu. Alloy is a three-man musical ensemble writing and performing live accompaniment to classic silent films. Working with an outrageous assemblage of peculiar objects, they thrash and grind soulful music from unlikely sources. Accompanying Murnau’s unauthorized 1922 adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, starring Max Schreck as the iconic Count Orlok, Alloy’s presentation features a restoration by esteemed film preservationist David Shepard that returns the film to its original runtime and frame rate, while beautifully reproducing its original color tinting. Murnau’s fantastic, nightmarish imagery combined with an inspired and supremely creepy score make for a pitch-perfect seasonal treat that’s not to be missed.

Co-presented by FilmScene and The Englert Theatre. Sponsored by West Music, the Johnson County Historical Society, & Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

Kronos Quartet
Thursday, October 18 at 8pm

For nearly 40 years, San Francisco’s Kronos Quartet has pursued a singular artistic vision with a spirit of fearless exploration. The Grammy-winning Kronos is one of today’s most celebrated ensembles, performing thousands of concerts worldwide, releasing over 45 recordings of extraordinary breadth, commissioning more than 750 new works, and collaborating with renowned artists of myriad disciplines.

Sponsored by Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, Bradley & Riley PC, the Moen Group, Cedar Ridge Vineyards, & Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

Rosanne Cash
Friday, October 19 at 8pm

Rosanne Cash is one of America’s pre-eminent singers and songwriters. Over the past thirty years she has recorded fourteen albums, and has had eleven #1 singles. In that time she has navigated her own path between country and rock, roots and pop, writing songs that are finely-wrought vignettes, both highly personal and universally appealing.

Sponsored by Bradley & Riley PC, One Twenty Six, & Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

Marilynne Robinson
Wednesday, October 24 at 7pm

This literary reading features two remarkable voices in contemporary literature, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and essayist Marilynne Robinson and emerging essayist Eula Biss. Robinson is the author of three novels, Housekeeping, Gilead, and Home, and the nonfiction works The Death of Adam and Mother Country. Housekeeping was included in The New York Times Books of the Century, and Gilead was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2005. She teaches at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Eula Biss is the author of two nonfiction books, The Balloonists and Notes from No Man’s Land. The second book received the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism. Her work has also been recognized by a Pushcart Prize, a Jaffe Writers’ Award, and a 21st Century Award from the Chicago Public Library. She holds an MFA in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa and currently teaches writing at Northwestern University.

Sponsored by Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature & Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

Iowa City Song Project (Record Release Shows)
Friday, November 2 & Saturday, November 3 at 8pm

Over the past year, the Englert commissioned 31 musicians and bands to write and record songs inspired by experiences or impressions of Iowa City. The songs — all of them recorded locally — were collected into a compilation album called the Iowa City Song Project. To celebrate the completion of this project and the release of the album, the Englert will host two shows on November 2nd and 3rd. One show will be at the theater and the other show will be at The Mill. Artists featured on the album include Greg Brown, Bo Ramsey, William Elliott Whitmore, Pieta Brown, and many more.

Sponsored by Rohrbach Associates PC, Mission Creek Festival, Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, White Rabbit, Flat Black Studios, Periscope Audio Lab, & Maximum Ames Records.

The Klezmatics
Featuring music from Wonder Wheel: The Jewish Songs of Woody Guthrie.
Thursday, November 8 at 8pm

The Klezmatics are world-renowned and Grammy-winning superstars of the klezmer world. They erupted out of New York City’s East Village in 1986 and revitalized klezmer for the new century with music that is steeped in Eastern European Jewish tradition and spirituality, while incorporating contemporary themes such as human rights and anti-fundamentalism with eclectic musical influences including Arab, African, Latin and Balkan rhythms, jazz and punk.

Sponsored by Iowa Hillel, Agudas Achim, University of Iowa School of Music, & Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

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