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Towson University Dance Company performs to Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson

Legends concert features 20th century pop icons

11/28/2014, 6 a.m.
The College of Fine Arts and Communication and the Towson University Department of Dance presents Legends, a dance concert on ...
Arielle Israel from Jacksonville, North Carolina is a senior at Towson University graduating in May 2015. She is a dancer in the Towson University Ballet Repertory class. (Photo: Kanji Takeno, Towson University Photographic Services)

The College of Fine Arts and Communication and the Towson University Department of Dance presents Legends, a dance concert on Saturday, November 22 and Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, November 23 and Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 2 p.m. in the Stephens Hall Theatre located at 8000 York Road in Towson.

Legends highlights America's golden jazz era. Choreographers Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell, Vincent E. Thomas, and Runqiao Du create a series of soulful vignettes to a collection of music by Neil Simon, Etta James, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, and other 20th Century icons. Featuring French “chanson” music from the 1930’s and 1940’s, C’est le ton qui fait la chanson opens the concert. Choreographed by D.C.’s award-winning choreographer, Christopher K. Morgan (Artistic Director of Christopher K. Morgan & Artists), this wistful, romantic dance delves in the imagery and atmosphere of artwork in the 2011 exhibit, Snapshot: Painters and Photography Bonnard to Vuillard. The concert features performances by the Ballet Repertory classes and Towson University Community Dance.

In addition to C'est le ton qui fait la chanson, the program includes Legends choreographers Runqiao Du, Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell, Vincent E. Thomas, music by Neil Simon, Etta James, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson; The Chopin Collection, choreography by Runqiao Du and music by Frederic Chopin; Waltz from Act I of Swan Lake, choreography by Marius Petipa (Bolshoi version) restaged by Susan Mann with music by Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky. Lighting design by Rebecca Wolf and original costume design by Kyle Lang.

Dancers from the Towson University Ballet Repertory class include Madison Bonvissuto, Aliyah Caldwell, Rishell Chambers, Gianna Cirillo, Mary Clark, Hailley Miller, Erica Powe, Elizabeth Rumpz, Ashley Thompson, and Anthony Lee. Dancers from Towson University Community Dance include Eleanor Weir, Damontae Bell, Marjorie Bowerman, Tyla Hairston, Sydney Samson, Margaret King, Katherine Nurminsky, Monae Johnson and Ajee Robinson.

Tickets are $20 for regular and $15 for senior citizens; $10 for students. Youth tickets for age 12 and under free with an adult. Tickets are available at the Center for the Arts Box Office located at the corner of Osler and Cross Campus drives. Box Office hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and one hour prior to events. For ticket charges and additional information, please call 410-704-2787. Tickets can be purchased online at www.tuboxoffice.com.