The Coe College Marquis Series has a long tradition of bringing high quality entertainment and outstanding lecturers to the Cedar Rapids community - the kinds of performances that you would typically have to travel to major metropolitan areas to experience and enjoy.
Marquis Series patrons can purchase individual tickets to each event for $15 for the general public, $10 for students (18 and under) and seniors (55 and older). No charge for Coe College students, faculty and staff. For ticket information, call the Coe College Box Office at 319-399-8600, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Friday. Tickets may be purchased online by clicking here, over the phone, or in person at the Box Office.
The Marquis Series is funded by a gift from the estate of Sarah Marquis in honor of her father, Dr. John A. Marquis, who was president of Coe College from 1909-1920. The purpose of the series is to bring entertainment and educational presentations to the Coe campus for the benefit of the entire community.
2015-16 Marquis Series
Saturday, Sept. 5 & Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015
PREVIOUSLY BLUE, a poetic summit on the mystery of disaster, resilience and beauty, is a capstone project created with sustained devising techniques that have influenced artists all over the world. Created by director Dijana Milosevic, designer Nesa Paripovic, performer Maja Vujovic from Dah Teater (Belgrade); performers Del Hamilton and Faye Allen from 7 Stages (Atlanta); writer/performer Ruth Margraff and composer/musician Nikos Brisco of the independent Café Antarsia Ensemble (Chicago), PREVIOUSLY BLUE translates the humanitarian strife and disasters of the late 1990s in Serbia into a social need to find beauty in all things life can bestow. In the face of tragedy, what if there is a world of beauty regardless of personal, political or global injustice?
Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015
Alloy Orchestra 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. Performing at prestigious film festivals and cultural centers in the U.S. and abroad, Alloy has helped revive some of the great masterpieces of the silent era. Utilizing their famous "rack of junk" and electronic synthesizers, the group generates everything from beautiful music in a spectacular variety of styles to any sound imaginable. At Coe, Alloy Orchestra will perform a new score to accompany the recently restored version of Fritz Lang’s epic 1927 science-fiction drama "Metropolis."
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015
Three-time Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung is considered to be one of the most exciting artists of her generation. A favorite of many of today’s leading conductors, she remains in high demand by the most distinguished orchestras around the world and records frequently with them. In October, a month before she performs at Coe, DeYoung will be at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York singing the lead role of Venus in an all-star production of Richard Wagner's "Tannhäuser" conducted by the Met’s Music Director James Levine. Particularly renowned for her performances of the German concert and opera repertoire, DeYoung’s program at Coe will feature the works of Johannes Brahms, Richard Strauss, Manuel de Falla, Sir Edward Elgar and Joseph Marx.
Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016
Claudia Rankine's cross-genre writing often blurs distinctions between poetry and prose, crossing boundaries as it examines and confronts race, self, and macro- and microaggresions. She is a New York Times bestselling poet, a National Book Critics Circle Award winner, and an NAACP Image Award winner. Her newest work, "Citizen," won the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry and was a finalist in the criticism category, which made it the first book in history to be a double nominee. "Citizen" was selected as an NPR Best Book of 2014. Rankine currently serves as the Aerol Arnold Professor of English at the University of Southern California.
Saturday, March 19, 2016
Award-winning composer and pianist Daniel Kelly transforms the stories of everyday people into dramatic and compelling performances that blend jazz, classical and folk music into a signature sound. His music has been declared "powerfully moving" by Time Out New York, and he has brought his unique talent to performances with Grammy award-winning jazz legends Michael Brecker and Joe Lovano, among many other musicians. He has toured throughout Southeast Asia and India as a part of the Kennedy Center and U.S. State Department-sponsored Jazz Ambassador program. Kelly's most recent work is RAKONTO - a groundbreaking series of concert-length, community-based compositions that incorporate the recorded voices and stories of community members. Coe students, faculty and staff will become part of the RAKONTO project, as Kelly will conduct interviews on campus in the fall that will be integrated into his March performance on the Sinclair stage.