Performing Arts Series

Since 1984 the Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series has presented great artists and performances to audiences in the Philadelphia metropolitan area, creating an environment in which the value of the arts is recognized and celebrated. Talks and workshops provided free to the public help develop arts awareness and literacy. The Series works to lower barriers to arts access through its partnership with Art-Reach, a nonprofit dedicated to improving arts accessibility for people of all ages and circumstances, and through its low ticket prices.

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Performing Arts Series 2016-2017

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Join us for a season of adventures in motion and vocal virtuosity, a collection of vibrant performances that move the mind and spirit.

Upcoming Events

Ms. Lisa Fischer and Grand Baton, photo by Djeneba Aduayom
Ms. Lisa Fischer and Grand Baton*
SAT • DEC 3 • 8PM
McPherson Auditorium, Goodhart Hall

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A part of rock-n-roll history for her legendary live duets with Mick Jagger on “Gimme Shelter,” Lisa Fischer was featured in the Oscar® Award-winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom, showcasing her superstar talent as backup singer extraordinaire for Tina Turner, Sting, Chaka Kahn and many others. Now the two-time GRAMMY® Award winner takes center-stage with her band, Grand Baton. With her astonishing range and powerhouse vocals, Fischer makes her own definitive versions of classic rock, pop and jazz songs.

Chlamydia Dell'Arte photo by Lauren SchwartzWintryMix/Performance Festival
FRI-SAT • JAN 27-28 • 8 PM
Hepburn Teaching Theater, Goodhart Hall

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The first time was such a blast we’re doing a new Wintry Mix—and upping the fun factor. This sampler of what’s new in performance offers two different nights of 12-minutes-max showings: expect a wild bevy of work that crosses boundaries between theater, dance, video and music. Smaller scale, scruffier and more adventurous than the usual Series headliners, each show includes free snacks and drink, and ends with an extended musical set for everyone to groove to.

David Neumann, photo by Maria Baranova
David Neumann / Advanced Beginner Group**
I Understand Everything Better
THURS-SAT • FEB 23-25 • 8PM
Hepburn Teaching Theater, Goodhart Hall

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Bessie-Award winning choreographer/performer David Neumann explores our impulse to report on calamity. A multidisciplinary dance-based performance inspired by the death of his father, I Understand Everything Better is a deeply felt and moving work that intersperses elements of Kabuki, video, music and text and blurs the lines between truth and fiction. Topics merge—the private and public, internal and external, the known and unknown—resulting in a mysteriously beautiful mix of indelible images that dance upon the contradictions of human life.

Dolce Suono Ensemble, photo by Vanessa BricenoSarah Shafer, photo by Vanessa Briceno
Dolce Suono Ensemble with Sarah Shafer, soprano
FRI • MAR 17 • 8PM
Thomas Great Hall

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From Bach’s magnificent cantatas to songs by Debussy, this special program takes in a wide range of classical repertoire for voice and chamber ensemble. Selections from operas and fantasies by Donizetti, Bizet/Borne, and Delibes, and commissioned arrangements of Mozart songs complete the evening. Dolce Suono is Mimi Stillman, flute, Gabriel Cabezas, cello, and Charles Abramovic, piano, here joined by soprano Sarah Shafer, whose “beautiful crystalline sound and glowing warmth” has been hailed by The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Past Events

Philadanco, photo by Lois Greenfield
FRI • SEPT 23 • 8PM
McPherson Auditorium, Goodhart Hall

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The virtuosic, miraculously versatile and blazingly energetic dancers of PHILADANCO return to Bryn Mawr for a program that includes Jawole Willa Jo Zollar’s infectiously rhythmic Hands Singing Song and the company’s most beloved work, Enemy Behind the Gates, by Christopher Huggins. A Philadelphia cultural treasure for more than 46 years, Philadanco is celebrated for its continued innovation, creativity, and fierce advocacy of African- American dance.


The 2016-2017 Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. 

*Ms. Lisa Fischer and Grand Baton are presented in partnership with the Office of the Provost, Bryn Mawr College as part of The Voice: Tone, cadence, grammar, volume, punctuation, and pitch: all of these attributes create the voice and help us to communicate our values and our histories. This year, Bryn Mawr College will be exploring many aspects of voice including the political voice, the public voice, the inner voice, voices raised in anger, voices of praise-- voices silenced. Join us for a movie, a panel, a lecture, a conference, or a performance and take part in exploring the complexities of voice.

**The presentation of David Neumann / Advanced Beginner Group—I Understand Everything Better is made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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  • The address for Goodhart Hall for GPS is 150 North Merion Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010.
  • Thomas Great Hall is located at the center of the Bryn Mawr Campus, up either the walkway and stairs to the left as you exit Goodhart Hall's atrium entrance or up the ramped walkway to the right.
  • The entrance to the Hepburn Teaching Theater is located on the right side of Goodhart Hall and is fully accessible with a ramp.
  • Parking lots are located at the college's Gateway Building at 801 Yarrow Street (Morris and Yarrow) and at the Campus Center at 816 New Gulph Road.
  • Accessible entrances are located on the right sides of both Goodhart and Thomas.
  • For accessibility issues or directions when the office is not staffed, contact campus safety at 610-526-7911.